Thursday, July 24, 2014


US songstress Hilary Duff is back with brand new music, with Sony Music Australia today confirming both her signing to RCA Records and the forthcoming release of her new album 'Chasing The Sun'.
To be released next week, 'Chasing The Sun' was co-written by Colbie Caillat, Toby Gad and Jason Reeves and provides the first glimpse into the singer's new musical direction, which will result in the release of the singer's fifth studio album later in the year (her first in seven years).
"‘Chasing The Sun’ is just a peek into my new album," Hilary said in a statement. "I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here.
"I took a break from music for quite a while, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. ‘Chasing The Sun’ is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."
Though further details about the album will be revealed in the lead-up to its release in the Aussie Spring, 'Chasing The Sun' will impact digital retail in Australia on Tuesday.


She's already experienced a taste of success here in Australia with her breakout hit 'Hideaway', but now Canadian songstress Kiesza has announced she's coming our way for a promotional visit in September.
Based in London these days (she hit the top spot on the UK charts with 'Hideaway'), the singer has revealed today that she's set to play a very special one-off show in Sydney as part of her whirlwind visit
With special guest GRMM providing support, fans can catch Kiesza on stage at the Metro Theatre on Tuesday September 02.
Frontier pre-sale kicks off at midday AEST on Tuesday July 29, with general public tickets live from midday on Thursday July 31.

September 02 : Sydney (Metro Theatre)


Jessica Mauboy is set to step back onto the world stage in a couple of weeks time, as she performs at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony in early August.
But in news revealed today, Jess will be performing 'I Believe (Anything Is Possible)', a re-worked version of the track 'I Believe', which features on her album 'Beautiful'.
"I wanted to create a unique musical moment that would celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony and invite the world to Australia in 2018," Jess explains. "With my Australian co-writer Adam Reily, we re-worked the lyrics of one of my favourite tracks from my album 'Beautiful', to truly reflect the spirit of the Commonwealth Games."
The track reportedly acts as a "musical invitation to the world to attend the Gold Coast in 2018".
Delivered to media this morning, 'I Believe (Anything Is Possible)' will be released digitally on Friday August 01.


'The Voice' winner Anja Nissen will release her self-titled debut album next week.
The 18 year old starlet from New South Wales won the competition on Monday night, but the celebrations were short, with the singer reportedly whisked into the studio with Will.I.Am that very night to work on what presumably will be her debut single.
'Anja Nissen', however, is the singer's "journey" album; a collection of studio recordings of her performances from the show itself, including her audition song, Mariah Carey's 'Vanishing'.
Universal Music's local president, George Ash, welcomed Anja to the family in a statement.
"What a brilliant show this year for all the participants, but I would especially like to congratulate Anja on her incredible success, she was outstanding throughout the series. At the completion of the top eight tour, Anja will head to LA to commence work on original recordings and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase her to the world."
She'll no doubt be performing Mariah's 'Vanishing', alongside many other of her performance choices, as part of 'The Voice' live tour, which kicks off on Sunday at Perth Arena.
'Anja Nissen' is released on Friday August 01.

01. Vanishing
02. When Love Takes Over
03. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
04. I'll Be There
05. Irreplaceable
06. Wild
07. I Have Nothing
08. I Won't Give Up
09. Stop And Stare
10. Rather Be
11. Free Falling



August 01
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
The Beatles – The Japan Box
Beck – Song Reader
Anthony Callea – Ladies & Gentlemen : The Songs Of George Michael (CD/DVD)
Anthony Callea – Ladies & Gentlemen : The Songs Of George Michael (DVD)
Eric Clapton – The Breeze
Diana Damrau – Forever
Deep Purple – Hard Road : The Mark One Years 1968-1969
The Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts
Buddy Goode – The #1s And #2s
G.R.L. – G.R.L. EP
The Interrupters – The Interrupters
Low Fly Incline – Other Desert City
Laura Mvula – Laura Mvula & The Dutch Metropole Orchestra
Anja Nissen – Anja Nissen
One Day – Mainline
OST – Guardians Of The Galaxy
OST – Hercules
OST – Think Like A Man Too
George Perris – Picture This
Pretty Lights – A Color Map Of The Sun
James Reyne – The Anthology
Satellites – 02
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone (Deluxe Edition)
Twenty One Pliots – Quiet Is Viølent EP
Various – Best Of 2 Tone
Yujen – No Aware

