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City Spotlight: Stockholm, Sweden

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City spotlight is a new bi-weekly feature where the interns go behind a particular city looking to uncover its musical trends and cool hangs.  This week we’re taking a trip to the pop kingdom of Stockholm, Sweden. 

It’s common knowledge that Sweden is a purveyor of all things perfect. Known for ABBA, meatballs and Ikea, predominantly, Sweden and in particular its capital city has become almost a metaphorical pleasantville. Behind the beautiful harbour and historic buildings, there’s a music scene that has gone from strength-to-strength in the passed decade. It’s trademark genre is undoubtedly pop with artists like Robyn, Fever Ray and Lykke Li all hailing from the country. What’s most impressive is that the Swedish mainstream is largely accepting of a more left-of-centre brand of pop. As such, Stockholm is playing host to a number of up and coming pop and electronic artists, with well-curated record labels and interesting venues with more to offer than most cities. Take a trip with us through Stockholm, as we take a look at the most exciting venues, artists and record labels in the city of Stockholm right now.

Click below to explore the various facets of Stockholm’s music scene. 

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First Impressions 30 June

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Lust at first sight is all the rage in this week’s First Impressions. This week features a steamy collection of songs moving from the club to the bedroom. We move from The Weeknd‘s bedroom, to Shabazz Palace‘s kitchen and to the club with Jamie xx. This week we play the fly on the wall.

Jhene Aiko- To Love & Die

Sam: It’s difficult to be straight-up impressed with this one because Aiko’s charm is so effortless. Major throwbacks to Ashanti and I’m completely ok with that given that I’ve spent the last decade clinging onto Murder Inc.’s back catalogue. The bridge before the third chorus delivers straight-up attitude. 4

Hannah: Doing Rihanna better than RiRi herself and brimming with a serious injection early 2000 RnB, this is a sound I’m totally ok with. 3.5

Lizzie: Ooft just like slicing hot butter, this song melts me. I’d like to slip into something more comfortable, pour myself a bath and be serenaded by Aiko’s sweet tones. 3.5

Bianca: A silky-smooth RnB gem that’s bringing flashbacks of a much simpler time when hair was accessorised with butterflies and couches were made of poppable plastic. My head bounce increased ten-fold at the fervent 56-second mark. 3.5

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

Jamie xx- All Under One Roof Raving

Sam: It’s winter in England, everyone’s checked their coats at the cloakroom and is now surviving off each other’s body heat in a club in East London. It’s also 4am. Jamie xx just gets this one so right. It’s such a vivid homage to rave culture in London with nuanced additions like those British vocal samples. The beat? Sparse brilliance. Hannah, if you don’t like this, I’ll eat my hat, literally. 4.5

Hannah: As much as I’d like to see you eat your snapback Samos, Jamie xx and steel drums? Just 5. Just 5. 5 Hannah’s Pick

Lizzie: Very interesting. 4.5 from Sam & a 5 from Hannah? I was almost ready to pack it in and give up on this track but then the 4 minute mark crept up and made much more sense. Thank god – I didn’t want to ever hate him. 3.5

Bianca: Jamie xx has just transported me to an underground, tin-walled club in London. Between the hectic cockney-accented vocal samples and the always-welcome steel drums, I am in love. TUNEEEEEE. 5 Bianca’s Pick

FKA Twigs- Two Weeks

Sam: How can I put it more eloquently than Twigs herself? I can’t but I’ll try given it’s the nature of First Impressions. Two Weeks is such a dignified take on something that is often delivered in such a trashy way: sex. Her voice builds intensity and then lets it all go with a detour into her higher register. All the while, the beat just shudders in the background with the bass working the track into a steamy climax. Absolute, experimental perfection. Show me something more impressive than this, this year. 5 Sam’s Pick

Hannah: This is quivering perfection. A score of pure staccato moments vibrate and bounce below FKA Twigs insane vocals. At once Aaliyah and Mariah at her best, this song knows exactly what it wants, and how to tease and toy with you until it gets it. I have a feeling FKA Twigs has even more to give, but she ain’t gonna give it up easily. 4

Lizzie: What a cheeky lady – the moment I thought I could pass this song on to my Mum for some light listening, she brings out “motherfucker” in the most majestically elegant way. I am hypnotised by her tomfoolery. 4.5 Lizzie’s Pick

Bianca: Had this been released just a week earlier than it did, I’d have no doubt it would feature in the top 10 section of our Top 20 Songs of 2014. The way she so eloquently slips in a few ‘fucks’ and ‘mother fuckers’ into this piece of art makes me think this song could slide its way onto commercial radio without the ACMA blinking an eye. 4

The Weeknd- Often

Sam: And if Twigs deals with it in a dignified manner, then The Weeknd does the opposite. The Weeknd has gone from being one of the pioneers of modern RnB to being sleazier than R.Kelly. “Make that pussy pop and do it how I want it?” Really? The track is slick but he’s just too much for me. 2

Lizzie: “I can make your pussy rain often?” What would your mother say!? I feel like I want to give him a slap on the wrist and send him to his bedroom without ice-cream. Such a beautiful voice but such a dirty mind. 3

Hannah: If the last couple of weeks have been all about disco fever, this week is about thumping, pulsing, quivering, teasing and down right sexy slow jams. I’m totally ok to be used and abused by this latest offering from The Weeknd. 3

Bianca: Umbrella sales have just gone down dramatically. 1

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/theweekndxo/the-weeknd-often[/soundcloud]

Shabazz Palace- #CAKE

Sam: In Shabazz Palace’s world you can have the cake and eat it too. It’s such a psychedelic, woozy take on the hip-hop genre that almost skews your immediate view for four minutes. I love the middle-eastern influences and the melodic change-ups that waterfall back into that M.I.A-like beat. 4

