Monthly Archives: June 2016

Stream Calypso's Debut Self-Titled EP - acid stag

Stream Calypso’s Debut Self-Titled EP

Tasmanian newcomer Calypso has released her debut self-titled EP and it proves without a doubt that she is a force to be reckoned with.

“The main themes behind the EP would be growth and change…whether that’s within a relationship or within oneself. I think it’s a reflection on how life is constantly moving, and you have to adapt to your surroundings and learn how to survive through the changes.  

The EP is also about the push & pull of love, how we can connect with other people and how we can move apart from one another as well. I hope the EP can take the listener on a bit of a journey, as they connect and relate to the words and the music through their own personal experiences” – Calypso 

promoted by Mammal Sounds  

The Calypso EP is available now via iTunes or Spotify, and if you missed it recently here is the Raef Sawford-directed music video for the lead-single ‘Numbered’.

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New Single by MUTO feat. Drifting Lights - 'Purple Heart' - acid stag

New Single by MUTO feat. Drifting Lights – ‘Purple Heart’

Sydney producer MUTO has teamed up with his neighbourhood friend Drifting Lights for his next big track ‘Purple Heart’, and I have a strong feeling that it’s going to push all of the right buttons for a lot of you.

MUTO’s slick future-beat sounds blend really well with his African inspired percussion, warbling synth work and Drifting Lights’ impressive vocals to create an energetic, uplifting release.

Sydney fans can catch MUTO this week launching his live show at the ‘Welcome To Of Leisure’ party on July 1st with Young Franco, GRMM and Tyler Touché (click the artwork to RSVP)

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We Review Tourist's Debut Album - 'U' - acid stag

We Review Tourist’s Debut Album – ‘U’

words by Angus Dawson

With a Grammy already to his name London’s Will Phillips, better know as Tourist, has cemented his name into the musical world and he’s only just released his first album. Phillips stated in an interview “the album is about a relationship I had with a girl for four years; I think we had an argument and I was walking away from my flat to my studio to record some music”, and this is how to album begins, the sound of footsteps walking from his flat to his studio. There are numerous examples of field recordings scattered all over the album which give the electronic/processed sounds a human touch and an organic nature.

The album is largely instrumental in the way that he employs the use of vocal chops and samples instead of a straight ahead vocal feature, even though he has a couple of incredible examples of vocally driven songs outside of this album. With the ending of a relationship being the blanket thematic material for U, I think he deserves a huge pat on the back for conveying all of the diverse and complex emotions that go with a break-up in an instrumental format.

Phillips has previously stated that he pays no attention to genre trends. You can hear this attitude within the diversity of the album. There’s slow moments, there’s euphoric moments, there’s moments that make you want to flip your desk and dance and moments that leave you feeling introspective and nostalgic.

Here are my top three moments:
3. ‘To Have You Back’ features a slow, reflective build up that launches into a head-banging, mouth-watering half time ‘drop’ that leaves you salivating.
2. ‘Seperate Ways’. Vocals that sound like they were sliced by Jamie Oliver himself. A soundscape that locks your full attention and never lets go. One of my favourite songs of the year.
1. ‘Run’. Banger. With mash. Bangers and mash.

U, for me, is cinematic headphone music. It’s dance music, but for the soul, not for when you’re pingin’ across some dank club at 4am. U is a heavily textured and emotive feather in the cap from a man who I hope we see and hear a lot more from.

Rating: ★★★★


2016 is set to be massive for Tourist with a massive US/UK tour already underway that includes a brief stop in Australia. If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne you can catch him live in August – find more info on that here

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Disco Pit, Poolside, BORDO, Wingtip, Rhythm Scholar, Rawa - acid stag

The Disco Pit v22

Everyone loves a little bit of disco right?

It’s time to set the pace to groove and bust out some of our finest dance moves with the next instalment of our The Disco Pit series, featuring some of the coolest, funkiest, disco-inspired tracks that we’ve come across this week.


