Which 8 current gems will make it on this Hip Cassette round-up? Plug that rusty tape player in, press play and make sure you keep notes…

by Christos Doukakis

SIDE A

Vanessa From Maine

‘I Still Have Faith’

country/americana

The Trash Pile

‘Asbestos Tryst’ (feat. Mairi Kennedy)

art rock/new wave

AMFM

‘Wednesday’

indie rock/psych

Von Deckle

‘Sonny’

alt-country/americana

SIDE B

Emblematics

‘Belinda’

indie pop

Thaddeus Schramm

‘Revenge’

dark ambient/drone

Space Soul

‘death wish’

rap/synthwave

Weird Kyd

‘BHNC’

hip-hop

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