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Empress Of, Banoffee, Oscar Key Sung And Charles Murdoch Are Playing A Special Show At The Sydney Opera House

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The iconic Sydney Opera House has hosted some pretty special shows already this year from Disclosure’s dancefloor stormer of a set to Four Tet’s all-encompassing lights and sound show but this newly announced show looks set to be the best yet. Samsung is teaming up with Vice for SOUND + VISION which will see Empress Of, Banoffee, Oscar Key Sung and Charles Murdoch take to the stage accompanied by visuals provided by artists Nonotak, Prue Stent and Tin & Ed.

This will be Empress Of‘s only Sydney show and is likely to be a very special one with her brand of bounding electro-pop set to be accompanied by the visual work of Nonotak. The New York artist’s debut album Me landed a spot in our top 10 favourite albums of 2015.

Melbourne electro-R&B champions Banoffee and Oscar Key Sung will team up with Australian photo surrealist Prue Stent for a special one-off performance. Banoffee and Key Sung are long time collaborators with an undeniable chemistry that’s going to be pretty hard not to be wooed by when they’re standing on the stage of the Opera House.

In addition to both of those performance, Future Classic’s Charles Murdoch will perform alongside visuals by design duo Tin & Ed. Murdoch released his critically-acclaimed debut album Point at the end of last year – an intricate, expansive piece of electronica with guest vocals by Key Sung, WAFIA and Ta-Ku.

As if things couldn’t get any more impressive, new media artist Joe Crossley will be using Samsung technology to fuse the sound and visuals together with motion sensors, midi triggers and audio manipulation. 

We’ve left out the best part though – it’s free. Tickets are flying out the door so you can try your luck by RSVPing here or we have a couple of passes to give away. First in best dressed so send us an email ASAP at [email protected] with your full name.

 

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Charles Murdoch Gives Us ‘Frogs’

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Another up and coming Aussie producer, Charles Murdoch has released a brand new chiller called ‘Frogs‘ featuring some incredibly talented collaborators. Aptly timed leading up to his set this weekend at OutsideIn Festival, Murdoch got together with Ta-Ku, Wafia and Hak to create a shuffling tune with seriously dope/relaxed beats and sweet vocals that will definitely get stuck in your head. Tickets for OutsideIn are still available here.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Robyn, Foals, Miguel And More

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Bitch, these are the 10 tracks that you should be all over this week with 100 percent less Madonna, Beyonce and Kanye. However, we would’ve been happy to have them on board if we knew how to get in contact with them :/

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
Love Is Free

We’re always waiting on new Robyn material and we’re yet to be disappointed by anything she’s churned out. Her latest project is Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique and the first single is Love Is Free – a ’90s house-inspired tune. Robyn half-raps the whole thing, in control and bringing the cool as always. It’s a stylish track but it’s also designed for those inclined to get down and dirty on the dance floor. The production may be clean but there’s nothing clean about what will happen when this drops after midnight in a club.

Little Boots
No Pressure

Little Boots is killing it at the moment with her Ariel Rechtshaid-produced work from her upcoming Working Girl LP. It feels like she’s finally found away to entertain her pop sensibilities while also bringing a point of difference and operating in the dance world. No Pressure is far less breezy than the first single Better In The Morning, sounding more closely aligned to the sublime pop on her debut Hands. There are twinkling synths, heavy beats and a pop-laden chorus. It’s her biggest shot at a radio-pleaser in a long time.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/littleboots/no-pressure[/soundcloud]

Tashka
Taken (Dugong Jr Remix)

Tashka‘s Taken was already a throwback RnB winner but now Melbourne producer and Moving Castle-affiliate Dugong Jr has turned those original vibes up even more. Dugong Jr has given the track a slight renovation, moving it into a dream-like realm where airy RnB vocals circulate the atmosphere. Now we’re starting to hear Ciara and Aaliyah in Tashka’s vocals, giving the tune a second life at the interns’ office.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dugongjr/tashka-taken-dugong-jr-remix[/soundcloud]

Little May
Home

Little May are finally prepping the release of their debut album and Home is the first taste from that. They’re one of Australia’s finest exports at the moment, even managing to catch the attention of The National’s Aaron Brooking Dessner who produced the single. It’s a slightly more haunting style for the three girls who have generally traded in lighter folk music but it’s a great direction to go in. The track was filmed in New York, offering up a few of the city’s most iconic themes while the girls jam it out in a church.

R.W. Grace
Shell

There’s been a little confusion surrounding this Aussie artist lately. She was previously known as Grace, however, there is now another Grace tearing up the charts with her cover of You Don’t Own Me, meaning that the first Grace has had to add an R and a W to the beginning of her name to distinguish herself. Luckily, it hasn’t affected her music at all as she’s effortlessly followed up 2014’s beautiful Pluto with Shell. Her smokey vocal sinks into a part organic, part electronic instrumental-arrangement. She sounds like an artist who’s completely in charge of her artistic path and as such she sounds confident and in control on this track.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/rwgrace/shell[/soundcloud]

Charles Murdoch
Straws

Future Classic have turned ten this year and while the label is known for Flume and Chet Faker, every week we’re reminded of the wealth of other talent they have. Sydney producer Charles Murdoch is an example of one of those talents and he’s getting ready to release his debut album this year. Straws is the first single from that LP and it’s a heavenly slice of electronica that’s both melancholic and uplifting. The track is bound by a hushed vocal sample which wanders around the delicate synths. Stick around for the subtle drop at the end – not much bass but plenty of bliss.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/charles-murdoch-straws[/soundcloud]

Miguel
face the sun

We’ve had plenty of great album releases this year but Miguel‘s WildHeart looks set to rival them all. Coffee was a sure-fire winner and this week he dropped three other album tracks just to prove there’s plenty more where that came from. The Lenny Kravitz featuring face the sun is the one that stood out to us the most. Despite its big-name feature the focus is completely on Miguel who blitzes his way through a sleek, electric guitar-driven track. “I belong to you,” is the general notion of the song and Miguel uses those four words to lead the song straight into a full-force climax.

Raury
Devil’s Whisper

Atlanta rapper Raury is a hard one to work out. He’s got this folk-side never explored before in hip-hop and then he’s got a more traditional rap side. Somehow he brings the two together effortlessly and his latest Devil’s Whisper is an example of that. It begins as a dark, spiritually-twisted track and then detours into strobing-synths and rapping. He’s a damn good rapper and we have to admit we’re keener on the second half of the song than the first, but the whole thing is killer.

ABRA
Roses

Awful Records have released some of the year’s more challenging electronic tracks but ABRA‘s output is perhaps their most accessible yet. She’s just dropped a brilliant lo-fi RnB album Rose and with it launched a video for Roses. The track is bound by a sweet melody and bounces along with hollow beats which create a certain DIY charm. Sweet as the melody may be, ABRA’s image is strong. “I’m young and I’ll waste you away,” she sings, suddenly making it very clear why she’s dropping from Awful Records.

Foals
What Went Down

It’s hard to believe this is the same band that released songs like Cassius and Two Steps, Twice. It’s not that Foals are unrecognisable now, it’s just that they have bolstered up their sound and puffed out their chests, evolving into a fully-fledged rock band. What Went Down, the title track from their forthcoming fourth LP is a foot-hard-on-the-accelerator type track with frontman Yannis Philippakis howling throughout. It feels anxious and chaotic yet in control. This is a band ready to become a festival headliner.

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