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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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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The week has finally come to a close, Saturday is here but your iTunes library is looking embarrassingly outdated.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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Throwaway Thursday

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Microsoft Word is on the street that we’ve got heaps of goodies to give away to all our devoted readers. Read below for all theinterns-exclusive* content!

WATCH: Zane Lowe interviews Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin, without a doubt, is one of the most legendary producers in the world. He’s been behind records by Adele, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and er…Shakira. His most recent masterpiece is Kanye West’s Yeezus which he talks about in this interview with Radio 1 host Zane Lowe. On Yeezus he says, “I thought it was coming out in a year. Kanye said five to six weeks, and I said ‘Really?”. He also talks about Shakira saying, “She’s so successful because she’s competing with all these manufactured pop artists, and she’s not a manufactured pop artist.” Lowe is a formidable interviewer and leads a career spanning chat with the bearded maestro. Rubin is an utterly fascinated mind.

LISTEN: Dillon Francis live at EDC

The funnyman of EDM continues to tear through festivals this summer, with his light-hearted yet heavy-beat set. If at all you’re feeling flat, nestle into this live set and be taken away to EDM heaven as Francis drops cuts by everyone from Major Lazer to Lil Jon. It’s a shame we can’t see the DJ’s pizza-shooting antics but hearing KCI and Jojo close out the set with All My Life should be enough to tell you that he’s as unpredictable as ever.

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DOWNLOAD: Zola Jesus- Dangerous Days

The master of dark arts, Zola Jesus is giving away the first single from her new album Taiga. Jesus has always been known for being a dark songstress but it seems she’s embraced a more melodic, pop side on Dangerous Days. Taking cues from her work with French producer M83, the new single maintains the brooding synths from Conatus and adds a throbbing beat for a hands-in-the-air chorus, the likes of which we haven’t seen done in such an explicit way before.

Head over to her website and sign away your email for the free track.

LISTEN: LUCIANBLOMKAMP – Help Me Out

This latest track from young Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP is an electrical-charged slow burner. It may seem mellow to begin with but Give Help Me Out a run in its entirety; the steady bass and sexy sax solo really top it off.  We can picture this number during the early hours in a club but for the moment our headphones will have to do.

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

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LISTEN: Sonder – Feel Me

Get transported to the sun-drenched, glistening…UK? London-based Sonder‘s shimmery Feel Me is packed with the hope of good times and, according to the Deep House producer, ‘sunny vibes’- very unlike the English Summer  you’d imagine. Can’t afford a trip to the European Summer? This free download will have to do.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sonder-uk/feel-me[/soundcloud]

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WATCH: Record shopping with Seekae

As much as you’d like to shop with Seekae chances are you won’t be anytime soon. Factmag have taken the Aussie, Future Classic-signees and taken them record shopping while they chat about their forthcoming album, The Worry. What do they pick up? Actress, el-p and a few more that you’ll have to watch to find out.

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Digging for Mixtapes – 7 Playlists From My Past

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Location: CD stack in my childhood bedroom

The site of my childhood bedroom, located about 5km North of the Brisbane City, contains relics of a time between the dates of ‘95 & ‘10. On the weekend dating 21/22 June, armed with CD cleaner and my trusty box of Telfast, I decided to excavate this site in the hopes of discovering long-lost musical artefacts.

Amongst the red herrings consisting of blank CDs, photo CDs, a Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego game, the Big Brother CD single & Peter Combes’ Christmas Carols, there were some fruitful discoveries which can tell us a lot about my musical past.

Unfortunately, with the approximate lifespan of CDs ranging 10-15 years, some results came back inconclusive. A report of my successful findings can be found below (dated in chronological order):

Item #1

Approximate Date: 1999/2000 AD

I almost ejected the CD upon hearing the first song, thinking it was one of my parents’ Spanish-themed dinner party CDs. Turned out to be the next best thing – Enrique Iglesias. Ranging from soppy pop songs to tracks about weed and ‘jacking off’, this playlist is just as confused as the fashion at the turn of the Millennium.

1. Enrique Iglesias & Whitney HoustonCould I Have This Kiss Forever 

2. AfromanBecause I Got High

I’m not sure I even knew what ‘getting high’ exactly was in 1999.

3. Destiny’s ChildBootylicious

4. Westlife – Uptown Girl

5. JoanneSo Damn Fine

6. Jessica SimpsonI Think I’m In Love With You

7. M2MMirror Mirror

8. M2MDon’t say you love me

9. Mandy MooreI Wanna Be With You

10. Jessica SimpsonIrresistible

11. Nikki Webster – Strawberry Kisses

12. The OffspringPretty Fly For A White Guy

13. Lou BegaMambo No . 5  (Don’t try and tell me you weren’t disappointed that your name wasn’t mentioned in this song.)

14. Aaron Carter – Crush On You

Nick Carter features in this video with some pretty sound brotherly advice.

