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08 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (8/3/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 35 tracks in this week’s playlist.

 

We start this week at #35 with ‘Magic Button‘ by Twelve Point Buck, who come from outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains. The lo-fi and casual fuzzy sounds of ‘Magic Button’ come from a new three track EP titled Cheezel Dust. You can catch them supporting Zeahorse at The Record Crate in Sydney on April 2nd. At #34 we head up north to Brisbane for the three piece garage band Bent, who released a video for ‘Skeleton Man‘. The aesthetic rawness and “I don’t give a fuck” attitude of the song and video give Bent this punk edge that manages to avoid sounding whiny or immature.

We have another new track at #31 from the emerging Melbourne label Deaf Ambitions (Leisure Suite, Crepes, Redspencer and Zone Out). This time it’s Tourist Dollars with ‘Horse Girl‘ off their upcoming debut EP. ‘Horse Girl’ was mastered by Mikey Young and somewhat reminds me of Kaiser Chiefs. At #26 we have Blake Gilray from Sydney with the addictive ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’. The 19 year old samples the video game Zelda and then throws on top a glockenspiel hook with effective results. This is the third time he’s featured in an Australian Ripe Chart, making it three from three now. Look out for this young sharp producer to make big splashes soon.

Back in Melbourne for $25 with Ariela Jacobs who uploaded a video for ‘Lost‘. ‘Lost’ reminds of Bat For Lashes and contains the most moving moment of the week, when Ariela sings “I can’t wait to be alone with you”. Her EP Yesteryear is now available on her bandcamp. We stay in Melbourne at #18 with ‘After Midnight Special‘ by A.M. Limonata. The disco-house track features on a new EP titled Mansion. You can catch After Midnight Limonata playing sets every Thursday this month at Boney in the CBD.

In Sydney at #16 where Anatole has released a remix of ‘You Tore Out My Heart‘ by Tiny Little Houses from Melbourne. Anatole has managed to make an already heartbreaking song, more heartbreaking with a sprinkle of orchestral intimacy. Anatole even attempts to play the flute for the first time on this remix. The diverse talents of Anatole intrigue me as a potential producer for Australian vocalists. At #14 the Melbourne garage rock band Bad Vision have released a video for ‘Goons‘. The video is a long one-take featuring the in and out movements of housemates in a sharehouse while the band play out back. Apparently the video took 15 attempts.

Rainbow Chan pops in at #13 with ‘Nest‘ off her forthcoming debut album later this year. The Sydney via Hong Kong alt-pop talent sings about a past relationship where she “built a nest for you”, but it was apparently “not enough for you”. I can’t help but wonder if the line “you’ll only remind me of bubble gum and ice cream kisses in in the sun” is referring to a Bubble O Bill. Newcastle’s Mall Grab continues to appear in these charts with ‘Down‘ at #12. ‘Down’ carries a huge Reality Testing by Lone vibe, and the execution is just as impressive. Mall Grab is heading to Europe later this year and is currently looking for bookings.

Melbourne’s Alistair Montfort has a new project called Snakes and Friends, which he’s somehow find time for between work with Dick Diver, Total Control, Lower Plenty and UV Race. The first single ‘Missus and the Masses‘ comes in at #9. Alistair isn’t taking himself too seriously with this project and it’s really endearing. The warped keyboard sound he throws in is hilarious and fun. We stay in Melbourne with ‘Meet Me In The Middle‘ by Ciggie Witch at #7. ‘Meet Me In The Middle’ is heavily nostaglic and filled with meticulous detailed touches, which make the song very replayable. I can see myself coming back to it all year.

The track of the week at #5 comes out of Melbourne from ScotDrakula‘s lead singer Matt Neumann‘s new side-project called Cosmic Rays. ‘Teen Bank Robbers On Heroin‘ is his first solo single and it’s catchy as hell. I’ve had multiple sections of this song stuck in my head all week. It’s somewhat a cross between ‘Take Me To The Riot‘ by Stars and ‘All My Friends‘ by LCD Soundsystem. If you’re familiar with ScotDrakula, you’ll immediately notice a completely different vocal approach and it this case it works. Matt has proven to be a clever song writer in the past with ScotDrakula, but unfortunately not a diverse one up until this point. However with this Cosmic Rays project, he take it anywhere he wants at this point, making his follow-up releases a must-watch in 2016.

