Monthly Archives: July 2015

Friday MixTape 249

Friday MixTape #249

Shhhhhhhhhh, just go with it

Free Download - acid stag

Swim Good x Merival – Since You Asked (Star Slinger Edit)
2. ROOM8 – This Place Again (ft. Polina)
3. Bee’s Knees – Old School (ft. Monogem)
4. Tyler Touché – Act Of God (ft. Jason Gaffner) (Robotaki Remix)
5. Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Du Tonc Rework)
6. Black Box – Ride On Time (Colour Castle Remix)
7. Kue and MyKill – Let’s Ride
8. Sebastian Carter – Fascination (ft. Aela Kae) (Kulkid Remix)
9. Frances – Grow (Mista Bibs And Fabian Dubz Remix)
10. Jax Jones – Yeah Yeah Yeah (Roosevelt Remix)
11. Midnight Pool Party – Disease (Eau Claire Remix)
12. Mark Maxwell – Give Me A Chance (ft. Jason Gaffner) (Sterling Silver Remix)
13. Cherri V & 2Darc – If You Love Me (Arthur Younger Remix)
14. Sharer – Body Tonight
15. HYD – Killas
16. Dom Dolla & Go Freek – Define (Nicky Night Time Remix)
17. Amateur Best – Marzipan (Ray Mang Remix)
18. The Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face (Hansolo Remix)
19. Flush (Aeroplane) – Come Back Baby
20. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix)
21. Carter – Addicted
22. Heartland – Heartland (Purple Disco Machine Remix)

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Splendour in the Grass 2015 Wrap-up - acid stag

Splendour in the Grass 2015 Wrap-up

As we begin to recover after another awesome year of Splendour in the Grass, we can reflect back on the weekend with a clear mind, and focus on the more important parts of the festival (if I have to listen to one more person complain about the mud, I think I’m going to throat-punch them).

Day 1 – Friday, July 24
The first day is always really exciting (Splendour always falls around my birthday as well, so I tend to get extra excited); you rock up, wander around the festival site to get your bearings, make mental note of the Wine Bar, the Craft Beer Bar, Govindas food tent, and mark your group meeting points. We tried our hardest to get there for Mansionair, but time was not on our side. The first act we were able to see was Urban Cone; I wasn’t a huge fan of these guys, but some of my friends really enjoyed them. My personal highlights of the day were Mark Maxwell, George Maple, Client Liaison, Dustin Tebbutt, Seekae (these guys were awesome) and Porter Robinson.

Day 2 – Saturday, July 25
Today started out way more chilled. Everyone seemed to be more relaxed and were getting used to stomping around in the mud. We were so relaxed that we got there a little bit too late in the afternoon and missed a stack of acts that we really wanted to see. We did however get there just in time for my buddies SAFIA who put on a killer show. Day 2 highlights were SAFIA, Years & Years (a special mention has to go to these guys for delivering such a great performance considering their gear didn’t turn up. I was well impressed), Young Franco (the dude totally nailed it), Purity Ring, Hayden James, Nancy Whang (disco heaven), and Florence & the Machine; I’m not generally a huge fan of Florence, but she did put on an incredible show.

Day 3 – Sunday, July 26
The last day; you’re hell tired and want to go home, but at the same time you don’t want this weekend to ever end. We got there late again (we were staying at a hotel in Byron, so going for a swim at the beach and grabbing a nice breakfast is always first on the to-do list). We got there just in time for who as usual put on a really great show. The mud was a tiny bit more solid and the people seemed to be even more chilled today, which together made the experience quite enjoyable. My picks for Day 3 were , Set Mo, Alpine, Elizabeth Rose (she nailed it), Alison Wonderland (I was disappointed that she didn’t bother to sing any of her own singles), Tame Impala and the legendary Blur.

The Amphitheatre stage is a fantastic addition to the festival; it’s massive, the sound travels really well and you can see the stage from pretty much anywhere you stand. Similarly the Tiny Dancer tent is also a great addition – I found it to be the driest place to dance on the whole site!

For those that have never been to a Splendour in the Grass, you honestly don’t know what you’re missing, so do yourself a favour and get your ass to at least one of them in your lifetime. Never listen to the people that bitch about certain elements of the festival, but instead listen to the people that have so many positive things to say.

