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

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

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The Drums return with ‘Magic Mountain’

And the comebacks just keep on coming. It’s been three years since Brooklyn band, The Drums’, sophomore album, Portamento, but today they’ve returned with a brand new song. Magic Mountain sees the band reduced to a duo with founding members, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham carrying the torch. The song is not a huge departure from their previous work but their are certainly a few tweaks. The vocals are slightly hazy while the instrumentation whisks around in a dizzying flurry. The band told Noisey: “Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about the Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be.” Well, they’ve certainly achieved that. Magic Mountain is a monster of a song. 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/minorrecords/magic-mountain[/soundcloud]

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Seeing Double: 5 Duos You Need To Hear This Week

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No you don’t need to adjust your vision, you are seeing double. This week we’re focussing solely on the best duos going around at the moment. It takes two to tango and while some of these duos are siblings and that’s kind of weird, we whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments of that saying. Together these pairs have created sweet electronica, bass-heavy dance music, euphoric pop and more. Here are our favourite new duos at the moment.

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Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has called this brother-sister duo, Tennyson, his “favourite lil qt pie canadian duo” so they’ve got to be good. One is 17 years-old, the other is only 15 and yet they’re making beautifully expansive and atmospheric electronica. Most teenagers have trouble maintaining their attention for a 3 minute pop song let alone restrained, brooding tunes such as those of Tennyson.

Their latest track Lay-by is a spaced-out, lull that sees the pair trying-out hip-hop-inspired beats and twinkling synths. It would be great to hear what they could do with a vocalist on board. Stick around for the final minute where they detour into a sophisticated, 1950s-lounge vibe.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tennysonmusic/lay-by[/soundcloud]

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Melbourne-duo Klo (aka. cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul) kinda blew up the internet in March when they released their debut track, Make Me Wonder. Built around James Blake-esque stylings and sparse electronica, the pair lulled their way into many listeners’ psyche. These two are cousins but apparently weren’t that close before they started collaborating musically. You wouldn’t know. They sound as in sync as iTunes and an iPhone with Chloe providing whimsical vocals over Simon’s transporting soundscapes.

Their latest release is the first song they ever wrote together, False Call and provides us with a bit more bass than Make Me Wonder. Still, it’s another experiment in minimalism that pays off. Already, production-wise, it sounds like they’re making impressive progress.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

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The UK and America combine in this brilliantly named, multinational duo. Pistol Shrimp is UK musician David Burreddu and British singer/songwriter Aaron Peterson. They’ve just released their first EP as a duo entitled Heart and it’s a sunshine-filled affair of flavoursome synths and perky drums. It’s for those of you who revel in the euphoric rushes of M83 or Foster The People and is about as easy to digest as a lemon tea. Although much more exciting.

The stand-out track comes in the way of Between Us, a bubbling, explosion of interesting synths and echoing, ‘80s drums. If music’s meant to transport you someplace else then Pistol Shrimp fill the brief expertly. They create a starry atmosphere on each track of Heart, rarely allowing it to drop the pace. Also give their ramped-up version of Coldplay’s Magic a go if the original was too melancholic for you.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pistol-shrimp/sets/heart-ep[/soundcloud]

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djdodgerstadiumDJ Dodger Stadium‘s two makers are not new to the scene but they are new in the sense that this collaboration is only recently established. DJ Dodger Stadium is made up of LA producers Jerome LOL and Samo Soundboy. Separately, the pair have made a name for themselves but their collaboration for their own record-label, BODY HIGH, is their best work yet. Think, nostalgic ‘90s vocal samples that repeat over and over, alongside strung-out synths and pulsating bass. Its harshness will screw with your mind but there’s also sense for melody that shines through above all else

Their debut album, Friend of Mine, has just dropped and is defined by their hallmark tune, Love Songs. It’s coated in industrial instrumentation that at times sounds like gun sounds and is built by a crescendoing vocal sample. It steadily builds layers before descending into a glorious vocal sample. Such is the joy of DJ Dodger Stadium- those moments of short relief that allow you to pull yourself together and get back into it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bodyhigh/dj-dodger-stadium-love-songs[/soundcloud]

