HTRK's conscious creeper 'Psychic 9-5 Club' has been spinning perpetually at Modular HQ, emitting its panning dub sonics and numbing vocal purrs. If you're yet to experience it, pull over the warm blanket of singles 'Give It Up' and 'Blue Sunshine' and surrender to the rest.
Ahead of the Melbourne-Sydney duo's Modulations show with Liars on Friday 6 June (tickets still available here), we chat to Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang about interactions with psychics, straying in New Mexico and their ambitious range of merchandise. Cue the amazing playlist of mourning house and termite infested techno.
Kelis' Food finds the incredible voice return to the humble beginnings that Got Your Money and Kaleidoscope deservedly fast tracked. The Le Cordon Bleu graduate's cuisine-themed 6th album was recorded with Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio, released by iconic indie Ninja Tune and launched with a pop-up food truck at SXSW, which dolled out duck confit sliders and jerk ribs. Deliciously rich with vulnerable vocals, live horns, gospel organ and trip hop electronics, Food has the lingering presence of a classic soul and funk record, maintaining a modern touch. Ahead of her three date Australian tour, Kelis sent through a list of inspiring disco, lounge and RnB which we've jazzed into a running mixtape. She was kind enough to share some of her studio and kitchen experiences in our interview too.
Back in 2003, we toured Liars with Yeah Yeah Yeahs off the back of their seminal debut 'They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top'. Since then, the LA art-ensemble have continued to deviate from our expectations across the six records - story albums that explore witchcraft, wrestling with drums spirits, living in the city of angels and recording with Daniel Miller - before arriving at the pummelling industrial pop of 'Mess'. These efforts have always been communicated with progressively techy album campaigns, bold videos and compelling artwork.
Ahead of their Modulations show with HTRK at Carriageworks on Friday June 6 (tickets available here), frontman Angus Andrew has prepared a mixtape for your walkman. Press play and read on as we discuss their tendency to make such visceral albums, film and his connection to Australia.
After covering 70's synth enigma William Onyeabor and Neil Young, Joakim continues to radiate heat with his new album Tropics of Love. Set for release on Tigersushi on May 26th, it features collaborations with The Rapture's Luke Jenner and Akwetey and finds the French New York transplant pulling from a broad stroke of styles. The traces of this are compounded into his less clubbier than usual but absolutely brilliant 'Inspirations' mixtape. Hit play and read on as we discuss Neil Young, the Parisian creative community and the trials of running a record label.
Transforming her witty journal ramblings into surreal lyrics and soaring song, Courtney Barnett has gone from Melbourne pub scene darling to frequent flyer. Her self-released poetic strokes 'Avant-Gardner', 'Lance Jnr' and 'History Eraser' echo the greats Patti Smith, Jeff Tweedy and Grant McLennan, and have had festivals, labels and media lining around the block. With over 40 gigs booked over the next four months, we can only assume this unrelenting worker is enjoying herself. Over a virtual coffee, Courtney slipped us this playlist as we discussed her next album, the Milk! Records roster and her vast wardrobe of band t-shirts.
Neneh Cherry has always been one step ahead of the curve - performing in legendary UK post-punk bands, finding pop stardom as an early voice in the rap game, being key to the Bristol trip hop movement arranging Massive Attack's Blue Lines and collaborating with Geoff Barrow pre-Portishead, and recording with Four Tet on Blank Project, her first solo album in 18 years. These were all natural evolutions rather than conscious reinventions, and barely sum up a dent in this empowered woman's illustrious journey. We are blessed to have Neneh play FOR Festival in Croatia with her new ensemble RocketNumberNine. Here she shares ten tracks that influenced her, while discussing family life with Don and Moki Cherry, creativity and Robyn.
This isn't the first time we've confessed our love for Hamilton, Ontario native Jessy Lanza. We've worked her sparkling debut Pull My Hair Back to the bone since it's release last year - the album being a compelling partnership of Jessy's subtle but seeping r'n'b hooks and the pitched down electronics of co-producer, Junior Boy and Roland Tings remixer Jeremy Greenspan.
The good tastes of Cut Copy have recruited her as main support for their current North American tour dates (posted below with our interview and playlist) which kicked off yesterday. We're imaging this cruisy mixtape is her pre-show warm up.
Our favourite Frenchmen Phoenix slipped us a patriotic playlist ahead of their Australia dates this month featuring 80s popstar Lio, contemporary greats Damien and Sébastien Tellier, and a hard to find collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Nico.
Having headlined the most important European and US festivals in 2013, the band's current show is HUGE. A timeless catalogue from cult favourite 'United' right through to the ambitious 'Bankrupt'! Don't miss them play Hordern Pavilion in Sydney tomorrow and Melbourne's Festival Hall on Thursday. Some tickets are still available but not for long.
Temples' accomplished take on psych-pop, glam and folk-rock is in full bloom with their debut album 'Sun Structures', out this week via Heavenly/Fat Possum. Formed in Northamptonshire a mere 18 months ago, the four-piece bonded over a mutual love for The Byrds, Timothy Leary and the films of Kenneth Anger. We were curious to hear where else their good taste led, asking drummer Sam Toms to scribble down a playlist which we then turned into a downloadable mixtape. A walk through the ages from early Floyd through to modern French Ye-Ye gone underground.
As adored gothic-rock turned psych-new wave group The Horrors emerge from their East London studio with album #4 in the bag, keyboardist Tom Furse dives straight back into his record collection to compile this journey. No surprise that these sonic adventurers and musical sponges have immaculate taste, collecting from every record store in every town on tour.
This month The Horrors return to the stage as part of the amazing BBC 6 Music Festival lineup while Furse will also soundtrack visual artist Trevor Jackson's Palindrome installation at ICA. We sat down to discuss both events, recording the new album and an appreciation for Wes Anderson.
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