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07 Dec Our Top Five – Strawberry Fields 2017


Words by David Collins // Photos by Justin Mclean


November means two things: Summer isn’t far away, and the wildlands of Strawberry Fields are calling. For many, Strawberry marks the official start of bush doof season. A time to break out the glitter, dust off the parasol and put on your finest disco kit. An eclectic mix of music nerds, Instagram it-girls, hippy ravers, and excited backpackers converged on the tiny town of Tocumwal for the weekend, keen to escape reality in one the most scenic (and uniquely Australian) festival locations in the world.

 

Compared to the searing heat of last year, the 2017 edition of Strawberry was much milder. A big downpour on Thursday night meant that the site was less dusty. And while there were a few patches of rain across the weekend, it didn’t seem to dull any enthusiasm. Now in its ninth year, the organisers at Strawberry should be applauded for creating a great atmosphere that continues to set the tone for the rest of the summer. A beautiful setting, carefully considered stage-design and world-class musical lineup culminated in a memorable weekend for many. Here are five key performances from across the four days.

 

OPTIMO

Greeting punters with a warm Glaswegian hug on Friday night were Scottish legends Optimo. Over two hours, the duo showed off the diverse, all-encompassing track selection that they’ve become famous for over the last decade. Drifting between techno, disco, electro and rock, there was definitely something for everyone, regardless of taste or mood. Highlights of their set included a swag of festival favourites like the KiNK remix of ‘Unit 2’ by Sunshine and Bicep’s latest single ‘Glue’. It was also nice to see the guys showcasing some locally produced music — raving along to Coober Pedy University Band’s anthem ‘Kookaburra’ felt even more special when amongst the gum trees, while Ram Jam’s 1979 classic ‘Black Betty’ gave any closet-rock fans opportunity for a quick headbang. Although Optimo’s genre-bending set lacked the musical cohesion most are used to seeing on the Strawberry mainstage, it was an inspired choice by festival organisers. The raucous energy of their tunes was the perfect way to get the party started and help the crowd lose any early inhibitions.

MALL GRAB

It’s been a busy 12 months for 23-year- old DJ and producer Jordon Alexander, aka Mall Grab. The New South Wales native managed to crack Resident Advisor’s prestigious top 100, grace the cover of Mixmag and headline some of Europe’s biggest clubs and festivals. With over a year between sets on home soil, it was a triumphant return to Melbourne as he graced the Wildlands on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Playing to the first big crowd of the day, there was clearly quite a few punters curious to see what all the hype was about. Full of energy as he bounced around the stage, Mall Grab played a set that seamlessly moved between funky hip-hop beats, jacking techno and lo-fi house. Alan Fitzpatrick‘s unrelenting ‘Beshektas’ was an early highlight, while Blaze’s classic house track ‘Lovelee Dae’ was the perfect soundtrack to a raving, sun-drenched crowd. I love seeing a DJ who is genuinely enjoying himself behind the decks and Mall Grab looked like he was loving every minute. The second hour of his set was full of big party tunes including the Switch classic ‘A Bit Patchy’, his own cut ‘Catching Feelings’ and a festival sing-a-long to ABBA’s ‘Lay Your Love On Me’. Watching Mall Grab perform live, it’s not hard to see why he has become one of the fastest rising names in dance music. His Strawberry set certainly didn’t do his reputation any harm — delighting his old fans and probably gaining a few new ones in the process.

 

CLUB COCO (CC: Disco, Simon TK, Chico G)

Meanwhile, down at the Beach stage, Melbourne trio CC:DISCO!, Simon TK and Chico G played a joyful B2B2B set under their Club Coco moniker. The daytime slot was the perfect remedy for anyone keen to escape the heat, take a dip in the river or dance off Friday night’s hangover among the gum trees. From midday to sundown, Club Coco brought 6 hours of power with a relaxed set that was big on good vibes and low on formality (bath robes were the uniform of choice). All three DJs showed off why they’ve individually earned a reputation as some of Australia’s best selectors. Cycling through an eclectic collection of happy disco edits, dreamy piano house (Latin Blood‘s ‘Deseo’) and cheesy 80’s Eurodance (Sabrina‘s ‘Boys Boys Boys’), it was very tempting to stay at the Beach stage all day, despite the bevy of internationals on offer elsewhere. As their set crept to a close, Toto‘s ‘Hold The Line’ gave the crowd one final hands in the air moment before the night’s festivities kicked off.

