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10Songs6March_2

10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Kanye West, Cashmere Cat, George Maple + More

10Songs6March_2

Sometimes we really hate writing this article because some weeks can just be so slow that all we want to do is write 10 songs you shouldn’t listen to this week or 10 reasons you should fly to the US to witness Shania Twain’s final tour ever (yes, it’s a thing). This week, however, we’re delighted to be able to write this because there was such a wealth of new music this week. Kanye continued to edge closer to his album release, we got our first reason to really believe in grime’s resurgence and RnB-electronica proved why it’s still a genre that can be exciting.

Sink your teeth (and ears) into these brilliant tracks that coloured our week and keep listening to the Soundcloud playlist (below the tenth song) so you can impress your friends this weekend by knowing how many times Kanye says “all day” in All Day.

Deutsche Duke
Battleground

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/deutschduke/battleground-1[/soundcloud]

You may not have heard much about Deutsche Duke but you’re soon to. We’re leading 10 songs this week with the new track by this Australian newcomer because we feel while you may have been privy to the other nine track this week, this one could’ve slipped by and it shouldn’t. You know the first time you heard Drake’s Hold On We’re Coming Home, how you thought you’d never heard anything that effortlessly smooth? It’s the same kind of feeling with Battleground, everything from the vocal production to the silky synths make this song a total knockout. If you feel like you’ve heard the vocal before that’s because he turns up on Flight Facilities Down To Earth. If FF are already on to him you can be pretty sure that he’s worth listening to.

Tobias Jesso Jr
Without You

Tobias Jesso Jr’s Goon is shaping up to be an instant classic. We’ve heard three songs from the record now including this latest cut Without You and each song has been a masterclass in simple, heartfelt songwriting. This one feature Danielle Haim on drums and Jesso Jr on the vocal, of course. It’s a mournful, sombre tune with the American singer sounding once again like John Lennon at his best. Jesso Jr may be just the guy to remind people in 2015 that a song starts with a tune and sometimes it’s best just left at that.

Kelela
A Message

RnB inspired electronica has nearly run its course but every so often a song comes along that twists the arm of the genre and makes it sound exciting. Here Kelela teams up with Bjork/Kanye/FKA Twigs collaborator for a sparse, dusky track in which Kelela’s vocals are given plenty of room to breathe. She creates the an Aaliyah-esque melody among seas of rushing synths that come and go as the the intensity compresses and releases. This girl just adds so much more to RnB than what is being offered right now and Arca is the perfect producer to help her fully realise that.

George Maple
Where You End And I Begin

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/george-maple-where-you-end[/soundcloud]

So, George Maple is at least in the top five best things that this country has to offer right now, musically. Her Vacant Space EP was so beautifully sophisticated and this latest cut Where You End And I Begin is just another extension to an already brilliant back-catalogue. For the first time she channels ‘90s RnB with a throwback beat complemented by her airy vocals. Rapper Grande Marshall jumps on the end of the track and makes us feel as if we’re back in Busta Rhymes/Mariah Carey territory and maybe we are.

Skepta
SHUTDOWN

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/skepta/shutdown[/soundcloud]

Sometimes for inexplicable reasons it takes really talented people a long time to get recognised. For example, it took Kim Kardashian until she was 23 to be cast in a sex tape and it’s taken Skepta 32 years to finally get his moment in the sun. A little thanks to his appearance with Kanye on All Day at the BRITS and a lot because SHUTDOWN is a career highlight, Skepta is finally a name on many people’s tongue. SHUTDOWN is viciously good. The horns make it sound majestic, the “shutdown” hook is impossible to argue with and the beat is industrial and raw. 2015 is the year that grime will come to the mainstream and it needs a leader – Skepta is your man. 

Cashmere Cat
Adore

The Ariana Grande/Cashmere Cat love affair continues with Grande this time hopping on the Norwegian producers solo track. Grande is such a well-manicured popstar but the main Kitty Kat manages to convince her to let her guard down. The chorus of Adore is basically just Grande doing vocal runs to absolutely nothing and that’s the best thing about this song. It sounds like the pair of them are just playing around and in the meantime have created an effortless RnB classic, more than worthy of the top of the charts. I hope it does well too, together these guys have a real chance to change the sonic atmosphere of mainstream music right now.

Courtney Barnett
Depreston

If somebody told me they were going to write a song about moving to the outer-suburbs of Melbourne I would literally cry right in front of them with boredom. Thank goodness Courtney Barnett never pitched Depreston to me because it may have never been made, or worse I would have cried in front of Courtney Barnett. Oddly, Depreston is probably one of the softest songs we’ve heard from the Melbourne singer. The vivid imagery in this track is testament to the strength of her songwriting and it genuinely makes me feel as if I’m inspecting depressing homes with her and gradually lowering my expectations.

Tink
Ratchet Commandments

 Yas. Yassss. YASSSSSS. Timbaland’s tracks with Missy Elliot are some of his most impressive work and while it’s been a long time it seems he’s onto something good again with Chicago rapper Tink. Like Elliot, Tink has an effortless cool where’s she’s unconcerned with being the most-hyped name in music, she just wants to make great music. Ratchet Commandments is great and “Yo a hoe so do better,” is just the greatest lyric.

Kanye West 
All Day

I’m a longtime Kanye West fan and these past few weeks have been like ecstasy. He’s finally making sense not only as a rapper but as a creative and he seems to be genuinely enjoying the process of releasing an album rather than doing it purely to prove a point about his own genius status. All Day has the same industrial feel as Yeezus but it feels more communal. Rather than playing for a team of one, the song feels like Yeezy is on a team of hundreds. It feels like a rap army storming towards you only to be stopped by Lucy in the sky with diamonds whistling. As I write this is number one on iTunes in the US. Nothing from Yeezus reached that height.

