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Olympic Ayres drop single ‘Say My Name’ ahead of EP launch and national tour

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No, it’s not a cover of Destiny’s Child. It is, however, the third single from Olympic Ayres’ debut EP, Leisureplex. This dreamy synth-pop number has a more funk-induced electronica focus than their earlier numbers and it seems to be working in their favour. Those in Brisbane can expect to see the duo and hear their lush beats at this year’s upcoming BIGSOUND Conference. Those elsewhere will have to wait for their tour in October.

Leisureplex is due for release in Australia on September 18th

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/olympicayres/say-my-name[/soundcloud]

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Your September Music on a $30 Budget

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Here at the interns we’ve made it our on-going mission to spam your Facebook feed with as much free new music as possible. And, as far as spam artists go, we feel we’ve been doing a pretty good job at it. Agreed? No matter how good the track though, there is only a limited amount of gratification to be gained from a cheeky soundcloud link or vimeo clip even when it’s dropped right at your feet in a neat little CMYK package a la the interns. So, in order not to be threatened with that ever-looming “unfollow” button Facebook so kindly installed, we’ve upped the stakes and will now be bringing you a monthly gig guide with a twist so you and hear and see new music. This month’s challenge? Music and feed for under $30. Goooo!

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What: Clap Clap Riot

When: September 6th

Where: FBi Social Club, Sydney

Cost: $10

Budget Cuts: New Zealand four-piece Clap Clap Riot, are coming to Australia for the first time and are doing it on the cheap so you can too. Fresh from the release of their latest single All About The Weather, a trackfilled with surf-rock charm and catchy hooks, the modest price tag attached to this rock outfit will ensure you get gig and grub all for under $30. Hint, make a beeline for New York Pizza.

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What: [album release] Banks’ Goddess

When: September 9th

Where: An iTunes Store near you

Cost: However much albums cost these days

Budget Cuts: Banks is an all round intern fave so we highly recommend loading up that iTunes account and supporting this LA songstress the legal way. With singles like Goddess, Drowning and Beggin’ for Thread already released, we’re sure the album is going to be a killer. Treat yourself to a quality bottle of red and go all Bridget Jones’ Diary on it as you belt your lungs out to ballad after ballad after ballad.

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What: Kanye West Yeezus Tour

When and Where:

Fri 5 Sep, Perth Arena, WA

Sun 7 Sep, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA

Tue 9 & Wed 10 Sep, Rod Laver Arena, VIC

Tue 12 & Wed 13 Sep, Qantas Credit Union Arena, NSW

Mon 15 Sep, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Cost: $99 – $149

Budget Cuts: Short of sneaking in, or milking your ex-girlfriend’s sister’s best friend who happens to be security on the door or knows somebody who might know somebody who might be able to get you backstage passes for a small fee paid in dignity and poor decision (good luck), this is a major budget blow out. Our suggestion? Reinvest that $30 in a bottle of tequila or two and watch all Youtube footage of Kanye, having a shot each time he refers to himself as a Black Jesus in one form or another or, for the more seasoned drinker, calls out the fashion industry for excluding him and his creative potential-come-genius. On second thoughts, better make that 3 bottles and a pack of Berocca for the next morning.

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What: Spookyland + Guests

When: September 19th

Where: GoodGod, Sydney

Cost: $13

Budget Cuts: At only $13 a ticket, make sure you shuffle on over to BBQ City for some post gig Bibimbap or share a jug of GoodGod’s Kool Aid with mates. Refreshing AND nostalgic mmmm.

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What: Miami Horror

When and Where: 

16th Sep,The Telstra Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival

18th Sep, Zierholz, Canberra

19th Sep, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

20th Sep, Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour

25th Sep, Fowler’s Live, Adelaide

September 26th Sep, 170 Russel St, Melbourne

27th Sep, Read Earth Arts Festival, Karratha

28th Sep, The Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Cost: Miami Horror’s Wild Motion Tour comes in just under budget at a neat $25 plus $3.70 booking fee. Head over to Moshtix to grab a ticket before they sell out.

Budget Cuts: None. In fact, if you raid your parents liquor cabinet in an effort to “pre-game,” convince said parents to give you a lift to the venue, and secure a spot on Sydney’s Circus on Wheels otherwise known as a night rider, you’ve even got a spare $1.30 to pick up a Mc-Anything really to calm those midnight munchies.