 


35. Twelve Point Buck – ‘Magic Button’

Uploaded: February 29th


34. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th


33. James Blake – ‘Modern Soul (Asdasfr Bawd remix)’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #29


32. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #28


31. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th


30. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


29. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #26


28. Stina Tester & Cinta Masters – ‘Deep Sleep’

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #25


27. Charles Murdoch – ‘Open (feat. Chloe Kaul)’

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #24


26. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st


25. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th


24. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


23. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #22


22. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #20


21. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


20. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #17


19. Mio – ‘Morning Sun (Dave Bixby cover)’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #16


18. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th


17. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #15


16. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd


15. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #13


14. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th


13. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd


12. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #12


10. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #8


9. Snake And Friends – ‘Missus And The Masses’

Uploaded: February 21st


8. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #7


7. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


5. Cosmic Rays – ‘Teen Bank Robber On Heroin’

Uploaded: February 22nd


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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01 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (1/3/16)

 

We start at #28 with the Melbourne duo Leisure Suite and their latest track ‘Shame‘, off their second EP Lay Low. If you’re a fan of Rhye or Banoffee, check them out. Great Earthquake comes in at #26 with ‘Thought Broadcasting‘, off an EP with the same name. It’s the work of the Melbourne-based Noah Symons, and the project sounds like a cross between a dreamy version of Ponytail and the sporadic patterns of Terrible Truths.

Melbourne hip-hop duo Milwaukee Banks slide into #23 with ‘Reincarnated‘, which will feature on their long-awaited debut album Deep Into The Night, out March 18th. I’m digging its Cities Aviv-styled production and the assertiveness of Dyl Thomas. LUCIANBLOMKAMP, also from Melbourne, comes in at #22 with ‘The Overman‘ off his upcoming sophomore album Bad Faith. You can catch Lucian playing along with Lower Spectrum during late-April in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Speaking of Perth, we’ve got new music from Arvo Tanty, with ‘Forget This Mourning‘ at #20. The track’s dreamy loops draw comparisons to early Atlas Sound or Brothertiger, and you can hear the full Tender Yonder LP later this year. At #15 we have Wax Witches from the Gold Coast (currently residing in Brooklyn) – you may remember Alex Wall from Bleeding Knees Club. ‘Morning Flowers‘ has a strong The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart vibe, and it’ll feature on the new album Memory Painting, out on the 18th of March.

Totally Mild return at #14 with ‘Today Tonight‘ off their new three-track live EP Alive In Denmark, which also features another new live track called ‘More‘. ‘Today Tonight‘ doesn’t feature any drums, showing a more stripped-back side of Totally Mild. Low Lux from Sydney come in at #13 with their cover of ‘Girls‘ by Royal Headache. Whereas the original used adrenaline to carry its momentum, Low Lux have cut the pace in half and wrought a more nostalgic atmosphere. It’s a clever and well-executed cover, one that most artists wouldn’t have thought about attempting.

Brisbane’s Mexico City come in at #8 with ‘Rosewood Line‘ from their third album When The Day Goes Dark. If you’re wondering who Mexico City are, they’ve supported The Black Keys, Cat Power, The Drones and many more, sounding somewhere between Cass McCombs and Phosphorescent. Next, we have Summer Flake with ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away‘ at #7. After releasing the underrated Time Rolls By EP last year, the Melbourne-via-Adelaide trio are set to release a new album titled Hello Friends. ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’ is ridiculously contagious and full of summer joy. Interestingly, it was recorded and mixed by Geoffrey O’Connor, who generally records slick, catchy, ’80s-sounding alt-pop songs.

We stay in Melbourne with SHOUSE featuring Habits on ‘Support Structure‘ at #6. The duo includes Ed Service of IO and Jack Madin of The Harpoons. We actually heard this track, reminiscent of Orbital or The KLF, in their Ripe Mix for us last month. The catchy vocal hook provided by Mohini of Habits could easily have been lifted from a classic early ’90s club hit.

