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08 May Trading Tunes with Ferla


Ferla caught our attention at the start of the year with the single ‘In The Night‘, a sexy track that resembles the work of Lower Dens, Timber Timbre or Twin Shadow. Slick, shiny guitars sizzling for five minutes while Ferla makes his presence felt — definitely one of the more complete Australian songs released so far this year. Ferla followed it up with ‘Wasted On You‘, which features more lively synthesisers (think Depeche Mode or Pet Shop Boys) and meticulous detail in the instrumental arrangements and hooks.

In the next few weeks we’re going to be treated to more tunes from Ferla, via the single ‘Breakups‘ on Thursday (11th of May) and his double EP release on the 26th of May. But what’s even better are Ferla’s live performances — they’re entertaining and full of life, so be sure to head down to The Tote on the 16th of June to experience it for yourself. Until then, delve in to these five tracks he has been obsessing over for the past month in today’s Trading Tunes.

Brian Eno – ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Another Green World is an album that I have been repeatedly told to listen to because I “would just love it” — and so I’ve avoided it for a long time. I’m glad I waited. Apart from a couple of songs where the bass player is jizzing everywhere, it’s an incredible album. I made my way to it after becoming obsessed with Bowie’s Berlin trilogy of albums, then I bought a pack of Oblique Strategy cards and read up on Eno. There is a good Pitchfork review goes into Eno’s ethos of album making in greater detail (found here) but basically Eno was all about process over outcome, which is something I admire and aspire to. Listen to this record and get obsessed. But maybe skip the first two songs which are just total bass jizz.”

Cocteau Twins – ‘Cherry-coloured Funk’

“Another example of a band that I’ve been told to get into but haven’t ’til recently. Liz Fraser sings really gorgeous nonsense. It’s all glossolalia, but some kind of meaning gets across.”

Gareth Liddiard’s Cocktail Favourites – ‘Vincent Van Gogh’

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“This is a cover of a Jonathan Richman song. It’s an example for me of how music can be redemptive. I think it’s made more redemptive by the fact that Gareth Liddiard is singing it. At the moment in Australian music there seems to be a very dark undercurrent and lots of free-floating anxiety. It’s fine, it’s good even. It’s cathartic. We’re living in uncertain times and Australia is an anxious country. Recently I saw Neil Finn perform at Golden Plains, and for the second time in the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre I cried singing along to his music. And I wasn’t alone, it seemed like everyone was crying or was deeply affected by his music in some way. I think it’s cos his music is redemptive and he is like a conduit of positivity and everything’s-going-to-be-alrightism. World’s fucked but 10,000 people can still get together and have a singalong.

Van Gogh suffered from bipolar disorder and cut off his own ear in a fit of mania. He committed suicide when he was 37. But Richman doesn’t sing about any of this. Van Gogh is the pre-eminent tortured artist, but Richman sings about how much Van Gogh loved colour. The song is a compounded love letter, about Van Gogh loving colour more than any other painter, and Richman loving Van Gogh in his dewy-eyed way. And now Liddiard is joining in on that conversation and it’s really sweet.

There’s so much in this song that speaks to me about art and why art is important and why I love music and want to make it for the rest of my life. I’m obsessed.”

Charles Ives – Piano Sonata, Concord Mass III ‘The Alcotts’

“What is this? Ragtime impressionism? I don’t even know. But it’s so sweet and expressive and full of surprises and it gets nice and abstract as it goes on. It’s ambiguous. I got turned onto Ives after watching Leonard Bernstein‘s lecture series (found here), which is another thing to get obsessed with.”

Dead Or Alive – ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’

“Solid pop music. There’s something so aggressive about this song. It has a kind of aggressive sexual energy. Also: Pete’s voice.”

 


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04 May Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (4/5/17)

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, Tempura Nights, River Yarra, Mikey Young, Migrant Minds, Sleep D, Notaeb, Hazel English, Glider Pilots, Darcy Baylis, Le Pie, Hoodlem, Sampa The Great and this week’s best new track by Leah Senior.

