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London songstress Billie Black unveils debut EP

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We’ve listened to Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love so many times now that we knew there would come a time where we’d have to search for something else. Well, that day is here and we’re more than happy to swap Tough Love with the elegant debut from London newcomer, Billie Black. Titled 00100 (yeah, us either), the EP is a collection of lush, dim-lit pop songs that centre around the rich tones of Black. I Don’t Need Another Lover, which we’ve already heard sounds like a more digestible SBTRKT song while Do You Really revels in simplicity, which seems to be the theme of the EP. Each song is delicately crafted to maintain a level of consistency. It never goes overboard nor does it stray from its sophisticated aesthetic. It’s a comprehensive and exciting set, that leaves us wondering what’s next for Black.

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First Impressions: K Stewart, Giraffage, Shamir + more

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. Today we pick apart tracks by Giraffage, Shamir, Baauer, K Stewart, TĀLĀ & BenZel. 

Giraffage- Tell Me

Sam: Giraffage is such a lush, understated producer. He really doesn’t go straight for immediate appeal rather drawing you in slowly. Tell Me is full of crystalline sounds and a calming vocal sample. I love when he really lays it on in the fourth quarter with that dense, hearty synth. 4

Bianca: Giraffage always has the knack of creating these delightfully minimal, delicious slices of synth pop. Tell Me isn’t overly dense but, like a lemon meringue pie, it is fluffy and light, with just the right balance of sweet and tart. 4

Lizzie: This one took a couple of goes to wrap my head around. Not because of its complexity, because it is so simple and soft, I may have tuned out the first time (sorry). That may sound incredibly insulting, but I think maybe I just felt incredibly comfortable and at ease that I just melted away. It’s a solid 3.5

Hannah: 1:18 is perfection. There’s just so much space to indulge in a Giraffage track. He’s a producer gives every sample, every vocal, every bounce and every poppy synth equal parts loving affection and quality attention and makes for a truly harmonious ear party. 4
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Shamir- On The Regular

Sam: The first time I heard Azealia Banks’ 212 I listened to it like 10 times in a row and thought she was the coolest person on the planet. On The Regular has that bratty, careless flow that 212 had. Shamir just beams with personality. XL Records have made a damn good decision- as far as I’m concerned this is on repeat for the whole summer. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

Bianca: If Shamir could go ahead and just be my friend right now, that’d be great. So much sass, so much confidence, so little time! If this is Shamir on the regular, sign me up now. 4

Lizzie: Wow I did not expect this. I don’t even know what just happened but I think I may be a bit too sober to understand it. In saying that, this track is not about understanding, it is all about letting your guard down and totally just wiggling, bopping and dancing like a crazy person. Let loose! 4

Hannah: Well, say hello to the If-you-don’t-know-now-you-know-Mother-Fucker track of the summer! Shamir brings sass and cheek in a sugary sweet in a way that only a 5’10 skinny boy getting about in rainbow tie dye is capable of. It’s strength lies in its hypnotic bounce and studiously self-aware, yet totally rappable lyrics. This is on repeat, on the regular. 4.5 Hannah’s Pick

Baauer- One Touch

Sam: Hmm. I know this is First Impressions but I’ve had to listen to this song just under 10 times to really be able to understand what the hell is going on. One listen I don’t think Aluna works with Rae Sremmurd and then the next I do, so god knows what’s going on in my mind. One thing’s for sure, Aluna sounds slinky and sultry, really shining above the minimal beat like she so often does. 3

Bianca: I’m actually really enjoying the amalgamation of styles. Baauer’s bass is just heavy enough and Aluna vocals float on top ever so ethereally. Rae Sremmurd’s rhymes are rough and verging on angsty but, as long as I don’t listen to the actual lyrics, they surprisingly don’t irk me. An unlikely combination that happens to make a lot of sense. 4

Lizzie: Rae, you sound like a whiny croaky teenager whose voice is teetering on breaking. I am in such a love/hate relationship with One Touch, I wish they had just left Aluna alone to do her awesome thing (as always)! 3

Hannah: Rae Sremmurd is the rap equivalent of a yappy chihuahua. If you just ignore the yappy, bitey, over zealous – I’d say furball but really, what Chihuaha has anything worth considering as fur – thing running about your ankles while Alunageorge and Baauer bring it, you’d have a good song. 2.5

