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Review + Snaps: Banoffee |Roxanne Parlour, Melbourne

In its most recent instalment, Good Manners brought a huge lineup to the Roxanne Parlour last Friday night. The night showcased some of Australia’s best upcoming electronic musicians, to the tune of Dro Carey, Lossless, Habits and of course Melbourne’s own, Banoffee. It was the hometown leg of Banoffee’s national tour, one of her last shows before she heads overseas and the first night Melburnians were able to spend with their hometown hero in a short while.

Given the venue and the night, it wasn’t surprising that the room packed out within it’s first few hours of opening. Punters were in for a good one, and that’s most certainly what they received. Openers Habits kicked off the night with some chill tunes and synth that got the ball rolling for the acts to come. Brooke Powers followed (who also played a second round after Banoffee), pushing things into a higher tempo and getting the vibe perfectly ready for what was to come.

It was pretty evident that the vast majority of the Roxanne Parlour’s attendees were there for Banoffee. She was the name on everyone’s lips, and I’ve yet to see a nightclub crowd in a small setting thicken that fast before a set. If you’ve seen her before, the calibre of her set would be delightfully expected. As always, she delivered blended beats and layered synth that are as chill as they are frenzied, as soothing as they are energizing. If this was your first time seeing her, then you’ve likely found one of your new favourite Melbourne artists.

For a solo artist with as it stands, not too much backing- Banoffee’s music is so refined and perfectly crafted it’s wholly obvious to even the most distracted listener that she is a perfectionist in her field. She demonstrates complete mastery of her tools, blending her unique howling vocals with synths that are completely specific to her style. It all gels so well together, and remarkably sounds even more on point in a live setting.

Gigs at nightclubs can get tedious, between the punters spilling drinks and terrible smokers room conversation, it’s not the ideal place to be reviewing an artist. However this time around, the dingy room and packed crowd seemed perfectly suited to Banoffee’s style. It all fit well together, so for once the setting wasn’t an outlier. This may be a testament to the superb nights that Good Manners usually run, but in this case I’m going to give it up to Banoffee, one of the artists that Australia genuinely needs to keep an eye on.

Photos by Ben Cvoro at Banoffee’s Sydney show 

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Watch the Incredible Video of Samsung SOUND + VISION at the Opera House Featuring Empress Of

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Photo: The Creators Project

At the end of January, Empress Of, Banoffee, Oscar Key Sung and Charles Murdoch took to the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage for Samsung SOUND + VISION, a special evening combining stellar tunes with unbelievable visuals. Those visuals were provided by artists Nonotak, Prue Stent and Tin & Ed who made it a pretty unforgettable evening. It was a one of a kind event that is still etched in our memories but now we have a visual reminder thanks to VICE and THE CREATORS PROJECT.

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Photo: Empress Of by The Creators Project

They filmed the event and have now unleashed the video which looks pretty damn cool, if we may say so ourselves. From Banoffee and Oscar Key Sung’s R&B flavoured musings to Empress Of’s brooding brand of electro-pop, it showcases musicians and artists who are pushing the boundaries and searching for innovation in everything they do. The visuals married so well with the music that it plays out like a live music video.

For the technology heads out there wondering how on earthy they brought his all together, new media artist Joe Crossley used Samsung technology to fuse sound and vision with motion sensors, midi triggers and audio manipulation. 

Watch the video below, made possible by Samsung.

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Empress Of, Banoffee, Oscar Key Sung And Charles Murdoch Are Playing A Special Show At The Sydney Opera House

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The iconic Sydney Opera House has hosted some pretty special shows already this year from Disclosure’s dancefloor stormer of a set to Four Tet’s all-encompassing lights and sound show but this newly announced show looks set to be the best yet. Samsung is teaming up with Vice for SOUND + VISION which will see Empress Of, Banoffee, Oscar Key Sung and Charles Murdoch take to the stage accompanied by visuals provided by artists Nonotak, Prue Stent and Tin & Ed.

This will be Empress Of‘s only Sydney show and is likely to be a very special one with her brand of bounding electro-pop set to be accompanied by the visual work of Nonotak. The New York artist’s debut album Me landed a spot in our top 10 favourite albums of 2015.

Melbourne electro-R&B champions Banoffee and Oscar Key Sung will team up with Australian photo surrealist Prue Stent for a special one-off performance. Banoffee and Key Sung are long time collaborators with an undeniable chemistry that’s going to be pretty hard not to be wooed by when they’re standing on the stage of the Opera House.

In addition to both of those performance, Future Classic’s Charles Murdoch will perform alongside visuals by design duo Tin & Ed. Murdoch released his critically-acclaimed debut album Point at the end of last year – an intricate, expansive piece of electronica with guest vocals by Key Sung, WAFIA and Ta-Ku.

As if things couldn’t get any more impressive, new media artist Joe Crossley will be using Samsung technology to fuse the sound and visuals together with motion sensors, midi triggers and audio manipulation. 

