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Billie Black releases yet another stunning track, ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover’

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London artist, Billie Black doesn’t muck around. Last week she gave us the captivating debut, I Waited For You and now she’s already followed it up with, I Don’t Need Another Lover. The new track takes a similar, minimal formula to I Waited For You, but it kicks the pace up a notch with a gentle beat. It works the song into a subtle yet welcome groove showing that Black can be more than a Sade-like balladeer. This makes it two from two for the young songstress. Lets hope an EP is in the works.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/billie-black/i-dont-need-another-lover[/soundcloud]

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Vic Mensa samples MC Hammer on ‘Major Payne’

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Vic Mensa is one of the biggest hopes in rap for 2014. His track, Down On My Luck, found a masterful balance between effortless flow and commercial likeability and has slowly crept its way onto Australian radio. His latest track, Major Payne, has been made available for free download today and will be featured on his Street Lights EP. Major Payne takes a harder, hip-hop line than Down on my Luck but his personality is still undeniable. He also continues to take slight cues from electronic music with crescendoing beats and twinkling synths. MC Hammer is also sampled for a perfect millisecond.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fuck-vic-mensa/major-payne[/soundcloud]

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Digging for Mixtapes – 7 Playlists From My Past

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Location: CD stack in my childhood bedroom

The site of my childhood bedroom, located about 5km North of the Brisbane City, contains relics of a time between the dates of ‘95 & ‘10. On the weekend dating 21/22 June, armed with CD cleaner and my trusty box of Telfast, I decided to excavate this site in the hopes of discovering long-lost musical artefacts.

Amongst the red herrings consisting of blank CDs, photo CDs, a Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego game, the Big Brother CD single & Peter Combes’ Christmas Carols, there were some fruitful discoveries which can tell us a lot about my musical past.

Unfortunately, with the approximate lifespan of CDs ranging 10-15 years, some results came back inconclusive. A report of my successful findings can be found below (dated in chronological order):

Item #1

Approximate Date: 1999/2000 AD

I almost ejected the CD upon hearing the first song, thinking it was one of my parents’ Spanish-themed dinner party CDs. Turned out to be the next best thing – Enrique Iglesias. Ranging from soppy pop songs to tracks about weed and ‘jacking off’, this playlist is just as confused as the fashion at the turn of the Millennium.

1. Enrique Iglesias & Whitney HoustonCould I Have This Kiss Forever 

2. AfromanBecause I Got High

I’m not sure I even knew what ‘getting high’ exactly was in 1999.

3. Destiny’s ChildBootylicious

4. Westlife – Uptown Girl

5. JoanneSo Damn Fine

6. Jessica SimpsonI Think I’m In Love With You

7. M2MMirror Mirror

8. M2MDon’t say you love me

9. Mandy MooreI Wanna Be With You

10. Jessica SimpsonIrresistible

11. Nikki Webster – Strawberry Kisses

12. The OffspringPretty Fly For A White Guy

13. Lou BegaMambo No . 5  (Don’t try and tell me you weren’t disappointed that your name wasn’t mentioned in this song.)

14. Aaron Carter – Crush On You

Nick Carter features in this video with some pretty sound brotherly advice.

Item #2

Approximate Date: 2002 AD

Hip Hop and dirty pop reign supreme in this playlist. i.e. I was pretty hardcore at the tender age of 12.

1. Ashanti ft. Ja RuleHappy

2. Britney Spears – Slave 4 U

Britney did Good Girl Gone Bad way before RiRi.

3. Destiny’s ChildNasty Girl

4. Alicia KeysGirlfriend

5. Kelis – Good Stuff

6. ModjoChillin’

7. Missy Elliott – Work It

Nothing better than Missy discussing elephants and the shaving of her ‘cho cha’.

8. J LoJenny From The Block

9. S Club 7 – S Club Party

There really ain’t no party like an S Club party anymore.

10. Wu-tang clanGravel Pit

11. Craig DavidWhat’s Your Flava?

12. Britney SpearsBoys

13. Bob Marley vs Funkstar De LuxeSun Is Shining

14. Tenacious DTribute

Item #3

Approximate Date: 2004 AD

Not sure what I was trying to achieve with this CD – so many highs and lows! I call it my Bipolar Playlist.

1. Sean Paul + Blu CantrellBreathe

Anyone able to detect what he is saying deserves a medal.

2. OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown The Way You Move

3. SpiderbaitCalypso

Some of you may remember this ditty from 10 Thing I Hate About You. 

4. Britney Spears – Everytime

:'(

5. Enrique Iglesias feat. Kelis – Not In Love

6. Blink 182Miss you

Another :'(

7. OutKastMs Jackson

8. BeyonceNaughty Girl

9. Christina Aguilera ft. Lil KimCan’t hold us down

10. KelisTrick me

11. Obie TriceGot some teeth

12. Missy ElliottGossip Folks

13. JoJo – Leave (Get Out)

Item #4

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

1. Ashlee SimpsonBoyfriend

2. Pharrell feat. Gwen StefaniCan I have it like that

3. StupidiscoJunior Jack

4. Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine – Doctor Pressure

5. Franz FerdinandDo you want to

6. Planet FunkChase The Sun

The CD broke soon after that 🙁 First world noughtie problems.

