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CHILDISH GAMBINO

Festival Review: Listen Out - Centennial Park, Sydney (03.10.15)

Trimming the fat of a large scale dance festival, Fuzzy's Listen Out has gotten the boutique angle exactly right for the past few years. The music starts around 2pm - when most would rock up to a festival anyway - and rolls out some of the best international and local party-starters across three stages. It's simple and quite perfect, leaving the success of the day purely in the hands of the acts performing, most of whom did an excellent job at keeping the energy up right until a show-stopping set from headliner Childish Gambino, and a show-stealing set from ODESZA.

Festival Review: Listen Out - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (04.10.15)

Listen Out has come back doing the rounds, the lineup having some fan favourites as well as the Red Bull Music Academy stage coming back to bring young talent. This year the festival was simplified to two stages; this idea of festivals becoming smaller and more manageable continues to prove popular amongst music fans. It seems making it easier and thus cheaper encourages fans to come along. Gone are the days of big extravagant festivals with five or six different stages. In this case, Listen Out offered two stages, Atari and the 909 stage; Atari was outdoors under the huge big top tent while 909 remained indoors providing some awesome pyrotechnics.

Festival Photo Gallery: Listen Out- Centennial Park, Sydney (03.10.15)

The Listen Out Festival 2015 returned to Centennial Park featuring Childish Gambino, Joey Badass, Alison Wonderland, SBTRKT, Odesza and many more. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

Festival Review: Listen Out - Ozone Reserve, Perth (27.09.15)

The sun was out for the Perth leg of EDM boutique festival Listen Out this weekend, and with a long weekend on and a lineup that made it the first city to sell out it seemed as if everything had aligned.

Five songs from five artists you can't miss at Listen Out 2015


Childish Gambino. Photo Credit: Perri Cassie.

Listen Out is kicking off tomorrow in Melbourne, before it hits Perth and then Sydney and Melbourne next weekend. In anticipation, we've narrowed down the list to the five songs from five acts we reckon you can't miss at any of the event. An in no particular order they are:

Childish Gambino, SBTRKT, Joey Bada$$ lead 2015 Listen Out line up!


Photo: Perri Cassie

The 2015 Listen Out festival line up has dropped today and it's looking to be a sweet fusion of hip-hop, dance and electronic music at the events scheduled for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth this September and October. Leading the charge this year is Childish Gambino, who'll be making his Australian return off the back of a popularly received Splendour in the Grass appearance last year. Most recently, Gambino's debuted a new track at Bonnaroo in the States, so we're keen to see what new music stands to come out between now and his next lot of Aussie dates. Falls Festival alumni SBTRKT, Joey Bada$$, Alison Wonderland and Client Liaison also feature on the 2015 bill, with more announcements still to drop!

the AU playlist: Top 10 hip house tracks from Jungle Brothers and Monie Love to Childish Gambino and Vic Mensa

Mixing up EDM and house music into hip hop is nothing new, it's a genre-blend that's has been attempted since the days of "Planet Rock"; results have always been mixed. The "hip house" label died off a bit for more than a few years after the end of the 90's, with only a few managing to get the formula just right, pushing both styles of music forward and coming up with something that sounds innovative and fresh. Vic Mensa has been the most successful of new-gen rappers to concoct this potent mix, with monstrous track "Down On My Luck" putting his name forth around the globe as one of the most versatile young emcees around, fitting nicely beside his more traditional hip hop material. To celebrate Vic touring Australia with St Jermone's Laneway Festival we thought it best to track the greatest hip-house songs, trying to place the incredible "Down On My Luck" into it's rightful place near the top of the relatively short lineage of hip house.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Two: 40-31)

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.

New Music Video: Childish Gambino "Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" by Lloyd)" (2014)

Still reaping the massive success of his 2013 album Because the Internet, Childish Gambino is still steady rolling out the visuals to some of the LPs best cuts. The latest is a sun-drenched Hawaiian holiday that strangely turns into the beginnings of a b-grade horror movie. The visuals for "Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" by Lloyd)" feature rapidly rising R&B star Jhene Aiko, with her and Childish living the tropical island lifestyle...until he turns reveals his true self. *SPOILER ALERT* It's like that movie Slither, but better.