Bag Raiders' 'Nairobi / Savannah' EP is out now worldwide. Featuring the first new music from the duo in 3 years, the club-minded EP circles back to those dynamic dancefloor tracks that first put them on the map.
They've shared this raw energy with two remix producers - Zombie Disco Squad and Roland Tings - who dismantle the existing stems and really make it their own. You can grab a free download of Melbourne lab rat Roland Tings' deep sea 'Savannah' descent via XLR8R.
With love pouring in from Spin, Mixmag, Dancing Astronaut, Do Androids Dance, Less Than 3, and many more fine folk, and a forthcoming release on the horizon, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Bag Raiders. Stay tuned for more new music from the duo soon.
Get the Nairobi / Savannah EP here.
Cut Copy took some time out from their Summer of Festivals today to premiere a brand new track 'Lights Shine On' via Stereogum. Conceived and recorded during the 'Free Your Mind' sessions, it brings a heady anthemic throb to the giddy balearics of the record.
It's taken from the forthcoming Deluxe Edition of 'Free Your Mind', which features five new tracks (three previously unreleased) and is out digitally on July 18 (Aus) / 21 (UK) / 22 (US). You can preorder it now.
Right after its release, the band embark on wave 2 of their Summer of Festivals including dates at Pukkelpop, Rock en Seine and a host of US shows. Full details at cutcopy.com
By now you'll have seen the official photos of this year's FOR, giving a fleeting glimpse of an unimaginable weekend taking in secret acoustic sets on boats, renowned DJs playing on a secluded clothing-optional beach, stage (and moat) invasions, juicy fresh seafood and near-continuous sunshine.
But perhaps the best way to look back on something is via the collective eyes of the people who were there. We asked FOR attendees to submit their choice shots, and the results are now live for everyone to view above and on FOR's Facebook page.
Special congrats to Petra Šparica, whose sunset shot won our competition and bagged her a package of Modular and FOR vinyl, CDs and rarities.
Roaming party animal Beni celebrates the release of his new 'Protect / Can't Hide' EP in Australia tomorrow (14 July in the Uk), packaging some of his best work to date with versatile remixes from Prince Club, Indian Summer and wordlife. Losing sleep in anticipation, he's cooked up this playlist of club heaters, touching on the menacing 'Can't Hide' and 'Protect's 90s vocal house. Feel the energy and read on as we get to know this magnetic character.
Look behind the development and inspiration of The Presets and Googeplay's inventive 'No Fun' Cube.
If you're yet to play with it, the Cube displays six full-length music videos across the hexahedron surfaces, each with individual narratives, allowing you to twist, turn and manipulate your own unique audiovisual interpretation of 'No Fun' in real time. The video was directed by Barnaby Roper (Banks, David Bowie, Kanye West) and can be viewed here.
'No Fun' is now available on iTunes worldwide.
It's difficult to recall the time when accessing music wasn't so easy. From November 1980-October 1982, Melbourne radio presenters Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine and graphic designer Michael Trudgeon published 'Fast Forward', an innovation on the fanzine format created to spread sounds and ideas among music communities. Housed in a screen printed softcase, the bi-monthly package contained a cassette tape of post-punk related interviews and music, with a corresponding fold out magazine.
Online archive Spill Label has lovingly scanned and ripped the 13 issue's contents, preserving an incredible point of access and reference to the era's local and overseas underground culture. The cassettes offer the only documents of Rowland S Howard's 'Shivers', performed by The Young Charlatans, and Pel Mel's demo of 'No Word From China', alongside interviews with The Fall, Pere Ubu, The Cramps, The Cure and Kraftwerk, arguably all at their prime and most eager to discuss their work, often accompanied by rare live recordings.
Admire excerpts of the astonishingly progressive design below.
Concluding with the newly released 'I Never Learn', Lykke Li's album trilogy has been like a series of open books, earnestly expressing the intense period of being a woman in her 20s. These melancholic admissions are told through incredibly gifted song-craft. Contributing this heart wrenching, nostalgic and epic 26 song playlist, the Swedish artist seems to reveal even more about her emotional makeup and experiences. The matured collection features unexpected cuts from some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century and introduces a few new comers. Read on as we discuss the importance of the album format, transcendental mediation and her acting roles. 'I Never Learn' is now available worldwide via her online store.
This remix comes as part of the forthcoming club EP Nairobi / Savannah, out tomorrow (July 4) AUS, July 7 UK/EU, July 8 USA.
The Presets return with 'No Fun', a new single of pulsating, itchy dance, which comes with an incredible video - the world's first 6-sided, interactive music video, called the 'Cube'.
An experiment in storytelling from Google Play, the 'Cube' allows six full-length music videos, each with their own distinct narrative, to run on six sides of the 'Cube', allowing you to twist, turn and manipulate your own unique audiovisual experience of 'No Fun' in real time. The video was directed by Barnaby Roper (Banks, David Bowie, Kanye West) and can be viewed and embedded via the below link.
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