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5 Types of Music Apps You Need In Your Life

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1. Streaming

Hype Machine 

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Starting as a web experiment in 2005, Hype Machine has grown into a powerful tool that joins the forces of 806 independent blogs and websites to curate the best music from around the web. Their app version of the website gives you the ability to choose which songs you enjoy with the simple tap of a <3, now with the newly-added feature of 'playlists', allowing you to categorise your favourites into 'Up', 'Down' & 'Weird'. It's also the perfect hub to find remixes of the songs you love.

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: App, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

Indie Shuffle 

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A run-off from the popular indie music website, the Indie Shuffle app provides you with playlists of the best electronic, hip-hop, indie-rock and folk music along with their favourite remixes, all curated by a team of music enthusiasts. All that is required of you is to find a track and hit play, and Indie Shuffle will build the playlist around your selection, helping you to discover new music on the go.  The best things about this app? No ads, no listening limits for the small price of zilch!

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

2. Online Magazine

The Fader 

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The official app for The FADER contains features from the magazine and the blog, podcasts, FADER TV, information on FADER's parties and, best of all, a music player curated by the  'definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it'.  This is the perfect app for discovering music's next best thing, with The Fader claiming to be the most 'dynamic breath of music and style emanating the fringes of the mainstream'. Basically download this if you wanna be a cool cat. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android, iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Download from iTunes 

Pitchfork Weekly 

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Pitchfork Weekly presents the editorial highlights from their website, updating the app constantly with reviews, features, columns, audio and exclusive videos from Pitchfork TV. The best part of this app is the staff-produced podcasts which feature conversations over the week in music as well as mixes of the latest tracks. 

Cost: Free

Compatible: iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Download from iTunes 

3. Novelty

Tunepics 

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Tunepics is social media with a soundtrack that stimulates the eyes and the ears. Think instagram with Miley Cyrus-esque filters and songs to accompany your picture. It enables you to upload your photos, edit them with a weather filter, express your emotion at the time via a colour wheel and also pair it with a song. Endorsed by Lily Allen, Jamie Oliverwill.i.am and Kate Bosworth. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes  

Songza

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Voted the 'App Store Best of 2012', Songza plays you 'the right music at the right time', curating playlists for your certain mood at a certain time of day. Want to soundtrack your sweaty dance party? Trying to find a song to match your confidence? Or just want to belt out that incredible voice of yours in the shower? Then this app is just for you.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Download on iTunes 

4. DIY DJ

TRAKTOR DJ

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TRAKTOR DJ app brings the pro software straight to iOS, giving you the ability to create instant DJ sets. Compatible with iPhone and iPad, it allows you to create mixes in seconds from your own iTunes library using familiar hand gestures to perform hands-on, high-impact sets. Auto tempo detection also makes track-syncing and beat-matching a breeze, right in the palm of your hands.  

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iPhone & iPad

Download iPhone App on iTunes 

Download iPad App on iTunes 

Slussen 

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Slussen is the accompanying app to the Scandinavian brand of headphones Urbanears and 'the most powerful after-party known to man'. Just plug in the adapter, connect your headphones and sound system for your very own pocket-sized DJ kit. Just like the real deal, Slussen has a pre-listening feature that ensures you can prepare the next track while the previous beats are still pumping. Hot tip: The headphones are the perfect accompaniment to this app. Choose from the rainbow selection here.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Download on iTunes 

5. Concert

BandMate 

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BandMate helps you find when your favourite band is playing, recommending live music events in your area based purely on what you're listening to. It also uses the artists already on your iPhone/iPod to discover other bands you might like and creates a personalised calendar of the shows you want to see.

Cost: $1.99

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Download from iTunes 

Songkick 

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Honoured with the titles 'UK iTunes App of the Week', 'Cult of Mac Must-Have App' and 'Billboard App of the Month', Songkick tracks your favourite bands and  suggests concerts based on the ones you've already been to. It also tracks the artists you've been following and alerts you when they're in town so you'll never miss your favourite act again. 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Download from iTunes 

 

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Guerre channels JT on new track 'Tuk'

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Australian artist, Guerre, is part of a host of electronic musicians in the country making deeply intricate and interesting music. Tuk is the second offering off his forthcoming album, Ex Nihilo, and it's a flittering, neo-tribal exploration that features his whispy vocals running effervescently alongside. According to Guerre, the song is the most pop on the album and it's him "trying to channel all that Pharrell produced Justin Timberlake stuff". Ex Nihilo is out 4 July via Yes Please/Remote.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/yespleaserecords/guerre-tuk[/soundcloud]

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Twitter Talks Kanye at Cannes

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Talk about music in conversation.Overnight, Kanye West took to the stage at the annual Cannes Lions awards show and festival as a late addition to the Translation's seminar, entitled Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape. Never one to miss an opportunity to publicly drool over the late Steve Jobs, or  "say these really big over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted," his presence at the creative communications festival provided Twitter with a more-quotable -than-quotable carb-loaded meal, ready for the taking.