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

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40. Sampa The Great ft. Estelle – ‘Everybody’s Hero’ | Uploaded: April 27th

39. Hoodlem – ‘Funny Farm’ | Uploaded: April 29th

38. Le Pie – ‘Go Unsteady’ | Uploaded: April 28th

37. Darcy Baylis – ‘100 Days / Empathy’ | Uploaded: May 3rd

36. Workhorse – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: April 11th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Nullstaat – ‘Transmission’ | Uploaded: April 14th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Sadventure – ‘Gotta Get It Together’ | Uploaded: April 7th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Baldwins – ‘Dirty Sheets’ | Uploaded: March 19th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Glider Pilots – ‘Standing Static’ | Uploaded: April 21st

31. Wolf Shield – ‘Alone Tonight’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

30. Super Magic Hats – ‘Sleepless’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

29. Allysha Joy – ‘FNFL’ | Uploaded: March 26th | Open with SoundCloud

28. The Nights – ‘Double Slit’ | Uploaded: April 5th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Hazel English – ‘Love is Dead’ | Uploaded: April 26th

26. Notaeb – ‘Dera’ | Uploaded: April 29th

25. Hue Blanes – ‘Fernando’ | Uploaded: March 29th | Open with YouTube

24. Major Leagues – ‘It Was Always You’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Jen Cloher – ‘Kinda Biblical’ | Uploaded: May 1st | Open with Bandcamp

22. Blake Gilray – ‘Interstella’ | Uploaded: April 18th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Sleep D – ‘8/660A3122’ | Uploaded: April 30th

20. Slow Dancer – ‘It Goes On’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

19. Tyrøne – ‘Getting Loose’ | Uploaded: April 21st | Open with SoundCloud

18. Exhibitionist – ‘Hands’ | Uploaded: March 21st | Open with SoundCloud

17. Heart People – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 4th | Open with YouTube

16. Thrupence – ‘Acacia Road’ | Uploaded: April 20th | Open with YouTube

15. Migrantminds – ‘Iconic Massive Heart’ | Uploaded: April 30th

14. Good Boy – ‘Braap’ | Uploaded: March 6th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Mikey Young – ‘Socks’ | Uploaded: April 13th

12. River Yarra – ‘On The Lake’ | Uploaded: May 2nd

11. Sui Zhen – ‘Calm Winds’ | Uploaded: March 8th | Open with Bandcamp

10. Tempura Nights – ‘Open Mall’ | Uploaded: April 28th

9. Trevor – ‘Sensual Mediation’ | Uploaded: March 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

8. Jess Locke – ‘Better/Bitter’ | Uploaded: April 2nd | Open with YouTube

7. Dianas – ‘Heart Of Me’ | Uploaded: April 28th

6. Hymns – ‘Waves Of Nothing EP’ | Uploaded: April 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

5. Leah Senior – ‘Pretty Faces’ | Uploaded: April 27th

4. Nali – ‘D.R.D (B2H002)’ | Uploaded: April 25th | Open with SoundCloud

3. Sloan Peterson – ‘105’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

2. Sunscreen – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 7th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Harvey Sutherland – ‘Saturn’s Return’ | Uploaded: March 24th | Open with Spotify

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03 May Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (3/5/17)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


7:30pm – 12am Thursday, 4th May

Plastic EP Release w Hollow Everdaze & Eilish Gilligan

$10 + $1.50bf

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A few great bands are kicking off the weekend early this Thursday night, playing together across two different events. The Curtin will see the launch of Plastic‘s new EP Air Conditioning, which pairs strong early-Strokes vibes with more ambitious psychedelic influences.

Hollow Everdaze and Eilish Gilligan are both playing support, filling out the line-up to make the night worth every penny.


8pm – 11pm Thursday, 4th May

Pregnancy “First Kiss” Single Launch

~Free Entry~

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Pregnancy (Zac Denton of The Ocean Party plus members of Totally Mild, Ciggie Witch, Cool Sounds, and Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten) are playing on Thursday night too, for the launch of ‘First Kiss’ off their EP from last year.

It may seem like quite a delayed launch, but that is likely attributable to how damn busy they are with other projects — and making their debut album for release on July 17th. Frances Fox, Tenderhooks and Qwerty! are all on the line-up as well.