Lizzie: I hate it. But I do crave cake for some reason. 0.5

Hannah:I don’t think this cake is gluten-free. I’m out. 1.5

Bianca: This cake did not rise. 0.5

Calvin Harris- C.U.B.A

Sam: Let it be known, I find Calvin Harris more unbearable than a world without cronuts, but I’m going to challenge myself to be positive about this. I like that he’s detoured from slick, pop-based EDM, to deliver what is a banging big room-track. It builds well with assaulting if not slightly-predictable synths and it drops like a mutha-f***ker. My only issue? I hate it. 2

Lizzie:

Simple Recipe for an EDM song:

3 parts equal serving Heavy bass and crash

3 parts unrecognizable twangy sound

1 part moment which makes you nostalgic about those fun times in Summer

300 minutes of build up to the drop

2 parts “Drop”

1 part realising that this song is like every other EDM song

C’mon Calvin I love you man, but it’s an Invention Test and your recipe is just so pedestrian. 2

Hannah: Picture this. The sun is setting over Coachella 2014, Calvin Harris has just walked on stage to a 45,000-strong crowd and just as that first jarring note reigns out over a sea of sweaty EDM heads, you realise Little Dragon is also walking out on a stage somewhere else and would have been a far better option. Through the sea of meat, there is no escape and for the next hour not only will you be subjected to aural torture but you will forever have to live with the knowledge you, for whatever brain-fart of a reason, chose Calvin over Little Dragon. I just can’t even go there. 0.5

Bianca: I feel like I have to dance otherwise someone is going to shoot me. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/calvinharris/calvin-harris-cuba[/soundcloud]

 

Top 20 Songs of 2014 (So Far)


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2014 has been full of highlights so far. Kimye finally married, Solange threw a punch at Jay ZLana Del Rey found favour with the critics and Kylie Minogue joined The Voice. Yep, 2014 is making memories one-by-one and to celebrate we’ve put together our Top 20 Songs of the year to date. Call it a soundtrack to the trials and tribulations of months passed and a cheers to the months ahead.

Together we sat down, fought, laughed and cried over our favourite songs of the year. What is immediately apparent is that 2014 has been a year for new artists. Four of our top five artists only released their debut this year and three of the Top 20 are yet to release an album. While many of us had to forego personal favourites in the name of democracy, we’ve attached them for the aural pleasure on the next page.

Scroll below and read our spiel about how each song appeased our little ears in the first half of 2014 or head right to the bottom for our custom-made Top 20 Soundcloud playlist.

 

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20 Pharrell – Hunter

Of all the songs we could have pulled from Pharrell’s 2014 release Girl, why did we pick Hunter? This song makes you want to hit the town on a Saturday night. In the signature Pharrell Williams style, it offers up a slow blues and catchy swagger brimming with confidence. From the moment we all heard this track, we were hooked.That infectious guitar line that has been stamped across Pharrell’s tracks since Get Lucky is in its purest form here. It’s a song for those on the prowl- stalking around, chest puffed, Saturday Night Fever style.

– Lizzie

stvincentEOFYS19 St Vincent – Digital Witness

A pop song centred around brass. St. Vincent has never been one to follow trends and yet again she’s carved a masterpiece from the oddest of stones. Digital Witness is an extension of the chapter started between her and David Byrne but introduces a new-found attitude that permeates her self-titled album. Upon the album’s release, Annie Clarke said “I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral”. Digital Witness is an apparent critique of people’s need to document everything rather than experience. She told Under The Radar “I wrote a will not too long ago, and in it I wrote ‘When I die, I want you to scatter my ashes in the Internet”. No doubt this song will accompany that.

– Sam

jamesvincent18 James Vincent McMorrow – Gold

James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical was one of the more surprising releases of the year. After a pretty mundane debut, Post Tropical was a spectacular melting pot of genres from hip-hop to folk and pop. Gold is the centrepiece of that album. The brass instrumentation shines through amongst his flawless falsetto. The staccato in the second chorus rings like a military-call leading the song into a powerful crescendo. Stunning.

– Bianca

RobynEOFYS17 Röyksopp + Robyn – Do It Again  

Everyone knows the feeling. The wines flow, the music throbs and bed doesn’t beckon until sunlight. The aftermath is never fun yet it never deters. Do It Again is the perfect anthem for early-morning club dwellers. It’s got a thumping bass-line, lush synths and an uber-melodic bridge that couldn’t be by anyone else but Robyn. The Swedes are yet to screw anything up, ever, so three of them together could only mean good things. The lyrics are almost pain-stakingly obvious but such is the song’s charm. It worked for Daft Punk (One More Time) and it works again here. No need to think about when the drop is. Like a valiant host, Robyn tells you and then unleashes a mighty chorus. The marriage between pop and electronica has never been more glorious.

– Sam

PorterrobinsonEOFYS16 Porter Robinson – Lionhearted

Crowned ‘The Hottest Record in the World Right Now,’ by BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Lionhearted, offers up something completely different to Porter’s usual heavy EDM thumpers. For those who call themselves die-hard Porter Robinson fans, you may not warm to the new sonic territory he is breaking. However, the interns felt that as one of our “Rebels of EDM“, this incredibly talented 21-year old has stepped up to the plate as an exciting artist to watch in 2014. His hotly-anticipated Worlds album is set to be released on August 12, until then, this electro house anthem teamed with Swedish indie-pop band Urbane Cone, offers up a reborn sound peppered with playful melodies, atmospheric vocals and a dancey sentiment.

– Lizzie

glassanimalsEOFYS15 Glass Animals – Gooey

The Alt-J of 2014 had something more to offer- an RnB-inspired swagger that reached under the skin and slid along with its icky lyrics.The title of the track is perhaps the most pertinent depiction of its slippery melody. The mention of perfume, pooh bear and peanut butter further contribute to making this song the most slinky piece of matter since flubber.

