Monthly Archives: October 2010

Perfume Genius: Helpless [Neil Young cover]

With the release of his very impressive debut album Learning, Seattle artist Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) has been very busy touring across North America and parts of Europe promoting his beauteous work. At a recent show in Brussels he performed a moving rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Helpless’:

Also, check out this hauntingly emotional live performance of his track ‘Mr Peterson’ from the album Learning:  

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Nosaj Thing: Drift Remixed

Californian experimental producer Nosaj Thing is due to release Drift Remixed on November 2. The album sees tracks from his 2009 debut LP Drift remixed by artists such as DntelTeebsJon Hopkins and Jamie Smith of The xx. We have the Jamie Smith remix of ‘Fog’ for you here:

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Over the past two years Nosaj Thing has produced remixes for the likes of Health, Flying LotusBeck, Radiohead and The xx. Take a listen to his remix of The xx’s massive hit ‘Islands’:

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Nosaj Thing will be touring through parts of Europe and the USA over the next few months – the American shows include support from chill-wave producer Toro Y Moi. Check out dates via his Myspace.

You can purchase Drift now or Drift Remixed on November 2 via Alpha Pup Records.

Total Warr: Cascades [Fresh Meat + EP Stream]

Hailing from romantic streets Paris is this newly formed indie-dance duo Total Warr.

Longtime buddies Kiki and Guigui were members of a variety of French hardcore bands for years until they decide to join their musical juices to create something beautiful.

They wrote, recorded and produced the four tracks that make up their just released debut EP Cascades which is the perfect  blend of synth arpeggio, handmade percussion, drum machine and acoustic guitar polished off nicely by their boyishly fantastic harmonies – if Yeasayer and Panda Bear had a baby, this would be it.

Take a listen to, Cascades:

Digitalism: Blitz EP

German dance-punk duo Digitalism are back and have just released a brand spanking new track from their forthcoming Blitz EP and we have it for you right here:


The new EP is the much anticipated follow-up to their 2007 Idealism LP which featured quite a few massive hit singles like ‘Idealistic’, ‘Zdarlight’, ‘I Want I Want’, and ‘Pogo’ – which we also have here to remind you just how awesome these guys really are:


Digitalism have worked on remixes for artists like The PresetsThe FutureheadsDaft Punk, TigaKlaxonsWhite StripesDepeche Mode and Cut Copy among many others. Also having their own tracks and remixes being played all over the world by DJs such as Erol AlkanSoulwaxBoys Noize and Justice.

The Blitz EP will be available as of 8th November via Kitsuné and you can catch the guys playing a few shows across parts of Australia over the New Year period.

Dec 28th, Brisbane – Blah Blah Blah
Dec 31st, Sydney – Harbour Party NYE, Luna Park
Jan 1st, Perth – Club Paradiso, Salt on the Beach
Jan 8th, Melbourne – Super Disco, Prince Bandroom

Crystal Castles: I’m Not In Love [feat. Robert Smith]

Crystal Castles are set to release a new single on 6th December – a cover of the 1980’s Canadian new-wave rockers Platinum Blonde’s ‘Im Not In Love’ and features Robert Smith from the Cure lending his vocals:

The single will also include some early acoustic versions of ‘Celestica’ and ‘Suffocation’. It’ll be available via Fiction Records.

Broken Bells: The Ghost Inside

Broken Bells (James Mercer and Dangermouse) have just yesterday released a digital single of the track ‘The Ghost Inside’ from their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album of this year:                                                                               –

The single also comes with the below track which has been floating around the internet since April and has been tentatively known as ‘Float’. Now the track is seeing the light of day under it’s official title ‘Meyrin Fields’:                                                                              –

The single is available digitally now via iTunes.

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Cloud Control: Interview

We had the pleasure of chatting to bassist and vocalist Jeremy Kelshaw (aka The Undertaker) of Sydney’s own up-and-coming indie-pop group Cloud Control, ahead of their upcoming European tour. We caught up with him over the phone while he was sitting at a café in Byron Bay. Here’s how it went down:

‘The Undertaker’. How’d that name come about?
I had been traveling on a lot of flights over a period of two years and my bass case finally gave out and died. I had to get on a plane the next day so I had to frantically run around trying to find another one, and I couldn’t find a thing. Finally, I got to this shop and they had a one-size-fits-all case that pretty much looked like a giant coffin. I had no choice but to buy the massive case which was even lined with purple satin material just like a coffin. We could actually lay down in there and close it up. So that is pretty much where that came from and the name just stuck I guess.

