Thursday, July 24, 2014

ERIK HASSLE : Pathetic

Loving this new track from Sweden's Erik Hassle, who continues to deliver the goods when it comes to interesting, forward-thinking pop.
After debuting with the sensational 'Hurtful' back in 2008, he's certainly come a long way stylistically, with 'Pathetic', the latest single to be lifted from his EP 'Somebody's Party' almost certainly tailored towards the US market.
Vocals? A little Prince-esque. Production? Minimalist; interesting; now.
Sure, Erik might not have been accepted by the mainstream at this point, but if he keeps pumping out the quality goods like this, it's only a matter of time.

BASTILLE : Oblivion

To be honest, we thought the 'Bad Blood'/'All This Bad Blood' project had been put to bed, but clearly that's not the case, with British band Bastille revealing the video for 'Oblivion', which is single No.7 (?) from the LP.
To be honest, we've never seen the 'Star Spangled Banner' performed quite like this before (see clip below), but then again, we can't recall seeing a demolition derby in a video clip before. We guess it serves as a visual connection to the title of the song as the cars are crashed into vehicular 'oblivion'.
Songwise, 'Oblivion' is a gorgeous ballad that serves to highlight just how sublime lead singer Dan Smith's vocals are.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ALBUM REVIEW : Taylor Henderson - Burnt Letters

Maybe it’s the cold settling in but Taylor Henderson’s ‘Burnt Letters’ is a bit like a nice big bowl of chicken soup. It’s a bit simple but it makes you feel warm and cozy.
Speaking of warm, we are loving new single ‘Already Gone’, with its bouncy guitar and infectious chorus. When the music fades and Taylor croons ‘hold on and pull me on’ at the end of the chorus, we fall a little harder for the boy next door from Geelong. There’s plenty more where that came from but that’s also problematic.
Many of the other acoustic pop/rock moments on here, such as ‘Brighter Days’ and ‘The Best Part’ are just too similar to his previous singles, and subsequently don’t shine as much as they should.
One such number does gleam bright though; ‘Piece by Piece’ is a clear standout with its simple melody and combination of punchy guitar and soft piano. Thankfully, it’s not all middle of the road numbers on here, with Taylor opening to experimenting on a few tracks.
He incorporates Avicii-esque dance elements on ‘Worth Fighting For’ though it comes off clunky rather than inspired. Better is ‘Close To Nothing’ with its dramatic orchestration during the chorus. Whereas ‘Worth Fighting For’ tries too hard to force a country/dance hybrid, ‘Close To Nothing’ sounds more like a fun experiment.
Joining previous hit ‘When You Were Mine’ in the ballad stakes are piano ballads ‘Host Of Angels’ and ‘Burnt Letters’. ‘Host Of Angels’ may have been co-written by the singer but we prefer the title track. It’s a surprisingly eerie way to end the mostly upbeat album but it’s also the best showcase of Taylor’s versatility as a singer.
We especially enjoyed the middle eight, which is quite reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s ‘What Goes Around…’ interlude.
All in all, it’s a pretty reliable album. There are enough flecks of variety to appeal to a wider demographic whilst giving Taylor’s existing fans more of his signature acoustic pop/rock that they love so much.

Download : Already Gone, Close To Nothing, Piece By Piece, Burnt Letters.

UNION J : Tonight (We Live Forever)

Jaymi, Josh, George and JJ might not yet have managed to cut through the boyband noise here in Australia at this stage, but they're certainly doing okay for themselves over in their native UK, where they've notched up two top ten singles and a top ten debut album.
Their new single 'Tonight (We Live Forever)' is the first from the boys' upcoming second studio album, due later this year. It's been described by the band as a "happy song" and one that "sums up what Union J are about in terms of our sound. It also reflects who we are together - a group of friends having the time of our lives."
As such, we're expecting a fairly healthy dose of tomfoolery and arsing about in the official video (below), which premiered this morning.
Well perhaps not quite so much tomfoolery and arsing about, but the boys are front and centre in one of the most colourful and rowdy house parties you ever clapped your eyes on.

1D... IN 2D!

The biggest boyband on the planet is coming... To a cinema near you, that is.
Yes, the One Direction chaps are set to bring their 'Where We Are' concert experience to cinema goers across the planet in October, allowing fans to catch a glimpse of the gents' spectacular new show on the big screen for the very first time.
Though there's been no confirmation at this stage as to which cinemas across the country will be involved, the news has Directioners across the planet screaming with excitement ahead of the release of the band's new live DVD 'Where We Are : Live From San Siro Stadium' on Monday December 01.
'Where We Are' will hit selected cinemas nationally on the weekend of October 11 and 12.


