Here's the music news you probably missed over the Easter long weekend
From big-name remixes by Flight Facilities and The Presets and The Weeknd's big return to Alice Ivy's stellar Like A Version and a whole heap more.
Alice Ivy knocked Like A Version out the park:
Australian beat-master Alice Ivy managed to nab this year's massive Good Friday Like A Version slot, and what a spectacle she brought. Featuring an all-star roster of special guests in Miss Blanks, E^ST, Angie McMahon, Saatsuma, Eilish Gilligan and Dorsal Fins' huge horn section, Alice Ivy and co ripped through a woozy cover of Estelle's ever-popular Kanye collaboration American Boy, showing us once again why Australian music is in a league of its own.
The Weeknd collaborated with Skrillex, Gesaffelstein, and Daft Punk:
One of the big surprise releases from the Easter long weekend came from Canadian R&B king The Weeknd, who took us back to his sultry and mellow Trilogy days with a six-track EP titled My Dear Melancholy. It's a super emotive release reminiscent of his pre-Starboy pop-R&B era, but the best part was definitely the productions from some of electronic's best – Skrillex, Nicolas Jaar, the illusive Gesaffelstein, and even Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel worked on the EP's spiralling instrumentals.
Flight Facilities remixed ODESZA:
With a bunch of massive US shows approaching in the next few months (Coachella, Lollapalooza, the Australia-expanding Hangout Fest and Firefly among them), ODESZA gifted us all a sweet Easter treat in a remix package for their A Moment Apart cut Higher Ground. One said remix was the first in four years by Australian pairing Flight Facilities, who take the original's smooth, vocal-led vibe for a wild house spin that makes it a touch more suitable for the D-floor. Check out ODESZA's video for Higher Ground while you're at it too.
The Presets remixed Alison Wonderland:
Flight Facilities weren't the other super-popular Australian electronic pairing to don the remixers cap across the weekend. Keeping the momentum going after their heaving 14U+14ME single this year (and their upcoming album HI VIZ), The Presets took Alison Wonderland's anthemic single Church for an absolutely wild ride, transforming the original into an epic and sweaty techno thumper reminiscent of their past singles in Youth In Trouble. Just try not get swept up in that relentless bass line.
We counted down our 20 best songs of 2018 so far:
We're 25% into the year, which means that 25% of the year's best singles should've come out by now right? To celebrate the end of March and thus the first quarter of 2018 done and dusted, we wrapped our favourite singles of 2018 so far – from the emotive and confronting indie-rock of City Calm Dow and Camp Cope to the glitzy electronica of Dro Carey, HANDSOME, G Flip, The Presets and a bunch of other goodness in between. Check it out HERE.
Tyler, The Creator, Snakehips, Cardi B, MØ, DJDS, CHVRCHES, Sigrid, Kimbra and a bunch of others all released new singles:
While the Easter break was a long weekend for many, it wasn't quiet for the music industry. Tyler, The Creator took us back to the Yonkers day with a Timothée Chalamet-referencing epic OKRA. Snakehips teamed up with Jeremih and Australia-bound Aminé for an R&B anthem For The F^_^ck Of It. Cardi B got a touch more mellow for Be Careful. MØ, DJDS, CHVRCHES and a whole heap of others also released great singles. It was a wild weekend – let's put it that way.
The Vaccines, Hayley Kiyoko, Verge Collection, Two Door Cinema Club and Client Liaison (sorta) released new EPs/albums:
On the album front, The Vaccines kicked their returning year into gear with their new album Combat Sports. Hayley Kiyoko stunned with an impressive, Kehlani-featuring debut album Expectations. Perth group Verge Collection also released a great debut album in Flaneur, while Two Door Cinema Club digitally released an old 2008 EP Four Words To Stand On – which includes two new songs plus demos of anthems like Undercover Martyn. Finally, Client Liaison got remixed by Panama, Luke Million, Northeast Party House, Shouse, Muki and old pal Solo Dan for a remix album of their debut Diplomatic Immunity.