Stream Temples ‘Sun Structures’ via NPR + Australian Tour announced

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Temples have decided to be top old chaps and let NPR stream their whole debut album, ‘Sun Structures’ a week in advance. Check it out by clicking, here.

Furthermore, Temples have also announced a run of east coast dates in May, supported by Deep Sea Arcade. The dates are as follow:

Thursday, May 8 – The Zoo, Brisbane
Friday, May 9 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, May 10 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Ta-Ku – Songs To Break Up To (LP review)

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Emotional music has become a loose term thrown around to describe ‘sad’ music, Ta-Ku seemingly embraces this idea in his LP but also moves beyond the feelings of an emotiional break-up. Usually, we all cringe at the thought of break-up music, bringing to mind the cliché scenes in American films where the heroine goes home to eat ice-cream by the tub and the man is portrayed as looking moody or as a total jerk. Regardless, none of these scenes were conjured to mind as Ta-Ku’s latest offering is not archetypal break-up music but also a hybrid of experimental Hip-Hop and Soul music.

Ta-Ku or Regan Matthews as he is known takes his influences from the likes of J Dilla, so it is not surprising to see this surfacing within ‘Songs To Break Up To’ but this challenges the concept of his album being focused solely around overcoming the end of a relationship. He does this it because typically Hip-Hop instrumentals would not create the right atmosphere. Instead, Ta-Ku has created both an album to ‘break up to’ but also one to appreciate the fluid nature of hip-hop when moulded together with Jazz elements and lo-fi sounds.

Ta-Ku’s sharpest ‘break up’ offering come in the form of, ‘ I Miss You’ which samples ‘Summer Fling’ by Willow Smith and MVSIC which builds in a poignant melody that is underlaid with trademark Ta-Ku beats. On the other side of the spectrum, Ta-Ku pushes the ‘break up’ boundary with hints of Jazz rhythms in ‘Moving On’. Although throughout it there is a clear sense of the notion of ‘break-up’ music especially in the final track  ‘Descent’ featuring Ebrahim with it’s contrasting emotions of sorrow and looking forwards.

To label Ta-Ku’s latest LP as a group of songs to ‘break up to’ seems to oversimplify the beauty of them but what is clear is that it cements his name as an Australian producer to look out for the in the coming years.

Stand-out Tracks: ‘I Miss You’ & ‘Descent’

Arctic Monkeys new material!

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Arctic Monkeys have released the B-side to ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ titled, ‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’:

And! This is the exciting bit, You can stream the whole AM album… okay that’s a lie but you can hear a preview of every track by clicking here.