"I’m as sick of hearing Flume’s name as I am of hearing people awkwardly say 'fam'": new music roundtable reviewed.
"I’m as sick of hearing Flume’s name as I am of hearing people awkwardly say 'fam'": new music roundtable reviewed.
One features the dulcet tones of Julia Stone.
Temperatures may have been shatteringly low but the Metro theatre was already a sweatbox upon arrival last Friday night. Golden Features is on an absolute roll right now. Winner of In The Mix’s Breakthrough artist of the year, a new EP that is dominating the Spotify play count and a virtually sold out Australian tour. Seems an awful lot to achieve in such a short space of time, the bar has been set high and it’s almost time to see what all the hype is about.
First things first - one cannot stress the importance of a cloakroom on a night like this (ladies, they do exist. Please wear a jacket when you go out, we promise you can discard them at the door to show off your bralet and shorty short set). After shedding about eighty layers of protective warmth we delve into the crowd to await the arrival of Golden Features and within about 20 seconds I am covered in perspiration however at this point I’m not sure it's mine.
Catching the last few tracks from The M Machine, the crowd were sufficiently warmed up (mentally and physically) for the headline act. The stage blacks out and you can hear the telltale signs of about 5 smoke machines working on overdrive. As our young faceless friend takes the stage the crowd emits a pleading roar and I hear a girl behind me scream, “YAS I AM SO READY”.
Whatever the hype is, within the first ten minutes Golden Features proves it's well deserved. Connecting with a crowd when you’re divided by a large piece of fibreglass clamped to your face must be no easy task and yet the young producer takes it all in his stride. There is fist pumping galore and a lot of side to side arm waving but it’s all incredibly endearing and not in the slightest bit forced.
Golden Features delivers his signature blend of pulsating dark EDM and atmospheric Aussie-Electro (It’s a thing guys). The set showcases the new EP amidst some trap bangers and a little head-nod to his mate Porter Robinson. The set seems to be driven by an underlying bass that resonates through your very core and tugs punters along to the beat of the song. As tracks began to blur together it became clear that Golden Features was REALLY good at his job, which was making us all have too much fun that we forgot where we were. Before anybody was ready the young producer stepped down from the decks and disappeared momentarily while the crowed howled for his resurgence. Golden Features delivered.
As what felt like a real treat for everybody at the Metro, the mask was lowered and Golden Features (usually silent) grabbed the microphone to give a heartfelt thanks to his loyal crowd, obviously feeling all of the hometown love it was special to see the giant smile spread across the producer’s face as he smashed out a final goodbye track, mask-free and just as sweaty as the rest of us.
Golden Features will be appearing at Listen Out later on this year, make this the first set you lock in for the day or forever regret your terrible life choices.
The music scene in Sydney is bursting with talent, but between the plethora of international acts and growing number of lesser known artists performing each week, it can be tricky to choose where to spend your time and cash. Here at the interns, we make it our mission to fit in as much music into each week as humanly possible. So check the best of what’s on this week so you can get your fix of live music without breaking the bank.
Dead Letter Circus
Thursday 16th July @ Newtown Social Club
How Much: $39.80
Having released the long-awaited single ‘While You Wait’ last month, Dead Letter Circus are playing a bunch of shows around the country this July in support of the release. The track itself is the first from a new forthcoming album which has yet to be officially announced. Grab your tickets here.
Friday 17th July @ Factory Theatre
How Much: $15.00
After spending most of 2014 in the studio working on their sophomore LP High, Royal Headache are about to embark on a month long US tour throughout August. Before they leave our shores though, they’re playing a rare show in their hometown at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville. Supported by Low Life, Gloss and Horse Macgyver, tickets can be purchased from here.
Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July @ The Metro Theatre
How Much: $49.85
A year after arriving on the scene with a killer debut EP, Golden Features has recently dropped two incredible new singles and another four-track EP titled ‘XXIV’. His live show has also gotten rave reviews over this period, and with an amazing act such as The M Machine in support, these gigs are sure to be some of the best of the year so far. Tickets are sold out on The Metro’s website but we have been advised that any last minute tickets or releases will be posted on The Metro’s official Facebook page.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/golden-features/sets/xxiv-ep[/soundcloud]
Saturday 18th July @ Newtown Social Club
How Much: $18.00
High Tension recently announced a string of shows to support their anticipated second album Bully which came out on July 10. They’re playing a special album launch show at Newtown Social Club this Friday, supported by MSV BCP, Narrow Lands and Mere Women. Tickets available online or on the door for $20 .
LTR ON // Yahtzel
Saturday 18th July @ Oxford Art Factory
How Much: $10.00
LTR ON is one of Sydney’s newest club nights, and is hosted by the always-fun party venue; Oxford Art Factory. This week features the talented Yahtzel, who has just premiered a brand new solo ‘Art Room’ LP separate from his collaborative and triple j hottest 100-storming effort Carmada. Don’t miss this chance to catch one of the country’s hottest producers before he heads up to Byron Bay for Splendour in just over a week’s time. Tickets from moshtix.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/yahtzel/sets/art-room[/soundcloud]
Wednesday 14th July @ Newtown Social Club
How Much: $15
Cuter-than-pie Melbourne duo Klo are doing a few special shows presented by the cool dudes at Cool Accidents this week. It's all in support of their track Under Lie and in celebration the first 200 people through the door will recieve a special 7" vinyl. That and you'll get to see an inevitably great show by a duo that are set for big things this year. Get your tickets here.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/klomusic/underlie[/soundcloud]
"Radio is going to hate the length of this just as much as they did Greenday’s 'Jesus of Suburbia'"
TSYNTH: The most important Friday-related acronym, closely followed by TGIF. Here are the most important songs from the week.