 

TIM ENGELHARDT

There was a distinctly German flavour about the festival on Saturday night. For those keen to get their techno fix, a world-class lineup awaited them on the Wildlands stage. After a chilled live set from Berlin’s Monolink, Cologne’s Tim Engelhardt was the next man to take to the decks at 10pm. With just a 90 minute time slot, Engelhardt wasted no time getting down to business, immediately setting the tone for the rest of the evening. The ominous breakdown of his track ‘No More Words’ sounded monstrous on the Funktion-One sound system with its rhythmic, rumbling bass. Engelhardt’s brand of lush, melodic techno has made his original productions a staple in the sets of industry heavyweights such as Tale Of Us, Andhim and Patrice Baumel in 2017. Fortunately for fans in the crowd, he showcased lots of his own material (old and new), including his hypnotic remix of Superflu’s ‘K5000’ and the immense ‘We Didn’t Talk For A While’. For his final song, Engelhardt teased the unmistakably wonky chords of ‘Reality’, the title track from this year’s standout EP. Slowly letting it build for what seemed like hours, he unleashed a wall of sound for one last dance. It was a masterful performance from the 19-year-old, who showed he’ll be a mainstay of festival lineups for years to come.

FRANKEY & SANDRINO

Continuing the German theme on Saturday night were Berlin residents Frankey & Sandrino. In recent years the duo have made a reputation for themselves with a string of killer releases on Dixon & Ame’s forward-thinking Innervisions imprint. With Frankey busy touring in Europe, it was left up to Sandrino to fly the flag for the outfit on their first appearance in Australia. Taking over where Engelhardt left off, Sandrino played a top-shelf techno set, full of new and unreleased tracks that struck a delicate balance between dark, sinister melodies, basslines and emotional builds. The stomping, drone-filled sounds of labelmate Trikk’s new track ‘Voltaire’ set the pace early, as did the Redshape remix of Rampa’s ‘Newborn Soul’ with its terrific, rising vocal. In the final stretch, Sandrino dropped Kienemusik’s soon-to-be-released single ‘Muye’. With a sea of smoke and lasers covering the crowd, the melancholy piano track gave the crowd a genuine goosebumps moment and one of the night’s top highlights.

Musically, attendees were spoilt for choice across the three days. Amongst a host of talented locals, there were great sets from Moopie, Ben Fester and Francis Inferno Orchestra. Other highlights across the weekend included Daniel Avery’s characteristically dark and brooding sound, a crowd-pleasing set from German hitmaker Lovebirds, and Yothu Yindi who played a brilliant 1am set in tribute of the late Dr G Yunupingu. Despite the bush doof calendar becoming increasingly crowded over the last few years, Strawberry Fields yet again showed why it’s one of the premier festival experiences not only in Australia but the world. I’m sure I’m not alone in echoing those famous words… ’Strawberry Fields Forever’.

 


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06 Dec Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (7/12/17)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Dianas, The Plastic Fangs, Ju Ca, Hector Gachan, Total Control, Roland Tings, Mount Saint Leonard, Animal Hands and this week’s best new track by Totally Mild.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Animal Hands – ‘Hunger’ | Uploaded: November 22nd

39. Mount Saint Leonard – ‘If I Was Your Lover’ | Uploaded: December 5th

38. Roland Tings ft. HIGH HØØPS – ‘One Hundred’ | Uploaded: December 5th

37. Total Control – ‘Laughing At The System 1, Pt. 1’ | Uploaded: December 5th

36. Mod Con – ‘Do It Right Margo’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Crepes – ‘Getting Lost’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

