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Black Eyed Peas reunite to spread important message about gun violence [video]

Breaking, Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Pop

1st September 2016

American music legends the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to spread an important message about gun violence during the US Presidential Election. After five years apart the band have come back together to release a rendition of their song ‘Where Is The Love?’.

Originally released in 2003 for their third album Elephunk, Where Is The Love? was written by Will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, Taboo, apl.de.ap, Printz Board, Michael Fratantuno and George Pajon, Jr. The track topped the charts in both Australia and the UK.

A statement from a spokesperson for the band said that #WHERESTHELOVE “calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost.” Proceeds from the song will go to Will.i.am’s own foundation i.am.angel – funding educational programs and college scholarships.

The remake features new names including Justin Timerblake (who sang and wrote on the original but wasn’t credited), Mary J. Blige, Tori Kelly, Usher and others. Find it exclusively on Apple Music, [here]

Black Eyed Peas.

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Flume has had quite a year. [video]

Breaking, Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Tour, Videos

31st August 2016

Atmospheric Dance music artist Flume has had quite a year.

During 2016 he released his second studio album Skin, featuring the lead single ‘Never Be Like You’. The single securing Platinum in the US and Australia. And he’s now on a bold tour exploring the West Coast of America. Listening to his music, you’ll recognise hit after hit, not just from the album Skin but stretching all the way back to his self-titled debut album released in 2013, featuring Chet Faker, Jezzabell Doran, Moon Holiday and others.

He’s toured the US with Disclosure, released a collaborative EP with Chet Faker called ‘Lockjaw EP’, won several ARIA awards including Producer of the Year, Breakthrough Artist, and Best Dance Release, as well as releasing the single Some Minds, in collaboration with Andrew Wyatt from the band Miike Snow – all in the 4 years he’s been active in the music scene.

Watch the video Flume released while on tour on the West Coast ->

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The 1975 Ambitiously Respond To Their First Album

Dance/Electronic, News, Pop, Rock

28th February 2016

Fitting with the long list of English groups before them that The 1975 seem to be forging their way into, the Manchester quartet have created a second album that sounds and looks like a more mature version of their first.

This does not mean that the (the arrogant and annoyling titled) ‘I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ is a direct, boring and lacklustre copy of their debut (and better titled) ‘The 1975’. Rather, it means that what went right on their first try, such as the witty lyrics and experimental mix of electronic beats and rock synth guitar pop, is capitalised on and expanded, and what went wrong is done away with. It means that they’ve taken whatever they learnt after being thrown into fame from their debut after years in a career without any, after touring, dealing with fangirls, pop stars that “want to shag” lead singer Matty Healy, and apparent struggles with cocaine, and turned it into a sprawling, ambitious, and heavenly workable second album that both responds to the questions laid out on their first, and leaves room for The 1975 to grow into the iconoclasts that they seem to be itching to be.

Lyrically, ‘Ugh!’ is the new 1975’s response to the song that first catapulted them into success, ‘Chocolate’, making the first catchy anthem about driving around with soft drugs sound comparably tame to the singer’s electro pop tryst with cocaine. ‘A Change of Heart’ is another answer to their debut – Healy sings ‘never found love in the city’ after telling us on their debut that ‘If you wanna find love then you know where the city is’, perhaps literally making note of this response by telling us that he’s ‘just had a change of heart’. ‘She’s American’ and ‘Paris’ sounds like more tales of the women sung about in ‘She Way Out’ and ‘Settle Down’ from their debut, and ‘The Sound’ is the second album’s festival anthem answer to ‘Girls’ on the first. The link is literally evident by starting the album with a rework of the same track that did the first, ‘The 1975’, showing us from the get go that this album is similar to the first, but the jump into the powerful opener on ‘Love Me’ shows that it’s gone above and beyond what the debut made us expect.

