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Jhene Aiko shares first single from album, ‘To Love & Die’

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Jhene Aiko is part of a new wave of female RnB artists (including Tinashe) that are making slick, bass-heavy tunes. The first single off her new album, Souled Out, is called To Love and Die and it’s a mid-tempo, banger. It’s almost as if Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love was given a stronger back-bone and directed more towards hip-hop than pop. Her voice takes cues from Aaliyah, as it slinks through a pretty bare backing track. Without an album out, she’s already seriously hot property and this should find a comfortable home on Urban radio in the US. It’s refreshing to see the girls taking on a style that was once typified by artists like The Weeknd. The only difference- Aiko does it with so much more class.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jumpoffhiphop/jhene-aiko-to-love-die-feat-cocaine-80s[/soundcloud]

 

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Introducing…FBi Click

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Today at 1pm the tape will be cut on the new digital station from Sydney’s FBi radio, FBi Click. The station is set to showcase the best in new electronic and dance music and they’ve partnered with some of the best dance music pioneers in the country (Purple Sneakers, Astral People, Goodgod small club) to deliver it up. This week the station will feature special mixes from Anna Lunoe, Sinden, Tasker and Zed Bias as well as host a launch party at Goodgod Small Club on Friday. To celebrate we’ve put together a playlist of some of the artists we see as the best in Australian electronic music right now. It features our Aussie girl Anna Lunoe who’s tearing it up overseas as well as newies from LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Guerre and Ara Koufax. So until 1pm dig in below and get moving…

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/in-celebration-of-fbi-click[/soundcloud]

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Newcomer Ryn Weaver introduced with the Cashmere Cat-produced ‘OctaHate’

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The only way to make an entrance is to make a noise and American songstress Ryn Weaver has certainly done that. Her debut track, OctaHate, was co-written with Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos and produced by a dream-team of Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat. How you pull together a line-up like that on your debut track is beyond me, but it’s bound to work. In 10 hours she’s had almost 30,000 streams with the glistening pop tune. Angelakos’ euphoric touches are all over the chorus while Cashmere Cat seems to give his two cents in the last minute or so adding a Gameboy-like synth. Weaver herself sings like a ready-made popstar, sitting somewhere in between Katy Perry and Liz. People obviously have a lot of faith in her, and so they should. OctaHate is a triumph.

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

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Watch: Foster the People’s ‘Pseudologia Fantastica’

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As the name would suggest, Foster The People‘s video for their 2014 hit Pseudologia Fantastica takes you on a neon-coloured journey to an animated, faraway land of mythical beasts and creatures. The idea for the  third music clip from their album Supermodel came from the mind of Mark Foster himself, with the singer stating:

“The idea for this popped into my head while I was driving through Cuba. Originally I had wanted the music video to be half animation and half performance. I was traveling with a director friend of mine and was picking his brain about some practical film tricks to help merge the two worlds (real life and animated). I ended up deciding that full animation would be a more cohesive world to live in and scrapped the performance part of the video. The imagery came as fast as I could write.

Part of it was inspired by my surroundings. We drove past dilapidated billboards of Che Guevera looking infinite and militant, set to the text of some old communist slogan; swerving to miss pot holes and the occasional cow. I spoke to highly educated locals forced into working menial jobs because they couldn’t live off of their monthly allowance provided by the state. At the same time I could feel their hope, passion, and desire to create freely, set against one of the most vibrant and beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. People lived off the land but could barely stand straight – posture buckling under the strong, unrelenting hand of the government. These are some of the images that fueled the video. It was enlightening to see the similarities between our two governments, after only being aware of the differences. Cash is king. “

The clip was animated and co-directed by Hannes/Johannes and can be streamed exclusively here.

Watch Best Friend below.

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Zola Jesus introduces new album with ‘Dangerous Days’

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Zola Jesus’ next album, Taiga, is not due out until October but she’s just dropped the first single, Dangerous Days. 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. If Taiga follows the same soundscape as the single, it will likely catapult her to a much wider audience, one that she’s been deserved of for a long time.