– Bianca

EOFYS_JessieWare14 Jessie Ware – Tough Love

While Devotion was brilliant, the question was always what Jessie Ware would do next. It turns out all she needed to make was the subtlest of changes. In Tough Love, she reaches for the heights of her vocal range taking us to territory she’s never explored before. With the help of Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco, she’s delivered a song that ebbs and flows with the most subtle of dynamics. The flurry of synths that greet the second chorus are the perfect climax to a song that could’ve easily flatlined without the right care.

 Sam

sia13 Sia – Chandelier

Beyond having one of the most brilliant visual marketing campaigns this year, Chandelier is an absolute tune. The RnB-tinted verses suggest that Sia had the intention of writing a hit for Rihanna but the chorus crushes that belief. There ain’t no way Rihanna could scale the vocal heights that Sia hits in the chorus’ main hook. It’s a song to drink to, a sequel to R.Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly and a statement that cements Sia as one of the best pop writers in the game. As far as a pop song goes, that’s three ticks.

– Bianca

LANAEOFYS12 Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Zhu Remix)

No one has polarized the interns’ opinions more than Lana Del Rey – as an artist, as performer and as a person. However, on the eve of Del Rey’s new album, Zhu slapped down this baby with impeccable timing, doing her work justice and much, much more. The signature Del Rey nostalgia is replaced with the punchy thump of percussion, killer chopped vocals and effortless hypnotic 3am house energy. While the song remains sultry, oozing sex, sex and more sex – it brings about an overwhelming power to make you want to dance uncontrollably in a club.

– Lizzie

chromeoEOFYS11 Chromeo – Old 45s

C’mon, how could you not enjoy this song. It’s catchy, evocative, totally nostalgic for an era we had absolutely nothing to do with and just a good old bundle of fun. I dare you NOT to dance to this baby.

– Hannah

zedzdead10 Zeds Dead – Lost You (feat. Twin Shadow)

In our ‘First Impressions’ back in May, we struggled to say a nice thing about this track. look how the turntables have turned. Canadian bass producers Zeds Dead have snuck into our Top 10 with their track Lost You, a nifty collaboration with Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy. This Mad Decent release is just another example of how versatile and ambitious their catalogue of music has become. With the rubbery sound and colourful trippy video to compliment this house anthem, directed by Grandson & Son, prepare to be taken on a psychedelic trip of sonic creativity.

– Lizzie

howtodresswell29 How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure

It’s true- RnB has been revitalised in a big way. The issue with that is the genre quickly gets crowded with mediocrity. That’s why Tom Krell‘s Repeat Pleasure is such a triumph. His falsetto is flawless while the songs subtle guitar and light-as-a-feather beat allow the melody to be the hero. It’s a touch of Ashanti with a little bit of Baby Face and a hint of Mariah. He keeps it tasteful by putting his own nuanced touches on it. The name doesn’t lie. This one has truly been a repeat pleasure.

– Sam

jamirxx8 Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

This is a hazy pink sunset dancing on a darkening ocean just as much as it is first light come morning. It’s with you for the long haul and will see you the whole night through. That vocal sample and RnB edge is an absolute killer combination. Everything Jamie xx touches is pure gold and this is no different.

– Hannah

littledragon27 Little Dragon – Pretty Girls

When I first heard Frank Ocean’s Lost last yearI was certain, and let’s be honest, I am still certain, he’d written it exclusively for me. While I don’t have “double D, big full breasts,” I do have a tendency to get “lost in the thrill of it all” and trains and I just don’t get on. Similarly, when I first heard Pretty Girls, it spoke directly to the escapist in me and perfectly crystalised that vulnerable, quivering moment before you grab the bare essentials, cut all ties and dare to run without looking back for fear of getting stuck.

– Hannah

laroux6 La Roux – Uptight Downtown

The song that made us all realise we’d actually missed this loveable red head. Uptight Downtown is La Roux saying “Yeah I’ve been gone five years, but a pop song is a pop song and I write a damn good pop song”. Throughout, she strategically places bits and pieces that lure you straight to the dancefloor- the lyric “move, move, move”, the carnivale synth and the Bowie-like guitar riff. A 70s-tinged, spot of brilliance.

 Bianca

chromesparks5 Chrome Sparks – Goddess

This song elicits such a strong visceral response. It’s otherworldly in its ability to capture every inch of your mind, body and spirit and take you, full throttle on an intergalactic journey to destinations unknown, before nursing you gently back to earth. It’s rich, dynamic and full of texture and stardust twinkle.

– Hannah

chetfaker4 Chet Faker – 1998

This song is everything we’ve come to know and love from our bearded mate, Chet Faker; undeniably smooth and incredibly sexy. I get a little more “swagger” in my walk every time shuffle pulls this gem out… And by shuffle I really mean it’s on repeat. It’s got the right amount of pulse and bounce to keep you moving the whole way home. And that brief moment where you think he’s finally done wondering why you’re no longer “in a circle” before coming back for round two? WOW.

 Hannah

EOFYS_Caribou3 Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

We really cannot do without you in our top three Caribou. This track was an instant hit with the interns. Described as the “ninja song” – a song where you think you’ve heard all there is to hear and then all of a sudden (WHAM!), you are hit with a new crystalline layer of sounds. The killer vocal sample kicks, a quiet motif of synth and drums, and an epic crescendo that swells up in the final minute, Can’t Do Without You, leaves you with a climatic eargasm.

 Lizzie

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2 BANKS – Drowning

Without an album to her name, BANKS‘ is the success story of 2014. From Waiting Game to Goddess to Brain, she’s fired out brooding brilliance one after another. Drowning is the standout release from her so far. The lyrics are cold (“you try to hide I can see that you don’t need me”) yet the skittering vocal samples and the depths of  BANKS’ vocals are warm and encapsulating. As far as new artists go, you don’t get many so confident and self-assured in the early moments of their career. What a class act.

