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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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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.

Robyn & Metronomy
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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First Impressions: The Weeknd, ODESZA, Jojo And 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 ODESZA, DJ Dodger Stadium, Kwabs, JoJo, The Weeknd and Banoffee

ODESZA
Light (Feat. Little Dragon)

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Krissy: This track is the product of a collaboration curated by only the Gods themselves. ODESZA’s partnership with Little Dragon has delivered a parcel of familiarly tantalising synth and jangly beats wrapped up in ribbons of Yukimi’s sexy vocals right to our ear-holes. A perfect lead up to Spring- and who is surprised? These two acts could do no wrong in my books. 4.75 Krissy’s Pick

Sam: I’ve always thought that Little Dragon have never really nailed their down-tempo numbers even though Yukimi Nagano’s voice is perfect for them. ODESZA have delivered the perfect mellow backdrop on Light and Nagano’s voice sounds like it’s in its natural habitat. It just wafts along with no real climax apart from the rush of layers in the chorus and that seems to work perfectly based on the fact that the whole thing sounds serene and beautiful. It definitely doesn’t have the immediacy of Say My Name but it has a beauty deeper than that. 4

Annie: Perhaps one of the better collaborations of this year, ODESZA and Little Dragon have slayed this track, producing a solid electronic track for the masses. Yukumi Nagono’s vocal are a delight to hear on this track, her crooning about a reckless, one-sided love affair transporting you to another world. 4

DJ Dodger Stadium
You Don’t Have To Be Alone

Krissy: A bright, yet very repetitive and very flat dance track from DJDS – I admittedly don’t know of who these guys are, but this track reminds me of when I had just turned 18 and went to dodgy nightclubs in the Valley, drinking my vodka raspberries and dancing on very sticky floors. 2

Sam: Once I got past the fact that the video is the most ridiculously cute thing this year, I got stuck into the song and realised that I also very much enjoy it. DJ Dodger Stadium’s 2014 debut has to be one of my favourite electronic records of the decade and this track doesn’t change up the formula too much from that. If anything, it’s a little bit lighter and more accessible than anything on that record with airy house keys really driving it along. The repetitive vocal sample is one of the things I really love about these guys – that they can just build and build the instrumental while running that over top. It’s mind-warping and heartwarming. 4

Annie: DJ Dodger Stadium have made their own brand of techno that’s more emotive than most and this song is no exception. It’s a warming track that fits perfectly with their album Friend Of Mine, though I wouldn’t call this the best release from their album it is definitely a grower, and unavoidably catchy. 3

Banoffee
With Her

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Krissy: A very sophisticated release by ultimate cool chick, Banoffee. A peculiar intro into beautiful and raw vocals which then builds layer upon layer of keys, synth and basically everything nice that we love about synth-pop. Props, also, for the sneaky Mario reference towards the end – bringing a little noughties nostalgia into my day. 4

Sam: Definitely one of the strongest tracks to come from Banoffee. She’s gone with that same kind of dance aesthetic that we heard first on Let’s Go To The Beach and it really works for her. Her vocals feel really homely and warm yet they teeter on this emotional edge. Also props for slotting in a tip of the hat to Mario’s Let Me Love You. 3.5

Annie: Banoffee just keeps popping up in my life, and I love it more and more each time. With Her is a perfect introduction to Banoffee for new fans, it completely encapsulates the feel of the artist while being energetic and entrancing enough to lure you back for more. Banoffee is known for emotional intensity and this track is no different, definitely a stand out. 4

JoJo
When Love Hurts

Krissy: JoJo’s back baby! Except, now, she’s strayed from her RnB roots and tried to conform to the whole dance/electro scene – which does not work for her. With generic dance beats and cheesy lyrics like, “When love hurts, that’s how you know it’s real.” Really, JoJo? I don’t mean to sound all high and mighty, but should you really be putting out music with a lame and delusional message such as this? Don’t mistake me for a JoJo hater, I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I was drunkenly listening to her old stuff last weekend – but this song is shit and I can’t find anything nice to write about it. Half a point just for being JoJo, though. 1.5