Swapping black and white aesthetics and guitar driven pop for a rose tinted theme and Bowie-inspired riffs hasn’t answered all of Healy’s troubled questions, however. Just as he struggles with belief in God in ‘Antichrist’ on the ‘The 1975’, he continues to plead ‘I’m asking you Jesus, show yourself’ on ‘If I believe you’, contrasting these more serious tones with ‘you shouldn’t have made me atheist’, continuing the link of witty lyricism that is consistent throughout the album, making the scrawling mix of pop, jazz and 80s rock come to life in a way that is new to The 1975’s talents. Some of the record’s best tracks, ‘The Ballad of Me and My Brain’ and ‘Somebody Else’ show us deeper into Healy’s struggling psyche, while always keeping that hint of lightness to the lyrics, ‘I think I’ve gone mad, isn’t that so sad?’. Similarly, ‘Ugh!’’s upbeat tempo and sporadic mix of sound may make it seem like one of the more light-hearted songs on the album, but a closer look reveals that ‘I’m not giving it up again’ may not be as simple as he’s trying to convince us it is.

So much of the album seems unworkable – its 17 track length, variation of genre and style, and almost-too-much instrumentals, but what The 1975 have learnt from their first release has obviously paid off. It’s hard to think of what track they could have cut or where they could have simplified musically – the album’s beauty is contained within its euphoric music, coupled with layered vocals found on ‘Somebody Else’, ‘If I believe you’, and physically manifested on the album’s simplistic artwork. What is most appealing, however, is The 1975’s ability to capture the cultural climate in a way that is lyrically subtle, but visually obvious. In ‘A Change of Heart’ Healy amusingly sings ‘you took a picture of your salad and put it on the internet’, harking back to their video for single ‘Love Me’ where he mocks card board cut out celebrities. ‘Love Me’ is perhaps the album’s marking song – the most literal nod towards the Bowie influence, the characteristic mix of genres, the dazzling bass line (something they’ve thankfully carried over from songs such as ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Girls’ on their debut), and lyrics directly criticising the generation that they’re making music for. The more adept listener will question their own relationship with culture and the celebrities they worship in this internet age.

Healy struggles to find a sense of identity in a world where religion is absent, his friends are overtaken by fame, and his lovers are ‘looking through your phone and then leaving with somebody else’. It’s wholly empty, beautifully depressing and disgustingly perfect – fitting for a band that seem grappled between dichotomies of criticising the modern age and using it for their success. Each listen leaves me so fucking confused, but in the way that only great bands can.

Written by Amy Eskenazi

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Single Review: Dusty Wax // Dirty

Dance/Electronic, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch

23rd November 2015

Confronting, abrasive, crude, alarming; all words that spring to mind upon first listening to this sharp piece of electronica. Brimming with attitude and possessing a ruthless no holds barred approach, this track is either one to have you running scared or craving more. Tight, purposeful production and startlingly provocative lyrical content form the basis of this furious track, putting the sound somewhere in the middle of Die Antwoord and Peaches. The first single to be released by Dusty Wax (the pseudonymous art project of Italian native Angelica Barbareschi), the tune is an ambitious dive into the world of electronic rap/rave, driven by themes of all things taboo. This is our first taste of Dusty Wax and she uses the opportunity to let her intentions be very clear; given the opportunity, she will take 2016 for her own so watch out.

For fans of the freaky.

Check out the song on Soundcloud below:

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Ones to Watch: Borns Releases New Track “Fool”

Dance/Electronic, Emerging Artists, News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

2nd October 2015

Let’s let 2015 be the birth of Borns.

The instant I heard 10,000 Emerald Pools by Borns aka singer-songwriter Garret Borns, I knew it was a hit. In fact, since receiving a shoutout from Taylor Swift, I’m surprised he isn’t bigger.

But I’m not worried. I know his time will come. 

Now he has released his newest single, “Fool” an upbeat disco-electronica song.

There is a certain magic quality to this track, and the fact that Borns used to be a magician only proves what I already know: his haunting electronic track is sheer enchantment. It’s the kind of song I didn’t have to finish listening to the first time around to know I liked it.

In an interview with Beat Magazine, Borns explained his artist name: “I think the O with the stoke looks like a zero and I like that because it goes along with the concept of ‘borns’ and re-birth and zero as a number of no resistance. That’s something as an artist you always have to battle with, that sense of resistance.”

