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Justin Vernon and Astronautalis drop surprise collaborative album, ‘De Oro’

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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame and Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis have done a Beyonce, dropping making their collaborative album available to stream today under the name Jason Feathers. In 2012, Astronautalis told City Pages that the pair had been working together on an album and last week the pair dropped a trailer, however, the project was not expected this early. Vernon is no stranger to working on hip-hop projects having already collaborated with Kanye West on both Yeezus and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 

The album, titled De Oro, will be made available for digital purchase on August 19 but it is currently streaming over at Pitchfork. According to a mysterious press release Jason Feathers, the moniker of the project, is “a red-chested god-bassed Southern rapper in a fancy white suit”. 

Stream the album here.

Watch the album teaser below:

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Listen to ‘Turning’ from Collarbones forthcoming album, ‘Return’

Marcus whale, lead-vocalist of Collarbones is a busy man right now. Last week he released a new track, Smacks, with trio Black Vanilla and this week he’s back to Collarbones with producer Travis Cook releasing new track, Turning. Turning is the first offering from a forthcoming album titled Return. Speaking to Noisey, Cook said “The album is a bit more pop, we saved our stronger songs for the album. Quality control is more of a thing this time around.” The pop side really comes out on Tunring. It’s got pop hooks aplenty and while there’s a unconventional, glitchy vocal sample, by and large it’s a structured, straight-forward track. Their last album, Die Young, is one of the best R&B/electronic projects to come out of this country, so Return should be waited upon with anticipation. 

Listen to the track via Noisey.

Listen to their 2014 EP, Atlantis 2014 below:

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First Impressions: Nicki Minaj, Dillon Francis, BenZel + more

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on first (or second) listen. Each week we each review six new songs from the week past, each giving them a score out of five and awarding one our pick of the week.

This week, we’re taking on all things pop with BenZel’s love lorn new single, Say Lou Lou’s collaboration with Lindstrom, Nicki Minaj’s ode to big buns and more. Read below as we clash heads, sync opinions and make our pick.

Say Lou Lou & Lindstrom- Games For Girls

Lizzie: I feel like i’ve gone back in time about 20 years. This is a sweet, poppy gem which make me instantly happy. I kinda want to invest in a Xylophone… 3.5 Lizzie’s Pick

Sam: I like everything apart from the fact that we have to wait until February for the album. Of all the stellar tracks these twins have released, this one sounds the most polished, confident and delectable. It’s also the most different sounding thing they’ve released, probably thanks to Lindstrom’s groove-heavy production. 3.5

Bianca: This has such a great groove to it. I’m really digging the nu-disco vibe that Lindstrom is laying down below the twins’ poppy vocals. Double trouble! 3.5 Bianca’s Pick.

[soundcloud width=”740″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sayloulou/say-lou-louxlindstrom-games-for-girls[/soundcloud]

BenZel- Wasted Love

Lizzie: Love the chorus breakdown, it’s very textured and evocative – especially her voice it just draws you straight in. I have many many feels after this song. 3.5

Bianca: I’m really getting a Jessie Ware vibe from this track but one that’s been injected with a warm dose of R&B. Stevie Neale’s honey-smooth vocals are an inviting addition to the already super-smooth beat. 3.5

Sam: The fact that BenZel are not two Japanese teenagers makes them no less impressive. Every pop act is surely champing at the bit to work with this duo following Jessie Ware’s Tough Love and now this. It’s a beautiful, understated pop song with a verse that rushes like a hit of sugar to the head. 4

[soundcloud width=”740″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/officialbenzel/wasted-love[/soundcloud]

Nicki Minaj- Anaconda

Lizzie: After I managed to draw my eyes away from her derriere for just a second I was able to listen to hear this song in all its glory. Maybe “glory” was not the right word to use. This track is a royal pain in my tiny (comparatively) arse. 1.5

Bianca: She just butchered a classic fave from my childhood and Sir Mix-a-lot deserves a written apology. Yes, we get it. You’ve got buns, hun. A baker’s dozen worth. 1

Sam: I couldn’t agree less with Bianca. The original is far from a classic. As far as I’m concerned this is more palatable. I’m just going to put the fact that this is completely ridiculous to the side and give Nicki some cred. She’s really the only artist on radio right now churning out stuff with a bit of colour and personality. She’s ditched the dance-pop side of things and is heading for a much more well-rounded third album. 3

