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10Songs_21Aug

10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Lana Del Rey, DJ Dodger Stadium, ODESZA And More

10Songs_20Aug

It’s not easy to write and produce a song. Believe me if it were we’d be doing it and not writing about it. That’s why we should give these ten songs, the best of the week, our tender love and care. Listen to them, caress them, spend time with them. If you do that for seven days, we promise you next week we’ll bring you ten more and you can chuck the ones you hated from this week and move on. Sound good?

LUCIANBLOMKAMPF
From Afar

Melbourne’s LUCIANBLOMKAMPF only release his debut album Post-Nature this time last year and now he’s already smacking us with round two. From Afar is the first single from his forthcoming second album and it’s probably his most impressive output to date. It’s a track that just continues to flourish over its four minute duration, ending in a dense, affecting climax. He had a little chat with us following the release of the track to let us know a few things about it.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/lucianblomkamp/from-afar-2[/soundcloud]

Grace Mitchell
Jitter

Every so often there comes along a track like this that is just a certified banger and there’s not much else you can say about it. That’s exactly what Portland newcomer Grace Mitchell has delivered this week with Jitter. It premiered on Beats 1 Radio this week and her Raceday EP followed very soon after. The whole thing is excellent but start with this one and see how you go.

DJ Dodger Stadium
You Don’t Have To Be Alone

DJ Dodger Stadium, the collaboration between LA’s Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL, have followed up 2014’s Friend Of Mine with a brand new cut You Don’t Have To Be Alone. Following the same repetitive aesthetic that made their debut so mind-bending, the pair have also drawn on sunshine-coated house vibes. It’s definitely one of their lightest tunes to date and comes right on time for the end of Summer in the US.

ODESZA
Lights (Feat. Little Dragon)

ODESZA are gearing up to repackage 2014’s excellent In Return with a few instrumentals and new tracks including this one with Little Dragon titled Light. If you’re familiar with Little Dragon’s work on SBTRKT’s Wildfire (If not, you’ve been napping since 2011), you’d be aware that frontwoman Yukimi Nagano is a damn good dance vocalist and she proves it once again here with Light. It’s a little more blissful than Wildfire – a slow-burning jam that makes way for Nagano’s beautiful harmonies.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/odesza/light-feat-little-dragon[/soundcloud]

Gavin Turek
Surrender (Produced By TOKiMONSTA)

Earlier this year TOKiMONSTA told us that she was working on a record with newcomer Gavin Turek. “I want this record to lift her up as an artist on her own but it will definitely have the sort of aesthetic that we have together,” she said and listening to Surrender from that record it seems like she’s nailed the brief. It doesn’t sound like TOKiMONSTA’s solo work, instead it’s a blend of electronica and more funk/disco influences that seem to come from Turek. It’s a smooth record proving that these two are an unlikely but perfect combination. It’s taken from the mini-album You’re Invited out 28th August.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/young-art-records/surrender-1[/soundcloud]

HONNE
Loves The Jobs You Hate

Electro-pop duo HONNE are starting to gain some momentum and this week dropped Loves The Jobs You Hate from their forthcoming EP Over Lover out 2nd September. The track was debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1 meaning it’s some seriously good shit and we agree. It’s got a definite Chet Faker vibe to it but they have traded the electronica for the funk giving us more Nile Rodgers than Flume. It also has one of those choruses that effortlessly takes flight and gets under your skin immediately. Keep an eye on HONNE.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/loves-the-jobs-you-hate[/soundcloud]

Lana Del Rey
Terrence Loves You

Lana Del Rey revealed the tracklist to her forthcoming LP Honeymoon this week due out 18th September. She was then asked by paparazzi as she was exiting an airport which song was her favourite on the album. She actually responded and said this one, Terrence Loves You. Why? “Because it’s jazzy,” she says. And she’s not wrong. It’s a beautiful, sweeping, jazz-tinged number close to the title-track than High By The Beach. LDR just keeps getting better and it’s an excellent thing to watch unravelling.

Alessia Cara
Hotline Bling

Alessia Cara has only released one original and done a cover of Bad Blood and now Drake’s Hotline Bling and we’ve already decided she’s the best thing to happen to 2015. This latest cover she did for Channel V, once again turning raps into sung verses. Her voice has these rich, soulful undertones that means she can insert personality into even the shortest of notes. This track is a perfect match for her voice and she hits it out of the park. Her EP Four Pink Walls is out next Friday, 28th August.

Banoffee
With Her

If you’re like us you’ve been hanging out for Martha Brown AKA Banoffee‘s next move following 2014’s Got It and judging by her latest track With Her it was worth the wait. The song, which was co-produced by Oscar Key Sung, is taken off her forthcoming EP Do I Make You Nervous? out 2nd October. The track sees her channel some more deep-house influences melding them with R&B vibes (the tail-end of the track appropriates the lyrics of Mario’s Let Me Love You). It’s probably the first time we’ve got to call a Banoffee song a banger and we couldn’t be happier.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/banoffeeme/with-her-2[/soundcloud]

Habits
Ether

Habits are a Melbourne duo who have been working their way up the Aus music chain supporting the likes of Banoffee Oscar Key Sung and Black Vanilla. This track Ether is taken from their forthcoming EP Ugly Cry and it’s a twinkling yet industrial cut haunted by whispy vocals. There are pop cues in their but also a few R&B influences apparent. Best of all it sounds like not much else in the Aus music spectrum right now and that’s what interests you straight away.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/habits4ever/ether[/soundcloud]

fi_27Nov

First Impressions: Beyoncé, Kučka, Honne + More

fi_27Nov

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’re picking apart the new Major Lazer track with Ariana Grande, George Maple’s newie, Mark Ronson’s new Bruno Mars-featuring single + more. 

