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The Drums return with ‘Magic Mountain’

And the comebacks just keep on coming. It’s been three years since Brooklyn band, The Drums’, sophomore album, Portamento, but today they’ve returned with a brand new song. Magic Mountain sees the band reduced to a duo with founding members, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham carrying the torch. The song is not a huge departure from their previous work but their are certainly a few tweaks. The vocals are slightly hazy while the instrumentation whisks around in a dizzying flurry. The band told Noisey: “Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about the Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be.” Well, they’ve certainly achieved that. Magic Mountain is a monster of a song. 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/minorrecords/magic-mountain[/soundcloud]

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Seeing Double: 5 Duos You Need To Hear This Week

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No you don’t need to adjust your vision, you are seeing double. This week we’re focussing solely on the best duos going around at the moment. It takes two to tango and while some of these duos are siblings and that’s kind of weird, we whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments of that saying. Together these pairs have created sweet electronica, bass-heavy dance music, euphoric pop and more. Here are our favourite new duos at the moment.

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Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has called this brother-sister duo, Tennyson, his “favourite lil qt pie canadian duo” so they’ve got to be good. One is 17 years-old, the other is only 15 and yet they’re making beautifully expansive and atmospheric electronica. Most teenagers have trouble maintaining their attention for a 3 minute pop song let alone restrained, brooding tunes such as those of Tennyson.

Their latest track Lay-by is a spaced-out, lull that sees the pair trying-out hip-hop-inspired beats and twinkling synths. It would be great to hear what they could do with a vocalist on board. Stick around for the final minute where they detour into a sophisticated, 1950s-lounge vibe.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tennysonmusic/lay-by[/soundcloud]

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Melbourne-duo Klo (aka. cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul) kinda blew up the internet in March when they released their debut track, Make Me Wonder. Built around James Blake-esque stylings and sparse electronica, the pair lulled their way into many listeners’ psyche. These two are cousins but apparently weren’t that close before they started collaborating musically. You wouldn’t know. They sound as in sync as iTunes and an iPhone with Chloe providing whimsical vocals over Simon’s transporting soundscapes.

Their latest release is the first song they ever wrote together, False Call and provides us with a bit more bass than Make Me Wonder. Still, it’s another experiment in minimalism that pays off. Already, production-wise, it sounds like they’re making impressive progress.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

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The UK and America combine in this brilliantly named, multinational duo. Pistol Shrimp is UK musician David Burreddu and British singer/songwriter Aaron Peterson. They’ve just released their first EP as a duo entitled Heart and it’s a sunshine-filled affair of flavoursome synths and perky drums. It’s for those of you who revel in the euphoric rushes of M83 or Foster The People and is about as easy to digest as a lemon tea. Although much more exciting.

The stand-out track comes in the way of Between Us, a bubbling, explosion of interesting synths and echoing, ‘80s drums. If music’s meant to transport you someplace else then Pistol Shrimp fill the brief expertly. They create a starry atmosphere on each track of Heart, rarely allowing it to drop the pace. Also give their ramped-up version of Coldplay’s Magic a go if the original was too melancholic for you.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pistol-shrimp/sets/heart-ep[/soundcloud]

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djdodgerstadiumDJ Dodger Stadium‘s two makers are not new to the scene but they are new in the sense that this collaboration is only recently established. DJ Dodger Stadium is made up of LA producers Jerome LOL and Samo Soundboy. Separately, the pair have made a name for themselves but their collaboration for their own record-label, BODY HIGH, is their best work yet. Think, nostalgic ‘90s vocal samples that repeat over and over, alongside strung-out synths and pulsating bass. Its harshness will screw with your mind but there’s also sense for melody that shines through above all else

Their debut album, Friend of Mine, has just dropped and is defined by their hallmark tune, Love Songs. It’s coated in industrial instrumentation that at times sounds like gun sounds and is built by a crescendoing vocal sample. It steadily builds layers before descending into a glorious vocal sample. Such is the joy of DJ Dodger Stadium- those moments of short relief that allow you to pull yourself together and get back into it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bodyhigh/dj-dodger-stadium-love-songs[/soundcloud]

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From one LA duo to another, except these guys are a fair bit different to the relentless bass of DJ Dodger Stadium. Brothers Jeremy and Greg Pearson make up funk-duo, Thrillers. If you haven’t heard, funk is all the rage at the moment with everyone from Pharrell to Jungle to Deadmau5 putting their (sometimes unwanted) stamp on it. Thrillers are certainly wanted in the genre and pull it out of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s. It’s more Twin Shadow than it is Get Lucky which is probably why it doesn’t sound like a tired formula.

