Category: Electronica / Dance

Sydney based Electronic artist STARA has just released her stunning new single ‘I Like Being Alone,’.
STARA artfully blends elements of Electronic, Hip Hop and Dance music to forge her unique sonic. She meticulously crafts a bold, dusky soundscape that borrows from many musical realms and seamlessly comes together to form one complex melting point.
STARA debuted in 2016 with the release of project ‘CHAPTERS’. The collection of four tracks from the project gained over 1 million online streams and was aired on radio stations all over the world. Complex AU quickly listed STARA as “one to watch this year.”
The young songstress then dropped her debut EP ‘Simulacra’ in 2018.
The EP received high praises from the likes of Purple Sneakers, DJaneMag (UK), Brown Girl Gang and Pretty BroadSTARA toured the EP across the US; playing sold-out headline shows throughout LA, Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas.
New single ‘I Like Being Alone,’ is available for download on all major online stores.

 

Multi-platinum selling Australian alt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele & Nick Littlemore) celebrate the tenth anniversary of their multiple-ARIA-award winning debut album ‘Walking On A Dream’ with the release of a limited edition vinyl product on Captiol Records/EMI Music Australia, the first vinyl release of the album in over three years. The product includes:

A gatefold, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl of Walking On A Dream on transparent blood orange vinyl.

 The original artwork from the initial 2009 vinyl release.

 A unique code to download the previously unreleased track ‘Chrysalis’.

The ‘Walking On A Dream: 10th Anniversary Edition’ vinyl can be ordered HERE and is available while supplies last.

In 2008, two of Australia’s leading musicians/producers LUKE STEELE (The Sleepy Jackson) and NICHOLAS LITTLEMORE (Pnau) created a vision that seemed to come from an alternative reality – a post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure known as EMPIRE OF THE SUN.  The resulting album Walking On A Dream went on to sell close to 2 million copies worldwide. 8 ARIA awards (including Album of The Year, Single of the Year and Best Group), 2 BRIT nominations (including Best International Album), and many more accolades followed.

In the decade since the album’s release, Empire Of The Sun have risen to be one of Australia’s most successful musical exports. The band followed their debut with the release of two more full-length albums – 2013’s Ice On The Dune and 2016’s Two Vines.

To date the band have sold over 3 million albums and have reached Multi-Platinum status with global singles Alive, We Are The People and Walking On A Dream (certified platinum – 1 million sales – in the US).

The band have also toured the globe extensively including headline slots at Coachella and a sold out performance at The Hollywood Bowl to over 17,000 fans. TV performances have included ELLEN, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Later… With Jules Holland.

The limited edition ‘Walking On A Dream’ vinyl is released February 1

This Friday at 4pm (AEST) sees Sam Smith & Normani release their joint single “Dancing With A Stranger”, via Capitol Records & EMI Music Australia. Pre-save the single HERE.

“Dancing With A Stranger” is a smooth slice of sultry, R’n’B influenced pop where Sam and Normani’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production. The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in LA as Sam was writing with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes, Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other it was a no-brainer for her to team up with Sam to create the new track.

Sam Smith has spent the past year travelling around the world on tour following the release of his sophomore, ARIA Platinum Certified album “The Thrill of It All”. After 94 shows and selling over 1 million tickets, late last year Sam finished his critically-acclaimed “The Thrill of It All World Tour”, with sold out arenas across Australia. Sam has currently sold over half a million albums in Australia.

On the new single Sam Smith says, “I’m so excited for everyone to hear “Dancing With a Stranger,” which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.  It is also such a beautiful moment for me as I’m a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. I’m so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.”

“Dancing With A Stranger” is the first new music from Sam Smith in 2019 and follows on from his global hit with Calvin Harris “Promises” which currently stands as the #1 national airplay song and his sixth Top 5 single on the ARIA Charts. Smith will be flying out to South America this spring for Lollapalooza before heading over to South Africa for a string of five shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Normani launched her solo career last year with her debut solo single “Love Lies” with Khalid. “Love Lies” soared to #1 at Top 40 Radio in the US and was the first single Normani released following her global success with multi-platinum group Fifth Harmony. Since then, she has gone on to release a number of new tracks including two tracks with Calvin Harris and her recent single, “Waves” feat. 6LACK. In addition to working with Calvin Harris, Khalid, and 6LACK, Normani has also recently collaborated with Quavo and Kehlani. Normani is currently working on her debut solo album and this March will see her join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World tour.

