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Cyril Hahn remixes Jessie Ware’s ‘Tough Love’

jessicyrilIf 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.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/tough-love-cyril-hahn-remix[/soundcloud]

Listen to Hahn’s remix of Sweet Talk here:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/sweet-talk-cyril-hahn-rmx-sd[/soundcloud]

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First Impressions 7 July

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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.

Ariana Grande Feat. Zedd- Break Free

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

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/canalselgomez/ariana-grande-break-free-ft-zedd-official[/soundcloud]

Nile Rodgers- Do What You Wanna Do

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

Meg Mac- Roll Up Your Sleeves

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

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/megmacmusic/meg-mac-roll-up-your-sleeves[/soundcloud]

Chet Faker- Gold (Flume re-work)

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

Hannah: 2zooey

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

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/neighbors-hate-us-future/chet-faker-gold-flume-re-work[/soundcloud]

Basement Jaxx- Never Say Never

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. 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

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/basement-jaxx/never-say-never[/soundcloud]

Bon Iver- Heavenly Father

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

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the interns’ Saturday Mix #2

saturdaymix2It’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.

Slumber Session – David Douglas: Soundtrack to your weekend.

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.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/slumber-session-david-douglas[/soundcloud]

Discobelle Mix 044 – MSCL – Songs to ease you in

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!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mscls/mscls-summer-jams-discobelle-mix-044[/soundcloud]

Chrome Sparks – Fader Mix: Music to impress your new friends

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.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fadermedia/fader-mix-chrome-sparks[/soundcloud]

SLAVA – Ciroc Mix4logo: R&B and Vodka. Enough said

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.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/logomagazine/slava-ciroc-mix4logo[/soundcloud]

Kyphosis – Afterlife DnB- Lose your mind

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.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/afterlife-drum/kyphosis-at-afterlife-dnb-sydney-28th-june-2014[/soundcloud]

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Who Gives a Ship?

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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:

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Holy Ship! (Ye olde faithful voyage)

January 2-6 and February 18-21 2015

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

LineupKnife 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.

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Mad Decent (theinterns Pick)

November 12-16 2014

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.

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All Gone To Sea – Pete Tong (Verdict’s still out)

6-10th November 2014

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”

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Your Paradise (Aussie Underdog)

Novemebr 19-22 2014

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!”

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 Floating Groove Festival (Participation Award)

October 2-5 2014

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.” 

 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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Pull on those flares, perm that hair and don those shades, it’s time for another groovy weekend. It’s our job to provide the music but it’s your job to get down. Here’s 10 of the best songs this week to get you started. There’s some downbeat ones in there too for those slow dances with your BAE.disco_stu

Nile Rodgers- Do What You Want

Nile Rodgers has had a Pharrell-like revival since Get Lucky and this is his first solo record since. It’s pure disco-joy with a synth line that will surely make you smile. The whole thing is a little sunshine and lollipops but Rodgers is the king of making irresistible grooves and this one is another groove to add to his long, long discography.

 

Broods- L.A.F

Usually Australians aren’t allowed to praise our little sister, New Zealand but we’ll make an exception for the wonderful Broods. This duo are gearing up to release their debut album EVERGREEN and have prefaced it with Mother & Father and now L.A.F. Founded on handclaps and warm synths, L.A.F is as delectable as they come.

Meg Mac- Roll Up Your Sleeves

This is Meg Mac’s third single and already she’s establishing herself as one of Australia’s finest female songwriters. It’s no frills with Mac. Roll Up Your Sleeves is an effortless pop song built upon a piano and a few handclaps. It’s easily digestible, optimistic and will easily find favour with listeners.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/megmacmusic/meg-mac-roll-up-your-sleeves[/soundcloud]

Disclosure- Good Kisser (Usher Remix)

Oooh, this is just the kick that this song needed. Recently this British duo have been working with American soul-singers like Mary J. Blige with Usher the most recent to get the Disclosure treatment. It’s nothing new for Disclosure with deep-house synths permeating through but why fix something that ain’t broke.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/disclosuremusic/usher-good-kisser-disclosure-remix[/soundcloud]

Allday- You Always Know The DJ

Allday released his debut album Startup Cult today and this is the second single from it. It bubbles along with minimal instrumentation and Allday’s highly melodic rapping which sits somewhere between Drake and Remi. He also make his directorial debut with the accompanying film clip. Props to Alldeezy, he’s a self-made man, truly deserving of his success.