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/baauer/one-touch[/soundcloud]

K Stewart- Close Enough

Sam: I’m such a sucker for airy, Aaliyah-esque RnB vocals so naturally I’m instantly in love with this one. There’s something really cool about artists that feel that they don’t need to bust their arse on the chorus. The chorus of Close Enough is free flowing, flirty and delicious. K Stewart is three for three right now in terms of solo singles. 3.5

Bianca: It’s boppy, it’s fresh, it’s girly and oh so Summery. K’s dreamy vocals are the perfect addition to the grooving melody that manages to be noticed but isn’t completely grabbing for your full attention. 3

Lizzie: Close Enough could easily slip into your Summer DJ mix. It’s nothing out-of-this world, but perfect for a chic outdoor get-together to get them in the mood for the season. Why do I get this feeling that Zhu could remix the shiz out of this and add a bit more depth to it? 3.75

Hannah: You know what, while I adore this song and its smooth groove, I really think K Stewart’s vocals get totally lost to production. Amp up those Aaliyah sounds. Close, but not close enough. 3.5

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TĀLĀ- Everybody’s Free

Sam: I absolutely love TĀLĀ and I can’t wait to hear how this one sounds in the context of the album. She’s gone with using one of the most recognisable vocal samples and transformed it into the glorious, euphoric number that ebbs and flows in waves of happiness. It’s almost worth doing another remake of Romeo + Juliet just to include this. Crowdfunding anyone? 4.5

Bianca: Don’t listen to what Sam says, Romeo + Juliet. You are perfect as you are so don’t go changin’. In saying that, TĀLĀ has somehow managed to improve on an already flawless song with her touches being oh so deliciously minimal. She has maintained the celestial feeling of the original, amplifying it to seventh heaven with undulating synths and a ricocheting beat. 4.5 Bianca’s Pick

Lizzie: Despite the initial corniness of the first 5 seconds (you will understand when you hear it), this is a gorgeously twist on an old favourite. It is perfectly tickled with a bit of electronica, R&B and well-crafted samples – and hold out to the the last 30 seconds, that’s where I am found myself utterly smitten. 4.5 Lizzie’s Pick

Hannah: Sam, where do I sign up? TĀLĀ is doing for this track what Luhrmann did for Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet in the first place. While the lofty vocals and original lyrics give it an undeniably uplifting character, TĀLĀ grounds her rendition in the dirt, grit and grime of street culture. With heavy bass, quivering percussion and wait, was that a motorcycle I heard, TĀLĀ’s vein of feel good is a seductively dark one. 4

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/talaofficial/everybodysfree[/soundcloud]

BenZel (Feat. Juicy J & Cashmere Cat)- Four

Sam: I’m not sure how I feel about BenZel as hip-hop producers. Their work with soulful vocalists has been so impressive that it’s quite different to hear them in this aesthetic. What I do love is that they make the chorus so tantalisingly melodic, just by taking the vocal down in pitch and laying down in soulful guitars. The rushing end is also great but it’s all not really enough to save Juicy J’s uninspiring verses. 3

Bianca: Like someone pouring a shit load of unnecessary ketchup on hot chips, this track has had a whole lot of uninspiring vocals laid over its deliciously steamy production. The ending is where things really start to pick up for me but unfortunately it’s all too little too late by then. Then again, I’m sitting in a cafe with Maroon 5 seeping through my headphones so my opinion could possibly be unfairly swayed. 3

Lizzie: Yawn. 1

Hannah: This is what happens when someone seasoned in tantric sex jumps into bed with a 16 year old gangly virgin. Juicy J just lacks the oozy sex of someone like Jeremih to rap this slow about hoes and fucking. Juicy gettin’ bored? Yeah me too. That said, if BenZel and Cashmere Cat just took their production elsewhere (cough Jeremih), we might have had a winner here. 2

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Lucas

Promising producer, Lucas, reveals ‘Her Room’

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If we’re going to talk feels, there’s one producer this year that stands out as being able to evoke rich emotion, and that is Seattle producer, Lucas. He first rose up the ranks thanks to Keep U Warm – a beautiful track released via Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs project. He no doubt impressed Hemsworth with his heart-wrenching remix of Hemsworth’s own, One For Me. There’s a real bromance developing there but enough of that.

