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My Secret Playlist: Golden Features write about his favourite songs right now

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 3 November 2014

Presented by Coopers

Having created a massive buzz on Soundcloud, and now more recently on Australian radio, Golden Features create dark, electronica music paired with incendiary visuals and a mysterious frontman. Sydney’s ‘masked producer’ has announced a headlining tour in late 2014, traversing three countries. This year, with nearly half a million listens on SoundCloud, Golden Features was nominated as Best Breakthrough Producer at the InTheMix Awards. We got the inside word on what inspires the Golden Features sound in his Secret Playlist below.

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#InMyElement with experimental pop duo Sonnymoon

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Friday 24 October 2014

Sonnymoon is the collaborative venture of musicians Dane Orr and Anna Wise. Their creative journey into experimental pop music began in 2009 when frontwoman Wise and producer Orr began making music together after meeting at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Their collective aesthetic is eclectic, a tad hipster, but above all, totally unique.

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It’s eerily beautiful how this woman can sing two notes at once

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 7 October 2014

In the video below, German vocalist Anne-Maria Hefele demonstrates a technique called ‘Overtone singing’, wherein she simultaneously sings multiple notes at once. Having practiced this technique for more than 10 years now, Hefele manages to sing a low note and a high-pitched scale at the same time, even moving the notes in opposite directions.

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Pharrell’s new video is an anime produced by Takashi Murakami: it’s amazing, of course

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 1 October 2014

You’ve got to give it to Pharrell Williams. Not content with releasing the biggest hit of 2013 and most viral music video of 2014 (444 million views and counting), and supplying the vocals and melody to the next best song of 2014, he’s now teamed up with legendary artist, Takashi Murakami, for his latest music video, It Girl.

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Oh boy! The literal version of A-Ha’s Take On Me video is way better than the original

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 24 September 2014

The whole literal video movement was doing the rounds a while back, and this clever hack on Take On Me has been well viewed already, but we’ve just found it and, damn, if it isn’t the best thing we’ve seen in a while! The original video from 1986 was an MTV staple, perhaps the most popular and memorable video of that era.

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Watching this guy perform the song 99 Red Balloons using JUST red balloons has blown our minds

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 11 September 2014

At Lost At E Minor, we’re old enough to be fans of the original hit by German band Nena. Well, at least some of us are (no names, no packdrills). But this version of the 1983 anti-nuclear protest song is even catchier. [Watch the awesome video here]

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This piece by David LaChapelle is everything you’d want in a (glam) music video

Christopher Stribley Reader Find

By Christopher Stribley in New Music on Monday 25 August 2014

David LaChapelle has created a candy floss dream for fashion icon Daphne Guinness’ new music video, along with legendary producer Tony Visconti. It’s Ziggy Stardust meets Velvet Goldmine on an overdose of Wild Berry Skittles. In other words, it’s everything you’d want in a (glam) music video.

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Breaking: Aphex Twin has announced he’s releasing a new album (is this audio the first leak from it?)

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By Christopher Stribley in New Music on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Today, August 18th, 2014, is Richard D James’ 43rd birthday, but it is his fans who are given this exciting gift – the prospect of a new album from Aphex Twin, Syro! The album, which is apparently due to arrive on September 16th, will be his first since 2001’s Drukqs. And in typical Aphex Twin form, he has done it all through various cryptic means, that he is releasing a NEW album.

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This is perhaps the strangest music video ever: little wonder we love it so much!

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Thursday 14 August 2014

‘It is about a girl, a bad one, who’s too sexy for human beings’ says Juan de Guillebon, the French music producer otherwise known as DyE. He’s talking about the video for his latest track She’s Bad, a blend of animation, film and digital collaging.

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Album review: Closing Forever Sky by Firekites

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 9 August 2014

For many others, and myself six years is a long time to wait for a follow up release; but sometimes life just gets in the way. This is the considered answer from Timothy McPhee (front man, guitar wizard and in house producer) over his mug of hot water, lemon and ginger as we take refuge […]

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Have your own front row seats at more than 13,000 concerts

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Music on Monday 21 July 2014

Music Vault has spent the past two years remastering more than 13,000 concert videos, and if that’s still not amazing enough, they’ve decided they want to share them with you on YouTube. Yes, you get to spend sleepless nights watching some serious footage that spans the last five decades, with fantastic performances by a wide […]

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Vinyl’s not dead, it never was: here’s the book to prove it

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Monday 21 July 2014

In recent years the iconic vinyl has been supplanted by compact discs and it’s successors. That is to say, it was supplanted in the minds of the manufacturers at least. In actual fact however, a persistent appreciation for vinyl discs as the primary musical object has endured and flourished decades after it was declared ‘obselete’. […]

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Iconic album covers put in their place using google street view

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

As the latest instalment in their ever-expanding repertoire of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian have created a series of images showing the precise locations where some of the most iconic album covers in history were captured. The legions of music fans can now visit these places from the comfort of their bedroom, which will hopefully cut down on crowds for the unfortunate residents.

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Smashing Pumpkins songs, improved with cats

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and tea shop owner Billy Corgan was recently the cover star of no-kill humane organization PAWS Chicago’s magazine, along with — yep, you guessed it — Siamese cats. Which then sparked off a friendly competition among fans of music website Stereogum to see who could come up with the best cat-themed Smashing […]

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She’s all heart! Dolly Parton promises to adopt abandoned dog at Glastonbury Festival 2014

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Dolly Parton, 68-year old American pop legend, has revealed that she’s an even greater women than we previously though. Having recently headlined Glastonbury Festival 2014 alongside the no-longer-so-hardore Metallica, Ms Parton has confirmed that she will gladly adopt a dog found among the tents following the departure of thousands of revellers.

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