Watch: Flight Facilities feat. Reggie Watts – ‘Sunshine’

Flight Facilities dropped their debut album, Down To Earth, last week and the response has already been (unsurprisingly) massive. Featuring prominent artists such as Emma Louise, Bishop Nehru, Owl Eyes and Kylie Minogue, the duo have been rapidly rising the iTunes charts, a testament to their faculty and devoted fan base. Today, they’ve released the video for their funky, ’70s-inspired collaboration with Reggie WattsSunshine, which sees Watts strutting the boardwalk of what looks to be Venice Beach, Los Angeles.  Click here to buy Down To Earth from iTunes.


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Watch Tkay Maidza’s animated video for ‘Switch Lanes’

Tkay Maidza has been busy as of late. She released her Switch Tape mixtape last week while in the midst of performing shows at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon and now the Adelaide mini MC has debuted her music video for Switch Lanes. The Sachio Cook-directed clip is a fun, quirky animated short which sees a cartoon Tkay mingling with fantastical creatures, colourful shapes and patterns, and various pop culture references, perfectly suiting the stylings of the bubbly, Paces-produced track.

Stream her Switch Tape mixtape below.

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Listen: HAIM team up with Calvin Harris for ‘Pray to God’

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Over the past year, we’ve seen HAIM team with a diverse slew of collaborators, including Kid Cudi, Mumford and Sons, Stevie Nicks and A$AP Ferg. Today, they’ve released their latest collaboration which sees them dabbling into EDM territory as they team up with Calvin Harris on Pray To God. The track will feature on the UK producer’s upcoming album, Motion, which has already seen features from the likes of Gwen Stefani, Big Sean and John Newman. The track sees the Californian galz singing a triumphant, hooks-galore, pop melody, a welcome addition to Harris’s signature dance-centric beat.

You can listen to Pray To God via Stereogum.

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Listen to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’, ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

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If you take away any information from the new Nicki Minaj song, Only, it’s that she’s never f**ked Drake nor has she f**ked Lil Wayne. The track, which features Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown acts as a kind of confessional for the four of them with Drake also admitting he’s never f**ked Nicki. So delightful. As for the sound, it has a bare minimum instrumental with a Chris Brown hook to break-up the three rappers’ verses. It’s good to hear Nicki going back to fierce raps. Out of the three she probably delivers the most impressive verse sounding like a loaded gun. Whether or not this will have the commercial appeal of Anaconda is yet to be seen but it definitely gets us excited about what the album’s going to sound like.

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Baauer, Rae Sremmurd & Alunageorge team up for ‘One Touch’

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Brooklyn beatmaster Baauer is back from his triumphant Clang return and he’s enlisted the help of UK future-pop outfit, Alunageorge and Mississippi rap duo, Rae Sremmurd. The quintuplet at first strikes as an odd combination but their combined efforts on One Touch are surprisingly auspicious. Aluna handles the hook with her lilting, sugary-soft vocals which contrasts divinely against Sremmurd’s signature shrieks and spit of the tongue. Meanwhile, Bauuer’s minimal trap-inspired beat works as the optimum vehicle, providing just the right amount of grit.

The Harlem Shake producer released this statement about the track to The FADER:

“I recorded with Aluna over a year ago, when we first met. The track I gave her was so basic and had no chord progression or anything so she said ‘you gotta give me something to work with’ and made that the intro. I held on to the track for a while and changed it about 1000 times. Fast forward about a year, I was in Vegas with Swae and Slim (Rae Sremmurd) recording them rapping over the GTA V loading screen song. It was incredible. The next night, back in New York, I put the Aluna and Rae verses together just for fun… and it sounded reaal good. :D”

One Touch is the lead single from Baauer’s new EP titled ß which is due out 4 November.

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8 Alternative Album Titles for Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’


Well, she’s done it. Our country queen has made the full transition to pop princess. We’ve had to sit through four album and copious amounts of banjos, but we’ve finally been delivered a dirty, melody-obsessed record of sweet, sugary pop.

As huge as the album will be, we feel there is one thing holding it back – its title. It’s destined to be the highest selling album of the year but to have an album of the year in 2014 titled 1989 is far too numeric and frankly a little confusing. T.Swizzle, leave those kind of details for your birth certificate and allow us to retitle your album.groundhog

1. Groundhog Day

Every great pop song has a fair dose of repetition, it’s what starts it spinning in your brain and keeps it firmly lodged in your memory but Tay Tay really takes it to a new level on 1989. She sings the word “woods” in Out Of The Woods 41 times which actually pales in comparison to Shake It Off in which she sings “shake” 79 times. “Are we out of the woods?” is an infuriatingly metaphorical question to ask someone repetitively also which makes us feel slightly sorry for Harry Styles or Ed Sheeran or Lorde or whoever it was she badgered.