11pm – 8am Friday, 5th May

¿Club D’érange? x Common Ground w Intergalactic Gary

$15 + $1.50bf

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With two of Melbourne’s best curators Simon TK and Louis McCoy on the line-up, you know your money is in good hands — but those two combined still have half of the experience of veteran DJ Intergalactic Gary from the Netherlands.

Intergalactic Gary has been DJing since the ‘80s and playing all around the world since the ‘90s. He’s seen it all and can spin almost anything at this point. Head down to Hugs&Kisses prepared to learn a trick or two.


6pm – 11pm Saturday, 6th May

Darcy Baylis presents Intimacy & Isolation LIVE

$18 + $1.50bf

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This show has so many selling points. Darcy Baylis is finally playing his fantastic new album, joined on the line-up by Wet Lips, Truth-n-Dare and DJ Jalé.

That’s not all — this is happening inside a restored 1920s Church Hall in Fitzroy North. The Auditorium features a domed timber ceiling, with both seating and standing areas and it’s wheelchair accessible.


9pm – 3am Saturday, 6th May

Stranger In Paradise: Chiara Kickdrum, Kiti, Awesome Wales

$14.80

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Perhaps the highlight of my summer was when DJ Kiti closed Paradise Music Festival on the basement stage. At a freezing cold Lake Mountain, DJ Kiti’s set packed out the basement to the steamy peak where tops became optional.

The Paradise Festival crew and DJ Kiti are teaming up again on Saturday for Strangers In Paradise at The Gasometer. Also DJing is Chiara Kickdrum (live) and Awesome Wales, guaranteed to have you in a spin until 3am.

 

 


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27 Apr Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (27/4/17)

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 Hymns, Thrupence, Tyrøne, Matthew Hayes, Rebel Yell, Wet Lips, The Stranger Suite, Truly Holy, Dream Lands, Kirin J Callinan and this week’s best new track by Nali.

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

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40. Kirin J Callinan – ‘S. A. D.’ | Uploaded: April 25th

39. Dream Lands – ‘Going Through The Emotion’ | Uploaded: April 19th

38. Truly Holy – ‘Another Life’ | Uploaded: April 25th

37. The Stranger Suite – ‘Better’ | Uploaded: April 21st

36. Wet Lips – ‘Here If You Need’ | Uploaded: April 26th

35. Rebel Yell – ‘High Authority’ | Uploaded: April 17th

34. The Goods – ‘Make Your Move’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Shouse – ‘Without You’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

32. Kirin J Callinan – ‘Bravado’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

31. Matthew Hayes – ‘Express Point’ | Uploaded: April 25th

30. Treehouse – ‘Hammer on the Door’ | Uploaded: April 10th | Open with SoundCloud

29. School Damage – ‘Tall Poppies’ | Uploaded: April 6th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘From 50’ | Uploaded: April 8th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Workhorse – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: April 11th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Nullstaat – ‘Transmission’ | Uploaded: April 14th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Sadventure – ‘Gotta Get It Together’ | Uploaded: April 7th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Baldwins – ‘Dirty Sheets’ | Uploaded: March 19th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Ferla – ‘In The Night’ | Uploaded: March 1st | Open with YouTube

22. Wolf Shield – ‘Alone Tonight’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

21. Super Magic Hats – ‘Sleepless’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

20. Allysha Joy – ‘FNFL’ | Uploaded: March 26th | Open with SoundCloud

19. The Nights – ‘Double Slit’ | Uploaded: April 5th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Hue Blanes – ‘Fernando’ | Uploaded: March 29th | Open with YouTube

17. Major Leagues – ‘It Was Always You’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Jen Cloher – ‘Kinda Biblical’ | Uploaded: May 1st | Open with Bandcamp

15. Blake Gilray – ‘Interstella’ | Uploaded: April 18th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Slow Dancer – ‘It Goes On’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

