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the interns’ Saturday Mix #3

saturdaymix2It’s the gift that keeps on giving. the interns‘ Saturday Mix is back again for its third glorious instalment to guide you deep into this mid-winter weekend. Why not play the host, go on an adventure or just catch yourself drifting away – there is no need for any awkward silences when we are here hitting the play button.

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We don’t have bears in Australia, so there is no real excuse not to go camping this weekend. Except for drop-bears, they suck. Here is something adventurous and all-Australian to guide you on your merry ways in to the forest, to the beach or anywhere creative you can pitch a tent with mates. This mix is infused with all new music, offering up that breath of fresh air you needed in your iTunes library. Just don’t forget to pack the marshmallows!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/triplejunearthed/june-unearthed-mixtape[/soundcloud]

LFTF – Saint Pepsi LFTF: Songs to own the dance floor

It’s time to spread your arms, holla to your mates and clear a big fat space – you are about to own the dance floor. Flared pants or not, this mix from 21-year-old Boston producer, is jam-packed with your favourite pop songs but with his own dazzling disco sentiment which will leave you clapping to the left, and shimmying to the right. Go on, do the Hustle!

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/liveforthefunk/saint-pepsi-lftf-mix[/soundcloud]

Benzi – Live @ Sway In The Morning: Music to host a house party

Time to tap the kegs, lay out the beer bong table and clear your room of any valuables and baby photos. Tonight, the time has finally come around for you to host a house party. Bitchez gonna be twerking, beers are gonna be flowin’ and you are going to have the night of your life – because no one can ever fail when Diplo, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are invited to your party.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/benzi/benzi-live-sway-in-the-morning[/soundcloud]

DJ Hanzel – Mix BBC Radio 1: Music to push that one bit deeper

DJ Hanzel, a.k.a Dillon Francis‘ infamous alter ego has taken over the decks at BBC Radio 1. It’s at this stage, all you want to do is leave the club. It’s 3am, the music is drying up like a desert and your attention is now solely focussed on what kebab you want from across the road. Here is just 30 minutes of numbness to push you that one bit deeper into the night – just so your mates don’t think you are a pussy.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dj-hanzel-one-deeper-mix-for-annie-nightingale-on-bbc-radio-one[/soundcloud]

Max Graef – Live at Club Bonsoir: Beats for your Sunday sesh

A good Sunday sesh often supersedes the infamous night before. Best served with mates and a barbecue, do not let the winter blues hold you back from seeing out your whole weekend of frivolity. This mix offers up something fresh and boppy, with the perfect amount of dancey disco, but with not too much of a punch to drown out your banter with your friends.

Click here to listen to the mix.

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Mount Kimbie – Minimix for North America 2014: Songs to daydream to…

Sundays are for dreaming. Free your mind, lie back on your porch or in the park and let the last of the sun’s rays warm up your face. Now close your eyes and let yourself just drift away with this gorgeous, yet purposefully disjointed musical head-space which the London duo conjure up for your delight. Prepare to get vivid.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mountkimbie/minimix-for-north-america-2014[/soundcloud]

 

 

 

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Young Franco recruits 17 year-old singer Joy. for ‘Close 2 U’

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Well, Brisbane producer Young Franco is obviously paying no attention to the seasons because his latest track, Close 2 U, is a Summer banger in the midst of Winter. Franco has recruited young singer/songwriter, Joy., who we featured a few weeks ago to sing the hook on Close 2 U alongside sunshine-induced keys and a thumbing beat. It’s got hints of Duke Dumont‘s I Got U, but most of all it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from a Young Franco creation: something young, energetic and vibrant. Close 2 U is the lead-single of an EP of the same name which features another new track, Hurricane. There are no vocals on Hurricane but it’s another deep-house delight.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/yfrnco/sets/close-2-u-ep[/soundcloud]

 

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Ryan Hemsworth gives us ‘Every Square Inch’

Following through with his promise to Facebook fans yesterday, favourite in theinterns office, Ryan Hemsworth, dropped new song, ‘Every Square Inch,’ overnight. Created in collaboration with Japanese producer,  Qrion, ‘Every Square Inch’ is like sour skittles bouncing their way down a techno-coloured rainbow. Straight A Hemsworth with its vulnerable highs, bursting over defiantly get-low lows, ‘Every Square Inch,’ has us excited for the release of his October LP, Guilt Trips.

[soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/ryanhemsworth/every-square-inchwith-qrion” iframe=”true” /]

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Throwaway Thursday

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We’ve closed down, the liquidators have been called in and we’ve been given ’til midnight before they burn the place down for insurance. It’s the last ever sale. Every song must go! Everything is free, this price is not to be repeated. So come on down to Throwaway Thursday with your empty pockets. Anna Lunoe, Thomston, Avec Sans – there’s something for everyone. Bring the kids, bring the semi-trailer and get in before everything goes!

Listen: HAERTS – Hemiplegia (Avec Sans Remix)

London duo Avec Sans have done it again; injecting their signature cheerful disco-pop and splashes of synths into HAERTS’ melancholic track ‘Hemiplegia’. They’ve extracted some of the rock, cut-and-pasted the vocals and thrown in glittery effects which all make for a sure dancefloor-starter. The track can be downloaded from their page, as well as the entire Avec Sans collection, for the small price of a Facebook like.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/avecsans/haerts-hemiplegia-avec-sans-remix#t=2:43[/soundcloud]

 

Click to access Avec Sans’ Facebook page 

Listen: Thomston – Salt

18-year-old Thomston featured on both our ‘5 Artists You Need To Hear Right Now‘ and ‘10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ so obviously we’re a bit obsessed. He had us in deep with ‘Anaesthetic’ and now he’s returned, bringing back his wise-beyond-its-years voice and grungy backing track, with ‘Salt’. This latest (free) offering was only uploaded 4 hours ago so best get to this one quick before everyone else.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thomston/salt[/soundcloud]

Listen: Bombay Bicycle Club – Home By Now (Louis The Child Remix)

One of the more languid tracks from Bombay Bicycle Club’s album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, has been given a techy, Nintendo-inspired rework by Louis The Child. It makes for a fun listen which manages to take you away to a faraway, pixelated land of mushrooms and rainbow roads. Want all that fun but are console-free? Do the next best thing and download this number from Louis The Child’s Soundcloud.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/doandroidsdance/bombay-bicycle-club-home-by-now-louis-the-child-remix[/soundcloud]

Listen: Anna Lunoe- Bass Drum Dealer

Australia’s new dancefloor queen is tearing it up overseas. She dropped this one in her Coachella set in April and caught the attention of many including Skrillex. Skrill (is that what kids call him these days?) mixed and mastered this one. The result? “House-inspired jungle rhythms” that are completely free to download. That’s our girl.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/nesthq/anna-lunoe-bdd-nest031?in=nesthq/sets/anna-lunoe-bass-drum-dealer-nest031[/soundcloud]

Listen: Popcaan- Where We Come From

‘Where We Came From’ is the debut album from Jamaican reggae-man Popcaan. As expected, the album is one to get down and dirty to with plenty of dutty dancing to be had. As the soundcloud notes, musicologist Wayne Marshall says the album “gives voice, as the best reggae does, to the contradictions of life in a society rife with inequities and yet so rich.” So, if you’re lookin’ for a voice or even just a bit of a butt wriggle, press play.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/mixpak/sets/popcaan-where-we-come-from[/soundcloud]

Watch: The Police vs. Grime Music

This documentary hosted by grime rapper JME, reflects on the cancellation of a grime event by police in London and more broadly investigates the relationship between London police and grime artists. It’s an interesting exploration of London’s form 696 which mandates that promoters and licensees submit a risk assessment form 14 days in advance of an event in London detailing the style of music and target audience. Many have labelled the Form ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’.

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Throwaway Thursday


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Another week and another brand new bag of toys. Unlike waiting around the bakery of an afternoon for leftover bread rolls, we’re bringing you the freshest of what we’ve found without even asking for three $9.99 instalments. This week, we’ve got a documentary from Eats Everything, D’Angelo in conversation and Kaytranada’s family project, amongst other things. So, put those coins away because they ain’t necessary here.

