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Courtney Barnett likes to eat ‘Pickles From The Jar’

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Courney Barnett‘s recent stint to the US seems to have influenced her penchant for pickles, made evident through her latest Pickles From The Jar. Listen to her always-quirky, candid turn of phrase in her new track below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/milk-records-2/pickles-from-the-jar-courtney[/soundcloud]

Barnett’s debut album is due for release in 2015.

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Ryan Hemsworth remixes Sinead Harnett’s ‘No Other Way’

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Ryan Hemsworth serves up the perfect balance of soul and well-crafted production in his most recent rework of London songwriter, Sinead Harnett’s ‘No Other Way’. The layered synths up the tempo from the original chilled track, to produce a dancey, yet thoughtful augmentation of the original.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sineadharnettmusic/no-other-way-ryan-hemsworth-remix[/soundcloud]

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Throwaway Thursday 17 July

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This will probably mean nothing to you all because you’re all cashed up on tax returns and dropping a bucket of cash on iTunes, but if that’s true you’re most likely downloading the new Madden Brothers‘ song. So, in the interest of improving your iTunes library, here are some great tunes that happen to be free.

This week we’ve got a bunch of stuff that errs on the dancey side and are  available to download for free. A-Trak has remixed Foster The People’s Best Friend which will ready you for their mighty Splendour in the Grass set next week. Throttle have also done a disco-inspired remix of Sam Smith’s mammoth hit Stay With Me while GANZ has flipped Alison Wonderland’s pumping track, I Want U. Rome Fortune’s second collaboration with Four Tet, Lights Low, is also worth a listen and download.

You’ll want to clear a space around you for this one, pop some headphones on and get ready to dance. The best part is free also means freedom. Download these tunes and listen to them without a Wi-Fi connection, just like the old days (circa 2005).

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/throwaway-thursdays-17-july[/soundcloud]

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Vic Mensa unleashes the drug-fuelled ‘Feel That’

Vic Mensa‘s Down On My Luck has quickly become an interns favourite this year, this we are suitably excited about this lated release. The latest track is called Feel That and it’s another drug-induced, party tune that comes with a video that emulates that. There’s girls, clubs, amazing LA homes and a shooting style that descends into hazy visuals. Chance The Rapper even appears at one point. It like a poignant feature given those two are the biggest new names in rap right now.

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Montaigne on Michel de Montaigne, dragonflies and being a t-shirt and shorts kinda gal

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You only have to look at the top of the Singles and Album Charts in the US to know Australian females are killing it at the moment. Sia’s sixth album, 1000 Forms of Fear is the number one album while Iggy Azalea is holding the number one single in the country for the eighth week in a row. 18 year-old singer/songwriter Montaigne may be slightly more like the former than the latter, but she is nonetheless further proof of the healthy state of the Australian music scene.

Sydneysider Jessica Cerro has only just released her second single, I Am Not An End, and already she’s been added to high rotation on Triple J and become a buzzworthy name on websites around the country even before the release of her debut EP, Life of Montaigne.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/montaigne-music/i-am-not-an-end[/soundcloud]

Born from a diet of Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, clouds and theatrics, Montaigne is crafting self-assured, pop-music with a grandiose far beyond her years. Speaking to the interns, Montaigne described her music as “Regina Spektor with the epicness of Coldplay”. The Coldplay reference comes from her first live encounter with the band whilst here on their Mylo Xyloto tour- a show she describes as “the best night of my life”.

She goes onto further cite her references as influences from Bjork to The National to Florence Welch and Marina and the Diamonds. This perhaps explains why her music sounds so epic for an 18 year-old singer who, two years ago, wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a musician.

In 2012, Cerro was a finalist on Triple J’s Unearthed High. While she didn’t win, she calls it a “blessing in disguise”. “I didn’t even know if I wanted to be a musician full time”, she said, continuing, “but now I am sure that’s exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

She’s used the two years since to finish her studies, define her sound and find an image. “Everybody kept asking what my image was going to be and I wasn’t sure. I’m a t-shirt and shorts kinda girl”, she says. Since then she’s cut her hair off and found an image revolving around her “obsession of clouds”.

