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10Songs_12June

10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: The Weeknd, Hudson Mohawke, Basenji And More

10Songs_12June

This week Apple finally announced its streaming service Apple Music. While in most weeks this would’ve been the headline-of-the-week they were beaten to the post by a homophobic Ten Walls and the fact that Nicki Minaj’s arse was plastered 1,000 times over a Helsinki cathedral. Oh, what a weird world we live in.

In celebration, we’ve combined all these news items by presenting to you ten songs that you can stream (for free), that aren’t homophobic and also feature no mention of Nicki Minaj’s derriere.

Basenji
Petals

The top dawg is back with his first single of 2015 and what a cracker it is. Sydney producer Basenji struck gold with his 2014 single Heirloom but it feels like he’s even one-upped that track with Petals. Petals is a floating daydream built around glassy beats and airy synths. It’s beautifully delicate and helped-along by the gentle, windy vocals of Scenic. This is just begging to be in a baby powder ad just as it is ready to be the most euphoric moment of a night out.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/officialbasenji/basenji-petals-featuring-scenic[/soundcloud]

Hudson Mohawke
Warriors

Ah HudMo just cannot stop going bigger and better with his Lanterns singles. This latest one Warriors featuring Ruckazoid and Devaeux is an absolute monster of a song. It sounds like it’s been made for the lighting of the Olympic torch – it just aims to be so damn euphoric and triumphant and it succeeds in every way. Can it really be anything other than huge when your main lyrics are “warriors”, “war” and “battle.” Them are fighting words.

The Weeknd
I Can’t Feel My Face

He’s done it. He’s gone pop. It’s not as big a transformation as country Tay Tay to Kendrick Lamar-featuring Tay Tay but it’s a slight departure from The Weeknd‘s normal material. For one, there’s no mention of pussy once in the song. It’s a Max Martin-produced hit-in-waiting with a funky baseline and MJ-esque vocals. It’s obviously been made for radio but it doesn’t mean that it’s unenjoyable for previous The Weeknd fans. If anything, it’s just an extension of his already large sonic cannon – yes, I understand you could imply other things from that.

Kira Puru
All Dulled Out

Melbourned-based singer Kira Puru used to go by the name Kira Puru & The Bruises but it seems that those bruises have finally cleared-up because she’s going it alone this time around. All Dulled Out is her return track and it’s a bold statement track that sits somewhere between Megan Washington and Kimbra. Her voice is just far too good to be ignored with jazzy undertones and grand extensions but it’s her songwriting on All Dulled Out that really sticks out.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kirapuru/all-dulled-out[/soundcloud]

Kehlani & Mr. Carmack
All In

Yours Truly and Adidas’ Songs From Scratch series has seen How To Dress Well team up with TALA and Jeremih and Shlohmo realise their invaluable musical connection. The latest pair to craft something rad together are US RnB singer Kehlani and all-encompassing producer Mr. Carmack, delivering All In. All In is about that point in a relationship when you either walk away or go for it completely. Alternatively it’s about the moment you reach the halfway point of a BBQ Shapes packet and have to decide if you can swallow your pride and finish the packet. Different interpretations aside, it’s a beautifully dim, soulful track that makes Kehlani’s smokey vocals the star.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mr_carmack/all-in-with-kehlani[/soundcloud]

Melé
Ambience

If you don’t want to get-up and go-hard the minute you hear this then there is something clinically wrong with you. Ambience, the latest track by UK producer Melé is an absolute dancefloor-stomper taking cues from Jersey club tracks. “You can do it baby, c’mon,” howls a booming voice as the percussion fires-up and leads into a carnivale-inspired party. This is fierce and it will no doubt make you work your arse off if you’re serious about paying it the respect it deserves.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mixmag-1/premiere-mele-ambience[/soundcloud]

D?WN
Running From Sane

Adult Swim does this thing where they release amazing singles all through summer from an array of artists. This year they have promised tracks by SOPHIE, Chromatics and Run The Jewels but this week they have delivered on the first single of 19. Running From Sane is by D?WN who rose to fame in Diddy’s girl-group Danity Kane. She’s come along way from that trading pop songs for experimental electronic tracks. This one’s a stunner crafting a mind-blowing soundscape alongside D?WN’s otherworldly vocals. If you like this, it’s worth checking out her brilliant album from this year Blackheart.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/adultswimsingles/dawn-richard[/soundcloud]

Mura Masa & Nao
Thinking Bout You (Frank Ocean cover)

We’re big fans of both 18 year-old producer Mura Masa and British songstress Nao so we didn’t even need to do the math to figure out that we’d be digging this one. The pair have just collaborated on Mura Masa’s Firefly but here they have stripped everything back for a gorgeous cover of Frank Ocean’s Thinking Bout You on Radio 1’s Live Lounge. There are no bells and whistles, just Nao’s voice wafting through the genius melody of the song.

