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Dillon Francis Drops 'This Mixtape Is Fire' EP

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Just in time for the weekend, Dillon Francis' Moombahton EP This Mixtape Is Fire is finally out.  Along with already released tracks 'Bruk Bruk', 'Bun Up The Dance' (featuring Skrillex), and a collab with Kygo 'Coming Over', the latest effort from Francis includes three brand new tracks. One of the highlights has to include an incredible collaboration with UK dance legend Calvin Harris'What's Your Name' combines some of Francis' filthiest drops to date with huge chunks of Harris' sexy style of electro-house. The rest of the EP is made up of a chiller effort featuring Funk Lordz Chromeo, a straight up Moombah banger called 'Pull It' with Bro Safari. The final tune is a Party Favour of his previously released track 'I Can't Take It'. 

 

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Dillon Francis & Skrillex Give Us 'Bun Up The Dance'

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With the official release date of Dillon Francis' much anticipated Moombahton EP 'This Mixtape Is Fire' just a few short weeks away, we've been treated to another sneak peak of what's to come. Francis has just dropped a collab with good mate and fellow social media joker Skrillex titled 'Bun Up The Dance'. Let's just say that if you weren't already convinced that putting in a pre-order for the EP was a good option, this latest track makes it pretty much non-negotiable.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Foals, Disclosure, Major Lazer And More

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There are two reasons you could be reading this. One because you're not at Splendour In The Grass and the internet is the only interesting thing you've got going for you this weekend (sorry, love you all, but how 'bout dat FOMO?). The second reason is you've somehow found internet at Splendour In The Grass and you're so addicted to tunes that the live music is just not enough, you need more new music. We get it. Don't fret, here's more music for you to devour.

Foals
Mountain At My Gate

UK outfit Foals premiered their new single, Mountain At My Gates on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 this week. This is the second single Foals have released from their forthcoming album, What Went Down, after releasing the highly-anticipated title track and clip last month. Mountain At My Gates is a more uplifting pop affair than its aggressive predecessor, What Went Down, turning into an all-out rock affair once the outro makes it appearance. The 10-track album is said, according to a press release, to be a "primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes" verging "upon the depths of madness whilst also exhibiting some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written."

Liz
When I Rule The World

Mad Decent's pop princess Liz has always been a lover of all things kitsch and nostalgic so it's no wonder that her and SOPHIE ended up with each other eventually, musically that is. When I Rule The World is their sugar-crazed collaboration which combines bubblegum beats with rushing soda-stream synths. Liz sounds completely in her element here, poised to give PC Music's pop princess Hannah Diamond a run for her money.

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Moving Mountains (Feat. Brendan Reilly)

Disclosure have been teasing a collaboration with Sam Smith called Omen for weeks now and what do they do? When anticipation is at its peak, they go and drop and completely different song Moving Mountains. Once the feeling of being let down subsides this track will win you over. It features the soulful vocals of US singer Brendan Reilly. It's a classic Disclosure track with deep house vibes complimented by honey-soaked vocals in the same vein as much of their debut Settle. Caracal is the record it's taken from and that is out at the end of September.

Now, that Sam Smith track next?

Listen to Moving Mountains here at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark.

Vic Mensa & Skrillex
No Chill

A few weeks ago a clip surfaced of Vic Mensa performing this track No Chill, produced by Skrillex. It sounded huge just from the low-quality recording but now the studio version is here and we can confirm it's MASSIVE. Driven by violent horns, it sees Skrillex enter Mensa's world rather than the other way round. It sounds as if Mensa's U Mad was a 10 and on this one he's turned it up a notch to 11. Granted, Skrillex is very hit and miss but this is a bullseye if ever we've heard one (and we've heard a few in our time).

Major Lazer & MØ
Lean On (Frank Ocean Cover)

Just when everybody is on edge about a new Frank Ocean album, which we still don't have, Major Lazer go and put Franky into the headlines for different reasons by covering Lost. It's a great cover, very much in the lane of Lean On, but for goodness sakes Diplo and co do not stop our hearts with any new music from Frank Ocean unless it's actually by Frank Ocean. Ps. MØ is in the country right now! That's fun, isn't it?