2. 25

Earlier this year it was announced that Adele’s third album would be called 25. Arguably, Swifty and Adele are the two highest-selling female artists on the planet. Adele’s 21 has sold 30 million copies while all of Tay’s past four albums have sold over five million copies. With Suzuki Swift turning 25 at the end of the year, it would have made perfect sense for her to cut Adele’s grass and name her album 25, before Adele could get her act together. That said, Adele probably could’ve just waited until she turned 26 if she was really set on the age thing.

Taylor_noitsbecky3. no its becky

The “hackers known as 4chan” uncovered that www.taylorswift.com was herself lurking on the mysterious, notoriously malicious, underground network under an anonymous moniker of jumbled numbers. This was further confirmed when T.S took to the streets with a shirt emblazoned with a prominent reference.jpg to a post in a /b/ thread that had her caught up in a horrible case of identity theft when she was falsely ‘suspected’ to be Becky, a girl who purportedly died from snorting an entire marijuana.

If Sasha Fierce was Beyonce’s alter-ego, then Becky is most certainly Tayluh’s. 1989 sees Mrs. Styles as a completely new girl. She’s embraced the world of pop and left behind any hint of country. On Red she was still flirting with the genre but now she’s completely committed and is reaping the rewards. Piste 5 is a ridiculously delectable hit, while I Wish You Would is an ‘80s-inspired marvel. All of it combines to deliver what will undoubtedly be the biggest pop album of the year.

Taylor_ANOTHERDIRECTION4. Another Direction

There’s plenty of songs about love on the album (roughly 10) but it actually feels like her least whiney album to date. She takes to a lovelorn song on 1989 just like Gwen Stefani once would’ve. On Shake It Off she moving straight on, right past the haters, even putting her feelings into a rap. On Style, she’s even speaking positively about love, aptly singing “we never go out of style”. It’s an odd quote given she goes through boys faster than a box of Kleenex but it’s nice to hear Selena Gomez’s friend happy. And just to think she once thought there was only one direction.


5. Pink

Red had Alison angry, very angry. I Knew You Were Trouble was her most aggressive track together while We Are Never Getting Back Together had a wonderful air of Mean Girl-brattiness to it. It seems, however, on 1989 we’re greeted by an artist who’s exploring different shades. From the illuminated glossiness of Welcome To New York to the rebellious RnB stylings of Blank Space, 1989 is an uplifting album that makes us feel that there may just be the right boy out there who makes us feel special and worthwhile <3


6. Days Are Gone

We never thought we would say this, but 1989 actually takes a lot of stylistic cues from HAIM’s Days Are Gone. While it’s not anywhere near as badass the Californian trio’s album, it’s pop, driven by a thumping drum-beat and peppered with delicious melodies. Out Of The Woods is the biggest testament to this. It has the same kind of pulsating energy as something like The Wire while Bad Blood has that same kind of drum-induced spite as My Song 5. I don’t think they’d notice if she stole their title.


7. So Fresh Songs of 2014

Shake It Off, Out Of The Woods, Welcome To New York, Bad Blood, Style, Piste 5, I Wish You Would…let’s be honest she has like 33 #1 songs on this album and most of them are better than everything else that’s risen to the top this year.


8. Me. I am Taylor (The Elusive Chanteuse)

Mariah Carey named her album this with the kind of cockiness that said “I’m still the queen”. Unfortunately she may have to give that crown over to Ms. Bleachers. There hasn’t been a female artist who’s ruled the charts for this long, probably since Mariah and she probably deserves it. With each album, she’s served up something different and 1989 truly feels like a great pop album. It’s all killer, no filler and has songs that our kids will dance to in the way we still go batshit for Whitney Houston’s, I Wanna Dance With Somebody. All props to Swizzle, she may be a meme machine but you have to put yourself out there to gain #haterz and she happily does that.



Jessie Ware’s ‘Tough Love’ reviewed through chocolates

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Forrest Gump once said, “life is like a box of chocolates”, and while there’s little sense in that, if you sit a while with the new Jessie Ware album you could actually begin to believe it. If her debut, Devotion, was Ware giving a 100% then the follow-up, Tough Love is her giving it 200%. Backed by the fine finesse of producers like BenZel, Dev Hynes and Julio Bashmore, we’re introduced to a far more courageous Ware. Vocally, she’s extending herself in ways we’ve never heard before giving us a more commercial but just a sophisticated sound. Like a good box of chocolates we’ve let Tough Love sit with us for a while now but we’re finally ready to delve in a little deeper.