Mary J Blige – A Night To Remember
Chardy ftg. Fuzzy Hair – Swang
Keyshia Cole – Believer
The Easybeats – She’s So Fine
Tyler Farr – A Guy Walks Into A Bar
Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
Christina Grimmie – Must Be Love
Hot Mouth – Flicker
Humans As Animals – Eukaria EP
Kasabian – Bumblebee
Paul Kelly – The Merri Soul Singles Vol.1
Nick Monaco – 5 Feet
The Presets – No Fun (remixes)
R5 – Heart Made Up On You
Owen Rabbit – Police Car
Redcoats – Trouble In You
Sigma – Nobody To Love (remixes)
Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
Megan Washington – My Heart Is A Wheel
Wild Beasts – Mecca (remixes)
Your Friend – Jekyll/Hyde

August 08
#1 Dads – About Face
Steve Aoki – Neon Future I
Bear Hands – Distractions
Belphegor – Conjuring The Dead
Beyond ftg. Tina Turner – Love Within
Blue Pills – Blue Pills
Adam Brand – My Side Of The Street
Richard Clapton – Best Years 1974-2014 : The 40th Anniversary Collection
Alex Clare – Three Hearts
Coldrain – The Revelation
Nat King Cole – Afraid Of The Dark (DVD)
Michael Crawford – A Career Collection
Darkest Hour – Darkest Hour
FKA Twigs – LP1
The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
Andy Grammer – Magazines Or Novels
Heartist – Feeding Fiction
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
The Kite String Tangle – Vessel EP
Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss
OST – Boyhood
George Perris – Picture This
Elvis Presley – That’s The Way It Is
Elvis Presley – That’s The Way It Is (Box Set)
Andre Rieu – Live In Amsterdam (DVD)
Porter Robinson – Worlds
Rüfüs – Atlas (Light/Dark Deluxe Edition)
Skid Row – Rise Of The Damnation Army
Various – Beaut Ute Anthems 2014
Various – Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
Various – Wild Reunion Vol.3

Ryan Adams – My Wrecking Ball
Banks – Beggin’ For Thread
Wes Carr – Anthem
Counting Crows – God Of Ocean Tides
John Dahlbeck ftg. Rebecca & Fiona – Honors
Foxes – Glorious EP
Gorgon City ftg. Zak Abel – Unmissable
Ben Khan – 1992 EP
Spencer Lee – Still I Fly
Pixie Lott – Pixie Lott
Chris Malinchak ftg. Mikky Ekko – Stranger
Brad Paisley – Perfect Storm
George Perris – I Will Wait For You
Prinnie – One Night EP
The Saturdays – Finest Selection : The Greatest Hits
The Saturdays – What Are You Waiting For?
Timmy Trumpet ftg. Savage – Freaks
Jessie Ware – Tough Love

August 15
Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
Hollie Cook – Twice
Die! Die! Die! – Swim
Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography
Firekites – Closing Forever Sky
JJ – V
Kimbra – The Golden Echo
Kimbra – The Golden Echo (Deluxe Edition)
King 810 – Memoirs Of A Murderer
Livingstone Daisies – Waiting On The Last Minute
Lucianblomkamp – Post-Nature
The Magic Numbers – Alias
Mirusia – Live In Holland : Beautiful That Way
George Perris – Live In New York (DVD)
Shihad – Fvey
Souls Of Mischief – There Is Only Now
Twin Atlantic – Great Divide
Upon A Burning Body – The World Is My Enemy Now
Various – Good Time : Celebrating 50 Years Of Albert Productions
Velociraptor – Velociraptor
James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society

