Jessie Ware has released her tranquil music video to accompany the equally-beautiful Tough Love. Watch it below:
Masters of mystery, Jungle, have released the music video for Time. Once again, they’ve opted to not feature themselves and have instead taken the Fatboy Slim Weapon of Choice route of assigning the duty of dancing to middle-aged men. Adidas-clad and showing that age is nothing but a number, the two men engage in the dance-off to end all dance-offs, Bucket List-style .
We last heard Montreal producer, Lunice as one-half of TNGHT, a trap-duo formed with Hudson Mohawke. Fresh from smashing speakers around the country, Lunice is going it alone once again with a new single and an album on the way. That single is Can’t Wait To and it’s a skittering, brain-fuck of a track with deep, recurring vocals samples and eery synths. It’s certianly not as in-your-face as TNGHT but like any Lunice production it demands your immediate attention. The song was teased a few days ago in a 30 second video but the full version has now been unveiled. It’s suspected to be the first single from his forthcoming debut album.
Shy Girls‘ track, Second Heartbeat, made waves nine months ago when it first hit our ears. Now it’s back; re-worked by Vancington and still just as pleasing to the ears. Vancington’s offering provides lush synths and a grooving backbeat which accompany the already super-smooth R&B vibe from the original. Glistening chimes and scattered vocals are peppered towards the end of the track, providing a break from the steady beat and giving this remix a distinct, funky flavour.
Sometimes, when an artist is at the peak of their career and you have decided they are your current favourite band, they up and disappear, without so much of a musical trace. Was it fame-related cold feet? Or simply time to move on? Read below for 6 music acts that were on the airwaves non-stop, before being sucked into the black hole, with some never to be heard from again.
You probably remember American indie folk band Fleet Foxes from their 2008 hit Mykonos or the 2011 Triple J-rotational, Lorelai.
With their second EP, Sun Giant, and first and second albums, Fleet Foxes and Helplessness Blues respectively, all receiving critical acclaim, their future looked bright but, alas, it seems as though their success was fleeting (pardon the pun).
In January 2012, drummer J Tillman announced that he had left the band. That didn’t stop speculations of a third album, with the remainder of Fleet Foxes stirring the pot by posting on their Facebook page in June 2013 an image of a laptop, microphone and guitar, titled “Step one”, followed by an image of a broken mandolin, titled “Step two”. The dream was crushed however with the deletion of both posts and lead singer, Robin Pecknold, declaring that the band was splitting for the time being and he was relocating to New York City to study.
Remember that Summer tune to end all Summer tunes in 2012? It seemed as though big things were in store for the Australian duo, described as “one of the hottest prospects in Aussie electronic music”, with appearances at Splendour in the Grass and Homebake and Can’t Get Better Than This amassing almost 6 million hits on YouTube.
It seems as though things didn’t get better than that for friends Johnny Castro and Mathew K Von, with the band splitting up promptly after the release of their January ‘14 track Runaway. Reliable sources have told me that Castro has now signed to Atlantic Records / Warner Music under the moniker of Yeah Boy, with an EP Can’t Get Enough coming out in May. And his other half? Through my finest detective work to date, I have discovered that on July 6th of this year, Von updated his Facebook profile picture. Thrilling stuff.
Meanwhile, fans of the now extinct band are holding on, still trying to figure out the vocal hook in Can’t Get Better Than This.
Remember when Australian rock band Kisschasy told us that Opinions Won’t Keep You Warm At Night?
Over their 10 year career, the band released two gold certified studio albums, two extended plays, a documentary DVD and compilation album, while also selling an excess of 90,000 records.
In 2009, Kisschasy took their new album, Seizures, on tour around Australia, coinciding with their Channel V Oz Artist of the Year win. They were then announced as part of the first lineup for the 2010 Big Day Out, also performing at Southbound, MS Fest, Pushover and 2010 Groovin’ The Moo. So where are they now?
Their location is still unconfirmed but ever-reliable source, Wikipedia, has quoted:
“Despite not having released a fourth masterpiece in almost five years, Kisschasy are not dead and do occasionally tour. Many have speculated that rather than touring, the band needs to get their asses in the studio and crank out some new tunes.”
