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SOPHIE & A.G. Cook team up for ‘Hey QT’

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British producer SOPHIE had us all either completely confused or pining for more sugary sweet goodness after releasing previous singles, Lemonade and Hard. Meanwhile, A.G.Cook had us asking ‘What the f**k is PC Music?‘ with comparisons to Dance Dance Revolution, Nintendo, Korea and Siri being thrown around. 

Now, the two have joined forces to create Hey QT and the combined result seems to make so much sense. Bubbling with energy and the signature inhuman vocals, the track is shameless, addictive fun that’s sure to get even the most PC Music-confused people moving.

While it’s claimed that ‘QT’ is the girl in the above picture, the true identity of ‘her’ remains a mystery with the following released statement not shedding any more light on the enigma:

So what, or who, is QT? She’s a sparkling future pop sensation – albeit one who is set to warp and stretch the notion of what a pop star actually is. It’s a drink, or more precisely a brand new Energy Elixir (“where organic and synthetic meet to stimulate an uplifting club sensation”). And it’s a song, a moment – “Hey QT” – which sees these two producers pushing their sound to its very extreme and creating a future anthem in the process.” 

Described as “a sparkling future pop sensation” by SOPHIE and A.G.Cook themselves, whatever ‘QT’ may be, is sure to be sure making waves on the dancefloor in due time.

Listen to Hey QT below but we recommend you experience the full QT ‘Elixir’ experience here.

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Ryan Hemsworth & Tomggg drop ‘Cream Soda’

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A bit of fun for your Wednesday morning, served up in the form of the sugary sweet Cream Soda. Along with dropping the news of three Japan tour dates, Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has further proved Japan’s influence on Western Electronica by releasing his latest collaboration with Japanese producer Tomggg. With the character of an 8-bit video game, the bubbly track features effervescent instrumentals and chirpy sound samples with the backing marching drum being the perfect cherry on top of the Cream Soda. 

The duo’s latest track is available for a free download from Soundcloud.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ryanhemsworth/cream-soda-with-tomggg[/soundcloud]

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Hear Abhi//Dijon’s brooding RnB EP

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It seems inevitable that eventually the RnB revival will become over-crowded but while there is still new music this good trickling out, the more the merrier. The latest finessed RnB EP comes courtesy of producer/singer duo Abhi//Dijon. The two sound like a toned-down version of Jeremih and Shlohmo with atmospheric beats and a voice that’s whispy yet still stands above the instrumentation. The self-titled, four-track EP is a tight collection of mid-tempos that rarely raises the heartbeat but often weakens the knees. The highlight is Distant Love, a pulsating track softened by warming keys.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/abhidijon/sets/abhi-dijon-ep[/soundcloud]

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Airling releases new single, ‘Wasted Pilots’

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Certainly not my first choice of who should fly my plane, Wasted Pilots instead has been the perfect antidote to this dreary Tuesday afternoon. Airling‘s ethereal voice reigns supreme atop washes of heavenly synths, lush electronics and fluttering percussion. This is the second single from the Brisbane-based artist’s upcoming EP, Love Gracefully, and it’s certainly a sign of exciting things to come. Airling is performing at this year’s BIGSOUND as well as touring Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in October.

Love Gracefully EP is due for release September 19th

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pieater/airling-wasted-pilots-love-gracefully-ep-2014[/soundcloud]

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Shura remixes Jessie Ware’s ‘Say You Love Me’

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This is the best delivery we could’ve hoped for on a Saturday. British artist Shura‘s who’s made quite an indent on this site with Touch and Just Once has remixed Jessie Ware’s most recent single, Say You Love MeWhile many applauded the original for its crossover appeal, others complained the track didn’t reach the heights of Tough Love. This remix should appeal to the latter, as Shura strips the track back and adds dark synths and mournful beats to take the song into a whole other place. Gone are the warm guitar plucks, instead we’re presented with a much more desolate version. It’s pretty spectacular.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessie-ware-say-you-love-me-shura-remix[/soundcloud]

