Everyone did what they had to do. Well done everyone.
Everyone did what they had to do. Well done everyone.
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Firstly let’s get the formalities out of the way. Happy Birthday to Frank Ocean and congratulations to Adele for breaking every record known to man. But let’s not dwell on that because here at the interns we like to reward mostly those who take less than four years to drop an album and all the artists below tick that box (apart from the ones that haven’t released an album so we’ll start the four year timer for them now).
Flesh Without Blood
Just when we thought we were beginning to nail down the best songs of the year Grimes comes in with a late entry. Flesh Without Blood is the first single from Art Angels (out next week) and it’s bloody good, to put it simply. It’s a little poppier and more forthright than what we heard on her last record Visions but it shows an artist who’s grown up and is far more comfortable making louder statements. The video is also brilliantly weird and wild but would you expect anything less?
We’ve been waiting to hear a solo track from Nicole Millar ever since we first heard her vocals on Peking Duk’s High last year and now we’ve finally got that. Wait is her major label debut and it’s dripping in neon synths and smouldering vocals just like every good electro-pop track should. It’s got a gorgeous production value to it which makes it feel really warm and accessible making us fall in love with it immediately.
Dev Hynes is using his status lately to make really powerful statements wrapped up in his usual Blood Orange style which means it’s reaching a deservedly wide audience. His latest is Sandra’s Smile which details the death of Sandra Bland who died in police custody in a Texas prison earlier this year. It’s delivered with a stylistically beautiful visual and the track itself is ’80s-tinged and groove-infused.
Hynes annotated the lyrics for the track too on Genius if you’d like to delve a little deeper into the story.
We introduced you to Bibi Bourelly with her firs track Riot a few months ago. She’s the writer of Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money and is rumoured to have worked on a few more song with her but for now she’s popping out solo tracks. Her latest is Riot – a vocally rock solid track backed by a bluesy, attitude-soaked instrumental. “You got me fucked up,” she sings with her voice cracking as she pushes it to its absolute edge. She’s a force to be reckoned with and we’ll no doubt hear much more from Bourelly in 2016.
It’s taken a minute but America has finally fallen in love with Alessia Cara with her debut track Here firing up the charts. She’s cashing in on that momentum by wacking out an album, Know It All, straight away and Wild Things is from that album. Much like her EP Four Pink Walls, Wild Things is about being a rebel and social outcast which is an overused theme in music but you really believe it when Cara sings it because her vocals are just so damn cool. It seems like what you see is exactly what you get with Cara and the world needs a popstar like that.
Chance The Rapper
Angels (Feat. Sabo)
At this stage of the year who really knows what Chance The Rapper is planning. He’s dropped a mixtape with Lil’ B, released an album with The Social Experiment and been featured on what seems like hundreds of songs – most without warning. Angels surfaced this week and he immediately performed it on Stephen Colbert. There’s been no word on whether it’s from an album or not but it is his first track to go on Spotify apparently which is exciting. The tracks itself is classic Chance – joyful, erratic and full of weird vocal sounds. Solid gold, as always.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/chancetherapper/angels-feat-saba[/soundcloud]
Jones is a London vocalist who put out a stunning EP earlier this year, Indulge, and is now gearing up to release her debut album New Skin early next year. Hoops is taken from that record and it’s a soulful, emotional sizzler with a melody that latches onto you immediately. Like a more experimental Lianna La Havas, her vocals are effortless and she doesn’t need to do much with them because her tone is so rich and sophisticated. It’s an A+ from us – Hoops is beautiful.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/iseejones/hoops[/soundcloud]
Air Max ’97
NLV Records is now in full swing. Last week saw the first release from Lewis Cancut and this week the label is firing on dropping Passage by Melbourne producer Air Max ’97. Passage is packed with wet-sounding beats and industrial synth-work that burns away at full intensity for over five minutes. It’s available as a free download for seven days so jump on it before it’s too late.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/nlvrecords/air-max-97-passage[/soundcloud]
Lontalius x Cut My Lips
We’ve already raved about Kiwi youngster Lontalius‘ tunes before and he just keeps giving us more reason to do so. His latest has been released via Ryan Hemsworth‘s Soundcloud label Secret Songs and it’s a collaboration with producer Cut My Lips. “I hope everyone gets something bewitching and inspiring,” Cut My Lips says of the track which exactly what we’re pulling for it. It’s got a really rich, emotional melody – the type that were actually all throughout Hemsworth’s last album Alone For The First Time.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/mooncatch[/soundcloud]
Be The One
Burgeoning popstar alert! 20 year-old singer Dua Lipa is poised to take over the world based off the strength of her new track Be The One. It’s a supremely cool, immediately catchy track with a chorus that will make you wish you knew how to sink into people’s hearts as easily as she can. It also helps that she’s got the perfect look but it’s even better that she has the voice to match. Don’t take your eye off Lipa, she’ll be huge before you even have time to blink.
