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New Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram

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Because dogs…

Well, mostly. Following an up and coming artist on instagram could be the most rewarding thing you’ll do all week. Not only are they not heavily monitored by a Beyonce-sized ‘team’, they’re still excited about free stuff, big crowds and willing to use many emojis. Step into the visual world of new music.

BANKS

@hernameisbanks

Being an up and coming artist just ain’t what it used to be. Snaps of Chanel bags, Paris and magazine covers make up BANKS’ jealousy-inducing collection. It’s unlikely to provide many LOLs but the girl knows how to dress and thus gathers a beautiful bunch of pics. Kids; sex, drugs and rock & roll is a thing of the past.

mykkiblanco

@mykkiblanco

At the time of writing, rapper Mykki Blanco has just been arrested in Portugal for allegedly “being gay”. Most likely driven by that, there’s a pic reading “How to heal yourself from everyday psychic poisons or repentance for dummies”. Yep, following this account is an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you’re reading that and the next you’re looking at lavish gardens or scallops. Hard to pin down, yes, but there’s no denying Blanco is a fascinating human-being.

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@oscarkeysung

Oscar Key Sung may be Australia’s first man of RnB. And to match he’s got a suitably 90s inspired Instagram back-catalogue. You’ll find everything here to satisfy your nostalgia including plenty of colour, Tonka trucks and a particularly badass picture of a cat. And then some more pictures of black cats.

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@cashmerecat

Don’t let this Norwegian DJs name fool you. This instagram is all about dogs. A ridiculously good-looking pug is the star of this account as he gives sad, happy and sleepy expressions that would make any man melt. And there’s cool pictures of the studio and the world and shit but the main point you should take away from this is dogs.

liz

@liz_y2k

If Cashmere Cat doesn’t satisfy your penchant for dogs then this is the next place to look. Mad Decent artist, Liz loves the puppies and when she’s not looking like she’s just survived the Millenium Bug with Charli XCX she’s posing with her dog. Her dogs Chloe and Jack willfully agree to ridiculous costumes, christmas frames and filters all-the-while raking in the likes. If that doesn’t do it for you, Liz also rocks a pair of sunnies and a hat like no other.

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@heemsworth

Completing our trio of dog appreciation instagrams is Canadian producer, Ryan Hemsworth. For those confused, Hemsworth even tags it ‘dog’ to avoid any misconceptions. Aside from dogs, there is also a plethora of Pokemon-related shots as well as one cheeky questionable bum shot. If none of that takes your fancy, he makes some swell remixes which are easily accessed from the insty.

SZA

@justsza

This is one of those “I’ll follow her because she’s cool and I want to be her” things. The RnB singer who’s just released her debut album, Z, is a cool cat who rocks double buns, sandals with socks and fluoro sneakers. You’ll want to try it yourself, but don’t. Just look.

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@dillonfrancis

This Diplo prodigy is the master of LOLs. Whether he’s Trever on pingaz or the super smooth Greg, the man’s a barrel of fun. It’s probably the most ironic/sarcastic collection of videos and snaps that you’ll come across but that’s the alluring factor. For a man in a genre that has become increasingly serious, he’s proof that there’s still DJs on this earth up for a giggle or two.

 

For more shits and gigs like the above, follow theinterns on instagram. 

 

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Throwaway Thursday

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You’ve probably just returned from the supermarket, stolen sampled grapes and dried apricots and are now even more in the mood for freebies. Well, you’re in luck. We have a bunch of audio and visual delights hand-picked by theinterns to satisfy your cravings for anything that falls into your lap without indenting your bank account.

Watch: Megan Washington- TedxSydney talk: To Or Not Let Go

I’ve been tracking the career of Megan Washington for years and I’ve never realised that she had a stutter. Until now. In her TEDxSydney talk, To Or Not Let Go, Washington reveals “I’m an adult woman who spends her life as a performer with a speech impediment” . It’s a moving talk with a number of quotable moments including “People think I’m drunk all the time”- at least she has an excuse.

She also throws in a song at the end.

Read: Evan Minsker- How To DJ Your Own Wedding

Most weddings are unwillingly destined for a soundtrack of Ronan Keating and Andre Rieu but Pitchfork writer, Evan Minsker, has selflessly let us into the musings behind his wedding playlist. It covers everything from Processional/Recessional to dancing with Mum and Dad. Surprisingly there is nothing cringe-worthy in sight. Not even a Boyz II Men mention. While he’s resisted adding any Rick Ross or 2 Chainz, he gives a nod to contemporaries like Robyn and Sky Ferreira. The music is undoubtedly the hardest part of a wedding, so with this handy guide we’re already half-way down the aisle.

Have a read over at Pitchfork. 

Listen: The-Drum- Lo-Motion Singles Vol.1

Chicago production duo The-Drum have just started a new label called Lo-Motion and this compilation is the first release off it. You’ll have to excuse us, it’s not exactly free, it’ll cost you $1 but treat it like a gold coin donation and you’ll feel like you’re doing something good for the world. That feeling is priceless. As well as featuring a whole lot of delicious new names, the compilation also has tracks from The GTA, Dre Green and The-Drum’s own RnB side-project JODY. If you’re looking to impress your friends with new music that not even you know quite yet, look no further.

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Listen: Rome Fortune & Four Tet- One Time For

We featured Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune in our Most Underrated Albums of 2014 feature a few weeks back but since then he’s kept dropping sporadic pieces of gold. The latest track to emerge is produced by Englishman Four Tet, who pretty much slayed all you bitches when he was out here for Laneway Festival earlier this year. You can download One Time For for free from his Soundcloud. While you’re at it you can also take note of the blurb which explains that this is one of two collaborative tracks between the two. Hooray for dance and rap music’s glorious marriage. [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/romefortune/one-time-for-prod-four-tet[/soundcloud]

Until next week, extreme bargain hunters…

DJDEGUSTATION

DJ Degustation

Awaken your senses and choose from three culinary adventures brought to you by the latest offerings from Chet Faker, Little Dragon and Todd Terje. Bon Appétit! 

