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Breaking Down The Hashtag: What Is #TIDALforALL?

tidalforallThe basics - What is Tidal?

Tidal is a new music streaming service that will offer high fidelity sound quality, HD music videos and expertly Curated Editorial. In a nutshell, Tidal will be a hybrid of Spotify, Vimeo and perhaps even our high fashion online zines of choice (I mean…surely, if Kanye is involved). Apart from promising the highest quality in sound and video, Tidal are also making sure that their service is available when you’re offline…excellent if you like to blast tunes whilst on road trips to Byron and your service provider is anybody but Telstra.

tidal-share.9d1c0023How is this any different from Spotify or Vimeo?

The major difference is that you’re getting both music and video in the same place, something Spotify does not offer and Vimeo (or Youtube) generally don’t have excellent sound quality either. That’s the technical difference. The big campaign behind Tidal however is not about its features but about the fact that it is owned directly by a group of musicians rather than corporations.

artists_tidalWait…who owns it?

Musicians…namely- Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne (of Arcade Fire), Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Kanye West, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher.

During the press conference yesterday in which Tidal was officially re-launched, all of the above artists stood united together on the same stage in a very Hunger-games-esque moment of rebellion (Calvin & Chris were there via video screens but hey, they tried). As a very excited Alicia Keys gave a speech about the new service in which she didn’t actually say a whole lot except that what they were doing was “so powerful”. So of course, many are still a bit confused as to why Tidal is such a big deal.

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Do you know why?

Tidal is going to be the first streaming service in which artists are calling the shots and setting the standards, so yeah…it’s a big f**cking deal. Currently a streaming service like Spotify pays artists an appalling amount in royalties. To put it into perspective…if you’re an emerging Sydney artist and you manage to get your song streaming in the playlist, “Triple J’s Hitlist” and by some miracle Spotify users play your song a total of 50 000 times…you’re going to make about $260 (and that’s before your label/agency/management take their cut). That. Is. Horrendous…considering so much money (and heart) go into the writing and recording of new material. Maybe most of you don’t give a shit about how much of your $9.99 a month subscription is going towards the musicians but you should, because sooner or later that music might just stop… Can’t keep releasing new tunes if you got no cash flow, son!

Tidal is the first streaming company that is fighting to take back what rightfully belongs to the artist and that alone should be worth the $19.99 a month.

jay_z_tweet$11.99 a month? That’s daylight robbery!

No, the two $10 burgers you’ll eat at Grill’d this month are daylight robbery. This is a small price to pay to put some of the cash and power back in the hands of the people who are constantly giving to the rest of us with their songs.

If AUD$11.99 (or AUD$23.99 for premium) is too big a stretch for you, Tidal is offering a $9.99 a month package in which the song quality is only at standard definition (which unless you’re a tech/audio geek or a muso, you probably won’t notice the difference anyway). The difference in price to the musicians however is that Tidal are offering their artist double the standard royalty rate if you buy into their premium music package so if you can bear to part with $20 a month (which if you’re honest you probably can) I would suggest going with this package as you are aiding the growth of a company that will hopefully do great things in the long term.

jayzilluminatiGreat things? Like what?

Tidal is essentially Jay Z’s baby and maybe that’s got you making weird illuminati signs at your screen and calling this whole thing bullshit but put your stupid conspiracy theories away for two minutes to consider a future where musicians are calling the shots on what happens to their own music. The promise Jay & the team at Tidal have made is that the service will be constantly evolving…my personal hope is that involves taking on artists who may not see a dollar for their craft otherwise. The owner’s board is currently filled with some of the richest and most influential artists alive today but perhaps there will be a future for Tidal where a small indie band from Ulladulla can move out of their parents’ basement because companies like Tidal have payed them for their hard work and their gift to the rest of us.

As Alicia Keys so cleverly pointed out in her keynote speech, Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake”.

So maybe it’s time to give back some, huh?