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What: Listen Out Festival

When and Where: September 28th

Sat 27 Sep, Centennial Park, Sydney

Sun 28 Sep, Ozone Reserve, Perth

Saturday 4 Oct, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Sunday 5 Oct, The Avenues & Expo Place, Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Cost: Admittedly the $130 price tag attached to this puppy doesn’t quite meet the budget but, resourceful as we are, we’re not going to let a little thing like a $100 blow out stand in our way of experiencing the sweet sounds of Four Tet, Shlohmo, Ta-Ku reign out across Sydney’s Centennial Parklands.

Budget Cuts: There are a couple of options here. Short of jumping the fence with that $30 firmly tucked in your back pocket for drinks’ sake, you could gather 5 friends, each contribute your $30 to sponsor a single person to go and enjoy the day on your behalf with a $20 surplus for 1 all-class-all-the-time Redbull vodka. Strap a GoPro to their chest and it’ll be exactly like you were there, peering over muscly backs in attempt to see just who’s remixing Flume for the umpteenth time that day. Hint, it’s probably Chet Faker. Alternatively, find yourself a nice pub at the top of Oxford St, grab a glass of the house red and that $10 meal deal and listen out for the bass. Who needs rhythm or melody anyway, right?

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The next Australian artists to make it overseas

 

aussieartistsYou only have to look at the overseas festival circuit to know that Australia is a musical hotspot. Glastonbury, Coachella, Primavera, Roskilde and more have seen Flume, The Preatures, Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett and Anna Lunoe grace the stage to hundreds of thousands of people this year, showing that Australia is no longer the isolated scene that it used to be.

Many of these artists came from humble beginnings. Courtney Barnett started out as a Triple J Unearthed artists and was still working at a pub in Melbourne only a year ago. Anna Lunoe rose up the Australian club scene ranks with party contingent, HOOPS, with Nina Las Vegas and Bad Ezzy. And Flume, do we really need to go there? Within the blink of an eye, he’d gone from shy schoolboy to friend of Skrillex.

It was only two years ago that Gotye stormed the charts with Somebody That I Used To Know and shined a spotlight on Australia. From there, Tame Impala have become NME and Pitchfork favourites, Noel Gallagher has called Jagwar Ma the “future of the galaxy” and, dare I say, 5 Seconds of Summer have had the highest selling debut in the US of any Australian act.

At the end of 2012, NME called the Australian scene, “easily the most exciting in the world”, but two years later are we still? Below are six artists that we believe are the next to be snatched from this barren land and thrown into obscurity overseas.

Tkay Maidza

This 19 year old firecracker needs little introduction. We’ve already lauded her over a number of times on the interns and we’re not about to stop. Following her explosive single, Brontosaurus, she’s captivated festival audiences with her pop-crossover raps which place her somewhere between Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks with more cool and less tantrum tendencies. Her latest track Uh-Huh is an expertly crafted pop tune with a sheen that beats just about everything at commercial radio right now. Unlike most hip-hop coming out of Australia she is accent-neutral and clearly understands the genres that are shining through internationally at the moment.

What they’re saying overseas:  “Well it’s Friday so let’s crown a SONG OF THE WEEK. It’s Tkay Maidza’s ‘U-Huh’” Popjustice

Collarbones

The duo of Marcus Whale and Travis Cook have been chipping away at it for a while but we feel they’re on the edge of their international break. They’ve been championing the RnB revival far before it was in vogue and their last album Die Young, is by any standards, superb. They’re currently gearing up for the release of their next album, Return, and are embracing a more outright melodic pop sound as demonstrated by the first single, Turning. It’s likely to make them more approachable for an international audience clamoring for anything that sounds remotely like the early 2000s. Last year, The Guardian called them one of ‘The best Australian bands you’ve never heard of’.

What they’re saving overseas: “together they make some rather fine electronica-inflected R&B.” The Guardian

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TIAAN

Tiaan was born in Australia but she’s currently residing in LA so she’s already halfway there but it looks like this year may be the year she breaks out. If that is the case, we will, of course, hurry her back to the country for a victory run. We don’t know a whole lot about her apart from the fact that she’s just released two slices of effortless RnB in the way of, Clean and Devil’s Touch. The standout is the latter which combines the restraint of Jessie Ware with the sensuality of RnB contemporaries like Tinashe and Kelela. Its chorus slowly creeps up to you and then works away at your ears with a subtle but addictive melody. There’s a lot of people trying to emulate this sound right now and TIAAN nails it.