However, the best new track of the week drops in at #2: ‘Got Something‘ by Jamal Amir. Jamal is part of the emerging Melbourne label Temporal Cast, featuring Cale Sexton and Kangaroo Skull. ‘Got Something‘ is straight up nasty smooth house, which makes me want to dance (even while I’m currently hobbling around on crutches). You can catch all three Temporal Cast artists playing along with Sleep D and Chiara Kickdrum this Friday the 4th of March at Goodtime Studios in Melbourne.

 


30. Mossy – ‘Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #27


29. James Blake – ‘Modern Soul (Asdasfr Bawd remix)’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


28. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #25


26. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st


25. Stina Tester & Cinta Masters – ‘Deep Sleep’

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #22


24. Charles Murdoch – ‘Open (feat. Chloe Kaul)’

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #21


23. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th


22. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th


21. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #20


20. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #19


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #17


17. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #15


16. Mio – ‘Morning Sun (Dave Bixby cover)’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #14


15. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th


14. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’

Uploaded: February 3rd


13. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st


12. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


11. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th | Last Week: #10


10. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


9. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #6


8. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th


7. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #2


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26 Feb Trading Tunes with Hoodlem

Hoodlem are an electronic soul duo from Melbourne, who are releasing their self-titled five track EP on March 26th. The EP features the track ‘Kintsugi‘, which caught our attention at the start of the year with its compelling vocals, sexy bass guitar, and overall detailed arrangement for what’s typically a vocal-centric genre.

If you’re a fan of anything from Erykah Badu to The Harpoons, then start following Hoodlem. Until their next show, have a read and listen to some of their current favourite females making electronic music.


Shura – ‘2Shy’

“Love this girl, love this song. Such a great hook. Listen on repeat for a bit of feel good.”


Billie Black – ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover’

“I love her versatility within her own music. This song is my favourite of hers, such a good croon and so much subtle attitude.”


Sorcha Richardson – ‘Petrol Station’

“I am in love with this song. It is so sweet and her accent is beautiful. Will loop around my head for hours.”


Sophia Black – ‘Vibration’

“I was initially looking for another song of Sophia‘s to play you called ‘Over Again’, which I love, but it looks like it’s been taken down. This song I still dig, it shows off her style really well. Super pop and RnB vibe with a bit of French in there.”


NAO – ‘Bad Blood’

“Been obsessed with NAO for a while now ever since her first single came out. I was driving when I first heard this song and I started losing it. So much groove, love the production, love her vocal. I can’t stop listening to it.”


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25 Feb Trading Tunes with Hazel English

Hazel English grew up in Sydney before moving to Melbourne for a few years. She now resides in San Francisco with her live band, while trying to break into the US market. She caught our attention last year with ‘Fix’. Which has gone on to hit over 300K listens on SoundCloud. Hazel English fits into the dream-pop genre, but she has so far, managed to consistently impressive us with melodies that pop out at you, rather than put you in a lull.

She has a nine track album coming out soon and we may see her hopefully back in Australia at the end of the 2016. Until then have a read and listen to some of her current favourite Australian tunes.

Upcoming shows:
Opening for Quilt on the 23rd of March at The Independent in San Francisco.


Yeo – ‘Icarus’

“This song is very addictive. I could listen to it on repeat for hours. Such a good hook and I can’t help but dance every time I hear it.”


Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’

“Not sure I even need to explain why this song is so good, pretty sure everyone gets it. The fact that I don’t even notice it’s over 7 minutes long is testament to that.”


Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

“This song is beautifully hypnotic and fragile. I’m a fan of Simon’s other projects and I will devour anything he creates – I really like his songwriting style.”


Banoffee – ‘Got It’

“I really like the rhythm of this song and the unconventional melody – it’s very catchy but in an unusual way.”


Peppermint Cloud Club – ‘Young Lovers’

“Beautiful and sparse, reminds me of one of my favourite musicians S. Carey. Love those harmonies too.”


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22 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (22/2/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is updated each week with our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.

