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Angus & Julia Stone unleash Rick Rubin produced, ‘Heart Beats Slow’

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Before now there were very little comparisons you could make between Kanye West and Angus & Julia Stone. One is a self-named God, the others are a shy brother-sister duo from the Sydney beaches. That’s all changed. This morning, Angus & Julia Stone unveiled the first single, Heart Beats Slow, off their forthcoming third album, produced by the man who worked on Yeezus, Rick Rubin. It may sound like an odd combination on paper, but Rubin has brought out a more bluesy, confident sound from the pair. It’s the first we’ve heard from the two since their ARIA award winning album, Down The Way which featured the Hottest 100-topping, Big Jet Plane. They’ve got a tough job ahead of them to top that but this one may just do the trick.

The album is out in Australia on 1 August. Catch their first show back at Splendour in the Grass.

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5 artists you need to hear right now Vol. 2

AllieX

If you’re purely reading this because the song below is called Bitch, you will most definitely be rewarded for your blatant endorsement of profanity. Allie X is a Canadian artist who’s already gained the attention of Katy Perry. So, pretty much she’s already a superstar. X’s two previous releases, Catch and Prime, garnered hype with their brand of bubblegum pop but Bitch is the one most likely to prick the ears. On Bitch, she takes everything you know about pop and turns it on its head, crafting a riot girl chorus of distorted vocals and bratty charm. “I’m your Bitch, you’re my Bitch” is always a good lyric to introduce yourself I always think. It may count for something that she also has a wicked collection of sunglasses.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/alliexandra/bitch-mastered[/soundcloud]

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ELEL

MGMT, Tame Impala, steel drums and Alice in Wonderland. It may sound like a strange amalgamation of things but that’s exactly what it sounds like makes up the weird and wonderful stew that is ELEL. ELEL are an eight-piece band from Nashville who have just released their debut single, 40 Watt. It’s somewhat presumptuous to place the band here after just one release but such is the quality of this track. It’s bursting with colour and tropical vibes and best of all, it’s hard to put your finger on what exactly the track is. Depending on future releases from ELEL we may just be able to forgive Nashville for Kings of Leon.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/el-el-3/40-watt[/soundcloud]

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You may know Sasha Keable as the vocalist on Disclosure’s Voices. If not, go here and then come back.

Now you’re back, you’ve by now fallen in love with Keable and are ready to hear about her solo work. The 20 year-old singer has just released her second EP, Lemongrass and Limeleaves. Apart from being a potentially delicious tea (Take note T2), it is also a slow-burning collection of RnB tracks that engrain Keable’s voice in your mind. She sits somewhere between Jessie Ware and Katy B on the musical spectrum with looped beats and lush harmonies. You’ll find nothing as immediate as Voices in her solo collection but that’s half the joy- allowing the songs to sit and mature.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sasha-keable/sets/lemongrass-and-limeleaves[/soundcloud]

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cln

cln or Callan Alexander, as his elders would call him, is the latest young producer to further prove the value of Australia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. At only 18 years old, the Brisbane producer is likely to make you feel completely inadequate about your life achievements thus far, but that’s ok, because the tunes are damn good. His skittering track, Better Than, was released last week and has already racked up 65,000 plays. While the expansive, beauty-of-a-track is his most noteworthy piece of work to date, minimal remixes on his Soundcloud of Drake and Disclosure are also sure to delight.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/callanalexander/cln-better-than[/soundcloud]

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JMR

With only two songs released from his forthcoming album, American Hell, it’s somewhat unbelievable how much attention Joshua Michael Robinson (or JMR, for convenience) has mustered. The Florida-native is producing shimmering, falsetto-driven tracks backed by bassy RnB thumps. On his second single, Closer, he sings “I just want you closer” right down the centre of the microphone, backed by no instrumental. It’s enough to make anyone a little bit clammy, as are the brooding synths and wobbling bass that follow. Look out for the album set to be released sometime in May.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jmrsongs/closer[/soundcloud]

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5 new artists you need to hear right now

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Digging through the interns of the music world is a surprisingly rewarding task. While big names like The Black Keys and Lily Allen are delivering highly anticipated yet ultimately disappointing releases, there’s a wave of new artists bubbling under with impressive debuts. Below are five of the best covering everything from RnB to indie-pop and Dylan-inspired folk.

