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Throwaway Thursday

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We’ve closed down, the liquidators have been called in and we’ve been given ’til midnight before they burn the place down for insurance. It’s the last ever sale. Every song must go! Everything is free, this price is not to be repeated. So come on down to Throwaway Thursday with your empty pockets. Anna Lunoe, Thomston, Avec Sans – there’s something for everyone. Bring the kids, bring the semi-trailer and get in before everything goes!

Listen: HAERTS – Hemiplegia (Avec Sans Remix)

London duo Avec Sans have done it again; injecting their signature cheerful disco-pop and splashes of synths into HAERTS’ melancholic track ‘Hemiplegia’. They’ve extracted some of the rock, cut-and-pasted the vocals and thrown in glittery effects which all make for a sure dancefloor-starter. The track can be downloaded from their page, as well as the entire Avec Sans collection, for the small price of a Facebook like.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/avecsans/haerts-hemiplegia-avec-sans-remix#t=2:43[/soundcloud]

 

Click to access Avec Sans’ Facebook page 

Listen: Thomston – Salt

18-year-old Thomston featured on both our ‘5 Artists You Need To Hear Right Now‘ and ‘10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ so obviously we’re a bit obsessed. He had us in deep with ‘Anaesthetic’ and now he’s returned, bringing back his wise-beyond-its-years voice and grungy backing track, with ‘Salt’. This latest (free) offering was only uploaded 4 hours ago so best get to this one quick before everyone else.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thomston/salt[/soundcloud]

Listen: Bombay Bicycle Club – Home By Now (Louis The Child Remix)

One of the more languid tracks from Bombay Bicycle Club’s album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, has been given a techy, Nintendo-inspired rework by Louis The Child. It makes for a fun listen which manages to take you away to a faraway, pixelated land of mushrooms and rainbow roads. Want all that fun but are console-free? Do the next best thing and download this number from Louis The Child’s Soundcloud.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/doandroidsdance/bombay-bicycle-club-home-by-now-louis-the-child-remix[/soundcloud]

Listen: Anna Lunoe- Bass Drum Dealer

Australia’s new dancefloor queen is tearing it up overseas. She dropped this one in her Coachella set in April and caught the attention of many including Skrillex. Skrill (is that what kids call him these days?) mixed and mastered this one. The result? “House-inspired jungle rhythms” that are completely free to download. That’s our girl.

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Listen: Popcaan- Where We Come From

‘Where We Came From’ is the debut album from Jamaican reggae-man Popcaan. As expected, the album is one to get down and dirty to with plenty of dutty dancing to be had. As the soundcloud notes, musicologist Wayne Marshall says the album “gives voice, as the best reggae does, to the contradictions of life in a society rife with inequities and yet so rich.” So, if you’re lookin’ for a voice or even just a bit of a butt wriggle, press play.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mixpak/sets/popcaan-where-we-come-from[/soundcloud]

Watch: The Police vs. Grime Music

This documentary hosted by grime rapper JME, reflects on the cancellation of a grime event by police in London and more broadly investigates the relationship between London police and grime artists. It’s an interesting exploration of London’s form 696 which mandates that promoters and licensees submit a risk assessment form 14 days in advance of an event in London detailing the style of music and target audience. Many have labelled the Form ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’.

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10 Surprising Acting Cameos by Musicians

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Which famous DJ starred in their self-produced porn store sci-fi Christmas movie musical? Who was the English singer that flirted with Dr Karl on Neighbours? Read below for our top 10 surprising acting cameos by musicians.

Usher

Before he was proclaiming his confessions for the second time, Usher Raymond was the resident radio host / DJ in everyone’s favourite ‘90s makeover teen rom com, ‘She’s All That’.

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The next best thing to Rachael Leigh Cook taking off her glasses to reveal that “omg, the nerd is totally, like, pretty?” is watching Usher himself choreographing the school to dance to Fatboy Slim’s Rockafeller Skank.

“Split like the red sea!” 

Andre 3000

One half of OutKast, André Benjamin, had dabblings in acting preceding his portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in 2013 biopic ‘All is by my Side’. He’s featured in various movies and TV shows, including ‘The Families’, ‘The Shield’, ‘Revolver’, ‘Semi-Pro’, ‘Four Brothers’ and as the voice of Elwyn the crow in ‘Charlotte’s Web’.

