10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Missy Elliott, Twin Shadow, Passion Pit + More


After the shit storm that was last week there were no surprise releases this week which gave us more time to delve deep into the internet and pick out some stuff that didn’t have the same weight attached to it as a Kanye debut or Drake drop. We’re pretty pleased with what we’ve found too - plenty of delectable electro-pop and a few late-night RnB tunes. There’s all some new stuff from Passion Pit, A.G. Cook and Twin Shadow.

PURPLE - Extinction

There are so many elements that are encapsulated in this track. The bassline throbs throughout, creating a brooding undercurrent while percussive and vocal elements jitter above. The track is given slight relief just over halfway as gentle piano keys make us pause for reflection, before dropping into a full-blown amalgamation of loss and despair. It makes total sense that PURPLE comes from the same label that houses Shlohmo and RL Grime, both masters of dark and affecting tracks.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/purplepurplepurple/01-extinction[/soundcloud]

Passion Pit - Lifted Up (1985)

The SleepyHeads have finally awoken from their slumber, returning after their two year hiatus. Kings of nostalgia, their new track focuses on the very theme as they reminisce on the year 1985. After a quick Wikipedia search, we have uncovered that none of the band members were born before 1987 so we can only assume that Passion Pit are time-travellers, reincarnated or just huge fans of the ‘80s. Either way, it’s good to have Massachusetts band back on the scene with their glittery electro-pop.

A.G. Cook + Hannah Diamond - Drop FM

It’s always a sugary sweet day when new PC Music arrives but we’ve never before heard a collaboration between the label’s head A.G. Cook and it’s resident pop princess Hannah Diamond. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the pair - a melodically sweet tune that rushes like blood to the head while Diamond makes it sparkle with her computerised vocals. With every listen it gets harder to imagine ever having thought that Diamond’s voice was too monotonous to be enjoyable. This is ace.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/drop-fm[/soundcloud]

Jack U - Take U There (Feat. Kiesza and Missy Elliott)

2015 is poised to be the year of the Missy Elliot comeback. After her performance at the superbowl her albums and hits re-entered the charts and bootlegs have started to arise from every direction. Diplo and Skrillex are smart men and they have got Missy to jump on their track to capitalise on the momentum she’s gaining. She adds a few verses and proves that she’d be comfortable heading in the direction of electronica which is probably the best move for her if she wants to stay relevant which obviously she is capable of. Everybody has fallen back in love with her.

Twin Shadow - I’m Ready

We’re gearing up to hear Twin Shadow’s third album Eclipse next month and here’s another taster from the record. He’s obviously going for epic, euphoric music this time around with all tracks so far sounding like they’re ready for cellphone-lit arenas. I’m Ready has a thumping beat behind it and a chorus that heads straight for the stratosphere. We haven’t heard power ballads this powerful since the ‘80s. You can catch Twin Shadow at Berlin Festival this May.

Saint Felix - Speak/Lie

This is the debut single from Melbourne artist Saint Felix which actually sounds a bit like the music coming out of Twin Shadow (above). He’s got his foot firmly in the ‘90s and giving off a strong whiff of nostalgia which makes sense given that his biggest inspiration is Michael Jackson. There’s also a hint of Savage Garden in there which in case you thought was a bad thing it most definitely isn’t (I Want You still goes off, trust us). Speak/Lie is an expertly crafted song with a melodically delicious chorus and layered, textured vocals.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/saintfelix/speaklie/[/soundcloud]

Sufjan Stevens - No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

Last time around Sufjan Stevens was experimenting with elements of electronica on his previous record Age Of Adz but going by this track his next LP, Carrie & Lowell, will see him going back to basics. No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross is a sentimental, beautiful tracks that harks back to tracks like For The Windows In Paradise. If anything it certifies once again just how good a songwriter he is. With a bare bones instrumental he’s able to craft a song that genuinely throws your heart into your throat. It’s a gift that many songwriters lack in these days of complication.

Heems - Home (Feat. Dev Hynes)

There is literally nobody on this earth that Dev Hynes couldn’t produce and do a formidable job. Here he’s working with Heems, previously of Das Racist, on his solo track Home. The song reeks of Hynes’ production with industrial percussion underneath rhythmic guitars and airy vocals. It’s from Heems’ debut solo album Eat, Pray, Thug and shows a clear shift in direction from the hip-hop inspired sounds of Das Racist. It has us very intrigued.

George Maple - Talk Talk (Ta-Ku Remix)

George Maple is currently in the process of releasing official remixes for her brilliant single Talk Talk. She’s said that there are three remixes - a thumper, a lover and a mover. This Ta-Ku remix is the lover and you can see why. It’s a delicate, pitch-altered remix which is sensual, silky and smooth. Ta-Ku has a knack for crafting late-night, bedroom-bound tunes and he does exactly that with Talk Talk. We thought that this track couldn’t get anymore steamy but we were wrong. Maple says Talk Talk is a song “about lust, drama and late night antics,” and this remix retains that expertly.

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Jack Garratt - Chemical

There’s something going on in London right now because there’s a heap of pop cross RnB cross electronica pumping out and it’s all good. We’ve already heard the likes of MNEK and Shura and now we can add to that Jack Garratt. Chemical is taken from his The Synesthesiac EP and it’s one of the more experimental pop tunes we’ve heard in a while. The synths are dense and the percussion at times shudders like gun shots transforming this from run-of-the-mill electro-pop into a genuinely captivating song. His vocals are on point but it likes he knew it needed more to make people sit up and listen, which is correct. This song almost grabs you by the neck and demands your attention.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hillydilly/jack-garratt-chemical[/soundcloud]


10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week


It’s Friday and we know what you’re thinking- “gotta go downstairs, gotta have my cereal”. You’re completely right for thinking this; breakfast is without a doubt one of the most important meals of the day, but we’ve got one more piece of sustenance to prepare you for the weekend- new music. While you’re slurping down your high-in-sugar healthy muesli, taste some of these tunes that you might have missed during another busy week of Big Brother, The Bachelor and David & Margaret at the Movies (sigh).

