UK newcomers Nick Smith and Ben Corr have recently released their debut record under the name Colo, and below we have four of it’s stunning down-tempo, electronic arrangements.
Reportedly, each element of the album was recorded live, with all of the minor accidents and mistakes actually going towards helping to create the loose, layered textures that run throughout the album.
While this is only a small taste, it will have you wanting much more.
Grab a copy of the full 10-track record now, via Bleep.
2014 man of the moment ZHU today releases the ‘Faded (Remixes) EP’ full to the brim with talent – enjoy The Magician, ODESZA, TÂCHES, Lido and AMTRAC‘s take on the hit track that has put the mystery producer on the map.
The showcasing breadth of talent offer up a taste of dub-inspired, progressive house, chill-wave and some jungle-bass driven dancefloor bait.
Known and crushed-on for his ‘Magic Tape’ series, The Magician offers up said dancefloor bait as a perfect addition to any night’s lineup.
Seattle duo ODESZA slow things down with a synth-rich dub featuring some new vocals that are the perfect meeting of minds between the duo’s and ZHU‘s unconventional styles. More than once I’ve found myself totally forgetting where I am and what I was supposed to be doing while listening to this – perhaps avoid operating heavy machinery with this one on.
I couldn’t write about this EP without mentioning Lido‘s take on proceedings. The ‘Faded’ track always had a writhing, not-so-subtle undercurrent of sexiness in the midst, and Lido dials that up a notch by stripping the track right back to a dub-inspired mix and layering in samples of mangled R&B vocals, ringtones, explosions and glittery synth. It’s not the obvious one, but this offering from the Oslo based upstart is my pick of the lot.
The name Ryan Hemsworth has become quite well known around the world over the last 12 months, and while this did have a lot to do with his amazing 2013 debut record Guilt Trips, the fact that he’s a bit of a babe didn’t hurt much either.
Fans will be happy to hear that the Canadian producer has shared a brand new track he has titled ‘Every Square Inch,’ a bouncey electronic gem that features some heavily manipulated vocal samples from Japanese producer Qrion.
Ryan Hemsworth has noted; “this song is not about kissing or anything like that”
Why not stick around for a wee bit longer and check out the latest track from the above mentioned 19 year old Japanese producer Qrion, someone I have a new found appreciation of – this track is so good.
So it tuns out Canadian singer-songwriter/producer Claire Elise Boucher, aka Grimes, recently wrote a song for Rihanna, which was incidentally turned down for unknown reasons.
Lucky for us though, Grimes decided to team up with fellow countryman Blood Diamonds to record and release the song for herself, taking us into slightly new Grimes territory, but nonetheless delivering a strong, fun and impactful glitch-pop tune.
Melbourne’s Mark Zito, aka Fractures has premiered a Jeff Andersen Jnr. directed video for his latest infectious single ‘Won’t Win,’ starring the muso himself along with upcoming Aussie actress, Emma Wright.
Fractures EP will hit the shelves on July 4 through iTunes.
This week Goldfrapp unveil the latest video from their upcoming Tales Of Us – Deluxe Edition.
The video for ‘Stranger’ features Irish actress Laura Donnelly and Alison Goldfrapp herself, in this beautiful tale of two women in love – well that is until one of the women murders the other mid-way through getting it on.
Tales Of Us Deluxe Edition box set features a 40-page hardback book, a 12” lithographic print, DVD featuring the album in 5.1 surround sound and documentary on the making of plus Tales of Us on CD and vinyl. Also appearing are the films for the past five individual stories for the album singles ‘Stranger,’ ‘Laurel,’ ‘Jo,’ ‘Drew’ and ‘Annabel,’ all directed by Lisa Gunning.
Tales Of Us Deluxe Edition will be available on June 30, via Mute Records.
Entry into Ding Dong Lounge was smooth, thankfully it wasn’t raining in the queue outside but the make-shift cloakroom left much to be desired; it was more painful than the experience of trying to get my pen licence in primary school. There was a pushy photographer in a crowd of backpack-clinging punters, and one gentleman standing in front of me whose dad had happily texted him that he was watching ‘The Expendables’ on DVD (one can see a lot on a strangers phone these days given some are the size of a dinner plate). But I digress, I hadn’t turned up for any other reason than to hear and see my favourite album of the year (so far) brought to life.
Opening acts Japanese Wallpaper and Downtime DJs played to a receptive crowd, but there was little room to breathe once the lights dimmed and SOHN (Christopher Taylor) appeared draped in black amid a screen of artificial smoke.
For an album was recorded entirely at night the venue and set up was fitting; dark, intimate and sparse. Black was the basis, with millions of flecks of coloured light creating separate moods. This gig was the last of a whirlwind 3 month world tour.
It’s nigh on impossible to fathom that Tremors could have sounded any better live. But it can and it did. It was louder, more powerful, more emotive, and less constricted to time. How Christopher manages to channel his emotions through his voice is something to behold. Being treated to an acapella rendition of ‘Tempest’ was one of many highlights. I didn’t know whether to shed a tear and hug the nearest person or get a drink, stand back and appreciate that I was witnessing some sort of greatness. Thankfully for the nearest person I chose the latter.
