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Kimbra previews ‘The Golden Echo’ with ‘Nobody But You’ and ‘Love in High Places’

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Following the experimental, ‘90s Music, Kimbra has released two more tracks off The Golden Echo, Love In High Places and Nobody But You. Both are sultry soul numbers that don’t have less of the oddities of ‘90s Music and more of the sound that we heard on Vows. Love in High Places has a distinct Dirty Projectors vibe to it while Nobody But You is throwback RnB, with Kimbra swimming fleetingly through her vocal range. We’ll get to hear The Golden Echo in the middle of August as was revealed in her Twitter Q&A.

Nobody But You:

Love In High Places:

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Stream Shamir’s Debut EP

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Las-Vegas artist Shamir impressed with his first two singles, If It Wasn’t True and I Know It’s A Good Thing and now he’s set to groove you right down to the ground with his debut EP. The Northtown EP features five cuts that incorporate everything from deep-house to disco and motown soul. His voice has an androgynous quality that is both intriguing and captivating. His acoustic cover of Lindi Ortega’s Lived and Died Alone is the best proof of this. Heighty vocals and a stellar falsetto carry the EP home with class.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/godmodeinternet/sets/shamir-northtown-godmode[/soundcloud]

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New London artist, BARLI reveals her debut track ‘Pebbles’

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There’s so little you can do on a rainy Winters day that doesn’t include weeping/eating Oreos. Luckily, there’s another activity to add to that list- listen to the new track by London-artist BARLI. At this point BARLI is rather anonymous. A search for her debut song Pebbles reveals little else than Bali inspired-pebbles. And unless you’re thinking of paving your pool, that is of little need to anybody. The Tom Epoch-produced track, Pebbles, on the other hand is of a lot of use. It’s dark and minimal, moved along simply by an affecting 808. Her voice doesn’t strain throughout rather preferring to remain in a spectrum covered by the likes of Jessie Ware and BANKS. An EP is reportedly on the way.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/premiere-barli-pebbles[/soundcloud]

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La Roux releases another new song, ‘Tropical Chancer’

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At this rate we’re going to have the whole new La Roux album, Trouble In Paradise, before its release date. Tropical Chancer, is the third track to be unleashed from the album in as many weeks. It finds itself somewhere between Let Me Down Gently and Uptight Downtown. It has the paradiso stylings of Let Me Down Gently, while its got the upbeat groove of Uptight Downtown. Trouble In Paradise arrives in Australia on 4 July.

Listen to the premiere over at Pitchfork.

Watch her perform Let Me Down Gently at the Governors Ball in NYC over the weekend:

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Mausi transform Kanye’s Bound 2

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Kanye’s Bound 2 turned into a crystalline slice of pop-heaven is probably the most unexpected discovery of the day. Mausi, who we featured a few weeks back, have taken the hook of West’s closing number from Yeezus and added fluid synths and delicate vocals atop a pulsating dance beat. Unfortunately that don’t take on the rap, nor the Kim-featuring video, but they score points for complete originality. If the Kanye original was too aggressive and egotistical for you, then you’ll fall in love with this version.

[soundcloud] https://soundcloud.com/wearemausi/mausi-bound-2-v-3[/soundcloud]

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Montaigne drops new single I Am Not An End

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Montaigne (aka. Jessica Cerro) was a Triple J Unearthed High finalist in 2012. She didn’t win, but since then she’s been turning out some pretty stunning music. I Am Not An End is the second single off her forthcoming EP, Life of Montaigne. It follows I’m A Fantastic Wreck which pricked up ears last month. It’s a stings-driven number that revolves around Cerro’s sunshine-induced voice. She’s got the quick-wit of Lily Allen with the pop quirks of somebody like Regina Spektor. Australia is desperately in need of a new left-of-centre pop queen and Montaigne could be it. This is a very strong debut.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/montaigne-music/i-am-not-an-end[/soundcloud]

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Collarbones release free EP ‘Atlantis 2014’

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Sydney/Adelaide duo, Collarbones are probably making the most innovative RnB music in Australia at the moment. Following 2012’s fantastic Die Young LP, the pair have released the free, Atlantis 2014 EP. Like most of their work, it’s a layered and introverted soundscape that borrows from contemporary RnB and electronica. As the title suggests, Atlantis 2014 is a world of its own built on lush synths, pulsating beats and sparse melodies. Lead-vocalist Marcus Whale leads the way with his dulcet tones and runs while his partner in crime , Travis Cook, engulfs it in a hazy atmosphere. It’s pretty startling stuff.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/collarbones/sets/atlantis-2014[/soundcloud]

Collarbones will take to Sydney’s Seymour centre as part of Vivid Festival on 6 June with Synergy Percussion. You can grab your tickets here. 

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