Got It On Vinyl: ‘Black Sun’ by Gold Fields

Happy Record Store Day!

I hope those of you that went out to your favorite record stores found some new treasures to listen to.

Be sure to check out the first installment of Got In On Vinyl, which features Black Sun by Gold Fields!

See ya next month with another record 🎵

2017’s Best in Music

It’s the end of 2017, so I put myself to the arduous task of compiling a list of the year’s best in music again. I was just as  selective this year as I was in 2016, so the list below only contains 15 songs/artists/albums. I’m becoming very good at this.

Anyway, let’s not waste any time. Here are my favorite songs, artists, and albums of 2017!

1. “Feels” ft. Pharell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1. You heard Katy, “don’t be afraid.”

2. “Hurt Nobody”, Andrew Belle, Dive Deep. I think this one takes number one in my heart for best love song of 2017 to slow dance to.

3. “Observer” Darius, Utopia. Darius is a genius and Utopia goes to extreme lengths to prove it.

4. “For a Ride”, NOVAA, Lo, Lights. What a fantastic duo. I would so love to see these two work together again in 2018.

5. “Plastic Rose” Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues. Well, if it’s plastic, doesn’t it mean the love will never die?

6. “Saw You In A Dream”, The Japanese House, Saw You In A Dream. This is the best single I’ve ever heard from The Japanese House. So much emotion in those lyrics.

7. “Depths” ft. Animal Feelings, Mammals, Chase Your Bliss. I kept hearing Mammals as a featured artist on a bunch of songs I love. It’s great to see the roles reversed on this EP. Animal Feelings brought good vibes.

8. “High Off Love” Cannons, Night Drive. Cannons is such glamorously smooth chillwave and I can’t get enough.

9. “Human Touch” ft. Maya Vic, KAPPEKOFF, Kappekoff. If you know me well enough, you’ll understand why the intro to this song gets me every time.

10. “Told You So”, Paramore, After Laughter. Paramore made such a fun comeback in 2017! I love Hayley’s new hair too!

11. “Night Time TV” Fenech-Soler, ZILLA. Can you imagine how fun these guys must be in concert? Like, woah, buddy!

12. “Just a Feeling” ft. VERITÉ, Phantoms, Phantoms. This song has followed me to various stores after I heard this album, and I’m not even mad though. VERITÉ’s voice is a vision.

13. “Malibu 1992”, COIN, How Will You Know If You Never Try. So retro, so somber, so good.

14. “Disguise”, Day Wave, The Days We Had. Prom dance anyone? Also, I am proud to say I own this on vinyl!

15. “Plea Rel”, Canon Blue, Lasso Yo. If he’s saying what I think he’s saying in this song this dude must have had a rough year. Welcome back, Canon Blue.

 

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Fan Art Fridays: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (Miam)

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This morning I saw an article in my BlinkFeed reporting that a source said Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are planning to get married in Australia this summer.

Jaw. Drop.

OMJ this is major.

I am so freaking happy for them! I really hope they make it down the aisle together, and I look forward to seeing them all cute and lovey-dovey in photos all over the tabloids this summer.

I also can’t wait to see what Miley’s dress will look like!

Enjoy this Miam cartoon fan art by Jorge Luis on Instagram!

This Week in Music: Troye Sivan’s First Ever Single “Happy Little Pill”

It has been a very exciting passed couple of hours for fans of South African/Australian YouTuber Troye Sivan.

His first single, “Happy Little Pill” from his upcoming album TRXYE dropped last night, and it is so freaking good!

The track has a certain element of light R&B. Combined with Troye’s smooth vocals, the song is definitely a crowd pleaser.

“I wrote this song during a bit of a rough time for someone super close to me, and for myself, and it still means as much to me as the day i wrote it, and i’m still as in love with it as the day i wrote it (which is rare for me!!). I couldn’t be prouder to be giving it to you guys today :’),” he wrote in the Tumblr post where he posted the Soundcloud link to the single.

I really love the songs instrumentals, especially the small bit of synth playing throughout the beginning and chorus that gives the song a breezy summer vibe. The song features some amazing imagery, in the hook before the chorus where he sings,

Tight skin, bodyguards
Gucci down the boulevard
Cocaine, dollar bills and…

Just pure brilliance.

This song will have to be our “happy little pill” until the release of TRXYE on Auguust 15th.

My question for Mr. Sivan is: will there be a music video to accompany this masterpiece?

Enjoy the song on Soundcloud.