Borns is revving up for the release of his debut album “Dopamine” which is due out October 16th.

Article By Natalie Harmsen

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Ones to Watch: MisterWives Release Video for ‘Our Own House’

Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

28th August 2015

MisterWives are an indie pop wonder in their music video for ‘Our Own House’. The track, which is from their debut album Our Own House is a polished disco-infused dance party.

The band, comprised of Mandy Lee, William Hehir, Etienne Bowler, Marc Campbell, Jesse Blum, and Mike Murphy, brings a quirkily electric sound to the world of pop music. Fresh, funky, and fun are only a few words to describe MisterWives, who have been making a name for themselves since the release of their first EP, Reflections, back in 2014.

 

Over the past few years, they have been on tour, delighting crowds with their bubbly energy while opening for artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Half Moon Run, Bleachers, American Authors and more.

Their album Our Own House was released back in February of this year and boasts a collection of glittering pop jewels such as ‘Reflections‘, and one of my personal favourites ‘Imagination Infatuation‘. With such a strong debut, MisterWives are positioning themselves to be the next indie pop pioneers.

They manage to transcend different genres with ease, making for songs that are a blend of pop, dance, disco, singer-songwriter, reggae, and funk. Not only does it work, it makes one question how they pull it off with such ease and vivacity.

From defining themselves as a musical family to recording songs in a treehouse, they may very well be the most fun band you’ve listened to in awhile.

If that isn’t enough, they’ve even put their own folky twist on popular songs such as Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’.

A colorful anthemic debut album, striking in its soaring vocals and jangly guitar riffs, MisterWives are the band you need in your life to brighten your day or dance the night away.

You can catch them on their Scrapbook tour in North America this fall:

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Album Review: The Chemical Brothers // Born In The Echoes

Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice

27th July 2015

The Chemical Brothers are back it again, giving us their first album since 2010’s ‘Further’. The duo consisting of Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands first started turning heads when they emerged in the mid 90s with their unique flavour of electronica, infused with everything from psychedelic rock to hip hop. Fast forward 20 years and the pair are continuing to transcend conventional genres and styles and push the boundaries of modern music.

‘Born In The Echoes’ proves that as a musical project, the two are just as relevant as ever. The songs on this album are new and adventurous, yet they retain that unmistakable Chemical Brothers charm. The whole set is brimming with high-energy bass that shoots to the furthest reaches of your body. Weird noises seem to rise to the surface from nowhere; strange, perplexing sounds whose origin could well be from another planet. True to past releases, the only thing that connects these songs is their overwhelming diversity.

As with previous albums, the two have enlisted a troupe of contributors to lend their vocal talents to the mix. Q-Tip is first on the billing; rapping over the bass-driven, radio friendly ‘Go’.

St. Vincent’s Annie Clark appears on the following track ‘Under Neon Lights'; a strange yet very listenable tune with multi-layered vocals and off-beat click clack drum beats. Also to make an appearance is Canadian poet Bill Bissett on “Ill see you there”; a psych-rock jam that reminds us psychedelia is just as much an influence for the Bros and any other. Last on the list of notable additions to the album comes in the form of Beck who sings on the final track ‘Wide Open’ for what is a soft, dreamy and essentially catchy tune. Unfortunately the song lacks any real impact, especially for a closer, and given the guest, one would have expected a bit more.

Although the album is heavy on the guest spots, no one succeeds in stealing the show. Their contributions serve only to accompany and amplify the already very strong instrumentation. The track ‘Taste Of Honey’ appears later in the album and is a good example of this; showing the duo’s willingness to experiment with new atmospheric sounds and bizarre song structures.

‘Born In The Echoes’ is an example of just how good the Chemical Brothers can be as producers and is another milestone solidifying them as masters of their craft. It shows that while they make electronic music, it seems they listen to everything but. It is as much an experience to be shared on the dance floor, as it is an individual trip for the senses. Either way, its best enjoyed LOUD. Whether that be through the speakers or the headphones is up to you.