– Sam

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1 Jungle – Busy Earnin’

Before embarking on the strenuous journey of the Top 20, the interns knew that it would take something special to earn the top spot of the best song of (half) the year. So what was it about this newly-established UK band that inspired us to make this song our work motto? Mantra, if you will?

This track has something for everyone; polished hip-hop, a touch of dance and a hell of a lotta funk. Its underlying message of ‘busy earnin’’ has an almost dark undertone, evoking the mundanity of life while gloriously juxtaposing this thought with a disco dancefloor-inspired celebration of soul – it’s the Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s off to work we go of the modern age. You may “never have things for a normal life” and think that “all your time is used, busy earnin’” but you’ve just got to keep on truckin’, keep moving forward. And this track has the ability to inspire you to do just that; get up, move, keep going through the motions of life. The lyrics mirror the monotonous reality of eating, sleeping, working, and repeating (the grown-up version of Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat) but, with the assistance of a funky bassline, rhythmic falsetto and shining synths, it shows that it ain’t all that bad and sometimes all you need to do is live life to the fullest and, most importantly, get on that dancefloor and shake dat booty.

– Bianca

 

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Top 20 Songs of 2014 (So Far)

2014 has been full of highlights so far. Kimye finally married, Solange threw a punch at Jay ZLana Del Rey found favour with the critics and Kylie Minogue joined The Voice. Yep, 2014 is making memories one-by-one and to celebrate we’ve put together our Top 20 Songs of the year to date. Call it a soundtrack to the trials and tribulations of months passed and a cheers to the months ahead.

Together we sat down, fought, laughed and cried over our favourite songs of the year. What is immediately apparent is that 2014 has been a year for new artists. Four of our top five artists only released their debut this year and three of the Top 20 are yet to release an album. While many of us had to forego personal favourites in the name of democracy, we’ve attached them for the aural pleasure on the next page.

Hover over the images below and click to scroll down and read our spiel about how each song appeased our little ears in the first half of 2014 or head to the very bottom for our custom-made Top 20 Soundcloud playlist.

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20 Pharrell – Hunter

Of all the songs we could have pulled from Pharrell’s 2014 release Girl, why did we pick Hunter? This song makes you want to hit the town on a Saturday night. In the signature Pharrell Williams style, it offers up a slow blues and catchy swagger brimming with confidence. From the moment we all heard this track, we were hooked.That infectious guitar line that has been stamped across Pharrell’s tracks since Get Lucky is in its purest form here. It’s a song for those on the prowl- stalking around, chest puffed, Saturday Night Fever style.

– Lizzie

stvincentEOFYS19 St Vincent – Digital Witness

A pop song centred around brass. St. Vincent has never been one to follow trends and yet again she’s carved a masterpiece from the oddest of stones. Digital Witness is an extension of the chapter started between her and David Byrne but introduces a new-found attitude that permeates her self-titled album. Upon the album’s release, Annie Clarke said “I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral”. Digital Witness is an apparent critique of people’s need to document everything rather than experience. She told Under The Radar “I wrote a will not too long ago, and in it I wrote ‘When I die, I want you to scatter my ashes in the Internet”. No doubt this song will accompany that.

Sam

jamesvincent18 James Vincent McMorrow – Gold

James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical was one of the more surprising releases of the year. After a pretty mundane debut, Post Tropical was a spectacular melting pot of genres from hip-hop to folk and pop. Gold is the centrepiece of that album. The brass instrumentation shines through amongst his flawless falsetto. The staccato in the second chorus rings like a military-call leading the song into a powerful crescendo. Stunning.

Bianca

RobynEOFYS17 Röyksopp + Robyn – Do It Again  

Everyone knows the feeling. The wines flow, the music throbs and bed doesn’t beckon until sunlight. The aftermath is never fun yet it never deters. Do It Again is the perfect anthem for early-morning club dwellers. It’s got a thumping bass-line, lush synths and an uber-melodic bridge that couldn’t be by anyone else but Robyn. The Swedes are yet to screw anything up, ever, so three of them together could only mean good things. The lyrics are almost pain-stakingly obvious but such is the song’s charm. It worked for Daft Punk (One More Time) and it works again here. No need to think about when the drop is. Like a valiant host, Robyn tells you and then unleashes a mighty chorus. The marriage between pop and electronica has never been more glorious.

Sam

PorterrobinsonEOFYS16 Porter Robinson – Lionhearted

Crowned ‘The Hottest Record in the World Right Now,’ by BBC Radio 1’s Zane LoweLionhearted, offers up something completely different to Porter’s usual heavy EDM thumpers. For those who call themselves die-hard Porter Robinson fans, you may not warm to the new sonic territory he is breaking. However, the interns felt that as one of our “Rebels of EDM“, this incredibly talented 21-year old has stepped up to the plate as an exciting artist to watch in 2014. His hotly-anticipated Worlds album is set to be released on August 12, until then, this electro house anthem teamed with Swedish indie-pop band Urbane Cone, offers up a reborn sound peppered with playful melodies, atmospheric vocals and a dancey sentiment.

– Lizzie

glassanimalsEOFYS15 Glass Animals – Gooey

The Alt-J of 2014 had something more to offer- an RnB-inspired swagger that reached under the skin and slid along with its icky lyrics.The title of the track is perhaps the most pertinent depiction of its slippery melody. The mention of perfume, pooh bear and peanut butter further contribute to making this song the most slinky piece of matter since flubber.

Bianca

EOFYS_JessieWare14 Jessie Ware – Tough Love

While Devotion was brilliant, the question was always what Jessie Ware would do next. It turns out all she needed to make was the subtlest of changes. In Tough Love, she reaches for the heights of her vocal range taking us to territory she’s never explored before. With the help of Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco, she’s delivered a song that ebbs and flows with the most subtle of dynamics. The flurry of synths that greet the second chorus are the perfect climax to a song that could’ve easily flatlined without the right care.

