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the interns' Best Albums Of 2015: Honourable Mentions And Staff Lists

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These are the albums that didn't quite make the main list but were brilliant nonetheless...

HiatusHiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon
If there was ever a band to not only recognise the rule book for genre conventions, but to then throw said book deftly into the wind, Hiatus Kaiyote would surely be at the fore. The Melbourne act’s sophomore outing Choose Your Weapon improves strongly on the foundations laid by their debut, faultlessly moulding jazz, soul, funk and a splash of electronica into an exhilarating and uncompromising 70 minute adventure. Never prone to incorporate half measures, the record is constantly changing with deep bass reigning supreme on the jittery Laputa, Nai Palm’s sultry jazz-infused vocals soothing on Breathing Underwater, and Atari receiving a breakneck tempo and 8-bit electronic treatment. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon is an incredible achievement by a band who fully deserve your attention. - Ben Kyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gang Of YouthsGang Of Youths
The Positions
The Positions came to fruition over the space of a two year period and tells of the tumultuous relationship between Gang of Youths’ frontman David Leaupepe and a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. An album birthed out of sheer necessity, The Positions manages to maintain an uplifting air of defiance while painting a sprawling picture of grief, loss and ultimately hope. It is one thing to delve into such a heavy subject matter on your debut long player, but it is another entirely when the kind of precision and finesse displayed in the execution reflects that of an act far beyond their mere years would suggest. Anchored by the incredible vocal range delivered by Leaupepe, from the rollicking Poison Drum and the triumphant Magnolia, to the heartbreak of Kansas and Sjamboksa, The Positions is beautiful, raw, honest and far reaching indie rock where risk pays off in hefty rewards. - Ben Kyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AlisonAlison Wonderland
Run
There was no need for Alison Wonderland to release a full album. Before Run she was already playing some of the world’s biggest stages and had released a steady handful of stellar tracks including I Want U. She could’ve gone on releasing singles and had a huge year but instead she applied herself to an album and thank goodness she did. Run is by far the biggest Australian electronic album of the year - a conglomeration of huge drops, room-shattering synths and howling vocals that soundtrack hazy late nights. Opener Run is a swelling, behemoth of a song but tracks like Games prove she knows how to craft a perfect pop song. It’s an ambitious and honest project that establishes AW as the person most well-equipped to change the face of Australian electronic music. Listening to it now, it feels like a triumphant victory lap. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SampaSampa The Great
The Great Mixtape
If you were asked to name an Australian female rapper right, you’d say Iggy Azalea. It’s nothing to be ashamed of but you would. Sampa may have been born and raised in Africa but she’s living in Sydney now and she’s the female voice in hip-hop we so desperately need. The Great Mixtape, as the name suggests, is just a mixtape but it’s still one of the best local releases of the year. It’s a vibrant trip through experimental, jazz-infused beats with verses that set her well on the way to being recognised among the likes of Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper. She traverses topics of identity, feminism and race all the while laughing in between tracks. “I’m an F E M A L E from the ghetto,” she raps on F E M A L E simultaneously announcing to us all the she’s an absolute boss. No new artist in this country was as exciting as Sampa in 2015 and that’s because there was no other record worldwide that sounded like this. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SamoSamo Sound Boy
Begging Please
People too often write club records off as not having heart. It may be because of the atmosphere that they’re consumed in and because they often lack lyrics but Samo Sound Boy’s emotional Begging Please disapproved that this year. The album is a story of heartbreak told through built up climaxes that are then scattered like dust and swelling vocal samples that are interlaced with isolated synths. He may only use vocals in the form of repetitive samples but he uses them to swell emotion. What Can I Do is full of desperation, Got It Bad is love drunk while Save Wait Time brims with hope. As dark as it gets, it still feels like he’s getting over the heartbreak with every song particularly when it ends with the nostalgic but euphoric You Come For Me. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DawnDawn Richard
Blackheart
2015’s most underrated release comes courtesy of former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard who's making genre-defying music at a rapid rate. Blackheart effortlessly melds together eccentric electronica with R&B moving from instrumental epics like Calypso to stomping bangers like Blow. At times her voice sounds superhuman and manipulated within an inch of its life but that’s because it’s treated like an instrument rather than a vessel for words. You never get the sense she’s forcing the verse/chorus structure rather moving with the music wherever it demands her. She goes on tribal, tropical and club-inspired detours but nothing ever feels out of place. Rather it's just all part of her experimental journey. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LanaLana Del Rey
Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey’s career was almost over before it even began. Label involvement and the wrong producers turned her debut Born To Die into a glossy, manicured missfire but inch by inch she’s showed her artistry with Ultraviolence and this year the even better Honeymoon. Honeymoon trades the rock roughness of Ultraviolence for vintage Hollywood glamour that’s often more heartbreaking than glamorous a la the life of Marilyn Monroe. Terrence Loves You is a gorgeous jazz-influenced number, the title track is an infatuated ballad and Music To Watch Boys To is a creeping tale of lust. She never sounds in a rush, consistently choosing style over an immediate hit which realises her vision of bringing together the past and the vintage more than ever before. When she sings, “all I wanna do is get high by the beach,” you know that Lana finally gives zero fucks and that’s her greatest weapon right now. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BieberJustin Bieber
Purpose
2015 was the year that it became ok to like Justin Bieber. Not because he stopped being a twat or because we all got to see his penis but because the music was just too good to deny. With lead-singles What Do You Mean and Sorry, key-producer Skrillex found a sound that nurtured Bieber’s smooth but limited voice and pulled him back from the far less accessible R&B world of Journals. Purpose is self-obsessed particularly when it ventures into ballad territory but that’s kind of what we’ve come to love about Bieber. Any other popstar singing, “What about the children?” would sound ridiculous but somehow Bieber turns it into a banger on Children. It seems he can do no wrong and it’s because Purpose is the biggest guilty pleasure of the year. So much so that everyone has set out to make excuses as to why it’s ok to like it. It’s ok to like it because it’s full of bloody good tunes and that’s the only explanation necessary. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JulioBashmoreJulio Bashmore
Knockin’ Boots
Julio Bashmore had a big hand in the house revolution that shot Disclosure to fame with their debut album Settle but even though he was riding with a trend he didn’t rush his debut album. Knockin’ Boots came just as Disclosure were releasing their second album which pales in comparison to this record. It’s a joyous, euphoric and dance-ready exploration of deep house and all the different influences that have impacted it from disco to the ‘90s. The vocal sample on the opening title track is “we danced and danced ‘til we fell in love,” which is basically the mantra of the whole album. From the soulful seduction of For Your Love to the giddy flirtation of Let Me Be Your Weakness, it’s all about falling in love on the dancefloor. Bashmore’s had a very successful relationship with the dancefloor and it only seems to be getting stronger. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AdeleAdele
25
Adele’s 21 was a huge, earth-shattering record but given the sheer size of it, it’s a testament to Adele that she actually managed to disappear. When she returned with the now iconic line, “hello, it’s me,” it felt as if we were hearing from a long lost friend. The voice was back and so was the forthright honesty. Sound-wise there’s nothing shocking about 25. She may try some bigger notes but it’s still a cross between soulful ditties and big ballads. What’s so special about Adele is everyone actually cares about the lyrics. We know she’s moved on from the man that broke her heart for 21 and on 25 she’s dealing with new love, a baby and fame while saying goodbye to her youth. “I’m so mad about getting old it makes me restless,” she sings on album highlight When We Were Young. It’s one of the album’s select goosebump moments because she shrieks vocally. Worrying about getting old is not a new sensation but no one says anything quite as succinctly and honestly as Adele. That’s why she’s breaking records, because she’s able to write about universal emotions in a way everybody can relate too. She may make it sound easy but it’s not. - Sam Murphy