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Kwabs
Look Over Your Shoulder

If you haven't heard of London electro-soul singer Kwabs yet, nows the time to get your head around him. He has this deep, wise voice that simultaneously melts your heart and makes you groove. Look Over Your Shoulder was produced by SOHN and is a dense, affecting track with a melody that really sticks the boot in. This is one of SOHN's greatest works let alone Kwabs who's absolutely nailed the vocal on this.

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Vic Mensa
Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)

Vic Mensa is a fire rapper but he's also got a pretty great crooning voice. We heard it on Kanye West's Wolves and it returns here for a cover of Future's Codeine Crazy. This is Mensa in full on Miguel-mode. He howls over a hip-hop-meets-rock beat and just continues to get more and more intense. If he find a way to effortlessly meld this with his rapping on an original he's going to be one of the greatest rapper of our time. Yep, we said it.

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Alxndr London
DATE X

East Londonder Alxndr London is your newest electro-pop addiction. His latest track DATE X is a soulful, tribal-fused track that showcases his voice in all its seducing-glory. With The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face finding favour with everybody that has at least one ear, it's obvious the world is craving more of this stuff and London could be just the man to deliver it.

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Queen Magic
Said That You Wanted

Melbourne's Queen Magic will hit the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Splendour In The Grass this weekend and he's coming armed with a new track Said That You Wanted. Australia isn't exactly the most obvious breeding ground for late night R&B jams but Said That You Wanted is exactly that. It's a soulful and smooth track reminiscent of How To Dress Well. His falsetto is on-point and that snare is doing things to us.

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Empress Of
Kitty Kat

It's been a little while since Empress Of returned to the alt-pop scene with Realize You but she's finally given us a new single in the form of Kitty Kat. Kitty Kat goes bigger than Realize You, powering through with sprawling synth-work and a confident vocal. She shifts between being delicately purring and powerfully roaring as she builds each verse to a stunning climax of a chorus.

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First Impressions: Skrillex, Cosmo's Midnight, Lana Del Rey + More

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. This week we pick apart tracks by Vic Mensa, Skrillex, CHVRCHES, Lana Del Rey and more. 

Vic Mensa And Skrillex
No Chill


Annie: Oh how far Skrillex has come since the dark days of Bangarang. The dubstep king teams up with Chicago newcomer Vic Mensa here, producing a huge track that most definitely has no chill (sorry, I had to). This song gives strength to my inclination that Skrillex is at his best when paired with rappers (such as A$AP), what’s better than heavy beats teamed up with Mensa’s heavy-hitting vocals? 3

Sam: There’s definitely more Mensa in this one than Skrillex which is good to hear. With this and U Mad, it’s clear to see that Mensa is forming a good identity built upon big-sounding horns and dark beats. He’s really channeling post-Yeezus vibes and it’s working for him. By getting Skrillex on board though he’s now in an awkward position where the track's not commercial enough for FM radio and Skrill will probably deter underground fans. It’s not easy this music stuff, I tell ya. 3.5

Cosmo’s Midnight (Feat. KUCKA)
Walk With Me

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Annie: Everything ties together so beautifully here. The keyboards, uplifting synth and bright keyboard melody sound perfect in conjunction with KUCKAs smooth vocals. There’s an AlunaGeorge-esque kind of vibe here, so it came as no surprise to me that they have collaborated before. The song in essence is incredibly sweet, in a substantial kind of way. Cosmo’s Midnight are definitely an act to look out for in the future. 4

Sam: Most people who take an interest in Australian dance music will be very well-acquainted with Cosmo’s Midnight but they’re still yet to reach the status of, say, Golden Features. That’s because they haven’t had their big-break song yet. Until now. Walk With Me is just so effortless in the way KUCKA delivers the melody and the instrumental plods along. It’s breezy and yet it leaves such a lasting impression on you. Basically, a match made in heaven. 4

CHVRCHES
Leave A Trace

Annie: I can’t get into CHVRCHES, despite the mass amounts of hype. It’s not that I find them hard to listen to in any way; their songs just never leave any impression on me, negative or positive. This song is mildly enjoyable, it gives me a slight understanding as to why other people sing their praises so highly at least. But as a whole, I probably won’t listen again. 2.5

Sam: Lauren Mayberry is the queen of icy lyrics. “Anything you ever did was strictly by design,” she sings with the sweetest, most delectable tone making you crumble inside but also develop a stern snarl. CHVRCHES are great at juxtaposing the lyrics and the instrumental. They haven’t really changed anything much from their debut but that’s completely okay because that record was basically flawless. This one kicks off round two in stunning form with what is probably their strongest single to date. Also, will that Irish accent ever grow tiring? I think not. 4.5 Sam's Pick 

Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon

Annie: With Lana’s last release, she was criticised endlessly for her reinvention from New York singer Lizzie Grant to the curated, femme fatale Lana Del Rey. She has been accused by many of inauthenticity, with the kind of vigour that one would expect an exposed cam artist to endure. At this point, however, it doesn’t really matter anymore. Lana is clearly great at what she does, and Honeymoon is a perfect example of this. Soulful doesn’t feel potent enough a word to describe her vocals in this track. Honeymoon sounds like it was ripped directly from an old-time cinema soundtrack, it is truly something lovely. 3.5 Annie's Pick 

Sam: Just as it was almost getting tiring to defend LDR, everyone changed their tune when Ultraviolence turned out to be pretty damn good. The great thing is, going into album number three, she really shouldn’t have any concerns. And it shows. Dropping a sparse ballad like this as the first taste is a bold move and also says that LDR doesn’t really give two shits if you like it or not. On Honeymoon she curls her smokey vocals around an instrumental inspired by Hollywood grandeur. It’s elegant, decadent but also a little dark and hollow. It’s probably not the most enthralling thing she’s done, but her vocal is flawless. 3.5

Liz

When I Rule The World

Annie: ‘If Aqua was formed in 2015’, is an accurate way to describe this song. The track, which you may recognise from the new Samsung Galaxy commercial, is a fun homage to early 2000’s pop. It’s quality pop music, with the vocals channeling Britney Spears in a way that isn’t grating. It’s wholly enjoyable, but admittedly the track is probably best suited for your guilty pleasures playlist. 3

Sam: Apart from that Madonna track, Sophie has been pretty quiet on the release front. Thank goodness he’s back and he’s chosen the perfect partner in crime. Liz is a nostalgia-sucking, millennium-influenced popstar who has always suited the PC Music aesthetic. This is her first foray into this world and it’s without a doubt her most successful output to date. When I Rule The World pairs together a bubblegum-popping verse with a sickly sweet chorus that’s successful in being powerfully addictive. Sophie is yet to really have a commercial hit given that Bitch, I’m Madonna sunk but this really has a chance if anyone’s brave enough to start spinning it for the masses. 4

YG
Twist My Fingaz

Annie: I’m definitely way, way out of my element with this song, but it reminds me of ‘My Neck, My Back’ by Khia, which I like, although I’m not sure whether that’s entirely a good thing…
There’s something that pushed me to replay it three times however, so I suppose this track may be just as ‘fYAAA’ as the Youtube comments suggest. 2

Sam: One really good thing that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly left behind is the re-introduction of organic instrumentation in commercial hip-hop. YG is definitely sitting in that lane rapping over a beat that sounds influenced by Thundercat. The beat is the best part about it, funky and personality-filled, but YG doesn’t really bring anything memorable to it unfortunately. The thing that separates it from anything on To Pimp A Butterfly is that it’s pleasant. Nothing on Lamar’s record was pleasant - it all stood in your face and demanded attention. “Do your dance YG,” doesn’t really do that. 3

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Vic Mensa And Skrillex Team Up For The Massive 'No Chill'

A few weeks ago a clip surfaced of Vic Mensa performing this track No Chill, produced by Skrillex. It sounded huge just from the low-quality recording but now the studio version is here and we can confirm it's MASSIVE. Driven by violent horns, it sees Skrillex enter Mensa's world rather than the other way round. It sounds as if Mensa's U Mad was a 10 and on this one he's turned it up a notch to 11. Granted, Skrillex is very hit and miss but this is a bullseye if ever we've heard one (and we've heard a few in our time).

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Skrillex and Diplo (Jack U) drop 'Take U There' featuring Kiesza

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Kiesza has been busy of late. She's already had a massive hit, Hideaway, and has followed up with the equally stunning, Giant In My Heart and No Enemiesz. Now she's featured on the new single, Take U There, by Jack U which is a collaboration between Skrillex and Diplo. The pair have been teasing this track for a while and it lives up to the hype. It's a tempo-raising anthem that is equal parts melodic and thrashing. It actually has the potential to become the pair's biggest commercial hit which,  given their success already, is saying something.

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