This is our updated weekly playlist of the 30 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Primitive Motion, K a r y m e, Doona Waves, Oscar Key Sung, Elizaband, James i.V, Telete, Tim Coggins, Corniglia, Solo Career, The Citradels, Pond, LETRAN, Oswolf, H.eund, Minor Premiers, and this week’s best new track by Donny Benet.
LOSSLESS consists of two of Melbourne’s most natural on stage male performers, Oscar Key Sung & HTML Flowers. If you haven’t seen either of them live, you’re either living under a rock or haven’t been to Collingwood at night time. Moving past the fact that the two artists went to the same high schools, there’s a sweet brotherly love presence between them while on stage. HTML Flowers provides fire, while Oscar brings the cool ocean breeze, creating this beautiful natural tension.
This Thursday sees the Southern Comfort presents Southern Sounds, a summer live music series inspired by the spirit of New Orleans visiting Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane this summer. A wide range of artists consisting of Oscar Key Sung, Silentjay, Mira Boru, Samsaruh, The Slingers and D’Arcy Spiller will perform across four venues in Melbourne. It’s another great and diverse event, keeping Melbourne exciting and full of activity choices.
Lossless actually performed last week, but in the spirit of communal support, HTML Flowers has sent us five tracks he’s currently digging.
Southern Sounds events in Melbourne – Thursday, January 18: The Night Cat: Oscar Key Sung, Silentjay (live) & Mira Boru The B.East: Samsaruh The Grace Darling Hotel: The Slingers The Spotted Mallard: D’Arcy Spiller
Lil Zubin, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal – ‘Overdose’
“I’Il still wanna be bad with you, even though you never really asked me to.”
When you stay up late, window open, naked in bed in the burning summer, looking at that text, that selfie from that person with whom you never quite quenched that crush. Drowning in a dream of them. Lusting summer nights. Wicca Phase comes in off a wobbling spectral synth, singing out of key and reminding me of my own heart, while Lil Zubin holds it down start to finish, singing like the embodiment of straight
lime cordial. “I might overdose on you.”
Eilish Gilligan – ‘Creature Of Habit’
“I think that you should know when I see a horoscope, I’ve been checking yours, and checking mine.”
I’m about to run out the door screaming, looking for strangers to fight, strangers who don’t live for Eilish Gilligan when she dips from high notes down to low notes in her narcotic voice. Honestly I am ready to go to war if you’re not supporting Eilish Gilligan, damn. Full offence. She creates fever dreams for earth signs and my Taurus rising can’t get enough.
HABITS – ‘Shame/Desire’
This track holds me up when I’m walking barefoot to 7/11 to restock my Red Bull supply in nothing but a very long t-shirt at 3am. I’m always working on some painfully personal project and listening to Angel croon “My insecurity isn’t cute anymore” before a club kick comes in to invade my fragile heart, helping me feel strong even though the world rejects me. Mohini appears like a ghost lost in a torrent of metallic violence to remind me that it’s ok to disappear into myself. HABITS’ debut album could never come to soon.
Ah Mer Ah Su – ‘Klonopin’
“I think that I might have a problem, but I still ain’t hit rock bottom.”
The synths talk to the drums in the same way your heart talks to your mind when you’re lost in a pill haze, knowing you have a problem but feeling so elevated you can’t feel disappointed in yourself. Last year, I started AA & this year I went clear of all drug use. I’m going to wake up early this summer & let Ah Mer Ah Su lead me into the sun. Not to forget but to remember and heal.
Uli K – ‘Airplane Mode’
I love the way this song is produced. The production niclas has made is so sensitive and minimal, yet feels full and has strong rhythm. This (in part) is because of the flow of Uli K’s lyrics. It’s so sick when a track can have a strong groove without drums. Songs like this which are made up of cheap sounding VST synths (like a beat clearly made on a laptop) and earnest naturally delivered vocal auto-tuned, to me are kind of like the 2018 equivalent of a simple song accompanied by acoustic guitar.”
With the music festival By The Meadow only days away from taking place, Melbourne duo Kult Kyss have sent us five of their current favourite tunes. If you’ve never seen them live, don’t think you’re out of the loop, By The Meadow will be their first live performance. Which is a little unusual, considering they’ve been uploading songs for more than a year.
Any debut performance can swing either way, from disaster to enthralling chaos. It’s hard to even know what kind of high-octane electronic music their full set will contain, but you know at least Kult Kyss will be coming in hot and heavy and ready to give it all they’ve got. And just to add to the pressure, they’re playing after GUM at 12:40am Sunday morning. I just hope the crowd knows it’s their debut set and forgives any miscues, but considering the warm appreciative crowds at the previous By The Meadows, I think they’ll dig what Kult Kyss are putting down.
Moderat – ‘Ethereal’
“This tune opens with so much promise and delivers every step of the way. A textural masterpiece featuring many different production styles all seamlessly transitioning into each other.”
Tampa, Adam Port & ME – ‘Muyè’
“This track gently coasted into the background one day and really captured my attention. A slow burner that achieves so many feels, but never tries too hard. A lot of nuance is achieved with some detailed automation, making the payoff really feel like it’s worth the wait.”
