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07 Feb Jess Ribeiro Trading Tunes with Elizabeth Mitchell


Throughout January and February the Melbourne (via Brisbane originally) music label Bedroom Suck have been hosting some wonderful events at MPavilion, across the road from NVG in Melbourne. These events are called Bedroom Duets, where two acts who don’t usually work together team up for some lovely after-work live music around 5pm. Some of the acts who have played include Angle Eyes, Fia Fiell, Dag and Primo.

For the final event this Sunday, Elizabeth Mitchell of Totally Mild and Jess Ribeiro will perform solo sets. We love both of these artists, so we thought we would do something a little different for them. In this piece Jess Ribeiro has traded tunes (c/o us) for Elizabeth Mitchell (and the world wide web) to enjoy. She also wrote a poem using song titles, because she’s a clever one. Hopefully later this week we can get Elizabeth’s songs for Jess.

Jess Ribeiro: I wrote a letter to Liz;

Dear Liz,
I really like your style.
I like the clothes you wear.
You wear them with confidence.
I want to be confident too.
You are sassy.
I also want to be sassy.
Train me Liz.
– Jess.

And a poem using song titles,
It goes like this:

I Dress. Only for you.
No more home, No more love.
No fun.
Freak out.

 

PJ Harvey – ‘Dress’

The Heartless Bastards – ‘Only For You’

SOKO – ‘No More Home, No More Love’

The Stooges – ‘No Fun’

Chic – ‘Le Freak’

 


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07 Feb Ripe Hosting: Good Island Radio


On Saturday we teamed up with the local legends Good Manners and Wondercore Island (and Niche Productions, and I-D) for the inaugural Good Island. Spread across The John Curtin and Bella Union, with 4 stages, a range of visuals and styles of interesting progressive music. The best part of an amazing day was that 100% of the profits went to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, so naturally we wanted to help out.

What we did was a little bit different. Well, at least in Australia. We turned the radio station area downstairs at The Curtin into a live stream on Facebook, with multiple cameras and overlays. It was incredibly tricky, raw, and exciting, with a lot of adjusting on the fly, a few mistakes here and there, and internet upload speeds killing my soul at times. It (and we) improved as the day went on and in the end we are incredibly pleased with the results and potential to do similar things in the future. We received great feedback throughout the day — ok, mostly people were confused as to how we did it all. I can’t tell you all of the secrets and magic tricks behind the scenes, mainly because it would bore 95% of you with some nerdy audiovisual knowledge, so instead have a look below at the final results.

We are hoping to do many more of these live streams with labels, for podcasts, at studios, festivals, and similar – and a few are already in the works. If you have any feedback or ideas – please don’t hesitate to e-mail me!

Nai Palm:

Oscar Key Sung & Kllo DJ set:

Kane Ikin:

Luen DJ Set:

Vulture St. Tape Gang:

Jaala DJ Set:

Allysha Joy:

 


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03 Feb Trading Tunes ‘PBS Drive Live Edition’ with No Sister


Late last year I somehow missed the Melbourne via Brisbane band No Sister‘s live-wire self-titled LP release. The eight track album is twisted, post-punk in the shape of Total Control, Preoccupations or Protomartyr. Had we not missed the release, the closing track ‘Passing The Divide‘ would’ve made our Top 100 end of year list. But as they say, better late than never and next Monday (the 5th of February) somewhere between 5pm and 7pm, they are playing at the annual PBS Drive Live. To get you psyched, No Sister have sent us over their Trading Tunes.

“It’s very possible to draw a line – perhaps a little crooked and convoluted – from the post-punk of 1970s Australia to the post-punk of today, and yet very few people think of it. Or if this line is drawn, it’s a simple musical lineage that speaks of ‘the music’ without all of the other things going on — the social, political, ideological, economic etc etc etc. Post-punk is often seen as a blurry term which barely contains the multitude of musical groups and artists that pervade it. And yet for No Sister, post-punk signals a certain approach to music-making that doesn’t see ‘music as simply music’, but music as a kind of history; with contexts, connotations, innovations and paradoxes. In its broadest sense, the kind of post-punk we’re interested is the kind that re-imagines and re-invents the rock and popular song. The following list is a very thin line of Australian post-punk and while there’s clearly some big names we cannot fit, we’ve found that these ten bands in particular have all given No Sister something interesting and inspiring; they are what makes us want to write songs.”

