Monthly Archives: July 2012

Friday MixTape: Splendour In The Grass Edition

Since we’ll be in Byron Bay for the annual Splendour in the Grass music festival, we’ve called upon our good friends Back Back Forward Punch to produce a very special MixTape for y’all this week.

Andy Liddell and Laura Boland (of Back Back Forward Punch) have kindly pieced together a mix, showcasing some of their favourite Splendour in the Grass acts.

1. Beni – Last Night
2. Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix)
3. Harris Robotis – Express
4. Sam Sparrow – I Wish I Never Met You (Alison Wonderland Remix)
5. Gossip – Heavy Cross (Siriusmo Remix)
6. Spiderbiat – Shazam!
7. Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Alex Metric Remix)
8. DZ Deathrays – Dollar Chills (Trumpdisco Remix)
9. Azealia Banks – 212
10. Pnau – Embrace (ft. Ladyhawke)
11. Electric Guest – Awake
12. Bertie Blackman – Black Cats
13. Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)
14. Kimbra – Settle Down (DEJA Remix)
15. Flume – Sleepless Ft Antony for Cleopatera
16. Bloc Party – The Prayer (Back Back Forward Punch Remix)
17. Wolfmother – Woman (MSTRKRFT Remix)
18. Canyons – My Rescue
19. Matt Van Schie – Saturday Night (GLOVES Remix)
20. Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This (Sam La More Remix)
21. Yuksek – Always on the Run
22. Muscles – Sweaty (Shazam Remix) | |

Music + Video =

Sigur Rós – ‘Ég anda’:   

Hot Chip – ‘Look At Where We Are’:   

Jack White – ‘Freedom At 21’:   

Snowden – ‘The Beat Comes’:   

ALPINE – ‘Gasoline’:   

Pluto Jonze – ‘See What The Sun Sees’:   

Dan Deacon – ‘True Thrush’:   

Passion Pit – ‘I’ll Be Alright’:   

Maxi – ‘In A Little While’:   

Moonlight Matters  – ‘Come For Me’ (ft. Gustaph aka Hercules & Love Affair):   

Yuksek – ‘The Edge’:   

Le Youth – ‘Dance With Me’ (Steve1der Edit):   

Digitalism – ‘Falling’:   

Dirty Projectors: Buckle Up [New Music]

In celebration of their current tour across Canada, USA, Europe and Japan, Dirty Projectors have served up new track ‘Buckle Up.’

1,000 copies of ‘Buckle Up’ will be offered to punters on the first leg of their tour, in the form of a 7″.

Click here for full Dirty Projectors tour details. Unfortunately, no Australian dates are listed just yet.

Dirty Projectors’ latest record Swing Lo Magellan is available for purchase now via Domino Records.

Lastly, check out the trailer for Hi Custodian; a short film written and directed by Dirty Projectors’ front-man Dave Longstreth. It follows the band as they inhabit a variety of characters in a surreal narrative about death and rebirth. It also features a few tracks and alternate recordings of brand new Dirty Projectors material.

Bat For Lashes: Laura [New Music]

It’s been three long years since we heard new material from London-born baroque pop singer Natasha Khan AKA Bat For Lashes. The wait is over with the release of new single ‘Laura’ from forthcoming record The Haunted Man. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster of emotions:

The Haunted Man is slated for an October 15 release via Parlophone. Pre-order it now to score a free download of ‘Laura.’

Bat For Lashes has also announced a stack of UK and European tour dates from September through to November. Check out the website for more details.

We leave you with 2009’s hit track ‘Daniel’: | |

Germany Germany: Blank Mind Empty Heart [Album Stream]

Drew Harris is the Canadian mastermind behind Germany Germany; a musical project that he classifies as “experimental electrogaze/feel-good hyperpop.”

Blank Mind Empty Heart is his latest album. Stream it in full below. If you like what you hear, download a copy for a mere 5 clams.

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Here’s the goose-bump inducing music video for opening track ‘Departure’:

Click here to check out Germany Germany’s extensive back catalogue. |

Two Door Cinema Club: Sleep Alone [New Music]

Irish indie-pop lads Two Door Cinema Club will return in 2012 with new sophomore album Beacon; the follow-up to 2010’s hit debut Tourist History. Based on first single ‘Sleep Alone,’ we can safely assume that it’ll be saturated with fast hitting, dance-floor jams.