34. Shoeb Ahmad – ‘Romance’ | Uploaded: October 16th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Andrew Samuel – ‘Luck Feels Good’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Camp Cope – ‘The Opener’ | Uploaded: November 16th | Open with YouTube

31. Contrast – ‘The Cure’ | Uploaded: November 1st | Open with YouTube

30. Escape Artist – ‘Archipelago’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Hector Gachan – ‘East – West’ | Uploaded: December 5th

28. Sunscreen – ‘Tide’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Bleekman – ‘Distorted Visions’ | Uploaded: November 14th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Arthur Miles – ‘Untitled #010’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with SoundCloud

25. Dasler – ‘Someday’ | Uploaded: November 28th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Good Boy – ‘A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Andy Garvey – ‘Club Music’ | Uploaded: November 15th | Open with SoundCloud

22. The Cactus Channel – ‘Storefront’ | Uploaded: November 3rd | Open with Bandcamp

21. Ju Ca – ‘Wilt’ | Uploaded: December 6th

20. Alex – ‘Inner Space’ | Uploaded: November 15th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Fantastic Man – ‘Cool Waters’ | Uploaded: November 13th | Open with SoundCloud

18. The Citradels – ‘Dawn Chorus’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with YouTube

17. Sunscreen – ‘For My Brother’ | Uploaded: November 20th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Darcy Baylis – ‘We Sleep in Different Rooms Now, Part 2’ | Uploaded: November 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

15. Polygon Woods – ‘Royalty’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with YouTube

13. Shedbug – ‘Unwavering’ | Uploaded: November 7th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Winters – ‘Dedication’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with SoundCloud

11. The Plastic Fangs – ‘Kickback’ | Uploaded: December 2nd

10. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Kings Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Crumbling Castle’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with YouTube

8. Good Boy — ‘1972 VW Superbug’ | Uploaded: November 10th | Open with Spotify

7. Tammy Haider – ‘I’ve Had Enough Of This Life’ | Uploaded: November 16th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Dianas – ‘Priorities’ | Uploaded: November 22nd

5. RVG – ‘Feral Beach’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

4. Totally Mild – ‘Lucky Stars’ | Uploaded: December 1st

3. Hatchie — ‘Sure’ | Uploaded: November 14th | Open with YouTube

2. Mildlife – ‘The Magnificent Moon’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

1. Tetrahedra – ‘Either’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud


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29 Nov Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (30/11/17)


Photo by Justin Mclean


This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Polygon Woods, Darcy Baylis, The Citradels, Dasler, Dave O’Connor, Messy Mammals, No Mono, Qoi, Heart Beach, Gordo, Twelve Ballet and this week’s best new track by Tammy Haider.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Twelve Ballet – ‘Aren’t We Too Old’ | Uploaded: November 24th

39. Gordo – ‘Sad Hot Girls’ | Uploaded: November 21st

38. Heart Beach – ‘Best’ | Uploaded: November 28th

37. Qoi – ‘Mountains’ | Uploaded: November 27th

36. No Mono – ‘Violence Broken’ | Uploaded: November 27th

35. Messy Mammals – ‘Again’ | Uploaded: November 23rd

34. Dave O’Connor – ‘Common Ignorance’ | Uploaded: November 26th

33. Mod Con – ‘Do It Right Margo’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Crepes – ‘Getting Lost’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

31. Shoeb Ahmad – ‘Romance’ | Uploaded: October 16th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Andrew Samuel – ‘Luck Feels Good’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Camp Cope – ‘The Opener’ | Uploaded: November 16th | Open with YouTube

28. Contrast – ‘The Cure’ | Uploaded: November 1st | Open with YouTube

27. Escape Artist – ‘Archipelago’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Sunscreen – ‘Tide’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Bleekman – ‘Distorted Visions’ | Uploaded: November 14th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Arthur Miles – ‘Untitled #010’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with SoundCloud

23. Dasler – ‘Someday’ | Uploaded: November 28th

22. Good Boy – ‘A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Andy Garvey – ‘Club Music’ | Uploaded: November 15th | Open with SoundCloud

