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10 Songs You Might've Missed These Holidays

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So now everybody has successfully become overweight alcoholics, it's time to get back into the swing of things. While you had your eyes on a bottle of champagne or your head up a turkey, you may have missed these songs. Let's catch up...

Kanye West- Only One (Feat. Paul McCartney)

This one was the big one. Yeezy ushered in the New Year with a new song- one that is a big departure from the industrial, raw Yeezus. Only One featuring largely unknown new artist, Paul McCartney, takes cues from 808s and Heartbreaks more than any of his other albums. It's a heartfelt ballad. It's auto-tuned, soulful and actually quite humble. As much as it is a different direction we think this track might be an outlier on his forthcoming record.

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Lxury- Let Down

We had the pleasure of having this British producer down-under last year, and he just continues to churn out bass-heavy gold. Let Down comes courtesy of British radio presenter Annie Mac and it's a soulful flavoured, deep-house track.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-lxury-let-down[/soundcloud]

A$AP Rocky- Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2

Oooooh, we feel a new A$AP Rocky album on the way. Following last years Multiply, it's clear that A$AP is going back to his roots, ditching pop-heavy hooks for dark hip-hop beats and fierce flows. Let's hope this his sophomore album goes a little harder than his debut which barely scratched the surface of what this man can do.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/asapmob/lord-pretty-flacko-jodye-2-pfjii-prod-nez-rio[/soundcloud]

MØ- New Years Eve

MØ had a pretty awesome 2014, finishing it up with a guest spot on the new Iggy Azalea single, Beg For It, and an Australian tour. She's released New Years Eve to signal the very event its title alludes to. It's a somewhat melancholic tracks featuring an introspective MO in ballad mode which is something we haven't heard much from her before.

A.G. Cook- What I Mean

PC Music ruled 2014, on Soundcloud at least. The head of the internet label, A.G. Cook has carefully curated a label that is kitsch, melodic and modern. What I Mean came as a welcome end of year surprise. It's one of the more tame tracks to have come from Cook but it's no less sugary sweet.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-a-g-cook-what-i-mean[/soundcloud]

Usher Feat. Migos- Still Got It

If 2014 proved anything it's that Usher does indeed still have it. Good Kisser was great, I Don't Mind was better and for the first time since 2001 we find ourselves excited about an Usher record. This one probably won't appear on huge album, but it will tie us over for now. He takes on the role of a rapper matching Migos, who is an actual rapper FYI.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/zaytovenbeatz/usher-ft-migos-i-still-got-it-prod-by-zaytoven[/soundcloud]

MAGIC! - Rude (Saint Pepsi Remix)

This song sucks as much shit as Sublime's Santaria, but Saint Pepsi has proved himself, once again, to be a saint tastefully remixing it. The reggae is gone and in its place is a beat reminiscent of Beyonce's Partition. It's far more bearable and Saint Pepsi deserves a medal.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/saintpepsi/magic-rude-saint-pepsi-remix[/soundcloud]

Montgomery- Piñata (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)

Melbourne label, IOhYou have a great roster of artists now with the addition of DMAs and Montgomery last year. Young upcoming producer, Japanese Wallpaper, has taken on Montgomery's Piñata, leaving much of the vocal melody intact but adding a layered, dimly-lit instrumental that makes the song even more delectable.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/iohyouparty/montgomery-pinata-japanese-wallpaper-remix[/soundcloud]

O.T. Genasis- CoCo (Dark0 Remix)

If you haven't heard the original of this yet, you probably will very soon. It's completely ridiculous but it's found a runaway following in the US. London producer, Dark0, has remixed the track given it an even darker base of chiming and cascading percussion.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/dark0/o-t-genasis-coco-dark0-remix[/soundcloud]

Toby Gale- Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves

Ryan Hemsworth is continuing on with his Secret Songs giveaways and the latest is a super kawaii offering from Toby Gale. Of the song Hemsowrth says "I have trouble finding songs at this pace, that give me the feeling Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves does". Don't we all, Hemsworth. Don't we all.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/shh017-toby-gale-hawaii-wifi-tiger-moves[/soundcloud]

 

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SOPHIE & A.G. Cook team up for 'Hey QT'

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British producer SOPHIE had us all either completely confused or pining for more sugary sweet goodness after releasing previous singles, Lemonade and Hard. Meanwhile, A.G.Cook had us asking 'What the f**k is PC Music?' with comparisons to Dance Dance Revolution, Nintendo, Korea and Siri being thrown around. 

Now, the two have joined forces to create Hey QT and the combined result seems to make so much sense. Bubbling with energy and the signature inhuman vocals, the track is shameless, addictive fun that's sure to get even the most PC Music-confused people moving.

