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Random Access Memories: A Year On

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As of this month, a year has passed since the release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The hype has somewhat dissipated, the dust has settled. Now it’s time to ask: Did RAM live up to the hype? Is it a Daft Punk classic? What does Daft Punk’s journey into disco past mean for our music present and future? (for the TL;DR version of the answers, scroll to the end)

Few artists in the history of time have had the enigmatic effect on the music industry quite like Daft Punk. It takes someone or something special to cause such a whirlwind of rumours and myths to circulate constantly over two decades’ time, ranging from surprise appearances to the actual identity of the persons in question, Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. In the 12 year time gap between their last album and RAM, (excluding the Tron soundtrack) the rumour mill was still well-oiled and running, with people predicting release dates of the next album, asking the questions “is there even going to be a next album?”, “when are they touring again?” or, as one internet punter asked an online Daft Punk FAQ, ‘are they dead?’

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I personally found this ‘partially’ helpful.

In February last year, Daft Punk finally came out of the shadows with a solitary image of the iconic split-helmet posted on both their website and Facebook. This first contact from the pair, in what felt like decades, sent the online world into a frenzy, with Facebook, Twitter, music blogs and forums alike going into overdrive. Even their manager, Paul Hahn, was staggered by the internet’s reaction, commenting that his favourite tweet was, ‘Daft Punk posts jpeg, crashes internet.” The incredible fact was that nothing about a new album was mentioned, though everyone was taking from that simple image the same message:

Daft Punk were back (and were definitely alive).

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Rudy Mechekoff (above) makes a good point 

With tongues wagging and fingertips furiously a-typin’, Columbia Records slowly rolled out the  remainder of the Random Access Memories campaign to the bated breath of fans worldwide. But there was something different about this promotion. The helmet image posted onto the internet was typical of an album release but it was one of only a few engagements in the digital sphere. Instead, as hinted in a blog announcement by Chic guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers, it seemed that Daft Punk (with Rodgers as a suspected collaborator) were opting for a campaign encompassing all things retro. This was the first clue that Daft Punk was taking a new, funky direction.

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Billboards began to pop up along Sunset Boulevard, replacing ads for “fat-reduction pills and local car-insurance companies,” imparting a “physical, visceral quality” and creating “something of permeance,” according to Paul Hahn. A 15-second teaser advertisement also bookmarked a Saturday Night Live episode (overshadowing Macklemore’s appearance on the show), both giving a nod to “pre-MTV era of marketing”, as Paul Hahn put it, with the latter subsequently crashing the Daft Punk website within 4 seconds of its appearance. It was a delightful mix of eras, with the clever use of varied media elements thought to be antiquated in the music realm.

Columbia Records still had more surprises up its sleeve; slowly giving away more and more pieces of the puzzle that was Random Access Memories. These consisted of a retro-futuristic web series, a multi-part YouTube documentary revealing some of the collaborators, more billboards (this time at prime positions of SXSW & Ultra Music Festival) and another SNL advertisement. This was all topped off with an extended 60-second teaser projected to the audience at Coachella, revealing Pharrell as a collaborator and stirring rumours that Daft Punk would be doing a surprise set (little did they know that the two men they craved so much were actually watching the teaser from the crowd amongst them. Truly Gods amongst mere mortals).

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseThe campaign continued to stir up hype and demand attention, certainly a contrast to the two Frenchmen who have insisted on keeping their identities hidden underneath robot heads since the ‘90s. It exuded a promise of something great, with Columbia’s Chief Executive, Rob Stringer, likening it to when record companies used to have the “confidence that they had a big, big record.” There was no question they had the confidence. At this point it was bordering on cockiness.

Finally, the time had come for their 4th studio album to be released and in classic Daft Punk style, the launch was to be held in where else but ‘Wee Where..?’, only adding to the mystery and intrigue of the saga.

The time came, the time has passed, and now we’re left to ponder the question:

Did the machines live up to the hype?

