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TUNES... #HASHTAG - September by Kian West

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THEY SAY 3RD TIME’S A CHARM… SO THEY SAY, LET’S SEE HOW WE GO…THIS MONTH SAW US PLAY AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL PARTIES, THE NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY’S AUTONOMY DAY FESTIVAL AND AS SUCH MAY HAVE INFLUENCED A HEAVIER PARTY VIBE TO THE TRACKS WE’VE SELECTED THIS MONTH.  IT’S PROBABLY A GOOD OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW ALSO TO THANK ANYONE WHO DID MAKE IT ALONG TO OUR SET… SUCH A GREAT CROWD, ALWAYS, ALWAYS ONE OF OUR FAVORITES AND THE SUPPORTS FROM BENNY P AND K-ROCK MADE FOR A SOLID START AND FINISH TO THE AFTERNOON. Looking for songs for our set for ‘Autoday’ and writing the top five for last month has seen an added bonus with us throwing some ideas around in the studio again, keep an eye on our Soundcloud for a cheeky edit/remix/re-edit/re-hash etc etc, (the list is endless these days…) of one of the tunes we mentioned in last month’s article. Now… On to business.

 

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LIDO × I LOVE YOU Struggling through some administrative hurdles meant the release of this EP was a little later than expected however the extra wait was well worth it.  The opening sample of this song suggests we’re about to be hit with something deep, dark and sinister only to be quickly bought back to reality with the “I love ya” vocal thrown in with some big synths and shortly followed by some funked up slap bass, kicks, high hats, and clap for days and, …. it just continues to ooze funk as it goes further and further down the rabbit hole. Yes we know this is the second month running we’ve put some Lido in but we just can’t get enough.

Grimes × Go [feat. Blood Diamond] For anyone who is familiar with Grimes you’ll know that the majority of her work up until now has been extremely cruisey. “Go” takes us slightly left of the middle from her earlier work to give us a dubby, bass driven tune that makes you think festival central! Fun fact about this song, it was originally written for Rihanna, not sure about the rest of our readers but we’re extremely happy Rihanna declined and didn’t re-edit it into a trashy love ballad.

Caribou × Can’t do without Long builds, catchy vocal hooks and so much layering even a bricky would feel out of place. Caribou, a.k.a. Dan Snaith has bought us another progressive masterpiece with “Can’t do Without”. The song takes us back to the old school progressive house vibe and does not disappoint at all.

SBTRKT × New Dorp, New York. Where to even begin with this tune… It is so different from anything we’ve heard for some-time.  SBTRKT has always been a smooth operator but the cool, calm and collected vibe on this track is out of this world.  Funk, soul and jazzy goodness describe New Dorp, New York to a T, so much so that it almost feels like sacrilege to listen to it anywhere other than a Jazz Club.  Fair warning though, it’s not for everyone… Took a few listens for some of us to warm up to it.

Elliphant × Revolusion We can’t even say we’ve left the best for last on this one as this month has bought along some absolute gems but what we can say is that this one is right up there with our favorites for the minute. Having recently released an EP and receiving a fair amount of recognition for it we felt it appropriate to throw one of Elliphant’s songs in this month’s list, that, and we can’t get enough of what she has to offer. The whole EP is pretty amazing however, for us “Revolution” is the stand-out by far.  Saw wave synths, eerie vocals and a drop and grind Lindsay Lohan would brush at sees Elliphant’s Revolution fill out our last spot for the month with gold stars all round. That’s us for another month, hope we’ve opened a few ears to some different artists & sounds and we’ll be back soon with some more tunes to listen out for and hopefully another edit for everyone to sink their teeth into. Yours faithfully, S.O. Gloin, Hugo & Mr R. Rd PS. Mr R. Rd is still M.I.A. if you anyone sees him overseas please return to sender.

Hashtag - Top 5 - August 2014 by Kian West

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Top 5 Tracks for August 2014

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Hashtag-boys_greySecond chances don’t come around often in life and it’s not always the best idea to take up the offer however when the guys at The Mirage asked if we’d like to get involved again there was only one answer, yes. So…. First things first, a huge thank-you needs to go out to the guys at The Mirage for having us back, even if they do come to regret it. We would like to think we had some decent input in the last article but it’s probably a much better assumption to say that flattery will get you everywhere, either way we’re back and hopefully to stay. Being a little colder than usual of late, a fair amount of the tracks we have this month are quite mellow to tie in with the cozy nights we’ve had rugged up by the fire.

