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The 2 Bears

Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard & Raf Rundell stream ‘The Night Is Young’ under moniker, The 2 Bears

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The Two Bears, a collaboration of Hot Chip‘s Joe Goddard and London producer Raphael Rundell, announced the release of their sophomore album, The Night Is Young, back in April and they’re now streaming it exclusively through Pitchfork. Encompassing a strong house influence with a heavy emphasis on brash ’90s keys and funky bass, the album is an animated offering from the duo, with Goddard’s vocals making the record feel instantly familiar. Stream The Night Is Young, along with captivating visuals, here.

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LA duo, BC Kingdom, sample Moby in ‘COLOURS’

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LA-based future R&B duo, BC Kingdom, have released the smooth, seductive track, COLOURS, ahead of their upcoming EP, Buckwild Spirit. Sampling Moby’s Natural Blues (highly apt addition, given the name of the song) and subtle steel drums, it is a brooding, powerful ballad that proves both Solange and James Blake‘s high praises of the producers should be taken very seriously. Came for the sample, stayed for the preachin’ outro. Ooh, Lordy!

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/bckingdom/colours[/soundcloud]

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Nina Las Vegas & Swick team up for club bangers, ‘Don’t Send’ & ‘Flash Auto’

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the interns’ fave DJ, radio host and party gal, Nina Las Vegas, has teamed up with Diplo-certified, Melbourne beat-maker Swick on her very first official release. In the form of a two-track EP entitled Don’t Send, both singles are a promising first offering from Vegas with the trademark production finesse of Swick shining through. The title track, Don’t Send, ebbs and flows with funky horn instrumentals, high-pitched vocals and an energetic, throbbing bass line, whereas the second track, Flash Auto is a faster-paced affair, accessorised with quivering synths over a pounding, club-ready backdrop.

Nina has said of dipping her toe into the world of production:

“I’ve worked at triple j and DJed pretty much since I left high school, but before that I was in bands, musicals and sung a lot of jazz around Wagga (cool, aye?) Building up the courage to use all my production knowledge (shout out to using Abelton daily!) and admitting that I wanted to do something of my own… yeh, well it’s happened.”

Giving a shout out to her musical pals, Anna Lunoe, The Aston Shuffle, Emoh Instead and Ta-ku on her Facebook page, Vegas stated she was “super nervous” about the release but, judging by this strong first release, the Triple J Mix-Up Exclusives Host has nothing to worry about.

You can catch both Vegas and Swick at the upcoming NLV Presents: International Edition which kicks off this weekend. Get your tickets here and read our interview with Nina about the tour here.

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Sui Zhen releases first single, ‘Infinity Street’ from forthcoming album

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You may not have heard of Melbourne-based vocalist and producer, Sui Zhen, but there’s no time like the present to be introduced to her sugary-sweet pop melodies and floaty vocals. A participant of the Red Bull Music Academy in 2010, Zhen created an online buzz with the release of several EPs over the past year and now she has finally released her first single, Infinity Street, from her forthcoming debut album. It’s a dreamy, bubbly track with a disco-inspired electro beat guiding Zhen’s feathery vocals along.

Infinity Street is the first single from the forthcoming album, Secretly Susan, due out via Two Bright Lakes in 2015.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sui-zhen/sui-zhen-infinity-street/[/soundcloud]

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16 year-old Grace Mitchell shares her latest single, ‘Runaway’

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Grace Mitchell had us feeling extremely unaccomplished with her debut singles Your Design and Broken Over You and now the Portland-based singer has released the spectacular, Runaway. Once again, with a voice wise beyond her years, she has achieved a pop ballad, heartfelt in its disposition and anthemic in its chorus. This latest single is a passionate offering from the teenager who, like predecessors Lorde and Adele, manages to elaborate on heavy issues unlike that of a regular 16 year-old. Keep your eyes and ears out for this one.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/runaway[/soundcloud]

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Jessie Ware shares ‘Pieces’ from upcoming album, ‘Tough Love’

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Jessie Ware has been drip-feeding the tracks from her sophomore album, Tough Love and it’s so far shaping up to be another stunning release from the London songstress. Already charming us with the soulful Tough Love, Say You Love Me, Want Your Feeling and Kind Of…Sometimes…MaybeWare has now released the  pop ballad, Pieces. Co-written with Jimmy Napes and Tourist, and produced by Emile Haynie, it exemplifies Ware’s delicate soulfulness as she once again delivers on the vocals with the confidence of a true star.