 

 

 

Exclusive Interview with Chela @ Rough Trade NYC

Photo Credit: Instagram (@bonchelaa)

Photo Credit: Instagram (@bonchelaa)

On Wednesday night, the Australian alt-pop goddess that is Chela performed live with Goldroom at Rough Trade in NYC. Fans of EDM might know Chela for hits such as “Fifteen” and “Romanticise.” Her latest single, “Zero,” released in March, features 80s melodies and soft vocals that are very reminiscent of old school funk.

After her sound check, I sat down with her to discuss her music style, songwriting, and her experiences in NYC.

Me: How would you describe your sound?

Chela: A lot of people have been calling it alt-pop. I think I just call it cool-pop, because it’s not “Top 40s” and not kind of cheesy and I write my own stuff.

Me: Your songs tend to get remixed quite well. Which remixes of “Fifteen”and “Romanticise” are your favorites?

Chela: I’ve got to be honest, I’m not really too familiar with all of the “Fifteen” remixes. I know there’s an Oxford remix that’s gone very well, but for me it’s kind of strange to hear my voice changed like that into the sound of a chipmunk. But yeah, that one’s had a lot of love which is great. Out of the “Romanticise” remixes, I mean, I love them all but one that I constantly DJ is the Le Bruce remix because it’s the one that makes me feel the most like dancing and having a good time. The Collarbones remix is really good for just like I guess when you’re feeling more of a chilled energy. It’s good for winding down, that one.

Me: What is the songwriting process like for you?

Chela: It’s always different. There’s no formula. Sometimes I just come up with a lyric. Like today, for instance, I was weeing (peeing) because I had lots to drink, and I was like, “God the wee just keeps going!” And then I wrote like in my head these lyrics saying, “It just keeps going and it won’t stop, don’t let your guard drop.” And then I was like, I’m gonna have to write it about something else but like, I can use it. I took it back and wrote it down, and then I thought about what else I could write about, obviously, because you don’t want to write about that.

Me: What was the inspiration behind the song “Zero”?

Chela: That’s a bit of a secret, but it’s basically just about when you’re friends with someone, and you want to turn it into a romance, and you kind of work your way towards it and then it doesn’t work out, and they just want to be friends, but you feel like you’ve worked towards it. That’s kind of what it’s about.

Me: Which artist collaboration was your favorite and why?

Chela: I mean, I don’t like to play favorites. I haven’t collaborated a huge amount in terms of what’s been actually released, but I really enjoyed collaborating with Clubfeet on a song called “Heartbreak” because those guys became really good friends of mine, and we’ve had great adventures together on tour and just hanging out in general playing basketball and whatever. So, I really enjoyed doing that

Me: What albums have you been listening to lately?

Chela: I’ve been listening a bit to Ramona Lisa which is Caroline Polachek’s new solo project. I’ve been listening a bit to Mac Demarco, Blood Orange, of course, Cupid Deluxe. I really love the Haim record that came out.

Me: Do you plan on releasing a full length album any time soon?

Chela: Yes I do. I’ve been writing it for a long time and I’ve just been waiting for the right time to make it happen and bring it to fruition, so I’m hoping that’s not too far away.

Me: Tell me about your YouTube video on “How to Dance to the Zero Minimix.” Did you pre-choreograph it, or was it all impromptu?

Chela: It was totally impromptu. I think I played the first weekend of Coachella and I came home for a week just to hang out, and I didn’t really have that much to do so I was sitting at home writing, and I love that minimix so I really enjoy listening to it, which is like, you know, you want to make music that you enjoy listening to. So, I don’t know, I guess I was just quite proud of it. I thought it was quite interesting so just last minute I thought I would add another element to it by giving people a bit of a video. And that took me 15 minutes just to make the whole thing, and it’s crazy how well it was received after being so easy to make.

Me: What do you like to do for fun when you’re in NYC?

Chela: Oh man I love it here so much! I was just walking down Bedford just before, and I stopped by an ice cream place…it was an ice cream truck, like a cream color (Van Leeuwen?), but the last time I was at that ice cream truck was six years ago when I first came to New York and I feel in love, like, in complete love with the city and it brought back so many memories for me of walking down Bedford with my cousin Jess, and we got ice cream there and went shopping at the op shop—you call them thrift shops here. The thing I love the most about New York is that there’s such a huge street culture. I love walking everywhere, because I just moved to LA and something I’m really missing out on is being able to walk or catch the subway or the train anywhere I want. So, that’s kind of why I want to live here at some point but I’m standing in LA.

Me: What do you expect your fans to experience tonight at your concert with Goldroom?

Chela: Firstly, I hope they dance. Secondly, I hope they sing along. But mostly what I love with music is if it provokes deep emotion and I think especially with songs like “Fifteen” which is very nostalgic for a lot of people thinking back to their teenage years. The response we’ve had so far has been super emotional, so I hope that’s the case tonight.

