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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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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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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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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.

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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.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/blackvanilla-1/smacks[/soundcloud]

 

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