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Digging for Mixtapes – 7 Playlists From My Past

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Location: CD stack in my childhood bedroom

The site of my childhood bedroom, located about 5km North of the Brisbane City, contains relics of a time between the dates of ‘95 & ‘10. On the weekend dating 21/22 June, armed with CD cleaner and my trusty box of Telfast, I decided to excavate this site in the hopes of discovering long-lost musical artefacts.

Amongst the red herrings consisting of blank CDs, photo CDs, a Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego game, the Big Brother CD single & Peter Combes’ Christmas Carols, there were some fruitful discoveries which can tell us a lot about my musical past.

Unfortunately, with the approximate lifespan of CDs ranging 10-15 years, some results came back inconclusive. A report of my successful findings can be found below (dated in chronological order):

Item #1

Approximate Date: 1999/2000 AD

I almost ejected the CD upon hearing the first song, thinking it was one of my parents’ Spanish-themed dinner party CDs. Turned out to be the next best thing – Enrique Iglesias. Ranging from soppy pop songs to tracks about weed and ‘jacking off’, this playlist is just as confused as the fashion at the turn of the Millennium.

1. Enrique Iglesias & Whitney HoustonCould I Have This Kiss Forever 

2. AfromanBecause I Got High

I’m not sure I even knew what ‘getting high’ exactly was in 1999.

3. Destiny’s ChildBootylicious

4. Westlife – Uptown Girl

5. JoanneSo Damn Fine

6. Jessica SimpsonI Think I’m In Love With You

7. M2MMirror Mirror

8. M2MDon’t say you love me

9. Mandy MooreI Wanna Be With You

10. Jessica SimpsonIrresistible

11. Nikki Webster – Strawberry Kisses

12. The OffspringPretty Fly For A White Guy

13. Lou BegaMambo No . 5  (Don’t try and tell me you weren’t disappointed that your name wasn’t mentioned in this song.)

14. Aaron Carter – Crush On You

Nick Carter features in this video with some pretty sound brotherly advice.

Item #2

Approximate Date: 2002 AD

Hip Hop and dirty pop reign supreme in this playlist. i.e. I was pretty hardcore at the tender age of 12.

1. Ashanti ft. Ja RuleHappy

2. Britney Spears – Slave 4 U

Britney did Good Girl Gone Bad way before RiRi.

3. Destiny’s ChildNasty Girl

4. Alicia KeysGirlfriend

5. Kelis – Good Stuff

6. ModjoChillin’

7. Missy Elliott – Work It

Nothing better than Missy discussing elephants and the shaving of her ‘cho cha’.

8. J LoJenny From The Block

9. S Club 7 – S Club Party

There really ain’t no party like an S Club party anymore.

10. Wu-tang clanGravel Pit

11. Craig DavidWhat’s Your Flava?

12. Britney SpearsBoys

13. Bob Marley vs Funkstar De LuxeSun Is Shining

14. Tenacious DTribute

Item #3

Approximate Date: 2004 AD

Not sure what I was trying to achieve with this CD – so many highs and lows! I call it my Bipolar Playlist.

1. Sean Paul + Blu CantrellBreathe

Anyone able to detect what he is saying deserves a medal.

2. OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown The Way You Move

3. SpiderbaitCalypso

Some of you may remember this ditty from 10 Thing I Hate About You. 

4. Britney Spears – Everytime

:'(

5. Enrique Iglesias feat. Kelis – Not In Love

6. Blink 182Miss you

Another :'(

7. OutKastMs Jackson

8. BeyonceNaughty Girl

9. Christina Aguilera ft. Lil KimCan’t hold us down

10. KelisTrick me

11. Obie TriceGot some teeth

12. Missy ElliottGossip Folks

13. JoJo – Leave (Get Out)

Item #4

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

1. Ashlee SimpsonBoyfriend

2. Pharrell feat. Gwen StefaniCan I have it like that

3. StupidiscoJunior Jack

4. Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine – Doctor Pressure

5. Franz FerdinandDo you want to

6. Planet FunkChase The Sun

The CD broke soon after that 🙁 First world noughtie problems.

 

Item #5

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

Ashlee Simpson on the same playlist as Kanye West and 50 Cent?