LANY- ILYSB

Nashville trio LANY released two new tracks this week but ILYSB is our favourite. For those of you who are not up with the cool kids, ILYSB means I love you so bad in text speak. The songs itself, is as contemporary as its title would suggest. It’s a laid back track that relies on its velvet melody and subtle guitar-line. They already sound more polished and self-assured than on their debut set, further proving that LANY may be one of the heroes of the second half of 2014.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thisislany/ilysb[/soundcloud]

Yelle- Bouquet Final

The last time we heard from Yelle she was inviting everybody to the Safari Disco Club. This time around she’s ditching the tribal influences for heavier electronic vibes. The synths screech while Yelle hums along subtly beside them. It’s a perfect juxtaposition and one that will surely prove all those who had her pegged as a novelty act wrong.

Bon Iver- Heavenly Father

Rumour has it that we’re not going to hear another album from Justin Vernon and co for a long time so this one will have to suffice. It’s from the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here which includes songs by The Shins, Cat Power and Holocene from the last Bon Iver record. Heavenly Father is more melancholic beauty from Vernon. It has electronic undertones with Vernon rumbling at the depths of his vocals.

Tiaan- Devil’s Touch

Tiaan is an Australian currently living in LA, making super-smooth R&B music. In the same vein early 00s divas like Cassie and Ashanti. Devil’s touch is devilishly smooth with layered vocals over a minimalistic beat. It isn’t very dynamic but such is the charm and skill of this music. It’s intrinsically interesting without much variation at all. It’s all about the seduction.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tiaan-official/devils-touch[/soundcloud]

Azekel- Holy Matrimony

Is there any way to finish of the 10 than with a slice of soulful, throwback R&B. London producer/singer’s Holy Matrimony is as sparse as they come. He fills every nook and cranny with his dynamic, smooth voice, taking his time in order to add in effortless runs. You don’t hear much music this organic anymore.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/azekel/holy-matrimony[/soundcloud]

 

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Friday Lock-in: Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

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Australian artist, Sia has gone from being our homegrown hero to an International songwriter to an enigmatic superstar. Her latest album, 1000 Forms of Fear follows a brilliant marketing campaign which has centred around Sia being played by everybody from 11 year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler to a clumsy Lena Dunham. This is Sia’s first album since writing hits for Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and many more.

We locked ourselves in, donned our wigs and unfortunately refrained from swinging from the chandelier. Read below our track-by-track discussion of Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear.

Chandelier

Sam: It’s a good start the the album. I love it, it’s such a good song

Bianca: Oh yeah I can’t even explain. It’s too much

Sam: Euphoric, big pop song. If you look at it in comparison to something like Roar by Katy Perry, it’s just got so much more guts

Hannah: Unapologetic ballad

Bianca: Stunning

Hannah: Dynamic

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Big Girls Cry

Bianca: It’s the answer to Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry

Hannah: It’s perfect for 3am karaoke when you’re already slurring

Sam: I don’t understand what she’s saying to be honest

Hannah: Apart from “Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking”

Sam: Mmmm how do we go from a song like swinging from the chandelier drunk to suddenly crying. Doesn’t resonate with me

Bianca: Well, you’re not a girl

Hannah: I like it, it’s kind of here nor there for me

Sam: Nup, she could palm it off to Christina Aguilera or something

 

Burn The Pages

Hannah: It’s like a pop ballad with a lot of Regina Spektor influences and credibility

Sam: Yeah, I love how she goes full on with the words in the verse and then she pulls it back and stretches them out in the chorus. It gives it so much more punch

Bianca: And the drums are always a welcome accompaniment. That marching band drum

Sam: It’s got kind of like a hip-hoppy, trap, Ryan Hemsworth touch. It’s cool. It’s back to Chandelier good.

Hannah: You could definitely dance along to this if you saw it at a festival. Chandelier you would just scream your lungs out

 

Eye of the Needle

Bianca: I don’t think I would choose to listen to this album in its entirety. It would just be too much Sia.

Sam: It’s a bit too much of pop track after pop track after hit after hit. But that said, I really, really like this song because of the vocal run in the verse.

