Introducing Melbourne producer Ryan Allgood who has just this week released his debut EP Treehome, under the alias of Animula.
Allgood says the EP is a recollection of a period of time in his life ending with social anxiety, false realities, and empty hopes. Sounds deep, but the seven-track collection is actually quite weightless, bright and somewhat comforting.
Phoenix lads Keith Walker, Brett Davis, and Braden McCall have been making tunes together now for around a year under the name The Holy Coast, and this week they are sharing their debut self-titled EP.
This one took a few listens for me to get into it, but the fact that I wanted to give it more than one listen to begin with, is a statement in itself.
She may have been a little late to the stage for her Melbourne gig at Prince Bandroom, but that’s the only foot Kelis put wrong all night. Sizzling in a sassy sequinned number and opening with a cover of ‘Feeling Good’ (the original made famous some 50 years ago by Nina Simone) her smoky voice had the crowd hooked in an instant.
‘Milkshake,’ possibly her most well-known track, that exposed her to her biggest audience (in more ways than one), was amongst a few selected tracks granted a subtle makeover to tie in with the 1960’s jazz club mood created by Kelis with her six-piece band, the sound which largely encompasses her sixth studio album Food.
A majority of the nights’ set came from her newest offering, which harnessed as much funk and soul as humanly possible. There was plenty of encouragement for the audience to join her, whether it be singing or dancing. She was attractive and exhaustive in motion and unafraid to let her hair down. I wanted to take her home and make her pancakes.
The set was full of highlights; the pitch-perfect boiling squeal in ‘Cobbler’ sent shivers down spines, ‘Jerk Ribs’ featured an effervescent trumpet, ‘Rumble’ fostered plenty of Motown groove with funky horns and ‘Friday Fish Fry’ dipped into borderline country and western. Through it all Kelis kept it tight and the crowd had their work cut out keeping up with the pace.
Some of her most notable tracks (the iconic ‘Caught Out There’ & ‘Bossy’) were overlooked for this particular tour, as were most of her non-album collaborations (including ‘Not In Love’ with EnriqueIglesias, though I may have been the only one in the room wanting to hear it). Bucking that trend was a feature of Calvin Harris’ ‘Bounce,’ complete with brilliant flute solo, and a slither of the Crookers-produced ‘No Security.’
Her encore of British poet Labi Siffre’s ‘Bless The Telephone’ and ‘Floyd’ were a delicate finale in comparison to the rest of the night, and finally a chance to catch ones breathe.
Given her rich back catalogue there was always going to be songs to miss the set, which the crowd were all too happy to point out. But Kelis took that in her stride and was a nothing short of delightful charming, interacting at every possible moment and indulging in stories behind the songs and of her significant career. In a career that has spanned genres including urban crawl, club EDM and now soul, Kelis is a modern day chameleon who can lay claim to success with each risk she’s taken.
Recently we shared Simian Mobile Disco‘s announcement of their new forthcoming live-recorded album Whorl, which came with its first pulsing electronic offering, ‘Tangents.’
Well today we have the album’s second-cut, this one is titled ‘Dervish’ and it is saturated in techno-digital sounds, repetitive loops, and an intense pulsing beat – there’s even some trippy visuals to go with it.
Whorl will be available around the Whorld (see what I did there) on September 9, thanks to ANTI-Records. Pre-order your copy now.
The debut album from FKA Twigs, will finally be out in a just a few weeks time, and after already hearing LP-tracks ‘Two Weeks’ and the recently leaked ‘Video Girl,’ today we are treated to its third superb offering, ‘Pendulum.’
R&B flavoured, Portland-based producer Dan Vidmar, more commonly known as Shy Girls, has dropped a new and surprisingly aggressive (in a sexy way) single overnight which features the production work of our very own Jono Ma, of the Jagwa Ma family.
Feel free to enjoy that PLAY button as much as you like.
The line up for the 2014 Stereosonic music festival has been announced, and once again the festival’s organisers have done a mind-blowing job of securing some of the biggest names in the dance music world.
Happening again over two glorious days in November, and travelling to most of our fine capital cities, Stereosonic is sure to ring in the summer with an absolute bang.
The massive Stereosonic 2014 line-up is:
Disclosure (DJ Set)
Tale of Us
Mano Le Tough
Nina Las Vegas
LDRU & Yahtzel
Porter Robinson (live)
New World Punx
Booka Shade (Live)
What So Not
John O’ Callaghan
Hot Since 82
The Aston Shuffle
The Stereosonic 2014 Dates are:
Saturday, 29th November & Sunday, 30th November – Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, Sydney
Saturday, 29th November & Sunday, 30th November – Claremont Showground, Perth
Friday, 5th December & Saturday, 6th December – Adelaide Showground, Adelaide
Saturday, 6th December & Sunday, 7th December – Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Saturday, 6th December & Sunday, 7th December – Brisbane Showground, Brisbane
The Juan Maclean can help you through your mid-week blues with a new house-driven mix they’ve put together for electronic music channel THUMP, featuring a stack of classic house favourites and a few previews of unreleased tunes.