 

Item #5

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

Ashlee Simpson on the same playlist as Kanye West and 50 Cent?

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1. Kanye West – Diamonds Are Forever

2. Ashlee SimpsonL.O.V.E

3. NERDRockstar (Jason Nevins Remix) 

4. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott1, 2 Step

5. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

6. 50 Cent feat. OliviaCandy Shop

7. Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fatman ScoopLose Control

8. Usher – Caught Up

 

Item #6

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

It seems things turned a little techno when I was 15, coincidentally coinciding with my new-found penchant for Smirnoff Double Blacks.

1. Max graham vs Yes – Owner of a lonely heart

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/gretshu/ministry-of-sound-owner-of-a-lonely-heart-max-graham-vs-yes[/soundcloud]

2. Sander LeinenbergThe Fruit

3. Freestylers – Push Up

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mdilelion-happy-people2/freestylers-push-up[/soundcloud]

4. Narcotic ThrustWhen The Dawn Breaks (Original Dub Mix)

5. Cabin Crew – Star to fall

6. Live Element Something About You (Club Mix)

7. MyloIn my arms

8. Studio B – I See Girls (Tom Nevillle Remix)

Dear God, I still know all the lyrics.

Item #7

Approximate Date: 2006 AD

Part of the ’bring a burned CD to every party you attend and take over the sound system’ era. These findings are comparable to the current ‘plug in your own iPhone and take over the sound system’ era we live in today. It seems some things never change.

1. SupermodeTell me why  (Pretty sure this bad boy was my Myspace song)

2. Nelly FurtadoManeater

3. David Guetta vs The EggLove don’t let me go

4. Pussycat DollsButtons

5. Justin TimberlakeSexyBack

6. QueshCandy Girl

7. FergieLondon Bridge (Oh Snap)

8. Studio BC’mon get it on

9. LL Cool J feat. Jennifer LopezControl Myself

10. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous Girl

11. Pussycat DollsBeep

12. The SimilouAll this love

13. Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind

This one must have been a mistake…right? RIGHT? 

Have you uncovered a nostalgia-ridden playlist lately? Let us know in the comments or tweet me: @bianca_interns.

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Rebecca Clements follows-up ‘Wildlife’ with ‘Coma Boy’

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British singer-songwriter Rebecca Clements made such a stark introduction with her debut track Wildlife, that we’ve been clamouring for a follow-up ever since. For her second second she’s delivered Coma Boy, which follows in a similar vein as Wildlife in the way of just Clements voice alongside a swelling guitar. Such is the strength of her songwriting that she can tug at the heartstrings with most minimal of productions. She has an effortless nature to her music reminiscent of female songwriters like Feist, Cat Power or Fiona Apple. I’m interested to see what Clements would do with a full-length LP. So far what she’s serving up is stunning.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rebeccaclements/comaboy[/soundcloud]

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Bondax channel the tropics on ‘All I See’

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UK duo Bondax have been producing some of the finest deep house music for the better part of two years. And with a trip down-under in September for Listen Out, they’re surely going to make a name for themselves in Australia in no time. Their new single, All I See, will aid that no doubt aid that. It sounds like it’s been made for the European Summer and while we’re dealing with chilly winds there’s no denying that the Caribbean percussion and deep synths are warming. We haven’t been told who the vocalist is but she does a valiant job as host of this tropical affair. Only five months until Summer…

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bondax/all-i-see[/soundcloud]

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Jhene Aiko shares first single from album, ‘To Love & Die’

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Jhene Aiko is part of a new wave of female RnB artists (including Tinashe) that are making slick, bass-heavy tunes. The first single off her new album, Souled Out, is called To Love and Die and it’s a mid-tempo, banger. It’s almost as if Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love was given a stronger back-bone and directed more towards hip-hop than pop. Her voice takes cues from Aaliyah, as it slinks through a pretty bare backing track. Without an album out, she’s already seriously hot property and this should find a comfortable home on Urban radio in the US. It’s refreshing to see the girls taking on a style that was once typified by artists like The Weeknd. The only difference- Aiko does it with so much more class.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jumpoffhiphop/jhene-aiko-to-love-die-feat-cocaine-80s[/soundcloud]

 