While it's claimed that 'QT' is the girl in the above picture, the true identity of 'her' remains a mystery with the following released statement not shedding any more light on the enigma:

"So what, or who, is QT? She’s a sparkling future pop sensation - albeit one who is set to warp and stretch the notion of what a pop star actually is. It’s a drink, or more precisely a brand new Energy Elixir ("where organic and synthetic meet to stimulate an uplifting club sensation"). And it’s a song, a moment – "Hey QT" - which sees these two producers pushing their sound to its very extreme and creating a future anthem in the process." 

Described as "a sparkling future pop sensation" by SOPHIE and A.G.Cook themselves, whatever 'QT' may be, is sure to be sure making waves on the dancefloor in due time.

Listen to Hey QT below but we recommend you experience the full QT 'Elixir' experience here.

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First Impressions 10 June

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Here are six songs that we kept in our company over the long weekend. While some were pleasant, others came armed with expletives and harsh beats. We reviewed them at the end of the weekend, taking particular note of their willingness to please the ears and their likeness to snozberries.

AG Cook- Beautiful

Sam: PC Music just sounds so futuristic and inhuman that it's hard to attach yourself with. I think I've finally come around to it. Beautiful is so kitsch yet so melodic and lolly-like. It's something new and I'm loving it. 4

Hannah: This is what happens when some seriously great production goes full throttle towards those shimmery, euphoric, highs we came to know and love during the happy house wave. It really hits its stride around the 1:20 mark, and from there on in it’s all rainbow coloured streets and snozberries that ACTUALLY taste like snozberries. #PLUR 3.5

Bianca:

 2.5

Lizzie: I feel like I just stepped out of an episode of Rugrats. When the song thickens at 1:20 seconds, it’s really hard not to bounce along. However, I’m still not sold on the whole Hello Kitty sound - its a very very new sound to my ears. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/beautiful[/soundcloud]

Caribou- Can't Do Without You

Sam: I'm still not really over Odessa so it's hard to accept that something new has come along. In saying that Can't Do Without You is a grower and that climax at the end is well worth the wait. The vocal sample is also a total winner too. 4

Hannah: This is what I like to call a ninja song. See, you think you’ve heard all there is to hear and then all of a sudden some new crystalline layer creeps in so perfectly you begin to wonder if it wasn’t there all along. The climax is epic. The fade out is insane. The vocal sample is too too smooth. Caribou I’m glad you’re back. Ninja’d. Hannah's pick

Bianca: I was so ready for another Odessa-style poppy track from Dan Snaith but certainly was not disappointed in its more relaxed successor. Can’t Do Without You is a slow-burner with a satisfying climax, topped off by a lovely vocal surprise at the end. Snaith’s Album Our Love is due out in three long months’ time so I guess I’ll just have to listen to this on repeat until then. 4 Bianca’s pick

Lizzie: Please excuse me while I just go eargasm. The climax of this song is unnervingly good. I’m left a little hot and flustered. 4 Lizzie’s pick

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you[/soundcloud]

Drake- O to 100

Sam: Drake says it best when he raps "Fuck being on that chill shit". He's become a bit melancholic lately and it's good to hear him rapping hell for leather again. And then he flips to The Catch Up and we get lush synths and a melodic Drake that proves he can swap between the two effortlessly. Kanye and Future are really the only other two rappers that can do that. 3.5

Hannah: Drake, I’mma let you finish but, James fucking Blake. 3.5

Bianca: Something, something n***a. Something, something bitches. Hold up, James Blake? This song really went from 0-100 real quick. Real fucking quick. 4

Lizzie: Could not stand to listen past the first 30 seconds of this track, but I obliged. I should probably get some medal or something. This song is painful. 1

SBTRKT- Temporary View

Sam: I do like this but my problem lies with the fact that it's just so similar to his debut. It's three years on and yet we’re back to Sampha and a wash of synths and sporadic beats. It's a formula that works but one I'm going to soon tire of. 3

Hannah: SBTRKT really pushed some boundaries with this one... 3

Bianca: It’s a harmless, glittery number that doesn’t really go anywhere. 2.5

Lizzie: The synth sounds like its have a seizure in the background. Completely missed the mark. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/sbtrkt/sbtrkt-temporary-view-ft-sampha[/soundcloud]

Fishing- Your Mouth

Sam: Well this is a bit of fun isn't it? It's full of tropical keys and a nice leaping beats. It's really quite cruel to drop this in the midst of winter. It's quite different to any Australian music right now. That's refreshing to hear. 3

