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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.

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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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First Impressions: Peking Duk, MS MR, Sable And 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 Peking Duk, MS MR, Sable, Majid Jordan, Joni and The Magician.

Peking Duk
Say My Name

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Michelle: Peking Duk know how to craft a dance track - Say My Name is the kind of song that will lift the dancefloor with its vaulting, anthemic vocals. This song will soundtrack late nights out and inevitably feature on DJ set lists around the continent but the intermittent interludes take away from its high octane rhythms. 3.5

Ben: Say My Name sees Peking Duk doing what they do best. Concocting fun and catchy electronica to get your feet moving. SAFIA’s Benjamin Joseph lends his excellent vocals on this track, alternating between falsetto and some of his trademark crooning. Not as instantly memorable as High or Take Me Over, this one will still have you dancing up a storm. 3.5

Sam: I really don’t know what they’re doing here. It’s like a giant foot came and stomped on the electro-sheen of High. Props for doing something different but I don’t think channeling The Dead Weather is a particularly good idea for two dudes who have their feet firmly planted on the dancefloor. For me this is a bit of an ear-assault but I’ll wait to hear it in a big festival environment before I make my final judgement. 2

Claudia: Since their bootleg remix of Passion Pit’s Take A Walk, Peking Duk have come pretty far in popularity, and once again they’ve taken an original hit (this time it’s Arctic Monkey’s Do I Wanna Know?) and made it something it shouldn’t be. It’s repetitive and formulaic with a heavy bass and is lyrically pretty stupid, so kudos to Peking Duk for making a fantastic, chart-topping house hit, that I would love to hear at 1am when I’m drunk and sweaty enough to dance to an (awkwardly slow) ‘banger’ with some people I don’t know. 3

Majid Jordan
My Love (Feat. Drake)

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/majidjordan/mylove[/soundcloud]

Michelle: This gentle electro rhythm is more upbeat than Majid Jordan’s older tracks but it’s slower than their last collaboration with Drake “Hold On, We’re Going Home” which featured a stronger beat.  The theme is powerful, though, and Drake knows what he’s doing with the lyrics, even if Majid Jordan could have produced a fuller sound. 3

Ben: Majid Jordan’s latest collaboration with Drake comes across as a fairly middle of the road affair. The electronic backdrop meanders as Drake’s repetitive and auto-tuned vocals wear increasingly thin over the course of four minutes. My Love is lacking in every sense of the word. This is a real shame as previous material would suggest Majid Jordan is capable of so much more. 2

Sam: I was a massive fan of Majid Jordan’s A Place Like This EP and I do like this aswell but It doesn’t feel like it has as much life as the EP. It’s a little light - the vocals don’t really pack a punch and the beat throbs but it could dig in a bit harder. The instrumental suits Drake’s voice much better but it’s not even his finest moment. It’s good and doesn’t detract from the fact that Majid Jordan are great but with an Apple Music launch, I would’ve thought they’d come out of the gates with something that has a bit more oomph.

Claudia: Majid Jordan has given us another seductive, ambient and bass-heavy tune that gradually snowballs, but into absolutely nothing. Most things about this song lack substance and mould into the recent trooped culture of male auto-tuned ‘songs to have sex to’. And Majid and Drake could have redeemed themselves with lyrical intellect or purpose, but unfortunately that also lacks, big time. 2

The Magician
Together

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Michelle: The Magician’s latest track is a solid dance tune and it’ll keep the hordes of TomorrowWorld worshippers on their feet but like most EDM, it’s a song that merely hinges on its ability to keep people dancing. 2

Ben: As far as EDM goes, this track doesn’t cover anything we haven’t heard a). before or b). executed in a more engaging manner. While energetic and full of feel good summery vibes, Together relies heavily on style over substance and falls agonisingly flat as a result. 2

Sam: At the moment in Europe and America it’s all about providing the soundtrack for the summer. The Magician has nabbed it once before with his remix of Lykke Li’s I Follow Rivers and while this probably won’t be as successful it has all the elements for a summer smash. The synth-line is breezy and tropical, the chorus is euphoric and the beat is tailor-made for mediterranean parties. It’s not overly exciting but if his goal was to craft a summer song, he’s done that with ease. 3

Claudia: The synth-lines and rhythm in The Magician’s new song are clean and fall into the death pit of YouTube trap-step-trip-hop tunes that typically come with a summery image of a half naked girl, or a sunset, or a beer, with a white template overlay that will read ‘Majestic Casual’ and ‘TheSoundYouNeed’. Though there’s nothing totally engaging or fulfilling about this song, but I wouldn’t mind hearing it on a 35-degree day boat trip, I guess. 2

Sable
One And Only

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Michelle: In one word? Strange. The high-pitched vocals, featuring the slight edge of an Australian accent, take a while to get used to, but, for Sable, the strange mixture of bubbly synth beats and the helium voice, it’s turned out rather well. 3.5

Ben: Initially thrown by the off kilter vocals layered with distortion, everything really clicked into place at around the 1 minute mark of the track. Far from being terrible, but still not amazing, One And Only is cute and inoffensive electro that I would gladly keep the radio on for. 3

Sam: It may seem like a cop-out to use chipmunk-style vocals but it’s really not easy to use them in the right way. Here Sable actually manages to put some heart into the song with the high-pitched vocal. It genuinely feels like a love song for the generation of the future. There are definite PC Music-nods but there are also plenty of Sable-staples in their aswell in terms of the video-game aesthetic. This has been getting plenty of attention this week and rightfully so. It’s a superhuman lovesong bound for the clubs and that’s no easy to pull-off. Sam's Pick

Claudia: The vocals in this song sounds like my dad after he inhaled helium on my 7th birthday, it’s risky and too musically outspoken in comparison to other dimensions of the song, but it’s kinda cool and has a mellow, dream-like and club-ready musical language. It’s hard to say whether Sable has pulled off the Crazy Frog like vocal but it’s certainly not bad. 2.5

MS MR
Criminals

Michelle: MS MR have an uncanny ability to combine rock beats with Florence Welch-style soaring lyrics and electronic vibes. Plapinger’s voice is the centrepiece of most tracks, but this fast-paced song belongs with the MS MR name as much it belongs under the flickering lights of a disco ball. It borrows from retro trends (see the video) but Plapinger’s airy vocals are distinctly modern. MS MR’s new direction is a winner. 4.5 Michelle's Pick 

Ben: MS MR have always been an act to intrigue, and this track has really ramped up the anticipation for their forthcoming sophomore album. Criminals could have easily been plucked out of the heyday of 80’s synth pop. From the commanding drums and subtle guitar work to the layers of synths (which never feel overpowering) and Lizzy Plapinger’s exquisite vocal delivery, Criminals hits all the right spots, and then some. A fantastic listen. 4.5 Ben's Pick