WATCH: Behind the Eaters: A documentary on super fans

It turns out British producer, Eats Everything, has quite the sense of humour. This mockumentary follows brilliant super fans (called ‘Eaters’) Brenda and Gwyn as they admit their obsession with the producer is probably ruining relationships. One could liken the Fandom surrounding Eats Everything in this film to One Direction. That said even one of the fans admits, “the thing about DJing is the music’s already done for you. You Just gotta press play”. It’s brilliantly dry humour and not too dissimilar to the brand of mockumentary we’re used to seeing from Chris Lilley.

WATCH: D’Angelo live in conversation

Last week US RnB singer, D’Angelo took to the stage to answer questions in front of 500 people as part of the Red Bull Academy Festival in New York. The singer hasn’t released an album in 15 years, however, speculation is building. Throughout the hour-long conversation, D’Angelo reminisced on his career and spoke about the recording process. He spoke of kicking everybody out of the recording studio when it’s time for him to lay his vocals, describing it as “trying to go deep, deep in the onion”.

Watch the video over at the Red Bull Academy

LISTEN: Omarion- Fader Mix

You’d be forgiven for not immediately remembering who Omarion is. You’re not forgiven if you go here, and still don’t remember who he is. For those of you who still need some help, Omarion was part of boyband B2K before going it solo. He hasn’t been around for the better part of a decade, but he’s set to release his new album Sex Playlist. Yes, Sex Playlist. That aside, he’s thrown together a great mix for The Fader which includes Shlohmo, LL Cool J and Chrome Sparks. I guess you could consider it a, er, Sex Playlist.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fadermedia/fader-mix-omarion[/soundcloud]

LISTEN: The Celestics- Supreme Laziness

Montreal beatsmith Kaytranada has been making a name for himself with a handful of great originals and remixes but now he’s joined hands with his rapping brother as The Celestics. Supreme Laziness is their debut and it’s absolutely free. Aside from that great fact, it’s full of Kaytranada’s woozy production and his brother, Louie P’s quick-witted words.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/huhwhatandwhere/sets/supreme-laziness-the-celestics[/soundcloud]

LISTEN: Sable- Foolin’ (Basenji Remix)

Sydney producer Basenji has just unleashed his first official remix for WA newcomer Sable. Basenji has slowed down Foolin’ off Sable’s Feels So Good EP, adding breathing space and sparsity to the WA producer’s manic original. Still, it’s not short of trap-inspired drops to make sure you get down. WAY down.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pilerats/sable-foolin-basenji-remix[/soundcloud]

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Throwaway Thursday

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You’ve probably just returned from the supermarket, stolen sampled grapes and dried apricots and are now even more in the mood for freebies. Well, you’re in luck. We have a bunch of audio and visual delights hand-picked by theinterns to satisfy your cravings for anything that falls into your lap without indenting your bank account.

Watch: Megan Washington- TedxSydney talk: To Or Not Let Go

I’ve been tracking the career of Megan Washington for years and I’ve never realised that she had a stutter. Until now. In her TEDxSydney talk, To Or Not Let Go, Washington reveals “I’m an adult woman who spends her life as a performer with a speech impediment” . It’s a moving talk with a number of quotable moments including “People think I’m drunk all the time”- at least she has an excuse.

She also throws in a song at the end.

Read: Evan Minsker- How To DJ Your Own Wedding

Most weddings are unwillingly destined for a soundtrack of Ronan Keating and Andre Rieu but Pitchfork writer, Evan Minsker, has selflessly let us into the musings behind his wedding playlist. It covers everything from Processional/Recessional to dancing with Mum and Dad. Surprisingly there is nothing cringe-worthy in sight. Not even a Boyz II Men mention. While he’s resisted adding any Rick Ross or 2 Chainz, he gives a nod to contemporaries like Robyn and Sky Ferreira. The music is undoubtedly the hardest part of a wedding, so with this handy guide we’re already half-way down the aisle.

Have a read over at Pitchfork. 

Listen: The-Drum- Lo-Motion Singles Vol.1

Chicago production duo The-Drum have just started a new label called Lo-Motion and this compilation is the first release off it. You’ll have to excuse us, it’s not exactly free, it’ll cost you $1 but treat it like a gold coin donation and you’ll feel like you’re doing something good for the world. That feeling is priceless. As well as featuring a whole lot of delicious new names, the compilation also has tracks from The GTA, Dre Green and The-Drum’s own RnB side-project JODY. If you’re looking to impress your friends with new music that not even you know quite yet, look no further.