Nocturnal Sunshine
Take Me There

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/nocturnalsunshinemusic/nocturnal-sunshine-take-me-there[/soundcloud]

London producer Maya Jane Coles is going back to her moniker Nocturnal Sunshine and dropping a full LP. Take Me There is the first single off it and it’s notably different to her deep-house inspired work as Maya Jane Coles. Take Me There smacks you in the face immediately. The beat pulsates hard, the synths growl behind and the tribal-influences make it sound primal. It’s a wonderfully dark reintroduction to Nocturnal Sunshine and makes us incredibly excited for the album. This is some of her best work to date, moniker or no moniker.

https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/10-songs-you-need-to-hear-7

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Missy Elliott, Twin Shadow, Passion Pit + More

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After the shit storm that was last week there were no surprise releases this week which gave us more time to delve deep into the internet and pick out some stuff that didn’t have the same weight attached to it as a Kanye debut or Drake drop. We’re pretty pleased with what we’ve found too – plenty of delectable electro-pop and a few late-night RnB tunes. There’s all some new stuff from Passion Pit, A.G. Cook and Twin Shadow.

PURPLE – Extinction

There are so many elements that are encapsulated in this track. The bassline throbs throughout, creating a brooding undercurrent while percussive and vocal elements jitter above. The track is given slight relief just over halfway as gentle piano keys make us pause for reflection, before dropping into a full-blown amalgamation of loss and despair. It makes total sense that PURPLE comes from the same label that houses Shlohmo and RL Grime, both masters of dark and affecting tracks.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/purplepurplepurple/01-extinction[/soundcloud]

Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)

The SleepyHeads have finally awoken from their slumber, returning after their two year hiatus. Kings of nostalgia, their new track focuses on the very theme as they reminisce on the year 1985. After a quick Wikipedia search, we have uncovered that none of the band members were born before 1987 so we can only assume that Passion Pit are time-travellers, reincarnated or just huge fans of the ‘80s. Either way, it’s good to have Massachusetts band back on the scene with their glittery electro-pop.

A.G. Cook + Hannah Diamond – Drop FM

It’s always a sugary sweet day when new PC Music arrives but we’ve never before heard a collaboration between the label’s head A.G. Cook and it’s resident pop princess Hannah Diamond. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the pair – a melodically sweet tune that rushes like blood to the head while Diamond makes it sparkle with her computerised vocals. With every listen it gets harder to imagine ever having thought that Diamond’s voice was too monotonous to be enjoyable. This is ace.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/drop-fm[/soundcloud]

Jack U – Take U There (Feat. Kiesza and Missy Elliott)

2015 is poised to be the year of the Missy Elliot comeback. After her performance at the superbowl her albums and hits re-entered the charts and bootlegs have started to arise from every direction. Diplo and Skrillex are smart men and they have got Missy to jump on their track to capitalise on the momentum she’s gaining. She adds a few verses and proves that she’d be comfortable heading in the direction of electronica which is probably the best move for her if she wants to stay relevant which obviously she is capable of. Everybody has fallen back in love with her.

Twin Shadow – I’m Ready

We’re gearing up to hear Twin Shadow’s third album Eclipse next month and here’s another taster from the record. He’s obviously going for epic, euphoric music this time around with all tracks so far sounding like they’re ready for cellphone-lit arenas. I’m Ready has a thumping beat behind it and a chorus that heads straight for the stratosphere. We haven’t heard power ballads this powerful since the ‘80s. You can catch Twin Shadow at Berlin Festival this May.

Saint Felix – Speak/Lie

This is the debut single from Melbourne artist Saint Felix which actually sounds a bit like the music coming out of Twin Shadow (above). He’s got his foot firmly in the ‘90s and giving off a strong whiff of nostalgia which makes sense given that his biggest inspiration is Michael Jackson. There’s also a hint of Savage Garden in there which in case you thought was a bad thing it most definitely isn’t (I Want You still goes off, trust us). Speak/Lie is an expertly crafted song with a melodically delicious chorus and layered, textured vocals.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/saintfelix/speaklie/[/soundcloud]

Sufjan Stevens – No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

Last time around Sufjan Stevens was experimenting with elements of electronica on his previous record Age Of Adz but going by this track his next LP, Carrie & Lowell, will see him going back to basics. No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross is a sentimental, beautiful tracks that harks back to tracks like For The Windows In Paradise. If anything it certifies once again just how good a songwriter he is. With a bare bones instrumental he’s able to craft a song that genuinely throws your heart into your throat. It’s a gift that many songwriters lack in these days of complication.

Heems – Home (Feat. Dev Hynes)

There is literally nobody on this earth that Dev Hynes couldn’t produce and do a formidable job. Here he’s working with Heems, previously of Das Racist, on his solo track Home. The song reeks of Hynes’ production with industrial percussion underneath rhythmic guitars and airy vocals. It’s from Heems’ debut solo album Eat, Pray, Thug and shows a clear shift in direction from the hip-hop inspired sounds of Das Racist. It has us very intrigued.

George Maple – Talk Talk (Ta-Ku Remix)

George Maple is currently in the process of releasing official remixes for her brilliant single Talk Talk. She’s said that there are three remixes – a thumper, a lover and a mover. This Ta-Ku remix is the lover and you can see why. It’s a delicate, pitch-altered remix which is sensual, silky and smooth. Ta-Ku has a knack for crafting late-night, bedroom-bound tunes and he does exactly that with Talk Talk. We thought that this track couldn’t get anymore steamy but we were wrong. Maple says Talk Talk is a song “about lust, drama and late night antics,” and this remix retains that expertly.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/takugotbeats/george-maple-talk-talk-ta-ku-remix-1[/soundcloud]

Jack Garratt – Chemical

There’s something going on in London right now because there’s a heap of pop cross RnB cross electronica pumping out and it’s all good. We’ve already heard the likes of MNEK and Shura and now we can add to that Jack Garratt. Chemical is taken from his The Synesthesiac EP and it’s one of the more experimental pop tunes we’ve heard in a while. The synths are dense and the percussion at times shudders like gun shots transforming this from run-of-the-mill electro-pop into a genuinely captivating song. His vocals are on point but it likes he knew it needed more to make people sit up and listen, which is correct. This song almost grabs you by the neck and demands your attention.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hillydilly/jack-garratt-chemical[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Kendrick Lamar + More

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Sorry too busy listening to Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late to write an intro.

