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, Sunscreen, Andrew Samuel, Shoeb Ahmad, Mod Con, Attila Mora, Shouse, Slow Turismo, Machine Translations, Hector Gachan, Lou Davies, Ash Hendriks, Slum Sociable and this week’s best new track by Nai Palm.
The Melbourne electronic artist Nali caught our attention earlier this year with ‘D.R.D (B2H002)‘, which took our track of the week honour.
The level of control within ‘D.R.D (B2H002)’ is very promising for Nali. The track constantly teases and oozes with the potential to go in any direction, while maintaining a sharp focus on exactly what it wants to do and sound like. Which is reassuring for the listener yet manages to keep them on the edge of their seat for the entire ride. I’d be very interested to see how Nali’s dark, interstellar sound translates to a 45 or 60 minute album, whether that tension would be maintained or perhaps even go a lot deeper and further beyond the walls of ‘D.R.D (B2H002)’.
In the meantime, Nali has sent us ruthless and relentless 60 minute guest mix that’ll transport you into a Melbourne club, house or park party between 4am-5am, where every punter is locked in their dance zone. It’s quite the state of mind, so prepare yourself. He’s also playing an event in Melbourne on the 26th of November, details can be found here at http://chomley.co/foyer/
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Nali – ‘Wormhole Transmission Service’
Peter Van Hoesen – ‘Coast to Coast’
Niteworks ft. Damon Wild and Echoplex – ‘Grainstates’
Planetary Assault Systems – ‘Twelve (L.B. Dub Corp meets PAS Rework)’
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of everything about Totally Mild here at RipeMusic. Since we first heard ‘Christa‘ in 2015 before the release of their debut album Down Time, we’ve been hitting the refresh button waiting for more Totally Mild material. Not only was Down Time an instant classic that’ll still be enjoyable in 10 or 20 years, but it set up a unique sound for Totally Mild to build from.
The first new single ‘Today Tonight‘ from their upcoming second album Her, displays perhaps what the lead singer Elizabeth Mitchell needed to do next – reduce the reverb a tad and take over the narrative reigns. ‘Today Tonight’ does exactly that, by putting her relatable personality and vulnerability in the forefront. It also helps that she has a very tight band around her, including Zach Schneider of Great Outdoors and Free Time. The guitars are crispier than fresh nacho chips and production overall sounds like a restored expensive vintage muscle car.
We have to wait until February 2018 to hear Her, but until then they’re playing a few shows in November (assuming there’ll be more to come around Australia) and the band have sent us a Trading Tunes with the theme of “Songs about loneliness!”.
The Reels – ‘(Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All’
Zach: “This song is a cover but The Reels really own it. The twin peaks-y arrangement is kinda sterile and cold. David Mason’s weathered vocals feel so dire. Staying up all night because you are lonely and sad. Sleeping pills ‘not working’. The old image of sitting by the land line telephone, waiting for your lover who never calls. It might be harder to be lonely with smartphones, but I think we all still manage to get there sometimes.”
Beach House – ‘Saltwater’
Dylan: “I love the obscurity of the production. It is completely immersive and lulls you into a very personal space. The opening lyric “love you all the time – even though you’re not mine” is unrequited love at it’s bluntest. The song embodies loneliness to a tee, yet it never fails to be uplifting.”
Stevie Wonder – ‘Lately’
Liz: “This song perfectly captures the loneliness of knowing someone has fallen out of love with you but is trying to make it work. Stevie just loves his lady and he can’t contain his tears, knowing that she’s going to leave him.”
Peggy Lee – ‘I Go To Sleep’
Lehmann: “Ray Davies from the Kinks wrote this, which is sort of obvious from the bouncy phrasing of the words. I think those two-note guitar things in the chorus really cut through the heart, like little meows, little pangs of sadness. The bridge gets a bit Las Vegas but loneliness is not always a subtle beast.”
Divinyls – ‘I’m Jealous’
Liz: “I love how angry Chrissy Amphlett is in her delivery of this super angry/sad song. Why is she so mad at the new girlfriend? Shouldn’t she be mad at her lost love? Why is she mad at all? I think it’s a really spot on translation of the irrationality that can come with learning that someone you loved is seeing someone else, that ‘out of your mind’ feeling. Also the lyric ‘in my heart is a bloody tear’ is so perfectly emo, I’m obsessed.”
