10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: MØ, Chairlift, SOPHIE And More


This week Chet Faker shaved his beard off and that made national news. That's a good sign that it was a really exciting week in music. Here are 10 other things that happened this week that we, unbelievably, thought were equally or even more interesting than the beard shave.


Ch-Ching feels like the biggest pop record the duo has made yet. It’s still got that distinctive Chairlift aesthetic but it’s a much bigger sounding affair for them. There are horns, trap-inspired drops and a flirty chorus. It sounds as if it’s been plucked from a new LP which will hopefully be upon us soon.

Mura Masa
Love For That (Feat. Shura)

This is almost too much to handle. British producer Mura Masa and British vocalist Shura are two of our absolute favourite newcomers this year so the fact that they have come together for a tune is very exciting indeed. Love For That is heartbreakingly beautiful. Shura lays down her gentle, textured tones over Mura Masa's crystalline beat that flourishes at various points throughout the track. It's the first single of a forthcoming album and what an introduction it is.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/muramasamusic/love-for-that[/soundcloud]


is firing off a her huge hit with Major Lazer Lean On and she’s keeping the momentum going with another Diplo-produced banger Kamikaze. She debuted the songs on BBC Radio 1 this week and it’s an instant smash. It’s bound by a greek-flavoured instrumental riff which is weird but wonderful and peppered by a sweet pop melody. It’s by far the most radio-ready thing she’s done to date without compromising her usual style.

Just Like We Never Said Goodbye

Enigmatic producer SOPHIE is gearing up to release a singles collection of sorts called PRODUCT and Just Like We Never Said Goodbye is the stirring closer on that. Driven by a sweet otherworldly vocal, it's more reminiscent of QT than his own solo work but it's so goddamn addictive. The melody is an absolute knockout and it feels like the corny but somehow emotional end to a '90s prom movie. By the time you get to the end of this you won't know why you're shedding a tear but you are and that's beautiful.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-just-like-we-never-said-goodbye[/soundcloud]

Roland Tings

Melbourne producer Roland Tings is on a hot streak right now. He’s just come off the Listen Out festival tour, has been on a national headline tour and has also lined up appearances at Paradise Music Festival and Sugar Mountain. Hedonist comes as his popularity is at a career peak but that hasn’t made him change a thing. The track is an eight minute plus, club-burner that sizzles away with crisp production and industrial beat work.

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

Quiet Minds (Feat. Emily)

Brisbane producer Feki has finally dropped the follow up to his breakthrough single Remember from earlier this year. This latest effort is called Quiet Minds and shows a much smoother side to his production, as well as some gorgeous vocals by Emily from Yuuca. You really get the feeling from this one that we’ve only just scratched the surface of the immense talent that is Feki.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/fekibeats/feki-quiet-minds-feat-emily[/soundcloud]

Jack Garratt
Breathe Life

Jack Garratt's last track Weathered really put the British singer on the map. It was played everywhere from triple j to Beats 1 and eventually even nabbed a cover by Ellie Goulding. His next offering Breathe Of Life is just as stirring. It's a big, hearty pop song driven by funky keys and flooding electronic work. His voice is always the main draw point though. He effortlessly flicks between his lower register and falsetto making everything he touches instantly dynamic.

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


MKO SUN is a Brisbane artist who's coupling left-centre pop songs with beautiful visuals from the single artwork to the videos. Her latest is Michiko - a track that fluctuates between gentle piano and aggressive electronics. It chops and changes a number of times in terms of the sonic soundscape but it's all tied together by an immediately resonating melody. It's great to see an Aussie artist really pushing some boundaries and not alienating audiences at the same time.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/mkosunmusic/michiko[/soundcloud]


BOSCO is a US artist signed to Fools Gold - the label which she released her brilliant EP BOY on earlier this year. She's followed up that release with the equally excellent PLYGRD which places her somewhere between the ethereal nature of FKA twigs and the electronica-meets-R&B vibe of Dawn Richard. Her voice has such a smooth but smokey texture to it and coupled with the interesting soundscape, PLYGRD is a knock out.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hellobosco/plygrd-prod-reo-2[/soundcloud]

World Champion
Avocado Galaxy (Lissvik Remix)