Sam: If any song is going to be a hit of MS MR’s second record, it’s going to be this one. It’s the most melodic thing they’ve churned out yet and while it doesn’t have the huge chorus that Hurricane did, it’s got a far more danceable beat that’s bound to go down well with festival crowds. When the beat drops out at the end and it’s just Lizzy’s vocals with strings, it’s beautiful. However, I still think MS MR haven’t really had their moment as all their songs reach about a 7 or an 8. They’re still looking for their 10. 3.5 

Claudia: MS MR are artists with a myriad of potential and they definitely know what they’re doing, but yet again their song lies somewhere between two genres, two motives and being fantastic and entirely dull and uninventive. The song is incredibly well written and curated, however there’s something about the sound and the vocal that’s half-hearted and tired. MS MR may not have hit their musical mark, but Criminals tells me that at some point in the near future, they definitely will. 3

Joni
Running

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Michelle: There’s a minimalist theme running through the few tracks Joni has released but this one is excessively bare. Joni isn’t immediately captivating - her songs grow on you after a few listens but this track could have been fuller. 2

Ben: Sparse beats, dark atmospherics and great production are the shining light on Joni’s latest track Running. Though despite Joni’s vocal ability, the vocal line itself feels surprisingly empty. There were points where the track should have soared, but unfortunately failed to leave the ground. 2.5

Sam: Just a quick look at Joni’s Soundcloud likes and you can spot her modern influences - Bok Bok, Nao, GoldLink, Tink. That’s a good lane to be operating in at the moment. It’s one of the pockets of future RnB that feels really exciting. The beat on Running really does sound like a Bok Bok production. It’s jolting and demonic yet Joni manages to tie it together and soften it with her interesting but accessible vocal. Based off this song alone Joni is worth keeping an eye on. 4

Claudia: In its rhythm and production Joni’s song Running is quite awkward, it feels a little like a studio test. But there’s greatness in it, and it sounds something like the lovechild-grandchild of early 90s RnB rapper Charizma and the Golden Age hip-hopper MC Shan. However Joni brings in eclectic, creative, Flume-like production and an unruffled female vocal that sits in really well with the tone of the song. What this song lacks in musical substance, it makes up for with a really prepossessing ambience and originality. 3

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10 Songs You Need To Hear: Years & Years, Drake, Alessia Cara And More

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This week, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick broke up confirming that real love doesn't exist. In light of that, we've tried to eradicate all love songs from this week's 10 songs. There are a few that are late to the news and have gone ahead and released a love song this week so we've forgiven them but this is the last week. Love is dead. RIP.

Alessia Cara
Bad Blood

When you cover Tay Tay and then Tay Tay tweets that she loves it, you're basically one below God (God being Tay Tay). Alessia Cara who might have caught your ears earlier this year with the excellent Here, took on the track, Kendrick Lamar-verses and all with a soulful, nuanced rendition. The tone in Cara's voice is remarkable and this performance really solidifies her as one of the most important new artists this year.

Peking Duk
Say My Name (Feat. Benjamin Joseph)

Well this is a bit of a curve-ball from the Aussie duo. Say My Name is not the dancefloor winner you were imagining but instead it's a rock-inspired cruncher that's more Black Keys than Calvin Harris. In a weird way the boys manage to make it a banger that will no doubt light up the Splendour stage when they drop it in a fortnight. It may take a little time for everyone to come around but it looks like they have another hit on their hands.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/pekingduk/saymyname[/soundcloud]

Espa.
Rodney (Feat. Erick Arc Elliot)

We frothed over Espa.'s debut Pray For Me and now she's gone and done it again with the follow-up Rodney. This introduces us to a much more sensual side of the singer complete with sex sounds and steaming vocals. On top of that there's a rap planted firmly in the bedroom. It's daring but it's damn sexy.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/espamusic/espa-rodney-feat-erick-arc-elliott[/soundcloud]

HANA
Avalanche

HANA was introduced to many as Grimes' mate on her debut track Clay, but know she's got two brilliant tracks out there I think she's earned the right to be known for more than just that. Avalanche, the second track, is a twisted pop song that drips with icy beats and a melancholic melody. It's more delicate and personal than Clay and shows she's carving out a nice musical identity.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hanamusic-1/avalanche[/soundcloud]

Yung Lean
Crystal Clear Ice

Whatever your opinion on Yung Lean, it's hard not to be swayed by the watery opulence of Crystal Clear Ice. The song is drunk and/or high but it channels that moment when everything is beautiful before it all inevitably goes wrong. It's not going to appeal to the masses but it's actually Yung Lean's most accessible song yet.

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Daphni
Vikram

If you've ever seen a Caribou show you'll know that the song's take on a much bassier, club aesthetic than they do on record. Dan Snaith's side project Daphni captures that feeling on tape. Vikram is pure beat candy. The basis of the track is a throbbing instrumental that barely uses synth-work to create a melody. It sounds like the kind of track that would be used to extend a Caribou song and send it into the stratosphere live but as a standalone it's also intricately interesting.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/daphni-vikram[/soundcloud]

Majid Jordan
My Love (Feat. Drake)

You may best remember Majid Jordan as the Canadian duo that featured on Drake's Hold On, We're Going Home. They have been silent for a little while but they have finally returned with My Love featuring none other than fellow Canadian Drake. It's a down-trodden, muted dance track that sees Drake sing rather than rap alongside Majid Jordan's caramel vocals.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/majidjordan/mylove[/soundcloud]

Gilligan Moss
Choreography

Once you get over the brilliant video clip for this you'll start really falling in love with this track. Choreography is by New York newcomer Gilligan Moss and it's a crystalline, happy-go-lucky track that effortlessly sets its self apart from anything electronic around at the moment. It feels frantic and confused like the inner-workings of a teenage mind but somehow it amounts to something captivating and actually really accessible.

Sable
One And Only

Perth producer Sable has gone 100 percent with the PC Music vibes on his latest One And Only. it's a sweet, hyperhuman love song full of delicious ear candy. Stylistically, it's probably the biggest risk Sable has taken but it pays of completely. It's hard to use the chipmunk vocal without sounding like a gimmick - here, it actually sounds heartwarming.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/sablemusic/one-and-only[/soundcloud]

Years & Years
Gold

Years & Years are about to bag their second number one in the UK with Shine and they have just dropped their debut LP Communion which will most likely scale the same heights. Gold is Communion's golden moment, if you like. It's a throbbing, gospel-tinted pop song full of impossibly delicious melodies. Vocalist Olly Alexander is a phenomenal popstar with the goods to make your heart melt every time he completes a vocal run.

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Watch Drake Parody Miley, Oprah, Ken Doll And More In 'Energy' Video

7 Reasons Why Future Was All About One Act

Drake's no stranger to acting so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he absolutely nails his various characters in his brilliant Energy video. He takes on Miley Cyrus in Wrecking Ball, Oprah during Tom Cruise's infamous interview and also morphs into a Ken doll. It's probably the best video of the year tbh. Watch the video below and we've also highlighted a few of the characters for your convenience.

Miley Cyrus:

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Justin Bieber:

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Ken:

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Kanye West:

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President Obama:

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Oprah Winfrey:

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Money:

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The Best Songs Of 2015 So Far...

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After half a year of solid listening, we gathered together a list of thirty songs that most made their mark on us to this point in 2015. 

Illustrations by Bianca Bosso.

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WhatSoNot
30. What So Not
Gemini (Feat. George Maple) 

Amidst all the tears and tantrums that followed the news that your boy Flume was 2kewl4skewwwl and had departed duo What So Not, the boys released one (probably final) absolute banger. Mysterious songstress and all round babe-town George Maple lent herself to the track and produced some seriously entrancing vocals. Literally cannot think of another team-up in the world of Electronic this year that could have been as explosive as this. The song has cemented itself in the sets of every Future Classic/OWSLA DJ…for like…ever. If that doesn’t talk of its staying power, I don’t know what will. - Meshell Webb

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29. Tkay Maidza
M.O.B.

Catchy is one word to describe this song, and it’s probably also the most apt. It’s infectiously up-beat and easily Tkay Maidza’s most polished work to date. It’s a gorgeous cross between electro and hip-hop, and not only showcases the irrepressible Maidza’s ability to both sing and rap but also her awesome knack of transitioning seamlessly between the two. Not hard to guess why it’s already been one of triple j’s most played songs this year, and when you take into account the relatable topic material, ‘money over bitches’, now who can’t relate to that? - Zanda Wilson 

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HotChip

28. Hot Chip
Need You Now

Hot Chip are the definition of an act that understand the importance of texture and layering. These guys are masters at hiding complexity in simplicity, especially with regards to the enveloping individual rhythms, instrumental lines and samples that cascade in and out of prominence throughout Need You Now. The addition of vocal counter-melodic lines gives the track another level of polish and professionalism. Need You Now is a deceptively diverse sectionally-perfect banger. - Zanda Wilson 

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Elliphant

27. Elliphant
Love Me Badder

Elliphant is known for her bad bitch personality, take no prisoners, middle fingers up whilst driving into the sunset vibes, but with Love Me Badder she’s showing some vulnerability. The track sees the singer open up a whole new world in her music. She’s at her rawest and most vulnerable but still packing a powerhouse whallop into that chorus. If versatility is the key to longevity in an artist career then Elliphant is showing that she’s got what it’s got to keep fans interested for years to come with this change up. - Alexander Wilkinson

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Nao

26. Nao
Apple Cherry

Nao properly arrived in 2015 as one of those artists you can’t help but fall hopelessly in love with from the first listen. Her use of harmony, play with rhythm and rhyme, and the minimal instrumentation playing off heavy synths in Apple Cherry make it a compelling track, which continually moves and evolves. Of course, one can draw many similarities to FKA twigs, but that’s more a sign of the times than anything else. Like twigs, Nao is one of the rare few standout artists that are nailing the future RnB genre. - Donna Maria Arendse

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TheWeeknd

25. The Weeknd
I Can't Feel My Face

If there’s anything surprising about The Weeknd's new single, it’s the departure from his usual dark, hazy efforts to this radio-friendly yet overtly capturing track. What’s unsurprising, however, is that it hits every mark that a good single should. Abel Tesfaye has been on the radar for some time now, progressing strongly since 2011’s House of Balloons. But if he wasn’t well regarded before, he will be now. This is one of the better (or best) examples of a song that explores the relationship between love and drugs. The lyrics are transparent, but there’s really no need for them to be anything but. Carrying an irresistible bassline and Michael Jackson-esque vocals, this song is an explosion waiting to happen. - Annie Cooper

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Eves

24. Eves The Behavior
Electrical

Eves The Behavior’s next move following the brilliant TV was always going to be anticipated and she didn’t disappoint with Electrical. The track and its subsequent Warpaint remix has seen Hannah skyrocket into headphones of the general public. Comparisons to female artists like Lorde, Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) are common among the bloggers but Eves The Behavior’s distinguishes herself with icy synths and hushed yet anthemic-in-feeling vocals that wash through the chorus - “I’m nothing more than skin and bone, with wires that make me tremble”. Splendour In The Grass will mark her proper arrival as one of Australia’s best assets right now. - Alexander Wilkinson

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23. Tame Impala
Eventually

In a Reddit AMA earlier this year Kevin Parker noted that Eventually was “still very moving” for him to listen to. And that’s seems to have translated to the rest of the public as well. Eventually has two modes - those expansive, crunching guitars that elevate the verses and the crystalline, stillness that illuminates the bridge and the chorus. “I know that I’ll be happier and I know you will too,” Parker sings, giving us both his most personal and fragile moment yet. Lonerism had its sweet, introspective moments but never did it break down the walls as much as Eventually does. Tame Impala have a break-up song and it’s not jaded nor is it angry, it’s hopeful. - Sam Murphy

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FourFiveSeconds

22. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
FourFiveSeconds

Rihanna has always come out all-guns-blazing on lead-singles from new albums so it’s an understatement to say FourFiveSeconds was a surprise. It’s no Only Girl, We Found Love or Diamonds, it’s not even Russian Roulette. Instead it’s an acoustic number featuring music royalty of young and old. That initial shock stumped people at first but the song eventually gained momentum and that’s because it’s got an undeniably brilliant melody that only took one instrument to orchestrate it. Rihanna’s voice is at its grittiest and even Kanye sounds like a crooner. One of the few risks in pop music this year and it turns out all that was needed was a little simplicity.

