Monthly Archives: April 2013

BANGLADE$H: Self Titled EP [EP Stream]

BANGLADE$H are an indie-pop five-piece hailing from New Zealand. They first started playing together in 2010 in their hometown of Hamilton and here they are three years later with their debut self-titled EP.

The five-track collection features the previously released single ‘Lean,’ which made its way onto Friday MixTape #130 at position number two. Stream the EP below.

Sounds like: Little Red

BANGLADE$H are launching the EP in New Zealand this week and it will be available from iTunes in the coming days. |


Aquilo: Calling Me [New Music]

Aquilo are a duo from the North-West of England creating captivating dream-pop sounds.

Tom Higham (22) and Ben Fletcher (18) were neighbours and members of local guitar driven bands. After the realisation that they both shared the same interest in music production, they joined their musical talents to create their own new style of ambient music production.

Their debut single ‘Calling Me’ shows how much passion they have for their music. While some musicians may spend a lifetime trying to achieve greatness, Aquilo have already managed to create something that is pretty close to perfection:

Aquilo is surely destined for great things – another young act to keep your eyes on. |

Baby Alpaca: Sea of Dreams [New Music]

Fresh out of New York City comes the subtle dream-folk sounds of Baby Alpaca. Led by singer-songwriter Chris Kittrell, the trio have just released the first single to come from their upcoming debut, self-titled EP.

‘Sea of Dreams’ is a beautifully orchestrated piece of music which summons up thoughts of a collaborative project between Sigur RósJames Blake and The National.

Prepare to sink yourself into ‘Sea of Dreams’:

Baby Alpaca’s debut EP is out on June 25 via Atlas Chair Records.

They also have a demo release on their SoundCloud titled ‘Run With You’: | |

Mighty Mouse: Spring 2013 Mixtape

UK producer extraordinaire Mighty Mouse has been a busy man over the last few months, and unfortunately hasn’t been able to maintain his usual string of monthly mixtapes.

To make up for his long absence, he’s put together a special ‘Spring’ edition mixtape, jam-packed with new and unreleased material. As per usual, it’s free to download.

Track list:
1. Beethoven’s 74th Rendition of a Humpback Whale (in Scottish)
2. Akshin – Cut A Few
3. Yuksek – Truth (ft. Juviniles)
4. Lady Kiss – Walk In
5. Fernando – Non Stop (Fabrizio Mammarella Remix)
6. Little Boots – Broken Record (JDH ‘Chupacabras’ Remix)
7. Paradise 45 – Baby C’mon
8. Andre Laos – Alternating Currency
9. Sugar Hill – Before You Wake (Leoni Remix)
10. Blackstrobe – The Girl From The Bayou (Extended Mix)
11. Tigerskin – Windfall
12. Gregor Salto & KiT (Kuenti i Tambu) – Otro Dia
13. West K  – Kata Llorando (ft. Natacha)
14. Theophilus London – Wine & Chocolates (Andhim Remix)
15. Nora En Pure – Come With Me
16. Fed Conti – Touch Me (ft. Sara Grimaldi)
17. Supernova – The Circle
18. Renato Cohen – Suddenly Funk
19. Pitchben – Soda (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
20. Mighty Mouse – Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (Sunrise Mix)  | |

Gig of the Week: Triple Treat Tour

Words by Hugh McClure.

Goodgod Small Club will be fitting in as much talent as possible this Saturday night, with the Sydney instalment of the Triple Treat Tour. Featuring a superb triumvirate of Step-Panther (Syd), Bored Nothing (Mel), and Gung Ho (Bri), each act is worthy of their own headline show.

Indie rock will be the flavour of the evening, with all three bands bringing their own style to the party. Hometown Step-Panther’s quirky, energetic live show will now doubt be ably supported by the lo-fi skewed Bored Nothing, and the surf/slacker-pop trio Gung Ho.

WHAT: Triple Treat Tour (ft. Step-Panter, Bored Nothing, Gung Ho)
WHEN: Saturday, May 4th
WHERE:  Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $14 + bf

Triple Threat Tour

Snoop Lion: No Regrets (ft. T.I. & Amber Coffman) [Bonus Track + Album Stream]

As you must have heard by now, the infamous Snoop Dogg has a brand new album on the way. Titled Reincarnation, it indeed sees the man reincarnating himself – now to be known exclusively as roots-reggae chief Snoop Lion.