Two Door Cinema Club’s main-man Alex Trimble told NME:

“Beacon is a much more intimate record than our first, but at the same time, it’s much bigger and more inclusive. Trying to find that balance has been our goal for a long time and this record takes us one step closer to the band we’ve dreamt of becoming.”

Watch the trailer for Beacon below:


1. Next Year
Wake Up
Sleep Alone
The World Is Watching (with Valentina)

Two Door Cinema Club’s Beacon will be out on September 4 via Glassnote Records.

Friday MixTape #102

You don’t touch disco; disco touches you.


1. The xx – Angels (Mirrors Remix)
2. Malinchak – Beside Me       
 Passion Pit –  Take A Walk (Gold Fields Remix) 
 New Navy – Breathe (Télépopmusik Cover)
Herve – How Can I Live Without You (ft. Ronika) (Mighty Mouse Remix)      
 Nathan Swiss – Heart (Moonchild Remix)
 Flight Facilities – Feelin (Jonny Pow!! Remix)          
 Madeon –  For You  (c@s@nov@ Remix)
 Midnight Magic –  Calling Out (Jupiter Remix)     
 Montevideo – Horses (Discotexas Remix)   
 Studio M –  Shemale Obsession
 Pat Lok – Remember (Wayving Remix)
 Isaac Tichauer – Doing What I Got
14. Voxels – With You (Young Edits Remix)
15. RÜFÜS  – Selena (Frames Remix)
16. Sneaky Sound System – Friends (Jonny Pow!! Remix)
17. Blood Diamonds – Ritual
18. Back Back Forward Punch – On The Run
19. RÜFÜS – This Summer (Parachute Youth remix)
20. Rebeka – Stars (Punks Jump Up Remix)
21. Azealia Banks – Liquorice (Ren Riz Re-edit)
22. Moskva – Visit Me Inside A Dream
23. Nate Wize – Push the Light (Kreap’s Deep Mix)

Chiddy Bang: Interview

We chewed the fat with Noah Beresin, one half of Philadelphian alternative hip hop duo Chiddy Bang. The boys return to Australia in September for Parklife 2012 and according to Noah, they are pretty fucking pumped for it.

Where are you and what are you wearing? Woah! Right now I’m in Grand Rapid, Michigan and I’m getting ready for a show. I’m wearing a t-shirt and jeans (laughs).

You guys have a fairly hectic tour schedule at the moment. Enjoy being on the road? Yeah, we really do. Though we have been constantly on the road since February, it has been quite manageable. Two weeks after putting out the album, we were doing shows every night and dealing with the press all day. So, we were going pretty hard at it for a bit.

Getting pumped for the September/October Parklife festival circuit? Yeah! That’s going to be fucking awesome. This is our second Parklife and I can definitely say that the first one we did was the best fun I have had in my somewhat brief life.

Do you have anything special planned for the Parklife shows? Yeah, for sure. But obviously I don’t want to give it all away. I can say that we are going to be doing something special, and a little bit different to what we normally do (laughs).

Is there anyone on the Parklife bill you are looking forward to seeing? Yeah. I’ve never met or seen Jus†ice before, so it’d be really cool to meet those guys, and of course Passion Pit. They are really awesome dudes and I’ve actually only like seen them play once, so I’m really looking forward to catching more of them. We ended up meeting them at a festival in Massachusetts and we didn’t play our rework of their track ‘Truth,’ because we thought it’d be a bit weird playing a Passion Pit song when opening for Passion Pit. But then they played it and dedicated it to us! That was one of the coolest moments ever. I love those guys so much.

Do you have any other collaborations in the works? Yeah, I do. I’m producing a lot of stuff at the moment. I’m actually working on a few tracks with Icon Pop right now.

Have you been happy with the response to debut album Breakfast? Yeah, definitely. I thought it was going to be a mix of half good reviews and half bad ones, and that maybe we’d sell like a handful of records. But we’ve sold quite a bit more than a handful and have received mostly good reviews. Actually, we sold 30,000 or 40,000 in our first week of release. So, really happy with that.