Aussie Future Classic duo World Champion got more than a few people excited when they dropped their groovey debut single Avocado Galaxy a few month back and now they're following that up with a remix EP. One of those remixes is by Swedish producer Lissvik who's transformed the song into a warped, atmospheric cut retaining the original vocal melody. The remix EP is out 23rd October and also features remixes by Tornado Wallace and Ras G.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/avocado-galaxy-lissvik-remix[/soundcloud]


10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Foals, Disclosure, Major Lazer And More


There are two reasons you could be reading this. One because you're not at Splendour In The Grass and the internet is the only interesting thing you've got going for you this weekend (sorry, love you all, but how 'bout dat FOMO?). The second reason is you've somehow found internet at Splendour In The Grass and you're so addicted to tunes that the live music is just not enough, you need more new music. We get it. Don't fret, here's more music for you to devour.

Mountain At My Gate

UK outfit Foals premiered their new single, Mountain At My Gates on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 this week. This is the second single Foals have released from their forthcoming album, What Went Down, after releasing the highly-anticipated title track and clip last month. Mountain At My Gates is a more uplifting pop affair than its aggressive predecessor, What Went Down, turning into an all-out rock affair once the outro makes it appearance. The 10-track album is said, according to a press release, to be a "primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes" verging "upon the depths of madness whilst also exhibiting some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written."

When I Rule The World

Mad Decent's pop princess Liz has always been a lover of all things kitsch and nostalgic so it's no wonder that her and SOPHIE ended up with each other eventually, musically that is. When I Rule The World is their sugar-crazed collaboration which combines bubblegum beats with rushing soda-stream synths. Liz sounds completely in her element here, poised to give PC Music's pop princess Hannah Diamond a run for her money.

Moving Mountains (Feat. Brendan Reilly)

Disclosure have been teasing a collaboration with Sam Smith called Omen for weeks now and what do they do? When anticipation is at its peak, they go and drop and completely different song Moving Mountains. Once the feeling of being let down subsides this track will win you over. It features the soulful vocals of US singer Brendan Reilly. It's a classic Disclosure track with deep house vibes complimented by honey-soaked vocals in the same vein as much of their debut Settle. Caracal is the record it's taken from and that is out at the end of September.

Now, that Sam Smith track next?

Listen to Moving Mountains here at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark.

Vic Mensa & Skrillex
No Chill

A few weeks ago a clip surfaced of Vic Mensa performing this track No Chill, produced by Skrillex. It sounded huge just from the low-quality recording but now the studio version is here and we can confirm it's MASSIVE. Driven by violent horns, it sees Skrillex enter Mensa's world rather than the other way round. It sounds as if Mensa's U Mad was a 10 and on this one he's turned it up a notch to 11. Granted, Skrillex is very hit and miss but this is a bullseye if ever we've heard one (and we've heard a few in our time).

Major Lazer & MØ
Lean On (Frank Ocean Cover)

Just when everybody is on edge about a new Frank Ocean album, which we still don't have, Major Lazer go and put Franky into the headlines for different reasons by covering Lost. It's a great cover, very much in the lane of Lean On, but for goodness sakes Diplo and co do not stop our hearts with any new music from Frank Ocean unless it's actually by Frank Ocean. Ps. MØ is in the country right now! That's fun, isn't it?

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/majorlazer/major-lazer-lost-feat-mo-frank-ocean-cover[/soundcloud]

Look Over Your Shoulder

If you haven't heard of London electro-soul singer Kwabs yet, nows the time to get your head around him. He has this deep, wise voice that simultaneously melts your heart and makes you groove. Look Over Your Shoulder was produced by SOHN and is a dense, affecting track with a melody that really sticks the boot in. This is one of SOHN's greatest works let alone Kwabs who's absolutely nailed the vocal on this.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/sohn/kwabs-look-over-your-shoulder-produced-by-sohn-1[/soundcloud]

Vic Mensa
Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)

Vic Mensa is a fire rapper but he's also got a pretty great crooning voice. We heard it on Kanye West's Wolves and it returns here for a cover of Future's Codeine Crazy. This is Mensa in full on Miguel-mode. He howls over a hip-hop-meets-rock beat and just continues to get more and more intense. If he find a way to effortlessly meld this with his rapping on an original he's going to be one of the greatest rapper of our time. Yep, we said it.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/vicsavemoney/codeine-crazy[/soundcloud]