 

Essendon Airport – ‘Science of Sound’

“A pop sensibility, minimalism, free jazz, post-structuralism, witticisms, post-punk attitude, synthesiser, prepared guitar, recontextualisations, saxophone, a 1930s drum kit with a cymbal on a spring — this is the stuff Essendon Airport is made of. Formed via Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, initially featuring David Chesworth and Robert Goodge and later joined by others, Essendon Airport released two albums during their time and this song, ‘Science of Sound‘, comes from their second album Palimpsest. Essendon Airport’s preoccupations were just as musical as non-musical; the recontextualising of the sounds and language of popular culture, an understanding of the cultural and economic references of their instruments and a dual-desire to look beyond both the old traditions of modernism and the new stagnations of capitalism.”

Pel Mel – ‘No World From China’

Pel Mel were the new track through wild country during a time when Countdown was so heavily relied upon. Although the band did in fact perform on the program (though mimed), Pel Mel were refreshingly in contrast to the usual pap seen on the show. Sure ‘No Word From China‘ contains all the sharp and pointed sonic tropes of post-punk music as we’ve come to know it, but it is their ability in transforming this jaggedness into coordinated sonic craft which blurs the distinctions between neat and neglect. Born into a countdown to the new age Pel Mel embodied the make-do and make-shift attitude which (in some ways) helped define the initial vast post-punk landscape of the time, but were in no way make-believe (and they’re still going today!)”

Severed Heads – ‘Lamborghini’

“Perhaps the most seminal electronic-band to come out of Sydney in the late-70s are Severed Heads. Preoccupied by the use of tape cuts, loops and locked grooves (often as a result of ‘chance’), with further manipulation caused via guitar pedals and synthesisers, it was process-based music which oscillated between chance and conscious-craft. Severed Heads were as much about forming new ways of making songs as they were about re-amplifying sounds from their original contexts to place them in new and altered situations. It’s the musician as facilitator; political implications inextricable from their experimentation. And for all the cut-ups, loops and physical manipulations of sound, Severed Heads are still ridiculously danceable. We’ve included our favourite, ‘Lamborghini’, and it’s worth noting that this version was released before the Petrol EP, which contains the perhaps more ‘famous’ version of the song.”

Tsk Tsk Tsk / Tch Tch Tch / → ↑ → – ‘Pop Art’

“Signified visually as → ↑ → and verbalised as Tsk Tsk Tsk, Tch Tch Tch or even → ↑ →, the group stated in a pamphlet for their 1981 ‘Fuck Dance – Let’s Art’ Sydney Tour that their mission was “to articulate problematics… dealing with issues that are cultural, ideological, political, historical, linguistic and semiological. And perhaps occasionally artistic. (But only occasionally)”. Founded alongside Essendon Airport via the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in the mid-70s, → ↑ → (pronounced Tsk Tsk Tsk, Tch Tch Tch or even → ↑ →) is less a band, and more of a concept that has both everything, and absolutely nothing, to do with music. (Mostly) made up of Philip Brophy, Maria Kozic, Leigh Parkill, Jane Stephenson and Ralph Traviato, → ↑ → (pronounced Tsk Tsk Tsk, Tch Tch Tch or even → ↑ →) centres on making itself uncentered and indefinable as it spans music, performance, film and visuals; from four-hour adaptations of Andy Warhol’s novel A, to performances of durational testing where a single note was sustained for over half an hour.”

