10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Frank Ocean, St Vincent, UV Boi + More


Some of us are kicking it with the cool kids at Paradise Music Festival and some of us are heading off to OutsideIn and Stereosonic today so excuse us for being a bit rushed in introducing the following tracks. They are no less brilliant or loved, just written with the impending doom of fluoro-clad festival goers in mind.

Frank Ocean- Mesmerise

Oh how we’ve waited for any sign of a new Frank Ocean record since 2012’s brilliant, channelORANGE and this is probably our best indication yet. Overnight Ocean popped online this swirling number, Mesmerise. It’s doesn’t have that crisp production that we’ve become used to, rather borrowing a few of Tame Impala’s techniques, turning it into a psychedelic, under-the-radar number.

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment- Surf

Need a bit of a pick me up? Had a rough week? Look no further than this happy-go-lucky tune by Chance The Rapper’s The Social Experiment which is apparently now headed up by Donnie Trumpet. We’re not so sure what that’s all about but this is a gospel-flavoured ray of sunshine. Lets have a Chance The Rapper album soon tho, srlsly.

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Azealia Banks- Chasing Time (Max Tundra Remix)

So Azealia Banks is running a remix competition and giving away $10k for the person who gives her the best remix. Given the song is already a badbitch of a song, it was always going to be hard to make it sound better but British producer Max Tundra has done a mighty job. He’s induced it with a bit of happiness by pulling apart its RnB backbone and placing it firmly in the world of electronica. Bravo all.

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Lana Del Rey- Brooklyn Baby (Tom Vek Remix)

Another remix just cos’ it’s that time of the year where new music is drying up and people are starting to talk about retrospective lists. Speaking of retrospective lists, Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence was surprisingly brilliant and so was its centrepiece, Brooklyn Baby. Here Tom Vek strips away the reverb and goes heavy on the percussion. It no longer sounds like its been recorded in the darkness of a New York basement. It’s ready for the clubs now. Go forth, be free, Brooklyn Baby.

Hannah Diamond- Every Night

We just got our Saturday night jam. Hannah Diamond is the poster girl for PC Music, really and this song is her most dance-ready yet. It’s in the lane of QT’s, Hey QT- a glitzy, saccharine tune with vocals detached from any sort of human presence. It goes to show that a killer pop-melody goes along way. Pop has always been best wrapped in plastic (thanks Aqua) and this is proof of that.

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Mark Ronson- Feel Right (Feat. Mystikal)

After hearing this and the mighty Uptown Funk, it’s very clear that Ronson is going all out with the brass on his latest solo record. This one feature New Orleans rapper Mystikal and sounds nothing like anything that’s come out of Britain. It does, however, sound alot like James Brown which was probably intentional.

BANKS- Beggin For Thread (UV boi فوق بنفسجي Remix)

UV Boi is our main boi since we spent last weekend snapchatting with him. His remix of BANKS’, Begging For Thread which dropped this week (hence why it’s in this article) is a blistering, post-trap rework that keeps intact her vocals melodies, rather chosing to have fun with the instrumental. And he has so much fun.

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Young Father- Soon Come Soon

The internet is a funny thing isn’t it. Young Father won the prestigious Mercury Prize this year, yet when they drop a new single we don’t hear about it for two days. Maybe that’s our fault but at this stage we’d rather blame it on the www. than personal fault. The single, Soon Come Soon, is very worthy of attention. It’s an emotionally-charged number that swaps between singing and rapping. The singing parts are quite affecting, with the layering giving them a choral-effect. This could actually be on a soundtrack for the Lion King. There’d be so many tears.

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St. Vincent- Pieta & Sparrow

Annie Clarke has been dropping these two live for a while now but she’s finally decided to make them available to us virtual folks online. It’s a tantalising taste of what we have to look forward to when she comes out to Australia for Laneway Festival next year. Pieta, is an elastic, floating tune while Sparrow is a dark, burrowing track that lifts for a holy chorus.