(Click images for recipes)

Chet Faker – Built on Glass

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If you’re dining to this album, your first step is to set the scene – light the candles, pull up a chair. Built on Glass is like an aphrodisiac; Faker produces a voice & melody that flows right through your body, liable to affect your hormones, brain chemistry, energy and stress levels. The songs on this album have a psychoactive property and seductive undertones so it’s recommended you pair it with an appropriate dinner plan that will be sure to make you Blush:

Hors D’Oeuvres

Oysters: the ultimate aphrodisiac. Serve fresh on ice but ensure you remove their beards before serving – Chet Faker has you covered in that department.

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Entree

Figs stuffed with Gorgonzola & wrapped with crispy prosciutto. Figs are known not only for their emulation of a particular female organ but also for their association with love and stimulation.

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Main

Rosemary and parmesan crusted rack of lamb with potato mash and red wine jus. The key to acing this meal is to ensure the lamb is nice and tender which for some will be a Lesson in patience but worth the wait.

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Dessert

Release your problems into a bittersweet, self-saucing pudding with Melted choc-caramel and raspberries. Feel free to garnish with edible Gold flakes to give it that Midas touch.

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Drink

If you’re cooking for that special someone, I’d recommend you both wash this down with a bottle of 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you’re dining for one, best to bask yourself in Cigarettes & loneliness.

Download Built on Glass 

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

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The perfect accompaniment to the wistful, polite elegance of Nabuma Rubberband is French cooking of Nouvelle Cuisine. Unlike its Cuisine Classique predecessor, this culinary method takes a new direction and is characterised by lighter, more intricate dishes with an increased focus on presentation and palatial expression.

Let Go of all qualms you previously entertained about cooking in this style and attempt to Mirror Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano’s delicate precision and gentility for the following banquet:

Hors D’Oeuvres

Peking duck and Hoisin rice paper rolls

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Entree

Seared scallops with Little Dragon fruit Salsa

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Main

Braised pork belly with a caramel sauce, served with papaya salad. This is a French-Vietnamese favourite, combining the faire of Paris with the freshness of Hanoi. For that extra spice, throw in Bird’s Eye chilli into the salad. But remember to add Only One! These hot rockets can be a little powerful for those who can’t take the heat.

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Dessert

Channel Little Dragon’s Scandinavian heritage with a Norwegian Pink Cloudberry Cream with lavender and vanilla. A deliciously light way to end the meal!

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Drink

Pair with a dry, sweet Sémillon.

Download Nabuma Rubberband 

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

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The Norwegian Duke of Disco, Todd Terje, invites you to put on your dancing shoes and step into the swingin’ ‘60s with his latest album. Turn off the phones, disconnect your wi-fi and reconnect with the musical delicacies of yesteryear. The food, like the music, is leisurely and unapologetically cheesy – so just kick back and relax because, Ladies & Gentlemen, It’s Album Time!

Hors D’Oeuvres

Devils on Horseback: the perfect old-fashioned Intro for your journey to the past.

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Entree

Take your time to Inspector Norse traditional cookbook and you’ll be certain to find Gravlaks – salmon cured for 24 hours in a mix of sugar, salt and dill. Top this on your mini toasts and, Oh Joy, will you have a delicious treat!

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Main

Bouillabaisse. A seafood spread as difficult to pronounce as half of the songs on the album.

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Dessert

Crêpe Suzette. The best part is when you get to set it alight, making this Delorean Dynamite a sure-fire way to impress your chums! Todd Terje himself claimed he likes his music ‘very fruity’ so don’t be afraid to Swing Star fruit over the top to really make your Suzette sparkle.

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Drink  

Dirty martini. Be sure not to spill it though as you cavort across the dancefloor to Terje’s casual funk.

Download It’s Album Time 

 

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5 artists you need to hear right now Vol. 2

AllieX

If you’re purely reading this because the song below is called Bitch, you will most definitely be rewarded for your blatant endorsement of profanity. Allie X is a Canadian artist who’s already gained the attention of Katy Perry. So, pretty much she’s already a superstar. X’s two previous releases, Catch and Prime, garnered hype with their brand of bubblegum pop but Bitch is the one most likely to prick the ears. On Bitch, she takes everything you know about pop and turns it on its head, crafting a riot girl chorus of distorted vocals and bratty charm. “I’m your Bitch, you’re my Bitch” is always a good lyric to introduce yourself I always think. It may count for something that she also has a wicked collection of sunglasses.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/alliexandra/bitch-mastered[/soundcloud]

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ELEL

MGMT, Tame Impala, steel drums and Alice in Wonderland. It may sound like a strange amalgamation of things but that’s exactly what it sounds like makes up the weird and wonderful stew that is ELEL. ELEL are an eight-piece band from Nashville who have just released their debut single, 40 Watt. It’s somewhat presumptuous to place the band here after just one release but such is the quality of this track. It’s bursting with colour and tropical vibes and best of all, it’s hard to put your finger on what exactly the track is. Depending on future releases from ELEL we may just be able to forgive Nashville for Kings of Leon.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/el-el-3/40-watt[/soundcloud]

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sashakeable

You may know Sasha Keable as the vocalist on Disclosure’s Voices. If not, go here and then come back.

