The first drop from a forthcoming remix EP.
"Electro-R&B was getting really stale and now we have ourselves a fresh loaf of bread": new music reviewed.
Including ZAYN and Kehlani's 'Wrong', Kiiara's 'Hang Up Tha Phone' and SBTRKT's 'GOOD MORNING'.
After teasing it for much of the week he's dropped the project featuring tunes with The-Dream, Mabel and Sampha.
Coachella is in full swing in California at the moment and we're here to cure your FOMO. There are plenty of celebrities here but there's also this little thing called music which seems to take a little bit of a backseat for some. Here are the best moments so far.
UPDATE: Below are all the best moments from weekend one. Thanks Coachella, it's been one hell of a ride.
Tame Impala Debuted Their New Songs Live
Tame Impala were visibly nervous when they took to the stage on Friday night for their biggest set to date. It didn't seem to affect their sound though. They delivered a hearty, psychedelic set with tracks from both Innerspeaker and Lonerism. Elephant slammed and Apocalypse Dreams dazzled but it was the new more electronic tracks that really impressed. The bridge of Cause I'm A Man is an absolute scorcher which bridges into a beautiful chorus while Let It Happen is the most melodic, expansive thing they've done. This could be the year of Tame Impala.
Run The Jewels Packed Their Set With Guests
El-P and Killer Mike have really turned this Run The Jewels gig into a full time thing and you an see why. They're best friends and they bounce off each other with charisma and enthusiasm. During their Saturday night set they brought out Travis Barker from Blink 182, Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, Beyonce collaborator Boots and rapper Gangsta Boo. Their Australian sets over New Years were amazing but this was something else. They truly brought the album to life.
SBTRKT Brought Out Basically Everyone He's Worked With
Speaking off guest appearances, SBTKT's set was full of them. On top of the strobing light show and pulsating instrumentals, SBTRKT had mostly live vocals from Wonder Where We Land guests. Denai Moore appeared for The Light, Caroline Polachek told us to Look Away and Raury went hard on Higher. The night belonged to Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend ough who delivered a super smooth version of New Dorp. New York.
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There Are Hippos In Business Suits
We're not kidding. There is an art installation that is a corporate building with 'people' in hippo masks destroying the office. You can pick up a phone and talk to them but they're pretty intolerable. We're not exactly sure what they're doing but it's a statement about corporate greed or something like that. Anyway we headed to the Heineken Bar to charge our Samsung Galaxy while listening to Coachella's Spotify playlist to ponder some more.
Coachella Is Literally Pimping A Butterfly
What started out as a caterpillar art installation has today flourished into a beautiful butterfly. Last the spaceman was amazing but we think this one beats it. Still, it was never a good idea to set the caterpillar as a meeting spot. One, it moves. Two, it changed form somewhere between Saturday and Sunday.
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FKA Twigs Performed New Songs
We know FKA Twigs has a new EP on the way so we were expecting some new tracks when she took to the stage at Coachella. Wearing an outfit that at first looked like nipple tassels, the Brit performed Figure 8 and Glass & Patron alongside a host of tracks from LP1. A night festival set backed by illuminated palm trees is the perfect setting for twigs and she was predictably brilliant. She elongated her limbs beyond the realms of possibility and sung with a beautiful fragility. Also Robert Pattinson was in the crowd and I hate myself for writing that.
Azealia Banks Completed Her Redemption
Banks has a turbulent history of live performances with spats, super short sets and the like but she was a different person on Friday. Backed by an American flag, the rapper delivered the most impressive set of the weekend so far bring tracks from Broke With Expensive Taste to life with a full band. She barely spoke to the crowd rather deciding to out her head down and get to work. This girl is phenomenal and it feels like she's only just realising how to full express it.
Tyler The Creator Said "Fuck You" To Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner is here. At Coachella. And everyone is losing their mind. Tyler The Creator seems less impressed though saying "fuck you" to her during his set while calling out the"soft" VIP section. Jenner responded by putting her rude finger up at him. Apparently they're friends and hung out last Halloween so this was probably a joke. I'm not sure, I had to read Perez Hilton to find out that information so I'm rightfully a little fragile.
Katy Perry Posed Next To A Shark Bin
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*insert line about Perry's music being trash*
Drake Is Everywhere
Drake's headline set is not until tonight but he's already taken over the festival. People are holding up pictures of him in a wheelchair (circa Degrassi days) and plenty of punters are wearing OVO shirts. The Weeknd also performed Crew Love last night but Drake didn't make an appearance.
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As Far As We Know Kanye Is Not Here But He Is In Spirit
Vic Mensa kicked off the first day by debuting his latest collaboration with Mr. West titled U Mad and also played Wolves. Cashmere Cat, who produced Wolves also dropped the track in his set yesterday. If we're going to see Kanye at all, it's going to have to be in Drake's set this evening.
The Drake And Madonna Kiss
As the third day of Coachella drew to a close there was a risk that the festival wasn't going to deliver that 'shock moment' that it's become so well known for. This is a festival that's brought Tupac back to life and debuted Daft Punk's Get Lucky so it's not unreasonable to expect something out of the ordinary.
