SZA’s new album ‘CTRL’ is Fuego 🔥

A couple weeks ago SZA released her second studio album after she disappeared for 3 years and goddamn, it’s something to be reckoned with. The album ‘CTRL’ is 14 track alternative RnB delight with a handful of features from Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Isaiah Rashad and James Fauntleory which top off the record amazingly. The album is a great spacey yet conscious feel, with weekend vibes so make sure you go check it out!

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Big Success Follows Funeral

It’s been really interesting to examine the career trajectory of the Arcade Fire over the last thirteen years. Their first album, ‘Funeral’, was recorded on a tiny budget and spawned thousands of imitators. They’ve since become this larger-than-life behemoth, the indie rock U2, a band that headlines festivals and wins Grammys and works with artists like Daft Punk or David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. They’ve come a long way, but even from the beginning they sounded like they wanted to be the biggest arena rock band in the world.

Recently they released the the title track to their upcoming fifth record, ‘Everything Now’ and it sounds like the culmination of all these years of trying to BE the biggest rock band in the world.

This track was co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and it basically has everything- a massive sing-along chorus, a pan flute sample, a keyboard hook that’s totally been ripped off ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. The lyrics are all about the perplexing nature of modern life which I always appreciate. AND it’s a total earworm, I’ve been humming it all week. This is the 70s disco rock revival you’ve been waiting for.

The Dixie Chicks

Doing a review this week on The Dixie Chicks. An American country music band who have also dabbled in many genres like pop and alternative country. The band consists of two sisters, Marty and Emily with Natalie who is their lead singer and completes the band. Although they had done some local touring in the USA, it wasn’t until 1998 that they achieved commercial success with two hit songs, Wide Open Spaces and There’s Your Trouble. Through out their career they have so far won 13 Grammy awards with more to come! Our favorite tune of theirs is Not Ready To Make Nice. Check it out one day below.

Metallica Album Hard Wired to Self-Destruct

Hard Wired to Self-Destruct” is the first album in 8 years following “Death Magnetic” (2008), it is the longest gap in between the studio albums in the bands history. It is the tenth studio album from American metal band Metallica released as a double album on November 18 2016 by vanity label Blackened Records.

The Album is heavier than their more commercial successful albums firmly in the heavy/thrash metal category as compared to some of their ambiguous earlier releases i.e. Load, S and M, and justice for all.

Lars Ulrich said “The album feels like a continuation of Death Magnetic.”

“The way we do things now is very different than the way we did things back in the days of Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning. Nowadays we like to do so many different things.”

The album received an average score of 74/100 from 28 reviews on Metacritic, the album is a refreshing change of paced to Legacy Metallica while still taking a step into new territory and expanding their heavier roots.

 

Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

In terms of Pop Culture, 1997 was a pretty average year. ‘MMM bop’ was at the top of the charts in 27 countries. Bill Clinton was the president of the United States. The first Harry Potter book was released to absolutely no fanfare. Ellen DeGeneres came out on the Oprah Winfrey Show to an audience of 42 million people. And Radiohead, those guys who made that annoying song ‘Creep’, released their magnum opus, ‘OK Computer’, an ode to anxiety and the fear of the times we lived in, and continue to live in. It’s still their most influential and beloved album- in 2015 it was added to the National Recording Registry to be preserved in the Library of Congress.

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This year, ‘OK Computer’ is 20 years old and to celebrate the album is being re-released as ‘OKNOTOK’ in three formats- CD, vinyl and super mega deluxe special edition (including a C90 cassette tape, hardcover book packed with unreleased artwork/not es/lyrics etc.) In addition to the album, which has been completely remastered, all form ats will include eight b-sides and three unreleased tracks, all of which have been teased by the band in various live incarnations since 1997.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to this incredible album yet, now is the best time to pick it up and discover what you’ve been missing out on. It’ll change your life.

Jaden Smith the new Batman?