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Nicki Minaj Drops Two New Tracks Featuring Beyonce and Jessie Ware

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Nicki Minaj has just dropped two very different songs featuring two very different girls. The first, Feelin Myself, features up-and-coming songstress, Beyonce, while the second, The Crying Game, features interns favourite Jessie WareFeelin Myself is about as sassy and fierce as Minaj songs come with even Beyonce bringing a little sass to the table. The pair switch back and forth between Yonce's sensual verses and Minaj's characteristically cute yet stinging rapping. The highlight comes when Beyonce simply coos "carry on", after throbbing hook. The Crying Game is far more introspective with Minaj taking a lesson in Ware's well perfected subtlety. It's so good to hear Minaj pack up the circus and deliver a straight-up rap record where she's repping the skill she so obviously possesses. Ware adds an element of sophistication which Minaj easily matches. At this stage it looks like The Pinkprint will be her best album by far.

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Watch Nicki Minaj get dirty in the jungle in 'Anaconda'

The single cover for Nicki Minaj's Anaconda may have caused enough controversy to single-handedly promote the song but the video is sure to strike up even more conversation. There's plenty more arse to be seen in the Jungle-themed video for Anaconda with a lot of flesh and some butt-slapping aswell. Drake even makes an appearance at the end playing host to Nicki Minaj's forceful lap-dance. Like Eminem's circa-2000s videos, parents will no doubt be standing in front of the TV to block the youngsters from watching. This is without a doubt, NSFW.

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First Impressions: Nicki Minaj, Dillon Francis, BenZel + more

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on first (or second) listen. Each week we each review six new songs from the week past, each giving them a score out of five and awarding one our pick of the week.

This week, we're taking on all things pop with BenZel's love lorn new single, Say Lou Lou's collaboration with Lindstrom, Nicki Minaj's ode to big buns and more. Read below as we clash heads, sync opinions and make our pick.

Say Lou Lou & Lindstrom- Games For Girls

Lizzie: I feel like i’ve gone back in time about 20 years. This is a sweet, poppy gem which make me instantly happy. I kinda want to invest in a Xylophone... 3.5 Lizzie’s Pick

Sam: I like everything apart from the fact that we have to wait until February for the album. Of all the stellar tracks these twins have released, this one sounds the most polished, confident and delectable. It’s also the most different sounding thing they’ve released, probably thanks to Lindstrom’s groove-heavy production. 3.5

Bianca: This has such a great groove to it. I'm really digging the nu-disco vibe that Lindstrom is laying down below the twins' poppy vocals. Double trouble! 3.5 Bianca's Pick.

[soundcloud width="740" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/sayloulou/say-lou-louxlindstrom-games-for-girls[/soundcloud]

BenZel- Wasted Love

Lizzie: Love the chorus breakdown, it’s very textured and evocative - especially her voice it just draws you straight in. I have many many feels after this song. 3.5

Bianca: I'm really getting a Jessie Ware vibe from this track but one that's been injected with a warm dose of R&B. Stevie Neale's honey-smooth vocals are an inviting addition to the already super-smooth beat. 3.5

Sam: The fact that BenZel are not two Japanese teenagers makes them no less impressive. Every pop act is surely champing at the bit to work with this duo following Jessie Ware’s Tough Love and now this. It’s a beautiful, understated pop song with a verse that rushes like a hit of sugar to the head. 4

[soundcloud width="740" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/officialbenzel/wasted-love[/soundcloud]

Nicki Minaj- Anaconda

Lizzie: After I managed to draw my eyes away from her derriere for just a second I was able to listen to hear this song in all its glory. Maybe “glory” was not the right word to use. This track is a royal pain in my tiny (comparatively) arse. 1.5

Bianca: She just butchered a classic fave from my childhood and Sir Mix-a-lot deserves a written apology. Yes, we get it. You've got buns, hun. A baker's dozen worth. 1

Sam: I couldn’t agree less with Bianca. The original is far from a classic. As far as I’m concerned this is more palatable. I’m just going to put the fact that this is completely ridiculous to the side and give Nicki some cred. She’s really the only artist on radio right now churning out stuff with a bit of colour and personality. She’s ditched the dance-pop side of things and is heading for a much more well-rounded third album. 3

