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Jonathan Thulin to release "Science Fiction"

Jonathan Thulin (brother of remix producer David Thulin) has unveiled the artwork for his new album Science Fiction coming out in March.

He's also annouced the album features collaborations with Rapture Ruckus (who he teamed up with for "Volcano"), Group 1 Crew, & Royal Tailor (as well as a few others) so it should be one to look out for.

Jonathan's in NZ right now looking to do a living room tour, so if you want some acoustic goodness in your lounge or front lawn, hit him up on facebook and invite him over.

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Tobymac releases new single "Beyond Me"

Tobymac has released his brand new single "Beyond Me" along with a couple of remixes.

Apparently this is just a teaser for a new full length album coming later in 2015, which I'm totally okay with.

Get the single on iTunes, or listen on Spotify.

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2015 Preview - Albums on the way

There's already a lot to look forward to on the new music front in 2015.

This month will see Rapture Ruckus release Invader Vol 2 EP, and Bethel Music are putting out another live album titled We Will Not Be Shaken. You also have stuff from Joy Electric, Sixteen Cities, and Derek Minor.

February has RED, Aaron Gillespie, Jeremy Camp, Mat Kearney, and The Brilliance all releasing new albums, and then in March we have Jars of Clay, Third Day, Jonathan Thulin, and Hawk Nelson.

Plus there are confirmed new albums coming from Twenty One Pilots, August Burns Red, Emery, The Ember Days, Paper Route, Abandon Kansas, House of Heroes, Relient K, Leagues, Owl City, Tobymac, and Fireflight - all in the next 12 months, so hold on to that Christmas money you got from your Mum... you're going to need it.

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Here's 2014's Top 100 songs, as decided by your votes!

01. Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
02. Switchfoot - When We Come Alive
03. for King & Country - Fix My Eyes
04. Rapture Ruckus - In This Together (ft. Shuree)
05. Jesus Culture - We Will Run
06. Hawk Nelson - A Million Miles Away
07. Capital Kings - Fireblazin'
08. Shawn McDonald - We Are Brave
09. Rend Collective - My Lighthouse
10. Chris Tomlin - Waterfall

11. Remedy Drive - Commodity
12. Unspoken - Start A Fire
13. Owl City - Beautiful Times (ft. Lindsay Stirling)
14. Marie Miller - You're Not Alone
15. Rise X Temper - Running On Rooftops
16. Satellites & Sirens - Jump Start My Heart
17. Ginny Blackmore - Holding You (ft. Stan Walker)
18. Danny Gokey - Hope In Front Of Me
19. Family Force 5 - Let It Be Love
20. Lecrae - All I Need Is You

21. Royal Tailor - Making Me New
22. Jonathan Thulin - Architectue
23. Shonlock - A Night To Remember
24. Kye Kye - People
25. The Digital Age - Glow
26. The Soorleys - Rumble
27. Matthew West - Do Something
28. Citizens & Saints - You Brought Me Back To Life
29. Benny Tipene - Make You Mine
30. Crowder - I Am

31. Jamie Grace - Do Life Big
32. Bellarive - Bring Us Back
33. Kutless - Never Too Late
34. City Harbour - Heartbeat
35. Finding Favour - Shake The World
36. Yoyomo - 1000 Pieces
37. Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens
38. Hurricane Kids - Wake Up The World
39. Shane Harper - Hold You Up
40. We Stole The Sun - This Time We Got It

41. Chris August - Unashamed Of You
42. Colton Dixon - More Of You
43. Anberlin - Stranger Ways
44. Lecrae - Nuthin'
45. Manafest - Edge Of My Life
46. Jonny Diaz - Use Me Too
47. John Mark McMillan - Future/Past
48. Needtobreathe - Difference Maker
49. House of Heroes - Satisfied
50. Sanctus Real - Lay It Down

51. Ashes Remain - Here For A Reason
52. Leagues - Walking On Water
53. Shawn McDonald - Hope Is Right Here
54. David Dunn - Today Is Beautiful
55. Twenty One Pilots - House Of Gold
56. Ellie Holcolmb - The Broken Beautiful
57. Mikeschair - This Is Our Moment
58. Kings Kaleidoscope - I Know
59. Andy Mineo - You Can't Stop Me
60. Mike Mains & The Branches - Everything's Gonna Be Alright

61. Shonlock - My Choice Is You
62. Lincoln Brewster - Made New
63. Dan Bremnes - Beautiful
64. Crowder - Come As You Are
65. Mandisa - Back To You
66. Sidewalk Prophets - Save My Life
67. Owl City - Wolf Bite
68. Guvna B - Letting Go
69. Group 1 Crew - A Little Closer
70. Manic Drive - VIP (ft. Manwell Reyes)