Lucas has released the first taster, Her Room, from his forthcoming Clearing EP. It sees him working with the atmosphere that we’re becoming accustomed to with the 23 year-old producer, pulling upon haunting vocal samples, crisp foliage and stripped-bare electronic percussion. He manages to create this dark, haunting world that’s also emotionally profound.

Clearing is out November 15.

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Klo. release the sweltering, ‘Under Lie’

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Klo. have released two songs previous to this and they’ve been dazzling, minimal electronic numbers that feature the gentle vocals of Chloe Kaul. Not to say that False Calls and Make Me Wonder were bad, they were fantastic, but this latest one, Under Lie, is a giant leap forward. Beat-maker Simon Lam, lays down a moody, deep soundscape which Kaul matches with the deepest vocal we’ve heard from her yet. Both of them sound confident, melodic and best of all, comfortable. It’s most definitely the most instantly likeable thing they’ve done and will have even more people clamouring to see them live.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Nicki Minaj, Shamir, Baauer + more

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There’s been so much new music released this week that we considered doing 43 Songs You Need To Hear This Week but we’re time poor and ready for a wine so we didn’t. Sorry. But we did put together 10 and they are a dazzling set of tunes.

Shamir- On The Regular

Shamir has been an interns favourite since he released his Northtown EP earlier this year. Being the clever lads they are, XL Records have snapped him up and launched his campaign with the bombastic, On The Regular. Shamir just oozes sassy charisma and the whole song has the cool persona of something like Azealia Banks, 212. Something tells me Shamir won’t be having any beefs with musicians any time soon, either. This is Shamir on the regular, so you know.

JOY.- Stone

It’s been a good week for this Brisbane teen. First she dropped this stellar new single, Stone, and they she said “oi, listen up” to everybody in the country, performing an unbelievable version of Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head on triple j’s Like A Version with Peking Duk. Her breathy voice is utterly captivating on Stone and the brass stylings that swing in during the chorus give us shivers. And yes, we’re very jealous. She’s 17 for goodness sake.

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Calvin Harris- Pray To God (Feat. HAIM)

It’s true, we tease Calvin a bit here on the interns. Oh gosh, how we tease, but give the man credit where it’s due. He’s gone from a dorky producer to arguably the biggest DJ in the world in a relatively short amount of time. His new album Motion sounds like one continuous song but this one with LA girls HAIM is a standout. Harris takes the backseat letting HAIM take most of the glory and they may have just helped us become Harris believers.

Nicki Minaj (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown)- Only

Nicki Minaj is absolutely killing it with single covers right now. Anaconda was ridiculous and this one is just as great. Only sees Minaj pack three others into the one song with Drake and Lil Wayne delivering verses and Chris Brown singing the hook. “I never f**ked Drake, I never f**ked Wayne”, she opens with just to clear things up and from there continues to rap like a dark queen. Drake’s verse is great and Wayne’s is average but really it’s just nice to have Nicki down off her Spaceship and rapping like the bad bitch she is.

Jacques Greene- 1 4 Me

Montreal producer Jacques Greene is releasing a new EP this month called After Life, After Party and he’s starting it off with the brilliant 1 4 Me. “1 4 me was trying to challenge myself to keep an arrangement dead simple”, he says of the track and it shows. It feels spacious yet warm and brooding.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/jacquesgreene/14me[/soundcloud]

Ara Koufax- Brenda

The delightful lads of Cut/Copy are releasing a mixtape full of all the wonderful tracks Melbourne has to offer called Oceans Apart. The first track they’ve dropped from it, is by Ara Koufax and it’s just so beautiful it makes us want to cry. It’s a emotion-packed, euphoric song that has these sad undertones that run beneath it and we can’t quite figure out where all these feels are coming from. Maybe it’s the lush, hearty vocal sample or the striking keys that drive the songs second half.

