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XGod – Mine: Back to The Future

XGod is an emerging Electronica artist from Australia. He’s just released his debut single Mine, which is pumped full of futuristic sound it will make you feel like you’re in the 5th Element.

The intro kicks off to a good start with the synthesised analogue sound that gives you promise that you’re about to be induced into an eclectic sound that can transcend you from a static reality.

Yet, the lyrics provide to be the downfall of the latest track the vocals added distinct insult to injury. There’s no natural hint of lyrical flow to the vocals, they don’t even sound human, so it’s impossible to extract any passion or any other emotion from the track. You’re just stuck listening to someone proclaim in a robotic manor that they’re “going to set this bitch alight”.

I have no doubt that Mine could have been a stand out track without the excessive vocal mixing and mastering by A. Wright. I have no doubt in my mind that this track would have gone down a treat if it didn’t sound like it was orchestrated by an Artificial Intelligence robot.

Check out the Lyrical video via YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG5K86QsERc

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SuperSymmetric Release Mesmerising Synthpop Track “Dawn”

SuperSymmetric is a project with a very signature dark synthpop sound that is inimitable and unique. This sound is literally nothing like you’ve ever heard before and apart from being very artistically well crafted it is also polished to perfection. Their most recent track “Dawn” is in fact taken from the EP with the same title and is part of something bigger and greater that allows this authentic style to be communicated even further.

“Dawn” starts off with pulsating and swelling synth sounds together with a steady beat that set up the rich intricately textured backdrop in preparation for what’s to come next. A few seconds later, the sonorities get even richer with smooth vocal melodies in combination with some interesting harmonic changes. Later on in the song there is also a brief break followed by even more changes in texture and developmental content. Overall there is something quite dark about the sound of this song but that added element of mystery adds a lot of depth to its character and makes it even more intriguing. The way all the synth sounds, digital elements and vocal lines come together creates something truly unique and one of a kind. Definitely worth checking it out!

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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You Don’t Have To Be Beautifully Mad To Work Here, But It Helps



The best music connects with you at a subconscious level. You can analyses, deconstruct and debate the merits of it till the cows come home but real genius is already talking to you on an altogether more subtle level. In fact not just talking, the best music will have knocked on the door of your subconscious holding a bunch of flowers, wined and dined it and will be curled up on the sofa with it before your conscious half has even managed to get out of bed.

And so it is with Silhouette, the titular offering from Beautifully Mad’s latest album and the real genius is that you have been listening to this band all of your life, you just may not have realised it. You have heard them in the lyricism of Leonard Cohen, the drunken grooves of Tom Waits, the sass of a whole range of blues divas and the virtuosity of blues informed rock guitarists. It is timeless and inevitable but still brilliantly original and totally necessary.

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Vision Four 5 – Take Me with You feat Kate Tomlinson: They’re Back With Vengeance.

Vision Four 5 dropped their new dance floor track on the 27th of October 2017. It’s got us a little bit excited. Sure, the internet is swarming with artists that promise to be the next greatest thing and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Daft Punk, Eric Prydz & Darude, but Vision Four 5 is a delight that I can honestly say I’ve never heard the likes of before. They’re a delectable mix of Techno, House & Electronica, their recipe for musical creativity have created music that’s cross generational that everyone can enjoy.

They’re a live dance music act from Brisbane, Australia who have become the masters when it comes to interactive video technology to provide a totally immersive experience in their shows. The band have been around since 1990, and it’s honestly a crime that they’re still a relatively unheard of collective of musicians. Whilst they’ve achieved notoriety in Australia with a multitude of radio hits; their splendour is relatively un-sampled across the pond.

If you’re looking for transgressive beats & stunning imagery look no further than their latest single. It encapsulates all of the dancefloor euphoria that they’ve invoked whilst they’ve been on tour with their music. They consider touring an essential part of the writing process in their refreshingly innovative way of making their adrenaline fuelled music.

Their choice to include the Sydney based singer, songwriter & DJ Kate Tomlinson in their latest hit allowed their music to delve into a new era of music. Kate has a delectably resonant power in her vocals with the ability to melodically resonate over the layered harmonics.

Check out the official video for Take Me with You on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djPQYPj9SJg&feature=youtu.be

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A&R Factory Present: Jacob Lee

An artist of abundance, Jacob Lee is rapidly becoming known as one of the most diverse discoveries in Australian Music.

Unearthed by Will.i.am on the 2014 season of ‘The Voice’, Jacob Lee has taken his music international, collaborating with a myriad of established artists & releasing his alluring original tunes. With his debut single ‘Chariot’ swiftly climbing the iTunes charts, Jacob is the first to have his single played on major, commercial radio stations without assistance from a label. 

Sounding like a creamy mix of Matt Corby, Jarryd James, James Bay and Ed Sheeran, Jacob has just released his debut EP ‘Sine Qua Non’, whilst also writing for Aria Chart-topping DJ duo ‘Social Hooliganz’, Trifo & Swede Dreams. He is also the only Australian Ambassador for the India-based, internationally recognised ‘Good Will’ Foundation.

Jacob Lee (In the words of Will.i.am) has “All the elements in the makings of something super”. He has collectively achieved over 600,000 streams & rising on Spotify, YouTube & SoundCloud.

Jacob is no stranger to achievement & has been regarded as Australia’s answer to Ed Sheeran. With his captivating onstage aura, Jacob Lee is known to absorb audiences, reeling them into his stories with his clever, yet ambiguous lyrics.

