Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LISTEN : Zaped - Eyes Collide

For up and coming Aussie producer Zaped and his new single, it could be a case of 'Eyes Collide'; worlds soon follow.
Simply put, this could be one of the most luscious piece of ambient pop electronica you'll hear all year. Big call, given that we're only at the tail end of January, but it's seriously that good.
The warm synthesised instrumentation in the first ten seconds alone is enough to get us whipping out the Amex, but then there's warm, gooey vocals (courtesy of Groszek) and bubbling electro with whizzing effects in the choruses. And from there it all goes sonically orgasmic to the end.
If the Brisbane native keeps this up, it won't be long before the globe beckons.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PLEDGE TO FINAL TLC ALBUM

It's been a staggering 12 years since the last album by US R&B outfit TLC.
Though T-Boz and Chilli have been far from idle in the years since (including tours that have reached Australia), they've been decidedly quiet on the recorded music side of things. But not for much longer.
A new (and final) TLC album is in the works, largely thanks to their worldwide community of fans, who are banding together via a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to create it. In just seven days, they've already exceeded their fundraising goal of $150,000 by almost $100,000, with high profile support from the likes of New Kids On The Block and Katy Perry rolling in.
"We owe so much of our success to you. Your loyalty and support throughout the past 20 years motivates us to do our best work," they said in a statement. "Without you, we wouldn’t have ten top ten singles and four number one singles. We wouldn’t have won five Grammys or sold 65 million albums. Without you there would be no TLC! This album, our final album, is dedicated to all of you that have stuck with us, always challenging us to do our best. We just want to put out great music that touches everyone. That’s it."
Add your support to the Kickstarter campaign HERE.

DOWNLOAD : Bowts - Retrust

We covered Parisienne artist Bowts back in September last year when he'd just released his debut single 'Recur'. He issued the track, which we described as a "thundering club monster" that was guaranteed to "get audiences slamming their drinks on the bar and screaming onto the dancefloor", as a free download. And if he wasn't generous enough in doing so last time, he's only gone and done it again with his thumping new club tune 'Retrust'.
Bowts made a name for himself as part of the production duo Magnus & Timon (who remixed for The Temper Trap, Gotye & Kimbra, Röyksopp etc), but he's now out on his own doing the solo thing and if he keeps churning out club monsters like 'Retrust' and its predecessor, it's only a matter of time before the biggest names in the business are banging on his door for some remix action.
Nab it free simply by following Bowts on Twitter HERE.

OLLY MURS : Look At The Sky

'Look At The Sky'? Wait, that's not on my copy of 'Never Been Better', we hear you screaming. And you'd be right. But over in Japan, land of the OBI strips and bonus tracks, it most certainly is; as a bonus track. So Mister Murs has decided to gift a little video to his Japanese fans who've purchased the album.
'Look At The Sky' is an English language cover version of the traditional Japanese song 'Sukiyaki', which was first released back in 1961. The new version features lyrics penned by the legendary Yoko Ono.
It's completely a bonus track kinda clip, evidenced by the fact that Olly's nowhere to be seen. But a series of set-ups that serve to remind us to always remind us to hold our heads high and be thankful for what we have in life.


Monday, January 26, 2015

CHET IS HOTTEST OF THE HOTTEST

After staying silent on the 'Tay Tay' matter throughout preceding weeks, then officially counting her single 'Shake It Off' out of the countdown earlier in the day (for a myriad reasons), Triple J's annual Hottest 100 countdown has just wrapped, with Chet Faker claiming the No.1 mantle with 'Talk Is Cheap'.
Chet, whose album 'Built On Glass' topped the ARIA albums chart last year and has since gone on to achieve platinum sales, dominated with four entries overall within the top 100 countdown.
Triple J is famous these days for widely shunning anything that could even potentially be considered commercial in appeal, but a number of songs featuring amongst this year's top 100 have been embraced by the mainstream, including much of the top ten (Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance', Peking Duk & Safia's 'Take Me Over', Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' and Sia's 'Chandelier'), along with Zhu's 'Faded', Illy's 'Tightrope' and Alison Wonderland's 'I Want U'.
Indie rock, however, was a big part of the order of the day, with Alt-J scoring three entries in the top 100; so too Ball Park Music, Sticky Fingers and The Amity Affliction. Locals Hilltop Hoods, Thundamentals, Vance Joy and Meg Mac also placed in the countdown three times.
But the day undoubtedly belonged to Chet Faker, who saw three of his four Hottest 100 entries place within the top ten.
The countdown now ticks down over the next month to the release of the station's Hottest 100 Volume 22 compilation album, which is out on Friday February 27.