How does a brother/sister combo affect the dynamics of the band?
Umm yeah, it’s good and bad (laughs). Mostly good, 99% good. Ulrich our drummer and Heidi our keyboardist, they bring out the best in each other. They have their own little thing going on sometimes like all siblings do I suppose. They play up sometimes too leaving Al and I looking at each other wondering what the hell just happened. But yeah, I think it’s definitely a good thing –  brings kind of a close dynamic.

Was it difficult as a band deciding which tracks would feature on your debut album ‘Bliss Release’?
Basically we wanted the album to tell a story and the tracks that we had written and had been playing actually did that already. It was just a matter of putting them into an order that flowed.

Who writes majority of the lyrics?
Probably Al, he does the largest share of the songwriting, but we all chip in. There’s lyrics on the album that Al and I wrote together, there’s lyrics that Ulrich and Heidi have written together and that kinda thing. We are all really looking forward to writing the next album at some stage, when we have more time to sit down, get the juices flowing, see where the creative process takes us and dictates where we go.

Tonight you’re playing a sold out gig in Brisbane. Nervous about that?
Not at all, we are really looking forward to it. We have that gig tonight, then our last show is in Coolangatta tomorrow night and then it’s off to the UK for the next leg of our touring. We are doing some shows with Tame Impala and The Temper Trap as well, so that’s going to be pretty awesome. We’re also supporting Local Natives for a few shows while we’re over there. Don’t really know much about those guys yet but we have heard a lot of positive things – so they should be some fun shows!

How do you feel about the word ‘hipster’? Would you agree that Cloud Control have quite a large ‘hipster’ following?
So like guys with beards in oversized, baggy clothing? I guess to some extent… Although I’m constantly surprised by the different types of people in the audience at our gig. Like, there’d be people of all ages – anywhere from 16 to early forties. It’s generally a pretty diverse turn-out.

Lastly, the opening lyrics to ‘Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight’: Mother Ganga take me higher. What does it mean?
When we were in India we witnessed a local sea burial where they laid the dead on a raft and sent it out to sea along the River Ganges. Basically it talks about being taken by a higher power – it’s something we can’t fight and need to accept.


Cloud Control are playing shows across Ireland and the UK over the coming weeks to promote their debut LP Bliss Release – supporting fellow Aussies Temper TrapTame Impala and LA’s Local Natives along the way.

Catch them in Australia this Summer for a string of festivals including Meredith Music FestivalFalls Music FestivalPeats Ridge FestivalSouthbound FestivalSt. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

We’ll leave you with the video for Cloud Control’s third single from Bliss Release titled ‘Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight’. Film clip directed by art duo Greedy Hen

Phoenix + Daft Punk

A few weeks ago we posted about Phoenix releasing a part 3 of their track ‘Love Like A Sunset‘ and their upcoming performance at The Madison Square Gardens. Well, that show was last night and during their second encore as they were playing ‘If I Ever Feel Better’, French electro legends Daft Punk made a surprise on-stage guest appearance launching them into ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger/Around the World’.

With the crowd going completely nuts they also went on to play an extended version of ‘1901’ together – not the best footage we agree but it’s pretty awesome to watch all the same!

1901 (pt 1) :

1901 (pt2) :

Gonjasufi: The Caliph's Tea Party

Californian DJ/Rapper/Yoga Teacher Gonjasufi released his unparalleled experimental and somewhat otherworldly debut album earlier this year called A Sufi and a Killer. Only 7 months later he is set to release a remix album of the very same LP titled The Caliph’s Tea Party. It sees artist such as Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven, experimental producer Bibio, ambient new-age producer Oneohtrix Point Never and Australian born electro music producer/DJ Mark Pritchard, among many others adding their own unique twists to some already aberrant tracks.

Stream the entire remix album here:   

If you like what you hear, purchase A Sufi and a Killer along with The Caliph’s Tea Party now via Bleep.

