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Why your ears will enjoy June

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If we're being truthful, June should be awful. It's the month when Winter finally hits you as a reality and you take to hot chocolates, Cheds and love handles. But, with the Northern Hemisphere joyfully ushering in Summer, we find ourselves receiving their music. Their content, Summer-ready, Festival-eyeing music. To think of the Brits whipping their shirts off when the thermometer hits 18 degrees is a sickening thought but the plethora of great records coming our way should soothe the pain. Over the next month we'll be treated to comebacks, debuts and a track called Fucked My Way To The Top (thanks Lana). It's going to busy, the headphones will hurt our ears but we'll forget Winter ever laid its frosty hands upon us. Here are ten of the most mouth-watering (ear-watering?) releases scheduled for June.


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13 June is the day when you will be able to set your ears upon the Klaxons' third record. The Bassist of the band, Jamie Reynolds told NME, “We have arrived. On the first two albums, we were taking off and this one is us flying. We are there.” And it certainly seems so. The band lined-up an impressive array of people to work on this album including James Murphy, Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers, DJ/producer Erol Alkan and electro duo Gorgon City. The first tracks to surface off it, There Is No Other Time and Show Me A Miracle see the band embrace a more dance-orientated sound so you best get your best boogying shoes out.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klaxons/show-me-a-miracle[/soundcloud]

Lana-Del-Rey-Ultraviolence-2014-1500x1500Lana Del Rey- Ultraviolence

Fresh from being the headlining act at the Kimye wedding, Del Rey will release her second album on June 13. The ‘dark’ Ultraviolence features production from The Black Keys' Dan Auberach and has been preceded by the singles, West Coast and Shades of Cool. We can confirm that the album cover is the actual cover and not a casual holiday snap. We can also confirm that the tracklist is far more exciting than the cover. Fucked My Way Up to the Top and Money Power Glory have us putting faith in this record.

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With their last album, Velociraptor, Kasabian went from quirky, alt-rock band to arena-fillers. They're set to capitalise on that status with a headline set at Glastonbury and a new album. Oddly, it looks like 48:13 will step back from the arena-sound. It’s been described by the band as ‘stripped-back’, ‘bare’ and ‘direct’. The first single, Eez-eh is groovy and chaotic bound by a dictator-like vocal and travelling beat. It’ll be an interesting one, you can count on that. 13 June is when you can hear it, just in time for a mighty Glasto show.

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You may know Alexis Taylor from a little dance collective called Hot Chip. If so, then you’ll know his partner in crime, Joe Goddard, is constantly off producing and remixing everything under the sun, so Taylor has decided to pop out his second solo-album in the meantime. It’s set to be released on 13 June in Australia and features the two previously released tracks, Elvis Has Left The Building and Without A Crutch (2). If you pulled your boogy shoes out for Klaxons, put them back away for this one. It’ll be a demure but rewarding set.

Glass-Animals-ZABAGlass Animals- ZABA

British band Glass Animals set hearts-a-flutter when they visited Australia in April. Many of the shows sold out off the back of the wildly successful, Gooey. They also cranked out a pretty special cover of Kanye West’s Love Lockdown for Triple J’s Like A Version with frontman Dave Bayley sending girls gaga with his oddball voice. Since then, they’ve released the tropical flavoured, Pools and are now readying the release of ZABA. It’s geared for release on 3 June.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/glassanimals/pools[/soundcloud]

Lazaretto3Jack White- Lazaretto

Mr. White has pulled out all the stops in the lead-up to the release of his second solo album. On Record Store Day he set the record for the world’s fastest recording when he delivered the title track in less than four hours. Then, last week, he called his former half of the White Stripes and ex-wife, Meg White, the “antithesis of a modern drummer” while he himself was called an “asshole” by The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney. Such is the life of a rockstar, I guess, and any bad press is good press in the lead-up to an album. If you know Jack White, you’ll no doubt already have guessed the sound of Lazaretto- howling vocals, raucous guitars and other bluesy instrumentation. We’ll be able to confirm that when it’s released on 6 June.