Adele's 25 is not available on Spotify.

Wolf AliceWolf Alice
My Love Is Cool
The debut album from London four piece Wolf Alice is one of contrasts. Chaotic and grungy one moment, refined and delicate the next. Despite its tonal variations and genre bending, My Love is Cool remains an engaging, fully coherent and cohesive body of work. Your Loves Whore and Bros are incredibly catchy and heartfelt, while the hectic duo of Lisbon and Giant Peach show a band not afraid in the slightest to get their hands dirty. Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell oozes charisma and uses a fantastic set of lungs to full potential, as the musical backdrop shifts between the light and dark with ease. My Love Is Cool showcases a true sense of both wonder and a certain familiarity with dazzling results. - Ben Kyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMOUnknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love
The subject matter of someone's album can be a crucial part of its rendering - think about The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free.  That is a story told throughout multiple songs, an aural journey of British slang and everyday life. Multi-Love is a story on a whole another level. A story not told by many, a story of a love triangle practically unheard of in the musical world, a story told with lo fi funk from a front man who boasts some of the best guitar work you'll see or hear. This album is about so much more than just music, and that's what is so exciting about it. - Jack Cain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD What Went Down.jpgFoals
What Went Down
This latest creative effort seems to channel the varying styles of previous albums and does so in the most satisfying and successful way. What Went Down also includes several tracks that follow what seems to be a growing trend for the group towards a slower, more introspective style of song. After getting dark and emotional on such tracks like London Thunder, which references the musical journey they have taken over time, the album then starts to get into the luminous funk that those who’ve been listening since Antidotes have come to expect from Yannis, Jack and co. Night Swimmers throws back to the gorgeously light guitar countermelodies that caught the ears of many back in 2008. Those expecting some proper British rock are treated to a couple of tracks that involve some seriously heavy basslines and much more intense vocal, through tracks like Snake Oil. In short summary, It’s not a record that is necessarily enhanced by being listened to as a whole, and perhaps that’s not what they were aiming for. What Went Down is exactly what it intends to be. - Zanda Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are the albums that didn't quite make the main list but were brilliant nonetheless...

HiatusHiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon
If there was ever a band to not only recognise the rule book for genre conventions, but to then throw said book deftly into the wind, Hiatus Kaiyote would surely be at the fore. The Melbourne act’s sophomore outing Choose Your Weapon improves strongly on the foundations laid by their debut, faultlessly moulding jazz, soul, funk and a splash of electronica into an exhilarating and uncompromising 70 minute adventure. Never prone to incorporate half measures, the record is constantly changing with deep bass reigning supreme on the jittery Laputa, Nai Palm’s sultry jazz-infused vocals soothing on Breathing Underwater, and Atari receiving a breakneck tempo and 8-bit electronic treatment. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon is an incredible achievement by a band who fully deserve your attention. - Ben Kyi

Gang Of YouthsGang Of Youths
The Positions
The Positions came to fruition over the space of a two year period and tells of the tumultuous relationship between Gang of Youths’ frontman David Leaupepe and a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. An album birthed out of sheer necessity, The Positions manages to maintain an uplifting air of defiance while painting a sprawling picture of grief, loss and ultimately hope. It is one thing to delve into such a heavy subject matter on your debut long player, but it is another entirely when the kind of precision and finesse displayed in the execution reflects that of an act far beyond their mere years would suggest. Anchored by the incredible vocal range delivered by Leaupepe, from the rollicking Poison Drum and the triumphant Magnolia, to the heartbreak of Kansas and Sjamboksa, The Positions is beautiful, raw, honest and far reaching indie rock where risk pays off in hefty rewards. - Ben Kyi

AlisonAlison Wonderland
Run
There was no need for Alison Wonderland to release a full album. Before Run she was already playing some of the world’s biggest stages and had released a steady handful of stellar tracks including I Want U. She could’ve gone on releasing singles and had a huge year but instead she applied herself to an album and thank goodness she did. Run is by far the biggest Australian electronic album of the year - a conglomeration of huge drops, room-shattering synths and howling vocals that soundtrack hazy late nights. Opener Run is a swelling, behemoth of a song but tracks like Games prove she knows how to craft a perfect pop song. It’s an ambitious and honest project that establishes AW as the person most well-equipped to change the face of Australian electronic music. Listening to it now, it feels like a triumphant victory lap. - Sam Murphy

SampaSampa The Great
The Great Mixtape
If you were asked to name an Australian female rapper right, you’d say Iggy Azalea. It’s nothing to be ashamed of but you would. Sampa may have been born and raised in Africa but she’s living in Sydney now and she’s the female voice in hip-hop we so desperately need. The Great Mixtape, as the name suggests, is just a mixtape but it’s still one of the best local releases of the year. It’s a vibrant trip through experimental, jazz-infused beats with verses that set her well on the way to being recognised among the likes of Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper. She traverses topics of identity, feminism and race all the while laughing in between tracks. “I’m an F E M A L E from the ghetto,” she raps on F E M A L E simultaneously announcing to us all the she’s an absolute boss. No new artist in this country was as exciting as Sampa in 2015 and that’s because there was no other record worldwide that sounded like this. - Sam Murphy

SamoSamo Sound Boy
Begging Please
People too often write club records off as not having heart. It may be because of the atmosphere that they’re consumed in and because they often lack lyrics but Samo Sound Boy’s emotional Begging Please disapproved that this year. The album is a story of heartbreak told through built up climaxes that are then scattered like dust and swelling vocal samples that are interlaced with isolated synths. He may only use vocals in the form of repetitive samples but he uses them to swell emotion. What Can I Do is full of desperation, Got It Bad is love drunk while Save Wait Time brims with hope. As dark as it gets, it still feels like he’s getting over the heartbreak with every song particularly when it ends with the nostalgic but euphoric You Come For Me. - Sam Murphy

