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Throwaway Thursdays

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There was once a time when the only way to get free music was to enter a record store, find your desired CD, remove the security tag and quietly slip it into your bag. Thankfully, Napster fixed that and now artists are even providing a legal way to download free music. Each week a plethora of free music passes our inbox and SoundCloud stream, so we’ve decided to start placing it in a tidy playlist for you.

This week there’s new tunes from Vic Mensa, xxyyxx and a Fancy remix from Motez up for free download meaning you can put your $2.19 to better use. There’s also free mixes from Chrome Sparks (who features in our Top 20 Songs of 2014) and Ara Koufax, previously known as Naysayer and Gilsun. So, get clicking. Most of these are so free you can’t even find them on Spotify.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/throwaway-thursdays-3-july[/soundcloud]

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10 things I learnt from Robin Thicke’s ode to his estranged wife ‘Paula’

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Oh how the mighty have fallen. Last year, Robin Thicke was riding high on the charts with his ode to rape, Blurred Lines. This year, he’s gone through a separation, written an album about said separation and been smacked in the face by the hands of social media.

I sat through Paula (all fifteen tracks) and am now feeling understandably exhausted.

Still, I had time to reflect on what I learnt and how Paula will be feeling after this little gift turns up on her doorstep.

Paula didn’t appreciate the gesture of having her arse ripped in two

“I kept tryna tell you, you were pushing me too far” ‘Paula’ sings back to Thicke in Lock The Door. But he’s always hated “those Blurred Lines”. On Get Her Back he adds that he “should’ve held you stronger”.

On Give It 2 U from the last album he told Paula or one of the girls he was courting at the time that he has “a big dick for you”. Who’s the big dick now?

Robin Thicke made the album in a month

And it shows. Paula sounds like it was recorded in a lobby elevator. Its arrangements are bare-as-anything and the lyrics sound like his iPhone message thread with Paula. Apparently he hasn’t spoken to Paula in four months. What was he doing for the three months he wasn’t writing the album? This apparently:

Robin Thicke needs Paula to cure an STI

In Love Can Grow Back, Thicke insists that if Paula returns she’ll be “scratching and scratching his itch”. If we can offer any advice to Paula should she return, it’s do not scratch that itch. It should be treated by a medical professional.

Robin Thicke uses 9/11 as a metaphor

“I thought I was livin’ (YEAH!) / ‘Till I woke up to a siren / I thought I was over (YEAH!) / ‘Till I met those New York soldiers / They keep on working (keep on working) / They keep on fighting (keep on fighting) / America (America) / It’s time to wake up (Time to wake up).”

Please make this stop. Could this be a reference to 9/11 in a song that also features the line “Girls are pretty, streets are witty”?

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Sweet cherry pineapple black is a colour

Thicke says this is the colour of Paula’s “new new new new new new new nails” in Love Can Grow Back. I think it may look a little like this:

Paula smashed Robin’s guitar, hit him with golf clubs and still this album exists

Robin is either thicke or very forgiving. In Black Tar Cloud he tells the tale of what was surely his relationship’s last days. Paula swung his golf clubs at him, smashed his “ride” and broke his guitar. No doubt in an attempt to prevent this album from being made.

Robin hasn’t learnt anything

While he spends most of the album begging for Paula to come back, there’s glimpses of the old Thicke that pop up every now and then. In Something Bad he sings “I know you wanna fly so baby open up your wings / Then I’ll walk out with your legs shaking while you’re screaming, ‘Robin please!'” How could Paula leave such a sexual deviant? Well, he believes that he didn’t “spank” her enough.

Just quietly, I think she’s had quite enough of your spanking:

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Paula is the eiffel tower, the Northern lights and Mona Lisa

A woman of many talents, obviously. How could she manage a relationship when she’s three tourist attractions at once?

Paula was born when she was 21

More metaphorical brilliance from Mr. Thicke. According to Lock The Door, Paula was “born in Paris at the age of 21”. Her poor, poor mother, how did she push that thing out?

Paula’s probably not coming back but we wish she would

I’ve been doing a little reading on divorce and apparently one goes through a number of phases: denial, crazy behaviour, sadness and acceptance. Based on the lyrics throughout Paula, one would think Thicke is in the denial stage. That means that there could potentially be three more albums named after Paula. This isn’t The Blueprint or Tha Carter. No more sequels should be made and there is only one person that can prevent that. Paula, we’re looking at you. I’m sorry.

 

I won’t tell you the release date, but I’m sure you can stream it somewhere if you still feel the need.