20. The Cactus Channel – ‘Storefront’ | Uploaded: November 3rd | Open with Bandcamp

19. Alex – ‘Inner Space’ | Uploaded: November 15th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Fantastic Man – ‘Cool Waters’ | Uploaded: November 13th | Open with SoundCloud

17. The Citradels – ‘Dawn Chorus’ | Uploaded: November 21st

16. Sunscreen – ‘For My Brother’ | Uploaded: November 20th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Darcy Baylis – ‘We Sleep in Different Rooms Now, Part 2’ | Uploaded: November 23rd

14. Polygon Woods – ‘Royalty’ | Uploaded: November 29th

13. Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with YouTube

12. Nai Palm – ‘Crossfire / So Into You’ | Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Shedbug – ‘Unwavering’ | Uploaded: November 7th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Winters – ‘Dedication’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with SoundCloud

9. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Kings Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Crumbling Castle’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with YouTube

7. Twerps – ‘It’s Time’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with Bandcamp

6. Good Boy — ‘1972 VW Superbug’ | Uploaded: November 10th | Open with Spotify

5. Tammy Haider – ‘I’ve Had Enough Of This Life’ | Uploaded: November 16th

4. RVG – ‘Feral Beach’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

3. Hatchie — ‘Sure’ | Uploaded: November 14th | Open with YouTube

2. Mildlife – ‘The Magnificent Moon’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

1. Tetrahedra – ‘Either’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud


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22 Nov Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (23/11/17)


Photo by Bodhi Bailey


This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Sunscreen, Fantastic Man, Arthur Miles, Camp Cope, SHOUSE, Karyme, Jack Grace, The Harpoons, Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy, Friendships, Vacations and this week’s best new track by Winters.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Vacations – ‘Moving Out’ | Uploaded: November 21st

39. Friendships – ‘Gut Rot’ | Uploaded: November 21st

38. Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘Limestone’ | Uploaded: November 17th

37. The Harpoons – ‘Reassurance’ | Uploaded: November 17th

36. Jack Grace – ‘Us’ | Uploaded: November 17th

36. Karyme – ‘Comfort Food’ | Uploaded: November 17th

34. SHOUSE – ‘Love Tonight’ | Uploaded: November 20th

33. Tambo’s House – ‘Ricochet’ | Uploaded: September 26th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Cast In Stone’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with Spotify

31. Forever Son – ‘Far’ | Uploaded: October 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

30. Arthur Miles – ‘Autumn (demo)’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Attila Mora – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Mod Con – ‘Do It Right Margo’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Crepes – ‘Getting Lost’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

26. Shoeb Ahmad – ‘Romance’ | Uploaded: October 16th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Andrew Samuel – ‘Luck Feels Good’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Camp Cope – ‘The Opener’ | Uploaded: November 16th

23. Contrast – ‘The Cure’ | Uploaded: November 1st | Open with YouTube

22. Escape Artist – ‘Archipelago’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Sunscreen – ‘Tide’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Bleekman – ‘Distorted Visions’ | Uploaded: November 14th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Arthur Miles – ‘Untitled #010’ | Uploaded: November 21st

18. Good Boy – ‘A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Andy Garvey – ‘Club Music’ | Uploaded: November 15th | Open with SoundCloud

16. The Cactus Channel – ‘Storefront’ | Uploaded: November 3rd | Open with Bandcamp

15. Alex – ‘Inner Space’ | Uploaded: November 15th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Fantastic Man – ‘Cool Waters’ | Uploaded: November 13th

13. Sunscreen – ‘For My Brother’ | Uploaded: November 20th

12. Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with YouTube

11. Nai Palm – ‘Crossfire / So Into You’ | Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Shedbug – ‘Unwavering’ | Uploaded: November 7th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Winters – ‘Dedication’ | Uploaded: November 21st

8. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Kings Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Crumbling Castle’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with YouTube