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André as Elwyn (can not confirm if left or right crow).

His more notable role in his acting career was as Dabu in ‘Be Cool’. For an entire 40 seconds of André’s infectious laughter, see below.

Kanye West

Not even the self-proclaimed King of Everything could save Mike Myers’ box office flop, ‘The Love Guru’.

Who knew he loved hockey so much?

Michael Jackson

MJ made a brief appearance in ‘Men in Black II’, surprisingly not as an alien but instead as someone desperate for a position at the Men in Black Headquarters. I wonder if he’ll make a comeback hologram appearance in ‘Men in Black V’?

The highlight of this video is the fangirl’s written commentary.

Moby

It seems that Moby has a fondness for erotic-themed movies, starring in ‘Suck’, ‘Joes’ Apartment’ and as the character ‘Dildo Head’ in his self-produced porn store sci-fi Christmas movie musical, ‘Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party’. Surprisingly, the latter’s IMDb rating is a measly 4.2/10, with reports of Moby distancing himself from the production and even requesting to be edited out completely.

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I’m going to leave it up to you to figure out which one is ‘Dildo Head’.

Also worth a mention is ‘The Limo’ episode of How I Met Your Mother, where the gang mistake someone on the street to be Moby, pick him up in the Limo and head to his party. Upon ‘Moby’ ranting crazily and eventually threatening them with a gun, they realise he is in fact not Moby and hilarity ensues.

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Alicia Keys

Before she was setting the world on fire, Alicia Keys had acting cameos in ‘The Cosby Show’, ‘The Secret Life of Bees’, ‘Smokin’ Aces’ and as Scarlett Johansson’s sassy friend, Lynette, in ‘The Nanny Diaries’.

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Backstreet Boys

One of the best TV cameos to date is the Backstreet Boys starring as a boy band-come-furry mammals(?) in ‘Arthur’. The episode, ‘It’s only Rock n Roll’, focuses on the boys’ pending visit to Elwood City and Muffy’s major, totally-relatable crush on Nick Carter.

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Backstreet Boys did it wayyy before Chance the Rapper.

Full episode can be found here. Watch it. Your 12-year-old self with thank you for it.

Lily Allen

Starring as herself, and additionally flirting with Ramsay St resident ‘DILF’ Dr Karl, in ‘Neighbours’.  

King Avriel

Before she was a gender boundaries-pushing electro queen, 23-year-old King Avriel  starred alongside Football Head Arnold as Timberly in the childhood classic ‘Hey Arnold!’.

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The resemblance is uncanny.

Watch ‘Timberly Loves Arnold’ for a full 10 minute blast from the past 

Radiohead

Playing themselves in one of the most iconic South Park episodes of all time, ‘Scott Tenorman Must Die’, Radiohead scold Tenorman for being a ‘crybaby’ while he sobs into a bowl of chilli containing his parents’ innards. After Thom Yorke‘s dance moves in ‘Lotus Flower’, you could almost call him a triple threat.

Poor Kid A.  

Can you remember any great TV or movie cameos by a musician? Let me know below or feel free to tweet me: @bianca_interns 

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What the fuck is PC Music?

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Last week, we took on A G Cook’s latest track Beautiful in First Impressions. While Hannah compared it to Snozberries, Lizzie likened it to the Rugrats, noting that she wasn’t “sold on the whole Hello Kitty sound”. The cultural references were becoming a little overwhelming so I decided to pose myself the question, ‘What the F**K is PC Music?’

Nintendo. Dance Dance Revolution. Korea. Siri. These are all things that come to mind when you hear the music coming out of new label PC Music. Spend a moment with PC Music’s soundcloud and you’ll be both intrigued and disgraced. The music coming out of the label sounds completely inhuman but at the same time acutely reminiscent of a generation built on smartphones that talk, nostalgia and EDM.

