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FRESH JUICE: EVERYTHING IS RECORDED – CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE (ft SAMPHA)

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Whilst the daily Fresh Juice allows us to share some great new tunes, a lot of important figures in the music industry that live and thrive behind the scenes, helping artists develop their vision, go unnoticed in the publics eye. Yes, that is the nature of the beast but that is why today’s feature is special. Head of XL Recordings, Richard Russell has just released his debut EP under the moniker of Everything is Recorded. Enlisting the help of XL signee Sampha and sampling one of the most delicate soothing vocalists, Curtis Mayfield, Russell has mixed and most certainly matched two of the best standout soul aficionados of their respective eras.

Today’s Juice is titled Close But Not Quite, and in my opinion is more of a smoothy than a juice. Thick in texture, the first track on Russell’s new EP is gentle and has a very Sampha feel to it. A petite piano melody creates the tear jerking foundation for the duet that ensues. Sampha’s voice is almost too complex to deconstruct. Its gruff but soft at the same time. It’s heavy but has the ability to shift pitch at a moments notice making it perfect for Russell’s delicate production on Close But Not Quite. Chopped from Mayfield’s, The Making Of You, Curtis’ (if i may call him that) voice is so light it almost whispers the chorus. With Russell at the helm guiding the track through string sections and understated percussion the track ends with Mayfield getting the last word. 

BRIGHTNESS JOINS CLOUD CONTROL FOR MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY SHOWS IN SUPPORT OF ‘RAINBOW CITY’

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

We’re thrilled to announce that our boy Brightness will be hitting the stage with Blue Mountains psych-pop darlings Cloud Control this June! The band will be heading out in support of their brand new single ‘Rainbow City’ – the first taste of new music in quite some time. Be quick, these tickets are moving quickly. In the meantime you can also catch Brightness’ official video for ‘Waltz’ below..

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HOWLER (Melb) – June 2 Tickets HERE.

OXFORD ART FACTORY (Syd) – June 3 Tickets HERE.

FRESH JUICE: COLOUR OF SPRING – ECHOES

Posted on: April 25th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Not being overly into shoegaze but by no means being a stranger to it either, I was automatically entranced by the heavy wall of sound UK five piece, Colour Of Spring have produced on their new single Echoes. Hailing from Leeds, the quintet have established a strong reputation as a live act and are steadily growing in popularity online; sporadically popping up on up and coming playlists that extend far beyond their home country.

With a spacey ominous introduction, Echoes slowly transforms into a solemn downtempo track that details the struggles associated with coming of age. While today’s Juice does not necessarily have any standout moments musically, Echoes maintains a smooth momentum fuelled by a relaxing, heavily distorted guitar hook and a rattling drum beat. What first drew me to Colour Of Spring was the subtleties they share with fellow shogazers Slowdive. Looking forward to see what 2017 holds for these dudes.

GREEN BUZZARD SHARES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘DREAM IN/OUT’

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

Green Buzzard today shared their official video for ‘Dream In/Out’, as featured on their recently released Space Man Rodeo EP. The clip was directed by debutant Rik Saunders in his apartment with a handheld VHS camera. Hope you enjoy.

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Space Man Rodeo is out now via I OH YOU. Stream/Purchase HERE.

BRIGHTNESS DEBUTS VIDEO FOR ‘WALTZ’

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

Brightness has today shared a brand new single/video for ‘Waltz’. Speaking of the song, Alex Knight aka Brightness said “Waltz is a song of love and gratitude. My friend Alex (Crosby) and I experimented using an old Akai 1/4″ Reel to Reel for this song. The Tape itself had just about had it and you can hear another song bleeding through from one of its other tracks. It’s made up of one uninterrupted take using a single microphone, along with a mellotron part of the choruses that I overdubbed later”.

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Oblivion by Brightness is out now through I OH YOU. Stream or purchase it HERE.

FRESH JUICE: THE XX – A VIOLENT NOISE (FOUR TET REMIX)

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Have you been going a little too ham on the XX’s new album? It’s ok, you’re not the only one. I have been too…. but who gives a fuck about me, so has Four Tet! Late last week the UK producer released a remix for A Violent Noise, which seems like an unlikely song to cover but man, does he make it work! The 20 year veteran is no stranger to an XX remix, in fact, today’s Fresh Juice complete’s the triangle as Four T has now remixed at least one track off all three of the XX albums.

Playing with different textures and moods, Four Tet takes A Violent Noise to new depths as he stretches out sections of the original track, creating a strong housy foundation. The XX are known for their space between beats; that cosmic dreaminess that really establishes the mood of the song, but Four Tet disrupts this template and fills all the empty space with a crunchy two- step- shuffle beat, hazy synths and distant vocal samples creating a whole new mood all together. What I really like about this track is the way Four Tet distorts those strange violent, siren-like, noises that are almost buried within the original version, and uses them, along with the catchy guitar hook, as a key effect in the climax of mix. This guy really murders any track he chooses to play around with. Cheers Four Tet.

ROYAL BLOOD announce exclusive headline show at Sydney’s Metro Theatre

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

After acclaimed sold out concerts in 2014, the Brighton bass-and-drum duo are back to perform an exclusive one-off headline show at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Thursday 20 July before sharing headline duties at this year’s epic and already sold out Splendour In The Grass. Tickets for Royal Blood’s only Australian headline show go on sale Friday 28 April.

Since forming in 2013, the two-man band of Mike Kerr (bass guitar/vocals) and Ben Thatcher (drums) have taken their unique bluesy-psychedelic rock sound across the globe playing iconic festival stages at SXSW, Coachella, Reading and Leeds, and T in The Park as well as support slots for rock legends Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses. Their 2014 self-titled debut became the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years and hit #1 in the UK and #3 in Australia, as well as top 20 in 12 countries, including the USA.

