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Breton : Got Well Soon Posted 5 Dec 2013 @ 1:03pm 21 views 0 comments Got Well Soon is a weird song, pulling in a range of influences too broad to list here, coming up with something brilliant in the process. It has that endearing Hot Chip charm, swimming in gnarled DFA-style production. The ghost of dance-punk lives on in the rhythm section, transplanting it into something resembling the futuristic.
Busta Rhymes Feat. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil Wayne : Thank You Posted 5 Dec 2013 @ 1:02pm 20 views 0 comments As well as getting swole as fuck (dude’s built like Macho Man Randy Savage), Bus-A-Bus has been sporadically releasing quality tracks in the past year or two, following up the down-tempo patois of #TWERKIT with rapidfire flow over classic soul-funk samples. Bus and Q-Tip go toe-to-toe, the two veterans still at the top of their game. Don’t let the feature list fool you, this isn’t quite a posse...
Beady Eye : Soul Love Posted 5 Dec 2013 @ 1:00pm 13 views 0 comments Old mate Liam and crew manage to generate an intriguing atmosphere on the unsettlingly sparse Soul Love, but everything comes undone with a string of hamfisted nursery rhyme couplets. Tune out from the near-parody lyricisms and you’ll hear a decent tune, but it leans a little too close to something you would expect from Driveshaft (Lost reference, wassup).
Sampha : Too Much Posted 5 Dec 2013 @ 12:59pm 15 views 0 comments We got a taste of Too Much as a sample on Drake’s latest LP, now SBTRKT collaborator Sampha has released the full solo track as a barebones piano ballad. Sampha’s voice is incredible, with the production a world away from both the Drake track and the festival commanding work with SBTRKT. Its beauty is resounding, but it still works better as a hook for a few Drizzy verses.
Beni : Love On The Run Posted 5 Dec 2013 @ 12:58pm 21 views 0 comments Sydney producer Beni crafts a damn fine groove on Love On The Run, something similar to Melbourne label-mate Roland Tings. Its danceable traits are immediate, sifting in deft ravey touches with ease. The vocal samples are pretty trite, feeling like a regression to the bloghouse days of yore.
Pond : Midnight Mass (At The Market Street Payphone) Posted 5 Dec 2013 @ 12:56pm 34 views 0 comments Pond punch out the big fucken scary riffs with plenty of sonic squeals, summoning demons before bringing things back to Earth in a calming psychedelic wash. A tidy little shot of uninhibited rock majesty.
Scotdrakula : Break Me Up Posted 4 Dec 2013 @ 11:59am 91 views 0 comments There’s that tried and true quiet-loud dynamic throughout Break Me Up, with the quiet parts still not exactly quiet and the loud segments still anchored by a sense of restraint till the cacophonous close. It’s a heady, last-drinks at a dive bar ramble, the air of defeat casting a certain darkness over key moments. The payoff of the eventual, huge Crazy Horse breakdown is well worthwhile.
bEEdEEgEE : Bricks Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 86 views 0 comments Gang Gang Dance frontman Brian DeGraw hits solo mode in bEEdEEgEE, here channelling some trappy and abrasive production on Bricks. It bears some sonic middle ground with the previous Gang Gang Dance record, moving deeper into electronic experimentation. Nothing mindblowing, but there are some interesting moments on offer.
Jen Cloher : Hold My Hand Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 179 views 0 comments Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Jen Cloher eases into Hold My Hand with stripped back electric folk, gradually enveloping dashes of choir as momentum builds. Cloher conjures up a storm with deft ease, inducing goosebumps with the sublimation into the thunderous close. A resounding mix of beauty and power.
Sally Seltmann : Billy Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 79 views 0 comments Popsmith Sally Seltmann returns with a jaunty ditty that flirts with the twee that defined her work as New Buffalo, but rises above with intriguing renaissance synths and Seltmann’s captivating voice.