PC Music is run by London producer A G Cook who also releases music through the label. In an interview with Tank Magazine, Cook said, “The label’s called PC Music, which alludes to how the computer is a really crucial tool, not just for making electronic music but for making amateur music that is also potentially very slick”.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/beautiful[/soundcloud]

It’s an apt way of describing it. Nowadays very little difference can be heard between bedroom and studio producers. The meteoric success of Flume from a very early point in his career is testament to this. The music coming out of PC Music is so slick, it’s being compared to candy in abundance. In a way, it’s bubblegum music. So smoothed out and computer-driven that it’s lost all imperfection. Where rock n’ roll was born on impurities, PC Music’s difference comes in its ability to sound criminally crisp.

Cook was born in 1990 and notes that he grew up using a computer at quite an advanced level. The music has both the clunkiness of Windows 98 and the effortless sheen of an Apple Mac.

A demonstration of modern technology, all the press shots for PC Music’s artists are just as devoid of humanity as the music. An artist like Hannah Diamond (below), for example, looks as if she has nothing behind the eyes. The picture’s personality is simply delivered through bright, childlike colours and its likeness to childhood cartoon characters.

Apart from creator A G Cook, one of the most notable artists on the label is the aforementioned Hannah Diamond. Her songs redefine the meaning of minimal. They’re like deconstructed Top 40 tracks that have been redone out of mockery. Her voice is like a slightly more natural Siri. In normal circumstances, these things would be criticisms. But they’re not. It seems Diamond sits so far to the left on the kitsch spectrum, that there’s a stroke of genius in how otherworldly it sounds.

Her track Attachment has her singing “Together, forever” like a children’s doll. Creepy, yes. Infectious, yes. There’s a deep sense of ‘90s nostalgia that makes it oddly irresistible. Top 40 Pop music is a guilty pleasure but it’s fairly simple to explain why. Attachment is also a guilty pleasure, however, it’s close to impossible to describe why. On Soundcloud one user comments, “Why do I like this” while another says “this is wackkkkk”. She’s also compared to “an illiterate preschooler”.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/attachment[/soundcloud]

FACTmag described it best when they wrote she’s “like the girls at your school who practised Spice Girls dance routines in the playground and smoked fags on school trips, but while her brittle, Estuary tones make her sound like a Smash Hits star from the late ’90s, her songs couldn’t be more 21st century”.

A G Cook told Tank Magazine, “My work’s constant use of instantly gratifying elements such as kitsch imagery, catchy hooks, synthetic colours and fun sound effects feels inevitable, it’s almost a compulsion rather than a choice.” The idea of compulsion rather than choice is one that defines most of the labels sound. Much of the music sounds like it’s giving into seven deadly sins. It’s particularly a result of gluttony in the way that it over-indulges in pop’s melodic demons and lustful in the way that it centres mostly round the theme of 21st century love.

Consumerism is a notion that PC Music introduces a number of times. On Lipgloss Twins’ Wannabe, a computerised voice repeats “Topman, topshop”, “fake Prada, fake Louis, fake Zara” and then “I don’t wanna be a twin”. It’s the first time PC Music has eluded to a criticism of 21st Century culture. Cook said “Challenging something’s commercial nature is a commercial tactic in itself, and authenticity is a tricky currency that is often swayed by branding and advertising.”

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/wannabe[/soundcloud]

It’s entirely possible that the musicians on PC Music aren’t purposely critiquing our culture. There’s an enigmatic nature to the label that makes it easy to overanalyse without having a specific voice to speak for the music. In an industry where everyone’s trying to keep it ‘real’, it’s ironically refreshing to have a label embracing some of the critiques of this generation.

While I’ve tried to answer the question of ‘what is PC Music?’, I fear i’ve only further confused myself. Such is the intrigue of the label. The best way to discover it, is to listen to it. On first attempt, you’ll most likely hate but like a sugar-addiction it will grow on you. Before you know it, you’ll be asking “Please sir, can I have some more?”