What they’re saying overseas: “a super-smart, smartly sparse electronic R&B ‘jam’ that only a colossal idiot could fail to find completely beautiful.” Popjustice

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/tiaan-official/devils-touch[/soundcloud]

D.D. Dumbo

This central Victorian native has already been making some serious headway overseas this year, but his takeover should be even more extensive once he releases some music. His last release was his self-titled debut EP, released in 2013, which was built upon crunching guitar riffs and industrial percussion. The standout of that was, Tropical Oceans which centred around his heavenly vocal riff. Since that release he’s played SXSW, impressing NME and NPR and he’s signed to 4AD Records which is home to artists like Bon Iver and St. Vincent. He’s set to take on Australia’s version of SXSW, BIGSOUND, next month to further spread his influence.

What they’re saying overseas: “Mystery seems to swirl around D.D. Dumbo…it’s hard to nail down his influences.” NPR

George Maple

We’re going out on a limb with this one given that Maple hasn’t released any formal solo material since last year’s seductive, Fixed but that was enough for us to know Maple is something special. She’s currently living over in London with her heart clearly set on overseas success. Many may not know it but she’s already been casting her spell over an Australian audience with her features on tracks by Flume and Goldroom in the past year. She can be distinguished by smokey low-register and the ability to reach giddy heights when she draws her notes out. Just last week she was back in the country touring with Little Dragon as her first official gig since signing with Future Classic. Given Future Classic have had a hand in crafting the careers of Jagwar Ma and Flume, we think she’s in safe hands.

What they’re saying overseas? ““Fixed”, is an earworm that emphasizes Maple’s tender, warm register.” Pitchfork

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/george-maple/george-maple-fixed[/soundcloud]

Japanese Wallpaper

At the tender age of 17 Gab Strum, aka. Japanese Wallpaper has already made a few fans. His track, Breathe In, was chosen to feature in Zach Braff’s film Wish I Was Here alongside tracks by Bon Iver and Cat Power and he’s also been chosen as the winner of Triple J’s Unearthed High. His tracks are atmospheric, lush creations that are comfortable by lulling at a low tempo. Breathe In which features Brisbane vocalist, WAFIA, is an inspiring production. It twinkles with bedroom keys in the middle section and floats into dense instrumentation in the latter part. For a young producer, he has an impressive confidence that allows him to play things at his own pace and in the meantime mesmerize thousands. That kind of charm is likeable far beyond just Australia.

What they’re saying overseas? “There’s something oddly warming in his sound which has managed to grab a good number of ears.” Earmilk

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/japanesewallpaper/breathe-in-ft-wafia[/soundcloud]

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SOPHIE & A.G. Cook team up for ‘Hey QT’

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British producer SOPHIE had us all either completely confused or pining for more sugary sweet goodness after releasing previous singles, Lemonade and Hard. Meanwhile, A.G.Cook had us asking ‘What the f**k is PC Music?‘ with comparisons to Dance Dance Revolution, Nintendo, Korea and Siri being thrown around. 

Now, the two have joined forces to create Hey QT and the combined result seems to make so much sense. Bubbling with energy and the signature inhuman vocals, the track is shameless, addictive fun that’s sure to get even the most PC Music-confused people moving.

While it’s claimed that ‘QT’ is the girl in the above picture, the true identity of ‘her’ remains a mystery with the following released statement not shedding any more light on the enigma:

So what, or who, is QT? She’s a sparkling future pop sensation – albeit one who is set to warp and stretch the notion of what a pop star actually is. It’s a drink, or more precisely a brand new Energy Elixir (“where organic and synthetic meet to stimulate an uplifting club sensation”). And it’s a song, a moment – “Hey QT” – which sees these two producers pushing their sound to its very extreme and creating a future anthem in the process.” 

Described as “a sparkling future pop sensation” by SOPHIE and A.G.Cook themselves, whatever ‘QT’ may be, is sure to be sure making waves on the dancefloor in due time.