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Hear Ariana Grande’s Cashmere Cat-produced, ‘Be My Baby’

Looking at the tracklist of Ariana Grande‘s latest record, My Everything, there are a few curveballs. One of those is the inclusion of rapper A$AP Ferg, the other is the use of Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat‘s production. The latter, Be My Baby, has found its way onto the internet today and is a ’90s-inspired banger. Keeping very much with the style of Cashmere Cat, the track is trap-based but textured with throwback RnB stylings. Ariana Grande is the perfect songstress to take on the track, with her effortless vocals sounding unbelievable here.

Read our feature on how Ariana Grande won over the music world here. 

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Brisbane artist WAFIA covers Mario’s ‘Let Me Love You’

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And the fascination with early 2000s RnB continues. Brisbane artist WAFIA is gearing up to release her second EP soon and this cover of Mario’s 2004 hit ‘Let Me Love You’ is a taste of what to expect. If you think you recognise the vocal, you probably do. WAFIA featured on Japanese Wallpaper‘s Breathe In last year. On Let Me Love You Those breezy vocals sit perfectly alongside RnB meets electronica production courtesy of new Future Classic signee, ThrupenceThere’s no denying listening to this is an extremely nostalgic experience but this crisp interpretation brings it up to date.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/wafia/let-me-love-you[/soundcloud]

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Bloc Party’s Kele drops ‘Doubt’ ahead of his sophomore solo album

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Bloc Party‘s frontman Kele has dropped the lead single, Doubt from his upcoming sophomore solo album. It’s more of a moody affair than what we saw in 2010’s The Boxer, with Kele evidently treading into the darker sphere of house music.  His voice shines, as usual; although this time over a dirty bass and pulsating synths which blend together to create the ultimate in broody house tracks.

Trick will be released on October 14th.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/keleokereke/doubt[/soundcloud]

Trick Tracklist:
1. First Impressions
2. Coasting
3. Doubt
4. Closer
5. Like We Used To
6. Humour Me
7. Year Zero
8. My Hotel Room
9. Silver and Gold
10. Stay the Night

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16 year-old, Grace Mitchell introduces herself with ‘Your Design’ and ‘Broken Over You’

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Lorde, Ariana Grande and First Aid Kit– just a few names of ridiculously talented artists under 21. Now we can add to that list 16 year-old Portland-based singer, Grace Mitchell who proves once again that age is merely a number. Like Lorde, she’s creating moody yet expertly constructed pop tunes. With fiery red hair and an intent stare, her tunes match her presence with exploding percussion and affecting synths. Broken Over You and Your Design are both mid-tempo numbers yet they escalate into huge chorus’ and melody-laden bridges. She sounds far beyond her years, presenting two songs that sit somewhere in between Robyn‘s glowing alt-pop and Lorde’s goth-pop.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/your-design[/soundcloud]

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/broken-over-you[/soundcloud]

 

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Introducing Kentucky producer Ellie Herring and her new track, ‘Gem Landing’

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Ellie Herring is a producer from Kentucky who has been throwing gold up on her SoundCloud for the better part of a year now. Amongst jittery, atmospheric originals she’s done some stunning remixes of tracks by Janet Jackson and Cat Power proving that the beats still pump in the South. Last year she released her brilliant, Kite Day LP and followed it up this year with the slightly darker, Chipped EP. Now she’s popped a new song, Gem Landing, up on line, seemingly just for the hell of it. It’s a sunshine-induced tune with high-pitched vocal samples that err towards something you might hear on PC Music. It’s a tune for the headphones with plenty of delicious synths and bubblegum beats. File next to Ryan Hemsworth and Chrome Sparks. 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ellieh/gem-landing[/soundcloud]

Hear the Chipped EP below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/ellieh/sets/chipped-ep[/soundcloud]

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