Now you’re back, you’ve by now fallen in love with Keable and are ready to hear about her solo work. The 20 year-old singer has just released her second EP, Lemongrass and Limeleaves. Apart from being a potentially delicious tea (Take note T2), it is also a slow-burning collection of RnB tracks that engrain Keable’s voice in your mind. She sits somewhere between Jessie Ware and Katy B on the musical spectrum with looped beats and lush harmonies. You’ll find nothing as immediate as Voices in her solo collection but that’s half the joy- allowing the songs to sit and mature.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sasha-keable/sets/lemongrass-and-limeleaves[/soundcloud]

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cln

cln or Callan Alexander, as his elders would call him, is the latest young producer to further prove the value of Australia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. At only 18 years old, the Brisbane producer is likely to make you feel completely inadequate about your life achievements thus far, but that’s ok, because the tunes are damn good. His skittering track, Better Than, was released last week and has already racked up 65,000 plays. While the expansive, beauty-of-a-track is his most noteworthy piece of work to date, minimal remixes on his Soundcloud of Drake and Disclosure are also sure to delight.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/callanalexander/cln-better-than[/soundcloud]

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JMR

With only two songs released from his forthcoming album, American Hell, it’s somewhat unbelievable how much attention Joshua Michael Robinson (or JMR, for convenience) has mustered. The Florida-native is producing shimmering, falsetto-driven tracks backed by bassy RnB thumps. On his second single, Closer, he sings “I just want you closer” right down the centre of the microphone, backed by no instrumental. It’s enough to make anyone a little bit clammy, as are the brooding synths and wobbling bass that follow. Look out for the album set to be released sometime in May.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jmrsongs/closer[/soundcloud]

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First Impressions 19 May

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A song is all about the first impression. That first 30 seconds, that first 808, that first velvety melody. All the while, your hand hovers eagerly over the ‘next’ button ready to take on another unassuming song. First Impressions captures that very essence as we take on tracks from the week past. Only we don’t press skip. This week our ears have been led to Kimbra’s experimental newbie, M.I.A’s feisty remix and La Roux’s long awaited/forgotten return amongst others.

M.I.A- Baddygirl 2

Sam: Everything M.I.A touches is gold to me. In this, she calls out “surfboard bitches”, “flawless bitches” and “Beyonce” and then segues into Beyonce’s Diva. In other words, I’m sold. 3.5

Lizzie: Talk about timing. Dropping this track the week of that elevator incident. I’m pretty sure the Knowles camp weren’t looking for any extra press, especially not a fierce remix of ‘Flawless’. M.I.A does what she wants, when she wants and I am totally happy to oblige. 4

Bianca: The Bey-kdown was a refreshing break from the M.I.A part of the song. 2

Hannah: I’m torn. M.I.A is telling me I’m more than just a butts and titties girl and more than just a slutty girl, meanwhile the beat is urging me to grab the nearest surfboard and grind up on dat wood. Such is life for a 21st century feminist. 4 Hannah’s Pick 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/miauk/baddygirl-2-mia-party-squad-beyonce-flawless-remix[/soundcloud]

Kimbra- ‘90s Music

Sam: Big props to Kimbra for delivering up something so left-centre. It’s boundary pushing, Bjork-esque and has a big sugary-chorus for good measure. A lot of people will hate this but I think that’s brilliant. Maybe it’s time people stepped out from their Coldplay-laiden comfort zone. 4

Lizzie: No no no. There’s experimental and then there’s this. I feel she’s just pulled a variety of samples out of a hat and vomited them onto this track. 1.5

Bianca: I think Kimbra’s a little confused…I don’t remember the ‘90s sounding anything like this. This needs to be laid to rest along with scrunchies. 2

Hannah: This song really excited me… until Kimbra opened her mouth. I’m probably still in an M.I.A flavoured haze, but I can’t help thinking if only it was M.I.A’s vocals on this track it’d be a killer. As it stands, I find myself straining to hear a track of musical gold (I don’t even mind Bellamy’s guitar) through the sound of some very unhappy cats. Meow. 2.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kimbramusic/kimbra-90s-music[/soundcloud]

La Roux- Let Me Down Gently

Sam: La Roux, you drop one of the most addictive pop albums of the decade and then leave us out in the cold for five years. It’s bordering on torture but this new one has you easily forgiven. This is a pop TUNE if i’ve ever heard one. And I’ve heard a few of them in my time. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

Lizzie: The queen of synth-pop is back, thank god! We needed someone to step back in and show us how its done, and “Let Me Down Gently” is a blissful dream. Massive fan of the sax breakdown. Not a big fan of the fact we had to wait 5 years for this track surface. 4

Bianca: Such suspense at 2:35! That pause is so pregnant, it’s carrying triplets. 4.5 Bianca’s Pick

Hannah: Phil Collins of the best kind. 3.5

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[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/la-roux-official/let-me-down-gently?in=interscope/sets/la-roux-let-me-down-gently[/soundcloud]

Mariah Carey- Thirsty

Sam: Based solely on the album title (Me. I am Mariah), I’d be happy to call this album of the year right now. This song is everything I’ve come to expect from Mariah- full of unintentional LOLs. Attach this to a Pepsi commerical and it will reach its utmost potential. 2.5

Lizzie: This song is offensive to my ears. 1

Bianca: Someone, please, get Mariah a drink. 1

Hannah: Like trying to rehydrate with a big old glass of milk, this song ain’t going to leave you with nuttin’ but a belly ache.

Andy Bull- Talk Too Much

Sam: Eh, I really want to love this because I’ve been such a fan of his previous two singles but this one’s just too middle of the road. It starts to climb the mountain of melodic brilliance but it never quite reaches the top, leaving me with an unsolved sweet tooth. 3

Lizzie: He’s got a really unique sound – upbeat but not too in-your-face. The lyrics are a winner for me, offering up a message to just shut up, stop bitching and live a little. 4  

Bianca: Keep talking to me, Andy. This poppy little number blooms more with every listen.