Listen to Hey QT below but we recommend you experience the full QT ‘Elixir’ experience here.

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Ryan Hemsworth & Tomggg drop ‘Cream Soda’

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A bit of fun for your Wednesday morning, served up in the form of the sugary sweet Cream Soda. Along with dropping the news of three Japan tour dates, Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has further proved Japan’s influence on Western Electronica by releasing his latest collaboration with Japanese producer Tomggg. With the character of an 8-bit video game, the bubbly track features effervescent instrumentals and chirpy sound samples with the backing marching drum being the perfect cherry on top of the Cream Soda. 

The duo’s latest track is available for a free download from Soundcloud.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ryanhemsworth/cream-soda-with-tomggg[/soundcloud]

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Hear Abhi//Dijon’s brooding RnB EP

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It seems inevitable that eventually the RnB revival will become over-crowded but while there is still new music this good trickling out, the more the merrier. The latest finessed RnB EP comes courtesy of producer/singer duo Abhi//Dijon. The two sound like a toned-down version of Jeremih and Shlohmo with atmospheric beats and a voice that’s whispy yet still stands above the instrumentation. The self-titled, four-track EP is a tight collection of mid-tempos that rarely raises the heartbeat but often weakens the knees. The highlight is Distant Love, a pulsating track softened by warming keys.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/abhidijon/sets/abhi-dijon-ep[/soundcloud]

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Airling releases new single, ‘Wasted Pilots’

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Certainly not my first choice of who should fly my plane, Wasted Pilots instead has been the perfect antidote to this dreary Tuesday afternoon. Airling‘s ethereal voice reigns supreme atop washes of heavenly synths, lush electronics and fluttering percussion. This is the second single from the Brisbane-based artist’s upcoming EP, Love Gracefully, and it’s certainly a sign of exciting things to come. Airling is performing at this year’s BIGSOUND as well as touring Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in October.

Love Gracefully EP is due for release September 19th

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pieater/airling-wasted-pilots-love-gracefully-ep-2014[/soundcloud]

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Rusty the dog reviews Rustie’s album, ‘Green Language’

RustieRustie‘s latest album, Green Language, is, as expected, an amalgamation of sound. Never forgiving, it’s a wild world through hip-hop and techno stylings. He’s created an 8-bit video-game world from bouncing, strobing and glitchy synths alongside tempos that spiral out of control. At time it’s beautiful, at times it’s anarchic but it’s always interesting and boundary-pushing. To review the album we pulled in a canine fan of Rustie, also conveniently named Rusty and let him react to the plethora of weird and wonderful sounds that Green Language has to offer.

1. Workship

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This sprawling, atmospheric beginning is barely enough to pique Rusty’s interests, but the ears are ready and he seems to feel the impending doom that is to come.

2. A Glimpse

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This is the first time on the album we get a hard delivery of bass. That coupled with twinkling synths and big cannons of sound have Rusty up and ready to hear what the Scottish producer will deliver next.

3. Raptor

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That next song is Raptor, the first single which offers up manic, strobing synths and a beat that shoots straight to the chest. Just like Rustie has become known for, this track is an onslaught of sound, borrowing trap-influences for a little variation. Rusty’s bored demeanour show that he too feels that Rustie has given us a bit of the same here.

4. Paradise Stone

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Now we’re talking. Those tropical synths have Rusty feeling playful. He’s been able to recline, pop the ear up and relax taking in this warm, mellow instrumental.

5. Up Down [ft. D Double E]

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This is the first time we get to hear vocals on the album and Rusty is obliging with the direction nodding his head up and down. As a hip-hop track, it’s flavoursome, dense and rhythmic while it also works well as dance track, if you have two feet firmly planted and the knees bent.

6. Attak [ft. Danny Brown]

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As soon as that opening alarm sounds Rusty is ready to go hard. He’s off the chair for the first time and running around the room like Danny Brown in the video. It’s the most anarchic moment of the album with Brown barely pausing for a breath and as such, it’s impossible not to notice. A perfect centrepiece for an album by a producer who’s never been soft.

7. Tempest

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Once again Rustie follows-up a pacing track with a slower, dazzler. After the heart-raiser that was Attak, Rusty is more than happy to return to his throne and gaze out the window. Surely the world is turning into a video-game for him inspired by the 8-bit feel of this track.

