Monthly Archives: March 2016

Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye [Album Review]

words by Alex Milne

Amen & Goodbye is collaborative and multifaceted, with sounds that span from sparse and careful to lush and emotive. Like a collection of fables, every song on this album tells a story.

Taking four years to reach fruition, Amen & Goodbye changed up the usual songwriting formulae. The band took themselves to an isolated farm in upstate New York to record in analog. Part way through recording the roof leaked and destroyed a large amount of their recordings. The band was forced to take what was salvageable back to New York and employ a producer (something they had never done before) to piece together what they had into an album.

Keeping the album flowing, Yeasayer have thrown in short, less than one minute, tracks that work as introduction (‘Daughters of Cain’), intermission (‘Computer Canticle 1’) and outro (‘Amen & Goodbye’). ‘I am Chemistry’ is one of their stronger tracks. It is percussive and choral – written from the perspective of an atom. This one sounds a bit like Gypsy and the Cat. ‘Silly Me’ reminds me of Architecture in Helsinki with it’s cute and funky pop, emotive vocals and unusual sound effects. It draws back to ‘Ambling Alp’ from their previous album Odd Blood. ‘Half Asleep’ is deeply instrumental with ambient effects and female chorals. ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ sounds like Spoon meets Cat Empire. Their use brass is refreshing and the eerie two minute solo demonstrates the musicality and expanding creativity of Yeasayer.

‘Prophecy Gun’ is slow and atmospheric, building layers of sound with discordant melodies. ‘Child Prodigy’ is another short interval track, played on the harpsichord. ‘Divine Simulacrum’ is one of my favourite tracks with its sliding vocals and sexy, drawn out melodies. ‘Gerson’s Whistle’ layers many voices and moves at a steady pace. ‘Uma’ is a lullabye and ‘Cold Night’ tugs at your heartstrings.

The sound that Yeasayer has borne is the result of a lengthy process of creation. The studio they recorded in was full of exotic string and natural reverb that inspired them to record new sounds and add complexity to their music. Reflecting on the old rock of Queen and Sgt Pepper, and combining with modern pop and otherworldly sounds, this is one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year.

Rating: ★★★★

Amen & Goodbye will hit the shelves on April 1st through Mute Records 

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The Disco Pit v8

Let’s set the pace to groove and bust out some of our finest dance moves with the next instalment of The Disco Pit series, featuring some of the coolest, funkiest, disco-inspired tracks that we’ve come across this week.

Disco will never die!

Mahalo – Midnight Delight

Huntar – SK1N (Wingtip Remix)

Pherotone – Silence Is Golden (ft. Magnus) (La Felix Remix)

Fetty Wap – Jimmy Choo (Solidisco Remix)

Feynman – Air

River Tiber – Illusions (ft. Pusha T & Kaytranada) [New Single]

Canadian producer River Tiber has teamed up with Pusha T and Kaytranada for his latest single ‘Illusions’, which is being released this week through Red Bull Sound Select, and I reckon this one is going to leave quite a few of you feeling a little bit weak in the knees.

Get your limbs around ‘Illusions’ on April 8th via Red Bull Sound Select, and stay tuned to River Tiber’s socials to be kept in the loop on news surrounding his debut album that’s due out later in 2016.

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Single Sessions #104

Single Sessions is a place where we encourage you to sit back and relax, put on your headphones and block out the rest of the world for a short time, while you indulge in some aural stimulation.

For more information on any of the below tracks/artists, click on through to their associated Soundcloud profiles

TRUCE – Head Hung

Dual Citizen – Neon Heart

William Bolton – FLY (prod. by 20syl)

3 Monkeyzz – The Rythm

J. Roosevelt x Paxten – Coulda Been Something

Benji Lewis – Night & Day [New Single]

Melbourne singer/songwriter Benji Lewis is releasing his debut Hearts & Halos EP this week, along with an incredible new single called, ‘Night & Day’.

This guy’s voice makes me think of Antony Hegarty (aka Anohni), Active Child and Sam Smith all rolled into one, and he gives us damn good demonstration of these vocal abilities on the new track ‘Night & Day’.

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Hearts & Halos EP is available now from iTunes and on Spotify, and it’s also streaming now via Benji Lewis’ Soundcloud page, along with this track we premiered a few months ago called ‘Never Leave You Lonely’

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Gold Panda – In My Car [New Single + Video]

Gold Panda is giving us another taste of his new album Good Luck And Do Your Best, it’s called ‘In My Car’ it comes with a sweet Rob Brandon directed video starring the man himself in a real-life hang out with his granny.

Gold Panda’s new album, Good Luck And Do Your Best, will be seeing its release on May 27 through City Slang.

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USA Newcomers: Alec Jackson, WNWD, Pete Lehar, SweeTTooth & Teasley

acid stag has always taken pride in giving newcomers the opportunity to have their music heard by a global audience, and in the efforts to keep up with the overwhelming amount of new music coming through these days, we have these location-based series in place to help showcase some of the upcoming artists we think everyone needs to keep an eye on.

Alec Jackson – Real Me

WNWD – Higher

Pete Lehar – In Your City

SweeTTooth – Let Go

Teasley – Hit It

Elliphant – Living Life Golden [Album Review]

words by Carlos Duarte

When it comes to the oversaturated genre of pop music, there seems to be only a handful of acts that don’t seem to care about fitting into the mainstream’s mould. Sweden’s Ellinor Olovsdotter, aka Elliphant is one such rebel and her latest effort, Living Life Golden serves as a middle finger to the majority of what pop is offering at the moment.

