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Take a candy-filled trip with SOPHIE’s ‘Lemonade’

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Enigmatic British producer, SOPHIE, has released a new track, Lemonade and it’s total ear candy. Following last year’s brilliant, Bipp, Lemonade come from a 7″ single that also includes another new track, Hard. Like her past endeavours, the track is a mind-bending, genre-warping musical expedition. It bubbles and cascades with crystalline clarity before escalating into a pop hook. It’s sugary sweet, weird as shit and likely to take you a little time to come around to. Give SOPHIE that time and she/he will reward in droves.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-lemonade[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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For those of you not at Splendour in the Grass this weekend, here’s a playlist of the best songs of the week so you can sit in an isolated room and contemplate your decision-making processes. For those of you who are, let this be your soundtrack to hungover breakfasts, late-night boogies and long, sun-drenched car trips.

Listen to our Soundcloud playlist over here.

SBTRKT- New Dorp. New York

“It’s a funny sort of song” says SBTRKT and he’s exactly right. Unlike the formulaic Temporary View, the first single from SBTRKT’s forthcoming album is as unconventional as they come. New York ambassador Ezra Koenig joins the producer for the most inconic tribute to NYC since Jay’s Empire State of Mind. A female vocal runs underneath Ezra’s reminding us that this is British house music after all. Meanwhile SBTRKT lays down steel drums and pulsating drums to create a weird yet groundbreaking track.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/detailsofmylifenet/sbtrkt-new-drop-new-york-feat[/soundcloud]

BANKS- Beggin For The Thread

It’s becoming very clear now that BANKS’ debut album is not going to be sunshine and rainbows. Begin For Thread is another angsty track from the London songstress yet it ups hate tempo from her previous outputs. It’s the most immediately likeable thing she’s done yet while she retains that brooding darkness that has captivated us from the very beginning. Basically we’d like to thank the guy who fucked over BANKS because he’s made way for one hell of a record.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banksbanksbanks/banks-beggin-for-thread[/soundcloud]

Shura- Just Once

Shura’s Touch is still one of the most quietly brilliant songs of the year and her follow-up track does not let down. Shura floats through mellow synths and claps, singing “we can get lost”. We accept your invitation, Shura and are currently floating right there with you.

Grand Pavillion- Weightless

Brisbane steps up once again, producing budding singer/producer Grand Pavillion. Weightless is from his EP Secrets and is doing some seriously great things to our ears. It’s a sparse, twinkling tune lifted by layered vocals. For a new artist it’s a masterfully textured and dynamic affair that should make sure his EP gets heard by more than just a few listeners.

Jessie Ware- Share It All

Share It All is the second track to be lifted off Jessie’s forthcoming album, Tough Love. It’s another Julio Bashmore production and is also co-written by Romy of the xx, so basically it’s a dream-team. The mellow number sees Ware croon through beats reminiscent of the xx. It may not be as immediate as Tough Love, but Ware’s Sade-esque vocals never fail to impressive.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessiewareshareit-all[/soundcloud]

Chrome Sparks- Losing You

Chrome Sparks is in Australia right now and in celebration he’s dropped a new track, Losing You. Not to be mistaken for the Solange classic, Losing You is a deep brooding track with a soulful vocal sample. Given his midday Splendour set time this one may be the most appropriate for his set. It sounds as if it’s been injected with sunshine in preparation for a morning warm-up. Loosen those vocal chords.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/chrome-sparks/losing-u[/soundcloud]

Rustie- Attack (Feat. Danny Brown)

When a Rustie song plays, you know that shits about to get real. From his forthcoming album, Green Language, Attack is the very definition of shit getting real. Rustie sounds the sirens and drops the beat while Danny Brown goes completely bonkers.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rustie/attak-feat-danny-brown[/soundcloud]

Hudson Mohawke- Chimes

Talking about shit getting real, let’s move onto the new track by one half of TNGHT, Hudson Mohawke. Chimes is a mongrel of a track built around huge brass-filled drops and shattering bass. It immediately demands your full attention and you should definitely not be embarrassed if when it comes on you yell “oh, yeah this is my tune”. It’s all part of the Hudson Mohawke experience.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/hudsonmohawke/chimes[/soundcloud]

Kimbra- Miracle

That Kimbra, she’s a perky one isn’t she. Miracle sounds like pure joy- a get-up and go anthem, the likes of which have not been seen since Break My Stride. She’s “rising up” on the track and sounds unstoppable. Think Prince, think Janelle Monae and think all things positive. If someone’s bringing you down, get right in there face and let them know through the best way possible- an ‘80s funk boogie.