Item #2

Approximate Date: 2002 AD

Hip Hop and dirty pop reign supreme in this playlist. i.e. I was pretty hardcore at the tender age of 12.

1. Ashanti ft. Ja RuleHappy

2. Britney Spears – Slave 4 U

Britney did Good Girl Gone Bad way before RiRi.

3. Destiny’s ChildNasty Girl

4. Alicia KeysGirlfriend

5. Kelis – Good Stuff

6. ModjoChillin’

7. Missy Elliott – Work It

Nothing better than Missy discussing elephants and the shaving of her ‘cho cha’.

8. J LoJenny From The Block

9. S Club 7 – S Club Party

There really ain’t no party like an S Club party anymore.

10. Wu-tang clanGravel Pit

11. Craig DavidWhat’s Your Flava?

12. Britney SpearsBoys

13. Bob Marley vs Funkstar De LuxeSun Is Shining

14. Tenacious DTribute

Item #3

Approximate Date: 2004 AD

Not sure what I was trying to achieve with this CD – so many highs and lows! I call it my Bipolar Playlist.

1. Sean Paul + Blu CantrellBreathe

Anyone able to detect what he is saying deserves a medal.

2. OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown The Way You Move

3. SpiderbaitCalypso

Some of you may remember this ditty from 10 Thing I Hate About You. 

4. Britney Spears – Everytime

:'(

5. Enrique Iglesias feat. Kelis – Not In Love

6. Blink 182Miss you

Another :'(

7. OutKastMs Jackson

8. BeyonceNaughty Girl

9. Christina Aguilera ft. Lil KimCan’t hold us down

10. KelisTrick me

11. Obie TriceGot some teeth

12. Missy ElliottGossip Folks

13. JoJo – Leave (Get Out)

Item #4

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

1. Ashlee SimpsonBoyfriend

2. Pharrell feat. Gwen StefaniCan I have it like that

3. StupidiscoJunior Jack

4. Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine – Doctor Pressure

5. Franz FerdinandDo you want to

6. Planet FunkChase The Sun

The CD broke soon after that 🙁 First world noughtie problems.

 

Item #5

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

Ashlee Simpson on the same playlist as Kanye West and 50 Cent?

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1. Kanye West – Diamonds Are Forever

2. Ashlee SimpsonL.O.V.E

3. NERDRockstar (Jason Nevins Remix) 

4. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott1, 2 Step

5. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

6. 50 Cent feat. OliviaCandy Shop

7. Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fatman ScoopLose Control

8. Usher – Caught Up

 

Item #6

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

It seems things turned a little techno when I was 15, coincidentally coinciding with my new-found penchant for Smirnoff Double Blacks.

1. Max graham vs Yes – Owner of a lonely heart

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2. Sander LeinenbergThe Fruit

3. Freestylers – Push Up

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4. Narcotic ThrustWhen The Dawn Breaks (Original Dub Mix)

5. Cabin Crew – Star to fall

6. Live Element Something About You (Club Mix)

7. MyloIn my arms

8. Studio B – I See Girls (Tom Nevillle Remix)

Dear God, I still know all the lyrics.

Item #7

Approximate Date: 2006 AD

Part of the ’bring a burned CD to every party you attend and take over the sound system’ era. These findings are comparable to the current ‘plug in your own iPhone and take over the sound system’ era we live in today. It seems some things never change.

1. SupermodeTell me why  (Pretty sure this bad boy was my Myspace song)

2. Nelly FurtadoManeater

3. David Guetta vs The EggLove don’t let me go

4. Pussycat DollsButtons

5. Justin TimberlakeSexyBack

6. QueshCandy Girl

7. FergieLondon Bridge (Oh Snap)

8. Studio BC’mon get it on

9. LL Cool J feat. Jennifer LopezControl Myself

10. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous Girl

11. Pussycat DollsBeep

12. The SimilouAll this love

13. Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind

This one must have been a mistake…right? RIGHT? 

Have you uncovered a nostalgia-ridden playlist lately? Let us know in the comments or tweet me: @bianca_interns.

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10 Alternatives to Glastonbury Festival

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When Australians head over to Europe for Summer, they’re expecting crystal clear water, sunshine and plenty of heat. Yet the mecca of European festivals, Glastonbury, provides almost the opposite- mud and almost a guaranteed chance of rain. If you missed out on tickets to Glastonbury or are looking for something more prone to stable weather conditions read below. Also read below if you are stuck in Australia and want ten minutes to day-dream that you’re on a yacht somewhere in Croatia. Ah, how the other half live.

