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Stream Shamir’s Debut EP

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

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

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

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

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

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First Impressions 10 June

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

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

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

Bianca:

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

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

Caribou- Can’t Do Without You

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

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

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

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

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

Drake- O to 100

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishing- Your Mouth

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

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

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

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

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

Starchild- All My Lovers

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

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

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

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

Sam: You’re all crazy.

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La Roux releases another new song, ‘Tropical Chancer’

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

Listen to the premiere over at Pitchfork.

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

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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It’s the long weekend. You’re going to need tunes and you’re going to need plenty of them. Lucky we’ve got you covered. Here is a very beat-driven Top 10 Songs of the Week:

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1. Caribou- Can’t Do Without You

This one’s off Caribou sixth studio album, Our Love and it’s full of those warm undertones we’ve come to expect. The “Can’t Do Without” is a deep, all-encompassing treat on the ears and teases until the song’s climax. It doesn’t come until a minute towards the end, but when it does a rush of synths hit like a gustful wind, most likely bowling you over.

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

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2. Thomston- Anaesthetic 

This New-Zealand whizz-kid will surely makes waves with his immaculately produced brand of dark-pop. His voice is crystalline and runs alongside a slowly bubbling beat. There’s a certain fluidity to the song that’s hard to resist.

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

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3. Montaigne- I Am Not An End

This song’s been added to high rotation on Triple J this week and there’s a good reason for it. I Am Not An End is a self-assured effort driven by a confident and pertinent voice. Its melodic strengths are too memorable for this song to just be a fleeting love.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/montaigne-music/i-am-not-an-end[/soundcloud]

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4. How To Dress Well- Face Again

Tom Krell is certainly not churning out sunshine at the moment, but he’s so good at melancholy it’s hard to care. Following the fluffy Repeat Pleasure, Face Again is a much darker expedition not too dissimilar to the Weeknd’s early mixtapes. It’s not traditional in any way. It twists and turns in odd directions but it’s confusing and thrilling at the same time.

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5. DJ Dodger Stadium- Never Win

DJ Dodger Stadium are selecting some choose stadiums. The “Never Win” vocal sample speeds proceedings along nicely before it escalates into high pitched squeal. Meanwhile, the drum pads are packed on and the deep bass gets more and more pertinent. Promising stuff from Jerome LOL and Sammo Soundboy.

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6. A G Cook- Beautiful

This is Nintendo music. That’s what it is. And it never sounded so good. It’s bubblegum pop, that seems to take cues from K-Pop. Amongst all the oddity, there’s a beautiful vocal melody running alongside.

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

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7. Foster The People- Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)

You can tell Wave Racer has had a hand over this from the get-go. There’s trap-inspired drops, Atari synths and high-pitched vocals. It’s either annoying or highly danceable. Take your pick.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wave-racer/foster-the-people-best-friend-wave-racer-remix[/soundcloud]

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8. Lily Allen- Bass Like Home

This is apparently the ‘unofficial’ anthem of the World Cup. We’ll take this any day over Pitbull. It’s an extremely British, deep-house number that ratites some incredibly literal lyrics. It’s a little bit kitsch but that’s half the fun of it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fletchscult/lily-allen-bass-like-home[/soundcloud]

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9. Jack Garratt- Worry

The Chet Faker brand of electronic music has grown in popularity of late and this is another one that adds to it nicely. It’s full of sparse beats, delicate keys and falsetto, capping it off with an instantly recognisable chorus.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jackgarratt/worry-1[/soundcloud]

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10. Polica- You Don’t Own Me

Polica stick very close to the original but it doesn’t matter because Channy Leneagh’s voice is so perfect. It’s the first time we’ve really got to hear it away from a coating of auto-tune. It’s heighty and allows the chorus to soar.

Listen here.