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Grimes

21. Grimes
REALiTi

After a clear division between fans over Go, Grimes shot back earlier this year with a forgotten off-cut from the fabled “lost-album” that she began and canned in 2013. The song rode the fine line between her sounds from Oblivion and something new and exciting. It didn’t matter what your thoughts on Go were…Grimes fans worldwide rejoiced at the release of the amazing single (and totally tumblr-worthy film-clip). The real baffler was that Grimes herself thought that this song wasn’t album worthy in the first place, reminding us all that she is a superior being. - Meshell Webb 

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20. Courtney Barnett
Depreston

It’s hard to argue now that Courtney Barnett isn’t one of the greatest songwriter is the world. She manages to take the mundane and amplify the emotions surrounding it. It’s never more clear than on Depreston - a song about looking for suburban real-estate in Melbourne. Instrumentally Depreston is her most solemn sounding track with Barnett gently spilling out her thoughts over a simple but effective arrangement. In the song’s latter parts she manages to create a stirring hook out of the line, “If you’ve got a spare half a million/You could knock it down and start rebuilding.” Not many, if any, could do that. - Sam Murphy

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Florence

19. Florence + The Machine
Ship To Wreck

The expectation for Florence + The Machine’s third LP was that they would continue aiming for the grandiose like, the at times overwhelming, Ceremonials. But they didn’t. They reigned it right in and delivered a career best with Ship To Wreck being the hallmark of that. At first it sounded limp but as time when on Ship To Wreck flourished into a loose-limbed masterpiece that evoked something freeing inside all of us. It’ll bring out the interpretive dancer in all of us and that seems to be exactly what Flo and co would’ve wanted. - Alexander Wilkinson

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18. Tobias Jesso Jr.
How Could You Babe

We all keep saying it but how goddamn refreshing is it to hear a plain old great ballad in a market that is saturated with overproduction? For all the bells and whistles in the world won’t write you a song as great as this one. One listen and you’re hooked. The retro recording techniques only lend to the charm of Jesso Jr. The baby-faced singer teeters on the edge of a sound that could be cheesy but the sincerity of the lyrics along with the no-bullshit presentation give this song the kind of timeless appeal that means you can totally rock out to it in the car and your grandma will love it too. How cool is that? - Meshell Webb

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17. Jamie xx
Gosh

When Jamie xx debuted this song on BBC Radio 1, Annie Mac compared it to Orbital’s Belfast. While they’re are distinct differences in terms of tempo, she was spot on. The two songs correlate because they both find their euphoria in a finessed melody that runs underneath a club-ready beat. Gosh is Jamie xx’s love letter to the British club-scene. His kisses are blown in the form an alarm-like synth that sweetens a frenetic, industrial beat. When the synth comes out at the midway points its as if the lights are completely blurring out club-goers vision. They can’t see a thing but they know they’re in good company. It even translated to Glastonbury over the weekend where you could see hearts melting. - Sam Murphy 

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16. Father John Misty
Bored In The USA

Father John Misty arrived back on the scene with an unusual piano ballad that that darkly scrutinises the societal problems afflicting the US of A. Different from his trademark folk, it’s a treatise on White America and its disillusionment. But hey, don’t let that deter you - the gentle piano melody is arresting paired with his voice echoing the vacant melancholy of Americans who find themselves “bored” with their lives. While downbeat, the acutely-written lyrics strike at the heart of Middle America making it both a humorous and unnerving listen. - Michelle He

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15. Kanye West
All Day

Even sans flamethrowers, All Day is one of the finest gifts Kanye has blessed us with for a long while. It’s angry, substantial, and subverts any preconceived ideas as to what his next album will sound like. This is Kanye showing us what he is capable of as a rap artist, this is Kanye rapping harder, faster, sharper, so it is clear that his war waged against those running radio is not yet done, and far from. Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London both contribute vocals to the track, which glide well with Kanye’s verses, however, they are incapable of detracting any attention from the real monster here. If this track is any indication of what the bulk of his album will sound like, there's something very exciting in store for us. - Annie Cooper

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14. Drake
Energy

Try as hard as you might, there’s no avoiding Drake. In 2015 he's been everywhere - from Coachella to Apple Music to dropping a surprise mixtape outta nowhere. However, coming from someone that typically feels nothing but ambivalence for Drake, this track is an objective standout. What’s so attractive about Energy is that it’s a big fuck you to pretty much everyone. That is, everyone that uses the internet. Drake disregards us all by spitting "I got bitches askin me for the code for the wi-fi/ so they can talk about they timeline/ and show me pictures of they friends/ just to tell me they ain’t really friends". It’s tongue in cheek, it’s hard hitting, and it’s beguiling because essentially, he’s speaking about you. - Annie Cooper

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Miguel

13. Miguel
Coffee (Fucking)

It’s no surprise that Miguel can write an acutely sexy song. Kaleidoscope Dream was full of them but he’s returned with something that gives us a little more than the usual RnB sextalk. Coffee, the first single from WildHeart, is a love song centred around sex. But rather than portraying it as cheap and fleeting like so many of his contemporaries he’s tender and respectful with the same smooth charm as a song like D’Angelo’s Untitled. “Wordplay, turns in to gun play/And gun play turns into pillow talk/Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams/Sweet dreams turns into fucking in the morning,” he sings, giving us the most poetic turn of events we’re likely to hear this year. - Sam Murphy 

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12. Hudson Mohawke
Ryderz

Ryderz is part of a new but pleasing direction for Hudson Mohawke, known affectionately to those who’ve been listening to his stuff for a while as HudMo. The new side of HudMo increasingly features vocal collaborators after an early career focussed on bizarre sounds and a genre loosely known as Wonky. His production is smooth as ever though, whilst being definitely more melodic. Ryderz features some old school HudMo samples, especially in its conclusion which draws on sounds from an earlier track of his called Hummus. - Zanda Wilson

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ActionBronson

11. Action Bronson
Baby Blue (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

The “go f**k yourself” lyrics, the production from an on fire Mark Ronson, a team up with another leader of the pack rapper and of course the ultimate coolness that drips off anything Bronson does. Baby Blue was going to be a winner even if you just looked at this shit on paper. It’s great to hear Bronson singing in the choruses-something about his drawl and tone makes me love him even more. I cannot fault Ronson’s instrumentation and production chops on this either. Top that all off with a “Coming to America” rip-off music video and you have Hip Hop gold. Also props to Chance The Rappers' contribution, featuring the most sharp-tongued quips heard this year - "I hope you never get off Fridays, And you always work at Friday's, That's always busy on Fridays." Burn. - Meshell Webb

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Years&Years

10. Years & Years
King

Crowned as the Kings of the coveted BBC Sound Of...award this year, an honour that boasts graduates such as Adele, 50 Cent and Sam Smith, British trio Years & Years had big, big shoes to fill. And fill it they did. It was a slow start but their massive single King skyrocketed to the top of the charts and, soon enough, the once relatively unknown boys from Britain (and one from Australia) firmly made their mark on the international music scene. The reasoning behind the brassy synth-driven King's popularity isn't hard to put a finger on. With a sound that's best described as radio-ready pop, transformed by elements of RnB, pop and deep-house, and impossibly smooth vocals courtesy of lead vocalist Olly Alexander, Years & Years are the much-needed breath of fresh air we've all been waiting for. Watch this space. - Bianca 