Here are the best ten, Metallica-free, European festivals in 2014:

MELT!

Located in an industrial area of Germany, Grafenhainichen (yeah, us either), electronica festival MELT! could just be the most unique of the bunch. If you’re looking for the mammoth headliners, this isn’t the one for you but if your kinda thang is a tightly curated, deeply interesting festival, then MELT! is definitely up your alley. You’ll be dancing in between giant cranes shooting flames and under disco balls suspended from trusses. What’s more, the mainstage runs from 3pm to 7am. Yep, not one for the weak-hearted. But, you can relax throughout the day as there is water to swim in.

Dates: 18-20 July

Line-Up Highlights: Portishead, Robyn & Royksopp, Metronomy, Chromeo, Chet Faker, Darkside, Little Dragon

Cost: 359.90(3 Day Ticket)

Latitude

Suffolk, England

Latitude in England is a family-friendly festival that won’t break you. There’s colourful sheep, wide-open spaces and mystical woods with the line-up offering more than just music. Set in the English countryside, festival-goers can watch comedy, poetry and even opera, if that’s your thing. If it’s just music you’re after, there is more than enough to block out the arty stuff going on around. There are four stages and forest parties that run into the early hours of the morning. Just like a true Glastonbury experience there is also mud, and plenty of it.

Dates: 18-20 July

Line-up Highlights: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, HAIM, Royksopp & Robyn, Lykke Li, Mogwai

Cost: £195.50 (3 Day Ticket + Camping)

Bestival

Robyn Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Bestival won Best Major Festival in 2012 and is continuing to churn out huge, eclectic line-ups. This year is themed Desert Island Disco so you’re likely in for a bit of a boogie, particularly if the addition of Chic is anything to go by. Just like Latitude, Bestival is not all about the music. There’s comedy and cabaret among other things to keep you entertained while you’re not sweating with Major Lazer. Nile Rodgers has challenged Bestival with the task of making the world’s largest disco ball so don those flares and boogie down like Disco Stu.

Dates: 4-7 September

Line-up Highlights: Outkast, Foals, Chic, Disclosure, Busta Rhymes, Basement Jaxx, Caribou, SBTRKT, Glass Animals

Cost: £205 (Weekend Ticket + Camping)

Way Out West

Gothenburg, Sweden

Ikea, meatballs, Robyn- the Swedes just do everything right, so it should be no surprise that Way Out West is one of the best festivals going. Way Out West has been going on since 2007, expanding into a three-day festival in 2012. It goes on in the city of Gothenburg, with a complimenting festival Stay Out West running alongside it. Stay Out West is for those night owls who want to party on with after-hours gigs at clubs in the city. If you don’t fancy the idea of trudging out to a farm for three days then choose this one. You’re in the heart of the city and amongst a bunch of ridiculously well-dressed Swedes, enjoying Summer’s (literally) endless sunlight.

Dates: 7-9 August

Line-up Highlights: Outkast, Royksopp & Robyn (of course), The National, Future, Janelle Monae, Blood Orange, Icona Pop, Jamie xx

Cost: 1895SEK (3 Day Ticket + Stay Out West)

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

If you’re looking for that big, hearty festival experience with masses of people, this is the one for you. It’s one of the largest music festivals in Europe with more than 110,000 punters in attendance. If The Rolling Stones playing to a crowd of 60,000+ people doesn’t grab your fancy, then stay away. If nudity is not your thing, also stay away. The festival organisers a nude run around the festival ground on the Saturday of the event. At eight days long, Roskilde is a marathon not a sprint, so it’s best to pace yourself. The line-up is so massive this year that all full-week tickets have sold-out.

Dates: 29 June- 6 July

Line-up Highlights: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Drake, Major Lazer, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Chance The Rapper, Kasabian, Chromeo

Cost: 970DKK (Only one-day tickets are available)

Pukkelpop

Hasselt, Belgium

Belgium’s second largest music festival, Pukkelpop was struck by disaster in 2011 after five people were killed by a massive storm that caused a stage collapse. It also made in headlines in 2010 after the Ou Est Le Swimming Pool lead-singer committed suicide at the festival. Not convinced? Understandable but the festival has bounced back, hosting names like Eminem, the xx and Major Lazer and also pulling massive crowds. 65,000 sweaty campers grace the festival, so you’re in for a Glastonbury-like experience. According to all reports, the people are friendly and the atmosphere is pretty special. There’s plenty of Aussies on the bill amongst alt-rock and EDM royalty. The festival kicks off with a Boiler Party on the eve of the festival, just incase three days of drinking and no sleep isn’t enough.