 

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8 Songs by New Artists Under 21

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Following the news of Rafael Nadal’s WImbledon defeat to 19 year-old Australian Nick Kygrios overnight we thought we’d find the best eight tracks right now by artists under 21. Why? Because it seems at the moment, once you’ve reached 21 your life is over. These youngsters are impossibly talented and while these songs will delight they will also make you more unhappy than when Adele hit number one all around the world at the age of 21. Don’t even get us started on Lorde.

XXYYXX- Zygote

XXYYXX is not necessarily a new artist anymore, the American producer has been making releasing beats for over two years, however, he’s still impossibly young. At 18 years of age, XXYYXX has amassed a Soundcloud following of 165,000 and already toured Australia with Laneway Festival. Zygote is his Mary J. Blige-sampling track released today. It’s an unrelenting, tempo-raiser inspired by future RnB. Another notch on XXYYXX’s belt.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/xxyyxx/zygote[/soundcloud]

Madbliss- Crash

It’s enough that this Californian producer is only 16, however, he’s also been producing beats for three years. Most of us couldn’t even work Garageband by that age let alone produce audible music. Crash is a smooth, laid-back that pumps along in no hurry. It’s such a self-assured effort for a sixteen year-old that shows incredible restraint and a feel for hidden melody.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/escents/crazh[/soundcloud]

Thomston- Motley Crue

Being only 16 and from New Zealand, Thomston was always going to draw comparisons to Lorde, however, with his new Argonaut EP he is forging his own identity. Motley Crue is a standout from that EP, and acts as a certain ode to youth. “Drive all night, sleep all day” he sings over a throbbing, dark beat joint by the odd handclap. It’s slightly dissatisfied and derranged like any teenage anthem should be.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thomston/motley-crew[/soundcloud]

Tove Styrke- Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You

So many young artists try to act beyond their years, that’s why it’s so refreshing that Swedish artist Tove Styrke sounds every bit her 21 years. Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You is an obnoxious chant song that sounds sassy, youthful and rhythmic. She barely gets a breather in this three-minute runaway train that gets better with every listen.

K Stewart- Speechless

19 year-old K Stewart was the live vocalist for fellow youngsters Bondax, but has now broken out as a soloist. Her latest track, Speechless, was produced by Karma Kid and featured by Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac. It follows in the path ‘90s throwback RnB, as she runs through her vocal range like Mariah while having the restraint and fragility of Ashanti. There’s a huge future ahead for this Londonder.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-k-stewart-speechless-produced-by-karma-kid[/soundcloud]

Little Simz

Little Simz is a 20 year old rapper from North London who is making a name for herself with her brash, aggressive raps laid upon smooth beats. Devour is off her latest EP E.D.G.E and is produced by acclaimed British producer Jakwob. There’s a certain Azealia Banks flavour to it without the feeling that she’s going to fly off the handle at any second. She’s sounds confident yet organic and totally committed to her craft.

Aleksander- Ultraviolence

Aleksander is an 18 year-old singer/songwriter from Brisbane who’s just released his debut EP, Mah, Jong, Jong! His look and sound channels bold male songwriters like Alex Turner, Jake Bugg and even Johnny Cash. A few weeks back he dropped a cover of Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence on his Soundcloud which showcases the very strength of his voice. To have a tone and presence such as his at the age of 18 is baffling.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jublor/lana-del-rey-ultraviolence-cover[/soundcloud]

Darcy Baylis- How Can I Live?

Darcy Baylis is a 19 year old producer from Melbourne who’s already made a name for himself as electronic maestro Namine. He’s now ditched the moniker and is doing it under his own name. How Can I Love? is the most immediately melodic track he’s made yet. It’s underlined by a pulsating beat and peppered with ‘90s keys. It sounds like an anthem in its most minimal and stylistic form.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/darcybaylis/how-can-i-live[/soundcloud]

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Nashville pop-trio, LANY, release ‘BRB’ and ‘ILYSB’

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We featured Nashville group LANY as one of our Five Artists You Need To Hear in June. Back then we were enamoured by their tunes Hot Lights and Walk Away. Now it seems they are set to continue what is a becoming a perfect pop streak, releasing two new songs, BRB and ILYSB. It’s clear from the titles that these one’s are only for the cool kids that are down with dem SMS acronyms, which we hope most of you are. As far as the tunes go, it’s more melodic, warm synth-work from LANY. ILYSB is the most upbeat of the two, lead by a tempo-pumping handclap while BRB takes cues from late night RnB jams. They already sound more polished and self-assured than on their debut set, further proving that LANY may be one of the heroes of the second half of 2014.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thisislany/ilysb[/soundcloud]

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thisislany/brb[/soundcloud]

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City Spotlight: Stockholm, Sweden

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City spotlight is a new bi-weekly feature where the interns go behind a particular city looking to uncover its musical trends and cool hangs.  This week we’re taking a trip to the pop kingdom of Stockholm, Sweden. 