Jungle- Time (Lxury Remix)

For those heading to Splendour this weekend you’ll be hearing the original of this aplenty but this remix by producer Lxury does a nice job of renovating the funky track. There’s a certain weightlessness to this track by way of its airy synths and subtle treatment of Jungle’s original vocals.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jungle-8/jungle-time-lxury-remix[/soundcloud]

Listen to the Soundcloud playlist here.

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Shura releases sophomore track, ‘Just Once’

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I featured London newbie, Shura‘s debut track Touch in my individual top 10 songs of the year so far and so I am suitably excited about the follow-up, Just Once. There is still no mention of an album or an EP just yet but Just Once is another ethereal piece of RnB/pop. “We could get lost”, she sings over an atmospheric instrumental, with whispy vocals that make you believe you could do just that. Shura is so subtle with all the instruments she uses, from barely-there synths to soft guitar plucks, yet together they come together to form a masterpiece. Two great songs makes Shura seriously hot property now.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/shura/shura-just-once[/soundcloud]

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Hudson Mohawke unleashes the mighty ‘Chimes’

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Hudson Mohawke has followed in the footsteps of his fellow TNGHT counterpart, Lunice, and released a new solo track. Chimes is the first track to be lifted from his forthcoming EP of the same name which is due out 29 September. It’s easy to tell where TNGHT gets it’s grunt from listening to Chimes. While Lunice’s Can’t Wait To was a little more subtle, Chimes is a mongrel of a track built around huge brass-filled drops and shattering bass. A drop like this would have easily fitted into Kanye‘s Yeezus on which the Hudson Mohawke-produced, Blood On The Leaves, featured.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/hudsonmohawke/chimes[/soundcloud]

 

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SBTRKT announces new album, streams ‘New Dorp. New York’ featuring Ezra Koenig

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For those who were concerned that Temporary View with Sampha was too same ol’, prepare to have those concerns dashed. Lifted from his forthcoming album, Wonder Where We Land, New Dorp. New York is an oddball, schizophrenic track featuring New Yorker, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend. At points it sounds like deep house, at other stages it sounds like Vampire Weekend and in other places there are industrial references to Yeezus. It’s sure to divide listeners, but there is no doubt that it’s a bold way to introduce a sophomore album that, by the way, has a brilliant cover (above).

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sbtrkt/new-dorp-new-york-with-ezra-koenig-live-at-maida-vale[/soundcloud]

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Flume reworks Seekae’s ‘Test & Recognise’

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Flume has put his midas touch on yet another already-killer song, this time turning Seekae‘s Test & Recognise into gold. It’s still as hauntingly alluring as the original- just slightly tweaked to make it a little more club-ready. Listen below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/flume/seekae-test-recognise-flume-re-work[/soundcloud]

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Kimbra brings the funk on new track ‘Miracle’

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Kimbra may have divided just about everybody on her eclectic first single, ’90s Music but her new track Miracle is bound to get the doubters back on board. Kicking off with the lyric “I’m rising up” the song sends positive vibes through way of funky bass and airy vocals. The 5-minute affair is about as joyous as they come with a chorus almost reminiscent of Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act.

Her second album, The Golden Echo, is due on 15 August and will feature Miracle alongside the previously released, ’90s Music, Nobody But You and Love in High Places. Here’s what we know about the album so far.

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Listen to ‘Beggin For Thread’, another cut from BANKS’ ‘Goddess’

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British songstress BANKS has released another cut from her forthcoming album, GoddessBeggin For Thread follows the stunning, Drowning, and kicks the tempo up a notch. “My words can come out at a pistol”, she sings on Beggin For Thread putting in song what we’ve known all along- BANKS has one spiteful tongue. With this latest track, it’s fast becoming clear that Goddess will be a dark project built upon confidence and brooding melodies. Beggin For Thread could well be the most immediately likeable song we’ve heard so far. Mark your calendars- 5 September the album drops and it’s going to be one hell of a record.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banksbanksbanks/banks-beggin-for-thread[/soundcloud]

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The Weeknd drops new track, ‘King of the Fall’

Serial-creeper and the man with a voice of velvet, The Weeknd, has released another new song in celebration of a tour announcement. The tour is in fall and as such, The Weeknd is now the King of the Fall. It’s not a big departure from anything he’s done in the past but it’s always nice to hear some more haunting, sparse RnB. The brooding breakdown in the middle-part of the song is something to look out for.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/theweekndxo/the-weeknd-king-of-the-fall[/soundcloud]

 

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