8. He Hate Me [ft. Gorgeous Children]

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This is the most outright hip-hop moment on the album. A cascading beat is basically the only thing backing up Gorgeous Children, on the sparse, He Hate Me. Rusty seems to have developed a penchant for Rustie’s dance-heavy side and sees this track as an opportunity to sleep.

9. Velcro

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The abrasive synths are back and Rusty is interrupted from his slumber. The song grows into gun-shot beats and perhaps, one of the grooviest bass-lines yet. Rusty cowers in his chair before realising this song is best digested standing up.

10. Lost [ft. Redinho]

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Vocal manipulation pops up for the first time on Lost and it’s a sound that barely registers for Rusty. Instead he gets lost in the leopard print throw he’s made his own. Nothing to see here.

11. Dream On

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This track is built upon a hazy, dreamscape and future RnB vocals that bring the tempo right down for a rare moment. Rusty has decided to take a kip but his ears are twitching every so often. This one’s a sleeper, but it’s probably best listened to in a slight daydream. Melodically, it slides over you like velvet.

12. Let’s Spiral

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Probably realising we’re close to the end of the album, Rusty has decided to enjoy this one on his feet. The triumphant, strobing synths are joined by loud clashes and it’s got Rusty doing a spiral of his own.

13. Green Language

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It’s a pleasant fade out, that allows the album to twinkle away. As has Rusty who has left his throne to grab some water and leave work for the day.

 

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First Impressions: Taylor Swift, The Drums, Les Sins + more

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on first (or second) listen. Each week we each review six new songs from the week passed, each giving them a score out of five and awarding one our pick of the week.

Taylor Swift- Shake It Off

Hannah: I was a little M.I.A when this song dropped last week and promptly broke the twittersphere. While I knew that  Earl Sweatshirt put his always relevant 2 cents in and called out a pancake-assed Tay Tay for being “inherently offensive” in her efforts to “exacerbate racial stereotypes,” and I caught glimpses of the video as it made its way around every morning show in this galaxy and the next, I’ve somehow managed to avoid listening to it until now. While I may be a little late to the party, this is a tongue-in-cheek “fuck you” like only Tay Tay could deliver and quite frankly, closet Swift fan I am, I love it. While the message is overt (shake it off was it?), her latest release heralds, in a much more subtle manner, a mature departure from her previous album. The beat is up, the brass is in and the octave a little less squeaky-girl-next-door and a little more I-might-surprise-you-yet. Yeah Taylor! 3.6

Sam: Unlike Hannah, I’m not a Tay Tay fan. Until now, I’ve found her to be alarmingly self-obsessed and overwhelmingly whiney. This, however, is a massive win. She’s not afraid to be dorky or 100% pop and the result of that is she comes off as a far more likeable artist. Max Martin’s inclusion of brass is perfect and the rap, as ridiculous as it is, is perfect. 4

Bianca: I have been in two minds about this little ditty all week. On one hand, this is a pop ballad that is catchy and purposefully kitschy in every single way; it stands as an expert transition from country to pop. However, it is for those same reasons that every fiber of my being is telling me to dislike it: the cheesy lyrics, Tay Tay’s attempts at acting ‘dorky’ in the video, the tired joke of impersonating other musicians, the spoken word/rap…I’m going to have to go ahead with the latter. In short, all aspects of why I object to it outlined here (in a blog aimed at promoting the exact opposite).

Lizzie: This is not the first time I have heard Shake it off, admittedly. Every single ounce of me wants to not like it, not dance to it and not have it stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Alas, this is exactly what happened and this will continue to happen. Well played Taylor, you got me this time! 4

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Caribou- Our Love

Hannah: This is yet another example of Caribou’s flawless production. A bass heavy gurgle pulsing endlessly beneath a tapestry of vocal samples that expertly crescendo to a place of synth, snare, strings, rockets, 3am and deep house. I love a slow burn and Caribou’s restraint here delivers exactly that. 4 Hannah’s Pick

Sam: This is very much in the same vein as Can’t Do Without You in terms of song structure. Thankfully I was a huge fan of Can’t Do Without You and I am of this one too. Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the latter parts of the song. The bassline melts my ears and the beat injects some much-needed energy into it. 3.5