SPK – ‘Sheer Naked Aggression’

“SHEER. NAKED. AGGRESSION; noise as confrontation. It is music that is both incredibly contextual, especially through its attempt to articulate its own version of politics via references to Marxism and psychiatric institutions. At times blatantly industrial, at other times inconspicuously commercial and at other moments strangely tranquil, SPK still feel progressive and contemporary; it still feels like the punk or pop song of the future and, like Severed Heads, the group’s experimentation is always rooted in a simultaneous desire to dance, or at least move. SPK knowingly worked within histories of rock music, as well as forming in a nascent electronic community – both of these circumstances, plus their political aesthetics, seemed to have given SPK a perceptively wide imagination for how sounds can be endlessly transformed, shaped and re-shaped. Perhaps one of Australia’s most overlooked international exports.”

Blank Realm – ‘Violet Delivery’

“The brilliant music journalist Andrew Stafford once passingly categorised Blank Realm as “determinedly lo-fi” and while Stafford has given the band numerous dizzying compliments, this little phrase always struck as the most apt. ‘Determinedly’ makes sense; Blank Realm always seem to have purpose and thought behind their style and songs. Even when it’s improvisational one gets the impression it’s never some goal to ‘feel’ the moment, but has purposeful style and contexts outside of itself. What started out as a noise band in mid-2000s Brisbane has spent ten years expanding and morphing into sculpted, tight art-pop songs that have purposefully retained their stylistic noise and texture; the Blank Realm personality. ‘Lo-fi’ is less a style for Blank Realm than an ethic. They’re obviously brilliant song writers but it takes effort to imbue a pop sensibility with styles and ways of playing that are almost anti-pop, anti-melody. Lo-fi is the purposeful decision to keep something dirty, perhaps something underground, or something that refuses commercial attributes. As a side-note, when No Sister was still forming and finding itself in Brisbane in 2014, we rehearsed at a storage centre where only one other band also rehearsed; Blank Realm. It felt metaphorically appropriate that they should be two floors above us, and there’s still the fond memory of the centre manager characterising them as “hardcore, kinda metal, heavy stuff” (the manager also thought we were a folk band). ‘Violet Delivery‘ is taken off the band’s fourth album Grassed Inn, a later album in Blank Realm’s stylistic trajectory from noise to noise-pop.”

Cured Pink – ‘Champagne’

Cured Pink may be the Australian band that works most knowingly in some kind of post-punk, avant-garde experimental ‘tradition’ — sometimes it’s painful to speak this way, but other times such hazy categories feel necessary. Cured Pink have metamorphosed from various iterations from the group’s first self-titled release back in 2010. The explicit nihilism found in these early recordings have a more Glenn Branca/Cop-era Swans energy which exhibits a type of deadening/realm-like feeling found within SPK’s earlier brand of dissonance. Yet As a Four Piece Band is more refined, controlled and if not ‘concentrated’ without losing the thing we like to call ‘spirit’.”

 


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02 Feb Trading Tunes with Wet Lips: WETFEST Edition




Early last year the Melbourne garage punker’s Wet Lips caught our attention with their cracker EP, Wet is Best. Last month they released the scorching single ‘Can’t Take It Anymore‘ and now they’ve organised the third WETFEST, which is an awesome day festival set for this Saturday (the 4th of February) at The Tote. The line-up is stacked with local brilliance from top to bottom. To help get you pumped, Wet Lips have chosen five tracks below that’ll have you clicking on the ticket purchase link before the end of the first track:

“It was so hard to choose just five tracks by artists playing at WETFEST this weekend! Everyone on the lineup is awesome and has their own distinctive sound and live show. We are so, so excited for Saturday and hope this will help get you giddy for it.”

 

Bahdoesa – ‘I Want More’

“We have been fairly infatuated with Bahdoesa since they whipped the crowd into a frenzy at Girlfest in 2015, despite it being about 3pm. Rest assured they are playing at peak party time on Saturday night and we will all be boogieing to this banger ;)”

Chelsea Bleach – ‘Treading Water’

“This song breaks our hearts. Every time. Can’t wait to cry to this during at WETFEST. And then hug all members of Chelsea Bleach. And cry.”