13. Tyrøne – ‘Getting Loose’ | Uploaded: April 21st

12. Exhibitionist – ‘Hands’ | Uploaded: March 21st | Open with SoundCloud

11. Heart People – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 4th | Open with YouTube

10. Thrupence – ‘Acacia Road’ | Uploaded: April 20th

9. Sui Zhen – ‘Calm Winds’ | Uploaded: March 8th | Open with Bandcamp

8. Good Boy – ‘Braap’ | Uploaded: March 6th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Trevor – ‘Sensual Mediation’ | Uploaded: March 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

6. Jess Locke – ‘Better/Bitter’ | Uploaded: April 2nd | Open with YouTube

5. Hymns – ‘Waves Of Nothing EP’ | Uploaded: April 22nd

4. Nali – ‘D.R.D (B2H002)’ | Uploaded: April 25th

3. Sloan Peterson – ‘105’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

2. Sunscreen – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 7th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Harvey Sutherland – ‘Saturn’s Return’ | Uploaded: March 24th | Open with Spotify

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26 Apr Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (26/4/17)


Photo by Jasper van Daatselaar


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


7pm – 1am Thursday, 27th April

Nightcap VI

~Free Entry~

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Ferdydurke is always a safe bet on Thursday nights — never too busy, rarely a bad crowd, easy to stay late with accessible public transport (or ubers for the true night owls).

This week is no exception, with Emelyne, Escape Artist, Miles Macaulay and Sebastian Sibelle adding some very good music selection to the mix.


8pm – 10pm Thursday, 27th April

Lower Plenty ~ Bar Oussou

~Free Entry~

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If you’re working on Friday and want to gather your pals for some great, free live music and cheeky cheap drinks, then Bar Oussou on Sydney Road has you covered.

It doesn’t really matter what music your friends are into, it’s hard to imagine someone not enjoying a set by Lower Plenty. If they don’t, you probably need new friends.


5pm – 8pm Friday, 28th April

Jade Imagine EP Release party

~Free Entry~

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One of the best ways to celebrate the arrival of 5pm on a Friday is to have a huge group hug with your mates and head to a Polyester Records in-store.

If you’re asking “where’s the beer?”, the answer is “hidden out the back“, and the fact that people don’t drink in-store means an undistracted crowd ready to pay real attention to the artist. Especially satisfying when the artist is as talented as Jade Imagine.


10pm – 7am Friday, 28th April

Super Important: Back 2 The Jungle

$10 all night

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Yet another option for Friday night, and this one is simple — the sequel to the excellent Back 1 The Jungle at Hugs&Kisses, sagaciously titled Back 2 The Jungle.

It will be well worth your time and $10 to head down for sets from three super reliable DJs in Nite Fleit, Pelvis and Liluzu.


10pm – 5am Saturday, 29th April

RES X Steeplejack: Moopie

$10 before midnight, $15 after

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If you missed Steeplejack aka Harold at Golden Plains, you missed learning why he’s one of the better local DJs when it comes to continuous genre-jumping.

He also knows how to pick a good crew to party with — so if you head to The Sub Club on Saturday night you can also see Moopie, Jess Sneddon, Nerve & Sow Discord and Hot Rod & The Burnouts (live).

 

 


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20 Apr Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (21/4/17)


Photo by Jasper van Daatselaar


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


2pm – 10pm Saturday, 22nd April

Bunker presents Soft-Pedal 7

~Free Entry~

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Whether you missed out on Inner Varnika last week or you’re looking to re-live the experience, head to Joey Smalls in Brunswick on Saturday for the same vibe with no door charge.

Moopie, Shedbug, Adrian Bell, Jess Sneddon and Stacey Holmes will all be spinning tracks in the outdoor garden area.


3pm – 6pm Saturday, 22nd April

New Lease #99 – Poppongene, Way Dynamic, Frances Fox

~Free Entry~

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The conveniently-located Curtin is hosting a Saturday afternoon freebie as well, with tunes from 3pm.

Here at Ripe we’re unashamedly huge fans of the three acts on the line-up — Poppongene, Way Dynamic and Francis Fox — so you’d be crazy not to take the opportunity to check them out all at once.