It’s common knowledge that Sweden is a purveyor of all things perfect. Known for ABBA, meatballs and Ikea, predominantly, Sweden and in particular its capital city has become almost a metaphorical pleasantville. Behind the beautiful harbour and historic buildings, there’s a music scene that has gone from strength-to-strength in the passed decade. It’s trademark genre is undoubtedly pop with artists like Robyn, Fever Ray and Lykke Li all hailing from the country. What’s most impressive is that the Swedish mainstream is largely accepting of a more left-of-centre brand of pop. As such, Stockholm is playing host to a number of up and coming pop and electronic artists, with well-curated record labels and interesting venues with more to offer than most cities. Take a trip with us through Stockholm, as we take a look at the most exciting venues, artists and record labels in the city of Stockholm right now.

Click below to explore the various facets of Stockholm’s music scene. 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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What a week for new music. It felt like music was gushing from every surrounding channel and we’re yet to fix the pipes. These 10 are the 10 we managed to stop in their tracks in order to chuck them on repeat and revel in their brilliance. If you haven’t heard these songs this week, here’s your chance to before your friends are all 10 steps ahead of you and you’re #oldnews. If you just want to jump straight to the Soundcloud playlist, click here.

FKA Twigs- Two Weeks

British singer/producer FKA Twigs is months away from releasing her debut album, LP1 and Two Weeks is the first single from it. If the Papi Pacify video taught us anything it’s that Twigs isn’t afraid to take on taboo subjects. Once again on Two Weeks she’s bold and revealing with her subject matter. The lyric, “My thighs are open for when you’re ready to breathe in”, should give you a few clues about what we’re dealing with here. Coming from Twigs, however, it doesn’t sound trashy. Rather she does it with the utmost grace and confidence. Slinking around the melody with sexual prowess.

Grimes- Go

Grimes loves a bit of T.Swizzle and the Biebs so it should come as no surprise that she originally wrote this one for Rihanna. Rihanna turned it down but it’s her loss. Go, produced with Blood Diamonds, is a trap-driven, ethereal pop song. It’s undoubtedly different from anything she’s released in the past and probably won’t be on her next album, but it’s a welcome detour into banger territory. Watch out Miley.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/actuallygrimes/go-1[/soundcloud]

Ryn Weaver- OctaHate

When Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and Passion Pit combine on one song, there’s really only one way it can go. American newcomer, Ryn Weaver, is introduced to the musicsphere with a cracker of a pop song. The choruses scream Passion Pit, the pop-forwardness says Benny Blanco while the synths have Cashmere Cat’s fingerprints over them. Meanwhile, Weaver is the perfect host, sounding like a seasoned pro.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rynweaver/ryn-weaver-octahate[/soundcloud]

Lido- I Love You

Like Cashmere Cat, Lido is a Norwegian producer, who last week dropped a stunning remix of BANKSDrowning. This week he’s dropped his EP, I Love You. The title track is the most impressive of the set, it’s a skittering, unpredictable affair that dazzles with a sonic-adrenalin rush hook. The funky bass undertones ensure that we stay around in between choruses.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/lidogotsongs/lido-i-love-you[/soundcloud]

Bondax- All I See

British duos making house music have a good track record. Just look at Disclosure. Bondax have been tracking along for about the same time but are yet to drop an album. All I See is the latest track from them and the sound is planted in the tropics. It’s perhaps their most accessible tune to date and is no doubt aimed towards a Mediterranean Summer.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bondax/all-i-see[/soundcloud]

Kyan- Cold Friend

Ever since we featured Kyan’s Shuttle we’ve been huge fans of British singer. Fresh from playing Wembley Stadium with Duke Dumont, he’s dropped the second single from his forthcoming EP, Life In A Triangle. Cold Friend is far more of a casual affair than the first single, Taking The City but it’s no less effective. Frosty tones and isolated drums make it quite a melanholic track warmed only by Kyan’s soulful voice.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kyanmusic/cold-friend-1[/soundcloud]