Reincarnation has been produced by Major Lazer and Ariel Rechstaid (Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX and Foreign Born) and below you can check out a bonus-track titled ‘No Regrets,’ which features American hip-hop artist T.I. and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors:

We also have a stream of the Reincarnation album for you to check out. To be honest, it doesn’t really push our buttons, but we do feel that some of you will love it. Feel free to let us know your thoughts on this one: | |

Phoenix: Entertainment (Dirty Projectors Remix) [New Music]

Bankrupt! is the long-awaited fifth studio LP from Parisian electro-pop crew Phoenix. ‘Entertainment’ was the first single to see the light of day, winning over their hungry fans, while also gaining a whole legion of new followers.

Over the weekend, Dirty Projectors main-man Dave Longstreth released an absolute killer remix of the track featuring some Dirty Projector-style driven percussion and bass tones overlaid with Thomas Mars‘ stunning signature vocals:

Hit the download button above for a free DL.

There is also an official acoustically subdued Dinosaur Jr. rework/remix well worth checking out:

We will leave you with the video to the original version:

Bankrupt! is out now through Glassnote Records. | |

Jinja Safari: Plagiarist + Oh Benzo! [New Singles]

Aussie indie-pop crew Jinja Safari are busy prepping for the release of their self-titled debut record, which is due for release next month.

‘Plagiarist’ is the first single to fall from it, and we have to say its a little bit underwhelming given its generic easy-going pop formula:

This week however the LP’s second single, ‘Oh Benzo!’ leaves us feeling much more positive about the album’s prospects. It’s much more along the lines of what we’d like to expect from the Jinja Safari crew. Let us know what you think:

The band do plan to hit the road throughout May in support of their album release. The dates are below and the ticketing info can be found here.

Tour dates:
Wednesday, May 15 – The Toff, Melbourne
Thursday, May 16 – The Toff, Melbourne
Friday, May 17 – Jive Bar, Adelaide
Friday, May 24 – The Zoo, Brisbane
Saturday, May 25 – Amplifier, Perth
Thursday, May 30 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney

The self-titled debut record from Jinja Safari hits the stores on May 17. Pre-order your copy now. | |

Jagwar Ma: Man I Need // Exercise [New Single]

Earlier this year we brought you Sydney psych-pop revivalists Jagwar Ma‘s (Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield) new single, ‘The Throw’.

Late last week the boys unleashed an epic nine-minute jam titled ‘Man I Need//Exercise’ and announced that their debut LP Howlin’, will be out in May.

Just like its predecessor, ‘Man I Need//Exercise’ sucks you in as soon as the intro beats kicks in, and there’s no way out until the track finishes up. This band is going to be incredible at every open-air festival from here on:

Howlin’ hits the shelves on June 10.

Howlin’ Track-list:
1. What Love
2. Uncertainty
3. The Throw
4. That Loneliness
5. Come Save Me
6. Four
7. Let Her Go
8. Man I Need
9. Exercise
10. Did You Have To
11. Backwards Berlin

We had a chat with main-man Jonno Ma recently where we discussed the origins of his love of music.

We’ll leave you with the above mentioned previous release, ‘The Throw’: | |

Shit Robot: Feels Real (ft. JENR) [New Single]

It’s been almost three years since we heard from Irish electro producer Shit Robot (Marcus Lambkin), but today he returns with an eight-minute tidal-wave disco jam titled ‘Feels Real.’ This new tune features JENR (The Rapture‘s Luke Jenner) dominating the vocal stem.

‘Feels Real’ is an addictive funk-happy jam, overlaid with Jenner’s insanely high pitched falsetto, making this an absolute killer return for Shit Robot.

You can check it out below courtesy of the DFA Records ‘White Out Sessions’:

‘Feels Real’ will be released this week via the DFA webstore on 12″ vinyl as well as in digital format. The release will feature remixes from Luke Solomon, Larse and Love A Pella.

Before you go anywhere, let’s revisit 2011’s hit single ‘Take ‘Em Up,’ featuring the very beautiful Nancy Whang: |

Friday MixTape #141

Say hello to the weekend.