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1. Kanye West – Diamonds Are Forever

2. Ashlee SimpsonL.O.V.E

3. NERDRockstar (Jason Nevins Remix) 

4. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott1, 2 Step

5. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

6. 50 Cent feat. OliviaCandy Shop

7. Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fatman ScoopLose Control

8. Usher – Caught Up

 

Item #6

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

It seems things turned a little techno when I was 15, coincidentally coinciding with my new-found penchant for Smirnoff Double Blacks.

1. Max graham vs Yes – Owner of a lonely heart

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/gretshu/ministry-of-sound-owner-of-a-lonely-heart-max-graham-vs-yes[/soundcloud]

2. Sander LeinenbergThe Fruit

3. Freestylers – Push Up

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4. Narcotic ThrustWhen The Dawn Breaks (Original Dub Mix)

5. Cabin Crew – Star to fall

6. Live Element Something About You (Club Mix)

7. MyloIn my arms

8. Studio B – I See Girls (Tom Nevillle Remix)

Dear God, I still know all the lyrics.

Item #7

Approximate Date: 2006 AD

Part of the ’bring a burned CD to every party you attend and take over the sound system’ era. These findings are comparable to the current ‘plug in your own iPhone and take over the sound system’ era we live in today. It seems some things never change.

1. SupermodeTell me why  (Pretty sure this bad boy was my Myspace song)

2. Nelly FurtadoManeater

3. David Guetta vs The EggLove don’t let me go

4. Pussycat DollsButtons

5. Justin TimberlakeSexyBack

6. QueshCandy Girl

7. FergieLondon Bridge (Oh Snap)

8. Studio BC’mon get it on

9. LL Cool J feat. Jennifer LopezControl Myself

10. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous Girl

11. Pussycat DollsBeep

12. The SimilouAll this love

13. Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind

This one must have been a mistake…right? RIGHT? 

Have you uncovered a nostalgia-ridden playlist lately? Let us know in the comments or tweet me: @bianca_interns.

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Rebecca Clements follows-up ‘Wildlife’ with ‘Coma Boy’

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British singer-songwriter Rebecca Clements made such a stark introduction with her debut track Wildlife, that we’ve been clamouring for a follow-up ever since. For her second second she’s delivered Coma Boy, which follows in a similar vein as Wildlife in the way of just Clements voice alongside a swelling guitar. Such is the strength of her songwriting that she can tug at the heartstrings with most minimal of productions. She has an effortless nature to her music reminiscent of female songwriters like Feist, Cat Power or Fiona Apple. I’m interested to see what Clements would do with a full-length LP. So far what she’s serving up is stunning.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rebeccaclements/comaboy[/soundcloud]

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Bondax channel the tropics on ‘All I See’

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UK duo Bondax have been producing some of the finest deep house music for the better part of two years. And with a trip down-under in September for Listen Out, they’re surely going to make a name for themselves in Australia in no time. Their new single, All I See, will aid that no doubt aid that. It sounds like it’s been made for the European Summer and while we’re dealing with chilly winds there’s no denying that the Caribbean percussion and deep synths are warming. We haven’t been told who the vocalist is but she does a valiant job as host of this tropical affair. Only five months until Summer…

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bondax/all-i-see[/soundcloud]

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Jhene Aiko shares first single from album, ‘To Love & Die’

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Jhene Aiko is part of a new wave of female RnB artists (including Tinashe) that are making slick, bass-heavy tunes. The first single off her new album, Souled Out, is called To Love and Die and it’s a mid-tempo, banger. It’s almost as if Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love was given a stronger back-bone and directed more towards hip-hop than pop. Her voice takes cues from Aaliyah, as it slinks through a pretty bare backing track. Without an album out, she’s already seriously hot property and this should find a comfortable home on Urban radio in the US. It’s refreshing to see the girls taking on a style that was once typified by artists like The Weeknd. The only difference- Aiko does it with so much more class.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jumpoffhiphop/jhene-aiko-to-love-die-feat-cocaine-80s[/soundcloud]

 

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Introducing…FBi Click

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Today at 1pm the tape will be cut on the new digital station from Sydney’s FBi radio, FBi Click. The station is set to showcase the best in new electronic and dance music and they’ve partnered with some of the best dance music pioneers in the country (Purple Sneakers, Astral People, Goodgod small club) to deliver it up. This week the station will feature special mixes from Anna Lunoe, Sinden, Tasker and Zed Bias as well as host a launch party at Goodgod Small Club on Friday. To celebrate we’ve put together a playlist of some of the artists we see as the best in Australian electronic music right now. It features our Aussie girl Anna Lunoe who’s tearing it up overseas as well as newies from LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Guerre and Ara Koufax. So until 1pm dig in below and get moving…