Alxndr London

East Londonder Alxndr London is your newest electro-pop addiction. His latest track DATE X is a soulful, tribal-fused track that showcases his voice in all its seducing-glory. With The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face finding favour with everybody that has at least one ear, it's obvious the world is craving more of this stuff and London could be just the man to deliver it.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/mxiiixm/datex[/soundcloud]

Queen Magic
Said That You Wanted

Melbourne's Queen Magic will hit the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Splendour In The Grass this weekend and he's coming armed with a new track Said That You Wanted. Australia isn't exactly the most obvious breeding ground for late night R&B jams but Said That You Wanted is exactly that. It's a soulful and smooth track reminiscent of How To Dress Well. His falsetto is on-point and that snare is doing things to us.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/queenmagic/said-that-you-wanted[/soundcloud]

Empress Of
Kitty Kat

It's been a little while since Empress Of returned to the alt-pop scene with Realize You but she's finally given us a new single in the form of Kitty Kat. Kitty Kat goes bigger than Realize You, powering through with sprawling synth-work and a confident vocal. She shifts between being delicately purring and powerfully roaring as she builds each verse to a stunning climax of a chorus.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/empressof/kittykat[/soundcloud]


What To Expect From Splendour In The Grass 2015 Based Off Coachella


Splendour In The Grass' mighty lineup, released yesterday, basically covers off nearly every International artist doing the festival circuit overseas right now. One festival it shares a number of its acts with is Coachella, which has just wrapped up its first weekend. We were there (did you hear?) so we thought we would take you through a few of the acts that played there and are also playing Splendour as a loose guide of what to expect. Find below videos, setlists and a short recap of each of the acts' performance to help you get pumped for Byron Bay in July.

Florence + The Machine

Florence and co made their huge festival return at Coachella armed with a bunch of new songs from their forthcoming third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Off that album they performed the title track, the lead-single What Kind Of Man and Ship To Wreck proving that the new songs have just as much strength in the festival arena's as the well-established favourites. If Florence proved anything at Coachella it's that she's one of the best-suited festival performers in the world lighting up the stage with boundless energy and plenty of climatic moments. It seemed she might of gone a little too hard out of that gates as she broke her foot while leaping from the stage. It seems she will be back to full health by Splendour so expect her at her best. Also get ready to remove an item of clothing when she politely asks during Dog Days Are Over. Florence is back and festivals feel right once again!

Her Splendour 2015 headline set may differ a little from Coachella given that the album will be out by then but many elements will remain the same. If you dare to peek watch the video below.

What the Water Gave Me
What Kind of Man
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris)
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
All This and Heaven Too
Drumming Song
Ship to Wreck
Shake It Out
Dog Days Are Over

Tame Impala

Just like Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala's Coachella set was a much-welcomed return to the mainstage. They're gearing up for a new album titled Currents and played two of its tracks at the festival - Let It Happen and 'Cause I'm A Man. Their set delivered much of the same as we saw last time around except this time it feels like they understand that they're becoming one of the world's biggest bands. Frontman Kevin Parker was still bare-footed but he spoke to the crowd between every song and his vocals were on-point. Backed by a psychedelic backdrop they ran through a set mainly consisting of songs from Lonerism. Elephant was gifted an extended drum solo while Apocalypse Dreams closed the set in euphoric style. Don't expect any frills for their Splendour set. This is a band that dazzles purely off the strength of their own songs. They also entered to Can You Feel The Love Tonight which was an odd but inspired move designed to hook the crowd from the early moments.

No release date has been set for Currents yet so it's unknown whether we will have heard it before Splendour but regardless there should be a few new songs sprinkled through the set. Their oldies are brilliant but the new singles have an extra grunt to them that elated the Coachella crowd.

It Is Not Meant to Be
Why Won't They Talk to Me?
Mind Mischief
Let It Happen
'Cause I'm a Man
Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Apocalypse Dreams

Peking Duk

Peking Duk know how to bring the party wherever they are. There's no denying that. Their songs have a euphoric energy that translate for any audience which is why their set at Coachella was so successful despite them being less known in the US than in Australia. During their set in Palm Springs they brought out Ben Woolner from SAFIA for a rendition of their track Take Me Over, which they also did at Splendour In The Grass last year. This year, however, expect the response to be 1000x bigger. Since them the track has reached number five on triple j's Hottest 100 and the top ten of the ARIA Charts. American audiences loved Peking Duk, but it will be hard to compare it to a mighty Splendour set in their home country.