“This is a mix I did some time after 4am hanging out in my studio after finishing a Lana Del Rey remix. Was going through some old records and some very new tracks that were just released or aren’t even out yet, trying to see what I could tie together for some upcoming DJ gigs” – John Maclean
1. Bodhi vs. George The Poet – My City
2. GOH vs Sugarstarr (ft. Redman & Method Man) – I Used To Be (Kolombo Remix)
3. Beesmut Soundsystem – How I Wish
4. Emondson – Chestnut Ave
5. Mickey – Sweet Baby
6. Magoo – Toma (Chris Simmonds Remix)
7. Peace Division – Gotta Have You
8. Tuccillo – Pudeser
9. Dusky – Inta
10. Sidney Charles – Ruffline
11. Norman Nodge – Attitude
12. George Morel – Are You Tripping
13. Rodriguez Jr – Cavalcade
14. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (Kink Remix)
The Juan Maclean do have a new album titled, In A Dream, scheduled for release on September 16 through DFA Records.
Upon arrival, fifteen minutes early to the doors opening, the crowd had spilled down and around the corner of the Entertainment Quarter’s main strip. These punters chose to forego Sunday’s penultimate episode of Masterchef for one man, Donald Glover, but known for the night as his rap pseudonym, Childish Gambino. ‘The Deep Web Tour’ is following the release of his second studio album Because the Internet and the demand for the show was not lacking, seeing it change venues from the smaller Big Top at Luna Park to a sold out Hordern Pavilion. Just off the back of his Splendour in the Grass performance the actor slash musician proved to all there that night that he’s not just playing the part, he is the real deal.
Opening act, Levinz, warmed up the crowd with a hip-hop DJ set. He joyfully bounced around the stage whilst spinning tracks and successfully filled in time until Gambino arrived.
Before the man took the stage there was a fade to black and a bunch of futuristic graphics grabbed your eyes on a cinema-sized screen, which provided artistic visuals for the whole show. A verse of prose to no music was spat by a familiar voice but still with no sight of Childish Gambino. Chants of “Worldstar!” erupted in the audience, a reference to his popular song and the viral World Star Hip Hop videos on the Internet. Anticipation was building for what was to come.
Suddenly ‘Crawl’ kicked in and an energetic Glover exploded into sight and the over-crowded mosh pit morphed into one energised body. Highlights included crowd favourite ‘Sweatpants’ and the radio-dominating ‘3005’ turned into a sing-a-long for all involved. It must be mentioned that Gambino’s melodic vocals were a welcomed surprise even to those who know his albums by heart.
Glover conducted not one but two encores including a curtain-closing freestyle session with his live band. He called out peers Drake, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar putting himself at the top of the heap. Modest no, but after that performance few could argue.
Here he is doing his thing at Splendour in the Grass on the weekend
Sideways is the debut EP from Brisbane’s newest electronic wunderkid cln, featuring five glorious examples of chilled downtempo, electronic bliss.
Back in May, the EP’s title-track and lead single ‘Better Than’ took the world by storm, dominating the Hype Machine charts and quickly strengthening the anticipation of what else this 19 year old newcomer had up his sleeve.
Today we get to hear the EP’s other two original electronic gems; the bouncy hip-hip feels of ‘Dayum’ and the infectious trip-hop sounds of ‘What You Said,’ both further showcasing cln’s ornate production abilities.
Taking up the remaining position on the EP is this intoxicating remix cln has produced for fellow Brisbane-bred producer, Golden Vessel.
You can catch cln doing his thing live throughout August around Brisbane and the Gold Coast, including supports with Willow Beats and The Aston Shuffle.
Saturday, August 8 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (supporting Willow Beats & Tincture)
Saturday, August 9 – Rabbit Radio’s 2nd Birthday Event, Gold Coast
Saturday, August 16 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday, August 29 – The Zoo, Brisbane (supporting The Aston Shuffle & Just A Gent)
Recently we shared the news that Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O was finishing up her debut solo record Crush Songs, and today we have the first sample to come from it which is titled ‘Rapt.’
Crush Songs is made up of tunes Karen wrote when she younger, during a time of uncertainty. The sugar-sweet sounds of ‘Rapt’ focuses on the musician’s delicate voice as she tells her tale about a crush who is as “bright as a star.”
The video was directed by Karen O‘s husband Barney Clay – you can pick up a copy of Crush Songs on September 9 through Julian Casablancas’ (of The Strokes) label Cult Records.
This is a small taste of what you can expect from the weekend’s send off.
Jakubi are also currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording, production and distribution of their debut EP. The campaign ends in just 7 days and they are only $300 off their target. If you dig their tunes, show them some support by making a contribution: Kickstarter.com/projects/jakubi/ep-recording
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