One For The Cities with Illy
On Illy’s latest single One For The City, the Australian emcee waxes lyrical and tips his flat brim snapback to the big smoke while Rudimental vocalist Thomas Jules hits you with an absolute earworm of a hook. We’re guessing the inspiration behind the track was provided by Illy’s hometown and the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne. When it came time to shoot a video for the track however, Illy took things up a notch, traveled to the birthplace of hip hop and literally flipped NYC on its head for this slice of Cinematic (SWWDT) magic.   It ain’t a Friday on Cool Accidents without a playlist, so we hit up Illy Al and asked him to sort us out with some tunes. Not only did he come through, he went to the trouble of putting together a special ‘One For The Cities’ themed selection of other raps and tracks that take their cues from heavily populated areas the world over. Featuring tracks from Jay Z, N.W.A, M83, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, 2Pac, The Hoods and even a little Bon Iver, The Amity Affliction & Lynyrd Skynyrd! You can stream it below and if you haven’t already checked for Illy’s hit filled Cinematic you can do so now where all good records are sold | streamed.
One We Missed - Keaton Henson
We’re not sure if this is more of a Tuesday afternoon album or a Friday morning joint, but if you are full of turmoil or in a contemplative zone the new record by Keaton Henson might calm your spirit and soothe your soul. Henson usually writes quite good songs with a bit of a Bon Iver type vocal style and titles like Josh T Pearson (check out Sweetheart What Have You Done For Us) but for this album he’s taken those writing techniques to produce pseudo-classical tone poems that, artfully mixed with ambient noise, are rather lovely miniatures like this one Elevator Song -  It comes out as very artful music that might sound OK in a very tasteful lift. And the guest cello of Ren Ford makes them very rich in texture. Henson looks like a serious dude and it may well be that he is. This music is certainly a bit more serious than most of the rest of things that are around and about. Maybe that’s why people don’t play his music much and why we didn’t notice it had come out this year. It sort of falls between … But it isn’t daunting or challenging, just raw and beautiful and we’re glad we didn’t miss out on it totally and caught up – even if we were a bit late. -TH Keaton’s Romantic Works is out now where all good records are sold | streamed
Hopium - The Dreamixes
If we were dishing out an award for our favourite Australian tune of 2014 so far, Dreamers by mysterious Melbourne electronic duo Hopium featuring the mega talented/babe-n Phoebe Lou of Snakadaktal fame would be the track written down inside our envelope and engraved onto some kind of pointy thing. If you’re yet to account for one (or in our case 857) of the 437,583 plays across their Soundcloud channel or the MESMERISING official video below… (Sorry, what’s that Hopium? You want us to watch a 5 minute and 23 second video of Phoebe looking all kinds of cute and hittin’ us with dem dreamy bedroom eyes? Well… OK, Only if we HAVE to) we strongly recommend that you do so NOW.    Nowwww personally we don’t think you can improve on perfection BUT being that everyone is a producer these days Hopium decided to make the stems to Dreamers available via their Soundcloud a little while back and now a bunch of reworks have popped up from all corners of the world. Now they’ve had a good chance to listen to peoples interpretations, we caught up with the guys and asked them to hit us with their 5 faves - 1. TORIKU REMIX Love the arpeggiators on this one. It’s keeping the pace of the original but with way more sparkles. I can also tell that musically he knows what’s going on. Synth at 1:22 is boss. 2. LANKS EDIT We have a no guitar rule so it was cool to hear the song with them. Getting so many Postal Service flashbacks, awesome. Massive guitargasm at the end. 3. PANTHA REMIX Wooooo. 2-step summer times. Pinging layers of synths, verbs. His Soundcloud says he’s from London so they must’ve been in the middle of a heatwave or something. 4. MOGUSA REMIX Usually don’t like anything drum and bassy but this wins me over at 2:08. And at 2:47 when the cheering sample and techno build up comes in I’m not even mad. 5. FH REMIX Can just imagine this guy with his HP laptop on the couch: “bah, why go to all that effort when i can just get the song, speed it up, Google image some space pictures and call it a remix…. muhahahahahahaaaaa” You can hook yourself up with a copy of the original Dreamers HERE and stay tuned to Cool Accidents for more on Hopium as the mystery unfolds or at the very least they treat us to new tunes.
Pool Jams
Whether you’re prepping for warmer weather in the southern hemisphere or clinging onto the last rays of sunshine up north, it’s that rare time of year that no matter where you are in the world* you could end up finding yourself poolside. So slip, slop, slap, fix yourself a cocktail with an umbrella in it and take a dip into our perfect pool jams playlist that features over an hour of heat from people like The Knocks, Clean Bandit, GROUPLOVE, Jungle, Sable, RÜFÜS, Foreign/National, La Roux, ODESZA, Blonde & a bunch more. *OK so if you’re in the South Pole you might have to cheat the system by running a hot bath and closing your eyes. Bonus visuals - Watch the brand new Sims inspired video for Classic by The Knocks
Royal Blood Cover Lana Del Ray
UK rockers Royal Blood roughed up Lana Del Ray’s West Coast live on German radio recently with their double stubble and heavy drum & distorted bass stylings.Check it out below and if you haven’t already made yourself familiar with their self-titled debut album… Shame on you.