Hannah:It says a lot that we found this song on indieshuffle. It’s cute, it’s poppy, it’d be right at home alongside Phantom Planet on The OC Soundtrack. It’s just another one to add to the pile. Shuffle on. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/andybullmusic/talk-too-much[/soundcloud]

Rhodes- Morning

Sam: So many Jeff Buckley vibes which I’m completely OK with. I’m going to forego all masculinity here and say this is damn beautiful. It goes to show that so little needs to be done when you’ve got a fine voice and brooding melody. 4

Lizzie: Excuse me for a second, while I just compose myself….Phew! Thats what I call a moving song. So minimal, yet effortlessly packs a punch. This guy has a got a gift 4 Lizzie’s Pick

Bianca: Zzzzzzz. But in a soothing, bedtime audiobook kinda way 2.5

Hannah:  Well that was nice.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rhodesmusic/rhodes-morning[/soundcloud]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Coachella 2015

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With the dust only just settling from Coachella 2014, it may seem too early to think about buying pre-sale tickets to 2015’s festivities. Here are ten reasons why you should be getting out of bed (or coming home) at 3am this Saturday:

1. The surprise acts

Sometimes the best acts at Coachella aren’t even on the bill. With this year’s surprise appearances including Busta Rhymes, Usher, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, Pusha T and Gwen Stefani (just to name a few), it’s likely that 2015’s guest appearances are going to be bigger and better than ever.

Although recent events might mean this is the last time you’ll be seeing this:

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2. The plethora of artists to suit your tastes

With the 2014 lineup reaching almost 150 notable artists, even before its surprise acts,  you’ll be hard pressed to find a spare moment. So much so that you won’t even have the time to care about spotting the celebs that don’t care about spotting you.

Don’t let this large number overwhelm you though. Coachella gives you the ability to go with the flow and even stumble into acts you didn’t know you wanted to see.

3. Best workout of your life

Between the thigh squats (otherwise known as getting low), the fist punches brought on purely by a lack of knowing what else to do with your arms and the ab crunches from laughing too hard, the Coachella workout is a surefire way to drop some kilos. Or work off that delicious slice of pizza from the Heineken Bar.

4. Experience appreciation for new music

Coachella 2014 brought a host of lesser known acts that are likely to be big names by the time the festival rolls around next year. This year’s bill saw the likes of BANKS, Courtney Barnett and The Preatures taking to smaller stages off the back of huge international hype. Just imagine where Lorde was in 2013…

5. The ultimate road trip

With initiatives such as Carpoolchella offering VIP tickets for life, all access guest passes and ferris wheel vouchers simply for carpooling with four or more people to the festival, there’s no reason to not road trip.

6. Maybe 2015 will be THE year…

With punters getting Daft Punk’d by indie-rockers Arcade Fire at the start of their 2014 headline set, maybe it’s a sign of things to come?

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Or perhaps we should just take this as the best we’re ever gonna’ get. 🙁

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7. The technology / special effects

The lighting and special effects paired with each set were on a level not seen at any Australian festival. You  could even forgive Muse for over-delivering on the flame throwers (I didn’t need those eyebrows anyway) and the broken crane which left Matt Bellamy suspended oddly in the middle of the crowd.

Also, expect to have THIS GUY zooming above your head during the bigger bands:

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Yes, that’s a camera drone. Yes, we’re living in the future.

8. The Quirks

The fashion

At Coachella you will discover that your fellow punters will take this chance to flaunt some questionable fashion choices but strangely you won’t hate them for it and might even (god forbid) embrace it.

The art installations

A roaming, giant spaceman. Need I say more?

The sign language interpreter

Watching the sign language interpreter attempting  to keep up with Andre 3000’s rapid-fire roll of the tongue in Roses was almost as entertaining as the entire set. Here’s hoping Coachella will hire this guy next year:

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“I know you like to thank your shit don’t stank”

9. The before/during/after parties

Start the day in the pool, end your day in the pool. Both in very different states of consciousness. If this is your style, we recommend staying at The Saguaro.

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10. The payment plan

We can’t all expect to afford to blow a cool $US375 in one go, not to mention additional travel and accommodation costs, nor can we be as #blessed as some celebs and actually earn money by simply attending (looking at you, Vanessa ‘McHudgens’). Thankfully, Coachella has provided us with a  payment plan more attractive than your average infomercial.

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Coachella 2015 is scheduled for April 10th through 12th, followed by the second weekend from April 17th through to 19th at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.

General admission passes are priced at $US375 (currently $AUD400.46 for those too lazy to currency exchange it), while VIP passes will cost you $US799.

Set your alarms for an early wake up, Australia. Pre-sales kick off early Saturday morning at 3:00am AEST (Friday, May 16th 10:00am PDT) from http://www.coachella.com/.

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Throwaway Thursdays

In the words of the incomparable Janet Jackson– “the best things in life are free”. With a harsh budget delivered this week, Australia’s youth have been denied access to a life of dole-bludging and are subject to potentially rising university fees. It’s ok though, because we are here to soften the blow with free new music. Each Thursday will be now known as Throwaway Thursdays- a weekly collection of all that the internet is giving away. Below are a bunch of complimentary mixtapes, documentaries and mixes that can be downloaded or watched without credit card charges or additional HECS debt.