Bianca: Caribou has once again perfected the art of delicacy. Gently placing subtle layer upon layer of heavenly vocals, defiant drum kicks, string synths and dat throbbing bassline, if completing a Buzzfeed ‘Which French dessert are you?’ quiz, Our Love would be a mille-feuille. 4 Bianca’s Pick 

Lizzie: It’s just so gloriously minimal. Caribou does not have to try hard to produce a track that you instantly fall in love with. The start goes against every EDM banging bone in my body and I’m happy to admit it. Then violins just sneak up on you and tickle your ears – and when you think it’s almost over, 3 mins 22 hits and you are up and at it again. 4

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

Shannon Saunders- Sheets

Hannah: Sheets is a melting pot for everything good that’s happening at the collision of pop and electronic music right now. To that avail, it’s a good song but not a great song. It shows Saunders has a great ear for a great sound but hasn’t quite found her sound. When she does, I’m sure it’ll be killer but for now it’s just a little done. 3

Sam: I always love a healthy slice of understated electro-pop which probably explains my feelings towards this song. Saunders doesn’t need to exaggerate vocally in Sheets, rather letting the delectable melody hook you in. I feel like she’s a mini- Ellie Goulding in the making. 3

Bianca: Doughy, cooing female voices have never really sat well with me but in this case, Saunders’ has been diffused well into the synths and bassline which pleasantly prevent this track from verging into dangerous pop territory. 2.5

Lizzie: Right off the bat, you are drawn into her unique girly sound. Then the backbeat comes in as a beautiful compliment. It is exactly the pop song I feel like listening to right now. 4 Lizzie’s Pick

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

Run The Jewels- Blockbuster Night P.1

Hannah: Did he just rhyme oodles with noodles? I’m out. 2

Sam: Run The Jewels’ debut cut through in all the right places with aggressive raps and organic yet affecting beats and the same happens here. It feels removed from the current hip-hop climate ditching pop hooks and electronic stylings for something that just goes hard. It’s only a short one but it’s long enough to know that RTJ2 is going to be fierce. 4

Bianca: The grungey guitar, heavy lyrics, and general bloated sound of this track are of a nature that usually would not gel with me. But I’m feeling a bit badass tonight so I’mma just go ahead and leave a 3.5 right here while I go do some badass shit like not wait for my English Breakfast tea bag to infuse for the recommended 3-5 minutes.

Lizzie: I just feel angry after this song. My muscles are tightening and my face is getting wrinkled. Where’s my punching bag!? 2.5

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The Drums- I Can’t Pretend

Hannah: This is light and dreamy and some serious road trip music, but I’m over the whole wasted youth sound and the latest offering from The Drums falls irrevocably into that category. Cheer up. 2

Sam: I liked Magic Mountain when I first heard it but it’s since escaped my mind. Of course, this is once again a First Impression of the song but I have a feeling its fate might be different. I do agree with Hannah regarding the wasted youth sound but I’ve always felt The Drums pushed the envelope a little further. They are a band who have always been very aware of the aesthetic they want to give off and as such never sound lazy. I Can’t Pretend revels in woozy vocals and reverb-soaked instruments and is hopefully a good sign of what is to come on Encyclopedia. 3.5

Bianca: The Drums have personally always treaded on that fine line between being pleasantly whimsical and being tediously whiney; there’s only so much reflection and melancholy I can handle. In I Can’t Pretend, while still staying true to their signature nostalgia, they’ve also experimented into more assertive territory with electric glitches and jangly guitars. Let’s hope their Encyclopedia continues along this focus. 3.5

Lizzie: This just screams youth and summertime nostalgia. I feel like packing my bags and heading down the coast for a mid-week escape. That, or just locking myself away and watching the entire OC box set again. 3

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Les Sins- Bother

Hannah: If Taylor’s appearance in this weeks First Impressions’ is a ‘fuck you,’ then this is Budnick’s ‘fuck off.’ With an album out on November 4th under Les Sins and Toro y Moi continuing to pump out tracks, “don’t bother me, I’m working” is right! This is a house beat with just the right about of hip-hop influence running alongside an infectious vocal sample. While I’m not entirely sold on the detour via the frilly electronic explosion featured on the second half of the track, I’m excited for the rest of the album to drop 3