Jaden Smith has come out of nowhere with a new track and a video to follow and if you loved the white batman costume he wore to Kanye and Kims wedding you’re in luck. The video released a couple weeks ago shows Jaden parading around in the batman suit only to end up fighting Superman and another Batman in the streets.

The song is not Jaden’s typical jazz flavoured rap style though, it’s a fresh new direction with a real turn up vibe layered through it. The beat is bass heavy and the hook is catchy as ever, once again Jaden Smith is killing the game.Jaden Batman

Hell Yeah, its Hell Yeah!

Today, industrial veterans KMFDM release their latest EP, “Yeah” to the world.
The album cover, in KMFDM tradition is designed by commercial artist Aidan “Brute!” Hughes – its great to see a band demonstrate such loyalty.

We have been listening to the title track for some weeks, now and are pleased to report that it has the traditional KMFDM punch and brutality. We love the video which also features Aidan’s artwork.

 

Make Them Suffer (by having to wait in anticipation for a new album)

Local metal legends Make Them Suffer have released Fireworks, the first single off of their upcoming third album Worlds Apart. And if a new song by MTS wasn’t enough, they also released a music video for the tune, which shows off the new additions to the bands line-up.

Worlds Apart will be released on the 28th of July, but hopefully we’ll get to hear a couple more singles before then!

 

Drive for Success

Song review for the week, Drive, By Melbourne born Gretta Ray. A creative individual who is as comfortable in front of a camera as she is in front of a guitar. Brought out in 2016 Drive is a beautifully constructed indie-pop with a slight sound of a country mix. This song has shown the world she is here, establishing her as one of the most exciting new artists. We think we should watch this space, this lovely lady is coming on through!

LCD Soundsystem are the American Dream

One of my greatest (music-related) regrets in life is that I never got to see LCD Soundsystem live; they played at the Big Day Out back in 2008 but back then my only priority was being front row for Arcade Fire’s set and as a result I missed them. I don’t think their stuff would have really appealed to me as much back then- their music is so focused on the anxieties that come with getting older and feeling irrelevant/out of touch with the world, and when I was 19 none of those things really crossed my mind.

 The band broke up in 2012 after releasing their third album This is Happening and playing a massive run of shows at Madison Square Garden, as permanently immortalised in the concert film Shut up and Play the Hits (still one of the coolest documentaries I’ve ever seen.) Back then there was a sense that the band were breaking up prematurely; the band were more popular than they’d ever been. But lead singer James Murphy was in his 40s at this point and claimed he was worried about the toll touring would take on his health; he also wanted to pursue other projects. So he dismantled the band. I started listening to them a couple of years later and cursed my younger self for having no taste in music, and that was that, the band were over and we’d never be blessed with any new LCD music ever again.

Well, they proved us all wrong. We live in an age where bands break up and get back together over and over again- some for the money, some for the love of it all. In December 2015 Murphy quietly released ‘Christmas Will Break Your Heart’ on the band’s Youtube page, and then mere weeks later announced they would be reuniting to headline the 2016 Coachella festival. After touring extensively throughout 2016 (including cancelling a run of dates here in Australia to work on their new album) the first two singles from their still-untitled fourth studio album were released in May of this year- ‘American Dream’ and ‘Call the Police’.

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‘American Dream’ is slow-paced, full of 80s synths and the band’s signature drum sound- it’s the kind of song you could picture people slow-dancing to at a twenty-year school reunion, overwhelmed by their failures. ‘Call the Police’ is a lot more upbeat and the sound is definitely a throwback to other classic LCD tracks like ‘Someone Great’ and ‘All My Friends’. If these tracks are any indication of what the rest of the album is going to be like, it’s going to be absolutely brilliant.

LCD Soundsystem will be in Australia later this year for Splendour in the Grass, and while they’ve announced a few sideshows on the East Coast, rather predictably there’s nothing lined up for Perth. Which means I might have to wait a bit longer before I get to see them, but at least now there’s hope that it’ll happen someday.