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.
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.”
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.
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!
& 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.”
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!
“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 Tokoratsfor 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.”
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.
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.
“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!”
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/
T R A C K L I S T
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.”