Monthly Archives: September 2013

Trentemøller: Lost [Album Review]

Words by Laura Bee.

I’ll admit it; I sometimes steal share digital music and I’ll bet you do too (I’m talking to you Australians – “most rampant downloaders in the world”).

Also, more recently I am streaming my tunes. It’s true: music has become more of a service, not a product. However, despite the way the music biz is going, I do have a personal rule – If it’s a really outstanding album or an artist I truly respect, I buy it because sometimes I actually want to throw what little money I have at an artist because they are that good!

Trentemøller is in that category.

After three long years the Danish producer is back with his latest full-length album Lost – I’m a big fan of dark eccentric electronica with claws and if that’s your thing too, then Lost will be well worth your listen.

Trentemøller first caught my attention with ‘Moan’ back in 2006 and I was pleased to find that he still captures the essence of what he had back then without sounding dated. Tracks like ‘Still on Fire’ and ‘Deceive’ featuring Sune Rose Wagner of Blonde Readhead, hark back to the ‘breaks’ and ‘big beat’ of yore.

However, he has also taken tracks like ‘Gravity’, ‘The Dream’, ‘Candy Tongue’, and ‘River Of Life’ in a refreshingly indie-pop direction reminiscent of Miike Snow with Goldfrapp-style vocals.

Like a plane flying through patchy weather, the album takes surprising turns from smooth, light and beautiful, through periodic descents into broody, bass-driven, controlled havoc.

You probably wont find yourself dancing to this album at the club, but it could be the sound track to a cult movie about guns, lost love and maybe a haunted house with a player piano (listen to ‘Hazed’).

I will actually be buying this album.

Rating: ★★★★

Take a listen to the album’s first official single ‘Never Stop Running’ featuring Jonny Pierce of The Drums:

Then finish up with ‘Candy Tongue’ which showcases the Goldfrapp-like vocals of Danish singer (and Trentemøller live band member) Marie Fisker.

Lost is available now via the official Trentemøller webstore. | |

Arcade Fire: Here Comes the Night Time [Live Video Special]

Over the weekend Canada’s Arcade Fire appeared on Saturday Night Live and afterwards the NBC aired a 22-minute Arcade Fire live performance special titled, Here Comes the Night Time.

Directed by Roman Coppola, the performance video features a few new Reflektor tracks, ‘Here Comes The Night Time,’ ‘We Exist’ and ‘Normal Person’ as well as a stack of celebrity cameos by Rainn Wilson, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, Eric Wareheim, Aziz AnsariBono, Ben Stiller and dream-boat James Franco.

Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album Reflektor is out at the end of the month on October 29.

Pre-orders are open now. |

Gig of the Week: Kilter, Paces, Spoonty + Retiree

The always awesome team at FBi Social have hand-selected four of their favourite East Coast electronic up-and-comers to help kick-off the long weekend.

20-year old Sydney producer Kilter will be co-headlining the night alongside Brisbane producer Paces, with supports from FBi favourite Spoonty as well as the masters of smooth, experimental groove-rock, Retiree.

For a taste of what you can expect on the night, take a listen to this very special FBi ‘Fade Up Mix’ courtesy of local heart-throb, Kilter:

1. Fimber Bravo – Life After Doomsday
2. Yasmin – Thinking About You (Billon Remix)
3. Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form
4. Village – Wanna Tell You (Henry Krinkle Remix)
5. Skanky – 1 More Night
6. Bondax – Gold (Snakehips Remix)
7. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter (Moon Boots Remix)

WHAT: Paces, Kilter, Spoonty + Retiree
WHERE: FBi Social, Kings Cross Hotel
WHEN: Friday, October 4

FBi Social - Kilter, Paces, Spoonty + Retiree

My First CD: Paul Godfrey, Morcheeba

The Godfrey brothers, DJ Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey, along with soul-styled vocalist Skye Edwards are the driving force behind British ambient trip-hop crew Morcheeba.