 Sam

sia13 Sia – Chandelier

Beyond having one of the most brilliant visual marketing campaigns this year, Chandelier is an absolute tune. The RnB-tinted verses suggest that Sia had the intention of writing a hit for Rihanna but the chorus crushes that belief. There ain’t no way Rihanna could scale the vocal heights that Sia hits in the chorus’ main hook. It’s a song to drink to, a sequel to R.Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly and a statement that cements Sia as one of the best pop writers in the game. As far as a pop song goes, that’s three ticks.

Bianca

LANAEOFYS12 Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Zhu Remix)

No one has polarized the interns’ opinions more than Lana Del Rey – as an artist, as performer and as a person. However, on the eve of Del Rey’s new album, Zhu slapped down this baby with impeccable timing, doing her work justice and much, much more. The signature Del Rey nostalgia is replaced with the punchy thump of percussion, killer chopped vocals and effortless hypnotic 3am house energy. While the song remains sultry, oozing sex, sex and more sex – it brings about an overwhelming power to make you want to dance uncontrollably in a club.

Lizzie

chromeoEOFYS11 Chromeo – Old 45s

C’mon, how could you not enjoy this song. It’s catchy, evocative, totally nostalgic for an era we had absolutely nothing to do with and just a good old bundle of fun. I dare you NOT to dance to this baby.

Hannah

zedzdead10 Zeds Dead – Lost You (feat. Twin Shadow)

In our ‘First Impressions’ back in May, we struggled to say a nice thing about this track. look how the turntables have turned. Canadian bass producers Zeds Dead have snuck into our Top 10 with their track Lost You, a nifty collaboration with Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy. This Mad Decent release is just another example of how versatile and ambitious their catalogue of music has become. With the rubbery sound and colourful trippy video to compliment this house anthem, directed by Grandson & Son, prepare to be taken on a psychedelic trip of sonic creativity.

Lizzie

howtodresswell29 How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure

It’s true- RnB has been revitalised in a big way. The issue with that is the genre quickly gets crowded with mediocrity. That’s why Tom Krell‘s Repeat Pleasure is such a triumph. His falsetto is flawless while the songs subtle guitar and light-as-a-feather beat allow the melody to be the hero. It’s a touch of Ashanti with a little bit of Baby Face and a hint of Mariah. He keeps it tasteful by putting his own nuanced touches on it. The name doesn’t lie. This one has truly been a repeat pleasure.

Sam

jamirxx8 Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

This is a hazy pink sunset dancing on a darkening ocean just as much as it is first light breaking come morning. It’s with you for the long haul and will see you the whole night through. That vocal sample and RnB edge is an absolute killer combination. Everything Jamie xx touches is pure gold and this is no different.

Hannah

littledragon27 Little Dragon – Pretty Girls

When I first heard Frank Ocean’s Lost last year, I was certain, and let’s be honest, I am still certain, he’d written it exclusively for me. While I don’t have “double D, big full breasts,” I do have a tendency to get “lost in the thrill of it all” and trains and I just don’t get on. Similarly, when I first heard Pretty Girls, it spoke directly to the escapist in me and perfectly crystalised that vulnerable, quivering moment before you grab the bare essentials, cut all ties and dare to run without looking back for fear of getting stuck.

Hannah

laroux6 La Roux – Uptight Downtown

The song that made us all realise we’d actually missed this loveable red head. Uptight Downtown is La Roux saying “Yeah I’ve been gone five years, but a pop song is a pop song and I write a damn good pop song”. Throughout, she strategically places bits and pieces that lure you straight to the dancefloor- the lyric “move, move, move”, the carnivale synth and the Bowie-like guitar riff. A 70s-tinged, spot of brilliance.

Bianca

chromesparks5 Chrome Sparks – Goddess

This song elicits such a strong visceral response. It’s otherworldly in its ability to capture every inch of your mind, body and spirit and take you, full throttle on an intergalactic journey to destinations unknown, before nursing you gently back to earth. It’s rich, dynamic and full of texture and stardust twinkle.

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This song is everything we’ve come to know and love from our bearded mate, Chet Faker; undeniably smooth and incredibly sexy. I get a little more “swagger” in my walk every time shuffle pulls this gem out… And by shuffle I really mean it’s on repeat. It’s got the right amount of pulse and bounce to keep you moving the whole way home. And that brief moment where you think he’s finally done wondering why you’re no longer “in a circle” before coming back for round two? WOW.

Hannah

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We really cannot do without you in our top three Caribou. This track was an instant hit with the interns. Described as the “ninja song” – a song where you think you’ve heard all there is to hear and then all of a sudden (WHAM!), you are hit with a new crystalline layer of sounds. The killer vocal sample kicks, a quiet motif of synth and drums, and an epic crescendo that swells up in the final minute, Can’t Do Without You, leaves you with a climatic eargasm.

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2 BANKS – Drowning

Without an album to her name, BANKS‘ is the success story of 2014. From Waiting Game to Goddess to Brain, she’s fired out brooding brilliance one after another. Drowning is the standout release from her so far. The lyrics are cold (“you try to hide I can see that you don’t need me”) yet the skittering vocal samples and the depths of  BANKS’ vocals are warm and encapsulating. As far as new artists go, you don’t get many so confident and self-assured in the early moments of their career. What a class act.

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1 Jungle – Busy Earnin’

Before embarking on the strenuous journey of the Top 20, the interns knew that it would take something special to earn the top spot of the best song of (half) the year. So what was it about this newly-established UK band that inspired us to make this song our work motto? Mantra, if you will?

