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Single Stream: Slow Magic "Girls" (2014)

The man behind the mask, US producer Slow Magic has released his latest creation, “Girls”. The electronic craft is evident in the combination of both intricate samples and meticulous beats. Listen to it here:

Single Stream: Husky "I'm Not Coming Back" (2014)

One of our favourite bands over the last few years has been Husky, whose debut Forever So still gets plenty of play here at AU HQ. So it comes with much excitement that the band are back, and are officially releasing the first single from their as yet untitled sophomore LP on Monday! But you can hear the track, "I'm Not Coming Back", first here, following its premiere on USA Today. The full album is scheduled for a Spring release and the band will be giving us even more of a taste of what's to come with their first tour since 2012 next month! The song, and the dates, are below:

Single Stream: Jen Cloher & Tim Rogers "Stone Age Brain" (2014)

"Jen Cloher and Tim Rogers smash out a primordial punk rock duet," or so says Cloher's Soundcloud introduction to this fantastically energetic new track. It's a pretty special effort, and is set to be released on 10" vinyl as part of the Milk! Records compilation in late August.

Five songs we hope to hear at River Sessions this weekend!

This Saturday, River Sessions - a boutique regional festival - returns to Mackay in Queensland, bringing with it an incredible lineup of Australian and even USA based talent. From Art vs Science to Illy, Rüfüs to Megan Washington and The Amity Affliction to New York artist Sweater Beats, the event is sure to keep all music fans happy.

New Music Video: James Williamson feat. Lisa Kekaula "I Gotta Right" (2014)

It was written in 1973 by Iggy Pop and James Williamson of The Stooges, but 'I Gotta Right' is finally seeing the light of day in its fully realised form, with a little help from The BellRays powerhouse singer Lisa Kekaula. Definitely NSFW.

Single Stream: The Kite String Tangle "Arcadia" (2014)

The Kite String Tangle's Danny Harley had a pretty massive 2013, so this new single comes with much anticipation. With smooth, blissful vocals and a laid-back vibe throughout, the track proves Harley's music hasn't stopped evolving, and only serves to heighten anticipation of his forthcoming debut EP Vessel, out August 8th.

the AU sessions: Hany Lee (Melbourne) performs an exclusive acoustic K-Pop mash up

the AU review and Hello Asia presents Australian performer Hany Lee performing a K-Pop acoustic mashup in Seoul exclusively for us. See if you can guess the K-Pop songs Hany sings? Part of the AU sessions series.

Single Stream: The Weeknd "Often" (2014)

If you were expecting something a bit less sexual from silky vocalist The Weeknd then you may be a bit disengaged when you hear "Often." The new single by the super popular Canadian crooner is as risque as any of his other hits, tasking slick producer Ben Billions with a bouncy electro-R&B soundscape for Abel to lace with his buttery tone and sly sexual prowess.

the AU sessions: The Evening Cast (Geelong) perform "Questions"

Before they hit the stage at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney over the weekend, Geelong's The Evening Cast gave us an exclusive acoustic performance of their latest single - and reason for their tour - "Questions". The tour continues in Byron Bay tomorrow night and at Rics in Brisbane on Saturday before moving onto The Grace Emily in Adelaide on the 12th of July!

New Music Video: The Creases "Static Lines" (2014)


Photo: Joshua White

Brisbane's The Creases are back from their British and North American travels with a new single and video stashed in their carry-ons. The much-hyped quartet's new single is a typical slice of indie guitar delight, and will be part of their debut 5-track EP, Gradient, set to be released on July 25th.

Single Stream: Lowtide "Held" (2014)

Lowtide have existed in various forms since about 2008, so fans of the Melbourne shoegaze/dream-pop outfit have been waiting a long time for them to release their new album. That self-titled debut is out on July 18th, and looks set to be a bit special if it meets the standards of this second single.

Single Stream: Ella Hooper "The Red Shoes" (2014)

All round go-getter Ella Hooper (formerly Killing Heidi’s rocking front woman) has unveiled her latest single "The Red Shoes". The single is the first release from her forthcoming LP, In Tongues. A vast soundscape of pop-rock, the track immediately drew similarities to Australia’s own Hayley Mary (but hey, that’s just me).

New Music Video: Liam Finn "Burn Up The Road" (2014)

Oozing with the electric energy that you come to expect from the beloved Liam Finn, his latest release, “Burn Up The Road” is a brilliant concoction of fuzzy (but dazzling) soundscapes and infectious beats. Teaming up with our very own Kirin J Callinan for the video, we see Finn seemingly bring a video game into reality.

Exclusive Single Premiere: The New Spring "The Hours of the Day" (2014)

The AU is proud to bring you the exclusive Australian premiere of the new single from Danish Folk Artist Bastian Kallesøe aka The New Spring, "The Hours of the Day". The stunning track is the first single off the new record Late Bloomer, due out on September 15th. Enjoy the premiere here:

Full Album Stream: Baro "HOWGOODISGOOD?" (2014)

Australian rap has a new contender: 17 year-old Baro from Melbourne. His soulful debut album has just hit the Internet, and there's surely more than enough here to get the most stubborn of Australian hip-hop haters interested. Best of all, it's available as a free download from Bandcamp.