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Wrap Your Ears Around Airling’s New Cut ‘Stallin’

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Brisbane-songstress Airling was the girl behind one of our favourite tracks last year Wasted Pilots and now she’s up to her old trick again, releasing another stunner StallinStallin is a twinkling, after-dark number which fuses its jazzy elements with electronica. Of course, her smokey vocals are out in full force, circling the song with ease. Another win in 2015 for the singer after she added her vocals to Japanese Wallpaper’s stunning Forces.

https://soundcloud.com/pieater/airling-stallin

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First Impressions: Rihanna, Jamie xx, FKA twigs + More

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. This week we pick apart tracks by Rihanna, Jamie xx, FKA twigs + more. 

Rihanna
Bitch Better Have My Money

Meshell: PRAISE ALMIGHTY QUEEN RIH! The bitch is back, and this piece of juicy trap goodness is getting put on REPEAT. After the sickly sweetness of her new animated film Home and the heart on her sleeve of Fourfiveseconds, we can all finally breathe a collective sigh of relief that our blunt-smokin-titty-showin-not-givin-a-f**k-Rihanna is back stronger than ever. 4.5

Sam: Last week I read that Rihanna was making an album that was “timeless” and then we get this. I ain’t mad though. RiRi has always used trends to her benefit and this one sees her at her best bat shit craziest. From the first bet she digs in and goes hard. What she’s doing is not singing and it’s not rapping, it’s simply doing Rihanna. God bless her for putting the word bitch back into the charts. 4.5

Zanda: Definitely a dark side to Rihanna that we’ve seen glimpses of before. Grimey synths and bass suit her slightly altered vocals to a tee, and it’s really quite a captivating track in its simplicity. I don’t really think the outro with the male vocals adds a whole lot and I’m not quite sure why it’s there. Other than that, a cool tune. 3

Jamie xx
Loud Places (Feat. Romy)

Meshell: The opening of this song has an effortless grace and sadness that we have come to know and love from Romy and Jamie. The song almost sounds like it was written for The xx, until we reach an unexpected build-up right before the chorus. As the bubble pops I am both joyous and confused. It’s an interesting arrangement in the choruses, Jamie has used an old Idris Muhammad sample that both lifts the song to a nostalgic place and also draws the song away from being a melancholic xx number. It was not what I was expecting and I think that’s why I love it so much. 4

Sam: “I go to loud places to search for someone to be quiet with,” is such a beautiful beginning to a song and it’s made even more heartbreaking by Romy’s heartbreaking voice. This is the warmest thing we’ve ever heard from Jamie xx and it’s also his most accessible. The gospel-influences in the chorus elevate the song while Romy brings it back down to earth. This rise and fall makes it such a subtle journey of emotions which is something I feel xx hasn’t achieved before in his solo career. Stop saying we can pretend this is a new xx track because it’s so much more than that. The xx have never been this uplifting. 5 Sam’s Pick

Zanda: There is just so much to love about this track, from the haunting lyrics from Romy to the chilling harmonies when the group vocals are introduced. A master of musical texture, Jamie xx again showcases his ability to build a very specific mood in his music, and to then explore the complexities of that mood through subtle variations in timbre and repetition. It’s hauntingly intense and almost could be interpreted as a teaser for his album, which unfortunately isn’t due to be released til June. 5

FKA twigs
Glass & Patron

Meshell: There’s just not much left to say about this new offering from FKA twigs as it’s already flooded every corner of the internet and I’ve already sung its praises in my coverage of the YTMAs. To re-iterate though, this is the song that has given me my FKA twigs appreciation breakthrough as nothing else she has done had really stuck with me. I think I just love the raw energy at the start of the song and the unusual transition into something that’s…kind of sassy. 4

Sam: I’ve tried to listen to this without watching the visuals because I didn’t want to get caught up in the whole image of it. Luckily the song is just as intriguing on its own. The start is mystifying. I really didn’t know where she was going with the whole minimalist almost acapella part but I’m completely digging where she went. Speeding it up makes her sound almost sub-human and sounds like it could’ve been produced by SOPHIE in parts. It’s distinctly FKA twigs but at the same time it offers up something different from her LP. It’s exciting that she’s clearly got plenty of creativity left in the tank. 4.5

Zanda: There’s no denying FKA twigs is an incredible and unique vocal talent, but personally I find her music a little bit hit and miss. There are sections of this track that are super engaging and pleasing aurally, but other parts that I struggle to make sense of musically. A track that isn’t for everyone, but I can at least appreciate that’s her aim, to polarise an audience. I’m not even going to start on the video because I can’t even. 3

MAS YSA
Look Up
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Meshell: This song kind of makes me want to tear at my shirt and run screaming through a rainy street in a London. Y’all feel the same…right? In seriousness though this vocal delivery is devastating…it’s beautiful but it’s so damn sad which is in completely juxtaposition with the very preppy drum-beat and washy synths. I like it…I’m just a bit unsure what I like. 3.5

Sam: You’ve got to listen to this in headphones. It’s so beautifully and intricately textured with crisp, glassy beats and popping vocal samples. I think it could’ve done with a more defined chorus but it’s enthralling nonetheless. I just can’t get over the production value of this, it’s so rich and measured and that really makes the song for me. I find myself listening for nothing else but those little ear prickers. 3.5

Zanda: Gorgeous production by MAS YSA here. He is part of a growing number of artists bridging the gap between indie instrumental and electronic music. The texture builds nicely throughout, but unfortunately there’s nothing here that really makes it stand out musically. Not a huge fan of whatever the effect is that makes the vocals sound increasingly shaky throughout. 3

Brandon Flowers
Can’t Deny My Love

Meshell: Brandon Flowers has so much to live up to every time he releases a track…a lot of his earlier work with The Killers essentially defines my teenage years. So do I think this lives up to the excellence I expect off him? I think it does, it’s got a lovely unique melody that jumps around quite a bit, the percussion drives the song and there is fantastic layering, especially in the chorus. It’s not the best I’ve heard from him but there is a subtle excellence in this song. I feel like Brandon Flowers is akin to a great bottle of scotch, he is getting smoother and easier to sip with age. 4.5

Sam: I feel like Brandon Flowers’ opinion of what he’s bringing to the music world is much larger than what he is. Nonetheless it’s a smart move on his behalf getting Ariel Rechstaid on board. It sounds just as good as any of the alt-pop music going around at the moment. It probably won’t be remembered by the end of the year but that euphoric chorus is something to behold for the moment. 3

Zanda: An emotional track that showcases Brandon Flowers’ immense vocal talent. The chorus is incredibly catchy and is built up really well through each verse, and I really enjoy the guitar-synth effect that echoes the vocal chorus line. Not hard to see why his popularity is booming with songs like this. 3.5 

Japanese Wallpaper
Forces (Feat. Airling)
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/japanesewallpaper/forces[/soundcloud]
Meshell: When I saw that Airling had paired with the unfairly talented wonder-child Japanese Wallpaper I knew it was going to be epic before I even listened. Then I saw Andrei Eremin mixed and mastered the track because OF COURSE HE DID HE IS A GENIUS. This song is so easy, everything about it just works together perfectly. I’d be really happy to see this partnership do a few more tracks as they’ve really created some magic here. (Side note, wrote the word “magic” as Airling sung it…totally freaking out). 5 Meshell’s Pick

Sam: I’ve been pretty nonchalant about Japanese Wallpaper’s previous offerings but how good is this? Airling’s voice is so crisp and pure and this is the perfect atmosphere for her to show off in. The verses are stronger than the choruses melodically but for a song that sticks on the same waveform for the most part it keeps my attention. It’s mindblowing to think about how young these two are but that shouldn’t matter. This track would be great whatever age they were. 3.5 

Zanda: I was a massive fan of Between Friends, and although this follow-up has taken a while to be released it’s been well worth the wait. Japanese Wallpaper has an almost unbelievable maturity and polish to his production for someone so young. The production itself is deceptively complex (despite sounding quite simple), with various aspects of melody and effects slowly added and removed throughout, to complement Airling’s ethereal vocals. Airling has been killing it recently by herself, and it’s truly a testament to Japanese Wallpaper’s talent to really feature her in a way that shows off such a huge amount of her ability. 5 Zanda’s Pick

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Japanese Wallpaper Drops Another Chiller: ‘Forces’

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After winning Triple J’s Unearthed High competition last year as a year 11 student, Melbourne’s Gab Strum (better known as Japanese Wallpaper) released the incredibly well-produced track Between Friends {Featuring Jessie Davidson}. The track went to number 97 in the Hottest 100, but sadly we’ve been left with little else to tie our yearning eardrums over in the last six months other than a couple of remixes he’s tinkered with.

Enter Strum’s latest contribution, a typically mellow track called Forces, featuring the aurally pleasing voice of Airling. Typically smooth production meshes sparingly used vocal effects with a mature combination of ethereal melodic harmonies, and of course the soothing sound of bells that so drew us to his last single. It’s just incredible to think that the dude is still in year 12.


[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/japanesewallpaper/forces[/soundcloud]

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BIGSOUND day 2 wrap-up

Brisbane has once again been transformed into a new music haven with BIGSOUND rolling into town. With it, the annual music conference has brought some of the most hype-worthy names in music to play over a number of venues in Fortitude Valley.

