Daniel Johns is back, baby. Making his first live appearance in quite some time at the Beat the Drum concert in Sydney a few weeks ago, news of new music from the Silverchair frontman surfaced shortly after. Today, after 8 years, "Aerial Love" has made it's way to those who've been waiting long enough for new tunes from the artist. A total shift in sonic direction, the song showcases Johns' vocal range while delving into some slick and rather sexy R&B-pop production.
The Smith Street Band released the music video for their latest Throw Me in the River track, "Get High, See No One", yesterday and true to band form, it's one for the books. Filmed in Footscray, you get a look into the band's home, Wil with clown make up on and general Smith Street antics.
Tracks from the likes of The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Ellie Goulding have already given us a good idea of what the 50 Shades of Grey Motion Picture Soundtrack is shaping up to be; now it's Sia's turn. "Salted Wound" is not oversexed liked the aforementioned, swirling into the evocative atmosphere that always accompanies Sia's vocal acrobatics. Listen to it below:
Ooh, this is a good'n. Sydney's Cassian has come bursting out of the gates in 2015 with the catchy tune "Running" matches the vibe. Written, directed and produced by Lukasz Pytlik, the music video for this one utilises some great colours and tones in bringing this astronaut's story to screen!
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.
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 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.
On Australia Day, The Medics released a powerful new single in "Wake Up". On a day where, for many, the actual brutality woven through the fabric of this country's history is cast aside, The Medics draw attention to the suffering which still continues within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In a lineup curated by Mosman Alder, Soviet X-Ray Record Club, Smoke and Big Bad Echo took to the stage at Brisbane's newest venue The Triffid last night. Aidan Hogg was there and brings us these photos from the night:
You'll be hard-pressed to find a collaboration as unexpected as this, as pop princess Rihanna ropes Kanye West, and the legendary Paul McCartney together for "FourFiveSeconds". Heartfelt vocals from Rihanna, a gorgeous guitar melody from Paul, and some additional singing from Yeezy melt into each other on this acoustic jam, taking away the need for an overproduced beat and giving it to us raw.
I don't know about you, but when I remember and think of New York, I tend to think of it in black and white. Something so vintage about that city, especially when its wintry. So, when Interpol released their music video for El Pintor cut "Everything is Wrong", I thought, 'Well there ya go,' when the first image of Daniel Kessler walking down a NYC street first flashed up. Directed by Paul Banks and Carlos Puga, the clip has everything you could want - Kessler eating an ice cream in the middle of the city, a cute French bulldog and some great footage of the band performing in some on point suits.
Photo: Danny Cohen
It's Friday, rejoice! To ease you into the long weekend (pour it up), take this dreamy tune by Slum Sociable for a spin. After a quick google of 'Mordialloc's filthiest animals', I at least now know where Mordialloc is, but the mysterious guise surrounding this duo remains - which is indeed cool. The sound is washed out without entering a bland soundscape and those vocals are perfect to get swept away with. There's licks of trip-hop and lo-fi intertwined successfully here - it's no wonder Slum Sociable have been earning love beyond Australia, there's a definite international flair in the production.
With soft entrancing vocals and a 90’s edge, LA artists Meghan Toohey and Nicole Fiorentino of The Cold and Lovely are back with a serious punch. Their latest single “Lost All Control” captures the perfect blend of hazy rock with deep basslines and light touches of pop splattered throughout. Lucky for us, “Lost All Control” is out now on the duo’s latest eight track album What Will I Become, available from their Bandcamp page.
Delia Obst is a well known name on the Adelaide circuit, and we're stoked to see that this lady's profile is gaining momentum beyond the SA border too. A stunning songstress who has provided her vocal talents on tracks by the likes of Banjo Jackson and Kaurna Cronin and more, Delia has got some solo stuff of her own coming this year and by all accounts, there's going to be some exciting music ahead.
Oh, Laura Marling. You amazing singing goddess, you. Overnight, Marling's new single "False Hope" was named one of Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Records in the World' and it's another tantalising cut from her forthcoming album, Short Movie. The album isn't out here until March, but we can't wait for it to drop. "False Hope" already displays Marling's move into a bigger sound - 'Laura goes electric!' one person has commented on YouTube. Her vocals are almost incensed, but the elements of fragility and richness which first endeared the songstress to many remain.