Listen here

Turtle- Lavendar

I often find my attention wanes on ambient tracks but not this. Oh definitely not on this one. Glasgow producer Turtle is about to drop his Colours EP and Lavendar is the first song from it. It’s ambient in every sense of the word but it has a cinematic quality to it thanks to the strings that holds your attention and your heartstrings. Then he adds in another genre with a house-like vocal sample. My mum always said you can mix as many ingredients as you like as long as they all like each other, once there is one wrong element the whole thing is stuffed. Well Turtle’s mum, Mrs. Turtle, was obviously also very wise.

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We interviewed UV Boi through Snapchat

UV Boi is one of the fastest rising artists in the Australian electronica scene. Having charmed the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, the producer has churned out everything from kawaii sounds to iPhone messenger sounds. We took to Snapchat to interview the 18 year-old up-and-comer to prove we can still kick it with the cool kids.

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You can catch UV Boi at Paradise Music Festival and also at Future Classic & BBE's XMAS WEEKENDER.

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8 Reasons Why Ryan Hemsworth Is One Of The Most Important Producers Right Now


Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has just released his second album Alone For The First Time, so we thought it would be nice to gush over him for a bit and look at where he sits in the world of producers right now.

1. He doesn't attach to a clique

All you have to do is look at who is supporting Hemsworth on his ‘Sucker For Punishment’ tour to see how far and wide his admiration for electronic musicians stretches. Like many genres, electronic music has a tendency to place artists in a certain group or collective. The artists feature on each others tracks, nurture each other and inevitably churn out releases that sound similar. It’s not a bad thing, but part of Hemsworth’s charm is that he’s hard to place in a pre-determined group. He’s worked with Aussie producer, UV Boi, Japanese beatmaker, Qrion and has tracks on his latest album with Doss, The GTW, Little Cloud and many more. There’s hardly a common thread you can tie between them apart from Hemsworth himself.

2. He's diverse

If you were following Hemsworth’s releases in the lead up to the new album, you may have been blindsided by Alone For The First Time. Cream Soda with Tomggg was full of candied sounds while Gods with UV Boi was a profound, iphone-sound borrowing track. Even Every Square Inch with Qrion, the most similar to the album, is far more dancefloor ready than anything on the sophomore album.

Turn from that to his remixes and you’ve got a completely different Hemsworth. His remix of Beyonce’s Mine is industrial and hard-hitting while his take on Future’s Honest, is a subtle, minimalist affair. It’s easy to forget even, that some of his early tracks like Day N Nite, had him pinned as a hip-hop/RnB producer. So, what do we learn from this? Hemsworth is a product of the internet generation - a producer who is consuming a lot of music and just like trends is constantly changing his mind. He told Dummymag, “I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to fully create one single, consistent sound… which I hope is a good thing...There is a short shelf life for a lot of sounds”

3. He’s not afraid to have fun

Alone For The First Time and to some extent, Guilt Trips are heavy listens. It’s more easily listened to knowing that the producer behind them is not afraid to have a little fun. His bouncing remix of the Backstreet Boys’ Show Me The Meaning, sampling Amanda Bynes still stands as one of his most impressive outputs.

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4. His instagram game is top notch

This is clearly the most important point. You can’t be an important producer if you don’t have an instagram with plenty of good shit on it. Good shit, Hemsworth has. It’s an instagram full of Pokemon, ironic selfies and travelling tidbits. Oh and shoes, plenty of cool shoes.

Basically, it just makes you like the guy. So many electronic producers remain enigmatic or become bitter and fan-shy, but Hemsworth is none of those things. He’s present, funny and a little dorky.

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5. He gives new producers a leg-up

All that social media presence, actually puts Hemsworth in a good position to spruik new music. Earlier this year he started his Secret Songs project which sees him release new music for free by new artists that he loves. For six months, he’s dropped songs by the likes of Tennyson, Ricky Eat Acid, Lucas, Little Cloud and more. And for many, giving them widespread exposure for the first time. Hemsworth writes a spiel about the song, as does the artist and then it’s dropped for free on the public.