Dates: 14-16 August

Line-up Highlights: Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Outkast, Royksopp & Robyn, Cut Copy, Boy & Bear, Snoop Dogg, Disclosure, Actress

Cost: 175 (Weekend Ticket + Camping). Unfortunately it’s all Sold Out. Maybe next year…

Sziget Festival

Budapest, Hungary

The island of freedom, is what they call Sziget. Needless to say, that means anything goes. At eight days long, this is one that will take every inch of energy in your body. It’s held on an Island just out outside Budapest with 350,000 of your closest friends. Around 50% of visitors come from outside of Hungary, so you’re bound to get an eclectic crowd. And if we can stereotype Eastern Europe for a second, you’re also set to meet many colourful characters and see body parts you perhaps didn’t bargain for. When it all gets too much, the festival offers day trips into central Budapest during the day so you can recharge and see a few of the sights. Not that the line-up permits much time away.

Dates: 11-18 August

Line-up Highlights: Blink 182, Deadmau5, Lily Allen, The Bloody Beetroots, Calvin Harris, Outkast, Jagwar Ma

Cost: 249 (All Week Pass + Camping)

Unknown Festival

Rovinj, Croatia

Those who missed out on a ticket to its sister festival, Hideout, can take comfort in knowing that Unknown offers a similar experience. All that really needs to be said is island, boats, Croatia. Are you sold yet? If not, know that Unknown is hosted in the stunning old town of Rovinj with crystalline water and beautiful people. It’s five days of parties, which take place in the forest, on boats and on the island. The line-up is smaller than your big, central European festivals but it’s a tightly curated and eclectic mix of artists.

Dates: 8-12 September

Line-up Highlights: Disclosure, Chic, Moderat, CHVRCHES, Jamie xx, Clean Bandit, Wild Beasts, London Grammar 

Cost: 258.70 (Festival + Camping)

Benicassim Festival

Benicassim, Spain

If the Spanish are known for one thing, it’s partying until dawn. Benicassim is a four day festival on the East Coast of Spain that ensures plenty of sunshine and crystal-clear coastline. Think big stages, huge headliners and a bunch of wacky Mediterranean people. If you’re keen on the idea of Glastonbury sans the rain and mud, then Benicassim will seem like paradise.

Dates: 17-20 July

Line-up Highlights: Kasabian, Klaxons, The Libertines, Cat Power, Lily Allen, Alesso, M.I.A., Tame Impala

Cost: 159€ (4 Day Ticket)

Secret Garden Party

Abbots Ripton, England

This Festival is your ultimate alternative to Glastonbury if you want less crowds, a tightly curated line-up and a, well, mystical adventure. Similar to NSW’s Secret Garden Festival, SGP encourages dress-ups in the woods, promoting a fairytale-like atmosphere. You won’t see The Rolling Stones on a mainstage nor will you see Skrillex tear apart a dance dome but you’re likely to meet a bunch of people and ‘discover yourself’ in ways you never thought possible. Unfortunately, if this sounds up your alley you will have to buy a ticket of a reseller or aim for 2015 as it is now sold out.

Dates: 24-27 July

Line-up Highlights: Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Hercules & Love Affair, Jagwar Ma, Wolf Alice, Gorgon City, Say Lou Lou

Cost: £142.50 (Weekend + Camping ticket)

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Who is shaking up the EDM industry?

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This week, Electronic Dance Music’s most overtly opinionated, twitter-fighting bass genius Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a Deadmau5 dropped his latest studio double-album while(1<2).

Well, what does mean? While most may just yawn, close this tab or even throw their computer at the wall with the sheer thought of another release of a repetitive head-banging EDM collaboration, this album release, alongside many others in 2013/2014, have spurred a debate really worth raving about (…literally).

Anyone who knows the Mau5, knows he has a history of distaste for sloppy production, festivals, the banal of over-played EDM music and well, anything music related, thanks to the joys and reach of social media. However, in a recent interview with the UK’s The Standard, Zimmerman took one more dig at the music genre which has housed his music for so many years.

“Disco had a longer run than EDM has, to be honest about it, and that died in a f****** hurry. EDM is way more susceptible because that was in a time when they didn’t have mass social media and all that shit. It’s not gonna be me saying, ‘OK, EDM’s done’, and the whole thing falls apart, but I think it’ll eventually f*** itself so hard.”