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5 Rich Kids in Hip Hop

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It’s time to talk business. Last Thursday, Dr Dre officially became is the first billionaire in hip hop, acquiring a cool $3 billion ($2.6 in cash, $400 million in stock….but who’s counting) in one of the most mouthwatering deals of the decade. While the rumours mounted that Apple Inc. were going to pull the plug on this trademark deal with Beats Electronics after that Facebook video announcement (Money + Rapper ? Intelligence), things seem to be all rich and rosy between the two megabrands.

The first billionaire in hip-hop, right here from the motherf**king West Coast.”

But wait- the music. Where is the music in all of this? While many musicians are happy to settle with their music, their fans, their millions and their countless rehab stints, others have taken it upon themselves to trade their musical notes, for well, just notes, making their money elsewhere. Damn talented people, I probably should have really listened more in my Business 1001 classes.

Riding the wave of their multi-million dollar endorsement deals, clothing lines, book deals, restaurants, movies, and even perfumes (I mean who can resist the scent of Eau de Katy Perry) – the new millennium has seen an influx of talented musicians, or notably hip-hop moguls, trading their brand on the stock market in places you wouldn’t even imagine.

Here are a cashed up hip-hop artists who have acquired all them dollar bills in the most unlikely of places.

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Consumerist Teenager: Dr Dr, I am having a problem hearing my music!

Dr Dre: An Apple (Inc.) a day keeps the doctor away!

How about $3 billion of dem Apples! That’s right, Dr Dre and his business partner Jimmy Iovine have finally done it – they are hip-hop’s first billionaires, signing a deal even grand in Apple’s standards. Described as a “no brainer” by Apple Chief Exec Timothy Cook, the acquisition of Beats Electronics is in fact Apple’s largest purchase to date, with the Beats’ subscription-based music streaming service as its main selling point.

“We’ve known these guys forever,” Cook added, “We’ve dated, we’ve gone steady and now we’re getting married.” Sorry Kanye and Kimmy, this may actually be the biggest wedding in hip-hop history. Dr Dre and Iovine have not only made headphones cool again since they started the company in 2008, but they entered into an overpriced market that only the big boys at Apple can afford. Well played, very well played.

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50 Cent

It’s hard to think that a hip-hip, dirty lyric, rapper named Curtis ’50 Cent” Jackson, would go from selling 15 million records and being shot 9 times, to being one of the richest big boys in the music beverage industry. Huh? That’s right. Jackson’s beverage company Glaceau was the creator and marketer for “Formula 50”, a brand of Vitamin Water which Coca-Cola purchased in 2007 for a tidy $100million. How refreshing!

Half a decade later, 50 has launched his Street King Energy shot, and it’s already moved to number two slot in its ($2 billion) market. Just to add to his G-unit clothing company, not to mention the deal made with Reebok in 2003, his own record label, G-Unit Records and monies earned from his dabbles in acting and authoring. Hand this guy an Oscar already!

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Sadly, money does not buy coordination…. 

Jay (remove the hyphen) Z

Jay-z sings it perfectly in Kanye West’s song “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”: “I’m not a businessman, I am a business, man!”

With an estimated net worth of $475million in 2013, Brooklyn born Jigga is not only a master of music, but a myriad of businesses as well. He is a hip-hop god, a fashion exec to his own Rocawear clothing label as well as an entertainment mogul, earning double digit millions from his concerts and Roc a Fella label, and new sports news agency launched just last year. Although this hustler doesn’t fully own any alcohol brand, he is associated with a number of top alcohol brands in the market, including Ace of Spades and D’Ussé cognac,

If that isn’t success, then he’s always got Beyoncé’s measly $300 million empire to fall back on (sigh).

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Up until May this year, Sean “Diddy” Combs held the crown as the richest rapper in the world. Although he may have lost the illustrious title to Dr Dre, I’m sure he won’t be going hungry tonight with a staggering net worth of $700 million. A cool $120 million more than 2013, thanks to his deal with beverage giant Diageo and his burgeoning Revolt TV music channel.

