Chela Chela Chela

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We do our darnedest to keep things fresh and run a mixed bag of content on this blog, but every now and then we get a case of the broken records about us and keep coming back to certain artists. Portugal. The Man, Charli XCX, Major Lazer, Blood Orange, Oscar Key Sung & FKA Twigs are all names that are constantly on high rotation around these parts but with quality like that can you really blame us?

Another artist that is climbing the leader board for most appearances here on Cool Accidents is Melbourne singer songwriter Chela and her super rad brand of alt-disco-pop business.

She dropped an absolute corker of a single Romanticise on French label Kitsuné Maison last year and they obviously liked what she was putting down as she’s back for round two with her Zero EP set to drop next week (March 10).

In anticipation of the release, Chela flexed her DJ skills and turned in an awesome minimix featuring jam after jam crammed into the space of 6 minutes - Aaliyah, Carly Simon, Ratatat, Friends, Caribou, Blood Orange, Depeche Mode as well as a few other bits of cool shit we didn’t know.

Check it out below and click the little arrow with a line under it to get a free download for your mp3 collection.


Bonus bit - If you’re lucky enough to be taking part in this year’s SXSW party times Chela will be doing her thing at THIS & THIS

Q&A With Client Liaison

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We had the rare opportunity to sit down with two of the hardest working men in Melbourne, the bizarro-pop juggernaut that is Client Liaison. The duo have been hard at work on their EP with singles garnering plenty of praise these past few months. As discussed as their music though, have been their videos. If you’ve never heard them before then you need to hit play on at least one of the following two clips before reading on.


Where do you think Christopher Skase is right now?

Haunting the corridors of his pride and joy - The Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas.

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If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?

Devonté Hynes AKA Blood Orange. Aside form the shear brilliance of his production, he maintains a sense of the eclectic without alienating his listening - a hard line to tread.

What, in your opinion, is the best model of fax machine and why?

Anything portable, pie charts don’t pop out of thin air. We roll strapped with a Nessie Courier 53 - top of the range.

Where were you when Australia won the Americas Cup?

Mid-flight on an Ansett service from Canberra to Perth. The captain announced the good news and the cabin erupted into what was a  joyous celebration. Fosters flowed and Waltzing Matilda was sung twice back to back.

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Who was the best receptionist you’ve ever had?

Lucy Collins 1984 - 1991. She once sent a 23 page contract via fax whilst eating her lunch and maintaining 8 calls on hold. We hired her an assistant (Stacy Smith) the next day. Stacy is still with us at Client Liaison HQ here in Melbourne.

Can we expect an INXS style tele-drama from you anytime soon? If so, what can we expect to see it and which former home and away actress are you looking at dating?

Yes, yes you can. We start pre production for a full length feature film in the next few months. We can’t give away too much but can reveal that it will be set amongst the Victorian High Country - Mt. Buller.

What was your favourite showbag from Expo ’88 and which was your favourite stall?

We did manage to get round to all 84 pavilions. from memory Japans was a stand out mainly because everyone received a hot towel upon entry.

Favourite spot for a power lunch/business meeting?

Sizzler, hands down.

Which Wall Street collapse was the most significant to you?

The Black Tuesday crash - signalling the beginning of the 10 year Great Depression.

If you could soundtrack any film, what would it be?

The Man from Snowy River.

Draw a picture of your ideal corner office.

Forgive us for not drawing a picture but we couldn’t go past Wolfgang Sievers 1979 interior image of the B.H.A.S. offices, 55 Collins Street here in Melbourne.


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You can play your part in helping the guys get some sweet digs as per above by buying Free Of Fear and/or Feeling over on their Bandcamp page


For Cool Accidents

Blood Orange Juce - My New Favourite Flavour

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Due to the sheer volume of music that you encounter on any given day, I find it becomes really hard to commit too much time to any one artist, track or album BUT that all went out the window today as soon as I heard London trio Juce. Georgia, Chalin & Cherish may only have one track but I must have listened to it at least 40 times today…

I don’t know much else other than the fact they look like some super rad girl (but not girl) group and this, their debut track Call You Out is already hands down my fave thing from 2014.

Just like their promo pics it’s got a real throwback flavour about it and there’s no denying that there are some serious Dev Hynes/Blood Orange vibes going down, but that definitely ain’t a bad thing.

I for one can’t wait to hear what’s next… But for the time being this will be on HIGH rotation.



-Maccy

F**k Yes.

ParisLondonNewYorkWestNile > Bohemian Grove > 285 Kent > Nothing.


As the Manhattan invasion of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg continues to flourish, another Williamsburg institution is forced to close its doors.

285 Kent has been a grimey den of self-expression for the past 8 years, and a key fixture in the DIY artist & musician movement that eventually turned Williamsburg into a hip, then commercialised suburb, encouraging the movement of Manahattanites to this cool new realm.