Now that the dust has settled, the rumours have calmed (for now) and everyone has a copy of RAM in their once-hot little hands, I beg the question: did the album live up to its hype as the most anticipated album of last year/decade/century/millennia?

Obtaining the status of most critically successful album with a score of 87/100 on Metacritic, winning numerous Grammy Award wins, including Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Record of the Year, and debuting at number one in twenty countries, I’d be stupid to say no. I’d also be lying.

They gave life back to music.

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As the introductory song to RAM states, Guy and Thomas-Manuel aimed to revive the magic of albums apparently lost in the riff-heavy EDM haze. Professing to be bored with the electronic music style they so happened to help create, the pair chose to shy away from samples and other immediately-gratifying features of electronic music. Instead, they opted to bask in the styles and techniques of the disco era, turning back the clock to the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. In an age where so many songs are conceived so quickly and proficiently on computers, Daft Punk’s reintroduction of disco is refreshing, with The Scissor Sisters’ frontman, Jake Shears, comparing it to a “giant, fresh glass of water that so many people have been thirsty for for so long.” This style is evident in their use of multi-layered vocals, accompanied with a slew of instruments and expert instrument implementation (dem guitar licks), adding to the intricate level of detail and musical thought rendered throughout the album.

They spared no expense to accomplish this; rounding up the best musicians, recording in the finest studios around the world and incorporating orchestras and choirs at will. With this, they’ve managed to create a new sonic-age while still maintaining their classic Daft Punk . Many would prefer for them to simply stick to what made them what they are, but at some point, purely programmed music would become tiresome. As Giorgio Moroder said, “they had to do something which is different – still dance, still electronic – but give that human touch back.” And it’s that simple idea of personifying electronic music again which has so influenced the disco/funk trend so evident today.

RAM was an Instant Crush, but was it an Instant Classic?

crushRandom Access Memories‘ cinematic nature makes it an album that needs to be heard in full, a style which doesn’t make it a classic in the way that its predecessors are. Of course discluding popular Get Lucky and Lose Yourself to Dance, you wouldn’t expect to hear many of their tracks, such as the musings in Giorgio by Moroder or the cinematic story of Touch in any old club. This is where Daft Punk’s style in RAM is noticeably different from their past works. It seems they have created this to be more of an event, more of a journey from start to finish, not dissimilar to the records of the past. This in turn requires a lot more effort from the listener, proving difficult for some, who would prefer the immediate gratification from one of their more electronic numbers such as Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

Although this way of approaching the album may be labour-intensive, it is greatly rewarding. RAM manages to surprise you with something new every listen, whether it be the instantly funking guitar lick on Lose Yourself to Dance, the steady beat of Doin’ It Right or the Broadway production that is Touch. It’s the complete disregard for trend that makes RAM stand out as an innovator, jam-packed with music of an older-age for a future generation.

Disco is Alive and Stayin’ Alive.

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Although many artists have quietly been making disco-influenced music, it seems that all we required was the Daft Punk effect to really start the trend. Sonically, it’s re-introduced the idea of human-sounding music into the dance genre. Ironic, considering it came from a pair of robots. Nile Rodgers, one of the main collaborators on the album and the ‘Mozart of disco’, has attributed this renewed affection for his beloved disco to its “complex simplicity” and absolute “bliss of grooves.”

nilerodgersIt has the ability to encourage people to get up and dance, rather than “people standing there” and “nodding their heads”, as stated by Dec Lennon, the head of a dubstep/grime radio station, comparing the new disco wave to the dubstep era.

Mixmag’s Duncan Dick positioned RAM as a “game-changer for dance music,” getting out of the EDM comfort zone that so many artists are stuck in. “It’s as if they’re trying to turn the clock back to a time not only before EDM but before even acid house,” he wrote. “This isn’t Daft Punk trying to get back to the warehouse or the rave but back to the discothèque.” Dec Lennon has also attributed it to people “opening up, getting loose, having a drink and a dance.” Hugo Gruzman of Flight Facilities has also chimed in on the subject, comparing EDM to electronic disco, stating “it’s the difference between a quick shag and an all-night love-making session”.

