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TĀLĀ drops the triumphant ‘Black Scorpio’

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We fell in love with London electronic artist TĀLĀ back in April when she released Serbia. At the time Bianca said “dance, tribal and R&B lines are blurred harder than Robin Thicke”. Today, she’s dropped a new track, Black Scorpio off a new EP named Aesop and she’s still blurring those lines. In parts it sounds like its straight from a spy film before dipping into delectable vocal samples and majestic trumpets. It effortlessly melds so many sounds into one that categorising it into a genre seems nonsensical. More exciting music from the producer/singer.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/talaofficial/black-scorpio[/soundcloud]

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A$AP Rocky jumps on Sam Smith’s ‘I’m Not The Only One’

artworks-000090531453-yy72cf-t500x500I’m Not The Only One is already a hit here in Australia but it looks like Sam Smith‘s label is trying to give the track a push in the US with A$AP Rocky adding two verses to the track. A$AP is no stranger to jumping on tracks to spice them up a bit. He’s done some stellar work on tracks like Lykke Li’s No Rest For The Wicked and Jessie Ware’s Wildest Moments. The track is pretty much left in its original form except A$AP bookmarks it with his rap, dropping lyrics about Beyonce, cheating and love. Aw.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/samsmithworld/samsmithasaprocky[/soundcloud]

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Free Download: Baauer & Boys Noize’s massive new track, ‘Fire Like This’

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Dance heavyweights Baauer and Boys Noize  have collaborated to make the anthemic Fire Like This. Bass-heavy and accentuated by a heavy, gritty bassline, the track highlights both Baauer’s trap aesthetics and Boys Noize’s techno technique to create a thumping dancefloor tune. The intensity is curbed slightly by a looping schoolyard chant which pays homage to the Miami hip hop group Anquette’s 1988 single, Janet Reno.

Download Fire Like This for free through Baauer’s Soundcloud below:

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/baauer/fire-like-this[/soundcloud]

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SBTRKT recruites Raury for new track, ‘Higher’

We’ve already heard the wonderfully weird, New Dorp, New York and the Sampha-featuring, Temporary View and now SBTRKT has dropped another track from Wonder Where We Land. This time around he’s recruited 18 year-old hype-artist Raury for some hip-hop meets electronica perfection. SBTRKT lays down a moody, twinkling instrumental but leaves the spotlight to Raury, whose raps sound flawless. They come together best on the chorus where the song crescendos for a gospel-like moment. SBTRKT elevates the synths while Raury croons, “higher, higher, higher, higher”. It’s yet another triumphant cut of the new album which is shaping up to be one hell of a record.

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London artist Jones drops her debut, ‘Deep’

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London is churning out female artists at the rate of knots at the moment and the latest to rave about is Jones. Details are scarce about Jones but what we do know is she’s just dropped her debut, Deep, and it’s a stunningly well-polished tune. For the track she worked with Jai Paul’s brother, Anup, who made a name for himself with Nao on So Good. Together they’ve crafted a synth-RnB number that has the same aesthetic as a Dev Hynes production. Jones sounds comfortable and comfident lying right back in the beat and delivering a intoxicating vocal. The beat is characterised by a bassy-thump and warm, enticing synths. Line of Best Fit speculates that she may have been signed to 37 Adventures, the management company started by former head of A&R at XL Records, Nick Worthington, who’s signed the likes of Basement Jaxx and The Streets in his career. If so, she’s in good hands and so she should be, this is brilliant.

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Flight Facilities premiere ‘Two Bodies,’ the first single from their debut album

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We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Flight Facilities’ debut album, Down To Earth, to finally drop and today, we had our very first taste of what’s to come. Premiering on Triple J, Two Bodies is everything you can expect from the elusive electronic duo. It’s dreamy, steamy and has the perfect vibes for when the album drops in Australia this coming Summer. The starry-eyed, effortless track transcends to new heights through romantic synths and a steady bass, further elevated by the heavenly vocals of Emma Louise. The Sydney duo have said of their guest vocalist:

We’ve always wanted to work with her and we kind of wrote ‘Two Bodies’ with her in mind. She’s an amazing songwriter and vocalist and she killed it. It probably took three days to record and then six months to mix. We’re perfectionists. It’s a lust song, they’re Emma’s vocals and lyrics for sure. It’s about something very personal to her – I think we’d be in a bit of trouble if we were to divulge [without her permission].

