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Cosmo's Midnight Are Twinning In Their Video For 'Walk With Me'

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Cosmo's Midnight have just released the official music video for their incredible single 'Walk With Me' featuring Kucka, and it's nothing short of sensational. They have often performed live wearing similar clothes, but the matching jump suits they've donned are spectacular, whilst the husky-themed plot is similarly amazing. The highlight comes in the final minute where Cosmo and Pat break out some astoundingly audacious dance moves.

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Allow Your Mind To Be Melted By KUČKA's 'Honey'

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We're getting really close to the Friday release of KUČKA's EP Unconditional and she's tantalised us even further with a new track from it, Honey. It's a woozy slice of electronica that may just be the most melodically immediate thing we've heard from her. It takes cues from R&B and chopped n' sliced electronica but best of all it sounds distinctively KUČKA which is a rare feat for an artist still in her infancy. If there's an artist most likely to crack it overseas in the next year it's without a doubt KUČKA. She's got her own innovative sound and she's just been announced to be heading to the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris this year.

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First Impressions: Skrillex, Cosmo's Midnight, Lana Del Rey + 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. This week we pick apart tracks by Vic Mensa, Skrillex, CHVRCHES, Lana Del Rey and more. 

Vic Mensa And Skrillex
No Chill


Annie: Oh how far Skrillex has come since the dark days of Bangarang. The dubstep king teams up with Chicago newcomer Vic Mensa here, producing a huge track that most definitely has no chill (sorry, I had to). This song gives strength to my inclination that Skrillex is at his best when paired with rappers (such as A$AP), what’s better than heavy beats teamed up with Mensa’s heavy-hitting vocals? 3

Sam: There’s definitely more Mensa in this one than Skrillex which is good to hear. With this and U Mad, it’s clear to see that Mensa is forming a good identity built upon big-sounding horns and dark beats. He’s really channeling post-Yeezus vibes and it’s working for him. By getting Skrillex on board though he’s now in an awkward position where the track's not commercial enough for FM radio and Skrill will probably deter underground fans. It’s not easy this music stuff, I tell ya. 3.5

Cosmo’s Midnight (Feat. KUCKA)
Walk With Me

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Annie: Everything ties together so beautifully here. The keyboards, uplifting synth and bright keyboard melody sound perfect in conjunction with KUCKAs smooth vocals. There’s an AlunaGeorge-esque kind of vibe here, so it came as no surprise to me that they have collaborated before. The song in essence is incredibly sweet, in a substantial kind of way. Cosmo’s Midnight are definitely an act to look out for in the future. 4

Sam: Most people who take an interest in Australian dance music will be very well-acquainted with Cosmo’s Midnight but they’re still yet to reach the status of, say, Golden Features. That’s because they haven’t had their big-break song yet. Until now. Walk With Me is just so effortless in the way KUCKA delivers the melody and the instrumental plods along. It’s breezy and yet it leaves such a lasting impression on you. Basically, a match made in heaven. 4

CHVRCHES
Leave A Trace

Annie: I can’t get into CHVRCHES, despite the mass amounts of hype. It’s not that I find them hard to listen to in any way; their songs just never leave any impression on me, negative or positive. This song is mildly enjoyable, it gives me a slight understanding as to why other people sing their praises so highly at least. But as a whole, I probably won’t listen again. 2.5

Sam: Lauren Mayberry is the queen of icy lyrics. “Anything you ever did was strictly by design,” she sings with the sweetest, most delectable tone making you crumble inside but also develop a stern snarl. CHVRCHES are great at juxtaposing the lyrics and the instrumental. They haven’t really changed anything much from their debut but that’s completely okay because that record was basically flawless. This one kicks off round two in stunning form with what is probably their strongest single to date. Also, will that Irish accent ever grow tiring? I think not. 4.5 Sam's Pick 

Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon

Annie: With Lana’s last release, she was criticised endlessly for her reinvention from New York singer Lizzie Grant to the curated, femme fatale Lana Del Rey. She has been accused by many of inauthenticity, with the kind of vigour that one would expect an exposed cam artist to endure. At this point, however, it doesn’t really matter anymore. Lana is clearly great at what she does, and Honeymoon is a perfect example of this. Soulful doesn’t feel potent enough a word to describe her vocals in this track. Honeymoon sounds like it was ripped directly from an old-time cinema soundtrack, it is truly something lovely. 3.5 Annie's Pick 

