Black Kids return after six years with ‘Origami’

It’s been a long time in between drinks for American band Black Kids. In 2008, the UK and Australia particularly fell in love with their debut album Partie Traumatic which spawned the single I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You. You’d be forgiven for thinking the band had broken up, but apparently not. Today they’ve returned with a new track, Origami. It seems the band has lost none of its youthful playfulness in six years. Origami sounds like they’ve started right where they left things. It’s an effortless pop song with lyrics like “allez oop allez oop” and “hold me, fold me into origami”. It’s a welcome return and hopefully a sign of more things to come. Along with the new track, the band will tour around America this month.


10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week


For those of you still coping with post-Splendour depression, you’re not alone. As such we’ve made sure we’ve included no Splendour 2014 acts in this week’s 10 Songs You Need To Hear so you can deal with it in the best way possible- denial.

Azealia Banks- Heavy Metal and Reflective

It’s been a damn long time since Azealia Banks became the most hyped rapper of 2012 with 212. In that time she’s fought every other artist on the planet, chucked dummy spits at shows and parted ways with her record label Universal. Heavy Metal and Reflective is the first we’ve heard from her since the split and it’s a bit of alright. She’s aggressive and confident over an industrial beat that is a bit of a runaway train.


FKA Twigs – Pendulum

Pendulum is the second track to come from FKA Twigs’ forthcoming record LP1 and is further proof that it will be one of the best of the year. As the title suggests it’s a gently undulating track bound by cascading beats and sporadic vocals. There are definitely similarities between this one and Water Me although this one feels like it’s got more melody to attach itself too. Go home everyone, Twigs wins 2014.

Laura Welsh- Bound

It’s hard to believe, given the attention it’s received, that Kanye’s Bound 2 never received any chart love. Even stranger when you think that Sigma’s drum n’ bass version of it, Nobody To Love, has commercial radio in raptures. One version that will rightfully have you in raptures is this cover by Laura Welsh. Taking the main hook, she transforms Bound into a smokey, love song that’s perhaps one of the most poignant things she’s done to date.


Lil Silva- Don’t You Love (Feat. BANKS)

BANKS and Lil Silva have already worked with each other on several occasions, the most successful being BANKS’ Goddess. This dark, skittering Lil Silva cut provides the perfect playground for BANKS to lay down her brooding vocals. We don’t get to hear her though until the last third with a vocal sample occupying much of the earlier stage, helping it remain more of a Lil Silva song than a BANKS one.


Thrupence- Don’t You Mind

Future Classic has their finger on the pulse when it comes to snapping up the best electronic talent cc: Flume, Jagwar Ma or Wave Racer. It comes as welcome news then that they’ve snapped up 23 year-old maestro, Thrupence. Don’t You Mind comes from his debut album Lessons which will be his first release on Future Classic. It samples blues singer Son House’s Grinnin In Your Face, laying it atop a retro hip-hop beat that shows Thrupence’s clearly extensive music knowledge and his finessed production.


Black Vanilla – Smacks

Black Vanilla is a Sydney-based supergroup of sorts. It’s made up of Marcus Whale (Collarbones), Lavurn Lee (Guerre) and Jarred Beeler (Mareseilles) and separately they’ve released some pretty spectacular material. As a trio, however, they offer up something very different- RnB/Hip-Hop flavoured tunes that are arguably more straight-forward than any of their solo material. Case in point, their new track, Smacks. Smacks really have one intention- to make people dance- and it does so effortlessly. Beginning with what could be confused as a banjo it enters territory of deep, throbbing bass with a voice saying “are you willing to give in”. It harks back to the days of Beastie Boys and Basement Jaxx and is a fresh take on the 90s nostalgia genre.


Fantastic Fantastic – Houses

This is the second song to feature from funk-pop duo since Never Enough and it further verifies Fantastic Fantastic as a fun, bright addition to the world of music. Sunny synths and licking guitars combined with softly-spoken, rapid vocals force you to take those firmly-planted feet right off the floor.


cln – Dayum

Brisbane-born cln (formerly known as Callan Alexander) set tongues and ears wagging back when his EP’s lead single, Better Than, reached no.1 on Hype Machine in the matter of days. cln has now released his entire Sideways EP, with Dayum as one of the unheard singles. The track is peppered with Oriental-inspired instruments, held together with lulling synths with your focus broken every now and then by the almost-unwelcome vocal: ‘Dayum!’


Chance The Rapper- Wonderful Everyday: Arthur

Probably the biggest treat of the week was this flip of the Arthur theme song by Chance The Rapper. He’s been playing it at a few live shows but this recorded version which pulls in Jessie Ware and Wyclef Jean is definitely more affecting. It treads through gospel, hip-hop and soul ending with a stomping beat that takes it straight to church. You’d be forgiven for shedding a nostalgic tear or two.