Read: Years & Years And The Pressure of Being The World's Most Hyped Band 

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Kelela

9. Kelela
A Message

Venezuelan producer Arca did masterful work on Bjork’s return-to-form Vulnicura this year and it only continued with Kelela’s A Message. With both artists he managed to make the use of space more important than what’s in between. The breath-halting pauses are what makes A Message spectacular. “If I was your ex,” Kelela sings before briefly coming to a stop and then continuing, “girlfriend.” It’s that moment that energises the song, builds its sensuality and distorts its use of time. There are definite recollections of Aaliyah here but it’s also Kelela pushing the future RnB envelope even further. - Sam Murphy 

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Kendrick

8. Kendrick Lamar
King Kunta

King Kunta is To Pimp A Butterfly’s most accessible moment. It’s funky with ‘70s boogie and where The Blacker The Berry was an angry, fierce Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta is a chest-puff. Like he did on Big Sean’s Control last year Lamar gives us a rare ego - “Now I run the game got the who world talking.” He even amplifies his own voice adding a call and response between him and his back-up singers. When he raps “I’m mad”, they reasset “he mad”. It’s Lamar mocking the rap-game to a certain point, but you also get the feeling he enjoys stirring things sometimes. - Sam Murphy 

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Skepta

7. Skepta
Shutdown

2015 arrived with a promise of being the year grime finally got his break. And it hasn’t really let us down this far. Kanye’s BRIT Awards performance of All Day with Skepta, Novelist, Stormzy and more was a big hallmark but a lot should be owed to Skepta’s Shutdown. Skepta beats out any MC on this monster of a song, centreing it around the British government's shutdown of grime gigs with a cool confidence rather than anger. With the video assisting, it also has a distinct group-mentality that demonstrates to all those who didn’t know already that grime is all about its community, and as the audio snapshot in the track proves certain people find that “intimidating.” It’s more so empowering. - Sam Murphy 

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6. Tame Impala
'Cause I'm A Man

Tame Impala are proving time over that psychedelic music still has a prominent place in Australia’s burgeoning music scene. ‘Cause I’m A Man drives forward in a relaxed way, but also in a manner where the instrumental line establishes a deep groove so early on means that it’s impossible not to be caught up in the depth of the funk. The chorus is undeniably the star, along with some gloriously affected vocals. The other highlight has to be the incredible and seamless shifting between conventional bass playing to the more gorgeous bass harmonics which creates undeniable diversity in both the melodic and bass layers of sound. - Zanda Wilson 

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5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

The title track of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s 2015 LP illustrates why these guys are one of the most diverse and unique acts going around at the moment. Multi-Love is a melodic and rhythmic exploration in subtle psychedelic sounds, with gorgeous echoey vocals at its epicentre. Instrumental sounds range from mandolin-style guitars to more conventional strumming, all backed by instrumental and vocal sound effects and heavy use of delay. Part of the intrigue of the track actually lies in that some of the effects are so heavy in places that it’s hard to establish what precisely is going on in terms of vocal and melodic harmonies. - Zanda Wilson 

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4. Tink
Ratchet Commandments

Timbaland has reinvented himself a few times now. He rose to fame with Aaliyah in his hey-day and then returned with Justin Timberlake, only to also assist with Nelly Furtado’s rebirth. 20 year-old Tink is his third-coming but Tink’s not going to let Timbaland play the star in this story. Ratchet Commandments beat is unmistakably Tims but everything else is Tink - a quick-fire feminist ready to call out fake shit. “I thought we had some young Queens what you mean?” she raps as she deconstructs “phoney hoes.” A socially conscious, highly intelligent track that also manages to double as a banger. - Sam Murphy 

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3. Kendrick Lamar
The Blacker The Berry

Kendrick Lamar has always been an eloquent speaker when it comes to social issues but never has he been as potent as he is on The Blacker The Berry. The Blacker The Berry came after i, a track criticised by many for being too fleeting and light for Lamar. This is the opposite. Lamar is angry but he’s also totally is control. “You hate me don’t you? You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture?” he raps, digging to the depths of his vocal grunt. It’s without a doubt the most powerful song of 2015 and yet he still manages to add a fire Assassin hook and convert it to one of his most musically successful tracks. It’s also his lyrical peak, at this point. - Sam Murphy

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2. Tame Impala
Let It Happen

The first track to be released off their still unreleased forthcoming album Currents, Let It Happen needed to be remarkable to set the tone for Tame Impala in 2015. Remarkable indeed, sitting at a cool seven and a half minutes, yet somehow not feeling long or overdone. This epic is a journey of exploration into psychedelic layering and texture. Typically, expressive vocal and guitar techniques are used to substantial effect, but the sectional interplay is where Let It Happen really gives a glimpse into the soul of the band and showcases the fact that Kevin Parker is one of the most talented songwriters of his time. - Zanda Wilson

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1. Jamie xx
Loud PLaces (Feat. Romy)

“I go to loud places to search for someone to be quiet with,” Romy sings on Loud Places, the standout moment from Jamie xxs club-nostalgic debut solo album. Loud Places is a song caught between two emotions - sadness and joy. Romy’s verses are melancholic and beautiful while the Idris Muhammad sample is euphoric and ready for the masses.

Loud Places is that moment in the club where everyone’s moving in slow-motion and you’ve for a moment remembered some of the problems you entered with and are brought down for a split second. If you watch Jamie xx drop this song during a live set and watch the crowd’s reaction you’ll see their heart in their throat but they’ll still have their arms in the air. The dancefloor's most potent moments have always traded in heartbreak and Jamie xx understands that flurry of emotion better than anyone. A beautiful and fragile moment that’s going to be incredibly hard to beat this year. - Sam Murphy 

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After half a year of solid listening, we gathered together a list of thirty songs that most made their mark on us to this point in 2015.

Illustrations by Bianca Bosso.

WhatSoNot
30. What So Not
Gemini (Feat. George Maple) 

Amidst all the tears and tantrums that followed the news that your boy Flume was 2kewl4skewwwl and had departed duo What So Not, the boys released one (probably final) absolute banger. Mysterious songstress and all round babe-town George Maple lent herself to the track and produced some seriously entrancing vocals. Literally cannot think of another team-up in the world of Electronic this year that could have been as explosive as this. The song has cemented itself in the sets of every Future Classic/OWSLA DJ…for like…ever. If that doesn’t talk of its staying power, I don’t know what will. - Meshell Webb

TkayMaidza

29. Tkay Maidza
M.O.B.

Catchy is one word to describe this song, and it’s probably also the most apt. It’s infectiously up-beat and easily Tkay Maidza’s most polished work to date. It’s a gorgeous cross between electro and hip-hop, and not only showcases the irrepressible Maidza’s ability to both sing and rap but also her awesome knack of transitioning seamlessly between the two. Not hard to guess why it’s already been one of triple j’s most played songs this year, and when you take into account the relatable topic material, ‘money over bitches’, now who can’t relate to that? - Zanda Wilson 