Sam: JoJo’s done some really sweet stuff since she disappeared from the mainstream after her second album. This is her commercial return and it’s kind of distressing that she’s gone straight for something really generic with this one. It’s a decent pop tune with a big soaring chorus kinda David Guetta circa When Love Takes Over, but JoJo’s a damn good R&B vocalist and this just feels like a wasted opportunity. I get that she wants to edge her way back into the mainstream and she probably has tracks of hers that she loves more than this but still it’s a shame. 2.5

Annie: I haven’t heard much from JoJo since she made that film with Robin Williams, but this is a pretty good track if you’re into nostalgia. The girl has developed considerably since Leave (Get out), but kudos to anyone who can listen to this and not go back to her older work directly after. 2.5

The Weeknd
Prisoner (Feat. Lana Del Rey)

Krissy: Halloween has come two months early this year. A haunting and eerie track (what else do you expect from Lana, though) with an alluring and unpredictable ever-changing formation and pulse. This chilled out track features a rich, choral chorus severed with silky smooth lyricism and classic Weeknd perks we have all come to love. 3

Sam: These two are seemingly from two different musical worlds but together their dark inclinations really blend and this cut is one of the true highlights of The Weeknd’s record. The Weeknd goes for a much softer vocal style to better match LDR’s and that makes the two blend so easily over this haunting, thumping beat. Lana’s first line “I think I’ve been in Hollywood far too long,” is a real goosebump moment and really makes me hope for some more R&B-tinged stuff on her album. The Weeknd and LDR feel like real underdogs of the music scene and this year has so far been really good to them. The timing for a duet couldn’t be better. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

Annie: The long awaited pairing of The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey has finally happened. Their vocals compliment each other like no other, it’s a pretty solid track. While this is sure to cause a riot amongst fans, I’ve heard better from both of them and to be honest, prefer them far more as solo acts. 2.5

Kwabs
Walk (Feat. Fetty Wap)

Krissy: This is a really catchy song that I’d like to learn the lyrics to and bust it out Karaoke style for my friends next time I’m getting ready for a night out (lame or awesome? You be the judge.) I did a little digging and was surprised to learn that this was a remake (unless I am the only person in the world who hadn’t heard of this song before!) The original was without Fetty’s appearance, and honestly, all I could think of when his verse came on was that he sounded so much like O.T Genasis and was expecting him to shout “I’M IN LOVE WITH THE COCO” the whole time. I’m not too bothered with the addition of Fetty, but as one Youtube user commented, “This song is like wasting a 30yr old whisky by drinking it with coke… it’s not that I don’t like coke too but you just don’t mix it.” The Youtube jury has spoken. 3.5

Sam: From the first second of this song it sounds like a motherflippin’ massive hit and Fetty Wap’s inclusion only adds to that appeal in my opinion. Kwabs’ has been churning out some really quality stuff for a while now but none of it feels as weighty as this one with its dense pop melody and really affecting vocals. If chucking a rapper-of-the-moment on the tail end of it grabs it some attention then so be it. And as far as afterthought features go, this one’s actually really good. 4

Annie: Kwabs is an interesting artist to enter the mainstream. His soulful vocals seem more attuned for gospel hymns, but that’s not to say they don’t work, he’s like a sassier Sam Smith. This is a more radio-friendly track from the artist, it’s slow moving but picks up the pace at the end and makes you wish you had even an ounce of the talent he has so you could sing along. 4 Annie’s Pick

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Lana Del Rey, DJ Dodger Stadium, ODESZA And More

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It’s not easy to write and produce a song. Believe me if it were we’d be doing it and not writing about it. That’s why we should give these ten songs, the best of the week, our tender love and care. Listen to them, caress them, spend time with them. If you do that for seven days, we promise you next week we’ll bring you ten more and you can chuck the ones you hated from this week and move on. Sound good?

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From Afar

Melbourne’s LUCIANBLOMKAMPF only release his debut album Post-Nature this time last year and now he’s already smacking us with round two. From Afar is the first single from his forthcoming second album and it’s probably his most impressive output to date. It’s a track that just continues to flourish over its four minute duration, ending in a dense, affecting climax. He had a little chat with us following the release of the track to let us know a few things about it.

