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Stream Empress Of’s Glistening Debut Album ‘Me’

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Two years ago Lorely Rodriguez better known to us as Empress Of, dumped Don’t Tell Me on Soundcloud – a washed-out pop number that immediately caught the attention of most online music scrollers. It was a great song and she followed it up with a handful of other great songs, most notably Hat Trick, but then she disappeared for a bit. The problem with being a buzzworthy internet artist is that you run the risk of being forgotten if you’re gone for too long. Empress Of wasn’t forgotten because she returned in April with the knockout first single from this album Me. Water Water was a dark, pulsating effort that many heralded as her best offering yet and ever since April, she’s kept people excited about the album.

Me is an apt title for the record. With Terrible Records (run by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor) behind her, she was offered the chance to work with a big-name producer but declined and produced it herself. Turns out that’s the best decision she could’ve made because it’s one of the year’s best debuts. It’s an intricate, left-centre pop record that you can simultaneously dance to and get lost in. The 10 tracks each match the quality of her previous outputs and, in fact, many also surpass.

Me is out Friday, 11th September.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Basenji, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Hemsworth And More

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This week started off with a blast thanks to the MTV VMAs which seemingly featured more controversy than ever and left us with a new Tay Tay video, a new Bieber video and an entire Miley Cyrus album. With that in mind, we’d like to award every artist who released a track this week off the back of that a bravery award because it takes something really profound to outshine a shit storm like the VMAs. Luckily, there were plenty of tracks this week that did exactly that and to them we say well done and acknowledge them below with a short spiel of sorts.

Basenji
Can’t Get Enough

Basenji is destroying it right now. His last single Petals picked up rotation on triple and is undoubtedly one of the strongest local tracks of the year, now he goes even one better on his new track Can’t Get Enough. It’s more of his cute poptronica hybrid driven by melodic, high-pitched vocals and a perky brass-line that are headed straight for the heavens. It’s taken from his Trackpad EP which will be sold as a USB that looks like an Evian water bottle which is just fantastic news for all involved.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/basenji-cant-get-enough-1[/soundcloud]

Marc E. Bassy
That’s Love (Feat. Ty Dolla Sign)

LA singer Marc E. Bassy has enlisted a big name in Ty Dolla Sign for his latest single That’s Love. The track is a total throwback to smooth, mid-tempo R&B bangers with Dolla Sign killing it with a much gentler edge than we’re used to with him. There’s a bit of autotune at play here, but it really works within this aesthetic and somehow smacks you more in the heart than untampered vocals would’ve. These two are excellent duet partners to, we must say.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/marc_e_bassy/thats-love-ft-ty-dolla-sign[/soundcloud]

Kelela
Rewind

Kelela‘s A Message was a stunning start to her 2015 and ever since we’ve waited for the EP is was supposedly off. Well no more supposedly because the EP is definitely coming on 9th October. It’s called Hallucinogen and it will feature the aforementioned as well as this new track Rewind. Rewind was produced by Kelela herself with help from Nugget and Kingdom – the latter had a big hand on her excellent mixtape Cut 4 Me. This one’s more upbeat than what we’re used to from her but she really delivers serving up silky vocals and crisp ’90s-tinged production.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kelelam/rewind[/soundcloud]

Miley Cyrus
Lighter

Miley‘s surprise album Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz is a real mixed bag. A REAL MIXED BAG. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some plenty of gold on there. In fact, Mike Will Made It, who had a big hand on Bangerz, delivers most of the good stuff on the LP including this one Lighter. Lighter is a beautiful, lingering ballad driven by big, punching drums and a raw vocal from Miley herself. It essentially uses smoking weed as a metaphor for someone always backing her (“when I need the fire, you’re always my lighter”) but it’s really not as dumb as it sounds.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mileycyrus/lighter[/soundcloud]

Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas
Angel

Last year Seattle producer Lucas dropped a ridiculously beautiful remix of Ryan Hemsworth‘s One For Me, then later Hemsworth dropped one of Lucas’ originals through his Secret Songs project. It makes total sense that the pair have now come together for a collaborative EP led by this track Angel. It’s one of the more emotional Hemsworth tunes we’ve heard with the chopped vocals really heading straight for the heartstrings. Goosebump-inducing is the general consensus on Soundcloud and we have to agree.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/angel[/soundcloud]

Empress Of
Standard

Empress Of‘s debut album Me is released next week and we’ve been given plenty of reason to get excited about it. First there was Water Water then there was Kitty Kat and this week we got How Do You Do It? and this one Standard. And it may just be the best one yet. Built upon industrial, post-pop production, Empress Of howls throughout really lengthening her notes and hitting giddy heights on many. Calling it now – Me will be one of the year’s best albums.