Thank goodness then for Drake's headline set which saw the rapper introduce Madonna to the stage for a slightly out-of-place performance of Human Nature. The two then shared cringe-worthy kiss that blew up the internet in a matter of minutes. Madonna looked pleased with herself while Drake looked a little distressed. As the 100,000 strong crowd exited the festival grounds the most popular word thrown around was "creepy".
Eric Andre's Questionable Appearance During Mac Demarco
Mac Demarco is known for his NSFW onstage antics but it wasn't him who was playing up at Coachella. Comedian Eric Andre joined Mac and the band onstage wearing a dildo and playing the theramin during Together. It was a pretty unforgettable end to the set and while it was at times uncomfortable to watch, it was actually quite effective as an instrument.
Florence's First Festival Gig Since The Album Announcement
Florence Welch is the ultimate festival act. Her tunes are huge, her stage demeanour is charismatic and she actively uses every musical climax to rouse to the crowd. It's been a long time in between drinks for Florence and co but you wouldn't have thought so going by her Sunday evening performance.
She threw in What Kind Of Man, Ship To Wreck and the title track from her forthcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful alongside crowd favourites. The crowd took to her new songs well but it was her already established hits that really created goosebumps. She finished the set with Dog Days Are Over using every moment of silence to prepare the crowd for the incoming climax. Just before she yelled "run fast for your mother," she asked the crowd to take one item of clothing off, whipped her top off and ran the length of the stage in her bra. Her songs may be heavy at times on record but live she's a fun-loving, big-hearted performer who knows her crowd like no other.
Father John Misty Awkwardly Serenading A Fan
Father John Misty was one of the surprise highlights from the weekend. The ex-Fleet Foxes member performed a set mostly consisting of songs from his new album I Love You, Honeybear. He stalked around the stage in a black suit, performing each song like a preacher with a perfect dose of sarcasm. The highlight of the set came when he brought a member of the audience up on stage and serenaded her with Leonard Cohens Im Your Man while she sat in a chair covered in pink balloons. It was wonderfully awkward but was an act that only Father John Misty could have made bearable.
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It would appear that SBTRKT has been hard at work recently. Over the last few days he has uploaded three brand new tracks to his Soundcloud page. These tunes can definitely be described as experimental, and have been classified by SBTRKT under the genre headings Doom, Gloom, and Tomb respectively
The first track, FLAREtWO was uploaded two days ago. Its a very cool dissonant jam with no real melody, fusing a huge range of drum effects with some downright weird synth noises. No description here will really do it justice though; its very much a you need to hear it for yourself type of deal
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/sbtrkt/flaretwo[/soundcloud]
Roulette was track number two, and uploaded just over a day ago. Its very different from FLAREtWO, slowly building on a few different sounds, dropping the bass and snare in and out, using repetition and playing with the texture of the sound to create interest.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/sbtrkt/roulette[/soundcloud]
The third track to be uploaded, just a few hours ago, is aptly titled nO less. Presumably created for those SBTRKT fans that are a bit less adventurous aurally, nO less is a soft and bass-focussed track that is mostly build-up. Shortly before the end the track builds hugely in substance, and will definitely leave you wishing it was longer than two and a half minutes..
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/sbtrkt/sbtrkt-no-less[/soundcloud]
The spookiest event on the social calendar has finally arrived and time is running out for you to find the perfect Halloween outfit. Instead of going down the regular sexy bunny or vampire route, why not be creative and emulate some of the most notable musicians of 2014? Allow our handy list to inspire and guide you, allowing you to truly stand out this October 31st.
Sia was one of the most talked-about pop producers this year with her anthemic Chandelier making waves on an international level, thus putting the Australian singer, and her trademark blonde bob, on the map. Immortalised by the likes of Lena Dunham, Hilary Duff and Maggie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame, it seemed as though everyone was keen to go platinum in honour of the influential songstress. Follow their lead and pop into your local wig shop to get the shortest, blondest, fringiest blonde bob on offer to wear this Halloween. If you really want to pull out all the stops for this costume, go the Ziegler/Dunham route of taking on the role of Sia by picking someone to party in your place so you can stay home to finish a bag of candy corn as they pretend to be you, pretending to be Sia. How meta is that?
Pro: Blondes have more fun.
Con: If you enlist someone to party in your place à la Lena Dunham, you won't be partaking in any of the fun.
Miley Cyrus is always one to make it into the headlines but her glamorous 'outfit' that premiered at the Alexander Wang after party gave TMZ writers enough icy fodder for days. Show off your Joseph Pilates-sculpted body to the whole world, with a couple of nipple pasties for a touch of modesty, and stick some of your Mum's vitamins onto cat's eye glasses for good measure. Don't use Inner Health Plus or anything like that, 'cos that shit's expensive. Enlist a party partner to pose as Miley's most infamous muscle to make your costume that much more
Pro: What better time to brush up on your twerking skills?
