10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Tink, Golden Features, Shura And More

TSYNTH: The most important Friday-related acronym, closely followed by TGIF. Here are the most important songs from the week.


White Light

Shura has churned out a number of flawless tracks over the last year or so but before this week she'd yet to take a big risk. White Light feels like it will be her defining track. It runs for over seven minutes and is an after-dark disco-tune that is perky but also beautifully melancholic. Through instrumental twists and turns she easily holds attention for the length of the song and by the end confirms that she's more than just a hyped-name.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shura/shura-white-light[/soundcloud]


Canadian band Metric are now up to their sixth record which I guess makes them veterans. The LP is called Pagans In Vegas and they're kicking off the campaign with the synth-driven Cascades. Cascades sees Emily Haines' voice receive the vocoder treatment adding a touch of experimentalism to an otherwise bare-boned melody. Metric have always had a knack for delivering subtle melodies that get under your skin and it's no different here.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Look we didn't think we'd give two shits about the new Carly Rae Jepsen album but Dev Hynes' name was thrown in the mix and our ears pricked up. Since then we've been delighted with her output from the sugary hooks of I Really Like You to the more sombre, sweetness of All That. Now we have the title track of the forthcoming record Emotion and we're once again intrigued. It's an '80s-tinged, rainbow-coloured track that retains her teeny-charm but adds some sophistication with a funky-guitar line. Keep em' coming Jeps, we're listening now.

Natalie La Rose
Around The World (Feat. Fetty Wap)

Danish newcomer Natalie La Rose bagged herself a huge hit with the Jeremih-featuring Somebody and now she's attempting to back-it up with Around The World. The track sits more firmly in the pop/EDM world than its predecessor but it still has an RnB-tinge that gives it a Ciara-like edge. It was produced by mega-hit-maker Max Martin and is definitely has success written all over it.

Hold Me Down

US songstress Halsey is going to make a huge splash this year. This week she announced the release of her debut album Badlands and it shot into the top ten on the US iTunes on pre-orders alone, so it will more than likely be in the upper-echelons of the chart when it's officially released. Hold Me Down is set to feature on the LP. It's a tough-as-guts alt-pop tune that presents Halsey as a ballsy singer. The beats stomp hard and her voice growls, showing she ain't afraid to deliver the big tunes.

Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose may be small herself but her music is making a big impact. We're used to hearing perfectly-polished pop tunes from her but this week she used her music to make a poignant statement about marriage equality. It couldn't have come at a better time as Labor, only this week, introduced a marriage equality bill into parliament. "It's the division hurting you and me, time to change it," Rose sings on new track Division. It's well-considered lyrically but it's also a bit of a dance-floor banger which always helps.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/elizabethrose/division[/soundcloud]

Golden Features
No One (Feat. Thelma Plum)

Everyone's losing their nut over enigmatic Aussie producer Golden Features and it seems to be with good reason. His latest No One is plucked from a forthcoming EP XXIV and is a dark yet crystalline stomper featuring the haunting vocals of songstress Thelma Plum. We're used to hearing Plum over mostly acoustic numbers so it's impressive to see her transform into a full-on popstar equipped with Golden Features' dirty af dance-beat.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/golden-features/no-one-ft-thelma-plum[/soundcloud]

The Internet
Special Affair

Odd Future's The Internet have released two albums and made a slight splash but they're yet to deliver something truly-defining...until now. This week the six-piece RnB outfit announced the release of a new album Ego Death and dropped with it Special Affair which has to be one of their most focussed, sonically tight releases. It's got an effortless groove to it that can only eventuate from a band who are effortlessly linked and vibing off each other. It feels intimate but at the same time it's a jam made by musicians just hangin' out.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/internet-band/special-affair[/soundcloud]

Dux Content
Snow Globe

It's hard to get your sugar-fix in a week without a PC Music release so luckily we've been gifted with another saccharine track this week. Dux Content is an A.G. Cook side-project but it doesn't really use a different formula to what we're used to. There are still rushing synths, high-pitched vocals and impossibly catchy melodies but Snow Globe has a distinctive Mystic Meg vibe to it. "We'll be shining, shining you and I together," sings a chipmunk voice channelling the now trademark lyrics of euphoria that all PC Music centres around.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/snow-globe[/soundcloud]

Tazer x Tink
Wet Dollars

This one's an absolute blazer to finish the week with. Much like vic Mensa did with Down On My Luck, Tink has taken a short detour from American hip-hop into UK dance-styles dropping Wet Dollars. It's firmly planted in the UK club scene but Tink is such an accomplished rapper she could rap over Beethoven so it's not surprising that she nails a different genre. Get down to this one this weekend.


