Track-list: 1. Kidnap Kid – Thin Lines (ft. Lotti) 2. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Them Jeans Remix) 3. GEYSTER – Jane (Roman d’Amour Remix) 4. All The Colours – Second To None (Good Night Keaton Remix) 5. Rebeka – Melancholia (Moullinex Remix) 6. Peter & The Magician – On my Brain (ft. Sophie Galpin) 7. Escort – Barbarians (Tiger & Woods Remix) 8. Mighty Mouse – Feel Alright 9. French Horn Rebellion – Dancing Out (Blende Remix) 10. The Swiss – Elouisa (VillA Remix) 11. Back Back Forward Punch – Tipsy 12. Lancelot – Thinking Of You (ft. Whyte Fang) 13. Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form (ft. Shy Girls) 14. Laura Welsh – Cold Front (Russ Chimes Remix) 15. Joe Goddard – Step Together (ft. Boris Dlugosch) 16. Dune – Shoestring (Frames Dub Edit) 17. Dharma Protocol – Coming Home (ft. Boy George) (Psychemagik Remix) 18. Lady Fingers – Miss U Love (Kreap Remix) 19. Robert DeLong – Global Concepts (The Golden Pony Remix) 20. Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy (Emoh Instead Vocal Edit) 21. Movement – Feel Real (Morgan Geist Remix) 22. Figgy – Can’t Hide
UK three-piece London Grammarexploded onto the scene 6 months ago with their amazing blend of ethereal alt-pop sounds. Since then they have released 3 singles, 2 EPs, a few remixes and even a collaboration with Disclosure.
Earlier this week, we spoke to one-third of London Grammar, Dan Rothman. As it turns out, acid stag got to pop Dan’s Australian interview cherry. We tried to go easy on him.
Where are you and what are you wearing?
Well, it’s about 9AM in the morning; I am currently in my bedroom wearing some very un-cool tracksuit pants and a t-shirt. I basically just got out of bed and answered the phone (laughs). As is the life of a rockstar. Yeah, so much the life of a rockstar (laughs).
London Grammar dropped its debut single ‘Hey Now’ around 6 months ago, which exploded across the Internet during that first week. Did you ever expect it would attract as much attention as it did?
Quite honestly, not in the slightest. I mean, we hoped it would gain some attention, but we certainly didn’t think it would happen as quickly as it did. ‘Hey Now’ was really only supposed to be a set-up for everything else we were going to do. We didn’t really see ‘Hey Now’ as being a commercially viable single, so we expected to release that one, then follow it up closely with another one and so on. We really had no idea that that first track would get so much attention (laughs).
What made you decide that ‘Hey Now’ was going to be London Grammar’s introduction to the world?
I guess it was the one that we thought was the most “general sounding” track, and the one that we felt was going to place us where we wanted to be. I mean, you only get that chance once and that track had all of the elements that we felt were important to do that. There was a lot of discussion before hand but I am really glad we decided to go with that one now.
How has the ride to fame and fortune been for you so far?
I wouldn’t say we’re quite “fame“ just yet (laughs). But yeah, it has been quite fun. The Australia thing is fucking mental to be honest. It is such an amazing thing to be received this much and that far. I am feeling very lucky that’s for sure.
Have there been any parts of it that you’ve just absolutely hated?
I’m not a massive fan of photo-shoots to be honest (laughs). I just don’t understand why anyone would want to take a picture of me. I’m definitely not born to be a model; I’m only 5ft 3”. On the other hand, I think Dot (Major) definitely likes it more than I do, he seems to love being in front of the camera. I just find it really boring (laughs).
London Grammar have recently worked with Disclosure for one of their album tracks. How did that come about?
We actually knew their managers from a while back and Disclosure were just starting up at that point. A while later their management played one of our demos to Disclosure and those guys contacted us directly asking if we’d like to work on a track with them. So we said “yeah” and went into the studio to see what would happen. It was Hannah (Reid) that did most of the work on that one and it all just seemed to happen really quickly. But yeah, it all worked out really well and it is an amazing connection for us to have.
Are you pumped to be hitting the stage at Glastonbury this weekend?
Oh yeah man, I’ve never even been to Glastonbury before! Dot has been a bunch of times and he keeps telling us how amazing and crazy it’s going to be, so I am really excited about getting there. We’re actually following on from Sam Smith I think. He also worked on the Disclosure album. It’s all going to be really exciting.
Are you planning on stalking anyone back-stage?
I’m not much of a stalker, but if I do see someone from the Arctic Monkeys I think I might have to go up and say something (laughs). Are you the type of person that would know what to say or would you get all star-struck and make a fool of yourself? Yeah, I’m terrible at it (laughs). I am getting better at it though. I do need to sort of plan out what I’m going to say before doing it, but I am getting better (laughs). Hannah and Dot are really cool with it. They’ll happily go up and talk to anyone.
When will we see you in Australia?
Well, I don’t actually know for sure but there is a rumour that we’ll be playing the Laneway Festival. Don’t hold me to that, but I do believe that may be happening. I’m so excited to come to Australia too. It will be incredible.