While some are selling-out to Las Vegas adaptating (I’m looking at you Calvin Harris) in order to survive as the biggest, most well-paid DJ on the planet. Other artists who found their roots in the EDM scene have done a complete 180and rebelled against the pressures of money, fame and their record labels, to produce some of the most exciting tracks of the last year. I am not here to sit and ridicule EDM culture; I proudly fly the “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” flag. It is has just come to the surface that times are changing and, dare I say it, it is not all about the “drop” any more. Here are some of the big-name rebels who are shaking up the current EDM industry:

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Avicii

Why am I starting with Avicii? Why? He’s just so mainstream…

Remember that song “Wake Me Up”? That tiny song, which he produced with Aloe Blacc, reached number one in over 22 countries, and had over 375 million YouTube views. Yeah that’s the one. Well, things did not start out all peachy for this 24-year old Swedish rebel. If we take ourselves back to Miami’s Ultra Music Festival 2013, when he dropped this bluegrass banjo-infused, thigh-slapper set with live instrumentalists and singers, fans of this tried-and-tested banger machine were left shocked, outraged and confused with no drop to jump to.

Avicii later replied, “I really wanted to switch things up and do something fun and different, as I always strive for, and this album is about experimentation and about showing the endless possibilities of house and electronic music…My music is open to anyone who wants to listen to it and I will always stay true to my sound.”

Even Ash Pournouri, Avicii’s manager, knew the gamble would pay off:

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While, we may all argue that Wake Me Up, and other songs of his 2013 album release “True,” have now become dance floor staples, we have to remember this is the same guy that bought us Levels. He took a big risk on a global stage and at that moment, in terms of production and ingenuity, this was a large step forward for the young Swede. Since then we have seen him collaborate with country legend Mac Davis, bluegrass musician Dan Tyminksi, Incubus guitarists Mike Einziiger and Ben Kenney and folk rock singer-songwriter Audra Mae. In a music scene which can quickly become shrouded in artistic unoriginality, this courage to step up to the plate should be commended favourably.

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Deadmau5

No Dj in the world is more outspoken and passionate about the Electronic Music genre than the mouse-head-clad Deadmau5. However, when he took to the stage at Ultra Music Festival’s to play the Saturday closing set earlier this year, he provided one of his most controversial outcries to date.

With the antics starting on Twitter shortly before his set, the fans were somewhat ready for his trademark rebellion:

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While some have called his Levels shout-out a fair tribute to the hospitalized Avicii, who was set to play the marquee spot at Ultra, EDM young-gun Martin Garrix did not get off so lightly. Halfway through his set, Deadmau5 dropped Martin Garrix’s festival-anthem Animals, with a distinct mash up with Old MacDonald Had a Farm; gaining him the official dickhead troll of the year title.

Just like a duck into water, Deadmau5 dealt with the inevitable backlash to his public EDM tantrum in true Mau5 fashion – over Twitter. Among those who did not find it funny was superstar DJ Tiesto, a mentor to fellow Dutchman Garrix. While Tiesto did not directly condone Zimmerman’s action, he did make the point to call out Animals as an “epic track” and pinned Garrix as a “super talent.” Deadmau5 later replied with a sarcastic “Am I supposed to sneer while hitting the sync button? Or is that ironic?”.

We can just to add to his list of his other twitter disputes: Deadmau5 v.s The Internet, Madonna, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Porter Robinson, Steve Angello…the list goes on.

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Porter Robinson

In a very enlightening Reddit AMA last Wednesday, 21-year old Porter Robinson opened up to his fans revealing that he “started to become really unhappy with the EDM-type stuff” and “basically, [he] wanted to stop writing music for DJs/clubs/etc and instead write more personal, songwriting-oriented stuff that focuses more on being beautiful and vast-sounding and nostalgic.”

“I don’t see myself ever producing EDM music-for-DJs again, no,” Robinson told one fan.

Right. Well, this was unexpected. Last time I remember hearing this bass-driven EDM whiz-kid, he was filling the room with Language, and 100% in the Bitch, and gracing the mainstage of Ultra. However, if we could learn anything from this young EDM rebel, it is that under no circumstances can we call his new hotly-anticipated album Worlds, set to be released on August 12, an EDM album.

“A lot of my angst about EDM came from my songwriting process. iIthink that EDM, in order to do its job in its intended setting (a DJ set), has requirements to make it ‘work’. the most effective electro tracks have a 30-second buildup, where the chord returns to the root note, with risers, maybe a rising vocal, a snare roll – there are moves you HAVE to do in an ‘EDM’ track to make it work.”

He later added, “It was the BEST FUCKING FEELING EVER to be writing music without those confines. writing music makes me so goddamn happy again.” Those “confines” being pressure on the function over real artistic expression.

In 2014, Porter has enticed us with a 10-hour release video, and three songs including Sad Machine, Sea of Voices and his latest release, Lionhearted, a clear departure from his usual bass-heavy big room sounds. It is obvious he has spent a long-time separating his new work from the rest of the EDM cluster pack, and with this evolution, sets a bright future for electronic music.

