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Haters gon’ hate in Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Read our for & against arguments here. 

Just like clockwork, two years after we heard Tay Tay’s We’re Never Getting Back Together, she’s delivered the first single, Shake It Off, from her new album 1989. The track sees her move even further away from her country roots but keeps very much with the theme of ex-boyfriends, rumours and haters. It’s all good though because she’s just gonna shake it off. She shows this in the video from parodying pop clips with twerking, cheerleading and Gaga-esque oddities. Love her or hate her there’s no denying this is another huge hit and will most likely leave another ex quivering in the corner.



London newbie Shannon Saunders unveils her debut ‘Sheets’

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Though the one-track on her SoundCloud tells a very different story, British songstress Shannon Saunders has been releasing music since she was 14. Starting off on YouTube, she eventually self-released her debut single and made a video from nine pounds. It seems she won’t have the same budgetary constraints now as she’s been snapped up by Warner Records who have released her single Sheets. With a Kate Bush trill and Ellie Goulding‘s electronic stylings, Saunders is set to make a bit of a splash. Sheets is an effortless track that ditches a huge pop chorus in favour of bolstered-up bass and subtle synth-work. It’s a grower and a fast one at that. Watch this space.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shannonsaunders/sheets[/soundcloud]


Hear ‘PS’, the collaborative single from DJ Q & Flava D

DJ Q & Flava D - PS [LOC018]

The start of the week may not sound like the optimum time to drop a deep club throbber, but it seems it’s exactly what we needed. Both hailing from the UK, DJ Q has teamed up with Flava D on PS to mesh garage and grime together with an infectiously massaging bass-line. Alongside skittering yet soulful vocal samples, the pair lay down a tempo-raising, yet paced instrumental. Both of them have released stellar remixes of Tinashe‘s 2 On this year and this seems to be the lovechild of the two. Could it be? Could DJ Q and Flava D have the club going up on a Monday?

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/localactionrecords/dj-q-flava-d-ps-loc018[/soundcloud]


Kindness re-works Royskopp & Robyn’s ‘Monument’

A Monument To Everything (Kindness mix feat. Busiswa)

It’s been a big week for British producer and artist in his own right, Kindness. He announced the release of his sophomore album, Otherness, dropped the first single, World Restart with Kelela and Ade and now has released his re-work of Royksopp and Robyn‘s Monument. The original of the track is almost 10 minutes long but here Kindness cuts it down to six and adds South African poet/singer Busiswa. As such the track takes on a dancehall vibe while retaining Robyn’s brooding chorus, albeit with a slightly pitch-altered voice. It’s also been retitled A Monument To Everything.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/royksopp/a-monument-to-everything-kindness-mix-feat-busiswa[/soundcloud]


Listen to a new track from Panama, ‘Stay Forever’

Panama - Stay Forever

Earlier this year Sydney band Panama released their most successful offering to date, the Always EP, with it’s title track seemingly still growing in popularity. Today, they’ve dropped a free track Stay Forever ahead of their North America and Europe tour. Stay Forever is very much what we’ve become accustomed to hearing from the band. It’s a mellow, supremely produced indie-rock track that glistens with breathy vocals. Subtlety is definitely the band’s biggest strength and once again they’ve carved an iconic, eternal chorus with little fanfare.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/panama-stay-forever[/soundcloud]


10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week


Love was in the air this week. Jessie Ware was asking her man to say he loves her, Saint Pepsi was falling hard and Omarion and Jeremih got steamy in Show Me (not together, obviously). All the while Kaytranada was asking to be left alone. I suppose we can’t all be luck in love. That aside, here are 10 songs to catch up on if you’ve been living under a rock this week, or simply had better things to do.

Jessie Ware- Say You Love Me

Jessie Ware is quickly becoming the queen of love songs. Say You Love Me is the latest love lorn tale to emerge from the songstress and sees her in her most straightforward vocal state yet. She trills through the verses and reaches full flight in the chorus delivering a number of heartfelt moments. It’s beginning to feel like a week without new Jessie Ware is not worth living at all. Another gem from the forthcoming LP, Tough Love.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessie-ware-say-you-love-me[/soundcloud]

Jeremih and Omarion- Show Me

Jeremih has consistently released new material for a few weeks now and this week he hasn’t disappointed, delivering a new cut with RnB veteran Omarion. The minimalist track provides the perfect battleground for the two to show-off their smooth, run-laden vocals. Once again, Jeremih proves that he’s the most versatile man in RnB, flipping from this to his Shlohmo produced material with ease.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dam-im-dope/show-me-omarion-x-jeremih-x-internz-x-ls[/soundcloud]

Saint Pepsi- Fall Harder

Fall Harder is the b-side to Saint Pepsi’s Fiona Coyne and it compliments it perfectly with a breezy, indie-pop tune. While he’s known as a producer, Fall Harder sees him almost shed that title, opting for a more straightforward melody that oozes smiles. This is summer love, teen heartache and love at first sight all in one, tightly constructed song.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/saint-pepsi-fall-harder-1[/soundcloud]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Anna Lunoe- Feels Like

Feels like a bass-heavy stomper, that’s what. This is the first release from Orlando Higginbottom (dat name) aka. TEED’s new label, Nice Age and features Aussie girl, Anna Lunoe. Together, the pair embody energetic, colourful dance music that easily translates from small clubs to mainstages. Feels Like is a slow-burner that gradually flowers into a soundscape of crystalline synths and washed-out vocals.