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BOOTS- WinterSpringSummerFall Mixtape

When you hear the artist BOOTS it’s usually in association with Beyonce. That’s because the wonder-kid produced many of the tracks off Beyonce’s surprise, self-titled album. Since its release, “Who is BOOTS?” has been searched 52 million times on Google. Well, consider this mixtape his formal introduction. He’s called upon a bunch of friends to help him too with Kelelah, Jeremih, Shlohmo and Son Lux all contributing to tracks. Oh and one more- Beyonce, of course. Not bad for a debut mixtape, ey?

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bootsonboots/sets/winterspringsummerfall[/soundcloud]

Bayou- LOOPBACK Mixtape

We featured Bayou’s Airlock in Musical Speed Dating a few weeks ago, with the track garnering everything from a one rating to a four. The UK-based singer-songwriter’s debut mixtape is likely to be just as divisive as he works alongside chopped and screwed soundscapes and unconventional melodies. For the most part it leans towards experimental RnB but you’re also sure to feel some James Blake vibes throughout. Whatever your taste may be, it’s free and nobody resists a freebie.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bayyyou/sets/loopback-1[/soundcloud]

Download here.

Mac DeMarco- Pepperoni Playboy (A Macumentary)

Everyone loves the Mac and you’re likely to fall further in love with the Canadian larrikin in this beautifully filmed documentary directed by Jon Leone. Yes, it features shower scenes. Yes, it features plenty of cigarettes. Yes, it features a trip to China. Such is the life of this slacker. The Pitchfork-premiered film is a more than entertaining look into the bizarre personality of Mac DeMarco. And he talks about Australia which he describes as “a real treat”.

St. Vincent- FACT mix

Annie Clarke has some pretty cool friends. She’s impressed everyone from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the surviving members of Nirvana. But this eclectic mix is her chance to show off who’s dominating her iPod or Gramophone. The 50-minute mix for FACT mag sees the singer-songwriter step behind the decks to spin everybody from Kanye to Beyonce to King Krule. It doesn’t make complete sonic sense but it’s a damn good collection of tunes nonetheless.

Listen to the mix here.

Tracklist:
King Krule – Easy Easy
Solex – Oh Blimey!
Beyonce – Blow
David Bowie – Warszawa
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Interlude
Loretta Lynn – Wine, Women and Song
Kid Creole and The Coconuts – Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
Sisyphus – Calm It Down
Marvin Pontiac – No Kids
The Clash – London Calling
Liz Phair – Divorce Song
Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, Suite 3
Selda – Yaylalar

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5 new artists you need to hear right now

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Digging through the interns of the music world is a surprisingly rewarding task. While big names like The Black Keys and Lily Allen are delivering highly anticipated yet ultimately disappointing releases, there’s a wave of new artists bubbling under with impressive debuts. Below are five of the best covering everything from RnB to indie-pop and Dylan-inspired folk.

Ben Khan

If you’re not already crushing on this London producer’s debut EP 1992 then you need to hop to it. Khan won’t talk about specific musical influences in interviews but he cites Salvador Dali and Middle-Eastern music as key inspirations. It shows on the EP too. He lays down warm guitar lines alongside chopped and screwed production. What will surely be his breakout track, Youth, has garnered 400,000 plays on Soundcloud in a month. It’s a track that highlights the very charm of Khan’s sound- warm and rhythmic but also haunting and hard to pin down.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/benkhan/sets/1992ep[/soundcloud]

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Kyan

Hearing only one syllable from Kyan will be enough to make you fall in love with his velvety, RnB voice. He’s just released an atmospheric and melancholic EP, The Purple Experiment, that gives nods to the songwriting of Frank Ocean and the intensity of a Prince ballad. He’s able to pull it back to miniscule production when need be and layer the vocals on when he requires an astute moment. Shuttle will most likely be the song you’ll latch onto immediately. It floats in a sea of brooding synths allowing his voice to induce all kinds of butterflies. If that’s not enough to convince, maybe this will: the kid has a fresh haircut and a MySpace.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kyanmusic/sets/the-purple-experiment-1[/soundcloud]

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Spookyland

Sydneysider, Marcus Gordon (aka. Spookyland), has a voice that is as divisive as Bob Dylan, but if it finds favour with you, it’s one that’s hard to forget. This Silly Fucking Thing is as attention grabbing as its explicit title suggests. It’s a largely acoustic-driven track that allows Gordon’s brash voice to stand atop. The silly fucking thing in question is his heart which just keeps getting broken. It may sound cliché on paper but the climaxing nature of the track, alongside his voice that teeters on the edge of breaking, is perfect. The EP Rock and Roll Weakling is out now.

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Mausi

Newcastle quartet, Mausi, are the band most-likely to make you long for Summer this weekend. Their latest single, My Friend Has A Swimming Pool, opens with the line “When the sun starts sinking we’ve already been drinking” and is delivered with girlish charm and a perky key-line. Their track Move was produced by Mark Ralph who’s previously worked with Hot Chip and Jagwar Ma so we can rest assure that they are in good hands. They’ve also just covered Kiesza’s Hideaway, mashing it with JLO’s Play, which is always a favourable move in our books.

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San Mei

When you think of the Gold Coast, you often don’t associate it with intricate bedroom producers, however, local San Mei is set to change that. She’s producing hazy, youthful, pop melodies that are harnessing international attention. It’s her latest track, Wars, that has our ears pricked. San Mei’s vocals seep into a wash of synths and washed-out guitars which culminate together to create the perfect oddball pop-song. This is electronic pop at its finest.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tidalwavesoundsfun/san-mei-wars-1[/soundcloud]

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Musical Speed Dating 9 May

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

If you clicked on this article purely for Usher’s abs then you’re in luck. Scroll further down and there’s an entire video. For the remaining few of you who clicked on this for the music, you’re also in luck. We’re delving into tracks from the ever-impressive Antlers, Aussie wonder-DJ Alison Wonderland and Xtina revival queen K Stewart. This week it’s all about the king and queen of the dance floor with Alison Wonderland and new kid on the block, Shamir, proving to be favourites with polar opposite versions of booty-shaking tracks. Keep scrolling for more puns and Usher pick-up lines.