If you could create the ultimate band or group, whom would be in it? From like time and space? Of course, free reign. Wow, I guess I’d take all of the backing musicians from the Motown era. Like Benny Benjamin and James Jamerson, and all those dudes who played back up for Stevie Wonder and Temptations. I’d put them with a really interesting front-man like Joe Strummer or maybe Jus†ice. It’d be really cool to see what those guys would do with a giant Motown band (laughs).

As mentioned above the boys are in the country for Parklife 2012. Get your tickets now!

Chiddy Bang’s debut album Breakfast is available now from iTunes.

Let’s finish up with a few Chiddy Bang tracks, starting with this year’s massive hit ‘Ray Charles’:

‘Mind Your Manners’ is their collaboration with Swedish pop crew Icona Pop:

Finally, ‘Truth’ featuring Passion Pit: |

Menomena: Heavy Is As Heavy Does [New Music]

Portland experimental duo Danny Seim and Justin Harris are Menomena. This September, they’ll be delivering fourth studio record Moms.

‘Heavy Is As Heavy Does’ is the mellow, Damon Albarn inspired first single. If you caught Menomena at last year’s St. Jeromes Laneway Festival, you’ll be very excited for this new material:

Moms is out on September 14 via Spunk Records.

Menomena have a bunch of tour dates locked-in between September and November across the USA and parts of Europe. You can get all relevant touring details over at their website.

Stars: Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It [New Music]

Much to our excitement, September will see the release of the sixth studio LP from Canadian indie-pop band Stars, titled The North.

Today, the quintet are offering up juicy specimen ‘Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It ‘:

Click here for a free download of previous single ‘The Theory of Relativity.’

Stars will embark on a massive North American tour next month, taking them right through to November. Joining them on stage will be Diamond Rings and California Wives. Fellow Canadian indie rockers Metric accompany them throughout their motherland tour dates. Score all of those tour details here.

The North by Stars will hit stores on September 4 through ATO Records. Pre-orders are currently being accepted. |

A.N.D.Y: MixTape Five

It’s that time of the month again when Belgium dance-man A.N.D.Y. unleashes a new monthly mix. ‘MixTape Five’ is loaded with fresh disco tunes that have moved A.N.D.Y over the last 4 weeks. Get your groove on.


1. Eric Christiansen – ‘Cosmic Girl’
2. P@D & Studenkoff – ‘The Secret’
3. Peter & The Magician – ‘Memories’
4. Stefano Amalfi & Robbie Groove – ‘Tonk’
5. Nicky Minaj  – ‘Beez In The Trap’ (feat. 2 Chainz) (Soundkeepers Edit)
6. Whole Sick – ‘Do The Do’
7. Cosmic Revenge – ‘No One Like You’ (Kastle Remix)
8. Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive – ‘Real Talk’
9. Sneaky Sound System – ‘Friends’ (Beni Remix)
10. Sir Jonathan – ‘Bubblegum’
11. Gregor Salto – ‘Bouncing Harbour’ (Funkin’ Matt Rmx – Munchi Moombahton VIP)
12. Bonde Do Role – ‘Kilo’ (Turbotito Reggae Party)
13. The Partysquad & Illuminati Ams – ‘Tranga’
14. Flosstradamus – ‘Lana’s Theme’

A.N.D.Y will be taking a brief hiatus next month, so sadly there’ll be no August mixtape. We’re sure he’ll have a monster mixy for us upon his return in September. | SoundCloud/a-n-d-y-music

CITIZENS!: Interview

We spoke with keyboardist and guitarist Lawrence Diamond from London-based indie-pop outfit CITIZENS!. The Parklife music festival act has some weird shit in-store for their Australian performances.

Where are you and what are you wearing? I am currently backstage at a festival called Pont Du Gard in the south of France. We just saw Metronomy who were amazing, and The Kills are on right now in the background. I’m wearing a pair of brown brogues with navy blue socks. I got my classic Levi 501s on with a black and white polka-dot shirt from a company called Vanishing Elephant, who do some lovely stuff. I was very lucky to have been given this one actually (laughs).