Tina Arena – Still Running (remixes)
Kasey Chambers – Wheelbarrow
Will Clarke – Drop It EP
Joel Fletcher ftg. Reece Low – Back 2 Front
Haim ftg. ASAP Ferg – My Song 5
Indiana – Heart On Fire
K-os – Wild4TheNight
Le Youth – Feel Your Love
Mammals – Animalia EP
Doc Neeson – Walking In The Rain
Redlight ftg. Lolo – Cure Me
Union J – Tonight (We Live Forever)

August 22
Aviator – Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt
Basement Jaxx – Junto
Brave – Brave EP
Briggs – ShepLife
Broods – Evergreen
The Bug – Angels & Devils
Johnny Cash – Look Again To The Wind
Celebration – Albumin
Dry The River – Alarms In The Heart
Ace Frehley – Space Invader
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Ariana Grande – My Everything (Deluxe Edition)
The Griswolds – Be Impressive
Adam Harvey – Family Life
Isaac Delusion – Isaac Delusion
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe Edition)
Kingswood – Microscopic Wars
J Mascis – Tied To A Star
The Last Internationale – We Will Reign
Merchandise – After The End
Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute To Motley Crue
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Opeth – Pale Communion
Opeth – Pale Communion (Deluxe Edition)
OST – Million Dollar Arm
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Rustie – Green Language
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Teenage Mothers – I Wish I Was Beautiful
Various – 101 Dance Hits
Various – Anthems 90s II
Various – Metal Down Under
Various – NOW 2014 Vol.2
The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

Banoffee – Banoffee EP
Calvin Harris ftg. John Newman – Blame
Kid Ink – Main Chick
Dave Winnel – Rectify

August 29
Anti-Flag – A Document Of Dissent
Jimmy Barnes – 30/30
Blonde Redhead – Barragán
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet
Frnkiero And the Cellabration – Stomachaches
The Kooks – Listen
The Kooks – Listen (Deluxe Edition)
Lonely The Brave – The Day’s War
Lucky Elephant – The Rainy Kingdom
Maroon 5 – V
Brad Paisley – Moonshine In The Trunk
The Pierces – Creation
Secret Garden – Just The Two Of Us
Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time
Sinkane – Mean Love
Step-Panther – Strange But Nice
The Vines – Wicked Nature * September 02
The Wolfe Brothers – Nothin’ But Trouble

Joel Compass – Girlfriends
Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
Elesia Iimura – Believe
Maroon 5 – It Was Always You
MNEK – Wrote A Song About You
Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One

September 05
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Airling – Love Gracefully
Alison Balsom – Paris
Banks – Goddess
Bus Driver – Perfect Hair
Steve Clisby – Leave Me Dreaming
Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
In Flames – Siren Charms
Interpol – El Pintor
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Karen O – Crush Songs
Odesza – In Return
OST – Get On Up : The James Brown Story
Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar
Sean Rowe – Madman
Simian Mobile Disco – Whorl
Steve Smyth – Exits
Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
Tricky – Adrian Thaws
The Wolfe Brothers – That Kinda Night

September 12
Bryan Adams – Tracks Of My Years
American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade
Bearhug – So Gone
Amy Dickson – A Summer Place
Grateful Dead – Wake Up To Find Out : Live At Nassau Coliseum
The Madden Brothers – Greetings From California…
Nico & Vinz – Black Star Elephant
Seekae – The Worry
Slash – World On Fire
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
Tweedy – Sukierae
Megan Washington – There There

Meg Mac – Meg Mac EP

September 19
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade
Alison Balsom – Paris
Maria Callas – The Complete Studio Recordings
Maria Callas – Pure
Ella Henderson – Chapter One
Marketa Irglova – Muna
Julian Casablancas & The Voids – Tyranny
Lenny Kravitz – Strut
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
Professor Green – Growing Up In Public
The Script – No Sound Without Silence

