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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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

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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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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MILKY CHANCE – STOLEN DANCE

This week the Featured Song at SurfStitch goes to German duo Milky Chance and their re-released 2013 hit, ‘Stolen Dance’. The strong engagement from acoustic, electronic, folk and reggae elements are all contributing factors that help make Milky Chance so interesting, as each new hit spreads the group’s name further and further around the Globe. Milky Chance is made up of friends Clemens Rehbein as vocalist and musician and Philipp Dausch as DJ, and when asked what genre of music they play, the usual response is ‘Folktronica’ or ‘Laptop Folk’. Either way, the German duo will lead you and other listeners in and keep you hungry for more, with the deep vocals of Rehbein and attractive bass and drums sounds almost seeming hypnotising.

‘Stolen Dance’ was originally released in 2013 under the groups own label, with the song going massive on YouTube. This lead to increased touring and more exposure of the song, topping charts in countries it officially wasn’t even released in yet, such as the United Kingdom. In May this year, the single was re-released on a 4-Track ‘Stolen Dance EP’ album by Lichtdicht Records and Republic Records, its success only continuing to grow after attention was bought back to the great song. Just by listening to ‘Stolen Dance’, listeners can immediately realise that the mix of guitar riffs and electronic beats go together hand in hand, proving far from overwhelming.stolendance1

‘Stolen Dance’ is available through iTunes and also on CD on the bands full album – Sadnecessary. For now however, it’s time to sit back, relax and listen to this week’s Featured Song, ‘Stolen Dance’ by Milky Chance. It’s perfect for a quiet Tuesday afternoon!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Foster The People – Supermodel

Foster The People are so much more than a group of guys with ‘Pumped Up Kicks.’ Their recent performance at Splendour In The Grass has concreted this firm into our minds, as we explore the band in a whole new light. The three gents (and two in-studio musicians) from Los Angeles have been taking the musical world by storm since forming in 2009, playing to fans all over the globe and spreading the goodness that is Foster The People.FTP4

Their new album, ‘Supermodel’ takes this weeks ‘Album of the Week’ here at SurfStitch. In 2012, Foster The People front man Mark Foster initially made statements telling the world a second album would be ready by 2013. By the time June 2013 rolled around, no album had hit the shelves. Although playing 4 new songs at the Firefly Music Festival in the same month, the band reassured people their new album would be ready by November. Still nothing. March 2014 finally saw the much anticipated release of second album from the trio, with the happy go lucky sounds of Foster The People once again blessing eardrums everywhere and sending fans crazy.

When describing ‘Supermodel’, Mark Foster said ‘This record still has the joy that our first album did, but it’s been thrown into a pit and forced to dance among wolves’. He continued telling Rolling Stone Magazine that ‘In the first record, I was looking at my vision for the project through a piece of opaque glass’, and that the next album (Supermodel) will be, ‘a clearer picture of what I’ve had in my head when it comes to that vision.’

‘Supermodel’ was released in March, 2014, and has continued to reach wider and broader audiences worldwide. The album leaves their previous work behind, as the new indie-rock, positive music becomes addictive and leaves listeners wanting more and more over the entire 12 tracks. As part of the release of their hit single ‘Coming Of Age’, the band used an interesting technique as a promotion method to spread the word that their new work was not far off. A seven story mural of the album cover was painted over 10 days in Los Angeles, the result and video clip being an amazing time-lapse of the mural coming together. It’s interesting things such as this that make Foster The People such an enjoyable and hyped up band. It’s not just the music, it’s also the members.

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Want a taste of Foster The People? See how the mural came together and check out the hit single ‘Coming Of Age’ below.  If you want more information on Foster The People, be sure to check them out on their official website, or on their Facebook. Let’s all hope they come back to Australia soon! Keep your eyes on the SurfStitch Blog for all the latest music news and featured artists!

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Phantogram – When I’m Small

Phantogram are a duo out of Saratoga Springs, New York who formed in 2007 and never looked back. Their hit 2009 single ‘When I’m Small’ is this week’s ‘Featured Song’ here at SurfStitch. If you saw them at last weekend’s Splendour In The Grass festival, you know how dynamic and engaging the duo’s music can be, and ‘When I’m Small’ is a true appreciation of the amazing sounds they make.Phantogram2

The band are known to play a mix of genres. Whether it be trippy urban styled beats, or more electronic influenced, or even style completely unique to themselves, Phantogram are definitely a band to keep an eye on. The duo was originally named ‘Charlie Everywhere’ and it is profoundly evident they know how to attract audiences through their music. ‘When I’m Small’ is Track 2 on the bands 2009 album ‘Eyelid Movies’ and popularity for the song only continues to grow through to the current days of 2014. The attractive guitar riffs will have you hooked from the beginning, not to mention the amazing melodic singing tones of Sarah Barthel. The duo come together so well each time they perform, whether in the studio or not, and ‘When I’m Small’ signifies this creative musical relationship perfectly.

Originally starting off as school friends, members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have now grown the band to where they want it to be, touring internationally and playing some of the biggest shows of their careers. The song even featured in both a Gillette commercial in the United States, and also in the opening episode of MTV’s hit show ‘Skins’.

We hope you all enjoy this week’s Featured Song, ‘When I’m Small’ by New York duo ‘Phantogram.’ If you missed them over the weekend at Splendour in the Grass, the track is available for download through iTunes. If you want to learn more on Phantogram, visit their official website, or check out their Facebook page. Keep up to date with all new music information, featured tracks, artists and so much more here on the SurfStitch Blog!

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