Kanye West – Wolves (Feat. Sia and Vic Mensa)

This one is only a recording from Kanye’s Adidas launch this morning but it’s an official video and the audio beats a lot of what was hanging around this morning. It’s third song we’ve heard from Kanye in as many months but it’s the first that doesn’t feature Paul McCartney and harks back to the stylings of Yeezus more than anything else. Sia and VIc Mensa are on the track too, delivering soulful verses over an industrial, brooding beat. It’s the first track on his new album which is still yet to be officially announced. Go to 8min29secs to hear the track.

Hot Chip – Huarache Lights

Hot Chip are back! It’s been a big week for album announcements this week but this is definitely one of the biggest. The group plan to release their new album Why Make Sense? soon and the first single from it is Huarache Lights. It’s perfectly melds together organic and electronic instrumentation as Hot Chip tracks so often do while also incorporating some Daft Punk-esque vocals. It’s good to have them back.

Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man

Speaking of big album releases, they don’t come much bigger than this. Florence + The Machine have dropped the details of their forthcoming record, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and it’s headed up by this corker of a single What Kind Of Man. It’s more aggressive than anything we heard on her sophomore record Ceremonials, with Welch also pushing her vocal comfort zone. It’s electric and makes us very excited for the album.

Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry

Another big release (so many!) was Kendrick Lamar‘s The Blacker The Berry which follows his single i from last year. i won two Grammys this week but ironically it was one of his weaker songs. The Blacker The Berry is a return to form with Lamar in a much darker mode lamenting about racism in his signature aggressive tone. This is one of the most thoughtful hip-hop tracks we’ve heard in a while.

Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake just dropped a whole album called If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late while we were writing this. We haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing so we’re just going to place this one here and direct you to buy the album. This has been a huge week for music and this is an incredible way to end it. Most of us thought another Beyonce-like drop would be impossible but Drake has proved us wrong.

Chromatics – Just Like You

As if this day couldn’t get any bigger, in the middle of the whole Drake saga Chromatics have dropped the first single, Just Like You, from their forthcoming album Dear Tommy. It’s a melodramatic, dim-lit number with those signature drawling vocals. It’s a sweet, reflective track that’s a far cry from Kill For Love, which led the previous album.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/chromatics-just-like-you[/soundcloud]

Snoh – Emotional

For a new artist getting RZA on board as a producer is not too shabby at all. The raspy Swedish singer’s new track is called Emotional and it’s a jazzed-up track full of passion and energy. It’s perfectly produced and intricate enough to keep us discovering new textures. Snoh is definitely one to watch if not only for the fact that she’s a Swede and they are perfect.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/premiere-snoh-emotional[/soundcloud]

Jimmy Napes – Making Of Me

Disclosure and Sam Smith collaborator Jimmy Napes is finally taking the spotlight with his solo project. His previous effort Give It Up was a little demure but Making Of Me heads straight for the dance floor. It sounds like it could’ve slotted nicely into Disclosure’s debut Settle with its deep house baseline and soulful vocals. And we have no problem with that at all.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jimmynapes/making-of-me[/soundcloud]

Emile Haynie – Come Find Me (Feat. Lykke Li and Romy from the xx)

Producer Emile Haynie is gearing up to release his star-studded debut album We Fall at the end of this month. So far we’ve heard collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Dev Hynes and Charlotte Gainsbourg and now we have a track, Come Find Me, with Lykke Li and Romy from the xx. As you’d imagine it’s a sombre affair given the choice of features but it’s beautiful and stirring. It sounds more like an interlude than anything with Lykke Li barely singing more than 10 words but it makes us excited for the album nonetheless.

Jessie Ware- Champagne Kisses

This isn’t a new song but goddam this video is just so good. Champagne Kisses is the fourth single to be lifted from Jessie Ware‘s wonderful Tough Love LP and as such it’s been gifted with the video treatment. It’s her most colourful video to date with director Christopher Sweeney creating an absurdist, weird and wonderful world for Ware. The whole thing is visually spectacular.

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10 Acts That Could Appear On The Splendour In The Grass Lineup

SplendourPredictions2015

Splendour In The Grass is still six months away but the rumour mill has already started and who are we to deny the chance to add fuel to the flame. The ten acts below are basically unfounded predictions but we think that Splendour has the potential to have a huge year with the plethora of big acts releasing albums this year. Below are a few huge headliners, a few up and comers and a few big risks that Splendour could take.

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson is probably the first proper rumour that has arisen for Splendour 2015. The producer has had a massive year with his album Uptown Special and he’s just been in the country for a quick promo trip. While here he told Matt and Alex that he could neither “confirm nor deny” rumours that he would be making a return to the country in July. Usually, that means he could confirm but the festival and his management team would kill him. So lock him in? Not so fast. He’s currently got zero live shows booked and he also told triple j, “If I can figure out a great show, I’m going to be here.” He clearly hasn’t worked out just how he’s going to tour the album yet and it may not be enough time to pull it together. If he doesn’t end up on any festival lineups before Splendour is announced you can almost bet it’s game over.

Hot Chip

Hot Chip are frequent visitors of the country. Last year in June, they toured their DJ set and were also here in early 2013 playing Falls Festival and Field Day. Joe Goddard was also just here playing as The 2 Bears at Sugar Mountain in Melbourne. They would no doubt be looking for the perfect excuse to head down-under again and their newly announced album, Why Make Sense?, is the perfect one. A headline set on the mix-up stage would perfectly round up one the days at Splendour particularly if they have a whole lot of new additions to their catalogue to spruce.

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine’s inclusion on the Coachella lineup marked her live return and since then details have begun to seep through about her third album. It’s rumoured to be called What Kind of Man and has been teased today with a video entitled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Florence and the Machine has played Splendour only once, in 2010, and gave one of the most valiant performances in the festival’s history. Splendour would no doubt be looking for a euphoric headliner whose style goes hand in hand with the aesthetic of the Byron Parklands and Florence fits that brief perfectly. If you look at her fast filling tour dates, July is wide open.