They also played a new song at Coachella which featured Woolner on vocals once again. Hopefully they give us a studio version very soon so we can sing the hell out of it at Coachella. Watch a very rough version of it below.

Ryan Adams

It should be well known by now that Ryan Adams is a trustworthy performer. You won't get many tricks but you will always get a good, solid performance and that's exactly what he delivered at Coachella. His fourteenth album was released last year and his Coachella set featured a smattering of songs from that record and a few old favourites including set closer Come Pick Me Up. His brand of alternative-country is the type that Americans lap up so it will be interesting to see how the response differs in Australia. No matter the style though there's nothing like a heartfelt chorus to spark a spine-tingling singalong. He's just the artist Splendour needs to ground people after all the electronic music puts them in a sugar high. This will mark only his second solo tour of Australia.

Gimme Something Good
Let It Ride
Stay With Me
This House Is Not For Sale
Dirty Rain
Blue Light
Magnolia Mountain
When the Stars Go Blue
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Come Pick Me Up

Porter Robinson

Coachella's dance music Sahara stage has become one of if not the most popular stage at the festival. Porter Robinson has played the stage before but as a DJ, this was his first turn their with his newly created live show launched of the back of his debut album Worlds. Visuals and sound combined the show was a revelation in many ways. The stage had hosted EDM DJs for the majority of the day but none stimulated quite like Porter did with his glitchy, video game-inspired, cinematic set. It was bass-heavy and completely danceable but also at times moving. There's really no other producer doing what Porter is doing at the moment, walking the line of EDM and intelligent electronica, and hopefully he'll be able to capture that at Splendour on a stage with less bells and whistles than the Sahara.

Sad Machine (Song of Storms & Easy & Anamanagushi Remix)
The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)
Sea of Voices
Fresh Static Snow
Say My Name
Fellow Feeling
Hear the Bells
Goodbye to a World

Azealia Banks

You could say it's a risky move for Splendour to book Azealia Banks again. Last time she played, in 2012, she delivered only a 20 minute set. When she came back to play Future Music Festival she feuded with nearly the entire lineup backstage and when she returned once again for Listen Out Festival she stormed off stage twice (in Melbourne and Sydney). If Coachella taught us anything though, it's that Azealia Banks means business. Gone are the antics, and instead there is a performer that has something to prove. Last time we saw Banks she was accompanied by just a DJ and two dancers. The dancers are still there but there's now a full band behind her, helping her deliver a hip-hop show like no other.

Her Coachella set was energetic, fierce and well thought out. The crowd may not have been as familiar with her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste as they were with 212 but it didn't matter. Every song popped in the right places and it truly felt like Banks' whole vision had come to life. If you saw her last time and wrote her off, you're going to want to give her another chance.

Idle Delilah
Gimme a Chance
Heavy Metal and Reflective
Ice Princess
Chasing Time
Yung Rapunxel
Miss Amor
Nude Beach a Go-Go

Alison Wonderland

You've gotta love a producer who uses her Coachella set to drop unreleased music by a fellow Aussie act, Cosmo's Midnight. As well as dropping tracks from her own brilliant debut album RUN, that's exactly what Alison Wonderland did. She's an artist who seems to be really proud of the Australian scene from which she was born and also exemplified how much the Americans are loving Aussie electronic right now. She drew a respectable crowd at Coachella and stepped out from behind the decks a number of times to directly hype the crowd. If Coachella proved anything it's that it won't be long until she's away from Aus a lot more often catering to her continually growing fan base. Don't take her Splendour set for granted.

Australia is only just being properly introduced to . Her track with Major Lazer, Lean On, has burnt up the charts and has probably done better here than anywhere else in the world. She was in Australia over New Years but Splendour will really feel like her introduction to Australia. Essentially at Coachella, she was there to hype the crowd into hysterics. She crowd-surfed, screamed and danced with everything she had on stage. It was only a six song set but it featured One More with Swedish artist Elliphant. Elliphant is also playing Splendour In The Grass so maybe we should expect a repeat meeting live on stage in Byron.