Beastwars : Realms Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 113 views 0 comments The antipode’s finest sludge metal proponents are at their sludgiest on Realms, bearing down with overwhelming dread like a prehistoric monster waking from a flaming tar pit. A nice reminder that album Blood Becomes Fire still stands as one of the year’s best.
Hello Satellites : Television Screens Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 141 views 0 comments Bridging a divide between delicate organic tones and washes of electronica, Television Screens is an airy trip through kitchen cupboard percussion and dainty string arpeggios guided by a snappy beat. Look out for the sophomore LP 84000 early in 2014.
Architecture In Helsinki : Dream A Little Crazy Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 98 views 0 comments Toning down their recent bubblegum sheen, Architecture In Helsinki bring it back to their organic quirk-pop roots with a healthy serving of güiro and Louie Louie-style chord progression. The middle eight pares it back before blowing up into a dreamy horn solo, buffering the all-out pop joy of the infectious shout-along choral cry. It’s sheer uninhibited joy, a reminder that it feels good to...
Sarah Blasko : Fool Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 85 views 0 comments The chorus to Fool isn’t too far removed from the anthemic, but it’s tastefully anchored by a forlorn, defeated delivery compounded by the night-time melancholy of the arrangement. A cut from Blasko’s most recent LP, the excellent I Awake, Fool is repackaged in EP form here – but the “EP” is just the track and two remixes which ISN’T MUCH OF AN EP IN MY BOOK. But the...
Arcade Fire : Afterlife Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 48 views 0 comments The best track from a fairly middling album, Afterlife plays to the Canadian stadium-indie collective’s strengths, bringing grand, theological-inclined themes down to a more grounded level. It nails that sense of cathartic despair that elevated Funeral into brilliance, connecting with sincerity rather than goofy theatrics.
Flume & Chet Faker : Drop The Game Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 7:51am 136 views 0 comments BBFs (best bros 4eva) Flume and Chet Faker team up once again for an EP’s worth of pulsing electronica, the first taste of which is Drop The Game. It’s not really a banger, more in line with Flume’s remix of Disclosure’s You & Me. Nick Murphy’s soulful croon makes for a perfect complement to Flume’s sonic signature, generating more than a few melodic and tonal hooks.
Closure In Moscow : The Church Of The Technochrist Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 3:53am 228 views 0 comments Judging by the title I was hoping for some so-bad-it’s-good unholy embracement of EDM-rock fusion. Instead, it’s a fairly tasteful prog-disco blend. Well, as tasteful as a prog-disco blend can get, I suppose. Like Nile Rodgers jamming with Mars Volta or something. Who knows, it might be enough to rectify the stalled momentum caused by their raising of AJ Maddah’s ire in 2010.
City Calm Down : Speak To No End Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 3:53am 131 views 0 comments The new cut from City Calm Down, taken from a double A-side due later this year, unfolds like a retro-indebted nod to stadium-sized late-‘80s synth rock titans, something like Queen’s The Works era. The opening three or so minutes could easily pass as a self-contained, tidy slice of danceable indie rock, held back slightly by a bit of a plonking chorus. But then the commanding, measured near-...
Dan Sultan : Under Your Skin Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 3:53am 142 views 0 comments The reigning superhunk of Australian rock returns with a commanding and catchy rock stomper, creeping with tense aplomb like Mark Seymour in Talking To A Stranger (not just saying that because that Avalanches remix was in YouTube’s related clips). Under Your Skin is decent despite its brevity, making the most of every second with resounding volatility. But it’s still not as dangerous as it could...
Super Wild Horses : Ono In A Space Bubble Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 3:53am 105 views 0 comments One of the stronger cuts from Super Wild Horses’ Crosswords LP of earlier this year, Ono In A Space Bubble drives it home with pounding toms and gnarly guitar tone, capped off with reverby shrieks that most likely take their inspiration from the titular scenario. More of an exercise in style rather than substance, the track is an enjoyable burst of minimalist garage goodness. Lends itself to...