Ben Khan

If you’re not already crushing on this London producer’s debut EP 1992 then you need to hop to it. Khan won’t talk about specific musical influences in interviews but he cites Salvador Dali and Middle-Eastern music as key inspirations. It shows on the EP too. He lays down warm guitar lines alongside chopped and screwed production. What will surely be his breakout track, Youth, has garnered 400,000 plays on Soundcloud in a month. It’s a track that highlights the very charm of Khan’s sound- warm and rhythmic but also haunting and hard to pin down.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/benkhan/sets/1992ep[/soundcloud]

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Kyan

Hearing only one syllable from Kyan will be enough to make you fall in love with his velvety, RnB voice. He’s just released an atmospheric and melancholic EP, The Purple Experiment, that gives nods to the songwriting of Frank Ocean and the intensity of a Prince ballad. He’s able to pull it back to miniscule production when need be and layer the vocals on when he requires an astute moment. Shuttle will most likely be the song you’ll latch onto immediately. It floats in a sea of brooding synths allowing his voice to induce all kinds of butterflies. If that’s not enough to convince, maybe this will: the kid has a fresh haircut and a MySpace.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kyanmusic/sets/the-purple-experiment-1[/soundcloud]

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Spookyland

Sydneysider, Marcus Gordon (aka. Spookyland), has a voice that is as divisive as Bob Dylan, but if it finds favour with you, it’s one that’s hard to forget. This Silly Fucking Thing is as attention grabbing as its explicit title suggests. It’s a largely acoustic-driven track that allows Gordon’s brash voice to stand atop. The silly fucking thing in question is his heart which just keeps getting broken. It may sound cliché on paper but the climaxing nature of the track, alongside his voice that teeters on the edge of breaking, is perfect. The EP Rock and Roll Weakling is out now.

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Mausi

Newcastle quartet, Mausi, are the band most-likely to make you long for Summer this weekend. Their latest single, My Friend Has A Swimming Pool, opens with the line “When the sun starts sinking we’ve already been drinking” and is delivered with girlish charm and a perky key-line. Their track Move was produced by Mark Ralph who’s previously worked with Hot Chip and Jagwar Ma so we can rest assure that they are in good hands. They’ve also just covered Kiesza’s Hideaway, mashing it with JLO’s Play, which is always a favourable move in our books.

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San Mei

When you think of the Gold Coast, you often don’t associate it with intricate bedroom producers, however, local San Mei is set to change that. She’s producing hazy, youthful, pop melodies that are harnessing international attention. It’s her latest track, Wars, that has our ears pricked. San Mei’s vocals seep into a wash of synths and washed-out guitars which culminate together to create the perfect oddball pop-song. This is electronic pop at its finest.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tidalwavesoundsfun/san-mei-wars-1[/soundcloud]

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La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

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London-born pop-synth royalty La Roux have finally returned after a 5 year hiatus since their self-titled, Grammy Award-winning album.

Following their dancefloor anthem, Bulletproof, vocalist Elly Jackson confided “unless we manage to write a record in two weeks I don’t think there will be anything in terms of a second record for a while.” Well, we’ve waited long enough and the time has finally come for them to drop their first single in half a decade, Let Me Down Gently.

The mood is first set with Elly’s breathy ad-lib & synth washes, creating an almost morose atmosphere divergent from their last album.

Bringing us in ever so gently with her desperate crooning, the song crescendos into a steady electronic beat before plunging us into silence. A brief moment is lent for us to gather our thoughts, before the breakdown turns the song on its head with synths-galore, a sax solo & the classic Elly Jackson we know and love.

It’s a delicious taste of what’s to come.

Let Me Down Gently is the first release from La Roux’s upcoming album, Trouble in Paradise, due out July 7th.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/la-roux-official/let-me-down-gently[/soundcloud]

Trouble in Paradise Tracklist:

1. Uptight Downtown
2. Kiss and Not Tell
3. Cruel Sexuality
4. Paradise Is You
5. Sexotheque
6. Tropical Chancer
7. Silent Partner
8. Let Me Down Gently
9. The Feeling

 

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Stream new albums from Lily Allen, Lykke Li and Tune-Yards

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There was a time when avid fans of an artist would wait outside a record store on the release day to be the first to listen. Well now thanks to the internet, everybody wants everything free, apart from when they don’t know they want it and it falls on their lap (#Beyonce). To cater for Generation Now, albums are streamed to stop people downloading illegally, or on the downside, convince people the album is good enough to download illegally. Today, the album streams for some of the most anticipated artists have dropped and we’ve presented them below for your disposal.