DawnDawn Richard
Blackheart
2015’s most underrated release comes courtesy of former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard who's making genre-defying music at a rapid rate. Blackheart effortlessly melds together eccentric electronica with R&B moving from instrumental epics like Calypso to stomping bangers like Blow. At times her voice sounds superhuman and manipulated within an inch of its life but that’s because it’s treated like an instrument rather than a vessel for words. You never get the sense she’s forcing the verse/chorus structure rather moving with the music wherever it demands her. She goes on tribal, tropical and club-inspired detours but nothing ever feels out of place. Rather, it's just all part of her experimental journey. - Sam Murphy

LanaLana Del Rey
Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey’s career was almost over before it even began. Label involvement and the wrong producers turned her debut Born To Die into a glossy, manicured missfire but inch by inch she’s showed her artistry with Ultraviolence and this year the even better Honeymoon. Honeymoon trades the rock roughness of Ultraviolence for vintage Hollywood glamour that’s often more heartbreaking than glamorous a la the life of Marilyn Monroe. Terrence Loves You is a gorgeous jazz-influenced number, the title track is an infatuated ballad and Music To Watch Boys To is a creeping tale of lust. She never sounds in a rush, consistently choosing style over an immediate hit which realises her vision of bringing together the past and the vintage more than ever before. When she sings, “all I wanna do is get high by the beach,” you know that Lana finally gives zero fucks and that’s her greatest weapon right now. - Sam Murphy

BieberJustin Bieber
Purpose
2015 was the year that it became ok to like Justin Bieber. Not because he stopped being a twat or because we all got to see his penis but because the music was just too good to deny. With lead-singles What Do You Mean and Sorry, key-producer Skrillex found a sound that nurtured Bieber’s smooth but limited voice and pulled him back from the far less accessible R&B world of Journals. Purpose is self-obsessed particularly when it ventures into ballad territory but that’s kind of what we’ve come to love about Bieber. Any other popstar singing, “What about the children?” would sound ridiculous but somehow Bieber turns it into a banger on Children. It seems he can do no wrong and it’s because Purpose is the biggest guilty pleasure of the year. So much so that everyone has set out to make excuses as to why it’s ok to like it. It’s ok to like it because it’s full of bloody good tunes and that’s the only explanation necessary. - Sam Murphy

JulioBashmoreJulio Bashmore
Knockin’ Boots
Julio Bashmore had a big hand in the house revolution that shot Disclosure to fame with their debut album Settle but even though he was riding with a trend he didn’t rush his debut album. Knockin’ Boots came just as Disclosure were releasing their second album which pales in comparison to this record. It’s a joyous, euphoric and dance-ready exploration of deep house and all the different influences that have impacted it from disco to the ‘90s. The vocal sample on the opening title track is “we danced and danced ‘til we fell in love,” which is basically the mantra of the whole album. From the soulful seduction of For Your Love to the giddy flirtation of Let Me Be Your Weakness, it’s all about falling in love on the dancefloor. Bashmore’s had a very successful relationship with the dancefloor and it only seems to be getting stronger. - Sam Murphy

AdeleAdele
25
Adele’s 21 was a huge, earth-shattering record but given the sheer size of it, it’s a testament to Adele that she actually managed to disappear. When she returned with the now iconic line, “hello, it’s me,” it felt as if we were hearing from a long lost friend. The voice was back and so was the forthright honesty. Sound-wise there’s nothing shocking about 25. She may try some bigger notes but it’s still a cross between soulful ditties and big ballads. What’s so special about Adele is everyone actually cares about the lyrics. We know she’s moved on from the man that broke her heart for 21 and on 25 she’s dealing with new love, a baby and fame while saying goodbye to her youth. “I’m so mad about getting old it makes me restless,” she sings on album highlight When We Were Young. It’s one of the album’s select goosebump moments because she shrieks vocally. Worrying about getting old is not a new sensation but no one says anything quite as succinctly and honestly as Adele. That’s why she’s breaking records, because she’s able to write about universal emotions in a way everybody can relate too. She may make it sound easy but it’s not. - Sam Murphy

Wolf AliceWolf Alice
My Love Is Cool
The debut album from London four piece Wolf Alice is one of contrasts. Chaotic and grungy one moment, refined and delicate the next. Despite its tonal variations and genre bending, My Love is Cool remains an engaging, fully coherent and cohesive body of work. Your Loves Whore and Bros are incredibly catchy and heartfelt, while the hectic duo of Lisbon and Giant Peach show a band not afraid in the slightest to get their hands dirty. Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell oozes charisma and uses a fantastic set of lungs to full potential, as the musical backdrop shifts between the light and dark with ease. My Love Is Cool showcases a true sense of both wonder and a certain familiarity with dazzling results. - Ben Kyi

UMOUnknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love
The subject matter of someone's album can be a crucial part of its rendering - think about The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free.  That is a story told throughout multiple songs, an aural journey of British slang and everyday life. Multi-Love is a story on a whole another level. A story not told by many, a story of a love triangle practically unheard of in the musical world, a story told with lo fi funk from a front man who boasts some of the best guitar work you'll see or hear. This album is about so much more than just music, and that's what is so exciting about it. - Jack Cain

CD What Went Down.jpgFoals
What Went Down
This latest creative effort seems to channel the varying styles of previous albums and does so in the most satisfying and successful way. What Went Down also includes several tracks that follow what seems to be a growing trend for the group towards a slower, more introspective style of song. After getting dark and emotional on such tracks like London Thunder, which references the musical journey they have taken over time, the album then starts to get into the luminous funk that those who’ve been listening since Antidotes have come to expect from Yannis, Jack and co. Night Swimmers throws back to the gorgeously light guitar countermelodies that caught the ears of many back in 2008. Those expecting some proper British rock are treated to a couple of tracks that involve some seriously heavy basslines and much more intense vocal, through tracks like Snake Oil. In short summary, It’s not a record that is necessarily enhanced by being listened to as a whole, and perhaps that’s not what they were aiming for. What Went Down is exactly what it intends to be. - Zanda Wilson

Click through to page 2 for staff lists.

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Sam Murphy
Editor
1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Tame Impala - Currents
5. Empress Of - Me
6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Beach House - Depression Cherry
9. Dawn Richard - Wildheart
10. Carly Rae Jepsen - E.MO.TION

Bianca Bosso
Creative Director
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
6. Beach House - Depression Cherry
7. Miguel - Wildheart
8. Justin Bieber - Purpose
9. Christine & The Queens - Christine & The Queens
10. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Zanda Wilson
Contributor
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
3. Foals - What Went Down
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. The Wombats - Glitterbug
6. Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light
7. Last Dinosaurs - Wellness
8. San Cisco - Gracetown
9. Jamie xx - In Colour
10. Alison Wonderland - Run

Ben Kyi
Contributor
1. Gang of Youths – The Positions
2. Grimes – Art Angels
3. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
4. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
5. Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
6. Jamie xx – In Colour
7. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back
8. The Staves – If I Was
9. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
10. Blur – The Magic Whip

Meshell Webb
Contributor
Point Point - Contrastive Focus Reduplication
Björk - Vulnicura
Tyler, The Creator - Cherrybomb
Mew - +-
Daniel Johns - Talk
Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
Towkio - .Wav Theory
Battles - La Di Da Di
Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Urban Flora
Dillon Francis - This Mixtape is Fire

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Sam Murphy
Editor
1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Tame Impala - Currents
5. Empress Of - Me
6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Beach House - Depression Cherry
9. Dawn Richard - Wildheart
10. Carly Rae Jepsen - E.MO.TION

Bianca Bosso
Creative Director
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
6. Beach House - Depression Cherry
7. Miguel - Wildheart
8. Justin Bieber - Purpose
9. Christine & The Queens - Christine & The Queens
10. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Zanda Wilson
Contributor
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
3. Foals - What Went Down
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. The Wombats - Glitterbug
6. Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light
7. Last Dinosaurs - Wellness
8. San Cisco - Gracetown
9. Jamie xx - In Colour
10. Alison Wonderland - Run

Ben Kyi
Contributor
1. Gang of Youths – The Positions
2. Grimes – Art Angels
3. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
4. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
5. Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
6. Jamie xx – In Colour
7. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back
8. The Staves – If I Was
9. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
10. Blur – The Magic Whip

Meshell Webb
Contributor
Point Point - Contrastive Focus Reduplication
Björk - Vulnicura
Tyler, The Creator - Cherrybomb
Mew - +-
Daniel Johns - Talk
Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
Towkio - .Wav Theory
Battles - La Di Da Di
Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Urban Flora
Dillon Francis - This Mixtape is Fire

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Bondax Put A Spin On 'Give It All' By Foals

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UK electro-duo Bondax are perhaps better known for their funky, beat-driven style of original electronic music. This is definitely a strange combination then, with the boys trying their hand at remixing 'Give It All' from fellow countrymen Foals. Weird as it may seem, this remix simply works, treading an oddly-defined line between indie-rock and electro, showing off the best of Bondax's remixing skills whilst still staying true to the feeling of the original song.