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/in-celebration-of-fbi-click[/soundcloud]

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Newcomer Ryn Weaver introduced with the Cashmere Cat-produced ‘OctaHate’

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The only way to make an entrance is to make a noise and American songstress Ryn Weaver has certainly done that. Her debut track, OctaHate, was co-written with Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos and produced by a dream-team of Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat. How you pull together a line-up like that on your debut track is beyond me, but it’s bound to work. In 10 hours she’s had almost 30,000 streams with the glistening pop tune. Angelakos’ euphoric touches are all over the chorus while Cashmere Cat seems to give his two cents in the last minute or so adding a Gameboy-like synth. Weaver herself sings like a ready-made popstar, sitting somewhere in between Katy Perry and Liz. People obviously have a lot of faith in her, and so they should. OctaHate is a triumph.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rynweaver/ryn-weaver-octahate[/soundcloud]

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Watch: Foster the People’s ‘Pseudologia Fantastica’

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As the name would suggest, Foster The People‘s video for their 2014 hit Pseudologia Fantastica takes you on a neon-coloured journey to an animated, faraway land of mythical beasts and creatures. The idea for the  third music clip from their album Supermodel came from the mind of Mark Foster himself, with the singer stating:

“The idea for this popped into my head while I was driving through Cuba. Originally I had wanted the music video to be half animation and half performance. I was traveling with a director friend of mine and was picking his brain about some practical film tricks to help merge the two worlds (real life and animated). I ended up deciding that full animation would be a more cohesive world to live in and scrapped the performance part of the video. The imagery came as fast as I could write.

Part of it was inspired by my surroundings. We drove past dilapidated billboards of Che Guevera looking infinite and militant, set to the text of some old communist slogan; swerving to miss pot holes and the occasional cow. I spoke to highly educated locals forced into working menial jobs because they couldn’t live off of their monthly allowance provided by the state. At the same time I could feel their hope, passion, and desire to create freely, set against one of the most vibrant and beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. People lived off the land but could barely stand straight – posture buckling under the strong, unrelenting hand of the government. These are some of the images that fueled the video. It was enlightening to see the similarities between our two governments, after only being aware of the differences. Cash is king. “

The clip was animated and co-directed by Hannes/Johannes and can be streamed exclusively here.

Watch Best Friend below.

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Zola Jesus introduces new album with ‘Dangerous Days’

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Zola Jesus’ next album, Taiga, is not due out until October but she’s just dropped the first single, Dangerous Days. Jesus has always been known for being a dark songstress but it seems she’s embraced a more melodic, pop side on Dangerous Days. Taking cues from her work with French producer M83, the new single maintains the brooding synths from Conatus and adds a throbbing beat for a hands-in-the-air chorus, the likes of which we haven’t seen done in such an explicit way before. If Taiga follows the same soundscape as the single, it will likely catapult her to a much wider audience, one that she’s been deserved of for a long time.

Taiga is out 7 October while Dangerous Days is available to download for free now.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/zolajesus/zola-jesus-dangerous-days-official-audio[/soundcloud]

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Ellie Goulding debuts new FKA Twigs track, ‘Two Weeks’

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Ellie Goulding, of all people, has debuted the first track off FKA Twigs LP1, Two Weeks. Goulding plays a valiant radio host as she drops the track and then has a little chat with the oddball singer and producer. It’s perhaps Twigs’ most accessible song to date whilst still incorporating the sparseness of her earlier tracks. This time around she’s called upon cascading beats and a much richer synth to transform the song into a moody number. Following this, there should be no doubt that LP1 will be one of the finest debuts of the year.

The track comes in around 30:00 mins.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/yocxi/ellies-bbc-radio-1-takeover[/soundcloud]

UPDATE: Watch the video below-

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The Kite String Tangle releases ‘Aracadia’ and announces tour

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Brisbane producer, Dan Harley (aka. The Kite String Tangle), scored big in the Hottest 100 this year with his track Given The Chance earning a top 20 place. No doubt he’s hoping to emulate that success with his latest track, Arcadia. It’s off his debut EP, Vessel which is due out 8 August and comes with the new that he will head out on a National Tour. Arcadia sees the producer channel his inner singer-songwriter, combining an expansive soundscape with some vocal harmonies reminiscent of James Blake. It’s an established and polished effort that makes him sound far more worn than a debut EP would commonly suggest.