Years & Years

Looking at past years of the festival, Splendour has traditionally picked up on acts who are just about to make it big. It’s usually based off the BBC Sound of… which predicts the artists set to make a splash in the year ahead. Last year the festival booked Sam Smith, the year before they had HAIM on the lineup and in 2012 Azealia Banks appeared. We think it might be Years & Years year this year.

TV On The Radio

TV On The Radio have had a pretty shit few years to put it bluntly. Their bassist Gerard Smith died from lung cancer in 2011 and just recently they had to cancel their European tour after drummer Jahphet Landis was hospitalised. They haven’t toured Australia since 2013 when they played Splendour and we reckon it’s about time they made a trip down-under. They’d be playing songs from their 2014 album, Seeds.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks hasn’t had a great history with touring Australia. When she played Splendour in 2012 she was criticised for only performing for 20 minutes. When she toured with Future Music she fought with Rita Ora and The Stone Rose. And when she toured with Listen Out she left the stage mid-set twice, after objects were thrown at her. Lately, she’s had a beef with Igloo Australia (Iggy Azalea) which has probably tarnished her view of Australia even more but maybe Splendour have the guts to bring her back. Her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, turned out to be brilliant and she’s finding herself on festival lineups again. Although, she is playing in Japan at the end of March so does that mean she’ll extend the trip for some headline shows here in April?

Jessie Ware

British songstress Jessie Ware was a favourite when she toured with Laneway Festival back in 2012, so much so that we were surprised that she didn’t end up on it again this year. It makes sense, however, when you consider she’s just married and embarking on a national tour in her home country. There will be no excuses come July though. She’d fill a mid-afternoon slot expertly with tracks from her latest album Tough Love and it would give her the push she needs down-under.

Tame Impala

This will happen, right? Splendour has always been a place for bands to return to after immense overseas success and Tame Impala have enjoyed that in droves. They’re the second headliner at Coachella, below AC/DC, and with a new album on the way they’re the perfect candidates to potentially headline a night of the festival. They’re well acquainted with the festival, having played in both 2010 and 2012, so it would be a heartwarming return to see them on the mainstage as a more than worthy headliner.

Lana Del Rey

Enough playing LDR. We thought she would play Falls Festival, then Laneway and we’ve also speculated about solo shows but it’s time she just got the hell down here. 2012 was the last year she played Splendour, with good friend Azealia Banks, and she was a shy, amateur at that stage. Her latest album Ultraviolence is a massive improvement on Born To Die and her festival sets everywhere from Glastonbury to Coachella have been praised. If Banks ends up on the lineup again the pair could buddy up at Splendour once again. If not, we’ll probably have to accept she’s not going to make it down here this time round and forever call her Madonna.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar toured with Eminem in Australia back in 2013 but now with a new album on the way he’s due for another visit. Splendour has a good history with booking big hip-hop acts. Last year Outkast headlined and Childish Gambino tore the mix-up tent apart and in 2011, Kanye West headlined. He’s playing Bonnaroo, Wireless and Sasquatch so his festival set would be well oiled by the time he got here in July. He also doesn’t have anything booked after 4th July. Lock it in.

 

 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Madonna, Young Fathers, Angel Haze + More

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This is, completely unintentionally, the most sensual 10 songs we’ve ever put together. There are plenty of bedroom jams, RnB stunners and sultry pop songs and we’re not sure whether it’s because that’s all that was released this week or because we’ve been selective because we’re in some sort of smutty mood. Either way, we can’t help but feel now we’ve peaked a week too soon. This would have been perfect for V Day.

Young Fathers- Rain Or Shine

Glasgow group Young Fathers would be feeling pretty happy with themselves right now. And that’s absolutely deserved. They won the Mercury Prize for their excellent record Dead and are now wasting no time in getting on with the next one. It’s a sense of immediacy that The Avalanches, D’Angelo and Guns N’ Roses never quite grasped. Rain Or Shine sounds like a carnival ransacked by a gang. Its perky yet distinctively dark with a carnivale synth slaughtered by a thumping back beat. It’s from the album White Men Are Black Men Too which will come into existence in early April.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/youngfathers/rain-or-shine-2[/soundcloud]

Shy Girls- Arrest (Feat. Tei Shi)

And herein commences the love-making section of 10 songs for this week. You may have heard Portland-based singer Shy Girls lay his voice down on tracks by ODESZA and Cyril Hahn in the past few years, but his solo work is equally impressive. Arrest is taken from a mixtape title 4WZ and it’s an after-dark, sweltering mid-tempo. Mid-tempo duets make my heart skip a beat and when Tei Shi joins on the second verse all self-control is lost. You can download the rest of the mixtape here which I highly recommend you do.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shygirls/arrest-me-ft-tei-shi-1?in=shygirls/sets/4wz-mixtape[/soundcloud

Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruben Nielson was one unhappy man on his last record II. Despite being lonely, however, the record was delicious melodic and quaint. On the title-track from the forthcoming record, Multi-Love, he sounds considerably happier. And what does happiness sounds like? It sounds like less reverb, stomping pop-inspired percussion and sunshine-induced choruses.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jagjaguwar/unknown-mortal-orchestra-multi-love[/soundcloud]

Madonna- Iconic (Feat. Mike Tyson and Chance The Rapper)

I never thought I’d be writing about Mike Tyson in the same sentence as a new song but here goes. Madonna has released a new song and it features Mike Tyson alongside Chance The Rapper. The good news is Tyson barely even attempts to rap. The bad news is Madonna does. It’s not as bad as it sounds though. She basically does a lot of rambling about sweat and tears and makes a whole lot of boxing innuendo before she gets on with it and bursts into a massive, trap-inspired chorus. It’s worth sticking around for Chance too if you can make it that far.