 

Listen to Chela’s music on Spotify, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud.

 

This Week in Music: Strange Talk’s “Young Hearts”

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Yesterday, Australian band Strange Talk released the song “Young Hearts” as part of the pre-order package for their new album Cast Away.

I remember hearing the song “Climbing Walls” in a YouTube commercial and falling in love with the band instantly afterwards. However, as I listened to the entire Strange Talk EP, I soon realized that each song was either a complete hit or a complete miss.

It took me a while to grasp what it is that I like about “Young Hearts.” At first I was very unimpressed. But there’s something about the song’s mixture light synth, electric guitar, and xylophone in the verses and hook that make my young heart do a little dance when I hear it.

The melody of the lyrics is also very childish and fun. It’s one of those melodies that can easily be hummed without realizing it.

The song is about letting go and letting your “young heart” guide you. I’m sure many can relate to the parts about going to school, breaking the rules, and realizing that before you can walk you have to learn to crawl.

The most controversial lyric in the song happens to be my favorite. For the hook they sing:

Grown ups,
What do they know?
Living by the stories on the radio
Bad news,
On the TV,
Headlines a made up reality.

The implications are that adults will never truly understand the “symptoms of the times” because it isn’t their time. Their time has long gone. They’ve lived, they’ve learned, and they just don’t want to see us make the same mistakes that they did. Adults forget that the only way we’ll learn is by making our own mistakes that turn into memories and great stories to tell our grandchildren.

The one thing I absolutely cannot stand about this song is the chorus of “na na”s in place of what should just be an instrumental break. After every chorus I feel the urge choke whoever came up with the idea to add that bit to the song.

Pre-order Cast Away to get “Young Hearts” and five other songs, and check out the band on Spotify!

Fall 2013 Playlist

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Summer is over, guys. As much as you want to hold on to your tank tops and surf boards, autumn is here. It’s time to bring out the rake for all those leaves.

Fall is characterized by rustling leaves and jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows and creepy mansions. Therefore, I present to you a fall playlist of 15 songs that will make you feel haunted.

1. Spotlight, Mutemath: Many of you might remember this song from the first Twilight movie when Bella notices everyone in the school parking lot is staring at her and Edward Cullen as they walk into the building. The melody created by the chorus of ‘ahs’ in this song will send chills up your spine. In a good way.

2. Meet My Friends, Gold Fields: This Aussie band will send you into a frenzy with the sinister guitar rifts featured in this song! The lyrics are very dark as well, as they sing, “I saw faces, I saw the fear.” Look away!

3. Entertainment, Phoenix: French band Phoenix uses some creepy sounding synth melodies for this track in order to entertain you. So, did they succeed?

4. I Belong to You, Muse: This song is also featured in a Twilight movie, New Moon to be exact. How comfortable are you with the notion of belonging to Muse?

5. Bones, MS MR: Pretty Little Liars fans might remember this song from the episode where the girls attend Detective Wilden’s funeral. Will you obey MS MR’s command to “Dig up her bones but leave the soul alone”?

6. Bittersweet World, Ashlee Simpson: Got some skeletons in your closet? Well maybe you should let them out so that they can dance to this song!

7. Not in Love, Crystal Castles ft. Olin and the Moon: The notoriously dark electronic band Crystal Castles teams up with Olin and the Moon for this anti-love track. The synth might actually relax you. Might.

8. One Life Stand, Hot Chip: The ever so clever Hot Chip creates a frightful track using a play on the concept of a “one night stand.” Now, the real question is, do you want to be Hot Chip’s one life stand?

9. Insomniatic, Aly and AJ (78Violet): Aly and AJ recorded and released this song before changing their name to 78Violet. I cannot be held responsible if this song keeps you up at night.

10. Howl, Florence and the Machine: The beautiful yet creepy violins in this song make this one of Florence’s masterpieces. So, be careful young, lovers.

11. Heavy Heart, Canon Blue: The discordant synth intro of this song is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Enjoy!

12. Polish Girl, Neon Indian: I don’t know who she is but Neon Indian is taken by this Polish girl. How quickly can she take you?

13. Shoot the Water, Austra: Between the piano melody and the lyrics, I can’t decide which is creepier. I think the lyrics win, especially when she sings, “I want your blood, I want it in my hair.” Eww.

14. Bloody Mary, Lady Gaga: She won’t cry for you. She just won’t do it. Beware, the deep male ghost-like voices that sing “GAGA” in the bridge are quite alarming. And scary.

15. Are You Afraid?, Rooney: After all of this haunted stuff is said and done, are you afraid? Did I actually give you a scare? Rooney wants to know!


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Have a happy and safe autumn season 2013!