05 Jan Ripe Guest Mix with S House

S House is a new collaborative project consisting of Ed Service of IO and Jack Madin of The Harpoons.

The duo are set to debut this Thursday at The Tote in Melbourne for the Suiix headline show, which also features Martin King and Golden Girls. To get people excited, S House have sent us a guest mix filled with tracks from influences in the Melbourne dance scene, with the aim to highlight new and overlooked artists, DJs and producers.

The name ‘S House’ comes from the architect Yuusuke Karasawa, who built the house in Saitama, Japan with a labyrinth of wall-less, interconnected rooms where any neighbour or passerby can look right through it – although it also relates to the ’90s Safety House program in Australia, which helped keep suburban kids safe. Some of those kids may even be making it down to The Tote this week.

You can catch them this Thursday the 7th, and more info can be found here.

Track list:
Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Shanghai Freeway
Floorplan – ‘Never Grow Old
STL – ‘Silent State (Feat. Sadowick)
Percussions – ‘KHLHI
S House – ‘Support Structure (Feat. Mohini of Habits)
DJ Nori – ‘Happy Sunday
Jamaica Suk – ‘Qurated
Pantene – ‘Don’t Touch Me I’m Dancing
Lucy Cliche – ‘Passing Time
Avalon Emerson – ‘Sword and Rose Forever

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04 Jan Roland Tings and Friendships just set the standard for 2016


I had never attended the Melbourne venue Howler on a hot night, let alone on a day that had hit 42 degrees Celsius, and was still above 30 during Roland Tings’ 12-1am set. I guess I just expected one of Melbourne’s newest venues to be well air conditioned, but even Howler struggled to handle the heat, and it didn’t help that the show was packed out. However, what saved the night was Roland Tings’ flawless set, which made sweating out 10 litres of bodily fluids absolutely worth it.

Another aspect that was unusual for Howler on this night was the fact that the lineup also consisted of other house artists such as Chiara Kickdrum, Bronze Savage and Dan White. This turned the crowd into the sort of wild party scene that you’d expect from other Melbourne clubs like Mercat or Boney, rather than the well-behaved music-loving crowd Howler would usually draw for bands. After all, the stage features a stack of foldback monitors, making it as wide as average festival stage, and a better fit for bands than DJs. Rohan Newman knew he had to take full advantage of it, and he brought in the A/V duo Friendships to provide the spot-on VJ’ing visuals in the background – which I’ll dissect shortly.



Rohan boldly took the stage in a top buttoned-up shirt and with a bottle of champagne in his hand, but after just ten minutes he was already already feeling the heat, and resorted to drinking water for the rest of the set. He had only introduced a few kick beats, patiently taking his time, and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand – I didn’t hear one person complain throughout the introduction. As tracks from his debut album began to slide in, it became clear that every track was a slightly extended or more layered form of its album version. ‘Organic’ would best describe Roland Tings’ transitions, with no sharp turns or startling moments, but he also challenges the listener from time to time with buzz noises and slow downs.

While he had everyone dancing, jumping around and climbing up on top of the couches at the back, there was another element to this show that made this Roland Tings set feel like a steal of an entry price – the visuals in the background. Aware that pastel colours and simple shapes are Roland’s aesthetic, Friendships morphed them perfectly to the music, never trying to do too much or lose your interest through repetition.



The visual highlight and moment of the night was the drop during ‘Pala‘. A single elephant casually walked around the screen throughout (coincidentally fitting the hot theme of the night) and then, when the drop finally happened, the elephant exploded into several faster moving siblings – and the crowd literally lost their minds. Rohan even took a break to dance and turn around to appreciate the visuals. Everyone was loving it, and the entire crowd appeared to know all of Roland Tings’ tunes from their very first beats, smelling blood frequently before even my sober self knew which track was emerging.

The night really proved how big a difference well-executed projections can make, and that Roland Tings needs to make this a regular live feature – the red LED lights and smoke machine did the job during his Paradise Music Festival set, but weren’t particularly memorable. This set’s only negative, on the other hand, was that there wasn’t more of it.


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02 Jan DIIV are finally touring Australia in 2016

The Brooklyn dream-garage rock band DIIV are set to finally perform in Australia in 2016. We say finally because they were meant to tour Australia in 2014 for the Big Day Out festival, but had to cancel due to unconfirmed reasons. However with their highly anticipated second album Is the Is Are due out February 5th, it’s unlikely they’ll cancel this time around.

Don’t be fooled by the dreamy sounds of the bands guitars. The DIIV live experience is far from dreamy. There’s an intense level of emotional desperation that pours out of the lead singer Zachary Cole, while the waves of electric guitars crash in one long beautiful motion. The band don’t come up for air much between songs, instead they focus on building and building the sets tension. Think of what a great deep house set can do to your body and mind, and that’s what DIIV do with guitars.

Zachary Cole is on a quest to redeem himself to his fans, and you can bet that Australia sits near the top of that list. Making the DIIV tour a must see experience in 2016.

