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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

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/massappealrecs/rtj-blockbuster-night-part-1[/soundcloud]

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

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Sunday Smorgasbord #1

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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]

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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]

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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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5 Music TED talks you need to watch

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Founded in 1984, TED talks have inspired us, challenged our perceptions of the world, offered us advice, entertained us, held a mirror up to society, and opened our eyes to a new world of fun and possibility. Their catch phrase is “Ideas worth spreading,” and among other things, music can truly benefit from the words and fresh forward thinking of it’s industry leaders. Here five music-infused TED talks to stir your curiosity and tide the time over until 5:30 Friday knock off.

“How sampling transformed music”

Mark Ronson – Music producer and DJ

He has produced music for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lily Allen and Bruno Mars and in 2008 he won the Brit Award for Best Solo Artist. While it may seem like a lifetime ago since we have heard an album drop from British DJ, producer and all-round turntable whizz kid Mark Ronson, earlier this year (May to be exact), saw him grace the stage for his first ever TED talk. His topic choice? Sampling.

Why you should watch it?: Well, did you know Miley Cyrus‘ song We Can’t Stop is a sample of La Di Da Di, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit? Ronson’s effortlessly original 18minute speech shows a short, yet informative and entertaining look at how the sampling of music has evolved into, and influenced every corner of the modern music industry. Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. “It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward.” Just as smooth as he is with the decks, he sprinkles his performance with an unexpectedly cheeky sense of humour which is an added bonus.

“The Gloves”

Imogen Heap – Songwriter and composer

With five albums under her belt, the relentless experimenter Imogen Heap, has always been a fan of music electronica. Leaping onto the TED stage for the second time, in 2012, she serves up an all-inspiring, all-body, mesmerising feast for the senses. As a trained composer, multi-instrumentalist and uber talented singer, Heap playfully brings to life her passion for samples, technology and of course, her music.

Why you should watch it?: If you have a curiosity for the future of music, then this TED music talk is right up your alley. While we do not want to spoil all the fun for you, it can be said that technology and music together are capable of creating a unique and beautiful experience – and Imogen Heap truly has the music in her hands…

“Engineering a viral music video”

Adam Sadowsky – Videographer, entrepreneur and actor

Who is Adam Sadowsky? Well, everybody knows the OK Go video for Here it goes again – 52 million of you in fact. He is the genius behind that viral video and many more thereafter. Sadowsky is the president of Syyn Labs – a collective of talented people that bring aesthetics and engineering together to create really nifty interactive art. Basically this guy, is an ideas man. As emerging technologies and social media have changed the face of music forever, bands such as OK go have had to think outside the box, to get themselves noticed – using the internet and Youtube as their primary promotional tool.

Why should you watch it?: “Music, machines and life.” That’s how Adam sums it up. If you are a fan of getting that “behind the scenes” scoop on a video, or you are a self confessed music nerd, then you need to watch Adam Sadowsky. Even if you are not a big muso, you will appreciate the painstaking work, machinery and effort which goes behind these viral success stories.

“How I started to write songs again”

Sting – Singer/Songwriter

Sting is a legend amongst artists – well, that’s what my mother tells me. He’s sold over 100million albums and received 16 Grammys, but who knew that he has a terrible case of writers block? As an artist and a performer he continues to grow but also surprise, and this TED talk is no exception.

Why should you watch it?: You are hearing from the best, and although his style may not be about all about the head-banging, his story is genuine and insightful. He’s just like everyone else. In a lyrical, confessional talk, Sting also treats you to songs from his upcoming musical, and to an encore of “Message in a Bottle” – one for the oldies!

“Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking”

Megan Washington – Musician

Megan Washington is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters. She has won ARIA Awards in 2010 for “Best Female Artist” and “Breakthrough Artist” following the release of her album, I Believe You Liar. Prior to going solo, Washington played jazz piano with various acts and founded a band called Washington, borrowing her last name. The lyrics of Megan Washington’s songs have a beautiful, confessional tone: she sings about heartbreak, insecurity, rage, you name it. But there is one thing that Washington avoided sharing publicly before stepping on the stage of TEDxSydney 2014: that she has a stutter.