8pm – 11:55pm Saturday, 22nd April

The Goon Sax, Suss Cunts, RVG, Parsnip

Tickets Here

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Rumour has it that The Goon Sax could be jetting off overseas soon, so Saturday night at The Gasometer could be your last chance to catch them live for a while.

And if for some strange reason that isn’t enough to entice you, Suss Cunts, RVG and Parnsip fill out the rest of the bill. Wowzer.


10pm – 5am Saturday, 22nd April

Cool Room presents Avalon Emerson

Tickets Here

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Cool Room couldn’t throw a bad party even if they tried — and Saturday night at 24 Moons is sure to keep up their rep of great tunes and friendly crowds.

Avalon Emerson has become a force in recent years, producing her own spin on the sounds often heard in Berlin, but she’s not the only draw card. Roza Terenzi and Hymns are also reliable tune selectors guaranteed to keep your feet moving all night.


10pm – 6am Saturday, 22nd April

Lucid with Otologic, Darcy Justice & Josh Keys

~Free Entry~

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If you wanted to show your tourist friends a very Melbourne event, in the middle of the city and for free, then Otologic at Lucid would be the perfect introduction.

If Lucid isn’t ringing any bells, you could be more familiar with the venue’s former name — Lounge Bar. Considering it’s open until 6am, this is probably where you want to finish your Saturday night.

 

 

 


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20 Apr Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (20/4/17)

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 Jess Locke, Blake Gilray, Baldwins, Sadventure, Nullstaat, Treehouse, Baro, Leisure Suite, Bourgeois Earth, Kathleen Mary Lee, No Local, Idiio, Ghosting, Spike Fuck, Fountaineer and this week’s best new track by Sunscreen.

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

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40. Fountaineer – ‘The Cricketers’ | Uploaded: April 18th

39. Spike Fuck – ‘Greatest Hits’ | Uploaded: April 14th

38. Ghosting – ‘One Summer 「 Spirited Away 」’ | Uploaded: April 12th

37. Idiio – ‘One Night’ | Uploaded: April 4th

36. No Local – ‘Thinking The Wrong Things’ | Uploaded: April 7th

35. Kathleen Mary Lee – ‘Broken’ | Uploaded: April 9th

34. Bourgeois Earth – ‘Call Back’ | Uploaded: April 7th

33. Leisure Suite – ‘Don’t Wait’ | Uploaded: April 19th

32. Baro – ‘Pretty’ | Uploaded: April 18th

31. The Goods – ‘Make Your Move’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Shouse – ‘Without You’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

29. Kirin J Callinan – ‘Bravado’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

28. Cassius Select – ‘Herd’ | Uploaded: April 5th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Tim Coggins – ‘Viewpoint’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

26. Treehouse – ‘Hammer on the Door’ | Uploaded: April 10th

25. School Damage – ‘Tall Poppies’ | Uploaded: April 6th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘From 50’ | Uploaded: April 8th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Workhorse – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: April 11th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Nullstaat – ‘Transmission’ | Uploaded: April 14th

21. Sadventure – ‘Gotta Get It Together’ | Uploaded: April 7th

20. Baldwins – ‘Dirty Sheets’ | Uploaded: March 19th

19. Ferla – ‘In The Night’ | Uploaded: March 1st | Open with YouTube

18. Wolf Shield – ‘Alone Tonight’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

17. Super Magic Hats – ‘Sleepless’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

16. Allysha Joy – ‘FNFL’ | Uploaded: March 26th | Open with SoundCloud

15. The Nights – ‘Double Slit’ | Uploaded: April 5th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Hue Blanes – ‘Fernando’ | Uploaded: March 29th | Open with YouTube

13. Major Leagues – ‘It Was Always You’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Jen Cloher – ‘Kinda Biblical’ | Uploaded: May 1st | Open with Bandcamp

11. Blake Gilray – ‘Interstella’ | Uploaded: April 18th

10. Slow Dancer – ‘It Goes On’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

9. Exhibitionist – ‘Hands’ | Uploaded: March 21st | Open with SoundCloud

8. Heart People – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 4th | Open with YouTube

7. Sui Zhen – ‘Calm Winds’ | Uploaded: March 8th | Open with Bandcamp

6. Good Boy – ‘Braap’ | Uploaded: March 6th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Trevor – ‘Sensual Mediation’ | Uploaded: March 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

