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.

Broadway Sounds
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Harpoons (DJ SET)
Rainbow Connection DJs

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



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good morning

09 Feb Album Review: ‘Glory’ by Good Morning – They may not even be aware of their own potential

Overproducing an album can often be a sign of perfectionism, but just like any food manufacturing process, it can result in a loss of natural goodness. Many musicians love to write music, but they just aren’t natural songwriters and need to overproduce in order to achieve anything substantial. Then there’s Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons of Good Morning who, just like the titular character in the movie Good Will Hunting, are so naturally gifted and yet may not even be aware of their own potential.

Even other respected Australian songwriters such as Courtney Barnett or Marty Frawley (Twerps) may appear to write songs straight from a pure stream of thought, but even they need to chisel away at their craft in the studio. Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons often sound like they’ve just woken up, written a song, nailed it, and then recorded it straight away. The EP’s first track is even titled ‘Overslept‘, where they sing, “What in the world should I say?” They’ve recorded the song before they’ve even realised it’s recorded.

This isn’t to say that the duo are stumbling buffoons who keep getting lucky. They’re clearly talented guitarists who, by the end of ‘The Great Start‘, had me convinced that they had travelled from the future with an arsenal of stolen guitar parts. Then there’s the endless amount of memorable melodies that would make Mac DeMarco jealous because they sound far less formulated than Mac’s. That dreamy, soft, Brooklyn lo-fi period between 2008-2012 is definitely an influence on the duo, but whereas many of those bands were style over substance, Good Morning are substance over style.

You can’t often clearly hear what they’re saying outside of song titles, but it works as an exclamation point, in the same way you might think to yourself before making a statement out loud. When the band could just ride the assertive guitar hook in ‘Cab Deg‘ to carry the song, they pull off a catchy duo harmony in a way only conjoined twins should be able to pull it off. If you’ve seen their stage banter, which consists of regularly making fun of each other without any possible threat of truly insulting each other, you’d think they were brothers.

I’ve seen them cover the Victory Curtains & Blinds jingle at Paradise Festival, but it’s not all fun and games. They sing, “I’ve been drinking / It doesn’t change how I feel” in ‘Give Me Something To Do‘. ‘To Be Won‘ paints of the picture of a sorrowful person, staring out of a window while it rains outside, an image that actually featured on their first EP cover. There’s a longing for something more in the distance. The young band already travelled to NYC last year to perform. The ambition is there. The songwriting is there. The talent is there. Just exactly what Good Morning want to be is still a work in progress. The two main influences I keep hearing, Broken Dreams Club EP by Girls and Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter, are positive steps in an interesting direction. I’ve even seen the guys attend several electronic events in Melbourne, which would bring another dimension altogether to Good Morning.

Glory isn’t the album that’s going to make them a household name just yet. Maybe if they had condensed the 17 tracks they’ve released in the past 14 months into one album, that album would’ve made a bigger statement. However, the subtle diversity of Glory confirms that Good Morning aren’t restricted by parameters. Their only restriction is themselves. Once they start taking risks and the vocals become slightly more prominent, they’ll find themselves up the top with Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett.

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04 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (4/2/16)


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.
Flume surprised us with ‘Smoke & Retribution‘ at #25. He has Vince Staples and Perth’s own Kučka to thank for injecting new life into his upcoming second album. It’ll be interesting to see if Flume settles into a producer role for singers similar to that of Disclosure and Rustie, or if he aims to remain the focal point of his project.

At #24 River Yarra out of Melbourne is on the Solitaire record label with other favourites of ours Good Morning, I’lls and Asdasfr Bawd. He has uploaded a reflective down tempo track called ‘Song For Tan‘, which seems to be dedicated to the passing of his dog. Rest in piece, pup.

Sliding in at #15 is ‘Mikrowave‘ by S M Jenkins from Sydney’s Step-Panther. The vocals sound like Kevin Mitchell from the ’90s Australian band Jebediah, but the vibe is more in the vein of Dick Diver or The Ocean Party. This is a strong start to his solo project I’d say.

Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy from Melbourne comes in at #14 with ‘Touch‘ featuring Georgia Van Etten. It’s a throwback to artists such as Air France and The Tough Alliance. You can catch her perform in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart this month.

Adelaide’s Summer Flake caught our attention in October last year with her Time Rolls By EP, and now she’s already back with the first single ‘Shoot And Score‘ off her second record Hello Friends. There’s a heavier grunge element present on ‘Shoot And Score’ then her previous material, and I’m curious to see how the new album plays out live.

At #12 we head up north to Brisbane for the catchiest guitar hook and chorus of the week: Chook Race with ‘At Your Door‘. This very addictive single is the first from their Around The House LP due out later this year via the severely-underrated Brisbane label Tenth Court.