This Saturday sees Robinson take over the decks on BBC Radio 1 for a special Pete Tong Essential Mix. A rebellious mix which should not be missed.

UPDATE: Listen to the two-hour long mix here.

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Dillon Francis

This guy. Mr funny man himself Dillon Francis may not be the most overtly opinionated dance-infused producer, but he definitely does not take the pressures of the EDM world too seriously. Nurtured under the decks of producing mega-dude Diplo, and his Mad Decent label, Francis has flown the flag for a new sound called “Moombahton.” Do not fret, I can barely wrap my head around the terminology – apparently a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton. What you do need to know is that this signature don’t-give-a-fuck style (“I.D.G.A.F.O.S” is one of his prime tracks) and well-produced beats are what looks to be the immediate future of the EDM genre. Taking the piss out of anything and everything.

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Besides his flourishing DJ career, providing one of the most memorable sets at Coachella 2014, his social media presence has gone from stride to stride; or should I say, alter ego to alter ego. Dj Hanzel, one of Francis’ many alter egos, urges his crows to go “vun deeper” and provides endless Vines and Instagram Videos for his fans. His latest attempt to poke fun at the ridiculousness of the EDM festival scene, was personified in his new character “Treva” from Australia (yay, we are now globally recognised feral festival goers!). In reality, this rough jab is an attempt to break away from the confines of the EDM trap Moombaton sound which very often pigeon-holes his work. While Dillon Francis may be relatively new to the ‘fuck-you EDM, revolution, this attempt to add diversity to his DJ career makes him a rebel to the system in 2014.

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Throwaway Thursday

throwawaythursdays19juneWe’ve been cleaning out the internet in preparation for EOFY and we’ve found a number of things that are too good to dispose of. Find this week’s treats for the eyes, ears and booty below.

STREAM: How To Dress Well- What Is This Heart?

Get a box of tissues and lay into the new LP by Tom Krell. It’s a contemporary RnB masterpiece and it feels like his most complete record yet. He pulls in sounds from all over the place, using decadent orchestral strings alongside ‘90s nostalgia-inducing beats. It’ll tug at your heart strings but will also allow the occasional groove-off. Have a listen before it’s released in Australia tomorrow.

Stream it at whatisthisheart.com

WATCH: Warpaint’s full Bonnaroo set

If you were at Bonnaroo in Tennessee over the weekend then you have our undivided jealousy, if you weren’t then you can join us in being couch appreciators. YouTube has deleted most of the full set videos but Warpaint’s has remained. It’s odd to watch them in the full light of day and without the festival atmosphere surrounding, but there’s no doubt they rate 100 on the cool scale and can shred guitar like no other girls.

DOWNLOAD: LPLX- STNR

Lapalux clearly doesn’t like vowels as of late. His track, the Young Thug-sampling DNY GLVR also left out it’s O’s and E’s and it’s no different with his Young Thug remix, STNR. Lapalux keeps it true to the hip-hop genre adding some thumping bass and cascading percussion. Get it fresh, get it free.

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WATCH: DJ Rashad + DJ Spinn: Teklife in Monterrey (Documentary)

DJ Rashad tragically died earlier this year but before he passed Pitchfork went to Mexico to film a short documentary about a weekend in the life of the Chicago DJ and his fellow producer, DJ Spinn. The black and white affair is an interesting but ultimately bittersweet watch. There’s plenty of weed, alcohol and a few beats at DIY music-festival NRMAL.

STREAM: Kaskade releases free album ‘The Calm’

The Santa Clause of Deep House has now gifted us with his 2006 album The Calm; the third installment in a series of releases from his YouTube channel. Labelled as one of his more ‘difficult collections to get your hands on’ by none other but Kaskade himself, this stream is sure to take you right back to yesteryear, when lockouts weren’t a thing and you had to actually pay for music. Featuring songs Soft Upon the Lips and Wink of an Eye, let Kaskade take you away to a simpler time (and don’t forget to check out his other album offerings). Merry Christmas.

WATCH: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour bootleg

In celebration of this loveable country gal coming down-under we’ve found a bootleg of a full show on YouTube. Yes, it’s a little bit of a shotty filming job but not even a camera phone can miss the giant hotdog. Once you’re done watching you can bet on whether or not she will be deported from the country or whether she will spray-paint a wall. See, you could make money out of Throwaway Thursdays this week.