There’s nothing like the feeling of tracking an artist right from their early days into eventual stardom. Here at the interns, we’re all about you feeling good inside so we’re giving you the chance to track six new artists from their early beginnings. You can thank us when they hit number one on iTunes.
FOXTROTT, who is known to her parents as Marie-Helene Delorme, is a singer/songwriter/producer from Canada whos been releasing music since 2012 but seems to have hit her stride of later with the release of new track Driven. Upon starting out, FOXTROTT mostly released instrumental music before deciding she wanted to expand her music and express something deeper, as she puts it.
Shes currently readying the release of her debut LP A Taller Us. Of the record she says, My goal was to find the perfect balance between rhythms and frequencies, the production style that I wanted to put forward, and lyrics and emotional presence expressed by the voice. Listening to Driven, it sounds as if she was successful in completing her goal. Its a perky track perfectly weighed down by her brooding vocal. Theres so many artists who operate under two hats of producer and vocalist but rarely are they as good at both as FOXTROTT.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/foxtrottfoxtrott/driven[/soundcloud]
It takes something really special to back an artist purely off one song and thats exactly what were doing here. To be honest we cant really tell you that much about Her. We can tell you that they released their debut single a few weeks ago titled Quite Like and its an effortless triumph.
Quite Like has the same endearing quirkiness as an alt-J track with the smooth sensuality of Rhye and the intimacy of Wild Beasts. The fact that they seem to be going about this whole thing remaining anonymous with only one track to their name shows that theyre quietly confident about the strength of this track. And they should be. This is the kind of track that breaks new artists.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thebandher/quite-like-2[/soundcloud]
Well preface this by saying that if youre feeling bad about what youve accomplished in your life for your age then dont read this. If not, then youll share in our joy at knowing that this producer is only 18 and already churning out phenomenal stuff. His debut EP Someday Somewhere, released this year is a collection of beats that traverse hip-hop and RnB genres with guests including Nao and Denai Moore.
Someday Somewhere is one of the most effortlessly accessible electronic EPs weve heard since Ryan Hemsworth was establishing himself. Its melodic, full of personality and even funky in points. How on earth somebody achieves something like at an age like 18 is beyond us but it happened and we better believe it.
Also hes got a great Twitter. Case in point – don’t ask if you can use my music, just do that shit. if you’re doing it in some backass way that makes you money i’ll sue you later dw.
Australia has no shortage of great electronic producers but rarely are they as intricate and atmospheric as Leon Osborn. Hes as interesting as Flying Lotus with a dark tinge reminiscent of Shlohmo and an earthy aesthetic not dissimilar to Brian Eno. Last years Nature Strip release showed promise but it’s the West-Australian producers latest offering You Were Gone that has us excited.
You Were Gone is a jolting and rough yet soothing listen thats as suited to early morning club sessions as much as it is perfect for an afternoon lay-back. Whats most impressive about Osborne is that hes the first producer whos managed to encapsulate the Australian landscape into an electronic sound. Without following down the Flume/Wave Racer route, Osborne has crafted something that sounds distinctly Australian. A twinkling collecting of twilight tracks that reveal a producer who is interested in crafting his own sound. And thats always worth rewarding.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pilerats/you-were-gone-ft-barksdale[/soundcloud]
Listening to the only solo track on her Soundcloud, RIOT, you may not guess it but Bibi Bourelly wrote Rihannas Bitch Better Have My Money and a few more on her forthcoming eighth studio album as far as we know.
The 20-year old, LA-based artist is just about to blow up, not only because shes writing for Rihanna but also because it looks like she has plenty to give as a solo artist. For such a young artist shes already kicked a number of goals including a recording session with Kanye West. A producer she met online, Paperboy Fabe, set up the session West gave her a beat and isolated her in a small room with a microphone. The song that resulted was Higher – a track that Rihanna has teased on her Instagram.
Her debut RIOT is a feisty, acoustic track that beautifully demonstrates her raspy and charismatic voice. The obvious comparison is Rihanna but theres also hints of Sia in their as well in terms of the strength that projects her voice.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/bibibourelly/riot[/soundcloud]
There are a lot of great electronic artists coming out of Sydney right now but theyre arent enough great vocalists in the genre to match in our opinion. Thank goodness then for Tashka who first jumped on the scene last year with her feature on Loudons Gold. Shes just returned with her debut single Taken which is set to feature on a forthcoming EP called Deals. The track oscillates between pop and electronica and is bound by Tashkas breathy, ethereal vocals.
Unfortunately we dont have much more information on her right now but Taken is the kind of track that breaks an artist instantly so we wont be surprised if shes following it up with another golden tune sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/tashkamusic/taken[/soundcloud]