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10songsOct

10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: MØ, Chairlift, SOPHIE And More

10songsOct

This week Chet Faker shaved his beard off and that made national news. That’s a good sign that it was a really exciting week in music. Here are 10 other things that happened this week that we, unbelievably, thought were equally or even more interesting than the beard shave.

Chairlift
Ch-Ching

Ch-Ching feels like the biggest pop record the duo has made yet. It’s still got that distinctive Chairlift aesthetic but it’s a much bigger sounding affair for them. There are horns, trap-inspired drops and a flirty chorus. It sounds as if it’s been plucked from a new LP which will hopefully be upon us soon.

Mura Masa
Love For That (Feat. Shura)

This is almost too much to handle. British producer Mura Masa and British vocalist Shura are two of our absolute favourite newcomers this year so the fact that they have come together for a tune is very exciting indeed. Love For That is heartbreakingly beautiful. Shura lays down her gentle, textured tones over Mura Masa’s crystalline beat that flourishes at various points throughout the track. It’s the first single of a forthcoming album and what an introduction it is.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/muramasamusic/love-for-that[/soundcloud]


Kamikaze

is firing off a her huge hit with Major Lazer Lean On and she’s keeping the momentum going with another Diplo-produced banger Kamikaze. She debuted the songs on BBC Radio 1 this week and it’s an instant smash. It’s bound by a greek-flavoured instrumental riff which is weird but wonderful and peppered by a sweet pop melody. It’s by far the most radio-ready thing she’s done to date without compromising her usual style.

SOPHIE
Just Like We Never Said Goodbye

Enigmatic producer SOPHIE is gearing up to release a singles collection of sorts called PRODUCT and Just Like We Never Said Goodbye is the stirring closer on that. Driven by a sweet otherworldly vocal, it’s more reminiscent of QT than his own solo work but it’s so goddamn addictive. The melody is an absolute knockout and it feels like the corny but somehow emotional end to a ’90s prom movie. By the time you get to the end of this you won’t know why you’re shedding a tear but you are and that’s beautiful.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-just-like-we-never-said-goodbye[/soundcloud]

Roland Tings
Hedonist

Melbourne producer Roland Tings is on a hot streak right now. He’s just come off the Listen Out festival tour, has been on a national headline tour and has also lined up appearances at Paradise Music Festival and Sugar Mountain. Hedonist comes as his popularity is at a career peak but that hasn’t made him change a thing. The track is an eight minute plus, club-burner that sizzles away with crisp production and industrial beat work.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/rolandtings/hedonist-1[/soundcloud]

Feki
Quiet Minds (Feat. Emily)

Brisbane producer Feki has finally dropped the follow up to his breakthrough single Remember from earlier this year. This latest effort is called Quiet Minds and shows a much smoother side to his production, as well as some gorgeous vocals by Emily from Yuuca. You really get the feeling from this one that we’ve only just scratched the surface of the immense talent that is Feki.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fekibeats/feki-quiet-minds-feat-emily[/soundcloud]

Jack Garratt
Breathe Life

Jack Garratt‘s last track Weathered really put the British singer on the map. It was played everywhere from triple j to Beats 1 and eventually even nabbed a cover by Ellie Goulding. His next offering Breathe Of Life is just as stirring. It’s a big, hearty pop song driven by funky keys and flooding electronic work. His voice is always the main draw point though. He effortlessly flicks between his lower register and falsetto making everything he touches instantly dynamic.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jack-garratt/breathelife[/soundcloud]

MKO SUN
Michiko

MKO SUN is a Brisbane artist who’s coupling left-centre pop songs with beautiful visuals from the single artwork to the videos. Her latest is Michiko – a track that fluctuates between gentle piano and aggressive electronics. It chops and changes a number of times in terms of the sonic soundscape but it’s all tied together by an immediately resonating melody. It’s great to see an Aussie artist really pushing some boundaries and not alienating audiences at the same time.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mkosunmusic/michiko[/soundcloud]

BOSCO
PLYGRD

BOSCO is a US artist signed to Fools Gold – the label which she released her brilliant EP BOY on earlier this year. She’s followed up that release with the equally excellent PLYGRD which places her somewhere between the ethereal nature of FKA twigs and the electronica-meets-R&B vibe of Dawn Richard. Her voice has such a smooth but smokey texture to it and coupled with the interesting soundscape, PLYGRD is a knock out.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hellobosco/plygrd-prod-reo-2[/soundcloud]

World Champion
Avocado Galaxy (Lissvik Remix)

Aussie Future Classic duo World Champion got more than a few people excited when they dropped their groovey debut single Avocado Galaxy a few month back and now they’re following that up with a remix EP. One of those remixes is by Swedish producer Lissvik who’s transformed the song into a warped, atmospheric cut retaining the original vocal melody. The remix EP is out 23rd October and also features remixes by Tornado Wallace and Ras G.