Consider our review through chocolates a wedding present to Jessie Ware and her new husband.

coconutJessie Ware’s Devotion was so channelled onto one sound, perfected expertly, that she was always going to have to come back with something that shocked on first listen and Tough Love does just that Just like a coconut rough, Tough Love looks simple on first inspection, delve a little bit deeper, however, and it reveals itself to be amalgamation of both smooth and rough textures. The song is different type of love song. One where Ware is clearly in love, but at the same time giving a dose of tough love. She’s confident, in control and in a vocal range that we haven’t heard her explore before. BenZel’s production is also supreme – soft and fluid.


This is probably the most commercially viable song on the album. Its verses are melodically delectable and straight-forward with a chorus that takes flight. At its heart, it’s a classic love song – one where she wants her boyfriend (now husband) all to herself, as sickly sweet as it may be. Just like eating a strawberry creme, before and after may not be perfect, but in that sweet, gooey moment, it feels like eternity is achievable. toastedalmondFor the most part of Tough Love, Ware is head over heels but some of her best moments are those where things aren’t so great. Cruel was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, who’s managed to craft an icy yet seductive track that perfectly shows that moment where things are going very wrong. Love may look like a round ball of chocolate but bite a little harder and you’ll feel the crunch. Ware’s vocal on this is perfect. She sounds completely exhausted yet with a hint of anger.

honeyfudgeSay You Love Me was penned with Ed Sheeran but thanks to Ware, she’s managed to pull it back from being an over-the-top ballad, turning it into the heart-tugger of the album. Devotion was an impressive display of restraint, but here she goes for it vocally, giving more force than ever. There’s so many moments (i.e. the choir call and response) where Ware is completely glutenous, showing absolutely no restraint but it’s also great to see her completely let go. It’s gooey, soft and rich. What else could you want in a love song?

turkishOnce again here, she is pulling it back in, giving us that Aaliyah-esque vocal alongside a funky, minimal instrumental. We go through all the motions of love on Tough Love, but on Sweetest Song she brings the roses, falling head over heels. Just like a Turkish Delight, it may be a little too sweet for some, but those who enjoy a bit of sugar will fall in love with Ware’s sexy, dim-lit delivery.

chochilliMiguel has become the king of seductive RnB over the past year, so it makes sense that he turns up as a writer on Tough Love and what the pair of them crafted together is pretty spectacular. It seems to borrow its melodic flow from nursery rhymes in the verse, with the whole instrumental gently undulating for side-to-side. In terms of subject matter, Ware’s not really sure where she’s at here. It’s both hot and sweet, with sexiness being swapped back and forth with loved-up expressions. Her vocal has a particular bite to it in this one, particularly when she goes for those high notes.

dark choc mintDark chocolate is the classy mature chocolate. It’s the type you eat when you don’t want to eat too much and as such it has a certain sophistication to it. Want Your Feeling is the most sophisitcated track on the album with Ware and Dev Hynes creating this twilight number that twinkles. It’s a song of desperation but one that deals with the feeling in such a beautiful, sleek way. “Lights still shining in the room, you left me here” creates the most perfect imagery on the whole album. Meanwhile, Hynes’s touch of funky guitars and chirpy keys is just irresistible.


It feels like Say You Love Me was pitched to be the heartbreaking ballad of the record but this one just takes it that little bit further. Ware’s voice still oozes like syrup but it’s a different type of smoothness. In the verses she sounds completely shattered before striking with an acidic, blasting chorus. Look, obviously we chose the orange slice because of the obvious reference to pieces but don’t let that get in the way of understanding that this is one of her most powerful tracks to date – a confident, heart-wrenching moment.
gooeyJessie Ware makes a lot of smart choices in terms of the producers she works with. One partnership that just works is the one between herself and Julio Bashmore. On Devotion, they crafted the slinky 110% and here they are back together for this effortlessly flowing number. Keep On Lying’s subject matter is one of masking emotion which is pretty devastating really, yet behind it is this oozing melody that plods with Ware weaving her vocals through one of the most instantly likeable tracks on the album.

champagnetruffleTough Love is not really the type of record you’d expect from a woman who was just about to get married, but that’s kind of the joy about it. It tracks the ups and downs of a relationship so pertinently, never exploring the beige emotions usually explored in love songs. However, on Champagne Kisses she finally gives us that big, euphoric love song. It’s girly, giddy and with that heighty chorus hitting you like too many bubblies on a balmy afternoon. She takes her voice to heights not heard since the opening title-track, giving us light at the end of the tunnel.

whiskeyOnce again, we have Ware in crazy, stupid love but exploring it in a much different way than the last track. It’s dim-lit, sophisticated and sensual with her notes elongated and the instrumental hovering like a frozen moment in time. It’s a perfectly gentle ending to the album that encapsulates everything we love about Ware. She’s subtle, classy and always 100% present.