Lily Allen- Sheezus

So far the songs released off Sheezus have taught us it’s hard out here for a bitch, that we all get periods and that it’s far more peaceful in an air balloon than on earth. With that in mind, Sheezus will naturally be a pretty educational listen. It’s her first album since her short-lived retirement and venture into vintage clothing and is full of Lily’s trademark quick wit and smut. It seems like all we’ve spoke about in the past week is Ms. Allen and we’re sure to be talking about it a whole lot more following a quick listen to Sheezus.

Listen on iTunes radio.

Read our lessons learnt from Sheezus here.

Lykke Li- I Never Learn

Poor Lykke Li is a bit down in the ditches. Previous to the creation of the album Li said, “I’ve immersed myself in trying to figure out what actually is going on inside of me when the lights go out and the music stops”. What has emerged from that soul searching is a collection of nine ballads featuring a seemingly troubled Lykke Li. It’s not guaranteed to be an easy listen but given Li’s track record it’s not likely to disappoint.

Listen on NPR.

Tune-Yards- Nikki Nack

Merrill Garbus is pushing the boundaries on her third albums. Her first two albums, Bird-Brains and whokill were critical darlings but it looks as if Nikki Nack will push her forth to a wider audience. Speaking of the album, Garbus told Fact that she had to “push myself in new directions and trust that my audience would come with me. And that was a terrifying leap.” That has been seen so far on the colourful Water Fountain and the RnB flavoured, Wait For A Minute. If you’re feeling a little down after listening to Lykke Li, pop on this one for a colour explosion of loops, experimental instruments and playful melodies.

Listen on NPR.

Read our review of Wait For A Minute in Musical Speed Dating here.

Movement- Movement EP

If you’re strapped for time, listen to this shortie from Aussie boys, Movement. The trio is signed to Modular (Cut Copy, The Presets, Tame Impala) and have been a real hot topic overseas of late. Their song, Us, was labelled best new music by Pitchfork as was their latest, Like Lust. If you’re looking for some steamy, after dark music there isn’t a better place to look than right here.

Listen on Soundcloud.

Read our review of EP track Ivory here.

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Lily Allen – Sheezus

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Lily Allen has been running her mouth a lot lately about how her latest material is not up to scratch and that her record label has prevented her from releasing the real stuff. After the polite Air Balloon and the party-anthem Our Time, it was looking unlikely that Lily’s quick wit and spite was ever going to make a reappearance. Thankfully, the title track to her forthcoming album, Sheezus, dispels that fear. The song is littered with Allen gold, but we’ve fished for five of the best nugs.

“RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring”

Lily’s astute observations of the celebrity world are insightful, but is anyone scared of Katy Perry’s roaring? Isn’t it more like a cat’s meow? Badgal RiRi once proclaimed that she was “yeah, yeah, yeah, so hard” so surely she’d be even geared up to take on Perry’s new beau Diplo.

“Lorde smells blood, yeah she’s about to slay you. Kid ain’t one to fuck with when she’s only on her debut”

Out of all the divas mentioned on Sheezus, it looks as if Lily wants to recruit Lorde as her 2IC. She’s obviously impressed by her post-goth look and badass teen vibe, but we’re not sure Lorde would be too keen to be associated with the ‘queen’ given her sentiments in a little ditty called Royals.

“Queen B’s gone back to the drawing Lorde”

Lol. She replaced board with Lorde. Great use of poetic license. But seriously, don’t mess with B. One minute, you’re sitting comfortably on the throne and the next Yonce drops a surprise the size of an atomic bomb.

“Give me the crown bitch, I wanna be Sheezus”

Kim Kardashian may have something to say about this but we think Mr and Mrs Yeezus would make a great couple. Both have skipped any sort of media training and run their mouths as much as, well, Jesus. The only problem is, Kanye has his sights set on being a God, while Lily wants to be a queen. Surely at 88 years of age, Queen Lizzy would be an easy one to knock from the throne.

“Periods, we all get periods. Every month, that’s what the theory is”

This is more than I could’ve ever learnt in sex ed. Thanks Lily. Got it.

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Tourist (feat. Lianne La Havas) – Patterns

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British producer Tourist has flooded the internet with remixes of HAIM, London Grammar and Chvrches over the past year, but now it seems he’s ready to deliver some original material with the same pop-potential. Patterns is off his upcoming EP of the same name and features fellow Brit Lianne La Havas. It’s everything you’d expect from an all-British affair. He lays La Havas’ voice over a Disclosure-esque voice and peppers it with a choir-driven chorus. Despite the grandeur of the chorus, Patterns maintains a steady level of subtlety before ramping up the bass and subsequently taking it to the club.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/soulblime/tourist-patterns-feat-lianne-la-havas[/soundcloud]

 

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