At #30 we have Melbourne’s Daniel Trakell, who is set to release a six track EP titled Paradise in April. ‘Wasted Light‘ is the first single, and if you’re a fan of Tobias Jesso Jr., you’ll dig it. Also out of Melbourne, producer Asdasfr Bawd returns at #28 with a choppy dance remix of the new James Blake track ‘Modern Soul‘. I OH YOU‘s latest signing MOSSY has released his debut single ‘Electric Chair‘ that will appear on his debut EP in May, and jumps in at #27. It’s a cross between the vocals of Oasis and the slower jams on Tame Impala‘s latest album Currents.

The Melbourne duo at Stina Tester & Cinta Masters come in at #22 with ‘Deep Sleep‘ via Listen Records. It starts off a little like ‘She’s Lost Control‘ by Joy Division, before hitting a gothic spiral of ’70s analog keyboard. It’s not exactly The Doors; more like Blondie, or today’s comparison would be Austra. At #21, Sydney’s Charles Murdoch has released ‘Open‘ featuring Chloe Kaul from the duo KLLO. This soothing tune featured on Murdoch’s recently-released debut album Point.

Jumping up to #15, we have ‘Famously Monogamous‘ by Jen Cloher from the Milk! Records family. It’s from a collective Febraury release by the label, and it moves back and forth between sounding like Yuck in the verses, and Weezer in the chorus. Next at #14 is Mio, the project of Melbourne’s Lisa Miosku. Her lo-fi cover of ‘Morning Sun‘ could be mistaken for a single recorded back in the ’40s, her gentle, feather-light sound providing more tension headache relief than paracetamol.

Sliding in at #11 is Ned Beckley aka Lower Spectrum from Perth, who just dropped the second single ‘Masquerade‘ from his upcoming New Haze EP. The track tends to bobble up and down like a ’90s movie trailer theme song – which isn’t a bad thing, because by moving himself away from the strictly dance side of electronic music, he’s quietly carving out his own niche. At #10 is Mall Grab from Newcastle, who has uploaded the third (and title) track from his upcoming four-track Sun Ra EP. If you’re a fan of deep, minimal techno like Leon Vynehall, then start following Mall Grab.

Bendigo’s Fountaineer are set to release their first album later this year, and ‘Still Life‘ finds itself at #6. If Matt Berninger (The National) covered the album Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs, it would likely sound like ‘Still Life’. A lot of my appreciation for ‘Still Life’ sits within its subtle guitar details and effective, restrained vocal delivery. Another country Victorian band, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, continue their hot form with ‘Write Back‘ at #4. With every new R.B.C.F. tune at this point, I automatically assume it will have me shaking around in my chair, due to their endless slick guitar interplay and upbeat nature.

Brisbane band Major Leagues write dreamy garage-pop melodies as well as anyone in the country, and ‘Better Off‘ is another strong example. They make it sound effortless and that’s why ‘Better Off’ comes in at #3. The EP Dream States comes out in April, but I recommend catching them next month on their Australian tour with Alvvays, a band who impressed me at SXSW last year. Melbourne’s I’lls singer Simon Lam has a long-running solo project called Nearly Oratorio, and has nabbed the #2 spot this week. ‘Tin‘ will feature on his new EP in April and it has feels attached all over it when he sings “I’m home sick, when I’m out of you”. I loved the potential of I’lls, but I also can’t help but think that the stripped-back clarity of his own project will work even better. Nearly Oratorio has potential to be the project that makes Simon Lam a household Australian name.

At #1, Good Morning replace themselves with another track off their Glory EP called ‘Give Me Something To Do‘. You know you’re in a class of your own when you’re only competing against yourself. ‘Give Me Something To Do’ is their most versatile song to date, starting at a breezy pace with a casual saxophone before fading out, only to re-emerge with a guitar riff that gives me an excited smile every time. Damn these cheeky Melbourne buggers and their wizardry.


