FROTH OF THE DAY: FKA TWIGS – VIDEO GIRL (OFFICIAL CLIP)

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This could be the most twisted thing we’ve featured yet. LP1 from FKA Twigs undoubtedly set out to challenge the boundaries of alternative pop music, and this Kahlil Joseph directed clip for ‘Video Girl’ manages to continue along this wayward tangent in emphatic fashion. The clip sees Twigs in demonic form, dancing, voguing and writhing around a death row inmate undergoing execution and somehow during all of this, even Travi$ Scott makes an appearance. The phrase ‘strong look’ has been used a lot today in the office, let me assure you.

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FKA Twigs will be in the country early next year for the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival:

Saturday, 31st January 2015
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane (16+)

Sunday, 1st February 2015
Sydney College Of The Arts (SCA), Rozelle, Sydney*

Friday, 6th February 2015
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, Adelaide (16+)

Saturday, 7th February 2015
Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) And The River’s Edge, Melbourne

Sunday, 8th February 2015
Esplanade Reserve And West End, Fremantle

Further information and tickets can be found HERE.

FROTH OF THE DAY: BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – THE PARTY LINE

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Ahead of the release of their forthcoming LP Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, Glaswegian pop legends Belle and Sebastian have shared their vibrant new single titled ‘The Party Line’. The funk-laden, dancefloor ready track undoubtedly signifies the dawn of a new chapter for the band – The Party Line oozes an unbridled sense of confidence when contrasted with older works. Perhaps the biggest standout is vocalist Stuart Murdoch, who lays claim very early, seductively enticing the listener to ‘Jump to the beat of the party line’. Despite the divisive reaction to this one, consider us sold and ready to dance when they tour the country next year.

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Belle and Sebastian will be touring Australia over summer:

Wednesday, 28th January 2015
The Tivoli, Brisbane

Thursday, 29th January 2015
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Sunday, 1st February 2015
Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Tuesday, 3rd February 2015
Astor Theatre, Perth

Tickets and more information HERE.

FROTH OF THE DAY: LES SINS – MICHAEL (FULL ALBUM STREAM)

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Les Sins via FACT Magazine

Having won over legions of fans with the spectacular genesis of his Toro Y Moi project, Chaz Bundick has taken 2014 by the scruff of it’s neck, following up the completion of a worldwide tour in support of Anything In Return with a debut LP under his dance-floor friendly Les Sins moniker. Michael is an LP which is built from the ground up; nods to surging analogue house and hip hop styled vocal samplings lead the charge on the already familiar highlights of the album on ‘Bother’ and with opener ‘Talk About’, Bundick makes open reference to the monotonous nature of interviews and his relationship with the media. Whilst the sound of the project has certainly progressed into new territory from previous releases such as ‘Grind / Prelims’, there’s no doubting that Michael is a body of work which documents the project finding it’s boundaries in terrific fashion. A truly wholistic and cohesive album, Michael exceeds all expectation on the sun-drenched ‘Call’ and the dynamic ‘Minato’ draws direct lineage back to when the varying ideas formed a natural fork in the road until now.

You can listen to the full stream of Michael via NPR HERE.

FROTH OF THE DAY: I’LLS – FIFTY-PHIPHTI / ASAKUSA

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Today’s featured release is a certified game changer. Melbourne band I’lls are back from (what feels like) a decent break from releasing music and playing live and have finally let us in on where the project is headed. This two-track EP titled Fifty-Phiphti / Asakusa, despite it’s brief nature, speaks volumes about where Simon, Dan and Hamish are capable of taking things over the next little while. ‘Fifty-Phihti’ is warm and melodic; a hearty mix of vocal samples interplay with pulsating synthesizers and delicate percussion nicely to create a driving feel. ‘Asakusa’ is the sound of this outfit well and truly finding it’s feet in a sonic sense. This is the one. Simon Lam’s vocals are used to punctuate and provide a fleeting yet almost tangible feeling of texture and light throughout – slowly using each pivotal moment to draw out new elements and evolve, clinging to the original structure and tone and lulling it’s listener in and out of consciousness.

I’lls will be playing the Paradise Festival from 28th-30th November. Lineup and ticketing information is HERE.

Melbourne is also lucky enough to be hosting the launch for this two-track release on November 6th at the Worker’s Club.