HotChip

28. Hot Chip
Need You Now

Hot Chip are the definition of an act that understand the importance of texture and layering. These guys are masters at hiding complexity in simplicity, especially with regards to the enveloping individual rhythms, instrumental lines and samples that cascade in and out of prominence throughout Need You Now. The addition of vocal counter-melodic lines gives the track another level of polish and professionalism. Need You Now is a deceptively diverse sectionally-perfect banger. - Zanda Wilson 

Elliphant

27. Elliphant
Love Me Badder

Elliphant is known for her bad bitch personality, take no prisoners, middle fingers up whilst driving into the sunset vibes, but with Love Me Badder she’s showing some vulnerability. The track sees the singer open up a whole new world in her music. She’s at her rawest and most vulnerable but still packing a powerhouse whallop into that chorus. If versatility is the key to longevity in an artist career then Elliphant is showing that she’s got what it’s got to keep fans interested for years to come with this change up. - Alexander Wilkinson

Nao

26. Nao
Apple Cherry

Nao properly arrived in 2015 as one of those artists you can’t help but fall hopelessly in love with from the first listen. Her use of harmony, play with rhythm and rhyme, and the minimal instrumentation playing off heavy synths in Apple Cherry make it a compelling track, which continually moves and evolves. Of course, one can draw many similarities to FKA twigs, but that’s more a sign of the times than anything else. Like twigs, Nao is one of the rare few standout artists that are nailing the future RnB genre. - Donna Maria Arendse

TheWeeknd

25. The Weeknd
I Can't Feel My Face

If there’s anything surprising about The Weeknd's new single, it’s the departure from his usual dark, hazy efforts to this radio-friendly yet overtly capturing track. What’s unsurprising, however, is that it hits every mark that a good single should. Abel Tesfaye has been on the radar for some time now, progressing strongly since 2011’s House of Balloons. But if he wasn’t well regarded before, he will be now. This is one of the better (or best) examples of a song that explores the relationship between love and drugs. The lyrics are transparent, but there’s really no need for them to be anything but. Carrying an irresistible bassline and Michael Jackson-esque vocals, this song is an explosion waiting to happen. - Annie Cooper

Eves

24. Eves The Behavior
Electrical

Eves The Behavior’s next move following the brilliant TV was always going to be anticipated and she didn’t disappoint with Electrical. The track and its subsequent Warpaint remix has seen Hannah skyrocket into headphones of the general public. Comparisons to female artists like Lorde, Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) are common among the bloggers but Eves The Behavior’s distinguishes herself with icy synths and hushed yet anthemic-in-feeling vocals that wash through the chorus - “I’m nothing more than skin and bone, with wires that make me tremble”. Splendour In The Grass will mark her proper arrival as one of Australia’s best assets right now. - Alexander Wilkinson

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23. Tame Impala
Eventually

In a Reddit AMA earlier this year Kevin Parker noted that Eventually was “still very moving” for him to listen to. And that’s seems to have translated to the rest of the public as well. Eventually has two modes - those expansive, crunching guitars that elevate the verses and the crystalline, stillness that illuminates the bridge and the chorus. “I know that I’ll be happier and I know you will too,” Parker sings, giving us both his most personal and fragile moment yet. Lonerism had its sweet, introspective moments but never did it break down the walls as much as Eventually does. Tame Impala have a break-up song and it’s not jaded nor is it angry, it’s hopeful. - Sam Murphy

FourFiveSeconds

22. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
FourFiveSeconds

Rihanna has always come out all-guns-blazing on lead-singles from new albums so it’s an understatement to say FourFiveSeconds was a surprise. It’s no Only Girl, We Found Love or Diamonds, it’s not even Russian Roulette. Instead it’s an acoustic number featuring music royalty of young and old. That initial shock stumped people at first but the song eventually gained momentum and that’s because it’s got an undeniably brilliant melody that only took one instrument to orchestrate it. Rihanna’s voice is at its grittiest and even Kanye sounds like a crooner. One of the few risks in pop music this year and it turns out all that was needed was a little simplicity.

Grimes

21. Grimes
REALiTi

After a clear division between fans over Go, Grimes shot back earlier this year with a forgotten off-cut from the fabled “lost-album” that she began and canned in 2013. The song rode the fine line between her sounds from Oblivion and something new and exciting. It didn’t matter what your thoughts on Go were…Grimes fans worldwide rejoiced at the release of the amazing single (and totally tumblr-worthy film-clip). The real baffler was that Grimes herself thought that this song wasn’t album worthy in the first place, reminding us all that she is a superior being. - Meshell Webb

CourtneyBarnett

20. Courtney Barnett
Depreston

It’s hard to argue now that Courtney Barnett isn’t one of the greatest songwriter is the world. She manages to take the mundane and amplify the emotions surrounding it. It’s never more clear than on Depreston - a song about looking for suburban real-estate in Melbourne. Instrumentally Depreston is her most solemn sounding track with Barnett gently spilling out her thoughts over a simple but effective arrangement. In the song’s latter parts she manages to create a stirring hook out of the line, “If you’ve got a spare half a million/You could knock it down and start rebuilding.” Not many, if any, could do that. - Sam Murphy

Florence

19. Florence + The Machine
Ship To Wreck

The expectation for Florence + The Machine’s third LP was that they would continue aiming for the grandiose like, the at times overwhelming, Ceremonials. But they didn’t. They reigned it right in and delivered a career best with Ship To Wreck being the hallmark of that. At first it sounded limp but as time when on Ship To Wreck flourished into a loose-limbed masterpiece that evoked something freeing inside all of us. It’ll bring out the interpretive dancer in all of us and that seems to be exactly what Flo and co would’ve wanted. - Alexander Wilkinson

TobiasJessoJr

18. Tobias Jesso Jr.
How Could You Babe

We all keep saying it but how goddamn refreshing is it to hear a plain old great ballad in a market that is saturated with overproduction? For all the bells and whistles in the world won’t write you a song as great as this one. One listen and you’re hooked. The retro recording techniques only lend to the charm of Jesso Jr. The baby-faced singer teeters on the edge of a sound that could be cheesy but the sincerity of the lyrics along with the no-bullshit presentation give this song the kind of timeless appeal that means you can totally rock out to it in the car and your grandma will love it too. How cool is that? - Meshell Webb