Normani continues “I’m truly blessed having the opportunity to create with one of the greatest vocalists of this decade. I think about the artists that I frequently listen to daily and Sam Smith has definitely been one of them for some time now. I never thought in a trillion years that I would be able to state that I have a record with this extremely gifted being. I’m super proud to share this song with Sam and cannot wait for the rest of the world to experience it – from the first moment that I heard the song I knew how special it was. I’m deeply in love with this body of work and I hope that you all will be too. I’m so thankful that Sam put his trust in me to help him bring this song to life. To my fans, thank you for all of your continued support. I love y’all!!! I pray you guys enjoy this.”

 

Revered naughties front woman and vintage fashion queen Ella Hooper recently revealed her latest solo endeavour ‘To The Bone’ – a certified dancefloor filler and instant pop anthem. Plunging deep into disco, indie and multifaceted pop tropes alike, the single isHooper’s boldest, most bombastic yet, and is set to be a standout set-list highlight this September when she takes on two massive Brisbane venues at the 2018 BigsoundFestival. In celebration, the acclaimed artist is laying down one hell of a film clip courtesy of fellow musician, performer, DJ and director Tanzer.

With a vividness to rival that of the technicolour op shop fiend herself, Tanzer has created a colourful, joyous clip that so perfectly encapsulates the anthemic charisma and kinetic energy of ‘To The Bone’. In this fantastical visual collage of saturated colour, live performance, and found imagery, Hooper and her band twist and turn through Tanzer’sdisco-apocalypse world as if it’s their final dance on earth. An undeniably unique vision, ‘To The Bone’ is as wacky as it is sexy, and as sonically diverse as it is visually invoking – conjuring the healing energy of disco and the staunch grit of rock in true Ella fashion.

Having spent the last few years splitting her time between playing a series of reformation shows for Killing Heidi’s 20th anniversary, as well as dancing on her own two feet across a myriad of media gigs as a musician, radio presenter, TV host and DJing nationally forGroovin’ The MooElla Hooper remains one of Australia’s most prolific performers. Backed by her accomplished live band featuring members of Jade Imagine, Machine Translations, Handsome, The Cactus Channel, RockWiz & more, Hooper will perform at Brisbane venues Family and The Valley Drive In across two back-to-back dates at this year’s Bigsound showcase.

Whether it’s aiming to fill the dance floor, or create a pin drop moment of serene reflection, the music Ella makes is genuine and multilayered, cathartic and refreshing, with her talent for connection and genuine reverence for the art of a good rock show forever at the forefront of her creative vision.

Do not miss the chance to see this incredible performer at the top of her game at this year’s Bigsound Festival.

 

Ella Hooper 2018 Bigsound Showcases
Wednesday 5 September
11:20pm – 11.50pm
Family
8 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley

Thursday 6 September
11:40pm – 12.10am
The Valley Drive In
27 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets via www.bigsound.org.au/tickets

Other Upcoming Shows
Sunday 16 September
‘Femmo Fest 2018’
The Tote, Melbourne
feat. Madeline Lehman & The Desert Swells, Leah Senior, Baby Blue and more
Doors 1pm
Tickets via The Tote website

 

 

Underworld and Iggy Pop announce details of a 4 track EP, Teatime Dub Encounters, due for release on July 27th via Caroline Australia.

While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 TrainspottingUnderworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film.

Says Rick Smith “Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.”

Their respective tracks “Lust for Life” and “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades previously. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking.

Says Iggy Pop “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing.”

Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions, that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums (Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future and Post Pop Depression respectively) on the same day (March 18th 2016). It is neither historical or a tribute to past work, it is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that they both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.

The first track from Teatime Dub Encounters – “Bells & Circles” – was premiered live as part of Underworld’s recent headline performance at the BBC Biggest Weekend Belfast. A second track – “I’ll See Big” – is streaming everywhere now. Something of a flipside to “Bells & Circles”, “I’ll See Big” is a wash of gorgeous ambient sound that features Iggy recounting how friends – however dysfunctional – have saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions. The lyrics for “I’ll See Big” were inspired by a conversation Iggy had with Danny Boyle about the subtext of both Trainspotting films.