Two Steps on The Water – ‘Baby and The Bicycle ‘

Two Steps’ 2016 album, God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye, blew everyone away. They have a truly distinctive sound centred around June [Jones]’s emotionally punk expression of alienation, vulnerability and fierce defiance.”

RVG – ‘That’s All’

“*chants* RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG *chants*. Seriously though Romy Vager is a uniquely insightful songwriter who has that rare ability to tell a universally compelling story with a subtle political point.”

Lucy Cliche – ‘Outer World’

“When we asked Lucy Cliche to play WETFEST, we thought ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen? She’ll say no? Probably.’ So we just did it and she said yes! We are so, so excited to see her wild set of outer-space techno this weekend. Butter yourself up, cunts. It’s going to get wet.”

 


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02 Feb Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (2/2/17)

Photo by Jasper van Daatselaar

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 Christopher Port, Rough River, Malcolm Chisho, Daniel Verhagen, May Lyn, Yon Yonson, Physique, Annie Bass and this week’s best new track by Mic Mills.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 40 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Annie Bass – ‘Don’t Want’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

39. Physique — ‘You Say’

Uploaded: January 20th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Al C – ‘You’re Always’ | Uploaded: December 11th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Willaris. K – ‘Alchemy’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Brassau – ‘Falling Out’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud

35. EWAH – ‘All Summer Long’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with YouTube

34. Letran – ‘Backup Plan’ | Uploaded: January 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

33. California Girls – City Living’ | Uploaded: December 8th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Obscura Hail – ‘Quarterlife’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Nali – ‘The Glomeng’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Biscotti – ‘Instamatic’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

29. Yon Yonson – ‘This Evening’

Uploaded: January 25th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Be About You’ | Uploaded: January 24th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Wet Lips – ‘Can’t Take It Anymore’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Foreign/National – ‘Mombasa’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Darcy Baylis – ‘soiheardyoufoundsomebodyelse’ | Uploaded: December 30th | Open with SoundCloud

24. May Lyn – ‘First’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

23. Take Your Time – ‘I Feel It Every Day’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

22. May Lyn – ‘Escape’ | Uploaded: December 12th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Floss – ‘Daydreams’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

20. The Pits – ‘Gravel Road’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

19. Foxy Morons – ‘Under The Sea’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

18. Shining Bird – ‘Morning Lights’ | Uploaded: January 16th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Chelsea Bleach – ‘Shedding Skin’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with YouTube

16. Doona Waves – ‘Wategos’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with YouTube

15. Mount Trout – ‘Home’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

14. Daniel Verhagen – ‘Arcadia’

Uploaded: January 27th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Malcolm Chisho – ‘Zoning Out’

Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

12. Heart Beach – ‘NRG’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

11. Curves – ‘Feel The Fear’ | Uploaded: December 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

9. Loure – ‘Keep It Real’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Statue – ‘Entrance’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

7. S Y Orosa – ‘You.’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

6. Rough River – ‘True Wild’

Uploaded: January 28th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Fishing – ‘Pleasure Dome (Christopher Port Remix)’

Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

4. Mic Mills – ‘Pig Of A Man’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

3. Forever Son – ‘San Jose’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Tornado Wallace ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Today’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘French Press’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

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27 Jan Premiere: Daniel Verhagen – ‘Arcadia’






Melbourne’s dark and atmospheric electronic producer Daniel Verhagen has just released Delusion, a two track EP. Side one contains title track ‘Delusion‘, but it’s the b-side ‘Arcadia‘ that caught our attention.

Despite the thick continuous back thump, ‘Arcadia’ isn’t a house track or a dance track. It’s a heavily textural mood setter, best experienced while driving at night during a rainy storm, while imaging what life would be like working alone inside a lighthouse on a remote island. Which sounds bleak, but that’s ‘Arcadia’. The walloping chords push you sideways like coastal winds, the tracks core mechanics spontaneously flicker like failing street lights in a narrow alley. Even the piano notes trickle like the piano player’s fingers are cold from being out in the rain too long.