Con: Weather in October can be fickle and those ice cream pasties won't be providing you with too much warmth. This may illicit elicit two large scoops of fripples.
Recreate the second most famous picture in the world, succeeded only by the Mona Lisa itself, by enlisting the help of your partner and your favourite subtle smiling, third-wheelin' friend. Word on the street is that Queen Bey got herself some Grimes-style bangs today so better get those scissors out while you're at it.
Pro: You'll be highly topical and will also get to be Queen Bey for a night.
Con: No one can truly pull off this look other than the Queen herself. But you can at least try your best.
If you're up for a wild night come Halloween, why not replicate the stylings of party girls Elliphant and MØ from their One More music video? Do this by donning yourself, and your BFF, in head-to-toe Adidas, teaming funky slides with a pair of socks, slapping on some Geisha-style makeup and poking a pair of chopsticks in an oriental bun. Go that extra mile and attach LED light strips to your shoes for true dedication to the project.
Pro: Looking like badass, Scandinavian bitches.
Con: May induce drinking, vomiting, kissing, peeing in streets and other types of reckless behaviour (unless you consider this a 'pro').
There are Two Weeks to go until Halloween which means that time is running out for all the best costumes to be shipped from the US. Why not save the time, and the shipping costs, and emulate the captivating appearance and innovative stylings of London artist and producer, FKA Twigs instead? Simply head to your local chemist for a toothcomb and a jar of gel, smack on some maroon lipstick and pierce your nose septum for the full Twigs treatment. Completely nail the 'baby hair' style currently #trending amongst future RnB producers with the handy video tutorial below.
Pro: Save wearing your heart on your sleeve by wearing it on your forehead instead.
Con: Finding a Twilight treat like Twig's current BF, Robert Pattinson, to accompany you for the night might be a bit tricky.
If you don't know QT, it's high time you familiarise yourself with her. Born from the collaborative project of enigmatic producers and PC Music-promoters, A.G. Cook and SOPHIE, this "sparkling future pop sensation" is a fake figurehead of sorts who perfectly blends the genres of K-Pop, electrotonica, chiptune and trance, all before rolling them into a pile of sugar and glitter. Cutesy and kitsch, she's the perfect way to honour both past and future with her nods to both '90s fashion and millennial ideologies.
Pro: Reliving your holographic-wearing days of the '90s.
Con: You'll be hard-pressed finding any drunkards traipsing around Oxford St who will actually understand your costume's significance.
Halloween is all about mystery and disguise, so what better way to fulfil this than to replicate the likeness of the enigmatic producer, SBTRKT? Instead of carving a custom mask out of wood, unless you have time for that kinda thang, we've designed a replica for your convenience, to print out, tie elastic through and place onto that face of yours. Download here.
Pro: The mask will be your key to anonymity.
Con: Good luck trying to drink out of this thing.
London pop songstress, Lily Allen, graced our shores for this year's Splendour in the Grass, and brought along with her a plethora of outfit inspirations. With pinky purple hair, a colourful neon top and bottom combo and a Unif blotter kimono, she was a display of all things tight and bright. Emulate her style with an oriental kimono, her very own line of fake London-inspired nails and a tube of hair dye of desired colour. Also honour Sheezus's penchant for emojis with a pair of bikinis or any other suitable item of that ilk. Feel free to take cues from her SITG set design by dragging along a giant, blow-up baby's bottle for the night.
Pro: You get to show off that really great London accent that you seem to pull off really well after having a few too many.
Con: Fake nails + giant, inflatable object = tears.
When Kanye West embarked on his Yeezus tour in Australia this past September, he amazed, inspired and enraged his fans, and the greater public, with his mesmerising performances and supplementary rants and on-stage antics. His shows consisted of minimal set design and props, with one of the most captivating sights being the slew of embellished masks that Yeezus adorned throughout. While these Maison Martin Margiela-branded, 2,400 crystal-embellished masks may be a little too Haute Couture for a raucous event like Halloween, you're only a packet of Spotlight-sourced, plastic rhinestones, a glue gun and a balaclava away from emulating the Messiah himself.
Pro: Inflate your ego for the night and blame any infractions on Yeezus. However, just be sure not to offend any people with disabilities in the process.
Con: You may be mistaken for a menacing, albeit fabulous, robber.
Mirror the look of this fiesty feline pop star with a pair of cat ears and a giant, fake, clip-in ponytail to make up for what you lack in the height department.
Pro: You'll fit in with all the other 'sexy cat' costumes on October 31.
Con: You must remain on your (more flattering) left side for the duration of the night.
London musician Denai Moore was properly introduced to the world last week when she popped up on The Light, from the new SBTRKT album. No doubt capitalising on that stellar track, Moore has dropped I Swore off her EP of the same name due out in late November. The track is a haunting ballad that builds with the aid of her booming vocals and crushing keys. It's certainly not in the same genre as the SBTRKT tracks but you can see why the enigmatic producer put her on the track. That voice is undeniably affecting and her songwriting is exquisite.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/denaimoore/i-swore[/soundcloud]