Diplo & Alvaro – 6th Gear (feat. Kstylis)

Ready to get a little bit low with a bit of dutty dancing? Self-proclaimed ‘random white dude’ Diplo, this week released a mixtape of his most popular singles, remixes and a few new ones as well. 6th Gear is one of those new ones and sees Diplo traverse trap and dancehall genres. It’s all a bit chaotic as you would expect from a Diplo track erring more towards Major Lazer’s style.


And one more for good luck (…and because we can’t count)

Porter Robinson – Flicker

Porter is once again showing is love for all things Japanese on Flicker, the fourth track to be released from Worlds. A Japanese sample is sliced atop an epic, cinematic instrumental that is synth-heavy, bass-heavy and altogether climatic. It sounds a bit like the final challenge of a video game and as such rounds out our 10 songs for this week in fine style.



Black Vanilla have got the ‘Smacks’ on new track


SMACKSBlack Vanilla is a Sydney-based supergroup of sorts. It’s made up of Marcus Whale (Collarbones), Lavurn Lee (Guerre) and Jarred Beeler (Mareseilles) and separately they’ve released some pretty spectacular material. As a trio, however, they offer up something very different- RnB/Hip-Hop flavoured tunes that are arguably more straight-forward than any of their solo material. Case in point, their new track, Smacks. Smacks really have one intention- to make people dance- and it does so effortlessly. Beginning with what could be confused as a banjo it enters territory of deep, throbbing bass with a voice saying “are you willing to give in”. It harks back to the days of Beastie Boys and Basement Jaxx and is a fresh take on the 90s nostalgia genre.




5 New Badass Female Artists You Need To Hear


Urban dictionary defines a badass as an “ultra-cool mother-fucker”. In your pursuit to become such there are a number of different things you have to work on- your look, your sound, your presence and your possessions. Each of the female artists below embody one or more of these things. Some have a look that makes you want to be them while others have a slamming sound that kicks you right where it hurts. Either way, the five ladies mentioned below are about to make a serious indent on your ears.


There are new female RnB artists popping up every second day, but it’s hard to come across one that has the goods to stick around. Tinashe, Kelela and SZA have already proved they have the goods and it looks like Molia (aka. Brittney Schwenke) is set to join them. There’s very little we know of her right now apart from that she’s from the Bay Area of California and is releasing RnBass music which is a sub-genre of RnB which apparently means it has an 808 thump to it.

The track that has pricked our ears is Too Late which has Molia rejecting a boy who wants her back. “You better strap on tight, I’m coming full force at you” she sings over a bass-heavy beat that hits right where it hurts. There’s a slew of other smooth tracks on her Soundcloud but Too Late is the most tightly produced.



There’s nothing more badass than a hard-hitting pop song, just ask Kelly Clarkson. Ok, maybe Swedish pop singer Sve is in a slightly different league but Since U Been Gone was pretty badass. Experts on all things pop, Popjustice, have already called her “an alarmingly talented songwriter who we fully expect to have a hand in at least one US number one single within the next three years”. We tend to agree should she continue to release songs like Riot.

Riot is a warm track with a groovy guitar-line bubbling underneath. If you’re someone who indulges in a bit of pop every so often, you’ll no doubt love a good war reference and this song has them aplenty. In the chorus Sve howls “Let’s start a war” which is a line begging to be screamed back at her by 20-30,000 people. At this point, every popstar should just be outsourced to Sweden.



22 year-old singer, Oyinda, is about to open Lollapalooza 2014. In her bio on the Lollapalooza site they write about the way “she scans the crowd with a seductive stare”. We haven’t seen her live yet but it’s easy to imagine the intensity of such an action when accompanied with her dark, brooding voice. Her ‘likes’ on Soundcloud include Jessie Ware, Jhene Aiko and Jeremih which conveniently also describes her sound. She pulls on Ware’s subtle pop, sensibilities but also has an RnB grit like Aiko or Jeremih.

Her latest track, Rush Of You, is a beautiful piano-driven number that’s as melodic as it is intricate. Instead of firing into a huge chorus, Oyinda gentle coos “rush of you” while an electric guitar howls quietly in the background.



Forgive us for cheating, there is a female/male duo but singer, Randa Leigh is one of the sassiest vocalist we’ve heard in a while. Leight is joined by producer Brian Vincent who lays down atmospheric yet scattered soundscapes underneath subtle yet intentful vocals. Their covers of Lykke Li’s Little Bit and Aaliyah’s Are You That Somebody introduced them as a melodic, down-beat treat but it’s their original material that is really impressive.