While on stage we have seen him change his name from “Puff Daddy”, to “P.Diddy” to just “Diddy”, lately, this entrepreneur has adopted the moniker “Ciroc Obama” (his words, not mine). As Ciroc Vodka’s value soars toward $1 billion, this entitles him to an eight-figure annual payout and a nine-figure windfall if the brand is ever sold, cementing himself on the cover of Forbes’ 400 lists alongside Warren Buffet as one of hip-hop’s next billionaires.

This guy has so much (non-music) money he really doesn’t give any fucks if he loses a mil or two!

I OWE YOU: Diddy scrawled out an IOU for $1 million dollars after losing a “shooting dice” bet with Rick Ross. He aptly captioned the video “I just lost a million dollars. It ain’t nothing #SuckMyD**kB***h

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Bryan “Birdman” Williams

For everyone who is thinking, who the [email protected]#k is this guy? You are not alone. This New Orleans-born rapper/producer-turned-entrepreneur was the co-founder of musical powerhouse Cash Money Records, with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams over two decades ago. Starting to ring a bell? Cash Money Records inked a $30 million distribution deal with Universal in 1998, catapulting it to success, signing rappers such a Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. With a net worth of $160 million ($300 together with his brother), Birdman placed himself securely in the Top 5 of this year’s Forbes “Hip-Hop Cash Kings”. Now, Birdman and Slim seem intent on taking over the world building a new branch of their business Cash Money Sports in May 2014, signing Texan American Footballer Mike Evans to the agency.

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Throwaway Thursday

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Congratulations, you’ve nearly made it to the long weekend! Since you made it this far, we thought we’d give you a li’l somethin’ somethin’ (ie: free stuff) to celebrate.

LISTEN: How To Dress Well- No Words To Say Mix

How To Dress Well, aka. Tom Krell, is a sensitive man, as he’s proved on his latest tracks Repeat Pleasure and Words I Don’t Remember. This mix is made up of songs that inspired his forthcoming album, What Is This Heart? and it’s just a tad melancholic. All you probably need to know to get you interested is that it starts with Tracey Chapman. If that’s not enough, it also features unreleased sneak previews of his new album.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/howtodresswell/no-words-to-say-songs-for-what-is-this-heart[/soundcloud]

STREAM: Glass Animals, Jack White, First Aid Kit

Do release dates not mean anything anymore? New albums from Jack White, First Aid Kit and Glass Animals have all been made available to stream ahead of their release. Naturally, they’re all very different. Swedish duo First Aid Kit offer up a nuanced, Americana sound on their third release, Stay Gold, while Jack White does, well, what he always does on his second solo LP Lazaretto. British band Glass Animals are the newest of the bunch. ZABA is their RnB-inspired debut and features Triple J favourite, Goeey.

Stream Jack White- Lazaretto here.

Stream First Aid Kit- Stay Gold here.

Stream Glass Animals- ZABA here.

READ: Glass Animals go through their debut album, ZABA

Dave Bayley’s lyrics are often hard to work-out in Glass Animals tracks. So, if you’re listening along to the stream and need someone to gently guide you through it track-by-track, Bayley is at your call. He’s spoken to The Quietus a little bit about the meaning and process of each of ZABA’s tracks. And yes, he says things like “I recorded the vocal while holding a pineapple called Sasha Fierce”.

Read over at The Quietus.

LISTEN: Drake- 0 to 100/The Catch Up

Everyone loves to hate Degrassi Drake but when the man gets it right, he gets it soooo right. This new one, dropped for no rhyme or reason, splits itself into two. O to 100 is brash and confident while The Catch Up lends itself more to the melancholic production of a cut like Furthest Thing. It’s rumoured to feature James Blake at the end and it sure does sound like it. There’s also an album meant to be due in 2015 but until then grab this freebie.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/octobersveryown/drake-0-to-100[/soundcloud]

LISTEN: R.Kelly- Ignition (Giraffage Remix)

Now, usually he don’t do this but San Francisco producer Giraffage has just been signed to Fool’s Gold records. To celebrate, he’s fulfilled every kid born in the 90s dream and dropped a remix of R.Kelly’s, Ignition. And presumably in some tip of the hat to 1999 Napster, he’s made it completely free. The producer finds himself in good company at Fool’s Gold. The label is home to names like Chromeo, Run The Jewels and RL Grime.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/foolsgoldrecs/ignition-remix-giraffage-remix[/soundcloud]

 

Until next week.