4. Jess Locke – ‘Better/Bitter’ | Uploaded: April 2nd

3. Sloan Peterson – ‘105’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

2. Sunscreen – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 7th

1. Harvey Sutherland – ‘Saturn’s Return’ | Uploaded: March 24th | Open with Spotify

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19 Apr Trading Tunes with Exhibitionist


Exhibitionist is Kirsty Tickle from Sydney via Brisbane, who caught our attention a couple of weeks ago with her first single ‘Hands‘. We weren’t the only ones addicted to the angelic melody; our old trusty blog mate Tommy Faith, who now runs TEEF Recordings, swooped in and signed her up.

What really sets ‘Hands’ apart from so many other midi-keyboard, post-Grimes minimalists, is how the track is crafted from the ground up, no mass produced borrowed parts can be found here. Perfecting the drumming sounds just as important as the flute or the bass-lines. A lot of artists would’ve settled with the track’s memorable melody, but Exhibitionist has more ideas than just melodies, and that’s really what pushes this project forward in an interesting way — its potential for variety.

To get an insight into her influences, she has sent over some of her favourite tracks by female artists.

PJ Harvey – ‘The Words that Maketh Murder’

Let England Shake is one of my most listened to albums and this song sticks out every time. The horn arrangements are so good and PJ never fails to deliver a really incredible vocal melody. I recently saw her play in Sydney, I was really tired and as soon as she started playing my jaw just dropped to the floor. It’s in my top 5 gigs ever. What a woman!”

Kim Gordon – ‘Murdered Out’

“This song is filthy. I can’t think of another word to describe the sounds in it. The bass line, her voice, the industrial trashy percussion, it’s full of revolting sounds and I f**king love it!”

Solange – ‘Cranes in the Sky’

“This song means a lot to me. I was going through a bit of a rough patch towards the end of last year and a lot of what I was questioning in my own life was laid bare in this track. I listened to it heaps, over and over, and each time I found some new little bit of sound would burst out and grab my attention. The intricate vocal lines, string arrangements and piano themes just add perfect ear candy to what is, in my opinion, a perfect pop song.”

Selvhenter – ‘New Age’

“I first saw Selvhenter, a Danish all-girl instrumental band, at Berghain when I was living in Berlin in 2013. They are one of the most impressive live bands I’ve ever seen and inspired a lot of what we do in Party Dozen. The girls shred on their instruments and create these really interesting and intricate sounds, but all the songs still have this captivating groove as well, so it’s super accessible.”

Marielle V Jakobsons – ‘White Sparks’

“My friend Shem ordered me this album as a surprise and I fell in love with it. This video was made using the “Macro-Cymatic” Visual Music Instrument she created. Her music is so lush, it sweeps and swells in and out and leaves you feeling like you’re floating in a big ol’ sound ocean.”


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13 Apr Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (13/4/17)

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 Heart People, Jen Cloher, Hue Blanes, The Nights, Allysha Joy, Workhorse, Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy, School Damage, The Ocean Party, The Attics, Body Type, Retiree, Rita Revell, NO ZU, András and this week’s best new track by Sloan Peterson.

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. Holy Balm – ‘Hot Cold (András Dub Mix)’ | Uploaded: April 6th

39. NO ZU – ‘Spirit Beat (Jonny Sender Konk’d Version)’ | Uploaded: April 6th

38. Rita Revell – ‘H. I. C. B’ | Uploaded: April 11th

37. Retiree – ‘Jan’ | Uploaded: April 6th

36. Body Type – ‘Break Down’ | Uploaded: April 7th

35. The Attics – ‘Alright’ | Uploaded: April 10th

34. Roland Tings – ‘Garden Piano’ | Uploaded: March 1st | Open with SoundCloud

33. Jade Imagine – ‘Walkin’ Around’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with YouTube

32. Treehouse – ‘Centre of Their World’ | Uploaded: March 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

31. Flowertruck – ‘Dying To Hear’ | Uploaded: March 7th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Sick Bug’ | Uploaded: March 1st | Open with SoundCloud