Gravez & ELHAE
Call Me Back

Allow us to introduce you to Atlanta artists Gravez and ELHAE. Gravez is the beatmaker while ELHAE is the vocalist and together they have made one fine RnB scorcher. ELHAE switches between signing and rapping, with both modes as strong as each other. As such, he’s able to deliver a stellar hook and then bring a sharp edge to the track simultaneously. That alongside Gravez sparse but hard-hitting beats is a match made in heaven.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/gravez/call-me-back-with-elhae[/soundcloud]

GoldLink
Dance On Me

US rapper GoldLink is tipped to do big things in 2015. He was included on XXL’s iconic 2015 Freshman Class alongside Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf and OG Maco and now he’s dropped his first track since. Goldlink differs to the rest of the artists on the list because he seems to be more open to more electronic, Kaytranada-esque beats and it’s really working in his favour. Dance On Me is energetic, vibrant and in parts sensual making the perfect soundtrack for love-making and dancing – simultaneously or separately, it’s up to you.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/goldlink/dance-on-me[/soundcloud]

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6 New Artists You Need To Keep An Eye On

There’s nothing like the feeling of tracking an artist right from their early days into eventual stardom. Here at the interns, we’re all about you feeling good inside so we’re giving you the chance to track six new artists from their early beginnings. You can thank us when they hit number one on iTunes.

FoxtrottFOXTROTT, who is known to her parents as Marie-Helene Delorme, is a singer/songwriter/producer from Canada who’s been releasing music since 2012 but seems to have hit her stride of later with the release of new track Driven. Upon starting out, FOXTROTT mostly released instrumental music before deciding she wanted to expand her music and “express something deeper,” as she puts it.

She’s currently readying the release of her debut LP A Taller Us. Of the record she says, “My goal was to find the perfect balance between rhythms and frequencies, the production style that I wanted to put forward, and lyrics and emotional presence expressed by the voice.” Listening to Driven, it sounds as if she was successful in completing her goal. It’s a perky track perfectly weighed down by her brooding vocal. There’s so many artists who operate under two hats of producer and vocalist but rarely are they as good at both as FOXTROTT.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/foxtrottfoxtrott/driven[/soundcloud]

HER

It takes something really special to back an artist purely off one song and that’s exactly what we’re doing here. To be honest we can’t really tell you that much about Her. We can tell you that they released their debut single a few weeks ago titled Quite Like and it’s an effortless triumph.

Quite Like has the same endearing quirkiness as an alt-J track with the smooth sensuality of Rhye and the intimacy of Wild Beasts. The fact that they seem to be going about this whole thing remaining anonymous with only one track to their name shows that they’re quietly confident about the strength of this track. And they should be. This is the kind of track that breaks new artists.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thebandher/quite-like-2[/soundcloud]

Mura Masa

We’ll preface this by saying that if you’re feeling bad about what you’ve accomplished in your life for your age then don’t read this. If not, then you’ll share in our joy at knowing that this producer is only 18 and already churning out phenomenal stuff. His debut EP Someday Somewhere, released this year is a collection of beats that traverse hip-hop and RnB genres with guests including Nao and Denai Moore.

Someday Somewhere is one of the most effortlessly accessible electronic EPs we’ve heard since Ryan Hemsworth was establishing himself. It’s melodic, full of personality and even funky in points. How on earth somebody achieves something like at an age like 18 is beyond us but it happened and we better believe it.

Also he’s got a great Twitter. Case in point – “don’t ask if you can use my music, just do that shit. if you’re doing it in some backass way that makes you money i’ll sue you later dw.”

Leon Osborne

Australia has no shortage of great electronic producers but rarely are they as intricate and atmospheric as Leon Osborn. He’s as interesting as Flying Lotus with a dark tinge reminiscent of Shlohmo and an earthy aesthetic not dissimilar to Brian Eno. Last year’s Nature Strip release showed promise but it’s the West-Australian producer’s latest offering You Were Gone that has us excited.

You Were Gone is a jolting and rough yet soothing listen that’s as suited to early morning club sessions as much as it is perfect for an afternoon lay-back. What’s most impressive about Osborne is that he’s the first producer who’s managed to encapsulate the Australian landscape into an electronic sound. Without following down the Flume/Wave Racer route, Osborne has crafted something that sounds distinctly Australian. A twinkling collecting of twilight tracks that reveal a producer who is interested in crafting his own sound. And that’s always worth rewarding.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pilerats/you-were-gone-ft-barksdale[/soundcloud]

Bibi Bourelly

Listening to the only solo track on her Soundcloud, RIOT, you may not guess it but Bibi Bourelly wrote Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money and a few more on her forthcoming eighth studio album as far as we know.

The 20-year old, LA-based artist is just about to blow up, not only because she’s writing for Rihanna but also because it looks like she has plenty to give as a solo artist. For such a young artist she’s already kicked a number of goals including a recording session with Kanye West. A producer she met online, Paperboy Fabe, set up the session West gave her a beat and isolated her in a small room with a microphone. The song that resulted was Higher – a track that Rihanna has teased on her Instagram.

Her debut RIOT is a feisty, acoustic track that beautifully demonstrates her raspy and charismatic voice. The obvious comparison is Rihanna but there’s also hints of Sia in their as well in terms of the strength that projects her voice.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/bibibourelly/riot[/soundcloud]

Tashka

There are a lot of great electronic artists coming out of Sydney right now but they’re aren’t enough great vocalists in the genre to match in our opinion. Thank goodness then for Tashka who first jumped on the scene last year with her feature on Loudon’s Gold. She’s just returned with her debut single Taken which is set to feature on a forthcoming EP called Deals. The track oscillates between pop and electronica and is bound by Tashka’s breathy, ethereal vocals.

Unfortunately we don’t have much more information on her right now but Taken is the kind of track that breaks an artist instantly so we won’t be surprised if she’s following it up with another golden tune sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/tashkamusic/taken[/soundcloud]

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