71. Tenth Avenue North - No Man Is An Island
72. Building 429 - Press On (ft. Blanca Callahan)
73. The Latest Fallout - Better
74. Bellarive - Lazarus
75. The Afters - What We're Here For
76. Shine Bright Baby - Made To Glow
77. Capital Kings - Be A King
78. Halfnoise - Hurricane Love
79. Nakita Turner - One Voice
80. We Stole The Sun - Hey Dear

81. Brooke Duff - Nothing Compares
82. Brooke Fraser - Psychosocial
83. Kutless - You Alone
84. Veridia - Disconnected
85. Shuree - Be The Change
86. Tedashii - Dark Days, Darker Nights (ft. Britt Nicole)
87. KJ-52 - Gameface (ft. KB, Soul Glo, & Flame)
88. [shift] - In The Middle
89. Rend Collective - Immeasurably More
90. Kye Kye - Scared Or Selfish

91. Mercyme - Greater
92. Jeremy Camp - He Knows
93. Audio Adrenaline - He Moves You Move
94. Sound The Ocean - Run
95. Ryan Stevenson - Not Forgoteen (ft. Tobymac)
96. Owl City - You're Not Alone (ft. Britt Nicole)
97. Scientist - Deep Down
98. Number One Gun - Disappear (ft. Stephen Christian)
99. Rapture Ruckus - Volcano (ft. Jonathan Thulin)
100. Rise X Temper - Stars

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2014 Review - Best albums

After a lot of listening, re-listening, scribbling, and fighting, I'm ready to post my top albums for the year. I've excluded EP's from the list and these are in no particular order (it was hard enough choosing 10 albums let alone one to be the best out of all of them!)

Kings Kaleidoscope - Becoming Who We Are

No matter what other album I've put on this since this one came out, I've always found myself putting Kings K back on. It's so good from beginning to end, over and over again. If this is where worship music is going, then count me as stoked! Best song: "Defender"

Anberlin - Lowborn

I didn't just want to include this because it's Anberlin's final ever album, but even if you take that out of the picture, this is still a stand out album for me. Not the best they ever produced, but I'm happy they gave us one more before they left. Best song: "We Are Destroyer"

Switchfoot - Fading West (+ The Ends of the Earth EP)

I've thrashed this album this year. The tunes, matched with Jon's stellar lyrics, get me every single time I listen to it. Best song: "Let It Out"

Hillsong - No Other Name

To be honest, I prefer studio Hillsong to live Hillsong (probably why I also really liked The White Album remix project...) and this album has been my 'quiet time' staple since July. Best song: "Depths"

[shift] - The Traveller

I love it when a kiwi band knocks it outta the park, and [shift] nail it with this one. More people need to hear these guys - and since they're right in our own backyard, there's no excuse. Best song: "Jerusalem"

The Classic Crime - What Was Done, Vol. 1: A Decade Revisited

Despite being an album of covers from their previous albums, this is a solid runner for my favourite album of the year. Maybe it's because I like these songs so much, or because they've been re-done so well, but it's worth a listen if you missed it. Best song: "Salt In The Snow (Revisited)"

Crowder - Neon Steeple

Plain and simple: David Crowder gets me. Best song: "My Beloved"

Bellarive - Before There Was

Ever since I saw the video for "Lazarus", I've had this album on my 'Best of 2014' list. Best song: "Lazarus"

Fever Fever - Aftermath

One of the new bands on the Life FM playlist, Fever Fever are now one of my favourite bands. I hope a trip to NZ is on the cards for 2015! Best song: "Hypnotized"

Remedy Drive - Commodity

Aside from being a great album, the story behind this album being produced and released brings tears to my eyes as I hear it. Best song: "Dear Life"

Honourable mentions

Rend Collective - The Art of Celebration
Brooke Fraser - Brutal Romantic
Lecrae - Anomaly
Propoganda - Crimson Cord
For Today - Fight the Silence
Family Force 5 - Time Stands Still
John Mark McMillan - Borderland
Citizens & Saints - Join The Triumph

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2014 review - Music with Pictures

2014 saw bands totally step up when came to music videos, and Josh played the best ones on our new Shine TV show "Life FM Presents". 

Of course we can't mention "music with pictures" without a huge shoutout to Switchfoot, who released their docu-movie "Fading West" in January (available on iTunes if you wanna see it), and The Ember Days, Hillsong, & Chris Tomlin who all released live DVDs this year.

Check out this handy playlist of music videos we've loved in 2014!

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