Monthly Archives: July 2013

TV On The Radio: Mercy [New Single]

Our favourite Brooklyn quartet TV On The Radio surprised us this morning with the release of exhilarating new single ‘Mercy.’

‘Mercy’ marks the band’s return, after an intense two year touring schedule, of which saw them in Australia last weekend for Splendour in the Grass.

Listen to the first piece of new music from TV On The Radio since 2011′s Nine Types of Light:

Speaking to Huffington Post, frontman Kyp Malone said he “couldn’t be more excited to be getting back into it, all together.” “The new songs ‘Mercy’ and ‘Million Miles’ came to fruition with such ease that it felt like an invitation to get back to this good work.”

Hyperventilating at the very thought of a new album. Stay tuned for more info.

My First CD: Vincent Vendetta, Midnight Juggernauts

Midnight Juggernauts recently delivered third album Uncanny Valley, an unforgettable trip that showcases the trio’s growth yet doesn’t alienate itself from past releases. We were keen to learn what the earliest influencers were of Vincent Vendetta, the band’s vocalist and keyboardist. You’ll be surprised with what we found out.

In Primary School I had a few friends who were into Faith No More and eventually through the grapevine we discovered the singer’s other band, Mr Bungle. Moving into early High School, I’d try to learn guitar through playing with music I liked at the time, which was mainly Nirvana. Though it was more fun learning how to play Mr Bungle tracks. It was like Frank Zappa mixed with Nintendo and David Lynch samples, which suited our minds at the time: schizophrenic and fun. When I finally saw them live later in High School, I’m pretty sure I could have played along to every song on guitar or drums. I hadn’t listened to it for maybe 10 years before writing this piece. Just downloaded/listening to it now and have been flooded with a lot of memories from early High School. I still know every hidden corner of every track. I didn’t get out much back then.

Midnight Juggernauts’ Uncanny Valley is out now on iTunes. Click here for a review and stream.

Catch the trio perform hits of old and new on their forthcoming Australian tour. Dates and ticketing here. |

HAIM: The Wire [New Single]

Sister trio HAIM exude sense and talent beyond their years; new single ‘The Wire’ is testament to this.

Having garnered a mass of fresh Australian fans as result of performing at Splendour in the Grass and multiple sideshows, HAIM drop the hippie pop-rock follow-up to ‘Falling.’ Their highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for a September release.

Listen to ‘The Wire’ below. The strings on this track kill me. |

Yale: No One Else Knows [Vancington Remix]

Last month, Brisbane lads Yale dropped their insanely addictive single ‘No One Else Knows.’ Since then, our favourite Louisvillian producer Vancington has teamed up with Glam Shell for a double remix release.

First up is Vancington’s tropical disco jam:

Now, cop Glam Shell’s electrified dance rework:

Both remixes are available to download for free on the links above. Score Yale’s ‘No One Else Knows’ from iTunes. | |

VALAR: Anoesis [New Single]

VALAR is a relatively new project formed by Sydney-siders Pete Covington, Tim Parsons and James Blackwood. New single ‘Anoesis’ is downright gorgeous and equally captivating. It has Radiohead written all over it; the kind of Radiohead that you first fell in love with.

The Jonathan Key directed video compliments the erratic minimalism of the song perfectly. It begins with dancer Elena Lambrinos moving gracefully within a white room before transcending reality.

‘Anoesis’ is VALAR’s first single to rise from forthcoming EP Chocolate Cake, which is due out on July 31 via their BandCamp page. |

Passerine: Ready to Begin [Nick Lynar Remix Premiere]

The Phoebe Dubar fronted Melbourne band, Passerine, have treated us to the premiere of Nick Lynar‘s ‘Ready to Begin’ disco remix.

The remix from the emerging Sydney producer, which features an Anna Lunoe flair, is set to appear on Passerine’s debut single release.

Passerine will be supporting the release of debut single ‘Ready to Begin’ by gigging in Melbourne and Sydney with a suite of talented locals.

August 1: The Workers Club, Melbourne (w/ Back Back Forward Punch and Dear Plastic)

August 31: Chinese Laundry, Sydney (w/ This Mess and Nick Lynar)
Tickets: | |

Basement Jaxx: What A Difference Your Love Makes [New Single]

Basement Jaxx continue down the electronic-pop route with new single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes,’ the hyper-catchy follow-up to April’s ‘Back 2 The Wild’ single.

Featuring the vocals of Sam Brooke, ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ is rumoured to be next in a string of staggered single releases. Expect more in coming months from the British duo, even a follow-up album to 2009’s Scars.

Stream Basement Jaxx’s ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ ahead of it being released on September 30:

The is aforementioned single ‘Back 2 The Wild’: | |

10 Remixes For The Heart-Broken Disco-Dancer

Hearts are broken. It’s a fact of life. I’ve been told that being in love has the same affect on the brain that cocaine does; and a break-up is the come-down. For me, disco is a coping mechanism, for both. I guess it has to do with the generally happy nature of the genre. These 10 recently released remixes merge up-tempo production with lovelorn lyrics. Enjoy, or self-harm, whichever you prefer (please don’t self-harm).

