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the interns’ Saturday Mix #3

saturdaymix2It’s the gift that keeps on giving. the interns‘ Saturday Mix is back again for its third glorious instalment to guide you deep into this mid-winter weekend. Why not play the host, go on an adventure or just catch yourself drifting away – there is no need for any awkward silences when we are here hitting the play button.

triple j Unearthed – June Mixtape: Songs to take camping

We don’t have bears in Australia, so there is no real excuse not to go camping this weekend. Except for drop-bears, they suck. Here is something adventurous and all-Australian to guide you on your merry ways in to the forest, to the beach or anywhere creative you can pitch a tent with mates. This mix is infused with all new music, offering up that breath of fresh air you needed in your iTunes library. Just don’t forget to pack the marshmallows!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/triplejunearthed/june-unearthed-mixtape[/soundcloud]

LFTF – Saint Pepsi LFTF: Songs to own the dance floor

It’s time to spread your arms, holla to your mates and clear a big fat space – you are about to own the dance floor. Flared pants or not, this mix from 21-year-old Boston producer, is jam-packed with your favourite pop songs but with his own dazzling disco sentiment which will leave you clapping to the left, and shimmying to the right. Go on, do the Hustle!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/liveforthefunk/saint-pepsi-lftf-mix[/soundcloud]

Benzi – Live @ Sway In The Morning: Music to host a house party

Time to tap the kegs, lay out the beer bong table and clear your room of any valuables and baby photos. Tonight, the time has finally come around for you to host a house party. Bitchez gonna be twerking, beers are gonna be flowin’ and you are going to have the night of your life – because no one can ever fail when Diplo, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are invited to your party.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/benzi/benzi-live-sway-in-the-morning[/soundcloud]

DJ Hanzel – Mix BBC Radio 1: Music to push that one bit deeper

DJ Hanzel, a.k.a Dillon Francis‘ infamous alter ego has taken over the decks at BBC Radio 1. It’s at this stage, all you want to do is leave the club. It’s 3am, the music is drying up like a desert and your attention is now solely focussed on what kebab you want from across the road. Here is just 30 minutes of numbness to push you that one bit deeper into the night – just so your mates don’t think you are a pussy.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dj-hanzel-one-deeper-mix-for-annie-nightingale-on-bbc-radio-one[/soundcloud]

Max Graef – Live at Club Bonsoir: Beats for your Sunday sesh

A good Sunday sesh often supersedes the infamous night before. Best served with mates and a barbecue, do not let the winter blues hold you back from seeing out your whole weekend of frivolity. This mix offers up something fresh and boppy, with the perfect amount of dancey disco, but with not too much of a punch to drown out your banter with your friends.

Click here to listen to the mix.

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Mount Kimbie – Minimix for North America 2014: Songs to daydream to…

Sundays are for dreaming. Free your mind, lie back on your porch or in the park and let the last of the sun’s rays warm up your face. Now close your eyes and let yourself just drift away with this gorgeous, yet purposefully disjointed musical head-space which the London duo conjure up for your delight. Prepare to get vivid.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mountkimbie/minimix-for-north-america-2014[/soundcloud]

 

 

 

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Mount Kimbie Has a New Mixtape

With a new album in the works and a freshly announced, 5 date US Tour, Dom Maker and  Kai Campos from post-club London duo Mount Kimbie, debuted a new mini mix on The Fader overnight. Cue cheers.  Calling it one “for when you get on the plane feeling rough and put music on and fall asleep and have bizarre and extremely vivid dreams,” Campos says it reflects the duo’s headspace at the moment: Disjointed and all over the place. Looking forward to churning out some hits while in the US, the pair cite “having to constantly turn down or leave food and weed,” as the downside of touring life.

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Auto-Tune: A Short History

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As if we were touched by a musical angel overnight, the original vocals for Britney Spears’ demo track ‘Alien’, from her 2013 album Britney Jean, were leaked to the cyber world. Here we find her stripped naked (metaphorically I would hope), and left without the trusty safety blanket of Auto-Tune.

