Two notable names to come through out of 2014 in Kaytranada and Vic Mensa have combined talents in making "Drive Me Crazy", the new single taken from Kaytranada's forthcoming LP. The Montreal producer is only 22, Mensa biting at his heels at 21, proving that age ain't nothin' but a number when it comes to producing pieces of slick and effortless music like this. You've got that Chicago flow with Mensa's delivery coupled with the production style of Kaytranada that is now sending him right round the globe. Dirty electro with some shiny bass - get it into ya.
Australia's huge regional touring festival, Groovin the Moo, has dropped its line up this morning, sure to rev festival punters up into a tizz. Last year saw GTM introduce a South Australian leg to the tour and in 2015, the Oakbank Racecourse in the Adelaide Hills is where GTM will start. Kicking off on ANZAC Day, the likes of A$AP Ferg, Hilltop Hoods, Broods and more will perform around the country at venues in Bunbury, Bendigo, Canberra, Maitland and finally Townsville. Like most years, tickets for Groovin the Moo tend to fly out the window, so keep an eye on sale dates and jump up on em!
Illusive have just announced that they're bringing back the 2x Platinum single seller, Lil Jon back to Australia in March for a DJ tour. He'll be heading to six cities in ten days, including serving as a special guest for under 18s music festival, Good Life.
The last time I saw hip hop luminary Nas play the Enmore Theatre was on Halloween in 2010; I broke my foot in two places on the small raised platform against the front barrier about 3 minutes into his set. Sometime after support act Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) wrapped up, Nas burst out onto the stage with "Hip Hop is Dead", assisted by two Halloween-themed guitarists and a drummer.
Applications are now open until the 4th of March to apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. In celebration of this, RBMA have taken over Studio 301 in Sydney to provide lectures, parties, and radio broadcasts to future applicants.
I was quite overawed when I walked into the newly opened Gradi at Crown. The expanse was much larger than expected with diners seated at every single table. It was a Monday night and it was absolutely packed! As we were directed to our seats I noticed the simple yet eclectic elegance of the decor, and the intelligently designed layout. The hum of excitement was intoxicating, as were the smells drifting to us from the kitchen.
In our 16th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Nashiville's Jake McMullen , and chat about his latest single ‘Always’.
With their debut album Permanence just released and touring already kicking off, 2015 is looking up for Melbourne 6-piece Storm The Sky. The AU Review chatted with vocalist Will Jarratt about the record, religion, and what it takes to keep six rowdy Aussies silent.
Last week I was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with CD Projekt Red’s hotly anticipated RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at Bandai Namco’s Sydney headquarters. While I was there, I got to chat to quest designer Philipp Weber about the game, it’s setting and what’s changed since we last saw Geralt The Witcher 2.
Pluto Jonze wants you to wear purple at his funeral. You may also take acid at his funeral. Just, whatever happens, ensure there are no ex-girlfriends on site. The Sydney artist officially releases the video for the insanely catchy track, taken from his acclaimed sophomore release, Sucker.
The Oxford Art Factory is a funny venue. For many artists, both Australian and international, it’s the place that catalyses their trajectory towards bigger things. For all the acts on show at this Kim Churchill headlined show, it may well prove to be true.
The long weekend is officially over, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer through the rest of the week! LA shoegaze-rock purveyors Draag premiere their new EP Traci Lordz with the AU today - if you're keen to power on through this week with some new music to do it to, you've come to the right place. Produced by Jeff Byron of Mae Shi fame, Traci Lordz is a great blend of genre and musicality.
Part two of our Laneway Singapore photo gallery includes Banks, Chet Faker, FKA Twigs (pictured above), Future Islands, Jungle, Little Dragon, St Vincent and more. Photos by Johnny Au.
Harts is in a league of his own with debut album Daydreamer. A Melbourne man, Darren Hart released his long-awaited first album back in September of last year, following has rocket to fame in Australia with lead single “Red & Blue” in high rotation on Triple J. The acclaim is also worldwide with high profile fans championing his music, one such being the iconic Prince. Harts was invited to jam with the purple one in Minneapolis and the album has the legend's tick of approval.
Like the preverbal Aussie BBQ - a delectable smorgasbord of Territory talent was served up by The Chippo Darwin at the Territory Rock Festival on the Australia Day long weekend. It was the lineup you wanted to be apart of, with some bands travelling 988km for the gig. Two stages, nine acts and meat pies for sale at the bar… yep it was perfect.