Jessie Ware’s album, Tough Love, is out 10 October.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessie-ware-pieces[/soundcloud]

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AlunaGeorge are ‘Supernatural’

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AlunaGeorge are headed back to Australia over New Years and it seems like they’ll be bringing a swag of new tracks with them. Today they have dropped, seemingly without rhyme or reason, a new track called Supernatural. As per usual, it’s an effortless piece of pop electronica, with Aluna sounding sublimely airy over George’s summer-tinged beats. It notably errs a little further towards the dance side than the RnB sound we heard from them on Body High but it feels like a great direction for them. They have also been working with Skrillex and Diplo‘s Jack U, so expect a few more dance tunes the duo.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/alunageorge/supernatural[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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It’s a long weekend for some (namely us) and tunes will be necessary, very necessary. There’s no way you can get through three days of spare time with conversation and outdoor activity. Eventually you’re going to need to press play and turn up dat volume. Here’s to the heat, here’s to good music, here’s to noise complaints all in the name of throbbing music. Go get ’em, tigers.

Andras & Oscar- Looking Back

Andras & Oscar otherwise known as Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung are about to release a record together titled Cafe Romantica. They’re channeling a minimal, early ‘90s vibe both visually and sonically and absolutely nailing it. Looking Back is the latest track to emerge from their treasure chest and it’s a nostalgic, funky-tune that channels the same kind of vibe that Dev Hynes did with Solange. Oscar is, of course, a supreme vocalist and songwriter and Andras perfectly complements that with his tinny beats. The album is out 17 October. Don’t sleep people.

Fossa Beats- Goals (Dugong Jr “Rock The Boat” Edit)

So we’re trying to make sense of what’s happening here and as far as we can tell, Melbourne producer Dugong Jr has done a little re-edit of Fossa Beats, Goals and injected Aaliyah’s Rock The Boat into the mix. The result is a dream-scape of whispy RnB vocals and swirling synths. It’s an effortless piece of work from this Dolphin enthusiast who’s also repping in Australia for one of our favourite labels/collectives Moving Castle.

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Tinashe- Bet (Feat. Devonte Hynes)

This week Tinashe teamed up with Dev Hynes on new track Bet and dropped her entire album for stream and we fell into a state of bliss for at least 32-34 hours. We may have fallen out of that blissful state in order to continue on real life but we can still appreciate Bet. Bet falls into more of a contemporary, Kelela-like style of RnB, but Hynes’ presence is still felt by way of that perfect guitar solo at the end. Tinashe, as always, sounds like velvet.

Lorde- Yellow Flicker Beat

So, Lorde has had a worldwide #1 with Royals, followed it up with a brilliant album, Pure Heroine and is now curating the new Hunger Games soundtrack, all before she even turns 18. At 18 our biggest achievements were downing a bottle of Passion Pop and memorising the words to The Veronicas Untouched (ironically of course), but each to their own I guess. Yellow Flicker Beat is the first track from the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack and sees Lorde in her wheelhouse of dark, crawling beats and brooding vocals. The electronic stylings that sit behind the song help make the verses captivating.