 

Underworld & Iggy Pop
Teatime Dub Encounters EP

Out July 27th via Caroline Australia

 

Australian electronic dance luminaries THE PRESETS – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – unveil their highly anticipated fourth studio album HI VIZ today.  Featuring the singles “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017, classic dance floor filler “14U+14ME”, and “Downtown Shutdown”, which is currently triple j’s most played song of the week, HI VIZ is destined to enhance The Presets’ already formidable reputation.

THE PRESETS’ are credited as producers on the album, while most of the record has been mixed by John Hanes who created the classic mix of “Uptown Funk”, as well as working more recently with the likes of Sia, Bruno Mars and Major Lazer.  Apocalypsocollaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s nod to their Conservatorium years.

The release of HI VIZ will be followed by a national tour across June.  Commencing in Perth on June 13, it heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane, winding up on the Gold Coast on June 29.

Julian said today, “However you are experiencing HI VIZ today – whether you’re at home with the vinyl, in the car with the CD, or streaming it off your phone on the way to work – just promise us one thing… that you’re gonna blast it loud.”

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, and many of the artists with whom they’ve worked make HI VIZ cameos. “Are You Here?” features the DMA’s, whose latest album was co-produced by Kim, Alison Wonderland guests on “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters adds vocals to “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets delivered anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ OUT TODAY – DOWNLOAD / STREAM HERE

WATCH EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE FROM “DOWNTOWN SHUTDOWN” VIDEO HERE:

 

 

Australian electronic dance pioneers THE PRESETS are back with a vengeance, announcing today that their long awaited fourth studio album HI VIZ is set for release on May 18 through EMI Music Australia, and will be followed by a national tour across June, taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Their return was heralded in spectacular fashion late last year with the first taste of new music from HI VIZ – the urgent “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017 and the sweeping “14U+14ME”, which is among the tastemaker station’s most played songs of 2018.  Most of the album has been mixed by John Hanes who created the classic mix of “Uptown Funk” as well as working more recently with the likes of Sia, Bruno Mars and Major Lazer.  Apocalypso collaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s sly nod to their Conservatorium years.

“We wanted to make something that was literally meant to get you out of your head”, explains Julian Hamilton. “All the songs on HI VIZ are outward looking so in that respect it’s much more like our earlier stuff.  It’s about trying to capture that energy you get on a great night out with your friends when you get to leave everything else behind you for a while.  We essentially tried to create the soundtrack to a party that we would want to go nuts at.”

“It’s taken us ages to make this album because we just kept writing and recording more and more songs”, reflects Kim Moyes. “At one point we had about 50 contenders and, like us, they were all over the map mood wise. Eventually we decided – fuck it – let’s just pick the most ‘up for it’ songs. Those tracks are always the most fun for us to play live anyway so we thought ‘why not have a whole album of them?’”.

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, so it’s not surprising that they, once again, are credited as Producers for their own album. It’s also apt that some of the artists with whom they’ve worked should make HI VIZcameos. For example, “Are You Here?” features indie rockers the DMA’s, whose latest release was co-produced by Kim. Similarly Alison Wonderland – for whom The Presets recently created a widely played remix – guested on the beaty “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters added vocals to the dark’n’steamy “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ lands May 18 and the album is available for pre-order from today, visit: thepresets.com/preorder.

 

THE PRESETS

HI VIZ JUNE TOUR 2018

PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION & TRIPLE J

With special guest Roland Tings

 

For complete tour and ticketing, visit: livenation.com.au/artist/the-presets-tickets

 

METROPOLIS, PERTH (GA/18+) – WEDNESDAY JUNE 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE (GA/All Ages) – FRIDAY JUNE 15

FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE (GA/18+)  – SATURDAY JUNE 16

UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA (GA/18+) – THURSDAY JUNE 21

WAVES, WOLLONGONG (GA/18+) – FRIDAY JUNE 22

ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY (GA/All Ages)  – SATURDAY JUNE 23

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE (GA/18+)   – WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST (GA/18+)  – FRIDAY JUNE 29

 

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM, WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

Fan pre-sale: 11am, Monday April 9 until 11am, Wednesday April 11

French electronic duo, The Blaze share stunning new single and video ‘Heaven’, following the track’s world first play via Zane Lowe at Beats 1 this week.

The enigmatic duo comprised of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, rekindle their musical and visual poetry with self-directed music video for latest single ‘Heaven’, paving the way for a first full-length album to be released in June 2018. Both halves of the project are music producers and film directors with creative control of every aspect of their output and the result of their combined talent is nothing short of breathtaking.