Poolside – Oh Honey (Poolside Edit)

BORDO – Sunset On My Mind

Wingtip – Missing You

Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

Rawa – Feel So Good

Single Sessions, Kings, Midoca, DEAMN, Aeroplane, Purple Disco Machine, Tanzlife - acid stag

Single Sessions #117

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 indulge in some aural stimulation.

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

Kings – (u) West Coast

Midoca – Never Coming Down (ft. Lostboycrow)

DEAMN – Dreaming

Aeroplane x Purple Disco Machine – Sambal

Tanzlife – Expansion Of Light

New Single by Fransis Derelle feat. Benji Lewis - 'Wont Let Go' - acid stag

New Single by Fransis Derelle feat. Benji Lewis – ‘Wont Let Go’

Seattle’s Fransis Derelle is gearing up for the release of his ‘Confessions EP’ for mid-July, and this week he has another one of its tracks to share with us.

It’s called ‘Wont Let Go’ and it stars Fransis Derelle delivering some big energetic beats, driving synths and the incredible emotionally charged vocals of a Melbourne singer/songwriter called Benji Lewis – boy does he have some pipes on him!

Stay tuned for Francis Derelle’s new ep via the below socials, and if you want to hear more from Benji Lewis, you can check out his recent ‘Hearts & Halos EP’ on Spotify.

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New Single by VOKES feat. Nevve - 'Backroad' - acid stag

New Single by VOKES feat. Nevve – ‘Backroad’

‘Backroad’ is the fourth and final single from an upcoming debut EP called ‘Fractalism’ by LA newcomer VOKES, a great new track that he says is about those times when the ex gives you a booty-call, and while that can be awesome it’s also really tough because you’ve still got feelings for them.

Helping VOKES out on the vocal duties here is another LA-based artist called Nevve, and the track has quite a nice playful electro-pop sound that I can easily see people getting it on to.

Hit up VOKES on the below socials to be kept in the loop on the release of his ‘Fractalism EP’.

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New Single by The Golden Pony feat. JT Mak - 'Lost Yourself' - acid stag

New Single by The Golden Pony feat. JT Mak – ‘Lost Yourself’

What makes a good dance track is that irresistible urge to want to move; whether it’s your feet, your shoulders, your hips or an All-Of-The-Above combination, and I’m okay to admit that this new track from The Golden Pony has me doing the AOTA combo.

‘Lost Yourself’ features the Bee Gee-esque voice of a guy called JT Mak, it has a strong infectious house groove and it will definitely have you going back for that play button again and again.

Go grab yourself a free download via Tipsy Records

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Stream Aash Mehta's New EP - Dreams Money Can't Buy - acid stag

Stream Aash Mehta’s New EP – Dreams Money Can’t Buy

We’ve had this new ep from Aash Mehta on high rotation for about a week now and I think it’s time to stop being greedy and share the goods.

‘Dreams Money Can’t Buy’ is the ep’s title, it has five equally great tracks and features guest vocals from the likes of Lydia Kelly, Sonia and Jean-Luc.

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New Single by Loud Luxury feat. Shoffy - 'Villains' - acid stag

New Single by Loud Luxury feat. Shoffy – ‘Villains’

If you came here looking for a dance then now is your chance with this great new track called ‘Villains’ by Loud Luxury, and as you make your way onto the dancefloor you will be showered in deep-house grooves, uplifting dance-inspiring beats and the silky-smooth voice of Shoffy.

Yes you can score a free download via Loud Luxury’s Soundcloud, but before you go anywhere you really should go say hello on the below.

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HUMP DAY MIX- TKDJS - Street Talk Mixtape [exclusive] - acid stag

HUMP DAY MIX: TKDJS – Street Talk Mixtape [exclusive]

This week’s exclusive HUMP DAY MIX comes from New York City duo TKDJS, featuring a collection of deep tech house/hip-hop tunes that they’ve really been getting into lately.