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

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Missy Elliott, Twin Shadow, Passion Pit + More

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After the shit storm that was last week there were no surprise releases this week which gave us more time to delve deep into the internet and pick out some stuff that didn’t have the same weight attached to it as a Kanye debut or Drake drop. We’re pretty pleased with what we’ve found too – plenty of delectable electro-pop and a few late-night RnB tunes. There’s all some new stuff from Passion Pit, A.G. Cook and Twin Shadow.

PURPLE – Extinction

There are so many elements that are encapsulated in this track. The bassline throbs throughout, creating a brooding undercurrent while percussive and vocal elements jitter above. The track is given slight relief just over halfway as gentle piano keys make us pause for reflection, before dropping into a full-blown amalgamation of loss and despair. It makes total sense that PURPLE comes from the same label that houses Shlohmo and RL Grime, both masters of dark and affecting tracks.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/purplepurplepurple/01-extinction[/soundcloud]

Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)

The SleepyHeads have finally awoken from their slumber, returning after their two year hiatus. Kings of nostalgia, their new track focuses on the very theme as they reminisce on the year 1985. After a quick Wikipedia search, we have uncovered that none of the band members were born before 1987 so we can only assume that Passion Pit are time-travellers, reincarnated or just huge fans of the ‘80s. Either way, it’s good to have Massachusetts band back on the scene with their glittery electro-pop.

A.G. Cook + Hannah Diamond – Drop FM

It’s always a sugary sweet day when new PC Music arrives but we’ve never before heard a collaboration between the label’s head A.G. Cook and it’s resident pop princess Hannah Diamond. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the pair – a melodically sweet tune that rushes like blood to the head while Diamond makes it sparkle with her computerised vocals. With every listen it gets harder to imagine ever having thought that Diamond’s voice was too monotonous to be enjoyable. This is ace.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/drop-fm[/soundcloud]

Jack U – Take U There (Feat. Kiesza and Missy Elliott)

2015 is poised to be the year of the Missy Elliot comeback. After her performance at the superbowl her albums and hits re-entered the charts and bootlegs have started to arise from every direction. Diplo and Skrillex are smart men and they have got Missy to jump on their track to capitalise on the momentum she’s gaining. She adds a few verses and proves that she’d be comfortable heading in the direction of electronica which is probably the best move for her if she wants to stay relevant which obviously she is capable of. Everybody has fallen back in love with her.

Twin Shadow – I’m Ready

We’re gearing up to hear Twin Shadow’s third album Eclipse next month and here’s another taster from the record. He’s obviously going for epic, euphoric music this time around with all tracks so far sounding like they’re ready for cellphone-lit arenas. I’m Ready has a thumping beat behind it and a chorus that heads straight for the stratosphere. We haven’t heard power ballads this powerful since the ‘80s. You can catch Twin Shadow at Berlin Festival this May.

Saint Felix – Speak/Lie

This is the debut single from Melbourne artist Saint Felix which actually sounds a bit like the music coming out of Twin Shadow (above). He’s got his foot firmly in the ‘90s and giving off a strong whiff of nostalgia which makes sense given that his biggest inspiration is Michael Jackson. There’s also a hint of Savage Garden in there which in case you thought was a bad thing it most definitely isn’t (I Want You still goes off, trust us). Speak/Lie is an expertly crafted song with a melodically delicious chorus and layered, textured vocals.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/saintfelix/speaklie/[/soundcloud]

Sufjan Stevens – No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

Last time around Sufjan Stevens was experimenting with elements of electronica on his previous record Age Of Adz but going by this track his next LP, Carrie & Lowell, will see him going back to basics. No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross is a sentimental, beautiful tracks that harks back to tracks like For The Windows In Paradise. If anything it certifies once again just how good a songwriter he is. With a bare bones instrumental he’s able to craft a song that genuinely throws your heart into your throat. It’s a gift that many songwriters lack in these days of complication.

Heems – Home (Feat. Dev Hynes)

There is literally nobody on this earth that Dev Hynes couldn’t produce and do a formidable job. Here he’s working with Heems, previously of Das Racist, on his solo track Home. The song reeks of Hynes’ production with industrial percussion underneath rhythmic guitars and airy vocals. It’s from Heems’ debut solo album Eat, Pray, Thug and shows a clear shift in direction from the hip-hop inspired sounds of Das Racist. It has us very intrigued.