Bianca: Her voice shines

Sam: I can imagine singing along to this if it came on in the car

Bianca: You wouldn’t know any of the words though

Sam: Yeah just make ’em up

Hannah: Sam’s in the car practising his vocals runs to Sia

Sam: Always up in da car working on my vocal runs

Sam: As far as a pop album goes she’s hitting it on the head so far

Bianca: Oh yeah. The fact I’m actually sitting through it says something

Hannah: It does that nice bridging between having mainstream appeal without being a sell-out

 

Hostage

Bianca: I just kept hearing Cyndi Lauper‘s Time After Time in that

Hannah: It sounds like a girl band of 10 Things I Hate About You, like that ‘90s grunge updated with a pop version

Sam: Like that movie, Josie and the Pussycats

Bianca: Don’t you dare say anything bad about Josie and the Pussycats

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Sam: I’m not! I love this song, it’s my favourite so far

Hannah: It’s Never Been Kissed-esque

Bianca: Yeah! Definitely. I love that calypso drum in the end

Sam: This is my favourite since Chandelier

Hannah: It’s nice that this one is not trying to be ballad-y

Bianca: Shameless fun

 

Straight for the Knife:

Bianca: It feels like she’s hyperlinking back to Big Girls Cry 

Hannah: Her mascara is running in this one

Sam: I like the really pop lyric of “you went straight for the knife and I prepared to die”. It’s so over-the-top but that’s what great pop music is I think

Hannah: This doesn’t have anything particularly grabby about it

Sam: No it doesn’t

Hannah: It has these big proclamations without any ‘oomph’ in the song

Sam: It needs like strings and a massive drum at the end. If you’re going to go over the top, go over the top, fall over the cliff. The thing is with this album I don’t hate it but at the moment I’m so-so

Hannah: This oscillates between being good background music and ballads

 

Fair Game

Sam: Love it

Hannah: It has R&B moments as well as indie moments

Bianca: Was that a glockenspiel?

Sam: I think it might have been

Bianca: Always glockin’

Sam: It’s like she’s taken the R&B thing and stripped it all back to one line of keys that runs underneath it. And the verses are so subtle and wordy

Hannah: The way she bounces between her words is very ‘90s R&B but also contemporary

Sam: Less is more

Bianca: I feel it could soundtrack the end of American Pie where they all finally lose their virginities after the prom

Sam: It is the calm after the storm

 

Elastic Heart

Hannah: I really like it

Bianca: I like the backing vocals

Sam: I think Diplo’s production gives it something extra

Hannah: It has a dance edge to it. If you sped it up a bit and thumped up the bass you could be dancing to that

Bianca: It would be really good remixed

Sam: Yeah. And I like that she’s dropped The Weeknd by the way. I think if you’re going to have no guests on the album, go all Sia

Hannah: She’s enough. She’s all we need

 

Free The Animal

Sam: I love everything apart from the chorus

Bianca: The chorus ruins everything

Hannah: The verses are great. They’re hi-hoppy and poppy and have sparse beats as well as a constant groove. They’re great verses. The rest is bland

Sam: It’s pure pop candy followed by an iron boot

Bianca: The breakdown after the chorus is good. She’s experimenting. Yelling Free The Animal is just too much though. Everytime it goes to the chorus it feels like I’ve switched to 2Dayfm

 

Fire Meet Gasoline

Bianca: A match made in heaven

Sam + Hannah: Ooooooooh

Hannah: A pun 3 minutes in the making

Bianca: No it just came to me. It just sparked (Laughs)

Sam: This is one of my favourite. It’s very overtly pop but at the sametime I think I just love how it is Fire Meet Gasoline, not Meets. It’s like she’s introducing the two and there’s something I find really cool about that. Taking off the ‘S’ I’m like, I’m sold and I don’t even know why

Bianca: Does she know fire or gasoline better?

Hannah: Fire

Sam: Fire and she’s not sure how it’s gonna go and she’s bringing the fire towards the gasoline like that shit’s gonna blow her up

Bianca: I think that wig is highly flammable

Sam: This album is very dangerous. There’s knives and fire and we’re about to go into cellophane. All those things together…

Hannah: Sia likes it rough

Sam: Did she write S&M?