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/sets/top-40[/soundcloud]

 

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Mapei follows-up ‘Don’t Wait’ with ‘Change’

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If you’ve ever been to Ikea, eaten meatballs or heard Robyn you’d be pretty up with the fact that everything Sweden produces touches to gold. The latest export from the country is Mapei who released one of last year’s best pop tracks, Don’t Wait. The track has gone onto feature Chance The Rapper and be remixed by Giraffage, Benny Blanco and Kingdom. Such was the breadth of its success. Now enter, Change, the latest single from her forthcoming album, Hey Hey. Pumped along by militant drums (a la Destiny’s Child, Lose My Breath) the song blossoms into a euphoric chorus. “Don’t you worry about a thing my sister, we’re all waiting for a change” she sings, clearly playing Michael Jackson in Heal The World. 

Hey Hey is due on 23 September.

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Kimbra previews ‘The Golden Echo’ with ‘Nobody But You’ and ‘Love in High Places’

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Following the experimental, ‘90s Music, Kimbra has released two more tracks off The Golden Echo, Love In High Places and Nobody But You. Both are sultry soul numbers that don’t have less of the oddities of ‘90s Music and more of the sound that we heard on Vows. Love in High Places has a distinct Dirty Projectors vibe to it while Nobody But You is throwback RnB, with Kimbra swimming fleetingly through her vocal range. We’ll get to hear The Golden Echo in the middle of August as was revealed in her Twitter Q&A.

Nobody But You:

Love In High Places:

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Stream Shamir’s Debut EP

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Las-Vegas artist Shamir impressed with his first two singles, If It Wasn’t True and I Know It’s A Good Thing and now he’s set to groove you right down to the ground with his debut EP. The Northtown EP features five cuts that incorporate everything from deep-house to disco and motown soul. His voice has an androgynous quality that is both intriguing and captivating. His acoustic cover of Lindi Ortega’s Lived and Died Alone is the best proof of this. Heighty vocals and a stellar falsetto carry the EP home with class.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/godmodeinternet/sets/shamir-northtown-godmode[/soundcloud]

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New London artist, BARLI reveals her debut track ‘Pebbles’

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There’s so little you can do on a rainy Winters day that doesn’t include weeping/eating Oreos. Luckily, there’s another activity to add to that list- listen to the new track by London-artist BARLI. At this point BARLI is rather anonymous. A search for her debut song Pebbles reveals little else than Bali inspired-pebbles. And unless you’re thinking of paving your pool, that is of little need to anybody. The Tom Epoch-produced track, Pebbles, on the other hand is of a lot of use. It’s dark and minimal, moved along simply by an affecting 808. Her voice doesn’t strain throughout rather preferring to remain in a spectrum covered by the likes of Jessie Ware and BANKS. An EP is reportedly on the way.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/premiere-barli-pebbles[/soundcloud]

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First Impressions 10 June

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Here are six songs that we kept in our company over the long weekend. While some were pleasant, others came armed with expletives and harsh beats. We reviewed them at the end of the weekend, taking particular note of their willingness to please the ears and their likeness to snozberries.

AG Cook- Beautiful

Sam: PC Music just sounds so futuristic and inhuman that it’s hard to attach yourself with. I think I’ve finally come around to it. Beautiful is so kitsch yet so melodic and lolly-like. It’s something new and I’m loving it. 4

Hannah: This is what happens when some seriously great production goes full throttle towards those shimmery, euphoric, highs we came to know and love during the happy house wave. It really hits its stride around the 1:20 mark, and from there on in it’s all rainbow coloured streets and snozberries that ACTUALLY taste like snozberries. #PLUR 3.5

Bianca:

 2.5

Lizzie: I feel like I just stepped out of an episode of Rugrats. When the song thickens at 1:20 seconds, it’s really hard not to bounce along. However, I’m still not sold on the whole Hello Kitty sound – its a very very new sound to my ears. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/beautiful[/soundcloud]

Caribou- Can’t Do Without You

Sam: I’m still not really over Odessa so it’s hard to accept that something new has come along. In saying that Can’t Do Without You is a grower and that climax at the end is well worth the wait. The vocal sample is also a total winner too. 4

Hannah: This is what I like to call a ninja song. See, you think you’ve heard all there is to hear and then all of a sudden some new crystalline layer creeps in so perfectly you begin to wonder if it wasn’t there all along. The climax is epic. The fade out is insane. The vocal sample is too too smooth. Caribou I’m glad you’re back. Ninja’d. Hannah’s pick