Andras & Oscar- Everytime I Go

Lizzie: Has someone put the morning coffee run yet, cause I’m gonna need a strong shot of something to wake me up after this track. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz 2

Bianca: Stop, collaborate and listen! It seems like every song so far has been a joint venture with Andras Fox & Oscar Key Sung leading the pack. It's soulful and seductive in its own right, with Sung's vocals grooving effortlessly over the delicate synths and crescendoing melody. 3.5

Sam: Lizzie, you’re killing me. This is such a warm, bassy treat. Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung are two of the finest in Australian electronic music right now and this proves why. This one’s light on the tricks and heavy on the groove with an ever so subtle dance break at the end. 4

[soundcloud width="740" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/chaptermusic/andras-oscar-everytime-i-go-album-version[/soundcloud]

Dillon Francis- When We Were Young

Lizzie: Not a fan of the vocalist at all. He sounds whiney, gaspy and just plain annoying. I usually rely on my man Dillon to produce a head banger which everyone will enjoy, not something that sounds like David Guetta’s sloppy seconds. 2

Bianca: If being young sounded like this then I would've had a very intense childhood. 1.5

Sam: Dillon, why? You only have to see one of his sets to see how much personality this guy has got and yet this is completely devoid of any personality. I could literally compile a list of 102 EDM songs that sound exactly like this. An attempt to break into the commercial market that sounds a little desperate. 2

[soundcloud width="740" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-sultan-ned-shepard-when-we-were-young-feat-the-chain-gang-of-1974[/soundcloud]

xxyxx- Untitled (Feat. Vanessa Elisha)

Lizzie: I am not one to play games, but this song has you sitting on the edge of your seat gasping for more at the start. The elongated (almost) silence around the 40 second mark is enticing and unpredictable but as the song progresses I am not blown off the edge of my seat if you get my jist, i’m just intrigued. Meh, it was alright. 3

Bianca: My feelings towards this are similarly untitled. At times, I'm hovering over the next button at other times I'm captivated by Vanessa Elisha's smooth vocal. I think I'll call the feeling content. This is definitely an interesting tune. 3.5

Sam: There’s so much depth and intricacy to this offering. Vanessa Elisha’s vocal on this is sliced-up and bubbles under the myriad of percussion and mellow synths, lulling you into a subconscious state. When the beats drop out and she comes through, it’s a pretty glorious moment. Everytime I think future RnB is getting a bit old, something like this comes out. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

[soundcloud width="740" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/xxyyxx/unknown[/soundcloud]

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First Impressions: FKA Twigs, SOPHIE, Kate Boy + more

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Four people holding one rose each and yet there are six songs to choose from. Among them are some of the most eligible artists in the music world* with feisty females like Jessie J, arty types like FKA Twigs and the sentimental kind like Porter Robinson and #1 Dads. While some will be left brokenhearted, two artists in particular win the adoration of the interns.

*We can't guarantee all these artists are eligible but they sound like they're up for a good time.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj- Bang Bang

Sam: Ugh. I’m all for a big diva anthem but nothing sticks with this one. The hook is like something from a Michael Buble meets the songs of Hairspray album and throughout I hear a lot of screaming cats. Nicki’s verse is fire, of course, but it feels like Ariana knows it’s shit and Jessie is way too into it. 1

Bianca: Jessie, Ariana AND Nicki? As suspected, three wrongs do not make a right. Excuse me while I go bang bang into my head. 0

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Lizzie: Although it pains me to say it, this song is going to be a hit. Ergh. 2

Hannah: Remember when Xtina jazzed up her sound in the most appropriate pop-diva way possible and released that killer cover of Car Wash with a verse from Missy Elliot...? Yeah that's not what's happening here as much as they wish it was. 0.5 

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/dafrican/jessie-j-bang-bang-ft-ariana-grande-nicki-minaj-2014-world-premier[/soundcloud]