The set began with the measured ‘Ransom Notes’ before ‘Fool’ and the title track, whilst ‘Oscillate’ had the crowd moving a little more and by the time ‘Artifice’ was thumping through the speakers there wasn’t a still body in the venue. Before the breakdown in the last song of the set, ‘Lessons’, it was foretold “it’s going to get really nasty” (Christopher’s words, not mine) and he wasn’t wide of the mark. Following considerable applause, SOHN jumped back on stage for an encore of ‘The Wheel’. After that the stage was once again vacated of his hooded mystery.
Christopher could make a dime by bottling and selling his authenticity to acts of today who rely heavily on endorsements in order to keep their respective brands afloat. On second thought, perhaps not, it’s easier to separate the wind from the chaff that way. Sure, the stage looked a little economical, but it was personal and lively. That said, I’m expecting a bigger venue and production next time SOHN tours our shores.
Christopher’s strength lies in not just the power in his voice but the sheer passion and honesty in his writing. Hearing SOHN live was nothing but a privilege and a hauntingly beautiful experience.
Treat yourself this weekend by picking up a copy of Tremors via iTunes, and if you already have it, put it on right now.
Marching to the beat of his own drum, Jeff Morisano aka Kissed Her Little Sister drops his delightful third album, Mbube and takes listeners on an inter-genre trip of a lifetime.
Mining low-fi, folk, hip-hop, reggae and rock, KHLS has weaved a sonic tapestry that is strikingly emotive. Poetic and thoughtful writing beckons to one’s own contemplations about things both metaphysical and heartfelt. On ‘Miracle of Birth’ a misty arrangement play host to musings about the world’s need for change and being at one’s own mercy, whilst the longing for a touch and understanding on ‘I Want to Roll With You’ is made all the more palpable thanks to melancholy harmonies and rich instrumentation.
As the lyricism provokes thought, the arrangements excite and fascinate. The melding of various genres is seamless and quite clever, with beefy trap synths looming over sirens and woodwind on the infectious ‘I’m Feeling High (For Rupie)’ and bells and driving synthesized bass on the new wave-esque ‘Upon The Branch.’
Special mention must be made of Morisano’s penchant for clever sampling. ‘Connected to My Body’ features an almost unrecognizable extract from Mariah Carey‘s ‘Touch My Body’ and the joyous choral samples on ‘Because of You’ contrast perfectly against the shadowy vocal work, making it a definite standout.
Clearly a labor of love, Mbube works its magic and provides a captivating listen. Its depth is touching, both from a writing and production standpoint, making it an effort well worth one’s time.
Pick it up now for a ‘Name Your Price’ deal, via the Kissed Her Little SisterBandcamp page.
Track-list: 1. Moullinex – In The Shade (ft. Best Youth) 2. STRFKRS – While I’m Alive (Airwolf & Jasper Remix) 3. Gorgon City – Here For You (ft. Laura Welsh) 4. The Penelopes – Time To Shine (Ronika Remix) 5. Bondax – All I See 6. CAMERA2 – Appetite (Chad Valley Remix) 7. Kid Astray – Taking You With Me (Unicorn Kid Remix) 8. Kill Me Softly – Catch (ft. Jane Elizabeth Hanley) (Ben Macklin Remix) 9. The Magician – Sunlight (ft. Years & Years) 10. CAZZETTE – SLEEPLESS 11. Motez – Own Up (Treasure Fingers Remix) 12. Maxi – Walking With The Animals (Chores Remix) 13. BANKS – Drowning (Prince Club Remix) 14. Riton – Inside My Head (Aeroplane Remix) 15. RÜFÜS – Sundream (Classixx Remix) 16. Jamie Woon – Shoulda (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Remix) 17. Melokind – Miesepeter (Nico Pusch Remix) 18. Wolfram – Can’t Remember (Jacques Renault & Mark Verbos Remix) 19. Alex Metric & Oliver vs ZHU – Faded Hope (WEKEED Boot) 20. Booka Shade – Love Drug (ft. Fritz Helder) (Silversix Remix) 21. Rain City Riot – Brainwash
‘Help Me Out’ is the latest single to come from Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP, and the first to be heard of his long awaited forthcoming debut record, Post-Nature.
At first I wasn’t sold on this one, but due to my existing appreciation for this dudes past releases, I dove in and submitted more of my attention. Soon after I found myself hitting that play button over and over again, craving more on each listen.
Post-Nature is due for a release on August 15 via Yes Please and Remote Control.
FBi Radio‘s Northern Lights Competition is kicking off again today, but this year they are opening the entrant criteria up to all of Australia.
FBi Radio will be taking one lucky solo producer/artist, and one band on an incredible adventure to the prestigious Iceland Airwaves Festival, held in Reykjavik this coming November.
The Iceland Airwaves Festival is renowned for its stellar annual lineup, showcasing some of the best music from around the world. Previous winners of Northern Lights Competition were Oliver Tank and Rainbow Chan, who have both gone on to establish quite a reputation for themselves in the Australian music scene.
To coincide with the national call-out, FBi Radio will also be hitting the road with their Music Open Day, in collaboration with community stations around the country. Music Open Day gives local emerging musicians the opportunity to meet with the FBi Radio Music Director and music programming team, to seek advice and discuss ideas on all things music.
The entries for the Northern Lights Competition are open from today, June 26 to July 21.
To be eligible, you must be an emerging solo artist/producer or band, and an Australian resident.
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