Icarus – ‘No Sleep’
“Damn I love this song. The sample selection & drum production are perfect. It’s so harmonically rich and the textures of all the elements fit together perfectly.”
Kidnap – ‘Birds That Fly’
“Love the kooky synth design in this track, it’s got quite a singular sound. I’m also a sucker for a cute sample, which this track delivers in spades. The drop is really sweet but it’s not gonna make your rinsed mate feel too hectic. I appreciate that in a drop.”
Rodriguez Jr. – ‘An Evidence Of Time (Claude VonStroke Remix)’
“A great remix featuring one of the best kick drums I’ve heard recently. Some really dank synths in there which up the rave cave appeal.”
It’s been another big year for the Wax’O Paradiso crew in Melbourne. Throwing parties left, right and centre and playing everywhere from the Fairfield Boathouse to the Collingwood Arts Precinct, RMIT to shows throughout Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. In other words, they haven’t slept and the parties aren’t stopping for Wax’O Paradiso, with a New Years Day set at Freedom Time in the Coburg Velodrome.
This year Freedom Time is also in Perth on New Years Eve and in Sydney January 7th, making it quickly the national festival for electronic music around New Years. Some of the artists on the tour include Larry Heard, Johnny Osbourne, Sassy J, Harvey Sutherland, CC:Dissco, Nai Palm, Sampa The Great, No Zu, Bradley Zero, Silentjay & Jace XL, Sassy J, Krakatau, and many more. It’s an amazing collection of international and local artists, hosted by people who understand how to create a friendly and fun environment for everyone.
Wax’O Paradiso have sent us their installment of Trading Tunes with a little comment attached: “Theme is Sassy Music for Sassy J who is playing on our stage on NYD.”
Nite Fleit from Sydney has played at almost every exciting local event this year, from Daydreams to Cool Room and Club D’érange, from Lucid to even bigger events like Peel Street Festival and Splendour In The Grass. Nite Fleit has become a must see and feel experience, especially after 2am when she transforms venues into a wild vortex of varied deep house bangers.
If you’ve never had the chance to see Nite Fleit play in person, she’s playing at both Let Them Eat Cake and Pitch Music Festival. Two big stages with large enough PAs to do her super sonic onslaught justice.
To get you excited, Nite Fleit has sent us her five current favourite tracks!
Women and all-female bands were kicking serious ass in 2017, with Dream Wife helping lead the way in the UK. Rakel Mjöll, Alice Go and Bella Podpadec pack a serious stage presence — a memorable 1, 2, 3 punch! Dream Wife take influences from 70’s punk all the way up to the 2000’s garage-rock revival.
‘Let’s Make Out‘ is a cross between Does It Offend You, Yeah? and The Hives, two 2000’s bands who had explosive live shows. ‘Somebody‘ has the charm of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the tightness of The Kills. Nostaglia is definitely part of the Dream Wife charm, but there are plentiful modern peer comparisons to be found in their music, such as Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz, and the Sleater-Kinney comeback. These influences help Dream Life attain a diversity that keeps their sound as electric as their natural energy, making them a perfect fit for the hot afternoon time-slot on the Laneway Festival touring circuit.
Their self-titled debut album is set for release on January 26th and they’ve sent us five tracks that inspired it!
Laneway Festival Tour Dates:
Singapore: Saturday 27th January Auckland: Monday 29th January Adelaide: Friday 2nd February Melbourne: Saturday 3rd February Sydney: Sunday 4th February Brisbane: Saturday 10th February Fremantle: Sunday 11th February
The Strokes – ‘Last Nite’
“It’s just a really really good pop song. The spikey hooky sounds of the Strokes have been with us on this journey so far with the debut album. The Strokes’ pop sensibilities are something that as a band we would definitely align ourselves with and you can hear coming through on the album. There is no shame in pop.”
Le Tigre – ‘Deceptacon’
“This pumped up Kathleen Hannah anthem is one of our faves, and Le Tigre are a constant inspiration to us. We play this track a lot at our DJ sets. The ‘up’ guitary vibes and fun bouncey vox on this track were in our conversations when in the mixing stage of the record. We really tried to channel the same energy on certain tracks, from upping the beat, to driving the axes just a little more.”
Bikini kill – ‘Rebel Girl’
“Another one from Kathleen, the raw power on this track really revs you up, makes you wanna go cause some mischief with your girl gang. We were really aiming to nail the live sound on record, and the sonic quality of Rebel Girl was in our minds.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Maps’
“From the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s debut album, Fever to Tell, this track is soft yet powerful. When writing the album we were definitely thinking about this song and album, and the softer sides of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs clashing and playing off their wild energy. This similar sonic juxtaposition is a technique we definitely incorporate, and have tried to hone in on with our album. Karen O’s vocal in Maps is a really great example of the tone we tried to achieve on our album, with the vox. There is a real power and also a sensitivity to her voice.”
The Cribs – ‘Hey Scenesters’
“This lil classic was a teenage favorite for us, from 2005’s golden age of british Indie. The guitar riffs and tones on this track are hooky and raw, a sound we have definitely tried to achieve axe-wise, on our debut.”
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.