Article By Edward Acheson

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Opinion: David Zowie // House Every Weekend

Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, News, Videos

12th June 2015

Summer is fast approaching and do you want to know what my favourite song is so far? ‘House Every Weekend’ by the one and only David Zowie. It is one track that gets me moving no matter where I am or what I am doing. Unfortunately, I can’t “cut shapes” like any normal house lover – I do try, but fail miserably! It doesn’t matter as practice always makes perfect I say. This song itself has the summery vibe, gets you grooving and clearly shows why House is one of the top genre of music of 2015. The video itself is different and shows all races “cutting shapes” and enjoying their love of House music together. It’s one song I won’t get sick and tired of this year and will be replaying this at every opportunity! I feel sorry for everyone around me – but hey guys, have a listen and share my love for it!

Article by Priya Kaur.

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Opinion: Maroon 5’s Newest Single Is Just Plain Bad

Dance/Electronic, News, Pop, Rock, Videos

5th June 2015

Maroon 5 are back (and unfortunately not better than ever) with their newest single ‘This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf****r’.

All I can say is this summer really is gonna hurt like a motherf****r if I have to hear this song on the radio every single day:

 

As a band that’s made the leap from rock, to pop, to a machine that spews out top 40 bubblegum hits, it’s inevitable that this dance-y track will be everywhere in no time.

Where do I even begin with this song? First of all the title. You just know it’s going to be bad. The lyrics are hardly any better:”Her body’s hot / Her body’s like the summer”. I mean really? That’s the best simile you could come up with? Adam Levine, shame on you. This is a song coming from the same guy who wrote Grammy-winning hits like ‘Make Me Wonder’ that actually deserve the critical praise. I’m shaking my head with disappointment right now.

The song doesn’t even sound anything close to the Maroon 5 many have come to know. Is it even the same band that wrote ‘Songs About Jane’ and ‘Hands all Over’? Many fans who have loved them from the start (myself included) were less than thrilled when they became more and more pop influenced. I still listen to all their albums, and I didn’t dislike ‘V’ at all. Yes, it’s catchy and upbeat, and some of the songs like ‘Feelings’ and ‘It Was Always You’ are really retro and funky in the best way possible. I’m all for growth and progression, and I admire Maroon 5 for experimenting outside their pop-rock confines. However, just the same, it’s an easily forgettable record. Re-issuing ‘V’ with this song may help it become more memorable… only the memories will be a tad painful.

But that’s besides the point. I understand that the band needs a huge song to ride on the wave of success of ‘Sugar’. But did it really have to be this one?

Can you go to the Grammy awards and perform a song like this? Absolutely not.

Here’s hoping the band takes a step back and re-evaluates things. I love a good synth-pop song as much as the next person, but this single is less than stellar.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Photos by Le Pigeon, courtesy of Milk & Bone

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Electric Pop Duo: Milk and Bone

Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Pop

3rd June 2015

Milk and Bone are a Electric Pop Duo from Montreal, Canada. Their debut album ‘Little Mournings’ includes popular sounds like ‘Pressure‘ which recently reached a million hits on Soundcloud and ‘Coconut Water‘ with about 32,000 hits on Youtube. Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne released ‘Little Mournings’ on iTunes in March this year.

Their main influences from the album are based on the genre electronic-pop. As told to Interview Magazine , some of their pop influences include James Blake, Beach House, Blood Orange, Solange, FKA Twigs and Purity Ring.

The album has 8 tracks with strong beats ranging from the tracks ‘Elephant’ and ‘Watch’ to songs like ‘Easy To Read’ and ‘X’ , which has a more relaxing vibe The soft vocals from the duo and the strong beats from the instruments are a perfect combination, as this album features their own style and you should definitely check it out.

Their next show is in Montréal, QC // Club Soda at the Festival de International de Jazz de Montréal on  and you should definitely get tickets if you can.

Check out their website to find out more about their upcoming tour dates: milkandbone.mu

Milk and Bone are definitely one you should watch out for.

Article by Cristal Faith Lim

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