Small_Gold_Album_-_First_Aid_KitFirst Aid Kit- Stay Gold

Sweden’s not often the first place you look for Folk music with an Americana twang, but this duo is doing a damn fine job at it. Stay Gold is the third album from the pair, following on from their 2012 breakout The Lion's Roar. The first two singles, My Silver Lining and Cedar Lane suggest that they won't be changing up the sound too much, but it’s sure to be another beautifully harmonic and melodic record. The record is out on 6 June while they’ll be down under in July for Splendour in the Grass.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/firstaidkit/my-silver-lining[/soundcloud]

The-Antlers-Familiars-608x608The Antlers- Familiars

After a balmy Summer, June is going to get cold. During those nights, you’ll need an album to accompany you. Look no further than Familiars. This is the Brooklyn band’s first release since 2011’s sprawling Burst Apart and it’s shaping up to be just as profound. If the first two singles, Palace and Hotel are anything to go by, it’s going to be an emotional one with tip-toeing keys, short jabs of brass and haunting melodies. Prepare to weep on 20 June.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/the-antlers-hotel[/soundcloud]


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Poor ol’ Tom Krell looks sad on the album cover for What Is The Heart? And judging by the album title and first two singles, he probably is. Somewhat sadistically, it’s good news for us because the music he’s churning out is A+. Taking cues from late '90s/early millenium RnB, Repeat Pleasure and Words I Don’t Remember are melancholic strokes of genius. It won’t be a barrel of laughs, but you're not meant to be happy in Winter anyway, right? Get personal with Krell, 20 June.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/howtodresswell/repeat-pleasure[/soundcloud]

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Remi is the next big name of Australian hip-hop. His debut cut, Sangria, had Triple J audiences giddy, taking out Triple J Unearthed’s 2013 Award. It’s the feature album all this week on Triple J and from what we’ve heard so far it’s a raw yet politically and socially-charged listen, touching on everything from racism to drug-culture. Hear whether the Melbourne MC has delivered on the hype on 3 June.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/remzilla/tyson-1[/soundcloud]

 

Also I'll just gloss over the fact that Ed Sheeran, 50 Cent and 360 also have records coming out. These are very much avoidable. Please read, listen and buy the above. Your P.I.M.P days are far behind you.

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Kimbra was inspired by Sesame St, and other things we learnt from her Twitter Q&A

KIMBRA2Details about Kimbra’s sophomore album, The Golden Echo have so far been scarce. We’ve heard the first single, 90s Music, and been treated to the album cover but any hopes we had of hearing more were dashed when her tour with Janelle Monae was cancelled last week due to illness.

Today, Kimbra took to Twitter to answer questions about the new album. Here’s a few things we learnt from #AskKimbra:

The album is out in August

Mark your calendars, you’ve got about three months to wait.

The album was produced by herself, Rich Costey and friends

Kimbra has hinted at some pretty impressive guests on the album including Muse-frontman, Matt Bellamy on the latest single 90s Music. But the man behind most of the album is LA-producer Rich Costey. Costey’s production credits stem from Foster The People to Muse and The Vaccines, so he’s a pretty big deal.

Foster The People’s Mark Foster is also set to feature on the album as is Silverchair’s Daniel Johns and the Dirty Projecter’s Dave Longstreth. She worked with Thundercat on six of the songs while she was most excited to work with Bilal and the legendary Van Dyke Parks.

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She also produced a song with Flying Lotus, however, it will not be on the album.

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It’s gonna be a deep, thought-provoking, emotional ride

I hope you’re prepared.

According to #AskKimbra, she is most excited about showing us ‘The evolution of sounds & the deeper messages of the songs’. She added to that saying it was “more fearless, rhythmically driven, sonically adventurous!” Lyrically, “There's a strong, inspired sentiment. Starts in a place of youth & ventures many places.”

The Golden Echo’s inspirations stem far and wide

“Adventure, ideas of what is 'sacred', reflections (inward&outward)” are Kimbra's main inspirations for the album. It looks like we’ll be doing a lot of soul-searching with the Kiwi which will be nice and interpersonal.

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She also revealed that she wanted 90s Music to sound like Deerhoof hanging out on Sesame St. and that the album was inspired by a dream she had and “A flower called Narcissus Golden Echo. Greek Mythology & Thomas Merton.” That is one chaotic mind.

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There is a song that features a ‘boss’

She doesn’t say who it is but she can’t wait for us to hear it. Most would assume it’s Bruce Springsteen, however, somehow that seems pretty unattainable.

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We will settle for Michael Scott.