The first single of their upcoming EP, Cotton Candy Kisses, is Can’t Get Enough and it’s a euphoric piece of funk-pop. Programmed drums sit below beds of stylish guitar work which boost the layered vocals of Jeremy and Greg. The chorus explodes into a multi-faceted, vocal-hook which is likely to throw hands-in-the-air. Perfection.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wearethrillers/cantgetenough[/soundcloud]

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Klo drop new single, ‘False Calls’

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Klo, the duo made up of cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul, have dropped their second single since Make Me Wonder was shared back in March. False Calls is said to have been an “icebreaker” for the cousins, with the two stating that they weren’t close before the project, not having seen each other in years.

“It was our collective Mum’s decision for us to collaborate and strengthen family ties.

The finished product sounds nothing like the first draft. It was messy and incoherent, but we managed to arrange it as we learnt to combine our two producing styles. We’d both never made anything like this before; it was as much a learning curve as it was amusing. The main idea of the track is loss of identity, which funnily enough came about after witnessing a drunken idiot. We expected it wasn’t leaving the bedroom studio, hence the lo-fi tape samples and degraded voice loops. Being our first track we put together, it’s a bit special to us.

We hope you like it, Mum(s).”

Listen below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

Klo will be performing at this year’s Big Sound. 

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Tkay Maidza be like ‘Chiddy Bang Bang’ on new track ‘U-Huh’

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South Australian fire-cracker Tkay Maidza has unleashed the follow-up cut to 2013’s mammoth Brontosaurus. The sassy U-Huh comes at the perfect time for Maidza who is geared-up to play Splendour in the Grass next week and tour the country with Listen Out in September. It’s less manic than Brontosaurus, but not less-confident as Maidza struts her stuff as a more-talented/less-heated Azealia Banks. This girl has some serious potential to take this worldwide (no intentional reference to Pitbull). U-Huh is a crisp production that carefully treads a line between hip-hop and pop.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tkaymaidza/u-huh[/soundcloud]

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Avec Sans Remixes Johnny Stimson’s ‘Sugar’

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This week’s offering of new music has really been satisfying our sweet tooth here at the interns; first we had RnB, pop princess, Banoffee‘s Got Itthen we had Jungle‘s bubbly Lemonade Lake, and now to add the maraschino cherry on top, Aven Sans have remixed Johnny Stimson‘s Sugar. Listen below for the best kind of sugar headache without the cavities.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/avecsans/johnny-stimson-sugar-avec-sans-remix[/soundcloud]

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Mount Kimbie Has a New Mixtape

With a new album in the works and a freshly announced, 5 date US Tour, Dom Maker and  Kai Campos from post-club London duo Mount Kimbie, debuted a new mini mix on The Fader overnight. Cue cheers.  Calling it one “for when you get on the plane feeling rough and put music on and fall asleep and have bizarre and extremely vivid dreams,” Campos says it reflects the duo’s headspace at the moment: Disjointed and all over the place. Looking forward to churning out some hits while in the US, the pair cite “having to constantly turn down or leave food and weed,” as the downside of touring life.

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Banoffee premieres ‘Got It’

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Hungry? I can’t help you. But I can satisfy your craving for new music. Melbourne-based artist, Banoffee, has premiered her new single , Got It, and it’s rich with poppy melody and R&B undertones. Listen below for all the flavour without the calories.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banoffeeme/banoffee-got-it-1[/soundcloud]

Banoffee’s debut EP is out 22 August. 

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Juce has got us ‘Burning Up’

British trio known for bringing the sun to gloomy London, Juce, released a follow up to February success, All Call You Out, overnight with catchy pop melody, Burning Up. With disco notes melding seamlessly with the girl group’s late 90s aesthetic and sound, Burning Up is all about juicing (or Juce-ing) it up in summer time.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jucelovemusic/juce-burning-up[/soundcloud]

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