DIIV tour dates:

Saturday 30 January: Laneway Singapore @ The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
Monday, 1st February: Laneway Auckland @ Silo Park, Auckland
Friday, 5th February: Laneway Adelaide @ Harts Mill, Adelaide
Saturday, 6th February: Laneway Brisbane @ Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Sunday, 7th February: Laneway Sydney @ Sydney College Of The Arts, Rozelle
Tuesday, 9th February: SYDNEY: Factory Theatre with special guests Step-Panther.
Thursday, 11th February: MELBOURNE: The Corner with special guests Totally Mild + Crepes.
Saturday, 13th February: Laneway Melbourne @ Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
Sunday, 14th February: Laneway Fremantle @ Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle

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29 Dec 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015

Without a doubt 2015 has been the best year in the history of Australian music. The amount of quality tracks and artists that we couldn’t fit into this list was astounding.
What’s particularly exciting is the fact that most of these artists are new, which makes the prospect of putting together next year’s list seem even more daunting.

We would like to thank all the artists for making the music, the readers who share our site’s content, the writers who contributed this year, and everyone else who makes the Australian music scene extremely enjoyable to be a part of in our own small way.

Let’s do it all again in 2016.

100. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

99. LUCIANBLOMKAMP – ‘From Afar’

98. Jess Ribeiro – ‘Kill it Yourself’

97. Oisima – ‘Take Your Time’

96. Flamingo Jones – ‘Skinny D.I.P.’

95. The Ocean Party – ‘Black Blood’

94. Cleopold – ‘Down In Flames’

93. Harvey Sutherland – ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’

92. Cool Sounds – ‘Control’

91. Bad//Dreems – ‘Hiding To Nothing’

90. Total Giovanni – ‘Paradise’

89. Woollen Kits – ‘Girl With Heart’

88. Zone Out – ‘Inside’

87. Frances Fox – ‘Jake The Flake’

86. Low Lux – ‘Rivers Roll’

85. Redspencer – ‘Ride It Out’

84. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

83. SMILE – ‘Boundless Plains To Share’

82. Snowy Nasdaq & Snowy Life – ‘Ironic Life’

81. Fraser A. Gorman – ‘Blues Run The Game’

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26 Dec Zone Out – ‘Inside’ (video)

The dream pop duo Zone Out out of Melbourne consists of Dove Bailey and Ashley Bundang. They’ve been floating around the scene since 2012, but they grabbed our attention three months ago, when they uploaded ‘Inside‘. Their latest single ‘So Bright‘ also featured in our Ripe Australian Chart posts, but ‘Inside’ is more organic, fluid and encapsulating.

The music video features the band members wearing matching clothes and appearing everywhere inside the household of a couple. My favourite scene (that made me chuckle) is the awkward shower, where the boyfriend can barely lift his arms above his head due to the tight squeeze. Special mention goes to the next scene buried under the soil, simply because of the commitment to the video’s theme. In the end the couple find themselves outside, while Zone Out are still on the ‘Inside’.

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22 Dec Trading Tunes with Phantastic Ferniture

Phantastic Ferniture are a garage rock band out of Sydney who caught our attention in November with the single ‘Gap Year‘, and then found themselves ranked #1 in one of our weekly Australian chart posts. The lead singer Julia Jacklin‘s vocal tone impressively reminds us of Angel Olsen, while the band draws from influences such as Warpaint.

They only have three songs currently on their SoundCloud page, but there’s enough brilliance within ‘Gap Year’ to convince us that 2016 could be a breakout year for Phantastic Ferniture. We wanted to get to know them a little better first and asked them what Australian tunes they’ve been enjoying lately. Have a listen below.

Closet Straights – ‘Eight Days’

“We just wanna wind down the windows and sing along, LOUD.”

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Clean Slate’

“40 degrees outside, icy pole in hand, just got paid. YES.”

The Drones – ‘Taman Shud’

“We need a big bag of ice after that haymaker from Gareth.”

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – ‘Paper Mâché Dream Machine’

“Age 7, school holidays, new shoes, big dreams.”

Sampa The Great – ‘F E M A L E’

“A snippet of Badassery.”

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21 Dec The best Australian albums of 2015

2015 in Australia has definitely been dominated by guitar bands, with many including The Ocean Party, Dick Diver, Blank Realm, Royal Headaches and Twerps delivering their most mature efforts to date. Other artists originally considered a little bit more left of field, such as Sui Zhen, Kučka and I’lls, found a more accessible middle ground with their releases.

Some young artists like Amateur Dance, Crepes, Gold Class and Good Morning flashed their future potential, and a few debut releases by Jaala, Roland Tings and Sampa The Great might be considered one day to be Australian classics. Meanwhile, Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett demonstrated why they’re clearly the current quality benchmark in Australia and around the world.

If you’re looking for Christmas presents, click on the album images below for links to purchase the albums and support Australian music.

