With 2014 nearing a close, R&B maestro has decided to join in on the surprise release trend by streaming a free three-track EP with absolutely no lead up. It'd be a risky move had Miguel not already established himself as one of the most reliable artists in R&B right now, still coating himself with massive acclaim from his masterful 2012 LP Kaleidoscope Dream. While all three tracks are essential listening, we're particularly fond of the slick "N.W.A" featuring west coast legend Kurupt.
We're heading quickly towards Christmas Week, which usually means that you're running around like a mad person, trying to pick up presents you know run a chance of earning a 'Oh, just what I wanted...!' response and scribbling on Christmas cards that probably won't be sent until you're back at the shops for the Boxing Day sales. While you're doing this, I'm imagining that a fair few of you, the Christmas-devoted, are enjoying the stack of Christmas albums which have been released or breaking out the good old favourites. Mariah Carey. That fab Earth, Wind and Fire Christmas LP. We've been seeing artists from across all genres penning Christmas tunes and we've listed five that you should get around as you begin shelling the prawns and stocking your fridges for Christmas lunch.
The electrifying La Femme are set to bring their popular live show through to Sydney and Melbourne in the New Year for So Frenchy So Chic in the Park! Having fused genres brilliantly in their career so far, the group has proven that music is indeed universal, with their sounds traversing any language or cultural barrier. Sacha Got gives us an idea of how this year has treated La Femme and how travelling the globe with their music has changed their output..
We continue on with our best songs of 2014, as voted by the AU's amazing group of contributors... in case you haven't been keeping up to date on where we've gotten to so far, you can check out 40-31 and 30-21.
In this week's Flight Review on AU Abroad, Johnny Au takes us from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines flight MH122 on board their A330-300, looking at the food, entertainment and service.
Influential Virginia rock band Mae will be touring Australia nationally in March 2015 for the first time in seven years to celebrate the anniversary of their album The Everglow. Earlier this month, I caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Elkins to talk about the tour, and the return from their hiatus.
It's uncommon to see super popular Sydney bar Palmer & Co. and not be startled by the amount of people that flock into the underground, prohibition styled venue day after day; unless you're there on Jack Daniels behalf. We were fortunate enough to head along to the unveiling of Jack Daniel's Christmas campaign; a campaign which ushers in one of their renowned limited edition Christmas special expressions, and this time it's the Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Holiday Select.
Dina Santorelli’s A Trip Inside The Pyramid takes you on a journey through time, traversing the origins of modern EDM and the enigmatic duo that began it all: Daft Punk. Through a combination of show-stopping photographs and tell-all paragraphs, a decade-spanning history has been condensed into a must-read for all fans of the cosmic pair.
Massive hip hop collaborations are nothing new, but Noisey have taken things a bit further with "The Rap Monument", managing 37 hip hop acts - including Danny Brown, Pusha T, Prodigy, Action Bronson, Bobby Creekwater, Mike G and Raekwon - into one big, 42 minute song produced by Hudson Mohawke, Nick Hook, and S-Type.
Turtle Rock Studios made a trio of big announcements regarding it’s upcoming 4v1 multiplayer shooter Evolve overnight. We’ve now got our first looks a brand new monster, a new game mode called Evacuation and confirmed dates for the launch of the Open Beta in January.
It's fairly safe to say that POND's forthcoming album, Man it Feels Like Space Again, is on the high end of the anticipation spectrum. To keep fans happy over the holidays, the Perth act have given us another taste of what's to come in new single, "Sitting Up On Our Crane", offered to fans as a free download for a limited amount of time.
2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.
The Sydney Festival has long been about showcasing some inventive and thought provoking material, all the while being incredibly entertaining and attention grabbing. Next year's program is no different, with Sydney being transformed into a hub of bubbling creativity and artistic diversity. One such production sure to be a highlight of course, is Bankstown:Live, the follow up event from the creators of the hugely successful Minto:Live.
Dave Rennick's new project Light Pressure, formerly And., has released their latest single in "Silverland". A great slow jam track, the vocals and production come together beautifully. Written and produced by Rennick and Dappled Cities bandmate Ned Cooke, "Silverland" is a perfect addition to any summer playlist.