George Maple – Talk Talk (Ta-Ku Remix)

George Maple is currently in the process of releasing official remixes for her brilliant single Talk Talk. She’s said that there are three remixes – a thumper, a lover and a mover. This Ta-Ku remix is the lover and you can see why. It’s a delicate, pitch-altered remix which is sensual, silky and smooth. Ta-Ku has a knack for crafting late-night, bedroom-bound tunes and he does exactly that with Talk Talk. We thought that this track couldn’t get anymore steamy but we were wrong. Maple says Talk Talk is a song “about lust, drama and late night antics,” and this remix retains that expertly.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/takugotbeats/george-maple-talk-talk-ta-ku-remix-1[/soundcloud]

Jack Garratt – Chemical

There’s something going on in London right now because there’s a heap of pop cross RnB cross electronica pumping out and it’s all good. We’ve already heard the likes of MNEK and Shura and now we can add to that Jack Garratt. Chemical is taken from his The Synesthesiac EP and it’s one of the more experimental pop tunes we’ve heard in a while. The synths are dense and the percussion at times shudders like gun shots transforming this from run-of-the-mill electro-pop into a genuinely captivating song. His vocals are on point but it likes he knew it needed more to make people sit up and listen, which is correct. This song almost grabs you by the neck and demands your attention.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hillydilly/jack-garratt-chemical[/soundcloud]

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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It’s the long weekend. You’re going to need tunes and you’re going to need plenty of them. Lucky we’ve got you covered. Here is a very beat-driven Top 10 Songs of the Week:

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1. Caribou- Can’t Do Without You

This one’s off Caribou sixth studio album, Our Love and it’s full of those warm undertones we’ve come to expect. The “Can’t Do Without” is a deep, all-encompassing treat on the ears and teases until the song’s climax. It doesn’t come until a minute towards the end, but when it does a rush of synths hit like a gustful wind, most likely bowling you over.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you[/soundcloud]

THOMSTON

2. Thomston- Anaesthetic 

This New-Zealand whizz-kid will surely makes waves with his immaculately produced brand of dark-pop. His voice is crystalline and runs alongside a slowly bubbling beat. There’s a certain fluidity to the song that’s hard to resist.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thomston/anaesthetic[/soundcloud]

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3. Montaigne- I Am Not An End

This song’s been added to high rotation on Triple J this week and there’s a good reason for it. I Am Not An End is a self-assured effort driven by a confident and pertinent voice. Its melodic strengths are too memorable for this song to just be a fleeting love.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/montaigne-music/i-am-not-an-end[/soundcloud]

howtodresswell

4. How To Dress Well- Face Again

Tom Krell is certainly not churning out sunshine at the moment, but he’s so good at melancholy it’s hard to care. Following the fluffy Repeat Pleasure, Face Again is a much darker expedition not too dissimilar to the Weeknd’s early mixtapes. It’s not traditional in any way. It twists and turns in odd directions but it’s confusing and thrilling at the same time.

DJDODGER

5. DJ Dodger Stadium- Never Win

DJ Dodger Stadium are selecting some choose stadiums. The “Never Win” vocal sample speeds proceedings along nicely before it escalates into high pitched squeal. Meanwhile, the drum pads are packed on and the deep bass gets more and more pertinent. Promising stuff from Jerome LOL and Sammo Soundboy.

AGCOOK

6. A G Cook- Beautiful

This is Nintendo music. That’s what it is. And it never sounded so good. It’s bubblegum pop, that seems to take cues from K-Pop. Amongst all the oddity, there’s a beautiful vocal melody running alongside.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/beautiful[/soundcloud]

FOSTERTHEPEOPLE

7. Foster The People- Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)

You can tell Wave Racer has had a hand over this from the get-go. There’s trap-inspired drops, Atari synths and high-pitched vocals. It’s either annoying or highly danceable. Take your pick.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wave-racer/foster-the-people-best-friend-wave-racer-remix[/soundcloud]

LILYALLEN

8. Lily Allen- Bass Like Home

This is apparently the ‘unofficial’ anthem of the World Cup. We’ll take this any day over Pitbull. It’s an extremely British, deep-house number that ratites some incredibly literal lyrics. It’s a little bit kitsch but that’s half the fun of it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fletchscult/lily-allen-bass-like-home[/soundcloud]

JACKGARRATT

9. Jack Garratt- Worry

The Chet Faker brand of electronic music has grown in popularity of late and this is another one that adds to it nicely. It’s full of sparse beats, delicate keys and falsetto, capping it off with an instantly recognisable chorus.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jackgarratt/worry-1[/soundcloud]

POLICA

 

10. Polica- You Don’t Own Me

Polica stick very close to the original but it doesn’t matter because Channy Leneagh’s voice is so perfect. It’s the first time we’ve really got to hear it away from a coating of auto-tune. It’s heighty and allows the chorus to soar.

Listen here.

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