 

Cellophane

Hannah: Least favourite so far

Sam: Yeah me too

Bianca: Doesn’t do it for me

Hannah: I think I’m already battered and bruised from the rest of the album

Sam: It’s too much. There’s cellophane and then the electricity has done something to her brain

Bianca: I don’t know how this could be the second last song on the album

Sam: I think the second last song is always the worst because people get complacent

Hannah: This is a bit of a filler

Sam: She’s gotta end well otherwise she’s leaving with a bad tatse

 

Dressed In Black

Bianca: I think it’s a good end to the album

Sam: Me too. She’s been able to use all those dramatic metaphors and is like “yeah, I’m happy now”. At the same time, it kind of gets there but it never hits the heights of Chandelier. When I first heard Chandelier I thought it was a great start to the album but now I think I would’ve started it with Elastic Heart and put Chandelier in the middle

Hannah: Yeah, after Chandelier it just bubbles

Sam: Maybe it grows on you

 

Overall

Bianca: Good work Sia, she did well

Sam: It’s a good pop album. When it comes down to it she’s a great pop writer, she’s got a great voice and she’s an Aussie girl who made it big. It’s a nice story

Bianca: I’m going to give it a 7/10

Hannah: 7.6 because it always has to beat Lana Del Rey’s Pitchfork rating

Sam: I was going to give it the same, 7. I think it’s good.

Bianca: On that note…Sia!

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Throwaway Thursdays

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There was once a time when the only way to get free music was to enter a record store, find your desired CD, remove the security tag and quietly slip it into your bag. Thankfully, Napster fixed that and now artists are even providing a legal way to download free music. Each week a plethora of free music passes our inbox and SoundCloud stream, so we’ve decided to start placing it in a tidy playlist for you.

This week there’s new tunes from Vic Mensa, xxyyxx and a Fancy remix from Motez up for free download meaning you can put your $2.19 to better use. There’s also free mixes from Chrome Sparks (who features in our Top 20 Songs of 2014) and Ara Koufax, previously known as Naysayer and Gilsun. So, get clicking. Most of these are so free you can’t even find them on Spotify.

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The New Future of Future R&B

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The Nineties gave us many things. Scrunchies, light-up sneakers, Sister Act 1 and 2 and the weird assurance that high waisted, terry towelling shorts were always appropriate attire. A Golden Age for all things Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin, it was also an explosive era for R&B with artists like D’Angelo responsible for crafting out the genre as we now know it. Undeniably, that R&B sound so synonymous with the glimmering decade, has outlived many of the artists producing it. It’s since become somewhat of an amorphous, chameleon genre, snaking its way through hip-hop, rap and new soul, as per the patron saint of all we do here at the interns, Solange.

Future R&B is the genre’s most recent and progressive survival tactic. It takes that sonic perfection Timbaland and Aaliyah were once working towards and pushes it further. It’s a movement heavily influenced by the underground with producers like James Blake, Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, Bondax, Ryan Hemsworth and Jamie XX, all considered integral to reinvigorating the classic, gossamer sounds of Mariah, Janet, Lauryn and Brandy. With access to warm gooey synths, glitchy stilted samples and banging drums, producers have been integral to its arrival come survival on the club scene. While it was initially a genre dominated by male artists nudging open the doors to the new-world possibilities of R&B such as The Weeknd, Drake, Frank Ocean and Miguel, since 2012 ensuring the survival of R&B has been a charge placed firmly in hands of emerging female artists such as Tink, Tinashe, FKA Twigs and Kelela. Now less amorphous than defiantly all-encompassing, it’s a genre open to sparse, minimal beats, dark industrial instrumentals, spoken word, rap, and of course, a whole lot of the electronic synth we know and love. It’s fair to say the honey-drippin’ R&B of the early nighties just got a whole more abrasive and a whole lot more modern.  

Read below to solve your perfect future R&B equation and click here for some serious Future R&B sounds.