Here's some Yeezus flavoured inspiration for your morning.

 

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Jungle perform both Busy Earnin' & Time on Jimmy Kimmel

jungleJungle made their very first US television debut last night, performing both Busy Earnin' and Time on Jimmy Kimmel. Watching their funk-infused performance is merely a taste of what's to come when they hit the Splendour in the Grass stage in July and we couldn't be any more excited.

Jungle's debut self-titled album is due for release on July 14, just in time for their Australia visit.

Jungle Sideshows

Tuesday, 29th July 2014
The Corner, Melbourne | BUY

Wednesday, 30th July 2014
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney | BUY

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Arctic Monkeys release meaty music video for Snap Out Of It

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Arctic Monkeys have released the video clip to accompany the 2013 hit Snap Out Of It. Directed by production company Focus Creeps and starring actress Stephanie Sigman, the video is a curious watch, with certain symbolisms I just can't put my finger on.

Does it resemble heartbreak? A fangirl's unrequited love? Or perhaps it describes what an always-helpful YouTube commenter has suggested:

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Watch the video and decide for yourself. Vegans, look away.

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Le Youth recruits Javeon for Feel Your Love

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LA Producer, Le Youth, had an unexpected hit last year with his song COOL, which sampled Cassie's Me & You. He's now teamed up with newcomer Javeon, for another soulful slice of electro-house with his new track, Feel Your Love. It really ticks all the boxes. It's a glistening, supremely-produced cut that has enough grunt to be a major hit for him.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/leyouth/le-youth-feel-your-love[/soundcloud]

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Listen to Billie Black's captivating debut, 'I Waited For You'

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There's a plethora of young female artists channeling an electronic singer-songwriter vibe, but few are able to capture attention in the way Billie Black does. London artist, Black, has just dropped her first single, I Waited For You and it's stunning. She ever so slightly changes the track up melodically doing enough to pique your interest but at the same time the song barely wavers in sound or tempo. It's a sophisticated and vulnerable debut with a captivating video to boot. Releasing a song this intimate as a first taste is a brave move, but Black has pulled it off with the utmost grace.

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Listen Out: Our Predictions

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If you're looking for 2015's predictions, you're in the wrong place. Try here

Last year Fuzzy’s Listen Out Festival took over smoothly from their previous event, Parklife. It toured around the country with a stellar line-up including Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Classixx and an always interesting Azealia Banks. This year it’s back again to showcase the latest in IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). The Line-up will be revealed tomorrow at 3pm but before, we’ve put together a bunch of names we think may be making the trip down-under.

EDIT: Sooo, looks like we only got 1/13 artists correct (and Zhu was already confirmed). Here's hoping these guys tour Australia soon:

ZHU

Faded has become the mainstream crossover hit of the year and it looks as if Listen Out has already booked American producer Zhu. Their video released last week, titled ‘Dance’, was sound tracked by Zhu giving some pretty strong proof that he’s going to be on that line-up.

Chances: No doubt.

La Roux

We’ve waited five long years for her second album, Trouble In Paradise, so excuse us for feeling like a visit from La Roux is compulsory. It’s likely she’ll make an Australian visit soon. The question is whether Listen Out is the right festival to flash her new songs.

Chances: There’s a suitable gap in her touring schedule for an Australian tour and she’s played Fuzzy’s previous festival, Parklife before.

Robyn & Royksopp

This Swedish trio would make dazzling headliners for the festival. They’re busy in Europe this Summer but come Listen Out, it looks as if they’re free. Their new mini-album, Do It Again, would provide a perfect soundtrack for this tightly-curated festival. When Triple J asked them about an Australian tour last month they said, “We hope so, we're planning for it”.

Chances: If we had to put our bets on one act it would be these guys.

Basement Jaxx

Fuzzy have toured Basement Jaxx and their seventh album Junto is out in August. What better way to flaunt the new tunes than to come down-under and boogie with a Springtime Aussie crowd.

Chances: Where's your head at? Ours is saying yes.

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 Listen Out up and comer slot easily.

Chances: She has a show in New York on 25 September. A Valium, an overnight plane ride and she'll be right as rain to be play Sydney on 27 September.

Chromeo

2011 was the last time these American funksters were in the country so a return is imminent. Their new album, White Woman, is perhaps their most accessible yet and a night time slot at Listen Out would be a huge drawcard.