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Mausi transform Kanye’s Bound 2

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Kanye’s Bound 2 turned into a crystalline slice of pop-heaven is probably the most unexpected discovery of the day. Mausi, who we featured a few weeks back, have taken the hook of West’s closing number from Yeezus and added fluid synths and delicate vocals atop a pulsating dance beat. Unfortunately that don’t take on the rap, nor the Kim-featuring video, but they score points for complete originality. If the Kanye original was too aggressive and egotistical for you, then you’ll fall in love with this version.

[soundcloud] https://soundcloud.com/wearemausi/mausi-bound-2-v-3[/soundcloud]

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5 artists you need to hear right now Vol.3

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Welcome to the third instalment of our new artists feature. This week we’re dishing up an eclectic bunch that range from industrial hip-hop, to pop perfection, to a youngster tipped to take on Lorde. 

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There’s no easier thing in the world to sink your teeth into than a perfect pop song. Hot Lights by Nashville group LANY is that. It would be my pleasure to tell you more about LANY but at this stage there is very little to tell. They have two songs to their name (Hot Lights and Walk Away) which are both a month old and built upon a base of simmering beats with an occasional burst of brass. They are expected to release an EP in June and it will probably be delicious like their previous electro-tinged gems. That is all.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thisislany[/soundcloud]

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Childhood

British-duo Childhood have been around the traps for a while now, but they’re too good to let slip by if you haven’t heard of them already. Childhood is Leo Dobson and Ben Romans-Hopcraft and together they will release their debut album Lacuna in August. There’s a healthy buzz surrounding them due to their effortlessly washed-out yet melodic sound. This sound so often has the ability to sound tiresome but Childhood induce plenty of fun. NME recently caught up with them in the studio where at 10am they had the room filled with smoke and lasers to make it seem like they were “playing a gig”. The album has been produced by Dan Carey who’s worked with Hot Chip and Bat for Lashes and will feature the tracks Solemn Skies and Falls Away.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/childhoodmusic/falls-away[/soundcloud]

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It’s a less travelled trajectory the road from drummer to lead-singer but it’s worked for Dave Grohl and now London-based percussionist Georgia Barnes is trying her luck. She’s drummed for artists like Kwes, Juce and Kate Tempest, however, on her own she’s unleashed a totally different sound. Her debut track, Be Ache, is forwardly-driven by artillery-like percussion. It’s aggressive, bold and highly-unlikely to send you to sleep. Be Ache is taking off her forthcoming EP Come In which will be released by label Kaya Kaya (co-founded by Cherish of Juce).

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/georgia_hb/be-ache[/soundcloud]

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Thomston

18 year-old Thomas Stoneman is about to put New Zealand on the map once more. The young singer is garnering some serious attention with his dark, minimalist pop tunes. He’s drawing some comparisons to Lorde, however, he’s not too happy about that. He told Daily Discovery “I haven’t got Grammys so I’m like the lame, non-famous, less cool, and not critically acclaimed version of her.” His latest track, Anaesthetic, will no doubt prove his worth away from Lorde comparisons. It’s a sparse track with deep, haunting undertones that proves he is far beyond his years. It follows his School Night EP and already you can tell he’s grown a lot.

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

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clipping. is a Los Angeles rap-trio making fierce, industrial hip-hop music. Their debut album, CLPPNG, is currently streaming on NPR and it’s part Yeezus, part early-Outkast and a whole lot of clipping. experimentalism. MC Daveed Diggs handles the raps while the soundscapes are laid down by Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson. Beginning with an acapella rap intro, the album continues with sporadic and minimalist beats leaving it up to Diggs to bring a spitting ferocity to the music. It’s certainly not an easy listen, but it’s most definitely a rewarding one.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/subpop/clipping-body-and-blood[/soundcloud]

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