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Listen: Rome Fortune & Four Tet- One Time For

We featured Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune in our Most Underrated Albums of 2014 feature a few weeks back but since then he’s kept dropping sporadic pieces of gold. The latest track to emerge is produced by Englishman Four Tet, who pretty much slayed all you bitches when he was out here for Laneway Festival earlier this year. You can download One Time For for free from his Soundcloud. While you’re at it you can also take note of the blurb which explains that this is one of two collaborative tracks between the two. Hooray for dance and rap music’s glorious marriage. [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/romefortune/one-time-for-prod-four-tet[/soundcloud]

Until next week, extreme bargain hunters…

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Throwaway Thursdays

In the words of the incomparable Janet Jackson– “the best things in life are free”. With a harsh budget delivered this week, Australia’s youth have been denied access to a life of dole-bludging and are subject to potentially rising university fees. It’s ok though, because we are here to soften the blow with free new music. Each Thursday will be now known as Throwaway Thursdays- a weekly collection of all that the internet is giving away. Below are a bunch of complimentary mixtapes, documentaries and mixes that can be downloaded or watched without credit card charges or additional HECS debt.

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BOOTS- WinterSpringSummerFall Mixtape

When you hear the artist BOOTS it’s usually in association with Beyonce. That’s because the wonder-kid produced many of the tracks off Beyonce’s surprise, self-titled album. Since its release, “Who is BOOTS?” has been searched 52 million times on Google. Well, consider this mixtape his formal introduction. He’s called upon a bunch of friends to help him too with Kelelah, Jeremih, Shlohmo and Son Lux all contributing to tracks. Oh and one more- Beyonce, of course. Not bad for a debut mixtape, ey?

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bootsonboots/sets/winterspringsummerfall[/soundcloud]

Bayou- LOOPBACK Mixtape

We featured Bayou’s Airlock in Musical Speed Dating a few weeks ago, with the track garnering everything from a one rating to a four. The UK-based singer-songwriter’s debut mixtape is likely to be just as divisive as he works alongside chopped and screwed soundscapes and unconventional melodies. For the most part it leans towards experimental RnB but you’re also sure to feel some James Blake vibes throughout. Whatever your taste may be, it’s free and nobody resists a freebie.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bayyyou/sets/loopback-1[/soundcloud]

Download here.

Mac DeMarco- Pepperoni Playboy (A Macumentary)

Everyone loves the Mac and you’re likely to fall further in love with the Canadian larrikin in this beautifully filmed documentary directed by Jon Leone. Yes, it features shower scenes. Yes, it features plenty of cigarettes. Yes, it features a trip to China. Such is the life of this slacker. The Pitchfork-premiered film is a more than entertaining look into the bizarre personality of Mac DeMarco. And he talks about Australia which he describes as “a real treat”.

St. Vincent- FACT mix

Annie Clarke has some pretty cool friends. She’s impressed everyone from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the surviving members of Nirvana. But this eclectic mix is her chance to show off who’s dominating her iPod or Gramophone. The 50-minute mix for FACT mag sees the singer-songwriter step behind the decks to spin everybody from Kanye to Beyonce to King Krule. It doesn’t make complete sonic sense but it’s a damn good collection of tunes nonetheless.

Listen to the mix here.

Tracklist:
King Krule – Easy Easy
Solex – Oh Blimey!
Beyonce – Blow
David Bowie – Warszawa
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Interlude
Loretta Lynn – Wine, Women and Song
Kid Creole and The Coconuts – Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
Sisyphus – Calm It Down
Marvin Pontiac – No Kids
The Clash – London Calling
Liz Phair – Divorce Song
Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, Suite 3
Selda – Yaylalar

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Our Splendour in the Grass predictions for 2014

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It’s that time of year again. The rumour mill surrounding Splendour In The Grass is running in overdrive and while some acts have confirmed that they will make the trip, many are still just possibilities. Never ones to back away from a guessing competition, we’ve compiled a list of some names we expect to see on the line-up when it is released next Wednesday, April 23.