Kero Kero Bonito- Sick Beat (Danny L Harle Remix)

You know we love a lil’ bit of PC Music here at the interns and this week we were delivered some more from the honey-nest of their Soundcloud. Danny Harle, who’s part of the PC Music bunch has remixed this super kawaii track by London group, Kero Kero Bonito. The band have already done a lot of PC Music’s work by creating a song that is incredible kitsch but Harle adds more bubblegum synths, shooting it further into the realm of video games. With Harle on board, the title holds even more relevance.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/sick-beat-danny-l-harle-remix[/soundcloud]

RL Grime- Reminder (Feat. How To Dress Well)

RL Grime’s last track, Core, was a minefield of alarms and abrasive sounds, but he’s taken it down a notch on Reminder including our ultimate bae, How To Dress Well. As such, RL Grime happily obliges in making a moody RnB track that suits Tom Krell’s vocals down to the ground. If RL Grime’s latest album, Core, is meant to represent some sort of war, then this is the calm before the storm. It’s beautiful melodic, textured and probably the most gentle thing this LA producer has churned out.

Lapalux- Movement I, II & III

Lapalux is the ultimate purveyor of smooth electronica. Guuurl off his debut album Nostalchic was one of the best songs of last year and this one doesn’t slip on quality whatsoever. As the title suggests, it’s really split up into three distinct parts. The first is gentle and atmospheric, the second features vocals and is much denser while the third lays down the beat and jitters along. I suppose you could call it the Bohemian Rhapsody of contemporary electronica. Galileo!

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/lapalux/movement-i-ii-iii[/soundcloud]

Shay Lia- 3 Months

As well as serving up brilliant solo material (have YOU heard Leave Me Alone?), Kaytranada has been making a name as a formidable producer. Here here puts together a smooth, pulsating beat to lay beneath Montreal Shay Lia’s 3 Months. In many ways the track returns the favour. Shay Lia featured on Kaytranada’s Leave Me Alone. On that one, the producers future RnB beat took centre-stage but here it’s Lia’s vocals that steal the show. They are addictively sulky, sounding like the end of a burning cigarette.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shay-lia/3-months-prod-by-kaytranada-1[/soundcloud]

Made In Heights- Ghosts

If you haven’t heard Made In Heights, Death, yet we’ll give you a moment to go and right your wrongs.

Right, now you’ve done so, here’s the latest track from the American duo, Ghosts. Much like Death, the track is a masterful display of ambient, RnB with the vocal of Kelsey Bulkin sounding like candy clouds. The whole affair is completely effortless with melodies that will blow your mind without you even knowing it. If it all floats over you, give it another chance. The unobtrusive nature of it is part of its eventual charm.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/madeinheights/ghosts[/soundcloud]

Jack U- Take U There (Feat. Kiesza)

Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U’s collaboration has been teased for a number of weeks now and finally they’ve bestowed upon us the golden collaboration. Along for the ride is throwback vocalist, Kiesza who lays down a crystalline vocal alongside Skrill and Dip’s bipolar beat. The chorus is like a rush of blood to the head with Kiesza’s flighty vocals meeting the trap-based beat.

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Frames & Elizabeth Rose- Intentions

This is our Australia-represent inclusion to 10 Songs this week and what a doozy it is. All-round cool chick, Elizabeth Rose has teamed up with fellow Aussie producer Frames for a double A-side single that features this tune and another one titled Anywhere. The two go together like spilt red wine and bicarb soda, with Rose sounding completely at home over Frame’s four-to-the-floor, late-night beat.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/octoberrecords/frames-elizabethrose-intentions[/soundcloud]

Jessie Ware- Kind of...Sometimes...Maybe

Jessie Ware’s, Tough Love, is shaping up to be one cracker of a record. Kind of...Sometimes...Maybe is the fourth track we’ve heard from the able and it’s penned by Miguel, meaning that it’s destined to become a bedroom anthem. Not in the late night, dirrrttttyyy way though- it’s a sweet, love song that plods along with Ware’s whispy coos. She tweeted saying, “Enjoy and have a whisky with it”. Well we’ve had seven and it’s getting better and better.

Zola Jesus- Go (Blank Sea)

Big-ass ballad alert. If Dangerous Days taught us anything, it’s that Zola Jesus would be embracing big pop melodies on her forthcoming album, Taiga, and her new track Go (Black Sea) completely confirms that. It’s an unashamedly huge ballad in the way that I Wanna Know What Love Is , but with far less ‘80s-bizarre and a little more emotional finesse. There’s beautifully layered vocals, hard-hitting beats and a chorus that will smack you right in the stomach. Get ready for Taiga, it’s going to be more exciting than the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie and that we can guarantee.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/zolajesus/goblanksea[/soundcloud]

Tinashe- Feels Like Vegas

On first thought, Vegas feels like bright lights, lost money and too many drinks which inevitably ends with a horror morning. You can rest easy though, Tinashe’s Feels Like Vegas sounds nothing like that. It’s effortlessly smooth and classy and gives us plenty of time to revel in her unbelievable vocals. Schoolboy Q is along for the ride but he really does nothing but adds another name to a song that Tinahse owns. Give us the album now, thanks.