Congrats on the release of your debut album. How is the ride to fame so far? Yeah, thanks. It is a never-ending roller-coaster. We call it the ‘flaming roller-coaster’ because it’s just like a big runaway train that has been set on fire and pushed off the edge of a cliff, whilst we hang on for dear life. But it has been really exciting, creative and fulfilling in so many ways. Also, there’s loads of free booze. That helps everyone (laughs).

We’ve been a fan of ‘True Romance’ for quite sometime now. We first came across its music video, which features footage from Indian movie Pasivadi Pranam. It looks like that dance was choreographed for the song! Oh man, I’ve got to confess, you’ve really done your research here. No one has done enough research on that. We usually say that it’s wedding footage that we found in a friend’s family wedding album (laughs). Clearly, that’s not going to cut it with you (laughs). What actually happened was, we were putting together a fan video of Bollywood kisses just for fun, and we thought we’d put some Bollywood dancing in there too. So we played this one movie and about 2 minutes in, we were like “oh my god this is weird and totally unreal.” We tried it with the song a few times and it just worked so amazingly well. What I like about it is that it seems to capture something of the song. Like it’s quite insane but I also find it quite moving as well (laughs).

Do have anything special planned for your Australian Parklife tour? I think Tom (vocalist) might try and turn into a reptile completely (laughs). We are definitely working on some sort of reptilian transformation. That may just involve make-up or it could mean giant suits made of fake lizard skin. We really want to put on a great show and impress (laughs). It’s all in the design phase at the moment but it’s going to make Batman’s new outfit look really last year (laughs). Actually, we watched the Superbowl a couple of weeks ago and Madonna’s half-time show was pretty good, so we may try to emulate that one (laughs).

Are there any other acts on the Parklife bill that you are looking forward to checking out? Yeah, I’m really looking forward to catching Chairlift. You will probably find me side of stage with my jaw firmly planted on the floor. I love that band. I’m also looking forward to seeing Tame Impala. We did a few shows with Pond earlier this year in London, so it will be great to hang with those guys again.

Late September will see the arrival of CITIZENS! for this year’s Parklife festival. Whilst in Oz, they have lined-up a few sideshows. Click here for all tour dates.

Here is the above mentioned music video for hit single ‘True Romance,’ featuring footage taken from 1987 Bollywood film Pasivadi Pranam:

We end with ‘Reptile’ – the track that has inspired their live stage costumes: |

Purity Ring: Shrines [Album Stream]

Montreal dark-pop duo Megan James (24) and Corin Roddick (21) are Purity Ring. Their debut record Shrines is unleashed next week, and if the few tracks they’ve released thus far are anything to go by then this album is going to be a smash hit.

Shrines is essentially a collection of “lullabies for the club”. Megan’s soft, seductive vocals will hypnotise you into a state of ecstasy.

Pick up a copy of Purity Ring’s Shrines on July 24 via 4ADPre-orders are currently being accepted. |


Mumford & Sons: Babel [New Album]

Back in 2009, London-bred quartet Mumford & Sons released their debut record Sigh No More, sweeping the globe up into a folk-rock frenzy.

This September, they’ll be unleashing sophomore record Babel. The question is: will it rise above the standard set by its predecessor?

Watch Babel‘s teaser video – it doesn’t give much away.

1. Babel
2. Whispers in the Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover of the Light
7. Lovers’ Eyes
8. Reminder
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste

Mumford & Sons are heading to Australia for a bunch of shows this October. Click here to cop all their tour dates and ticketing info.

Babel lands on September 24.

Passion Pit: Gossamer [Album Stream]

Two months ago, to everyone’s gratification Passion Pit started to unveil tracks from forthcoming record Gossamer. ‘Take A Walk,’ ‘I’ll Be Alright’ and ‘Constant Conversations’ left feelings of excitement and anticipation in their wake.

Gossamer is released next Monday. Ahead of this though, the band have made it possible to stream the record in its entirety over at NPR music.

Catch Passion Pit when they visit Australian shores in October for this year’s Parklife music festival. Check out all other global tour dates here.

Pre-order a copy of Passion Pit’s Gossamer now via the band’s webstore.