It’s similar to Vows in ‘intention’ and ‘spirit’

So basically not at all.

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She still has more names in mind to collaborate with

Phillip Glass or Wes Anderson are the men on her hit list.

There are 12 songs on the album

Plus a few cheeky bonus tracks. The last track on the album is her favourite.

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And the one you’ve all been waiting for: there will be crazy polyrhythmic prog breakdowns in a time signature other than 6/8

Phew.

 

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New Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram

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Because dogs...

Well, mostly. Following an up and coming artist on instagram could be the most rewarding thing you'll do all week. Not only are they not heavily monitored by a Beyonce-sized 'team', they're still excited about free stuff, big crowds and willing to use many emojis. Step into the visual world of new music.

BANKS

@hernameisbanks

Being an up and coming artist just ain't what it used to be. Snaps of Chanel bags, Paris and magazine covers make up BANKS’ jealousy-inducing collection. It’s unlikely to provide many LOLs but the girl knows how to dress and thus gathers a beautiful bunch of pics. Kids; sex, drugs and rock & roll is a thing of the past.

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@mykkiblanco

At the time of writing, rapper Mykki Blanco has just been arrested in Portugal for allegedly “being gay”. Most likely driven by that, there’s a pic reading “How to heal yourself from everyday psychic poisons or repentance for dummies”. Yep, following this account is an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you’re reading that and the next you’re looking at lavish gardens or scallops. Hard to pin down, yes, but there’s no denying Blanco is a fascinating human-being.

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@oscarkeysung

Oscar Key Sung may be Australia’s first man of RnB. And to match he’s got a suitably 90s inspired Instagram back-catalogue. You’ll find everything here to satisfy your nostalgia including plenty of colour, Tonka trucks and a particularly badass picture of a cat. And then some more pictures of black cats.

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@cashmerecat

Don’t let this Norwegian DJs name fool you. This instagram is all about dogs. A ridiculously good-looking pug is the star of this account as he gives sad, happy and sleepy expressions that would make any man melt. And there’s cool pictures of the studio and the world and shit but the main point you should take away from this is dogs.

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@liz_y2k

If Cashmere Cat doesn’t satisfy your penchant for dogs then this is the next place to look. Mad Decent artist, Liz loves the puppies and when she’s not looking like she’s just survived the Millenium Bug with Charli XCX she’s posing with her dog. Her dogs Chloe and Jack willfully agree to ridiculous costumes, christmas frames and filters all-the-while raking in the likes. If that doesn’t do it for you, Liz also rocks a pair of sunnies and a hat like no other.

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@heemsworth

Completing our trio of dog appreciation instagrams is Canadian producer, Ryan Hemsworth. For those confused, Hemsworth even tags it ‘dog’ to avoid any misconceptions. Aside from dogs, there is also a plethora of Pokemon-related shots as well as one cheeky questionable bum shot. If none of that takes your fancy, he makes some swell remixes which are easily accessed from the insty.

SZA

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This is one of those “I’ll follow her because she’s cool and I want to be her” things. The RnB singer who’s just released her debut album, Z, is a cool cat who rocks double buns, sandals with socks and fluoro sneakers. You’ll want to try it yourself, but don’t. Just look.

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@dillonfrancis

This Diplo prodigy is the master of LOLs. Whether he’s Trever on pingaz or the super smooth Greg, the man’s a barrel of fun. It’s probably the most ironic/sarcastic collection of videos and snaps that you’ll come across but that’s the alluring factor. For a man in a genre that has become increasingly serious, he’s proof that there’s still DJs on this earth up for a giggle or two.

 

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Throwaway Thursday

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You've probably just returned from the supermarket, stolen sampled grapes and dried apricots and are now even more in the mood for freebies. Well, you're in luck. We have a bunch of audio and visual delights hand-picked by theinterns to satisfy your cravings for anything that falls into your lap without indenting your bank account.

Watch: Megan Washington- TedxSydney talk: To Or Not Let Go

I’ve been tracking the career of Megan Washington for years and I’ve never realised that she had a stutter. Until now. In her TEDxSydney talk, To Or Not Let Go, Washington reveals “I’m an adult woman who spends her life as a performer with a speech impediment” . It’s a moving talk with a number of quotable moments including “People think I’m drunk all the time”- at least she has an excuse.

She also throws in a song at the end.