Say Lou Lou- Nothing But A Heartbeat

After what seems like decades of waiting, Swedish sisters Say Lou Lou are finally releasing their debut album, Lucid Dreaming. With that announcement this week came a new song called Nothing But A Heartbeat which is another sprawling, magnificent pop song that only Swedes could manage. Where their last release, Games For Girls, plodded along with an effortless cool, Nothing But A Heartbeat is more a combustion of emotion. Both work for us.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sayloulou/nothing-but-a-heartbeat[/soundcloud]

Angel Haze- CANDLXS

We already raved about this Angel Haze song earlier in the week so we won’t take up too much of your time here. Basically CANDLXS is the first song off Haze’s forthcoming release TFBAN. According to Haze herself this is about the fifth best song on the record which has us insanely excited (that was no doubt her intention and possibly a lie but we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt). CANDLXS shits over most of the stuff on her debut album because its unmistakably an Angel Haze song. As she oscillates between singing and rapping you get the feeling no other rapper could manage this.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/angxlhxze/candlxs-prod-troy-noka[/soundcloud]

Migos- One Time

After a slew of mixtapes and random drops, rap collective Migos are finally gearing up their debut album Y.R.N. The Album. One Time is our first proper taste of that album and to be completely blunt if you don’t like hip-hop go to song nine. If you do like hip-hop, you’re going to love this. Basically they run through everything they’ve done just “one time” over a badass beat by Deko. The “one time” hook is enough to keep us interested while the verses are where the magic really comes. These guys are charismatic rappers and in shines through in droves.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/migosatl/migos-one-time-prod-deko[/soundcloud]

Raye- Flowers

Raye is the girlfriend everyone will want after hearing this. Flowers by London newcomer Raye is about how she doesn’t want flowers and doesn’t need to be given them. Over a confident, fierce beat, Raye takes the bull by the horns. “You don’t wanna know how many little guys I met like you”, she sings sending every guy to the corner of the club immediately. Props should and will be given to her flow on the verse which is impeccable.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/arayeofcolours/flowers[/soundcloud]

Obey City- Waterbad (Feat. Anthony Flammia)

I don’t like to ever say the word “jam” unless I’m talking about the condiment but I feel like it’s more than warranted here. NYC producer Obey City felt like the world needed a slow jam so he gave us one that sounds like a prototype of D’Angelo crossed with Maxwell and Frank Ocean. Anthony Flammia takes to the sexy beat with a sensual finesse, using his falsetto to induce weak knees. It’s from his Merlot Sounds EP which is due out 23rd February on LuckyMe.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/obey-city/waterbed[/soundcloud]

 

 

 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Featuring Shlohmo, JOY., Courtney Barnett + More

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It’s finally Friday and you’ve managed to survive another week at work. Hurrah! Here’s a little present to celebrate: ten songs, all wrapped up in one neat little post.

Sam Gellaitry- Temple

Sam Gellaitry is an 18 year old producer from Scotland who is hearing up to release his debut EP, Short Stories, on LA label Soulection in Fberuary. Despite the fact that his Dad apparently makes bagpipes, Gellaitry’s music sounds nothing like his homeland. It’s a combustion of hip-hop and nu-disco sounds which constantly chops and changes. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a you producer who reps for a generation to which patience doesn’t exist. Myself included.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/soulection/sam-gellaitry-temple-short-stories-out-february-17th/[/soundcloud]

Lapalux- Closure (Feat. Szjerdene)

Lapalux’s Guuurl was one of our favourite releases of 2013 so we’re pretty happy to here he’s prepping for the release of a new album called Lustmore. The producer has dropped the closing track of the album suitably titled Closure and it features the dulcet tones of Szjerdene. It’s definitely one of his most accessible tracks yet, with a heavy RnB influence present. It’s more than enough to make us very excited for the LP.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/lapalux/closure-ft-szjerdene[/soundcloud]

Shlohmo- Buried

2015 s already shaping up to be one hell of a yer for music. One of the reasons for that statement is that Shlohmo is planning to release his new album Dark Red on 7th April but until then he’s teasing us with Buried. Buried is a characteristically dark, brooding tune that heaves with heavy synths and mournful beats. One minute it commands complete and utter stillness and the next it demands you thrash your head about. There are some serious rock influences here which is awesome to hear. Something aesthetically on point for the artist and yet also boundary-pushing. Catch Shlohmo this May at Berlin Festival.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shlohmo/buried[/soundcloud] 

How To Dress Well and TALA- The One

In 24 hours I have overcome a hangover, a brain-freeze and immense ramen noodle cravings and while this sounds impressive, in 24 hours Tom Krell and TALA have come up with The One. The One is a result of the Yours Truly series which sees two artists create a song together in just a day. This is one of the best tracks the come from the series yet with the pair crafting a throwback RnB tune that compares to something like My Boo by Usher and Alicia Keys with a. Little more drama. There are two version of the song, one by each artist, with How To Dress Well’s bringing the soul and TALA’s delivering a denser production. Both are spot on.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/howtodresswell/the-one[/soundcloud]

 

Kaytranada- Drives Me Crazy (Feat. Vic Mensa)

This is pretty much exactly what music in 2015 sounds like with Canadian producer Kaytranada enlisting Vic Mensa showing what results when two of music’s biggest hopes come together. Drive Me Crazy sees Kaytranada stick to a woozy hip-hop aesthetic with more accentuated beats that his last track, Leave Me Alone. Both tracks will feature on his debut album which is set to be dropped via XL Records. Drive Me Crazy is definitely the stronger of the two, with Mensa adding an undeniable personality to the producer’s after-dark soundscape.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kaytranada/drive-me-crazy-featuring-vic-mensa[/soundcloud]

 

Mikal Cronin- Made My Mind Up

Mikal Cronin is a man who destiny confuse things. His forthcoming third album, announced this week, will be titled MCIII and follows his sophomore album, MCII. Catch the pattern? While not boring, his songwriting is just as straightforward as demonstrated by his fuzzed-out new track, Made My Mind Up. The track has a little more grunt to it than anything off his last album with howling guitars joined by confident, bashful vocals. As per usual, his biggest strength is his melodic, delectable guitar licks that just sooth the soul.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mergerecords/mikal-cronin-made-my-mind-up/[/soundcloud]