As for our two cents on Taylor-gate... We love the Js. We love the fact it breaks and champions the music, particularly the Aussie music, that our (mostly) reactionary and banal mainstream networks so willingly avoid. Yes, Taylor is heard (all the time) on said mainstream networks and we understand that's Triple J's point of difference... It's far from mainstream. But the exclusion of an artist who so obviously resonates with the country's youth by an organisation that continues to operate under the premise of being a radio station for the country's youth... well that just makes our national broadcaster a little exclusive and, dare we say it, un-Australian.

20. Sticky Fingers - Gold Snafu
19. Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
18. Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
17. Illy - Tightrope
16. Alt-J - Left Hand Free
15. The Kite String Tangle - Arcadia
14. Alt-J - Every Other Freckle
13. Vance Joy - Mess Is Mine
12. Glass Animals - Gooey
11. Zhu - Faded
10. Asgier - King & Cross
09. Sia - Chandelier
08. Chet Faker - 1998
07. Chet Faker - Gold
06. Mark Ronson ftg. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
05. Peking Duk ftg. Safia - Take Me Over
04. Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
03. Hilltop Hoods - Cosby Sweater
02. Peking Duk ftg. Nicole Millar - High
01. Chet Faker - Talk Is Cheap

FAYDEE : Move On (C'est La Vie)

The rise of Sydney-based singer songwriter Faydee continues... and it's not hard to see why.
His new single 'Move On (C'est La Vie)' was released just yesterday and although the video for the track (below) was only revealed this morning, it's already notched more than 20,000 views.
Musically, it's bang on trend; pitched-up stabs of vocal, tricked-up R&B/pop production and smooth vocals.
Lyrically, we've all been there... not being able to move on from a past relationship, no matter how hard we try.
Add in a clip where both subjects are totally easy on the eye and you've got yourself a first-class home-grown pop package.

REDFOO RETURNS

We've gifted US performer and 'X Factor' judge Redfoo two top five solo singles in a row here in Australia. The first, 'Let's Get Ridiculous', made it all the way to the top spot in 2013, before its successor 'New Thang' edged tantalisingly close to the top last year.
After a slight mis-step appearing on the much-maligned 'Literally I Can't' last year, Redfoo is starting the year off with a clean slate, back on the 'wiggle' bus, with his new single 'Juicy Wiggle'.
The track kicks off paying homage to Dolly Parton's '9 To 5' before heading straight into the '50s rock'n'roll genre that's worked so well for Meghan Trainor.
Naturally, there's plenty of sans-vocal time so Foo can show off his dance moves in the clip.
An album is due soon.

DOWNLOAD : Sommeil - Touch

After reportedly flirting with a more straightforward R&B sound in his previous incarnation Sydney (via Perth) performer Sommeil has settled on a more electronic-leaning sound.
Sure the R&B influences are still there on his debut single 'Touch' (mainly via his smooth-as-butter vocals), but also hitching a ride are the usual suspects of electronic production, pulsing pop beats and an altogether likeable melody.
"'Touch' is about the sexual mind games we learn to play when we are young, and the feelings that are the circumstance of that, knowing you are being played by a girl/boy and learning how to play back," the singer says of his debut.
Naturally, you'll be wanting to have a listen, which you can below. Love it? Click the download link and it's yours free.