It seems everyone has the fever, with artists adopting the disco trend at a critical mass. This past year, we’ve already seen artists such as Jungle, Chromeo, Chris Malinchak, Juce, Flight Facilities, Todd Terje, Blood Orange and La Roux (just to name a few) creating ‘70s/’80s-inspired tunes. Not to mention the slew of artists like Clean Bandit and Avicii who have found huge commercial success with their disco-flavoured numbers.

Pharrell Got Lucky.

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No, not in that way! Well, probably also in that way. 

Another artist who has greatly benefited from the success of Random Access Memories is none other than former N.E.R.D pioneer, Pharrell Williams. Although quietly producing tracks with a host of other artists, it seemed he’d been hiding in the shadows for the past few years, appearing his best days were behind him. Pharrell himself confessed that his first solo album, In My Mind, was a “dreadful experience”, making him think that his “days as an artist were over.”

It wasn’t until he met with Guy and Thomas-Manuel and pleaded to their manager for a chance at collaborating, saying “anything you want me to do, I’ll do. I’ll play tambourine on your next album,” that his luck began to change. He stated that he was “happy guesting” or “producing work” but the French dance stars asked much more of Pharrell,  inviting him to sing on their hit single Get Lucky and further collaborate with them for the entire album.

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This turn of events has him convinced that Daft Punk brought his solo career back from the brink of nonexistence.”Working with Daft Punk has been a huge part of the journey to where I am today… I was appreciative when I did it and I’m still appreciative of the chance I was given,” he has commented. Daft Punk, with their album Random Access Memories, helped shine the spotlight back on Pharrell, breathing life back to his career and revealing the producer for the amazing talent he is, helping him re-emerge into the music world as, what The Guardian describes him, a ‘one-man disco revival.’

TL;DR: Random Access Memories was great, Daft Punk revived the disco era, they inspired other artists to emulate electro-disco, they kick-started Pharrell Williams’ solo career and, basically, boogie is back and it’s, hopefully, here to stay (at least until Daft Punk’s next album).

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What We’re Listening To

Another week, another load of new songs to trawl through on the Internet. Luckily, theinterns performed that laborious job and have hand-picked the ripest of the bunch.

So sit back, plug in those headphones and have a listen. But only if you’re game.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/what-were-listening-to[/soundcloud]

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Awaken your senses and choose from three culinary adventures brought to you by the latest offerings from Chet Faker, Little Dragon and Todd Terje. Bon Appétit! 

(Click images for recipes)

Chet Faker – Built on Glass

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If you’re dining to this album, your first step is to set the scene – light the candles, pull up a chair. Built on Glass is like an aphrodisiac; Faker produces a voice & melody that flows right through your body, liable to affect your hormones, brain chemistry, energy and stress levels. The songs on this album have a psychoactive property and seductive undertones so it’s recommended you pair it with an appropriate dinner plan that will be sure to make you Blush:

Hors D’Oeuvres

Oysters: the ultimate aphrodisiac. Serve fresh on ice but ensure you remove their beards before serving – Chet Faker has you covered in that department.

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Entree

Figs stuffed with Gorgonzola & wrapped with crispy prosciutto. Figs are known not only for their emulation of a particular female organ but also for their association with love and stimulation.

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Main

Rosemary and parmesan crusted rack of lamb with potato mash and red wine jus. The key to acing this meal is to ensure the lamb is nice and tender which for some will be a Lesson in patience but worth the wait.

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Dessert

Release your problems into a bittersweet, self-saucing pudding with Melted choc-caramel and raspberries. Feel free to garnish with edible Gold flakes to give it that Midas touch.

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Drink

If you’re cooking for that special someone, I’d recommend you both wash this down with a bottle of 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you’re dining for one, best to bask yourself in Cigarettes & loneliness.