Sam: Just as it was almost getting tiring to defend LDR, everyone changed their tune when Ultraviolence turned out to be pretty damn good. The great thing is, going into album number three, she really shouldn’t have any concerns. And it shows. Dropping a sparse ballad like this as the first taste is a bold move and also says that LDR doesn’t really give two shits if you like it or not. On Honeymoon she curls her smokey vocals around an instrumental inspired by Hollywood grandeur. It’s elegant, decadent but also a little dark and hollow. It’s probably not the most enthralling thing she’s done, but her vocal is flawless. 3.5

Liz

When I Rule The World

Annie: ‘If Aqua was formed in 2015’, is an accurate way to describe this song. The track, which you may recognise from the new Samsung Galaxy commercial, is a fun homage to early 2000’s pop. It’s quality pop music, with the vocals channeling Britney Spears in a way that isn’t grating. It’s wholly enjoyable, but admittedly the track is probably best suited for your guilty pleasures playlist. 3

Sam: Apart from that Madonna track, Sophie has been pretty quiet on the release front. Thank goodness he’s back and he’s chosen the perfect partner in crime. Liz is a nostalgia-sucking, millennium-influenced popstar who has always suited the PC Music aesthetic. This is her first foray into this world and it’s without a doubt her most successful output to date. When I Rule The World pairs together a bubblegum-popping verse with a sickly sweet chorus that’s successful in being powerfully addictive. Sophie is yet to really have a commercial hit given that Bitch, I’m Madonna sunk but this really has a chance if anyone’s brave enough to start spinning it for the masses. 4

YG
Twist My Fingaz

Annie: I’m definitely way, way out of my element with this song, but it reminds me of ‘My Neck, My Back’ by Khia, which I like, although I’m not sure whether that’s entirely a good thing…
There’s something that pushed me to replay it three times however, so I suppose this track may be just as ‘fYAAA’ as the Youtube comments suggest. 2

Sam: One really good thing that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly left behind is the re-introduction of organic instrumentation in commercial hip-hop. YG is definitely sitting in that lane rapping over a beat that sounds influenced by Thundercat. The beat is the best part about it, funky and personality-filled, but YG doesn’t really bring anything memorable to it unfortunately. The thing that separates it from anything on To Pimp A Butterfly is that it’s pleasant. Nothing on Lamar’s record was pleasant - it all stood in your face and demanded attention. “Do your dance YG,” doesn’t really do that. 3

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: CHVRCHES, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey And More

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Our internet has been down for the whole day so we contemplated sending this out via carrier pigeon but we don't own a pad and paper anymore (#GENY) and Lana Del Rey wouldn't give us the rights to send her song via a disease-ridden bird. Luckily the internet came back, our blood pressure can return to normal.

CHVRCHES
Leave A Trace

In just one album CHVRCHES have generated enough hype to make people want to leak details of their follow-up, which means that people really, really care. And by the sounds of the first single Leave A Trace people should care. Once again it centres around frontwoman Lauren Mayberry's delicate yet cutting vocals that are at their peak here. It's another bitter tale of heartbreak but nobody really does it quite as well as CHVRCHES so just keep em' coming.

Wizkid
Ojuelegba (Feat. Drake and Skepta)

This is not your regular Drake remix. In fact, on paper it's bizarre. Ojuelegba was a massive hit for Wizkid in his home country of Nigeria but now Drake and Skepta have westernised it with a verse each. It doesn't deliver up much of a hip-hop beat but the pair make it work effortlessly. This friendship between Skeppy and Drizzy just continues to develop and we're very much in favour of it.

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Cosmo's Midnight
Walk With Me (Feat. KUČKA)

There's basically nothing that could go wrong when you put together two of Australia's finest producers Cosmo's Midnight and Australia's most unique vocalist KUČKA. Walk With Me is a wonderfully perky number that sees the trio channel their inner AlunaGeorge. I imagine it will go down even better come summer festival time as its airy disposition is tailer-made for the sunshine.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/cosmosmidnight/cosmos-midnight-walk-with-me-feat-kucka[/soundcloud]

Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon

LDR is back and she's singing about bad boys once again. This time it's a man with "a history of violence," and while it's surely not possible for the singer to attract this many men with a sketchy past, she's so damn convincing as a narrator. Honeymoon is a string-driven affair with that's as grandiose as anything she's done. Her vocals and smokey and waft higher and higher with a certain Hollywood glamour to them. Bad news for the haters, you're probably not going to change your mind with this one.