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Drippin- Waterfall

We sung the praises of Norwegian producer Drippin’ a few weeks ago and we’re just going to keep on belting because he’s dropped another brilliant track. Waterfall is a dark, mesmerizing cut with gun-shot beats and icy, industrial synths. It sounds like something that Kanye would’ve easily rapped over on Yeezus, and we think he may just have a few rappers coming his way looking for beats. Ka-ching!

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/litcity/drippin-waterfall[/soundcloud]

Bauuer- One Touch (Feat. Alunageorge & Rae Sremmund)

Somehow Baauer has quite cleverly manoeuvred away from the shackles of a viral smash and has been able to go along doing his own thing unnoticed. One Touch is a million miles away from Harlem Shake with Aluna’s slinky vocals and Rae Sremmund aggressive rap sitting more in the category of RnB than electronica.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/baauer/one-touch[/soundcloud]

Thelma Plum- How Much Does Your Love Cost (Dugong Jnr Remix)

Thelma Plum is a fast-rising Australian queen of folk, so it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever that she’d release anything club-bound but it worked for Emma Louise with Jungle and it’s definitely working again here. Fellow Aussie producer Dugong Jnr has transformed How Much Does Your Love Cost into a flickering, fluctuating track that actually shows Plum’s potential as an electronic vocalist.

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Saint Pepsi x Maxo- Celebrate Me

Saint Pepsi is one of the most unapologetically joyful producers around. Everything he churns out have sharp accents of happiness and smiling vocal samples. Celebrate Me is a bit more down-tempo than we’re used to but it also uses this delectable vocal sample that just fills you up with warm and fuzzies. I don’t even think I want to tell you what happens at the end. Just listen, it’s a beautiful, beautiful moment.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/saintpepsi/saint-pepsi-x-maxo-celebrate-me[/soundcloud]

 

 

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10 things I learnt from my interview with Yacht Club DJs

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Back in August, it was announced that party duo and mash-up maestros, Yacht Club DJs, were calling it quits. Since forming in 2008, Gareth Harrison and Guy Chappell have entertained crowds with their unique mixing style and mash-up techniques, as well as their on-stage antics, which in the past have included nudity, crowd invasions and riding over the crowd in an inflatable boat. To celebrate almost eight successful years in the music industry, the Ballarat locals are throwing 14 massive send-off parties around Australia, beginning in Hobart and ending in their hometown, Ballarat. I was lucky to speak to one half of the super duo, Gaz, in one of their last interviews ever. Here’s what I learnt:

1. Music goes in circles

When I first started DJing, literally the biggest thing was deep house, pushing that sound all over the world, and then everyone went really backwards with it and didn’t want to listen to it, it was all too serious, and then it went ultra, ultra party and everyone was listening to hip hop and party jams. And when we came along, the whole mash-up thing happened, what with 2manydjs, and then that moved into the indie-electro sound by Justice, and then Daft Punk happened. And now it’s all come back round again and everyone wants to listen to deep house. It all happens in circles. Everyone out there is like, “I’ve got a fresh new sound!” and I’m like, “Bullshit! it happened in 2000!” It’s cool, though, there’s always going to be new discoveries. That’s music, that’s what it’s there for.”

2. Mumford & Sons and The Prodigy go surprisingly well together

“Guy was obsessed with playing a Mumford and Sons song in our set and I kind of hated it. I like Mumford and Sons but I came from this really serious band background so every now and then we’ll do something that will make my skin crawl. I had to do things to get my head around it so I started mixing Breathe by The Prodigy into it. This really anthemic Mumford and Sons song with this really garage thing (laughs). So like injecting that kind of sense of humour into it got me past the skin crawling phase because it was just so preposterous and funny. But that sort of thing still backs the spirit of the house party vibe we have. It’s like the kind of shit you’d put on your iPhone with your friends, like playing ridiculous song after ridiculous song.”

3. Australia’s killing it in the music scene

“There’s so many good dudes in Australia now, we’re taking over the world. Just to see people do what they do, like Chris from What So Not, Flume, all those guys, are absolutely taking over the world. And then there’s dudes just killing it, like Paces and Spenda C. Also, Yahtzel, I love that kid. He’s unreal. And he’s such a good DJ, it’s ridiculous. Australia’s scene is really, really strong.”