29. Jimmy Chang – ‘Style’n w/ Ease’ | Uploaded: February 28th | Open with SoundCloud

28. The Ocean Party – ‘Quality Control’ | Uploaded: April 6th

27. The Goods – ‘Make Your Move’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Shouse – ‘Without You’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

25. Kirin J Callinan – ‘Bravado’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

24. Cassius Select – ‘Herd’ | Uploaded: April 5th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Tim Coggins – ‘Viewpoint’ | Uploaded: April 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

22. School Damage – ‘Tall Poppies’ | Uploaded: April 6th

21. Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘From 50’ | Uploaded: April 8th

20. Workhorse – ‘Alone’ | Uploaded: April 11th

19. Ferla – ‘In The Night’ | Uploaded: March 1st | Open with YouTube

18. Phanosland – ‘9 Years Old’ | Uploaded: February 14th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Wolf Shield – ‘Alone Tonight’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

16. Super Magic Hats – ‘Sleepless’ | Uploaded: March 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

15. Allysha Joy – ‘FNFL’ | Uploaded: March 26th

14. The Nights – ‘Double Slit’ | Uploaded: April 5th

13. Hue Blanes – ‘Fernando’ | Uploaded: March 29th

12. Major Leagues – ‘It Was Always You’ | Uploaded: March 30th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Jen Cloher – ‘Kinda Biblical’ | Uploaded: May 1st

10. Slow Dancer – ‘It Goes On’ | Uploaded: March 28th | Open with YouTube

9. Exhibitionist – ‘Hands’ | Uploaded: March 21st | Open with SoundCloud

8. Heart People – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: April 4th

7. Sui Zhen – ‘Calm Winds’ | Uploaded: March 8th | Open with Bandcamp

6. Darcy Baylis – ‘At Sloterdijk Station / The Force Won’t Kill Me’ | Uploaded: February 14th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Good Boy – ‘Braap’ | Uploaded: March 6th | Open with SoundCloud

4. Trevor – ‘Sensual Mediation’ | Uploaded: March 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

3. Sloan Peterson – ‘105’ | Uploaded: March 28th

2. Mic Mills – ‘Too Hot To Sleep’ | Uploaded: February 14th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Harvey Sutherland – ‘Saturn’s Return’ | Uploaded: March 24th | Open with Spotify

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The Nights EP

12 Apr Trading Tunes with The Nights




Sydney three-piece The Nights have released their sophomore EP Beyond Desire, and it has some serious replay value. The Nights take meticulous craftsmanship cues from artists like Burial, Nicholas Jaar and Mount Kimbie, and impressively they could hold their own among those names. All three tracks on the EP have incredibly precise execution and wholesome electronic textures.

That said, their EP is versatile too. It suits sitting in your headphones on a train as much as blasting from speakers at a house party at 3am — it’s perfect for both a solo and a social listening experience. The fact that the band physically play the songs when they play live adds to the appeal of checking them out on their soon-to-be-announced Australian tour.

All six of their selected Trading Tunes tracks are songs I personally listen to on the regular. The band wrote us a note explaining their thoughts behind their choices.

“Songs that capture the crossover moments from late night to early morning. It’s a fine line between the two… a strange moment that is as disorienting as it can be grounding. That time is characterised by opposites. If you’ve been up all night, chances are that you’re going from a loud, active and highly stimulated experiences into a quiet, introspective state. If you’ve been sleeping, then reality begins to set in and thoughts begin to rush in. We feel the songs in this playlist capture that twilight moment in its various states. Whether it’s standing outside a club waiting for a taxi, laying on your bedroom floor with your eyes half open staring at the spinning ceiling, or waking up early to catch the first flight out of the city.”

 

Machinedrum – ‘Vizion’

Shabazz Palaces – ‘Are You… Can You…Were You? (Felt)’

Octo Octa – ‘Fear’

Tom Waits – ‘Swordfishtrombone’

Nicolas Jaar – ‘Three Sides of Nazareth’

Burial – ‘Ghost Hardware’

 


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