Kučka- Divinity

Hannah M: Despite its quick tempo drumbeats, Divinity is calming. The mystical, layered backing track and Kučka’s breathy voice combine to create a divine quality that’s nice and easy to listen to. Without sounding like a douchebag (hopefully) I actually feel this would make a lovely, if unconventional song to do yoga to. 3.5

Sam: This song has kind of blown up on the internet this week and there’s a reason for it. I actually think this is one of the most interesting tracks to come out of the country this year. She mixes an AlunaGeorge-flavoured RnB with Grimes’ empty-room, dim-lit pop. While her voice has an otherworldly aspect to it, it still really connects. 4

Bianca: The layers of Japanese-inspired percussion and ratchety, syncopated drums create a pleasingly dark and mysterious atmosphere. She doesn’t sound like she’s from this country nor does she even sound like she’s even from this world. 3.75

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/midnightfeature/kucka-divinity[/soundcloud]

Oceaan- Candour

Hannah M: I love Oliver Cean’s straight-talking yet soft-spoken voice in Candour; the Northern English accent is somehow endearing. Trailing percussion and synth beats build to the bursting chorus, though everything stays controlled and refined, restrained even. A really cool, smooth jam. 4

Sam: Usually these atmospheric, minimal productions make the voice sound really devoid from the song but here it sits right up the front and carries the melody effortlessly. The instrumental then creeps up behind it moulding its ebbs and flows. 3.5

Bianca: My interest was only piqued at around the halfway mark and by then it was all a bit too late. Don’t get me wrong, this track has some really lovely production, in particular the multi-layered, maudlin percussive elements, but it failed to keep me awake. 3.5

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ocea-n/candour[/soundcloud]

Beyoncé- 7/11

Hannah M – Beyonce’s performance skills are unmatched and her video clips are always highly anticipated, but this particular iPhone style mash-up really brings 7/11 to life. It’s basically Beyoncé dancing crazy in a way that only Beyonce could. Just as her movements, the rhythm is staccato and punchy, though again I think it’s the accompanying clip that has garnered this song such viral attention rather than the music itself. 3

Sam: Beyoncé literally couldn’t give two f**ks at the moment and this track is proof of that. After her hugely successful solo album, she follows it up with this hook-less song that goes hard for 3 mins 30. It’s the most bonkers track I’ve ever heard by her by rapping instead of singing shows that she knows she can sing the phonebook but she doesn’t always have to use it. She’s such an intriguing, surprising person to watch right now. 4 

Bianca: This track just straight-up smacks you in the face. Immediately, just like Beyoncé herself, it launches into glitchy movements with a rickety, trap-like backbeat syncopating along. Throughout the entirety of the track I’m never completely sure where she’s heading but I’m okay with that. With no definitive beginning, middle or end, it’s like three and a half minute-long, 7/11 Slurpee brain-freeze. 3

Kero Kero Bonito- Build Up

Hannah M: The only good use I can think of for Build Up is as a soundtrack for a kids cartoon show. Sarah’s high-pitched childlike voice and the Mario Cart-style sound effects are so annoying to listen to. Sorry Kero Kero Bonito – Kawaii just doesn’t do it for me musically. 2

Sam: These guys are so confused. They are a group of English people making J-pop that also sounds like PC Music. May sound like a horrible, horrible combination but if you’re prepared for it, it’s a wonderland of delicious sounds. It may be hard to swallow but it’s probably best to give it a try – this is the kind of sound that could be all over radio in a few years. Probably not, but you never know. 3.5

Bianca: Build Up sounds like an annoying jingle you’d hear on the TV that can’t help but earworm its way into your subconscious. And no matter how hard you try to fight it, you accidentally find yourself singing along to it one day, miraculously knowing every single lyric. And that’s the true magic of this ridiculous song. 3.75 Bianca’s Pick 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up[/soundcloud]

Pusha T- Lunch Money

Hannah M: There are some arrogant sentiments behind Lunch Money, like spilling thousands worth of champagne; ‘too bad’ I took your lunch money. I find this entertaining and unsurprising considering Kanye produced the track, though the composition itself didn’t capture me. The under-water effects made a quirky addition to otherwise typical percussive beats, though overall Lunch Money fell flat for me. 2.5

Sam: This has Yeezus stamped all over it. From those industrial synths to the altogether minimal production, it’s easy to imagine Kanye himself rapping over it. Mixing that with a few classic hip-hop beats gives it a point of difference from Yeezus but I’m stuck in two frames of mind. I like it but I feel like it’s just too close to Kanye to give it any identity. 3

Bianca: Is that it? I was expecting something really good to happen but I’ve just been left empty-handed, just like those who were denied of their lunch money. This track is like a Kanye West song without the Kanye, and what’s the point in that? 2.5

Honne- The Night

Hannah M: Rather than the sappy romance typically associated with such croony vocals, Honne’s lyrics are a little more risqué (e.g. ‘If you spend the night I’ll make it worth your while’). This makes the track way more likeable for cynics like me, and works with their cozy synths and modern RnB sound. 4

Sam: It’s definitely pleasant in a Chet Faker kind of way but I don’t know if there’s much to distinguish it from every other after-dark RnB tune out there. The vocals are on-point and the whole mood of the instrumental is perfect but I can’t help myself thinking I would’ve loved something else – a little vocal manipulation at points to spice things up, maybe. Perhaps I’m just being picky, it is a good tune. 3

Bianca: This one’s a little too slinky for my liking. I can definitely appreciate the down-tempo, brooding affair, but will be doing so from afar. 3

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/the-night[/soundcloud]

 

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