We’ve left out the best part though – it’s free. Tickets are flying out the door so you can try your luck by RSVPing here or we have a couple of passes to give away. First in best dressed so send us an email ASAP at [email protected] with your full name.

 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Wave Racer, Tinashe, Skepta And More

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This week Australia had Bieber fever and we were way too busy figuring out the best way to respectfully ask him for a photo to focus on new music. Luckily we got sick of him by the time he got to hand out with Kochie and our attention was easily pulled to British producer SOPHIE releasing a butt plug. As Biebs would say, “what do you mean?” Read below and find out friends.

Tinashe
Player (Feat. Chris Brown)

Tinashe promised us big hits on her forthcoming second record Player and it seems like she’s delivering. Player is her most immediate, radio friendly track to date with a beat straight from the dancefloor Chris Brown’s inclusion is probably just to amp up the songs’ starpower which is fine if it jumps straight to the top of the charts. 2015 Tinahse is here for world domination and she might just achieve it with this one.

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MSMSMSM

We’ve seen our fair share of weird promotional stunts in our time but selling a butt plug alongside a singles collection is new. That’s exactly what enigmatic British producer SOPHIE did this week and then right when he had everyone’s attention he dropped MSMSMSM. It’s a HudMo-flavoured instrumental track with a little less sugar than his previous outputs but it’s no less enjoyable and will probably sound better than any of his tracks in the clubs.

Wave Racer
World Record (Feat. Lido)

Wave Racer is gearing up to release his Flash Drive EP on 16th October and World Record is the second taste of it. The Lido-featuring track is classic Wavey, creating a hyper reality which is only briefly interrupted by Lido’s glitchy drops. The pair of them work seamlessly together, creating one very cute track.

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DJ Dodger Stadium
In The Flames

DJDS are back with one of their darkest tracks yet. In The Flames was released this week alongside DJDS candles which is lovely and it also happens to be an after-dark banger. It’s a little more subtle than anything from their debut album Friend Of Mine taking a slight deep house route but it’s no less mind-bending. It’s also centred around a chopped and screwed vocal that actually manages to sound pretty heartbreaking. Stellar stuff once again from Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL.

GL
Number One

Well Melbourne duo GL became Australia’s greatest popstars over night this week. Their latest tune Number One is a certified ear worm borrowing its nostalgic sound from ’80s pop masters. We loved it so much that we popped it straight into our September Recap Mix after one listen. It’s a breezy, sleek pop song that will take GL’s status to another level – mark our words.

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MAALA
Unbound

Kiwi music is on heat right now. Seriously, though what is going on over there? MAALA is the latest Kiwi to drop a huge song and this is said song. Unbound is dark and brooding with a swelling chorus built with heighty vocals and damning drums. One Soundcloud user commented “Oh good Lord…heavenly,” and we really couldn’t put it better ourselves. Beautiful stuff.

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DMA’s
Lay Down

DMA’s have just spent the year casually playing some of the biggest festivals around the world but they’re going to be sharing the love with Australia early next year at Laneway Festival. Lay Down is their latest track and it’s been a staple of their live sets for a while. We heard it back at BIGSOUND in 2014 and we’re immediately blown away. It’s got a huge chorus of thrashing drums and stirring acoustic guitar, designed for mass sing-alongs. HUGE.

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Banoffee
I’m Not Sorry

If you’re a regular reader of theinterns you’ll know that we think Banoffee is perfect and we make no apologies for saying that. Banoffe is also not sorry on her latest track I’m Not Sorry plucked from her EP Do I Make You Nervous? which dropped today. The track continues her foray into a more dance-focussed sound, spending its duration building up to a club-ready finale. Her voice sounds delicate but soulful while the production is top notch, complete with chopped and manipulated vocal samples. She gets better every time we hear from her and deserves all the congratulations she’s receiving for this EP.

Jamie xx
I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Skepta Remix)

Just when you thought this song couldn’t get any better it does. Jamie xx’s Good Times is 2015’s song that just keeps giving. We’ve had a Dre Skull remix with Assasin, Konshens and Kranium on the track, a brilliant video this week and now a version with Skepta on it. The beat is switched up on this version as Skepta throws down a few flawless verses. With Jamie xx’s In Colour pulling so many influences from the British garage scene it only seems right that he eventually got to work with Skepta.

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The Hardest Thing To Do

Robyn and Metronomy have tried to pull the wool over our eyes releasing The Hardest Thing To Do under the monikers of Tony Primo and Nixxie. And they have actually been scarily successful. Despite the obviously distinctive vocal styles, the song has been floating around since early May and no one noticed. Until this week. It was done for a film called Partisan which came out in late May and is a lo-fi, VHS-inspired tune that actually sounds exactly as you’d expect a Robyn and Metronomy song to sound. Shame on us, we’ve failed as detectives.

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