Gill Bates
Didn't Mind (Produced By Feki)

Aussie hip-hop is in such a good place right now thanks to the likes of Allday, Remi, Tkay Maidza and Baro. Now we can add another name to that crew - Gill Bates. It's probably one of the most accessible Aussie hip-hop/R&B tracks we've heard in a very long time and that's thanks to that brilliant hook crafted by Gates and producer Feki. It may be only his second official single but it sounds just as polished as anything riding up the pop charts today.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/gillbates/didnt-mind-prod-feki[/soundcloud]

M.I.A
Swords

She's becoming a bit of a veteran now M.I.A but luckily she's got no less interesting as she's matured. Swords is taken from her fifth album Matahdatah which, in typical M.I.A style, could be out tomorrow or could arrive in 2019. The important thing right now is that we have this track and it's a catastrophic mess - the only way we like our M.I.A. She's the queen on organised anarchy and yes, this song features actual swords alongside tribal beats and brash raps. The track was featured in her visual project Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than A Border," featured below.

Mabel
Know Me Better

Mabel is the daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McAvy but don't for a minute think that that's all she's got going for her. Know Me Better is a confident, personality-filled debut single. It's sensual and yet brims with energy. "Now there's nothing here between us," she sings, shattering a relationship but seemingly gaining her own personal muscle to walk away better.

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Youth Lagoon
The Knower

Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon caught everyone's attention with his magical debut Year Of Hibernation and then backed it up with an equally whimsical sophomore effort Wondrous Bughouse. The Knower, taken from his forthcoming LP Savage Hills Ballroom, is no less fairytale-like but there's a little more clarity to his vocals and the instrumental is more immediate. For the first time he really gives us a face. Rather than hiding behind the music, he drives it.

Leisure Suite
Sweet Gin

Leisure Suite are an electro-pop duo from Melbourne and Sweet Gin is the first track following their beautiful self-titled EP. Sweet Gin is an after-dark track with strong seductive vibes. There's a certain jazz quality to the vocals like Ella Fitzgerald picked up a synth and started listening to Ashanti. On a cold day like this it's just the warm hug we needed.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/leisure-suite-aus/sweet-gin[/soundcloud]

Tame Impala
The Less I Know The Better

Choosing just one track from the new Tame Impala record is a little like choosing your favourite kid. For now, The Less I Know The Better is our favourite. But by the time I've finished writing this we probably will move onto something else. The Less I Know The Better is the track that best combines the murky haze of Lonerism with the new-found pop-melodies of Currents. Everything from the funky guitar riff to Parker's impeccable falsetto is perfect and it melts our hearts everytime.

Read: Our review of Currents

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Cosmo's Midnight Team Up With KUČKA On 'Walk With Me'

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About a year ago Aussie duo Cosmo's Midnight remixed AlunaGeorge's Superstar and now it seems a bit of the British duo's sound has rubbed off on them. Their new track walk with me features the effortless vocal of A$AP Rocky-collaborator and all-round underground superstar KUČKA who sounds a little Aluna on this one while still adding in her own oddities. The boys lay down a crisp, clean production that bounces along with glee. The two acts are both set to play Astral People's OutsideIn festival in September so let's hope we see this one live.

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First Impressions: Beyoncé, Kučka, Honne + 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. This week we’re picking apart the new Major Lazer track with Ariana Grande, George Maple’s newie, Mark Ronson’s new Bruno Mars-featuring single + more. 

Kučka- Divinity

Hannah M: Despite its quick tempo drumbeats, Divinity is calming. The mystical, layered backing track and Kučka’s breathy voice combine to create a divine quality that’s nice and easy to listen to. Without sounding like a douchebag (hopefully) I actually feel this would make a lovely, if unconventional song to do yoga to. 3.5

Sam: This song has kind of blown up on the internet this week and there’s a reason for it. I actually think this is one of the most interesting tracks to come out of the country this year. She mixes an AlunaGeorge-flavoured RnB with Grimes’ empty-room, dim-lit pop. While her voice has an otherworldly aspect to it, it still really connects. 4

Bianca: The layers of Japanese-inspired percussion and ratchety, syncopated drums create a pleasingly dark and mysterious atmosphere. She doesn’t sound like she’s from this country nor does she even sound like she’s even from this world. 3.75

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/midnightfeature/kucka-divinity[/soundcloud]

Oceaan- Candour

Hannah M: I love Oliver Cean’s straight-talking yet soft-spoken voice in Candour; the Northern English accent is somehow endearing. Trailing percussion and synth beats build to the bursting chorus, though everything stays controlled and refined, restrained even. A really cool, smooth jam. 4

Sam: Usually these atmospheric, minimal productions make the voice sound really devoid from the song but here it sits right up the front and carries the melody effortlessly. The instrumental then creeps up behind it moulding its ebbs and flows. 3.5

