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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.

the AU playlist: Our 12 favourite RZA productions

Today (New York time) marks the 46th birthday of one of the most diverse, complex producers in hip hop history: Wu-Tang's legendary RZA. The influential, multi-talented artist helped shape the sounds of east coast hip hop throughout the 90's, and most importantly, continues to stay consistent with his work, never really straying from the style he perfected decades ago. Where other classic producers have let contemporary trends dilute their style, RZA has maintained a certain authenticity with his sound and it's led him to remain one of the most respected and anticipated beat makers in music.

the AU playlist: 10 songs we cannot wait to hear at OutsideIn 2015

For fans of hip hop and soul, today's first line up announcement for OutsideIn has been some big news. First, we've got neo-soul luminary Bilal heading down with his 8-piece band in tow, and then we've got two southern rap heavyweights from two very different eras, both obsessed with Cadillacs: Devin the Dude from the 90's, and Big K.R.I.T from the now. In addition to this, we've got nice list of acts that span various styles in electronica, techno, and house, most of which have a very loyal fanbase to place Sydney's most innovative boutique festival once again at the front of the pack of music events happening later this year. While half the line-up is still yet to be announced (20 acts coming, to be exact), we thought we'd look at the current list of names and bring you 10 songs we cannot wait to hear live at Manning House on Satuday 26th September.

the AU playlist: 112 - Top 12 songs by the legendary R&B group

R&B fans rejoice because one of the 90's (and early 2000's) most endearing R&B groups are making a return to these parts for a tour, with all four members in tow. Slim, Mike, Q, and Daron will be down here when August rolls around, showcasing why they are such an important part of R&B's history and why their fans constantly beg for them to make a return to the studio. Throughout their career as a group, the Atlanta quartet have given us classic after classic, with 4/5 of their discography being met with acclaim from both fans and critics. To celebrate the forthcoming tour, we thought it'd be best to go digging through the R&B crates to bring you the top 12 tracks from 112, a mix of their most well-known hits and their more underrated songs. They were Biggie's favourite group for a reason.

the AU playlist: 10 songs we can't wait to hear at Red Bull Music Academy's Splendour in the Grass stage

The Red Bull Music Academy stage at Splendour in the Grass is always so very well curated, delivering a line-up spread over three days that is bursting with inventive, various styles. This year looks to be no exception, continuing the brand's commitment to delivering a world-class group of musicians across hip-hop, electronica, and experimental music from the powerful, soulful JMSN to dominate local emcee Hau. With such a wealth of great festival songs across the three days, we pick out 10 we especially can't wait for come Splendour in the Grass.

the AU playlist: 12 more songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

Today's second announcement for Soulfest 2015 was a big one. Headlined by Lauryn Hill and Miguel the list of acts joining the already announced artists once again positions Soulfest as a dream come true for hip hop, soul, and R&B fans around Australia. Come October, we're going to be witnessing two of the strongest female presences in music history lead a diverse and great line-up that spans from the 70s all the way to now.

the AU playlist: 12 songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

We now know that Soulfest won't be lowering those high standards anytime soon, with them yet again managing to secure one of the year's biggest line ups across hip hop, soul, R&B, and jazz. The one and only Mary J Blige has been announced to headline the festival, which also includes Jhene Aiko, Eric Benet, De La Soul, and Talib Kweli. We at the AU can't wait to see what this collective of legendary and rising performers brings to Australia come October, nor can we wait to see who will be announced on the second line up. But for now, here's 12 songs from the artists on the first line up that we are excited to hear live at Soulfest.