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Introducing…FBi Click

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Today at 1pm the tape will be cut on the new digital station from Sydney’s FBi radio, FBi Click. The station is set to showcase the best in new electronic and dance music and they’ve partnered with some of the best dance music pioneers in the country (Purple Sneakers, Astral People, Goodgod small club) to deliver it up. This week the station will feature special mixes from Anna Lunoe, Sinden, Tasker and Zed Bias as well as host a launch party at Goodgod Small Club on Friday. To celebrate we’ve put together a playlist of some of the artists we see as the best in Australian electronic music right now. It features our Aussie girl Anna Lunoe who’s tearing it up overseas as well as newies from LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Guerre and Ara Koufax. So until 1pm dig in below and get moving…

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/in-celebration-of-fbi-click[/soundcloud]

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Newcomer Ryn Weaver introduced with the Cashmere Cat-produced ‘OctaHate’

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The only way to make an entrance is to make a noise and American songstress Ryn Weaver has certainly done that. Her debut track, OctaHate, was co-written with Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos and produced by a dream-team of Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat. How you pull together a line-up like that on your debut track is beyond me, but it’s bound to work. In 10 hours she’s had almost 30,000 streams with the glistening pop tune. Angelakos’ euphoric touches are all over the chorus while Cashmere Cat seems to give his two cents in the last minute or so adding a Gameboy-like synth. Weaver herself sings like a ready-made popstar, sitting somewhere in between Katy Perry and Liz. People obviously have a lot of faith in her, and so they should. OctaHate is a triumph.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rynweaver/ryn-weaver-octahate[/soundcloud]

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Watch: Foster the People’s ‘Pseudologia Fantastica’

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As the name would suggest, Foster The People‘s video for their 2014 hit Pseudologia Fantastica takes you on a neon-coloured journey to an animated, faraway land of mythical beasts and creatures. The idea for the  third music clip from their album Supermodel came from the mind of Mark Foster himself, with the singer stating:

“The idea for this popped into my head while I was driving through Cuba. Originally I had wanted the music video to be half animation and half performance. I was traveling with a director friend of mine and was picking his brain about some practical film tricks to help merge the two worlds (real life and animated). I ended up deciding that full animation would be a more cohesive world to live in and scrapped the performance part of the video. The imagery came as fast as I could write.

Part of it was inspired by my surroundings. We drove past dilapidated billboards of Che Guevera looking infinite and militant, set to the text of some old communist slogan; swerving to miss pot holes and the occasional cow. I spoke to highly educated locals forced into working menial jobs because they couldn’t live off of their monthly allowance provided by the state. At the same time I could feel their hope, passion, and desire to create freely, set against one of the most vibrant and beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. People lived off the land but could barely stand straight – posture buckling under the strong, unrelenting hand of the government. These are some of the images that fueled the video. It was enlightening to see the similarities between our two governments, after only being aware of the differences. Cash is king. “

The clip was animated and co-directed by Hannes/Johannes and can be streamed exclusively here.

Watch Best Friend below.

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Zola Jesus introduces new album with ‘Dangerous Days’

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Zola Jesus’ next album, Taiga, is not due out until October but she’s just dropped the first single, Dangerous Days. Jesus has always been known for being a dark songstress but it seems she’s embraced a more melodic, pop side on Dangerous Days. Taking cues from her work with French producer M83, the new single maintains the brooding synths from Conatus and adds a throbbing beat for a hands-in-the-air chorus, the likes of which we haven’t seen done in such an explicit way before. If Taiga follows the same soundscape as the single, it will likely catapult her to a much wider audience, one that she’s been deserved of for a long time.

Taiga is out 7 October while Dangerous Days is available to download for free now.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/zolajesus/zola-jesus-dangerous-days-official-audio[/soundcloud]

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Ellie Goulding debuts new FKA Twigs track, ‘Two Weeks’

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Ellie Goulding, of all people, has debuted the first track off FKA Twigs LP1, Two Weeks. Goulding plays a valiant radio host as she drops the track and then has a little chat with the oddball singer and producer. It’s perhaps Twigs’ most accessible song to date whilst still incorporating the sparseness of her earlier tracks. This time around she’s called upon cascading beats and a much richer synth to transform the song into a moody number. Following this, there should be no doubt that LP1 will be one of the finest debuts of the year.

The track comes in around 30:00 mins.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/yocxi/ellies-bbc-radio-1-takeover[/soundcloud]

UPDATE: Watch the video below-

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The Kite String Tangle releases ‘Aracadia’ and announces tour

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Brisbane producer, Dan Harley (aka. The Kite String Tangle), scored big in the Hottest 100 this year with his track Given The Chance earning a top 20 place. No doubt he’s hoping to emulate that success with his latest track, Arcadia. It’s off his debut EP, Vessel which is due out 8 August and comes with the new that he will head out on a National Tour. Arcadia sees the producer channel his inner singer-songwriter, combining an expansive soundscape with some vocal harmonies reminiscent of James Blake. It’s an established and polished effort that makes him sound far more worn than a debut EP would commonly suggest.

[soundcloud] https://soundcloud.com/thekitestringtangle/arcadia[/soundcloud]

His tour dates are below:

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