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

Mad Circuit

‘Move with Me’

commercial/latin pop

Dance Yourself Clean

‘Pull Me Down’

indietronica/pop

Betty Could & Christa Adelaide

Only Thing

chillstep/indie pop

Clifford

‘Quick Quick Slow’

indie pop

SIDE B

Lowayve

‘Closer’

bedroom pop/chillwave

Sebbwen

‘Home’

electro/idm

Walybear

‘Fly Away’

indie r&b/hip-hop

Mad Honey

‘Good Grief’

surf rock/indie pop

People have reacted to the length of “Aquarius” in very positive ways. For example, at the beginning, you have people in a car on the beach at night. One character says, “I’m going to play you this great track.” She pushes in a cassette tape, and they listen to about 45 seconds of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” You can actually see the pleasure registering on their faces, but it takes time, and audiences have appreciated that.

Sonia Braga