 

JOY.- Weather

Have you heard enough of us banging on about Brisbane wonder-kid JOY.? We’re going to keep doing it for one more moment if that’s ok because she’s got this new track called Weather and, go dammit, it’s great again. It’s a down-tepo, melancholic track which sees JOY. trill like an angel over thick synths and clapping beats. Her Stone EP is set to be a stunner and if not then we’ll be done talking about her. Somehow we doubt that will happen.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/joy-aus/weather[/soundcloud]

 

Marina and the Diamonds- I’m A Ruin

There’s nothing quite like a Marina and the Diamonds melody. When she rolls out a corker it’s like nothing else, as we experienced on the hook of the title track of her forthcoming album Froot. She may have gotten a little introspective with the last two tracks Happy and Immaculate but on I’m A Ruin her pop muscles are being flexed once again. It’s a mid-tempo number with none of the glitz and groove of Froot but it’s no less satisfying. The hook on the chorus is like honey on the tongue with Marina’s vocals reaching for the stratosphere and sliding through runs like it’s nobodies business. Let’s have this album now, please. Our bodies are ready.

 

Courtney Barnett- Pedestrian At Best

It feels like Melbourne singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has already reached iconic Australian status but in reality, she’s only just gearing up to release her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. The first single from said album is Pedestrian At Best which sees Barnett at her thrashing, droning best. She’s brilliant, sarcastic, beautifully off-kilter and probably at her most aggressive yet. She is to Australian accents what Alex Turner was to British accents.

 

Late Nights (Feat. Father & Abra)- Hiko Momoji

A sleepover of the saucy kind, Late Nights features Father and Abra exchanging cute, at times cheeky, banter, enveloped in Hiko Momoji’s cushy production. Conceptualising the warm comfort that only a body of the opposite sex (or same sex, if you’re that way inclined) may induce, it’s a cuddly, conversational number that’s poles apart from Momoji’s first, instrument-only, release, Mirage Island. 
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hikomomoji/late-nights-feat-father-abra/[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Tobias Jesso Jr, St. Vincent, Paris Hilton + More

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Tove Stryke- Ego

Tove Stryke is a Swedish songstress who been released some boisterous pop music in 2014 and now she’s gearing up for a full-length release, Kiddo, in 2015. Sweden is the land of pop music and quite frankly, pop’s not worth listening to unless it comes out of Scandinavia so obviously, Ego is brilliant. It’s elevated by a sprawling, elated chorus, the type that would make Dev Hynes squirm and Robyn dance. Very excited to see how Tove strikes in 2015 (see what I did there).

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/tovestyrke/ego-1[/soundcloud]

Charli XCX- Doing It (Feat. Rita Ora) (A.G. Cook Remix)

The PC Music mastermind A.G. Cook is at it once again, combining pop with nostalgic bubblegum video game sounds. This time he’s remixed the new single by Charli XCX, which has Rita Ora on it for some unknown reason. The remix sees XCX and Ora’s vocals pitch manipulated and backed by rushing, toy-like synths. It’s a choice move from Charli XCX to support this remix as it continues her appeal as both a mainstream and alternative pop hero.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/charlixcx/charli-xcx-ft-rita-ora-doing-it-ag-cook-remix[/soundcloud]

Paris Hilton- Never Be Alone

Paris Hilton is not a singer and she shouldn’t try, but that doesn’t mean she can’t release music. On Never Be Alone, which surfaced this week, her voice is manipulated within an inch of its life and surprisingly its a nostalgic hit. The production (seemingly by DJ Poet? Who?) channels early 00s club music- think DJ Sammy or Scooter. It’s not going to win a Grammy nor will it set the charts alight but its nostalgic quality makes it a likely contender for an internet cult hit. Also, don’t pretend you don’t revisit Stars Are Blind at least once a year.

Tobias Jesso Jr- How Could You Babe

We included Tobia Jesso Jr in our Class of 2015, and we’re feeling pretty happy with ourselves after he dropped yet another stellar track, How Could You Babe, this week. The song was endorsed by Adele on Twitter and raved about by nearly everybody with an IP address this week. It’s a throwback track once again showing Jesso Jr’s old soul and immaculate song writing prowess. In an age where the production possibilities are endless, he shows that sometimes the greatest beauty is found in simplicity.

Burial- Temple Sleeper

Enigmatic British producer Burial is readying the release of his new single, Temple Sleeper, through Keysound Recordings and this week we were treated to a three minute sample. Temple Sleeper has the appeal of a heart-beat racing ’90s rave tune which sees Burial explore far more energetic territory than we’ve heard in the past. You can buy the vinyl now and here the whole track if you like.

Giorgio Moroder- Right Here, Right Now (Feat. Kylie Minogue)

Kylie’s street cred seems to have sky-rocketed in the past few months. First she teamed up with Flight Facilities and now she’s taking to the dancefloor with Italian producer and Daft Punk-collaborator Girogio Moroder. Right Here, Right Now is from his forthcoming album 74 Is The New 24 which will also feature collaboration with Charli XCX, Britney Spears and Sia. It’s a sprawling, disco-flavoured track with a chorus that shoots into the stratosphere.

Lime Cordiale- Hanging Upside Down

Coming off the back on an absolutely hectic year of touring nationally and through the States, brass-infused indie-pop Sydneysiders, Lime Cordiale, have just released their new single, Hanging Upside Down. Produced by Sydney’s Jean-Paul Fung (Art vs. Science, Jinja Safari, Glass Towers), Lime Cordiale delivers an insanely catchy tune which will be a Summer soundtrack essential. Of course, a little Lime charm couldn’t be resisted and includes lyrics mentioning ‘perky tits.’ Also, the track was released with a super trippy film clip with artwork by Louis Lime and animated by wolfboy.

