RüFüS - Selena
If you are not already familiar with RüFüS, then you won’t be for long. The Sydney group have just released their second EP, continuing on from their successful formula of dance-friendly, dark indie-pop.
The low synths are a moody accompaniment to Tyrone Lindqvist’s echoing vocals. Selena can be found on the new EP, which is simply called Blue. The lead single, This Summer, was released in late March and you can purchase tracks at your leisure from iTunes if you are that way inclined.
Tour dates below:
Fri 13th April
Phoenix Public House
Fri 20th April
Cambridge Hotel - Side Bar
Sat 21st April
Tue 24th April
Fir 27th April
Speakeasy @ Villa** w/ co-headliners The Rubens
Fri 4th May
Sat 5th May
Stars Ago (Rüfüs Remix)
Elizabeth Rose - Stars Ago (Rüfüs Remix)
Rüfüs are a three piece group from Sydney who have been getting some airplay from Triple J after the release of their debut EP.
This song has been remixed so well that the shared singing efforts sound organic like there is a genuine dialogue going on. The mellow singing compliments the spacey dance keyboard synths nicely.
I expect to hear more from Rüfüs as their repertoire continues to grow. To learn more about the talented Elizabeth Rose, visit her Triple J Unearthed page.
Download - Stars Ago (Rüfüs Remix) (control-click & save file)
TZU - Crazy Thinker
Crazy Thinker sounds like the lovechild of R2D2 and Prince - or somewhere on that continuum.
The highly polished production is unquestionably slick and it accompanies dreamy echoing synthesizers and equally smooth singing from Countbounce.
And who is Countbounce, you may ask? He’s one quarter of TZU alongside Joelistics, Pasobionic and Yeroc.
The outfit were a force to be reckoned with when Australia’s hip hop scene began burgeoning in the early 00’s. They released three highly acclaimed and distinctive albums with Crazy Thinker appearing as the closing track from their final effort Computer Love in 2008.
Their hallmark was their willingness to experiment and stray from ‘traditional’ music making methods from other hip hop acts. For example, the group would regularly incorporate live instrumentation into their music and would often learn to play a new instrument for the sake of artistic progression.
TZU’s future is unknown with various members pursuing their involvement in other groups, such as Paso in Curse ov Dialect. Coutbounce produces several songs for other Australian artists such as Urthboy, while Joelistics has pursued a solo career on Urthboy’s independent label Elefant Traks, alongside a roster of other major Australian hip hop acts.
Fingers crossed the group’s hiatus won’t continue for much longer. [April 2012] The group have just announced they are working on a new album named The Beginning of The End. More info here
Gorillaz feat. Andre 3000 & James Murphy - DoYaThing
Fresh from a BBC radio rip recorded last night (22/2/12), the highly anticipated collaboration for Converse shoes has emerged and it does not disappoint.
This song is guaranteed to raise heartrates and inspire dancing. It’s high octane inspired production definitely raises the bar in the recent hip hop / electro revival. It even inspires Damon Albarn from The Gorillaz to rap the first two verses of the song before Andre 3000 of OutKast dominates the song with a fast paced, gunblazing verse. Dre’s verse continues to shatter misconceptions that he is done with rapping after some critics poo pooed his experimentation with jazz, r&b and singing efforts on the last 2 OutKast albums.
Brand new collaborations featuring names as big as these are going to be hard to avoid. And while this song definitely carries a more energetic mood to the kind we try to feature, it is almost the end of the week and sometimes the best way to relax is through busting a move to an upbeat, funky track as fresh and original as this one. Expect to hear a lot more of this song as the radio catches on. Enjoy!
Download - DoYaThing
Hermitude - HyperParadise
Welcome to HyperParadise.
Hermitude come together once more to leak the title track from their upcoming album on Sydney based label Elefant Traks.
Judging by this track and the first single, El Gusto and Luke Dubs are continuing with their sample and synth-heavy approach to production while incorporating a range of exotic instruments to create a more upbeat brand of dance-friendly music not heard on their previous 3 albums.
It’s exciting times as fans will not have to wait much longer to hear what else Hermitude have in store on HyperParadise. The album will be out on Feburary 3rd.
The Very Best feat Ezra Koenig - Warm Heart of Africa
Artists from 3 continents come together on this song. How excellent is that.
The Very Best is Esau Mwamwaya, Etienne Tron and Johan Karlberg. Esau from Malawi in East Africa and the others are UK residents.
The Very Best formed after Esau came to the UK in 1999. He was working at a second hand furniture shop in east London and sold a bicycle to Etienne. Etienne introduced him to Johan and the group was formed.
In 2008 The Very Best released a mixtape and their full length album a year later, sharing the same title as this single, Warm Heart of Africa. Just from listening to this song, you can hear the African musical influences coming through.
The drum and synth driven track features Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend who joins in to share vocals with Esau. An appropriate guest spot considering that Vampire Weekend draw influence from afrobeat and other African elements in their music.
The collaboration is colourful and joyful. The different languages and range in musical genres covered in this song enhance what otherwise might be a repetitive track.
The group are due to release more music in 2012.
Relive the vibrance with an mp3 of the song (right click-save as). Enjoy!