Bianca: My interest was only piqued at around the halfway mark and by then it was all a bit too late. Don’t get me wrong, this track has some really lovely production, in particular the multi-layered, maudlin percussive elements, but it failed to keep me awake. 3.5

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/ocea-n/candour[/soundcloud]

Beyoncé- 7/11

Hannah M - Beyonce’s performance skills are unmatched and her video clips are always highly anticipated, but this particular iPhone style mash-up really brings 7/11 to life. It’s basically Beyoncé dancing crazy in a way that only Beyonce could. Just as her movements, the rhythm is staccato and punchy, though again I think it’s the accompanying clip that has garnered this song such viral attention rather than the music itself. 3

Sam: Beyoncé literally couldn't give two f**ks at the moment and this track is proof of that. After her hugely successful solo album, she follows it up with this hook-less song that goes hard for 3 mins 30. It’s the most bonkers track I’ve ever heard by her by rapping instead of singing shows that she knows she can sing the phonebook but she doesn’t always have to use it. She’s such an intriguing, surprising person to watch right now. 4 

Bianca: This track just straight-up smacks you in the face. Immediately, just like Beyoncé herself, it launches into glitchy movements with a rickety, trap-like backbeat syncopating along. Throughout the entirety of the track I’m never completely sure where she’s heading but I’m okay with that. With no definitive beginning, middle or end, it’s like three and a half minute-long, 7/11 Slurpee brain-freeze. 3

Kero Kero Bonito- Build Up

Hannah M: The only good use I can think of for Build Up is as a soundtrack for a kids cartoon show. Sarah’s high-pitched childlike voice and the Mario Cart-style sound effects are so annoying to listen to. Sorry Kero Kero Bonito – Kawaii just doesn’t do it for me musically. 2

Sam: These guys are so confused. They are a group of English people making J-pop that also sounds like PC Music. May sound like a horrible, horrible combination but if you’re prepared for it, it’s a wonderland of delicious sounds. It may be hard to swallow but it’s probably best to give it a try - this is the kind of sound that could be all over radio in a few years. Probably not, but you never know. 3.5

Bianca: Build Up sounds like an annoying jingle you’d hear on the TV that can’t help but earworm its way into your subconscious. And no matter how hard you try to fight it, you accidentally find yourself singing along to it one day, miraculously knowing every single lyric. And that’s the true magic of this ridiculous song. 3.75 Bianca's Pick 

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Pusha T- Lunch Money

Hannah M: There are some arrogant sentiments behind Lunch Money, like spilling thousands worth of champagne; ‘too bad’ I took your lunch money. I find this entertaining and unsurprising considering Kanye produced the track, though the composition itself didn’t capture me. The under-water effects made a quirky addition to otherwise typical percussive beats, though overall Lunch Money fell flat for me. 2.5

Sam: This has Yeezus stamped all over it. From those industrial synths to the altogether minimal production, it’s easy to imagine Kanye himself rapping over it. Mixing that with a few classic hip-hop beats gives it a point of difference from Yeezus but I’m stuck in two frames of mind. I like it but I feel like it’s just too close to Kanye to give it any identity. 3

Bianca: Is that it? I was expecting something really good to happen but I’ve just been left empty-handed, just like those who were denied of their lunch money. This track is like a Kanye West song without the Kanye, and what’s the point in that? 2.5

Honne- The Night

Hannah M: Rather than the sappy romance typically associated with such croony vocals, Honne’s lyrics are a little more risqué (e.g. ‘If you spend the night I’ll make it worth your while’). This makes the track way more likeable for cynics like me, and works with their cozy synths and modern RnB sound. 4

Sam: It’s definitely pleasant in a Chet Faker kind of way but I don’t know if there’s much to distinguish it from every other after-dark RnB tune out there. The vocals are on-point and the whole mood of the instrumental is perfect but I can’t help myself thinking I would’ve loved something else - a little vocal manipulation at points to spice things up, maybe. Perhaps I’m just being picky, it is a good tune. 3

Bianca: This one’s a little too slinky for my liking. I can definitely appreciate the down-tempo, brooding affair, but will be doing so from afar. 3

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/the-night[/soundcloud]

 

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week | Beyonce, Charli XCX, KUČKA + More

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This week seemed like a pretty slow week for new music but looking back on it now we must have spent too much of our time watching drug busts outside the window and contemplating the percentage of croissant to donut in a cronut. Anyway, apologies. We’re more than aware now that this week was infact great for new music and are making up for our fleeting attention spans with this list of 10 songs that would have been great in any week. Not just because we thought this week was a dud.