Coffee – Sylva Esso (Ms Mr Remix) The shivers and feel good vibes that were felt when we first heard the original of this track were sensational but the remix takes it to new levels. The build and layering right from the start of the MSMR remix of Coffee is beautiful, throw in a high end xylophone sound for good measure every now and then, a few melodic break downs and MSMR have brought it all together perfectly. A great way to start any day and if you get a moment check out the original’s film clip, fun times all round. Walk this Way – Lido Refix Wow, just wow! This tune is so simple yet very effective. Stripped down of almost everything but drums and vocals at points and a vocal hook that says it all “all my life I’ve stuck to the rhythm” this tune has rhythm and bass for days. The absolute final selling point for the tune is the last two minutes, the break down and subsequent drop could not work any better. All that she wants – Plastic Plates Remix All that she wants… All that we want is more Remixes from Plastic Plates! Renowned for his Nu-disco fueled re-licks of some great tracks, the efforts done on Ace of Base’s classic “All that She wants” are another well-earned notch on an already overflowing belt of remixes. No more description required, definitely give this one a listen or ten =) Strange Enough – Verite With an extremely cruisey start and some mesmerizing vocals reminiscent of Katy B and Imogen Heap, Strange Enough captured our attention on a number of levels right from the start. Some great synths and harmonic vocals get you straight into the song and it’s hard to get away once Verite captures you with that voice. While it starts out mellow Strange enough builds into an orchestral masterpiece that would sit well at any high-flying moment front and center at a festival and definitely has us waiting in eager anticipation to see what she releases next. Yes, this is her first release =) No More - Shlohmo & Jeremih If there is to be a 2014 retake of Romeo and Juliet, No More would fit perfectly into its soundtrack. It may sound weird to say but there is an extreme amount of conflict and contrast throughout the entire song. Opening with a grinding industrial sound it quickly evolves into a mish mash of synths, hi hats, low end goodness and layered with some heart felt vocals, on paper it sounds like there is now way in hell that could sound any good yet, somehow it not only works but brings the goose-bumps on in full force. Definitely saved the best for last with this one! And that concludes take two of our top 5 tracks for the month. Yours truly, Mr S.O. Gloin and the Hashtag lads

TUNES - #[HASHTAG] by Kian West

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WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH THE RANTS AND RAVINGS ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT TRIPLE J AND THEIR ‘BIAS’ SOUND, THERE IS NO DENYING THAT 2013 SAW THE RELEASE OF SOME AMAZING MUSIC AND LINED 2014 UP NICELY TO PROVIDE US WITH SOME VERY DIFFERENT SOUNDS AND CULTURAL SHIFTS IN MUSIC AS A WHOLE.WITH THREE OF US IN THE GROUP THERE’S A WIDE AND VARIED TASTE IN MUSIC, SO WHEN THE MIRAGE ASKED US IF WE’D PROVIDE THEM WITH OUR TOP FIVE TUNES OF THE MOMENT WE FIGURED WHAT A WAY TO SHOW SOME OF THE DIFFERENT SOUNDS CURRENTLY OUT THERE AND THE ONES WE’RE REALLY DIGGING AND HOPING TO SEE MORE OF IN THE COMING YEAR.

1621665_10152046243674613_1813216614_nYAHTZEL × JUNGLE FEELS It’s probably best to start with some home grown, and what better way than with this man. Hailing from Ulludulla a purchase of an 8-track recorder for home production soon progressed to experimentation with synths and classic drums sounds and eventually the production of this summer masterpiece. “This has 100% perfect vibe.  The vocals are diced supremely and the track just takes its sweet time, nodding away like it’s on holiday” Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J) We could not have described it better ourselves and even if you’re not liking the “Chillwave” revolution, credit where’s credit’s due. This tune and producer are something everyone should sink their teeth into and keep an eye on in 2014. 1556320_10152046242599613_804633547_oANDROMA × GUNJULE “Deep House”, the current tag of the moment, whatever your thoughts on it, this tune is the actual definition of it. “Deep house is know for complex melody, use of unrelated chromatic chords underlying most sequences, and a soulful, ambient, or lounge vibe to the vocals.” - Wikipedia. While we all love this track, Pauly, in his travels of Europe was the one to discover it. Unfortunately because of that any further information would have needed Google translate, a futile task at the best of times. Give it a listen, pure deep house gold. 1622089_10152046242579613_1479452709_nMANSIONAIR × HOLD ME DOWN Catering to our love of Sunday afternoons and extremely chilled out vibes, Mansionair’s “Hold Me Down” ticks all the boxes. The Sydney duo have created something magical with soulful vocals, amazing guitar and eventually an exceptional low end electronic break down that brings Sunday to us on a daily basis. With Lachlan and Alex’s influences listed as people such as: Cashmere Cat, Flume, and Gold Panda, it’s easy to see how these boys have created such an intense emotional soundscape that works so well. Very much looking forward to what these two have to bring us next. 1794642_10152046243439613_1292136543_nKID KAMILLION × LOCO The Diplonimo effect has bought on some exceptional ghetto, booty shaking, twerk music of late and one of our favorites by far is this one. “Don’t you know I’m Loco,” followed by the signature low, low kick and brass jabs, this one has done it so right for an absolutely insane pop, drop and lock session. Recognised by A-Trak for his remix of “Heads Will Roll” which was played by Diplo on BBC Radio 1 puts this guy in our to watch list for the foreseeable future. 1962603_10152046243109613_132183480_nTHOMAS JACK × SYMPHONY (ORIGINAL MIX) Trekking up to Bathurst in March last year for Village Fair, after playing a cheeky song or two, one thing led to another and we found ourselves at the inevitable post work knock off drinks where we randomly got to sit down with Mr Thomas Jack and listen over some of the tunes he’d been working on.  At the time the man hadn’t released anything as he felt they all needed just that little bit more work. Well, some of the final products were released, shortly after phone calls were made and tickets to the US were booked for a quick tour. Symphony is one such final product, its description as tropical house is right on the money.  There’s no way of explaining it, just give it a listen and you’ll understand why this guy was snapped up so quickly to head overseas. Recently back from his little excursion we expect to see even bigger things from this guy in 2014. The #[Hashtag] Lads