Ever since Lou Reed’s assistant encouraged him to expand his horizons in the hunt for a new studio space all the way to Brooklyn (his people eventually canned the idea), the space that has been 285 Kent for the past several years has been occupied by a string of art-movement types. The aforementioned assistant banded together with a bunch of people who started ParisLondonNewYorkWestNile, an experimental artist work/live space & intermedia performance centre, which thrived, then collapsed, before being handed over to the next space entrepreneur.


285 Kent was institutional in the likes of Odd Future, Mykki Blanco, Grimes and more recently Blood Orange finding credibility in their rise to fame, as grungy Brooklynites smoked and graffitied the walls around them during shows.  Most artists site the freedom they felt at a venue like 285 Kent, as opposed to the more strict and polished Manhattan venues; a warehouse space created to inspire, that didn’t pretend to be anything but.


This past week, however, 285 Kent closed its doors after a series of farewell live shows (featuring DIIV, Fucked Up, Dan Deacon & many more) and a series of police raids and health inspections.  To keep 285 Kent going, its owners would have needed to invest at least $100,000 to build proper bathrooms, comply with fire standards… all that boring legal stuff that sadly danced on their toes for just a little too long.  All this for just a short period of time before their lease was due for renewal, not ensuring good enough return on the investment considering the rising cost of realty in Williamsburg.

Considering the history of the warehouse space, surely it is just a matter of time before someone who can afford to legalize the space [read: Manhattan-capitalist-type] will step in to spit-shine everything up a little, and a new style of venue will rise from the ashes, just like a series of other long-term Williamsburg retail spaces forced to close their doors in the ever-gentrifying area.



-Lani Williams

SKATERS Top 10 Albums Of 2013


We’re pretty sure come this time next year a lot of people are going to be including Skaters debut ‘Manhattan’ in their end of year top 10 lists for 2014. We’ve really enjoyed the first tastes off it and have waxed lyrical about them numerous times on this here blog.

We reached out to the guys ahead of their world domination next year and asked them to give us their top 10 records of 2013 and a sentence about each one and they happily obliged with some great choices, here they be below and stay tuned to Cool Accidents for more info on the guys as it comes to hand.


Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe

Feels like what Prince would be doing if he was 25 in 2013.


Porches - Slow Dance from the Cosmos

Sick Brooklyn band. Favorite new singer. Great arrangements.


Disclosure - Settle

Really pretty dance songs in minor keys.


Danny Brown - Old

Causes way too many smiles and “oh shit!”s. His delivery keeps you on your toes throughout.


Iceage - You’re Nothing

That song Morals is fucking beautiful.


Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

The Kinks! They do everything on this record, where will they go from here?


Krill - Lucky Leaves

Shows that two guitars and drums can get it done. Basically no production value, just super talented dudes with basic set ups.


Splashh - Comfort

It’s a Pixies and Deer Hunter baby. what’s not to like?


Pissed Jeans - Honey

Crazy Record, We played with them at a festival in Sweden and it was the most energetic entertaining show we saw all year.


Guerilla Toss - Gay Disco

Just heard this today, so maybe it’s temporary, maybe I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, but it’s fucking cool!


Time To Get S’chooled.


We are more than a little bit excited about the arrival of the new Blood Orange tunes..


They’re both taken from the new Blood Orange record “Cupid Deluxe” (not sure what they do if there’s a deluxe edition by the way)


Blood Orange are the working group for Devonte Hynes (ex Lightspeed Champion) to purvey his beautifully arty indie dream R&B and I think we all slept a bit on their first album and missed how influential it might be until Solange Knowles revealed Dev’s genius when “Losing You” became the hipsters pop choice of 2012.

And then we went back to S’Cooled and realised it was great too.

So lets not miss the new one, eh?



-Wax Volcanic for Cool Accidents

Lil’ Sister



A while back Santigold hipped me to a tune I hadn’t noticed on an album I had but hadn’t paid attention to. I wasn’t too into Lightspeed Champion so I didn’t pay enough attention to Blood Orange. But as she pointed out S’Cooled was one I shouldn’t have missed.

Now a few months later Dev Hynes is producing Solange Knowles, the more interesting sister of the famous Beyonce. And this single “Losing You” is a real treat. She’s free of her major label associations (for now) and she recorded this for Terrible Records – the label of Chris from Grizzly Bear. This is the result -



The beautiful video features some awesomely dressed African dudes called Les Sapeurs and the least well flattened croquet pitch of all time. Worth looking at for that reason alone. The Sapeurs (African slang for a very well dressed chap) are from the Congo and worth a post on their own but if you are impatient for that read about them HERE.



Solange’s True EP is due out November 27 on Terrible Records.

Heartbreaks and Earthquakes

Charli XCX is back with another mixtape and this time around it’s all about her, well mostly her, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes sees our fave babe take tracks from peeps such as Blood Orange, Jai Paul, Rudimental & Paul White and… now I refuse to use the term mash-up as I find it super offensive so I’m going to go ahead and say she ‘blends’ her vocals nicely in the mix and the result is a series of short tracks that sound like they were meant to be together all along.

Give it a go below and check the full track listing after the jump.

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