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From one LA duo to another, except these guys are a fair bit different to the relentless bass of DJ Dodger Stadium. Brothers Jeremy and Greg Pearson make up funk-duo, Thrillers. If you haven’t heard, funk is all the rage at the moment with everyone from Pharrell to Jungle to Deadmau5 putting their (sometimes unwanted) stamp on it. Thrillers are certainly wanted in the genre and pull it out of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s. It’s more Twin Shadow than it is Get Lucky which is probably why it doesn’t sound like a tired formula.

The first single of their upcoming EP, Cotton Candy Kisses, is Can’t Get Enough and it’s a euphoric piece of funk-pop. Programmed drums sit below beds of stylish guitar work which boost the layered vocals of Jeremy and Greg. The chorus explodes into a multi-faceted, vocal-hook which is likely to throw hands-in-the-air. Perfection.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wearethrillers/cantgetenough[/soundcloud]

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Klo drop new single, ‘False Calls’

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Klo, the duo made up of cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul, have dropped their second single since Make Me Wonder was shared back in March. False Calls is said to have been an “icebreaker” for the cousins, with the two stating that they weren’t close before the project, not having seen each other in years.

“It was our collective Mum’s decision for us to collaborate and strengthen family ties.

The finished product sounds nothing like the first draft. It was messy and incoherent, but we managed to arrange it as we learnt to combine our two producing styles. We’d both never made anything like this before; it was as much a learning curve as it was amusing. The main idea of the track is loss of identity, which funnily enough came about after witnessing a drunken idiot. We expected it wasn’t leaving the bedroom studio, hence the lo-fi tape samples and degraded voice loops. Being our first track we put together, it’s a bit special to us.

We hope you like it, Mum(s).”

Listen below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

Klo will be performing at this year’s Big Sound. 

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Tkay Maidza be like ‘Chiddy Bang Bang’ on new track ‘U-Huh’

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South Australian fire-cracker Tkay Maidza has unleashed the follow-up cut to 2013’s mammoth Brontosaurus. The sassy U-Huh comes at the perfect time for Maidza who is geared-up to play Splendour in the Grass next week and tour the country with Listen Out in September. It’s less manic than Brontosaurus, but not less-confident as Maidza struts her stuff as a more-talented/less-heated Azealia Banks. This girl has some serious potential to take this worldwide (no intentional reference to Pitbull). U-Huh is a crisp production that carefully treads a line between hip-hop and pop.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tkaymaidza/u-huh[/soundcloud]

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Festivals and the Tech Experience

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When Woodstock started in 1969, the festival experience was all about music (and peace). Since then, things have changed a little. With the meteoric rise of music festival popularity, organisers have challenged themselves as to how much the experience can be enhanced. Unable to hand out free drugs, technology has become a festival drawcard. From websites, to gadgets, phone apps and wristbands, here are some of the nerdy cool technologies which are set to pimp out our festivals in 2014.

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Tomorrowland (Belgium) – Friendship bracelets

Live music has this incredible knack of bringing strangers together to bask in momentary friendship, however sometimes you do not have the time or the resources to connect digitally with someone when you want. This July, a little town in Belgium called Boom will play host to the biggest friend-making party the world has ever seen. With attendees from 214 countries, a higher number than those who participated in the London Olympics (204 nations), the organisers of EDM festival Tomorrowland have developed Facebook wristbands which ensure you never have the “one that got away” experience ever again. The concept is quite simple – these wristbands not only store all your information for entry for the festival, but they also serve a social purpose by housing your Facebook account details as well. All you have to do, should you meet an awesome new friend at the festival, is push the love heart button on your wristband and a Friend request will be sent. We’re not quite sure if remembering your festival one night stand is a good or bad thing.