10 Songs You Need To Hear: Tame Impala, Grimes, Active Child & More


It’s very to be easy to be down at this stage of the year. It’s March already, Drake’s visit has come and gone, Rihanna hasn’t released an album for like 17 years and we’re waking every morning only to be disappointed that a new Kanye album hasn’t arrived. Here are 10 new songs to make you feel better about mid-March and help you forget about all those resolutions to stop drinking wine under $5 that you’ve already broken numerous times.

London singer Shura has hit the nail on the head four times now with her latest single 2Shy just as good as its predecessors. Funnily enough the song itself is quite shy. Shura is characteristically hushed while its funk undertones hide beneath a bed of washy synths. It creates a warm, twinkling atmosphere that’s bound to push her profile further.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shura/2shy[/soundcloud]


So basically Grimes said this song wasn’t good enough to go on her new album and scrapped it. Then she gave it a video and watched the internet go crazy over the track. Then she tweeted that she’ll “consider for album” but thinks she has better. This is one of the best Grimes tracks we’ve heard for a while so if it’s not good enough for the album then it sounds like she’s cooking up her own Sgt. Pepper. Please feel free to email future songs to me Grimes so I can tell you if they’re good enough. Thanks.


Beat Connection
Nothing like ending the week with a bit of funky electro-pop and thanks to Seattle foursome Beat Connection we can do that. The cover for Illusion features two men taking photos of a piece of garbage as if it’s art but this song my friends is not garbage. It’s a crisply produced, smooth pop songs that introduces the band as a potential mainstream crossover.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/beatconnexion/illusion[/soundcloud]


Ben Khan
You may remember Ben Kahn as a new artist who’s horn we tooted a few times last year. 1000 is his latest track and the first we’ve heard from him in 2015 and it once again affirms to us that we were right in tooting his horn. With a bed of synths and beats that would sound at home on a Little Dragon record, Khan lays down his soulful vocals. There are plenty of sounds here to get excited about, particularly the shrieking guitar that’s making my ears very happy right now.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/benkhan/1000bk[/soundcloud]


Take Me To Church (Frost Remix)
Hozier’s Take Me To Church is about a million years old now but commercial radio has only just decided that their Kyle and Jackie-championing listeners need to be taken to church. Thanks goodness we have people like Sydney producer FROST who’s willing to give the song a fresh lick of deep-house paint and make the song bearable once again. If people played this shit at church, I’d be there all dayyyyy.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/frostsounds/hozier-take-me-to-church-frost-remix[/soundcloud]


Jam City
When you call yourself Jam City, you’re giving yourself a hard job in that you’re promising the people jams. If you promise the people jams (or jam for that matter) you better deliver. And luckily this Night Slugs producer does. Jam City is making music to dance to but it’s not necessarily music for clubs. Today is throwback pop/RnB with sfumato edges made for slow-grinding rather than fist-pumping. This is the sort of music who exposes all those who have no rhythm when they try to dance to it. In that way Jam City is gifting humanity.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/jam-city/today[/soundcloud]


Tame Impala
Let It Happen
“When it happens/let it happen,” is the mantra of the new Tame Impala song which basically means when you get halfway through your third run of the 8-minute track and think maybe it’s time to stop, ignore rationality. Thanks to Kevin Parker and co we’ve had an incredibly unproductive week and we have this psychedelic pop piece to thank. Some have said this is Tame Impala moving into electronic music but Lonerism was always lying on that bed. Here the synths are just that bit more prevalent and we’ve probably got to get used to the fact that this would be brilliantly euphoric in a club.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/stereogum/let-it-happen[/soundcloud]