FKA Twigs- Pendulum

Sam: After the above song I feel like I’m back in my happy place. I already decided off Two Weeks that Twigs is my favourite artist of the year so all this is just a bonus. Pendulum undulates with intricacy and Twigs takes all the time she needs with the melody. She’s the queen of subtlety and yet also a master at theatrics. This is supreme. 4.5  Sam's Pick  

Bianca: FKA Twigs is easily one of the most interesting artists right now. Pendulum is weirdly beautiful and manages to maintain power and intensity through the most delicate of nuances. It's her ability to make these contradictions, to gently oscillate between subtle and intense, that keeps me coming back for more. 3.5 

Lizzie: Ain't no one going to rush FKA Twigs through this one. Not too dissimilar to Two Weeks, the soft pops of her to-die-for angelic voice, blended with the slow pattering back beat make for yet another mesmerising track. I have no idea what she is saying, but I'm ok with that. 4

Hannah: This is a heart melting lullaby sung out in the heart of industry. As the pendulum cranks and croons all around, FKA Twigs' melody is all centring and all soothing. She is simply undeniable. 4.5  Hannah's Pick  

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SOPHIE- Lemonade

Sam: Oh I love dem candy noises. The trickle at the beginning of this track is total ear candy, literally. From there it’s just full of runaway melodies, Eurotrash synths and popping beats. I guess the whole experience is all a bit like eating popping candy. It doesn’t match the expertise of Bipp, but it comes close. 4

Bianca: There just seems to be no substance to this song, apart from way too many colours and preservatives. It's a sickly-sweet, hands-rubbing-on-balloon headache of a song, although, admittedly, listening to this after I spent all day at a kids' birthday party probably hasn't worked in its favour. 

Lizzie: Straight out of Willy Wonka washing machine! Please go back to Oompa Loompa Land, SOPHIE. Not even Veruca Salt wants you. 1

Hannah: This sounds like Alvin and The Chipmunks found on their way to a DDR machine and now can't decide if they want to battle it to the sounds of drum and bass or J-Pop. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-lemonade[/soundcloud]

Kate Boy- Self Control

Sam: I am pretty pissed that I had to wait almost two years after falling in love with Northern Lights for Self Control, but hey, I suppose it’s worse for fans of The Avalanches. That aside, Self Control has absolutely none of what its title suggests. It’s a big, bombastic pop song with a chorus that would make Dr. Luke salivate. From this point onwards pop music should only be made by the Swedish. 3.5 

Bianca: I'm enjoying the tribal beat and poppy synths but the vocal melody, particularly in the chorus, leaves a lot to be desired. 

Lizzie: Love the thump of the start. If only this was an instrumental version I could be left bopping awkwardly by myself for hours. There must be something in the water in Sweden, because they just keep churning out hit after hit! 3.5

Hannah: There really is something in the water over there in Sweden. Want to make a great pop record? Make like Kate Akhurst, hope a flight over and take one long glassy sip from the closest crystalline lake. This is exactly how all pop music should sound. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kateboy/self-control[/soundcloud]

#1 Dads- So Soldier

Sam: Right off the bat that guitar riff hits me right in the heart, then Ainslie Wills comes in with this Cat Power-esque vocals and continues to just chip away at me. Tom Iansek and Wills sound so perfect together on the chorus. 3.5

Bianca: What a combo! Iansek's strumming guitar has this essence of familiarity from the get-go, while Wills' dreamy voice manages to transport me somewhere, far, far away. 3.5 

Lizzie: Definitely a Summer road trip kinda track - pack a picnic and set off! Ainslie's voice is broody and seductive, but what truly shines in this track is the guitar, it's just so floaty and nostalgic. 4

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pieater/1-dads-so-soldier-feat-ainslie-wills-about-face-lp-2014[/soundcloud]

Porter Robinson- Flicker

Sam: Finally Porter just goes screw it with subtlety and includes the most explicit representation of his Japanese influences yet. This is a crescendoing, textural, dynamic soundtrack to an anime game that conveniently doubles as a great electronic track. 4