Down To Earth will be released in October and reportedly will be in excess of illustrious guest appearances, including Reggie Watts, Owl Eyes and Bishop Nehru. See below for info on joining the Mile High Club when Flight Facilities tour Australia this November. 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/flightfacilities/two-bodies-feat-emma-louise-extended-version/[/soundcloud]

Flight Facilities tour

Thursday, November 6 – HQ, Adelaide Buy tickets 
Saturday, November 8 – Capitol, Perth Buy tickets
Thursday, November 13 – The Forum, Melbourne Buy tickets
Saturday, November 15 – Tivoli, Brisbane Buy tickets
Thursday, November 20 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney Buy tickets

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FKA Twigs covers Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

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You’re usually pretty sure what Sunday is going to throw at you, but sometimes you wake up to something like this and your world is sent spinning. Yes, it’s true, FKA Twigs has covered Sam Smith‘s megahit, Stay With Me for Radio 1’s Live Lounge and it’s amazing. In true Twigs fashion this is not your stock-standard cover. It’s a jittery, late-night rendition of the track with Twigs taking melodic detours and leaving out lyrics where she pleases. The result is an illuminating and haunting cover that resonates in a completely different but no less emotional way as Smith’s original. Just try living a normal Sunday now. Just. Try.

 

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Hear Willow Smith’s mesmerising cover of King Krule’s ‘Easy Easy’

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A far cry from whipping her hair back-and-forth, Willow Smith, AKA the spawn of one of Hollywood’s most famous couples, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has released a cover of King Krule‘s Easy Easy, proving that talent truly does run in the family. At a gobsmacking age of only 13, Willow sounds wise beyond her years as she croons delicately over a strumming guitar. Inflections to her voice not too dissimilar to original singer, Archy Marshall’s, it’s an honest, yet confident, cover that is likely to make anyone feel unaccomplished. 🙁

Listen to both the cover and original below:

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dhatu/easy-easy-cover-willow-smith[/soundcloud]

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Intern of the day – Melbourne artist, LANKS

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Intern of the day is a feature where the interns find an artist fairly new to the music scene who we believe is producing some seriously talented work and is due to be making some big waves very soon. 
This week’s intern is Will Cuming, an electronic solo artist you may have heard under the moniker of LANKS. Releasing his debut EP, Thousand Piece Puzzle, in June this year, LANKS has been a busy guy who isn’t showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. Recently sharing the stage with both Broods and The Acid, the Melbourne multi-instrumentalist has now released his latest single, Brave Man. Already featuring on Triple J, it’s a powerful offering from LANKS with a mixture of skittering synths and plucky guitar riffs creating a multi-textured landscape. These combine to create a deeply brooding atmosphere, beautifully contrasted by eloquent harmonies. He’s lined up for an abundance of Melbourne gigs and those in Brisbane can catch LANKS and his 4-piece band at next week’s BIGSOUND Conference.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/lanksmusic/brave-man/[/soundcloud]

You can catch LANKS at the following: 
11/9 – BIGSOUND – Ric’s Bar 
12/9 – Supporting Spookyland (launch) @ Boney (Solo)
13/9 – Hessian Magazine Launch (solo)
20/9 – Supporting Eliza Hull (launch) @ The Toff in Town 
30/9 – Supporting Rita Satch (Residency) @ The Toff in Town 
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Cashmere Cat releases alternate version to Ariana Grande’s ‘Be My Baby’

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Cashmere Cat has been playing his self-produced Ariana Grande track Be My Baby live for a while now but it’s not the version that appeared on Grande’s album. Today, he’s dropped said edit of the track and it’s much more in-line with his minimalist, R&B-trap style. He strips back most of the instrumental to reveal a starry foliage and crunching beats alongside his trademark gun sounds and creaking doors. Grande’s vocals actually sound more forthright and gliding here than they do on the original with CC breathing a less-dense new life into it. The kitty kat of pop meets the kitty kat of electronica and kills it twice.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/cashmerecat/bmybbedit[/soundcloud]

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