25. Banoffee – Do I Make You Nervous?


24. Oisima – Nicaragua Nights


23. Summer Flake – Time Rolls


22. Sui Zhen – Secretly Susan


21. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon


20. Amateur Dance – It’s Really Something


19. Flowertruck – Dirt


18. Terrible Truths – Terrible Truths


17. Crepes – Cold Summers


16. Gold Class – It’s You


15. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon


14. The Ocean Party – Light Weight


13. Kučka – Unconditional


12. I’lls – Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country


11. Jaala – Hard Hold


10. Good Morning – A Vessel / Radiovoice and On The Street / You


9. Totally Mild – Down Time


8. Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven


7. Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida


6. Royal Headaches – High


5. Roland Tings – Roland Tings


4. Sampa The Great – The Great Mixtape


3. Twerps – Range Anxiety


2. Tame Impala – Currents


1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit


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18 Dec Trading Tunes with Jaala

Cosima Jaala performs as Jaala, who makes sporadic garage rock, that sounds scattered and unsure of where it wants to go, when in fact Cosima knows exactly what she’s doing. It sounds just like the thought process behind her favourite TV show Rick and Morty.

After growing up in Queensland, Cosima now lives in Melbourne. Earlier this year Jaala opened for Hiatus Kaiyote and dropped ‘Hard Hold‘, which generated some intrigue and buzz. Then on the 20th of November she released her debut album Hard Hold and it’s lived up to the high expectations.

On New Years Eve Jaala is having a party with Nai Pal and Sampa The Great at Boney in Melbourne, but before then, have a listen to her current favourite tunes and read which ice-creams they remind her of.

Good Morning – ‘Warned You’

“‘Warned You‘ by Good Morning is a track I get really angry with because it doesn’t go for long enough. Listening to this is like eating a Caramel Magnum ice-cream whilst getting a blow job by a hungry octopus.”

Totally Mild – ‘Always Around’

“‘Always Around‘ by Totally Mild is about a fair-weather friend; something I think we can all relate to. Listening to this song is like eating a Golden Gaytime whilst getting a back rub by a very relaxed monkey on Vicodin.”

Two Steps on the Water – ‘Thunderstorm for One’

“‘Thunderstorm for One‘ by Two Steps on the Water is heart wrenching song and heavily drizzled in syrupy beauty. I heard it on the radio the other day and it sucked some tears out of my eyes. Listening to this is like eating a Rainbow Paddlepop whilst an angel does a warm and delicate piss on your solar plexus.”

Reuben Bloxham – ‘Brine’

“‘Brine‘ by Reuban Bloxham is a well crafted little tune from a really talented musician. Looking forward to more music from this mysterious creature. Listening to this song is like sucking the last of the sweet juice out of a Callippo whilst swatting baby flies on a window ceiling above your bed.”

Gregor – ‘Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan cover)’

“The entire album UW by Gregor but especially the track ‘Lay lady Lay‘ which is a Bob Dylan cover. Gregor is strange and delightful enigma and you should really have a listen to his music. Listening to ‘Lay Lady Lay’ is like eating a Maxibon in a shitty Nissan Pulsar on the way to no where.”

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18 Dec The Goon Sax – ‘Boyfriend’ (Video)

It doesn’t take a lot of Sherlock Holmes skills to assume that a band with the name The Goon Sax are Australian. They’re from Brisbane to be precise and they share a similar sound to other bands on the Chapter Music label such as Dick Diver and Twerps. ‘Boyfriend‘ is the second single from their upcoming debut album Up To Anything, that’s due for release March 11th, 2016.

The stripped back arrangement within ‘Boyfriend’, makes its simplicity very easy for the brain to memorise and become addictive. Especially on very days, like today in Melbourne. The sharp and distinct opening guitar line, that follows with band softly crashing behind it, is crafty and effective. Without sounding too obvious or over calculated. After all, the band claim they wrote the song in 10 minutes. Throw in the calm, duel vocals on the catchy lyrics “I wish I had a boyfriend, or anything that’s real”, and you have yourself short, jangling, garage pop in its purest form.

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16 Dec The Ocean Party – ‘Black Blood’ (Video)

The Ocean Party from Melbourne have uploaded a video for ‘Black Blood‘ off their latest album Light Weight. ‘Black Blood’ is the album’s opening track, the lyrics describing the death of a horse of theirs, and their dream of riding it one more time – no doubt a metaphor for numerous other childhood nostalgias.

The video itself reinforces this as two of them live out their childhood dreams, one a dancer and the other a rock star. A picture of a yellow Ferrari Testarossa and a rather depressing pot plant are no doubt symbolic of their childhood homes; less clear is the purpose of the third band member who makes guest appearances in just his underpants, wiping sweat off the dancer and handing a guitar to the rock star. Perhaps his dream was to be a sexy assistant?

However deep you want to look into the song and video, the instrumentation in ‘Black Blood’ is a fine example of the level of talent and camaraderie present in The Ocean Party.

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