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Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas) – Snapchat ‘Our Story’

It seems like everyone in social media wants a piece of the music festival pie, and this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas saw the Snapchat rise to new heights with the debut of ‘Our EDC Story’. While Snapchat previously allowed users to share their snaps with connected friends, ‘Our Story’ is a a group-sharing feature which encourages all the users in the same location for a single event to upload their photos collectively and publicly. The end result? An awesome highlight reel of shots collected and compiled by Snapchat from hundreds of different vantage points. And jealousy ensues…

 

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Lollapalooza (Chicago) – No cash, no worries!

There is no need to worry about lugging your spare change around a festival any more, because this year’s Lollapalooza is offering festival goers wearable tech that can be linked to their credit and debit card information. Similar to Disneyland’s successful MagicBands, these festival wristbands can be “tapped” to radio frequency identification (RFID) vendor terminals. Once you enter a pin you’re ready to go! This form of wearable payment allows festival patrons to pay for food, drinks and merchandise without cash or card. No more getting down on your hands and knees in the mud to look for that darn credit card. 

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OPPIKOPPI (South Africa) – Beer Delivery Drones

At Oppikoppi festival, an annual festival held in the Limpopo Province of South Africa in August, beer delivery is always a problem. Festival organisers however, have sought to tackle this universal problem, and instead of standing in long queues or leaving your great spot in the crowd, attendees will able to order beer on their smart phone, to be delivered by a flying drone.  These drone prototypes can drop cold brews to festival goers from the air via a parachute, based on the GPS location of their smart phone. Right now, the system is guided by hand, but in the future there are plans to guide it on a GPS grid. Cheers to that!

 

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SXSW (Texas) – Lightwave technology

This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) featured its own touch of technological genius with the introduction of Lightwave technology that enabled lasers and special effects through the use of wearable wristbands. The Lightwave technology measures audience interaction in real time, converting data to art – collating audience members’ biometrics by tracking them with motion, volume and temperature sensors. Sponsored by Pepsi and with a special appearance by DJ A-Trak, Lightwave bands were linked to user’s individual accounts with audience interaction ranked on a screen. Certain levels of dance interaction ‘unlocked’ rewards, such as Pepsi refreshments.

 

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Coachella Music Festival (Palm Springs) – Bluetooth and Spotify

Who could forget the epic technology behind the Tupac hologram at Coachella in 2012. This beautiful-people festival is renowned for pushing the boundaries on and off stage. Earlier this year, the festival used Bluetooth-enabled micro-location technology, iBeacon, to deliver proximity-based information, navigation and notifications to festival attendees. Spotify also teamed up with Coachella for the We Were There campaign – an interactive experience that allowed attendees to use their wristbands to collect songs and playlists that they could later compile and share with friends via an interactive map.

 

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First Impressions 14 July

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Another six new songs up on the chopping block. This week we walk a tight-rope between electronic music and pop with one curveball thrown in just to make sure everybody’s paying attention. While J-pop is appreciated by some other’s fail to get on board.

Read our reviews below:

Usher- She Came To Give It To You (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Lizzie: Is it as good as Pharrell’s Hunter? Unfortunately not. However, on its own merit this track is a very groovy funk/disco number. I feel like it is a right of passage for every pop-artist to have Nicki Minaj feature in song – feels a bit like old news to me. 3.5

Bianca: I’m getting Blurred Lines vibes from this. Points for not actually featuring Robin Thicke and for the funky percussion and sassy backing singers. 2.5

Hannah: This is equal parts hits and misses. The walking bass? hit. Nicki M’s rhyming of Ush-her with her as the song fades out? Miss. There’s no climax here, but it certainly won’t crash and burn either. 2

Sam: I like that Usher is taking a different approach this time around. Both this and Good Kisser don’t sound like they’re reaching only for the charts and I suppose when you’ve been in the industry this long you can afford to be a bit creative. Pharrell’s production always sounds so effortless that sometimes his songs can sound too cruisy. Luckily, here Nicki Minaj steps up with this attitude-filled, sassy verse that brings the track home hard. 3.5