30. Daniel Trakell – ‘Wasted Light’

Uploaded: February 14th


29. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st | Last Week: #30


28. James Blake – ‘Modern Soul (Asdasfr Bawd remix)’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


27. Mossy – Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 16th


26. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #28


25. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


24. Banoffee – ‘With Her (Roland Tings Remix)’

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #25


23. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #24


22. Stina Tester & Cinta Masters – ‘Deep Sleep’

Uploaded: February 12th


21. Charles Murdoch – ‘Open (feat. Chloe Kaul)’

Uploaded: February 15th


20. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #23


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #20


18. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #19


17. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


16. Alice Ivy – ‘Touch’ feat. Georgia Van Etten

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #16


15. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th


14. Mio – ‘Morning Sun (Dave Bixby cover)’

Uploaded: February 16th


13. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #15


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #14


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th


10. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #9


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


7. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #6


6. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #3


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th


2. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th


1. Good Morning – ‘Give Me Something To Do’

Uploaded: January 27th


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20 Feb Trading Tunes with Le Pie

Le Pie is an emerging multi-instrumentalist and singer from Sydney, who creates music that sounds like Joni Mitchell fronting a ’90s grunge band or just the Dum Dum Girls. Well at least her impressive EP And He Said Honey, You Look So Fine last year sounded along those lines. However her latest single ‘Up All Night‘ finds her sound moving into Sleater-Kinney or Ex Hex territory. It’s confident, assertive and full of memorable lyrics.

While we wait for the next EP or album, that may just explode her on to the national scene in 2016. She’s sent us five tunes she’s been listening to lately. You can catch Le Pie performing at the University of Wollongong on the 27th of February with another new favourite of ours Phantastic Ferniture (ticket link).


Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Gap Year’

“I’ll be honest and say I am just a little bit obsessed with this new Sydney act right now! I stumbled across them last year with their debut release Fuckin’ ‘n’ Rollin’ which is also a great track but I must admit I have their latest offering, ‘Gap Year’, on repeat most days. Beautiful indie pop guitars, a driving bass line and Stevie Nicks like vocals effortlessly floating over the top. What’s not to love about that combo?”


Morning TV – ‘Golden’

“I’ve only just come across this band recently, as far as I know they are a young, all female act from Sydney with just the one release. This track instantly reminded me of The Breeders which is probably why I’m digging it so hard. Can’t wait to see what else these ladies have up their sleeves.”


Pop Cult – ‘ Gotta Keep Lovin”

“If you love the Dandy Warhols you are going to dig this track. Fuzzy guitars, too cool for school nonchalant vocals and a clip that harks back to that early 20’s wasteland we can all relate to, or maybe that’s just me?”


Ross Henry – ‘Blue Horizon’

“Just stumbled across this guy, instantly grabbed my attention at the beginning of the track with the dripping water sound effects. Super dreamy with beautiful vocals.”


Peppermint Cloud Club – ‘Young Lovers’

“Omg I loooove the production on this track, it’s so dreamy and effortless, feels like I’m floating through a summer haze (can you see a pattern forming here with my musical taste? What can I say, I’m a dreamer!) I was hooked on this track the first listen, the guitars are fucking amazing and I’m especially loving the keys that now and then tap into a little Supertramp vibe. Get caught up 🙌🏼”


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17 Feb St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is filling the space left by the Big Day Out

 

In 2014, one of the co-founders of the Big Day Out music festival, Vivian Lees, stated during an interview with Triple J that “Big Day Out set the high benchmark which is not going to be succeeded by a one-day festival in the near future, for sure.” That near future is now.

Stereosonic attendance numbers are far higher than those of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, but Stereosonic is only a place for electronic dance music, while this year’s Laneway lineup was dominated by bands with guitars like those seen for years at Big Day Out. Laneway also covers the five major Australian cities and New Zealand in a similar fashion.

 

 

BDO tried a few Laneway tricks in its final years by booking non-guitar acts who you could easily see playing a Laneway slot, such as Girl Talk, Röyksopp, Das Racist, Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, Death Grips, Flume and Toro Y Moi. But these bookings were too few and far between, or past that perfectly-timed point of peak interest, something Laneway Festival has nailed every year since it started in 2005 (except this year, which I’ll get to later). So why does Laneway’s formula work for them, while BDO faltered? The appeal of a one day festival will always draw a young crowd, yet only Laneway actually provides new and young artists, while BDO continued to target old and theoretically nostalgic ones – which made sense, before the advent of the internet.