Hudson Mohawke- Chimes (Feat. Future, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott and French Montana)

Hudson Mohawke’s Chimes was already a hard-ass, thumper of a track but he’s just piled four cherries on top, adding four of the best rappers right now to the mix. The instrumental remains the same but the rap verses add a certain personality to the track. If we have to pick someone who took the crown here we’re going to have to give it to Pusha T. He sounds dark, brooding and successfully fights Mohawke’s abrasive horns.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hudsonmohawke/chimes-rmx[/soundcloud]

SZA- Sobrierty

SZA’s Z is still one of the most effortless records of the year and she continues that vibe with this cut, Sobriety. Vocally, she absolutely slays on this one over a beat constructed by a dream-team of Chris Calor, Cody, Thundercat and Sounwave. It’s funny that so many people have had a hand in this track because they haven’t left any fingerprintrints. It sounds minimal, clean and spacious. 

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/topdawgent/sza-sobriety-prod-by-chris-calor-cody-thundercat-lovedragon-and-sounwave[/soundcloud] 

Selah Sue - Together (ft. Childish Gambino)

Belgian, known for its delicious waffles and rich chocolate, has another delicacy on offer, in the form of sweet-talking Selah Sue. Her voice, like the two aforementioned foods, runs smoothly and steamily alongside a skittering, electronic-infused, hip-hop beat. Childish Gambino’s appearance is a welcome addition, giving the track, which ever so subtly verges into pop territory, that extra crunch. All we can say is, yum.

Made in Heights - Panther

Kelsey Bulkin’s got a voice that just won’t quit. Soft and dreamy, with the counter-ability of grabbing all your attention, her vocals float divinely above a soundscape of anxious synths, subdued keys and saccharine synths (those strings!). A lullaby of sorts, Panther lives up to its name. Stealthy, dark and mysterious, this big cat of the jungle grabs you right by the throat.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/madeinheights/panther[/soundcloud]

Beyonce- 7/11

7/11 is the new Beyonce track from the forthcoming Platinum Edition of her hugely successful, BEYONCE album. It seems like Beyonce just keeps giving more and more. 7/11 is probably the hardest we’ve ever heard her go with a crunching beat and some trail-blazing verses. Beyonce rarely takes the time to sing, rather rapping her way through the whole thing. The video is something else too. For someone with the amount of money she has, she’s made a video that looks like a home video. Where my home videos look like a poorly shot documentary on whales, Beyonce’s looks top notch. Of course.

Beyonce- Ring Off

We’re just going to put two Beyonce songs in because, Beyonce. This one sees her put more fuel on the fire in terms of the rumour that her and Jay-Z are done with the lyrics “you took that ring off”. We’re not sure what that’s all about but the song itself is an island-inspired gem. Along with the original songs on BEYONCE, Ring Off is probably the most effortless. Can we have another album for Christmas please Beyonce?

Charli XCX- Gold Coins

We’re currently smashing our piggy banks open and filling the bath with dollar coins so we can listen to this track the way its meant to be heard. With all the success Charli XCX has had this year, it’s refreshing to hear a song so unconcerned with what’s in vogue at the moment. Gold Coins is brash, punk and surprisingly sounds like a hit.

KUČKA- Divinity

It’s always good to hear an Aussie girl doing well on the world wide web, so we we’re thrilled to see KUČKA’s Divinity premiered on The Fader this week. We’ve loved KUCKA ever since we were captivated by her show at BIGSOUND and drunkenly tracked her down in the street to tell her so. Divinity sounds like Grimes with a sprinkle of Alunageorge and plenty of after-dark charm. It’s a swirling combustion of lucid synths and vocal hums, sounding like nothing coming out of this country right now.

 [soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/midnightfeature/kucka-divinity[/soundcloud]

MNEK- The Rhythm

In our humble opinion, British youngster has been criminally underappreciated this year. Surely 2015 is set to be his time, particularly with this #banger, The Rhythm on his side. The Rhythm was made to pulsate off club walls with jungle inspired rhythms and a throbbing bass. Meanwhile his soaring voice adds an anthemic quality to the whole thing. Right now, I’m literally all about that bass.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/mnek-1/the-rhythm[/soundcloud]

Dugong Jr- Fish Tears

Riddle me this, how do you see fish tears when they’re already in water? Well, Dugong Jr has apparently seen them and they look exactly as this sounds. If that’s true, they’re crystalline droplets, that trickle and plop, occasionally falling onto squeaky beds. Take of that what you will. Really, all you need to know is that Dugong Jr is one of the best Australian producers right now.

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