FoalsALbum

Album Of The Week: Foals - 'What Went Down'

FoalsALbum

Ever since they teased us with a 12-second clip in early June that eventually turned out to be a snippet of What Went Down's title track, it’s fair to say there’s been a pretty huge amount of anticipation for Foals’ fourth studio record. More intrigue resulted from an interview that front-man Yannis Phillipakis did with triple j, where he suggests that the band were only just beginning to hit their straps as a band and that he expected their best work to come on their seventh or even eight albums. Perhaps this was a soft reference to their somewhat disappointing third album Holy Fire, which was really held up by the brilliance of a few singles; My Number, Late Night and Inhaler.

Regardless, What Went Down is kind of exactly what you’d expect from Foals at this point in time. This latest creative effort seems to channel the varying styles of previous albums and does so in the most satisfying and successful way. It is also manifestly more effective at bringing together the many styles of group than Holy Fire was able to.

As has been the case with their last two LPs, Foals have included an epic ballad titled A Knife In The Ocean. This is a trend that began two albums ago with the shockingly amazing Spanish Sahara, and on this particular record A Knife In The Ocean is testament to the ability of Foals to not only build gripping tension throughout a track, as well as having the ability captivate an audience for an extended period.

What Went Down also includes several tracks that follow what seems to be this growing trend for the group towards a slower, more introspective style of song. Tracks such as these illustrate just how far the band has come since the fiddly and often substance-lacking guitar licks that dominated their first LP Antidotes. Give It All is one such track within this more chiller style, but it is dwarfed by the darkness and emotion of London Thunder. London Thunder is truly a momentous tune both musically and lyrically, and it makes subtle references to the journey the group undertaken as well as their origins, with deeply emotional lyrics like "Come back to London Thunder, the sound of sorrow in my room… and now the tables turn, it’s over, and with my fingers burned I start a new".

Finally we start to get into the luminous funk that those who’ve been listening since Antidotes have come to expect from Yannis, Jack and co. Night Swimmers throws back to the gorgeously light guitar countermelodies that caught the ears of many back in 2008, whilst also getting into some gritty bass. Similar ideas are explored in the funky Birch Tree, which is also definitely their most audience friendly sing-a-long track, and also is a prime example of how far Yannis’ vocals have come since he was primarily doing a kind-of speak/yell/sing deal on very early tracks like Red Socks Pugie and Two Steps Twice. Several tracks including Lonely Hunter which explores texture through its use of layering include Yannis’ multi-tracking his vocals over themselves in new ways that only scratches the surface of the incredible depth of his ability as an artist.

Those expecting some proper British rock are treated to a couple of tracks that involve some seriously heavy basslines and much more intense vocals. Snake Oil is built around this dirty bass/guitar riff that gets grungier as the track goes along, but it is in the title track though that we get the absolute best of heavier rock side to this incredibly versatile band. What Went Down is proof that Foals are not afraid to keep heavy British rock alive, and its only downfall is that it is really the only harder track of its kind on the album.

Although this is another album from Foals that shows of their unique versatility as a group, there is definitely a slight lacking of continuity between the various tracks on the album. In other words it’s not a record that is necessarily enhanced by being listened to as a whole, and perhaps that’s not what they were aiming for. Despite this, there has definitely been a conscious effort to create an album that is consistently of a higher quality across the whole record, and it’s clear that this goal has been smashed with What Went Down.

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Hear The Latest From Foals; 'London Thunder'

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The build up to the August 28 release of Foals' fourth studio 'What Went Down' has been nothing short of epic. Now with their latest single release; a track that definitely throws back to the kind of music they were making on 'Total Life Forever', 'London Thunder' is as soulful as it is engaging. Its definitely got a 'Spanish Sahara' vibe with its slow build up and swirling synths, and by reflecting on past music they've made its also clearly a song about a journey, one that is far from over.

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Trash Or Treasure? The Week Past's Most Iconic Looks In Music

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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. Trash or treasure gives us a chance to look over the week past’s most eyeball worthy looks and decide if we’re going to copy them or appreciate them from afar.

Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey In 'High By The Beach'

I wonder what she’s trying to say in this - the dreamy/ crazy film clip shows the singer calmly floating around her house a floor length sun dress draped in a delicate lace blue robe (very Lana). Perfect outfit for firing a bazooka at the paparazzi.