Arty- Up All Night

Lizzie: The vocalist packs a real punch here. It definitely has a that European summer festival vibe about it – getting people up and pumping. Annndddd, the build-up to the drop does not go for hours, thank god! I am curious as to who will tackle a remix of this baby. 4 Lizzie’s Pick

Bianca: The ‘drop’ was completely predictable but such is the life of an EDM banger? 2

Hannah: For a song about staying up all night… it’s really a little bit of a snooze-fest, isn’t it? Sounds like every other mediocre EDM song striving for popular appeal with a female vocalist. 2

Sam: EDM always gets a pretty hard wrap on First Impressions but I honestly think this is the best one we’ve had yet. Angel Taylor’s hefty vocals compliments Arty’s dense production and the drop shakes the room just like a big-room EDM track should. Is it groundbreaking? No. Is it enjoyable? Yeah, it is. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/interscope/arty-up-all-night-feat-angel-taylor[/soundcloud]

Juce- Burning Up

Lizzie: C’mon everyone, do the hustle! This a lovely rosy little jam. It’s got that sassy edge that makes you want to get up in the morning and do great things with your self. I love the cheeky inclusion of “Juce it up” – that’s a little bit of fun isn’t it. 4

Bianca: So much sass, so little time! This track is hot, hot, hot and Chalin’s vocals are as smooth as ever.  3

Hannah: This is just so catchy. Despite being in the middle of a fairly non-existent winter, I’m still transported to a rooftop party in the middle of summer. 3.5 Hannah’s Pick

Sam: I always lose it when I hear lyrics directed towards a hometown and when a song is released in conjunction with a season. So, this week Juce get two big ticks from me for doing both. They earn a third gold star for the lyric “Juce it up”. If I was in a boy band I would make sure our name was used as innuendo in every second verse. Burning Up induces so much nostalgia. Juce have yet to put a foot wrong yet in my books. 4

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jucelovemusic/juce-burning-up[/soundcloud]

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu- Kira Kira Killers

Lizzie: I don’t know what I just heard. Is it a song or a hyperactive chipmunk? 0

Bianca: A candy-pop, sickly sweet J-Pop number that would slip in quite easily to a Dance Dance Revolution track list. And I love Dance Dance Revolution so: 3

Hannah: For a j-pop track it’s incredibly insightful. The only english words used are happy, happy, happy, F-U-C-K and killer. It’s about a bad break up right? Digging the empathy. 2.5

Sam: Hang on give me 30 seconds to digest what I’ve just seen.

If pop music in this country was this interesting, commercial radio would be a much safer place. This sound is being appropriated into so many electronic tracks right now, which makes this sound very current, actually. I’m not sure if Kyary meant to be so of-the-moment but it is. And for that reason I love it. Please somebody insert me into this video so I too can dance with that odd looking beast-like character. 4 Sam’s Pick

Banoffee- Got It

Lizzie: The warped male voice in the background is just weird and unnecessary, and to be quite honest, it’s a little creepy. Martha’s voice on the other hand, is a tantalisingly fresh and unique sound that I’m totally diggin’. 3.5

Bianca: This is a quirky, RnB little number with Martha’s subtle vocals complimented by 80s-inspired synths. And the male voice? Unlike Lizzie, I like my men warped. Bianca’s Pick 

Hannah: Simultaneously sickly sweet, yet smooth and a little too heavy, just like the dessert itself, Banoffee gives us an Australian female voice that doesn’t sound like The Jezabel’s on one side or Rainbow Chan on the other and that is fine by me. 3

Sam: When stuff as interesting as this comes out of Australia I get so excited. Recruiting Oscar Key Sung on this one is a choice move by Banoffee and the production is just so particular and finicky. It’s almost hard to make out when one syllable ends and another one starts yet the track is so dynamic and melodic. Yeah, I’ll take this Banoffee. Even sweater than the real one. 4