Download Built on Glass 

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

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The perfect accompaniment to the wistful, polite elegance of Nabuma Rubberband is French cooking of Nouvelle Cuisine. Unlike its Cuisine Classique predecessor, this culinary method takes a new direction and is characterised by lighter, more intricate dishes with an increased focus on presentation and palatial expression.

Let Go of all qualms you previously entertained about cooking in this style and attempt to Mirror Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano’s delicate precision and gentility for the following banquet:

Hors D’Oeuvres

Peking duck and Hoisin rice paper rolls

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Entree

Seared scallops with Little Dragon fruit Salsa

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Main

Braised pork belly with a caramel sauce, served with papaya salad. This is a French-Vietnamese favourite, combining the faire of Paris with the freshness of Hanoi. For that extra spice, throw in Bird’s Eye chilli into the salad. But remember to add Only One! These hot rockets can be a little powerful for those who can’t take the heat.

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Dessert

Channel Little Dragon’s Scandinavian heritage with a Norwegian Pink Cloudberry Cream with lavender and vanilla. A deliciously light way to end the meal!

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Drink

Pair with a dry, sweet Sémillon.

Download Nabuma Rubberband 

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

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The Norwegian Duke of Disco, Todd Terje, invites you to put on your dancing shoes and step into the swingin’ ‘60s with his latest album. Turn off the phones, disconnect your wi-fi and reconnect with the musical delicacies of yesteryear. The food, like the music, is leisurely and unapologetically cheesy – so just kick back and relax because, Ladies & Gentlemen, It’s Album Time!

Hors D’Oeuvres

Devils on Horseback: the perfect old-fashioned Intro for your journey to the past.

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Entree

Take your time to Inspector Norse traditional cookbook and you’ll be certain to find Gravlaks – salmon cured for 24 hours in a mix of sugar, salt and dill. Top this on your mini toasts and, Oh Joy, will you have a delicious treat!

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Main

Bouillabaisse. A seafood spread as difficult to pronounce as half of the songs on the album.

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Dessert

Crêpe Suzette. The best part is when you get to set it alight, making this Delorean Dynamite a sure-fire way to impress your chums! Todd Terje himself claimed he likes his music ‘very fruity’ so don’t be afraid to Swing Star fruit over the top to really make your Suzette sparkle.

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Drink  

Dirty martini. Be sure not to spill it though as you cavort across the dancefloor to Terje’s casual funk.

Download It’s Album Time 

 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Coachella 2015

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With the dust only just settling from Coachella 2014, it may seem too early to think about buying pre-sale tickets to 2015’s festivities. Here are ten reasons why you should be getting out of bed (or coming home) at 3am this Saturday:

1. The surprise acts

Sometimes the best acts at Coachella aren’t even on the bill. With this year’s surprise appearances including Busta Rhymes, Usher, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, Pusha T and Gwen Stefani (just to name a few), it’s likely that 2015’s guest appearances are going to be bigger and better than ever.

Although recent events might mean this is the last time you’ll be seeing this:

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2. The plethora of artists to suit your tastes

With the 2014 lineup reaching almost 150 notable artists, even before its surprise acts,  you’ll be hard pressed to find a spare moment. So much so that you won’t even have the time to care about spotting the celebs that don’t care about spotting you.

Don’t let this large number overwhelm you though. Coachella gives you the ability to go with the flow and even stumble into acts you didn’t know you wanted to see.

3. Best workout of your life

Between the thigh squats (otherwise known as getting low), the fist punches brought on purely by a lack of knowing what else to do with your arms and the ab crunches from laughing too hard, the Coachella workout is a surefire way to drop some kilos. Or work off that delicious slice of pizza from the Heineken Bar.

4. Experience appreciation for new music

Coachella 2014 brought a host of lesser known acts that are likely to be big names by the time the festival rolls around next year. This year’s bill saw the likes of BANKS, Courtney Barnett and The Preatures taking to smaller stages off the back of huge international hype. Just imagine where Lorde was in 2013…

5. The ultimate road trip

With initiatives such as Carpoolchella offering VIP tickets for life, all access guest passes and ferris wheel vouchers simply for carpooling with four or more people to the festival, there’s no reason to not road trip.