Jacob is leaving his mark, with a loyal fanbase growing by the hour, his optimistic message is creating a positive impact worldwide, only strengthening his desire to motivate others & create music that makes a difference.

https://www.facebook.com/jacoblee/

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A&R Factory Present: Sparrows

Following on from the release of her stellar new single ‘Get To Know You’, Sydney-based songstress Sparrows has just revealed the accompanying music video and news that she will be launching the new cut live at Oxford Art Factory.

Shot in the picturesque NSW Blue Mountains and directed by Nick McKinlay, the clip stars Sparrows herself and a group of actors sporting hand-made animal masks. The ensemble prowl the streets with their instruments exploring the town, jamming and dancing along their journey.

Sparrows explains the motivation behind the clip –

“I found myself in a magical festival setting, letting loose with a bunch of partygoers decked out in crazy costumes. Whilst we were all strangers, we were having the time of our lives and I think the costumes certainly played a role in us being able to express ourselves freely. The video is a fun extension of this experience, whereby the masks and styling creates an other-wordly feel. It’s funny, all the people wearing the masks in the clip, were complete strangers to me but as the day went on I got to know them and they really are an interesting, talented bunch of people. I often find myself eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations and daydream about who they are. What was their last meal? Are they in love? When did they last cry? We are all strangers but could easily get to know each other if we wanted too, but we often don’t and I wish we would more.” 

Since the track’s release, ‘Get To Know You’ has been embraced by tastemakers far and wide including support from triple j, FBi, 4ZZZ, SYN, worldwide blogs and Spotify via their New Music Friday and Indie Pop playlists.

To coincide with the release of the song and music video, Sparrows will play a free entry show at the Oxford Art Factory as part of their ninth birthday celebrations, which will also feature Skegss, Dorsal Fins, ADKOB and Good Boy.

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A&R Factory Present: Animal House

Australian indie-rockers Animal House create a raucous, energy-fuelled sound on their upcoming EP Sorry, out on 18th November 2016.

Having already received critical acclaim for their last single English Girls, Animal House’s new EP is filled with witty lyrical storytelling, racing riffs and infectious choruses. With its undeniably catchy, high-energy garage-infused sound, reminiscent of the likes of The Strokes and The Raconteurs, Sorry oozes a welcome tongue-in-cheek attitude.

Animal House explains that Sorry is an “apology to our parents, friends, past employers who put their faith in us to lead a sweet and comfortable life in Aus and instead we’ve blown all that on a shot at making music”. Remembering the hedonistic adventures they’ve had whilst making music, the band admit they’re actually ‘not sorry’, and revel in the fun they’ve been having in the UK on each vibrant and uptempo track.

Finally settled in the UK, Animal House have already supported the likes of Courtney Barnett, Surfer Bloodand Drenge to name a few. They have also received praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Sean Keaveny, NME, DIY and Clash. They now hope to continue charming listeners with their “stupid garage pop songs” on Sorry.

Catch Animal House live at the following dates:

23rd September – Ryans N16 – London
28th September – Prince Albert – Brighton
28th October – Bleach – Brighton
2nd November – Rubi – Barcelona
3rd November – Paberse Matao – Valencia
4th November – Sala Rockstar – Benidorm
5th November – TNT Blues Bar – Cox
6th November – Fun House – Madrid
12th November – Bukowski – San Sebastian
14th November – Pop In – Paris
29th November – Birthdays – London

Sorry is out on 18th November 2016.

 

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A&R Factory Present: Dappled Cities

Taking cues from the likes of David Bowie, Spoon, and Todd Rundgren, the quintets new cut ‘That Sound’ melds 70’s-inspired pop with modern day indie-rock and sees the band move away from the strictly produced material of previous records.

Vocalist / Guitarist Tim Derricourt describes the writing and recording process –

“We found ourselves in Byron Bay making a fittingly relaxed and positive record, taking all that we love about weirdo indie rock and adding some of that sweet 70s good time vibes to it – mellow beats, plenty of cowbell, layers of harmonies – true splendour.”

Since their first single ‘Be Engine’ hit rotation on triple j in 2002, Dappled Cities have continuously put out critically-praised and fan-adored records, toured USA, UK and Australia and pushed the boundaries of their music with every release.

Their studio albums A Smile (2004), Granddance (2007), Zounds (2009), and Lake Air (2012), as well as Many Roads: B-sides & Rarities (2014), have placed the band firmly in the spotlight of the Australian music scene. They have received high rotation on triple j and community radio, triple j feature album (three times), and picked up two ARIA nominations over this time.

To coincide with the new release, Dappled Cities announce two shows: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne on Friday July 15 and Oxford Art Factory, Sydney on Saturday July 16.

Tickets to the upcoming launch shows are on-sale June 1 and will be available from www.dappledcities.com

‘That Sound’ is available 1 June 2016

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A&R Factory Present: Why We Run

A few years back, Nic Cogels packed up his life and moved across the world from Brussels to Sydney – a city where he knew no-one. Searching for new beginnings, by chance he met brothers Ed and Lloyd Prescott, and together with guitarist Nick Langley they started a band.

Why We Run’s debut single ‘Comfortable Lie’ arrived in early 2015. The song was accompanied by a distinctive “mobile camera obscura” video which caught the attention of a diverse range of people, including Gotye and Rob Thomas who both shared it with their fans. Since then, Why We Run have released several further singles which together have amassed over 400,000 streams across Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and YouTube; while also enjoying significant radio airplay and 4 or 4.5 star reviews from six different Triple J presenters on Unearthed.

In March this year, inspired by a near-drowning experience, the band revealed a touching second video for ‘A Moment to Return’. ‘Holograms’ is their debut album. Produced & mixed by Wayne Connolly (Paul Dempsey, Paper Kites, Cloud Control), it’s set for worldwide independent release through Double Drummer/Kobalt on June 24.

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