Chances: Their tour schedule has room for Listen Out but they told inthemix that it looks like they’ll be returning “at the top of next year”. Looks like Falls Festival or Big Day Out may have snapped them up already.

Bag Raiders

Bag Raiders have just released a new track, Nairobi, and have worked with Fuzzy previously. Judging from that track they'll bring their marimba and grass skirts to stir the crowd into a haze should hey find themselves on the line-up.

Chances: it's certainly not the most outlandish claim we've made.

 

Alison Wonderland

An Aussie success story is always necessary at a homegrown festival. Having just performed a sold-out bunch of warehouse shows, Wonderland is the success story Listen Out needs. Her new EP, I Want U is due this week and is likely to further swell adoration for this fast-rising dancefloor queen.

Chances: There’s no reason why not.

Todd Terje

Whip out the coconuts, crack-open the Malibu, ladies and gentlemen, it’s album time. This wacky Norwegian encompasses everything this festival is about, left-of-centre dance music to usher in the Spring months. His latest album is packed with jubilant, tropical vibes and he would no doubt stir some groovy dancing come September.

Chances: His touring schedule currently says “Yeah, I could do that”. This would be perfect.

SAFIA

Canberra lads, SAFIA, are currently traipsing around the country on a sold-out tour, proving why they’d be a stellar book for Listen Out. The afternoon slot occupied by RUFUS last year is calling for a sunset sing-along to Listen To Blues, Listen To Soul. These guys are the local act most likely to appear on every festival bill this year a la Flume or Rufus.

Chances: Pencil it in.

Little Dragon

Maybe it’s a long shot but Swedish band Little Dragon played Parklife in 2011 so Fuzzy must have their number saved in their phone. Their new album Nabbuma Rubberband is perhaps their strongest yet and would soundtrack the twilight hours of the main stage nicely. The only problem? They have a short Australian tour booked for August.
Chances: A long shot but we can’t help but keep our fingers crossed.

Route 94

This British producer’s move from dub-step to deep house was met with open arms this year with the Jess Glynne featuring, My Love. It’s the kind of sound that dominated last year’s Listen Out and would seemingly fit like a glove on the 2014 line-up.

Chances: It’s possible. Route 94 would be a welcome international drawcard.

SBTRKT

He hasn’t been here since early 2013, so surely we’re due a return visit from the enigmatic British producer. He’s just dropped a new track with Sampha and apparently has an album on the way so Listen Out would be the perfect opportunity to test out his new music down-under.

Chances: There’s room in between a trip to the UK and Mexico. He’d be a strong player in the upper-echelons of the line-up.

EDIT: It ain't gonna happen 🙁

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Dates:

Saturday, 27th September 2014
Centennial Park, Sydney

Sunday, 28th September 2014
Ozone Reserve, Perth

Saturday 4th October 2014
Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Sunday 5th October 2014
The Avenues & Expo Place, Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

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First Impressions 16 June

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For this week's First Impressions, theinterns travel to East Africa with Bag Raiders and find some Love in High Places with Kimbra before being seriously weirded out by a Trippy Turtle Theme Tune. It's OK though because we've brought Bianca's mum Trish along for the ride and she's grooving to Anna Lunoe!

Bag Raiders- Nairobi

Trish: Too processed. Sounds like stomach gurgling and teeth chattering. I think I’d only enjoy it if i were in Brazil, celebrating the World Cup (with a few Mojitos under my belt). 2

Sam: Agree with Trish. Unless I’m swilling a mojito round in my hand, this song does very little for me on a cold winter day. That marimba almost had me. Almost. 2.5

Lizzie: Is everyone ready for Mardi Gras, cause this song sure makes you want to don a giant sequin feather head piece. I had high hopes for this song and I was smacked right in the face with a conga line. Just a bit much, but I will try and give it another chance in a couple of days. 3

Hannah: I lost interest the second I heard that horrible old car horn sample. Not even steal drums can redeem this colourful collision. 2

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Kiesza- Giant In My Heart

Trish: I don’t mind her. Nice new sound. (Male vocals come in) Oh. I don’t like him. The male vocals spoil it. She’s got a nice singing voice and a lot of potential but the song doesn’t do her justice. 3

Sam: Kiesza is the next Roisin Murphy in my opinion. That voice hits giddy heights and provides a great juxtaposition over a deep, massaging beat. There’s more in here. This is a little generic. Hopefully an album will give her some space to explore, less trodden territory. 3

Lizzie: I cannot decide whether I like the roughness in her voice, or I am utterly pained by it. It's got a very 90s/early 2000s vibe. Yep, I’ve decided I like it. The male vocals just make me laugh though. 3.5