6. Maybe 2015 will be THE year…

With punters getting Daft Punk’d by indie-rockers Arcade Fire at the start of their 2014 headline set, maybe it’s a sign of things to come?

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Or perhaps we should just take this as the best we’re ever gonna’ get. 🙁

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7. The technology / special effects

The lighting and special effects paired with each set were on a level not seen at any Australian festival. You  could even forgive Muse for over-delivering on the flame throwers (I didn’t need those eyebrows anyway) and the broken crane which left Matt Bellamy suspended oddly in the middle of the crowd.

Also, expect to have THIS GUY zooming above your head during the bigger bands:

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Yes, that’s a camera drone. Yes, we’re living in the future.

8. The Quirks

The fashion

At Coachella you will discover that your fellow punters will take this chance to flaunt some questionable fashion choices but strangely you won’t hate them for it and might even (god forbid) embrace it.

The art installations

A roaming, giant spaceman. Need I say more?

The sign language interpreter

Watching the sign language interpreter attempting  to keep up with Andre 3000’s rapid-fire roll of the tongue in Roses was almost as entertaining as the entire set. Here’s hoping Coachella will hire this guy next year:

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“I know you like to thank your shit don’t stank”

9. The before/during/after parties

Start the day in the pool, end your day in the pool. Both in very different states of consciousness. If this is your style, we recommend staying at The Saguaro.

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10. The payment plan

We can’t all expect to afford to blow a cool $US375 in one go, not to mention additional travel and accommodation costs, nor can we be as #blessed as some celebs and actually earn money by simply attending (looking at you, Vanessa ‘McHudgens’). Thankfully, Coachella has provided us with a  payment plan more attractive than your average infomercial.

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Coachella 2015 is scheduled for April 10th through 12th, followed by the second weekend from April 17th through to 19th at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.

General admission passes are priced at $US375 (currently $AUD400.46 for those too lazy to currency exchange it), while VIP passes will cost you $US799.

Set your alarms for an early wake up, Australia. Pre-sales kick off early Saturday morning at 3:00am AEST (Friday, May 16th 10:00am PDT) from http://www.coachella.com/.

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La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

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London-born pop-synth royalty La Roux have finally returned after a 5 year hiatus since their self-titled, Grammy Award-winning album.

Following their dancefloor anthem, Bulletproof, vocalist Elly Jackson confided “unless we manage to write a record in two weeks I don’t think there will be anything in terms of a second record for a while.” Well, we’ve waited long enough and the time has finally come for them to drop their first single in half a decade, Let Me Down Gently.

The mood is first set with Elly’s breathy ad-lib & synth washes, creating an almost morose atmosphere divergent from their last album.

Bringing us in ever so gently with her desperate crooning, the song crescendos into a steady electronic beat before plunging us into silence. A brief moment is lent for us to gather our thoughts, before the breakdown turns the song on its head with synths-galore, a sax solo & the classic Elly Jackson we know and love.

It’s a delicious taste of what’s to come.

Let Me Down Gently is the first release from La Roux’s upcoming album, Trouble in Paradise, due out July 7th.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/la-roux-official/let-me-down-gently[/soundcloud]

Trouble in Paradise Tracklist:

1. Uptight Downtown
2. Kiss and Not Tell
3. Cruel Sexuality
4. Paradise Is You
5. Sexotheque
6. Tropical Chancer
7. Silent Partner
8. Let Me Down Gently
9. The Feeling

 

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5 things I learnt from the St Lucia concert

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St Lucia and his crew make for a colourful bunch. Jean-Philip Grobler (AKA St Lucia), along with Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paula and Patricia Beranek have been tearing up the airwaves with various songs from their indie-pop album When The Night.

Naturally they arrived on stage to an excited room ready to dance to the highly moveable South African flavours. And taste them we did.