Maluca- Trigger

Rumour has it that Maluca is set to feature on the upcoming Robyn album but for now she’s doing her own thang and doing it damn well. She has released music with Mad Decent in the past but she’s releasing Trigger on New York label RPM MSC. The song latin-inspired dance track that bubbles under subtly in the verses and releases itself in the chorus. It says M.I.A and Robyn as much as it says shake those hips like Shakira Shakira. It feels like she’s taken an all-out EDM song and paired it back to its core, revealing a brilliantly melodic backbone.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/maluca-mala/trigger_single[/soundcloud]

Beacon- Fault Lines

Even though we’re going into Summer, there’s always a need for some dark, deeply introverted music when dem lonely feels come round. Beacon are a duo from Brooklyn making glossy, yet underlyingly industrial electronica. Fault Lines is the first track from their forthcoming EP L1 and it’s an understated masterpiece. A soulful vocal weaves in between a jittering beats and late-night synths, making the heartbeat race and the hands clamour. It’s one of those songs that sticks with you from the moment it first pulsates and grips you until its flickering finale.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ghostly/beacon-fault-lines[/soundcloud]

Montgomery- Pinata

The identity of Aussie songstress Montgomery is all a bit of a mystery right now but it seems the strength of her songs is doing all the talking for her. Pinata is her first official single and is much more immediate than War Cry, which was released a few weeks ago. She coos in sweet tones over a comparatively dark instrumental bolstered by wobbling bass. “I’m your pinata, crack me open like you always do”, is a great pop metaphor too, btw.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/iohyouparty/montgomery-pinata1[/soundcloud]

Les Sins- Why

Don those flares, slap on them platforms and shuffle dat booty straight onto the dancefloor. You’ll be prepared to commit Les Sins this weekend as the smooth grooves of Why provides perfect excuse for daggy dancing and debauchery. With ‘70s-inspired guitar licks and Nate Salman’s shimmying, reverberated vocals sharing similarities with Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, this track will take you from office to disco in exactly four minutes and three seconds.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/company-record-label/les-sins-why-ft-nate-salman-1[/soundcloud]

Sir Sly – You Haunt Me (SoySauce Edition)

Because, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of salty MSG on the weekend? Sir Sly has said of the inspiration behind the track:

“One day I was on Skyping my friend. Then Ryan Hemsworth magically appeared. Stunned, I asked Ryan a question ( I don’t remember bc I was so stunned). He didn’t respond. Instead he stood there quietly. Majestically. Looking into my eyes. Then he gently picked up a vine of green grapes on the table in front of him. He raised the vine toward his mouth as I started to salivate with every inch it got closer to his. Then he started to suck on a single green grape silently staring without saying a single word for 15 seconds. Then the video call ended. I was so inspired and made this in honor of the grape. This is a story about a green grape and Ryan Hemsworth’s mouth.”

Well, that’s a good excuse as any to pop this one onto your weekend setlist.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dj_soysauce/sir-sly-you-haunt-me-soysauce-edition[/soundcloud]

Lapsley- Falling Short

This is one for your Sunday. Or the Monday if you’re in a state that celebrates the public holiday (hootie hoo!) Featured on Radio 1, this smooth tune from Liverpool songstress, Annie Mac will soothe your aching head and tired legs after pushing yourself to the very limits over the weekend. Wearing her heart on her sleeve and laying her voice on the line, Lapsley is certainly not falling short on this delightful melody. Enjoy with a cool glass of water and a handful of Panadol Rapid.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hollylapsleyfletcher/falling-short[/soundcloud]

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New Years for the Music Enthusiast

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For those of you who were absolutely devastated by Wet’n’Wild Sydney cancelling its New Year’s Eve party at short notice last year, the idea of organising yet another high calibre music event for the ‘big night’ can often be quite daunting. However, we are just under three months out from New Years 2014, which means Christmas decorations are in supermarkets, the days are getting longer and hotter and all of your friends are fleeing the country on their next self-discovery adventure to Machu Picchu for the Summer.

Don’t panic, there is still time. the interns never like to leave a man behind, so if you are stuck at home this December 31, here are just a few New Years music events which will guide you into 2015 and show you some love (metaphorically of course) as the clock strikes midnight.

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Let Them Eat Cake (Werribee, VIC)

Jan 1st 2015

Hot off the press, Melbourne’s notorious boutique electronic music festival Let Them Eat Cake has dropped an epic line-up this week which is sure to tickle the fancy of music punters from far and wide. If you are not a fan of the larger crowds and the mainstream, then this unique and extravagant garden-party festival is your perfect fit. It’s all about the classy detail at Let Them Eat Cake.

http://www.letthemeatcakenyd.com.au/lineup/

Ticket Price: $145-160

Line-up highlights: Cashmere Cat, DJ Sneak, Hudson Mohawke & Todd Terje

Verdict: You can have your cake and eat it too! So many decadent sweet music things to nibble on here.