Antlers- Hotel

Sam: There’s something about the chord progression on this that just melts me from the outset. My only problem is that there’s not a lot of dynamic to the song which means it becomes slightly stale towards the end 3

Lizzie: This is a floaty, smooth track which really makes you drift away to a different place. The vibe is moody and slow – I can almost feel my face mushed against a window on a rainy day, staring pensively into the distance..“In the hotel, I can’t remember how the past felt.” 3

Hannah: Go into your living room, put on a track by The Editors, or maybe even The Cold War Kids, leave the room and listen to the now toned down, slightly muted track from the other side of the door. This is what’s happening here. Same, same but different. I do love the plucky guitar outro though. 3

Bianca: Peter Silberman’s lilting vocals seem to be heavily influenced by Jeff Buckley’s ‘Mojo Pin’. I’d request a late checkout from this Hotel 3.5 Bianca’s Pick 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/the-antlers-hotel[/soundcloud]

Usher- Good Kisser

Sam: Dat falsetto, am I right? I am unnaturally obsessed with the verses and bridge of this song and then completely underwhelmed by the chorus. 3.5

Lizzie: Why does Usher always write songs about me, it’s embarrassing. I kid, I kid…

But what I am not kidding about is how pumped I am to see Usher back in full force in 2014. The cowbell is fresh and funky – really makes this song for me. Only problem, stick to singing your lyrics Usher, ‘saying’ them just sounds plain weird. 3.5

Hannah: Basically you had me at Usher. Good Kisser is doing for Usher what Sexy Back did for Mr Timberlake after his hiatus: Pair it back, throw a bit of funk in there and remind the world you have some sweet dance moves and BOOM! Nobody will even care you left them for awhile. 3.5

Bianca: My confession Part I: ‘Good Kisser’ doesn’t do it for me. You’re not wrong about dat falsetto, Sam, but other than that, the song never makes it past first base.

Basement Jaxx- Unicorn

Sam: I’m not sure if I like this song or I’m just nostalgic for Marky Mark’s Good Vibrations. Either way that thumping bass and acid-synth line is giving me damn good feels. Basement Jaxx always succeed in updating their sound but keeping true to their style. 3.5

Lizzie: It’s got all the elements that should make you want jump up and dance. A quick pulsing beat, the lyrics want us to get us up “jumping”, but am I just not feeling it at all. Sadly, I only have room for one British electronic dance duo in my playlist, and that’s saved for Disclosure. 2.5

Hannah: This is a car crash of synth and bass and off-tune samples beneath a whingey vocal. Put bluntly, it does not want to make me get my body jumping. 1

Bianca: Sounds a little too aerobics dance class for me- more Jumping Jaxx than Basement Jaxx. Unfortunately these guys have taken a few Box Steps backwards from their previous album. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/basement-jaxx/unicorn[/soundcloud]

Alison Wonderland- I Want U

Sam: A little bit of trap, a little bit of Flume and a little bit of Crystal Castles and you have a song that sounds very similar to everything else right now. Alison Wonderland is super cool and I love the warehouse tour idea but this doesn’t really dish up anything new. 2.5

Lizzie: Love love this track. Everything fits for me – the vocals are echoey and haunting, but with the layering of samples, crashes and all sorts of sounds, it all makes sense. No wonder why she was snapped up by Diplo & Friends. 4.5 Lizzie’s Pick 

Hannah: Remember when TNGHT gave us Higher Ground? Yeah, well so does Alison Wonderland… only now it’s called I Want U. 3.5

Bianca: A smorgasbord of everything hot right now which has regrettably left me with a touch of heartburn. 2

Shamir- I Know It’s A Good Thing

Sam: It’s two from two for newcomer Shamir. This is another slice of disco-heaven delivered by a buttery melody and throwback vocals. It’s time to restart Studio 54. 4 Sam’s Pick 

Lizzie: What a voice, that heavenly voice. And the heavy thump of the piano. It’s not gospel, it’s not electronica, it’s not disco as we know it. Its Shamir. A new and bewitching sound and I love it, and this is only his second release! 4

Hannah: This kid was born in the wrong decade. He shows some skill, easily playing with disco, Rnb, house and a whole lotta soul here. I Know It’s A Good Thing is such a good thing. 4 Hannah’s Pick 

Bianca: Shamir’s androgynous voice provides a melodious juxtaposition to the heavy-handed piano strokes. 3.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/godmodeinternet/shamir-i-know-its-a-good-thing[/soundcloud]

KStewart- Tell Me ‘Bout That

Sam: Xtina is alive and well in this one. And there’s no problem with that. The chorus is just A+ RnB and the song as a whole is a testament to the strength of RnB music at the moment. More and more great stuff continues to come out of the woodwork. I would love for something like this to make it to radio. 4

Lizzie: I feel like I’m hosting a very suave party in an elevator, somewhere stuck on the level between Christina Aguilera circa 2000s and some fresh new RnB pop/electronica. What may seem confusing to the ears at first, but it actually turns out to be a little gem of a song after 2-3 listens. Shame she shares the unfortunate name with some bitchy–faced Twilight vampire. 3.5

Hannah: So I listened to KStewart do her thang… and now I’m in the middle of a Christina revival. Did someone say derivative? 3

Bianca: The bubble sound effects, in addition to a melody reminiscent of The Sims ‘Buy Mode’, give this song a playful groove. Something tells me this girl will be bringing in the §§§s in due time. 3.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kstewartmusic/tell-me-bout-that-produced-by-karma-kid-1[/soundcloud]

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La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

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London-born pop-synth royalty La Roux have finally returned after a 5 year hiatus since their self-titled, Grammy Award-winning album.