Active Child
1999 was a good year. Britney Spears released ...Baby One More Time, J.Lo dropped On The 6 and the public allowed Cher to go to number one with Believe. This song seemingly has nothing to do with all of that but it was a chance to reminisce that I just couldn’t pass on. We’ve waited almost four years for another Active Child album and now we’re finally getting it with Mercy. 1999 is a mournful piece of beauty that sees Pat Grossi’s crystalline falsetto return with a more straight-forward singer/songwriter vibe. As great as the experimentalism on You Are All I See was, this is something super special.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/active-child/mercy-1999[/soundcloud]


Sufjan Stevens
Should Have Known Better
For a while it seemed like we’d lost singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens to the dark, evil world of electronic music. On his latest album Carrie & Lowell he’s returned to his humble roots with an acoustic sound that grabs everyone’s heart and places it straight in their throat. Should Have Known Better is recount of his early memories with his late mother. It’s a heartbreaking tale of his mother leaving him in a video store at the age of three or four. Unbelievably Stevens manages to introduce some shred of life with a warming keyboard-line in the latter parts of the song which beautifully describes his brothers new-born daughter and a new reason to look forward - “the beauty that she brings/ Illumination.”


Thandi Phoenix
Judgement (Feat. B Wise)
This may sound like a sassy RnB track from the turn of the millenium but check the timestamp and I promise you you’ll find it’s from 2014. Thandi Phoenix is a singer from Sydney who’s collaborated with everyone from Ta-Ku to Coin Banks. This is the kind of thing that Rihanna would have lapped up on her Music Of The Sun debut with island vibes complemented by club-ready synths. B Wise’s distinctly Australian rap is a good way to give it a sense of identity. Australia has soul scene that Phoenix is ready to expose.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/thandiphoenix/judgement-thandi-phoenix-ft-b-wise[/soundcloud]


the interns' Class of 2015


The artists to watch in 2015...