1. Laura Mvula – She (Robin Hannibal Rework)
2. Kisses – The Hardest Part (Jensen Sportag Remix)
 Classixx – All You’re Waiting For (ft. Nancy Whang)
 The Knocks – Modern Hearts (ft. St. Lucia) (Goldroom Remix)
 Tokyo Denmark Sweden – When It Breaks (Jordan F Remix)
 City Calm Down – Sense of Self (Wordlife Remix)
 Juveniles – Fantasy
 Breakbot  – Easy Fraction (Yaaman Remix)
 Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop The Dance (Punks Jump Up Remix)
 Sinkane – Warm Spell (Larry Gus Remix)
 Mr Little Jeans – Oh Sailor (Strange Talk Remix)
 Harts – The Music (Tyler Touché Remix)
13. Sam Sparro – Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)
14. Chela – Full Moon (G Templeton Remix)
15. Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune (Philosophy Of Sound Remix)
16. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby (The Twelves Remix) (The Frost Re-Edit)
17. The Golden Pony – Global Concepts (The Golden Pony Remix)
18. Jamie Lidell – You Naked (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
19. franskild – majestic mountains
20. Dirty Laundry – We Could Be One (Ghosts Of Venice Remix)
21. Kraftwerk – Tour De France Étape 2 (Sondrio Remix)
22. Pulp vs. Soulwax – After You
23. Kleerup – Requiem Solutions (ft.Loreen) (Prins Thomas Remix)
24. Lee M Kelsall – Always (Flex Cop Remix)

My First CD: Andy Bull

Sydney maestro Andy Bull has been relatively quiet after touring his most recent release – The Phantom Plains EP – back in 2011. He’s always been immensely talented and well celebrated locally, but his new track ‘Keep on Running’ has taken him in a slightly new direction. This personal fork in the road (also his first self-produced release) has proven to be hugely successful already by being the most played on triple j for two weeks running. Bull is currently recording his new album, and based on the first offering it’s bound to be rather special.

I’m often surprised at some of the artist responses in this section, but Bull’s first ever CD purchase – The Score by the Fugees – makes perfect sense. As a clearly intelligent (I didn’t have to edit his response at all!) and well-trained musician, the brilliance of this album surely played a huge part in shaping Bull’s early musical life.  Here’s what he had to say about it.

The first CD I ever went out and purchased (with my own pocket money!) was The Fugees ‘The Score’. At the time (1996, I think?) their version of ‘Killing Me Softly’ was a really big hit on the radio, and I remember thinking that it was the greatest thing I’d ever heard – like the most perfect, beautiful song. I bought the CD on the basis of that song, and it opened up a door into this really dark, mysterious, moonlit world. I guess I was too young to really understand a lot of the lyrical references, but it all seemed so very compelling, and exotic, with a very dark and haunting kind of pull… like a kind of permanently nocturnal parallel dimension. I think it’s a masterpiece still, it has stood the test of time. There’s a lot of clarity and restraint in the production, often just a beat and maybe one instrument or sample at a time, and the voices – Lauryn, Praswell and Wyclef – are so warm and present and knowing and urgent.It’s crazy to think how young they were when they made this. There’s so much to learn, and enjoy from this album. As an 11 year old, it introduced me to a world of sounds and ideas outside of guitar rock – and for that, I am forever grateful.

Andy Bull will be touring his latest single on the upcoming ‘Keep on Running” tour – which kicks off in Perth at the end of May. No doubt we’ll also hear a variety of tracks off his soon to be released second LP.

Tour Dates:
Sun May 26 – The Aviary, Aviary Rooftop Sesions, Perth
Thurs May 30 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Fri May 31 – Workers Club, Melbourne
Sat Jun 8 – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney | |

Baths: Ironworks [New Single]

Californian producer Baths (Will Weisenfeld) is currently prepping the release of his sophomore LP, Obsidian.

The second single to come from it is ‘Ironworks’, and it definitely doesn’t stray from the style that won our attention on his earlier works.

His eerie falsetto vocals float seamlessly between the string and piano arrangements, gently cradled with heartbeat-like drums. It is very beautifully crafted:

Obsidian is out on May 28 through Anticon.

Let’s revisit one of our favourite tunes from his 2010 debut, Cerulean. This one is titled ‘Lovely Bloodflow’: | |

Sigur Rós: Ísjaki [New Single]

Last month we brought you the news of an upcoming Sigur Rós album, Kveikur.

At that time, we shared the first single off the LP, ‘Brennisteinn’ and today we have the second release for you. This one is titled ‘Ísjaki’ (which translates to iceberg).

While ‘Brennisteinn’ was an unexpectedly a darker, heavier composition, today’s single has a far more upbeat, ambient pop style that will easily win over any true Sigur Rós fan:

Kveikur is out on June 18 via XL Recordings. |

Sinkane: Warm Spell [New Single + Video]

Sinkane is the latest project of Ahmed Gallab, who is better know for his previous work with of Montreal and his current work with Yeasayer.

‘Warm Spell’ is the latest single to come from Sinkane’s debut LP Mars and he’s also just released a beautifully rendered, Philip Di Fiore directed music video:

Sinkane’s debut LP Mars is out now via DFA Records.

The Warm Spell single is also available now over at iTunes which comes with two remixes by Duppy Gun and this one by Larry Gus: | |