Andras & Oscar- Everytime I Go

Lizzie: Has someone put the morning coffee run yet, cause I’m gonna need a strong shot of something to wake me up after this track. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz 2

Bianca: Stop, collaborate and listen! It seems like every song so far has been a joint venture with Andras Fox & Oscar Key Sung leading the pack. It’s soulful and seductive in its own right, with Sung’s vocals grooving effortlessly over the delicate synths and crescendoing melody. 3.5

Sam: Lizzie, you’re killing me. This is such a warm, bassy treat. Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung are two of the finest in Australian electronic music right now and this proves why. This one’s light on the tricks and heavy on the groove with an ever so subtle dance break at the end. 4

[soundcloud width=”740″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/chaptermusic/andras-oscar-everytime-i-go-album-version[/soundcloud]

Dillon Francis- When We Were Young

Lizzie: Not a fan of the vocalist at all. He sounds whiney, gaspy and just plain annoying. I usually rely on my man Dillon to produce a head banger which everyone will enjoy, not something that sounds like David Guetta’s sloppy seconds. 2

Bianca: If being young sounded like this then I would’ve had a very intense childhood. 1.5

Sam: Dillon, why? You only have to see one of his sets to see how much personality this guy has got and yet this is completely devoid of any personality. I could literally compile a list of 102 EDM songs that sound exactly like this. An attempt to break into the commercial market that sounds a little desperate. 2

[soundcloud width=”740″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-sultan-ned-shepard-when-we-were-young-feat-the-chain-gang-of-1974[/soundcloud]

xxyxx- Untitled (Feat. Vanessa Elisha)

Lizzie: I am not one to play games, but this song has you sitting on the edge of your seat gasping for more at the start. The elongated (almost) silence around the 40 second mark is enticing and unpredictable but as the song progresses I am not blown off the edge of my seat if you get my jist, i’m just intrigued. Meh, it was alright. 3

Bianca: My feelings towards this are similarly untitled. At times, I’m hovering over the next button at other times I’m captivated by Vanessa Elisha’s smooth vocal. I think I’ll call the feeling content. This is definitely an interesting tune. 3.5

Sam: There’s so much depth and intricacy to this offering. Vanessa Elisha’s vocal on this is sliced-up and bubbles under the myriad of percussion and mellow synths, lulling you into a subconscious state. When the beats drop out and she comes through, it’s a pretty glorious moment. Everytime I think future RnB is getting a bit old, something like this comes out. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

[soundcloud width=”740″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/xxyyxx/unknown[/soundcloud]

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What does your song namesake say about you?

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Who needs horoscopes when you’ve got songs. A simple song has the ability to identify personality traits of a name and sometimes predict the future of that name. While I’ve been disadvantaged by not having a song named after myself, many of you are lucky enough to. Below we’ve dissected songs to find out what songs say about your name. Not happy with what you hear? Don’t hate on us, contact the artist instead.

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Al 

Al’s a guy you can call on any time of the day. If you call him by his name, he’ll be sure to call you a name* in retort.

*Name may or may not be Betty.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/flightfacilities/you-can-call-me-al-flight[/soundcloud]

Alisa

Alisa is one to make any grown man cry. She’s loveable and is the archetype of unrequited love.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/modularpeople/cut-copy-alisa[/soundcloud]

Andy 

A writer, keen music-lover and a voyager, anyone with the name Andy strives for the best and is determined to reach their goals. Taking everything in their stride, Andy don’t change for no one.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/lastdinosaurs/last-dinosaurs-andy[/soundcloud]

Arabella  

Arabella is a fashion trendsetter. Always wearing something daring and unique, from interstellar-gator skin boots to a Barbarella silver swimsuit, she has a knack of twisting men around her little finger. ‘70s stylin’ and easy-on-the-eye, Arabella is a modern lover with lips like the galaxy’s edge. While being every man’s addiction, she is also prone to addictions; with smoking and caffeinated liquids high on her food pyramid.

