Today we conclude our list of 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, 30-21 and 20-11.
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 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.
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.
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.
It's that time of the year again when the AU team vote on their favourite songs of the year, resulting in our annual top 40 song list... taking in a mix of local and international music that we haven't gotten enough of this year. We start things local though at number 40...
Another summer indie-rock feelgood type of hit. Who could have seen that coming? But in all seriousness, Brisbane’s The Jensens are doing some pretty damn cool things. Check out "Fears" below, fast becoming a favourite here at AU HQ:
In our final AU session for 2014, we capture South Carolina's Trevor Hall performing his track "Wish Man" in a park in Sydney, Australia. The track is taken from his record Chapter Of The Forest, out now. Trevor will return to Australia in 2015 to play Bluesfest and shows with Michael Franti.
"Runaway", the new fandangled music video for Adelaide quartet Devil's Crossroad, is a tongue in cheek snapshot of the bands unusual lifestyle. The raucous times accentuate the fuck off blues sensibility of the band. Not to mention that the video had to be re-edited a total of three times before the powers that be would let it be published... censorship these days, right? You'd almost think we are living in an Orwellian society. Make sure to light one up with the boys when you hit play on the video!
Tomorrow Rising are taking DIY to new heights in Adelaide. Crowd surfing on inflatable toys is something you'd come to expect from Dune Rats or Parkway Drive. Those who attended the EP launch for Tomorrow Rising's sophomore EP Oasis know that this is indeed possible at local shows too with the Nirvana inspired band packing out the Producers Bar last week. Here is the new video for "Rocket Scientist". Watch until the end for the tasty breakdown!
Canadian rapper K-OS is back with "Turn Me Loose", a great track backed by a great city in the excellent music video. The track is taken from his new album Can't Fly Without Gravity, out early 2015. Watch below and enjoy:
Wow, has it really been eight years since Modest Mouse last released a record? Apparently it has. But the band will return in March with the much anticipated Strangers to Ourselves. And now today we get our first taste of the record with the single "Lampshades on Fire" being premiered today on The Current's website ahead of its official release tomorrow.
We all know that the best inventions are Aussie. And if they aren’t they’re from New Zealand - and we claim them anyway. And, Anthonie Tonnon is no different. A sweet honkey-tonk inspired track that’s one of the best of this week. Check out "Songs Of Your Youth" below:
The Dune Rats are one of my favourite trios. Seriously, melodies and driving beats are their thing. And, not to mention making great film clips. Or parodying great film clips. Either way, it’s cool, and you should totally check it out their brand new one, "Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana". Watch it now: