A week with so many good songs we had to put the extra effort in to write about two more than usual.
A week with so many good songs we had to put the extra effort in to write about two more than usual.
"It’s pretty dreadful."
It's really Janelle's week, isn't it?
Their first single in three years.
She's also announced her debut album will be out in Feb.
Syd's headed towards hip-hop.
All parties bring their A-game and unsurprisingly the song is an A+.
Walking into the Oxford Art Factory I expected to see a bunch of 20 year olds in their denim underwear and/or bucket hats, teetering on the edge of being too drunk waiting to see Grammy nominated band, The Internet but instead I was pleasantly surprised. The majority of the crowd was in their late 20s and other than that I could not tell you more specifics about the demographics because they were just all over the place, young and old, gay and straight etc.
The band opened with Get Away and, other than the sound being kinda shotty, the band was on point. Syd Tha Kid aka Sydney Bennett’s vocals soared above the heavy jazz riffs. Usually what makes the tracks on Ego Death so epic is how understated her voice is allowing it to blend in and out of the melodies in a dream like way but this night they were the main focus which allowed her the chance to really show off how talented she is.
The crowd would go nuts after every song, it would be like Belieber level of applause but it seemed to take a lot of effort to get the crow to interact during the songs, to the point that Syd said “You’re not turnt enough, turn up some more!” right before the band started the second song.
I have to give mad props to bass player Patrick Page, I felt like he was channeling Thundercat up there and his solos throughout the entire show were definitely some of the highlights of the night.
What stood out most to me in the performance was just how the juxtaposition of Sydney’s appearance and vocals was this awesome, audio/visual mashup experience because on first glance Syd is pretty androgynous, if you had never heard The Internet before you wouldn’t know what kind of voice to expect, and then she sings. She has this sweet, groovy ridiculously smooth voice and so much control and skill, the two normally don’t go together but if any one makes it work, it’s Sydney.
Throughout the set the band are constantly trying to hype the crowd up to some success (a little more and more the further the night progressed) but that didn’t take away from their musicianship which is so much more evident live. All the band members were such incredible musicians.
Before the band broke out into their track Just Sayin, Syd proceeded to tell the crowd she needed their help and taught them the hook which, to everyone’s delight, was "You fucked up". Finally, the crowd was really getting into it. This was definitely the stand-out track of the night.
After they finished the song you could see the heat in OAF was affecting Syd and the crowd started yelling "Take it off!" and I think that was the first time I had ever seen a bunch of girls yelling for another girl to take it off. It was definitely very cool. What was also cool was watching the entire band dab in unison mid song (for those of you who don’t know what dabbing is see this video.
I remember thinking during the entire show that I hadn’t seen so many people who looked like they wouldn’t be into jazz-infused soul grooving so much, it gave me a sense of hope for our youth and the future of music.
Towards the end of the set they whipped out fan favourite Girl but for some reason the crowd seemed unfocused and because of the sound you could hear everyone in the room talking over the track. This was a little disappointing but by the time they played Special Affair, the crowd were right back in it with them. You could cut the sexual tension in this track (and the room) with a knife (probably didn’t help that it was so hot and sweaty) and at the end of the song the whole crowd shouted the chorus out in unison. You couldn’t help but stank face all through this track because the band was just so good.
As they ended the show they thanked the crowd for being so amazing during their first show in Sydney ever. They were so humble and grateful, they seemed like they were almost too cool for their own good.
Photos by Jemma Sutton
Celebrity and brand collaborations are not a new thing. Kanye with Adidas, Kate Moss with Topshop, Pat Rafter with Bonds, Ashton Kutcher with Extra, Miranda Kerr with everything under the sun; the list goes on. While most collabs are successful (sorry, Brits), we believe that there's a serious gap being left wide open in the land of celeb endorsements and that some big brands are missing out on some potentially lucrative opportunities. See below for some suggestions we have put together on behalf of Westpac, Guzman Y Gomez, XXXX, Easy Off Bam and more.
Selena Gomez x Guzman Y Gomez
Vance Joy x Vans
Little Mix x Mixmaster
Kanye West x Westpac Taylor Swift x Suzuki
Adele x Dell
Grimes x Easy Off Bam - Grime & Soap Scum
The Internet x Internet Explorer
Sam Smith x Smith's
Jamie xx - XXXX Beer
TSYNTH: The most important Friday-related acronym, closely followed by TGIF. Here are the most important songs from the week.
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 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]
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]
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]
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
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.
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