While Morcheeba are busy prepping for the release of their ninth studio LP Head Up High, Paul Godfrey put aside some time to talk about the evolution of his musical career.

“I grew up surrounded by a lot of recorded music so it’s hard to pinpoint the first album that I actually bought. My parents grew up in 60’s London and were big fans of Soul and Bluebeat. I remember my Mum giving me a red Dansette record player when I was about 4 or 5 and I played her old records non stop. Stuff like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Prince Buster plus some Beatles and The Rolling Stones. I was obsessed with music from a very early age which lead to my career in DJing and Producing.

The first album I do remember buying was the ‘Quadrophenia Soundtrack.’ My friends and I were 10 year old Mod-revivalists and we were obsessed with the culture despite the Carnaby Street clothes being far too big for us. This album also features my favourite recording of all time ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T and the MG’s which I played to death and never got sick of. This movie and also the Blues Brothers film were great in that it gave me a musical connection to my parents during the break up of their marriage which was obviously a painful time for all of us. In sharing their passion for great music I have a lot to thank my parents for.”

Let’s take a big step back in time to the bluesy sounds of Booker T and the MG’s, ‘Green Onions.’

Then treat yourself to the Morcheeba’s silky-smooth new single, ‘Gimme Your Love.’

Head Up High will be out around the globe on October 15 through [PIAS].

Morcheeba will be hitting the road toward the end of October for a massive string of dates across Europe before heading to Australia early in 2014 for the Byron Bay Blues Festival. |

Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull [Album Review + Stream]

Words by Justine McNamara.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who felt wary when Kings of Leon announced a new album. After the huge success they enjoyed after Only By The Night, the huge single ‘Sex on Fire’ and the somewhat overrated and disappointing follow up Come Around Sundown in 2010, it’s about time the Followill brothers came up with something worthwhile.

It’s a huge relief to listen to Mechanical Bull and realise they’ve done it. They’ve  returned to the stripped-back sounds of their debut Youth and Young Manhood and sophomore album Aha Shake Heartbreak. Suddenly, it’s no longer cool to hate on Kings of Leon.

First single and album opener ‘Supersoaker’ has been played all over the place. Unless you’ve blocked out all radio in the last couple of months, it’s highly unlikely you haven’t heard it yet. Caleb’s voice is as strong as ever, and the arrangement on this track is understated, yet effective. The bass line, energetic riff and catchy hook are guaranteed to stick in your head for days. What a way to make a comeback!

The mark of a good album is not being able to identify just one standout song, or more accurately, choosing them all as standouts. That’s what it’s like with Mechanical Bull – trying to choose just a couple of highlights is nearly impossible. Once you name one song, you feel inclined to name them all. ‘Don’t Matter’ is heavier than the tracks that preceded it, and shows how far they’ve come as musicians since their last album. The guitar work on this album is reminiscent of 2007’s Because of the Times and it shows they’ve really worked on their sound and skill over the last three years.

But of course, it’s not a KOL album without some ballads. ‘Beautiful War’, ‘Wait For Me’ and ‘On the Chin’ all provide contrast on this album perfectly. They’re spaced out between more energetic songs, so that the flow of the album doesn’t lag. It’s a chance for Caleb’s voice to really standout and for them to show off their song-writing ability.

If I had to choose just one standout, it’s definitely ‘Family Tree’. What a fantastic piece of music. From the moment that drumbeat starts and the bass riff kicks in it clearly means business. Caleb’s subtle cough at the start completes that blues feeling they want to achieve. The way the song moves through the verse to the chorus and ever so slightly builds up is as sexy as hell. When each new instrument is added, especially the guitar riff between the chorus and second verse, it’s done perfectly.

This is a big call, but I’m going to say Mechanical Bull is up there as one of the best albums released in 2013. Congratulations, Kings of Leon! You’ve won me back.

Rating: ★★★★★

Take a listen to Mechanical Bull for yourself and let us know if KOL have worked their way back into your heart.