[soundcloud] https://soundcloud.com/thekitestringtangle/arcadia[/soundcloud]

His tour dates are below:

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10 Alternatives to Glastonbury Festival

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When Australians head over to Europe for Summer, they’re expecting crystal clear water, sunshine and plenty of heat. Yet the mecca of European festivals, Glastonbury, provides almost the opposite- mud and almost a guaranteed chance of rain. If you missed out on tickets to Glastonbury or are looking for something more prone to stable weather conditions read below. Also read below if you are stuck in Australia and want ten minutes to day-dream that you’re on a yacht somewhere in Croatia. Ah, how the other half live.

Here are the best ten, Metallica-free, European festivals in 2014:

MELT!

Located in an industrial area of Germany, Grafenhainichen (yeah, us either), electronica festival MELT! could just be the most unique of the bunch. If you’re looking for the mammoth headliners, this isn’t the one for you but if your kinda thang is a tightly curated, deeply interesting festival, then MELT! is definitely up your alley. You’ll be dancing in between giant cranes shooting flames and under disco balls suspended from trusses. What’s more, the mainstage runs from 3pm to 7am. Yep, not one for the weak-hearted. But, you can relax throughout the day as there is water to swim in.

Dates: 18-20 July

Line-Up Highlights: Portishead, Robyn & Royksopp, Metronomy, Chromeo, Chet Faker, Darkside, Little Dragon

Cost: 359.90(3 Day Ticket)

Latitude

Suffolk, England

Latitude in England is a family-friendly festival that won’t break you. There’s colourful sheep, wide-open spaces and mystical woods with the line-up offering more than just music. Set in the English countryside, festival-goers can watch comedy, poetry and even opera, if that’s your thing. If it’s just music you’re after, there is more than enough to block out the arty stuff going on around. There are four stages and forest parties that run into the early hours of the morning. Just like a true Glastonbury experience there is also mud, and plenty of it.

Dates: 18-20 July

Line-up Highlights: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, HAIM, Royksopp & Robyn, Lykke Li, Mogwai

Cost: £195.50 (3 Day Ticket + Camping)

Bestival

Robyn Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Bestival won Best Major Festival in 2012 and is continuing to churn out huge, eclectic line-ups. This year is themed Desert Island Disco so you’re likely in for a bit of a boogie, particularly if the addition of Chic is anything to go by. Just like Latitude, Bestival is not all about the music. There’s comedy and cabaret among other things to keep you entertained while you’re not sweating with Major Lazer. Nile Rodgers has challenged Bestival with the task of making the world’s largest disco ball so don those flares and boogie down like Disco Stu.

Dates: 4-7 September

Line-up Highlights: Outkast, Foals, Chic, Disclosure, Busta Rhymes, Basement Jaxx, Caribou, SBTRKT, Glass Animals

Cost: £205 (Weekend Ticket + Camping)

Way Out West

Gothenburg, Sweden

Ikea, meatballs, Robyn- the Swedes just do everything right, so it should be no surprise that Way Out West is one of the best festivals going. Way Out West has been going on since 2007, expanding into a three-day festival in 2012. It goes on in the city of Gothenburg, with a complimenting festival Stay Out West running alongside it. Stay Out West is for those night owls who want to party on with after-hours gigs at clubs in the city. If you don’t fancy the idea of trudging out to a farm for three days then choose this one. You’re in the heart of the city and amongst a bunch of ridiculously well-dressed Swedes, enjoying Summer’s (literally) endless sunlight.

Dates: 7-9 August

Line-up Highlights: Outkast, Royksopp & Robyn (of course), The National, Future, Janelle Monae, Blood Orange, Icona Pop, Jamie xx

Cost: 1895SEK (3 Day Ticket + Stay Out West)

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

If you’re looking for that big, hearty festival experience with masses of people, this is the one for you. It’s one of the largest music festivals in Europe with more than 110,000 punters in attendance. If The Rolling Stones playing to a crowd of 60,000+ people doesn’t grab your fancy, then stay away. If nudity is not your thing, also stay away. The festival organisers a nude run around the festival ground on the Saturday of the event. At eight days long, Roskilde is a marathon not a sprint, so it’s best to pace yourself. The line-up is so massive this year that all full-week tickets have sold-out.

