A quick and easy rundown of everything you missed this week that you shouldn’t have.
A quick and easy rundown of everything you missed this week that you shouldn’t have.
The best songs from the week past also featuring Little Simz, Ty Dolla $ign and Hannah Diamond.
Firstly let’s get the formalities out of the way. Happy Birthday to Frank Ocean and congratulations to Adele for breaking every record known to man. But let’s not dwell on that because here at the interns we like to reward mostly those who take less than four years to drop an album and all the artists below tick that box (apart from the ones that haven’t released an album so we’ll start the four year timer for them now).
Flesh Without Blood
Just when we thought we were beginning to nail down the best songs of the year Grimes comes in with a late entry. Flesh Without Blood is the first single from Art Angels (out next week) and it’s bloody good, to put it simply. It’s a little poppier and more forthright than what we heard on her last record Visions but it shows an artist who’s grown up and is far more comfortable making louder statements. The video is also brilliantly weird and wild but would you expect anything less?
We’ve been waiting to hear a solo track from Nicole Millar ever since we first heard her vocals on Peking Duk’s High last year and now we’ve finally got that. Wait is her major label debut and it’s dripping in neon synths and smouldering vocals just like every good electro-pop track should. It’s got a gorgeous production value to it which makes it feel really warm and accessible making us fall in love with it immediately.
Dev Hynes is using his status lately to make really powerful statements wrapped up in his usual Blood Orange style which means it’s reaching a deservedly wide audience. His latest is Sandra’s Smile which details the death of Sandra Bland who died in police custody in a Texas prison earlier this year. It’s delivered with a stylistically beautiful visual and the track itself is ’80s-tinged and groove-infused.
Hynes annotated the lyrics for the track too on Genius if you’d like to delve a little deeper into the story.
We introduced you to Bibi Bourelly with her firs track Riot a few months ago. She’s the writer of Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money and is rumoured to have worked on a few more song with her but for now she’s popping out solo tracks. Her latest is Riot – a vocally rock solid track backed by a bluesy, attitude-soaked instrumental. “You got me fucked up,” she sings with her voice cracking as she pushes it to its absolute edge. She’s a force to be reckoned with and we’ll no doubt hear much more from Bourelly in 2016.
It’s taken a minute but America has finally fallen in love with Alessia Cara with her debut track Here firing up the charts. She’s cashing in on that momentum by wacking out an album, Know It All, straight away and Wild Things is from that album. Much like her EP Four Pink Walls, Wild Things is about being a rebel and social outcast which is an overused theme in music but you really believe it when Cara sings it because her vocals are just so damn cool. It seems like what you see is exactly what you get with Cara and the world needs a popstar like that.
Chance The Rapper
Angels (Feat. Sabo)
At this stage of the year who really knows what Chance The Rapper is planning. He’s dropped a mixtape with Lil’ B, released an album with The Social Experiment and been featured on what seems like hundreds of songs – most without warning. Angels surfaced this week and he immediately performed it on Stephen Colbert. There’s been no word on whether it’s from an album or not but it is his first track to go on Spotify apparently which is exciting. The tracks itself is classic Chance – joyful, erratic and full of weird vocal sounds. Solid gold, as always.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/chancetherapper/angels-feat-saba[/soundcloud]
Jones is a London vocalist who put out a stunning EP earlier this year, Indulge, and is now gearing up to release her debut album New Skin early next year. Hoops is taken from that record and it’s a soulful, emotional sizzler with a melody that latches onto you immediately. Like a more experimental Lianna La Havas, her vocals are effortless and she doesn’t need to do much with them because her tone is so rich and sophisticated. It’s an A+ from us – Hoops is beautiful.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/iseejones/hoops[/soundcloud]
Air Max ’97
NLV Records is now in full swing. Last week saw the first release from Lewis Cancut and this week the label is firing on dropping Passage by Melbourne producer Air Max ’97. Passage is packed with wet-sounding beats and industrial synth-work that burns away at full intensity for over five minutes. It’s available as a free download for seven days so jump on it before it’s too late.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/nlvrecords/air-max-97-passage[/soundcloud]
Lontalius x Cut My Lips
We’ve already raved about Kiwi youngster Lontalius‘ tunes before and he just keeps giving us more reason to do so. His latest has been released via Ryan Hemsworth‘s Soundcloud label Secret Songs and it’s a collaboration with producer Cut My Lips. “I hope everyone gets something bewitching and inspiring,” Cut My Lips says of the track which exactly what we’re pulling for it. It’s got a really rich, emotional melody – the type that were actually all throughout Hemsworth’s last album Alone For The First Time.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/mooncatch[/soundcloud]
Be The One
Burgeoning popstar alert! 20 year-old singer Dua Lipa is poised to take over the world based off the strength of her new track Be The One. It’s a supremely cool, immediately catchy track with a chorus that will make you wish you knew how to sink into people’s hearts as easily as she can. It also helps that she’s got the perfect look but it’s even better that she has the voice to match. Don’t take your eye off Lipa, she’ll be huge before you even have time to blink.
