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Pitchfork Should Add a BNSFM (Best New South Florida Music) Category for MillionYoung

Kudos to South Florida chillwave act MillionYoung, AKA Mike Diaz, for snagging a very respectable 7.6 rating for the Be So True EP from the golden pens of Pitchfork. The review, penned by Zach Kelly, is all positive, so we are left wondering what caused the 2.4 deduction. Maybe the copy editors didn't like the missing space between "Million" and "Young."

The key graf:

With the careful attention Diaz pays to his assortment of

drum sounds,

it's also easy to make a dance connection-- even the day-glo artwork

suggests the EP has as much to do with movement as feeling. "Cynthia"

and "Soft Denial" possess enough momentum and blissed-out nuance to earn

club play. But due to paced, introspective additions like the slow,

Human League-indebted "Mien" or quick interlude "Pilfer", Be So True

feels most rewarding in headphones, as repeat listens find the record

inhabiting a more somber, personal space.

We can confirm that the EP does sound good in headphones. We

can also confirm that Crossfade's Arielle Castillo probably did Mr.

Diaz more justice with this

piece more than a month ago. Her posting also includes a link to

download MP3s of MillionYoung's SunnDreamm EP.

The key graf:

Still, for Diaz's sake, it's best to consider his music on

its own

terms, rather than as part of a blog hype wave that was basically D.O.A.

by the end of last year. MillionYoung tracks are less vocally driven

than AnCo, but peppier than so-called downtempo, existing in a watery

haze in between. It's the sound of far-away summer jams on a stereo as

you fall asleep oceanside.

Listen for yourself over at MillionYoung's MySpace,

or for the true lazies, "Cynthia" is below.

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