Bianca: ヽ(=´▽`=)ノ ♪♬  ☆*・゜゚・*(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆ ♪♬ ヾ(。◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)ノ

I'm digging everything this song is throwing at me. It's so multi-layered and kept me enthralled the entire time, first with the funky, almost disco-inspired guitar riff, punctuated by anime-inspired spoken word, before dramatically reaching its glittery finale. I feel like I've just successfully completed the final level of a Sega game.  Bianca's Pick  

Lizzie: I am a bit torn with this song. Half of it sounds like my Furby keeps turning on and off. The other second half however, in typical Porter style, opens up to be a grand, layered big room sound we I know and love. He drops the bass like no one else around the 2:50 sec mark, but with his Japanese twang - genius. Not my fav on the new Worlds album, but still pretty damn good.   Lizzie's Pick  

Hannah: A novice when it comes to the world of EDM and its producers, I've been listening to this track all week on Hype Machine (what was that about first impressions?) unsure if admitting to this kind of Porter Robinson over all others would have me vilified by those in the know. That said, as long as Sam likes it, I'm happy to admit I do too. 3.5

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First Impressions 14 July

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Another six new songs up on the chopping block. This week we walk a tight-rope between electronic music and pop with one curveball thrown in just to make sure everybody's paying attention. While J-pop is appreciated by some other's fail to get on board.

Read our reviews below:

Usher- She Came To Give It To You (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Lizzie: Is it as good as Pharrell’s Hunter? Unfortunately not. However, on its own merit this track is a very groovy funk/disco number. I feel like it is a right of passage for every pop-artist to have Nicki Minaj feature in song - feels a bit like old news to me. 3.5

Bianca: I’m getting Blurred Lines vibes from this. Points for not actually featuring Robin Thicke and for the funky percussion and sassy backing singers. 2.5

Hannah: This is equal parts hits and misses. The walking bass? hit. Nicki M’s rhyming of Ush-her with her as the song fades out? Miss. There’s no climax here, but it certainly won’t crash and burn either. 2

Sam: I like that Usher is taking a different approach this time around. Both this and Good Kisser don’t sound like they’re reaching only for the charts and I suppose when you’ve been in the industry this long you can afford to be a bit creative. Pharrell’s production always sounds so effortless that sometimes his songs can sound too cruisy. Luckily, here Nicki Minaj steps up with this attitude-filled, sassy verse that brings the track home hard. 3.5

Arty- Up All Night

Lizzie: The vocalist packs a real punch here. It definitely has a that European summer festival vibe about it - getting people up and pumping. Annndddd, the build-up to the drop does not go for hours, thank god! I am curious as to who will tackle a remix of this baby. 4 Lizzie’s Pick

Bianca: The ‘drop’ was completely predictable but such is the life of an EDM banger? 2

Hannah: For a song about staying up all night… it’s really a little bit of a snooze-fest, isn’t it? Sounds like every other mediocre EDM song striving for popular appeal with a female vocalist. 2

Sam: EDM always gets a pretty hard wrap on First Impressions but I honestly think this is the best one we’ve had yet. Angel Taylor’s hefty vocals compliments Arty’s dense production and the drop shakes the room just like a big-room EDM track should. Is it groundbreaking? No. Is it enjoyable? Yeah, it is. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/interscope/arty-up-all-night-feat-angel-taylor[/soundcloud]

Juce- Burning Up

Lizzie: C’mon everyone, do the hustle! This a lovely rosy little jam. It’s got that sassy edge that makes you want to get up in the morning and do great things with your self. I love the cheeky inclusion of “Juce it up” - that’s a little bit of fun isn’t it. 4

Bianca: So much sass, so little time! This track is hot, hot, hot and Chalin’s vocals are as smooth as ever.  3

Hannah: This is just so catchy. Despite being in the middle of a fairly non-existent winter, I’m still transported to a rooftop party in the middle of summer. 3.5 Hannah’s Pick