Many of you will remember Australian R&B recording artist Daniel Merriweather from his 2007 collaboration with Mark Ronson, for the cover of The Smiths‘ Stop Me.
After winning numerous awards, performing with the likes of Mark Ronson, Scribe, P-Money and Kanye West, and also appearing on David Letterman in 2010, it seemed that the Stop Me singer was unstoppable. But then he mysteriously disappeared, with his Soundcloud page not showing a trace until 2013, with the update of the news of collaborations with both The Bamboos and Wordlife.
There have been no musical follow-ups since but a reliable source (AKA Twitter) has led me to believe that, unlike aforementioned Kisschasy, Merriweather has since gotten his ‘ass into the studio’ to ‘crank out some new tunes’.
He’d better get to releasing soon because his fans are getting antsy. “#justsayin”
American indie rock band Black Kids had us jumping around on the dancefloor with their two hits Hurricane Jane and I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You. With their debut EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, receiving critical acclaim in 2007 and their album, Partie Traumatic, debuting at #5 on the UK Albums Chart in July 2008, the Kids’ futures looked bright. But, alas, they too fell into the black hole of musicians.
Was it perhaps the ‘new rules’ enforced on the music industry that caused such a sudden disappearance?
Sources have confirmed that the cause of disappearance was something much less news-worthy, with the reason being that the Kids have simply grown up, focusing on other creative avenues and abiding by the laws of nature.
Amidst procreating and not being dead, Black Kids started recording again in early 2013 with new songs Clocks and Wake Up, touring Brazil and the East Coast of the United States, and, according to their Facebook, are about to commence another tour in a month’s time.
Operator Please, the first band to discuss such a deep topic as the act of Ping Pong, were formed way back in 2005 to enter their school’s Battle of the Bands. After winning the competition, the pop group went on to release the singles, Get What You Want, Leave It Alone, Just a Song About Ping Pong and their debut studio album, Yes Yes Vindictive.
After winning an ARIA Award in 2007 for Breakthough Artist, the five-piece went on several national tours and played at a variety of festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, Stonefest and Big Day Out. In January 2011, Operator Please released their fifth and final single from their second album, Gloves, with the last appearance from the band being their tour with Sparkadia.
The band never officially split, but friends close to the source have informed that they’ve been inactive since 2011, with the band members focusing on separate projects.
Keyboardist, Chris Holland, and drummer, Tim Commandeur, formed the duo group Colour Coding and released their debut Proof in March 2012, before suffering the same fate as their original band and declaring a hiatus in November 2013. Commandeur is now the drummer for Sydney electronic band, Panama.
Lead singer, Amandah Wilkinson is still performing, and looking remarkably different, under the moniker of Bossy Love. She released her debut EP, Me + You (not to be confused with Disclosure’s You & Me) in October 2013.
Which other music acts have disappeared without a trace? Tweet me at @bianca_interns and I’ll do some detective work for you.
The heart seems to be a consistent motif for Angus & Julia Stone‘s forthcoming self-titled record. They have just dropped a new song, A Heartbreak with an accompanying video following on from last month’s Heart Beats Slow. A Heartbeat was the first song the pair wrote with the producer of the record, Rick Rubin, and it’s a dark, folk-tinged number that beautifully juxtaposes the sibling’s voices. The video is suitably dark also and was filmed in LA under a flood of multi-coloured lights. The album is out 1 August following the pair’s performance at Splendour in the Grass, the week before.
Allday (AKA Tom Gaynor) is the most hyped name in Australian hip-hop right now although it’s not Aussie hip-hop as you’ve heard it. On hearing Allday’s debut album, Startup Cult, it becomes clearly apparent that the young Melbourne emcee is inspired by rappers like Future, Drake and Yeezy rather than homegrown acts. As such he’s ushering in a new-age of Australian hip-hop; one based on youthful lyrics, northern-hemisphere beats and a ‘cult’ that has quickly formed around him. As a young artist, Allday has become somewhat of a master at social media. He’s amassed almost 100,000 likes on Facebook and 62,000 followers on Instagram. In celebration of his new album Startup Cult, he took a number of his fans on bus rides around Melbourne and Sydney to listen and chat about the new album.
Allday answered a few questions for the interns about what inspired the bus idea, his favourite R&B tracks at the moment and whether he would win a hot dog eating competition.