It’s called ‘Street Talk Mixtape’ and it includes a few special exclusives like a new Truth & Lies remix of one of their own originals ‘Over You’ that is due out next week – get ready to move!

Street Talk Mixtape Track-list:
1. Zeds Dead – Bustamove
2. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
3. Jesse Rose, Troza’ – Chocolate
4. Tusk Donkie Punch – Side Affects
5. Ill Phil You Needa Freak (2016 Re-Fix)
6. Jerome Price – Motion
7. Shift K3y – Not Into It
8. Ryan Blyth – Take My Money (Rob Made Remix)
9. Mike Mago – What A Love
10. Friends Within x My Digital Enemy – Renegade Bassline (TKDJS Flip)
11. Stanton Warriors – The One
12. Cause N Affect & Stanton Warriors – Bounce
13. Missy Elliot ft Pharell Williams – WTF (Chris Lake Remix)
14. Yo Gotti – Down In The DM (Majestic Remix)
15. Gesaffelstein x Dr. Dre x Snoop x Kitz – Next Hellifornia Shake (SwaggleRock House Edit)
16. Sam F & Yntendo – Vegas To LA
17. Niko The Kid – Close Your Eyes
18. Kove – Love For You
19. TKDJS – Over You ft. James Teale (Truth & Lies Remix)
20. TKDJS – Don’t Leave

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New Single by Bells and Robes feat. Miranda Realino - Dreamin - acid stag

New Single by Bells and Robes feat. Miranda Realino – Dreamin

Bells and Robes have a new ep on the way called ‘How Could We Have Known’, and this week they are sharing its fourth single ‘Dreamin’, which features the jazzed-up voice of a singer/songwriter called Miranda Realino.

‘Dreamin’ has a really pleasant nostalgic vibe going on with its blissful atmospherics, twinkling percussions and Miranda Realino’s gorgeous voice – definitely one of my fave tracks from the Bells and Robes boys so far

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Debut Single by Litche – Look Up - acid stag

Debut Single by Litche – Look Up

Litche is the solo project of Sam Litchfield, a producer out of Newcastle (Australia) who some may also know for his role as one-half of Aussie/Hawaiian duo Haliia. Over the last few months Sam has been busy working on a number of new track ideas that aren’t quite right for the Hallia sound & style which has lead to the creation of Litche, and today he has the first of these recordings to share with us – it is ‘Look Up’

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‘Look Up’ is set up as a free download via Litche’s Soundcloud page, but only for a limited time.

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New Single by La Mar - Tear You Down - acid stag

New Single by La Mar – Tear You Down

‘Tear You Down’ is the very welcomed return for Sydney duo La Mar, as they take us into the next phase in their sound with some haunting electronic beats and smooth somber vocal tones, set in a mould of moody atmospheric electronica.

La Mar are serious contenders in the global electronic scene and this new track is just more evidence of that fact. ‘Tear You Down’ saw its premiere this week on La Belle Musique and is available now via all the usual platforms.

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New Single by Mark Maxwell - You Be The Judge [Premiere] - acid stag

New Single by Mark Maxwell – You Be The Judge [Premiere]

‘You Be The Judge’ is a great new track from Brisbane producer Mark Maxwell as he gives us a clever and cheeky insight into a world where ‘House Music’ has taken over the nation, inspiring a whole generation.

Maxwell has carefully selected samples from episodes of the ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ program to help create this world where ‘House Music’ is an election topic – and it just happens to coincide with the Australian elections this weekend too…

“I’ve always loved how artists can use sampling to flip a story or challenge genre expectations and ‘You Be The Judge’ is a great example of this. Being a cheeky combination of my two passions, house music and sampling culture, it was a matter of finding the right sound-bites and carefully piecing them together to reshape the story. I hope you enjoy this world where house music is important to the whole country as it is to me!” – Mark Maxwell

Grab yourself a free download of ‘You Be The Judge’ now via Soundcloud and be sure to vote for ‘House Music’ this weekend Australia!

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