September 26
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival
The Drums – Encyclopedia
King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (Chasing The Sun Deluxe Edition)
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (Chasing The Sun Edition)
Christopher Owens – A New Testament
Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge
Yelle – Complétement Fou

October 03
Bertie Blackman – The Dash
Bonobo – The North Borders Tour : Live
Caribou – Our Love
Lady Antebellum – 747
Johnny Marr – Playland
Erlend Øye - Legao
Philip Selway – Weatherhouse
Tin Sparrow – Shoelace Ring EP

October 10
Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs Of A Madman
Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs Of A Madman (DVD)

October 24
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends

November 28
One Direction – Where We Are : Live From San Siro Stadium (DVD) * December 01

All release dates subject to change & list is updated weekly.

ERIK HASSLE : Pathetic

Loving this new track from Sweden's Erik Hassle, who continues to deliver the goods when it comes to interesting, forward-thinking pop.
After debuting with the sensational 'Hurtful' back in 2008, he's certainly come a long way stylistically, with 'Pathetic', the latest single to be lifted from his EP 'Somebody's Party' almost certainly tailored towards the US market.
Vocals? A little Prince-esque. Production? Minimalist; interesting; now.
Sure, Erik might not have been accepted by the mainstream at this point, but if he keeps pumping out the quality goods like this, it's only a matter of time.

BASTILLE : Oblivion

To be honest, we thought the 'Bad Blood'/'All This Bad Blood' project had been put to bed, but clearly that's not the case, with British band Bastille revealing the video for 'Oblivion', which is single No.7 (?) from the LP.
To be honest, we've never seen the 'Star Spangled Banner' performed quite like this before (see clip below), but then again, we can't recall seeing a demolition derby in a video clip before. We guess it serves as a visual connection to the title of the song as the cars are crashed into vehicular 'oblivion'.
Songwise, 'Oblivion' is a gorgeous ballad that serves to highlight just how sublime lead singer Dan Smith's vocals are.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ALBUM REVIEW : Taylor Henderson - Burnt Letters

Maybe it’s the cold settling in but Taylor Henderson’s ‘Burnt Letters’ is a bit like a nice big bowl of chicken soup. It’s a bit simple but it makes you feel warm and cozy.
Speaking of warm, we are loving new single ‘Already Gone’, with its bouncy guitar and infectious chorus. When the music fades and Taylor croons ‘hold on and pull me on’ at the end of the chorus, we fall a little harder for the boy next door from Geelong. There’s plenty more where that came from but that’s also problematic.
Many of the other acoustic pop/rock moments on here, such as ‘Brighter Days’ and ‘The Best Part’ are just too similar to his previous singles, and subsequently don’t shine as much as they should.
One such number does gleam bright though; ‘Piece by Piece’ is a clear standout with its simple melody and combination of punchy guitar and soft piano. Thankfully, it’s not all middle of the road numbers on here, with Taylor opening to experimenting on a few tracks.
He incorporates Avicii-esque dance elements on ‘Worth Fighting For’ though it comes off clunky rather than inspired. Better is ‘Close To Nothing’ with its dramatic orchestration during the chorus. Whereas ‘Worth Fighting For’ tries too hard to force a country/dance hybrid, ‘Close To Nothing’ sounds more like a fun experiment.
Joining previous hit ‘When You Were Mine’ in the ballad stakes are piano ballads ‘Host Of Angels’ and ‘Burnt Letters’. ‘Host Of Angels’ may have been co-written by the singer but we prefer the title track. It’s a surprisingly eerie way to end the mostly upbeat album but it’s also the best showcase of Taylor’s versatility as a singer.
We especially enjoyed the middle eight, which is quite reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s ‘What Goes Around…’ interlude.
All in all, it’s a pretty reliable album. There are enough flecks of variety to appeal to a wider demographic whilst giving Taylor’s existing fans more of his signature acoustic pop/rock that they love so much.

Download : Already Gone, Close To Nothing, Piece By Piece, Burnt Letters.