Mechanical Bull is available now from iTunes. |

Donna Summer: Love To Love You Donna [Tribute Album]

Today we have the best news ever in the history of disco.

A crew of contemporary dance-music luminaries have been commissioned to remix and rework some of the greatest hits by the legendary singer/songwriter/pop culture disco-diva, Donna Summer.

Titled Love To Love You Donna the tribute sees the likes of Hot ChipDuke DumontChromeo & Oliver, Gigamesh, Holy Ghost!Jacques Greene and of course Giorgio Moroder laying down their unique production styles to some of the biggest track in the history of music.

The first single to be readily available on the interwebs is the Chromeo and Oliver remix of ‘Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)’

Love To Love You Donna track-list:
1. Love To Love You Baby (Giorgio Moroder ft. Chris Cox Remix)
2. Dim The Lights (Duke Dumont Remix)
3. Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper as ‘Director’s Cut Signature’ Mix)
4. I Feel Love (Afrojack Remix)
5. Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Chromeo & Oliver Remix)
6. Sunset People (Hot Chip Dub)
7. Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost! Remix)
8. Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)
9. MacArthur Park (Laidback Luke Remix)
10. I Feel Love (Benga Remix)
11. On The Radio (Jacques Greene Remix)
12. Last Dance (Masters At Work Remix ‘Short Version’)
13. La Dolce Vita by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder (unreleased track)

Love To Love You Donna is available for pre-order now from iTunes and will see its official release on October 22. |


Tame impala: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Say Lou Lou Cover)

Say Lou Lou have offered up a cover of ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ by Aussie lads Tame Impala, a band they say they’ve always been huge fans of.

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ is really enthralling, it’s like there are several different worlds inside one song. How it feels like a simple rock song (with almost pop melodies) but with a field of colour bursts of warm layered instrumentation that re-invents itself throughout the whole song… but it wasn’t until we started making our own version that we discovered how beautiful the lyrics are – another world in itself – so we decided to strip the groove back and take it into another place.” | |

SAINT PEPSI: Unhappy [New Music]

A few days ago we came across Ryan DeRobertis, aka SAINT PEPSI‘s latest single ‘Unhappy’ and have since been selfishly enjoying its overwhelming happiness.

Enough of that, it’s now time to share.

Self described as “liquid disco” SAINT PEPSI rides the border of many genres and with such buoyant ease. ‘Unhappy’ conjures only the happiest memories with its loops, tweaks and high-pitched distorted vocals creating nothing but sonic bliss.

Julio Bashmore: Peppermint (ft. Jessie Ware) [New Single]

British dance producer Julio Bashmore worked behind the scenes on Jessie Ware’s fantastic 2012 debut Devotion and now Julio has called in the favour to have Ware lend her vocal talents to his brand new club track, ‘Peppermint.’

Jessie Ware attracts collaborative work with some of the best current British artists like Disclosure, Sampha and SBTRKT, so to be able to align yourself Ware and to have her vocals complement your work, you’re pretty much guarantees a hit.

‘Peppermint’ will be found on Julio Bashmore’s debut LP which is due out mid-2014 through his very own Boardwalk Records. |

Lorde: Tennis Court (The Kite String Tangle Cover)

Brisbane producer Danny Harley, otherwise known as The Kite String Tangle, has unveiled what may just be the best cover track of 2013.

Danny’s delicate interpretation of ‘Tennis Court’ by 16 year old Kiwi songstress Lorde is nothing short of amazing. It showcases his capabilities magnificently with a sound, vibe and atmosphere sitting comfortably within the realms How To Dress Well and Active Child.

While you’re here, give TKST’s latest single ‘Given The Chance’ a spin or two. You really won’t regret it. | |

Sin Fang: Young Boys (Jónsi Remix)

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has produced a remix of fellow Icelandic musician Sin Fang‘s latest single ‘Young Boys,’ which just happens to coincide with Sin Fang’s european tour support of label-mates Múm.

