Monday, April 15, 2013
So yep it's been almost 5 years since we have heard any new material from the Aussie duo, but in 2013 Empire Of The Sun have returned in style with their first single "Alive" taken from the highly anticipated sophomore album Ice On The Dune.
I'll be honest and say there was a lot of nonsense surrounding the promotion of this newest album, what with movie styled trailers and deciphering hieroglyphics, but hey I guess Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore can do whatever they want with their status.
This latest offering isn't groundbreaking, but it's typical EOTS with their bright shimmering electronics and danceable pop sensibility well in tack. It's definitely going to be pleasing the masses and will build the anticipation for the album release even further.
Ice On The Dune is out in June, but you can start pre-ordering on the 16th of April.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Don't you get excited when you see new material from RAC? I know I do, especially when it's a cover! RAC have just released their cover of the Cardigans 90's hit single "Lovefool" after reaching 30k fans on Facebook.
What can I say, it's just that wonderful feeling of nostalgia that makes this cover work so well. Teaming up with Liz Anjos (who featured on their Smashing Pumpkins cover) once more the Remix Artists Collective have recreated yet another pop gem.
Free download, so click the link and enjoy!
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
So let me get something straight, brand new albums from Phoenix, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Empire of The Sun, Cold War Kids and now Noah & The Whale in 2013? Seems like it's going to be a fantastic year for music.
"There Will Come Time" is the lead single from their fourth album Heart of Nowhere and is a rather upbeat approach from the Twickenham quintet. Imagine The National playing upbeat music, this is exactly what they would sound like.
Heart of Nowhere is scheduled to be released on the 6th of May - mark it in your calendars like the rest of 'em.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Owl Eyes (aka Brooke Addamo) has had quite the journey from reaching the top 11 in the 2008 Australian Idol to wowing audiences with her cover of Foster the People's hit single "Pumped Up Kicks". It seems not all hope was lost by her elimination in the idol series as she now has a set of 3 EP's under her belt and a debut album on the way titled Nightswim.
The lead single "Closure" is absolute pop magic. For a young lady of just 22 years of age, she is producing music way beyond her years - a testament to her shear determination and personal growth over the years. Glittering synths and angelic vocals over a deeply layered ethereal backdrop, there isn't anything more you could ask from this single.
Nightswim is out April 19th so get pre-ordering!
The Features fell onto my radar a couple of years ago when they were featured on the Twilight, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 soundtrack. Not that I watched the movie, but the soundtracks of the series actually uncover some pretty decent indie artists.
"This Disorder" is the lead single from their newest self titled album to be released mid May this year. The track only gets dancier as it builds up to a spiky chorus - though it never bursts into full indie-disco mode. The Features' self-titled new album is due May 14, making for their fifth full-length and first since 2011's Wilderness.
Here's hoping they stay healthy enough for another five.
I'm not usually a fan of many mashups, but when Flight Facilities are involved it definitely receives my full attention. Their latest work "Feeling for Rosa" is a mashup between Cassius' "Feeling For You" and Outkast's "Rosa Parks" which was created for their 90's mix.
They weren't actually going to release as a separate download, but due to popular demand they decided to give it out for free. So how's the mashup? Pretty damn funky if you ask me. I had loved both songs back in my day and combining them was absolute genius.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
So the wait is finally over! Today was the day that the world got what they wanted - brand new material from New York's illustrious Vampire Weekend. No more replaying live acoustic sets or live performances at festivals, the studio versions are here.
The strange thing is we received two new tracks, not just one, but hey I'm not complaining! Both of them will appear on the highly anticipated third studio album Modern Vampires of The City. The first track "Step" definitely has a very Contra feel to it, but also takes some elements from earlier tracks "M79" and "Walcott".
"Diane Young" probably needs a bit of time to grow on me I think. It's definitely a different sound and comes off slightly aggressive for my liking. If there's anyone to sway me it's Ezra Koenig for sure.
It's not everyday that your second single gets roughly 50,000 plays in one week on Soundcloud, but that's exactly what Melbourne's Vance Joy (aka James Keogh) has experienced with his second single "Riptide". Hopefully it's not just James' mum that is pressing that play button on Soundcloud haha.
If you're a fan of the old folk-pop scene then you'll love the sound he's producing at the moment. I know I've spoken about my love for the banjo before, but the ukelele in this particular number lifts this song to new heights. Much like Mumford & Sons have their banjo, Vance Joy has his trusty ukelele.
There isn't actually one boring bit in this song! It's filled with numerous hooks and well-constructed bridges, there's just so much going on in this song, but James' strong vocal performance will have you captivated all the way through.
The single comes from his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing to be released this Friday in Australia. Enjoy!
Continuing that dark electro pop sound that we witnessed with "Motorway," Little Boots has released the second single from her second studio album Nocturne.
"Broken Record" plays much like a broken record, which by itself is quite amusing, but at the same time it is quite literally a throbbing-disco-candy-stick-hip-thruster of a song with bells on.
Believe me when I say that you will be singing the chorus over and over and over again.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Well it was about time that we heard a new single from Jinja Safari! "Plagiarist" is the first single from their self-titled sophomore album to be released on the 17th of May.