Apart from sore feet, here’s what I took from the concert:

1. Choir classes pay off 

Starting off the night off with radio-favourite The Night Comes Again, Jean-Philip’s choir-boy background really shined through; his vocal capabilities exuded a quality only years of dedicated practice could do.

2. St Lucia can smash a cover 

Jean-Philip and his backing band surprised everyone by performing a boppy rendition of Chaka Khan’s ’83 hit ‘Ain’t Nobody’. It’s hard to believe that this ’80s hit could become any more balmy but St Lucia and his band worked the crowd into a hot sweat.

3. There is such a thing as too much wind machine. 

stlucia_hairLucky his bouffant ‘do could handle the gale force.

4.  He likes it loud (his clothing, that is).  

Keep updated on his appealing apparel that would make even Solange Forest Green with envy on his Twitter account.

 

5. The energy translated from album to dancefloor 

Despite the set occasionally lulling into a few too many la-la-las, by and large it was an energetic, sunshine-driven affair. Towards the end of the night, effortless transitions between songs ensured the dancing pit never quit. Elevate was as euphoric as you’d expect and the glistening island-inspired percussion transformed the room into a Caribbean getaway. The more dance-centric September delivered perfectly constructed climaxes, driving the evening home before we were willing to call it a night. That enthusiasm was (unfortunately?) noticed by a fellow punter who complimented my friend and me on our ‘enthusiasm’ which ‘made her night.’ I, myself, would pass the compliment onto St Lucia but, hey, my pleasure.

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St Lucia wrapped up his National tour in Melbourne on Tuesday before making his way back to the US.

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Musical Speed Dating 10 April

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This week, the(in)terns are dating pop. From the euphoria of a Cut Copy dance floor to ear candy from rising pop queen, we’ve cast our fairly invalidated judgement on a new batch of singles. While there’s plenty of love this week, there’s also a few spiteful tongues as alt-country music falls flat and Drake gets a little too sleazy.

One tune this week made us all fall in love, with three willing bachelorettes naming it the pick of the week.

Cut Copy- In These Arms of Love

Hannah: Nothing to see here folks. 2

Bianca:  As a self-confessed Cut Copy fan girl (the rest of the(in)terns can confirm this) it pains me to say that this song should have perhaps remained a left-over. Dan Whitford’s usually on-the-beat voice sounds drawly and at times whiney and the guitar riff in the instrumental breaks sound like new school Coldplay (that’s not a compliment). Luckily this gal takes a man with their flaws. 3

Sam: I’m also an avid Cut Copy fan and like Bianca I ain’t giving up. For me, this song is redemption after an album less impressive than those before it. It’s expansive, atmospheric and melancholic. The synths come on thick and fast- just the way I like it. Add glitter bombs for extra effect. 3.5

Lizzie: Errrgh my ears are still ringing. I feel like I am stuck in some weird psychedelic Star Trek episode…that never made it to air. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/modularpeople/cut-copy-in-these-arms-of-love[/soundcloud]

How To Dress Well- Repeat Pleasure

Hannah: This song is infectious. With hand-clap percussion and catchy guitar riffs, Krell makes heartbreak sound sweet like only an R&B enthusiast with a killer upper register could. Taking on Mariah with his tingling “Even broken, my heart will go on” is a bold but totally welcomed move. I repeat, Mariah territory is never bad territory. 3.5

Bianca: The clap is infectious. Now let’s talk about the song.. Straight out of the ‘90s, this head-boppin’, toe-tappin’ good time takes me right back to the day with its rhythmic beatine, surface-lying guitar strums and Tom Krell’s soothing falsetto. I’m keeping this pleasure on repeat. 4.5

Sam: Tom Krell has gone from strength to strength. And It Was You was a total jam and Repeat Plesure betters that. It’s straight out of Ashanti’s song book with a fairly flat-lined melody but buttery instrumentation aplenty. I also heard him gush over Ciara with Jacques Greene and ever since then I’ve been a massive fan. 4.5  Sam’s Pick