Let’s just say it was not her finest effort, and to celebrate this momentous occasion we have decided to take a short trip down memory lane and visit some our favourite moments in pitch correction music’s history.

Auto-Tune; This is your life….. 

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The Humble Beginnings

Cher ‘Believe’ (1998)

Cher’s late-nineties comeback to music and the worldwide gay community was marked with the release of her, warped, robotic vocal effect single ‘Believe’. At this time, no one had seriously considered the use of Antares’ Auto-Tune pitch correction software as a recording “special effect,” however Cher says that when she heard the sound she demanded it be left in the recording. Good life decision Cher. While this track was incredibly successful it was also polarising as it represented the ‘sound of the future,’ or, as some may call it, the “Cher effect.”

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The Millennium

Daft Punk ‘One More Time’ (2000)

Who better to ring in the new millennium than French helmeted-duo Daft Punk, with their Auto-Tune anthem ‘One More Time’. After already using vocorder-distored vocals in their timeless hit ‘Around the World’ they turned to the blessed Auto-Tune with the addition of singer Ramanthony. Despite being met with some harsh criticism as to their use of technology, ‘One More Time’ peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in 2000, and is one of the duo’s few charting songs in the US, reaching 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 – likening the criticisms to those levelled in the early days of synthesisers in pop music. 

Synths, pfffft. Who uses them in the music industry now?

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The Serial Offender

Kanye West ‘808s and Heartbreak’ (2008)

Some artists do it with a song, others make an album of it. Kanye West is a serial Auto-Tuner. His 2008 album release, 808s and Heartbreak, has stylised voice manipulation plastered all over it. In classic Kanye style he used it without a reason or excuse, with tracks like ‘Heartless’ and ‘Love Lock down’ repping Auto-Tune like there is no tomorrow. Instead of leaning on the vocal manipulator as a crutch for some of his arguably shaky singing, Kanye harnesses technology as an instrument and if you hate it – he doesn’t care. He is Kanye West and he’s the best.

CLICK HERE to see Kanye’s latest Auto-Tuned rant at Wireless Festival!

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The Good 

Bon Iver ‘Woods’ (2008)

It may no means requires a high level of production for indie icon and Auto-Tune enthusiast Bon Iver to create a beautiful atmospheric song, rich crafty pitch shifting goodness. All Justin Vernon’s fine voice needs is to be run through a phase-vocoder and repeat the same paragraph of lyrics 11 times, before concluding with a final momentous built up tension. For indie noobs, this song is most commonly known as the  sample in Kanye “Serial Auto-Tuner” West’s track ‘Lost in the World.’

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The Bad

Rebecca Black ‘Friday’ (2011)

I am speechless. No words can be used to describe this piece of utter lyrical genius.

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The One You Have Been Waiting For

Britney Spears ‘Alien’ Demo (2013)

It’s Britney Bitch.

What was allegedly said to be a 2013 warm-up tape of the Las Vegas Starlet in Residence, this very raw demo leaves us all feeling that little bit better about our own karaoke voices.

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And of course…The Virals

One Direction ‘Story of My Life’ (2014)

For those who do not call themselves One Direction fans *cue crying, screaming girls, fainting and a like*, be prepared to instantly fall in love with the superstar heartthrobs. The concept is quite simple, Shred Videos. Videos which craftily remove the audio of some of the world’s biggest music acts and replace them with a ridiculous, yet convincing, auto-tuned version of their song. The end result is a hilariously butchered piece of viral brilliance. You’re welcome:

 

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the interns’ Saturday Mix #2

saturdaymix2It’s that time again! That little bundle of joy that graces us every week, the weekend, has arrived once again. So you’ve already filled your music library with the myriad of tunes we gave you last week and you are in luck again; the second instalment of the interns’ Saturday Mix is here to be your musical wingman.

Slumber Session – David Douglas: Soundtrack to your weekend.