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Chicago + Lauryn Hill + How to Dress Well = Tink

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At not even 20 years old, this Chicago-based rapper, come certified songstress has been working for everything and then some, steadily carving out a name for herself over the last two years. Eluding easy categorisation, Tink’s honey-flavored narratives oscillate from emotionally-charged R&B vocals lamenting a lover’s infidelity turned unexpected pregnancy (sound like Usher anyone?), to flat out drill raps and get-low hip hop traps. Like 2013’s brash announcement of arrival, Fingers Up, Tink is constantly challenging the gender expectations of Chicago’s male dominated hip-hop scene and is  a unique hook in a city where sky rocketing crime rates and explicit drill music usually hold the limelight. Although Tink’s production choices lack predictability, she moves seamlessly between genres with a matured self assurance, telling of an artist going after what she wants. Having made the decision to remain unassigned Tink has worked with the likes of Chicago locals Lil Durk and Sasha Go Hard, Jeremih, Tom Krell from How to Dress Well and New York’s Future Brown, in addition to releasing four killer mixtapes of her own, from 2013‘s Boss Up to this year’s Winter Garden 2 which attracted a 7.6 from Pitchfork (take that Lana Del Ray).

Described as: A potential long lost member of TLC

You’ll like if: Scrubs aren’t your thing either.

Tinashe

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LA + Christina Aguilera + Ryan Hemsworth = Tinashe

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Young gun Tinashe, cites James Blake, Little Dragon and Bon Iver among her major influences and grew up in a Californian household filled with Sade, The Jacksons, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey while learning how to sing by mimicking Christina Aguileria’s vocal runs. At first encounter, her voice is yet another light and airy treat, encased in a smooth, oozy post-production caramel, befitting of any young LA hopeful with a girl band history, and a couple of obligatory  TV appearances under her belt. Here however, is where you can check any further assumptions about the trajectory of this girl’s career at the door. Despite being signed to major label RCA Records, Tinshe’s last 3 projects have been almost entirely self-produced, free, downloadable mixtapes, either aided by social media’s infinite connections, or a crowd-sourced effort. With her first official RCA Records debut, Aquarius, a year in the making, she’s made over 100 tracks in the refining process. Dedicated and determined, Tinashe’s music emerges from a dichotomous desire to showcase  her languid, down tempo R&B vocals and the dark, grit of her lyrical content. As she says “I always like to play with stuff that’s more on the darker side of the spectrum… Because I consider myself to have quite a ‘sweet’, quote unquote, voice. It’s high, it’s soft, and so I want to contrast that, have some juxtaposition in the beat. I like there to be a lot of bass, a lot of grit, I like it to be really dark and heavy.” A girl who clearly knows what she’s doing, Tinashe is at the forefront of the future R&B sound and is constantly finding new ways to resurrect  that classic 90s sound through the electronic sound popular today. Tinashe has worked with the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, producer XXYXXA$AP Rocky, Future, Mike WiLL and Travi$ Scott.

Described as: Reminiscent of Cassie or Aaliyah

You’ll like if: You know what’s good for you.

FKA Twigs

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London + Septum piercings + sex = FKA Twigs

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Unless you run scared at the thought of feeling a little tingle between your thighs, or are having an enduring dry spell, you’ve undoubtedly heard of, slash shuddered to, the sounds of Young Turks artist FKA Twigs. Carnal like no other, Twigs’ catalogue, EP1 and EP2, is filled with sparse, stripped-back, down right naked and staccato pulses that quiver below a perfected whisper of superhuman falsetto. Unlike the narrative turns and story telling of Tink, who similarly debuted in 2012, FKA deals with the deed less plot fillers and supplementary characters. Water Me, Papa Pacify and most recently Two Weeks, are straight up sex jams to rival the pinacle of all sex jams, R. Kelly classic Bump N’ Grind.

Described as: A contemporary Aaliyah, as remixed by the xx or the Weeknd,

You’ll like if: Sex. Just sex.

Kelela

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Washington D.C. + Faith Evans + You have a subscription to Beyonce’s blog = Kelela

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Kelela remembers hearing Aaliyah’s 1 in a Million for the first time, while driving down the streets of her home town and becoming instantly obsessed. Obsessed in a way, that from that moment forward, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, Mariah, all divas of the day, would infect, and take over her production. Mixing and melting within her to form a unique take on an already contemporary sound. With a desire to be deliberately off-putting, interrupt the space and baffle people in the best way possible, Kelela’s brand of Future R&B, is like an ice-cream melting with the promise of a brain freeze: In your face, and jarring but irresistible and totally undeniable. Having released her mixtape The Cut 4 Me, in September 2013, Kelela has  been signed to Solange’s label Saint Heron, worked with the likes of Night Slugs, Jam City, Tink and Girl Unit, and, keeping it in the family, has featured on Beyonce’s blog.