2005 was the year that online music behemoth Pitchfork held their first festival in Chicago, and was also the year Arctic Monkeys exploded on to the scene via MySpace. It would take another eight years for Big Day Out to realise the power of the internet, whereas it has always played a big role in the Laneway formula. It’s no secret that they’ve been following Pitchfork very carefully for years, providing similar line-ups to the latter’s festivals in Chicago and Paris, and snagging new artists with popular releases out in the last year and a half, as opposed to the last decade. For the most part it’s worked, but it can backfire slightly when those new, truly exciting artists don’t arrive in any given year. This year was kind of one of those years.

 

 

One outside factor that’s come into the equation in recent years is the Sugar Mountain festival, which has become increasingly similar to Laneway, pinching international acts such as Shabazz Palaces, Tune-Yards, John Maus, Julianna Barwick, Kelela, Le1f, Empress Of, Ariel Pink, Swans, How To Dress Well and Iceage. Laneway still managed to bring together some exciting talent in the form of Grimes, The Internet, Vince Staples, Thundercat, DIIV, Royal Headache, Blank Realm, Shamir and Majical Cloudz, all of whom performed brilliant sets, but some of the other artists on the lineup felt a little bit long in the tooth when compared to previous years.

 

 

Unfortunately, Laneway is also becoming a little bit like BDO in another respect: the crowd. It just doesn’t feel like the music lover’s festival it once was, with more and more people keen on chatting and getting cooked rather than taking in the acts onstage. This also feeds back into the main issue that the Melbourne location still needs to address (outside of physically moving buildings out of the way to prevent bottleneck crowds): the lack of shade. It’s rather appalling given the festival’s current budget and the reasonably narrow stage areas. One day of Laneway in the sun is more fatiguing than four days at Rainbow Serpent, simply because the latter covers every stage area with shade.

Laneway certainly isn’t the only well-run festival yet to fix this problem, with Meredith, Falls, and Beyond the Valley all forcing their crowds to suffer to various extents, but those festivals have to deal with wide open stage areas. While the Mistletone stage on the grass hill might be a hard ask for Laneway to cover, they could certainly be doing more.

 

 

Shade and comfort play a massive part in the atmosphere of a festival; aside from being dangerous, day-long heat leads to an irritated crowd and some stupid decisions. Young punters especially, who are potentially heading to their first day festival, are likely to dismiss sunscreen and water in favour of over-indulgence in alcohol and other substances. While people ultimately need to be responsible for their own safety, Laneway (and other festivals) need to appreciate that it’s also their responsibility to make sure the next generation’s first festival experiences are positive ones. Every other aspect of the festival was run immaculately well, both from a punter’s perspective as well as in the media room, but as Laneway grows to fill the space left by the Big Day Out, I’d love for it to set the standard for the festival crowd experience.

For the record, the entrancing guitar waves of DIIV were unsurprisingly the best on ground. This tour represented their first shows in Australia after their BDO ’13 appearances were cancelled due to the arrest of band leader Zachary Cole, and it was immensely satisfying to finally see them on Australian soil.

 

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16 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (16/2/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.

We start at #30 with ‘Baker‘ by Robert Muinos from Melbounre. ‘Baker’ is the third track on his latest EP titled You Are Alone. Robert channels the quiet sorrow of Elliot Smith with life observing lyrics you’d hear from Sun Kil Moon or Father John Misty. At #27 Diet from Melbourne are back with a follow up to their highly addictive first single ‘Your House‘. You’d likely slide ‘The Rip‘ into the surf rock genre, but it’s not the sunny surf rock kind, more the rainy and wearing a bodysuit kind.

Up in Sydney; Marcus Whale from Collarbones dropped his first official single that’s not a demo. ‘My Captain‘ finds itself at #23 with its industrial pop sounds. I can now see where Marcus Whale is trying to take his sound, and there’s definitely an interesting market for it. Back in Melbourne at #20 with the trio The Sanctuary, who pushed past that post-Flume sound with their first single ‘Miss You‘. The vocals carry a defeated and vulnerable tone that Oscar Key Sung routinely pulls off effectively.

The most moving track of the week goes to Hayden Calnin at #18 with ‘Cut Love‘. Hayden sets a very bleak landscape via Sigur Rós with Bon Iver vocals. It’s a combination I’ve heard many times before, but he sells the emotion well when he sings “cut love!”. The next producer is a little mysterious; I only know that Nolan House is based in Melbourne. At #15, ‘On The Wall‘ pops with ear-grabbing sounds that carefully get pushed and then released. It’s meticulous without sounding robotic.

