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Stream Kimbra’s sophomore album, ‘The Golden Echo’

Kimbra has made her sophomore album, The Golden Echo available to stream ahead of its Friday release. The album which sports guests from Matt Bellamy of Muse and Mark Foster to Bilal is the follow-up to 2012’s Vows.

It features the previously released ‘90s Music and Miracle, taking a sometimes psychedelic trip into the heart of soul music. Kimbra told a Twitter Q&A earlier in the year that the album was inspired by “A flower called Narcissus Golden Echo. Greek Mythology & Thomas Merton.”

The album is streaming over at NPR.

Read the track list and watch the video for ‘90s Music below:

1. Teen Heat

2. 90s Music

3. Carolina

4. Goldmine

5. Miracle

6. Rescue Him

7. Madhouse

8. Everlovin’ Ya

9. As You Are

10. Love In High Places

11. Nobody But You

12. Waltz Me To Grave

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Justin Vernon and Astronautalis drop surprise collaborative album, ‘De Oro’

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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame and Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis have done a Beyonce, dropping making their collaborative album available to stream today under the name Jason Feathers. In 2012, Astronautalis told City Pages that the pair had been working together on an album and last week the pair dropped a trailer, however, the project was not expected this early. Vernon is no stranger to working on hip-hop projects having already collaborated with Kanye West on both Yeezus and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 

The album, titled De Oro, will be made available for digital purchase on August 19 but it is currently streaming over at Pitchfork. According to a mysterious press release Jason Feathers, the moniker of the project, is “a red-chested god-bassed Southern rapper in a fancy white suit”. 

Stream the album here.

Watch the album teaser below:

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Listen to ‘Turning’ from Collarbones forthcoming album, ‘Return’

Marcus whale, lead-vocalist of Collarbones is a busy man right now. Last week he released a new track, Smacks, with trio Black Vanilla and this week he’s back to Collarbones with producer Travis Cook releasing new track, Turning. Turning is the first offering from a forthcoming album titled Return. Speaking to Noisey, Cook said “The album is a bit more pop, we saved our stronger songs for the album. Quality control is more of a thing this time around.” The pop side really comes out on Tunring. It’s got pop hooks aplenty and while there’s a unconventional, glitchy vocal sample, by and large it’s a structured, straight-forward track. Their last album, Die Young, is one of the best R&B/electronic projects to come out of this country, so Return should be waited upon with anticipation. 

Listen to the track via Noisey.

Listen to their 2014 EP, Atlantis 2014 below:

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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If you’re looking for a beat for the weekend, we got the beat, that 808, that boom boom in your town. This week we’re delivering 10 songs that would lend themselves quite nicely to a cheeky toe tap and will also soundtrack your weekend with ease. While the whole world this week focussed on whether Blue Ivy will have to grow up in a single parent household, we kept our eye firmly on the music world and this is what perked up our ears.

Dillon Francis + Sultan & Ned Sheppard- When We Were Young

Dillon Francis is the funny man DJ but now he’s decided it’s time to get serious about this music thing and drop an album. That said album is titled Money Sucks Friends Rule and while the title clearly suggests he needs to get his priorities in order, the first offering is a unashamed banger. When We Were Young sticks to a fairly solid EDM formula delivering a monster, hands-in-the-air chorus.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-sultan-ned-shepard-when-we-were-young-feat-the-chain-gang-of-1974[/soundcloud]

SOPHIE- Hard

Enigmatic, British producer SOPHIE continues to churn out excellent, genre-less music with the B-side to Lemonade, Hard. The Hannah Diamond-esque vocal is likely to get inside your head and taunt you while the sporadic beat commands you to get very, very low. The whole piece clangs around in your head, no doubt, destroying a few brain cells on the way. It’s both enthralling and deeply annoying- take your pick. I’m siding with enthralling.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-hard[/soundcloud]

Ryn Weaver- Promises

LA rising pop-maker, Ryn Weaver has proved once again why she’s one of the most hyped names around right now. Her sophomore track, Promises is a mammoth pop tune with a stomping beat with a brooding chorus and charming verses. We get to hear a bit more personality from Weaver on this one and it pays off.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/rynweaver/promises[/soundcloud]

Kiesza- Giant In My Heart (Blood Diamond remix)

Kiesza’s Giant In My Heart is a big house-driven monster on its own but this week Grimes collaborator Blood Diamond took it and turned it into a romp through delectable electronic sounds. He’s dimmed the chorus to let the vocal shine and also to leave breathing time before he turns it up on a notch which he does on several occasions. While still keeping the original intact, Blood Diamond breathes new life into Giant In My Heart.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kiesza/kiesza-giant-in-my-heart-blood-diamonds-remix-master[/soundcloud]

xxyyxx- Unknown (Feat. Vanessa Elisha)

American producer, xxyyxx first taster from his as-yet-untitled EP is a smooth piece of work that creeps up on you with vocals that drift in and out and a heavy ambience. Like a lot of his recent work it errs towards future RnB with a skittering, mid-tempo beat and Ashanti-esque vocals courtesy of Vanessa Elisha.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/xxyyxx/unknown[/soundcloud]

Oscar Key Sung x Cassius Select- Wanna

Wanna brings together the best in Australian electronica on a sparse, desolate RnB tune that is just as likely to shake your rib-cage as it is to lull you into a hazy day dream. It may seem as if all is calm and collected on Wanna but behind it lies a shattering bass beat that elevates its dancefloor potential.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/cassius-select/cassius-select-oscar-key-sung-wanna[/soundcloud]

Ibeyi- River

When you sign to XL Records you’re almost guaranteed a heap of hype. And it’s easy to see why. With a roster that includes everyone from Adele to Jungle and FKA Twigs, XL Records have the best foresight of anyone in the game. Sister duo Ibeyi are the latest to sign to the label and River is their first offering. It’s a soulful, harmony-driven delight with a video in a river to boot. It’s a miracle that the pair don’t drown in the video with the amount of time they spend in liquid mass. Good grief.