The biggest mover and shaker of the week however is from Melbourne’s Hoodlem with ‘Kintsugi‘. The track has jumped up into #7 with its fusion of oozing bass lines, soul, and soft electronic dabbles. The duo follow in the steps of our local heroes The Harpoons and provide, via sharp craftsmanship, a genuine sexiness that’s often missing from Australia’s music scene. I expect to hear the name Hoodlem a lot more in 2016.


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

Uploaded: January 30th

24. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th

23. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #18

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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #17

21. Govs – ‘Let’s Go!’

Uploaded: January 8th | Last Week: #16

20. Wabz – ‘Forest Of Feels’

Uploaded: January 9th | Last Week: #15

19. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #14

18. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #13

17. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #12

16. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #11

15. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th

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

Uploaded: January 27th

13. Summer Flake – ‘Shoot And Score’

Uploaded: January 6th

12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th

11. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #10

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

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #9

9. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #8

8. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #7

7. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th

6. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6

5. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5

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

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4

3. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3

2. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2

1. Free Time – ‘Who Owns The Moon?’

Uploaded: January 5th | Last Week: #1

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04 Feb Trading Tunes with Gold Class


Gold Class are a post punk band from Melbourne consisting of Mark Hewitt, Evan James Purdey, Jon Shub and Adam Curley, their tight and intense live shows comparable to those of Savages. The band only started jamming together at the start of 2014 and last year they released their well-received debut album It’s You.

The album’s ten songs were recorded in just four days, which explains how the band managed to keep the energy high and not sound overproduced. The album highlights include ‘Furlong‘, ‘Life As A Gun‘ and ‘Bite Down‘. It’s still very early days for Gold Class, but the group’s cohesion is as strong as any band in the country right now.

The band are set to play at the White Night festival in Melbourne along with The Harpoons, Sampa The Great, Planète, Otologic and Harvey Sutherland. Before you catch their performance, have a read and listen below to what the band’s been listening to recently.


Faceless Burial – ‘Useless Seed’

“You can’t just sit around listening to Stareway and Expensive Dog forever. Get rid of it. Get out of the house. Of course all roads lead back to The Tote, to that boxy upstairs room, where you clench your teeth and squint into someone else’s maxed-out HiWatt stack, already back on the treadmill you were trying to get off. Trying to get off. Is catharsis real? What is metal? Max Kohane drums in this band.”

Tlaotlon – ‘Spetra’

“A marriage of two of my favourite things: Jeremy Coubrough’s diabolical loop experiments (all of them going at different speeds, all of them danceable, all at once) and Vancouver’s 1080p label (also the brainchild of a transplanted Kiwi). Last time I saw him throw down was at The Mercat a few weeks ago. He had to mix on CDJs, which he had never used before. One minute he was fumbling around trying to turn the thing on. The next minute, boom, best set ever.”

Powder – ‘Spray’

Michael Kucyk’s description of Powder’s debut record as being one of “world weird and alien electronics” was not only the finest slice of frontier grammar from a music enthusiast since The Negative Guest List, but also descriptive of the world I hope to live in one day: a distant utopia devoid of electric guitars. Powder is a woman from Tokyo who stays up all night every night kicking out exquisite jams like this one.”

Sarah Mary Chadwick – ‘Am I Worth It?’

“You’ll cry.”

Tyrannamen – ‘Diamond Ring’

Stream this baby over at Noisey

“The only reason I didn’t cry when I first dropped the needle on ‘Diamond Ring‘ was I was pissed on Aperol and trying to sing. This is the best song in the world.”

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01 Feb Trading Tunes with Free Time


Free Time is a project of Dion Nania from Melbourne, the lineup around him rotating depending on whether he’s here in Melbourne or back in New York. The current lineup for his second album, In Search Of Free Time, includes Marty Frawley (Twerps), Zachary Schneider (Totally Mild) and Joe Alexander (Terrible Truths), making Free Time currently the most in-form super group in Melbourne.

Free Time caught our attention in 2013 with the release of the single ‘Nothin But Nice‘, a track that would go on to place at #34 in our The Top 100 Melbourne Tracks, 2011-2015 post. Their latest single ‘Who Owns The Moon?‘ lives up to the hype of the newly-formed super group. While we wait for the full length album to be released later this year via Bedroom Suck in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and via Underwater Peoples internationally, have a read and a listen to which local tunes Dion Nania has been listening to recently.


The Garbage & the Flowers – ‘Sandy Skies’

The Garbage and The Flowers operate on The Garbage and The Flowers time, which is why there are gems like this (from, I’m guessing, early to mid ’90s) coming out this year – hopefully.”

Blue Chemise – ‘Abstract Gaze’

“Trapped in futuristic Boiler Room vibes.”

The Shifters – ‘Captain Hindsight’

“Enjoy this cool track from the debut cassette of The Shifters, a new band from Melbourne.”

Great Outdoors – ‘I Look Back’

“Zach from all of your favourite bands has a new project to add to your favourite bands list. The album’s out in a few months, do yourself a favour.”

Mad Nanna – ‘My Two Kids’

“Great song, great video. This is Mad Nanna‘s ‘Hotel California‘.”


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