Lauren Mayberry

T-shirt inspiration for the gym ?? #EmbraceTheGrace

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The angelic synthpop artist meets pop icon Grace Jones force to be reckoned with. Heading off to the gym Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES shares her exercise attire. Definitely the right person to channel if you’re after a decent workout, don’t you think?

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These are the new kids on the Brooklyn block. Sounding like something from 70’s California, their lazy summer vibes are simply delightful. Who knows if they're interested in fashion or if anyone else will be interested in their fashion, however, the material world digs anything that’s cool without trying and this is exactly what these guys have going on.

Ariana Grande

Touching down: Ariana Grande, 22, landed in Tokyo on Thursday as she wore an animal suit and double buns on her head in the shape of ears

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Lord I thought this trend was finished. Ariana Grande obviously decided she wanted to go for the ‘quirky’ look when arriving in Japan wearing a pink onesie and double hair buns. Whilst she could be a number of different animals here, the worst part of the outfit is the shoes and bag she’s matched with it. “Grande also donned a pair of classic black heels and carried a leather purse as a touch of casual elegance” - wrong Daily Mail! If you’re going to be weird Ariana, just commit to the look.

Lianne La Havas


Flashback Friday to the outfit Lianne La Havas wore celebrating her new album. Whilst she obviously doesn’t know the rules of a #fbf (i.e. It can’t be from the week before, duh) her exotic yet modern androgynous look lets her off the hook. The singer, who is on Obama’s summer playlist (true story), is all about soul, even with her fashion.

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Foals photographed at Trackside Studios by Andrew Cotterill for #Q350. On sale now.

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“The world is as savage and dark and brutal as ever. I feel pessimistic about being part of the human race. It’s not something I would endorse any more!” For more uplifting perspectives read this months Q magazine which features Foals! Here they are looking cool but not hipster (don’t call them that, they don’t like it) in a shot from the article posted on the magazine’s instagram.

Beyoncé

Just like Royalty, sometimes all that is expected from them is to turn up smile and leave. Whilst most celebrities would give part of their soul to be on any Vogue cover (let alone a September issue) Queen Bey doesn’t even have to open her mouth. Instead a series of photos shot by Mario Testino are accompanied only by a short piece on her global domination. Her inaccessibility allows her to still maintain a sense of mystery and just adds even more to her star power.

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Nylon’s news Band Crush! Simon Doom (fronted by Simon O’Connor) he looks just as he describes: “gruff, '90s New York teenage punk”.

Katy Perry

Fashion issue: The pop star wore a Saint Laurent gown for her cover shoot by photographer Jean-Paul GoudeKaty has been popping up more and more in the fashion arena recently. Sleek and dramatic, wearing a Saint Laurent dress (amaze) on the cover of the September issue of U.S Harpers Bazaar. She was hand picked by Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld for the Icons Issue shoot where she characterised Elizabeth Taylor.

Tyler The Creator

@flognawmotors x VANS. AUGUST 29TH AT SELECT SHOPS. GOLFWANG.TUMBLR.COM FOR FULL SET!

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Tyler The Creator is best known as a music creator but also has some serious credentials as a fashion creator. He's already got an impressive collection under his Wolf Gang label but now he's also unleashed a collaboration with skate footwear giant Vans. It's exactly the kind of shoe you'd expect from Tyler too. He may not be welcome here in Aus, but his footwear sure is.

Solange

Great show @SaintRecords #Solange #fyffest

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Everytime Solange takes to the stage she proves her status as style queen and her appearance at LA's FYF Fest was no different. Mixing '70s chic with modern cool, she boogied her way through a set of tunes that acted as the audible equivalent to her outfit.

BONUS: Vanity Fair's Best Dressed List

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 3.47.01 pmVanity Fair have compiled their annual International Best Dressed List inclusive of all Vanity Fair-esque people. Global Ambassadors, Architects, Financiers, Actors, Royals etc. Rihanna (the Sultry Swagger), Taylor Swift (the Prep Power) and FKA Twigs (shown in her Met Gala penis gown) all got a mention. Congrats gals!

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: FKA twigs, HAIM, Foals + More

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This week everyone was talking about Lenny Kravitz and Jarred Leto's penis'. Yep, it's been a really (sh)long week and we've tried to keep ourselves concentrated the only way we know how - by dissecting and gathering the tunes. Turns out once we did that we realised there was actually a lot more going on this week than dick talk.

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World War Pt.2

Arthur Ashin aka. Autre Ne Veut is gearing up to release the follow-up to his 2013 record Anxiety. The LP is set to be called Age Of Transparency and he's preceding it with the first single World War Pt. 2. The track is accompanied by a definitely NSFW video that features some pretty confronting scenes. The track itself is a brilliant, expanding electronic-cross-R&B cut not straying too far from what we heard on Anxiety.