4. Their onstage antics are unplanned

People make it sound like our shows are really planned. We just go on stage and do our thing. One time, I got this really intense cut on my back and was bleeding everywhere and it just got written off that I had planned it. And I was like, ‘I’m really hurt here?’

Another time in Byron Bay, I broke my leg. These things don’t get planned. This shit just happens. If I get naked, I get naked. If I accidentally break my leg, I accidentally break my leg. We’re never going to go on stage and be like, ‘Alright. 10 minutes in, I’m gonna do this, you’re gonna do this.’ Who even wants to plan that shit? It’s so ridiculous!”

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5. They hate the lockout laws

“Last time we played, we had to play so early so everyone could go out afterwards. And then I couldn’t go out afterwards! I went on stage, got a beer and was like, “Sweet, let’s go out,” and then it was like, “Nup, can’t go out.” Fuck the lockout, I hate that stuff!

It doesn’t work. Ballarat, where I live, is the first place that ever did it. And if they looked up what happened here, they’d know it doesn’t work because everyone goes out on the streets and fights each other. No lockout, it’s a shit idea.”

6. They really, really love Meredith Festival

When asked about one of his favourite moments of his career, Gaz replied, “I’d have to say the very first Meredith we’ve ever played. I worked at that music festival for so long and I absolutely adored it. I always said that if I ever got on stage there, I’d take a shovel and just bury myself out the back…and then we got to play it three times.

I’ve walked on stage at a lot of festivals and and there’s nothing like the rush when you walk on that stage there. And that includes all the stuff we did over in America, which was a huge rush and such an incredible experience, but there’s just something about Meredith. I think also having my best friends in the front row just giving me shit the whole time is good. It definitely holds a special place.”

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7. Gaz wants to be a fortune cookie writer

When asked to choose between professional sleeper, dice inspector or fortune cookie writer as his next career options, Gaz was quick to choose the latter: “I love unloading truth on people.”

8. Their career was a huge surprise to them

“We only ever did this for fun. The whole career has been a huge surprise to be honest. We started this just for a laugh and like 8 years later we’re still doing it and we’re like, ‘holy crap, how did this even happen?’”

9. Gaz is taking a well-deserved break  

“I don’t have any plans but I know Guy’s got some other stuff he’s working on. I just want some time off. I’ve been DJing full time for 15 years. I just want to do something else and I kind of like the idea of not knowing what I’m going to do. After 15 years of having a pretty regimented life, I think I’m just going to wander around and see what happens.”

10. They’re quitting the biz and there’s nothing we can do about it

It seems the duo are pretty confident there’ll be no John Farnham-esque comeback tour. “Definitely zero chance,” said Gaz. “I’m not as young as I used to be and who the fuck would want to see me when I’m 40 and playing party music at a nightclub? I don’t think that will ever work.

We never wanted to get what we do to get old. We always said, if we get tired of it, leave it where it is. We’re still doing really good things with it but at the same time we want to do other stuff so we’re like “fuck it, let’s just  call it off.” Let’s leave it as this thing. It was really good and never got old so let’s, yeah, move on.”

Yacht Club DJs’ Hooroo! tour kicks of tonight, 31 October. See below for dates. 