Collarbones- Turning

Given that Marcus Whale is doing just about everything musically possible right now (We wrote about his latest track with Black Vanilla last week), we doubted that we’d see a new Collarbones record this soon. Thank goodness our doubt was unnecessary. This week, they returned with a new track, Turning and news of a new album, Return on its way. We’re suitably excited about it too. Turning is a glitchy, schizophrenic take on a pop track with Marcus’ ever brilliant vocals leading the way.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/collarbones/turning[/soundcloud]

Arcade Fire- Afterlife (Flume Remix)

Two years and the Flerm hype still hasn’t died down. It’s partly due to the sheer enthusiasm of his fans and also the fact that he continues to churn out tracks. The latest is a remix of Arcade Fire’s Afterlife from last year’s Reflektor. Flume retains the triumphant quality of the track while dimming it down a bit. In place of tropical percussion, he lays down mournful synths that hover in the background, growing ever so gradually.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/flume/arcade-fire-afterlife-flume-remix[/soundcloud]

Kindness- World Restart

News of UK artist and producer, Kindness’ impending new album, Otherness, was one of the best pieces of information we recieved this week. To match that, World Restart with Kelala and Ade was one of the best sounds we heard all week. It’s a brass-lathered groover, with plenty of space for the pair to lay right back with their vocals and vibe out. It’s definitely sitting in the lane of Blood Orange’s last record, Cupid Deluxe and we’re more than ok with that.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kindness/kindness-world-restart-feat-kelela-ade[/soundcloud]

Felicita.- Doves

PC Music have once again offered up a challenging piece of production this week. Felicita.’s Doves feels like a conversation with Siri made to beats. It’s convoluted, over-crowded and toy-like, yet completely fascinating and strangely melodic. If you can stand it, give it 10 listens, it will eventually reveal itself to you as much as you may feel that’s impossible. This is Felicita.’s first track and we can confirm whether the artist is a boy or girl or whether they’re human.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/felicita/doves-1[/soundcloud]

Read more about PC Music in our feature ‘What the fuck is PC Music?’.

Kwabs.- Walk

British artist Kwabs is producing some of the most dense soul music around at the moment and Walk is no different. Kwabs’ thick, deep vocal is joined by marching drums and heavy-hitting keys. Premiering it earlier this week on Mistajam’s 1Extra Show, he said “”my statement of intent: the first time I’m saying, here I am”. That it does. Walk is his most self-assured effort yet.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kwabs/walk[/soundcloud]

Kaytranada- Leave Me Alone (Feat. Shay Lia)

This week we learnt that Canadian producer Kaytranada will be hitting our shore over New Years to play the Beyond The Valley festival in its debut year. In perfect timing, this week he also unleashed Leave Me Alone off his forthcoming So Bad EP. It harks back to his remix of Janet Jackson’s If, with a paired back house beat and some featherlight vocals. Now signed to XL Records, it’s one of his most established efforts yet and will no doubt bolster up an already fantastic live set.

[embed width=”750″ height=”415″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGdtbgSvVzw[/embed]

Hear Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Anna Lunoe team up on ‘Feels Like’

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs x Anna Lunoe - 'Feels Like'

Now here’s some very welcome end-of-week news. Orlando Higginbottom otherwise known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has started a “record label, fashion label, party label and sticky label”, Nice Age, and to celebrate has dropped Feels Like with Aussie girl Anna Lunoe. The bass-heavy, club-ready track is the first offering from the label which Higginbottom says “is just a way of putting out music, clothes and whatever I want”. It’s a late night track that features a scarce amount of lyrics, leaving more time for glitchy synths and throbbing bass. The track feels like just another chapter is Anna Lunoe’s continuing overseas success story.

[soundcloud] https://soundcloud.com/t-e-e-d/sets/totally-enormous-extinct[/soundcloud]



Sinead Harnett takes you to ‘Paradise’ on new song

Sinead Harnett - Paradise

Sinead Harnett has been a guest vocalist for both Disclosure and Rudimental but now it’s time for her to step out on her own. A few months ago she delivered No Other Way along with a pretty special Ryan Hemsworth remix and she’s followed that up with the lustful Paradise. Swept along by brass stylings, Harnett delivers a sultry vocal. It does exactly what the title suggests creating a dreamland of mellow beats and sunshine-induced ambience. It’s currently available on her N.O.W EP.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sineadharnettmusic/sineadharnett-paradise[/soundcloud]


Listen to alt-J’s ‘Every Other Freckle’

Every Other FreckleIt’s been an interesting ride into alt-J‘s second album, This Is All Yours. Their first single Hunger of the Pine featured a Miley Cyrus sample while their second single, Left Hand Free was an Americana track which the band claimed to not really like themselves. Every Other Freckle is the most straightforward offering yet, focussing on their trademark harmonies and finicky guitar-work. There’s a bit of distortion in there which separates it from the crystalline production of An Awesome Wave, presenting something that’s both gritty and a little calypso flavoured. Once again, they’re proving very difficult to classify which is probably a good thing.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/alt-j/every-other-freckle[/soundcloud]

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Ariana Grande goes intergalactic in the video for ‘Break Free’

Today is turning out to be all about pop princess Ariana Grande. We posted about her new track with Big Sean, Best Mistake, and now she’s unveiled the video for the Zedd-produced, Break Free. Aesthetically, it’s one of Grande’s boldest moves yet. She fights space creatures, breaks-out aliens and then attends a party on a spaceship where Zedd is the DJ. It’s completely ridiculous but in tune with the space-theme that plagued the 2000s. In a strange way, it’s actually genius.

Read our feature on how Ariana Grande became an alternative darling and a pop princess.


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