Arnold

A man of few words, ol’ Arnie is a fitness nut. He may not have an extensive vocabulary but he certainly has the ability to get you moving with the little words he has. You’ll be inspired to turn up the energy while simultaneously going up, down, up, down, up, down.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/a-luke-millon-arnold?in=futureclassic/sets/luke-million-arnold-sun-splash[/soundcloud]

Barbra

Oo-oo who-oo-oo, what a gal! You’ll be sure to be saying old Barbs’ name, and not much else, all night long.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ducksaucenyc/barbra-streisand-original-mix[/soundcloud]

Ben

A poor man’s Arthur Baker, Ben is a lying, trash-talking, fat trucker who hasn’t been satisfied in a very, very long time.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/djsmileyadelaide/the-rapture-no-sex-for-ben[/soundcloud]

Bronte 

Bronte is a girl (or pet) who will be your best friend straight off the bat, leaving a path of devastation upon her parting from your life.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/gotye/12-bronte[/soundcloud]

Caroline

Guys would describe a girl like Caroline as “mighty fine” and, due to her hotty body, this can’t be denied. Her looks don’t get her anywhere though with boys instead opting for girls a bit more “down to Mars”, as opposed to Caroline’s gold-digging tendencies. Always on her high horse, she is never one to take the blame for the lingering stench in the bathroom left in her wake. She’s also the inspiration for Oxford Dictionary’s definition of the word ‘bitch’ (see also “crazy bitch”, “stupid ass bitch”, “old punk ass bitch” & “old dumb ass bitch”).

Chloe 

Chloe is a reckless lover. She can go where she wants to go and say what she wants to say without any permission. She’s also led on easily by boys entice her to go flying and pretty much go where the wind goes.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/atlanticrecords/9-chloe[/soundcloud]

Cyril 

Bring in the clowns. Poor Cyril is a “tender heart” and has had a difficult upbringing but he’s ready to love.

Debbie

To be honest, Debbie’s a bit of a downer. She has the tendency to be a bit antisocial, is a stretcher of truth and partial to the odd hibernation. She’ll most likely strike your attention due to her blue-toned hair.

Diane 

Diane is a hard one to figure out. She lives life to the fullest yet not in the safest, most wholesome of ways. She’ll torch cars and run into trouble with the Government but she’s got one thing going for her- she’s always on time.

Dory

Dory is slightly forgetful and has more fun in water than on land. She’s known for being endlessly entertaining and most that cross her path end up having a riot.

Emma

Despite all the lies that Emma may tell, she’s still very loveable. She also has the tendency to get cold knees.

Ezra

Ezra’s an instrumentalist.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/flume/ezra-1[/soundcloud]

Hannah 

Hannah is an interesting character who likes to spend her time visiting beaches in the Winter and watching plants grow. She has her own sense of time and can tend to become emotional and uncomfortable when away from home. The New York Times crossword puzzle always proves a frustrating challenge for her.

Helena 

Helena is a bit of a mess. She parties too hard, makes poor decisions and struggles to even pay her rent. Despite all this, she is strong-willed and will keep moving forward and keep holding on tight.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fosterthepeoplemusic/helenabeat[/soundcloud]

Henrietta

You can recognise Henrietta for her blood-red nails. And also her immortality.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/secretlycanadian/yeasayer-henrietta[/soundcloud]

Jackson 

Jackson is always after someone’s game. He is tough-skinned, determined to reach the top and these qualities shine through in his rowing prowess.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/vagelisvgls/ou-est-le-swimming-pool[/soundcloud]

If you are a Ms of the same name, however, you’ll bear a daughter whose heart is bound to be broken. Ms Jackson is a tough woman, who will want to rip up and start a custody war with anyone who treats her children badly. She also has a penchant for fish fries and cookouts.

Jade

With moves like an old gypsy woman but insistence of her girly youth, Jade is a bit of a mutton dressed as lamb. This doesn’t stop her from being the woman of the hour, though. People in town set their morning alarms purely to catch a glimpse of Jade; her smile radiating its power into people’s hearts.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/liveletters/edward-sharpe-and-the-4[/soundcloud]

Joan 

If your name is Joan, the people that hate you now will eventually warm to your ways. They may spit on you, they may put you down, but you have a vision and will eventually be the muse to many.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thomas-huston/arcade-fire-joan-of-arc-2[/soundcloud]

Johnny

Johnny is someone who’s a keen runner; you’ll see him aiming for first place at every local marathon. He strives to find certainty and looks to his peers to confirm that he isn’t a loner, being prone to tiring of things easily and changing his mind at the drop of a hat.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/toddterje/johnny-and-mary[/soundcloud]

Julia 

Julia may be an enigma, but eventually people will realise she is the only girl that anybody could ever need.