6. Twerps – ‘It’s Time’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with Bandcamp

5. Good Boy — ‘1972 VW Superbug’ | Uploaded: November 10th | Open with Spotify

4. RVG – ‘Feral Beach’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

3. Hatchie — ‘Sure’ | Uploaded: November 14th | Open with YouTube

2. Mildlife – ‘The Magnificent Moon’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

1. Tetrahedra – ‘Either’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

 


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22 Nov Trading Tunes with Planète


Photos by Nikki Williams


It’s been one year since we sat down with Planète for a lengthy interview. Since then he’s released the pulsating night-drive tune ‘Guided by Flux‘, while he tunes up for a potential EP or LP release. Until then he’s playing at the Melbourne Music Week x Good Manners closing party on November 25th on a stacked line-up including headliner Jacques Greene, and local legends Banoffee, Darcy Baylis, Exhibitionist and Jennifer Loveless!

You may have seen these artists play before, but never inside the holy St. Pauls Cathedral, an experience to tell the kids one day that’s worth every digital dime. Click here for the link to the tickets. In the meantime, here are some tracks Planète has sent us to keep us in the mood:

Christopher Port – ‘Raver VIP’

“Not much really to say about Porty, apart from being a firm commander of hectic U.K. infused burners, his tunes do all the talking. Love how this track and others tease with beautiful and honestly reciprocated filthy textures and elements. Only VIP here is C.P.”

Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘Tempelhof’

Analogue Attic Recordings founders speak to me with their intelligent and ever considerate house tunes. These guys can soundtrack all moods and this track is a go to for playback. Love the guys when they set up for a live session, there can be some serious heat when push comes to shove. The buzzing fly is genius also.”

Luke Howard – ‘The Main Sequence’

Luke Howard‘s record Two Places is an immense pairing of electronic and classical instruments which brings clarity to so many moments, turning and weaving in dynamics. The opening track hits the nostalgia right in the gut and a highlight track for me.”

Friendships – ‘Footscray 1989’

“Knowing the beautiful duo of Nic and Mish for quite some time, hearing them play this live was an immense curve-ball that gave me some serious goosebumps. It is the ultimate juxtaposition for them sonically but soooo Friendships… molto bene.”

Corin – ‘Void’

“Excited and intrigued are the notions that CORIN installs with this track off her recent album. When I first heard CORIN, I was on the edge of my seat. Void makes me feel the Sega Mortal Kombat Trilogy memories so hard.”


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16 Nov Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (16/11/17)


Photo by Bodhi Bailey


This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Good Boy, Alex, Andy Garvey, Bleekman, S.M. Jenkins, Thrupence, Driftwood, Field of Wolves, Imaginary People Movement, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Corin and this week’s best new track by Hatchie.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Corin – ‘Fatal Redemption’ | Uploaded: November 15th

39. Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys – ‘Plastic Tears’ | Uploaded: October 15th

38. Imaginary People Movement – ‘Turbulence’ | Uploaded: November 13th

37. Field of Wolves – ‘Back To Barcelona’ | Uploaded: November 15th

36. Driftwood — ‘Logout’ | Uploaded: November 14th

35. Thrupence — ‘In Silence’ | Uploaded: November 11th

34. S.M. Jenkins – ‘Waiting To Survive’ | Uploaded: November 11th

33. Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile – ‘Continental Breakfast’ | Uploaded: September 26th | Open with YouTube

32. Alta – ‘Sentiment’ | Uploaded: October 17th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Godtet – ‘Take Off’ | Uploaded: October 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

30. Winters – ‘Sunlight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Milk Teddy – ‘Gothic Skyline’ | Uploaded: September 24th | Open with YouTube

28. Tambo’s House – ‘Ricochet’ | Uploaded: September 26th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Cast In Stone’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with Spotify

26. Forever Son – ‘Far’ | Uploaded: October 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

25. Arthur Miles – ‘Autumn (demo)’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Attila Mora – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Mod Con – ‘Do It Right Margo’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Crepes – ‘Getting Lost’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