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Falls Festival (Lorne VIC, Byron Bay NSW, Marion Bay TAS)

Dec 28-Jan 2 – depending on location

Every year it’s Falls, Falls, Falls for the NY festival of choice, but why? It is one of those festivals you can rely on to give you a great line-up, awesome weather and a heck of a good time. This music mecca in which thousands of sun-kissed Aussies trek to every year, is nothing too flashy or over the top, it is beautifully organic – but not in a hippy, let’s just get stoned all weekend way. Although it may tinker on the more expensive side, there is always something for everyone – geographically (3 locations across Aus), culturally, economically and of course, musically. Unfortunately both the Lorne and Byron Bay legs of the festival are sold out but maybe this festival is definitely worthy of the jump across the pond to Marion Bay.

http://www.fallsfestival.com.au/

Ticket Price: $315+

Line-up highlights: Alison Wonderland, Alt-J, DMAs, Jagwar Ma, Jamie xx, The Kite String Tangle, Röyksopp & Robyn, SBTRKT (LIVE), Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (LIVE) and….Vance Joy (???)

Verdict: You’ll falls head over heals in love with this Summer festival!

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Origin (Perth)

Dec 31 2014

Origin is taking over Wellington Square in Perth this year with an enviable line-up, definitely worth flying across the country for. Continuing the trend of being one of Australia’s most successful urban and underground club events, the talent which flock to WA every year, including rap, hip hop, dubstep, bass and house heads, is pretty damn good.

http://www.theorigin.com.au/

Line-up highlights: AlunaGeorge, Baauer, Cashmere Cat, Danny Brown, Dillon Francis, Grandtheft, Nina Las Vegas + Special Guests tba

Ticket price: $150-$169

Verdict: West coast Vs. East coast for NYE. Times are changing and it’s time to hop on this Perth party train.

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Rhythm and Vines (Waiohika Estate, NZ)

Dec 29-31 2014

If you have it in you to make the trek over the Tasman, Rhythm and Vines festival will be sure to play the perfect New Years host away from home. Rhythm, as it is commonly known as by the locals, is an annual music festival held at the beautiful Waiohika Estate vineyard, several kilometres from the city of Gisborne, New Zealand. This is the festival’s 11th year so they must be doing something right, and with a enviable line-up announced – including fellow Aussies Chet Faker and Ta-ku – this year will sure to bring a meaty crowd size. One thing to be sure of is that our Kiwi cousins know how put on a party, so come prepared to get pretty crazy, especially when Netsky are involved.

http://www.rhythmandvines.co.nz/

Line-up highlights: BastilleNetsky, Zane Lowe, Chet Faker, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Just Blaze, Ta-Ku, Jagwar Ma, London Elektricity & MC Wrec, MØ

Ticket Price: $229 3-day pass / $429 (3-day + camping)

Verdict: They may be good at rugby, but is is worth giving them a try? We think so!

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Beyond the Valley (Phillip Island,VIC)

Dec 30 & 31

This year we welcome a new kid to the block, the Beyond The Valley festival. A boutique camping event, which is set to be held on the beautiful Philip Island in Victoria – the old site of the cancelled Pyramid Rock Festival – has definitely earned its lineup bragging rights this year. With a focus on “decor, production and theming,” there is a stellar cast of future talent. To put itself a cut above the rest, promoters are promising a “higher standard” of food and accommodation, with facilities and grounds being described as a “pop-up luxury hotel with its very own concierge and first class amenities, including a daily hangover spa.” Wowie, that’s fancy! 

http://www.beyondthevalley.com.au/

Ticket Price: $299

Line-up highlights: Aluna George, Banofee, Basenj, Cosmo’s Midnight, Fractures, Dillon Francis, Golden Features, Klo, Motex, Peking Duk, Rüfüs.