1. Disclosure – F For You (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
2. The Presets – Fall (Tomas Barfod Remix)
3. Kavinsky – Odd Look (The Weeknd Remix)
4. Rhye – Open (Bondax Remix)
5. Amerie – Why Dont We Fall In Love (Kaytranada Remix)
6. HAIM – Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)
7. Solange – Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)
8. How to Dress Well – & It Was You (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
9. CHVRCHES – Gun (Groundislava Remix)
10. Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Krystal Klear Remix)

AKUA: Nothing Compares 2 U [Cover]

Montreal’s AKUA takes a minimal, ambient approach to ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ originally penned by Prince and made famous by Sinéad O’Connor.

Since the release of her debut EP One’s Company in June, AKUA has grabbed the attention of music listeners across the globe with her sonically eclectic sound, informed by soul/RnB, jazz, electronic and pop influences. For the project, she teamed up with co-producers Andy Bauer, drummer for Twin Shadow, and Martin Rodriguez of She’s Got A Habit.

Click here to stream AKUA’s breakout album One’s Company. | |

Amason: Went To War [Music Video]

LA-based Scandinavian super-group Amason treat us to a beautifully shot, daydreamy music video for latest single ‘Went To War.’

Amason is made up of Gustav Ejstes (of Dungen), Amanda Hollingby Matsson (of Idiot Wind), Nils Törnqvist and Petter Winnberg (of Little Majorette) as well as Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow fame. Forming a few months ago, they gave birth to what they thought were some pretty interesting ideas. These small ideas eventuated into songs. They’re pleased with the results, as are we.

Bathe in the warmth of Amason’s ‘Went To War’:

‘Went To War’ is available from Swedish record label INGRID. |

A-Minor: Thinking Bout The Things [New Single]

We may need to enlist a London-based acid stag correspondent, what with the influx of music being churned out by extremely talented UK disco-house producers like Disclosure, Rudimental, Naughty Boy, Duke Dumont, and now A-Minor.

‘Thinking Bout The Things,’ the debut track from London producer/songwriter A-Minor, marries the crisp bounce of an up-tempo Disclosure-esque instrumental with a soulfully contagious vocal hook.

Prepare to fall instantly in love with A-Minor:

Back Back Forward Punch: Splendour In The Grass 2013 MixTape

In lead up to this weekend’s Splendour In The Grass, Melbourne electro-disco duo Back Back Forward Punch have pieced together a mixtape featuring tracks from this year’s line-up.

If you’re heading up to Byron Bay, this will get you pumped for the weekend ahead. If you’re not, it’ll help you pretend that you are.

Score a FREE download on the link above.

1. MS MR – Hurricane
2. PVT – Love & Defeat
3. Jagwar Ma – Four
4. Mitzi – Who Will Love You Now
5. The Presets – Fall
6. Haim – Falling (Psychemagik Remix)
7. Empire of the Sun – Celebrate
8. Peking Duk – The Way You Are
9. Robert DeLong – Global Concepts
10. Snakadaktal – Dance Bear
11. Hermitude – Let You Go
12. Wavves – Everything Is My Fault
13. Klaxons – Golden Skans (SebastiAn Version)
14. Flight Facilities – I Didn’t Believe (ft. Elizabeth Rose)
15. Matt Corby – Brother (Lancelot Remix)
16. TV on the Radio – Will Do (Mylo Remix) |

The Naked And Famous: Hearts Like Ours [New Single]

We hadn’t heard anything from Kiwi five-piece The Naked And Famous for quite sometime, until this morning. ‘Hearts Like Ours’ is the first single from impending sophomore record In Rolling Waves.

In Rolling Waves emerges on September 16. Pre-orders will be underway on July 30.

Whilst almost a year old, many of you wouldn’t be aware of this remix’s existence. This is The Naked And Famous’ reinterpretation of ‘Reunion,’ M83‘s greatly successful single. Enjoy: |

Top 6 Aaliyah Remixes

At the age of 22, Aaliyah Dana Haughton had three albums and millions of records sold under her belt. Due to an untimely passing that aligned with the RnB prodigy’s pinnacle of success, Aaliyah was instantly canonised. It is rumoured that a posthumous album will soon see the light of day. Whether this is true or not, let’s reminisce/pay tribute by grinding to our favourite 6 Aaliyah remixes.

Rock The Boat (ColeCo Remix):

One In A Million (Danny Daze & Young Edits Remix):

Are You That Somebody? (ITFW Remix):

If Your Girl Only Knew (Finnebassen Remix):

Enough Said (Shlohmo Remix):

Are You That Somebody? (Hudson Mohawke Remix):