Catch you next year Splendour in the Grass! | |

Tom Misch - In The Midst Of It All (ft. Sam Wills) - acid stag

Tom Misch – In The Midst Of It All (ft. Sam Wills) [New Single]

20 year-old London muso Tom Misch has today announced he’ll be releasing a new 12-track collection of tunes called Beat Tape 2 next month, and along with that news comes its first taste, ‘In The Midst Of It All’.

Featuring the lush vocal work of UK crooner Sam Wills, ‘In The Midst Of It All’ is an impressive slice of Tom Misch‘s chilled, honey-soul sound that is sure to keep a lot of you waiting eagerly for more.

Beat Tape 2 will see its release on August 28 through Tom Misch‘s own label, Beyond The Groove. He also plans to reveal a new single each Thursday in the lead.


Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites, July 31

Each week I put together a shortlist of the tracks that have touched me in just the right way, and come Friday I have quite a neat collection of really cool songs to share with you all.

Here are my Friday Favourites for this week. If you’d like to know more about any of the below tunes or the artists themselves, click on through to their associated Soundcloud pages.

Aiden Grimshaw – Virtually Married

DORJ – Don’t Care

LeMarquis – Hemiptera

Bee’s Knees – Old School (ft. Monogem)

Skylar Spence – Affairs

Allthingslost - Sitwithme - acid stag

Allthingslost – Sitwithme [New Single]

Allthingslost is a producer out of Brisbane that everyone needs to know about. He released a stunning EP a few months ago that certainly didn’t get the attention it deserved, and just recently I was given a sneaky preview of his next equally impressive collection, which we should see sometime over the coming weeks.

Today however you can hear the first single from the forthcomer, it’s called ‘Sitwithme’ and I think most of you will agree that the combination of Allthingslost‘s songwriting skills, atmospheric production and his voice are just simply incredible.

You can purchase a copy of that track from Bandcamp, and you can get up to speed on Allthingslost via the below socials – I also suggest giving his previous Light EP, a good listen as as well.

Back Back Forward Punch - No Answer (Paperwater Remix) - acid stag

Back Back Forward Punch – No Answer (Paperwater Remix)

Just a few weeks ago we were treated to the chilled tropical sounds of ‘No Answer’, the first single to fall from the upcoming debut EP by Melbourne duo BBFP, aka Back Back Forward Punch.

That sun-filled track has now been given a rework by Miami duo Paperwater, who have taken ‘No Answer’ into the shadowy darkness with their deep warbling beats, eerie synths, and haunting vocal echoes.

You can score a free download right here, but before you go anywhere, you really should revisit BBFP‘s original – I have it on good authority that they will be releasing another new single next week!


Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive - acid stag

Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive [New Single

UK producer Duke Dumont has announced he’ll be releasing a new EP series this year called Blasé Boys Club, and today we get to hear a track from the first instalment, Blasé Boys Club Part 1; a silky-smooth dance-jam called, ‘Ocean Drive’.

Blasé Boys Club Part 1 won’t be out until October 2nd, but you can get a copy of ‘Ocean Drive’ right now via iTunes.

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!!! (chk chk chk) – Freedom! ’15 + Sick Ass Moon [New Singles]

Back in April we were treated to a great new single from Californian dance-rock crew !!! (chk chk chk), it was called ‘All U Writers’ and it was seeing a special 12″ release for this year’s Record Store Day.

We can now confirm that track will be appearing on !!!‘s upcoming full-length album called As If, along with these two brand new and incredibly infectious tunes, ‘Freedom! ’15’ and ‘Sick Ass Moon’.

As If will hit the shelves on October 16 via Warp Records.

http://www.chkchkchk.net |

Midnight Pool Party - Disease (Eau Claire Remix) - acid stag

Midnight Pool Party – Disease (Eau Claire Remix)

Washington newcomer Eau Claire has had a pretty big 2015 so far with a stack of remixes charting quite high on Hype Machine, with one of them even making it all the way to #1 (Saint Motel’s ‘My Type’).

