Monthly Archives: September 2015

Nude – Naturalness EP [Stream]

A few days ago I stumbled across this EP called Naturalness from a producer out of France who goes by the name Nude, and I’ve been really enjoying every bit of sound coming from it.

You’ll find hints of Ryan Hemsworth, Cyril Hahn and even some Disclosure touches in this neat four-track collection – if this EP had a flavour it would be ‘Cool Mint’

You can grab yourself a copy of Nude‘s Naturalness EP from Bandcamp, with thanks to Moose Records.

Commandeur – Wasted [Music Video]

Recently we introduced you to a new producer out of Sydney called Commandeur, who at the time was releasing his incredible debut single ‘Wasted’.

This week Commandeur has a music video for ‘Wasted’ to share with us by two of Commandeur‘s talented friends, Jack Toohey and Ryan D’Sylva. The result is a synchronised light installation that is layered with live performance shots and beautifully contrasting ocean footage.

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You can pick up a copy of ‘Wasted’ now from iTunes or listen in on Spotify, but do be sure to give Commandeur‘s socials a follow as he has promised more new tunes will be on the way very soon.


Global Newcomers: Lemon, Druzy, Lua Sonique Devon Seven & Alêtro

acid stag has always taken pride in being able to give newcomers the opportunity to get their music heard by a global audience. In efforts to keep up with the overwhelming amount of new music coming through these days, we have these location-based showcase series, naming the artists we think everyone needs to keep an eye on.

If you want to know more about any of the below artists, click through to the their Soundcloud profiles.

Lemon – Your Friends

Druzy – Synesthesia

Lua Sonique – Dancefloor Killer

Devon Seven – The Real One

Alêtro – Mozambique

HUMP DAY MIX: I Forgot What House Gonna Say by Aeroplane for THUMP

Recently one of our fave producers, Aeroplane, put together a one-hour mix for the good people at THUMP, it is called ‘I Forgot What House Gonna Say’ and today it is our HUMP DAY MIX.

You can score a free download of this super smooth mix right through here

Aeroplane also released a new EP recently called Page One Is Love, which you can pick up from iTunes.

Husky – Next To You (ft. Natalie Wood) [The Remixes] [Premiere]

Just a few weeks back Sydney house producer Husky shared a new single called ‘Next To You’, which featured UK songstress Natalie Wood on vocals and came with the official release of his debut album, Break Free.

This week Husky has a collection of ‘Next To You’ remixes to share that will have your body trembling. The remixes come courtesy of Sydney’s Tom Budin, London groove-master Carl Hanaghan, a double-team of Germany’s Tonia & Santiago, as well as Miami beat-slinger Dan K.

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Break Free is available now from iTunes and on Spotify. |

deelanZ – War Within [Premiere]

Back in August we featured a new producer out of California called deelanZ in one of our ‘Newcomer’ series as someone to keep your eye on, and today we are proving he was worthy of that listing with the premiere of his impressive new single.

It’s called ‘War Within’ and its grinding synth-electro sounds make me think of a mix between Passion Pit and Ou Est le Swimming Pool.

“War Within’ embodies an internal existential crisis & the complex dance that we experience inside our heads and our hearts as we navigate through life. For me, I have been experiencing this with my music, and have felt pulled in many different directions in my life as I fight to survive and thrive in our societal system” – deelanZ

Be sure to give deelanZ some lovin’ on the below socials


Kisses – Jam [New Single]

The new album from LA synth-pop duo Kisses is seeing its release next week, and just ahead of that happening Kisses have decided to give us all just one more taste.

Appropriately titled ‘Jam’ it will ooze its way throughout your body without absolute ease, and as your body begins to absorb its funky, synth-laden grooves, your shoulders will start to shake and you feet will begin to move.

Rest In Paradise will be seeing its release on October 9th via Hit City U.S.Aget your pre-orders in now from iTunes

Toby Nolan – Fills My World [Premiere]

Over the last few months we’ve shared a few great tracks form London newcomer Toby Nolan, and have kept a close eye on him each step of the way.

This week he is releasing his next single and it is so damn good we jumped at the chance to give it a premiere.

The track is called ‘Fills My World’ and it’s jaunty electronic beats, deep warbling synths and those manipulated vocals will work their way under your skin and have you going back for more.

