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Kwamie Liv is 'comin THRU'

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What happens when you cross M.I.A with a little bit of Lana Del Rey and Robyn? You get Kwamie Liv- a Danish artist who is an amalgamation of the best qualities of all three. Already she's impressed with 5am and Follow You but comin THRU is by far her most immediately likeable taste. Sweet, solemn verses are juxtaposed with a chorus that has the effortless flow of M.I.A's Paper Planes without the need for ridiculous hand actions. There was a certain lo-fi quality to her last track, Follow You, but comin THRU is having none of that. It's a crisp, slice of perfection that is difficult to box into one genre.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kwamieliv/comin-thru-1[/soundcloud]

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GEoRGiA follows-up 'Be Ache' with 'Digits'

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We featured GEoRGiA's first track, Be Ache, on the interns back in June and have waited for a follow-up to the l0-fi wonder ever since. Today, as if by magic, another one has appeared titled, Digits. Where Be Ache was a manic collision of sounds, Digits is a far more demure, streamlined affair. The beat still packs a punch but you really get to hear GEoRGiA's sweet and sour vocals here alongside a mellow synth-line. It's a definite nod to RnB but there is also an industrial rawness to it not unlike Kanye West's Yeezus. Digits has a progressed feel for melody than Be Ache and is likely to work it's way into the playlists of more listeners. One of 2014's names to watch.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/georgia_hb/digits[/soundcloud]

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Listen to Perfume Genius' bold, 'Queen'

Perfume Genius Announces New Album Too Bright, Shares One more comeback for the day, I promise. You may remember Seattle-based artist, Perfume Genius' 2012 record Put Your Back N It. It was a haunting and melancholic yet underrated record that still sounds relevant today. If that record didn't put him in some people's psyche, his bold new single, Queen, is bound to. Queen is taken from his forthcoming album, Too Bright, which will be released on 23 September. It's production is far denser than anything he's done before with haunting whistles, brave percussion and a vocal that sees Mike Hadreas (aka. Perfume Genius) take charge like never before.

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Hear Jamie T's first track in five years, 'Don't You Find'

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2014 is quickly becoming known as the year of the comeback. Apparently The Avalanches second album is currently being mixed, La Roux is due to release her sophomore LP Trouble In Paradise this week and we just featured a new song from The Drums. Add to that once more because British anarchist Jamie T has released his first new song since 2009 and it's called Don't You Find. T's most notable track from his record, King & Queens was the ramped-up, Stick N' Stones which well and truly grabbed the attention of any who didn't know about him before. Don't You Find takes a totally different path with the Brit sing with guitar in hand and a female vocal beneath at points. While it's different, it's not an unwelcome departure. It sounds unmistakably British like Noel Gallagher produced by Damon Albarn with a touch of Kasabian.

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The Drums return with 'Magic Mountain'

And the comebacks just keep on coming. It's been three years since Brooklyn band, The Drums', sophomore album, Portamento, but today they've returned with a brand new song. Magic Mountain sees the band reduced to a duo with founding members, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham carrying the torch. The song is not a huge departure from their previous work but their are certainly a few tweaks. The vocals are slightly hazy while the instrumentation whisks around in a dizzying flurry. The band told Noisey: "Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about the Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be." Well, they've certainly achieved that. Magic Mountain is a monster of a song. 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/minorrecords/magic-mountain[/soundcloud]

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Seeing Double: 5 Duos You Need To Hear This Week

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No you don't need to adjust your vision, you are seeing double. This week we're focussing solely on the best duos going around at the moment. It takes two to tango and while some of these duos are siblings and that's kind of weird, we whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments of that saying. Together these pairs have created sweet electronica, bass-heavy dance music, euphoric pop and more. Here are our favourite new duos at the moment.

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Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has called this brother-sister duo, Tennyson, his “favourite lil qt pie canadian duo” so they’ve got to be good. One is 17 years-old, the other is only 15 and yet they're making beautifully expansive and atmospheric electronica. Most teenagers have trouble maintaining their attention for a 3 minute pop song let alone restrained, brooding tunes such as those of Tennyson.

