Monthly Archives: May 2013

Friday MixTape #146

Get up on this funk!

**Friday MixTape downloads can be found here***


1. The Townhouses – Diaspora  (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)
2. SOHN – The Wheel (Pablo Nouvelle Remix)
3. Röyksopp – Daddy’s Groove
 Le Youth – C O O L (R&B Edit)
 Laura Mvula – Green Garden (Debian Blak Remix)
 Sylvester – You Make Me Feel Mighty Real (RAC Mix)
 Yale – No One Else Knows
 Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Breakbot Remix)
 Mrs Bishop – Broken Wing (Olympic Ayres Remix)
 Tyler Touché – All I Heard Was Lady (Modjo x Mitzi Mashup)
 Mirror People – Nothing to Give (ft. Rebeka)
 Goldroom – Only You Can Show Me (ft. Meriki Beach) (Volta Bureau Remix)
 Poolside – Harvest Moon (Neil Young Cover) (Dynamique Edit)
14. Sally Shapiro – This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me (Little Boots Disco Remix)
15. Florence & The Machine – No Light (Ben Macklin Remix)
16. Lilly Wood & The Prick – Middle Of The Night (YUKSEK Remix)
17. Carousel – Another Day (The Golden Pony Remix)
18. Disclosure – Defeated No More (ft. Ed Macfarlane)
19. Lancelot – You’ll Never Be Mine
20. CutWires – Don’t Talk (Shooting Horses Remix)
21. The Presets – Fall (SymbolOne Remix)
22. Daft Punk – Instant Crush (Roofio French House Remix)
23. Austra – Painful Like
24. Reptile Youth – Fear (Kasper Bjørke Version)
 Leaderboy – Wicked In This Neighbourhood
26. Leigh de Vries – Walk Alone

Rebeka & Mirror People: Nothing To Give [Double Single]

Portuguese label Discotexas has teamed-up signees Rebeka and Mirror People for a collaborative double single featuring their own dance-worthy interpretations of the track ‘Nothing to Give.’

What began as a simple sharing of ideas between Iwona SkwarekBartosz Szczesny (Rebeka) and Rui Maia (Mirror People), developed into an innovative and exciting two-track project that delivers two different takes on a single piece of music.

The ‘Nothing To Give’ double single opens with a stirring mix of pads, synths and bubbling bass and ends with an extended 4/4 rolling disco arrangement that showcases Iwona’s emotive vocals:

Grab a copy of the ‘Nothing To Give’ double single now from Beatport courtesy of Discotexas. | | |

Gold Panda: We Work Nights [New Single]

Like a ray of sun on a rainy day, Gold Panda‘s new single ‘We Work Nights’ emanates a sense of hope. The second track off the UK beat-maker’s forthcoming record, Half of Where You Live, climaxes with layers of sparkly percussion.

Listen to ‘We Work Nights’ along with former single release ‘Brazil’:

The fellow otherwise known as Derwin Panda has positioned himself highly within the experimental electronic scene. We have high hopes for Half of Where You Live. Download it on June 10 from Ghostly International as well as Panda’s own NOTOWN imprint. | |

Leaks: De Landa [EP Stream]

Melbourne’s 19-year-old Leaks (AKA Thomas Guida) has produced a debut EP that is delicate, complex and exudes an overall sense of maturity that many, older electronic producers struggle to achieve, if ever.

Each of De Landa‘s seven tracks bury themselves into your soul thus casting a total warming effect. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to minimalistic-electro heaven.

Leaks’ De Landa EP is available now, free of charge thanks to PORTALS and Absent Fever. |

Mount Kimbie: You Took Your Time (ft. King Krule) [New Single]

Illustrious minimal-electro duo Mount Kimbie have just unveiled their latest album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. The sophomore album’s new single, ‘You Took Your Time,’ sees deep-voiced UK singer/songwriter King Krule handling the vocal stem.

Krule’s lazy, almost spoken form is matched with Kimbie’s downtempo vibe perfectly. ‘You Took Your Time’ is somewhat reminiscent of Sydney’s Collarbones:

Preceding this release was ‘Blood and Form,’ which is more in-line with the style of debut album Crooks & Lovers, with its subdued drums, weary synths and dusky dry vocal layers:

‘Made To Stray’ was the album’s slow-burning and hypnotic debut single sporting Foals-esque vocals:

Mount Kimbie’s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is out now on Warp Records. | |

Baby Alpaca: Wild Child [New Single]

From New York City comes ‘Wild Child,’ the seductive electro-crooning single from Chris Kittrell and Zach McMillan, produced under the guise of Baby Alpaca. This is the second single to come from their upcoming debut, self-titled EP.

Baby Alpaca make a unique form of wispy bedroom electronica that is equal parts romantic, dreamy and addictive.

Sounds like: James Blake meets The National.

Baby Alpaca EP track-list:
1. Wild Child
2. On The Roam
3. Sea of Dreams
4. Run With You

Baby Alpaca’s debut EP hits the shelves on June 25 via Atlas Chair Records.

End with their spine-tingling debut single ‘Sea of Dream’: | |

Lace Curtain: Falling (II) [New Single]

Introducing Lace Curtain, a reasonably new Australian synth-pop project born from the brains of Mikey Young, Dave West and James Vinciguerra.

The trio have a four-track 12″ on the way that showcases their vivid interpretation of disco, krautrock and pop. Lace Curtain’s unique approach to electronic music has them offering listeners an intoxicating musical experience.

