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Alt-J English quartet are the hottest music nerd ever, with their surging undercurrent of popularity that threatens to overwhelm all music outlets and platforms. Alt-J was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds University in 2007. ∆’s name is pronounced “Alt-J”, which is the keyboard short cut used on Apple OS X to insert the Greek letter Delta. “Alt-J”

Their eponymous first 4-track EP , was recorded with producer Charlie Andrew in London and showcased the tracks “Breezblocks”, “Hand-Made”, “Matilda” and “Tessellate”. A 7″ single containing “Bloodflood” and “Tessellate” was released by Loud and Quiet in October 2011.

Their first 2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7″ “Matilda”/”Fitzpleasure”, followed by “Breezeblocks” as an advance of their first album An Awesome Wave, released on 25 May 2012 in the UK, Europe, and Australia. The album was released on 18 September 2012 in North America via Canvasback Music. The group’s signature blend of layered, folk-inflected dub-pop and soaring alternative rock has been compared to artists such as the Hot Chip, Wild Beasts and Everything Everything.

Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, was released on 25 May 2012 by Infectious Music, and drew on multiple musical genres and sensibilities (folk, rock bass, catchy pop, hip-hop beats, trip-hop atmosphere, indie-rock quirkiness, and electronic heavy synth riffs). They were wedded to intimately personal, sometimes confessional lyrics, peppered with film and literary references including allusions to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional and Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. It was completed over three weeks in January of 2012, the band adding six or seven songs to the pool of already recorded material.

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Their debut album won the 2012 British Barclaycard Mercury Prize, as the bookmakers’ favourite, and was announced as BBC Radio 6 Music Album of the Year 2012. Three of the tracks from this album gained entry into the Australian 2012 Triple J Hottest 100, with ‘Something Good’ at number 81, ‘Tessellate’ at number 64, and ‘Breezeblocks’ coming 3rd overall.

Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2012

Millions of people from across the globe tuned in to celebrate the typical Australia Day tradition – Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. After 1.5 million votes were cast, the very predictable first place winner was Macklemore and Ryan LewisThrift Shop featuring Wanz. It’s pretty easy to see how Thrift Shop won too, it is an incredibly infectious song that has taken the world by storm. It has a beat that makes you want to dance as well as catchy, nonsense lyrics. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been incredibly smart in releasing their most commercial song from their album The Heist as Thrift Shop has gained them greater recognition and millions of fans worldwide. If you’re a fan of Thrift Shop make sure you check out the album because it is filled with incredible songs with insightful lyrics.

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EDM also did considerably well  with tracks from Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Flight Facilities, Skrillex, Knife Party, the Bloody Beetroots and Avicii all ranking in the top 100. Though it was Sydney producer Flume who cleaned up in this years countdown with four tracks on the list. On Top ranked #67, Sleepless ranked #12, Holdin On ranked #4 and his remix of Hermitude’s HyerParadise ranked #18. After winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition to play at Field Day Flume has continued to soar and will only continue doing so! Check out his highest ranking track “Holdin’ On“:

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Here is the full countdown:

#100: Everything Everything – Cough Cough
#99: M.I.A. – Bad Girls
#98: Kimbra – Warrior ft. Mark Foster & A-Trak
#97: Jack White – I’m Shakin’
#96: Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique
#95: Last Dinosaurs – Andy
#94: The Gaslight Anthem
#93: Snakadaktal – Dance Bear
#92: Lisa Mitchell – Spiritus
#91: Allday x C1 – So Good
#90: Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
#89: Chance Waters – Maybe Tomorrow ft. Lilian Blue
#88: C2C – Down The Road
#87: The Bloody Beetroots & Greta Svabo Bech – Chronicles Of a Fallen Love
#86: Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
#85: Purity Ring – Fineshrine
#84: Hilltop Hoods – Rattling the Keys To the Kingdom
#83: The Jungle Giants – She’s A Riot
#82: Santigold – Disparate Youth
#81: Alt-J – Something Good
#80: Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids ft. Earl Sweatshirt
#79: The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
#78: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Household Goods
#77: Feed Me & Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got
#76: Illy – Heard It All
#75: Muse – Madness
#74: The Shins – Simple Song
#73: Ben Folds Five – Draw A Crowd
#72: Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats
#71: Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
#70: The Presets – Promises
#69: Matt Corby – Lonely Boy (Like a Version)
#68: Avicii – Silhouettes
#67: Flume – On Top ft. T-Shirt
#66: The Rubens – The Best We Got
#65: Grimes – Genesis
#64: Alt-J – Tessellate
#63: First Aid Kit – Wolf
#62: Kid Cudi – Just What I Am ft. King Chip
#61: Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul
#60: Jack White – Love Interruption
#59: Cosmo Jarvis – Love This
#58: Mumford & Sons – Babel
#57: Seth Sentry – Float Away
#56: Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
#55: Knife Party – Internet Friends
#54: The Bamboos – I Got Burned ft. Tim Rogers
#53: San Cisco – Wild Things
#52: The Presets – Ghosts
#51: Birds of Tokyo – This Fire
#50: Asta – My Heart Is On Fire
#49: Thundamentals – Brother (Like A Version)
#48: San Cisco – Fred Astaire
#47: Of Monsters & Men – Mountain Sound
#46: Passion Pit – Take A Walk
#45: Chance Waters – Young & Dumb ft. Bertie Blackman
#44: Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun
#43: The Lumineers – Ho Hey
#42: MS MR – Hurricane
#41: British India – I Can Make You Love Me
#40: Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
#39: Alabama Shakes – Hold On
#38: Grimes – Oblivion
#37: Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
#36: Miike Snow – Paddling Out
#35: 360 – Run Alone
#34: Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
#33: Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This
#32: Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)
#31: Alpine – Gasoline
#30: Bat For Lashes – Laura
#29: Loon Lake – Cherry Lips
#28: Django Django – Default
#27: Ball Park Music – Surrender
#26: Seth Sentry – Dear Science
#25: Skrillex – Bangarang ft. Sirah
#24: Chet Faker – I’m Into You
#23: Ball Park Music – Coming Down
#22: The Temper Trap – Trembling Hands
#21: Disclosure – Latch ft. Sam Smith
#20: Rudimental – Feel The Love ft. John Newman
#19: The xx – Angels
#18: Hermitude – HyperParadise (Flume Remix)
#17: Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune ft. Christine Hoberg
#16: Rudimental – Not Giving In ft. John Newman & Alex Clare
#15: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love ft. Mary Lambert
#14: Icona Pop – I Love It ft. Charli XCX
#13: The Black Keys – Gold On the Ceiling
#12: Flume – Sleepless ft. Jezzabell Doran
#11: Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing ft. Florence Welch
#10: The Rubens – My Gun
#9: Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
#8: Frank Ocean – Lost
#7: Tame Impala – Elephant
#6: Major Lazer – Get Free ft. Amber Coffman
#5: Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
#4: Flume – Holdin On
#3: Alt-J – Breezeblocks
#2: Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks
#1: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop ft. Wanz

Coachella 2013 Lineup!

The much anticipated Coachella 2013 lineup was officially announced the other day, putting an end to speculation and rumours and delivering a monster lineup as per usual. This year the Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the headlining acts but there are plenty of EDM artists and DJ’s to keep you going as well, including Bassnectar, Dog Blood, Nicky Romero, Tommy Trash, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Major Lazer, Freddie Le Grand, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Paul Okenfold, Adrian Lux and more!!

The festival is held on two weekends this year – April 12-14 and April 19-21 and passes go on sale Tuesday January 29th at 10.00am PT from this website.

The most memorable moment from last years Coachella would definitely have to be Tupac’s holographic appearance! Who know’s what surprise await for this years Coachella!!

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