In other words; you’ll dig ‘Arcadia’ if you enjoy artists such as Zomby, Burial or Perturbator.

 


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27 Jan Ripe Guest Mix with Slim Vibrato




Adam Ricco a.k.a. Slim Vibrato has recently headlined Glamorama, played at the Good Manners Melbourne Music Week closing party inside the Victorian State Library and is about to play some big gigs coming up. Tonight he’s playing at Crave David Presents: Stick n Poke at The Gasometer Hotel and it’s free to head down. To get you keen as mustard, he’s recorded a guest mix for us to share around:

“50.50 carefully weaves back and forth between all-encompassing techno and house to stripped-back material that seldom leaves my bedroom. Showcasing some of my most recent finds from labels old and new, this mix offers rhythmic diversity while still following a path somewhat linear.”

 

T R A C K L I S T
LK – ‘You Set My Body On Fire’
Telephones – ‘Kanal (Prins Thomas Sure Oppstøt)’
Pantha Du Prince – ‘Bohemian Forest’
Leo James – ‘Salvation pt 2’
András – ‘Soy Boy’
Phil Stroud – ‘The Forest’
Quarion – ‘Turn Off The Light’
Shackleton – ‘Death Is Not Final’
Fantastic Man – ‘Galactic Ecstasy’
Lars Behrenroth – ‘Inflection’
Silk 86 – ‘Vince Charming’

 


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26 Jan Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (26/1/17)

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 Tornado Wallace, S Y Orosa, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Darcy Baylis, Winston Surfshirt, Biscotti, Field Waves and this week’s best new track by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 40 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Baldwins – ‘Goldbrick’ | Uploaded: January 4th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Consumer Watchdawgz – ‘Untitled 12″ (BSR010)’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Swim Team – ‘Are You Forgetting Something?’ | Uploaded: November 28th | Open with YouTube

37. Thrupence – ‘Rinse Repeat’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Baro – ‘You Are My Imagination Running Free’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Regular Boys – ‘Bad Behaviour’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Field Waves – ‘Diagram’

Uploaded: December 26th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Al C – ‘You’re Always’ | Uploaded: December 11th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Willaris. K – ‘Alchemy’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Coloured Clocks – ‘The Hat Song’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Brassau – ‘Falling Out’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud

29. EWAH – ‘All Summer Long’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with YouTube

28. Letran – ‘Backup Plan’ | Uploaded: January 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

27. California Girls – City Living’ | Uploaded: December 8th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Obscura Hail – ‘Quarterlife’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Nali – ‘The Glomeng’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Biscotti – ‘Instamatic’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

23. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Be About You’

Uploaded: January 24th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Wet Lips – ‘Can’t Take It Anymore’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Foreign/National – ‘Mombasa’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Darcy Baylis – ‘soiheardyoufoundsomebodyelse’

Uploaded: December 30th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Take Your Time – ‘I Feel It Every Day’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

18. May Lyn – ‘Escape’ | Uploaded: December 12th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Floss – ‘Daydreams’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

16. The Pits – ‘Gravel Road’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

15. Sunset Dreams – ‘Mister Me’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Foxy Morons – ‘Under The Sea’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

13. Shining Bird – ‘Morning Lights’ | Uploaded: January 16th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Chelsea Bleach – ‘Shedding Skin’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with YouTube

11. Doona Waves – ‘Wategos’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with YouTube

10. Mount Trout – ‘Home’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

9. Heart Beach – ‘NRG’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

8. Curves – ‘Feel The Fear’ | Uploaded: December 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’

Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

6. Loure – ‘Keep It Real’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Statue – ‘Entrance’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

4. S Y Orosa – ‘You.’

Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

3. Forever Son – ‘San Jose’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Tornado Wallace ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Today’

Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘French Press’

Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

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20 Jan Ripe Guest Mix with Leafy Suburbs




Perth based artist Lyndon Blue, aka Leafy Suburbs, popped up on our radar when writer Blake Creighton introduced us to him late last year.