• She's not doing too badly on the iTunes singles chart thus far, but now Cheryl Cole is starting to see some Aussie radio love for her new single 'Crazy Stupid Love'. The new track, featuring guest vocals by Tinie Tempah, is the first from her forthcoming fourth studio album, due in November this year and was serviced to media this week.
• Of course, Cheryl's not the only one battling for the affections of Aussie media this week. Oh no. Also desperately seeking some love are Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do', Professor Green's 'Not Your Man', Sky Ferreira's '24 Hours' and the excellent new Duke Dumont single 'Won't Look Back'. Naturally, we'll furnish you with your regular weekly wrap of new tunes on our FACEBOOK page tomorrow. Best give us a 'like'...!
• Tina Arena fans will be thrilled to know that remixes are indeed incoming of her new single 'Still Running'. While there are no details yet as to who's contributed their skills, a remix bundle looks likely to see the light of day on August 15.
• Ariana Grande? Check. Paloma Faith? Check. Looks like it's promo tour central at the moment, but Sony tells us to expect more in the weeks ahead, with George Ezra ('Budapest') landing next week, US girl group G.R.L. touching down for seven days of promo from August 10 and Britain's Ella Henderson (read our recent interview with the 'Ghost' starlet HERE) due to touch down for a four day visit from August 18.

• Aussie music royalty Jimmy Barnes has lifted the lid on the cover of his forthcoming album release '30/30' (above). Celebrating three decades as a solo artist in the music industry, the album sees the gravely-vocaled star reinterpret some of his biggest hits alongside some of Australia's biggest names in music, including The Living End on lead single 'Lay Down Your Guns'.
• Andy Bull has sold out his first Melbourne show as part of his upcoming 'Sea Of Approval' tour. As such, he's keen to ensure nobody misses out and has added a second show in the Victorian capital - again at the city's Corner Hotel. He'll now also play Sunday September 28 in addition to his Saturday September 27 show.
• British vocal quintet Black Voices will make their long-awaited return to Australia in late October in what's the group's first visit to Australia in seven years. The ladies are set to play Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Penrith as part of their visit, which kicks off in Melbourne on October 30. Tickets for the Melbourne show are on sale tomorrow, with all other dates to follow on Wednesday August 06.

• Look out Adelaide! There's a new festival in town. 'Follow The Sun' will impact the gorgeous beachside suburb of Glenelg in October this year, delivering a swag of top name talent. The one day event aims to celebrate blues and roots music and will bring together the likes of Paul Dempsey, Bonjah, Dallas Frasca and many more at Wigley Reserve on Sunday October 05. Tickets are on sale this Friday.
• Queenscliff Music Festival just keeps getting bigger. Organisers have revealed more big names for the November 28-30 event, confirming that the likes of Dan Sultan, Husky, Dyson Stringer Cloher, The Delta RiggsTijuana Cartel and more will form part of the line-up.
• Sydney's Surry Hills Festival returns in September this year and organisers have called for applications to be part of it. They're looking for local performers, bands and DJs to get involved to help make this year's an "Event of Stories, Love & Tales". It hits the suburb for 12 big hours on Saturday September 27.

• They'd already notched up a little bit of chart success down under with their debut single 'Me And My Broken Heart', but it's taken a while for Rixton's single to be released in their homeland. Now that it has, however, it's given them a big, big hit; the single debuting in the No.1 spot on this week's UK singles chart. The new Nicole Scherzinger single 'Your Love' debuts in the No.6 spot, with Ella Eyre's excellent 'If I Go' coming in ten places lower.
• And finally, Ed Sheeran's going nowhere on the British albums chart, with his sophomore project 'x' maintaining its No.1 heading for the fourth successive week. This week he holds Morrissey's new album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' off the top spot (it's in at No.2). Jungle's self-titled set is in at No.7, with Ellie Goulding's 'Halcyon Days' shooting up ten spots to No.10.


(Collective sigh). 'Melody AM' and 'The Understanding' are two of our favourite albums ever. Robyn is an unequivocal pop goddess. But when Röyksopp and Robyn come together, as they have in the past, magic happens. And so it is with their latest collaboration 'Do It Again'. Not a 'Röyksopp featuring Robyn' release, nor a 'Robyn produced by Röyksopp' release, this is reportedly an equal partnership.
Look, the clip's a black and white affair, but we're not really that fussed... 'cause the track itself is so freakin' amazing. Doesn't matter how Röyksopp and Robyn come together or in what capacity. When they do, magic is made.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Looks like Ariana Grande's not the only artist making her way to Australia in the coming weeks and months, with Sony Music late this afternoon confirming that British songstress Paloma Faith will also make the trek down under for a promotional visit.
With her single 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' currently riding high in the charts, thanks to its use in a high profile TV sync for Channel 7's 'Winners & Losers', Paloma will arrive in Sydney for her whirlwind visit on Monday, but will only be on the ground for three days in total.
Sony expects she'll return to our shores for another visit before the end of the year, in support of both the single and her latest album 'A Perfect Contradiction'.