Fri 31 Oct – Republic Bar | Hobart TAS | Tickets 

Sat 1 Nov – Republic Bar | Hobart TAS | Tickets 

Fri 7 Nov – The Northern | Byron Bay NSW| Tickets 

Sat 8 Nov – The Brightside | Brisbane QLD | Tickets

Fri 14 Nov – The Cambridge | Newcastle NSW | Tickets 

Sat 15 Nov – Oxford Art Factory | Sydney NSW| Tickets 

Fri 21 Nov – Barwon Club | Geelong VIC | Tickets 

Sat 22 Nov – The Corner Hotel | Melbourne VIC | Tickets 

Fri 28 Nov – Jive | Adelaide SA| Tickets 

Sat 29 Nov – Lost at The Vic | Darwin NT | Door Sales Only

Fri 5 Dec – Amplifier | Perth WA | Tickets

Sat 6 Dec – ‘Hooch’ at Toucan Club | Mandurah WA | Tickets

Fri 19 Dec – Karova Lounge | Ballarat VIC | Tickets

Sat 20 Dec – Karova Lounge | Ballarat VIC | Tickets

TALA Everybodys free

TĀLĀ reworks ‘Everybody’s Free’ from Romeo + Juliet

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Featured in the Baz Luhrmann classic, Romeo + Juliet, Quindon Tarver‘s Everybody’s Free was the soul-wrenching hymn of the ’90s, soundtracking the heartache of two star-cross’d lovers in fair Verona who (*SPOILER ALERT*) take their lives. The song has now been transported to modern day by TĀLĀ, the electronic singer/songwriter/producer who has been on the interns’ radar for a while now. Keeping the basic song structure of the original intact, the half-Iranian, South Londoner has put her delicate touch onto it, slowly building up the ambience with a heavy, skittering beat and layered vocals. Immaculately produced, this rework is a testament to TĀLĀ’s knack for creating atmospheric beats, kept at just the perfect level of intensity.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/talaofficial/everybodysfree[/soundcloud]

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Hear Baauer’s ‘ß’ EP In Full

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We heard the first taste of Baauer‘s solo EP, ß, when he released his Rae Sremmurd and Alunageorge collaboration, One Touch, yesterday and now the American producer is streaming his debut in full. While the surprisingly genial first track may have been a sign that the Brooklyn beatmaster may be restraining his trademark heavy bass beats, Floreana, Boog and Swoopin prove that he’s not giving up his steady builds or sirens any time soon. The 5-track EP also features a ‘VIP’ version of One Touch which sees Baauer unleashing his trap-infused beat a bit harder than what was previously heard on the original.

Baauer spoke of the influences his globetrotting had on the EP when he spoke to The FADER:

“A lot of the samples came from my trip with Redbull for the Searching For Sound documentary we did. I went to Japan and the United Arab Emirates and was able to record some incredible stuff. A lot of those samples get chopped, filtered, distorted, and then in one way or another folded into the tracks. There’s also a lot internet samples in there too, like someone’s recording of their cousin singing a song they learned at camp.”

Stream via Spotify below.

ß will be released 4 November on LuckyMe

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JOY. turns to ‘Stone’ on new single

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Brisbane artist JOY. made herself one to watch when she dropped her gorgeous debut single, Captured and now she’s gone and done it again with her new single, Stone. The young singer has crafted a song that’s beautifully textured and driven by the breathy vocals of Olivia McCarthy aka. JOY. There’s plenty of Australian artists to watch at the moment but JOY. is ticking more boxes than most. She’s effortlessly combining RnB with down-beat electronica and all the while managing to sound fresh in an overcrowded genre. Stone sounds like something Ryan Hemsworth and co. would go gaga for. cc: Ryan Hemsworth.

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She’s going on tour too!

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Jacques Greene streams ‘1 4 Me’, the first single from a new EP

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Montreal producer, Jacques Greene is one of my favourite producers at the moment. Stylistically, he’s crafted this dark, minimal, sleek sound where the bass is always throbbing and he’s yet to put a foot wrong. He’s gearing up for the release of his excellently titled new EP, After Life After Party and 1 4 Me is the first drop from that. Accompanied by a terribly frustrating video, the track is one of the most ambient creations he’s released, yet it’s still got that trademark bass behind it, pulsating the song right into the early morning party zone. Meanwhile there’s this yearning vocal sample that just swirls around your head. It’s beautifully textured and as frustrating as the video may be it’s also visually on-point.

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Giraffage drops ‘Tell Me’ off new EP

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San Francisco producer Giraffage has gone from being a bedroom producer to one of the fastest rising names in electronica. His Needs album last year was an effortless collection of dimly-lit, cascading numbers and it seems his new EP, No Reason, will be following in a similar vein, albeit a little more polished. Tell Me is a glistening track of sporadic vocals samples and fluid synths. It’s never explicit or over-the-top in its delivery showing a producer who’s more than comfortable in offering up something more finessed and not immediately obvious. The ear candy throughout this whole thing is immense though – popping beats, lush synths and a minimal yet profound vocal sample.

No Reason is out 14 November. Giraffage will be heading down-under in November to play Astral People’s OutsideIn Festival.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/foolsgoldrecs/giraffage-tell-me[/soundcloud]

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