Lots of fun to be had with this single, bringing those fast paced Vampire Weekend like guitar lines and their signature jungle beats. There's something so very infectious about these guys and I can't quite put my finger on it.
Great start to 2013 for the Sydney lads.
As good as the original was, I always knew in the back of my head that Goldroom's "Sweetness Alive" had great potential to be remixed by someone special. Enter Canada's Wax Nostalgic or David Hayes as he's known to get the job done.
There's a certain amount of nostalgia associated with his remixes and this one is no different. I didn't think it was possible, but the wonderful vocals performed by Saint Lou Lou shine even more brightly in this stripped down version. You can instantly tell that David was looking to enhance their vocals with his selection of atmospherics.
Certainly less dance-y, but all the more relaxing.
These guys had me fooled, I was convinced that they were English! No, but seriously they sound exactly like a cross between The Kooks and The Strokes. It doesn't matter, they sound awesome!
Mainland are a Brooklyn garage rock quartet and the single "Wasted" comes from their latest 2 track EP released late last year. Like I said before they really have established quite a convincing brit pop sound, they could be a good prospect in the future.
Check out "Stroll", their other single from the EP. It won't disappoint.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Remember these guys? Dan Chang and Michael Garner (former members of Lady Danville) of Hunter Hunted are back with their debut self titled EP after the most successful release of "Keep Together" earlier this year.
"Operating" fits nicely within its own niche, combining elements of both pop and rock to transport the listener to a place of euphoria. You will instantly recognize those soaring vocal harmonies over a synthy, blissed out backdrop.
Much love for these guys at the moment.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Remixing any Bon Iver song seems like a crime, but Kulkid manages to take "Flume" to another surreal level. The addition of handclaps, a slight shift in the guitar speed and a pulsating beat was all it really needed to become one of those late night chillout tracks.
I just want to be laying down in a massive field watching the stars as this remix plays in the background, Kulkid has really impressed with his take on this once solemn ballad.
Click the download button below and it's all yours!
What should we be doing this weekend? I'd say we should be dancing right? Pretty good advice from Bristol's The Other Tribe who are injecting their raucous energy into the coming weekend. "We Should Be Dancing" is the latest single from the sextet and it feels awfully like it belongs at a tribal dance party.
Much like their fellow countrymen Friendly Fires this group of men have a knack of using their throbbing bass and hypnotic percussion to create a surreal and dangerous atmosphere. At the moment they just seem to be releasing one single after another, but they do have an album in the works which should be released by the end of this year.
Check out their mixtapes or 'Tribecasts" as they are known, excellent party material.
Little surprised to see Miami's Robby Hunter Band releasing new material on a Friday considering I rarely come across anything new during the weekend. Nonetheless I will review the hell out of their debut single "Hard On Me".
'...a dancey dollop of doo-wop that merges Motown pop appeal with Phoenix-y fatness, all the while taking on the timeless subject of sexual frustration. Relieve your auditory boules bleues with a jam that your grandma can get down to.'
I like that description and it probably sums up the song quite nicely to be honest. I would say that they have a very Chromeo like sound, minus the electronic elements, but throwing in Breakbot's soulful beats.
These guys literally joined Facebook about a week ago and will be performing at Austin's SXSW showcase over the weekend - talk about being thrown into the deep end!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Pet Lions consists of Karl Ostby, Shuhei Yamamoto, Matt Dahl and Joseph Murphy. The band was formed in late 2008 in Chicago and released their debut full-length Houses in 2011 and continued to build upon their foundation of “immediately appealing indie-rock equally filled with sonic surprise and familiar melodiousness”.
"Fifteen" comes from the newest EP Popular Nature and showcases their knack of producing gloriously smooth glowing rock.
We've feature the San Diego trio Inspired & The Sleep previously, but I never understood the meaning behind their name. It revolves around the concept of feeling completely inspired to take hold of life and be the best person you can be the next day before going to bed.
With the lead vocalist Max Greenhalgh being an insomniac, the moniker is something that rings quite closely to his heart. Enjoy "Sink" their brand new track for 2013.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Fell in love with these guys a couple years back when they released their debut EP. It was around the time I was trying to find a suitable act that could rival the likes of TDCC and Nightbox fit the bill quite nicely at the time with songs like "Pyramid" and "Bears".
Well they're back in 2013 with the lead single "Burning" to be released with their debut album this year. It's definitely a good start and a very good indication of the direction they're heading towards.
Warships - Heater
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Phoenix - Entertainment
Hoodie Allen - Fame Is For Assholes (Ft. Chiddy)
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Chvrches - Recover
Banglade$h - Lean
Atlas Genius - If So
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Strange Talk - Picking Up All The Pieces
The Lion's Children - She Knows
Misun - Battlefields
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hospital - Time Will Tell
Heyrocco - Elsewhere
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Delphic - Don't Let The Dreamers Take You Away
Monday, January 21, 2013
Gentlemen Hall - Sail Into The Sun
Foals - Everytime
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Royal Concept - World On Fire
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Cold War Kids - Miracle Mile
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Coasts - Oceans
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Brave Baby - Magic and Fire
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Last Royals - Friday Night
Train Robbers - Suns
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
fun. - Sight Of The Sun
Hunter Hunted - Keep Together
Sunday, January 6, 2013
American Authors - Believer
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Swim Deep - The Sea