Their latest track, She Wants, sees Leigh at her confident best. “He might be looking at her, but he’s thinking of me” she sings over a seductive instrumental. Her status as a badass is further solidified when she borrows a line from the ultimate badgal, Rihanna, singing “I say ooh nah nah ooh nah nah what’s my name?” The most pleasing thing about She Wants is that Leigh sounds sexy without being crass or forceful.



A 20 year-old making 60s jazz-infused soul is just about the baddest you can get really. So bad that she’s already worked with Snoop Dogg and Tyler The Creator and was even staying at Tyler The Creator’s place when The Fader interviewed her for a GEN F profile. Just type Uchis’ name into YouTube and you’ll be further by the singer’s auror of cool. She smokes cigars, rides in cars with boys and aims guns, all backed by a smoky, brooding style of jazz.

Her latest cut, Real, is unexpectedly sassy. A groovy, funk runs underneath her stinging tongue as she sings “You got the game fucked up”. The instrumental rarely climaxes but her vocal that sits somewhere between Amy Winehouse and SZA is enough to get you hooked. It automatically evokes images of cruising around California with euphemistic images shit going down. Kali Uchis is the girl most likely to shoot you down.



Hear a heartbreak on JJ’s new track ‘dean & me’

jj - dean & me

Swedish duo JJ have released dean & me, the second track from their forthcoming album V. It follows the RnB flavoured All White Everything and sees them appropriate Miley Cyrus‘ line “it’s my party and I cry if I want to it’s my party I get high if I want to”. Apart from that, it’s got zero similarities to We Can’t Stop. Like most JJ songs it’s heartbreakingly tender but it also has a rather stark backbeat that kicks up the tempo. The album, V, will be out 19 August.



Hear Chance The Rapper re-work the Arthur theme song into ‘Wonderful Everyday: Arthur’

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Chance The Rapper has been performing the theme song of Arthur live for a while now but today he’s set free a recorded version titled Wonderful Everyday: Arthur. He’s pulled in a couple of high profile guests to help him too with Jessie Ware and Wyclef Jean among the extra vocalists. As such, the gospel-flavoured take on the track has a loved-up communal feeling. It’s hard to believe that a re-work of a TV Show theme song would be as affecting as this but it’s delivered with so much heart it’s hard not to get swept up in it. What’s next? Sponge Bob Squarepants?



Hear Shy Girls’ ‘All For Show’ produced by Jono Ma from Jagwar Ma

Shy Girls- All for Show (produced by Jono Ma)

Aussie band Jagwar Ma‘s debut, Howlin’, last year may have not exactly screamed RnB but Jono Ma does a valiant job at producing this future RnB gem by Shy Girls. Hailing from Portland, Shy Girls is producer and vocalist, Dan Vidmar. This track, All For Show, was premiered by Red Bull Sound Select and it’s bass-driven yet smooth cut. Vidmar’s voice is smooth and layered seeing him sit somewhere between MNEK and inc. If his voice sounds familiar it’s probably because you heard it on Cyril Hahn’s Perfect Form last year.



Hear FKA Twigs’ ‘Pendulum’, her favourite song from her album

FKA Twigs has dropped the second taste, Pendulum, from her debut album, LP1. Premiered by Zane Lowe, Twigs describes it as one of her favourite tracks off the album and it’s easy to see why. As the title suggests it’s a gently undulating track pushed by sporadic beats and vocal coos. She has a knack for finding melody in the most innovative of spaces. Can we just leave the best album of the year slot open for this London singer now? We’ll get to see if the album is as good as presumed when it’s released on 8 August.


Azealia Banks returns with ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’, her first track since splitting with Universal

Heavy Metal And Reflective - Azealia Banks

It may surprise you but people are still talking about Azealia Banks. Maybe it’s because 212 still plays at least twice every night or maybe it’s because she still continues to generate headlines with her erratic behaviour. The latest thing to grab the media’s attention was her split with record label Universal after she asked them to drop her via twitter. Heavy Metal and Reflective has just dropped and it’s an industrial and bold track which is actually one of her better tracks. Her voice is slightly reserved yet you can tell that she just wants to unleash The fact she doesn’t shows that she may have learnt something. Less is always more.



Swedish/Australian duo Kate Boy unleash ‘Self Control’

Self Control

Stockholm-based trip, Kate Boy (whose lead-singer Kate Akhurst is Australian) released the bombastic, Northern Lights in the middle of last year and then virtually left us for an entire year. It was cruel but we’ll forgive them because today they have dropped Self Control from their forthcoming debut album. It’s a bass-driven pop track with a funky chorus that harks back to Janet Jackson‘s Nasty days. Swedish pop never fails to disappoint and with Australia a musical cultivation ground at the moment, it make total sense that this trio would be churning out such gold.


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