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PLAYLISTS

Exclusive Playlist: KLP's Top 10 Love Song Dedications

Spring has sprung - love is in the air and KLP has put together the perfect dreamy love song dedication list to get your summer flings into full swing, exclusively for the AU review! Her playlist comes in advance of her performance as part of the Sea 'n Beats music festival (epic cruise ship party, is more accurate) happening next March. Listen to her tunes here:

the AU playlist: Big Daddy Kane - 10 of our favourite tracks from the hip hop pioneer

Big Daddy Kane is finally making his way to Australia to play as one of the headliners of Meredith Music Festival and today the hip hop pioneer has announced two very intimate sideshows in Melbourne (on sale now) and Sydney (on sale tomorrow). Kane is often referred to as the ultimate emcee, with a strong hold on the New York style from the 80's all the way to now; the man was integral in shaping the many styles you now hear today, even with legends in their own right Jay-Z and Nas. To celebrate the legend finally coming out to Australia we go back to bring you 10 of our favourite tracks from the all-time great.

The AU Mixtape: Nine Songs By American Bands Every Australian Should Be Listening To

Help us help you. Listen to some of the best music coming out of the US right now. 9 tracks from 9 artists that you may not be listening to. And we at the AU think you should be. Enjoy this little piece of music discovery to end your Thursday...

the AU playlist: the best NWA tribute songs of all time

The Australian cinematic release of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is a little over a week away, finally giving us a chance to see what has been causing waves across the U.S box office in the past few weeks. The film has been an enormous success so far, topping the charts for two consecutive weeks with no sign of slowing down as the acclaim from both critics and the public keep rolling in. None of this would have happened though, if NWA weren't as influential and important to hip hop's history as they remain today and to help remind you all of the group's influence we've put together a list of the best NWA tribute songs over the years. From fellow West Coast pioneers to some of the most respected East Coast rappers of the 90's, many have paid their respects to the notorious rap group, resulting in some really great covers, homages, and samples.

the AU playlist: Sean Price - 12 tracks we love in memory of the legendary emcee

If you grew up listening to 90's hip hop then chances are you grew up listening to a lot of Sean Price in one way or another. Back when hip hop was largely focused on lyricism, the man was a mainstay in underground hip hop, highly regarded and highly influential stemming from his smooth, no-bullshit style, sharp wit, and genuinely thoughtful rhymes. A stand out on pretty much every posse cut he was featured on, whether it to be as a part of Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah or just on his own, Sean P would constantly attack the mic with such technical mastery that he became one of the most respected emcees and remained that way until this weekend, when he sadly passed away at just 43 years old in his family home in Brownsville.

Exclusive Playlist: PVT (Sydney) Bring Us 10 Songs For Responsible Drinking

In the lead up to their slot at Small World Festival the lads from PVT have curated a list of their favourite songs for responsible drinking. In their words 'Music is one of the few things we would reject the idea of consuming in moderation. With that in mind, looks like we're playing a festival run by the maker of particularly good tasting local beer. We would prescribe a full glass of water and one of these tracks for every Young Henrys ale you consume at Small World Festival. Stay safe out there kids'. Wise words, mull these choice cuts over your sonic palette and maybe check out a few of PVT's own.

the AU playlist: 7 recently released songs by Splendour in the Grass 2015 acts!

During the past month or two quite a few of the earlier-in-the-day Splendour acts have released new material, as new as yesterday even. Here are 7 of those tracks that we think will really make an impact when they are - likely - given debut festival performances. If you're heading up to North Byron Parklands this weekend be sure to catch the following sets:

the AU playlist: Our 12 favourite Boyz II Men songs

It's very rare to hear a four-part harmony as powerful as that often heard coming from one of the many classics by Boyz II Men. Kings of the sentimental slow jam, remaining the most commercially successful R&B group of all time, this timeless collective will be heading to Australia once again come October, performing a series of shows promising 'The Hits'. Though the group is now a trio - Wanya, Shawn, and Nathan - after the deep-voiced Michael McCary had to leave in 2003 citing health problems, Boyz II Men are still one of the best live acts of their kind, having thrilled Australian fans the last time they toured here in 2012.

the AU playlist: Our 12 favourite Ginuwine songs...that aren't "Pony"

I recently read somewhere that Ginuwine is considered a one-hit wonder in some circles, with only "Pony" really carrying across to a younger generation through pop culture references based on the song's ultra-sexed-up content and unique, Timbaland-defining production. That's wrong, really wrong. Though "Pony" is his most well known song, it is far from the only one Ginuwine has watched tear up the charts; it's a string of hits which saw him become one of the top selling solo R&B performers of the 90's, and to a lesser extent early 2000's. With a big range and a sharp ear for production, Ginuwine has delivered some great R&B hits over the years. With him set to tour Australia for the first time later this year, we look at 12 of our favourites which we hope to hear when he performs a series of club shows down here.