Get yourself up to speed on all things Toby Nolan and be sure to stay in check with what he’s up to – I am predicting big things in this man’s near future


Empress Of – Me [Album Review]

words by Jacqui Wonder

In a gorgeous, modern songbird tone Empress Of asks us “should [she] be afraid?” on the opening bars of lead track ‘Everything is You’ on her stunning debut album Me.

Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez, is a relative newcomer, bringing a fresh and lively sound that she has single-handedly written, produced, recorded and engineered. That is one helluva CV for a one-woman production.

I’ve already been crushing for a while on ‘Water Water’, which despite it’s late night vibes, actually goes a bit deeper than your typical electro track, looking at the world issue of water scarcity. ‘Kitty Kat’ takes another vein, where Rodriguez extols the double standards of street harassment. Thoughtful lyrics, tight production, great vocals.

Rodriguez keeps a high standard across the album, but with the exception of the above tracks, keeps subject matter to her personal experiences – breakups, new relationships, self-reliance. The lyrics are all highly relatable and with catchy, songbird vocals you’d be forgiven for getting caught doing the old mouthing-the-words-with-headphones-in-while-sitting-on-the-train.

But all that – lyrics, vocals, subject matter – it’s not what caught my attention. The addictive opening bars of ‘Kitty Kat’ or ‘Water Water’, the mesmerising chords of ‘Make Up’, the dance beats of ‘How Do You Do It’ and the pandemonium of ‘Threat’ – it’s great, freaking original music that evokes a response from the very first beat.

Colour me impressed, I cannot wait to see what Empress Of has in store in a live show – come visit us soon Lorely.

Rating: ★★★★

You can pick up a copy of Me by Empress Of now from iTunes.

Kids At Midnight – Electrified Release & Survival Music Video

Last week we were treated to the lush new single from Melbourne singer, songwriter and producer Kids At Midnight, it is called ‘Electrified’ and it is the follow up to her massively well received single from a few months ago called ‘Survival’.

Kids At Midnight is excited to let everyone know that ‘Electrified’ is now available from iTunes and on Spotify, and along with this news comes a stunningly beautiful and nostalgic music video for her previous single, ‘Survival’

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Obviously you should check out ‘Electrified’ again while you’re here, because it really is such a nice comforting listen.

Editors – In Dream [Album Review]

words by Renee Meznarsic

UK alt rockers Editors are due to release their fifth studio album In Dream on October 2nd, which lead singer Tom Smith has described as “the sound of us learning to walk again”, potentially a comparison to their 2013 release The Weight Of Your Love which was received with quite mixed reviews and felt a bit left field and out of skew for the band, an album which I personally was not fond of.

I’ve been an Editors fan since their first album The Back Room in 2005, which was a huge part of my formative teenage years and I’ll unashamedly admit that they made frequent appearances as my myspace song (for those playing at home, myspace was a place before Facebook where you could customise your page with a song that played as people clicked through to you, a reference that perhaps shows my age a little – yikes!)

Moving past my nostalgia, what we have is a beautifully crafted and cohesive album that you can listen to from start to finish as it weaves it’s magic of dreaming through your ears and into your mind. Without a doubt, a massive side step from The Weight Of Your Love, and a welcome one at that.

The album starts with slow burning howler ‘No Harm’ which creates a slow build into the album, and actually into my favourite track ‘Ocean Of The Night’ which features Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell as a haunting siren in the background. My prediction is that this will be the single track and probably biggest hit from the entire album.

We go through a few dreamy type of songs and then hit 80’s pop synth sounding ‘Life Is A Fear’, which really lifts the mood a bit, however seems a bit misplaced if I’m being honest. Enjoyable still, but not in tune with the remainder of the album.

‘The Law’ see’s the return of Rachel Goswell and teamed up with Tom Smith, equals a beautiful duet at the heart and soul of the album.

A second potential single in ‘Our Love’, however it lacks a similar punchy vibe that ‘Ocean Of The Night’ perfectly encapsulated.

Last but not least we finish on ‘Marching Orders’, an uplifting and almost 8-minute addition to the album, the longest track the band has ever recorded in fact! The absolute perfect end to the album and is lifts out of the darkness and provides a soft, light landing for listeners.
It’s hard not to draw comparisons to The Back Room or even An End Has A Start, but doing so is not an insult to the lads. A very thorough an enjoyable listen. Something that definitely will get a repeat in the Renee library.