This week we enter the dream world of Dutch producer and video director, David Douglas. Every moment of this mix is utterly cinematic, providing the perfect backing soundtrack to your weekend. Hit 8 minutes and you are James Bond, ready to suave yourself around the town. Hit 16 minutes and you are cruising the streets as the sun sets and the wind is blowing in your hair. 30 minutes down, you are oozing sex, feeling Pulp Fiction-naughty. Have fun with this mix – play your favourite character for the night before the reality of Monday slaps you in the face.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/slumber-session-david-douglas[/soundcloud]

Discobelle Mix 044 – MSCL – Songs to ease you in

You had a big one last night, and now you have to back it up again. It’s ok, there are some ye olde faithfuls in here to ease you right back into party mode. Motez, Zeds Dead, Josh Butler & John Newman remixes are in the mix to set some solid foundations for another great night and to get your head-bopping. You can do it!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mscls/mscls-summer-jams-discobelle-mix-044[/soundcloud]

Chrome Sparks – Fader Mix: Music to impress your new friends

Meeting a new crowd? Being that guy who is the plus-one to a party, and knows no one? Ok, breathe, we have got your back. Whack this baby on the iPod dock after midnight and prepare to start poking the crowd of new friends away with a stick. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how a Saturday mix should be done. “Thoughtful, beautiful and groovy,” as Chrome Sparks puts it. You will thank us later.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fadermedia/fader-mix-chrome-sparks[/soundcloud]

SLAVA – Ciroc Mix4logo: R&B and Vodka. Enough said

Ciroc – sound familiar? It’s a vodka brand, and you should probably go drink some. Right now.  

This Russian-born New York club weirdo Slava, has created a mix which can only be described as “tracks which have been triple-distilled into a cool sound.” Once again, vodka – I feel there is a trend happening here. This mix is all about the chilled-out vibes, and the mutation of club styles  – the majority of which should be consumed in the home or the bedroom.With R&B favourites Aaliyah and Cassie and the fierce DJ Leo, Rizzla and False Witness, this will leave you drunk and suitably undressed.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/logomagazine/slava-ciroc-mix4logo[/soundcloud]

Kyphosis – Afterlife DnB- Lose your mind

Festival season in Europe has arrived and it is time to re-educate yourself on EDM. Or not – who cares, you are too drunk in the night to actually care what is blasting out of the speakers. Plus, you don’t want to miss the drop and pull the wrong dance move, or even pull a hamstring with your ill-timed rave movements. Young Sydney-based artist Kyphosis is here to give you a master-class on 3am underground club vibes. This epic education on Drum and Bass which will leave you pumping into the early hours of the morning.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/afterlife-drum/kyphosis-at-afterlife-dnb-sydney-28th-june-2014[/soundcloud]

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Who Gives a Ship?

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Who really does give a ship? Well, apparently everyone does. What was somewhat of a novelty in 2013, the floating dance music festival has become a hot trend in the electronic music community and buoy are we excited!

Imagine this…lying on a cruise ship off the coast of the Bahamas, cocktail in hand, beach ball flying into your face and your favourite artist cutting the latest tunes on a stage made out of a wooden shipwreck….on a private island. It sounds like heaven, and it is! But before you all rush to go find your floaties and spankiest budgie smugglers – with the great influx of new ships setting sail this year and in 2015 across the Caribbean and even Australia – it is vital to choose the right cruise for you, or you may risk missing the boat altogether!

You could weigh up all your options; cost-to-benefit ratios; the whole “getting time off work” thing; who’s going, and all of the monotonous kind of things which anchor you down everyday. Orrrrrr the only true way to decide which live-changing cruise is for you, is to look at their promotional videos – a full-on glorified version of what to expect while aboard this floating rave dungeons.

