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Enter another weird and wonderful world with Kimbra’s ‘Miracle

Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo has been met with brilliant reviews over the past week and she’s running with the momentum, dropping the video for album favourite, Miracle. At the beginning, everything apart from Kimbra’s costume seems normal but we quickly descend into a woozy world of dancing postmen, mimes and fluorescent athletes. The collection of weird and wonderful characters break out in synchronised dance, taking over the streets but seemingly blocking no traffic, thank goodness. The video was directed by Tom Kerr who’s done a great job creating the slightly skewed world.

See our infographic review of Kimbra’s The Golden Echo here. 

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Watch Nicki Minaj get dirty in the jungle in ‘Anaconda’

The single cover for Nicki Minaj‘s Anaconda may have caused enough controversy to single-handedly promote the song but the video is sure to strike up even more conversation. There’s plenty more arse to be seen in the Jungle-themed video for Anaconda with a lot of flesh and some butt-slapping aswell. Drake even makes an appearance at the end playing host to Nicki Minaj’s forceful lap-dance. Like Eminem‘s circa-2000s videos, parents will no doubt be standing in front of the TV to block the youngsters from watching. This is without a doubt, NSFW.


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Watch the colourful, nostalgic video for The Harpoons’ ‘Can We Work This Out’

Incase you haven’t heard, Australia is the best place in the world right now and Melbourne band The Harpoons are further proof of that. The four-piece are gearing up to release their debut album on September 26 and Can We Work This Out. The track is another example of the burgeoning electronic/RnB in Australia right now with hints of Oscar Key Sung and Seekae heard in the song. The video has been directed by visual artist Becky Sui Zhen who’s created a nostalgic, colourful background for the band to perform a sterile yet embracing visual of the song.


16 year-old, Grace Mitchell introduces herself with ‘Your Design’ and ‘Broken Over You’

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Lorde, Ariana Grande and First Aid Kit– just a few names of ridiculously talented artists under 21. Now we can add to that list 16 year-old Portland-based singer, Grace Mitchell who proves once again that age is merely a number. Like Lorde, she’s creating moody yet expertly constructed pop tunes. With fiery red hair and an intent stare, her tunes match her presence with exploding percussion and affecting synths. Broken Over You and Your Design are both mid-tempo numbers yet they escalate into huge chorus’ and melody-laden bridges. She sounds far beyond her years, presenting two songs that sit somewhere in between Robyn‘s glowing alt-pop and Lorde’s goth-pop.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/your-design[/soundcloud]

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Introducing Kentucky producer Ellie Herring and her new track, ‘Gem Landing’

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Ellie Herring is a producer from Kentucky who has been throwing gold up on her SoundCloud for the better part of a year now. Amongst jittery, atmospheric originals she’s done some stunning remixes of tracks by Janet Jackson and Cat Power proving that the beats still pump in the South. Last year she released her brilliant, Kite Day LP and followed it up this year with the slightly darker, Chipped EP. Now she’s popped a new song, Gem Landing, up on line, seemingly just for the hell of it. It’s a sunshine-induced tune with high-pitched vocal samples that err towards something you might hear on PC Music. It’s a tune for the headphones with plenty of delicious synths and bubblegum beats. File next to Ryan Hemsworth and Chrome Sparks. 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ellieh/gem-landing[/soundcloud]

Hear the Chipped EP below:



Cyril Hahn delivers ‘Open’ off new EP

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Cyril Hahn is gearing up for the release of his new EP Voices out via PMR. A few weeks ago we heard Slow with Rochelle Jordan and today he’s dropped Open with 18 year-old British singer, Ryan Ashley. In line with much of what Hahn does so well, he builds the track around an emotional and soulful vocal sample laying down an atmospheric, club-ready beat alongside. It tracks along without much variation but it’s not needed. The track is smooth and flavoursome enough to keep you entertained for the full four and a half minutes. This SoundCloud user below sums up the listening experience best:

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[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/cyrilhahn/open-ft-ryan-ashley[/soundcloud]


Kelela teams up with Le1f for ‘OICU’

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With only one mixtape to her name, Kelela is already being hailed as the figurehead of future RnB and today she’s teamed up with a rapper of a similarly glowing status, Le1fOICU was produced by P. Morris and sees the pair enter into an altogether unconventional duet. Le1f sounds like Future while Kelela gently works her way around the melody like an early Janet. Meanwhile the beat clicks and slaps, only there to push the song along subtly while Kelela and Le1f do all the ground work. Let’s hope there are albums in the works for both Kelela and Le1f because this is pretty spectacular.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kelelam/oicu[/soundcloud]


Haim & A$AP Ferg drop Ricki Lake-inspired video for ‘My Song 5’


Daytime TV just got a whole lot sassier with the arrival of Haim and A$AP Ferg‘s video of the gritty, bass-driven My Song 5. Set like a talk show hosted by SNL’s Vanessa Bayer, it features a star-studded cast of the likes of Ke$ha, Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig and Grimes as both guests and audience members.

It’s not one to be missed, if not purely for Este’s signature facial expressions and A$AP’s bucket hat.


Hear Charli XCX ‘Break The Rules’

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Charli XCX is quickly becoming the queen of anarchy with yet another song that shares the same sense of reckless abandon as I Love It. Break The Rules is lifted from her forthcoming album Sucker and was recorded after time spent listening to Swedish punk records. It’s shows too. While Break The Rules is firmly planted in ’90s pop, there are chaotic undertones to it that align with the punk genre. With a chorus that yells, “going to the discotheque, getting high and getting wrecked”, this one’s sure to reignite ‘that cocaine scene’ from Girls which had I Love It behind it. After the success of her feature on Iggy Azalea‘s Fancy and Boom Clap, Sucker could well be her breakthrough record.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/charlixcx/charli-xcx-break-the-rules[/soundcloud]


Caribou shares the title track from the forthcoming, ‘Our Love’

It feels like it’s been a long and painful wait since Caribou dropped the delicious first track, Can’t Do Without Youfrom his forthcoming album Our Love. Today he’s put an end to that pain by releasing the title track from the new record, Our Love. In the same lane as Can’t Do Without You, it’s a subdued, mellow-burner that utilises delicate vocals before bursting into a club-ready beat. The producer has a knack for chosing how long to hold a song back before releasing it into its full potential and he demonstrates that expertly here. Really it’s just another reason to pick up the new record when it’s released on 3 October in Aus.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/our-love[/soundcloud]


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