This track has something for everyone; polished hip-hop, a touch of dance and a hell of a lotta funk. Its underlying message of ‘busy earnin’’ has an almost dark undertone, evoking the mundanity of life while gloriously juxtaposing this thought with a disco dancefloor-inspired celebration of soul – it’s the Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s off to work we go of the modern age. You may “never have things for a normal life” and think that “all your time is used, busy earnin’” but you’ve just got to keep on truckin’, keep moving forward. And this track has the ability to inspire you to do just that; get up, move, keep going through the motions of life. The lyrics mirror the monotonous reality of eating, sleeping, working, and repeating (the grown-up version of Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat) but, with the assistance of a funky bassline, rhythmic falsetto and shining synths, it shows that it ain’t all that bad and sometimes all you need to do is live life to the fullest and, most importantly, get on that dancefloor and shake dat booty.

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theinterns’ Saturday Mix

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The week has finally come to a close, Saturday is here but your iTunes library is looking embarrassingly outdated. Do not fret, we have got your weekend jams covered with our first ever interns’ SATURDAY MIX. Showcasing some of the best new mixes from the week, we aim to tailor to all your musical wants and needs; whether you want to wind down, entertain friends or get the blood pumping for a 3am bender – pending lock-outs don’t kill your vibe, we’ve got your back.

Panama Wedding-Mix: Music To Cook Dinner To

The wine is poured and the mood candles are lit. If you have chosen to spend this chilly winter night in, nestled up in you Snuggie, then this is your perfect cosy playlist. New York-based Panama Wedding have whipped up this perfect mix to cook to, to stir, to bake and shake to, or just stare hypnotically into a lit fire on the couch. Self confessed foodies, this alternative indie/rock 5-piece serves up a smorgasbord of old favourites; Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan – the gang is all there. Dig in!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/panama-wedding-music-to-cook-dinner-to[/soundcloud]

Jamie XX – London Rooftop: The Warm Up

You have decided to go out, good on you! Its Summer somewhere else in the world and Jamie XX is outside having a beer with his mates. You should probably do the same. This hour mix is a delight for the senses, with a video on top of Young Turks headquarters in London for a Boiler Room DJ set, all decked-out with pretty lights and bunting. What can only be described as a “A homage to London… an honorary whip through the nostalgic touchstones of UK club music, dashed also with some new material.” Best served with a side of chips and Pimms.

Porter Robinson – Radio 1 Essential Mix: Pass It On

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we like to call the “Pass It On” mix. 70 songs in 120 minutes; each and every minute worth sharing with your friends. Just look at the track list – Chrome Sparks, CHVRCHES, Nero, Daft Punk, Panama, Touch Sensitive… If you need an education on the current direction of electronic music, then here it is. If you care to venture out, go get lost in China Town tonight with Porter RobinsonYeo and this epic mix.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/edmchicagotv/porter-robinson-bbc-radio-1-essential-mix-2014[/soundcloud]

What So Not – EDC Las Vegas: From Where You’d Rather Be…

Trapped at a house party? Trapped out on the town? This is the only kinda trap you want to get yourself caught up in on a Saturday night, if you know what I mean (eiy, eiy). On Thursday we featured Dillon Francis‘ epic set at Electric Daisy Carnival LV in our Throwaway Thursdays. Today it is an ode to all the Aussie DJs travelling the world doing awesome things in places you wish you were partying. What So Not, the smash hit duo of Flume and Emoh Instead take us on a ride with all our favs – Rustie, Mr. Carmack, Outkast, Boys Noize and even a cheeky new collaboration with funnyman Dillon Francis. Drop this baby between the hours of 10pm and 1am. House-party style.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/whatsonot/what-so-not-live-edc-las-vegas-2014[/soundcloud]

i-DJ: Martyn: 3am

Wow, 3am came up quickly didn’t it. You’ve been locked out of Kings Cross – which to many is a God send – so you clamber home back to your mate’s house and need to chill. Not talk, just chill on whatever resembles the comfort of a bean bag. i-DJ: Martyn will take you on a journey through world techno, house and jungle; so press play and let the music do what it needs to do at this god forsaken hour.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/idmartynmix[/soundcloud]

Jorge Bonjour Mixtape for Kitsuné @ Le Bain: Embrace the Hangover

Either you haven’t slept, or you have just been awoken and realised you are definitely not sleeping in your own bed. Don’t worry, we will go easy on you. Jorge Bonjour‘s “Embrace the Hangover” mix delivers remix after remix. Todd Terje and Holy Ghost! are here to hold your hand and slowly ease you back into society.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kitsune-maison/jorge-bonjour-mixtape-for-le-bain[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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What a week for new music. It felt like music was gushing from every surrounding channel and we’re yet to fix the pipes. These 10 are the 10 we managed to stop in their tracks in order to chuck them on repeat and revel in their brilliance. If you haven’t heard these songs this week, here’s your chance to before your friends are all 10 steps ahead of you and you’re #oldnews. If you just want to jump straight to the Soundcloud playlist, click here.

FKA Twigs- Two Weeks

British singer/producer FKA Twigs is months away from releasing her debut album, LP1 and Two Weeks is the first single from it. If the Papi Pacify video taught us anything it’s that Twigs isn’t afraid to take on taboo subjects. Once again on Two Weeks she’s bold and revealing with her subject matter. The lyric, “My thighs are open for when you’re ready to breathe in”, should give you a few clues about what we’re dealing with here. Coming from Twigs, however, it doesn’t sound trashy. Rather she does it with the utmost grace and confidence. Slinking around the melody with sexual prowess.

Grimes- Go

Grimes loves a bit of T.Swizzle and the Biebs so it should come as no surprise that she originally wrote this one for Rihanna. Rihanna turned it down but it’s her loss. Go, produced with Blood Diamonds, is a trap-driven, ethereal pop song. It’s undoubtedly different from anything she’s released in the past and probably won’t be on her next album, but it’s a welcome detour into banger territory. Watch out Miley.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/actuallygrimes/go-1[/soundcloud]

Ryn Weaver- OctaHate

When Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and Passion Pit combine on one song, there’s really only one way it can go. American newcomer, Ryn Weaver, is introduced to the musicsphere with a cracker of a pop song. The choruses scream Passion Pit, the pop-forwardness says Benny Blanco while the synths have Cashmere Cat’s fingerprints over them. Meanwhile, Weaver is the perfect host, sounding like a seasoned pro.