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Real Estate: Out Of Tune

Psychedelic surf-pop group Real Estate have just released their Out Of Tune EP, featuring 2 fresh new tracks. Their dreamy style doesn’t deviate far from the brilliant 2009 self-titled debut LP, but does remind us just how awesome these guys are. Perfect for Summer chill sessions – definitely destined to be on high rotation.

The title track ‘Out Of Tune’ is below for your aural pleasure:  Mobile users, click here to listen.

Also, take a listen to ‘Beach Comber’ from their LP of last year:   Mobile users, click here to listen.

The EP is available now via True Panther.

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MUMDANCE: The Mum Decent EP

UK based DJ, MUMDANCE (aka Jack Adams) has just released his debut three track EP titled The Mum Decent EP, along with the release of music video for the track ‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ which features Ben Esser of British indie-rockers Esser on vocals. MUMDANCE has spent the last two years building his street-cred with remixes for the likes of Santigold, El Guincho, Maximo Park, Pop Levi and Black Lips among many more.

Here’s the fruity music video for ‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ (ft. Esser):   

Check out this stream MUMDANCE has posted on Souncloud. The first three tracks from the EP with track four being a 37 minute MUMDANCE mixtape:   

You can purchase the EP now from the MUMDANCE website which also has FREE downloads of some of the remixes he has been busy working on.

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CFCF: The River EP

Canadian producer CFCF has just last week released a new digital EP titled The River. Since releasing his 2009 debut LP Continent, CFCF has been busy working on remixes for artists such as fellow Canadian musician Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire & Final Fantasy), Californian experimental rockers HEALTH and Finland’s electro-house producer Jori Hulkkonen – just to name a few.

Take a listen to the EP’s title track – ‘The River’:   

Here’s ‘Before and After Light’ also from the EP:   

We have the above mentioned remixes for you to check out as well.

Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (CFCF Remix): 

Jori Hulkkonen – ‘I Am Dead’ (CFCF Remix):   

Purchase Continent & The River via Paper Bag Digital.

!!! (chk chk chk): Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass [New Music]

Dancefloor filling disco punks !!! (chk chk chk) are just about to release a digital EP which features remixes of some of the tracks from their recent album – Strange Weather, Isn’t It?

The EP is titled and opens with the original version of track ‘Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass’ setting the stage for five remixes from the likes of Liv Spencer, Australian indie duo Canyons and former DFA producer Tim Goldsworthy among others.

Here’s the opening title-track:


Followed by the Liv Spencer remix of our personal favourite jam, ‘The Most Certain Sure’:


The EP will be available for download on November 1 via Warp Records.

In other news, !!! (chk chk chk) have just been confirmed for the St. Jeromes Laneway Festivals in Australia next February. We will be sure to keep you up to date with any other information on the band’s visit as it is released.

Future Music Festival 2011: Lineup Announced!

Future Entertainment has this morning announced the acts for next year’s Future Music Festival. The lineup features a smorgasbord DJs and live acts from a surfeit of musical genre’s such as indie, electro, techno, hip hop, trance and pop.

Future Music Festival 2011 Line-up:


Future Music Festival 2011 tour dates:

Brisbane– Saturday March 5, Doomben Racecourse
Perth– Sunday March 6, Arena Joondalup
Sydney – Saturday March 12, Randwick Racecourse
Melbourne– Sunday March 13, Flemington Racecourse
Adelaide – Monday March 14, Rundle and Rymill Park

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2011: Line-up

The acts that will be hitting the stages at the 2011 St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival circuit have this morning been officially announced!

Beach House
!!! (chk chk chk)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Bear In Heaven
Blonde Redhead
Cut Copy
Holy Fuck
Les Savy Fav
Local Natives
Violent Soho
Two Door Cinema Club
World’s End Press
The Antlers
The Holidays
Rat vs. Possum
Cloud Control
Jenny & Johnny

Here are the dates & venues to jot down in your diaries:

Monday 31st January 2011 – Queen Street, Aotea Square – Auckland

Friday 4th February 2011 – Alexandria St. Fortitude Valley – Brisbane

Saturday 5th February 2011 – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne

Sunday 6th February 2011 – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Rozelle – Sydney

Friday 11th February 2011 – Fowler’s Live, North Terrace – Adelaide

Saturday 12th February 2011 – Cultural Centre, Northbridge –Perth

Tickets go on-sale Wednesday 20th October at 9am sharp from the official Laneway website.