21. Shoeb Ahmad – ‘Romance’ | Uploaded: October 16th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Andrew Samuel – ‘Luck Feels Good’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Contrast – ‘The Cure’ | Uploaded: November 1st | Open with YouTube

18. Escape Artist – ‘Archipelago’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Sunscreen – ‘Tide’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Bleekman – ‘Distorted Visions’ | Uploaded: November 14th

15. Good Boy – ‘A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Andy Garvey – ‘Club Music’ | Uploaded: November 15th

13. The Cactus Channel – ‘Storefront’ | Uploaded: November 3rd | Open with Bandcamp

12. Alex – ‘Inner Space’ | Uploaded: November 15th

11. Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with YouTube

10. Nai Palm – ‘Crossfire / So Into You’ | Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Shedbug – ‘Unwavering’ | Uploaded: November 7th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Kings Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Crumbling Castle’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with YouTube

6. Twerps – ‘It’s Time’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with Bandcamp

5. Good Boy — ‘1972 VW Superbug’ | Uploaded: November 10th

4. RVG – ‘Feral Beach’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

3. Hatchie — ‘Sure’ | Uploaded: November 14th

2. Mildlife – ‘The Magnificent Moon’ | Uploaded: November 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

1. Tetrahedra – ‘Either’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

 


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15 Nov Trading Tunes with Winters


It’s hard to put a label on local Melbourne producer Winters. Last year he was dropping graceful slow-jams like ‘Flying‘, now he’s back with minor-touch open house meets late ’90s lounge in ‘Sunlight‘. But it’s not Winters’ wide range of influences that make him interesting, it’s how he delivers every single tiny wave of audio.

Everything feels like calculated drops of water — or like a garden hose applying just the right water quantity to water pressure ratio. Clearly Winters has an ear, and the ability to execute his ideas. That and the way he evades being pigeonholed makes him very intriguing to follow.

On the 25th of November he’ll be bringing his live set to Earth Tones at the Fairfield Amphitheatre. The line-up also features Simon TK, Pjenné, Midnight Tenderness and Darcy Justice for only $15 dollarydoos. Throw in the lovely afternoon scenery of Fairfield Amphitheatre facing the Yarra, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Melbourne.

Winters has sent us some tunes in the fitting theme of ‘earth tones,’ enjoy!

Joe Mcphee
& John Snyder – ‘Shadow Sculptures’

“Interesting ’70s free jazz collaboration. Cool interplay between Joe Mcphee‘s organic instrumentation and John Snyder‘s cosmic synthesizer electronics.”

Sun Ra – ‘Springtime Again’

“Is there any music that channels earth (and space) tones better than Sun Ra?”

Yukata Hirose – ‘Humming The Sea’

“A lot of the ambient stuff out of 1980’s japan combined electronics with naturalistic sounds, like here, with field recordings of the sea and digital synths.”

Yoshiaki Ochi – ‘Ear Dreamin’

“Similar concept with this one from Yoshiaki Ochi. The name of the record, Natural Sonic, says it all.”

Bjorn J:son Lindh – ‘Boathouse Club’

“This one is a shout out to Fairfield Park Boathouse. My friend worked there when we were kids. Crazy record, too.”


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13 Nov Trading Tunes with Ella Thompson


We’ve been curiously following the progression of Ella Thompson since her days with The Bamboos, then Dorsal Fins and her solo music, which produced the very underrated track ‘Taller‘. Ella has been without a doubt one of the most talented singers in Australia this decade, always leaving you feeling like she’s just one song away from really breaking out big. Her most recent project GL with Graeme Pogson (one third of Harvey Sutherland) has produced her most hook-filled body of work so far. The consistency of GL leads me to believe that the duo have real staying power, more evident than ever in their most recent track ‘Reflect‘. Not only is it GL’s strongest work to date, but arguably Australia’s song of the year — or one that’ll at least place very high on our end of year Top 100 list.