In November 2016, Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, along with producer Jolyon Thomas, spent six weeks in a studio in Brussels that was decked out like a New York diner and featured a warehouse of antique gear. The album’s first single ‘Lights Out’ (out now) ups the ante from their debut with a wrecking ball of a groove cemented by Thatcher’s thunderous rhythms, while Kerr wrangles the twisted invention of his bass riffs to a whole new level. How Did We Get So Dark? (out 16 June through Warner) was subsequently completed after a final session in London with their debut album’s co-producer Tom Dalgety.

Renowned for their unpredictable kinetic energy and captivating live chemistry, Sydney fans will need to get in fast to secure tickets for this night of glorious rock!

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ROYAL BLOOD
With special guest Concrete Surfers
Presented by Frontier Touring & I OH YOU

Frontier Members pre-sale via target=”_blank”>frontiertouring.com/royalblood
Wednesday 26 April (12noon AEST)
to Thursday 27 April (12noon AEST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

General public on sale from 10am local time, Friday 28 April

Thu 20 Jul | Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW (18+)
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

JUST ANNOUNCED: CONVERGE MANAGEMENT – A NEW MANAGEMENT ARM FROM I OH YOU

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

We’re so pleased to announce our expansion into management with a new arm of the company known as Converge Management to be responsible for the management of artists, producers and songwriters. It’s exciting to
begin our venture into territory beyond the record label, concert promotion and parties that I OH YOU company has become renowned for.

“I OH YOU has been something that has consumed the majority of my adult life and has allowed me to work with artists in a way that my teenage self used to dream of. I’m really psyched to see it now expand in a manner that will allow us to work with artists that we love in a way that we haven’t been able to thus far. I’m really excited about the artists we’re working with and what the future holds for them,” says Johann Ponniah.

With the announcement of Converge Management now out there, Johann and Scott are very happy to introduce you to the artists that the company are currently working with:

Melbourne band Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever who are signed to seminal Seattle label Sub Pop, along with Ivy League Recordings for releases within AU/NZ. The five-piece recently released their sophomore EP The French Press featuring the title track and wound up a hugely successful SXSW from which they garnered high praise from the NY Times and Pitchfork. The band have also announced a European run for September 2017 and sold out consecutive London headline shows within the space of a week.

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Brisbane five-piece, The Belligerents, who have released a pair of EP’s as well as a Fatboy Slim approved triple J ‘Like A Version’, along with a handful of cracking singles including ‘Caroline’. The band have just signed a worldwide deal with Sony and are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated debut LP Science Fiction later in the year.

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Brisbane-based, German producer, mixer and sound engineer, Konstantin Kersting, who has worked with the likes of The Church, Big Scary, Kingswood, The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective, Mallrat, WAAX, Morning Harvey, The Furrs, Tia Gostelow, Ivey, The Vernons, The Jensens, Art Of Sleeping, Seja Vogel and Mosman Alder. He also has mixing and additional production credits on the latest record from The Jungle Giants.

Brisbane-based songwriter, Lewis Stephenson, member of both The Belligerents and Confidence Man. Stephenson has previously toured the world performing with bands such as The Jungle Giants and Morning Harvey.

www.convergemgmt.com | Twitter: @convergemgmt | Instagram: @convergemgmt

‘ELECTRIC LADY’ TOUR FOR JUNE/JULY ANNOUNCED FEAT. ALI BARTER, ALEX LAHEY, BEC SANDRIDGE, GRETTA RAY, JACK RIVER, BODY TYPE & RACKETT

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

All female movement ​Electric Lady will make its debut as a band night at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Friday, June 30 and Melbourne’s The Corner Hotel on Saturday, July 1.

Presented by The Hopeless Utopian and triple j, the night across both cities boasts a solid lineup with electric ladies ​Ali Barter​, ​Alex Lahey​, ​Jack River​, ​Gretta Ray​, ​Bec Sandridge​, ​Rackett ​and Body Type​.

Along with the multi-city band night, Electric Lady is launching an influencer platform set to feature interviews with ​Stephanie Gilmore (Surfer), ​Isabel Lucas (Activist/Actress), ​Tyler Wright (Surfer), Katie Mack (Astrophysicist), ​Belinda Pavlovic (Aeronautical Engineer, DASA), ​Molly Taylor (Rally Racing Champion) and more.

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Electric Lady is inspired by the movement of women electrifying their voices, guitars and rights across the world. Australian Musician Holly Rankin (Jack River/Director of The Hopeless Utopian) developed the idea around conversations with fellow musicians Ali Barter, Alex Lahey, Montaigne, Lisa Mitchell, Kita Alexander and Gretta Ray (to name a few) about the incredible surge of women in music and how powerful it would be to join together to amplify this.

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“The last year in music, politics and culture made me realise the time is now for this idea. Girls are ready to amplify their talent alongside each other, and the world is ready for diversity in female role models,” Holly said.
More than a band night, Electric Lady will be a platform to amplify the strength of women in music,
politics, science, sport and beyond.

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Do not miss the inaugural Electric Lady events! Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 13, 9:00am AEST.

FRIDAY 30TH JUNE:
Metro Theatre | Sydney NSW 18+
Tickets: electriclady.world

SATURDAY 1ST JULY:
The Corner Hotel | Melbourne VIC 18+
Tickets: electriclady.world

LEARN TO PLAY ‘OBLIVION’ BY BRIGHTNESS

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Scott Armstrong

From an area of seclusion comes an offering of inclusion…

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