Their latest track Lay-by is a spaced-out, lull that sees the pair trying-out hip-hop-inspired beats and twinkling synths. It would be great to hear what they could do with a vocalist on board. Stick around for the final minute where they detour into a sophisticated, 1950s-lounge vibe.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tennysonmusic/lay-by[/soundcloud]

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Melbourne-duo Klo (aka. cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul) kinda blew up the internet in March when they released their debut track, Make Me Wonder. Built around James Blake-esque stylings and sparse electronica, the pair lulled their way into many listeners' psyche. These two are cousins but apparently weren’t that close before they started collaborating musically. You wouldn’t know. They sound as in sync as iTunes and an iPhone with Chloe providing whimsical vocals over Simon’s transporting soundscapes.

Their latest release is the first song they ever wrote together, False Call and provides us with a bit more bass than Make Me Wonder. Still, it’s another experiment in minimalism that pays off. Already, production-wise, it sounds like they’re making impressive progress.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

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The UK and America combine in this brilliantly named, multinational duo. Pistol Shrimp is UK musician David Burreddu and British singer/songwriter Aaron Peterson. They’ve just released their first EP as a duo entitled Heart and it’s a sunshine-filled affair of flavoursome synths and perky drums. It’s for those of you who revel in the euphoric rushes of M83 or Foster The People and is about as easy to digest as a lemon tea. Although much more exciting.

The stand-out track comes in the way of Between Us, a bubbling, explosion of interesting synths and echoing, ‘80s drums. If music’s meant to transport you someplace else then Pistol Shrimp fill the brief expertly. They create a starry atmosphere on each track of Heart, rarely allowing it to drop the pace. Also give their ramped-up version of Coldplay’s Magic a go if the original was too melancholic for you.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pistol-shrimp/sets/heart-ep[/soundcloud]

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djdodgerstadiumDJ Dodger Stadium's two makers are not new to the scene but they are new in the sense that this collaboration is only recently established. DJ Dodger Stadium is made up of LA producers Jerome LOL and Samo Soundboy. Separately, the pair have made a name for themselves but their collaboration for their own record-label, BODY HIGH, is their best work yet. Think, nostalgic ‘90s vocal samples that repeat over and over, alongside strung-out synths and pulsating bass. Its harshness will screw with your mind but there’s also sense for melody that shines through above all else

Their debut album, Friend of Mine, has just dropped and is defined by their hallmark tune, Love Songs. It’s coated in industrial instrumentation that at times sounds like gun sounds and is built by a crescendoing vocal sample. It steadily builds layers before descending into a glorious vocal sample. Such is the joy of DJ Dodger Stadium- those moments of short relief that allow you to pull yourself together and get back into it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bodyhigh/dj-dodger-stadium-love-songs[/soundcloud]

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From one LA duo to another, except these guys are a fair bit different to the relentless bass of DJ Dodger Stadium. Brothers Jeremy and Greg Pearson make up funk-duo, Thrillers. If you haven’t heard, funk is all the rage at the moment with everyone from Pharrell to Jungle to Deadmau5 putting their (sometimes unwanted) stamp on it. Thrillers are certainly wanted in the genre and pull it out of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s. It’s more Twin Shadow than it is Get Lucky which is probably why it doesn’t sound like a tired formula.

The first single of their upcoming EP, Cotton Candy Kisses, is Can’t Get Enough and it’s a euphoric piece of funk-pop. Programmed drums sit below beds of stylish guitar work which boost the layered vocals of Jeremy and Greg. The chorus explodes into a multi-faceted, vocal-hook which is likely to throw hands-in-the-air. Perfection.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wearethrillers/cantgetenough[/soundcloud]

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Klo drop new single, 'False Calls’

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Klo, the duo made up of cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul, have dropped their second single since Make Me Wonder was shared back in March. False Calls is said to have been an "icebreaker" for the cousins, with the two stating that they weren't close before the project, not having seen each other in years.

"It was our collective Mum's decision for us to collaborate and strengthen family ties.

The finished product sounds nothing like the first draft. It was messy and incoherent, but we managed to arrange it as we learnt to combine our two producing styles. We'd both never made anything like this before; it was as much a learning curve as it was amusing. The main idea of the track is loss of identity, which funnily enough came about after witnessing a drunken idiot. We expected it wasn't leaving the bedroom studio, hence the lo-fi tape samples and degraded voice loops. Being our first track we put together, it's a bit special to us.

We hope you like it, Mum(s)."

Listen below:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/false-calls[/soundcloud]

Klo will be performing at this year's Big Sound. 

