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  • Kanye West – ‘Blood On The Leaves’ MP3

    Kanye West is my favourite rock star. Seriously, for all the times that we tell the man to pipe down and get back in his box and stop thinking that he runs the joint (‘I Am A God’, really?) we forget that he’s the only person crazy enough to sabotage his own seemingly inviolable reputation again and again in the quest for personal betterment. Make no mistake; of the three Roc-A-Fella records that ...

    19.06.2013

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    19.06.2013

  • Quadron – Better Off MP3

    Quadron is that band that you know about but don’t know about. They might be one of the most influential groups in contemporary music and yet, likely remain unknown to the majority of music lovers, obscured instead by solo projects, pseudonyms and a distinctly unfair lack of hype. I first cottoned on to the Danish girl-boy duo a couple of years ago when their track ‘Slippin‘ from their eponymous 20...

    17.06.2013

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    17.06.2013

  • Bruno Mars – Treasure MP3

    There was certainly a time when Bruno Mars was headed towards becoming one of the most forgettable pop stars of our generation. His debut, ‘Doo Wops & Hooligans’, featuring soppy ballads like ‘Grenade’ and ‘Just The Way You Are’ and more inane cuts still like ‘The Lazy Song’, was a commercial success but difficult to justify as a longer-term addition to the cano...

    15.06.2013

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    15.06.2013

  • B.o.B. – Still In This Bitch Ft. T.I. and Juicy J MP3

    Listening to the top 5 popularly voted tracks at 5pm on Chicago hip-hop station WGCI a couple of days ago, I couldn’t help but notice that a vast majority of those songs were collaborative works. While the feature has always been an integral part of hip-hop in a way it has not been so essential to other genres like pop and house, it seems as though hip-hop is moving past the era of the feature and towards a ti...

    13.06.2013

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    13.06.2013

  • Sonny & The Sunsets – ‘Too Young To Burn’ MP3

    Guest post by Colin Ho. I’ve recently wondered, what makes a song great? It’s a subjective thing, I admit, but I can’t help but think it was probably easier to make a great song a long time ago. We live in a world of instant gratification, and especially as a musician or a producer, you have all these resources and tools at your disposal. In the right hands, these tools represent a new way of ma...

    13.06.2013

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    13.06.2013

  • M.I.A – Paper Planes MP3

    Last night I had the distinct misfortune of seeing the new Seth Rogen and co. movie ‘This Is The End’. Aside from saying that it was possibly the most painful way to waste 1 hour, 47 minutes of my life (the previews were the most valuable part of the entire enterprise), I don’t want to say much – not so as not to ruin it but so that I don’t encourage the development of any intrigue a...

    11.06.2013

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    11.06.2013

  • Laura Marling – ‘Love Be Brave’ MP3

    By now, I am completely sure that Laura Marling is physically incapable of taking a misstep – in any direction. This year marks her fourth LP since shuffling into the spotlight as a teenager, and I adore all of them. Most admirably, not one of them have ceded any territory musically or conceptually, with Marling defining her own direction and maintaining a level of creative control that isn’t only unusu...

    11.06.2013

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    11.06.2013

  • Capital Cities – Safe and Sound MP3

    Capital Cities weren’t supposed to be the band they are. When I first heard about the California duo a little over 6 months ago, I was interested in their cover of Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. Over time, that cover has stood up to interrogation and remains a pretty solid track, even without leaning on the crutches of the original. But it was never supposed to get bigger ...

    10.06.2013

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    10.06.2013

  • 11 The Where The Hell Is David Edition MP3

    What is the right release model for music these days? Do leaks and advance streams ruin the fun? The second Seidler has disappeared, so Mark and Jonno stay up all night to get lucky and discuss the rise of Disclosure amid the furore surrounding Daft Punk’s latest record. We also take a look back at a Tensnake insta-classic, question whether Jamie Cullum has gone too far in appeasing mothers worldwide and backf...

    09.06.2013

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    09.06.2013

  • Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Fairweather Friends’ MP3

    People talk about guest artists so frequently now that the magic of it all has kind of dissipated. That might have something to do with the fact that many of the highest selling artists in the world right now are either electronic or hip-hop, and both of those trade heavily in featured spots from others. You only have to look at Rudimental or Disclosure from the last week on this site to see that in action. But getti...

