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19 Jan Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’


Le Pie out of Sydney have released her first original recording since last years And He Said Honey, You Look So Fine EP. Which caught our attention in February when we heard the opening track ‘Secrets‘. ‘Up All Night‘ finds Le Pie now on the front foot with a beefed up recording around her.

‘Up All Night’ has all the rock chick confidence of Sleater-Kinney or Ex Hex and the guitar riffs rip just as hard as those savvy rock bands. “You’ve got me up all night, but not the fun type” shouts out the now confrontational Le Pie, especially when compared to ‘Secrets’, which I described as “soft garage-pop” in my review. What both tracks make rather clear is that Le Pie has no problems constructing multiple, melody hooks within one song. Overall another positive move forward for Le Pie.

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18 Jan Liluzu – ‘Gunko’


The tropic-beater Liluzu from Melbourne has uploaded the second track ‘Gunko‘ from his two track Heliotropic EP. Where as the previous track ‘Waiting On U‘ took a more mellow, pondering approach. ‘Gunko’ is lively and spry.

‘Gunko’ takes on parts of early sporadic Lone and even the bubbly side of the retro act Todd Terje. The term outsider-house comes to mind, because the arpeggios moments sound improvised, unrestrained and aren’t bass heavy, making them perfect for afternoon sets in the hot sun (A.K.A. park-parties). Overall ‘Gunko’ is played out like one big piece of string waving up and down in the wind, where you know roughly where it’s going, but it’s unpredictable enough to still be fun to chase.

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18 Jan NO ZU – ‘Spirit Beat’


The ’80s influenced alt-pysch, jam band NO ZU out of Melbourne are gearing up for the release of their second album Afterlife and ‘Spirit Beat‘ is the third taste of it. We’ve already heard and featured heavily ‘Raw Vision‘ and ‘Ui Yia Uia‘ on the site, making ‘Spirit Beat’ a refreshing experience. It doesn’t stray too far from the sounds of the previous singles, but it doesn’t indicate that the group are short of ideas within their sound.

What No Zu do really well for a big band is sound concise and focused, even when all the layers are flying in and out in close proximity. Every No Zu song (including ‘Spirit Beat’) has a core structure, like a dancer performing on stage with lights, lasers, smoke machine and streamers, but instead of blazing all of these tools at the time, each one is used in quick small bursts in order to highlight the dancers presence at the centre. In other words No Zu are clever choreographers of their own sounds.

Afterlife is available February 5th via Chapter Music on vinyl and digital.

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18 Jan Free Time – ‘Who Owns the Moon?’


Free Time are back with their first single ‘Who Owns The Moon?‘ off the upcoming album In Search Of Free Time. The band is the project of Dion Nania from Melbourne and the lineup currently features other Melbourne musicians from Twerps, Totally Mild and Terrible Truths.

‘Who Owns The Moon?’ actually manages to fuse key elements of all the projects the new members come from. The strong guitar lead of Totally Mild, the lo-fi clanging drums of Terrible Truths and the Sonic Youth sounding moments of Twerps. The least distinguishable character is in fact Dion Nania. That’s not to say that he’s lacking character, he’s just not demanding attention, despite strong emotional sentences such as “She opens that door to my heart, when I’m with you, it’s like an elevator to the moon”. The lyrical staying power is present, the band sound tight here and sounded even tighter when I saw them live at The Tote in Melbourne last month. I just hope this translates through to the full length album.

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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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