“I have a following and people like my taste for whatever reason”, he told THUMP, further telling Dummymag that “it’s just trying to bring them [the producers] into the world that aren’t really in that much at the moment.” In that way, he is using his following to give exposure to artists that are still based on the internet - plucking them into the real world and exposing great but undiscovered music. Many of the artists are now touring alongside him.


6. He has his eyes on Japan where they should be

Japan is one of the most interesting countries for electronic music right now and Hemsworth is suitably fascinated. He told THUMP before even visiting the country, “I’m pretty in love with most things Japan. I was put onto a lot of Japanese horror movies when I was 13 by my older cousin, and just got obsessed with that. To me, I’m fully romanticising that world”.

Like fellow Japan-enthusiast, Porter Robinson, Hemsworth has a way of borrowing that Japanese aesthetic for his own songs. They have solemn, saddening undertones with perky, plastic synths layered on top. It’s mixing those two things just like anime does in juxtaposing its visual with the message.

He recently wrote a brilliant piece for The Fader on his trip to Japan. It tracks the experience of playing and getting by in a country where they don’t speak his language. He met Qrion, Tofubeats, Pa’s Lam System and Seiho, to name a few, and openly expressed, “I suck compared to these guys”. What’s most interesting is they can barely communicate with eachother because of the language barrier but are able to come together musically, with the help of a little alcohol. FYI, Qrion outdrinks Hemsworth.

7. He’s eloquent in the way he speaks of electronic music

An ambasador for anything, needs to be able to state their case. Hemsworth has given copious interviews over the course of his career. Here are a few of the most poignant things he’s said about electronic music.

“If you create a new sound, you’re top of the world for a minute, and then the next sound is the new thing.” - Dummymag

“...from a young age, I got really into discovering music—that magical feeling when you find something new. Still to this day, every day, I have that. It's what keeps me going when playing at shows playing new songs. It's always such a fresh feeling.” - Interview

“I'm still lumped into the electronic music world, which is totally a part of me. I'm booked for club shows and festivals and stuff, but I want to make music that's a bit outside of that world. I want to make music that's a little bit of everything.” Red Bull

8. His new album is spellbinding

I mean, really, you gotta hear it. Alone For The First Time is an expansive, emotional record that sees Hemsworth play around with life instrumentation and pull in artists that he’s admired for a while including Little Cloud, Dawn Golden and The GTW.

It’s a short, compact record but one that packs a real punch. Opener Hurt Me, is an orchestral heartwrencher, while closer By Myself, is an ode to being alone and one that sounds as profound as any words uttered by Gil Scott-Heron. In between, Hemsworth flips between showing influences like The Postal Service (Snow In Newark) to showing his admiration for Japanese electronica (Surrounded).

It’s a record that sees Hemsworth step out as an artist rather than a bedroom producer. It may be at times sad and lonely, but altogether it’s a heartwarming listen, finessed with love and care.

You can buy it if you like. Here.


10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Jessie Ware, Röyksopp, Nina Las Vegas + more


It’s the 10th of the 10th and why don’t we just throw another 10 in the mix, in the form of the latest and greatest tracks from the week. Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, these are the 10 most important things you should be listening to this week.

Anywhere - Young Franco x UV Boi

When two of the hottest young Australian talents team up, you know you’re in for a treat. Very much like the duo themselves, Anywhere is a fresh, youthful track that bounces along with a playful charm and vigour. Referencing R&B, trap bass, tropical disco funk and modern day sound samplings, it’s a smorgasbord of genres and textures that the boys have successfully amalgamated into the next dancefloor ditty.

Yumi Zouma- Alema

When you’re touring with Lorde, you know you’re doing something right. Fellow Kiwis, Yumi Zouma, are a fairly new band but by no means any less accomplished. First making an impact with their debut track, The Brae, they’ve now released the first track since their EP, Alema. Summery, hazy and evoking feelings of holiday nostalgia, the feather-light vocals and lush synths are carried confidently along by carefully-restrained ‘90s dance-keys. Feel free to add this one to your road trip playlist.