It says something about the state of new Australian music that despite it being a lineup of many fresh faces, it stands up against many major festivals. In the past year, DMA’s have become NME darlings, Oscar Key Sung has become one of the internet’s most buzzed names and Tkay Maidza has attracted the attention of International producers Ryan Hemsworth and Bok Bok. The talent at BIGSOUND 2014 lineup doesn’t just stack up locally, the artists playing are garnering international attention as well with many of them likely to pop up on the SXSW roster next year.

The head may have been a little bit sorer than day one, but our new music caps were still firmly on for day two of BIGSOUND. It was a night that moved from dulcet electronica to rambunctious hip-hop, once again proving the sheer quality of Australian music right now.

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Airling releases new single, ‘Wasted Pilots’

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Certainly not my first choice of who should fly my plane, Wasted Pilots instead has been the perfect antidote to this dreary Tuesday afternoon. Airling‘s ethereal voice reigns supreme atop washes of heavenly synths, lush electronics and fluttering percussion. This is the second single from the Brisbane-based artist’s upcoming EP, Love Gracefully, and it’s certainly a sign of exciting things to come. Airling is performing at this year’s BIGSOUND as well as touring Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in October.

Love Gracefully EP is due for release September 19th

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pieater/airling-wasted-pilots-love-gracefully-ep-2014[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

10songs6While big releases by Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey threatened to cloud the week, a few funk-inspired numbers came to the rescue, willingly boogying us into the weekend. Check out our top 10 tracks of the week below:

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1. Jungle – Time

It seems it’s hard this week to find one song that’s not inspired by Funk or Disco. Given it’s a Friday evening, that sits very well with us. This one continues the mysterious Jungle’s winning streak in the lead up to their debut album. Shake ya groove thang.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pierre-della-monica/jungle-time[/soundcloud]

little dragon2. Little Dragon- Paris (TEED Remix)

If you thought Little Dragon’s original was too minimal then you’ll surely be pleased by this pulsating remix. TEED takes Little Dragon right into four am with a dirty, four-to-the-floor beat but also makes sure he leaves room to let the breathy vocals of Yukimi Nagano prosper.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/littledragon/little-dragon-paristotally-enormous-extinct-dinosaurs-holiday-edit[/soundcloud]

BANKS3. Banks- Drowning

BANKS’ debut album isn’t due until September but already we have heard about half of it. And basically we’re listening and loving. It seems some guy has played her around pretty bad and now he’s getting his due karma. “You’re so bold while you’re watching me moan” she sings like Taylor Swift with a gun. Jokes aside, this is stunning.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banksbanksbanks/banks-drowning[/soundcloud]

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4. Juce- (H)ours

Juce are basically a cross between HAIM and Destiny’s Child and are pumping out ‘90s-inspired RnB. (H)ours follows a blistering debut in Call You Out and an equally exceptional follow-up Braindead. I guess this makes it three from three.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-juce-hours[/soundcloud]

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5. LAYLA – Smokestacks (Mountain of Youth Remix)

Garnering over one-hundred thousand plays in just the first month of its release, Smokestacks was LAYLA’s breakout hit. This, as the name suggests, is a remix. Mountain of Youth take it into deep house territory, but still use LAYLA’s vocal hook as the focal-point. Prepare yourself, this one gets pretty steamy.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mountainofyouth/smokestacks[/soundcloud]

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6. Vic Mensa- Down On My Luck

Vic Mensa has been named in XXL’s freshman class for 2014 alongside names like Chance The Rapper and Isaiah Rashad. It basically means there is a big hype bubble surrounding him right now. This one finds a sugar, melodic middle ground between rap and electronic music.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fuck-vic-mensa/down-on-my-luck[/soundcloud]

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7. Chris Malinchak (Feat. Mikky Ekko)- Stranger

The week that MJ released his posthumous album, Chris Malinchak and Mikky Ekko beat him at his own game (not that he knows it’s his game). It’s got a funky bass-line, Nile Rodgers guitar-licks and a velvety vocal.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/chrismalinchak/stranger[/soundcloud]

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8. Sam Smith – Stay with me (Rainer + Grimm Remix)

We begged for a remix back in First Impressions April 3 and our will has been done. It’s been done good.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rainerandgrimm/sam-smith-stay-with-me-rainer[/soundcloud]

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9. King Avriel- Judgement Day // Valley Idols

The most important thing you should know about King Avriel is that she was the voice of Timberly in Hey Arnold. Let that sink in. Now, you should know she’s now a 23 year-old artist who’s about to release her debut album, thesis. This one’s presumably from it and it’s an organ-driven, RnB masterclass.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kingavriel/judgment-day[/soundcloud]

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10. Airling- The Runner

Airling is signed to Big Scary’s record Pieater and is an Australian singer-songwriter. Aside from releasing this jazz-inspired electronic track this week, she’s also been touring with Irish crooner James Vincent McMorrow. This one will seep under your skin and rest there for at least a week.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pieater/airling-the-runner[/soundcloud]

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