Described as: Brandy but weirder

You’ll like if: Kelela has said “If nobody likes the mixtape, I’ll be pretty comfortable with that, honestly, because I finally got out what I meant to say.” So maybe, you like if you don’t like to like? Like totally? 

Head to page 2 for a playlist featuring the future of RnB

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10 things I learnt from Robin Thicke’s ode to his estranged wife ‘Paula’

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Oh how the mighty have fallen. Last year, Robin Thicke was riding high on the charts with his ode to rape, Blurred Lines. This year, he’s gone through a separation, written an album about said separation and been smacked in the face by the hands of social media.

I sat through Paula (all fifteen tracks) and am now feeling understandably exhausted.

Still, I had time to reflect on what I learnt and how Paula will be feeling after this little gift turns up on her doorstep.

Paula didn’t appreciate the gesture of having her arse ripped in two

“I kept tryna tell you, you were pushing me too far” ‘Paula’ sings back to Thicke in Lock The Door. But he’s always hated “those Blurred Lines”. On Get Her Back he adds that he “should’ve held you stronger”.

On Give It 2 U from the last album he told Paula or one of the girls he was courting at the time that he has “a big dick for you”. Who’s the big dick now?

Robin Thicke made the album in a month

And it shows. Paula sounds like it was recorded in a lobby elevator. Its arrangements are bare-as-anything and the lyrics sound like his iPhone message thread with Paula. Apparently he hasn’t spoken to Paula in four months. What was he doing for the three months he wasn’t writing the album? This apparently:

Robin Thicke needs Paula to cure an STI

In Love Can Grow Back, Thicke insists that if Paula returns she’ll be “scratching and scratching his itch”. If we can offer any advice to Paula should she return, it’s do not scratch that itch. It should be treated by a medical professional.

Robin Thicke uses 9/11 as a metaphor

“I thought I was livin’ (YEAH!) / ‘Till I woke up to a siren / I thought I was over (YEAH!) / ‘Till I met those New York soldiers / They keep on working (keep on working) / They keep on fighting (keep on fighting) / America (America) / It’s time to wake up (Time to wake up).”

Please make this stop. Could this be a reference to 9/11 in a song that also features the line “Girls are pretty, streets are witty”?

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Sweet cherry pineapple black is a colour

Thicke says this is the colour of Paula’s “new new new new new new new nails” in Love Can Grow Back. I think it may look a little like this:

Paula smashed Robin’s guitar, hit him with golf clubs and still this album exists

Robin is either thicke or very forgiving. In Black Tar Cloud he tells the tale of what was surely his relationship’s last days. Paula swung his golf clubs at him, smashed his “ride” and broke his guitar. No doubt in an attempt to prevent this album from being made.

Robin hasn’t learnt anything

While he spends most of the album begging for Paula to come back, there’s glimpses of the old Thicke that pop up every now and then. In Something Bad he sings “I know you wanna fly so baby open up your wings / Then I’ll walk out with your legs shaking while you’re screaming, ‘Robin please!'” How could Paula leave such a sexual deviant? Well, he believes that he didn’t “spank” her enough.

Just quietly, I think she’s had quite enough of your spanking:

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Paula is the eiffel tower, the Northern lights and Mona Lisa

A woman of many talents, obviously. How could she manage a relationship when she’s three tourist attractions at once?

Paula was born when she was 21

More metaphorical brilliance from Mr. Thicke. According to Lock The Door, Paula was “born in Paris at the age of 21”. Her poor, poor mother, how did she push that thing out?

Paula’s probably not coming back but we wish she would

I’ve been doing a little reading on divorce and apparently one goes through a number of phases: denial, crazy behaviour, sadness and acceptance. Based on the lyrics throughout Paula, one would think Thicke is in the denial stage. That means that there could potentially be three more albums named after Paula. This isn’t The Blueprint or Tha Carter. No more sequels should be made and there is only one person that can prevent that. Paula, we’re looking at you. I’m sorry.

 

I won’t tell you the release date, but I’m sure you can stream it somewhere if you still feel the need.

 

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