The cream of the crop and the slop from the fortnight past…
Whether you’ve noticed or not, AlunaGeorge have released more bangers than anyone else this year. They had their own tracks I’m In Control, I Remember and My Blood but on top of that they also collaborated with Flume on Innocence, Kaytranada on Together and Yogi on Blow You Up. Now they’re back at it again releasing new single Mean What I Mean featuring Dreezy and Leikeli47. It’s really cool to see an artist using every resource available to them and they have nailed the art of collaboration. Now, they’re eyeing the release of their sophomore album I Remember on 16th September. Now doubt it will only add more bangers to their arsenal.
Christine & The Queens
If you’ve been tracking the charts recently you would’ve noticed that French artist Christine & The Queens Tilted is beginning to impact the charts. Christine released her debut album in France in 2014 and then re-recorded it in English for release in other parts of the world in 2016. Her growth until now has been steady but thanks to a few amazing television performances people are beginning to fall in love. Basically, she’s a genre-bending, theatrical character who pours her heart into every performance. Her Graham Norton performance of Titled was nothing short of spectacular and your heart will hardly be able to take her Radio 1 live session which features a cover of Michael Jackson’s Who Is It. Her amazing Glastonbury performance was just the cherry on top, certifying her as this year’s most intriguing and powerful live performer.
The Splendour Pre-Party
People are going to have sore heads on day one of Splendour In The Grass this year because the pre-parties happening in Brisbane and Byron Bay are A+. The Northern in Byron is once again holding an annual party, lining up The Avalanches, The Kills, Methyl Ethel and Harts for the occasion. This is a pretty incredible opportunity to see The Avalanches in an intimate venue before they hit the Splendour mainstage and you better grab your tix before it’s too late. If you’re still in Brisbane though, you can catch Years & Years and Lido at The Triffid. It’s the only sideshow for both of the acts and will be a pretty cool way to kick off festivities before the main event. You can get your tix for that one here. The main point of all this is, don’t expect to feel fresh on day one. Splendour begins on day zero this year.
FKA twigs is revolutionising the way we see live gigs. She doesn’t simply perform a set, she puts on an entire production and her latest is called Radiant Me². She kicked it off in Moscow over the weekend and also took the opportunity to debut a swag of new tracks. Apart from the whole visual looking phenominal, twigs’ newies sounded as dark, woozy and haunting as her debut album LP1, if not even more experimental. It’s been two years since we got that record so hopefully we’re eyeing the prospect of a second one soon. Watch new track supposedly titled Yes Yes Yes and see more over at The Fader.
It was never going to be easy to follow up the monumental success of Panda and unfortunately Desiigner‘s new mixtape New English was a bit of a fizzer. There was nothing that stuck half as well as Panda on there and if anything, he only exacerbated the comparisons to Future. Luckily, his next single Timmy Turner sounds a little more promising but he’s really going to have to give us something that has his own stamp on it if he wants to shake the one hit wonder tag.
LCD Soundsystem’s T In The Park Crowd
Having watched LCD Soundsystem’s headline set amongst a sea of people at Coacehlla this year, it’s hard to believe the photos of their crowd over the weekend at T In The Park are real. They had a paltry turnout at the Scottish festival, disadvantaged by a clash with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and miserable weather. Still, surely anyone who has heard the Chilis’ latest material would know that they were making the wrong choice by being there. LCD’s return has been nothing short of spectacular with each show proving exactly why we wanted them back so much.
the crowd LCD soundsystem got at T in the park yesterday is making me sad pic.twitter.com/FHMpWSt8I2
— Matt (@MattWimsett) July 11, 2016
— own the dancefloor (@owndancefloor) July 11, 2016
The Spice Girls Reunion
Simply put, it’s not a Spice Girls reunion if it’s not all five of the girls. This week Geri Halliwell, Melanie B and Emma Bunton teased a reunion as GEM but we’re just not having any of it thanks. It’s the 20th anniversary of Wannabe and obviously they want to do something but it seems a bit cheap to do it at all if they can’t rope in Melanie C and Victoria Beckham, who are also coincidentally the two most successful of the group. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want…all five of you or nothing at all.
It’s not going well for Fergie at the moment. M.I.L.F. $ was off to a strong start thanks to its attention-garnering video but the tune hasn’t been able to stick dropping out of the top 10 in the US, UK and here in Australia. It’s proof that while you can shoot high up the charts from a shock campaign, the song has got to be good to remain there otherwise it shoots back down just as quickly. No doubt her team will quickly be looking to single number two.