Read: Evan Minsker- How To DJ Your Own Wedding

Most weddings are unwillingly destined for a soundtrack of Ronan Keating and Andre Rieu but Pitchfork writer, Evan Minsker, has selflessly let us into the musings behind his wedding playlist. It covers everything from Processional/Recessional to dancing with Mum and Dad. Surprisingly there is nothing cringe-worthy in sight. Not even a Boyz II Men mention. While he’s resisted adding any Rick Ross or 2 Chainz, he gives a nod to contemporaries like Robyn and Sky Ferreira. The music is undoubtedly the hardest part of a wedding, so with this handy guide we're already half-way down the aisle.

Have a read over at Pitchfork. 

Listen: The-Drum- Lo-Motion Singles Vol.1

Chicago production duo The-Drum have just started a new label called Lo-Motion and this compilation is the first release off it. You’ll have to excuse us, it’s not exactly free, it’ll cost you $1 but treat it like a gold coin donation and you’ll feel like you’re doing something good for the world. That feeling is priceless. As well as featuring a whole lot of delicious new names, the compilation also has tracks from The GTA, Dre Green and The-Drum’s own RnB side-project JODY. If you’re looking to impress your friends with new music that not even you know quite yet, look no further.

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Listen: Rome Fortune & Four Tet- One Time For

We featured Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune in our Most Underrated Albums of 2014 feature a few weeks back but since then he’s kept dropping sporadic pieces of gold. The latest track to emerge is produced by Englishman Four Tet, who pretty much slayed all you bitches when he was out here for Laneway Festival earlier this year. You can download One Time For for free from his Soundcloud. While you’re at it you can also take note of the blurb which explains that this is one of two collaborative tracks between the two. Hooray for dance and rap music's glorious marriage. [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/romefortune/one-time-for-prod-four-tet[/soundcloud]

Until next week, extreme bargain hunters...

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5 artists you need to hear right now Vol. 2

AllieX

If you’re purely reading this because the song below is called Bitch, you will most definitely be rewarded for your blatant endorsement of profanity. Allie X is a Canadian artist who’s already gained the attention of Katy Perry. So, pretty much she’s already a superstar. X’s two previous releases, Catch and Prime, garnered hype with their brand of bubblegum pop but Bitch is the one most likely to prick the ears. On Bitch, she takes everything you know about pop and turns it on its head, crafting a riot girl chorus of distorted vocals and bratty charm. “I’m your Bitch, you’re my Bitch” is always a good lyric to introduce yourself I always think. It may count for something that she also has a wicked collection of sunglasses.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/alliexandra/bitch-mastered[/soundcloud]

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ELEL

MGMT, Tame Impala, steel drums and Alice in Wonderland. It may sound like a strange amalgamation of things but that’s exactly what it sounds like makes up the weird and wonderful stew that is ELEL. ELEL are an eight-piece band from Nashville who have just released their debut single, 40 Watt. It’s somewhat presumptuous to place the band here after just one release but such is the quality of this track. It’s bursting with colour and tropical vibes and best of all, it’s hard to put your finger on what exactly the track is. Depending on future releases from ELEL we may just be able to forgive Nashville for Kings of Leon.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/el-el-3/40-watt[/soundcloud]

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You may know Sasha Keable as the vocalist on Disclosure’s Voices. If not, go here and then come back.

Now you’re back, you’ve by now fallen in love with Keable and are ready to hear about her solo work. The 20 year-old singer has just released her second EP, Lemongrass and Limeleaves. Apart from being a potentially delicious tea (Take note T2), it is also a slow-burning collection of RnB tracks that engrain Keable’s voice in your mind. She sits somewhere between Jessie Ware and Katy B on the musical spectrum with looped beats and lush harmonies. You’ll find nothing as immediate as Voices in her solo collection but that’s half the joy- allowing the songs to sit and mature.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sasha-keable/sets/lemongrass-and-limeleaves[/soundcloud]

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cln or Callan Alexander, as his elders would call him, is the latest young producer to further prove the value of Australia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. At only 18 years old, the Brisbane producer is likely to make you feel completely inadequate about your life achievements thus far, but that’s ok, because the tunes are damn good. His skittering track, Better Than, was released last week and has already racked up 65,000 plays. While the expansive, beauty-of-a-track is his most noteworthy piece of work to date, minimal remixes on his Soundcloud of Drake and Disclosure are also sure to delight.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/callanalexander/cln-better-than[/soundcloud]