Below we have ‘Falling II,’ the EP’s first seven-minute cut:

Side A track-list:
‘Falling II’
‘Running I’

Side B track-list:
‘Falling I’
‘Running II’

Falling/Running 12″ is due out on June 11. Head over to Mexican Summer to pre-order your copy now.

Before you jet, check out this exceptional electro gem taken from their previous DFA Records released, self-titled EP. This is ‘Nothing I Wanna Do’:

Lace Curtain have no Facebook, no SoundCloud, no Twitter and no website.

BANKS: Warm Water (prod. T.E.E.D) [Music Video]

Although LA singer/songwriter BANKS is releatively new to the scene, she is making incredible sounds that are rippling their way around the globe. Latest single ‘Warm Water’ has been blessed with the production stylings of the masterful Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T.E.E.D).

The production and vocals are paired perfectly while the Dylan Knight directed video is the ideal visual accompaniment with its romantically warm and gracious vibe. The man BANKS is swooning over in this clip is LA-based rapper Joon (of Overdoz).

If you’re a fan of Rhye, you’ll love BANKS’ ‘Warm Water’:

Download ‘Warm Water’ from iTunes.

Revisit SOHN‘s amazing remix of former release ‘Before I Ever Met You’:

Tesla Boy: The Universe Made Of Darkness [Album Stream]

You may remember Russian trio Tesla Boy from such synth-heavy hits like ‘Fantasy,’ ‘1991’ and ‘M.C.H.T.E.’

Their new sophomore album, The Universe Made of Darkness, is ridiculously infectious and optimistic. During each listen, you’ll find a grin forming as you bounce to the album’s rhythmic percussion, 80s synth-leads and funky bass-lines.

Lending their vocal talents to the retro inspired experience are UK disco-funk producer Tyson, and Fritz Helder of Azari & III fame.

‘The Universe Made Of Darkness’ is available now on iTunes. |

Gig of the Week: Sound Doctrine & Circular Key @ FBi Social

Words by Hugh McClure.

Our pals and fellow Sydney music bloggers Sound Doctrine and Circular Key are putting on a special gig this week.

acid stag are big fans of the two well written and witty blogs, with both featuring in our  list of Top Australian Blogs. They’re incredible advocates of Australian music, and the line-up they’ve put on represents some of the acts they’ve thrown their support behind over the past couple of years.

Headlining the evening is the incredible talent that is Oscar Key Sung. One-half of quirk-pop duo Oscar & MartinKey Sung has branched off on his own recently, creating spectacular modern R&B. With support from nu-gospel/soul duo JONES Jnr. and one-man music-box Tim Fitz, you’d be silly not to fork out $12 for a ticket.

Here’s Oscar Key Sung’s latest double-sided single release:

WHAT: Sound Doctrine & Circular Key present: Oscar Key Sung, JONES Jnr. and Tim Fitz
WHEN: Thursday, May 30
WHERE:  FBi Social, Kings Cross
HOW MUCH: $12 on the door

Gig of the Week - Sound Doctrine & Circular Key @FBi Social | 

Duke Dumont: Need U (100%) (ft. A*M*E) [New Single]

After debuting on Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, new single ‘Need U (100%)’ from British house producer Duke Dumont has received global attention from all the major players. UK RnB-pop princess A*M*E lends her voice to what is being claimed to be one of 2013’s biggest club tracks.

With a chunky low-end, funky stabs and silky vocals, ‘Need U (100%)’ is an early ‘90s house classic couched in 2013 techno productions:

Download a copy of Duke Dumont’s ‘Need U (100%)’ now from iTunes. | |

Le1f: Spa Day [NSFW Music Video]

New York gender-bending, sass-rapper Le1f has unleashed the music video for latest single ‘Spa Day,’ which can be found on his recent Fly Zone mixtape.

The provocative Jesse Miller-Gordon directed video features Le1f bouncing from bathtub to hot-tub to sauna to shower with a cast of half naked men and women grinding and shaking their booty for the camera. Probably not suitable for work:

If you missed Le1f’s Fly Zone mixtape, stream it here: |

Sebastian Ingrosso: Reload (ft. Tommy Trash & John Martin)

Sebastian Ingrosso is one third of world-dominating EDM act Swedish House Mafia. The man has teamed up with Australia’s own electro extraordinaire Tommy Trash and longtime lyrical collaborator John Martin for epic shared track ‘Reload.’

‘Reload”s pulsing drums and distorted bass-line add to its extreme level of energy. Soaring synths are employed for an intense climax.

Listen to future dance-floor anthem ‘Reload’:

Score your copy of ‘Reload’ now via Ministry Of Sound Australia. | |


SAFIA: Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues [New Single]

Bleeding cosmic synths and groin-tingling vocals is new single ‘Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues’ from Canberran electro trio SAFIA.

Written, produced and recorded by band-members Michael BellBen Woolner-Kirkham and Harry Sayers, ‘Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues’ is another reason to keep your eyes and ears on this local act.

End with SAFIA’s wicked rework of ‘When It Breaks’ by Sydney indie-electro crew Tokyo Denmark Sweden: | |

Ryan Hemsworth: Still Awake [EP Stream]

The soundtrack to your Sunday afternoon chill-out is proudly brought to you by Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth and his latest seven-track EP Still Awake.

Still Awake is writhe with twinkly percussive sounds held together by Hemsworth’s meticulous production style. It bears a similar sound to that of  the talented Four Tet and Gold Panda.

Grab a FREE download of Ryan Hemsworth’s Still Awake EP from his website below. | |