Why should you watch it?: Firstly, she’s an Aussie. Tick. Secondly, good on her. I had a speech impediment when I was younger and it sucks. Here’s a talk to make anyone shy or scared, leap out of the shadows.

And one more for good measure…

“Playing invisible turntables”

James “AudioPoet” Burchfield – Human beatbox

Why should you watch it?: Short but sweet. I don’t think this needs much of an explanation.

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The anatomy of Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’

Ariana Grande’s last album, Yours Truly, showed so much promise. The former Nickelodeon star emerged as a woman with stylish RnB undertones and a voice that harks back to Mariah Carey’s glory days. The problem with Yours Truly was that at times it felt a little old-fashioned and slipped into ballad territory too often. On album number two, My Everything, she’s rectified those problems.

Just looking at the production notes of the album is like reading a list of the biggest producers in pop right now. She’s pulled in Max Martin, Zedd, Benny Blanco, Darkchild and newbies like Cashmere Cat and Lido to deliver an album that sounds acutely aware of the current musical climax. First single, Problem, is one of the biggest pop songs of the years thanks to its genius brass hook and her second single Break Free is an EDM banger that showcases Grande’s voice expertly. Together the two tracks tell a tale of what is popular in the charts right now- RnB and dance-pop.

Every song on the album could easily make an indent on the chart but it doesn’t feel like My Everything has been made purely to please the masses. By pulling in rappers like A$AP Ferg and Childish Gambino, she’s embracing a whole new audience, usually snobby to popstars with this status. The album’s biggest risk is pulling in Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat but it pays off in droves. His track, Be My Baby, is an album highlight with Grande’s voice trilling at its giddy heights over a cascading beat.

Some of the most impressive moments come when she treads a careful line between dance-pop and RnB. Love Me Harder is built on a dense bed of synths and throbbing bass with Grande and guest vocalist, The Weeknd adding the soul. One Last Time is also an understated, bass-pumper with a chorus that never completely takes off with Grande choosing melody over vocal-belting. It’s a wise choice.

The album strays into ballad territory twice on the title track and on the Harry Styles-penned, Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart and they do very little for the record. Thankfully she follows up the latter with the bizarre, brass-sampling, Hands On Me, which helps things get interesting again. A$AP’s first venture into a pop-feature is a chest-puffed, obnoxious verse which suits the track perfectly.

My Everything is not perfect. At times the ballads get a little self-indulgent and it jumps around genres fervently but it’s a product of a music world where trends are constantly changing. By taking a bass of RnB and building on that, Grande has delivered an album that makes sense as a whole. The songs individually, however, are pearlers. Rarely does a track feel like a filler, rather sounding like she’s pulled out the big guns for every moment. In terms of the big sellers this year, My Everything would have to be one of the best. 7.5/10

See below as we further explore the anatomy of My Everything. 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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As if by magic, the working week is once again drawing to a close and we’ve been blessed with a whole bunch of new music. Nobody has time to sift through the gallons of crap music that comes through SoundCloud but we’ve decided to take some time out of learning the rap part of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off to deliver you the best this week. For convenience, we’ve put them below with a little bit of banter in case you fancy a bit of a read.

Les Sins- Brother

“Don’t bother me I’m working” is the hook that swirls around on the debut from Tory Y Moi’s dance projects, Les Sins. Working can mean many things. At a desk, on a construction site and of course, on the dancefloor. The latter is the most applicable to that one. Fuzzy synths and a four-to-the-floor beat command you to sweat it out and get to work. C’mon now, move that ass.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/company-record-label/lessinsbother[/soundcloud]

Taylor Swift- Shake It Off

Tay Tay caused quite a stir this week when she unleashed a new tune, video and details of a new album 1989. Shake It Off is the first single from that album which is sure to be a pop monster. It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t already heard that but in case you’re one of those people who are still sinking their teeth into Adele’s 21 we’ve attached the song below in a visual form. Go into the weekend, shaking off all the haters. Those miserable sods.

Read our for and against of the song here.