Here are some of the hottest new floating music festivals paddling around:

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Holy Ship! (Ye olde faithful voyage)

January 2-6 and February 18-21 2015

Every year, Destructo‘s Hard Events boast the hottest event on the open seas, with babes, booze, beaches and beats of Titanic proportions. Ask for something new each year, and they shall deliver. The Mecca of all the festival ships, Holy Ship! is at it again, but this time they are on for two separate sailings in early 2015. That’s right, #twoweekends ladies and gentlemen, get excited. We’ve all seen the after movie – and probably cried over a bowl of ice-cream, wishing you were there…or maybe that was just me. Watching Zedd hanging out with his fans, Laidback Luke run a yoga class, and Dillon Francis playing poker and being classic Dillon Francis, it all looks incredible. The catch is, this school of fish is very a exclusive bunch. A little somethin’ somethin’ they don’t sign-post on the promotional video, if you managed to tear your eyes away from the boobies, is that the first run of tickets go straight to those have sailed before. My advice, stay on the boat and never leave it.

Where: Miami, Bahamas

LineupKnife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume and Boys Noize. for Weekend 1. Meanwhile, Weekend 2 boasts Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer and DJ Snake at the top of the bill. Also added, Adelaide producer Motez!

Verdict: “You can’t ship with us” – if you have decided you wanted to go on Holy Ship! now, its already too late, its sold out.

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Mad Decent (theinterns Pick)

November 12-16 2014

Video: OK, so the video wasn’t very informative. Funny, but not informative.

Just imagine picking up the best music and artists from the 2014 Holy Ship! boat and dropping them all onto another cruise. That’s exactly what you get with the Mad Decent Boat Party. Mad Decent are the bona fide experts at throwing the most epic, sweaty, dirty, sexy, mind-blowing block parties, and just adding a splash of water will not change this. Diplo is your party king, and Dillon Francis is the mighty Jester. Prepare to bow down in awe of their music and their Jamaican anthemic sound. Expect a lot of amazing guest performers and to lose your shirt instantaneously.

Where: Who actually cares!?  The Bahamas, somewhere awesome.

Line-up: Diplo, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, DJ Snake, Kill the noise, Netsky, Wave Racer, Cashmere Cat, Benni Benassi, Nina Las Vegas…..

Verdict: “Prepared to get shipfaced”. This will be the ride of your life.

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All Gone To Sea – Pete Tong (Verdict’s still out)

6-10th November 2014

The original, the don, the master, the boss…he is Pete Tong. He is the father of electronic dance music and the mentor to some of the biggest names in music we know today. Hats off to the guy, he has a lot of great friends in high places.

Does it look like the hottest party going around? No. Does it look like maybe some of the DJs look a little past their use-by dates? Maybe. However, the line-up does look awfully seductive and do not let age fool you – this guy knows what he is doing.

Where: Miami FL, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Line-up: Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, Pete Tong, Nervo, Above & Beyond, R3HAB, Anna Lanoe, Chris Lake, Botnek…and so on.

Verdict: “Sink or swim? Pete Tong it’s hard to go wrong”

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Your Paradise (Aussie Underdog)

Novemebr 19-22 2014

Short teaser video, but packs a punch. It is a-boat time that the Aussie talent stepped up to the plate and hosted their own tropic music festival. Fiji is an epic location and while it may not be a cruise liner in the Caribbean, it is close and affordable. Plus, for those who can’t handle the motion of the ocean, this may be exactly the tropical adventure for you!

Where: Fiji, private tropical island

Line-up: Alison Wonderland, Peking Duck, Jack Beats, Touch Sensitive, LDRU, Golden Features, Safia… and a whole list more of Aussie talent.

Verdict: “Got us, hook, line and sinker!”

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 Floating Groove Festival (Participation Award)

October 2-5 2014

This little gem just popped up on the radar as one of the floating ships to hop aboard. Well if the awesome graphics of the promo video haven’t already sold you then I don’t know what will!

It tells us it’s “the world’s largest floating dance music festival.” Well that is impressive for a start. As one of the first ships to leave port this year, I am sure it will go out with a splash, however it just doesn’t dazzle us as much as the others. It’s a tough market, this whole ‘music festival paradise’ thing.

Where: Catalina Island & Mexico (Departing from Los Angeles)

Line-up: Erick Morillo, Morgan Page, Hard Rock Sofa, Project 46, Hook N Sling, Borgeous, Monday Night Social, Control, Traxsource, A.W.O.L. and Rollingtuff……..?????? No idea who any of these are? My thoughts exactly.

