"These may be the most basic lyrics since The Hamster Dance": New music roundtable reviewed.
"These may be the most basic lyrics since The Hamster Dance": New music roundtable reviewed.
It's not even summer and yet the music is already hot. How can it be?
A f*cking masterpiece.
Quality over quantity they say, but it seems we've been able to enjoy both recently. BIGSOUND delivered us a plethora of great new Aussie talent, SBTRKT offered up not one, but two new songs and Tkay Maidza has seemingly dropped about seven albums worth of material recently. Here at the interns we also believe in quality and quantity and that's why we're serving up not one, not five but 10 songs you need to hear this week.
SBTRKT's Wonder Where We Land is only weeks away from release already we've heard four tracks from it. The latest, Higher, features much-hyped Atlanta artist Raury, who lays down some masterful verses before a triumphant chorus. Raury is great but the hero of this track is the British producers instrumentation. The lightly laid-on triumphant-synth in the chorus takes us to the club and to church in the same moment.
British producer/singer TĀLĀ's latest delivery, Black Scorpio, feels like four songs in one. It goes from a Mission Impossible-like beginning into a triumphant, trumpet-synth which elevates the song to a new level. It's the first time we've heard her solely focus on the instrumentation and as such she establishes herself as a formidable songwriter as well as a finessed producer.
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Canberra trio SAFIA are riding a wave of success at the moment of the back of Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds and it's most likely set to continue with the release of You Are The One. You Are The One kicks off with a brooding, piano-led verse which sees lead-vocalist, Ben Woolner-Kirkham, show off his incredible vocal chops. The beat eventually kicks in but none of the magic is lost as the instrumental heads straight for the stars. Strap yourself in.
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It seems every week we are talking about Hemsworth. Whether he's releasing other people's music through his Secret Songs series or just dropping his own stuff, just cos. Difficulties sees him team up with British Grime artist Trim who puts down a strangely melodic rap that is softened by Hemsworth's gentle instrumental. For a track that has a lyric like, "hung like a horse, scuba-dick" it's actually quite affecting. Good work Hemmy and scuba-dick.
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Becky Hill is mostly known as the vocalist on Rudimental's Powerless but know she's stepping out on her own, with Losing marking her official arrival to the pop spectrum. Losing is a soulful, MNEK-produced number that is more of a groove-inducer than a fist-pumper. It has a massive final chorus with layered vocals and dense synths making it almost impossible not to dance. BRB, we're gonna go boogie.
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From one pop-newcomer to another, Deep is the first taste from British artist JONES and it's groovy-looped affair. It's been produced by Jai Paul's brother Anup, who's probably the only person who knows what the hell Jai Paul is doing right now. That aside, he does a brilliant job here holding JONES' hand with mellow undertones. The Solange-influence is very prominent, but hey, there's room for two in this elevator.
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At this point we may aswell turn this site into a Tkay Maidza fansite. The Adelaide rapper has been churning out tracks at a rapid rate recently and this latest track comes courtesy of fellow Australian, producer Kilter. Kilter has already released They Say without vocals on it but this version sees Maidza jump on the track and lay down soulful vocals that see her sing rather than rap. It takes the already brilliantly anarchic track to another level and once again we find ourselves saying bow down bitches - Tkay is in the house.
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We've heard plenty of covers of Sam Smith's Stay With Me as its become the year's Adele - Someone Like Me, but Twigs' one is particularly different. She's never been one to do things by the book and this cover is a left-of-centre, late night re-work. At times the original song is almost unrecognisable as she picks and chooses lyrics and cuts up the song structure. The result is an arresting, illuminated version.
Two Bodies is the first single to come from Flight Facilities long-time coming LP, Down To Earth and it's a surprisingly demure affair which recruits Emma Louise on vocals. The video does the best job of explaining the songs charm. Two pale figures dance around in a dark room, sliding in and out of each others embrace, quite like the way Louise effortlessly slips her vocals into a soundscape built from unobtrusive beats and windy synths.
Seekae's latest album, The Worry has just been released via Future Classic and with it they announced the next single from it, Monster. Monster is perhaps their biggest departure from a predominantly electronic aesthetic. Gentle guitars accompany a delicate, brooding vocal that's eventually joint by jabs of brass. As the title would suggest, it's a little bit creepy but it's also one of the best offerings we've heard from new-era, Seekae.
Flume has put his midas touch on yet another already-killer song, this time turning Seekae's Test & Recognise into gold. It's still as hauntingly alluring as the original- just slightly tweaked to make it a little more club-ready. Listen below:
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Rick Rubin, without a doubt, is one of the most legendary producers in the world. He’s been behind records by Adele, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and er...Shakira. His most recent masterpiece is Kanye West’s Yeezus which he talks about in this interview with Radio 1 host Zane Lowe. On Yeezus he says, “I thought it was coming out in a year. Kanye said five to six weeks, and I said 'Really?”. He also talks about Shakira saying, “She's so successful because she's competing with all these manufactured pop artists, and she’s not a manufactured pop artist.” Lowe is a formidable interviewer and leads a career spanning chat with the bearded maestro. Rubin is an utterly fascinated mind.
