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Song In Summary: “I Might Survive” by Architecture in Helsinki

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Architecture in Helsinki are back in their indie pop glory with a full Andy Warhol-esque makeover for their new album Now + 4EVA, released on Friday.

But besides bringing back SMS language what do they have to offer this time around?

…A nostalgic throwback to the early 2000s, that’s what!

Just check out their tune “I Might Survive”. It’s school discos, scrunchies, rubber bracelets and flip phones all in one catchy, catchy song.

There’s some definite Kylie Minogue influences in this track, from the poppy beat, Kellie Sutherland’s fun vocals to the full choruses. If you don’t believe me, just have a listen to Can’t Get You Outta My Head. But there’s still some remnants of their older style too with that jumpy synth, reminiscent of their 2012 hit “Contact High“.

A solid release from Architecture in Helsinki, check out the rest of the album on Spotify or grab a copy! Keep up to date on their website and be sure to catch them touring soon in the lineup for the Groovin The Moo festival!

By Erin Rooney

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RAC: Remix Artist Collective

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If you like remixes or indie music, pop or rock, even electro, then boy do we have some good news for you! This Tuesday (April 1st) RAC, or Remix Artist Collective as the artist is more formerly known, is releasing Part ll of his brand new album Strangers!

RAC takes a different spin on remix, bringing together a range of great artists and sounds from around the world. The two parts of the album showcase some standout feature artists from a range of genres, including the likes of Tokyo Police Club, Tegan and Sara, Penguin Prison, YACHT and St. Lucia. This album pulls together a fine selection of music and explores some unique and fresh sounds. Part l, which was released March 4, brought a range of catchy, upbeat, fun and sometimes a bit rock ‘n’ roll tunes, and listeners can expect more of the same in Part ll with more highs and lows, and more unique sounds that will leave you wanting more.

Some stand out tracks from Strangers Part 2  include “Repeating Motion” (very cool), “405” (very youthful), “Cheap Sunglasses” (very catchy/very summer),  and “We belong” (very smooth).

Be sure to grab yourself a copy on Tuesday – the album is a lighthearted and upbeat listen and will keep you trackin’ till the weekend.

Listen here for a sample: 

By Sophie Henry

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The Aston Shuffle – Photographs Album Release Party

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By now, after about 7 years of being prominent on the Australian house music scene, The Aston Shuffle know how to throw a party. But more specifically, they know how to throw a GREAT party.

Last night’s album launch at The Soda Factory was the result of two years in the making of their new album, Photographs, set to be released tomorrow (Friday 28 March).

Casual, trendy, and with a hint of exclusivity, attendees passed the doors of “Bobby’s Boss Dogs”, through a fridge door to find The Soda Factory bar, a tribute to all that was incredible about the 50’s in America (pin-up girls, suspenders and fried chicken).

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The bar in action

In addition to the past three years since their last album release, The Aston Shuffle made the crowd wait three hours for the show. The suspense was palpable.

When they finally graced the stage, it looked like they would be playing to a tough crowd. People shuffled around and nodded uncertainly to the music as the duo started their set.

But then things started picking up. They got their groove, and their energy became contagious. They had prepared some surprises for the audience along the way including the lovely Elizabeth Rose as a guest performer. Highlights included “Can’t Stop Now” and “Sunrise” picking up the mood in the room and truly demonstrating a complete visual and audio experience. As their final song “Tear It Down” arrived, the audience were greeted with the incredible spectacle of a woman dressed in a disco ball suit.

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Elizabeth Rose making an electric guest appearance

It is evident that The Aston Shuffle have taken their time to make this album a polished, energetic collection of work, every track offering something more than the last. Do not miss out on the chance to listen to what is sure to be an electronic hit. Take a sneak peak of what it has to offer here:

By Erin Rooney

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International Highlights – Feel Awake with Tycho’s latest album

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This man can do no wrong.

No, honestly he can’t. Simply put, Scott Hansen, known in the music world as Tycho, is an artist.

As with his earlier titles, including Dive and Past Is Prologue, Tycho’s latest album Awake maintains the San Francisco producer’s signature ambient sound, and after his three-year break from recording, reminds us that there is beauty in the simple things in life.

He has managed to create original tracks with this sound, compiled together in a smoothly linked album. Because whether it’s easing into your morning peacefully, practicing yoga or doing a last minute essay for uni, there is no wrong way to experience this music.

However, the genre is not for everyone. Unlike his past albums, Awake is stripped back with no vocal layers, focusing instead on the simple, looping guitar riffs. For those with short attention spans, Awake is not for the foreground.

The album is a work that should be experienced in full and is a great start to the day, true to its name. Listen here:

Keep in the loop for upcoming music and concerts here. Us Aussies can only hope that one day soon Tycho extends his tour to our borders!

By Erin Rooney

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Venue Picks: The Barber Shop

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Hidden away in a dark little corner of Sydney city, The Barber Shop is a secret music gem for all lovers of jazz and French tattooed bar tenders.

When I first heard their name “The Barber Shop”, I got really excited by the prospect of walking in to find a barbershop quartet singing sweet poppy tunes. Whilst there was no singing quartet, the venue rocked a 1920s look and a cosy space, hosting a smooth, smooth five-piece jazz band on Thursday nights. Amongst their music services, they also offer hair cuts to men with a free cocktail in the process, serve local crafted cider The Apple Thief and create exceptionally pretty (though pricy) cocktails.

Full to the brim, the crowd is spread with in-the-know, young, trendy professionals cooling off after work and a couple of older jazz lovers here and there. The whole back alley carries this same feel, with whiskey bar The Baxter Inn just opposite, leaving options open to kick on after you’ve had your fill of cool jazz (their Whiskey Apples are to die for!).

You can find The Barber Shop down an alleyway at 89 York Street, Sydney – don’t forget to don your finest dapper outfit.

This venue in a song:

By Erin Rooney

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Sydney Standout: Sons of the East

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This weekend in Sydney the special event Lost Picnic (a small music festival showcasing some great local Australian bands) is happening at Centennial Park.  The first of its kind, Lost Picnic looks to be a great event, with a splendid line up. Although The Rubens and Megan Washington are sure to put on a stand out show, we are keeping our eyes on the underdogs of the day, Sons of the East.

This Sydney-based band with their ragged, folk-like and often sultry sound have slowly been building up a very strong collection of tunes reminiscent of Mumford and Sons and Passenger over the past few years, and these efforts have not gone unnoticed.

What we like about this band is their Australian twist and contemporary take on the more traditional Folk music style. The way Sons of the East combine the truly Australian sound of the didgeridoo with the country and blues banjo is inspiring. “California” is a stand out from their latest EP, the self-named Sons of the East. This tune showcases their uniquely refreshing sound whilst highlighting some of their local and international musical influences. “Hold On” is probably their most successful and catchy tune, a song that makes you want to hit the dance floor and sing at the top of your lungs with all your mates. But ultimately what really makes this band shine is their stage presence, (they are a must to see live!). The lead singer in particular is a seriously charismatic dude and a bit of a smooth criminal.

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So be sure not to miss them tomorrow at Lost Picnic. If you like Mumford and Sons and Australia, you will not be disappointed.

By Sophie Henry