Verdict: “I am not shore this is a good idea.” 

 

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theinterns’ Saturday Mix

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The week has finally come to a close, Saturday is here but your iTunes library is looking embarrassingly outdated. Do not fret, we have got your weekend jams covered with our first ever interns’ SATURDAY MIX. Showcasing some of the best new mixes from the week, we aim to tailor to all your musical wants and needs; whether you want to wind down, entertain friends or get the blood pumping for a 3am bender – pending lock-outs don’t kill your vibe, we’ve got your back.

Panama Wedding-Mix: Music To Cook Dinner To

The wine is poured and the mood candles are lit. If you have chosen to spend this chilly winter night in, nestled up in you Snuggie, then this is your perfect cosy playlist. New York-based Panama Wedding have whipped up this perfect mix to cook to, to stir, to bake and shake to, or just stare hypnotically into a lit fire on the couch. Self confessed foodies, this alternative indie/rock 5-piece serves up a smorgasbord of old favourites; Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan – the gang is all there. Dig in!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/panama-wedding-music-to-cook-dinner-to[/soundcloud]

Jamie XX – London Rooftop: The Warm Up

You have decided to go out, good on you! Its Summer somewhere else in the world and Jamie XX is outside having a beer with his mates. You should probably do the same. This hour mix is a delight for the senses, with a video on top of Young Turks headquarters in London for a Boiler Room DJ set, all decked-out with pretty lights and bunting. What can only be described as a “A homage to London… an honorary whip through the nostalgic touchstones of UK club music, dashed also with some new material.” Best served with a side of chips and Pimms.

Porter Robinson – Radio 1 Essential Mix: Pass It On

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we like to call the “Pass It On” mix. 70 songs in 120 minutes; each and every minute worth sharing with your friends. Just look at the track list – Chrome Sparks, CHVRCHES, Nero, Daft Punk, Panama, Touch Sensitive… If you need an education on the current direction of electronic music, then here it is. If you care to venture out, go get lost in China Town tonight with Porter RobinsonYeo and this epic mix.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/edmchicagotv/porter-robinson-bbc-radio-1-essential-mix-2014[/soundcloud]

What So Not – EDC Las Vegas: From Where You’d Rather Be…

Trapped at a house party? Trapped out on the town? This is the only kinda trap you want to get yourself caught up in on a Saturday night, if you know what I mean (eiy, eiy). On Thursday we featured Dillon Francis‘ epic set at Electric Daisy Carnival LV in our Throwaway Thursdays. Today it is an ode to all the Aussie DJs travelling the world doing awesome things in places you wish you were partying. What So Not, the smash hit duo of Flume and Emoh Instead take us on a ride with all our favs – Rustie, Mr. Carmack, Outkast, Boys Noize and even a cheeky new collaboration with funnyman Dillon Francis. Drop this baby between the hours of 10pm and 1am. House-party style.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/whatsonot/what-so-not-live-edc-las-vegas-2014[/soundcloud]

i-DJ: Martyn: 3am

Wow, 3am came up quickly didn’t it. You’ve been locked out of Kings Cross – which to many is a God send – so you clamber home back to your mate’s house and need to chill. Not talk, just chill on whatever resembles the comfort of a bean bag. i-DJ: Martyn will take you on a journey through world techno, house and jungle; so press play and let the music do what it needs to do at this god forsaken hour.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/idmartynmix[/soundcloud]

Jorge Bonjour Mixtape for Kitsuné @ Le Bain: Embrace the Hangover

Either you haven’t slept, or you have just been awoken and realised you are definitely not sleeping in your own bed. Don’t worry, we will go easy on you. Jorge Bonjour‘s “Embrace the Hangover” mix delivers remix after remix. Todd Terje and Holy Ghost! are here to hold your hand and slowly ease you back into society.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kitsune-maison/jorge-bonjour-mixtape-for-le-bain[/soundcloud]

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