What inspired the “Startup Cult” bus idea?
At the moment with all the people messaging me it’s very difficult to reply to every fan so I thought if the quantity of fan interaction is decreasing, let’s improve the quality. At first I wanted to drive around with people 1 on 1 and play them the album but we settled on the idea of a bus. Next time I’m thinking a “booze cruise” around the harbour.
It sounds to us like your music sounds slightly more like American hip-hop than Aussie. Would you agree?
I think the line between Australian and American sounds is that Australian Hip Hop has branched off from 90s boom bap and developed in a certain way. I love and appreciate a great deal of Australian Hip Hop but my musical influence isn’t really rooted in Australian artists. I think it’s very cool Australia has its own sound, but I don’t really consider myself a part of that (beyond the accent).
Youve built up an impressive following without having an album out yet. How important is social media in that?
Social media has been the foundation of everything for me so far. If Instagram and Facebook were to close down tomorrow I have no idea what I’d do. On the other hand, sometimes people overthink social media, I just try to be myself and I think people can sense honesty.
What have you done differently from the mixtape to the album? Do you think the album sounds more cohesive?
Well the album took a lot longer. I thought about what I wanted to communicate and how. Whereas on the mixtapes I would usually just find a beat or whatever and write a rap in 5 or 10 minutes. Then record it in 15 or 20 minutes and that would be a song. For instance, some songs like Sick Sad World or Julia Stiles (mixtape songs) would have about 30 minutes total work in them. When they got to 100,000 views or whatever I realized “wow, I would have done a better job if I knew this many people would listen to it.” So on the album, I tried to do a better job.
Is Right Now a good indication of what is to come on the album or are there some curve balls?
I think there’s some curve balls.
How is the tour going? Is the crowd reacting to the new songs well?
The tour just finished up, the new songs weren’t going amazingly actually but that always seems to happen with me. Maybe I need a bit of practise to perform them or something.
Name your five favourite hip-hop/RnB songs at the minute.
Partynextdoor – TBH
Sampha – Indecision
The Weeknd – Often
Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time
Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing
^ Wow these are all RnB, guess I’m going through a phase at the moment.
1. Would you be Jay Z, Beyonce or Solange in the elevator situation?
I don’t know their personal lives and I don’t want to weigh in on that really but I think I’d like to be Jay Z because I’m already a man and I don’t want to have to get used to a whole different set of genitalia.
2. Do you believe you could win a hot dog eating competition?
I’m a pretty fast eater. The fact that I’m a vegan really holds back my hot dog eating (for the rest of eternity). Vegan hot dogs though, I’m keen to race.
3. Whats your least favourite Instagram filter?
Wow, so many of them suck. Hefe.
4. Money has been left in the ATM. What do you do?
If I was 16, I’d take that money and be buying something terrible with it before you could say “lack of morals”. These days, I’d take it back into the bank and make sure the person got their money back.
5. What do you see in this inkblot?
That’s clearly a woman’s body right? Now I look like some sex-minded perve, damn.
Allday‘s debut LP Startup Cult is out now.
If you’re not a lover, slow-groover or sensual mover chances are you might’ve found Jessie Ware‘s new track Tough Love a little slow. Well Canadian producer Cyril Hahn has come to rescue the track for beat-cravers with his beautifully tailored remix of Tough Love. He keeps Ware’s heighty vocal intact, instead choosing to pump it along with a deep-house base-line and send it straight to the clubs. Jessie Ware and deep house music go together like Milk and Milo so it’s great to see Hahn give Tough Love the remix treatment. He’s already worked his magic on Ware once before with Sweet Talk so it should be no surprise that this one is brilliant once again.
Listen to Hahn’s remix of Sweet Talk here:
This week’s First Impressions has something for everyone. There’s EDM, pop, disco, electronica and soul. Unfortunately, sometimes when the best things in life come together it can be catastrophic. We’re unable to agree on anything this week, as Ariana Grande’s banging anthem fails to please and Bon Iver falls at the mercy of one recurring sound. Meanwhile Flume and Chet Faker’s 3481st song together impresses some and leaves a sour taste for others.