‘Reflect’ is like a classic episode of The Simpsons, it sounds like multiple great ideas tightly woven seamlessly together. Most ordinary songs dream of having just 1 of the many hooks in ‘Reflect’. I always say an artist is in great form when it feels like they’re in total control, just messing with the audience and making them beg for more, while dazzling in their own world. That’s exactly the feeling I get during ‘Reflect’, as though there may have been more brilliant ideas in the studio, but they decided to cap the song at just under 8 minutes and save some of those ideas for other tracks. So instead of the ’80s retro novelty wearing off from GL, I think they’re in fact transcending into their own new world around the corner, or at least I hope.

Ella Thompson will be performing a GL track with The EG Allstars Band at TheAge Music Victoria Awards After Party on the 22nd of November. To get you excited Ella has sent us five of her favourite 2017 songs from Australia and New Zealand (so far), of which three artists are fittingly Victorian. The lineup also includes Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, Gold Class, Cable Ties and more!

Here’s a link to the tickets: Click Here

Nai Palm – ‘Homebody’

“This song broke my heart on first listen. So beautiful to hear Nai’s voice intimately like this. The lyrics are stunning, I love songs that don’t give it away until the last line. This song is my favourite from the tremendous new album Needle Paw.”

Aldous Harding – ‘Elation’

Aldous is a class act. She tells and we listen. We listen because we need this right now. Storytelling at its finest and most unique.”

Saskwatch – ‘Fortress’

“With a sea of new artists coming on the scene every year, let us appreciate the artists that are KILLING it on album four! ‘Fortress’ is one of my favourites from Saskwatch’s new album Manual Override, fitted out with lush arrangements and a close vocal by queen Nkechi Anele — may the band continue to ride!”

Kaiit – ‘2000 n Somethin’

“When undeniable talent appears the rivers make way. I love this chiller song from Kaiit, reminiscent of Aaliyah, Jill Scott and Soulquerians vibe. Her energy is inspiring, I can’t wait to see where she’s heading.”

Jonti ft. Sampa The Great – ‘Island Rose’

“Have been waiting for Jonti’s new album Tokorats for a loooooong time and gosh it is good. He is bringing the joy back to electronic music, uplifting and hard hitting. Two of the best innovators in Hip-Hop team up on this song..Sampa The Great almighty! What a year of incredible music she has had.”


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09 Nov Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (9/11/17)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Shedbug, Stella Donnelly, The Cactus Channel, Tornado Wallace, Escape Artist, Contrast, JuliaWhy?, The Ocean Party, Nabiiou$, Montero and this week’s best new track by Mildlife.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Montero – ‘Tokin’ The Night Away’ | Uploaded: November 8th

39. Nabiiou$ ft. Dun Finesse & Roi Choisi – ‘Liquor’ | Uploaded: November 1st

38. The Ocean Party – ‘Tell’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

37. JuliaWhy? – ‘Candy’ | Uploaded: October 8th

36. Shouse – ‘Text Apology’ | Uploaded: October 26th | Open with SoundCloud

35. No Mono – ‘Butterflies’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Sampa The Great – ‘Bye River’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Mio – ‘Runnaround’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Crepes – ‘Mild Conversation’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Exhibitionist – ‘Motionless’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile – ‘Continental Breakfast’ | Uploaded: September 26th | Open with YouTube

29. Alta – ‘Sentiment’ | Uploaded: October 17th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Godtet – ‘Take Off’ | Uploaded: October 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

27. Winters – ‘Sunlight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Milk Teddy – ‘Gothic Skyline’ | Uploaded: September 24th | Open with YouTube

25. Tambo’s House – ‘Ricochet’ | Uploaded: September 26th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Cast In Stone’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with Spotify

23. Forever Son – ‘Far’ | Uploaded: October 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

22. Arthur Miles – ‘Autumn (demo)’ | Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Attila Mora – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Mod Con – ‘Do It Right Margo’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Julia Jacklin – ‘Cold Caller’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Crepes – ‘Getting Lost’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

17. Shoeb Ahmad – ‘Romance’ | Uploaded: October 16th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Andrew Samuel – ‘Luck Feels Good’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Contrast – ‘The Cure’ | Uploaded: November 1st