Sam: I always lose it when I hear lyrics directed towards a hometown and when a song is released in conjunction with a season. So, this week Juce get two big ticks from me for doing both. They earn a third gold star for the lyric “Juce it up”. If I was in a boy band I would make sure our name was used as innuendo in every second verse. Burning Up induces so much nostalgia. Juce have yet to put a foot wrong yet in my books. 4

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jucelovemusic/juce-burning-up[/soundcloud]

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu- Kira Kira Killers

Lizzie: I don’t know what I just heard. Is it a song or a hyperactive chipmunk? 0

Bianca: A candy-pop, sickly sweet J-Pop number that would slip in quite easily to a Dance Dance Revolution track list. And I love Dance Dance Revolution so: 3

Hannah: For a j-pop track it’s incredibly insightful. The only english words used are happy, happy, happy, F-U-C-K and killer. It’s about a bad break up right? Digging the empathy. 2.5

Sam: Hang on give me 30 seconds to digest what I’ve just seen.

If pop music in this country was this interesting, commercial radio would be a much safer place. This sound is being appropriated into so many electronic tracks right now, which makes this sound very current, actually. I’m not sure if Kyary meant to be so of-the-moment but it is. And for that reason I love it. Please somebody insert me into this video so I too can dance with that odd looking beast-like character. 4 Sam's Pick

Banoffee- Got It

Lizzie: The warped male voice in the background is just weird and unnecessary, and to be quite honest, it’s a little creepy. Martha’s voice on the other hand, is a tantalisingly fresh and unique sound that I’m totally diggin’. 3.5

Bianca: This is a quirky, RnB little number with Martha’s subtle vocals complimented by 80s-inspired synths. And the male voice? Unlike Lizzie, I like my men warped. Bianca's Pick 

Hannah: Simultaneously sickly sweet, yet smooth and a little too heavy, just like the dessert itself, Banoffee gives us an Australian female voice that doesn’t sound like The Jezabel’s on one side or Rainbow Chan on the other and that is fine by me. 3

Sam: When stuff as interesting as this comes out of Australia I get so excited. Recruiting Oscar Key Sung on this one is a choice move by Banoffee and the production is just so particular and finicky. It’s almost hard to make out when one syllable ends and another one starts yet the track is so dynamic and melodic. Yeah, I’ll take this Banoffee. Even sweater than the real one. 4

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banoffeeme/banoffee-got-it-1[/soundcloud]

RL Grime- Core

Lizzie: I did not think it was humanly possible to cram this many annoying sounds into one song. Well done RL Grime, you have successfully given me a migraine. 0.5

Bianca: Sounds like an apprentice snake charmer learning his scales for the first time. In the middle of a bomb raid. 2

Hannah: For about 3 seconds I want to get low to this track, and then I’m put off by the wailing siren sounds. I’m not sure if I should drop it low, or run for the hills. 2

Sam: This is murder on the dance floor. That alarming synth make me very anxious but at the same time I’m captivated by the war-like take on trap. Points for innovation but this one will have to sit with me for a little longer if it’s going to appease my tastebuds. 3

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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At the beginning of the week we said “Make it rain” and while the ‘rain gods’ didn’t send us money ( :[  ) they did send us new music in droves. We almost found it hard to keep up with the amount of new music coming our way, but because we are professionals with little else to do than watch the House Rules finale, we managed to catch the week’s best and put them here for your endless pleasure.

Consider these 10 songs as our way of saying happy weekend. Maybe pour yourself just one wine extra tonight, put on these tunes and lament on the week that has been. You deserve it.