Following their dancefloor anthem, Bulletproof, vocalist Elly Jackson confided “unless we manage to write a record in two weeks I don’t think there will be anything in terms of a second record for a while.” Well, we’ve waited long enough and the time has finally come for them to drop their first single in half a decade, Let Me Down Gently.

The mood is first set with Elly’s breathy ad-lib & synth washes, creating an almost morose atmosphere divergent from their last album.

Bringing us in ever so gently with her desperate crooning, the song crescendos into a steady electronic beat before plunging us into silence. A brief moment is lent for us to gather our thoughts, before the breakdown turns the song on its head with synths-galore, a sax solo & the classic Elly Jackson we know and love.

It’s a delicious taste of what’s to come.

Let Me Down Gently is the first release from La Roux’s upcoming album, Trouble in Paradise, due out July 7th.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/la-roux-official/let-me-down-gently[/soundcloud]

Trouble in Paradise Tracklist:

1. Uptight Downtown
2. Kiss and Not Tell
3. Cruel Sexuality
4. Paradise Is You
5. Sexotheque
6. Tropical Chancer
7. Silent Partner
8. Let Me Down Gently
9. The Feeling

 

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The Definitive track-by-track guide to Michael Jackson’s Xscape

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

We seem to have an obsession with reviving stars from the dead. 2Pac appeared as a hologram at Coachella, 12 posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums have been released and a Drake-lead Aaliyah album is rumoured to be in the works. There’s been a lot of talk around whether Jackson’s second studio album since 2009 will tarnish his reputation. After one listen, it’s unlikely. Does anybody remember Michael from 2010? You’ve all probably tried to erase it from the memory, mostly because it featured Akon.

Thankfully this one isn’t half as much of a rush job as Michael. Xscape sounds polished and true to Jackson’s style. Executive producer of the record, Jimmy Iovine said that the intention was to make it sound like a record Jackson would’ve made – and it does. The only problem is whether or not that’s a style people want to hear in 2014.

With that considered, let’s take a journey and escape to Xscape.

Love Never Felt So Good

Dim the lights, pour the champagne and start spinning the circular bed. This one is classic MJ, harking further back to his Jackson 5 days than any other era. It’s a disco-flavoured affair, with a guest spot from Justin Timberlake but it still feels so old fashioned. Everyone’s aware that funk is back thanks to Pharrell but this feels dusty. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still pulling out the daggy Mum moves and loving every second.

Chicago

Opened by deep synths, we’re immediately out of disco-Jackson and into 2000s-Jackson. Apparently this one was originally recorded for his 2001 album, Invincible, and it shows. Timbaland has waved his magic over it and it’s moderately successful. If anything, it’s good to hear that classic MJ grunt again as he sings “Lie to you, Lie to me”.

Loving You

Lets jump backwards again, because now we’re firmly in the motown era. Timbaland and J-Rocc have brought this track into 2014 but I can’t help but wonder whether it would’ve been better left untouched. Or am I just thinking about the whole Jackson legacy in general? Either way, this one’s about as memorable as the last season of the Biggest Loser.

Edit: I’ve just listened to the original version and my earlier thoughts have been confirmed. It would’ve been better left alone.

A Place with No Name

Rihanna’s producers, Stargate fiddled with this one and it’s probably the most successful so far. It maintains a funky baseline but peppers it will a deep pulsating beat. Jackson’s vocals on this are so on point, it’s hard not to enjoy this track. His licks, runs and grunts are all there in abundance and he feels more present than 2Pac’s Coachella hologram. Unlike the previous song, the original version doesn’t hold a candle to the 2014 update.

Slave to the Rhythm

Timbaland’s back on this one and you can tell. It sounds similar to Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience with a shuffling beat and futuristic synths. This is apparently about a house-wife who’s caught in a mundane life but would rather be dancing. Pretty emotional stuff. The track doesn’t really pull through until the euphoric fourth quarter when Timbaland pairs it all back in favor of a glistening synth.

Do You Know Where Your Children Are

This one’s a difficult listen given Jackson’s history with alleged sexual abuse. The industrial percussion and ‘80s synths are there in glorious abundance but it’s hard to just focus on that and not give all your attention to lyrics like “She wrote that she is tired of stepdaddy using her”.

Blue Gangsta

The opening verse of this is Timbaland’s finest moment on the album. The brooding start makes me imagine Jackson emerging onto stage in a smoke machine-induced haze and it’s all sorts of magic. He’s then joined by a brass-heavy beat and everything goes awry. The original of this is so uncomplicated but Timbaland seems to have added and added to it until it’s almost unbearable to listen to. I’m a huge fan of anything brass-related but apparently you can have too much of a good thing.

Xscape

Nothing says contemporary like a misspelt title track. It’s so will.i.am, so Gen-Y, so 2014. Unfortunately that’s where the contemporary aspect of this track ends. Like a large portion of this album, they’ve tried to keep it true to Jackson’s style and still bring it in to 2014. In the end it sounds confused and irrelevant.

 Xscape is out in Australia on 13 May.

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Big Scary on the Aussie invasion overseas, hip-hop and the perils of road trippin’

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

 It may seem hard to picture in Australia but the Australian invasion in America right now is fiercer than ever. This month already, Iggy Azalea has entered the top 10 on the US charts, Courtney Barnett has played Jimmy Fallon and boy band Five Seconds of Summer have stormed the charts with their debut single. In addition to that, Elizabeth Rose, Flume, Jagwar Ma, The Preatures and Anna Lunoe have been touring the country, impressing widespread crowds.