Jozi 

Jozi’s a pyromaniac.

Laura 

Laura’s a girl that you used to be friends with but now pretend not to see when passing in the street.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/artsandcraftsmx/girls-laura[/soundcloud]

Lorelai 

A girl like Lorelai can be compared to glue, attaching herself to whomever comes close to her.

Lucy

Possessing kaleidoscope eyes and always with the sun shining in said eyes, Lucy is a gal who tends to keep her head in the clouds. Is she preoccupied? Perhaps she’s just a bit whimsical? Or maybe someone needs to lay off the drugs.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mitchie-way/lucy-in-the-sky-with-5[/soundcloud]

Mary

Not one to easily forgive and forget, Mary is the type of girl that will break a guy’s heart, with an allurement and potency to stay in his mind and make him question what he may have done wrong, over and over again.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sparkadia/mary[/soundcloud]

Micky

Everything that may seem so wrong will seem so right to a guy like Micky. With a shining star status, he can freeze people in time by simply entering a room. I guess he’s also damn fine. So damn fine he’ll blow your mind.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/alsatian-music/when-micky-came-in[/soundcloud]

Odessa  

Odessa is a bit of a delicate gal and needs to be careful that she’s not used as a doormat by those closest to her. She can say how she feels when the time calls for it but when it comes down to it, who knows what she’s gonna say?

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/cityslang/caribou-odessa[/soundcloud]

Ruby

A girl with the name Ruby is a bit flakey and doesn’t really know the effect this has on the people who count on her. Her peers often suffer from her lack of interest and she takes joy in ignoring others repeatedly calling out her name.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/elizabethsilv/ruby-kaiser-chiefs[/soundcloud]

Sarah 

Once she finally tells you her name, you’ll soon realise that Sarah is a shy type who doesn’t understand the degree of her attractiveness. Boys will form lines to get a chance to speak to her but she won’t see this past her own insecurity.

Stan  

Stan is a crazy, possessive kinda guy and a keen lyricist who finds solace in his idols. He’s also quite the potty mouth.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/user1787560/eminem-feat-dido-stan-lyrics[/soundcloud]

Tony 

T.O.N.Y aka. The Other Night, Oh Why? Tony is a man who takes you out, wines and dines you, only to coerce you into bed. The next morning he’s nowhere to be seen. He’s a sly, charming fox but a cunning one at that.

Did I miss your name? Tweet me your song namesake at @bianca_interns and I will provide you with a personal bio in 140 characters or less.

Feeling inspired? Please write a song called ‘Bianca’. Thanks.  

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the interns’ Saturday Mix #5

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If we could just divert your attention away from The Bachelor for one moment, you might actually realise it’s the freakin’ weekend and it’s time for mummy and daddy to come out to play. Remember kids, you don’t make friends with salad and with people with shitty music taste. Always come musically prepared for the weekend.

Promnite – Triple J Mix Up Exclusive: Music to get your freak on

Twerk baby twerk. Before you have time to scream “I.G.G.Y”, you will grinding up against your boyfriend, your best friend or any intimate object which will let you make that booty clap. Prepare your thighs for a work out, cause tonight you are going to freak out harder than Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/promnitebeats/triple-j-mix-up-exclusive-promnite-60-minute-mix[/soundcloud]

Motez – Splash House Mix: Music to shop to

You’ve just been paid and you deserve to treat yourself. What you do not deserve however, is to have annoying retail assistants and weekend shoppers cramping your style. Pop this baby in your ears and wonder down the high street with ease, with a spring in your step even. Motez will give you the retail therapy you need.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tonicollision/us-tour-splash-house-mix?in=the-in-terns/sets/throwaway-thursday[/soundcloud]