Friendships
Pedal To The Medal

Nicholas Brown and Misha Grace are Melbourne duo Friendships who are making really tough, forceful electronic music that demands your attention on first listen. Pedal To The Medal is one half of their new double-sided single that also includes Ded Soun Konduktah and it’s a primal, tribal-inspired track with heavy-hitting bass and a grinding, repetitive vocal sample. It may sound like audible murder but it’s one hell of a thrilling listen – one that feels like your simultaneously listening to dancehall and heavy metal.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/friendships/sets/p2m-dsk[/soundcloud]

World Champion
Avocado

Future Classic have become known for signing some of the finest electronic acts in the country but there’s something slightly different about Julian Sudek and Will Campion’s World Champion. Their debut track Avocado definitely has electronic stylings but it also has a dreamstate, indie-rock vibe – one that we haven’t heard any Future Classic artists dabble in until now. It feels sleek and sexy bound for intergalactic travel. If we had to make a comparison we’d say there a definite nods to Jagwar Ma (probably because it was co-produced by Jono Ma) but even then this feels more bare-boned.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/world-champion-avocado-galaxy[/soundcloud]

Florence + The Machine
Queen Of Peace (Hot Chip Remix)

Florence + The Machine‘s Queen Of Peace centres around it’s massive chorus which on the original is elevated by huge stabs of brass. But in many ways it was crying out for a dance remix where the brass was replaced by climatic synths and that immense amount of energy was translated into euphoria. That’s exactly what Hot Chip have done, rebuilding the song on a minimal beat that just continues to build and build until we get that chorus blanketed by dense synths. It sounds just as triumphant as the original but in a completely different way.

Janet Jackson
Unbreakable

Janet Jackson is well and truly back, gearing up for the release of her first album since 2008, Unbreakable. We’ve already heard the excellent first single No Sleeep and now we have the title track. It’s definitely not as modern and forward-thinking as its predecessor but there’s a certain charm to Janet singing about undying love over a vintage-sounding beat. The album is out 2nd October via her own label Rhythm Nation.

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Hear Empress Of Cover Katy Perry’s ‘Hot N Cold’

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Katy Perry may have broken onto the scene with I Kissed A Girl but that was really a novelty hit. It was Hot N Cold that established her as a proper popstar and we reckon it could do the same kind of thing for Empress Of. Empress Of won’t be as big as Katy Perry, nor does she want to be, but she’s making some damn rad tunes at the moment and establishing her self as an alt-pop darling. Her latest output is a cover of the aforementioned Hot N Cold. She’s taken Perry’s harsh, abrasive tone and replaced it with lush synths and hushed vocals making us fall in love with the track all over again. Empress Of releases her debut album Me on 11th September.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Foals, Disclosure, Major Lazer And More

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There are two reasons you could be reading this. One because you’re not at Splendour In The Grass and the internet is the only interesting thing you’ve got going for you this weekend (sorry, love you all, but how ’bout dat FOMO?). The second reason is you’ve somehow found internet at Splendour In The Grass and you’re so addicted to tunes that the live music is just not enough, you need more new music. We get it. Don’t fret, here’s more music for you to devour.

Foals
Mountain At My Gate

UK outfit Foals premiered their new single, Mountain At My Gates on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 this week. This is the second single Foals have released from their forthcoming album, What Went Down, after releasing the highly-anticipated title track and clip last month. Mountain At My Gates is a more uplifting pop affair than its aggressive predecessor, What Went Down, turning into an all-out rock affair once the outro makes it appearance. The 10-track album is said, according to a press release, to be a “primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes” verging “upon the depths of madness whilst also exhibiting some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written.”

Liz
When I Rule The World

Mad Decent’s pop princess Liz has always been a lover of all things kitsch and nostalgic so it’s no wonder that her and SOPHIE ended up with each other eventually, musically that is. When I Rule The World is their sugar-crazed collaboration which combines bubblegum beats with rushing soda-stream synths. Liz sounds completely in her element here, poised to give PC Music’s pop princess Hannah Diamond a run for her money.

Disclosure
Moving Mountains (Feat. Brendan Reilly)

Disclosure have been teasing a collaboration with Sam Smith called Omen for weeks now and what do they do? When anticipation is at its peak, they go and drop and completely different song Moving Mountains. Once the feeling of being let down subsides this track will win you over. It features the soulful vocals of US singer Brendan Reilly. It’s a classic Disclosure track with deep house vibes complimented by honey-soaked vocals in the same vein as much of their debut Settle. Caracal is the record it’s taken from and that is out at the end of September.

Now, that Sam Smith track next?

Listen to Moving Mountains here at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark.