Around the same time his latest album Honda Jazz was released via Canberra label Moontown Records, and we had the opportunity to chat with Lyndon. He was kind enough to gift us with a guest mix as well, featuring music that constantly inspires his silky jazz textures. Down below he has dissected each track for us.

 

Mall Grab – ‘Drive

“Aw yiss, Mall Grab is pretty sick. His latest stuff has that nice blown out, minimal, jacking sound, and the Sun Ra EP on Church was really beautiful. But I’ve gotta keep my birdsong quota up, so couldn’t go past this rainforestey, slow-sipper from last year. It’s called ‘Drive‘ and reminds me of crisp winding car journeys through misty greenery in high altitudes, it probably had some influence on the more bucolic moments on Honda Jazz.”

 

The Person – ‘Enclosure

“I went on a tour with a bunch of new friends a while ago, and one of them was Minna Wight. She was dressed as a punk sausage and I was (sometimes) dressed as a giant slice of white bread. I soon discovered that in her other lives she’s half of the Steaming Jeans, and all of The Person. There are similar gated drum and portamento synth layering’s to the Kate Bush track, but to totally different effect; ‘Enclosure‘ is a kind of dozy but heavy funk workout. Like when you’re heavy-lidded on the dance floor but your feet just wanna keep going.”

 

Virna Lindt – ‘Underwater Boy

“Super wild and smooth psychedelic pop out of Sweden in the ’80s. Weirdly enough, this tune reminds me of Pond: the soulful chords, the sex-funk inclinations, the experimental noodling and the kinda comical vocal phrasing on silly lyrics like ‘X-ray eyes / my underwater boy’.”

 

Soda Lite – ‘Sky Reef

Alex Last is one person with whom I’ve enjoyed hanging out in dewy forests. I sampled him playing a Tasmanian church organ on the album track ‘Thylancine Fang‘. He’s a Perth boy originally and now based in Melbourne, where he makes beautiful music as Soda Lite and runs the Hi Tide label, in collaboration with Chloe who’s also an amazing artist and human. ‘Sky Reef‘ is his latest and it’s perfectly titled, an airy expanse under laid with colourful formations and bubbles.”

 

Jlin feat. Holly Herndon – ‘Expand

“Can’t stop listening to footwork lately, it’s kind of all my brain wants to hear‚ is that a super cliche dorky white person thing to say in 2016? Anyway, Jlin is one producer who’s really pushing in interesting directions, much like Holly Herndon who just constantly blows my mind. To catch them both on one track is a kind of freaky bliss.”

 

Lana – ‘Where You Are

Lana Rothnie is one of Perth’s most unique and experimental talents at the mo, if you want my opinion. This track feels like a fitting companion to Jlin & Holly Herdon: chopped irregular samples, unsettling arpeggios, fragmented synth/vocal drones. Lana also does dancey and more song-y stuff (we made a pop song together and it’s on the album), but I think this track showcases her especially wild imagination.”

 

Pharoah Sanders – ‘Astral Traveling

“This album I’m putting out, Honda Jazz, is not a real jazz album, although it does feature saxophone contributions from a Perth jazz player I really admire (Alana Macpherson). As far as sax and inner peace explorations go it feels fitting to include the one and only Pharaoh Sanders, in 100% cosmic cruise mode. Heavenly rhodes from Lonnie Liston Smith. The shimmery percussion and unique ‘bird effects’ (how did they do that??) are so special, too.”