Ever since she stated that “normal is the enemy” on her 2012 debut EP, Elliphant has stuck to creating vibrant tunes that reflect her rowdy persona as well as her views covering everything from politics to the natural world. Living Life Golden features such moments early on, with tracks like ‘Step Down’ and ‘Everybody’ acting as exposes on the high and mighty as well as the tired fads plaguing music. It’s only right that Azealia Banks features on the latter, as her complete distaste for what’s considered ‘correct’, politically or otherwise, within the industry machine compliments Elliphant’s sentiments perfectly.

The dancehall and reggae that has long permeated Olovsdotter’s music shine brightest on ‘Not Ready’, ‘Player Run’ and the Gyptian assisted ‘Love Me Long’. All cover different realisations brought on by relationships, and whether she’s singing about the joys of independence or the need for physical connections, Elliphant will have both the heart and feet dancing.

As a major label debut, Living Life Golden manages to uphold everything that fans have come to love about Elliphant. Her charismatic vocal style commands attention whether she’s singing or rapping, and her penchant for rebellious fun ensures she’ll be stomping all over the competition with ease.

Rating: ★★★★

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NGHTMRE – Holdin’ On To Me [New Single]

A few weeks ago LA producer NGHTMRE released his new six-track self-titled ep through Mad Decent, which has been awarding the man with quite a bit of well-deserved praise and attention.

This week NGHTMRE has that ep’s opening-track to share with us called ‘Holdin’ On To Me’, which features his very own (slightly manipulated) vocals for the very first time, and he’s quite happy with how it has turned out – I’m inclined to agree with him there!

You can check out the rest of the NGHTMRE EP now via pretty much all of the usual platforms, thanks to Mad Decent.

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Ofelia K – Cinco [New Single]

LA songstress Ofelia K has a great new track for us this week called ‘Cinco’, which takes us on a nice little romp through her playful electro-pop sounds, and throws in a few little twists and turns to keep us on our feet.

‘Cinco’ will be seen on Ofelia K’s upcoming ep, and you can keep yourself up to speed on that by giving her a follow on the below socials.

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Glasshouse – Back To You [New Single]

There’s a new project coming out of Brisbane called Glasshouse which is made up of two very talented dudes, Dom Buckland & Corey Brown (also known as Omniment), and today they are very excited to be sharing their debut single with us – it’s called ’Back To You’ and it is just the first taste of their upcoming debut ep

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You can score a free download of ‘Back To You’ for a limited time via the Glasshouse Soundcloud page, where you’ll also find this amazing cover they did recently of the BANKS track, ‘Brain’.

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Let’s Hear It For The Girls v5

Welcome to our gender-based series which is designed to showcase some of the great new tracks coming to us from a few incredibly talented female singers, producers & musicians from all around the world.

Let’s Hear It For The Girls!

Rukhsana Merrise – Money

Vienna Ditto – Ticks

Nadia Nair – Dear Brother

RYDER – Fade Away

kflay – FML

HUMP DAY MIX: COLOUR VISION – South Swell (Exclusive)

Taking the reins on the HUMP DAY MIX exclusive series this week is one of our favourite Californian producers COLOUR VISION, who is taking us on a one-hour journey through some of his favourite disco/dance/house tunes, and delivering some damn fine summery grooves.

COLOUR VISION told me this morning that he may be moving to Australia towards the end of 2016, and that we can expect an official remix from him over the coming months for one of Australia’s favourite female vocalists – wonder who that could be…?

Tracklist:
1. WILD & FREE – RIVER NILE
2. JUPITER – STEADY ROCKING
3. KANYE – CHAMPION (COUSIN COLE BTLG)
4. FOOL’S GOLD – I’M IN LOVE (POOLSIDE REMIX)
5. COLOUR VISION – PIÑA COLADA
6. TODD TERJE – ALFONSO MUSKEDUNDER (MUNGOLIA vs TANGOTERJE DUB)
7. BYRON STINGILY – FLYING HIGH (MAW BRAZILIAN VOCAL MIX)
8. SONDRIO – TRINIDAD
9. NUDE DISCO – OF U (FINAL DJ’S VOCAL MIX)
10. MANICS – CHALK (FKA I LOVE YOU BUT I’M CRYING RN)
11. CONCEPT NEUF – THE PATH (SOFRITO EDIT)
12. BAG RAIDERS – NAIROBI (DROP OUT ORCHESTRA REMIX)
13. CHRISTIAN NIELSEN – THROWBACK
14. BREACH – FATHERLESS
15. JAMIE XX – LOUD PLACES (NSFW RERUB)

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FRENSHIP – Carpet [New Single]

A few days ago LA duo FRENSHIP released their latest single ‘Carpet’, giving us the first taste of their upcoming debut ep with its dreamy, uplifting, electro-pop sounds – but don’t let that fool you, it has a contrasting story behind it

“Carpet was written during a stressful time in my life where I was feeling like I couldn’t get my feet under me. It’s about a conversation I had with an ex while we were lying on the carpet floor of my room and she was telling me I had to “do more” with my life. It’s a conversation that still rings in my head to this day” – FRENSHIP​

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SBTRKT – SAVE YOURSELF [Stream]

Last week SBTRKT shared a new image on Twitter along with the words “SAVE YOURSELF”, and then a few days later he uploaded a brand-new track called ‘Good Morning’, which featured American R&B singer-songwriter The-Dream.

Now SBTRKT has released a whole nine-track album with the name (yeah you guessed it) SAVE YOURSELF, which sees The-Dream featuring on a few of its tracks, as well as D.R.A.M. & Mabel and his long-time collab buddy, Sampha.

Stream SAVE YOURSELF in full right here, and then or go check it out on iTunes and Spotify.

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