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The Metamorphosis of Kanye West

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Kanye West is easily one of the most divisive and contradictory players in the game today. So divisive in fact, most can’t even agree on what game Kanye’s actually playing. Music, fashion, Kapitali$ing on the Karda$hian Kid$, or simply rick-rolling young blondes at award shows; as the game changes, so does Chameleon Kanye. *cough Yeezus.* Undeniably, most have struggled to reconcile his often-outlandish public persona with his force as a humble yet boundary-breaking music producer. Yes, I did just write humble and Kanye in the same sentence. 

Almost exactly a year ago, in what was a candid-as-Kanye-gets interview with The New York Times, West explored the various influences and inspirations for his latest album, Yeezus. Along with ensuring that henceforth no commentator (myself included) could mention Kanye West without including some scathing reference to his boundless adoration for the late Steve Jobs (man, he really likes him), The Times interview also delivered him an incredible amount of flack for peremptory insistences like “I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things” and like “Yeah, respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins. The world wins; fresh kids win; creatives win; the company wins.”

A year on from citing Le Corbusier’s lamp as his greatest influence and declaring NBA commissioner David Stern an artist, Kanye’s gone and got hitched to an impeccably-dressed pot of vanity in front of a impeccably well-curated wall of flowers, has graced the cover of US Vogue with said pot of vanity and baby North, been declared by Lou Reed as “the only person who’s out there really doing something,” and collaborated with James Blake on the Brit’s upcoming album. Having been described by Justin Vernon from Bon Iver as “otherwordly,” and securing the lead role in Instagram’s Most Liked Picture of all time, the West that walked out on stage yesterday at the Cannes Lions Festival to talk all things techno-culture, is a far cry away from West that ranted for 8 minutes straight on Jimmy Kimmel mere months ago. Despite spinning the same bullshit about design with utopian aspirations, and the hard-knock life of “rentable” celebrities who face public “lashings,” Yeezus appeared a changed man. Cool, calm and collected.

Here’s why.

Firstly, Kanye’s started wearing skirts 

“Men wearing skirts goes back hundreds of years, but never caught on in America. We have been brainwashed into thinking this is some sort of feminine act. One of the most masculine things you can do is put on a skirt.”

Ever knowledgable Kanye knows that happy genitals equal happy people, right? So in an act invested with moralistic intension and a desire to de-brainwash the poor un-manly men of America, Kanye’s reinvented the wheel with his high end man-skirt. Taking the lead, not that he’d admit it though, from Marc Jacob’s signature kilt, Kanye’s ensuring that as summer descends on LA LA Land he, along with anyone looking to purchase a man-skirt for a mere $US250-$US5000, will have easy, breezy and carefree junk in an environment designed for optimum mobility and fresh air cultivation. Making people happy in the pants, or should I say skirt, always makes you feel good about yourself so it’s no wonder Yeezy is all smiles.

When he’s not wearing skirts, he’s wearing track pants

After an on-going saga with Nike, in which the brand failed to promise Yeezus royalties to his Yeezy trainers, or deliver future collections for the designer collaboration, a now Baby-Daddy in all their three-stripe, dollar $ign goodness.

“The old me without a daughter might of taken the Nike deal, because I just love Nike. But the new me, with a daughter, takes the Adidas deal, because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family.”

It’s humbling to know that worries regarding financial security keep even the Kim-ye clan up at night. So, with a new collaboration under his belt, and well on the way to getting his money “up to the next level. Because it ain’t on Jay Z level yet, it ain’t on Diddy yet,” it seems clear all Kanye of by-gone days really needed was a few good nights’ sleep.

He even designed the blanket under which he’s been sleeping

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He found time to stop and smell the roses

With Annie Leibovitz pulling out from her role as official Kim-ye wedding photographer mere days before the wedding, Kanye was still determined to have Annie-Leibovitz-like photography for his big day. While this meant he enlisted the help of a 19 year old, then-unknown photographer, it also meant he spent “like four days,” perfecting the palate of a flower-filled photo of their wedding for Instagram. It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it.

He’s become a family man

During The New York Times interview, Kanye was particularly tight-lipped when it came to discussing family matters, stating “I don’t want to explain too much into what my thoughts on, you know, fatherhood are, because I’ve not fully developed those thoughts yet. I don’t have a kid yet.” And explaining that when baby North did come, it would be his kid, “not America’s.” A Vogue cover and one highly anticipated, over-the-top wedding later and my, my, how times have changed. Mother-in-law Kris Jenner sat in the audience for Kanye’s stint on the Cannes stage, while Kanye himself declared he “can’t be with any girl but Kim because that’s the girl that I look at her pictures the most and get turned on the most.” What did I say about happy genitals equalling happy people?

And finally, his genius has been credited in app-form

In yet another social initiative to beautify the world, Kanye lent his mug to web programming group, The Free Art and Technology, for an application that allows you to put Yeezy’s face all over your desktop’s icon dock. Downloadable here, Kanye must be feeling pretty good about bringing some Kanye-tinted beauty to desktops everywhere. 