The Black Keys

The Black Keys still owe Australia. Despite touring Australia nationally in 2012, they cancelled on a heartbroken BDO audience in 2011. With the new album, Turn Blue, on its way, a headline set at Splendour would be a glorious return for the duo.

Chances: Their last festival is Latitiude in the UK on the 20 July- plenty of time to head down under for some Byron sunshine.

Outkast

Outkast are another hot contender for the headline spot. They reunited for their 20 year anniversary at Coachella this month and are set to play over 40 festivals over the globe. There is a Splendour-sized hole in their touring schedule too.

Chances: Lock it in, I’d say.

The Preatures

Straight off the back of a stellar slot at Coachella and an American tour, The Preatures could make a heroic return to Australia capped off by a set at Splendour In The Grass. In the past, Splendour has booked many artists (The Jezabels, Chet Faker, Flume) that have their ultimate live breakthrough and splendour and Isabella Manfredi and co. could just be the next one.

Chances: Count on a mid-afternoon sing-along to Is This How You Feel? In Byron.

Danish pop star, MØ, did a short jaunt around the country last year, however, she is yet to play it a festival crowd here. With her debut album, Mythologies To Follow, out, she could fill a Splendour up and comer slot easily.

Chances: Her schedule says, yes, it just depends on whether she’s Splendour material.

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Dev Hynes is due for an Australian tour. He hasn’t been here since he supported Florence and the Machine in 2012 and with a new album out he’s got plenty of material to flaunt. He’s impressed festival audiences across America and Europe. Maybe it’s about time he did so here.

Chances: Fingers crossed, but no certainty.

Cut Copy

They played Future Music Festival but surely Splendour is their more favoured stomping ground. They killed it back in 2011 and would do the same again in 2014 armed with a whole new bag of tricks off the new album, Free Your Mind.

Chances: Their national tour in May suggests that it may be a big ask to come back again in July but they must be used to the jet-lag by now. It would require a hasty turnaround to play Osheaga Festival the weekend after.

Foster The People

With a new album out, Foster The People will no doubt be trying to fit in a trip down under. Splendour, which they played as youngens in 2012, could be the perfect place for a main stage debut in Australia.

Chances: Every other festival will also be trying to snap them up. Splendour could be too early in the promo cycle.

Duck Sauce

With a new album Quack out next weekend, A-Trak and Armin Van Helden could be up for a jaunt down-under. They would be a perfect addition to the dance line-up and would likely pull a large crowd.

Chances: A possibility if they haven’t already been snapped up by Stereosonic or Listen Out.

Courtney Barnett

Barnett is possibly the biggest Aussie name in the international music scene at the moment. She’s become an NME darling and is booked to play some of the largest festivals on the circuit including Coachella and Sasquatch. It could be a triumphant glory-run, if she returned home for Splendour.

Chances: She has July off so it could be a good chance to pop back home.

Modest Mouse

This one could be a long shot but the band are playing a number of festivals this Summer and have a touring gap to play Splendour. The only way we’d excuse the absence is if they were holed up recording their sixth album. It’s been nearly seven years since their last, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.

Chances: Slim but a definite potential none the less.

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SBTRKT

The masked producer was in Australia last year for a quick visit, but a big festival show is long overdue. Particularly when he has just released a new EP, Transitions.

Chances: He’s playing Fuji Rock in Japan the same weekend. Splendour has been known to share acts with Fuji. Pencil him in.

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Weekend Windback 12/13 April

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Adelaide-born beats wizkid Motez delivers this week’s Weekend Windback with his fresh remix of Madison Avenue’s “Don’t Call Me Baby”. Celebrating 21 years of local label Vicious Recordings, this all Australian re-rub stays true to the catchy mood of the original millennium hit, but adds his own signature bass line and slick modern synth to keep you up and moving.

This ingenious house innovation adds to an impressive list of singles from this bass, fast-rising producer. Cementing himself in the 2014 Aus music calendar, Motez is supporting Disclosure in their Melbourne tour leg this May, and set to release a new EP in April through Sweat it Out.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tonicollision/dont-call-me-baby-motez-remix[/soundcloud]

 

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