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 RVG, Twerps, Kings Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Crepes, Forever Son, Exhibitionist, Mio, Hymns, Your Girl Pho, Hansaa and this week’s best new track by Tetrahedra.
The lo-fi dreamers Body Type from Sydney caught my attention immediately a year ago with ‘Ludlow‘ — its contrast of nostalgia and electric energy make it a rare example of introverted and extroverted song-writing combined. The follow up ‘264‘ displayed their ability to cut the pace in half and still be just as engaging, a beautiful Shoegaze ballad with a mini Explosions In The Sky kind of finish. However, their latest track ‘Silver‘ is the tightest, fullest and most defined Body Type song. They’re still defining their output, but there’s a thrust in ‘Silver’ you often hear in hungry bands that are edging closer and closer to nailing their unique sound.
We’re not the only ones intrigued by Body Type’s future. Sugar Mountain festival have booked them for next year’s event on the 20th of January, but if you’re in Sydney, you can actually catch them next month opening for another favourite of ours this year — RVG at Oxford Art Gallery on the 2nd of November.
Body Type’s theme for their Trading Tunes is “Videos featuring iconic silver things”.
The Melbourne via Ballarat chillers Crepes released their debut album Channel Four last Friday through Spunk, and they’ve sent us five tracks that were inspirational during the making of the album. Channel Four is about as sunny sounding as you could get in 2017, making the just-before-summer release perfect timing. No doubt, it’ll be an album of choice for many upcoming road trips.
Lead singer Tim Karmouche constructs songs that help you ease anxiety and keep your heart rate at a healthy pace. There’s no hidden agendas or self-indulgence, Crepes are the honest nice guys, who bring the right amount of vibrancy and spark to avoid being the boring nice guys or the crazy nice guys. The best example of this is the instrumental title track, that both feels like a carefully constructed piece of music and also an improvisational jam session. A fine line Crepes consistently ride perfectly throughout Channel Four.
“Plantasia is one for the soul as well as the plants. This album has an extremely beautiful warmth & simplicity to it with incredible synth tones. Good to listen to while lying on the floor.”
Haroumi Hosono – ‘Coral Reef’
“I traveled to Japan in the middle of making Channel Four, when I was over there I discovered Haroumi Hosono. I was lucky enough to track down a couple of his records when I was over there.”
Mental As Anything – ‘Nips Are Getting Bigger’
“I discovered Mental As Anything a little later in life & my mind was absolutely blown. I think we identify with them as a band because we are also dorks who write uncool & cheesy pop. We covered this song once. Reg Mombassa is a lord.”
Onyeka – ‘African Woman (Instrumental)’
“This song is the ultimate jam.”
Graham Nash – ‘Better Days’
“From a lovely album. We were going for this 70’s studio rock kind of production when making Channel Four.”
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 Rudolf C & Shedbug, Winters, Alta, Crepes, Sampa The Great, Tulalah, Backyard and this week’s best new track by Totally Mild.
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 Tram Cops, Ciggie Witch, Cry Poor, A. Swayze And The Ghosts, Morning TV, Full Flower Moon Band and this week’s best new track by Arthur Miles.
The Melbourne artist Loure caught our attention with his Westside Movements EP in April this year. His fluid, jazzy, and silk style is easy to digest whilst proving to be quite detailed under the microscope. The track ‘Step In‘ featured in our top 50 tracks so far this year post, and almost every other song on the EP made it on to one of our weekly playlists. A very impressive start, which made it a no-brainier decision to ask Loure for a guest mix — and he has delivered 47 minutes of world class, pure Ecstasy. Floating in and out of micro-tech, soft-tech, Detroit-house, disco-house, with everything in between, Loure delivers a broad palette, without making a questionable move or ever stretching too far. By the time he cools things off with the Lone track, you’ll wish the mix went for 2 hours more.
Early 2018 will see the physical release of Loure’s Westside Movements EP via Apparel Music, and you can catch him live at The Toff In Town on Monday November 6th and at Hopkins Creek Music Festival on December 1st.
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 Tambo’s House, Godtet, Kirkis, Christopher Port, Sampa The Great, Sloan Peterson, Carla dal Forno, Department., The Vacant Smiles, Kllo, H.eund, Jah Loon, Subjoi, Jack Grace, Crocodylus and this week’s best new track by Winston Surfshirt.