Bianca: Ariana has reached Grande heights around the world and I just can’t understand why. Her voice grates me in a way that I can’t describe and the higher she goes, the lower my volume goes. Just as Zedd entered the building at the 3:17 mark and it sounded like the song was peaking to something a little more exciting, it promptly ended. Well, I wasn’t entirely wrong about the exciting bit. 1
Hannah: In need of a drinking game? Shots, shot, shots, every time this song features in a marketing campaign over summer. Plot twist? You’ll spend summer drunk and it’ll be better than remembering hearing this song. 2
Sam: I feel like the whole EDM meets pop thing is such a tired formula. But, Zedd and Ariana just get this one so right and it comes down to two things. The first is Zedd has no ego in this. He forgoes huge drops in favour of stellar verses and never overwhelms with bass. The second is Ariana has a ridiculous voice and this is the first time we’ve heard it in full force. This could be the biggest selling song of the year. 3
Lizzie: I am just going to pretend that this wasn’t in First Impressions this week. I actually had to play this on the lowest volume in my room – I just couldn’t let my housemates catch me listening to this. 1.5
Bianca: Goddammit, I’m trying so hard not to dance to this song but my platform shoe-clad feet are thinking otherwise. Do what You Wanna Do is certainly a shameless little bit of fun. 2.5
Hannah: A decade in the making from the man himself, I kind of expected a little more. It’s got all the components of a ready-made disco sensation, electric guitar, catchy rhyming lyrics you can sing to slash guess at while succumbing to disco fever, a creepy voice over here and there, and when all else fails a whistle, but it just never really takes off? 2
Sam: So many warm fuzzies on this one. After five decades Nile Rodgers is still the king of disco. Yeah it’s a little corny but that synth-line puts the fattest smile on my face, so screw it. I can’t give this one a score. Rodgers is a legend, he’s paid his dues. As someone born in the ‘90s, it’s far beyond me to judge the king of disco.
Lizzie: Not my vibes at all. This feel like a dodgy karaoke song playing on a caribbean cruise ship. Please excuse me while I go jump ship. 1
Bianca: A lovely little Sunday School tune. Expect big things from Meg Mac. 3
Hannah: *Tactically side steps comparison to Adele.* It’s nice. 3 Hannah’s Pick
Sam: Sometimes I feel like artists are trying to be so tricky nowadays that they’ve lost the art of writing a great tune. Roll Up Your Sleeves is a classic example of what can be achieved when you keep it simple. Mac sounds amazing and the song is optimistic and classy. 3.5
Lizzie: She has got these Nora Jones/Duffy soul vibes, but with a youthful kick. What a tune – I’m not usually a ballard gal, but this lady has got a gift. Bring on the next hit! 4
Bianca: Seems a bit same-old same-old for me. It doesn’t seem as if Flume has evolved this song much from the original and feels less like a re-work and more of a repeat. 2
Sam: Another Flume and Chet Faker track. It was something unique at first but now it’s become about as common as going to the bathroom. Flume adds a skittering aesthetic with pulsating bass while Chet croons away over the top. Am I excited? Nup. I just fell asleep and dribbled a little. 2
Lizzie: Flume has once again put his Midas Touch on an already golden track. Chet Faker, you make me weak at the knees. Every song he produces is engulfed with this infectious energy and emotion, and Gold is no different. You may even convert me to beards. 4 Lizzie’s Pick
Bianca: Watching Bend It Like Beckham last night (I regret nothing) and hearing the soundtrack made me miss the old Basement Jaxx. In saying that, the piano chords and grooving synths are enough to get it onto my party playlist. 3 Bianca’s Pick
Hannah: Didn’t we already hear this one? 2
Sam: It’s a nice pleasant take on deep house. It sounds like Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Ben Pearce but it’s got no hint of Basement Jaxx’s identity in it. If I heard it in a club I’d love it I’m sure but right now just nothing sticks out to me. Blah. 2.5
Lizzie: Love love love the vocalist. There’s something very smooth about him. It’s definitely a step up from any of the other new tracks they have released this year, but would have loved for them to pushed the boundaries a little more. C’mon, surprise me. 3.5
Bianca: I feel I can’t properly score this song because it seems my speakers are broken. Oh wait, it’s meant to sound like that? All I can say is this song would certainly not be an ideal remedy to a hangover. Thankfully, I didn’t drink last night and can appreciate Vernon’s beautiful-as-ever song amongst the mess of repetitive lulls of noise. 2.5
Hannah: This week. Just go home new music, you’re drunk. This is exactly what happens when Bon Iver sings over your 6th grand band rehearsal. While I love Bon Iver with the deepest crevice of my heart, and in many respects the redeeming feature of this song is indeed Bon Iver himself and his undeniable voice, I can’t help but want more. It feels kind of… lazy. 2.5
Sam: Justin Vernon strikes something for me that no other songwriter at the moment does. He always writes with a hint of sadness yet induces this peering glimmer of sunshine. As a fan, it’s great to hear another track from Bon Iver but also bittersweet knowing that another LP may be a while off. 4 Sam’s Pick
Lizzie:Is the tape recorder stuck? There seems to be a terrible whiney sound on repeat, destroying what could have been a beautiful Bon Iver track! My ears are still ringing. 2
It’s that time again! That little bundle of joy that graces us every week, the weekend, has arrived once again. So you’ve already filled your music library with the myriad of tunes we gave you last week and you are in luck again; the second instalment of the interns’ Saturday Mix is here to be your musical wingman.