Twonk Team – Mixtape: Music to cause mayhem

It’s time to hit the streets and make yourself look and sound so much cooler than you really are. You ain’t no SuperBad drop-out any more, prepare to turn it up – if you wake up with an unknown tattoo on your forearm do not be surprised, you are a badArse now.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/twonkworld/twonk-team-volume-4[/soundcloud]

Richie Hawtin – Essential Mix Live, Ibiza: Ain’t nobody listen to techno

It seems like everyone is in Ibiza right now. The Kardashian clan, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Leo Di Caprio, Linsday, Beiber – you name it, the gang is all there fresh out of their recent rehab stints! It then seems fitting that we brought a bit of that sun-kissed party vibe to remedy your Winter blues. Don’t shy away from the techno, it’s just a harmless bit of fun, just don’t expect to surface for a few hours…or days cause this mix is set to pack more of a punch than Orlando Bloom on a dinner date. “What’s up bitch?”

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/everybodywantstobethedj/richie-hawtin-essential-mix-live-enter-space-ibiza-2014-08-02[/soundcloud]

Sophie et al – Dismagazine on Rinse: Music to turbo charge

Everybody loves a bit of life admin, but when you have a million jobs to do and half a day to complete them – everybody needs a little energiser bunny to help them on their memory way. [Cue Sophie Et Al]. If your head doesn’t explode from this glorious PC Music mix, then you are in the clear and hopefully able to clean your room, do the washing, call your mother, wash the car and file your tax return in 20 minutes flat.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rinsefm/dis310714[/soundcloud]

 

 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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If you’re looking for a beat for the weekend, we got the beat, that 808, that boom boom in your town. This week we’re delivering 10 songs that would lend themselves quite nicely to a cheeky toe tap and will also soundtrack your weekend with ease. While the whole world this week focussed on whether Blue Ivy will have to grow up in a single parent household, we kept our eye firmly on the music world and this is what perked up our ears.

Dillon Francis + Sultan & Ned Sheppard- When We Were Young

Dillon Francis is the funny man DJ but now he’s decided it’s time to get serious about this music thing and drop an album. That said album is titled Money Sucks Friends Rule and while the title clearly suggests he needs to get his priorities in order, the first offering is a unashamed banger. When We Were Young sticks to a fairly solid EDM formula delivering a monster, hands-in-the-air chorus.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-sultan-ned-shepard-when-we-were-young-feat-the-chain-gang-of-1974[/soundcloud]

SOPHIE- Hard

Enigmatic, British producer SOPHIE continues to churn out excellent, genre-less music with the B-side to Lemonade, Hard. The Hannah Diamond-esque vocal is likely to get inside your head and taunt you while the sporadic beat commands you to get very, very low. The whole piece clangs around in your head, no doubt, destroying a few brain cells on the way. It’s both enthralling and deeply annoying- take your pick. I’m siding with enthralling.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-hard[/soundcloud]

Ryn Weaver- Promises

LA rising pop-maker, Ryn Weaver has proved once again why she’s one of the most hyped names around right now. Her sophomore track, Promises is a mammoth pop tune with a stomping beat with a brooding chorus and charming verses. We get to hear a bit more personality from Weaver on this one and it pays off.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rynweaver/promises[/soundcloud]

Kiesza- Giant In My Heart (Blood Diamond remix)

Kiesza’s Giant In My Heart is a big house-driven monster on its own but this week Grimes collaborator Blood Diamond took it and turned it into a romp through delectable electronic sounds. He’s dimmed the chorus to let the vocal shine and also to leave breathing time before he turns it up on a notch which he does on several occasions. While still keeping the original intact, Blood Diamond breathes new life into Giant In My Heart.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kiesza/kiesza-giant-in-my-heart-blood-diamonds-remix-master[/soundcloud]

xxyyxx- Unknown (Feat. Vanessa Elisha)

American producer, xxyyxx first taster from his as-yet-untitled EP is a smooth piece of work that creeps up on you with vocals that drift in and out and a heavy ambience. Like a lot of his recent work it errs towards future RnB with a skittering, mid-tempo beat and Ashanti-esque vocals courtesy of Vanessa Elisha.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/xxyyxx/unknown[/soundcloud]