Jamiexx_Gosh

17. Jamie xx
Gosh

When Jamie xx debuted this song on BBC Radio 1, Annie Mac compared it to Orbital’s Belfast. While they’re are distinct differences in terms of tempo, she was spot on. The two songs correlate because they both find their euphoria in a finessed melody that runs underneath a club-ready beat. Gosh is Jamie xx’s love letter to the British club-scene. His kisses are blown in the form an alarm-like synth that sweetens a frenetic, industrial beat. When the synth comes out at the midway points its as if the lights are completely blurring out club-goers vision. They can’t see a thing but they know they’re in good company. It even translated to Glastonbury over the weekend where you could see hearts melting. - Sam Murphy 

FatherJohnMisty

16. Father John Misty
Bored In The USA

Father John Misty arrived back on the scene with an unusual piano ballad that that darkly scrutinises the societal problems afflicting the US of A. Different from his trademark folk, it’s a treatise on White America and its disillusionment. But hey, don’t let that deter you - the gentle piano melody is arresting paired with his voice echoing the vacant melancholy of Americans who find themselves “bored” with their lives. While downbeat, the acutely-written lyrics strike at the heart of Middle America making it both a humorous and unnerving listen. - Michelle He

KanyeWest

15. Kanye West
All Day

Even sans flamethrowers, All Day is one of the finest gifts Kanye has blessed us with for a long while. It’s angry, substantial, and subverts any preconceived ideas as to what his next album will sound like. This is Kanye showing us what he is capable of as a rap artist, this is Kanye rapping harder, faster, sharper, so it is clear that his war waged against those running radio is not yet done, and far from. Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London both contribute vocals to the track, which glide well with Kanye’s verses, however, they are incapable of detracting any attention from the real monster here. If this track is any indication of what the bulk of his album will sound like, there's something very exciting in store for us. - Annie Cooper

Drake

14. Drake
Energy

Try as hard as you might, there’s no avoiding Drake. In 2015 he's been everywhere - from Coachella to Apple Music to dropping a surprise mixtape outta nowhere. However, coming from someone that typically feels nothing but ambivalence for Drake, this track is an objective standout. What’s so attractive about Energy is that it’s a big fuck you to pretty much everyone. That is, everyone that uses the internet. Drake disregards us all by spitting "I got bitches askin me for the code for the wi-fi/ so they can talk about they timeline/ and show me pictures of they friends/ just to tell me they ain’t really friends". It’s tongue in cheek, it’s hard hitting, and it’s beguiling because essentially, he’s speaking about you. - Annie Cooper

Miguel

13. Miguel
Coffee (Fucking)

It’s no surprise that Miguel can write an acutely sexy song. Kaleidoscope Dream was full of them but he’s returned with something that gives us a little more than the usual RnB sextalk. Coffee, the first single from WildHeart, is a love song centred around sex. But rather than portraying it as cheap and fleeting like so many of his contemporaries he’s tender and respectful with the same smooth charm as a song like D’Angelo’s Untitled. “Wordplay, turns in to gun play/And gun play turns into pillow talk/Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams/Sweet dreams turns into fucking in the morning,” he sings, giving us the most poetic turn of events we’re likely to hear this year. - Sam Murphy 

HudsonMohawke

12. Hudson Mohawke
Ryderz

Ryderz is part of a new but pleasing direction for Hudson Mohawke, known affectionately to those who’ve been listening to his stuff for a while as HudMo. The new side of HudMo increasingly features vocal collaborators after an early career focussed on bizarre sounds and a genre loosely known as Wonky. His production is smooth as ever though, whilst being definitely more melodic. Ryderz features some old school HudMo samples, especially in its conclusion which draws on sounds from an earlier track of his called Hummus. - Zanda Wilson

ActionBronson

11. Action Bronson
Baby Blue (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

The “go f**k yourself” lyrics, the production from an on fire Mark Ronson, a team up with another leader of the pack rapper and of course the ultimate coolness that drips off anything Bronson does. Baby Blue was going to be a winner even if you just looked at this shit on paper. It’s great to hear Bronson singing in the choruses-something about his drawl and tone makes me love him even more. I cannot fault Ronson’s instrumentation and production chops on this either. Top that all off with a “Coming to America” rip-off music video and you have Hip Hop gold. Also props to Chance The Rappers' contribution, featuring the most sharp-tongued quips heard this year - "I hope you never get off Fridays, And you always work at Friday's, That's always busy on Fridays." Burn. - Meshell Webb

Years&Years

10. Years & Years
King

Crowned as the Kings of the coveted BBC Sound Of...award this year, an honour that boasts graduates such as Adele, 50 Cent and Sam Smith, British trio Years & Years had big, big shoes to fill. And fill it they did. It was a slow start but their massive single King skyrocketed to the top of the charts and, soon enough, the once relatively unknown boys from Britain (and one from Australia) firmly made their mark on the international music scene. The reasoning behind the brassy synth-driven King's popularity isn't hard to put a finger on. With a sound that's best described as radio-ready pop, transformed by elements of RnB, pop and deep-house, and impossibly smooth vocals courtesy of lead vocalist Olly Alexander, Years & Years are the much-needed breath of fresh air we've all been waiting for. Watch this space. - Bianca Bosso 

Read: Years & Years And The Pressure of Being The World's Most Hyped Band 

Kelela

9. Kelela
A Message

Venezuelan producer Arca did masterful work on Bjork’s return-to-form Vulnicura this year and it only continued with Kelela’s A Message. With both artists he managed to make the use of space more important than what’s in between. The breath-halting pauses are what makes A Message spectacular. “If I was your ex,” Kelela sings before briefly coming to a stop and then continuing, “girlfriend.” It’s that moment that energises the song, builds its sensuality and distorts its use of time. There are definite recollections of Aaliyah here but it’s also Kelela pushing the future RnB envelope even further. - Sam Murphy 

Kendrick

8. Kendrick Lamar
King Kunta

King Kunta is To Pimp A Butterfly’s most accessible moment. It’s funky with ‘70s boogie and where The Blacker The Berry was an angry, fierce Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta is a chest-puff. Like he did on Big Sean’s Control last year Lamar gives us a rare ego - “Now I run the game got the who world talking.” He even amplifies his own voice adding a call and response between him and his back-up singers. When he raps “I’m mad”, they reasset “he mad”. It’s Lamar mocking the rap-game to a certain point, but you also get the feeling he enjoys stirring things sometimes. - Sam Murphy 

Skepta

7. Skepta
Shutdown

2015 arrived with a promise of being the year grime finally got his break. And it hasn’t really let us down this far. Kanye’s BRIT Awards performance of All Day with Skepta, Novelist, Stormzy and more was a big hallmark but a lot should be owed to Skepta’s Shutdown. Skepta beats out any MC on this monster of a song, centreing it around the British government's shutdown of grime gigs with a cool confidence rather than anger. With the video assisting, it also has a distinct group-mentality that demonstrates to all those who didn’t know already that grime is all about its community, and as the audio snapshot in the track proves certain people find that “intimidating.” It’s more so empowering. - Sam Murphy 