This week we enter the dream world of Dutch producer and video director, David Douglas. Every moment of this mix is utterly cinematic, providing the perfect backing soundtrack to your weekend. Hit 8 minutes and you are James Bond, ready to suave yourself around the town. Hit 16 minutes and you are cruising the streets as the sun sets and the wind is blowing in your hair. 30 minutes down, you are oozing sex, feeling Pulp Fiction-naughty. Have fun with this mix – play your favourite character for the night before the reality of Monday slaps you in the face.
You had a big one last night, and now you have to back it up again. It’s ok, there are some ye olde faithfuls in here to ease you right back into party mode. Motez, Zeds Dead, Josh Butler & John Newman remixes are in the mix to set some solid foundations for another great night and to get your head-bopping. You can do it!
Meeting a new crowd? Being that guy who is the plus-one to a party, and knows no one? Ok, breathe, we have got your back. Whack this baby on the iPod dock after midnight and prepare to start poking the crowd of new friends away with a stick. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how a Saturday mix should be done. “Thoughtful, beautiful and groovy,” as Chrome Sparks puts it. You will thank us later.
Ciroc – sound familiar? It’s a vodka brand, and you should probably go drink some. Right now.
This Russian-born New York club weirdo Slava, has created a mix which can only be described as “tracks which have been triple-distilled into a cool sound.” Once again, vodka – I feel there is a trend happening here. This mix is all about the chilled-out vibes, and the mutation of club styles – the majority of which should be consumed in the home or the bedroom.With R&B favourites Aaliyah and Cassie and the fierce DJ Leo, Rizzla and False Witness, this will leave you drunk and suitably undressed.
Festival season in Europe has arrived and it is time to re-educate yourself on EDM. Or not – who cares, you are too drunk in the night to actually care what is blasting out of the speakers. Plus, you don’t want to miss the drop and pull the wrong dance move, or even pull a hamstring with your ill-timed rave movements. Young Sydney-based artist Kyphosis is here to give you a master-class on 3am underground club vibes. This epic education on Drum and Bass which will leave you pumping into the early hours of the morning.
Who really does give a ship? Well, apparently everyone does. What was somewhat of a novelty in 2013, the floating dance music festival has become a hot trend in the electronic music community and buoy are we excited!
Imagine this…lying on a cruise ship off the coast of the Bahamas, cocktail in hand, beach ball flying into your face and your favourite artist cutting the latest tunes on a stage made out of a wooden shipwreck….on a private island. It sounds like heaven, and it is! But before you all rush to go find your floaties and spankiest budgie smugglers – with the great influx of new ships setting sail this year and in 2015 across the Caribbean and even Australia – it is vital to choose the right cruise for you, or you may risk missing the boat altogether!
You could weigh up all your options; cost-to-benefit ratios; the whole “getting time off work” thing; who’s going, and all of the monotonous kind of things which anchor you down everyday. Orrrrrr the only true way to decide which live-changing cruise is for you, is to look at their promotional videos – a full-on glorified version of what to expect while aboard this floating rave dungeons.