SAFIA- Cavalier

SAFIA teased a recorded version of James Vincent McMorrow’s Cavalier when we interviewed them a few months ago and this week they’ve delivered. Their version doesn’t stray too far from the original but it brings in a few electronic stylings to ensure it’s transformed from an afternoon delight to a 4am space out. The final minute’s twinkling synths are the hero of the track.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/safia-music/james-vincent-mcmorrow-cavalier-safia-cover[/soundcloud]

BenZel- Wasted Love (Feat. Stevie Neale)

Originally BenZel were Japanese teenagers and then they turned out to be Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch and while everybody is a little confused, there’s no doubt their material is top notch. Wasted Love is the first single from their forthcoming EP and it’s a slinky, polished piece of pop music. The relatively unknown vocals of Stevie Neale fit perfectly into that Jessie Ware aesthetic that the duo champion.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/officialbenzel/wasted-love[/soundcloud]

Jagaara- Marble Arch

If you’re not in a girlband who are you these days? British trio Jagaara is the most recent act to join the girl group frontier with bluesy, emotionally-charged tracks. Marble Arch is their latest offering and it’s an organic, hazy track that soars in the chorus thanks to lead-singer Jane’s phenomenal vocals. The fact that my gender prevents me from joining a girlband constantly haunts me 🙁

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jagaara/marble-arch-unmastered[/soundcloud]

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TINK throws a verse down on Sway Clarke II’s ‘Secret Garden’

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We featured Sway Clark II‘s track Secret Garden months ago but today he’s released a version of the track with fellow rising RnB artist TINK. The Bennie and the Jets-esque track sounds as soulful as ever but TINK’s addition adds a little sass to the final third of the song. She oscillates between singing and rapping with ease elevating the song to another level. Secret Garden just became even more palatable.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sway-clarke-ii/secret-garden-featuring-tink[/soundcloud]

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Dillon Francis announces new album and drops ‘When We Were Young’

Diplo protegee and all round funnyman, Dillon Francis has dropped the first single, ‘When We Were Young’ off his debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule. That’s the cover image above and it’s unsurprisingly colourful and playful like Francis himself. When We Were Young sees him team up with Sultan & Ned Sheppard with The Chain Gang of 1974 handling the vocals. It’s a hands-in-the-air piece of euphoria that will no doubt delight his growing crowd of followers. At Hardfest over the weekend he drew a crowd of 30,000 punters so it will be no surprise if this track becomes huge. Get ready for Treva/Dj Hansel/Francis to take over.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-sultan-ned-shepard-when-we-were-young-feat-the-chain-gang-of-1974[/soundcloud]

Read why Francis has one of our favourite Instagrams here.

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Hear the B-side to SOPHIE’s ‘Lemonade’, ‘Hard’

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Last week enigmatic producer SOPHIE shared Lemonade and now he/she’s dropped the B-Side to the single, Hard. SOPHIE continues to sound straight from the PC Music collection with erratic sounds and a cold, computerised vocal. While that may sound unbearable, it creates an audible slide into a candy land of colourful synths and whiz-fizz beats. All in all it’s a pretty spectacular and innovative piece.

[soundcloud width=”400″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-hard[/soundcloud]

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Tkay Maidza unveils video for ‘U-Huh’

Adelaide firecracker Tkay Maidza has debuted the video for her track U-Huh. In the past month she’s releases the track to rave reviews, performed an earth-cracking performance at Splendour in the Grass and signed to Dew Process. She’s one of the fastest-rising names in Australian music right now and this video should help catapult her further. It sees Maidza just being naturally cool in front of fruit, on baseball pitches and with glitchy images. She’s fierce but still friendly enough to want to be friends with her.

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Joey Bada$$ drops the first single, ‘Big Dusty’, from his debut album

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19 year-old NYC rapper, Joey Bada$$ is gearing up for the release of his first studio album, B4.Da.$$ and today he’s dropped the first single form it titled Big Dusty. Joey has had six mixtapes already in the space of six years but B4.Da.$$ will be his first official debut. Big Dusty is a raw, ’90s-inspired hip-hop track that is completely no frills. The beat is dark with plodding keys while his rap is aggressive and relentless. He sounds far beyond his years on the track and judging by the quality of it, he could have one of the best debuts of the year on his hand.

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/proeraradio/joey-bada-big-dusty[/soundcloud]

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Phantom Pop Princess, Ryn Weaver, drops ‘Promises’

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Ryn Weaver seemed to just appear out of nowhere when she released her first track OctaHate, co-written and produced by a dream-team made up of Charli XCXPassion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat. The 21-year-old has had no problem with fitting in, however, as her debut single amassed almost 1.3 million plays on Soundcloud within the short space of a month. 

The attachment of all the big industry names on her very first track was met with plenty of speculations, with no shortage of trolls taking to Stereogum to theorise and criticise, to which Weaver responded: ““I met Benny at a party a year back and showed him my Soundcloud…he had already been working with Cashmere Cat a bit… and he showed Michael some of my music that I had produced and written on my own…and we all kinda just started to make some music.” 

Signed to Blanco’s label Friends Keep Secrets, the Pop Princess has now dropped the second single from her upcoming EP, Promises. It’s another bold track, with Ryn not holding back with her anthemic voice and the glittery synths allowing her self-proclaimed “fairy-pop” to radiate. Listen to the next big thing below:

[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/rynweaver/promises[/soundcloud]

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