Verdict: It’s always tough being the new kid, but with a line-up like this, we are certain this is a keeper.

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Lost Paradise (Peats Ridge, NSW)

Dec 30 – Jan 1

It seems like the boutique festival is on trend this year, with another newbie adding itself to the New Years bill in the name of Lost Paradise. If you are a fan of fancy website graphics and videos, then you are in for a treat! Oh, and of course there is some great artists on the line-up as well to fill that musical void. Only an hours and 15 mins out of Sydney, this little oasis promises more than just music festival, offering “smoke ceremonies”, “glamping” and holi lights and shambhala spa treatments. Heck knows what that means, but we are in!
Ticket Prices: $279+
Line-up highlights: Boy & Bear, Alunageorge, Allday, Touch Sensitive, Elizabeth Rose, Flamingo, Banoffee
Verdict: If you are going to loose yourself at New Years, why not get lost in paradise.

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Field Day (The Domain, Sydney)

Jan 1st 2015

Fuzzy events have done it again. Off the back of a sold-out Listen Out national tour, next year’s line-up is looking tantalisingly good. For those who would rather shred than camp and prefer the one-day festival to the 4-day slog, then this is your perfect New Year’s gem. Taking a healthy sliver off the Falls Festival line-up, Sydney’s CBD is sure to light up with the hype of NYE all done and dusted. 

Line-up highlights: SBTRKT, alt-J, Glass Animals, Milky Chance, Salt-N-Pepa, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Jamie XX, Todd Terje, Dillon Francis, RÜFÜS, Peking Duk & Thundamentals and more.

http://fielddaynyd.com.au/tickets.html

Ticket Price: $118-$138

Verdict: Ditch the camper, and bring on the city Sunshine!

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Chet Faker releases the atmospheric, ‘Back’

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Chet Faker has dropped a brand new track, Back. It’s a moody affair, with the thudding beat and washes of synths providing a sound much darker to what we’re used to from the bearded electronica aficionado. The atmospheric number is purely instrumental with no sign of Chet’s brooding vocals, proving that perhaps sometimes Talk Is Cheap.

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the interns co-presents the Semplesize Block Party

We are thrilled to announce that, for the very first time in interns history, we have teamed up with our musical cousins, fellow VICE buddies and rising stars of the Australian blogosphere, SEMPLESIZE, to present a New York-style Block Party and Summer Soiree. In association with fellow tastemakers Spook Magazine, Hessian MagazineBeat Magazine and Trumpeter’s Alcoholic Ice Tea, the daytime Sunday Sesh will be hosted in the multifaceted concept space, Howler in Melbourne.

Kicking of at 1pm and running ’til late on the 7th of December, the event already boasts an immense lineup, featuring BIGSOUND babe and Got It girl Banoffee, Aussie Hip-Hop legends Milwaukee Banks and psych-rock four-piece House of Laurence, with a host of names yet to be announced.

Tickets are on sale today, with our pals at SEMPLESIZE offering a very limited edition selection of early-bird tickets at the discounted rate of $15.00.

Buy tickets now via Howler.

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Hear two new free songs from LA Hip-Hop trio clipping.

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LA hip-hop group clipping. impressed earlier this year with their Sub-Pop released record, CLPPNG. The fierce and raw album has gradually found into the ears of most people over the past few months catapulting clipping. from a cult favourite to true heroes. something they don’t know and mouth are two new tracks just released from the trio, featuring a number of friends (sb the moor, nocando, black mushroom, to name a few). The quick rapped, agressive tracks are free bandcamp releases for no reason other than just cos it seems. something they don’t know features 24 samples and clipping. are giving away a one-of-a-king clipping. tee to the first person that guesses them all. So, apart from them both being phenomenal, there’s also an aspect of trivia involved which is always fun.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/clppng/x-something-they-dont-know-ft-sb-the-moor-nocando-open-mike-eagle-and-cuts-by-baseck[/soundcloud]

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/clppng/mouth-ft-sb-the-moor-black-mushroom-chinaka-hodge[/soundcloud]

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