Vic Mensa & Skrillex
No Chill

A few weeks ago a clip surfaced of Vic Mensa performing this track No Chill, produced by Skrillex. It sounded huge just from the low-quality recording but now the studio version is here and we can confirm it’s MASSIVE. Driven by violent horns, it sees Skrillex enter Mensa’s world rather than the other way round. It sounds as if Mensa’s U Mad was a 10 and on this one he’s turned it up a notch to 11. Granted, Skrillex is very hit and miss but this is a bullseye if ever we’ve heard one (and we’ve heard a few in our time).

Major Lazer & MØ
Lean On (Frank Ocean Cover)

Just when everybody is on edge about a new Frank Ocean album, which we still don’t have, Major Lazer go and put Franky into the headlines for different reasons by covering Lost. It’s a great cover, very much in the lane of Lean On, but for goodness sakes Diplo and co do not stop our hearts with any new music from Frank Ocean unless it’s actually by Frank Ocean. Ps. MØ is in the country right now! That’s fun, isn’t it?

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/majorlazer/major-lazer-lost-feat-mo-frank-ocean-cover[/soundcloud]

Kwabs
Look Over Your Shoulder

If you haven’t heard of London electro-soul singer Kwabs yet, nows the time to get your head around him. He has this deep, wise voice that simultaneously melts your heart and makes you groove. Look Over Your Shoulder was produced by SOHN and is a dense, affecting track with a melody that really sticks the boot in. This is one of SOHN’s greatest works let alone Kwabs who’s absolutely nailed the vocal on this.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sohn/kwabs-look-over-your-shoulder-produced-by-sohn-1[/soundcloud]

Vic Mensa
Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)

Vic Mensa is a fire rapper but he’s also got a pretty great crooning voice. We heard it on Kanye West’s Wolves and it returns here for a cover of Future’s Codeine Crazy. This is Mensa in full on Miguel-mode. He howls over a hip-hop-meets-rock beat and just continues to get more and more intense. If he find a way to effortlessly meld this with his rapping on an original he’s going to be one of the greatest rapper of our time. Yep, we said it.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/vicsavemoney/codeine-crazy[/soundcloud]

Alxndr London
DATE X

East Londonder Alxndr London is your newest electro-pop addiction. His latest track DATE X is a soulful, tribal-fused track that showcases his voice in all its seducing-glory. With The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face finding favour with everybody that has at least one ear, it’s obvious the world is craving more of this stuff and London could be just the man to deliver it.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mxiiixm/datex[/soundcloud]

Queen Magic
Said That You Wanted

Melbourne’s Queen Magic will hit the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Splendour In The Grass this weekend and he’s coming armed with a new track Said That You Wanted. Australia isn’t exactly the most obvious breeding ground for late night R&B jams but Said That You Wanted is exactly that. It’s a soulful and smooth track reminiscent of How To Dress Well. His falsetto is on-point and that snare is doing things to us.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/queenmagic/said-that-you-wanted[/soundcloud]

Empress Of
Kitty Kat

It’s been a little while since Empress Of returned to the alt-pop scene with Realize You but she’s finally given us a new single in the form of Kitty Kat. Kitty Kat goes bigger than Realize You, powering through with sprawling synth-work and a confident vocal. She shifts between being delicately purring and powerfully roaring as she builds each verse to a stunning climax of a chorus.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/empressof/kittykat[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Sia, Vic Mensa, Kanye West + More

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Stepping out of the haze of the Coachella weekend and back into the new music world, here are 10 songs that you need to wrap your ears around this week.

Samantha Urbani
1234

Samantha Urbani was the lead-vocalist of uber cool Brooklyn band Friends who broke out with I’m His Girl back in 2011. It seems now though she’s stepping out on her own with the assistance of her boyfriend and our favourite producer Dev Hynes. 1 2 3 4 is her first audible endeavour as a solo artist and was apparently half-recorded on a train which is both impressive and confusing. Its sound is a little cleaner than the scuzzy vibes of Friends but it’s still melodically tight and buoyed by an impressively strong chorus. Dev’s influence is all over it which is a ok with us, as per usual.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/samantha-urbani/1-2-3-4a[/soundcloud]

Aeroplane
Let’s Get Slow (Feat. Benjamin Diamond)

When you go by the moniker of Aeroplane you better be serving up euphoric, head-in-the-clouds type music and that’s exactly what this Italian-Belgian producer does. Aeroplane has done remixes of everyone from Charli XCX to Justin Timberlake but he’s also fully-capable of crafting his own tracks of smooth, melodic electronic music. Let’s Get Slow features the vocals of Stardust’s Benjamin Diamond (remember this?) who helps bring equal parts of funk and sensuality. “Let’s get together baby, let’s get high,” is exactly the kind of lyric the dancefloor needs.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/aeroplane/lets-get-slow-feat-benjamin-diamond[/soundcloud]