Ariana Grande- Be My Baby

Cashmere Cat lays down the beat at this one and the pair do and expert job. Be My Baby takes Ariana into explicit Mariah Carey territory as she trills at the heights of her vocal. There’s a lot of ‘90s nostalgia going on but aside from that there’s one hell of a hook here. It turns out the Norwegian producer has quite a penchant for pop and the meeting of these two kitty kats could well be the best thing to happen this year.

WAFIA- Let Me Love You

In another reminder that everybody thinks they’d be better off living in 2004 (obviously forgetting dial-up internet), Brisbane singer WAFIA has tugged at the memory-banks with this cover of Mario’s Let Me Love You. Produced by Future Classic newbie, Thrupence, the cover beautifully marries electronic stylings and RnB melody. WAFIA’s voice is smooth and dignified and surely this only spells great things to come from her.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/wafia/let-me-love-you[/soundcloud]

Grace Mitchell- Your Design

Firstly lets have a bitch about how this Portland singer is only 16. It’s utterly ridiculous and she should be focussing on her studies and personal development. On the other side of that, we’re mighty glad she’s decided to do this music thing because she’s damn good at it, as it turns out. Your Design sees Robyn’s grande, emotional-pop meet Lorde’s dark sensibilities with a huge chorus carried by Mitchell’s mature voice. Definitely a name to watch.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/your-design[/soundcloud]

Kelela and Le1f- OICU

With the amount of RnB that floods out of SoundCloud daily, we are at risk of getting over it very quickly. Lucky there are people like Kelela who consistently throws curveballs into the genre. OICU sees her duet with fellow-innovator Le1f, over a jittery P.Morris beat. Kelela’s Janet-esque vocal is the highlight but the whole thing is a confusing yet satisfying journey into future RnB.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kelelam/oicu[/soundcloud]

Caribou- Our Love

Five albums in and Dan Snaith (aka. Caribou) still has the love. Our Love is the title track off his forthcoming album and has him serving up some more mellow and warm electronica. The track ever-so-gradually reaches its beat-infused climax with his vocals jumping in every so often as if to tug at your heart. If his love sounds like this then he’s one of hell of a lover.

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

Charli XCX- Break The Rules

The lesson learnt from this week? Fuck everyone. First Taylor was shaking off the haters and now Charli XCX doesn’t wanna go to school cos she just wants to break the rules. After, I Love It, we’re all over Charli’s rebellious tendencies and it’s good to see her forget about being fancy and get a little bit dirty. Break The Rules is a bombastic pop songs that meets Swedish punk in a track that sounds far more believable than Tay Tay having real haterz.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/charlixcx/charli-xcx-break-the-rules[/soundcloud]

Jhene Aiko- Spotless Mind

On first listen of this you’ll probably fall asleep but Spotless Mind is not about immediacy. It’s the sort of track that gradually works its way into your psyche bringing its effortless peace with it. Everything we’ve heard so far off Aiko’s Souled Out has been classy, subtly melodic and soothing. It doesn’t feel like she’s forcing herself to create. Music comes naturally to her and our listening experience is all the more better off for it. Wow, that was deep.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/albsoon/jhene-aiko-spotless-mind[/soundcloud]

Cyril Hahn- Open (Feat. Ryan Ashley)

And to finish this audible journey we’ve been on together, here’s the new one by Canadian producer Cyril Hahn. This one just induces so many feels. Ashley’s tampered vocal sample sounds like a bottle of teardrops and cuts through beautifully above Hahn’s wave of unobtrusive synths. Poor a glass or two, start sipping down and by the end you’ll be swaying around the room like ain’t nobody watching. And there isn’t. Be free you spontaneous soul.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/cyrilhahn/open-ft-ryan-ashley[/soundcloud]

 

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Breakdown of Pitchfork’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade so far: An Infographic

So here’s the thing, people like lists. As in, people really like lists. People love lists. Chained to our computer for up to 8 hours a day, it’s almost inevitable some portion of that day, for which I may just remind you, you are demanding a salary for, will be spent scrolling, zombie-mode on, through list upon list upon list, quantifying and categorising everything from the day’s cutest cat imagery to American states ranked according to the size of their zucchini produce.