Jamie Woon
Sharpness

We've waited four years for the follow-up of Jamie Woon's debut album Mirrorwriting but it seems it's finally on the way. This week we got the first track from Woon in a long, long while titled Sharpness. It's an effortlessly funky track that sits somewhere between D'Angelo and Miguel. Woon's voice is undeniable. So much so that even an acapella of this would be compelling.

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'Cause I'm A Man (Tame Impala Cover)

HAIM know exactly how to keep us in love with them. When they're not posting pictures with everybody's best friend Taylor Swift they're covering one of the best tracks of the year and nailing it. The latters comment refers to this cover of Tame Impala's 'Cause I'm A Man which in the hands of HAIM is transformed into a sensual, distorted track. There's something really sassy about hearing a girl sing Kevin Parker's already sarcastic lyrics and in many ways it actually works better than the original.

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Figure 8

FKA twigs is gearing up to release an EP after a year of non-stop touring because she apparently doesn't know how to rest and stop being consistently brilliant. Figure 8 is taken from said EP and it's a far darker cut than anything that appeared on LP1. It's inspired by learning to vogue in New York and as such is has an effortless fluidity to it but is also twisted and experimental. Everytime you think twigs has reached her limit she expands her capabilities once again. Truly a once in a lifetime artist.

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Sui Zhen
Take It All Back

Melbourne-based artist Becky Freeman who goes under the moniker of Sui Zhen is gearing up to release her debut album Secretly Susan. Take It All Back is the second single from that record and it's a pristine electro-pop track channelling the sonic stylings of Grimes. The track is accompanied by a wonderfully kitsch video that features the album's namesake Susan - a blonde wig-wearing, disconnected character who, according to Zhen, is "someone’s digital doppelganger."

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Four Tet
KH - BACK2THESTART

"Made this on a plane end of last year... not sure what I was thinking or why it exists," Four Tet tweeted as he released this track. KH - BACK2THESTART is not your usual Four Tet track so his confusion makes sense. It actually samples Cheryl Cole's Fight For This Love, pitching-down her verses and accompanying it with a woozy dance beat. For something that was made on a plane, it's pretty hard to fault.

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Last Dance

The Based God himself Lil B and Chance The Rapper have teamed-up for a freestyle mixtape and it's plain and simple one of the best hip-hop projects of the year. The whole of Free Based Freestyles needs to be heard but if we had to choose one track it would have to be the opener Last Dance. After his work with The Social Experiment it's so good to hear Chance rapping straight, particularly when it's over a delectable vocal sample.

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A Knife In The Ocean

A Knife In The Ocean is the third track to be released from Foals' upcoming fourth album What Went Down. It's a cold, desolate sounding track that starts as one of the more sparse songs they've released so far and ends as one of the more epic. At nearly seven minutes, it's a test of endurance, made easy by the fact that it just gets bigger and bigger. Foals have really developed as a band and these tracks just keep showing it.

JOY.
About Us

Olivia McCarthy aka. JOY. is probably one of the finest songstresses Australia has to offer and her ethereal new single About Us proves that again. It's a breathy jam that flicks between R&B and atmospheric electronica. Her crisp voice elongates itself throughout the whole thing, never sounding stressed and always sounding effortless. "You know that I was too good for you," she sings at one point. Slay girls. Slay. It's taken from a new EP called Ode which will be out 28th August.

Read our interview with JOY. here.

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Paces
Bamboo

We're right in the thick of winter right now here in Aus so it's good to hear someone who has been unaffected by the cold. Bamboo is the second single to come from homegrown producer Paces' Hold It Down EP and it's a sunshine-soaked, perky track. The title track of the EP featured Reija Lee but this one is a strictly instrumental affair. There's plenty of melodic vocal samples in there though to keep it bouncing along. It's refreshing to hear something like this at this time of year. Good vibes all round.

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Foals Share Another New Track 'A Knife In The Ocean'

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It's all happening over at camp Foals in the lead-up to the release of their fourth album What Went Down. We've already heard the title track and Mountain At My Gate and now they have unleashed A Knife In The Ocean upon us. The track is probably the most desolate and haunting thing we've heard from the album so far with frontman Yannis Phillippikas howling over a stomping beat. It's a near seven minute affair that just continues to expand.

What Went Down is out 28th August and many are hailing it their best album yet.

Foals have unveiled a Foal-less cover for the album but we decided something had to be done so we designed covers for each track with actual Foals on them. See them all here.
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