14. Escape Artist – ‘Archipelago’ | Uploaded: October 12th

13. Sunscreen – ‘Tide’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Tornado Wallace – ‘Open Door’ | Uploaded: September 14th

11. Good Boy – ‘A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

10. The Cactus Channel – ‘Storefront’ | Uploaded: November 3rd

9. Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

8. Nai Palm – ‘Crossfire / So Into You’ | Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Shedbug – ‘Unwavering’ | Uploaded: November 7th

6. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’ | Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Kings Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Crumbling Castle’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with YouTube

4. Twerps – ‘It’s Time’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with Bandcamp

3. RVG – ‘Feral Beach’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with Spotify

2. Mildlife – ‘The Magnificent Moon’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

1. Tetrahedra – ‘Either’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

 


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04 Nov Trading Tunes with Brooke Powers


Since Brooke Powers played at Golden Plains earlier this year, she has been one of the busiest DJs in Australia through winter, only taking a brief break to visit the Berlin scene in the middle of the year.

Brooke’s main gig is the Spank! event at Hugs & Kisses (now The Gasometer), that is always action packed from the get go. Before the festival season really kicks off, she’s playing at Disco Dingo on Cup Eve, where 100% of the profits from the event go on to help The Purple House, a not for profit organisation that focuses on delivering vital health services to remote communities in Central Australia.

After that, Brooke will play five days later at the Peel Street Festival. Peel Street Festival is all ages from midday until 8pm. It also features art, activities, and a kid’s park. It’s amazingly free with a lineup that really should cost at least 50 dollars. If you’re wondering why it’s free, it’s because the festival is designed to bring the vastly diverse community together within Collingwood and nearby neighbourhoods.

Until Brooke Powers throws down her staple enraptured techno at both of these events, she has sent us six tunes she loves to play when DJing; some of her all time favourite tracks she’s ever played.

Upcoming shows:
Monday November 6th – Disco Dingo (Purple House Fundraiser) @ The Grace Darling, Collingwood.
Saturday November 11th – Peel Street Festival, Collingwood.

Drew Sky – ‘Razzmatazz’

Drew Sky is one of my all time fave producers, this is the first track of his I fell in love with, I used to listen to it on repeat when I first came across it. I have made a considerable effort in collecting his whole discography, a slow process, everything he touches is so up my alley. This track has an uplifting disco edit vibe, but his harder tracks are just as delicious. Tracks like ‘Modern Melodies‘, ‘Wigged Out‘ and ‘Night Games‘.”

Namby Pamby – ‘Girlz (M.B.S Queer Mix Part 1&2)’

“This track is amongst the first generation of records I ever bought, when I was obsessed with labels like TRIBAL America, Junior Boy’s Own and D-Vision. I started out collecting 90s US Garage, because I loved it and it was damn cheap to order from Discogs! Namby Pamby is such a special find, they made so many feel-good, queeny tracks. This one, ‘Girlz‘, is just so much fun on the dancefloor.”

Jordan Fields – ‘Hear Musique’

“Another forever fave of mine – Jordan Fields. Sometimes I get a bit sick of disco edits, but this track has this relentless crunchy beat throughout it which adds this kind of screwed up quality to the genre, which of course is my vibe. Honourable mentions of his: ‘I Wanna Thank U‘, ‘Acid Atmosphere‘, ‘We Can Make It‘. “

Paul Johnson – ‘Its House’

“What else to say about this tune other than listen to it and behold its genius! Thank you Mr Johnson!”

Project Sound – ‘Sweet In The Morning (The Morning Mix)’

“Thank Goddess for this record! If you feel like you need to really grab back the dancefloor’s attention, this is the track to drop, it goes off!”

Romatt – ‘Love On My Mind’

“One of the prized jewels of my collection. Amongst the most uplifting of uplifting vocal bangers. I couldn’t believe this track when I first bought this record, couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard a million other DJs play it every weekend. Perfect end of the night uniting tune. Play this one loud, feel those goosebumps!”


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