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseThanks to Nicki Minaj’s undeniable reign, female rappers aren’t a new thing. In 2014 we had Angel Haze, Azealia Banks, Tink, Little Simz and plenty more show that they can rap just as fiercely as the boys. Dej Loaf isn’t an aggressive rapper. She’s a finessed rapper. One that trades in ferocity for subtlety, carefully weaving her raps around delectable melodies in the way that Drake does when he trades rapping for singing. She too, flicks between rapping and singing meaning that even her harder tracks have a warmth to them. Try Me peaked within the top 50 in America after Drake quotes its lyrics in an Instagram post. It takes more than that though, to get audiences to fork out money for a song. The song’s got to have personality. And Dej Loaf’s songs have plenty of that.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseThe PC Music Soundcloud label was a revelation in 2014. It sounded like the future but it also reeked of ‘90s nostalgia, like Siri meeting Sega. One of the artists on that Soundcloud that churned out consistently brilliant material was Hannah Diamond. Best described as a digital popstar, she is the best one to carry the PC Music movement further. While tracks like Attachment and Pink and Blue were a little polarising (for those not already enamoured by PC Music), Every Night, dropped in the dying months of 2014, has the appeal of a bonafide pop smash. Just like Hey QT, it takes the foundations of a pop song (sugary verse, big, bass-heavy chorus) and runs it through the PC Music filter. She’s confusing, enticing and addictive. All of which lead to one action: repeat.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseThere’s one Like A Version that stands out firmly in our minds this year and that’s Peking Duk’s. Not because of Peking Duk themselves but because of their feature artist JOY. The 17 year-old from Brisbane who steadily grew her profile in 2014, stole the spotlight with her vocals on a cover of Kylie Minogue’s, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Like Kylie, JOY. doesn’t have a big voice, but she has a great one. It’s smokey and ethereal, best delivered atop shimmering electronic beats. Her solo work is just as impressive. Stone, is a brooding, after-dark number with brass stylings while her cover of Drake’s Marvin’s Room is haunting. With the right producers around her, JOY. could churn out some of the best material to come out of Australia in 2015.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseWe are severely craving a new record by Grimes, but we may now have somebody capable of delivering something just as good. KU?KA is the moniker of Laura Jane Lowther from Perth who’s making, haunting, after-dark tunes built on interesting electronic landscapes. She has a bit of Bjork running through her veins, meaning she treads a careful line between heavenly and hellish. She just keeps getting better and her latest track, Divinity, is her most accessible yet. It’s a twinkling pop song that allows us to hear the different textures in her voice as she weaves her way through a slinky melody. It’s hard to remember the last time we had a female artist in Australia with the potential to be as captivating as KU?KA could be.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseIt seems for the moment, that electronica in 2015 will continue to head down the path of kitsch and kawaii, but one producer that defies that is Seattle producer, Lucas. Lucas has the stamp of approval from Ryan Hemsworth and has littered 2014 with atmospheric, dark electronic songs that have captured the spirit of lo-fi indie rock. His remix of Hemsworth’s, One For Me is one of the most heartbreaking things we heard all year and his contribution to Secret Songs, Keep U Warm struck us with its effortless warmth. Amongst all those saccharine tracks, we may just need some melancholy to bring us back down to earth. Lucas is the man for that job.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse“Really how long till the world realise/ Yes, Yes, I’m the best fuck what you heard”, Shamir declares on his debut single for XL Records, On The Regular. It was a latecomer for the best single of 2014- an unexpected, pop manifesto which introduced him to the music world with the same youthful energy as Azealia Banks in 2014. In 2014, this Las-Vegas artist released his disco-tinged EP, Northtown, and then followed it with On The Regular which would’ve sounded completely out of place on the EP. What’s so exciting about Shamir in 2015? We have no idea what road he’s going to take, but he’s nailed so many genres at this point it doesn’t really matter. We’ll see how long it takes until the world realises he’s the best fuck, but we suspect it may take less time for them to see him as the greatest thing to grace pop in 2015.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseWe heard a lot of wispy female artists in 2014 and quite frankly we’ve grown a little bit sick of it. So many of them slip into the mundane, without any emotional commitment. London songstress, Shura, is an artist who does none of the aforementioned. In 2014, she dropped three perfect, dimly-lit pop songs (Touch, Just Once, Indecision) and made us fall in love with her careful melodies and finessed lyrics. Her first single, Touch, remains her greatest asset at this point. “There’s a love between us still but something’s change and I don’t know why”, she sings with the intimacy of two naked bodies standing side by side. Her latest single, Indecision, proves she can bring a bit of nouveau-disco funk to the table, making us even more excited for an album which will probably break our hearts.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseIt seems that the traditional singer/songwriter is back in vogue, if the success of Hozier and George Ezra is anything to go by. Tobias Jesso Jr. is a far more subtle, nuanced songwriter than the aforementioned with the voice of John Lennon. There’s nothing tricky about Tobias Jesso Jr. When you’ve nailed the melody and have the vocal chops to deliver, sometimes all you need to do is sit at the piano and churn it out. It worked for Lana Del Rey’s Video Games and for Bat For Lashes’ Laura. His greatest opus, Hollywood, matches the strength of those two songs. For six minutes he sits at a lonely piano, lamenting about whether showbizz is worth it: “I don’t know if I’ll make it/ and I don’t know If I should”. His debut album, Goon, is out in March and we’re expecting it to be timeless.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseCalifornian rapper Vince Staples has been releasing tracks since 2012, but 2014 felt like the first year he truly made an impact. The 21 year-old released his EP, Hell Can Wait, which was a vicious display of industrial beats and a relentless flow. Blue Suede sounds like an alarm piercing at the ears, yet somehow manages to draw you in with a simple hook and aggressive verses. Staples is the kind of rapper who will release an album like Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid Maad City, rather than play a feature rapper to popstars. There’s only one guest spot on the EP and that’s because he’s a rapper with enough skill and charisma to hold the show himself.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter MathysseThis British three-piece chipped away at the music scene, track-by-track in 2014. While there was some brilliant material, none of it really tore apart the charts in the way that it should (their single, Desire, deserved far more attention). That’s not to say Years & Years are a band that have been manicured by labels for a hit. This is a band that will reach the top of the charts purely on the strength of their tracks. Their latest single, King, seems to be the one poised to do that. Their perfect amalgamation of soul, pop and dance genres makes them susceptible to a number of different audiences- the type of band we could see playing Laneway Festival the same day they were interviewed by Kyle and Jackie O.