Lizzie: This song belongs in “Give a song a chance”! The first time I listened to it I was not sold. Second time, it really blossomed into a beautiful track. I agree with you Bianca, straight out of the 90’s. And now to listen again, again and again. 4

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Drake- Days in the East

Hannah: The best and worst part about this is the teasing Rihanna sample. More RiRi please. 2.5

Bianca: Too R&B sex playlist for me. Keep this locked away in the after-dark collection. 2.5

Sam: Surely this is a left-over from Nothing Was The Same. It sounds in the same lane as Own It or Furtherst Thing. And I’m ok with that. It’s another understated jam where Drame proves he’s becoming a more effective singer than a rapper. Rihanna and Drake are going out now right? That sample is so kuwaii. 3.5

Lizzie: Hellooooo stripper pole. Not your best Drake. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/octobersveryown/drake-days-in-the-east[/soundcloud]

Rita Ora- I Will Never Let You Down

Hannah: It’s reassuring that in the lead up to her second album Rita Ora “will never let you down.” Good one Calvin, you’ve given this pop princess the credibility she deserves. 3

Bianca: Very simple, classic pop song. Neither here nor there for me. I didn’t have high hopes to begin with so fortunately Rita hasn’t let me down. Although in saying that, Calvin is better on his own and needs to ditch the poor man’s Rihanna – there’s no love found in this hopeless place. 2.5

Sam: So this is what talented couples do in their spare time. As far as pop songs go this is an A+. I like how Calvin tones down his synth break but I’m starting to grow tired of him. I feel he’s up for a Guetta style fall from grace as it seems he’s oversaturated the market. This could be his last moment in the sun. Rita on the other hand will surely have yet another hit record on her hands. 3

Lizzie: Calvin and Rita – bangin’ couple in real life but they do not hit it as a music duo. At all. Rita is still too cookie cutter, Aria Top 40 for me and “I Will Never Let You Down” is no different. I really want her to do something risqué with her beautiful voice. 2.5

Chrome Sparks- Goddess

Hannah: The title track off Brooklyn producer Jeremy Malvin’s forthcoming EP, Goddess is flawless. Sucking you in with deep synths and an almost Seekae sound, Goddess builds into two climatic crescendos so effortlessly imbued with vocal loops and twinkling galactic samples, you’ll be up, down and back up again before you even notice it. Scared to miss a single moment of this stellar roller coast ride, Goddess is on repeat.  Hannah’s Pick

Bianca: Love the moodiness to this track and its underlying intergalactic feel. Very Fritz Lang-esque. Hot tip: listen to this song whilst feasting your eyes on this classic on mute4  Bianca’s Pick

Sam: Such a velvety slice of ear candy. It just ticks all the boxes. A slow, brooding start and a gloriously climatic finish. It’s got so much texture and dynamic to it- impressive for such a young gun. It’s probably not immediate enough for it to really take off but a cult-following is sure to ensue. Count me in. 4.5

Lizzie: This track is beautiful- a pure, layered delight to listen to. If only the “drop” (for lack of a better word) at 4min 35 secs came earlier, thats when I experienced some serious earporn. 4.5  Lizzie’s Pick

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First Aid Kit- My Silver Lining

Hannah: Sure to find itself on The Js high rotation soon, My Silver Lining brings you the midwest straight  out of Sweden (wait, what?). With big strings and even bigger harmonies, the latest offering from duo First Aid Kit promises long dusty road trips and hopelessly hopeful mornings spent in forgotten hotel rooms. Bring on Summer. 3

Bianca: Hannah: Summer’s gone and this track should go with it. Adios, Amigos! 2

Sam: The Lions Roar was a standout record for me when it was released. And I like this. It’s confident and assured but I can’t help feeling it’s more of the same. Hopefully the album has a little more variation but this is enough to whet the appetite. 3.5

Lizzie: Did Lana Del Ray go on a Western adventure? Sure sounds like it. I do like the sway this song has, and the violins, banjo and vocals work well together to produce and digestible cowboy track. Yee-haa!! 3.5

 

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