H A Y D E N – J A M E S

Hayden James may have only released his first track in late June 2013, but he has already amassed a million plays across Soundcloud and Youtube for his work.  Producing immense summer jams with soulful and evocative vocals his music has stockpiled consistently rave reviews from the US, Europe and Australia alike, being labelled the “face of the new Australian production music scene”.   Hayden’s first single “Permission to Love” garnered worldwide love and attention hitting #1 most blogged on Hype Machine, as well as becoming the most played track on national broadcasting giant Triple J in Australia. The recent release of his latest track “Something About You” through electronic label Future Classic, is a definite summer playlist hit.

A N D R A S + O S C A R

Melbourne’s purveyors of “polite” house music talk the art of subtle persuasion, late-night table tennis and being vulnerable. Andras & Oscar sit somewhere toward the lighter side of Melbourne’s dance-music spectrum.

“Our music isn’t clubby, or rave-y”, says Andras, real name Andy Wilson. “It’s polite. If it persuades you, it does it gently.”

The duo’s debut full album may bear the name Cafe Romantica – after Lygon Street’s 24/7 Italian venue for late-night tête-à-têtes – but don’t get the wrong idea. This is not the duo throwing you onto a bed and having their way with you; this is them mixing you a Campari and soda and gently grazing your arm as they hand it over with a longing look.

Both individually successful in their own right as Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung (real name: Oscar Slorach-Thorn), the pair decided it was onto a good thing after the critical success of its 2013 EP Embassy Cafe, released on Dutch label Dopeness Galore. One year on, Cafe Romantica is casual and synth based, with Andras’ pared-back production delicately balancing out Oscar’s pleading vocals. The duo’s sounds are soulful yet nervous, and always oozing leisure.

But if it’s not ripping up dance floors, what do Andras & Oscar envision people doing while listening to their music?

Slorach-Thorn suggests, “Having wines with four friends, making fun of mutual friends and having a little dance while doing it.” Wilson takes a different route, recommending seduction as the ideal activity. Just not for him.

“That would be a funny thing to do – trying to seduce someone by playing your own music. Hopefully we have better moves … actually ‘moves’ implies there’s some sort of trick to it … ”

“I would say I have the moves,” Slorach-Thorn says.

Moves or no moves, the pair set out to make a romantic album. Even admitting this fact sets Andras & Oscar apart from their more club-focused and up-tempo dance music peers. It has helped them to create a niche for themselves in the Australian music scene.

Wilson and Slorach-Thorn discovered their simpatico while living in a West Melbourne warehouse together a few years ago.

“Table tennis was a big part of it,” says Wilson.

“We’d both go out to a party on Saturday night and then at like 12.30am we’d both be back at home … wearing our dressing gowns and making music and playing table tennis instead of partying.”

This scene sounds like the ideal environment for creating Andras & Oscar’s music, most of which is improvised.

“A lot of it happens in call and response, or on the spot,” says Wilson, “That’s when we make the best music.”

Despite claiming he’s never felt quite comfortable within either the dance music or band worlds, it’s clear that both have warmly accepted Wilson’s output through Andras & Oscar, and what better proof than being selected to appear on Cut Copy’s recent compilation Oceans Apart; a comprehensive who’s who of Melbourne’s underground dance music scene.

“I actually used to think that dance music was for dumb people,” says Wilson, “But it’s fun being dumb, I’ve realised.”

“Although I think I have a really skewed perception of what is dance music – the most clubby songs I’ve written always get put on Best-of-Chill-Out-Ibiza-type compilations.”

This interview can be found on Broadsheet.

C H R I S T M A S – G I F T – G U I D E

For those last minute shoppers, All I’ve Heard’s Summer Christmas gift guide will have your entire nice list sorted. See below for each of our favourite brands and a link to their site. Happy Holidays!

B E R R Y – S A F A R I

Berry Safari is a lifestyle brand for lovers of the beachy luxe lifestyle. They have woven cotton beach towels and large beach blankets that are extremely soft and absorbant. The silk cotton robes feel as light as a feather on the skin and are perfect for lounging around in the home or as a beach cover up.

All Berry Safari pattern designs are 100% original, inspired by patterns, artworks, landscapes, seascapes, architectures, so each print is unique and individually woven.

Z E F Y R

Zefyr is an eco glam jewellery label which combines beauty with ethics to produce gorgeous sustainable jewels. Their jewellery is handmade from recycled brass sourced from factory offcuts and lovingly plated in 18 karat gold. Specially created eco-glass gemstones add dashes of colour to the distinctive and feminine collections. Zefyr is inspired by travel, history and architecture.

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The Parrot Zik is revealing your emotions. It merges with the body, like a technological extension of the music you listen to. Adjustable, the headband plays the contrast between metals’ alloy and “leather-like” band. Parrot have developed these headphones using ground- breaking technology to create a truly immersive sound. The Zik are designed around a powerful processor that spatializes sound and recreates the acoustics of a concert hall.