Out now on via Solitaire.
Pre-order vinyl HERE
Digital download HERE

FROTH OF THE DAY: TWERPS – BACK TO YOU

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Twerps started turning heads and melting hearts long before their self-titled debut LP was released back in 2011, and the Melbourne outfit have continued to draw us in with every move since. This latest single ‘Back To You’ marks the first taste of the next chapter for the band and their second LP Range Anxiety, which will be released in January 2015, is shaping up to be an absolute cracker. We’ll call it an effortless return to form; piece by piece, Back To You contrasts tight, swirling melodies with catchy riffs and vocals delivered with complete and utter purpose. It’s a winner. Check out the Johann Rashid directed video and a bunch of tour news below:

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Twerps have just been announced on the brilliant Golden Plains and Sugar Mountain lineups in addition to the following dates in support of Belle and Sebastian:

January 26th: Auckland Laneway Festival, New Zealand
January 29th: Sydney, Enmore Theatre
February 1st: Melbourne, Palais Theatre
February 3rd: Australia, Perth, Astor Theatre

FROTH OF THE DAY: GRACE – PLUTO

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Kicking off our week on the blog we have a brand new offering from Perth artist Grace (previously known as Grace Woodroofe), titled Pluto. The Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Jane’s Addiction) produced tune doesn’t waste any time in taking hold with it’s contrast of delicate vocal work and ethereal synthesizers – it’s brooding pop music which is layered and wonderfully melodic. Purposeful and dreamlike in it’s swirling ambience, Pluto is the lead single and the sound of an artist reborn. Grace just wrapped up an Australian tour with alt-J and we have no doubt that we’ll be hearing plenty more in future.

Pluto is out now through Liberation.

FROTH OF THE DAY: MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER – SHIRIM

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I’ve become so enamoured with this song. In the eight hours since I’ve heard it I’ve been listening over and over, hearing new sounds and melodies each time and trying to make sense of the production. Melody’s Echo Chamber are back with the first taste from album number two and oh boy, are we excited to share this. The self-produced and released ‘Shirim’ is a funk laden slice of avant-garde pop brilliance, warped and wonderfully produced and flanked by out of tune synthesizers that lift Melody’s vocals onto another plane completely. Shirim certainly succeeds in acknowledging it’s place along the pop music continuum whilst surging forward and opening new doors with each pivotal moment. We’ll have to wait until 2015 to hear the album, so for now, it’s time to hit play again.

FROTH OF THE DAY: LEISURE SUITE – LEISURE SUITE EP

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Today we’re featuring the undeniably impressive debut EP from Leisure Suite, a Melbourne electronic pop outfit who’ve been quietly gathering some hype from all corners of the globe without having even played a single show yet. This four track listen comes with two previously released singles; both ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Ease Away’ which undoubtedly impressed us on with the first spins, however it’s the ambient, swirling ‘Haze’ which really epitomises what Leisure Suite are all about. Constantly on the precipice of full blown pop brilliance, Haze retains those wonderful intricacies and surging melodies that create a brilliant texture which runs through. We recommend you get to know the whole release, don’t miss it!

Upcoming shows:

Leisure Suite — Debut EP Launch
Saturday, November 15 @ Boney, Melbourne
w/ Lanks, Habits + Rat & Co DJs

I OH YOU DJS RELEASE ‘TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL MIX – PART 2′

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Last week our buddies over at Pilerats premiered the second mix in our ‘Take Me To The Hospital’ series. We had a lot of fun with this one and included a bunch of different styles and artists we’ve really been digging. Expect cuts from the likes of FKA Twigs, Ryan Hemsworth, Seekae, Caribou, Les Sins and plenty more. It’s got something for everyone (as long as you like a very current mix of specific electronic music). Hope you enjoy!

We’ll also be DJing this Saturday 18th October at The Factory on the Sunshine Coast.

AIR AWARDS WRAP UP

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Last night at the Australian Independent Music Awards, we were stoked to see Violent Soho take out awards in the categories of Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album and Best Independent Album! I OH YOU also won the award for Best Independent Label, and it may go without saying, but we’re over the moon! It was an honour to be considered amongst some labels we truly admire and love and to win was indeed a very special thing for us. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!