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Tkay Maidza be like 'Chiddy Bang Bang' on new track 'U-Huh'

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South Australian fire-cracker Tkay Maidza has unleashed the follow-up cut to 2013's mammoth Brontosaurus. The sassy U-Huh comes at the perfect time for Maidza who is geared-up to play Splendour in the Grass next week and tour the country with Listen Out in September. It's less manic than Brontosaurus, but not less-confident as Maidza struts her stuff as a more-talented/less-heated Azealia Banks. This girl has some serious potential to take this worldwide (no intentional reference to Pitbull). U-Huh is a crisp production that carefully treads a line between hip-hop and pop.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tkaymaidza/u-huh[/soundcloud]

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Festivals and the Tech Experience

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When Woodstock started in 1969, the festival experience was all about music (and peace). Since then, things have changed a little. With the meteoric rise of music festival popularity, organisers have challenged themselves as to how much the experience can be enhanced. Unable to hand out free drugs, technology has become a festival drawcard. From websites, to gadgets, phone apps and wristbands, here are some of the nerdy cool technologies which are set to pimp out our festivals in 2014.

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Tomorrowland (Belgium) - Friendship bracelets

Live music has this incredible knack of bringing strangers together to bask in momentary friendship, however sometimes you do not have the time or the resources to connect digitally with someone when you want. This July, a little town in Belgium called Boom will play host to the biggest friend-making party the world has ever seen. With attendees from 214 countries, a higher number than those who participated in the London Olympics (204 nations), the organisers of EDM festival Tomorrowland have developed Facebook wristbands which ensure you never have the "one that got away" experience ever again. The concept is quite simple - these wristbands not only store all your information for entry for the festival, but they also serve a social purpose by housing your Facebook account details as well. All you have to do, should you meet an awesome new friend at the festival, is push the love heart button on your wristband and a Friend request will be sent. We're not quite sure if remembering your festival one night stand is a good or bad thing.

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Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas) - Snapchat 'Our Story'

It seems like everyone in social media wants a piece of the music festival pie, and this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas saw the Snapchat rise to new heights with the debut of 'Our EDC Story'. While Snapchat previously allowed users to share their snaps with connected friends, 'Our Story' is a a group-sharing feature which encourages all the users in the same location for a single event to upload their photos collectively and publicly. The end result? An awesome highlight reel of shots collected and compiled by Snapchat from hundreds of different vantage points. And jealousy ensues...

 

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Lollapalooza (Chicago) - No cash, no worries!

There is no need to worry about lugging your spare change around a festival any more, because this year's Lollapalooza is offering festival goers wearable tech that can be linked to their credit and debit card information. Similar to Disneyland's successful MagicBands, these festival wristbands can be "tapped" to radio frequency identification (RFID) vendor terminals. Once you enter a pin you're ready to go! This form of wearable payment allows festival patrons to pay for food, drinks and merchandise without cash or card. No more getting down on your hands and knees in the mud to look for that darn credit card. 

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OPPIKOPPI (South Africa) - Beer Delivery Drones

At Oppikoppi festival, an annual festival held in the Limpopo Province of South Africa in August, beer delivery is always a problem. Festival organisers however, have sought to tackle this universal problem, and instead of standing in long queues or leaving your great spot in the crowd, attendees will able to order beer on their smart phone, to be delivered by a flying drone.  These drone prototypes can drop cold brews to festival goers from the air via a parachute, based on the GPS location of their smart phone. Right now, the system is guided by hand, but in the future there are plans to guide it on a GPS grid. Cheers to that!

 

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SXSW (Texas) - Lightwave technology

This year's South by Southwest (SXSW) featured its own touch of technological genius with the introduction of Lightwave technology that enabled lasers and special effects through the use of wearable wristbands. The Lightwave technology measures audience interaction in real time, converting data to art - collating audience members' biometrics by tracking them with motion, volume and temperature sensors. Sponsored by Pepsi and with a special appearance by DJ A-Trak, Lightwave bands were linked to user's individual accounts with audience interaction ranked on a screen. Certain levels of dance interaction 'unlocked' rewards, such as Pepsi refreshments.

 

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Coachella Music Festival (Palm Springs) - Bluetooth and Spotify

Who could forget the epic technology behind the Tupac hologram at Coachella in 2012. This beautiful-people festival is renowned for pushing the boundaries on and off stage. Earlier this year, the festival used Bluetooth-enabled micro-location technology, iBeacon, to deliver proximity-based information, navigation and notifications to festival attendees. Spotify also teamed up with Coachella for the We Were There campaign - an interactive experience that allowed attendees to use their wristbands to collect songs and playlists that they could later compile and share with friends via an interactive map.

 

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