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5 Types of Music Apps You Need In Your Life

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1. Streaming

Hype Machine 

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Starting as a web experiment in 2005, Hype Machine has grown into a powerful tool that joins the forces of 806 independent blogs and websites to curate the best music from around the web. Their app version of the website gives you the ability to choose which songs you enjoy with the simple tap of a <3, now with the newly-added feature of ‘playlists’, allowing you to categorise your favourites into ‘Up’, ‘Down’ & ‘Weird’. It’s also the perfect hub to find remixes of the songs you love.

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: App, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

Indie Shuffle 

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A run-off from the popular indie music website, the Indie Shuffle app provides you with playlists of the best electronic, hip-hop, indie-rock and folk music along with their favourite remixes, all curated by a team of music enthusiasts. All that is required of you is to find a track and hit play, and Indie Shuffle will build the playlist around your selection, helping you to discover new music on the go.  The best things about this app? No ads, no listening limits for the small price of zilch!

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

2. Online Magazine

The Fader 

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The official app for The FADER contains features from the magazine and the blog, podcasts, FADER TV, information on FADER’s parties and, best of all, a music player curated by the  ‘definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it’.  This is the perfect app for discovering music’s next best thing, with The Fader claiming to be the most ‘dynamic breath of music and style emanating the fringes of the mainstream’. Basically download this if you wanna be a cool cat. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Download from iTunes 

Pitchfork Weekly 

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Pitchfork Weekly presents the editorial highlights from their website, updating the app constantly with reviews, features, columns, audio and exclusive videos from Pitchfork TV. The best part of this app is the staff-produced podcasts which feature conversations over the week in music as well as mixes of the latest tracks. 

Cost: Free

Compatible: iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Download from iTunes 

3. Novelty

Tunepics 

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Tunepics is social media with a soundtrack that stimulates the eyes and the ears. Think instagram with Miley Cyrus-esque filters and songs to accompany your picture. It enables you to upload your photos, edit them with a weather filter, express your emotion at the time via a colour wheel and also pair it with a song. Endorsed by Lily Allen, Jamie Oliverwill.i.am and Kate Bosworth. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes  

Songza

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Voted the ‘App Store Best of 2012’, Songza plays you ‘the right music at the right time’, curating playlists for your certain mood at a certain time of day. Want to soundtrack your sweaty dance party? Trying to find a song to match your confidence? Or just want to belt out that incredible voice of yours in the shower? Then this app is just for you.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

4. DIY DJ

TRAKTOR DJ

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TRAKTOR DJ app brings the pro software straight to iOS, giving you the ability to create instant DJ sets. Compatible with iPhone and iPad, it allows you to create mixes in seconds from your own iTunes library using familiar hand gestures to perform hands-on, high-impact sets. Auto tempo detection also makes track-syncing and beat-matching a breeze, right in the palm of your hands.  

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iPhone & iPad

Download iPhone App on iTunes 

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Slussen 

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Slussen is the accompanying app to the Scandinavian brand of headphones Urbanears and ‘the most powerful after-party known to man’. Just plug in the adapter, connect your headphones and sound system for your very own pocket-sized DJ kit. Just like the real deal, Slussen has a pre-listening feature that ensures you can prepare the next track while the previous beats are still pumping. Hot tip: The headphones are the perfect accompaniment to this app. Choose from the rainbow selection here.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Download on iTunes 

5. Concert

BandMate 

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BandMate helps you find when your favourite band is playing, recommending live music events in your area based purely on what you’re listening to. It also uses the artists already on your iPhone/iPod to discover other bands you might like and creates a personalised calendar of the shows you want to see.

Cost: $1.99

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Download from iTunes 

Songkick 

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Honoured with the titles ‘UK iTunes App of the Week’, ‘Cult of Mac Must-Have App’ and ‘Billboard App of the Month’, Songkick tracks your favourite bands and  suggests concerts based on the ones you’ve already been to. It also tracks the artists you’ve been following and alerts you when they’re in town so you’ll never miss your favourite act again. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Download from iTunes 

 

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Twitter Talks Kanye at Cannes

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Talk about music in conversation.Overnight, Kanye West took to the stage at the annual Cannes Lions awards show and festival as a late addition to the Translation’s seminar, entitled Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape. Never one to miss an opportunity to publicly drool over the late Steve Jobs, or  “say these really big over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted,” his presence at the creative communications festival provided Twitter with a more-quotable -than-quotable carb-loaded meal, ready for the taking.

Here’s some Yeezus flavoured inspiration for your morning.

 

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