St. Vincent- Bad Believer

We’re very, very close to having St. Vincent grace our shores for Laneway Festival. She’s one of the greatest live performers on the planet at the moment and this new track, Bad Believer, will make a hearty addition to her already formidable set. It’s being added to a re-release of her self-titled album and it’s probably the most up-tempo, funky track of the album. It’s a warped, grungy pop track with one of the catchiest choruses she’s ever produced.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/st_vincent/bad-believer[/soundcloud]

Roy English- Julianne

From one funky tune to another, Julianne is the first official single from US artist, Roy English. It’s a fuzzed-out pop tune backed by Dev Hynes-esque guitar-jabs and vocals that feel as if they’ve been caught in a dispersing cloud. A few years-ago this brand of lo-fi pop would’ve been could’ve been lost due to the sheer volume of tracks like it being released but in 2015 it’s actually refreshing to hear an alt-pop tune that doesn’t sound like a crisp, RnB renewal.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/royenglish/julianne[/soundcloud]

Emilie Haynie- Wait For Life (Feat. Lana Del Rey)

Producer Emilie Haynie is gearing up to release his star-studded album, We Fall. He’s already dropped tracks featuring everyone from Dev Hynes to Charlotte Gainsbourg and now he’s revealed Wait For Life with vocals by Lana Del Rey. Haynie was responsible for much of the production on Del Rey’s debut Born To Die and once again here they swell a grandiose atmosphere of old school charm. Del Rey seems to be going from strength to strength lately and no doubt her third album, which is apparently more similar to her debut, will be one to look out for this year.

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8 New Songs That Will Get You Naked

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A Gym Class Heroes song once proclaimed “We have to take our clothes off…to have a good time”, and maybe they were onto something. Music is one of the biggest aphrodisiacs of all. That and oysters and since we can’t send you oysters (costs, smells etc.) we’ve decided to put together eight of the most clothes-losing songs around at the moment. It’s also a way to shamelessly plug new music while getting you all hot around the collar at the same time.

Murlo- Jasmine (Feat. Gemma Dunleavy)

“If you would say the word, I’d be there baby”, opens the song delivered with smokey, tantalising vocals. Is there anything else you really need? Murlo is a london producer who’s made a name for himself with his take on grime but Jasmine is a far less abrasive affair. It’s from a new EP he’s dropping 6th February and features a vocalist by the name of Gemma Dunleavy who’s a talented singer from Dublin. Murlo’s textured approach to the instrumental compliments Dunleavy’s vocals perfectly. It could very well be Murlo’s breakout.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mixpak/murlo-jasmine-feat-gemma-dunleavy[/soundcloud]

Petite Noir- Shadows

There’s something deeply compelling about newcomer Petite Noir. He has the sound that I’m sure Kele would’ve liked later Bloc Party records to sound like- one that’s anxious yet still smooth and uber cool. The 24 year-old from Cape Town, South Africa has a clean, well put together look that makes him look like a ready-made success story yet it’s his tunes that really drive it home. Shadows is a slightly haunting song yet it has an alluring quality by way of the tempting vocals. “If you really want me just tell me if you love me”, he sings in falsetto. The girls are going to love him, the guys are going to want to be as cool as him. It’s a win win.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/petitenoir/shadows[/soundcloud]

Brenmar- Plenty To Share (Feat. Ro James)

New York producer Brenmar is not exactly new but his new EP, Award, is and so is him collaborating with fellow New York RnB singer Ro James. James has the vocal qualities of Frank Ocean and effortlessly builds up the tension in the verses for Brenmar to skillfully release on the drop. It’s the type of song that would make people get close and low in a club spawned by the lyrics are “girl shake that arse for me”.  It was pretty difficult to pick just one song from the Award EP, the whole thing sounds like sex.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/foolsgoldrecs/brenmar-plenty-to-spare-ro-james[/soundcloud]

Lisa Alma- Man

We’re a big fan of Swedish label Dumont Dumont and Man by Danish singer Lisa Alma is the latest release from that label. In Man Alma takes total control singing, “I’m your man tonight” over a flickering, light-lacking beat. She then continues with “Everything you want in the night time baby”. It’s the type of song that’s not immediately sexy but it eventually gets under your skin thanks to her frank honesty and careful coos which are peppered with smokiness.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/lisa-alma/04-man-final-2015[/soundcloud]

Slum Sociable- Anyway

Victorian duo Slum Sociable are already being pent up for big things. Without even releasing their debut single, Anyway, the pair had lined up a show at Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain this week and Anway was premiered on British tastemaker blog Line of Best Fit. Anway is an old soul. A dusty sounding track that feels like its already stood the test of time. It’s got a certain antiqueness to it almost sounding as if it’s a sample from the long awaited Avalanches record. So, what’s sexy about dust? Imagine dimming the lights, lighting a candle and hearing the first crackle of the needle against the vinyl. That’s sexy.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/slumsociable/anyway-1[/soundcloud]

Alxndr London- Cold Sun 

As Mika would attest to, girls love falsetto. Ok, maybe Mika’s not the best example but East London newcomer Alxndr London is a good example. Cold Sun is a concoction of falsetto, trippy soundscapes and mood-setting guitars, creating the perfect after-dark soundtrack. It’s not a song made for the clubs, it’s one made for intimate settings where it can be elevated by plenty of volume. We may be growing tired of electronica’s relationship with RnB but this is an example of how good it can be when it works perfectly.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/premiere-alxndr-london-cold-sun[/soundcloud]

Jess Nolan- My Love

“I wanna know what makes you move/Send shivers up and down your spine” is a pretty bold lyric to open your debut single with but that’s what’s needed to grab attention. My Love is a deeply personal, intimate track that’s instrumental is subtle, but that’s where the subtlety ends. She’s clearly a confident songwriter and the confidence is what makes this song so attractive. You can almost see the candle blowing out as the song descends into well-timed darkness. It’s an interesting setting for a song that’s actually about something coming between her and her lover. Surely, there won’t be anything coming between them after this track.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jessnolanmusic/my-love-prod-by-noise-club[/soundcloud]

Good Love- Alone

Good Love used to go by the name of Patrice but now he’s decided to change to Good Love, adopting a much sweatier sound. Alone is an RnB-built tune with pitch-manipulated vocals and slinky percussion. The chorus brings with it howling guitars and vocals with as much grunt as an ’80s power ballad. It’s got it all. Unfortunately though Good Love can’t isn’t reaping the benefits from the song. He’s still…alone.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Purity Ring, Django Django, Ciara + More

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This week Beyonce announced she was having another baby, a campaign was started to get Taylor Swift to the top of the Hottest 100 and Kelly Clarkson released a new song. Yes, it finally feels like everything is right again the music world and it didn’t even take a 53 date Australian tour announcement from P!nk. But while pop was sitting on its thrown, mighty chuffed with itself, the rest of the music world was still slogging away, trying to get a few comment on Soundcloud and such. Here are 10 songs the slogged hard this week.

