Featured Song

FEED ME & CRYSTAL FIGHTERS – LOVE IS ALL I GOT

After an amazing, upbeat track to get you through the working week? We’ve got you covered! Go no further than this week’s Featured Song at SurfStitch, ‘Love Is All I Got’ by Feed Me & Crystal Fighters! yewReleased in October 2012 under Mau5trap and Sony Records, ‘Love Is All I Got’ continues to reach wider audiences all over the globe, now having over 5 million hits on YouTube alone. It is a collaboration between the artist Feed Me and the group Crystal Fighters, and is a track not to be missed! The song was written by friends Sebastian Pringle, Gilbert Vierich, Graham Dickson, and Jon Gooch (aka Feed Me) after touring together in Australia for the Parklife festival in 2011. Since then, ‘Love Is All I Got’ has grown to become a key track the group of artists are known for, and one of the most popular releases of their individual careers.

The amazing collaboration of the two create a sound that is simply irresistible and not to be missed. The only question we now have to ask is ‘when are we getting more from this incredible collaboration of artists?!’ Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later!

Ready to hear what the fuss is about? Go ahead and sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Featured Song, ‘Love Is All I Got’ by Feed Me & Crystal Fighters! We promise you won’t be sorry after tuning into this audio gold!

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Featured Song

BLUEJUICE – I’ll GO CRAZY

Alternate indie-rock band Bluejuice have broken hearts all over the world with the announcement of their end of year retirement, especially after dropping their amazing new single ‘I’ll Go Crazy’. The track lives and breathes the summer beach party atmosphere and its positive vibes bring almost too much fun to any occasion.

Believe it or not, the group from Sydney has been around for over 13 years, and boy has it been one heck of a ride. From crazy antics and on-stage outfits, to fun and outgoing film clips, ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ ensures Bluejuice will be remembered for what they are, something special.BJIf you’ve heard them before and find you can’t get enough of Bluejuice and want to catch them live before they throw the towel in for good, we’ve got some amazing news! The band will be embarking on a nationwide farewell tour of Australia starting later this month, playing their best hits over their career and thanking the fans for being a part of the epic musical journey! Their closing show will be at the Falls Festival, though if that’s not your cup of tea, click here for tour dates and check out a show near you.

Until then, get through the working week by enjoying the Featured Song at SurfStitch, ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ by Bluejuice!

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Album of the Week

THE ROSEBUDS – SAND + SILENCE

This week we have been enjoying the fresh indie sounds of The Rosebuds, and their amazing 2014 album entitled ‘Sand + Silence’. The 11 track album brings the upbeat sounds and atmospheres of Summer straight to listeners ears, and will set the vibes perfectly for a positive and sunny weekend of adventures!

‘Sand + Silence’ is the North Carolina duo’s sixth full length studio album, the first under new label Western Vinyl after a three year hiatus. Released in August, the comforting, yet fast rhythms portray the sounds of The Rosebuds perfectly and keep listeners engaged and interested, managing to not go too over the top. The mix of drum lines, piano chords and guitar riffs all come together like a happy family in ‘Sand + Silence’, and the album can truly be played at any occasion or event.rosebuds-2014-press-650x400Throughout their 13 year career, The Rosebuds have had their ups and downs. The pair debuted while dating, married while at the height of their success and divorced soon after. Nowadays however, the duo seem calm, collected and comfortable as they seem to have finally found the sounds they want to be remembered for. Both members, Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard, seem to draw inspiration from many sources throughout the album, particularly that from their own youth. From the melodic sounds of George Harrison, to sounds more from the ruthless 1980′s, The Rosebuds have created their own unique sound and persona in the indie-pop music scene. “From the beginning we knew we weren’t going to be a regular band, that we wanted to keep it fun and creative, like an ongoing art project,” said Crisp.

The opening track of ‘Sand + Silence’ is one that really catches the ear. The amazing hooks and guitar sounds scream the name Rosebuds and at though at times repetitive, is a great opening track for the album and one of our favourites at SurfStitch. Each song seems to flow effortlessly into one another, and at stages it’s even hard to stop listening to as the positively echoes and brightens any day.

‘Sand + Silence’ is available now on digital download, vinyl or CD. There’s still plenty to come from this band so get in quick to ensure you don’t miss some of the duo’s best work to date! For more information on The Rosebuds, check out their official page or their Facebook. The weekend is now only around the corner, so why not get in early and enjoy the opening track off The Rosebud’s new album ‘Sand + Silence’, entitled ‘In My Teeth’.

Stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog as we bring you the latest music and artist news from around the globe!

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Featured Song

THE KITE STRING TANGLE – GIVEN THE CHANCE

Danny Harley’s solo project, ‘The Kite String Tangle’ has produced a track and recently an E.P. that has seen his musical career take off significantly. His electronic meets earthly pop style has intrigued the ears of many all over the world, and there is still so much more to come from the Brisbane musician. ‘Given The Chance’ is one of Harley’s better known tracks and its amazing and unique sounds take this week’s Featured Song at SurfStitch!dff60_1299847Ranked at #19 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100 and now having over 1 million plays on Soundcloud, the track is infectious. Its electronic pop vibes are what’s keeping listeners hungry for more from Danny Harley, who has now proven himself with live performances at Falls Festival and the South By Southwest Festival in the United States. The deep, warm vocals give this song a strong meaning and set the mood to the likes of Chet Faker and Bonobo, which certainly is not the worst feedback a new artist can receive from critics.

Harley brings us a style totally different with ‘Given The Chance’, the popping samples combined with the low key electronics bring every aspect together perfectly. Whether at are having a barbeque with a group of friends, or snuggled up on the couch on a rainy day, ‘Given The Chance’ will help set any atmosphere!

‘Given The Chance’ is available for listening on the Vessel E.P. now on iTunes and on CD. Can’t wait? Enjoy the track below!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

HILLTOP HOODS – WALKING UNDER THE STARS

The Hilltop Hoods trio are back and better than ever after recently releasing their new album ‘Walking Under The Stars’. This album delivers on all levels, though from a quite different and mature aspect of their careers. The Hoods members DJ Debris, MC Suffa and MC Pressure have all shown their maturity in this album, demonstrating that they have grown out of the party anthems and grown into a wiser, more collaborative Aussie hip hop outfit.HH1The album which was released on August 8th features many up and comings that give another dimension to this already awesome album. Under the labels Golden Era Records and Universal Music, ‘Walking Under The Stars’ has already seen a huge success, topping the ARIA album charts for over two weeks. The group’s recent performance at Splendour in the Grass also replicates the growth and development of the trio, showcasing who they are today. ‘Walking Under The Stars’ is an album that really tells a story and it is this engaging aspect that has listeners all over the globe so hooked.

The excitement and lyrics have been strong elements when keeping listeners engaged and helping understand the journey that the Hoods have embarked on. The trio know how to not only create tracks, but make those tracks great. These Australian musical geniuses have included so many different riffs, rhythms, sounds and samples to create the hooks so unique to the Hilltop Hoods, and it’s these that makes the album so appealing.HH‘Won’t Let you Down Ft. Maverick Sabre’ has created the most hype so far, the raw chorus has allowed for an already amazing to somehow become even better. The album features the likes of Maverick Sabre, Drapht, Dan Sultan and Aaradhna, all helping to add other unique dimensions to their chosen tracks. This album also continues the lyrical conversation that Hilltop Hoods are having with everyone of their fans. By far the darkest and deepest song within the album, ‘Through the Dark’, demonstrates how Pressure’s journey is continuing to get stronger with life on the road. This personal track, holds a deep and meaningful conversation with his son and it’s truly a beautiful song. To add to the excitement, the Hilltop crew have also locked in a nationwide tour starting in just over a week. Check their official page for tour details and see them live in your city!

The album is available for purchase via digital download, vinyl or on CD. Don’t miss your chance to get into some of the best new music from the group referred to as ‘Australian hip hop royalty’. Enjoy one of our favourite tracks off the Hilltop Hoods new album, ‘Walking Under The Stars’ entitled ‘Won’t Let you Down.’

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Featured Song

WILLOW BEATS – MEREWIF

Expectations have been set quite high by the up and coming duo and their forthcoming EP. ‘Merewif’ is the lead single on the EP and it has caught listeners by storm. Pilerats Records have taken upon the duo and feel as though they are going to be a big hit on the electronic scene.willow

The intricate layers of hypnotic electronic sounds and samples gives the song an aqua theme, yet the energy it gives off is electric. The peaceful vocal sounds are quite influential throughout this song, along with the ever so beating bass line that adds another technical aspect to the song. On a whole, the track’s electronic vibe amongst different vocal layers upon splashes and aqua sounds makes it a technical yet perfect lead single making it this week’s Featured Song. Willow Beats are an exciting electronic duo to look out for; big things are set to arise when their forthcoming EP is released, so stay tuned.