Made In Heights
Forgiveness

Made In Heights have trickled out brilliant tracks for the better part of two years now with never any word of an album. Now though it seems we are finally going to get that LP with their new track Forgiveness coming with word that an album is set to drop on 26th May. The US duos latest track has us swooning once more with a percussion-driven hook bookended by swelling synths and fragile vocals. They nail the rarely-trodden genre of subtle pop music and we can’t wait to see what else they have on their album.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/madeinheights/forgiveness[/soundcloud]

Empress Of
Water Water

Empress Of made a name for herself in 2013 with a brilliant run of tracks starting with Don’t Tell Me but since then she’s been pretty quiet. That’s because she’s been working on a debut album set to be released via Terrible Records and XL Records. XL usually don’t waste their time with artists unless their pretty damn sure about them (Adele, Shamir, FKA Twigs) so you can feel pretty confident about what Empress Of has been crafting. Our first taste is Water Water, a rushing synth-driven track which is darkened by the brooding vocals that teeter between Robyn and Zola Jesus. This has the potential to be one of the most captivating records of the year.

BenZel
Stuck On You (Feat. Tory Lanez)

Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco are in their own right brilliant producers so it’s not surprise that together they’ve been churning out some pretty impressive stuff. Stuck On You is the latest track to come from the duo and it’s the first BenZel track to feature a solo male vocal. Canadian rapper and singer Tory Lanez perfectly weaves through BenZel’s smooth, spacey instrumental switching between his two crafts effortlessly. This tracks up for free download so grab it while you can.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/officialbenzel/stuck-on-you-ft-tory-lanez[/soundcloud]

Hudson Mohawke
Ryderz

Incase you haven’t heard HudMo is prepping the release of his debut album lantern which will be with us in June. First we heard Very First Breath and now we’ve been gifted Ryderz – a soulful, triumphant number centring around a sample of D.J. Rogers’ Watch Out For The Riders. These type of songs are the ones that convert a set from being great to being mind-blowing. It’s so grand that it manages to both tug at the heart and raise your hands to the air.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hudsonmohawke/ryderz-rinse[/soundcloud]

Giorgio Moroder
Déjà Vu (Feat. Sia)

The reaction to Giorgio Moroder‘s collaboration with Kylie, Right Here, Right Now, was lukewarm but it’s likely that this one with Sia will excite much more. Sia dons her disco diva alter-ego for Déjà Vu, the title track from Moroder’s forthcoming LP. There’s lush strings, funky guitar-riffs and a blue-light-disco-ready beat sitting below Sia’s euphoric vocal. This is the funnest thing Sia has ever attached her name to and it might just have the same effect on people that Daft Punk’s Get Lucky did two years ago.

Vic Mensa
U Mad (Feat. Kanye West)

If you’re gonna drop a collaboration with Kanye West it’s probably best you make a moment of it. That’s exactly what Vic Mensa did with U Mad last weekend. He performed the song at Coachella to an elated crowd and then shot it out all over the internet. The track has Mr. West all over it both vocally and instrumentally. There’s big horns, abrasive raps and a thudding beat. While Kanye is an undeniable presence, Mensa holds his own proving that he can kick it with the big kids. In fact his rap is probably more abrasive and attention-grabbing than Kanye’s.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fuck-vic-mensa/u-mad-feat-kanye-west[/soundcloud]

Erik Hassle
No Words

We go crazy for a big pop tune over here at the interns and No Words by Swedish singer Erik Hassle ticks all the boxes. Despite making brilliant pop songs since 2008 Hassle is yet to have his huge commercial breakthrough as a solo artist. He wrote Shakira and Rihanna’s Can’t Remember To Forget You but it’s about time he had some chart success with his own face lit up in lights. Surely this will do it. It sinks right into the ears effortlessly without being too in-your-face and compliments a happy-go-lucky instrumental with mournful vocals.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/erikhassle/no-words[/soundcloud]

Sinead Harnett
She Ain’t No

You would have heard British songstress Sinead Harnett‘s name pop up a number of times over the last few years. She featured on Discolsure’s Boiling and also was the vocalist on Ryan Hemsworth’s Small + Lost. It seems, however, Harnett is done with paddling other people’s boats as she’s gearing up to really push her own solo career with the release of She Ain’t No. Harnett’s smokey voice is the perfect antidote for the industrial RnB beats. It’s a slight step away from the dance world she’s operated in as a featured vocalist which seems like the logical step to differentiate herself.

For your convenience, here are all/most of the songs together:

https://soundcloud.com/the-in-terns/sets/10-songs-you-need-to-hear-9

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