Hannah: WOW I was just getting into it when that I’m-not-quite-a-Scat-Man male vocal came in. Despite that, the beat’s pumpy, the desperation in Kiesza’s voice during the chorus is truly addictive and the melodic samples are perfect placed. There’s a lot of fun to be had here. 3

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Kimbra- Love In High Places

Trish: I really like her. There’s a lot of variety in her voice. The vocals, the percussion, they all fit together nicely like a jigsaw puzzle, to make for a complete listening experience. 5 Trish’s Pick

Sam: Oooh the vocals at the start of this just melt with every syllable. I love that construction-wise it’s quite a textbook soul track, yet she adds subtle oddities that make it so much better like the little synth-breaks. The people saying this album is a desperate attempt to draw attention back after Somebody I Used To Know need to pull their heads out of the sand. What she’s doing right now is supreme. 4 Sam’s Pick

Lizzie: Oh thank god Kimbra, I really didn’t want to be as harsh as I was with 90s Music a couple of weeks ago (that was horrible). She’s slowed it down in this one, swollowed a chill pill and taken us on a 5:17 minute journey, a real Flight Facilities Claire de Lune style lengthy journey. Such an improvement!! 3.5

Hannah: Guys, guys, guys. It's finally happened. I actually like, NAY love a Kimbra song! The verses in particular really have me swimming in a pool of smooth 90s RnB-flavoured nostalgia (Hey Kimbra, here’s your 90s Music). I say quit forcing your usual "oh I'm a quirky female artist and I have a quirky female artist sound" and stick with this new buttery-soft goodness. 

Trippy Turtle- Trippy’s Theme

Trish: Very disjointed. It’d be really good if you were tripping. But I’m afraid that’s not my cup of tea. 1

Sam: At first I was a little disappointed that this one wasn’t more like Schnappi das Kleine Krokodil but I’ve moved past that now and am utterly confused. It sounds like Boyz II Men remixed by Cashmere Cat. I really don’t know. The tune is half decent but the whole Trippy Turtle thing...am I late to the party? What on earth is it? A jamster mobile creation? 3

Lizzie: This song starts so well, so smooth, almost J.T like. Then, I am not sure what happens - a squeeky bed appears? The song is called called Trippy Turtle so I should not have been surprised! In all its nonsensical-ness, I can have fun with song. 3.5

Hannah: Trippy Turtle? More like Awkward Turtle. I totally agree with Sam. I’m pretty sure this IS just a Cashmere Cat song in poor disguise and now I feel weirded out by the additional turtle-themed vocals. I just don’t know… 2

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Anna Lunoe- Bass Drum Dealer

Trish: Oh no, not more of this stuff. *puts head in hand* It delivers like yesterday’s sour bottle of milk 0.5 (sorry)

Sam: I love that an Aussie girl has delivered this beefed-up EDM track that cracks most of the male big-room names over the head. It uses a lot of cliche sounds but that deep bass wins me over every time. Aussie gal does good. Bravo. 3.5

Lizzie: The lyrics put it perfectly. “And I always deliver.” She delivers alright. Flying the Aussie flag for dance music and female producers, this song has a Swedish House Mafia style pull but with her own distinct breakdown. You are not teased into a drop like most big-room EDM songs (thank god), and she brings this modern electro jungle vibe. Go girl. 4 Lizzie’s pick

Hannah: This is just a great dance track. It's not particularly preoccupied with forging new ground but hey, is new ground always necessary? Lunoe's just happily captislising on some seriously great sounds we already know and love. If it ain't broke, why fix it? 3

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Fractures- Won’t Win

Trish: Very easy listening. I just arrived in cold Sydney and his voice makes me feel like I’m sitting in front of a fire, all warm and comfortable. His voice is husky like a good cognac and seems to have a lot of soul to it. I enjoyed the vocals and change in tempo at 2:30 in particular. 4

Sam: I too enjoy the change of tempo but this is just all very pleasant. It’s good and his voice is wistful in a great way but it plants its foot too far in James Blake territory to carve his own identity. Lyrics like  “You won’t win, I’ll rid myself of this war you started” are so loaded yet the music is so placid. Me a little confused. 3

Lizzie: This song has a Matt Corby pensiveness to it. Beautiful sound to come out of Melbourne, I’ve never heard them before. I really loved the thick breakdown of instruments towards the close of the song, a nice touch to finish. 4

Hannah: I really should like this song shouldn’t I? It hits all the Seekae come James Blake, electronica meets wistful, longing vocals that usually appeal to me, but truth be told, I’m just a little bored. 2.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fractures-music/wontwin[/soundcloud]

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