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JMR

With only two songs released from his forthcoming album, American Hell, it’s somewhat unbelievable how much attention Joshua Michael Robinson (or JMR, for convenience) has mustered. The Florida-native is producing shimmering, falsetto-driven tracks backed by bassy RnB thumps. On his second single, Closer, he sings “I just want you closer” right down the centre of the microphone, backed by no instrumental. It’s enough to make anyone a little bit clammy, as are the brooding synths and wobbling bass that follow. Look out for the album set to be released sometime in May.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jmrsongs/closer[/soundcloud]

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Throwaway Thursdays

In the words of the incomparable Janet Jackson- "the best things in life are free". With a harsh budget delivered this week, Australia's youth have been denied access to a life of dole-bludging and are subject to potentially rising university fees. It's ok though, because we are here to soften the blow with free new music. Each Thursday will be now known as Throwaway Thursdays- a weekly collection of all that the internet is giving away. Below are a bunch of complimentary mixtapes, documentaries and mixes that can be downloaded or watched without credit card charges or additional HECS debt.

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BOOTS- WinterSpringSummerFall Mixtape

When you hear the artist BOOTS it’s usually in association with Beyonce. That’s because the wonder-kid produced many of the tracks off Beyonce’s surprise, self-titled album. Since its release, “Who is BOOTS?” has been searched 52 million times on Google. Well, consider this mixtape his formal introduction. He’s called upon a bunch of friends to help him too with Kelelah, Jeremih, Shlohmo and Son Lux all contributing to tracks. Oh and one more- Beyonce, of course. Not bad for a debut mixtape, ey?

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bootsonboots/sets/winterspringsummerfall[/soundcloud]

Bayou- LOOPBACK Mixtape

We featured Bayou’s Airlock in Musical Speed Dating a few weeks ago, with the track garnering everything from a one rating to a four. The UK-based singer-songwriter’s debut mixtape is likely to be just as divisive as he works alongside chopped and screwed soundscapes and unconventional melodies. For the most part it leans towards experimental RnB but you’re also sure to feel some James Blake vibes throughout. Whatever your taste may be, it’s free and nobody resists a freebie.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bayyyou/sets/loopback-1[/soundcloud]

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Mac DeMarco- Pepperoni Playboy (A Macumentary)

Everyone loves the Mac and you’re likely to fall further in love with the Canadian larrikin in this beautifully filmed documentary directed by Jon Leone. Yes, it features shower scenes. Yes, it features plenty of cigarettes. Yes, it features a trip to China. Such is the life of this slacker. The Pitchfork-premiered film is a more than entertaining look into the bizarre personality of Mac DeMarco. And he talks about Australia which he describes as “a real treat”.

St. Vincent- FACT mix

Annie Clarke has some pretty cool friends. She’s impressed everyone from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the surviving members of Nirvana. But this eclectic mix is her chance to show off who’s dominating her iPod or Gramophone. The 50-minute mix for FACT mag sees the singer-songwriter step behind the decks to spin everybody from Kanye to Beyonce to King Krule. It doesn’t make complete sonic sense but it’s a damn good collection of tunes nonetheless.

Listen to the mix here.

Tracklist:
King Krule – Easy Easy
Solex – Oh Blimey!
Beyonce – Blow
David Bowie – Warszawa
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Interlude
Loretta Lynn - Wine, Women and Song
Kid Creole and The Coconuts - Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
Sisyphus - Calm It Down
Marvin Pontiac - No Kids
The Clash - London Calling
Liz Phair – Divorce Song
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, Suite 3
Selda – Yaylalar

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5 new artists you need to hear right now

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Digging through the interns of the music world is a surprisingly rewarding task. While big names like The Black Keys and Lily Allen are delivering highly anticipated yet ultimately disappointing releases, there’s a wave of new artists bubbling under with impressive debuts. Below are five of the best covering everything from RnB to indie-pop and Dylan-inspired folk.