Dates: 29 June- 6 July

Line-up Highlights: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Drake, Major Lazer, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Chance The Rapper, Kasabian, Chromeo

Cost: 970DKK (Only one-day tickets are available)

Pukkelpop

Hasselt, Belgium

Belgium’s second largest music festival, Pukkelpop was struck by disaster in 2011 after five people were killed by a massive storm that caused a stage collapse. It also made in headlines in 2010 after the Ou Est Le Swimming Pool lead-singer committed suicide at the festival. Not convinced? Understandable but the festival has bounced back, hosting names like Eminem, the xx and Major Lazer and also pulling massive crowds. 65,000 sweaty campers grace the festival, so you’re in for a Glastonbury-like experience. According to all reports, the people are friendly and the atmosphere is pretty special. There’s plenty of Aussies on the bill amongst alt-rock and EDM royalty. The festival kicks off with a Boiler Party on the eve of the festival, just incase three days of drinking and no sleep isn’t enough.

Dates: 14-16 August

Line-up Highlights: Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Outkast, Royksopp & Robyn, Cut Copy, Boy & Bear, Snoop Dogg, Disclosure, Actress

Cost: 175 (Weekend Ticket + Camping). Unfortunately it’s all Sold Out. Maybe next year…

Sziget Festival

Budapest, Hungary

The island of freedom, is what they call Sziget. Needless to say, that means anything goes. At eight days long, this is one that will take every inch of energy in your body. It’s held on an Island just out outside Budapest with 350,000 of your closest friends. Around 50% of visitors come from outside of Hungary, so you’re bound to get an eclectic crowd. And if we can stereotype Eastern Europe for a second, you’re also set to meet many colourful characters and see body parts you perhaps didn’t bargain for. When it all gets too much, the festival offers day trips into central Budapest during the day so you can recharge and see a few of the sights. Not that the line-up permits much time away.

Dates: 11-18 August

Line-up Highlights: Blink 182, Deadmau5, Lily Allen, The Bloody Beetroots, Calvin Harris, Outkast, Jagwar Ma

Cost: 249 (All Week Pass + Camping)

Unknown Festival

Rovinj, Croatia

Those who missed out on a ticket to its sister festival, Hideout, can take comfort in knowing that Unknown offers a similar experience. All that really needs to be said is island, boats, Croatia. Are you sold yet? If not, know that Unknown is hosted in the stunning old town of Rovinj with crystalline water and beautiful people. It’s five days of parties, which take place in the forest, on boats and on the island. The line-up is smaller than your big, central European festivals but it’s a tightly curated and eclectic mix of artists.

Dates: 8-12 September

Line-up Highlights: Disclosure, Chic, Moderat, CHVRCHES, Jamie xx, Clean Bandit, Wild Beasts, London Grammar 

Cost: 258.70 (Festival + Camping)

Benicassim Festival

Benicassim, Spain

If the Spanish are known for one thing, it’s partying until dawn. Benicassim is a four day festival on the East Coast of Spain that ensures plenty of sunshine and crystal-clear coastline. Think big stages, huge headliners and a bunch of wacky Mediterranean people. If you’re keen on the idea of Glastonbury sans the rain and mud, then Benicassim will seem like paradise.

Dates: 17-20 July

Line-up Highlights: Kasabian, Klaxons, The Libertines, Cat Power, Lily Allen, Alesso, M.I.A., Tame Impala

Cost: 159€ (4 Day Ticket)

Secret Garden Party

Abbots Ripton, England

This Festival is your ultimate alternative to Glastonbury if you want less crowds, a tightly curated line-up and a, well, mystical adventure. Similar to NSW’s Secret Garden Festival, SGP encourages dress-ups in the woods, promoting a fairytale-like atmosphere. You won’t see The Rolling Stones on a mainstage nor will you see Skrillex tear apart a dance dome but you’re likely to meet a bunch of people and ‘discover yourself’ in ways you never thought possible. Unfortunately, if this sounds up your alley you will have to buy a ticket of a reseller or aim for 2015 as it is now sold out.

Dates: 24-27 July

Line-up Highlights: Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Hercules & Love Affair, Jagwar Ma, Wolf Alice, Gorgon City, Say Lou Lou

Cost: £142.50 (Weekend + Camping ticket)

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