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Jeremih and Shlohmo Release EP ‘No More’

Having given us Bo Peep (Do You Right), when the duo collaborated for a Yours Truly Song From Scratch,” last year, which conversely went on to be one of the best alternative R&B tracks of 2013, a year later, LA producer Shlohmo and Chicago local Jeremih are back and have finally released their highly anticipated, well-teased, collaborative EP just in time for the weekend. The 6 track EP, No More, is fully downloadable at nomorenomorenomore.us in exchange for a humble email, while the title track No More, can be streamed below. Listen out for a guest appearance by Chicago local, Chance The Rapper, on the final track.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/shlohmo/shlohmo-jeremih-no-more[/soundcloud]

 

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Courtney Barnett likes to eat ‘Pickles From The Jar’

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Courney Barnett‘s recent stint to the US seems to have influenced her penchant for pickles, made evident through her latest Pickles From The Jar. Listen to her always-quirky, candid turn of phrase in her new track below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/milk-records-2/pickles-from-the-jar-courtney[/soundcloud]

Barnett’s debut album is due for release in 2015.

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Ryan Hemsworth remixes Sinead Harnett’s ‘No Other Way’

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Ryan Hemsworth serves up the perfect balance of soul and well-crafted production in his most recent rework of London songwriter, Sinead Harnett’s ‘No Other Way’. The layered synths up the tempo from the original chilled track, to produce a dancey, yet thoughtful augmentation of the original.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sineadharnettmusic/no-other-way-ryan-hemsworth-remix[/soundcloud]

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Vic Mensa unleashes the drug-fuelled ‘Feel That’

Vic Mensa‘s Down On My Luck has quickly become an interns favourite this year, this we are suitably excited about this lated release. The latest track is called Feel That and it’s another drug-induced, party tune that comes with a video that emulates that. There’s girls, clubs, amazing LA homes and a shooting style that descends into hazy visuals. Chance The Rapper even appears at one point. It like a poignant feature given those two are the biggest new names in rap right now.

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Kwamie Liv is ‘comin THRU’

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What happens when you cross M.I.A with a little bit of Lana Del Rey and Robyn? You get Kwamie Liv– a Danish artist who is an amalgamation of the best qualities of all three. Already she’s impressed with 5am and Follow You but comin THRU is by far her most immediately likeable taste. Sweet, solemn verses are juxtaposed with a chorus that has the effortless flow of M.I.A’s Paper Planes without the need for ridiculous hand actions. There was a certain lo-fi quality to her last track, Follow You, but comin THRU is having none of that. It’s a crisp, slice of perfection that is difficult to box into one genre.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kwamieliv/comin-thru-1[/soundcloud]

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GEoRGiA follows-up ‘Be Ache’ with ‘Digits’

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We featured GEoRGiA‘s first track, Be Ache, on the interns back in June and have waited for a follow-up to the l0-fi wonder ever since. Today, as if by magic, another one has appeared titled, Digits. Where Be Ache was a manic collision of sounds, Digits is a far more demure, streamlined affair. The beat still packs a punch but you really get to hear GEoRGiA’s sweet and sour vocals here alongside a mellow synth-line. It’s a definite nod to RnB but there is also an industrial rawness to it not unlike Kanye West‘s Yeezus. Digits has a progressed feel for melody than Be Ache and is likely to work it’s way into the playlists of more listeners. One of 2014’s names to watch.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/georgia_hb/digits[/soundcloud]

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Listen to Perfume Genius’ bold, ‘Queen’

Perfume Genius Announces New Album Too Bright, Shares One more comeback for the day, I promise. You may remember Seattle-based artist, Perfume Genius‘ 2012 record Put Your Back N It. It was a haunting and melancholic yet underrated record that still sounds relevant today. If that record didn’t put him in some people’s psyche, his bold new single, Queen, is bound to. Queen is taken from his forthcoming album, Too Bright, which will be released on 23 September. It’s production is far denser than anything he’s done before with haunting whistles, brave percussion and a vocal that sees Mike Hadreas (aka. Perfume Genius) take charge like never before.

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Hear Jamie T’s first track in five years, ‘Don’t You Find’

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2014 is quickly becoming known as the year of the comeback. Apparently The Avalanches second album is currently being mixed, La Roux is due to release her sophomore LP Trouble In Paradise this week and we just featured a new song from The Drums. Add to that once more because British anarchist Jamie T has released his first new song since 2009 and it’s called Don’t You Find. T’s most notable track from his record, King & Queens was the ramped-up, Stick N’ Stones which well and truly grabbed the attention of any who didn’t know about him before. Don’t You Find takes a totally different path with the Brit sing with guitar in hand and a female vocal beneath at points. While it’s different, it’s not an unwelcome departure. It sounds unmistakably British like Noel Gallagher produced by Damon Albarn with a touch of Kasabian.