The funnyman of EDM continues to tear through festivals this summer, with his light-hearted yet heavy-beat set. If at all you’re feeling flat, nestle into this live set and be taken away to EDM heaven as Francis drops cuts by everyone from Major Lazer to Lil Jon. It’s a shame we can’t see the DJ’s pizza-shooting antics but hearing KCI and Jojo close out the set with All My Life should be enough to tell you that he’s as unpredictable as ever.
The master of dark arts, Zola Jesus is giving away the first single from her new album Taiga. Jesus has always been known for being a dark songstress but it seems she’s embraced a more melodic, pop side on Dangerous Days. Taking cues from her work with French producer M83, the new single maintains the brooding synths from Conatus and adds a throbbing beat for a hands-in-the-air chorus, the likes of which we haven’t seen done in such an explicit way before.
This latest track from young Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP is an electrical-charged slow burner. It may seem mellow to begin with but Give Help Me Out a run in its entirety; the steady bass and sexy sax solo really top it off. We can picture this number during the early hours in a club but for the moment our headphones will have to do.
Get transported to the sun-drenched, glistening...UK? London-based Sonder's shimmery Feel Me is packed with the hope of good times and, according to the Deep House producer, 'sunny vibes'- very unlike the English Summer you'd imagine. Can't afford a trip to the European Summer? This free download will have to do.
As much as you’d like to shop with Seekae chances are you won’t be anytime soon. Factmag have taken the Aussie, Future Classic-signees and taken them record shopping while they chat about their forthcoming album, The Worry. What do they pick up? Actress, el-p and a few more that you’ll have to watch to find out.
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If you've been sleeping on new music this week, consider this your cramming. You probably haven't escaped the week without hearing about the new La Roux track, but there are a few other gems here that have slipped under the radar. You can read along below or jump straight to the Soundcloud playlist here.
1. La Roux- Uptight Downtown
La Roux’s first track from Trouble In Paradise, Let Me Down Gently, introduced us...gently. It was lovely, but we were all waiting for the heart-racing, pop moment she delivered up time and time again on her debut. Well, this is it. Uptight Downtown is an '80s-inspired number that encourages dancing in the street, inappropriate grinding and hairbrush singalongs. In other words, it’s pop perfection.
The Preatures have been busy overseas showing why Australian bands are the shit at the moment, however, they’re returning at the end of July for a run of shows. Along with the announcement they’ve released this newie. Two Tone Melody sees the band ease-up, creating a dusky, slow-burning track that centres around Isabella Manfredi’s smokey vocals.
3. Kyan- Taking The City
For an artist who’s been around for barely a minute, Kyan’s song-writing is so self assured and confident. Taking The City is another notch in his belt. It’s a glisteningly, clean production with a huge chorus to boot. Just try and resist the foray into rock territory in the song's final third.
4. Seekae- Test & Recognise
This is the second taster off Seekae’s forthcoming album The Worry. It sees the band take a more accessible approach to songwriting, ditching a largely instrumental aesthetic in favour of dark, RnB inspired vocals. It’s working well for them. Following Another, Test & Recognise is yet another hugely enticing track.
5. Rebecca Clements- Wildlife
If you’re in need of a cry at the end of the week, this is the track to do it to. This is 19 year-old British-singer, Rebecca Clements’ debut track and it’s a haunting ode to breaking free. Instrumentally, it’s really only the guitar and Clements voice but she has a lyrical prowess holds your interest. “We try to run free but we’re two lost strays, all caught up in the mess we’ve made”, she sings ethereally and in total control.
6. TALA- On My Own In Hua Hin
TALA is quickly becoming one of the key innovators on the scene at the moment. This is the latest cut from her upcoming The Duchess EP is another chopped and screwed beauty. There’s a touch of Santigold to it, a bit of M.I.A and a whole lot of TALA.
7. DEADMAU5- SeeYa (Feat. Colleen)
This is a bit of a detour of sound for the man in the Mickey Mouse hat. Seemingly inspired by Daft Punk, he’s opted for a funky bassline and robotic synths in yet another indication that EDM is changing its tack sound-wise.
8. jj- All White Everything
Enigmatic Swedish duo, jj, are certainly not a conventional pair. They occasionally cover rap songs, drop songs out of the blue and are short on imaginative album titles (V is the forthcoming effort). It’s lucky then that they’re music speaks volumes. All White Everything is a delicate track that builds that effortlessly builds but never quite reaches the climax. It’s that restraint that makes it so intriguing.
9. Meanwhile- Bigger City
Meanwhile is sure to become a name to watch. He’s been hand picked by La Roux to support her on her upcoming comeback tour which seems like a perfect match. Like La Roux, this track is coated in '80s pastiche with unapologetic synths and hip-shaking bass. Bigger City may be the funnest track you hear this week.
10. Digitalism- Wolves (Feat. Youngblood Hawke) (RAC Remix)
RAC have a knack of remixing songs to make them even more accessible than their original. This is a radio-ready, indie-pop remix of Digitalism. It’s perky, sunshine-induced and you’ll want to hate it. But you can’t. The careless indie-pop textures are irresistable.
Seekae have released a new song off their forthcoming album, The Worry. Test & Recognise is a crescendoing, experimental track that centres around vocals, something that previously the Australian group shied away from. The Worry is set to be released on 12 September through the Future Classic label and will feature this track and the dark, slow-burner from last year, Another.
Here is the The Worry's track-listing:
1. Back Out
4. Test & Recognise
6. The Worry
8. Oxen Calm
9. The Stars Below
11. Still Moving