Overnight Eau Claire dropped her newest remix of a track called ‘Disease’, originally by Sydney disco-funk dudes Midnight Pool Party, and boy has she done a stellar job on it; vocoder layers, a disco-house beat and an infusion of catchy synths and a thumping bass-line.

promoted by Mammal Sounds 

Go give that one some love on Hype Machine, and for those that missed Midnight Pool Party‘s original, or just want to have in you again, here it is.

Caves - Caves EP - acid stag

Caves – Self-titled EP [Review + Stream]

words by Emma Rose

Sydney producer Steve Cuciti, who releases under the name Caves, has released his debut EP and it’s certainly a commendable one. Besides his name, the enigmatic producer has shed little light on who he is and what the EP is about. However, the EP’s interesting lyrics and lovely melodic composition give us some insight into the inner workings of Cuciti. The EP features guest vocals from Triple J’s unearthed artist Hannah Joy and Froyo’s Allyson Montenegro.

The EP’s ambient, electronic nature creates a chilled out listen that seamlessly brings together the acoustic, natural sounds of the piano and ukulele with ambient, electronic beats and manipulated vocals.

‘Here We Are’, featuring the smooth vocals of unearthed artist Hannah Joy, is definitely a highlight on the EP. However ‘Ukulele’, named after it’s focal instrument, is definitely the most interesting in composition, featuring spoken vocals by an unknown artist. It offers story-like lyrics, as well as a catchy riff played on ukulele that is juxtaposed against the electronic rhythm and manipulation of sound.

Overall the EP is an interesting, chilled listen and a great first effort from Caves. Well worth a listen.

Rating: ★★★☆ | |

Single Sessions - nvdes, Elohim, Beat Connection, Branko, Grant Walker - acid stag

Single Sessions #69

Single Sessions is a place where we encourage you to sit back and relax, put on your headphones and block out the rest of the world for a short time, while you treat your ears to some aural stimulation.

For more information on any of the below tracks/artists, click on through to their associated Soundcloud profiles.

nvdes – unforgettable

Elohim – Xanax

Beat Connection – So Good

Branko – Let Me Go (ft. Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack)

Grant Walker – Pixels

BAILE - Holdin' (ft. Marie Kim) - acid stag

BAILE – Holdin’ (ft. Marie Kim) [New Single]

Last week NYC producer BAILE officially released his newest EP Matter, and today he has another of its singles to share with us all.

‘Holdin’ is the track’s name and it features the lush echoing voice of Marie Kim (of Blank Paper fame) as it weaves throughout BAILE‘s impressive French-house inspired bass, arpeggiated synths and rhythmic percussions.

Matter EP is available now from iTunes. |

CVIRO & GXNXVS - Sober - acid stag

CVIRO & GXNXVS – Sober [New Single]

Back in November we shared a new track with you called ‘Benjamin’, a collaborative piece by two rising Aussie producers, CVIRO and GXNXVS.

Well those two guys are back with another new track this week called ‘Sober’, and it’s silky-smooth R&B-flavoured grooves will work their way under your skin with absolute ease.

CVIRO and GXNXVS have a few other collabs up on their Soundcloud pages, so if you dug the sound of that, go see what else they have to offer. You will be impressed.

Claptone - Puppet Theatre (ft. Peter, Björn and John) - acid stag

Claptone – Puppet Theatre (ft. Peter, Björn and John) [New Single]

The gold-masked crusader known as Claptone has announced he will be releasing his debut album in October called Charmer, and today he is sharing another of its singles with us.

The new track is called ‘Puppet Theatre’ and it features Claptone‘s signature driving house beat, piano rhythms, and Sweden’s Peter, Björn and John helping out on the vocals.

Charmer will hit the shelves on October 16 and will also feature guest appearances form the likes of Nathan Nicholson, Jimi Tenor, Young Galaxy, Jay-Jay Johanson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, just to name a few.

Flush (Aeroplane) - Come Back Baby - acid stag

Flush (Aeroplane) – Come Back Baby [New Single]

‘Come Back Baby’ is the debut single from Flush, a new project by Belgium producer Aeroplane, which he has started in order to release all of the edits and reworks he produces while in transit.

Aeroplane fans will be pretty happy with the uplifting, summer-house grooves of ‘Come Back Baby’, and will be left eagerly awaiting the next Flush release.

You can pick up a copy of that one now from Beatport.