Oscar Key Sung x Cassius Select- Wanna

Wanna brings together the best in Australian electronica on a sparse, desolate RnB tune that is just as likely to shake your rib-cage as it is to lull you into a hazy day dream. It may seem as if all is calm and collected on Wanna but behind it lies a shattering bass beat that elevates its dancefloor potential.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/cassius-select/cassius-select-oscar-key-sung-wanna[/soundcloud]

Ibeyi- River

When you sign to XL Records you’re almost guaranteed a heap of hype. And it’s easy to see why. With a roster that includes everyone from Adele to Jungle and FKA Twigs, XL Records have the best foresight of anyone in the game. Sister duo Ibeyi are the latest to sign to the label and River is their first offering. It’s a soulful, harmony-driven delight with a video in a river to boot. It’s a miracle that the pair don’t drown in the video with the amount of time they spend in liquid mass. Good grief.

SAFIA- Cavalier

SAFIA teased a recorded version of James Vincent McMorrow’s Cavalier when we interviewed them a few months ago and this week they’ve delivered. Their version doesn’t stray too far from the original but it brings in a few electronic stylings to ensure it’s transformed from an afternoon delight to a 4am space out. The final minute’s twinkling synths are the hero of the track.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/safia-music/james-vincent-mcmorrow-cavalier-safia-cover[/soundcloud]

BenZel- Wasted Love (Feat. Stevie Neale)

Originally BenZel were Japanese teenagers and then they turned out to be Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch and while everybody is a little confused, there’s no doubt their material is top notch. Wasted Love is the first single from their forthcoming EP and it’s a slinky, polished piece of pop music. The relatively unknown vocals of Stevie Neale fit perfectly into that Jessie Ware aesthetic that the duo champion.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/officialbenzel/wasted-love[/soundcloud]

Jagaara- Marble Arch

If you’re not in a girlband who are you these days? British trio Jagaara is the most recent act to join the girl group frontier with bluesy, emotionally-charged tracks. Marble Arch is their latest offering and it’s an organic, hazy track that soars in the chorus thanks to lead-singer Jane’s phenomenal vocals. The fact that my gender prevents me from joining a girlband constantly haunts me 🙁

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jagaara/marble-arch-unmastered[/soundcloud]

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Review: FKA Twigs- LP1

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Only two years into her recorded career, London artist and producer, Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs, is yet to put a foot wrong. From visually breathtaking videos to sporadic, oddball pieces of pop, she’s both divided and captivated audiences with a flair for innovation not seen yet this decade.

There’s a certain fragility to the clown-like, album cover for LP1 and it’s a perfect visual companion for an album which is sexually-loaded and confidently feminine yet also gentle and soft. While some of the lyrics could be considered controversial (“my thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in” from Two Weeks for instance) she washes them in synths and sings in a whimsical tone, almost as to enter your subconscious rather than affect you immediately.

Such is the presence of LP1. There’s a chance that the first listen will wash over you but it hovers with unconventional melodies and vivid soundscapes that are too remarkable to be forgotten. The first tracks, Lights Out, is a choice example of this. On the surface it’s a minimal, one-dimensional track but dig a little deeper and you’re exposed to dripping percussion, soul-rendering double bass and lyrical poignancy. It’s an after-dark tune that traverses issues of sexual self-confidence and intimacy, at that.

The whole album is sexually charged in the most graceful of ways. On Two Weeks she delicately places a microscope on the most intense of sexual attractions while Hours is a frozen snapshot into a passionate embrace, lips on lips. While the lyrics are the most vivid portrayal of that, the instrumental is equally effective in building those moments. In Hours the music rushes with intensity and then backs off, creating gradual climaxes that are quickly dispelled by a glitchy beat.

Away from sexual prowess, she also delivers on autobiographical tunes. Video Girl details her history as a dancer for the likes of Britney Spears, N’Sync and Christina Aguilera. The elongated, wobbling synths and whimsical vocals have the same fluid motion as that of a dancer, with the 808s adding an RnB flavour.