Rating: ★★★★


In Dream will hit the stores on October 2nd – pre-order your copy now from iTunes |

Indie Delights vol. 30

Amidst the overwhelming amount of electronic music that we receive each week, there are still quite a few great indie-rock tracks that are pushing their way through the electro-cracks.

Indie Delights is a place for showcasing some of these fine, new and old indie artists. If you’d like to know more about any of the below acts, click through to their associated Soundcloud profiles.

Riley Pearce – Brave

Twin Haus – I Used To Think

Black Honey – Corrine

Kassassin Street – Yeah It’s On

TOWER – Can’t Vibe

Disclosure – Caracal [Review + Stream]

words by Jacqui Wonder

Upon first listen, the much awaited Caracal from Disclosure didn’t grab me, shake me up and down, spank me, wind me and leave me breathless like their debut Settle did, but after playing on repeat and now, much rump shaking, I’m convinced that the UK bro’s have delivered the goods again, with some pretty power collabs to boot.

Why the hesitation? Compared to what was coming out as a relatively unknown quantity with Settle, the build up and anticipation of Caracal has been building (for me at least) for an age. The initial release ‘Holding On’ featuring Gregory Porter has been a regular, albeit solid, set feature for months now. If you’re like me, ‘Omen’ with Sam Smith has notched up a top spot on your frequently played too.

That said (if I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times), I just want Sam Smith and Disclosure to keep making smooth, beautiful music babies. And in particular, if Disclosure keep procreating with the calibre of artists that are on this album I’ll never run out of praise for them, go forth and sleep with the rest of the music industry boys.

The brothers have once again managed to work with each of their collaborators to create tracks unique to each of those partnerships; Kwabs, The Weeknd, LION BABE, Lorde, Miguel, Nao, Jordan Rakei, Brendan Reilly and of course Sam Smith and Gregory Porter – big names plus some emerging talent, signature house sounds, every single collab unique as it borrows from Disclosure‘s and that respective artists’ own style.

Who could have picked ‘Magnets’ with Lorde would turn out as it did? Nao jam ‘Superego’ will tempt you to draw similarities with Settle collaborators AlunaGeorge but the electro R’n’B combination works wonders. Make sure you give a listen to the track with Aussie Jordan Rakei who seriously represents with smooth, baby-making electro-ballad ‘Masterpiece’.

Picks of the album? Rhetorical question, there are no standouts, IT’S ALL GOLD. My only criticism, if you could call it that, would be that where Disclosure have leaned into the poppy house/garage sound that has been so successful for them, there’s less of the more experimental work we heard on Settle, which is great for making sure you have ‘all killer, no filler’ but what about keeping it fresh? What’s next?

Rating: ★★★★☆ (if only because I find it impossible to rate this higher than 2013’s Settle)

Go grab yourself a copy of Caracal (Deluxe) now from iTunes.

EMCPlay Announces Line-up – Round 2

Australia’s one and only Electronic Music Conference, aka EMC, has announced Round Two of their EMCPlay showcase artists today, one again featuring some of the finest electronic music makers from around the country including;

clnDom DollaIvan OozeLOLO BXRunning TouchSet Mo, Oscar Key SungTear CouncilTyler Touché and Woodes

Come December 2nd EMCPlay will have over 30 acts performing at showcases across multiple Sydney CBD venues for one massive night of forward-thinking electronic music.

EMC Play tickets are just $25 until October 14 – better snap them up quick!

WHAT: EMCPlay 2015
WHEN: December 2nd 2015

Click the artwork below to found out all you need to know about the artists on this year’s bill

EMCPlay Announces Line up - Round 2 - acid stag

Dirty Vegas – Photograph [Album Stream]

London electronic duo Dirty Vegas have returned with a brand new album up their sleeve called Photograph, and today you can stream it in all its 14-track indie-electro-pop glory right here.

“We grew up with albums, so it’s in our DNA to make cohesive tracks woven across something longer than 4 minutes” – Dirty Vegas

Photograph is available now from iTunes, through Italian label D:Vision.