 

Ruth White – ‘Magician

“I wanted to include some totally insane early electronic music in this mix and I almost went with Morton Subotnick (even his name sounds like an eccentric robot) but Ruth White won out ’cause she’s spookier. The music on Seven Trumps From The Tarot Card And Pinions (1968) was commissioned for a performance a year earlier, but it definitely shines by itself as a dense and slightly terrifying listening experience. Her Flowers of Evil record from ’69 is another real trip, where she recites Baudelaire poems over demonic drones and soundscapes. For something less hectic, the Klassik O’Tilt album is a cool classical moog type collection (a la Wendy Carlos), featuring the version of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee‘ sampled on Jaylib’s Da Rawkus.”

 

Ryo Kawasaki – ‘Hawaiian Caravan

“Yeah, it kinda sounds like a scrubbed-up, joyous Sun Araw track with a crazy brief footworky intro… But in fact it’s a jam from Japanese jazz/fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki made over 30 years ago. Ridiculously fun to listen to, I reckon. It featured on a reissue comp via Nu Northern Soul earlier this year, Selected Works 1979 to 1983.”

 

Kate Bush – ‘Mother Stands for Comfort

“This is one of my favourite Kate Bush songs, and by extension probably one of my favourite songs in general. Eberhard Weber‘s upright bass slides around like an eel, the drums are all jagged and tense, the lead synth has this smokey slippery quality, and there are all these amazing sounds from the Fairlight sampler synth. Kate’s vocals are subdued and eerie as she sings about a mother’s love being unconditional, to the point where she’ll keep her child’s murderous secrets; Am I the cat that takes the bird to her? Mother will stay mum… Goosebumps.”

 


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20 Jan Trading Tunes with Chelsea Bleach



Since premiering Chelsea Bleach‘s debut single ‘Public Safety‘ last year, we’ve been curiously following their progress. Tonight they finally launch their debut EP Decent Connections at The Tote in Collingwood, with support from Cable Ties, Kandere, Palm Springs and DJ Sov Trax.

I like to describe them as garage IPM (intelligent punk music), because they’re more diplomatic than pure force with their punkness. If 2016 only saw them testing the waters, then with this EP in 2017 they’re doing a full on knee splash bomb.

Each member of the band has contributed a track from another Melbourne-based act for their take on Trading Tunes.

GL – ‘Number One’

GL is definitely in my top 10 list of Melbourne bands. This is such a fun dance track, and I could listen to Ella Thompson’s angelic vocals all day. Just a warning – the bouncy bass, catchy vocals and sparkly synths will probably be stuck in your head for days. I love this quirky video with it’s amazing colour coordination and visual composition.”

Various Asses – ‘Down, Down’

“I really love the vibes on the whole Locion release by Various Asses but this track is a standout for me. I love the heavy bass and variety of samples in the track. I find it’s always stuck in my head. I was lucky enough to catch Various Asses live for the first time recently and it was such an incredible experience it truly blew my mind. Raquel (from VA) is also the drummer in one of my fave bands Palm Springs and to be honest, I think she’s a musical genius.”

Huntly – ‘Please’

“The first time hearing this song was during a live performance. It’s got a full energy, great groove and relatable lyrics. This recording does not let you down on that front. From the quirky keys at the start, to the catchy melodies, this song has to be a fave of mine. I would be lying if I said I don’t sing and boogie to it every time I hear it. A great track from a fantastic Melbourne band.”

RVG – ‘That’s All’

RVG are my favourite band in Melbourne right now and I love everything about this song. It evokes emotions in me every time I hear it, regardless of the fact that I’ve listened to it a ridiculous amount of times. Keep an eye out for their new album this year, and if you haven’t seen them play live you are missing out.”

Friendships – ‘Paradise’

“Off their debut Album Nullarbor 1988-1989 , Friendship‘s ‘Paradise‘ is some seriously hard-hitting techno — like a punch in the guts in a really good way. This whole album is stellar in my opinion, but if you haven’t caught Friendships live yet then make it a New Years resolution – as an audio visual duo their music is meant for the stage. Totally terrifying and unique, with strong characterisation and spoken word elements. I’m so psyched for what they’ll bring out next.”

 


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