Wunder Wunder x Wax Volcanic
You can catch all the fun and positive energy of the Wunder Wunder live experience as they’re back down (w)under for two shows - Sydney Sept 17 - As part of Sosueme at Beach Rd Hotel in Bondi Doors at 8pm and it’s FREE entry so you’d be silly not to. Melbourne Sept 24 - at Shebeen GET TIX Wunder Wunder’s sunshine drenched debut full length Everything Infinite is available now where all good records are sold | streamed For Cool Accidents
Lacking Confidence?
Let Yeezus show you the way thanks to The Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator. Featuring classic Kanye quotes such as - "When I think of competition it’s like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso. You know, the pyramids.” "I am Warhol! I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney, Nike, Google." "Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermès factory." You’ll be wearing a t-shirt of yourself wearing a t-shirt of yourself wearing a t-shirt of yourself in no time! GET KANYE-FIDENCE NOW!
Advantage Murphy
Leave it up to James Murphy to come through with something as rad/ridiculous as this… The former LCD Soundsystem frontman teamed up with IBM and using an algorithm, turned real-time data from the US open into 189 tracks (clocking in at a whopping 400 hours) of bleeps and beats that would provide the perfect soundtrack to an 8 or 16 bit video game. The songs were crafted using an array of synthesizers and capture all the smashes, aces, volleys, foot faults and rallies of the tournament not to mention all the highs, lows and drama of the prestigious event. You can stream the complete game set match of tunes via IBM’s Soundcloud player below and some of Murphy’s faves even come with a more detailed description of how the match played out. Match #04 When a young player beats a top-seeded player, like in this match from August 25th, it’s bound to make some noise. And in this case, that noise is glorious: a series of simple, almost sweet opening notes that slowly transform into unexpectedly intense, mature sounds. Beats bubble up from out of nowhere, swiftly take over and set the track in an uncompromising new direction. Hear how James portrays the swagger of the younger player and the relentless drama of the match in the deep, pulsing beats. Match #104 When this match began, it could have been either player’s game. And like the match that inspired it, this track opens with beats that are balanced–intense but equal, just like the players–with no instrument clearly taking the lead. The music pulses steadily until the last half of the track, when the instruments start to break form as one player falls behind, and the other takes the lead. The track ends with a soft, high-pitched whistle that ushers the defeated player off the court. ICYMI - LCD Soundsystem might be gone but they’re definitely not forgotten and if you missed out on their (The) Long Goodbye recorded live at Madison Square Garden release earlier this year we highly recommend reliving the magic.
Inspired By Sylvia Plath
A little while ago we wrote about legendary Avant garde-ists from the UK This Heat! Who later went on to form an intriguing side project called Flaming Tunes. Which is less challenging than This Heat and worth a listen. Their track Generous Moon declares its affiliation to Sylvia Plath & specifically her poem The Thin People, which is a great excuse to revisit that. They are always with us, the thin peopleMeagre of dimension as the gray people On a movie-screen.  TheyAre unreal, we say: It was only in a movie, it was onlyIn a war making evil headlines when we Were small that they famished andGrew so lean and would not round Out their stalky limbs again though peacePlumped the bellies of the mice Under the meanest table.It was during the long hunger-battle They found their talent to persevereIn thinness, to come, later, Into our bad dreams, their menaceNot guns, not abuses, But a thin silence.Wrapped in flea-ridded donkey skins, Empty of complaint, foreverDrinking vinegar from tin cups: they wore The insufferable nimbus of the lot-drawnScapegoat.  But so thin, So weedy a race could not remain in dreams,Could not remain outlandish victims In the contracted country of the headAny more than the old woman in her mud hut could Keep from cutting fat meatOut of the side of the generous moon when it Set foot nightly in her yardUntil her knife had pared The moon to a rind of little light.Now the thin people do not obliterate Themselves as the dawnGrayness blues, reddens, and the outline Of the world comes clear and fills with color.They persist in the sunlit room: the wallpaper Frieze of cabbage-roses and cornflowers palesUnder their thin-lipped smiles, Their withering kingship.How they prop each other up! We own no wilderness rich and deep enoughFor stronghold against their stiff Battalions.  See, how the tree boles flattenAnd lose their good browns If the thin people simply stand in the forest,Making the world go thin as a wasp’s nest And grayer; not even moving their bones. And reflect that she was a worthy inspiration. -TH [NB. Sylvia Plath also inspired many other singers from Patti Smith & Ralph McTell to Tracey Thorn including Ryan Adams who wrote a song called Sylvia Plath (surprisingly and with less subtlety than Flaming Tunes) about her .. that and 13 other poetically inspired songs can be found on this enticing link]
Choice Cuts
Feature track
No Sleep 'Til Wednesday
Feature video
Craft with Kit (Ep 1) starring GROUPLOVE