Jessie Ware- Tough Love (Cyril Hahn)

And on the sixth day, there was a beat. Yes, Jessie Ware’s criminally smooth track, Tough Love has been given the remix treatment by Canadian beat-smith, Cyril Hahn and it’s a match made in heaven, of course. Hahn keeps Ware’s heighty vocal intact, instead choosing to pump it along with a deep-house base-line and send it straight to the clubs.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/tough-love-cyril-hahn-remix[/soundcloud]

Juce- Burnin’ Up

Somebody, please save Juce. Their city is burning and their only response is to write this perfect piece of ‘90s throwback RnB. On second thought, let them be. Burning has never sounded so good. These three just keep getting it right, time and time again. They also sing the lyric “Juce it up” and you know what that means; we’re entering Spice Power territory.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/jucelovemusic/juce-burning-up[/soundcloud]

Usher- She Came To Give It You (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Usher is yet to really score a radio-hit in the lead-up to his forthcoming album so he’s called in the hit-making machine, Pharrell to help. And help he has. He’s laid down a quasi-disco beat with a strident back-bone and effortless funk. Just when it all gets too smooth to handle, Nicki joins to put some sass all up in your face and we’re left in the corner sweating and fanning our face like “dayum this is hot”.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/usher-raymond-music/usher-she-came-to-give-it-to-you-featuring-nicki-minaj[/soundcloud]

HAIM- My Song 5 (Feat. A$AP Ferg)

Just when you thought HAIM couldn’t get any more badass they go and put a rapper on their hardest-hitting song yet. Yep, you’ll never be as cool as these Californian hunnies, so just pop this on, don some shades and pretend you’re cruising Melrose Avenue with a baseball bat en route to smashing your ex’s car. And yes, of course A$AP can come along for the ride.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/haimtime/my-song-5-ft-asap-ferg[/soundcloud]

Lunice- Can’t Wait To

Last time we heard Lunice he was assaulting your ears and general chest area as one half of trap-duo TNGHT but now he’s decided to go it alone once again with a new album on the way. Can’t Wait To is not as heavy on the bass as anything TNGHT has churned out. He replaces it with a skittering vocal sample and an industrial rawness that’s a little bit cold and alienating in the friendliest way possible.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/tnght/lunice-cantwait[/soundcloud]

Banoffee- Got It

Who’s got it? Melbourne artist Banoffee has got it and “she know you know I got it”. Got it? What I’ve also got is that this song is one of the most interesting things we’ve heard come out of this country, this year. It’s a minimalist RnB track, that adds dark shades with a deep, male vocal running below Banoffee’s sweet, dulcet tones. Got it?

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/banoffeeme/banoffee-got-it-1[/soundcloud]

Future- Rock Star (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Nicki Minaj must’ve barely had a moment to breathe this week. Here she pops up on a left-over from Future’s Honest album, that didn’t make the album because they couldn’t clear the George Michael, Careless Whisper sample. Surely if Michael just gave the song a listen he’d realise “All my bitches in love with me” is a far more eloquent way of saying what he wanted to say on Careless Whisper.

Listen here.

Coldplay & Cat Power- Wish I Was Here

We came to hate on Coldplay but we stayed to fall in love with Cat Power. Seriously, I really couldn’t care if Chris Martin was playing the banjo and the accordion in the background of this, Chan Marshall’s (aka Cat Power) vocal is so beautiful. She sounds melancholic, longing and ethereal. Conveniently, it’s titiled after Zach Braff’s forthcoming film Wish I Was Here.

Wet- Move Me

Remember Wet? They’re the New York trio that didn’t realise the significance of having a band called Wet with an EP called Dreams. While they may be a little bit oblivious, they know a good tune when they hear it and Move Me is just that. Move Me is a lush, RnB-tinged number that plods along with the occasional auto-tuned vocal and pluck of the guitar. Subtlety is their strong suit and in Move Me less is most definitely more.

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kittycash/wet-move-me[/soundcloud]

Saint Pepsi- Fiona Coyne

If one more artists delivers a single straight from the tropics in the middle of this harsh, harsh Sydney Winter I may just self-combust. However, I must make an exception for the brass-laiden efforts of 21 year-old Ryan DeRobertis (who is Saint Pepsi, FYI). Fiona Coyne, the subject of his perky track, is a character from Degrassi (who probably know Drake!) who Saint Pepsi is lusting after. Judge for yourself, she’s not our cup of tea, but she must be a pretty special gal if Saint Pepsi is pulling out the trumpets for her.

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[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/fionacoyne[/soundcloud]

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