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Grace Mitchell
Jitter

Every so often there comes along a track like this that is just a certified banger and there’s not much else you can say about it. That’s exactly what Portland newcomer Grace Mitchell has delivered this week with Jitter. It premiered on Beats 1 Radio this week and her Raceday EP followed very soon after. The whole thing is excellent but start with this one and see how you go.

DJ Dodger Stadium
You Don’t Have To Be Alone

DJ Dodger Stadium, the collaboration between LA’s Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL, have followed up 2014’s Friend Of Mine with a brand new cut You Don’t Have To Be Alone. Following the same repetitive aesthetic that made their debut so mind-bending, the pair have also drawn on sunshine-coated house vibes. It’s definitely one of their lightest tunes to date and comes right on time for the end of Summer in the US.

ODESZA
Lights (Feat. Little Dragon)

ODESZA are gearing up to repackage 2014’s excellent In Return with a few instrumentals and new tracks including this one with Little Dragon titled Light. If you’re familiar with Little Dragon’s work on SBTRKT’s Wildfire (If not, you’ve been napping since 2011), you’d be aware that frontwoman Yukimi Nagano is a damn good dance vocalist and she proves it once again here with Light. It’s a little more blissful than Wildfire – a slow-burning jam that makes way for Nagano’s beautiful harmonies.

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Gavin Turek
Surrender (Produced By TOKiMONSTA)

Earlier this year TOKiMONSTA told us that she was working on a record with newcomer Gavin Turek. “I want this record to lift her up as an artist on her own but it will definitely have the sort of aesthetic that we have together,” she said and listening to Surrender from that record it seems like she’s nailed the brief. It doesn’t sound like TOKiMONSTA’s solo work, instead it’s a blend of electronica and more funk/disco influences that seem to come from Turek. It’s a smooth record proving that these two are an unlikely but perfect combination. It’s taken from the mini-album You’re Invited out 28th August.

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HONNE
Loves The Jobs You Hate

Electro-pop duo HONNE are starting to gain some momentum and this week dropped Loves The Jobs You Hate from their forthcoming EP Over Lover out 2nd September. The track was debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1 meaning it’s some seriously good shit and we agree. It’s got a definite Chet Faker vibe to it but they have traded the electronica for the funk giving us more Nile Rodgers than Flume. It also has one of those choruses that effortlessly takes flight and gets under your skin immediately. Keep an eye on HONNE.

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Lana Del Rey
Terrence Loves You

Lana Del Rey revealed the tracklist to her forthcoming LP Honeymoon this week due out 18th September. She was then asked by paparazzi as she was exiting an airport which song was her favourite on the album. She actually responded and said this one, Terrence Loves You. Why? “Because it’s jazzy,” she says. And she’s not wrong. It’s a beautiful, sweeping, jazz-tinged number close to the title-track than High By The Beach. LDR just keeps getting better and it’s an excellent thing to watch unravelling.

Alessia Cara
Hotline Bling

Alessia Cara has only released one original and done a cover of Bad Blood and now Drake’s Hotline Bling and we’ve already decided she’s the best thing to happen to 2015. This latest cover she did for Channel V, once again turning raps into sung verses. Her voice has these rich, soulful undertones that means she can insert personality into even the shortest of notes. This track is a perfect match for her voice and she hits it out of the park. Her EP Four Pink Walls is out next Friday, 28th August.

Banoffee
With Her

If you’re like us you’ve been hanging out for Martha Brown AKA Banoffee‘s next move following 2014’s Got It and judging by her latest track With Her it was worth the wait. The song, which was co-produced by Oscar Key Sung, is taken off her forthcoming EP Do I Make You Nervous? out 2nd October. The track sees her channel some more deep-house influences melding them with R&B vibes (the tail-end of the track appropriates the lyrics of Mario’s Let Me Love You). It’s probably the first time we’ve got to call a Banoffee song a banger and we couldn’t be happier.

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Habits
Ether

Habits are a Melbourne duo who have been working their way up the Aus music chain supporting the likes of Banoffee Oscar Key Sung and Black Vanilla. This track Ether is taken from their forthcoming EP Ugly Cry and it’s a twinkling yet industrial cut haunted by whispy vocals. There are pop cues in their but also a few R&B influences apparent. Best of all it sounds like not much else in the Aus music spectrum right now and that’s what interests you straight away.

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