Taiga is out 7 October while Dangerous Days is available to download for free now.

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

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Ellie Goulding debuts new FKA Twigs track, ‘Two Weeks’

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Ellie Goulding, of all people, has debuted the first track off FKA Twigs LP1, Two Weeks. Goulding plays a valiant radio host as she drops the track and then has a little chat with the oddball singer and producer. It’s perhaps Twigs’ most accessible song to date whilst still incorporating the sparseness of her earlier tracks. This time around she’s called upon cascading beats and a much richer synth to transform the song into a moody number. Following this, there should be no doubt that LP1 will be one of the finest debuts of the year.

The track comes in around 30:00 mins.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/yocxi/ellies-bbc-radio-1-takeover[/soundcloud]

UPDATE: Watch the video below-

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The Kite String Tangle releases ‘Aracadia’ and announces tour

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Brisbane producer, Dan Harley (aka. The Kite String Tangle), scored big in the Hottest 100 this year with his track Given The Chance earning a top 20 place. No doubt he’s hoping to emulate that success with his latest track, Arcadia. It’s off his debut EP, Vessel which is due out 8 August and comes with the new that he will head out on a National Tour. Arcadia sees the producer channel his inner singer-songwriter, combining an expansive soundscape with some vocal harmonies reminiscent of James Blake. It’s an established and polished effort that makes him sound far more worn than a debut EP would commonly suggest.

[soundcloud] https://soundcloud.com/thekitestringtangle/arcadia[/soundcloud]

His tour dates are below:

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The Shins return with single for Zach Braff’s film, ‘Wish I Was Here’

Fresh out of the shower with my bathroom rendition of Simple Song still ringing in my ears, it was my delight to discover that The Shins had a new release to add to my repertoire. Those who remember Garden State (I personally try to forget it) will recall The Shins’ involvement in the movie with the most notable being New Slang, a song Zach Braff‘s character describes as having the power to ‘change your life’.

Braff has called on his American indie-rock muses again to help soundtrack his new Kickstarter-financed movie Wish I Was Herestating,”It’s no secret I am a giant fan of The Shins. For this film, I asked James Mercer if he would consider writing something original, inspired by his first impression of seeing the film. Not only did he say yes, but what he came back with gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. He is a savant.”

So Now What is an unfair taste of what’s not to come, with no The Shins album currently in the works. Get prepared for goosebumps as you listen to James Mercer AKA The Savant’s lilting vocals below:

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Wish I Was Here is due for release in the US July 18. Its soundtrack also features works by 17-year-old Melbournian, Japanese Wallpaper, as well as Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Badly Drawn Boy and a special collaboration between Coldplay and Cat Power. Catch the trailer here:

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Saturday Night Listening: New tunes from Jamie xx and Rustie

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Saturday night just got interesting. Even if you’re by yourself, sitting in your room (with a cheeky glass or two), these two new tracks are bound to make you feel like your feet are planted on the floor of a sweaty club. The first is, All Under One Roof Raving, by Jamie xx. It was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show, where Jamie revealed the song was created to be “something I could play out that reminded me how good home is”. We may not share the same Northern hemisphere home as the beats master but the track is no less relatable. Steel drums and a hip-hop vocal sample are the perfect remedy for a Saturday night. We only wish that we were under one roof raving with Jamie himself.

The second is the first single off Scottish producer, Rustie‘s new album, Green Language. While Jamie keeps it controlled, Rustie blows the roof off with Raptor. Shotgun beats underline a trap-inspired track that typifies Rustie’s total anarchy style. This one is definitely not for a quiet night in, but if you’re not out already it’s bound to make you don an outfit and hit the clubs. Just wait for dat drop.

Both the tracks require a bit of detective work to find but they are well worth the hunt. They both premiered on Annie Mac’s radio show which can be found here. Jamie XX’s All Under One Roof Ravings plays at about the 60 min mark while Rustie’s, Raptor plays around 1hr 21mins.

Watch below Rustie’s album teaser:

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