We all saw Justin Bieber's penis this week and so anything that was released this week has basically already been overshadowed. We're still going to fight the good fight and give you a penis-free, 100 percent audible treats article that will hopefully help get your mind out of the gutter.
Washington DC rapper GoldLink is heading to the country next year for Laneway Festival and it looks like he'll be bringing a swag of new tracks with him. Spectrum is the first taste of his debut album And After That, We Didn't Talk which is due out 13th November (unlucky for some). It's an energetic, bouncing track laced with electronic production courtesy of Louie Lastic who's worked with GoldLink on numerous occasions. It feels super fresh and is a good sign of things to come.
Illinois artist Kiiara now has four songs to her name and they have all been ridiculously good. Intention is the latest cut of gold to be added and it's a woozy track that treads a line between pop and hip-hop similar to her previous three tunes. There's a quality to her voice that is captivating and has kept us coming back to Intention over and over again this week. Lets have an album now please Kiiara.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/kiiaraonline/intention[/soundcloud]
Harder Without You
Deutsche Duke is a legend of the industry having cracked the scene with his early 2000s project Disco Montego. He's now enjoying success once again as Deutsche Duke and this year has teamed up with Flight Facilities and Set Mo on huge tracks. Harder Without You is his latest cut and it's a supremely soulful cut complete with deep house stylings and crisp vocals. It's taken from a yet-to-be-titled EP and also precedes his shows with Peking Duk as part of Stereosonic.
[soundcloud width="750" height="415"]https://soundcloud.com/deutschduke/harder-without-you[/soundcloud]
Forbidden Knowledge (Feat. BIG K.R.I.T)
Raury is gearing up for the release of All We Need next Friday and Forbidden Knowledge is the third track to come from it. While previous cuts Friends and Devil's Whisper have featured Raury singing this one has him in full-rap mode and it's pure fire. He's got BIG K.R.I.T. on board for a verse too, rapping over the minimal tribal beat. It's the sort of thing we've been waiting for from the Atlanta rapper who's become one of the most unpredictable figures in hip-hop.
The 1975 are finally back and teasing their second album with the ridiculous title I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It due to drop in February 2016. Love Me is the first single and it sees the boys undergo a funky transformation. They're going full pop this time around and it's working for them. Love Me effortlessly loveable and sits somewhere between Duran Duran and David Bowie with a little INXS thrown in for good measure. Cue screaming girls everywhere.
The Love Within
Frontman Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack are the only two original members remaining in Bloc Party who have worked on the band's fifth album and it seems they've taken the opportunity to switch things up a bit. The Love Within is the first track to be dropped from the new record and it sees them take on a dance-based aesthetic more inline with Kele's solo work. Woozy synths and a thudding beat drive the track which is a million miles away from anything that was found on their last record Four.
Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ and Glass Animals were both in the country at the beginning of the year for Falls Festival so I think it's fair to say that Australia is 100 percent responsible for this collaboration. The track is called Lose Control and it sees Bada$$ tackle the verses while Glass Animals look after the instrumental. It's basically exactly what you'd expect to get from these two - Glass Animals bring the tropical vibes while Bada$$ brings an aggressive edge.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/glassanimals/losecontrol[/soundcloud]
Christine & The Queens
Jonathan (Feat. Perfume Genius)
Christine & The Queens has gained a huge fanbase in her home country of France but lately it seems like she's heading international. Jonathan sees her team up with Perfume Genius for a powerful electro-tinged ballad. "It's all about being loud and fierce - shame is nothing but an insidious negation: you shrink, you whisper, you hide," Christine said of the song. Herself and Perfume Genius seems to share a similar sonic vision so this collaboration makes complete sense. Her self-titled record is out next Friday.
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The Glitzy Hive
We're edging ever closer to the release of Neon Indian's third record VEGA INTL. Night School and he just keeps teasing away with stellar tracks. The third song to be plucked from the record is The Glitzy Hive - another groovy, electronic number. Complete with funky guitar licks and Prince-esque vocals, The Glitzy Hive is one of his funnest songs to date. Everything we've heard so far has been brilliant and we have a sneaking suspicion the album may be one of the best of the year.
As we pointed out in our BIGSOUND recap, Slum Sociable are on the best new artists in Australia and the rest of the world is taking notice. Beats 1 has been spinning their latest track Paradigm on the regular and for good reason - it's a soulful, vintage-tinged number with a production quality that has us thinking The Avalanches. Paradign is taken from their debut EP TQ which was released today and should be listened to at your earliest convenience.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/slumsociable/slum-sociable-paradigm[/soundcloud]