S KY W A T C H

Skywatch is a Swiss-made dive watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Skywatch is a culture, where Swiss precision and Southern California lifestyle intersect. Skywatch is inspired by vintage dive watches, iconic sports cars, and clean, cool, minimalist design.

 

P A L M – S W I M W E A R

Palm is an Australian Swimwear Label that celebrates simplicity and elegance through intricate detail and enduring quality. Form, line and texture are central to their design aesthetic; remastering the basics by synchronising simple lines, classic styles and fresh, clean palettes. Palm swimwear is carefully tailored to provide comfort and wearability.

T HE – L U X E – P R O J E C T

The Luxe Project sources art and fashion with a backstory. Selling contemporary designer bags, art and homewares made from the hand embroidered fabrics of South East Asia’s hill tribes. Most of The Luxe Project’s pieces are made from deconstructed ceremonial garments and baby carriers used by the hill tribes of South East Asia. As each piece of fabric has been hand embroidered and woven by hill tribe women, no two pieces are exactly the same – each item sold is truly a one of a kind.

G A I A

GAIA Skin Naturals manufactures pure, natural, organic skin care products formulated especially for sensitive skin, for everyday use, at an affordable price.
 

M R – B L A C K

MR BLACK Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur is made by a few men and women in a shed here in Australia, drunk on ice, and enjoyed by booze enthusiasts around the world. MR BLACK Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur is a product with no equal. In 2012 MR BLACK was one of only six (of over 600) liqueurs globally to be awarded a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. The creation of the MR BLACK blend took six months and over 240 iterations to achieve a superbly balanced spirit, true to the character of the ingredients and rigour of the process.

J E A N S – W E S T

Nothing says holiday fashion like gorgeous bikinis, shape enhancing one piece swimsuits, chic beach bags and vibrant sarongs. The Jeans West Holiday Essentials range will be sure to help you find that perfect summer outfit, whether it be for poolside or the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C R A Y – B A N D S

After years of owning salons and seeing how hairbands break easily, damage hair and are unsightly on the wrist, Craybands creators saw an opportunity to launch a product that was non-snagging, gentle on hair, causes less breakages, are less damaging and simply more stylish.

With a range of on-trend colours and patterns, customers can create their own unique style. The product is made of soft elastic that will not mark or damage hair or skin. It is also highly-fashionable, versatile, comfortable and affordable.

N I K O N

Bring your vision to life with the remarkable speed, image quality, creative features and design of the Nikon 1 system. New innovations make it easier to catch the moments that matter, apply artistic effects and share your creations with friends and family. The 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 J3 camera is so easy to use, you’ll forget how advanced it truly is.

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L O O M – T O W E L S

LOOM towels are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, creating a beautiful softness against the skin. These towels are also made sustainably and ethically in Turkey. Their made by hand on old shuttle looms – supporting local workers and traditional methods and creating small runs of towels at exceptional quality. Designed in Melbourne each LOOM towel is part of a limited collection of 70-80 towels.

N A J O

NAJO is dedicated to crafting original pieces to suit each person’s distinct style, resulting in works of art that will weave their way into your consciousness and remain part of your style story forever. NAJO’s exceptional pieces reflect the rich mosaic of life, culture, arts, fashion and history of many different continents and cultures.

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RosehipPLUS is about all things natural and organic for the face and body and we are delighted that after intensive research our first product to be launched under the banner of RosehipPLUS™ brand is our Certified Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil. The Rosehip Specialists™ pride themselves on sourcing and producing the finest Rosehip products that enhance the quality of people’s inner health and beauty.

P L O X – I T

Plox produce portable iPhone charger and Android chargers for phones and electronic devices. Their products are designed to the highest specification with a colour for every personality. Both the iPhone charger and Android charger come complete with charging connections inbuilt, slotting directly into your phone to provide instant power. Plox portable chargers are made for iPhone4, iPhone5 and Android (all non-iPhone phones) and will provide between 2 – 4 full charges before requiring recharging themselves (depending on size of Plox charger you purchase).

Plox batteries are designed for the traveller, the business person and the everyday iphone & Android phone users. Imagine never running out of phone power again! Never losing GPS directions at that crucial time, or just not being able to connect with your friends when you are planning to catch up.

F R A N K I E 4

FRANKiE4 is the answer to many women’s prayers who have been searching for the ultimate combination of style and comfort. Produced in fashion-forward colours and prints and using beautiful soft leathers, FRANKiE4 has a style for any occasion whether it be work, working out or just walking about. FRANKiE4s are designed by a podiatrist and physiotherapist, to deliver unparalleled comfort and foot supporting benefits. They are truly the MOST comfortable shoes and the best gift you could ever give your feet (and your wardrobe!).

T A N G L E – T E E Z E R

Tangle Teezer is an innovative hairbrush that is just too busy being fabulous! Cute in size and big on style, it can be popped into your bag and pulled out in a New York minute to reboot hair in seconds. Has a removable cover to protect the patented and innovative teeth from fluff and dirt.