Big Scary are currently touring the country with Indie-Electronic artist Say Hi, contributing to the mass attention directed at musicians downunder. The Melbourne pair consisting of Tom and Joe have moved from LA to New York where they played two shows.

They’re signed to Barsuk records which is the home of artists like Death Cab For Cutie and Phantogram and have just released their sophomore album Not Art in America.
Tom spoke to us from a van touring from New York to Philadelphia. Despite being plagued by terrible weather and a minor car accident, he managed to chat us through the overseas tour, hip-hop and re-designing the live shows with a smaller band.

the(in)terns: How did the show go in New York?

Tom: It was awesome actually, really good. It’s just a really cool venue with a lot of vibe and we felt really relaxed.

How have the shows been going in the US overall?

Generally really good. I think we’re a bit surprised at how well we’ve been doing but more in our own capacity as performers. I thought I would’ve got sick and lost my voice but I’m still hanging in there. I think we’re happy about that and we definitely haven’t had any train wreck shows. Some have been better than others, but it’s been really good so far.

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Is it odd going through the whole album release again overseas?

It kind of is. It’s not odd it’s more, we know the songs so well. So it’s different like that. When we were touring with them back home in Australia they were kind of fresh and new to us so there was a nervousness about playing them along with the excitement of doing something new. Now, we have performed them plenty but we also don’t have that nervousness like “am I going to remember what to play in this part” or “what happens here or there”. It’s more relaxing and we can concentrate on the performance on the night which has been really cool.

Is this your first time touring in the US?

I guess as a proper tour, yeah. We’ve come over and done CMJ and South by Southwest before and a few little showcase shows and so we’ve been to New York and LA but this time we’ve just driven from West coast to East coast then down South before we head back West. It’s a completely different thing really.

Have the songs developed in the live arena since the release of Not Art?

Absolutely. I think more out of necessity. Back home we had two other band members to help us out with new songs but over here we couldn’t afford to bring them over. We were thinking we would do it over here as a two piece but just by chance it worked out that Say Hi was available and his album release cycle was going to line up. The tour together was looking good and along with that he was willing to learn a few songs and play along during our set. We’ve had to strip the songs back a bit and kind of re-interpret them in different parts. Back in Australia we had the other guys doing quite technical things with more instruments involved but with Eric we only had a few days where he had to learn everything and we didn’t want him doing too much. We didn’t want him playing three different keyboards so we re-interpreted just for him to play on a bass guitar. I think we’ve been quite successful though.

Is it exciting to come overseas and see rooms fill up on the other side of the world?

Yeah absolutely. Two years ago we played the Mercury Lounge and it was pretty empty, but last night we had a full room. Having been there before, it struck us as something pretty cool. We’ve played a string of shows rights through the country. Some shows have been bigger than others but every show there’s been at least a fan or a couple of fans just there to see us. It’s cool that we can make music in Melbourne, Australia and someone overseas has heard us and loves the music enough to want to pay money again just to see us.

Are you finding you’re encountering lots of Australians over in the US?

Yeah. I guess it’s like even when you’re travelling you tend to bump into Australians wherever you go. It was nice to bump into Courtney [Barnett] and her guys. We toured together back home and so that’s how that friendship started. She’s doing so well over here so it was cool to see them and give them a hug before they headed off to the UK.

[Tom interrupts the interview]

Sorry, this weather is insane. It’s seems to be getting worse and worse. Jo just got out of the van because this guy just pulled up and slammed his door into the van.

Is everything okay?

Yeah, Jo is inspecting the damage. Sorry to interrupt.

How did it all come together with Barsuk records?

It’s something that initially started from connections we built from our early trips in 2012. We made a really good connection with a music lawyer based just outside of New York and once we got him on board he started working on getting us out there and doing his thing amongst the labels out of our sights. It was handled by a manager and we were back home. And then we got an email through that Barsuk had heard the album and loved it and were keen to do something with it.

Are you writing and recording over here?

We had every intention to. Jo and I had a writing session a few weeks ago and we had a bunch of cool ideas so I bought my iPad over and put GarageBand on it. But time just seems to be swallowed up on the road.

Are you finding it’s harder to break the US than it was in Australia?

It’s hard to tell. Nothing ever really happens as suddenly as it appears on the outside. It might seem from someone watching us on the outside that this has happened quickly but it’s never really the case. Jo and I have been playing together for seven or eight years so even in Australia we’re still an up and coming band even though we’ve been playing together for that long. Over here it’s kinda the same. It’s a slow but steady thing for us. Things are definitely moving in the right direction and slowly which I think is a healthy thing. The Barsuk guys are in tune with that. They want to do things organically and do things when the time is right. It’s a long term thing and it has to be for it to work.

I wanted to know if you actually think Hip-Hop sucked in 2013, as alluded to on Not Art?

That tracks actually a reference to another similarly named track. It’s a nod of the hat to an artist who influenced our sound on the Not Art record. It’s not a reprint action of our feelings towards hip-hop. Hip-hop production was a really big influence on the sound of the album and how we approached recording and arranging. It’s definitely not how we feel. Hip-hop has been a new discovery for me personally and I think it’s the most exciting genre in terms of production.

I thought the drum loop on Luck Now was reminiscent of that sentiment. Were you trialling new production techniques on the record?

Yeah absolutely. Production is something I’ve been getting into and we were keen to try new things. When the album was being made we had a whole lot less time together to play because of other commitments. And so it had to be made in a different way than the first record. We didn’t have the same time to write and then go into a studio. We did it on the fly.

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