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

Lido- I Love You

Like Cashmere Cat, Lido is a Norwegian producer, who last week dropped a stunning remix of BANKSDrowning. This week he’s dropped his EP, I Love You. The title track is the most impressive of the set, it’s a skittering, unpredictable affair that dazzles with a sonic-adrenalin rush hook. The funky bass undertones ensure that we stay around in between choruses.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/lidogotsongs/lido-i-love-you[/soundcloud]

Bondax- All I See

British duos making house music have a good track record. Just look at Disclosure. Bondax have been tracking along for about the same time but are yet to drop an album. All I See is the latest track from them and the sound is planted in the tropics. It’s perhaps their most accessible tune to date and is no doubt aimed towards a Mediterranean Summer.

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

Kyan- Cold Friend

Ever since we featured Kyan’s Shuttle we’ve been huge fans of British singer. Fresh from playing Wembley Stadium with Duke Dumont, he’s dropped the second single from his forthcoming EP, Life In A Triangle. Cold Friend is far more of a casual affair than the first single, Taking The City but it’s no less effective. Frosty tones and isolated drums make it quite a melanholic track warmed only by Kyan’s soulful voice.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kyanmusic/cold-friend-1[/soundcloud]

LUCIANBLOMKAMP- Help Me Out

And the brilliant Australian producers just keep coming. LUCIANBLOMKAMP as well as being a mouthful to pronounce, is a Melbourne-based producer who’s gearing up to release his debut LP Post-Nature on 15 August. Help Me Out is taken from that. It’s a dark track with building intensity delivered by crescendoing beats and short stabs of synth.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/lucianblomkamp/help-me-out[/soundcloud]

Zola Jesus- Dangerous Days

This may be one of the most surprising releases of the week. Zola Jesus is known for her dark, experimental music that has often blatantly stayed away any pop-influences. Dangerous Days, the first release from her forthcoming LP, Taiga, sees her let her card down. It has a big hearty chorus and beat-driven verse that doesn’t stray too far from M83’s sonic aesthetic. Taiga suddenly just got a whole lot more interesting.

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

Nao vs. AK Paul- So Good

I’d imagine AK Paul is feeling slightly like Solange right now. Why? His brother is enigmatic producer Jai Paul who is a hero to many although he’s only really released two official tunes. On So Good he pairs with Hackney singer Nao. So Good is all about holding back. Paul only plays with a few layers, creating a sparse yet effective backing for Nao’s popping vocal. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait as long as Jai Paul for a follow-up.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thisnao/nao-vs-a-k-paul-so-good[/soundcloud]

Billie Black- I Don’t Need Another Lover

Two weeks, two songs and London artist, Billie Black has ensures that she’s one to watch. Following the spectacular, I Waited For You, she’s released I Don’t Need Another Lover. The new track takes a similar, minimal formula to I Waited For You, but it kicks the pace up a notch with a gentle beat. It works the song into a subtle yet welcome groove showing that Black can be more than a Sade-like balladeer.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/billie-black/i-dont-need-another-lover[/soundcloud]

 

Listen to the full Soundcloud playlist below: 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/10-songs-you-need-to-hear[/soundcloud]

 

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11 Firsts of Big Day Out

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Here at theinterns, what underpins everything we do is an unwavering desire emphasise the “new” in “new music.” So, with yesterday’s sad revelation that The Big Day Out Festival will not be returning to our shores come 2015, having debuted in 1992 with newer-than-new band, Nirvana as a headliner (that’s right, before Nirvana were even a thang), we decided to take a moment to reflect on the many personal cherries we popped as frequent visitors to the iconic festival responsible for instilling a love of all things music (and otherwise) in us for over 20 years.

The first time we experienced an on stage Iggy-orgy.

During their first visit to Australian shores, Iggy and The Stooges invited a countless number of semi-clad young punters on stage to dance with them during submissive-anthem-for-the-masses, I Wanna Be Your Dog.

The first time everyone ignored that flag ban.

Nothing to see here. 

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The first time Marilyn Manson showed us just how many uses The Bible really has.

Including acting as a kleenex for when you’re dressed as Hitler and feel like a cheeky rub and tug.

The first time we actually raged Against The Machine.

If we learnt one thing during 2008’s Big Day Out Festival it was this: A sure fire way to instill anarchy and pandaemonium in a 46-000 strong crowd is to follow Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name of, with riot-inducing equal, Bulls on Parade. People really don’t like that combination. 

The first time Eminem turned down six million Aussie dollars. Well, probably not the first time.  

Along with Blink 182 and Prince, Eminem turned down a hefty sum of money to headline the long standing festival during 2012. As a result, festival organisers sought help from who else but Yeezus. Which led to the following… 

The first time Kanye went all prophet on our ass.

During Kanye’s 2012 performance, crowds were treated to a 7-minute vocal break down at the end of Lost In The World in which he, unsurprisingly, lamented his exclusion from the fashion world and a 10 minute story of a Friday night date gone wrong. 

He also managed to irriate second headliner Soundgarden that year. Kanye decided to perform a loud soundcheck during Soundgarden’s show with Chris Cornell later responding, ““Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back.” In response, Kanye went on stage 45 minutes late. 

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The first time Bjork cancelled, assaulted photographer

One of the bigger cancellations in Big Day Out’s history was Bjork‘s pull-out of the Sydney show due to “swelling vocal chords”. A few days earlier she had already run into trouble when she tore a photographers shirt apart at the airport in Auckland. Shen then fell to the ground. She hasn’t returned to Australia since 🙁

The first time we were introduced to Silverchair

In 1995, three long-haired, grungey teenagers were added to the bill. Like Nirvana, the trio typified the raw, rock n’ roll atmosphere of early Big Day Out’s. That year, they would go onto release Frogstomp which headed straight for number one in Australia and reached the top ten in the USA. The year before, Tomorrow, had already topped charts around the world and so, this was somewhat of a premature victory lap.