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Win a trip to Sydney to attend a secret event with Ray-Ban

Join the Order of Never Hide

Iconic sunglasses brand, Ray-Ban, has announced a competition that could see you and a friend flown to Sydney to attend a secret event of the highest rank: Ray-Ban’s Order of Never Hide. This exclusive event will be held on the official date of December 4, 2014, in a classified location, comprising of members of the elite club.

What is The Order, exactly? Ray-Ban have described it as the following:

“The Order of Never Hide can not be put into words. But if it could, these would be the words we’d use: It is a movement established by humans – for humans – to preserve our most human qualities. Things like individuality, eccentricity, and the ability to rollerskate in spandex while singing La Cucaracha. We celebrate being comfortable in your own skin – and sometimes only your own skin. Put simply, our mission is to Never Hide.”

With a total of five tasks to be completed, in the fields of ‘Strong as Titanium’, ‘Cuts Like Steel’, ‘Blend Like Camo’, ‘Struck in a Flash’, ‘Smooth as Velvet’ and ‘Tough as Leather’, participants are encouraged to share photos, secrets or videos of their choice (depending on which task they undertake) and are judged by the wider public on how well they’ve fulfilled their task. Serving as a quest to omit mindless food shots and selfies from our social media streams, the Never Hide challenge also acts as a way of discovering how great being never hidden can be.

Ray-Ban have enlisted the help of notable artists such as Blood Orange, Chromeo and Trash Talk to represent each of the five mysterious tasks that need to be completed for successful entry into the competition. See below for indie-pop producer and an interns favourite, Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes’ insight into the measures of success and how he finds inspiration in the oddest of places, and head to Ray-Ban’s Order of Never Hide website to participate in this mysterious and exciting quest.

May the best members win.

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Stream: Les Sins’s entire debut album, ‘Michael’

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When he’s not creating dreamy pop under the moniker Toro y Moi, Chaz Bundick is creating dance-centric tunes through his side project, Les Sins. Already dropping the tracks, Bother, Why and Talk AboutBundick has now shared the stream to first full-length album under his Les Sins name. Dabbling in elements of acid house, funk, dance and pop, Michael is an explorative project that illustrates Bundick’s extensive abilities as a producer and sees him successfully treading into dancefloor territory.

You can stream the debut in full over at NPR before its release on 4 November.


Semplesize Block Party – Second Announcement

If you thought the Semplesize Block Party that we announced at the beginning of the month couldn’t get any bigger, we are here to prove you wrong. Along with SemplesizeSpook Magazine, Hessian MagazineBeat Magazine and Trumpeter’s Alcoholic Ice Tea, we’re proud to announce the latest additions to the lineup: pop duo De̊ ǰa, the boisterous Twin Beasts, art-rock duo The Stiffyselectronic/hip-hop outfit Fortunes and hip-hop DJ Fletch. Joining the already huge lineup of BanoffeeMilwaukee Banks and House of Laurence, the latest additions to the bill only further ensure that this New York-style block party is set to be the biggest soiree of the Summer. We’re also excited to announce that fellow co-presenters Hessian Magazine will be hosting a runway fashion show which will feature the latest offerings from talented local designers.

Early bird tickets of a discounted rate of $15.00 are almost sold out so head over to Howler now before stock runs out!


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Drake celebrates his birthday by giving away three new tracks

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This week shall forever be known as Drake week. The Canadian rapper was announced to be coming to Australia for the first time with Future Music Festival, a new track, How Bout Now leaked and now he’s gone all out releasing three new songs for download. The first is a higher quality version of the leaked How Bout Now, with 6 God and Heat Of The Moment rounding out the three. The three tracks show just how much sonic ground Drake is capable of covering. How Bout Now, is a minimal gospel-flavoured track, Heat Of The Moment sits more in the lane of something like Marvin’s Room and 6 God is an agressive, bass-heavy cut. Drake has described them as “Just 3 songs that I knew some hackers had.” Take that hackers/haters.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Iggy Azalea with MØ, CHRVCHES, Les Sins + more


Truth be told we hate writing intros for these kind of things. It’s like explaining why you need to hear these songs, without mentioning them, in a shorter way than below but in a longer way than the title. If you’re the kind of person who just reads the first three or four songs and then clicks out maybe save your time and just head go straight to reading and listing below. Who knows, you may make it to five?