Flume Feat. Isabella Manfredi : The Greatest View Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 3:53am 145 views 0 comments Okay I was fully bracing myself for this to be a Silverchair cover, which would have been hilarious, let’s face it. Instead it’s a fairly inoffensive team-up from boy wonder Flume and The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi, who delivers a smoky complement to Harley Streten’s hazy beats. There are moments in the production that sound like what would happen if Arca remixed Eve’s Let Me Blow Ya Mind. Ya...
Jon Lemmon : Wonder Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 3:53am 426 views 2 comments Kiwi-based posi-vibes proselytiser Jon Lemmon teams up with compatriot Race Banyon on production for Wonder, a bliss-inducing journey through nostalgic house glory. Lemmon’s dreamy whispers compound the lush, inviting beats, invoking both a sense of communal rave euphoria and insular calm. Spoiler alert: there are two drops, both of them are amazing.
Shining Bird : Keep Warm Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:57am 205 views 0 comments A simple and sweet little folk ditty, Keep Warm sees Shining Bird ride a gentle crest of a plodding bass line with a measured baritone and a helping of brisk melody. The track never overreaches, crafting a pleasant little forest-meets-the-sea jaunt with ease.
Second Hand Heart : Spending My Time Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:56am 211 views 0 comments An eerie tension underpins Spending My Time, completely nailing in terms of pacing in the lead-up to the eventual pay-off. The creeping electric guitar is very Jonny Greenwood, cultivating a commanding swell of alternative-informed rock.
Sunbeam Sound Machine : Cosmic Love Affair Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:55am 322 views 0 comments Belying a kinda shit band/project name, Sunbeam Sound Machine is the solo project from Melbourne kid Nick Sowersby – I guess following the Kevin Parker/Tame Impala mode of production/live performance? Cosmic Love Affair is a meditation on swathes of guitar tone lushness, conjuring an incredibly comforting sense of calm in the process. It reminds me a little bit of Chad VanGaalen, and that’s a...
Immigrant Union : I Can’t Return Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:51am 135 views 0 comments Adding a dash of J Mascis-style fragile vocals to a jangly Southern romp, local collective Immigrant Union keep it coming with their brand of proficient rock‘n’roll with a hearty serving trebly guitar action. It ticks all the boxes, but lacks a certain sense of danger in the dynamic, like the solos don’t really have room to breathe or something. Still heaps listenable but.
Hayden Calnin : Coward Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:47am 171 views 0 comments Sounding like a watered-down version of Bon Iver’s Perth (or hell, any track from that album) Hayden Calnin falls short in reaching for the stars with this indie-folk soundscape. I mean, it sounds great, but it’s all a bit bogged down in a soggy, well-worn path carved a few years prior. That aggrieving indie-folk vocal inflection doesn’t really help, either.
Sebastien Grainger : Going With You Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:46am 99 views 0 comments I have found memories of Death From Above 1979, cruising along with mates while honking the horn in syncopation with the riff from Black History Month. I managed to catch them at their 2011 Parklife appearance, strolling to front of stage with ease due to other festival-goers being drawn to whatever sick dubbers was going on elsewhere. That reunion has yet to produce any new studio work, so here...
Childish Gambino : 3005 Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 9:45am 131 views 0 comments I’m such a goddamn professional that I can divorce my disdain for Community and can judge Donald Glover’s musical project on its own merit. But yeah it sucks just as much as Community. 3005 is a barely passable approximation of the past few years of mainstream rap. His flow doesn’t really hit the mark for the most part, dropping witless witticisms such as “got a stripper like Gaza” amongst Kanye...
DZ Deathrays : Northern Lights Posted 13 Nov 2013 @ 12:35pm 319 views 0 comments I always said that DZ Deathrays’ last album could be improved ten-fold if it was a purely instrumental affair, but I guess the throat-shredding, bong-ripping, party-trashing business just wasn’t to my taste. New cut Northern Lights is a world away from the duo’s previous hedonistic rampage, with a restrained, contemplative air replete with a few instances of down-tempo Japandroids-style “woaaah-...
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