The first time Big Day Out buggered up its second Sydney show.

Yep, it happened twice. In 2012, no doubt, elated with the joy of securing Kanye as a headliner, festival organiser put on another Sydney show. In 2011, with Muse at the helm, both Sydney shows had sold out in record time. Organisers had hoped the same would happen in 2012. Unfortunately, not. Weeks before the event the BDO had to introduce a ‘bring a friend’ policy for the second show, essentially giving tickets away for free.  In 2014, having not learnt from previous mistakes, organisers attempted it again and then promptly cancelled it before it got to the point of a ‘bring a friend’ policy. Phew.

The first time headliner Neil Young cleared the mainstage

In 2009, Neil Young came as a confusing addition as headliner to the Big Day Out. While most that stayed, were enamoured with his predictably brilliant set, most of the youngsters had fled the arena, leaving one of the sparsest headliner crowds in memory. Where did they all head to? The Prodigy in the Boiler Room which in Sydney, at least, was closed, with thousands of people having to crowd around a screen outside. Still, they looked satisfied.

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The first time you went to the Big Day Out

All jokes aside, the Big Day Out will for many of you be etched in your mind as one of the first festivals you ever went to. No doubt you have memories of downing UDLs before the gate, passing out from heat exhaustion and experiencing the immense euphoria induced by seeing your favourite band on the mainstage. Over two decades, the Big Day Out has become a staple in many punters diaries, consistently churning out larger line-ups than many of the other festivals. Believe it or not, come Australia day, you may just wish you were singing along to the Hottest 100 live at the Big Day Out.

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Grimes releases song written for Rihanna, ‘Go’

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Grimes‘ breakthrough album, Visons, was a left-field pop masterpiece founded on introverted soundscapes and subtle melodies. While it wasn’t explicitly a pop record, the Canadian singer has never shied away from her admiration for the genre. In her Top 10 LP’s of 2012 she listed Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber with no shame. Last night on Radio 1 she debuted, ‘Go’, which was originally written for Rihanna. The news emerged a number of weeks ago after she performed it at the Governors Balls in NYC. We can now replace that fan recording with this polished, recorded version. What it tells us is that Rihanna made a terrible mistake. Go is a trap-inspired banger that is actually hard to hear anyone but Grimes on. She’s done it with friend and often-producer, Blood Diamonds.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/actuallygrimes/go-1/[/soundcloud]

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Throwaway Thursday

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Microsoft Word is on the street that we’ve got heaps of goodies to give away to all our devoted readers. Read below for all theinterns-exclusive* content!

WATCH: Zane Lowe interviews Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin, without a doubt, is one of the most legendary producers in the world. He’s been behind records by Adele, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and er…Shakira. His most recent masterpiece is Kanye West’s Yeezus which he talks about in this interview with Radio 1 host Zane Lowe. On Yeezus he says, “I thought it was coming out in a year. Kanye said five to six weeks, and I said ‘Really?”. He also talks about Shakira saying, “She’s so successful because she’s competing with all these manufactured pop artists, and she’s not a manufactured pop artist.” Lowe is a formidable interviewer and leads a career spanning chat with the bearded maestro. Rubin is an utterly fascinated mind.

LISTEN: Dillon Francis live at EDC

The funnyman of EDM continues to tear through festivals this summer, with his light-hearted yet heavy-beat set. If at all you’re feeling flat, nestle into this live set and be taken away to EDM heaven as Francis drops cuts by everyone from Major Lazer to Lil Jon. It’s a shame we can’t see the DJ’s pizza-shooting antics but hearing KCI and Jojo close out the set with All My Life should be enough to tell you that he’s as unpredictable as ever.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-live-at-edc-las-vegas-2014-free-download[/soundcloud]

DOWNLOAD: Zola Jesus- Dangerous Days

The master of dark arts, Zola Jesus is giving away the first single from her new album Taiga. 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.

Head over to her website and sign away your email for the free track.

LISTEN: LUCIANBLOMKAMP – Help Me Out

This latest track from young Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP is an electrical-charged slow burner. It may seem mellow to begin with but Give Help Me Out a run in its entirety; the steady bass and sexy sax solo really top it off.  We can picture this number during the early hours in a club but for the moment our headphones will have to do.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/lucianblomkamp/help-me-out[/soundcloud]

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LISTEN: Sonder – Feel Me

Get transported to the sun-drenched, glistening…UK? London-based Sonder‘s shimmery Feel Me is packed with the hope of good times and, according to the Deep House producer, ‘sunny vibes’- very unlike the English Summer  you’d imagine. Can’t afford a trip to the European Summer? This free download will have to do.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sonder-uk/feel-me[/soundcloud]

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WATCH: Record shopping with Seekae

As much as you’d like to shop with Seekae chances are you won’t be anytime soon. Factmag have taken the Aussie, Future Classic-signees and taken them record shopping while they chat about their forthcoming album, The Worry. What do they pick up? Actress, el-p and a few more that you’ll have to watch to find out.

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Billie Black releases yet another stunning track, ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover’

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London artist, Billie Black doesn’t muck around. Last week she gave us the captivating debut, I Waited For You and now she’s already followed it up with, I Don’t Need Another Lover. The new track takes a similar, minimal formula to I Waited For You, but it kicks the pace up a notch with a gentle beat. It works the song into a subtle yet welcome groove showing that Black can be more than a Sade-like balladeer. This makes it two from two for the young songstress. Lets hope an EP is in the works.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/billie-black/i-dont-need-another-lover[/soundcloud]

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