Ben Khan

If you’re not already crushing on this London producer’s debut EP 1992 then you need to hop to it. Khan won’t talk about specific musical influences in interviews but he cites Salvador Dali and Middle-Eastern music as key inspirations. It shows on the EP too. He lays down warm guitar lines alongside chopped and screwed production. What will surely be his breakout track, Youth, has garnered 400,000 plays on Soundcloud in a month. It’s a track that highlights the very charm of Khan’s sound- warm and rhythmic but also haunting and hard to pin down.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/benkhan/sets/1992ep[/soundcloud]

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Kyan

Hearing only one syllable from Kyan will be enough to make you fall in love with his velvety, RnB voice. He’s just released an atmospheric and melancholic EP, The Purple Experiment, that gives nods to the songwriting of Frank Ocean and the intensity of a Prince ballad. He’s able to pull it back to miniscule production when need be and layer the vocals on when he requires an astute moment. Shuttle will most likely be the song you’ll latch onto immediately. It floats in a sea of brooding synths allowing his voice to induce all kinds of butterflies. If that’s not enough to convince, maybe this will: the kid has a fresh haircut and a MySpace.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kyanmusic/sets/the-purple-experiment-1[/soundcloud]

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Spookyland

Sydneysider, Marcus Gordon (aka. Spookyland), has a voice that is as divisive as Bob Dylan, but if it finds favour with you, it’s one that’s hard to forget. This Silly Fucking Thing is as attention grabbing as its explicit title suggests. It’s a largely acoustic-driven track that allows Gordon’s brash voice to stand atop. The silly fucking thing in question is his heart which just keeps getting broken. It may sound cliché on paper but the climaxing nature of the track, alongside his voice that teeters on the edge of breaking, is perfect. The EP Rock and Roll Weakling is out now.

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Mausi

Newcastle quartet, Mausi, are the band most-likely to make you long for Summer this weekend. Their latest single, My Friend Has A Swimming Pool, opens with the line “When the sun starts sinking we’ve already been drinking” and is delivered with girlish charm and a perky key-line. Their track Move was produced by Mark Ralph who’s previously worked with Hot Chip and Jagwar Ma so we can rest assure that they are in good hands. They’ve also just covered Kiesza’s Hideaway, mashing it with JLO’s Play, which is always a favourable move in our books.

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San Mei

When you think of the Gold Coast, you often don’t associate it with intricate bedroom producers, however, local San Mei is set to change that. She’s producing hazy, youthful, pop melodies that are harnessing international attention. It’s her latest track, Wars, that has our ears pricked. San Mei’s vocals seep into a wash of synths and washed-out guitars which culminate together to create the perfect oddball pop-song. This is electronic pop at its finest.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tidalwavesoundsfun/san-mei-wars-1[/soundcloud]

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Musical Speed Dating 9 May

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

If you clicked on this article purely for Usher's abs then you're in luck. Scroll further down and there's an entire video. For the remaining few of you who clicked on this for the music, you're also in luck. We're delving into tracks from the ever-impressive Antlers, Aussie wonder-DJ Alison Wonderland and Xtina revival queen K Stewart. This week it's all about the king and queen of the dance floor with Alison Wonderland and new kid on the block, Shamir, proving to be favourites with polar opposite versions of booty-shaking tracks. Keep scrolling for more puns and Usher pick-up lines.

Antlers- Hotel

Sam: There's something about the chord progression on this that just melts me from the outset. My only problem is that there's not a lot of dynamic to the song which means it becomes slightly stale towards the end 3

Lizzie: This is a floaty, smooth track which really makes you drift away to a different place. The vibe is moody and slow - I can almost feel my face mushed against a window on a rainy day, staring pensively into the distance..“In the hotel, I can’t remember how the past felt.” 3

Hannah: Go into your living room, put on a track by The Editors, or maybe even The Cold War Kids, leave the room and listen to the now toned down, slightly muted track from the other side of the door. This is what’s happening here. Same, same but different. I do love the plucky guitar outro though. 3

Bianca: Peter Silberman’s lilting vocals seem to be heavily influenced by Jeff Buckley’s ‘Mojo Pin’. I’d request a late checkout from this Hotel 3.5 Bianca's Pick 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/the-antlers-hotel[/soundcloud]

Usher- Good Kisser

Sam: Dat falsetto, am I right? I am unnaturally obsessed with the verses and bridge of this song and then completely underwhelmed by the chorus. 3.5

Lizzie: Why does Usher always write songs about me, it’s embarrassing. I kid, I kid...