The way that Twigs marries the instrumental with the themes of the album, is one of its greatest triumphs. Pendulum sees a gently undulating beat underneath lyrics like “So lonely trying to be yours/ What a forsaken cause”. It’s both heartbreaking and fascinating listening to the beat teeter on an awkward edge, a pendulum, if you like.  While at times she’s a broken woman, at other times she’s defiant. On Give Up she digs her toes into the sand, singing “I know that sometimes you’d wish I’d go away/ But I’d wish that you’d know that I’m here to stay”.

Time could be given to dissecting her different influences from modern hip-hop to Sade-inspired RnB, but ultimately LP1 is more than that. It’s a pocket of music that has only been explored by Twigs thus far. It’s one of melodic twists and turns, intimately personal lyrics and industrial beats. She perhaps sums the album up best on Closer when she taunts, “closer, I’m here to be closer”. That she is, with LP1 giving a vivid insight into her life. Artists have been honest and personal before, but not with the same effect as Twigs. LP1 doesn’t only live up to the hype, it sets a precedent for music in 2014.

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Throwaway Thursday

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We’re always looking for things to give you and, while a few LOLs here and there go a long way, sometimes you need something tangible that you can listen to over and over again. This week was a bit of a flop, let’s be honest. The Block Glasshouse is a little slow, The X Factor Wildcard was nothing to get excited about and all we learnt was that Delta Goodrem can’t dance to hip-hop, as if we didn’t already know that. In the spirit of Delta, we’re picking ourselves up and adding some spice to this week with a collection of new tunes ready for the download. 13 tracks are up for grabs this week including blazing mixes by Adelaide beat master Motez and Swedish pair JJ. There’s also the Hey Arthur re-work from Chance The Rapper and friends and a track from the latest Future Classic signee, Thrupence. On the remix side there’s a swish remix of Vic Mensa‘s Feel That and yet another brilliant remix of Tinashe‘s 2 On by Robokid. There’ll be a few tears, a few laughs and hopefully a few smiles as you tuck that iTunes card away.

Stream the playlist and download the tracks below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/throwaway-thursday[/soundcloud]

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TINK throws a verse down on Sway Clarke II’s ‘Secret Garden’

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We featured Sway Clark II‘s track Secret Garden months ago but today he’s released a version of the track with fellow rising RnB artist TINK. The Bennie and the Jets-esque track sounds as soulful as ever but TINK’s addition adds a little sass to the final third of the song. She oscillates between singing and rapping with ease elevating the song to another level. Secret Garden just became even more palatable.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sway-clarke-ii/secret-garden-featuring-tink[/soundcloud]

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Dillon Francis announces new album and drops ‘When We Were Young’

Diplo protegee and all round funnyman, Dillon Francis has dropped the first single, ‘When We Were Young’ off his debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule. That’s the cover image above and it’s unsurprisingly colourful and playful like Francis himself. When We Were Young sees him team up with Sultan & Ned Sheppard with The Chain Gang of 1974 handling the vocals. It’s a hands-in-the-air piece of euphoria that will no doubt delight his growing crowd of followers. At Hardfest over the weekend he drew a crowd of 30,000 punters so it will be no surprise if this track becomes huge. Get ready for Treva/Dj Hansel/Francis to take over.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-sultan-ned-shepard-when-we-were-young-feat-the-chain-gang-of-1974[/soundcloud]

Read why Francis has one of our favourite Instagrams here.

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Hear the B-side to SOPHIE’s ‘Lemonade’, ‘Hard’

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Last week enigmatic producer SOPHIE shared Lemonade and now he/she’s dropped the B-Side to the single, Hard. SOPHIE continues to sound straight from the PC Music collection with erratic sounds and a cold, computerised vocal. While that may sound unbearable, it creates an audible slide into a candy land of colourful synths and whiz-fizz beats. All in all it’s a pretty spectacular and innovative piece.

[soundcloud width=”400″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-hard[/soundcloud]

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Tkay Maidza unveils video for ‘U-Huh’

Adelaide firecracker Tkay Maidza has debuted the video for her track U-Huh. In the past month she’s releases the track to rave reviews, performed an earth-cracking performance at Splendour in the Grass and signed to Dew Process. She’s one of the fastest-rising names in Australian music right now and this video should help catapult her further. It sees Maidza just being naturally cool in front of fruit, on baseball pitches and with glitchy images. She’s fierce but still friendly enough to want to be friends with her.

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