SZA has teamed up with Felix Lee for some Tuesday tunage
This week seemed like a pretty slow week for new music but looking back on it now we must have spent too much of our time watching drug busts outside the window and contemplating the percentage of croissant to donut in a cronut. Anyway, apologies. We’re more than aware now that this week was infact great for new music and are making up for our fleeting attention spans with this list of 10 songs that would have been great in any week. Not just because we thought this week was a dud.
Hudson Mohawke’s Chimes was already a hard-ass, thumper of a track but he’s just piled four cherries on top, adding four of the best rappers right now to the mix. The instrumental remains the same but the rap verses add a certain personality to the track. If we have to pick someone who took the crown here we’re going to have to give it to Pusha T. He sounds dark, brooding and successfully fights Mohawke’s abrasive horns.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hudsonmohawke/chimes-rmx[/soundcloud]
SZA’s Z is still one of the most effortless records of the year and she continues that vibe with this cut, Sobriety. Vocally, she absolutely slays on this one over a beat constructed by a dream-team of Chris Calor, Cody, Thundercat and Sounwave. It’s funny that so many people have had a hand in this track because they haven’t left any fingerprintrints. It sounds minimal, clean and spacious.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/topdawgent/sza-sobriety-prod-by-chris-calor-cody-thundercat-lovedragon-and-sounwave[/soundcloud]
Belgian, known for its delicious waffles and rich chocolate, has another delicacy on offer, in the form of sweet-talking Selah Sue. Her voice, like the two aforementioned foods, runs smoothly and steamily alongside a skittering, electronic-infused, hip-hop beat. Childish Gambino’s appearance is a welcome addition, giving the track, which ever so subtly verges into pop territory, that extra crunch. All we can say is, yum.
Kelsey Bulkin’s got a voice that just won’t quit. Soft and dreamy, with the counter-ability of grabbing all your attention, her vocals float divinely above a soundscape of anxious synths, subdued keys and saccharine synths (those strings!). A lullaby of sorts, Panther lives up to its name. Stealthy, dark and mysterious, this big cat of the jungle grabs you right by the throat.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/madeinheights/panther[/soundcloud]
7/11 is the new Beyonce track from the forthcoming Platinum Edition of her hugely successful, BEYONCE album. It seems like Beyonce just keeps giving more and more. 7/11 is probably the hardest we’ve ever heard her go with a crunching beat and some trail-blazing verses. Beyonce rarely takes the time to sing, rather rapping her way through the whole thing. The video is something else too. For someone with the amount of money she has, she’s made a video that looks like a home video. Where my home videos look like a poorly shot documentary on whales, Beyonce’s looks top notch. Of course.
We’re just going to put two Beyonce songs in because, Beyonce. This one sees her put more fuel on the fire in terms of the rumour that her and Jay-Z are done with the lyrics “you took that ring off”. We’re not sure what that’s all about but the song itself is an island-inspired gem. Along with the original songs on BEYONCE, Ring Off is probably the most effortless. Can we have another album for Christmas please Beyonce?
We’re currently smashing our piggy banks open and filling the bath with dollar coins so we can listen to this track the way its meant to be heard. With all the success Charli XCX has had this year, it’s refreshing to hear a song so unconcerned with what’s in vogue at the moment. Gold Coins is brash, punk and surprisingly sounds like a hit.
It’s always good to hear an Aussie girl doing well on the world wide web, so we we’re thrilled to see KUČKA’s Divinity premiered on The Fader this week. We’ve loved KUCKA ever since we were captivated by her show at BIGSOUND and drunkenly tracked her down in the street to tell her so. Divinity sounds like Grimes with a sprinkle of Alunageorge and plenty of after-dark charm. It’s a swirling combustion of lucid synths and vocal hums, sounding like nothing coming out of this country right now.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/midnightfeature/kucka-divinity[/soundcloud]
In our humble opinion, British youngster has been criminally underappreciated this year. Surely 2015 is set to be his time, particularly with this #banger, The Rhythm on his side. The Rhythm was made to pulsate off club walls with jungle inspired rhythms and a throbbing bass. Meanwhile his soaring voice adds an anthemic quality to the whole thing. Right now, I’m literally all about that bass.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mnek-1/the-rhythm[/soundcloud]
Riddle me this, how do you see fish tears when they’re already in water? Well, Dugong Jr has apparently seen them and they look exactly as this sounds. If that’s true, they’re crystalline droplets, that trickle and plop, occasionally falling onto squeaky beds. Take of that what you will. Really, all you need to know is that Dugong Jr is one of the best Australian producers right now.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/flirtini/dugong-jr-fish-tears?in=flirtini/sets/heartbreaks-promises-vol-2[/soundcloud]
A round-table review of the week’s singles featuring Sam Smith, EMA and Jamie xx.
Method to the madness: Each week we, theinterns, will select the most noteworthy new releases and take them for a spin. Each of us will score the track out of five and choose the best tune for our audio dietary requirements. Let the madness ensue as the tracks pass through the ears of an EDM queen, a nostalgic RnB revivalist, a lover of all things alternative and a 90s fein.
Sam: So simple, yet so effective. His voice is just so good- couple that with the choir and this song takes it to church. This is surely bound to be another hit for him. 4
Lizzie: He’s is bringing back the gospel to the masses which is something new and captivating. His voice is enchanting in the same way John Newman was with his collaboration with Rudimental. Can he carry his own album though? I am excited to see. 3
Hannah: Sam Smith knows when an understatement it is just the right statement. Consistent snare, simple piano, perfect voice. Stay With Me verges on ballad material but with the same restraint and control as Smith’s vocals, pulls back before hitting Mariah territory. Side note, Mariah territory is never bad territory. 3.5
Bianca: A mellow love ballad which treads along at a satisfyingly easy pace. I spent the song waiting for it to reach a gospel-esque peak and was relieved that the extent of its crescendo was maintained to modest church choir levels. The casual tambourine taps and nonchalant piano chords, accompanied by Sam’s ballady vocals, make it a bit too ‘Love Song Dedication’ for my liking but I can see how it could easily stick in the head. Begging for a remix. Over to you, Richard Mercer. 3
Sam: It’s somewhat surprising that the bombacious All The Days is followed up by this mellow and warm track. For me, it has the vibe of a more tasteful Take My Breath Away, with a powerful chorus that only an 80s inspired track can deliver. 3.5
Lizzie: Oh God i’m bored 2
Hannah: Yawn. 2
Bianca: I’m not bored. I think it’s such a warm track that just has melody oozing out of it. 3.5
Sam: Jamie xx kills it everytime. That throbbing base-line takes you to the clubs without even knowing it and those sporadic RnB samples inject just enough melody to keep it pacing along. 4
Hannah: Totally agree with Sam. Jamie XX has an undeniable ability to make 1am turn into 5am very quickly and this mix is no different. The base-line has my body pulsing before I know it and the melodic samples are doing all kinds of dreamy thangs. On repeat. 4.5
Lizzie: When was the last time Jamie XX dropped a solo single? I am so used to just hearing him play long, mesmerizing festival sets. This guy can do no wrong. I could dance, run, chill or sleep to this song and that’s no mean feat. 4.5
Bianca: When Jamie xx was here for Laneway in February he played such an expansive and mesmerizing twilight set. This encapsulates that exact feeling whilst lulling you into another world. 4 Bianca’s Pick
Sam: Just another reason to be excited for Z. Somehow she makes the line “Stuck in Nintendo, you’re the controller” sound sexy. It’s not hugely different for her but the addition of Chance The Rapper is a choice move. 4
Hannah: I love the lazy lull of this song. Totally sensual, totally indulgent, totally appropriate for the hazy hours of a sunday morning. Babies will be made to the sound of SZA and Chance wondering how we used to was. 4.5 Hannah’s Pick
Lizzie: The female vocals on this track are so seductive. I just melt into this song, but just as I thought I was going to nod off (in a good way!) Chance comes in, creating a strong a closing harmony. 4.5 Lizzie’s Pick
Bianca: Eh. It just plods along for me. I’m not overly excited. 2
Sam: Nothing that’s surfaced off The Future’s Void has excited me quite as much as this. EMA has such a creeping power to her voice when backed by a clean-cut melody. The ever so subtle climax at the end is pretty special. 4.5 Sam’s Pick
Hannah: Look I understand EMA is going somewhere with this but I’m just not going there with her. It’s a solo race to this climactic finish. 3
Lizzie: You’ve gotta be in the right mood for this song. I was not. I spent most of the song contemplating my future and what not. But hey, I see potential in her voice and general “don’t give a fuck”. Maybe i’ll try again later. 3
Bianca: I lost interest and started paying more attention to clicking my pen. That was fun. 2
Sam: I feel like Ramona is a guilty pleasure because the melody just melts into your ears so easily. It’s a sound that’s been flogged a lot on Triple J recently but this is one of the more enjoyable tunes I’ve heard out of a J’s band for a while. 3
Hannah: Pure Guitar Hero material – fun to master, less fun to listen to. Sorry J sound. 3
Lizzie: Look. I didn’t hate, but I didn’t love it. Its got the foundations for a great boppy, just-out-of-your-best-mate’s-garage song, great for the young Triple J teeny-boppers. But I can’t help feel like this came from the soundtrack for “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.” 3
Bianca: I’m enjoying this. It’s classic indie-rock done with energy and fun. Now my problem is getting it out of my head. 3.5