Shura has churned out a number of flawless tracks over the last year or so but before this week she'd yet to take a big risk. White Light feels like it will be her defining track. It runs for over seven minutes and is an after-dark disco-tune that is perky but also beautifully melancholic. Through instrumental twists and turns she easily holds attention for the length of the song and by the end confirms that she's more than just a hyped-name.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shura/shura-white-light[/soundcloud]
Canadian band Metric are now up to their sixth record which I guess makes them veterans. The LP is called Pagans In Vegas and they're kicking off the campaign with the synth-driven Cascades. Cascades sees Emily Haines' voice receive the vocoder treatment adding a touch of experimentalism to an otherwise bare-boned melody. Metric have always had a knack for delivering subtle melodies that get under your skin and it's no different here.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Look we didn't think we'd give two shits about the new Carly Rae Jepsen album but Dev Hynes' name was thrown in the mix and our ears pricked up. Since then we've been delighted with her output from the sugary hooks of I Really Like You to the more sombre, sweetness of All That. Now we have the title track of the forthcoming record Emotion and we're once again intrigued. It's an '80s-tinged, rainbow-coloured track that retains her teeny-charm but adds some sophistication with a funky-guitar line. Keep em' coming Jeps, we're listening now.
Natalie La Rose
Around The World (Feat. Fetty Wap)
Danish newcomer Natalie La Rose bagged herself a huge hit with the Jeremih-featuring Somebody and now she's attempting to back-it up with Around The World. The track sits more firmly in the pop/EDM world than its predecessor but it still has an RnB-tinge that gives it a Ciara-like edge. It was produced by mega-hit-maker Max Martin and is definitely has success written all over it.
Hold Me Down
US songstress Halsey is going to make a huge splash this year. This week she announced the release of her debut album Badlands and it shot into the top ten on the US iTunes on pre-orders alone, so it will more than likely be in the upper-echelons of the chart when it's officially released. Hold Me Down is set to feature on the LP. It's a tough-as-guts alt-pop tune that presents Halsey as a ballsy singer. The beats stomp hard and her voice growls, showing she ain't afraid to deliver the big tunes.
Elizabeth Rose may be small herself but her music is making a big impact. We're used to hearing perfectly-polished pop tunes from her but this week she used her music to make a poignant statement about marriage equality. It couldn't have come at a better time as Labor, only this week, introduced a marriage equality bill into parliament. "It's the division hurting you and me, time to change it," Rose sings on new track Division. It's well-considered lyrically but it's also a bit of a dance-floor banger which always helps.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/elizabethrose/division[/soundcloud]
No One (Feat. Thelma Plum)
Everyone's losing their nut over enigmatic Aussie producer Golden Features and it seems to be with good reason. His latest No One is plucked from a forthcoming EP XXIV and is a dark yet crystalline stomper featuring the haunting vocals of songstress Thelma Plum. We're used to hearing Plum over mostly acoustic numbers so it's impressive to see her transform into a full-on popstar equipped with Golden Features' dirty af dance-beat.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/golden-features/no-one-ft-thelma-plum[/soundcloud]
Odd Future's The Internet have released two albums and made a slight splash but they're yet to deliver something truly-defining...until now. This week the six-piece RnB outfit announced the release of a new album Ego Death and dropped with it Special Affair which has to be one of their most focussed, sonically tight releases. It's got an effortless groove to it that can only eventuate from a band who are effortlessly linked and vibing off each other. It feels intimate but at the same time it's a jam made by musicians just hangin' out.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/internet-band/special-affair[/soundcloud]
It's hard to get your sugar-fix in a week without a PC Music release so luckily we've been gifted with another saccharine track this week. Dux Content is an A.G. Cook side-project but it doesn't really use a different formula to what we're used to. There are still rushing synths, high-pitched vocals and impossibly catchy melodies but Snow Globe has a distinctive Mystic Meg vibe to it. "We'll be shining, shining you and I together," sings a chipmunk voice channelling the now trademark lyrics of euphoria that all PC Music centres around.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/snow-globe[/soundcloud]
Tazer x Tink
This one's an absolute blazer to finish the week with. Much like vic Mensa did with Down On My Luck, Tink has taken a short detour from American hip-hop into UK dance-styles dropping Wet Dollars. It's firmly planted in the UK club scene but Tink is such an accomplished rapper she could rap over Beethoven so it's not surprising that she nails a different genre. Get down to this one this weekend.
This one was debuted via triple j on Sunday night but now Aussie producer Golden Features has popped it on his Soundcloud so those who don't listen to radio on a Sunday night can have a listen. The track is called No One, it features the flawless vocals of fellow Aussie Thelma Plum and it's taken from his forthcoming XXIV EP. It's probably the most accessible thing he's released with his characteristic deep, dirty beats complimented by Plum's smokey vocal. He's heading out on tour very soon but most of the dates are sold out so you're gonna have to hustle hard if you want to go.