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banoffeeme/banoffee-got-it-1[/soundcloud]

RL Grime- Core

Lizzie: I did not think it was humanly possible to cram this many annoying sounds into one song. Well done RL Grime, you have successfully given me a migraine. 0.5

Bianca: Sounds like an apprentice snake charmer learning his scales for the first time. In the middle of a bomb raid. 2

Hannah: For about 3 seconds I want to get low to this track, and then I’m put off by the wailing siren sounds. I’m not sure if I should drop it low, or run for the hills. 2

Sam: This is murder on the dance floor. That alarming synth make me very anxious but at the same time I’m captivated by the war-like take on trap. Points for innovation but this one will have to sit with me for a little longer if it’s going to appease my tastebuds. 3

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the interns’ Saturday Mix #3

saturdaymix2It’s the gift that keeps on giving. the interns‘ Saturday Mix is back again for its third glorious instalment to guide you deep into this mid-winter weekend. Why not play the host, go on an adventure or just catch yourself drifting away – there is no need for any awkward silences when we are here hitting the play button.

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We don’t have bears in Australia, so there is no real excuse not to go camping this weekend. Except for drop-bears, they suck. Here is something adventurous and all-Australian to guide you on your merry ways in to the forest, to the beach or anywhere creative you can pitch a tent with mates. This mix is infused with all new music, offering up that breath of fresh air you needed in your iTunes library. Just don’t forget to pack the marshmallows!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/triplejunearthed/june-unearthed-mixtape[/soundcloud]

LFTF – Saint Pepsi LFTF: Songs to own the dance floor

It’s time to spread your arms, holla to your mates and clear a big fat space – you are about to own the dance floor. Flared pants or not, this mix from 21-year-old Boston producer, is jam-packed with your favourite pop songs but with his own dazzling disco sentiment which will leave you clapping to the left, and shimmying to the right. Go on, do the Hustle!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/liveforthefunk/saint-pepsi-lftf-mix[/soundcloud]

Benzi – Live @ Sway In The Morning: Music to host a house party

Time to tap the kegs, lay out the beer bong table and clear your room of any valuables and baby photos. Tonight, the time has finally come around for you to host a house party. Bitchez gonna be twerking, beers are gonna be flowin’ and you are going to have the night of your life – because no one can ever fail when Diplo, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are invited to your party.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/benzi/benzi-live-sway-in-the-morning[/soundcloud]

DJ Hanzel – Mix BBC Radio 1: Music to push that one bit deeper

DJ Hanzel, a.k.a Dillon Francis‘ infamous alter ego has taken over the decks at BBC Radio 1. It’s at this stage, all you want to do is leave the club. It’s 3am, the music is drying up like a desert and your attention is now solely focussed on what kebab you want from across the road. Here is just 30 minutes of numbness to push you that one bit deeper into the night – just so your mates don’t think you are a pussy.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dj-hanzel-one-deeper-mix-for-annie-nightingale-on-bbc-radio-one[/soundcloud]

Max Graef – Live at Club Bonsoir: Beats for your Sunday sesh

A good Sunday sesh often supersedes the infamous night before. Best served with mates and a barbecue, do not let the winter blues hold you back from seeing out your whole weekend of frivolity. This mix offers up something fresh and boppy, with the perfect amount of dancey disco, but with not too much of a punch to drown out your banter with your friends.

Click here to listen to the mix.

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Mount Kimbie – Minimix for North America 2014: Songs to daydream to…

Sundays are for dreaming. Free your mind, lie back on your porch or in the park and let the last of the sun’s rays warm up your face. Now close your eyes and let yourself just drift away with this gorgeous, yet purposefully disjointed musical head-space which the London duo conjure up for your delight. Prepare to get vivid.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mountkimbie/minimix-for-north-america-2014[/soundcloud]

 

 

 

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