Here are some of the hottest new floating music festivals paddling around:
Every year, Destructo‘s Hard Events boast the hottest event on the open seas, with babes, booze, beaches and beats of Titanic proportions. Ask for something new each year, and they shall deliver. The Mecca of all the festival ships, Holy Ship! is at it again, but this time they are on for two separate sailings in early 2015. That’s right, #twoweekends ladies and gentlemen, get excited. We’ve all seen the after movie – and probably cried over a bowl of ice-cream, wishing you were there…or maybe that was just me. Watching Zedd hanging out with his fans, Laidback Luke run a yoga class, and Dillon Francis playing poker and being classic Dillon Francis, it all looks incredible. The catch is, this school of fish is very a exclusive bunch. A little somethin’ somethin’ they don’t sign-post on the promotional video, if you managed to tear your eyes away from the boobies, is that the first run of tickets go straight to those have sailed before. My advice, stay on the boat and never leave it.
Where: Miami, Bahamas
Lineup: Knife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume and Boys Noize. for Weekend 1. Meanwhile, Weekend 2 boasts Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer and DJ Snake at the top of the bill. Also added, Adelaide producer Motez!
Verdict: “You can’t ship with us” – if you have decided you wanted to go on Holy Ship! now, its already too late, its sold out.
Video: OK, so the video wasn’t very informative. Funny, but not informative.
Just imagine picking up the best music and artists from the 2014 Holy Ship! boat and dropping them all onto another cruise. That’s exactly what you get with the Mad Decent Boat Party. Mad Decent are the bona fide experts at throwing the most epic, sweaty, dirty, sexy, mind-blowing block parties, and just adding a splash of water will not change this. Diplo is your party king, and Dillon Francis is the mighty Jester. Prepare to bow down in awe of their music and their Jamaican anthemic sound. Expect a lot of amazing guest performers and to lose your shirt instantaneously.
Where: Who actually cares!? The Bahamas, somewhere awesome.
Line-up: Diplo, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, DJ Snake, Kill the noise, Netsky, Wave Racer, Cashmere Cat, Benni Benassi, Nina Las Vegas…..
Verdict: “Prepared to get shipfaced”. This will be the ride of your life.
The original, the don, the master, the boss…he is Pete Tong. He is the father of electronic dance music and the mentor to some of the biggest names in music we know today. Hats off to the guy, he has a lot of great friends in high places.
Does it look like the hottest party going around? No. Does it look like maybe some of the DJs look a little past their use-by dates? Maybe. However, the line-up does look awfully seductive and do not let age fool you – this guy knows what he is doing.
Where: Miami FL, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Line-up: Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, Pete Tong, Nervo, Above & Beyond, R3HAB, Anna Lanoe, Chris Lake, Botnek…and so on.
Verdict: “Sink or swim? Pete Tong it’s hard to go wrong”
Short teaser video, but packs a punch. It is a-boat time that the Aussie talent stepped up to the plate and hosted their own tropic music festival. Fiji is an epic location and while it may not be a cruise liner in the Caribbean, it is close and affordable. Plus, for those who can’t handle the motion of the ocean, this may be exactly the tropical adventure for you!
Where: Fiji, private tropical island
Line-up: Alison Wonderland, Peking Duck, Jack Beats, Touch Sensitive, LDRU, Golden Features, Safia… and a whole list more of Aussie talent.
Verdict: “Got us, hook, line and sinker!”
This little gem just popped up on the radar as one of the floating ships to hop aboard. Well if the awesome graphics of the promo video haven’t already sold you then I don’t know what will!
It tells us it’s “the world’s largest floating dance music festival.” Well that is impressive for a start. As one of the first ships to leave port this year, I am sure it will go out with a splash, however it just doesn’t dazzle us as much as the others. It’s a tough market, this whole ‘music festival paradise’ thing.
Where: Catalina Island & Mexico (Departing from Los Angeles)
Line-up: Erick Morillo, Morgan Page, Hard Rock Sofa, Project 46, Hook N Sling, Borgeous, Monday Night Social, Control, Traxsource, A.W.O.L. and Rollingtuff……..?????? No idea who any of these are? My thoughts exactly.
Verdict: “I am not shore this is a good idea.”