Hannah: Fishing have been on my “Welll… if there’s no one else playing at this time,” festival list for a good 3 years now. If I ever do get to see them, I will be suitably clad in an hawaiian-shirt and drinking from a pineapple. 2.5

Bianca: There’s a little bit too much going on for me to fully sink into this song. 2.5

Lizzie: Just another song to add to the “Made in Chelsea” soundtrack. Upbeat and a little smarmy but nothing to rave home about. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fishing/your-mouth[/soundcloud]

Starchild- All My Lovers

Sam: Blood Orange and Solange have done such a good thing re-designing this sleek, brand of NYC RnB. Starchild hangs in that click and it shows. All My Lovers is all about subtlety. It grows ever so slowly, he sings like a male-Aaliyah and there's this smoke-machine like haze that runs through it. I'm so excited by Starchild. Quite frankly, this is the most promising debut I've heard all year. 5 Sam's Pick

Hannah: I just can't get on board with this one. It's too slow and too derivative and just doesn't hold its own against all other producers with a similar sound floating around at the moment. 2.5

Bianca: Saving this one for a purple rainy day. 3

Lizzie: Toured with Solange, collaborated with Blood Orange - what could go wrong with this artist? For all its beauty (damn there is a lot of talent within this 19 year old), I struggle to digest a song this slow. It’s just sooooooo slow. 3

Sam: You're all crazy.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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It's the long weekend. You're going to need tunes and you're going to need plenty of them. Lucky we've got you covered. Here is a very beat-driven Top 10 Songs of the Week:

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1. Caribou- Can't Do Without You

This one's off Caribou sixth studio album, Our Love and it's full of those warm undertones we've come to expect. The "Can't Do Without" is a deep, all-encompassing treat on the ears and teases until the song’s climax. It doesn't come until a minute towards the end, but when it does a rush of synths hit like a gustful wind, most likely bowling you over.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you[/soundcloud]

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2. Thomston- Anaesthetic 

This New-Zealand whizz-kid will surely makes waves with his immaculately produced brand of dark-pop. His voice is crystalline and runs alongside a slowly bubbling beat. There's a certain fluidity to the song that's hard to resist.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/thomston/anaesthetic[/soundcloud]

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3. Montaigne- I Am Not An End

This song’s been added to high rotation on Triple J this week and there's a good reason for it. I Am Not An End is a self-assured effort driven by a confident and pertinent voice. Its melodic strengths are too memorable for this song to just be a fleeting love.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/montaigne-music/i-am-not-an-end[/soundcloud]

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4. How To Dress Well- Face Again

Tom Krell is certainly not churning out sunshine at the moment, but he's so good at melancholy it's hard to care. Following the fluffy Repeat Pleasure, Face Again is a much darker expedition not too dissimilar to the Weeknd's early mixtapes. It's not traditional in any way. It twists and turns in odd directions but it's confusing and thrilling at the same time.

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5. DJ Dodger Stadium- Never Win

DJ Dodger Stadium are selecting some choose stadiums. The "Never Win" vocal sample speeds proceedings along nicely before it escalates into high pitched squeal. Meanwhile, the drum pads are packed on and the deep bass gets more and more pertinent. Promising stuff from Jerome LOL and Sammo Soundboy.

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6. A G Cook- Beautiful

This is Nintendo music. That's what it is. And it never sounded so good. It's bubblegum pop, that seems to take cues from K-Pop. Amongst all the oddity, there's a beautiful vocal melody running alongside.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/beautiful[/soundcloud]

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7. Foster The People- Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)

You can tell Wave Racer has had a hand over this from the get-go. There's trap-inspired drops, Atari synths and high-pitched vocals. It's either annoying or highly danceable. Take your pick.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wave-racer/foster-the-people-best-friend-wave-racer-remix[/soundcloud]

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8. Lily Allen- Bass Like Home

This is apparently the 'unofficial' anthem of the World Cup. We'll take this any day over Pitbull. It's an extremely British, deep-house number that ratites some incredibly literal lyrics. It's a little bit kitsch but that's half the fun of it.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fletchscult/lily-allen-bass-like-home[/soundcloud]

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9. Jack Garratt- Worry

The Chet Faker brand of electronic music has grown in popularity of late and this is another one that adds to it nicely. It's full of sparse beats, delicate keys and falsetto, capping it off with an instantly recognisable chorus.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jackgarratt/worry-1[/soundcloud]

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10. Polica- You Don't Own Me

Polica stick very close to the original but it doesn't matter because Channy Leneagh's voice is so perfect. It's the first time we've really got to hear it away from a coating of auto-tune. It's heighty and allows the chorus to soar.

Listen here.

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