Conceived as a great escape through the sunbathed countryside, one should perceive ‘Heaven’ as a revived “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” where the thriving youth gets back to the center of the stage to finally exude happiness. As already portrayed in award-winning productions ‘Virile’ and ‘Territory’, The Blaze’s take on freedom is coupled, for now, with a re-appropriation of collective imaginary and aesthetics. In a scenery where fields outshine concrete, the traditional and bucolic picnic is also about dancing and booty-shaking. Beat by beat, the scope widens almost endlessly, echoing the ecstatic and raptured heart of the community that gathered together, and of every single listener. ‘Heaven’ is meant to be the final part of the triptych and if ‘Heaven’ marks the end of their first opus, it also confirms that The Blaze have just opened an even wider realm of possibilities.

Beginning their story with inaugural track, Virile, released in 2016, the duo then went on to release their debut Territory EP in April 2017. The Blaze have a very unique way of working, producing the music and visuals at the same time, in tandem as it were. Their incredible musical and directorial skill have not gone unnoticed, winning numerous awards from the likes of Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, the Best Directors award at Berlin Music Video Awards, UK Music Video Awards to name but a few. New single Heavenarrives as the final piece of the triplicate presented by The Blaze, adding to the growing anticipation for their upcoming full-length release. No strangers to a glowing live review, The Blaze played their biggest headline show to date at Pitchfork Paris last year, and will bring their captivating live show to Coachella this April, Reading & Leeds in August, Primavera, Parklife, Garorock, Europavox, Mainsquare, Melt, Art Sonic, Lollapalooza Paris, Dockville, Lovebox.

An overwhelming sense of humanity surrounds all that The Blaze create. Whether you see two friends sharing a special moment in Virile, that sweet feeling of home in Territory or are perhaps familiar with the work of French painter Manet and his piece Dejeuner sur l’herbe in Heaven, The Blazes’ work is completely open to interpretation, for everybody, equally. They have one wish, that you’re able to feel.

The Blaze new single ‘Heaven’ is OUT NOW. Their debut album is set for release June 2018. 

European Festival Dates

April 13th – COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Palm Springs (US)
April 20th – COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Palm Springs (US)
June 2nd – PRIMAVERA – Barcelona (ES)
June 10th – PARKLIFE – Manchester (UK)
June 28 – GAROROCK – Marmande (FR)
June 30th – EUROPAVOX – Clermont-Ferrand (FR)
July 4th – ROSKILDE FESTIVAL- Roskilde (DK)
July 7th – MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL – Arras (FR)
July 13th – LOVEBOX FESTIVAL – London (UK)
July 14th – MELT – Berlin (DE)
July 20th – ART SONIC – Briouze (FR)
July 21st – LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL – Paris (FR)
July 22nd – VIEILLES CHARRUES – Carhaix (FR)
August 19th – DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL – Hamburg (DE)
August 24th – LEEDS & READING – Reading (UK)
August 25th – LEEDS & READING – Leeds (UK)

 

Rebel Yell has made her mark in Aus for creating confronting techno music. Grace Stevenson, the individual behind Rebel Yell, has once again delivered a unique brooding track.

We are very excited to announce the release of her latest single ‘Pressure Drop’.

‘Pressure Drop’ is officially released this Friday, February 16 and is the first single to be taken from her debut album Hired Muscleset for release this June!

Pressure Drop’ is a song describing a Rebel Yell set, a track about experiencing the night and dancing – “Rebel yell, feel the pressure”.

Stevenson creates a heavy, haunting experience within her music. With a Korg ESX-1, volca bass and vocal processor amongst others in tow, Rebel Yell summons a unique and dark style of EBM bangers. Rebel Yell is a musical enforcer, her music effortlessly convinces or reminds you, that she is the boss.

‘Pressure Drop’, was directed by Triana Hernandez and edited by Stevenson herself. Hernandez had the following to say about the new clip –

“The music video for “Pressure Drop” is an ode to the 90s, rave culture and club-kids. It explores the muscular intensity of the track through the energy of primary school kids in their own environment – their classroom. When it comes to dancing like no one’s watching kids are the fucking best.”

We are so excited to be delivering a full-length Rebel Yell album this year and know you will all feel the pressure.