Walk This Way
Waste of Time
Don't Wanna Dance
One More (with Elliphant)
Lean On


10 Songs You Might've Missed These Holidays


So now everybody has successfully become overweight alcoholics, it's time to get back into the swing of things. While you had your eyes on a bottle of champagne or your head up a turkey, you may have missed these songs. Let's catch up...

Kanye West- Only One (Feat. Paul McCartney)

This one was the big one. Yeezy ushered in the New Year with a new song- one that is a big departure from the industrial, raw Yeezus. Only One featuring largely unknown new artist, Paul McCartney, takes cues from 808s and Heartbreaks more than any of his other albums. It's a heartfelt ballad. It's auto-tuned, soulful and actually quite humble. As much as it is a different direction we think this track might be an outlier on his forthcoming record.

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Lxury- Let Down

We had the pleasure of having this British producer down-under last year, and he just continues to churn out bass-heavy gold. Let Down comes courtesy of British radio presenter Annie Mac and it's a soulful flavoured, deep-house track.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-lxury-let-down[/soundcloud]

A$AP Rocky- Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2

Oooooh, we feel a new A$AP Rocky album on the way. Following last years Multiply, it's clear that A$AP is going back to his roots, ditching pop-heavy hooks for dark hip-hop beats and fierce flows. Let's hope this his sophomore album goes a little harder than his debut which barely scratched the surface of what this man can do.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/asapmob/lord-pretty-flacko-jodye-2-pfjii-prod-nez-rio[/soundcloud]

MØ- New Years Eve

MØ had a pretty awesome 2014, finishing it up with a guest spot on the new Iggy Azalea single, Beg For It, and an Australian tour. She's released New Years Eve to signal the very event its title alludes to. It's a somewhat melancholic tracks featuring an introspective MO in ballad mode which is something we haven't heard much from her before.

A.G. Cook- What I Mean

PC Music ruled 2014, on Soundcloud at least. The head of the internet label, A.G. Cook has carefully curated a label that is kitsch, melodic and modern. What I Mean came as a welcome end of year surprise. It's one of the more tame tracks to have come from Cook but it's no less sugary sweet.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-a-g-cook-what-i-mean[/soundcloud]

Usher Feat. Migos- Still Got It

If 2014 proved anything it's that Usher does indeed still have it. Good Kisser was great, I Don't Mind was better and for the first time since 2001 we find ourselves excited about an Usher record. This one probably won't appear on huge album, but it will tie us over for now. He takes on the role of a rapper matching Migos, who is an actual rapper FYI.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/zaytovenbeatz/usher-ft-migos-i-still-got-it-prod-by-zaytoven[/soundcloud]

MAGIC! - Rude (Saint Pepsi Remix)

This song sucks as much shit as Sublime's Santaria, but Saint Pepsi has proved himself, once again, to be a saint tastefully remixing it. The reggae is gone and in its place is a beat reminiscent of Beyonce's Partition. It's far more bearable and Saint Pepsi deserves a medal.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/saintpepsi/magic-rude-saint-pepsi-remix[/soundcloud]

Montgomery- Piñata (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)

Melbourne label, IOhYou have a great roster of artists now with the addition of DMAs and Montgomery last year. Young upcoming producer, Japanese Wallpaper, has taken on Montgomery's Piñata, leaving much of the vocal melody intact but adding a layered, dimly-lit instrumental that makes the song even more delectable.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/iohyouparty/montgomery-pinata-japanese-wallpaper-remix[/soundcloud]

O.T. Genasis- CoCo (Dark0 Remix)

If you haven't heard the original of this yet, you probably will very soon. It's completely ridiculous but it's found a runaway following in the US. London producer, Dark0, has remixed the track given it an even darker base of chiming and cascading percussion.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/dark0/o-t-genasis-coco-dark0-remix[/soundcloud]

Toby Gale- Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves

Ryan Hemsworth is continuing on with his Secret Songs giveaways and the latest is a super kawaii offering from Toby Gale. Of the song Hemsowrth says "I have trouble finding songs at this pace, that give me the feeling Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves does". Don't we all, Hemsworth. Don't we all.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/shh017-toby-gale-hawaii-wifi-tiger-moves[/soundcloud]