Bianca: I was so ready for another Odessa-style poppy track from Dan Snaith but certainly was not disappointed in its more relaxed successor. Can’t Do Without You is a slow-burner with a satisfying climax, topped off by a lovely vocal surprise at the end. Snaith’s Album Our Love is due out in three long months’ time so I guess I’ll just have to listen to this on repeat until then. 4 Bianca’s pick

Lizzie: Please excuse me while I just go eargasm. The climax of this song is unnervingly good. I’m left a little hot and flustered. 4 Lizzie’s pick

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you[/soundcloud]

Drake- O to 100

Sam: Drake says it best when he raps “Fuck being on that chill shit”. He’s become a bit melancholic lately and it’s good to hear him rapping hell for leather again. And then he flips to The Catch Up and we get lush synths and a melodic Drake that proves he can swap between the two effortlessly. Kanye and Future are really the only other two rappers that can do that. 3.5

Hannah: Drake, I’mma let you finish but, James fucking Blake. 3.5

Bianca: Something, something n***a. Something, something bitches. Hold up, James Blake? This song really went from 0-100 real quick. Real fucking quick. 4

Lizzie: Could not stand to listen past the first 30 seconds of this track, but I obliged. I should probably get some medal or something. This song is painful. 1

SBTRKT- Temporary View

Sam: I do like this but my problem lies with the fact that it’s just so similar to his debut. It’s three years on and yet we’re back to Sampha and a wash of synths and sporadic beats. It’s a formula that works but one I’m going to soon tire of. 3

Hannah: SBTRKT really pushed some boundaries with this one… 3

Bianca: It’s a harmless, glittery number that doesn’t really go anywhere. 2.5

Lizzie: The synth sounds like its have a seizure in the background. Completely missed the mark. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sbtrkt/sbtrkt-temporary-view-ft-sampha[/soundcloud]

Fishing- Your Mouth

Sam: Well this is a bit of fun isn’t it? It’s full of tropical keys and a nice leaping beats. It’s really quite cruel to drop this in the midst of winter. It’s quite different to any Australian music right now. That’s refreshing to hear. 3

Hannah: Fishing have been on my “Welll… if there’s no one else playing at this time,” festival list for a good 3 years now. If I ever do get to see them, I will be suitably clad in an hawaiian-shirt and drinking from a pineapple. 2.5

Bianca: There’s a little bit too much going on for me to fully sink into this song. 2.5

Lizzie: Just another song to add to the “Made in Chelsea” soundtrack. Upbeat and a little smarmy but nothing to rave home about. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fishing/your-mouth[/soundcloud]

Starchild- All My Lovers

Sam: Blood Orange and Solange have done such a good thing re-designing this sleek, brand of NYC RnB. Starchild hangs in that click and it shows. All My Lovers is all about subtlety. It grows ever so slowly, he sings like a male-Aaliyah and there’s this smoke-machine like haze that runs through it. I’m so excited by Starchild. Quite frankly, this is the most promising debut I’ve heard all year. 5 Sam’s Pick

Hannah: I just can’t get on board with this one. It’s too slow and too derivative and just doesn’t hold its own against all other producers with a similar sound floating around at the moment. 2.5

Bianca: Saving this one for a purple rainy day. 3

Lizzie: Toured with Solange, collaborated with Blood Orange – what could go wrong with this artist? For all its beauty (damn there is a lot of talent within this 19 year old), I struggle to digest a song this slow. It’s just sooooooo slow. 3

Sam: You’re all crazy.

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La Roux releases another new song, ‘Tropical Chancer’

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At this rate we’re going to have the whole new La Roux album, Trouble In Paradise, before its release date. Tropical Chancer, is the third track to be unleashed from the album in as many weeks. It finds itself somewhere between Let Me Down Gently and Uptight Downtown. It has the paradiso stylings of Let Me Down Gently, while its got the upbeat groove of Uptight Downtown. Trouble In Paradise arrives in Australia on 4 July.

Listen to the premiere over at Pitchfork.

Watch her perform Let Me Down Gently at the Governors Ball in NYC over the weekend:

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