Both singles off Life of Montaigne, I’m A Fantastic Wreck and I Am Not An End have been picked up by Triple J. “It’s awesome Triple J and blogs are picking it up, it seems to be happening so quickly”, she says. Until recently Montaigne was managed by her Mum. She explains, “I’ve only just got a manager which is great because now I can go back to having a normal relationship with my Mum”.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/montaigne-music/im-a-fantastic-wreck[/soundcloud]

Cerro sounds genuinely giddy about her success and confident in talking about her influences both sonic and sociological. She says, “I’m more influenced by concepts than sounds”. In particular, she is most influenced by French Renaissance writer, Michel De Montaigne, who was known for his depictions of the human-race. His most famous phrase, “Que sçay-je?” meaning literally ‘What Know I?’ comes across in Cerro’s songs as she takes on a very personal self-exploration, particularly on the self-deprecating yet triumphant, I’m A Fantastic Wreck.

However, Montaigne says that Michel De Montaigne’s theories are not the topic of her songs, rather just a notion. “He’s not a direct lyrical influence”, she says, “I just kinda want him to be attached to my music, so people think of my music kinda like that”.

The EP, which is due out this year, is described by Cerro as “a mix of everything…a mix of the two styles of the singes”. She “just hopes everybody likes it”.

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1. What is the best end to a movie?

“That’s hard. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kings… It’s really cute.”

2. If you had to re-record an entire album, what would it be?

“ Bjork- Post. I just love that record.”

3. Describe your music with one animal?

“Dragonfly.”

4. Do you believe Shakespeare wrote his own plays?

“Yeah, I reckon he did.”

5. Your favourite trend from your childhood?

“Definitely tamagotchi.”

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Kwamie Liv is ‘comin THRU’

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What happens when you cross M.I.A with a little bit of Lana Del Rey and Robyn? You get Kwamie Liv– a Danish artist who is an amalgamation of the best qualities of all three. Already she’s impressed with 5am and Follow You but comin THRU is by far her most immediately likeable taste. Sweet, solemn verses are juxtaposed with a chorus that has the effortless flow of M.I.A’s Paper Planes without the need for ridiculous hand actions. There was a certain lo-fi quality to her last track, Follow You, but comin THRU is having none of that. It’s a crisp, slice of perfection that is difficult to box into one genre.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kwamieliv/comin-thru-1[/soundcloud]

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GEoRGiA follows-up ‘Be Ache’ with ‘Digits’

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We featured GEoRGiA‘s first track, Be Ache, on the interns back in June and have waited for a follow-up to the l0-fi wonder ever since. Today, as if by magic, another one has appeared titled, Digits. Where Be Ache was a manic collision of sounds, Digits is a far more demure, streamlined affair. The beat still packs a punch but you really get to hear GEoRGiA’s sweet and sour vocals here alongside a mellow synth-line. It’s a definite nod to RnB but there is also an industrial rawness to it not unlike Kanye West‘s Yeezus. Digits has a progressed feel for melody than Be Ache and is likely to work it’s way into the playlists of more listeners. One of 2014’s names to watch.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/georgia_hb/digits[/soundcloud]

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Listen to Perfume Genius’ bold, ‘Queen’

Perfume Genius Announces New Album Too Bright, Shares One more comeback for the day, I promise. You may remember Seattle-based artist, Perfume Genius‘ 2012 record Put Your Back N It. It was a haunting and melancholic yet underrated record that still sounds relevant today. If that record didn’t put him in some people’s psyche, his bold new single, Queen, is bound to. Queen is taken from his forthcoming album, Too Bright, which will be released on 23 September. It’s production is far denser than anything he’s done before with haunting whistles, brave percussion and a vocal that sees Mike Hadreas (aka. Perfume Genius) take charge like never before.

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Hear Jamie T’s first track in five years, ‘Don’t You Find’

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2014 is quickly becoming known as the year of the comeback. Apparently The Avalanches second album is currently being mixed, La Roux is due to release her sophomore LP Trouble In Paradise this week and we just featured a new song from The Drums. Add to that once more because British anarchist Jamie T has released his first new song since 2009 and it’s called Don’t You Find. T’s most notable track from his record, King & Queens was the ramped-up, Stick N’ Stones which well and truly grabbed the attention of any who didn’t know about him before. Don’t You Find takes a totally different path with the Brit sing with guitar in hand and a female vocal beneath at points. While it’s different, it’s not an unwelcome departure. It sounds unmistakably British like Noel Gallagher produced by Damon Albarn with a touch of Kasabian.

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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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