Years & Years- Desire

Sometimes it’s just inevitable that a band is going to breakthrough. Years & Years give us that feeling of inevitability with their dance/indie-rock/RnB crossover sound. They’ve got a sound that pleases the bloggers as well as having the potential to crossover onto radio. Desire is a perfect example for the aforementioned. It’s an upbeat, delectably melodic track with a tropical dance-vibe to it taking us to a jungle we haven’t seen since Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda track. Terrible timing to release this for British winter. Perfect timing that we get it for our Summer.

Danny L Harle- In My Dreams

We’re still unable to put a face to a name for any of these PC Music releases but who cares when they keep churning out the most mind-bending, divisive songs since Aqua’s Dr. Jones. The latest is from Danny L Harle and it’s actually one of the more digestible tunes we’ve heard from the label. In saying that, it still sounds like Siri’s debut single built on manic strings and climaxing toy beats. This may sound like a bad thing but it’s not at all. Brilliant, again.

Jessie Ware- Pieces

Oh, Jessie, Jessie, Jessie; you can do no wrong! Pieces is another bold statement from the London songstress as she executes each and every note and its subtle nuances like a true goddess. Bordering on pop territory but restraining just enough, Ware has pulled off another stunning ballad to add to the Tough Love collection. Just try not to shout this one from the rooftops.


Jerome LOL- Burton Hall

Jeremo LOL and Samo Sound Boy’s DJ Dodger Stadium record is one of our favourites of this year so it’s with absolute delight that we accept a new Jerome LOL song into our hearts this week. Burton Hall sees LOL step away from the abrasive personality of the DJ Dodger Stadium tracks and embrace a gently undulating tune that’s far softer but no less effective. The man is a genius in choosing the most easily swallowed vocal samples. Every time that high-pitched vocal makes an appearance we melt.

Nina Las Vegas & Swick- Flash Auto

Nina Las Vegas has dipped her toe into the world of production and the result is most excellent. Teaming up with fellow beatmaker, Swick, Flash Auto is an instant club banger that delves into trance heavy electro and is just anxious to be tested out on a real-life dancefloor. Nina’s sure to get people’s blood pumping and heart racing when she (hopefully) tests this one out at her NLV Presents tour, kicking off in Perth tonight.


No, we haven’t picked up a CD from your parents’ dinner party music collection. Toronto trio, BADBADNOTGOOD, have taken the jazz from the smokey club and transformed it into a modern day melody. While jazz can be a tricky one to get a hold of, why not just let the smooth grooves of Velvet get a hold of you, and allow them to whisk you away to yesteryear. Crack open a cigar and ask for another scotch on the rocks; you’re in this one for the long haul. Good times and great classic hits, brought to you by BBNG.

Shan Vincent de Paul - Some Girls

You heard the euphoric, full-bodied melodies of La+ch’s, Nights, and now the Toronto producer has laid his midas touch on Shan Vincent de Paul’s, lush, anthemic, Some Girls. Donate all your clothes to this collection bin, ladies and gentlemen, cos’ this tune is hot, hot, hot. Summer is here and de Paul’s smooth melodies will get you grooving all night long.

Röyksopp - You Know I Have To Go (Feat. Jamie McDermott)  

In a somewhat pensive reflection of their dance-pop extravaganza that was their pairing with Swedish singer, Robyn, Röyksopp’s latest offering, You Know I Have To Go provides a different mood to what we’ve seen from the Tromsø synth duo lately. They’ve taken the mood down several notches, reducing the thermostat from red hot and plunging it right down to sub-zero temperatures. Slow-building with a sense of foreboding, the frosty synths combined with Jamie McDermott’s imploring vocals create a tension that teeters on the edge, right until the very end, so don’t expect any kind of relief from the finale. In a statement about the song, Röyksopp has said:

“The attraction and the doubt; the dilemma as whether to succumb to one’s feelings or not. The sheer length of the track is meant to illustrate the prolonging internal struggle between reason and lust.”

Catch the song and the accompanying, ellipses-abundant lyrics here.