Yeo- Secret Powers

Melbourne artist Yeo has been very firmly on our radar since the brilliant Kobe. The electro-pop brilliance of Kobe has set a high benchmark for Yeo but we reckon this one may just match it. It’s a flickering, pop-ballad with dimly-lit verses and an explosive chorus. It also sees him swaps lines with Yule Post, working so well we are happy to crown them the Sonny and Cher of this generation.

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Look, to be honest we haven’t really got our heads around this wholde Drive soundtrack revamp but we have got our ears around this new CHVRCHES track this week. CHVRCHES’ twilight electronica suits the aesthetic of Drive down to the ground and Get Away easily gives off that twinkling, mysterious vibe that songs like Nightcall did on the original soundtrack. This band is yet to put a foot wrong. We’d like it very much if they kept the momentum going and popped out a second album before we stop listening to the first. Thanks.

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DELS- Burning Beaches (Feat. Rosie Lowe)

British rapper DELS is about to release his second album Petals Have Fallen and he’s picked an opportune time to release one of his best tracks. The down-beat, sizzler features the vocal prowess of the sultry Rosie Lowe, who delivers a stunning chorus. The match of these two makes this track smoulder, with DELS’ tough verses perfectly complimenting Lowe’s velvety chorus.

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Jerome LOL- All That I Am (Feat. Sara Z)

Jerome LOL has a knack to transporting you straight to 4am with a simple thud of bass. As half of DJ Dodger Stadium, he’s delivered one of the best albums of the year and is now dropping a steady slew of solo singles proving that he’s just as brilliant on his own. All That I Am is more accessible than anything by DJ Dodger, helped by a melodic vocal by Sara Z. It’s soulful, bouncing and best of all, affecting. There’s nothing quite like an emotional dance floor banger and we’d be happy to shed a tear to this while tearing up the floor.

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La+ch- Hi-Life

We’ve been lapping up everything that’s come from this enigmatic artist so far and the latest, Hi-Life is another perfect injection of sensual electro-RnB. The voice is in full falsetto mood for this one taking the chorus straight to the clouds. Meanwhile the dim, minimal synths that run below the song give it this hollow yet warm feeling. These are the kinds of songs that you’re meant to sweat to while you’re proving to your friends that you can hit dem notes. And for the record we can hit these notes.

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Sportsman- Begin Again

It may feel a little like Taylor Swift has been pushed down our throats recently, but she’s probably the biggest pop star in the world right now so we’ll give her, her moment while RiRi contemplates whether she’s going to hurry the hell up and release that album. With so much Swizzle Dizzle around, it’s nice to hear a completely different approach to it. Swedish artist, Sportsman has teamed up with producer HNNY for a down-trodden, mournful take on Begin Again. With the sheen taken off, the song actually becomes quite a heart-hitter, sounding emotionally dense. HNNY will be in the country this month, FYI, for OutsideIn. Not sure how this will go down on the DF.

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Liv- Special

One of my favourite records is Corinne Bailey Rae‘s The Sea because it has this ability to be so subtle yet also have so much feeling allowing it to creep up on you unsuspecting. Special by new London songstress Liv has that same kind of allure to it. On the surface it could be mistaken for lounge music because it’s so understated, but listen a little closer and there is this delectable, smokey voice running alongside smoking guitar plucks and altogether warm instrumentation. It’s sexy, slinky and sung with total confidence.

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Iggy Azalea- Beg For It (Feat. MØ)

Is it just us or does this sound suspiciously like Fancy? Whatever IDGAF because Scandinavian badass MØ is on the track and she sounds like a total badass. Azalea’s raps are in the pocket but steals the show because she so effortlessly adopts this sassy personality and delivers a ripper of a chorus commanding, “imma make you beg for it”. If this gets her to the top of huge charts, justice will be restored in the world.

Les Sins- Talk About

This dance floor banger aesthetic is really working for Toro Y Moi right now. He’s dropped three songs from the forthcoming album, Michael, which each of them giving something a little different. This one has a woozy synth-line which runs below a commanding, When A Fire Starts To Bun-esque vocal sample. We immediately want to start thrusting out arms back and forth, bobbing that head and picking our feet up from the ground.

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Sweater Beats- Cloud City

This Brooklyn-producer is supporting Chance The Rapper on tour and while they don’t really share the same sound there is no doubt this it good. Good in like a 9/10 kind of way. The other thing we think is good is that it sounds like Australia (you know, Flume and the like). Lil’ Island done good.

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