If nothing else, in a reality where Buzzfeed is not the savior but the surrender, we all indulge in a little list loving come three thirty; a difficult stage of the day for all nine to fivers, where eyes simply glaze over, and we begin to run our callous-tipped index finger down a silken mouse pad as if it were a lover withholding that final shiver. Come three thirty, we abandon responsibility and deadline in favour of scrolling like daft sloths through a list, well listing,15 Mezmerising GIFs That Will Distract You From Reality, or 10 Cronuts You Simply Must Try Before You Die…. at which point death is likely to occur from over-cronut-consumption.

It’s becoming increasingly hard to deny that as our interest in lists sky-rocket, there’s a concurrent decline in well, really giving a discerning fuck or two about what information they might impart. Cueee, Clickbait.

So, in a landscape where it takes mere miracle to shake us from our list stupor, there are only a few that really manage to catch our whole, wide-eyed attention. Anything to do with Forbes’ highest earners or Victoria’s Secret models is a good place to start. A close second however is Pitchfork’s recently released The 100 Best Albums of the Decade so Far. Offering up a trip down memory lane for the musically-inclined and a springboard for debate surrounding exclusions and oversights, Pitchfork’s king of lists is filled with nuanced commentary to testify for each album’s inclusion from a range of witty-come-cynical contributors.

Spanning 5 pages and 100 album titles however we understand it may appear an overwhelming charge for the less seasoned listers tackle so, in order to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to feign music credibility for the next couple of days, we’ve done the dirty work for you and created an all informative info-graph. Cliff notes Ahoy!

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Hear Ariana Grande’s Cashmere Cat-produced, ‘Be My Baby’

Looking at the tracklist of Ariana Grande‘s latest record, My Everything, there are a few curveballs. One of those is the inclusion of rapper A$AP Ferg, the other is the use of Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat‘s production. The latter, Be My Baby, has found its way onto the internet today and is a ’90s-inspired banger. Keeping very much with the style of Cashmere Cat, the track is trap-based but textured with throwback RnB stylings. Ariana Grande is the perfect songstress to take on the track, with her effortless vocals sounding unbelievable here.

Read our feature on how Ariana Grande won over the music world here. 

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Brisbane artist WAFIA covers Mario’s ‘Let Me Love You’

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And the fascination with early 2000s RnB continues. Brisbane artist WAFIA is gearing up to release her second EP soon and this cover of Mario’s 2004 hit ‘Let Me Love You’ is a taste of what to expect. If you think you recognise the vocal, you probably do. WAFIA featured on Japanese Wallpaper‘s Breathe In last year. On Let Me Love You Those breezy vocals sit perfectly alongside RnB meets electronica production courtesy of new Future Classic signee, ThrupenceThere’s no denying listening to this is an extremely nostalgic experience but this crisp interpretation brings it up to date.

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Bloc Party’s Kele drops ‘Doubt’ ahead of his sophomore solo album

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Bloc Party‘s frontman Kele has dropped the lead single, Doubt from his upcoming sophomore solo album. It’s more of a moody affair than what we saw in 2010’s The Boxer, with Kele evidently treading into the darker sphere of house music.  His voice shines, as usual; although this time over a dirty bass and pulsating synths which blend together to create the ultimate in broody house tracks.

Trick will be released on October 14th.

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Trick Tracklist:
1. First Impressions
2. Coasting
3. Doubt
4. Closer
5. Like We Used To
6. Humour Me
7. Year Zero
8. My Hotel Room
9. Silver and Gold
10. Stay the Night

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Enter another weird and wonderful world with Kimbra’s ‘Miracle

Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo has been met with brilliant reviews over the past week and she’s running with the momentum, dropping the video for album favourite, Miracle. At the beginning, everything apart from Kimbra’s costume seems normal but we quickly descend into a woozy world of dancing postmen, mimes and fluorescent athletes. The collection of weird and wonderful characters break out in synchronised dance, taking over the streets but seemingly blocking no traffic, thank goodness. The video was directed by Tom Kerr who’s done a great job creating the slightly skewed world.

See our infographic review of Kimbra’s The Golden Echo here. 

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