Looking for something a little more relaxed than the last offering? How about a bit of summer in the middle of what is shaping to be a cold winter? Well I am only too happy to oblige! Unknown to many, 16 year old New Zealand prodigy Lorde (how long until Australia tries to claim her for our own?), gets a beautiful remix treatment from Sydney’s very own L D R U. Signed on to the future classic label (home of another Sydneysider and Sleeplessforsound favourite, Flume) the man who also goes by the name of Drewzy just shared the free download to his “loved up”, breezy house take on what is sure to be a big radio hit.
If you’re digging this remix of “Love Club” like I am, you’ll definitely be claiming L D R U as one of your own sometime soon.
So you’re probably not gonna want to play this one late at night – unless you live alone. I Am Legion is the new collaboration between NOISIA and a couple of the members of Foreign Beggars – so you know it’s going to go HARD. Packed with insane amounts of bass and hard-hitting rhymes, expect to have your eardrums take a pounding when you stick this on. Best listened to on some decent speakers, or if you’re like me, the sound system in your car will be getting a good thrashing. This track by the newly-formed fivesome was premiered (twice back to back) by Mistajam on BBC Radio 1Xtra, this combination of drum & bass/grime/hip-hop is of earthquake proportions. This one sounds better the louder you crank it.
After hearing midweek that the national Parklife festival wasn’t going ahead this year, news dropped that a new “concert tour” will take its place. Brought to you by the same people who put together Parklife, “ListenOut” is being billed as the country’s first national IDM event. According to the ListenOut Facebook page,
Listen Out brings quality dance music to four spectacular inner city venues across Australia this spring.
Announced just now on Triple J, the lineup is something a little different. Read on for the artists that will be gracing our shores, as well as event info..
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Taking a rather unorthodox route, Jay-Z has created some SERIOUS buzz after dropping this news during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. In a potentially game-changing twist -
Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” comes to Samsung Galaxy fans first. Be among the first million to download the app on June 24th and get the album free July 4th, three days before the rest of the world.
Not gonna lie, I’m quite glad I’ve got a Galaxy. Quite, quite glad. Watch the video below which features Hova in the studio, and check out www.magnacartaholygrail.com for a little more insight.
For those unfamiliar with BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes, it is a show hosted by Pete Tong featuring mixes from the world’s hottest and freshest DJ’s, and is usually full of absolute gold. This week is no different, as we have Skrillex back for the 2nd time – and what follows is 2 hours of very eclectic music, featuring tracks from the man himself, his side project with Boyz Noize, Disclosure, Sub Focus, Knife Party, Phonat, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Flux Pavilion and a whole host of other big names in the electronic scene. It makes for a diverse and entertaining listen, and might change your perception of Skrillex a little. Listen below, and read on for the full tracklist.
Fortunes is the newest project from Melbourne-based rapper and producer Barnaby Matthews. Under his previous moniker of Barnzy, he released numerous albums, the most recent of which, Bird Feed , was nothing short of incredible. Now focusing on the production side, Fortunes’ music is still rooted in hip-hop but with a more experimental style. You’ll hear plenty of the boom-bap groove flowing through his music, but with the added unpredictability this new project allows.
To kick things off and get you started, here’s his latest track, “Habitat Nocturnal”.
Be sure to check out his Triple J Unearthed page, as it has a few tunes not up on his SoundCloud - “There’s Only Room For One” is definitely a highlight.
Recently released on Skrillex’s OWSLA label, Phonat’s first EP in nearly 3 years, Identity Theft, is full of incredibly futuristic, experimental tracks like nothing you’ve heard before. It’s hard to pick a favourite to feature, but “All This Time” probably sums up his work the best. It’s probably best categorised as a sort of downtempo, glitch-hop track, as it has that glitchy, wobbly bass – but it is also soaringly atmospheric, with ice-like drums, and piano full of emotion. It’s best not get too hung up on how to place this artist, as the album as a whole incorporates a multitude of genres, all melted together in an audacious experiment in sound engineering. This quote from one of his videos perfectly summarises the overall vibe of the album:
Phonat has crafted an exceptionally intimate and personal journey, exploring themes of the soul within the machine, the passage of time and the passions and challenges of the creator.