More bangers than you can poke a stick at.
This week Chet Faker shaved his beard off and that made national news. That’s a good sign that it was a really exciting week in music. Here are 10 other things that happened this week that we, unbelievably, thought were equally or even more interesting than the beard shave.
Ch-Ching feels like the biggest pop record the duo has made yet. It’s still got that distinctive Chairlift aesthetic but it’s a much bigger sounding affair for them. There are horns, trap-inspired drops and a flirty chorus. It sounds as if it’s been plucked from a new LP which will hopefully be upon us soon.
Love For That (Feat. Shura)
This is almost too much to handle. British producer Mura Masa and British vocalist Shura are two of our absolute favourite newcomers this year so the fact that they have come together for a tune is very exciting indeed. Love For That is heartbreakingly beautiful. Shura lays down her gentle, textured tones over Mura Masa’s crystalline beat that flourishes at various points throughout the track. It’s the first single of a forthcoming album and what an introduction it is.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/muramasamusic/love-for-that[/soundcloud]
MØ is firing off a her huge hit with Major Lazer Lean On and she’s keeping the momentum going with another Diplo-produced banger Kamikaze. She debuted the songs on BBC Radio 1 this week and it’s an instant smash. It’s bound by a greek-flavoured instrumental riff which is weird but wonderful and peppered by a sweet pop melody. It’s by far the most radio-ready thing she’s done to date without compromising her usual style.
Just Like We Never Said Goodbye
Enigmatic producer SOPHIE is gearing up to release a singles collection of sorts called PRODUCT and Just Like We Never Said Goodbye is the stirring closer on that. Driven by a sweet otherworldly vocal, it’s more reminiscent of QT than his own solo work but it’s so goddamn addictive. The melody is an absolute knockout and it feels like the corny but somehow emotional end to a ’90s prom movie. By the time you get to the end of this you won’t know why you’re shedding a tear but you are and that’s beautiful.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-just-like-we-never-said-goodbye[/soundcloud]
Melbourne producer Roland Tings is on a hot streak right now. He’s just come off the Listen Out festival tour, has been on a national headline tour and has also lined up appearances at Paradise Music Festival and Sugar Mountain. Hedonist comes as his popularity is at a career peak but that hasn’t made him change a thing. The track is an eight minute plus, club-burner that sizzles away with crisp production and industrial beat work.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/rolandtings/hedonist-1[/soundcloud]
Quiet Minds (Feat. Emily)
Brisbane producer Feki has finally dropped the follow up to his breakthrough single Remember from earlier this year. This latest effort is called Quiet Minds and shows a much smoother side to his production, as well as some gorgeous vocals by Emily from Yuuca. You really get the feeling from this one that we’ve only just scratched the surface of the immense talent that is Feki.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fekibeats/feki-quiet-minds-feat-emily[/soundcloud]
Jack Garratt‘s last track Weathered really put the British singer on the map. It was played everywhere from triple j to Beats 1 and eventually even nabbed a cover by Ellie Goulding. His next offering Breathe Of Life is just as stirring. It’s a big, hearty pop song driven by funky keys and flooding electronic work. His voice is always the main draw point though. He effortlessly flicks between his lower register and falsetto making everything he touches instantly dynamic.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jack-garratt/breathelife[/soundcloud]
MKO SUN is a Brisbane artist who’s coupling left-centre pop songs with beautiful visuals from the single artwork to the videos. Her latest is Michiko – a track that fluctuates between gentle piano and aggressive electronics. It chops and changes a number of times in terms of the sonic soundscape but it’s all tied together by an immediately resonating melody. It’s great to see an Aussie artist really pushing some boundaries and not alienating audiences at the same time.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mkosunmusic/michiko[/soundcloud]
BOSCO is a US artist signed to Fools Gold – the label which she released her brilliant EP BOY on earlier this year. She’s followed up that release with the equally excellent PLYGRD which places her somewhere between the ethereal nature of FKA twigs and the electronica-meets-R&B vibe of Dawn Richard. Her voice has such a smooth but smokey texture to it and coupled with the interesting soundscape, PLYGRD is a knock out.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hellobosco/plygrd-prod-reo-2[/soundcloud]
Avocado Galaxy (Lissvik Remix)
Aussie Future Classic duo World Champion got more than a few people excited when they dropped their groovey debut single Avocado Galaxy a few month back and now they’re following that up with a remix EP. One of those remixes is by Swedish producer Lissvik who’s transformed the song into a warped, atmospheric cut retaining the original vocal melody. The remix EP is out 23rd October and also features remixes by Tornado Wallace and Ras G.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/avocado-galaxy-lissvik-remix[/soundcloud]
This week Australia had Bieber fever and we were way too busy figuring out the best way to respectfully ask him for a photo to focus on new music. Luckily we got sick of him by the time he got to hand out with Kochie and our attention was easily pulled to British producer SOPHIE releasing a butt plug. As Biebs would say, “what do you mean?” Read below and find out friends.