LUCIANBLOMKAMP- Help Me Out

And the brilliant Australian producers just keep coming. LUCIANBLOMKAMP as well as being a mouthful to pronounce, is a Melbourne-based producer who’s gearing up to release his debut LP Post-Nature on 15 August. Help Me Out is taken from that. It’s a dark track with building intensity delivered by crescendoing beats and short stabs of synth.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/lucianblomkamp/help-me-out[/soundcloud]

Zola Jesus- Dangerous Days

This may be one of the most surprising releases of the week. Zola Jesus is known for her dark, experimental music that has often blatantly stayed away any pop-influences. Dangerous Days, the first release from her forthcoming LP, Taiga, sees her let her card down. It has a big hearty chorus and beat-driven verse that doesn’t stray too far from M83’s sonic aesthetic. Taiga suddenly just got a whole lot more interesting.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/zolajesus/zola-jesus-dangerous-days-official-audio[/soundcloud]

Nao vs. AK Paul- So Good

I’d imagine AK Paul is feeling slightly like Solange right now. Why? His brother is enigmatic producer Jai Paul who is a hero to many although he’s only really released two official tunes. On So Good he pairs with Hackney singer Nao. So Good is all about holding back. Paul only plays with a few layers, creating a sparse yet effective backing for Nao’s popping vocal. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait as long as Jai Paul for a follow-up.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thisnao/nao-vs-a-k-paul-so-good[/soundcloud]

Billie Black- I Don’t Need Another Lover

Two weeks, two songs and London artist, Billie Black has ensures that she’s one to watch. Following the spectacular, I Waited For You, she’s released I Don’t Need Another Lover. The new track takes a similar, minimal formula to I Waited For You, but it kicks the pace up a notch with a gentle beat. It works the song into a subtle yet welcome groove showing that Black can be more than a Sade-like balladeer.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/billie-black/i-dont-need-another-lover[/soundcloud]

 

Listen to the full Soundcloud playlist below: 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/10-songs-you-need-to-hear[/soundcloud]

 

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Grimes releases song written for Rihanna, ‘Go’

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Grimes‘ breakthrough album, Visons, was a left-field pop masterpiece founded on introverted soundscapes and subtle melodies. While it wasn’t explicitly a pop record, the Canadian singer has never shied away from her admiration for the genre. In her Top 10 LP’s of 2012 she listed Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber with no shame. Last night on Radio 1 she debuted, ‘Go’, which was originally written for Rihanna. The news emerged a number of weeks ago after she performed it at the Governors Balls in NYC. We can now replace that fan recording with this polished, recorded version. What it tells us is that Rihanna made a terrible mistake. Go is a trap-inspired banger that is actually hard to hear anyone but Grimes on. She’s done it with friend and often-producer, Blood Diamonds.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/actuallygrimes/go-1/[/soundcloud]

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Billie Black releases yet another stunning track, ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover’

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London artist, Billie Black doesn’t muck around. Last week she gave us the captivating debut, I Waited For You and now she’s already followed it up with, I Don’t Need Another Lover. The new track takes a similar, minimal formula to I Waited For You, but it kicks the pace up a notch with a gentle beat. It works the song into a subtle yet welcome groove showing that Black can be more than a Sade-like balladeer. This makes it two from two for the young songstress. Lets hope an EP is in the works.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/billie-black/i-dont-need-another-lover[/soundcloud]

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Vic Mensa samples MC Hammer on ‘Major Payne’

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Vic Mensa is one of the biggest hopes in rap for 2014. His track, Down On My Luck, found a masterful balance between effortless flow and commercial likeability and has slowly crept its way onto Australian radio. His latest track, Major Payne, has been made available for free download today and will be featured on his Street Lights EP. Major Payne takes a harder, hip-hop line than Down on my Luck but his personality is still undeniable. He also continues to take slight cues from electronic music with crescendoing beats and twinkling synths. MC Hammer is also sampled for a perfect millisecond.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fuck-vic-mensa/major-payne[/soundcloud]

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Rebecca Clements follows-up ‘Wildlife’ with ‘Coma Boy’

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British singer-songwriter Rebecca Clements made such a stark introduction with her debut track Wildlife, that we’ve been clamouring for a follow-up ever since. For her second second she’s delivered Coma Boy, which follows in a similar vein as Wildlife in the way of just Clements voice alongside a swelling guitar. Such is the strength of her songwriting that she can tug at the heartstrings with most minimal of productions. She has an effortless nature to her music reminiscent of female songwriters like Feist, Cat Power or Fiona Apple. I’m interested to see what Clements would do with a full-length LP. So far what she’s serving up is stunning.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rebeccaclements/comaboy[/soundcloud]

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