    09.06.2013

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    09.06.2013

  • Rudimental ft. MNEK and Sinead Harnett – ‘Baby’ MP3

    My brother is capable of teaching me things, even though he is younger than I. This is an important lesson that most elder siblings (or eldest, in my case) don’t learn until much later in life, but thankfully I have this website as a catalyst for discovery, a settler of arguments and a portal to another person’s mind, even when said person is on the other side of the world. I did not see Rudimental comi...

    07.06.2013

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    07.06.2013

  • Disclosure ft. Jessie Ware – ‘Confess To Me’ MP3

    There is probably nothing more excruciating in the world than listening to something or watching a film before its release date and being duty-bound not to talk about any of the details. Not that I’d have had it any other way; I was one of a handful of Australian reviewers to get my hands on Settle about a month ago and despite the security hoops I had to jump through just to play the thing, it was well worth ...

    04.06.2013

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    04.06.2013

  • New Radicals – Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough MP3

    You probably know New Radicals. There’s a song they released on their 1998 debut Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed you might have heard of. It’s called ‘You Get What You Give‘ and, aside from causing a minor media spectacle for insulting Beck, Hanson, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson (two of those insults might have been misguided, two not. I’ll let you do the maths), it also went ...

    04.06.2013

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    04.06.2013

  • 10 The Introducing Motez Edition MP3

    Adelaide’s Motez Obaidi first caught our attention with stunning remixes of Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, and soon followed it up with his own brilliant tracks that made us confident he was a sure bet. The Baghdad-born DJ is a house music devotee in a city renowned for hip-hop, championed by DJs across the country and indeed the world. He’s got a new EP on the way and has some great taste, so we th...

    03.06.2013

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    03.06.2013

  • Jamie Cullum – ‘Everything You Didn’t Do’ MP3

    Jamie Cullum is a veteran feature star of this website. We’ve been writing about him for almost as long as I’ve known about him, which frankly has been since I heard Twentysomething in highschool and fell deeply in love with his music. In that space of time, I’ve watched the incredibly talented jazz pianist, performer and arranger move from modern purist to pop purveyour with a distinct level of ...

    02.06.2013

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    02.06.2013

  • Mike Posner – Please Don’t Go (Manila Killa Remix) MP3

    The last time I wrote about Mike Posner was almost three years ago, two days before his debut album, ’31 Minutes to Takeoff’ was released. In 2010, Posner was a Duke student who had been signed to a J Records deal as a junior in college but, aside from producing some early Big Sean, another Detroit local, he hadn’t made much of a name for himself. That was before the first single from that album,...

    01.06.2013

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    01.06.2013

  • Daft Punk ft. Todd Edwards – ‘Fragments Of Time’ MP3

    How do you feel about Dad-rock? Serious question, because if there’s one accusation I’ve heard leveled at Messrs Bangalter and de Homem-Christo since the biggest album event of the year earlier this month, it’s been that they sound liek the music our parents listen to. Frankly, I can see the point, but I’m also not entirely sure if that’s an insult or not. As has been frequently sta...

    31.05.2013

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    31.05.2013

  • John Mayer – Vultures MP3

    Wyoming is full of nothing. Starting in the centre of the sprawling state and working our way south towards Colorado, my road trip companion and I spent the better part of six hours on a kind of treadmill of boredom. No matter how we pushed my ailing, creaking, leaking car, the landscape around us remained staunchly the same: flat plains of scrub, grass, the occasional trailer park and a devastatingly arranged road-k...

    29.05.2013

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    29.05.2013

  • Justin Timberlake – ‘Blue Ocean Floor’ MP3

    So we’ve had our differences about Justin Timberlake’s new record on this site. Specifically, Dave made himself quite a substantial number of enemies (and also, coincidentally a few new fans) in suggesting that the singles released – Suit & Tie and Mirrors respectively, click those links for some excellent analysis – ahead of the unveiling of the record weren’t particularly up t...

    29.05.2013

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    29.05.2013

  • Tensnake – ‘Coma Cat’ MP3

    Relevance is really important. If there’s one thing I’ve realised after a week in a job which actually requires over eight hours of serious concentration, it’s that staying on top of what’s hot is a lot easier when you’re not on top of anything else. With great responsibility comes the great lag behind what’s hot, which is sort of the death knell for any serious music writer....

    28.05.2013

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    28.05.2013

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