Here is London Grammar’s ‘Hey Now,’ the incredibly beautiful track that instantly captured our hearts:
Now, listen to latest single ‘Wasting My Young Years’:
If you haven’t already, grab copies of London Grammar’s EPs now from iTunes.
A favourite among the more indie music appreciators, Harvest Festival, returns for its third year in 2013 with a line-up that’ll make you salivate.
Last year we saw the likes of Beck, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear andSantigold dominating the stages across the east coast of Australia. Joining headliners Massive Attack in 2013 will be Franz Ferdinand,Goldfrapp and CSS among many others!
Harvest 2013’s first line-up announcement:
Massive Attack Franz Ferdinand Primus! Goldfrapp Neutral Milk Hotel Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst) Eels CSS The Drones Black Rebel Motorcycle Club M Ward Superchunk The Wallflowers Walk Off The Earth
Harvest 2013 dates:
Sunday, November 10 -Werribee Park, Melbourne
Saturday, November 16 – The Domain, Sydney
Sunday, November 17 – Botanic Gardens, Brisbane
Texan independent art collective Transistor Sixhave teamed up with Californian alt-rock crew Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to produce the music video for ‘Hate The Taste,’ the latest single from their sixth full-length record Specter At The Feast.
Footage is of BRMC’s performance at Austin’s Psych Fest in April. With their mutual aesthetic preferences and appreciation of vintage, analogue sounds and images, they have created a live performance video with a slight twist:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Specter At The Feast is out now on iTunes.
A few weeks ago British bros Guy and Howard Lawrence, AKA Disclosure, effortlessly staked their claim at the top of the global music charts with the release of their insanely addictive debut record, Settle.
Today we have the Ross McDowell and Ben Murray directed music video for the album’s latest single, ‘F For You,’ giving those who haven’t yet seen the duo live, a glimpse into how well they handle the stage.
Rising Kiwi star EllaYelich-O’Connor, otherwise known as Lorde, has blessed us with the music video for latest single ‘Tennis Court.’
The latest offering from the 16-year-old singer/songwriter is a moody piece that has been partnered with a very fitting visual accompaniment. Featuring an eery looking Lorde, the ‘Tennis Court’ music video will send shivers up your spine.
Capturing the feeling of being awkward-as-fuck on a first date is Cyril Hahn with new single ‘Perfect Form’ featuring Shy Girls.
This rising producer embraces the guilty pleasures in life. In the past, he has stripped down iconic R&B songs and applied a unique, atmospheric twist thus delivering stimulating creations. Cyril Hahn’s first original release follows the same formula utilising Shy Girls’ soulful, addictive vocals:
We fell in love/became obsessed with the Vancouver resident a year ago upon him releasing his remix of Destiny’s Child‘s ‘Say My Name,’ which has almost hit two million plays on SoundCloud and made our Top 10 RnB Remixes/Samplers of 2012.
Fans of Karen O and Chairlift will relishin ‘Went To War,’ the new single from Swedish supergroup Amason.
Currently located in LA, the Scandinavian crew is made up of Gustav Ejstes (of Dungen), Amanda Hollingby Matsson (of Idiot Wind), Nils Törnqvist and Petter Winnberg (of Little Majorette) as well as Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow fame.
‘Went To War’ is a cute, easily likeable tune that will linger a long while.
‘Went To War’ is available today via Swedish record label INGRID.
We’ll leave you with Amason’s debut single from a few months ago, ‘Margins’:
Karen O proves that she truly is a rock goddess in the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs music video for ‘Despair.’
Directed by Patrick Daughters (Depeche Mode, Grizzly Bear, Feist) the video begins with Ms O (seemingly drunk) in an empty bar. Upon leaving, she makes her way atop a gusty Empire State Building where bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase await. As ‘Despair’ builds to its dramatic finale, the sun rises on the city of New York lifting the spirits of the YYYs as they dance in the morning light.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ latest record Mosquito is out now on iTunes.
Sydney nu-disco prodigy Lancelot (Lance Gurisik) has struck gold with new EP Thinking Of You. Listening to it I can’t help but be transported to 3AM dance-floor bliss.
The four-track EP showcases two delicious new tunes, with the title-track playing host to local songstress Whyte Fang. Remixes come courtesy of Parisian producer Le Crayon and Italian production team Mennie & Mario Piu.
Join Lancelot on his gallant crusade for world-wide disco domination by grabbing a copy of Thinking Of You now on Beatport.
New single ‘Magic’ from Sydney’s own Olympic Ayres is the perfect specimen of two-step, hand-clap disco. Produced by the highly esteemed Jean-Paul Fung (Last Dinosaurs, Canyons and Gold Fields), ‘Magic’ is the first single to surface from the duo’s approaching EP, Episode III.
Olympic Ayres have come a long way in just three years; from producing tunes in a dusty attic to dominating a stage at this year’s Field Day. Their hard work has payed off, having birthed another soon-to-be hit. ‘Magic’ is a full-bodied jam that partners tropical percussion and infectious singalong vocals:
The ‘Magic’ single is available as of today and is packaged up with remixes from Luke Million, Pharao Black Magic and Night Drive.
Olympic Ayres’ Episode III drops on August 1 thanks to Vitalic Noise.
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