But what I am not kidding about is how pumped I am to see Usher back in full force in 2014. The cowbell is fresh and funky - really makes this song for me. Only problem, stick to singing your lyrics Usher, ‘saying’ them just sounds plain weird. 3.5

Hannah: Basically you had me at Usher. Good Kisser is doing for Usher what Sexy Back did for Mr Timberlake after his hiatus: Pair it back, throw a bit of funk in there and remind the world you have some sweet dance moves and BOOM! Nobody will even care you left them for awhile. 3.5

Bianca: My confession Part I: 'Good Kisser' doesn't do it for me. You're not wrong about dat falsetto, Sam, but other than that, the song never makes it past first base.

Basement Jaxx- Unicorn

Sam: I'm not sure if I like this song or I'm just nostalgic for Marky Mark's Good Vibrations. Either way that thumping bass and acid-synth line is giving me damn good feels. Basement Jaxx always succeed in updating their sound but keeping true to their style. 3.5

Lizzie: It’s got all the elements that should make you want jump up and dance. A quick pulsing beat, the lyrics want us to get us up “jumping”, but am I just not feeling it at all. Sadly, I only have room for one British electronic dance duo in my playlist, and that’s saved for Disclosure. 2.5

Hannah: This is a car crash of synth and bass and off-tune samples beneath a whingey vocal. Put bluntly, it does not want to make me get my body jumping. 1

Bianca: Sounds a little too aerobics dance class for me- more Jumping Jaxx than Basement Jaxx. Unfortunately these guys have taken a few Box Steps backwards from their previous album. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/basement-jaxx/unicorn[/soundcloud]

Alison Wonderland- I Want U

Sam: A little bit of trap, a little bit of Flume and a little bit of Crystal Castles and you have a song that sounds very similar to everything else right now. Alison Wonderland is super cool and I love the warehouse tour idea but this doesn't really dish up anything new. 2.5

Lizzie: Love love this track. Everything fits for me - the vocals are echoey and haunting, but with the layering of samples, crashes and all sorts of sounds, it all makes sense. No wonder why she was snapped up by Diplo & Friends. 4.5 Lizzie's Pick 

Hannah: Remember when TNGHT gave us Higher Ground? Yeah, well so does Alison Wonderland… only now it’s called I Want U. 3.5

Bianca: A smorgasbord of everything hot right now which has regrettably left me with a touch of heartburn. 2

Shamir- I Know It's A Good Thing

Sam: It's two from two for newcomer Shamir. This is another slice of disco-heaven delivered by a buttery melody and throwback vocals. It's time to restart Studio 54. 4 Sam's Pick 

Lizzie: What a voice, that heavenly voice. And the heavy thump of the piano. It’s not gospel, it’s not electronica, it’s not disco as we know it. Its Shamir. A new and bewitching sound and I love it, and this is only his second release! 4

Hannah: This kid was born in the wrong decade. He shows some skill, easily playing with disco, Rnb, house and a whole lotta soul here. I Know It’s A Good Thing is such a good thing. 4 Hannah's Pick 

Bianca: Shamir's androgynous voice provides a melodious juxtaposition to the heavy-handed piano strokes. 3.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/godmodeinternet/shamir-i-know-its-a-good-thing[/soundcloud]

KStewart- Tell Me ‘Bout That

Sam: Xtina is alive and well in this one. And there's no problem with that. The chorus is just A+ RnB and the song as a whole is a testament to the strength of RnB music at the moment. More and more great stuff continues to come out of the woodwork. I would love for something like this to make it to radio. 4

Lizzie: I feel like I’m hosting a very suave party in an elevator, somewhere stuck on the level between Christina Aguilera circa 2000s and some fresh new RnB pop/electronica. What may seem confusing to the ears at first, but it actually turns out to be a little gem of a song after 2-3 listens. Shame she shares the unfortunate name with some bitchy–faced Twilight vampire. 3.5

Hannah: So I listened to KStewart do her thang… and now I’m in the middle of a Christina revival. Did someone say derivative? 3

Bianca: The bubble sound effects, in addition to a melody reminiscent of The Sims ‘Buy Mode’, give this song a playful groove. Something tells me this girl will be bringing in the §§§s in due time. 3.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kstewartmusic/tell-me-bout-that-produced-by-karma-kid-1[/soundcloud]

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