‘Young Boys’ is without doubt one of the standout tracks from his recent studio LP Flowers and now with Jónsi’s Godly touch, it has been transformed into pure hypnotic bliss.

As mentioned above, Sin Fang will be touring Europe over the coming months as support to fellow Icelandic collective Múm on their Smilewound Europe Tour. Grab all of those dates from the Múm tour page. | |

Phoenix: Chloroform (Sleigh Bells Remix)

The latest track from Phoenix’s Bankrupt! to start receiving the remix treatment is ‘Chloroform’ and the first one to hit the web comes from New York City’s Sleigh Bells.

The Sleigh Bells take on ‘Chloroform’ has it sounding almost exactly like a Sleigh Bells track with Alexis Krauss’ playful familiar vocals hovering over a pounding bass-line, big drum beats and some distorted synth.

Phoenix will be in Australia for the 2014 Future Music Festival and Sleigh Bells have a brand new album due out in just a few weeks through Mom+Pop Music. | |

Friday MixTape #162

Forget the mustard, it’s Karate time!

Free download: Friday MixTape #162

1. Luke Million – Midnight
2. Owl Eyes – Hurricane (Cassian Remix)
 Goldroom – Embrace (Dickystixxx Remix)
 Empire of the Sun – DNA  (Yuksek Remix)
 Nile Delta – Aztec
 The Magician – When The Night Is Over (Claptone Remix)
 Black Van – Alive (ft. Deidre Muro of Savoir Adore)
8. Auxiliary tha Masterfader – S.T.R.I.N.G.S
 The Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye (Final DJs ‘Funky Workout’ Edit)
 Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK ‘Vocal’ Edit)
 Bon Iver – Towers (Oliver Nelson & Jakob Markryd Remix)
12. Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me (Flight Facilities ‘Graceland’ Remix)
13. Lemâitre – Fiction (Mullaha Remix)
14. Decibels – Regulator Moderator (Mighty Mouse Remix)
15. Monsieur Adi – What’s Going On (ft. A-M-E) (The Knocks Remix)
16. Thomas Jack – The Final Speech (Dude Skywalker Remix)
17. Angel Haze – Echelon (Jagwar Ma remix)
18. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons (Francesco Rossi Remix)
19. RÜFÜS – Sarah
20. SAFIA – Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues (Indian Summer Remix)
21. Alex Gopher – No Drop (NTEIBINT Remix)
22. The Aston Shuffle – Comfortable (ft. Will Heard)  (Riton Remix)

SoundCloud play-list:

Breen: Say What You Want [EP Stream]

Breen is the musical alter ego of 20-year-old singer, songwriter and producer Matt Lamb, and he has just made his debut EP Say What You Want available to download for free via Soundcloud.

The beauty of the opening, title-track is enough to draw anyone deep into this lush world of ranging tones, unabiding falsetto and textured down-tempo electronica.

Download the EP on the link above and then be sure to follow Breen on the below socials. Before you go anywhere we totally recommend checking out the beautifully Charlie James Reader directed video for the EP’s ‘Say What You Want’

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr: The Speed of Things [LP Preview]

To our absolute enjoyment, Detroit indie-rock duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have offered up a five-track collection of tunes as a prelude to their forthcoming second LP, The Speed of Things.

DEJJ’s Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott delivered an absolute killer 2011 debut record It’s A Corporate World winning them a league of international followers. From this our hopes for their follow-up have been set quite high, but judging by what they’ve offered up below The Speed of Things is looking to meet any expectations with ease.

The Speed of Things track-list:
Beautiful Dream
2. Run
3. Knock Louder
4. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)
5. I Can’t Help It
6. Hiding
7. Beautiful Dream (Reprise)
8. Mesopotamia
9. Dark Water
10. Don’t Tell Me
11. Gloria
12. A Haunting
13. War Zone

The Speed Of Things will hit the interwebs on October 21 and you can get it from iTunes. | |