Be sure to check this guys out, whether you buy their album or just give them a listen. Enjoy ‘Merewif’ by Willow Beats, here at SurfStitch it has been hot in the headphones everywhere!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

TODD TERJE – IT’S ALBUM TIME

Ready for some feel good beats for the weekend? We have been enjoying the electro and rhythmic sounds of the 2014 released album ‘It’s Album Time’, by Todd Terje all week here at SurfStitch. So much so, that it is this exciting album that takes the title of Album of the Week!

Terje has been praised by many European music critics and claimed as one of the best DJ’s in Europe (huge title, we know), and ‘It’s Album Time’ is the first full length studio album from the Norwegian artist, DJ and producer. The album brings some of his most exciting work to date and the upbeat tempo’s will keep your head bobbing without you even realising. With a bunch of influences and themes present, including disco, jazz, funk, lounge bar, surf instrumentals and plenty of other unique Terje sounds. ‘It’s Album Time’ put Terje on the map once again and has so since being released in April this year. The album jumps from what almost sounds like deep house music to upbeat funky tones, setting a fun and vibrant atmosphere just perfect for the weekend! Although 4 of the 12 tracks have made appearances prior to the album’s release, it’s almost hard to realise, as each track flows so well into one another and the distinction proves hard to acknowledge. TT

Excitement has been building from fans for over 10 years, all waiting for an album release from Terje since the first single dropped. He knows how to build a hype sensation and that is exactly what occurred when finally releasing ‘It’s Album Time’ early on in the year. Terje uses a mix of synthesizes, percussion, trumpets and many other musical talents to create the exciting sounds on ‘It’s Album Time’. The album cover art also proves quite interesting, full of quirky cartoon metaphorical meanings. It was designed by Bendik Kaltenborn, who also designs for New Yorker Magazine.

The album features the hit ‘Inspector Norse’, a track winning several awards including Song of the Year in 2012 by Mixmag. Clash also rated the album 8/10, with reviewer Matt Oliver stating “Its encased plasticity doesn’t mask any novelty. Athletic brightness betters gaudiness while wearing ’80s fashions well, banging out rhythms with fingers that’ve have just come from the cake bowl. It’s album time, and Terje feels epic”

With the upbeat sounds of this album, you’ll be ready to go for the weekend! Whether you are chillaxing at home, having a BBQ on the beach or cruising for a surf or coffee, let the sounds of Todd Terje and his album ‘It’s Album Time’ take the stage and get to set for a weekend full of good vibes, excitement and adventure!

What’s all the fuss you say? Enjoy hit track 12 ‘Inspector Norse’ of ‘It’s Album Time’ by Todd Terje. If you aren’t a fan yet, you soon will be.

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Featured Song

GLASS ANIMALS – POOLS

Glass Animals are a new band on the block, they have been friends since the age of fourteen but have only recently collaborated as a group to create their debut album. The English, indie rock band from Oxford all decided that it would best if their musical careers held off for a while, whilst they completed their university degree and planted their feet on the ground. Yet in 2013, they got in contact with an English Music producer and since then they have released 2 EP’s and 3 singles. Their new album contains so many different sounds and warrants your ears to the time of their life, thus why we have chosen it for SurfStitch’s ‘Featured Song’.GLASSANIMALS006-as-Smart-Object-1-copy1-760x506

The ‘Featured Song’ this week is their track ‘Pools’. The journey of this song is quite adventurous, as the intro progresses their is a tribal influence that sets the scene. Throughout the song it layers jungle percussion and electronic elements, then the front man Dave Bayley introduces his harmonising vocals that just bring the sound and song together. The chilled and up beat vibe that glass animals have integrated into the song gives listeners an ear pleasing sound.

Rumoured to be playing at this years Falls Festival, Glass Animals are a band to look out for, for the future! Enjoy this weeks ‘Featured Song’, for tour dates and their up and coming songs checkout their official website.