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The Drums return with ‘Magic Mountain’

And the comebacks just keep on coming. It’s been three years since Brooklyn band, The Drums’, sophomore album, Portamento, but today they’ve returned with a brand new song. Magic Mountain sees the band reduced to a duo with founding members, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham carrying the torch. The song is not a huge departure from their previous work but their are certainly a few tweaks. The vocals are slightly hazy while the instrumentation whisks around in a dizzying flurry. The band told Noisey: “Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about the Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be.” Well, they’ve certainly achieved that. Magic Mountain is a monster of a song. 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/minorrecords/magic-mountain[/soundcloud]

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Seeing Double: 5 Duos You Need To Hear This Week

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No you don’t need to adjust your vision, you are seeing double. This week we’re focussing solely on the best duos going around at the moment. It takes two to tango and while some of these duos are siblings and that’s kind of weird, we whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments of that saying. Together these pairs have created sweet electronica, bass-heavy dance music, euphoric pop and more. Here are our favourite new duos at the moment.

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Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has called this brother-sister duo, Tennyson, his “favourite lil qt pie canadian duo” so they’ve got to be good. One is 17 years-old, the other is only 15 and yet they’re making beautifully expansive and atmospheric electronica. Most teenagers have trouble maintaining their attention for a 3 minute pop song let alone restrained, brooding tunes such as those of Tennyson.

Their latest track Lay-by is a spaced-out, lull that sees the pair trying-out hip-hop-inspired beats and twinkling synths. It would be great to hear what they could do with a vocalist on board. Stick around for the final minute where they detour into a sophisticated, 1950s-lounge vibe.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tennysonmusic/lay-by[/soundcloud]

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Melbourne-duo Klo (aka. cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul) kinda blew up the internet in March when they released their debut track, Make Me Wonder. Built around James Blake-esque stylings and sparse electronica, the pair lulled their way into many listeners’ psyche. These two are cousins but apparently weren’t that close before they started collaborating musically. You wouldn’t know. They sound as in sync as iTunes and an iPhone with Chloe providing whimsical vocals over Simon’s transporting soundscapes.

Their latest release is the first song they ever wrote together, False Call and provides us with a bit more bass than Make Me Wonder. Still, it’s another experiment in minimalism that pays off. Already, production-wise, it sounds like they’re making impressive progress.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

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The UK and America combine in this brilliantly named, multinational duo. Pistol Shrimp is UK musician David Burreddu and British singer/songwriter Aaron Peterson. They’ve just released their first EP as a duo entitled Heart and it’s a sunshine-filled affair of flavoursome synths and perky drums. It’s for those of you who revel in the euphoric rushes of M83 or Foster The People and is about as easy to digest as a lemon tea. Although much more exciting.

The stand-out track comes in the way of Between Us, a bubbling, explosion of interesting synths and echoing, ‘80s drums. If music’s meant to transport you someplace else then Pistol Shrimp fill the brief expertly. They create a starry atmosphere on each track of Heart, rarely allowing it to drop the pace. Also give their ramped-up version of Coldplay’s Magic a go if the original was too melancholic for you.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pistol-shrimp/sets/heart-ep[/soundcloud]

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djdodgerstadiumDJ Dodger Stadium‘s two makers are not new to the scene but they are new in the sense that this collaboration is only recently established. DJ Dodger Stadium is made up of LA producers Jerome LOL and Samo Soundboy. Separately, the pair have made a name for themselves but their collaboration for their own record-label, BODY HIGH, is their best work yet. Think, nostalgic ‘90s vocal samples that repeat over and over, alongside strung-out synths and pulsating bass. Its harshness will screw with your mind but there’s also sense for melody that shines through above all else

Their debut album, Friend of Mine, has just dropped and is defined by their hallmark tune, Love Songs. It’s coated in industrial instrumentation that at times sounds like gun sounds and is built by a crescendoing vocal sample. It steadily builds layers before descending into a glorious vocal sample. Such is the joy of DJ Dodger Stadium- those moments of short relief that allow you to pull yourself together and get back into it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bodyhigh/dj-dodger-stadium-love-songs[/soundcloud]

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From one LA duo to another, except these guys are a fair bit different to the relentless bass of DJ Dodger Stadium. Brothers Jeremy and Greg Pearson make up funk-duo, Thrillers. If you haven’t heard, funk is all the rage at the moment with everyone from Pharrell to Jungle to Deadmau5 putting their (sometimes unwanted) stamp on it. Thrillers are certainly wanted in the genre and pull it out of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s. It’s more Twin Shadow than it is Get Lucky which is probably why it doesn’t sound like a tired formula.

The first single of their upcoming EP, Cotton Candy Kisses, is Can’t Get Enough and it’s a euphoric piece of funk-pop. Programmed drums sit below beds of stylish guitar work which boost the layered vocals of Jeremy and Greg. The chorus explodes into a multi-faceted, vocal-hook which is likely to throw hands-in-the-air. Perfection.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wearethrillers/cantgetenough[/soundcloud]

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