Sam: This is the track I’ve come back to time and time again this week. It’s a tune for those pumping it through the work day and sweating it out on the dancefloor and perfectly caters to day and nighttime crowds. I’d place myself in the latter category and can happily say this one would make me work for my next drink. The beat pumps the blood, the vocal-sample creates the groove and the final minute is a hands-in-the-air triumph. Damn, damn, damn, I love this. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

Bianca: Don’t bother me, I’m twerkin’. 3.5 
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Lizzie: This is a snazzy little jam isn’t it? It really has that I don’t give a fuck vibe, the samples in the background however, are terribly distracting. The close is a psychedelic surprise, an interesting end to an even more interesting song – nothing makes sense, but together it all kinda works. It’s weird how it all comes together nicely. 3.5

[embed width=”750″ height=”415″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyScqu7jEMc[/embed]
sundaysmorgasbord

Sunday Smorgasbord #1

sundaysmorgasbord

Sunday Smorgasbord is an interns curated playlist of new RnB and electronica built for hangovers, house-hangs and roasts.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/sunday-smorgasbord[/soundcloud]

saturdaymix2

the interns’ Saturday mix #6

saturdaymix2 It’s that time of the week again. You guessed it, it’s Saturday! And what better way to celebrate than with the delivery of our newest bundle of joy, the intern’s 6th Saturday Mix. Make sure your iPod is charged, your glass is full and you’ve kicked your parents out of the house for the weekend because Saturday’s don’t come around that often…

Diplo – Random White Dude: Music to make you sweat

If you have ever seen Major Lazer live, then you would understand. Before you can even yell “Diplo!” you find that you have your shirt off, waving it around in the air and you have sweated out more than most marathon runners would in a lifetime. It’s time to turn the heat up, cause things are about to get a little down and dirty and you have no choice in the matter. F&*k Winter. [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/diplo/diplo-random-white-dude-be-on-kiis-fm-mix#t=0:00[/soundcloud]

Luen – August Mixtape: Music for the ladie$

When was the last time you heard Khia’s My Neck, My Back? What about Eve’s Let Me Blow Ya Mind? Luen has set you up with a plethora of female-led tracks you have come to know and love, but with her own signature chiller vibe. While the oestrogen may be flowing, boys don’t back down, this Sydney up-and-comer mixes an hour of recognisable hits which you will enjoy as well, I’m sure. [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/luenmusic/mixtape-4-the-ladies[/soundcloud]

Broncho: Music to give you all the feels

Think Love Song Dedications, but on steroids. This is sure to fill that gaping hole in your love life, or at least give you the warm and fuzzies. Time to grab your lover, partner or teddy bear and cosy up to an hour of feelings, and some sweet classics. [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/broncho-music-to-garden-to[/soundcloud]

Milo and Otis – TomorrowWorld: Music to annoy the neighbours

So you have shitty neighbours who steal your car parking spot, they have a crying one year old baby, or they feel the need to dob you into the cops every Saturday night. Well it’s pay back time. You are going to borrow your mates best sub-woofer, and engineer the best bass sound system you neighbourhood has ever seen. Turn it right up, cause it is time to unleash this mix….they ain’t going to be sleeping tonight.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tomorrowworld/tomorrowworld-artists-of-tomorrow-volume-002-milo-otis[/soundcloud]

John Barera – FACT Mix 456: Music to own the side walk

Today is a good day. No wait, today is a great day. And what do you do on great days? You strut. You just skip about town, with a grin the size of a small country and strut that oozes confidence. No one is going to get you down, and this mix is sure to amp up your contentedness with life, and quite possibly elongate your strides!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/factmag/fact-mix-456-john-barera-aug-14/s-8ed1k[/soundcloud]

Jessie-Ware-Say-You-Love-Me

Shura remixes Jessie Ware’s ‘Say You Love Me’

Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me (Shura Remix)

This is the best delivery we could’ve hoped for on a Saturday. British artist Shura‘s who’s made quite an indent on this site with Touch and Just Once has remixed Jessie Ware’s most recent single, Say You Love MeWhile many applauded the original for its crossover appeal, others complained the track didn’t reach the heights of Tough Love. This remix should appeal to the latter, as Shura strips the track back and adds dark synths and mournful beats to take the song into a whole other place. Gone are the warm guitar plucks, instead we’re presented with a much more desolate version. It’s pretty spectacular.

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

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