TameImpala_CauseImAMan

6. Tame Impala
'Cause I'm A Man

Tame Impala are proving time over that psychedelic music still has a prominent place in Australia’s burgeoning music scene. ‘Cause I’m A Man drives forward in a relaxed way, but also in a manner where the instrumental line establishes a deep groove so early on means that it’s impossible not to be caught up in the depth of the funk. The chorus is undeniably the star, along with some gloriously affected vocals. The other highlight has to be the incredible and seamless shifting between conventional bass playing to the more gorgeous bass harmonics which creates undeniable diversity in both the melodic and bass layers of sound. - Zanda Wilson 

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5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

The title track of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s 2015 LP illustrates why these guys are one of the most diverse and unique acts going around at the moment. Multi-Love is a melodic and rhythmic exploration in subtle psychedelic sounds, with gorgeous echoey vocals at its epicentre. Instrumental sounds range from mandolin-style guitars to more conventional strumming, all backed by instrumental and vocal sound effects and heavy use of delay. Part of the intrigue of the track actually lies in that some of the effects are so heavy in places that it’s hard to establish what precisely is going on in terms of vocal and melodic harmonies. - Zanda Wilson 

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4. Tink
Ratchet Commandments

Timbaland has reinvented himself a few times now. He rose to fame with Aaliyah in his hey-day and then returned with Justin Timberlake, only to also assist with Nelly Furtado’s rebirth. 20 year-old Tink is his third-coming but Tink’s not going to let Timbaland play the star in this story. Ratchet Commandments beat is unmistakably Tims but everything else is Tink - a quick-fire feminist ready to call out fake shit. “I thought we had some young Queens what you mean?” she raps as she deconstructs “phoney hoes.” A socially conscious, highly intelligent track that also manages to double as a banger. - Sam Murphy 

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3. Kendrick Lamar
The Blacker The Berry

Kendrick Lamar has always been an eloquent speaker when it comes to social issues but never has he been as potent as he is on The Blacker The Berry. The Blacker The Berry came after i, a track criticised by many for being too fleeting and light for Lamar. This is the opposite. Lamar is angry but he’s also totally is control. “You hate me don’t you? You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture?” he raps, digging to the depths of his vocal grunt. It’s without a doubt the most powerful song of 2015 and yet he still manages to add a fire Assassin hook and convert it to one of his most musically successful tracks. It’s also his lyrical peak, at this point. - Sam Murphy

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2. Tame Impala
Let It Happen

The first track to be released off their still unreleased forthcoming album Currents, Let It Happen needed to be remarkable to set the tone for Tame Impala in 2015. Remarkable indeed, sitting at a cool seven and a half minutes, yet somehow not feeling long or overdone. This epic is a journey of exploration into psychedelic layering and texture. Typically, expressive vocal and guitar techniques are used to substantial effect, but the sectional interplay is where Let It Happen really gives a glimpse into the soul of the band and showcases the fact that Kevin Parker is one of the most talented songwriters of his time. - Zanda Wilson

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1. Jamie xx
Loud PLaces (Feat. Romy)

“I go to loud places to search for someone to be quiet with,” Romy sings on Loud Places, the standout moment from Jamie xxs club-nostalgic debut solo album. Loud Places is a song caught between two emotions - sadness and joy. Romy’s verses are melancholic and beautiful while the Idris Muhammad sample is euphoric and ready for the masses.

Loud Places is that moment in the club where everyone’s moving in slow-motion and you’ve for a moment remembered some of the problems you entered with and are brought down for a split second. If you watch Jamie xx drop this song during a live set and watch the crowd’s reaction you’ll see their heart in their throat but they’ll still have their arms in the air. The dancefloor's most potent moments have always traded in heartbreak and Jamie xx understands that flurry of emotion better than anyone. A beautiful and fragile moment that’s going to be incredibly hard to beat this year. - Sam Murphy 

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12 Looks In Music This Week

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Here at the interns we give our ears and proper workout so we thought we would give our eyes a chance to prove their worth. Here are the best threads worn this week by people in the fashion biz from high street to catwalk, all the way down under for some local threads.

Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris

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Date night! Wine and pizzas (gluten free though, ptfff) at Soho eatery L'asso in New York.
Looking every bit the demure pop princess she is, Tay Tay teams a crop top/skirt outfit (which retails for less than AUD$100!) with her tad bit more expensive Prada tote. Calvin looks a bit more casual but still cool in his black leather bomber and high tops.

Harry Styles & Mick Jagger

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Harry Styles channeling vintage Mick Jagger whilst standing NEXT to Mick Jagger. Apparently the two are friends. Cute. It’s hard to buy the '70s rocker vibe from the kid from One Direction wearing the women’s YSL shirt though.

Ciara

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Babe! Coinciding with her recent album release (Jackie), Ciara has been named the new face of Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli. However, unlike the underwhelming album, the campaign already seems to be a hit as she effortlessly models the beautiful collection, ever so seductively.

Lady Gaga

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Huh? Lady Gaga looks half Geisha, half drag at Vancouver Jazz Festival, performing alongside Tony Bennet. The braless look isn’t really working for her. The remaining outfits in the show got better. But only slightly.

Ke$ha

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Looks like Tinkerbell on acid.

Ke$ha hosted and performed at Hard Rock’s Rehab Pool Party in Las Vegas. The dancers that joined her on stage were dressed as a rabbit, tiger and chicken (according to the LA Times) so she probably just wanted to fit in.

Drake

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Looking the same as ever. Doesn’t matter though, whilst he doesn’t bang on about fashion as some of the other rappers out there, Drake knows what’s up and has got his own cool style.

Cher

The first face of our Fall '15 ad campaign ✨ @Cher ✨

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The trend of choosing older models in major fashion campaigns continues. Flawless and fierce. Cher is the first face of Marc Jacobs' Fall '15 advertisements.

Bey & Jay

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Bonnie and Clyde killing it yet again. Holidaying in Italy, Bey repping Australian label Zimmermann with Jay, looking equally as stylish in his cream coloured linen suit.

John Legend

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He’s so beautiful… Just like that chair, just like that suit and just like this setting. I guess like his wife as well, who he did the photoshoot with for DuJour magazine.

Florence Welch & Stevie Nicks 

Was a dream to harmonise 'happy birthday' with this magical woman, All my love to @stevienicksofficial xx

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Two of fashion's ethereal and bohemian, musical muses.

Azealia Banks

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Editorial on stage. Only few artists could rock a Christian Cowan glitter denim ensemble. Azealia pulls it off.

Yukimi

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Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon at one of their gigs in Calgary. Much like her music, her unique outfit choices are colourful and eclectic.

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