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Class of 2008: Pnau

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sydney duo Pnau (pronounced Pen-yow) might have been around for years, but it looks like they're finally eyeing some serious success. Although they've played their electronic beats, blips and pings around the world (occasionally to parties attended by everyone from Naomi Campbell to Ricky Martin), their third self-titled record is due to deliver them to heights well beyond the earthly stratosphere. Although former Brisbane school friends Pete Mayes and Nick Littlemore have not-so-quietly been building a loyal fan base since the mid '90s, 'Wild Strawberries' — the first offering from Pnau — has already grabbed the attention of everyone from acclaimed international mixer DJ Feadz to none other than Sir Elton John.

And while many thought the dance music craze would fizzle and die not long after Pnau won an ARIA Award in 1999 for their debut release Sambanova, the two have continued to create their own unique brand of every-tempo mixes and perfectly mashed-up beats — Pnau involved so many keyboards, mini-disc players, pieces of studio and computer equipment and traditional instruments that the band can't even remember them all, not to mention including a children's choir and Luke Steele, frontman of indie alt-rockers The Sleepy Jackson.

As their record company bio says; "We suspect they're starting to take themselves seriously — it's like they don't consider 'ambition' to be a dirty word anymore". Which is just as well, because that ambition is about to see Pnau take off like a rocket … man.



Pnau's track 'Baby', as featured in the recent Lite White television ad


Says who? Sir Elton John is a huge fan, having stumbled upon the duo's music during his recent Australian tour. He invited the band round for tea to his hotel and has since been slinging their latest release to all corners of the globe to show his support.

"I was getting work done on the bench at physio and he was like, 'Hello mate it's Elton, love your album'," Littlemore told Triple J about the phone call he received last month. "We hung out with him and we're going over to London to hang out with him at the end of February."

Lily Allen and the Scissor Sisters have been wooed by Elton's endorsement, and Madonna's people are reportedly sniffing around for possible remixes. Operator Please and Rage Against The Machine were also regulars side-of-stage during the band's Big Day Out appearances this year.

A MySpace fan says: "After the Gold Coast BDO based solely on your performance I booked flights to Melbourne to go see you again. ABSOLUTELY F***ING EPIC. You're now in my top three best live acts of all time!" Matty

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WATCH: Jaden Smith cosies up to Kylie Jenner and raps about 'blow' in new music video MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Oct 22 2014 11:25AM

Looks like Jaden Smith fell in love at Coachella… with a chick who has a "blow dealer".

Will Smith's 16-year-old son has just dropped his bizarre new music video for 'Blue Ocean', which features rumoured ex Kylie Jenner, loads of cocaine talk and way too many gratuitous ab shots.Should we be reading between the lines here? Check out the video above…

This isn't the first time Jaden's referenced junior Jenner in a tune! Earlier this month, the teen rapper tagged Kylie in his music video for 'Fast'… which you can watch below.

Romance rumours kicked off between the pair in September, when Jaden tweeted: "I love Kylie Jenner". Subtle, right?

However, Kylie's recently been romantically linked to her good friend Tyga, with the pair reportedly hooking up after his split from fiance Blac Chyna.

Oh well, we "hope her man doesn’t get jealous".

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WATCH: Taylor Swift disses her record label: 'If I brought out an album full of whale noises they'd release it' MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Oct 22 2014 9:32AM

We truly hope Taylor Swift's not making the shift from break-up songs to sea life tunes.

Talking to The Project last night, 24-year-old Taylor revealed why she has little trust for her label... and it bizarrely has something to do with a bunch of whale noises. Check out the interview above!

Down Under to promote new album 1989, TheFIX have deemed T-Swizzle the interview queen of Oz… especially after the pop star called commentators sexist for judging her love life.

She told 2DayFM's Jules, Merrick and Sophie: "No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.

"You’re going to have people who are going to see the depth from which you approached a song. The fact that you put your real emotions into it and that's valuable and that's good and that’s real and then you're going to have people who are going to say, 'oh you know, like, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,' and I think frankly that's just a very sexist angle to take."

Taylor -1, the rest of the world – 0.

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