Magic Hands is the new project of Alex Badham and Lucy Roleff, and ‘Limousine’ is their funky and exciting debut track.
There is so much going on in this track, and so much to love. If you’re a sucker for vocal interplay, then the alternating deep male vocals with Lucy’s smoky high notes is bound to make your ears melt. Add the eclectic mix of ambient driving percussion, haunting squelching organ-like synth and generalised woody undertones and you have a genre defining pop song that you just want to listen to again and again. I cannot wait for more from these two, there is a lot of exciting potential here.
Aussie DJ extraordinaire KLP has plied her trade with Zhu’s debut tune ‘Faded’, to take the already worldwide hit to new levels.
Adding an extra layer of vocals and knocking the tempo down on an already chilled tune has created an ambiance that I have never heard, but I freaking love it. I think that KLP’s slightly edgy vocals add a real essence of vulnerability to the tune, that just combines with the maze of electronic beats to just create a much more mysterious vibe. Which given the notoriously evasive nature of Zhu himself, makes it seem all the more appropriate.
‘Dreamers’ is the second single from Melbourne duo Hopium, and it is one of the raddest indie electro tracks to come across my ears this year.
Showing shades of other breakthrough Aussie artists like The Kite String Tangle, Oliver Tank and Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this tune has just nailed the production one on super smooth synth dream ride. ‘Dreamers’ also features the stellar vocals of Phoebe Lou, perhaps best known for the now immaturely deceased band Snakadaktal. Her dreamy vocals just add that extra dimension to a song that is so freaking cool and chilled that it could quench your thirst on a hot day, whilst also wanting you to break out your moves on the DF. A truly awesome follow up to debut single ‘Cut’ from April this year, that definitely leaves you wanting wanting more.
Following on from the infectious break through single ‘Brontosaurus’, is Tkay Maidza’s latest aural offering, ‘U-Huh’.
There is no warm-up with ‘U-Huh’, it kicks off with loud eclectic beats and just keeps going from there, and will be surely be lighting up dance floors around the country. It’s the ultimate mix of hip hop and synth dominated electro, something like Iggy Azalea getting mashed by The Presets or a more mellow Skrillex. I am just blown away by how many looping sounds this tune has, and how flawlessly they come together. Tkay Maidza has made a big fan out of us with this gem of a tune.
New Navy are back, and their latest release ‘Heaven’ has definitely been worth the wait.
Whilst ‘Heaven’ is a lot less jangly and fast paced compared to ‘Uluwatu’ and ‘Zimbabwe’, the New Navy boys haven’t lost any of their smoothness in production, with the slow beating percussion binding with the synth and keyboards nigh on perfectly. This is definitely a change, but the tropical party vibes are still present, but now of the more mature and sophisticated Ritz Carlton variety. With the band joining the Select Music crew, lets hope a full release isn’t too far away.
Diamonds of Neptune are the proprietors of the super catchy tune ‘Fruit Tingles’.
Transcending the gap between shoegaze and indie pop, ‘Fruit Tingles’ mixes a two paced journey that is nothing short of an eargasm. With similarities to Two Door Cinema Club, and Bombay Bicycle club, these guys have a very energetic and accessible sound. Loaded with jangly, bounding guitars and an infectious synth melody, this track just oozes fun vibes, and is sure to be on our playlists for a while.