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T H I N G S – T E R R I F I C

Things Terrific is an Australian family company born from a love of  leather handbags. From their early beginnings in 1981, the brand has evolved and now includes wallets, accessories and travel bags. All Things Terriffic items are made with the best quality full grain leather in our products

F U E N T E

Drawn from the natural source of a unique line of hair care products, Fuente is dedicated to developing exclusive, naturally-based hair care, colour, transformation and styling products. The products all unite nature’s regenerating powers thanks to the specific properties of organic-based active ingredients, plus the purest spring water enriched with ions from Laguna Fuente de Piedra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

S L I D E S

The latest trending on All I’ve Heard sees designers moving away from sky-high, painfully skinny stilettos, opting instead for what we like to call the Slide effect. These shoes are flat, masculine, and cool.

Designers like Cèline, Chloé, and Marni have taken to an expansion on the trend, with the pool slide. Instead of the thick double straps the Birkenstock sandals made so iconic, these are more an homage to the rubber Adidas numbers every teenage boy who’s ever lived has, at one time or another, proudly worn. Except that Chloé’s version, for example, will cost you a pretty $840.

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G R E E N – C U P

 

The latest craze to pop up on Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street, is Green Cup. Their specialty, green smoothies, superfood smoothies, superfood snacks, acai bowls and avo smash. You can find them at 593 Chapel St, South Yarra. 

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S U N – C I T Y

Today’s Tuesday Track is supported by Perth duo Sun City. The pair are back with their trademark indie-electro beats, and their latest release Paralyse. It’s the first taste of an upcoming EP release – due early 2015, which we’ll be getting a taste of when the duo play a bunch of shows on dancefloors and beaches around the country.

B A S E N J I

The newest addition to the Astral People family is Basenji, a producer who thrives in the middle ground between niche genres. With only a few songs to his name thus far, the Sydney-sider’s homemade blend of eclectic percussion and R&B-inspired melodies has already turned heads all over Australia, clocking up countless plays on Triple J and community radio stations around the country. The 21-year-old producer had a chat with us as our Monday Muse.

  1. How did Basenji come about?

I’ve been interested and working with music since I was maybe fourteen or fifteen, I think in the past year or so I started to take it seriously and treat it more than a hobby, and now I’m basically working full time with it.

 

  1. What were you doing before you created/began producing as Basenji?

I was making music with Wave Racer. That was something we did coming out of high school and while we were at university. We met each other in year seven and we’ve always been interested in the same things so it made sense to work together.

 

  1. You’ve been known to thrive in the middle ground between niche genres, which genres are your favourite to work with?

I don’t really think about genres at all. Genres exist to make things easier so you get a better idea of music. I really ever work towards genres and I feel like songs targeted towards genres aren’t really songs I’m interested in. it more about how soundscapes and textures work together, those are things that I’m more interested in.

 

  1. You’ve been announced to take the stage at this year’s Beyond the Valley festival, what can we expect to see during your set?

For me it’s a while away so I haven’t even thought about the songs I’ll be playing. Usually when I play a set I try to do a good balance between the songs people like with songs that they might not have heard yet. For me I’ll be putting a lot of my own music off the EP and stuff that no ones heard, which makes me a little nervous.

 

  1. Your talent has been described as colourful and chaotic brand of songwriting, would you agree with this statement?

Yeah I suppose, I’ve always considered a lot of my tracks to be quite busy. I guess colourful is the right word.

 

  1. You’re best buds with the likes of Wave Racer and some of the Cosmo’s Midnight guys, can we see any upcoming collaborations between you?

We have a whole lot of stuff we’ve been working on together. The hard thing is just finding the time to finish it off. We’ll continue working together though.

 

  1. You’ve recently becoming the newest addition to the Astral People family, how did that come about? Have you always wanted to work with them?

Yeah, they’re the best. I’ve met them a while before they started managing me. I remember when I first heard of them at a party, I kinda already became attached to them because they were kinda dealing with artists that I never thought id see in Sydney and that I always thought was a really nice quality. That I think what got me really interested in what they were doing.

 

  1. What can we see from Basenji in 2015?

There will be an EP hopefully at the start of the year. There will also be a few tours but everything is still up in the air.

 

  1. You’re a fresh young talent on the Australian electronic music scene; can you suggest any upcoming artists you’re into right now?

I’ve been listening to the Taylor Swift album right now, but I don’t wanna say that. I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff, there’s a dude called Murlo, he just released an EP called Into Mist. The music video’s just been released online and it’s already about to blow up on the music scene.

 

 

 

T O R A

Electronic chillwave sounds to get your Sunday sessions started take a listen to Tora. Gracing your ears from the coastal town of Byron Bay, Tora is derived from the Greek word ‘τώρα’ meaning now. The concept of Tora was conceived in the later months of 2012 and came together as a 5 piece act in early May 2013. Their beautifully chilled beats are perfect for your sunny Sunday. Enjoy.

A N D A L U S I A

Vejer de la Frontera, a Spanish town in the province of Cadiz. Andalusia, perches on a hilltop, overlooking a stretch of water connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Here, the white stone buildings and soft skies blend into one as birds fly low out to the surrounding valleys, dotted with farmland, orange groves and orchards.

Photos by Kate Holstein of Cereal magazine.

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