Purity Ring- Begin Again

Canadian duo Purity Ring’s debut Fineshrine was one of the best of 2012 but since then we’ve heard very little from then. Until now. This week they announced a new album, another entity, and shared begin again. The track is far more sonically dense than anything they’ve released in the past with aggressive synths greeting the song’s big drop. It’s no Skrillex but it’s something a little different for the pair, whose debut was characterised by carefully finessed soundscapes and crystalline vocals. This album is one of the most anticipated of 2015 at this point.

Snakehips- Gone (Feat. Syd)

UK duo Snakehips who were in the country for Listen Out last year, have released an unlikely collaboration with Odd Future’s Syd. Gone is a reclined RnB tune created in a jet-lagged haze after Snakehips returned from Australia. It definitely has that vibe with the instrumental swilling around like an olive in a martini glass. Syd’s vocals are perfectly relaxed and smooth, giving the duo an altogether different vibe. It works.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/snakehips-1/gone-feat-syd[/soundcloud]

Sevdaliza- That Other Girl

Rotterdam is not usually the first place we look for new music, but that’s exactly where Sevdaliza resides. The Dutch artist has teamed up with a fellow Dutch producer for this brooding, trap-inspired number. Her vocals are haunting as she occupies the minimalist beat with her smokey coos. When the bass drops that minimalist vibe is traded for reverb-soaked, earth-shattering synths. It’s one of the more interesting RnB tunes we’ve heard for a while and she definitely could be one to watch in 2015.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sevdaliza/that-other-girl-1[/soundcloud]

Ciara- I Bet

Incase your not aware of the best RnB love affair of this decade, Ciara was married to Future and they had a child called Future Jr. Unfortunately, for one reason or another the pair have parted their ways and now we are poised and ready for two brilliant break-up albums. I Bet is just the break-up single we were waiting for. Taking an early 00’ aesthetic, Cici sings, “I bet you’ll start loving me/Soon as I start loving someone else/Somebody better than you”. If you haven’t been googling Ciara Australia for months you’re probably unaware that she’s touring in February. Shows have been announced for Perth and Melbourne but nothing has been announced for Sydney as of yet. Somebody please start a petition.

Edit: Don’t worry we just found it. See you all at Home Nightclub on 14th February.

Future- Just Like Bruddas

Ciara shared her new single, I Bet, this week and Future responded with this track called Just Like Bruddas. The track is about the streets but he occasionally references the relationship/ We’re actually not entirely sure what he says for 90% of the song but we’ve been able to make out bits like “They say I turned my back on my baby mama”. The track itself, is actually one of the strongest we’ve heard from Future in a while. He’s a far more successful singer than he is a rapper, he just needs to learn to enunciate his words.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureisnow/future-just-like-bruddas-prod-by-zaytoven[/soundcloud]

Django Django- First Light

British group Django Django are finally back with a new single off what we can only assume will be a forthcoming album. They took their sweet time. Thier self-titled debut was released way back in the stone age of 2014 and since then the musical climate has changed quite a bit. Indie bands are no longer really the thing du jour but First Light makes us feel as if they’ll have no problem settling back in. The track jangles with Django Django’s signature militant percussion and grooves with layered vocals. Also that cover image is really something. We’re currently in the process of painting all our oranges black.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/djangodjango/first-light[/soundcloud]

Dawn Richard- Phoenix (Feat. Aundrea Fimbres)

You may remember one of P Diddy’s projects from a few years back was a girl group called Danity Kane. One of the members of that band was Dawn Richard and since she’s been releasing some severely underappreciated solo work. She’s just released her second full length, Blackheart, featuring another ex-Danity Kane member, Aundrea Fimbres. Fimbres provides a mammoth pop-chorus but interesting the production flickers throughout making it far more interesting than what it would’ve been. Richard is approaching the genre so differently and is really yet to put a foot wrong.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dawn_richard/dawn-richard-ft-aundrea-fimbres-phoenix[/soundcloud]

ESESE- AINTNO (Feat. Hancoq)

ESESE (Eastern Seaboard Electric Sould Experience) are a Melbourne collective who apparently do everything from filmaking to producing music. AINTNO is a musical project, evidently and features Australian rapper Hancoq. The beat is effortlessly fresh and while the video filmed in a row boat is a little odd, it’s the quirks of this track that make it so delectable.

Mikky Ekko- U

We expected Mikky Ekko to be bigger after he featured on Rihanna’s Stay back in 2012 but it all stalled a little bit there. Anyway, he’s still pushing along with the release of his debut album, Time, and on it is this Blood Diamond-produced gem. U is a smooth as hell offering, that sees Blood Diamond clean up his production a bit. The track sounds a million miles away from Grimes who Blood Diamond usually produces for. It’s woozy, a little off kilter and backed by some seriously impressive vocals.

Kelly Clarkson- Heartbeat Song

We know what you’re thinking: WHOAHHHH, Clarko on the interns? This is called 10 Songs You Need To Hear, and so we think it’s our responsibility to guide you through the good and bad. We’re not saying the new single from Kelly Clarkson is bad but the song does slow down for the chorus, so she should’ve been prepared to get a little bit of flack. Anyway, it’s been produced by Max Martin and is destined to be a hit. Clarkso has had plenty of trouble with record labels not letting her be the free spirit she is in the past, so you can probably bet that she hates this song but loves the $$.

 

 

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