We jump up to #8 with the Melbourne duo Back Back Forward Punch, whose name always reminds me BadBadNotGood. They’re back with the most addictive song of the week called ‘Machine Believing‘. It’s vintage Miami Horror with a deep house bassline. Not the most complex recipe, but good luck not wanting to dance immediately. The Vacant Smiles are next up. At #5, ‘Drenched‘ jumps out at you like early Surfer Blood or even The Strokes without the classic guitar hooks, but instead with a smooth and sneaky slow down change up one minute in. If you dig ‘Drenched’, I suggest giving the whole new album You’re Not Really Here a listen.

However the track of the week at #3 goes to Ara Koufax with ‘Makers‘. The confidence is glowing in the Melbourne duo right now. ‘Makers’ sounds like they’re just toying with us, that’s how effortless it sounds. When you feel like an artist is both teasing you and pleasing you at the time, you know the creative juices are flowing. The best part is that it’s hard to directly trace the influences behind ‘Makers’. Ara Koufax are coming into their own in 2016.

 


30. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st


29. Flume – ‘Smoke And Retribution’ feat. Vince Staples & Kučka

Uploaded: January 30th | Last Week: #25


28. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #24


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th


26. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #23


25. Banoffee – ‘With Her (Roland Tings Remix)’

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #22


24. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #19


23. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th


22. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #18


21. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #17


20. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd


19. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #16


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th


17. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #15


16. Alice Ivy – ‘Touch’ feat. Georgia Van Etten

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #14


15. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th


14. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #12


13. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #11


12. The Drones – ‘To Think That I Once Loved You’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #10


11. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #9


10. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #8


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #7


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th


7. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


6. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


5. The Vacant Smiles – ‘Drenched’

Uploaded: January 11th


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Wither With You’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th


2. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


1. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


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12 Feb Ripe guest mix with Knightlife

 

Knightlife (aka Melbourne’s Mike Gamwell) has been releasing his recent material on Cut Copy‘s label Cutters Records, who also look after other favourites of ours such as Ara Koufax, NO ZU, Statue and more. He returned late last year with the VII 12″, which featured ‘Solstice‘, a killer track that would end up landing in our 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015 post, and spend a good amount of time around the top of our weekly Australian charts.

He has sent us this, our latest guest mix, feature a tight selection of international and local tracks. In almost an hour, Mike manages to weave a wide variety of styles into a smooth flowing mix. While we wait for his new EP later this year, we can get to know what makes Knightlife tick.

 

Track list:
Paranoid London – ‘Line Up Meltdown’
Klein & M.B.O. – ‘Last Call (Unreleased Instrumental)’
Charlie – ‘Spacer Woman’
Ame – ‘119 BPM’
Alien Alien – ‘Soter’
Kelton Prima – ‘Ecstasy Au Paradis’
Palms Trax – ‘Sumo Acid Crew
Knightlife – ‘Mangusta’
Junior Boys – ‘Big Black Coat’
Jimmy Edgar – ‘Burn’
Rex The Dog – ‘You Are A Blade’
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’
Adonis – ‘No Way Back’
Mike Simonetti – ‘Bossa Nova Civic Club Bootleg’
András & Oscar – ‘I Know What You Want’
Harvey Sutherland – ‘Oscillate’

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11 Feb February 12th: Broadway Sounds, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, ScotDrakula, and The Harpoons (DJ set)

On February 12th at Hugs & Kisses in Melbourne, I OH YOU are hosting an event titled Lover’s Rock ~ Valentine’s Dance. The lineup features four local favourites of ours, including the fun and rhythmic sounds of Broadway Sounds; the carefree, country garage rock vibes of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever; the witty and punctual songs of ScotDrakula; and finally, the tasteful The Harpoons are also set to DJ.

It starts at 10pm and is only $15 on the door, making it a bargain post-Valentines day dinner gig.

Lineup:
Broadway Sounds
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
ScotDrakula
The Harpoons (DJ SET)
Rainbow Connection DJs
I OH YOU DJs

Please note: Hugs&Kisses is a members only club. Guests are encouraged to click here to join.

 

 

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