Player (Feat. Chris Brown)
Tinashe promised us big hits on her forthcoming second record Player and it seems like she’s delivering. Player is her most immediate, radio friendly track to date with a beat straight from the dancefloor Chris Brown’s inclusion is probably just to amp up the songs’ starpower which is fine if it jumps straight to the top of the charts. 2015 Tinahse is here for world domination and she might just achieve it with this one.
We’ve seen our fair share of weird promotional stunts in our time but selling a butt plug alongside a singles collection is new. That’s exactly what enigmatic British producer SOPHIE did this week and then right when he had everyone’s attention he dropped MSMSMSM. It’s a HudMo-flavoured instrumental track with a little less sugar than his previous outputs but it’s no less enjoyable and will probably sound better than any of his tracks in the clubs.
World Record (Feat. Lido)
Wave Racer is gearing up to release his Flash Drive EP on 16th October and World Record is the second taste of it. The Lido-featuring track is classic Wavey, creating a hyper reality which is only briefly interrupted by Lido’s glitchy drops. The pair of them work seamlessly together, creating one very cute track.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/wave-racer-world-record-feat-lido[/soundcloud]
DJ Dodger Stadium
In The Flames
DJDS are back with one of their darkest tracks yet. In The Flames was released this week alongside DJDS candles which is lovely and it also happens to be an after-dark banger. It’s a little more subtle than anything from their debut album Friend Of Mine taking a slight deep house route but it’s no less mind-bending. It’s also centred around a chopped and screwed vocal that actually manages to sound pretty heartbreaking. Stellar stuff once again from Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL.
Well Melbourne duo GL became Australia’s greatest popstars over night this week. Their latest tune Number One is a certified ear worm borrowing its nostalgic sound from ’80s pop masters. We loved it so much that we popped it straight into our September Recap Mix after one listen. It’s a breezy, sleek pop song that will take GL’s status to another level – mark our words.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/plasticworld/gl-number-one[/soundcloud]
Kiwi music is on heat right now. Seriously, though what is going on over there? MAALA is the latest Kiwi to drop a huge song and this is said song. Unbound is dark and brooding with a swelling chorus built with heighty vocals and damning drums. One Soundcloud user commented “Oh good Lord…heavenly,” and we really couldn’t put it better ourselves. Beautiful stuff.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/maalamusic/unbound[/soundcloud]
DMA’s have just spent the year casually playing some of the biggest festivals around the world but they’re going to be sharing the love with Australia early next year at Laneway Festival. Lay Down is their latest track and it’s been a staple of their live sets for a while. We heard it back at BIGSOUND in 2014 and we’re immediately blown away. It’s got a huge chorus of thrashing drums and stirring acoustic guitar, designed for mass sing-alongs. HUGE.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dmasmusic/lay-down[/soundcloud]
I’m Not Sorry
If you’re a regular reader of theinterns you’ll know that we think Banoffee is perfect and we make no apologies for saying that. Banoffe is also not sorry on her latest track I’m Not Sorry plucked from her EP Do I Make You Nervous? which dropped today. The track continues her foray into a more dance-focussed sound, spending its duration building up to a club-ready finale. Her voice sounds delicate but soulful while the production is top notch, complete with chopped and manipulated vocal samples. She gets better every time we hear from her and deserves all the congratulations she’s receiving for this EP.
I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Skepta Remix)
Just when you thought this song couldn’t get any better it does. Jamie xx’s Good Times is 2015’s song that just keeps giving. We’ve had a Dre Skull remix with Assasin, Konshens and Kranium on the track, a brilliant video this week and now a version with Skepta on it. The beat is switched up on this version as Skepta throws down a few flawless verses. With Jamie xx’s In Colour pulling so many influences from the British garage scene it only seems right that he eventually got to work with Skepta.
Robyn & Metronomy
The Hardest Thing To Do
Robyn and Metronomy have tried to pull the wool over our eyes releasing The Hardest Thing To Do under the monikers of Tony Primo and Nixxie. And they have actually been scarily successful. Despite the obviously distinctive vocal styles, the song has been floating around since early May and no one noticed. Until this week. It was done for a film called Partisan which came out in late May and is a lo-fi, VHS-inspired tune that actually sounds exactly as you’d expect a Robyn and Metronomy song to sound. Shame on us, we’ve failed as detectives.
It’s weeks like these that you need to remember the good things in life: Sia, Janet Jackson, Drake and Future.
Come here for the Beyoncé, stay here for the other rad tunes – this is the best new music of the week.