If you enjoyed this song, you can buy their album on iTunes or available on CD. Make sure you keep up to date with the latest songs and albums here at the SurfStitch Blog.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

THE BLACK KEYS – TURN BLUE

The Black Keys…  Is there really much more to say? The rock duo are back with their eighth studio album ‘Turn Blue’, and have never sounded better. The album is full of catchy tracks, funky bass lines and the usual lyrical talents from the duo, certain aspects which helped it make Album of the Week here at SurfStitch. The album was released on May 12, 2014 and has had its reputation spreading like wildfire. The duo take inspiration and influence from many musical avenues including psychedelic rock, funk, blues and at times faster rock and roll, breaking into their new sounds while still wearing their originality and uniqueness on their sleeves.

‘Turn Blue’ is the fourth occasion The Black Keys members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have teamed up with producer Danger Mouse, also known as Brian Burton. Danger Mouse has no doubt been a factor in the bands success, with their last project together being the 2011 release of ‘El Camino’, which was the highest commercial success the band has seen at that time in their careers. Rather than taking control, Danger Mouse this time worked very close with Auerbach and Carney, putting their three great minds together and coming up and one epic album. Danger Mouse not only played back up keyboard through the entire album, he also help The Black Keys duo write each of the 11 songs featured on ‘True Blue’. Don’t get confused though, The Black Keys is still a two man band and at the moment have no news regarding the recruitment of a third.

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The album hit number one on charts in  Australia, Canada and also the United States, something The Black Keys had never experienced prior to the release of ‘Turn Blue’. In the States, it narrowly beat Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’, selling 164,000 copies in the first week. To date, ‘Turn Blue’ has sold over 328,000 in the United States and many more worldwide.

The recording of the album fell around the time Dan Auerbach divorced from his wife, with influences drawn from this life changing event breaking into ‘Turn Blue’. Though not in your face, the feel of this life event is evidently present, but at no time kills the albums vibe or atmosphere. The band recorded the album from July 2013 at Sunset Sounds in Hollywood, with smaller recording sessions taking place at other several smaller studios across the United States.BK

Enjoy Track 4 off ‘Turn Blue’, this week’s Album of the Week at SurfStitch, by The Black Keys. Though the album was released on May 12, this track known as ‘Fever’ was the chosen hit single released earlier in March to give us all a quick taste of what was to come. Enjoy!

Find out more about The Black Keys by checking out their official website or their Facebook page. Keep those eyes on the SurfStitch Blog and also our Facebook page as we bring you latest from the music world! Stay tuned…

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FEATURED SONG

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM – ROLLIN’ AND TUMBLIN’

U.S. punk-rock group The Gaslight Anthem are back, and it’s their hit new single ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” that takes the cake and also the ‘Featured Song’ this week at SurfStitch. The band are out of New Brunswick, New Jersey and formed in 2006, generously sharing their musical talents with the world ever since. The new track features explosive vocals, catchy guitar riffs and strong lyrical engagement, having not gone over the top and keeping it perfect and simple, news audiences are very excited about. ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” was released on June 24 and it is the first taste listeners have had of the much anticipated fifth studio album, named ‘Get Hurt’ scheduled to be released on August 19, thanks to Island Records.

The groups new album is said to be the biggest change the band has seen to date, with new musical deliveries and potential to ‘rock the boat’ a little for their fans all over the world. When asked about the new rhythmic style, Fallon told Rolling Stone Magazine that it was ‘completely different than anything we had ever done before. Instead of going that extra step of just adding some organ or some background vocals, this time we actually really changed up a lot of the sounds.’25notepicGAS

Fallon delivers strong themes with his specific use of words ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin”, though the upbeat sounds put a mellow feel on the atmosphere. Though the main chorus may consist of lyrics like ‘All my friends want to get into heaven’ and ‘I wish you were here’, it is important to realise the song is no downer, if anything, it gets stronger and more engaging as it progresses. These are the techniques the group use to relate to their audiences, and so far it has worked perfectly with interaction levels through the roof, everyone keen to grab a glimpse of The Gaslight Anthem.

Please enjoy this week’s Featured Song, ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” by New Jersey punk rock group The Gaslight Anthem. If you want more information on the band, visit their official website or their Facebook page.

Like what you heard? ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ is available for digital download through iTunes or available also on CD. Be sure to keep up to date with all things music here on the SurfStitch Blog, as we bring you new featured artists and songs week by week!

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