12 Sep Trading Tunes with GL


GL are a retro alt-pop duo from Melbourne with Ella Thompson on vocals and Graeme Pogson providing the backing production. Ella has been a vocal hook machine for a few years in other projects such as The Bamboos, Dorsal Fins and her solo work, while Graeme is equally as important in GL’s chemistry, his crisp, detailed array of sounds really making every song pop.

In the past year the duo have dropped three instantly catchy singles: ‘Won’t You See‘, ‘What Happened To Us?‘ and ‘Take Me Back‘. While we wait to hear new material from GL, the duo have sent over some song recommendations for Trading Tunes.

1. Sugarz – ‘City of light’


“I loved the sound of this immediately, the drums are great and the sound is perfect. Very good EP by the Sugarz/Benny Badge combo.”

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12 Sep Australian artists worth checking out at CMJ 2015 in New York


Australia will be sending a bunch of artists to New York in October to showcase our next wave of new music.

In my opinion CMJ is more important for artists than SXSW. There’s less oversaturation and more time between shows to make industry contacts, and it’s also after the busy summer season in the States, meaning their labels have more time to sign up new artists to work with.

I will be there tweeting, recapping and posting Instagram photos of our artists, but also of the artists we predict or hope will make tours down under in the near future.

If you’re lucky enough to be in New York, here’s my list of Australian artists playing shows that will definitely be worth checking out. Click for more info about where and when you can see them:

Client Liaison
Fraser A Gorman
Friendships
Good Morning
Hockey Dad

Slum Sociable
Step Panther
Sui Zhen
Sunbeam Sound Machine
The Babe Rainbow
The Harpoons

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10 Sep Good Manners Monthly #3

Next week on Thursday the 17th of September. The Melbourne label Good Manners will host their third monthly event at Boney in the city of Melbourne. Broadway Sounds and Wabz will perform live, while CC: Disco, Nile Delta, Misty Nights, Klo and Good Manners will play DJ sets.

Tickets $10 on the door, with music kicking off from 8pm.
Address: 68 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Australia 3000

Trading Tunes: Broadway Sounds
Interview: Klo
Set times are yet to be announced – full line-up:
Broadway Sounds (LIVE)
Wabz (LIVE)
Nile Delta
CC: Disco
Misty Nights
Kllo DJ Set
Good Manners DJ Set

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10 Sep Catch Sampa The Great’s free instore performance this Friday


Australia’s next great rap talent Sampa The Great makes her Melbourne debut at Northside Records this Friday, September 11th. Her new release The Great Mixtape scored our Album of the Week recently, the intrigue only strengthening following our recent interview.

I’d strongly recommend getting down and catching her as she stammers through the Kendrick-esque ‘Dutch Spring‘, especially considering it’s free entry.

It kicks off at 7pm on Friday, at 236 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

 

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09 Sep Trading Tunes with Abelard


Abelard is an electronic artist from Melbourne who gained a little viral attention late last year with his Seinfeld meets the ’80s mash up titled ‘☆SEINWAVE☆2000☆ What’s the deal with airline food?‘, but he really caught our attention in March with his original single ‘Meta Valley‘. This week he dropped ‘Who Are You In Reality?‘, which you can bet will feature in this week’s top ten Australian tracks post. He calls his music Glitter-wave and there’s no denying the ’80s influences, yet there’s also no denying that his production chops are top notch. While we wait for more tunes from Abelard, find out what tunes inspire his Glitter-wave.

1. QT – ‘Hey QT’


“This single and video has been a long time coming and I’ve had it on repeat for months and months. I really love how this euro/bubblegum pop style is having a bit of a resurgence and turning into something more modern – it’s very tongue in cheek and self-referential, and a little bit punk in its hyper-consumerist commercialism aesthetic.”

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09 Sep Top Ten Australian Tracks This Week


1. Friendships – ‘Pedal To The Metal’


This Melbourne audiovisual duo have always had the ambition, but now I think they’ve sound their sound. The turning point must’ve been after their last single ‘When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder‘, received a lot of positive feedback. Taking the dark industrial sounds of ’90s acts such as Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy and filtering them through modern electronic production techniques of say ‘Holly Herndon‘. ‘Pedal To The Metal‘ is back dropped by a soothing keyboard, but in the foreground the listener is drowning under a constant crashing of ruthless sonic waves. Friendships have momentum on their side before heading over to New York next month for CMJ.

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07 Sep Trading Tunes with Kučka

Perth-based alt-pop artist Laura Jane Lowther aka Kučka has been on an impressive tear in 2015. Her new EP Unconditional is packed with memorable singles such as ‘Flux 98‘, ‘Unconditional‘, ‘Honey‘ and ‘Recover‘. Kučka has also teamed up for two of better Australian collaborations this year, one with Cosmo’s Midnight titled ‘Walk With Me‘ and my personal favourite with Andrei Eremin called ‘Anhedoniac‘. Before Kučka tours Melbourne and Sydney later this month, check out her current favourite hip hop tunes.

Tour details:
24th September – Shebeen, Melbourne  (info)
26th September – OutsideIn Festival, Sydney  (info)
17th October – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

1. Christian Tiger School feat. Okmalumkoolkat – ‘Damn January’

“This track is minimal and haunting, with Okmalumkoolkats vocoded lyrics floating over harmonic rich bass tones. The track seems to be equally influenced by techno as it is hip hop, with melodic half time breaks mixed in between rhythmic verses that get a little deeper.”

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07 Sep Top Ten Australian Tracks This Week


1. Friendships – ‘Pedal To The Metal’


This Melbourne audiovisual duo have always had the ambition, but now I think they’ve sound their sound. The turning point must’ve been after their last single ‘When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder‘, received a lot of positive feedback. Taking the dark industrial sounds of ’90s acts such as Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy and filtering them through modern electronic production techniques of say ‘Holly Herndon‘. ‘Pedal To The Metal‘ is back dropped by a soothing keyboard, but in the foreground the listener is drowning under a constant crashing of ruthless sonic waves. Friendships have momentum on their side before heading over to New York next month for CMJ.

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31 Aug Top Ten Australian Tracks This Week


1. I’lls – ‘Let Me Have Just One (Live At AFW)’


Let Me Have Just One‘ is already the strongest and most focused piece of work I’lls have released up to this point, but watching them perform it live and extend it out with such ease and understanding of who they are right now, is exciting to witness. The video actually reminds me of this live version of ‘Couleurs‘ by M83.

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27 Aug Trading Tunes with Yon Yonson


Last year the psychedelic alt-pop trio Yon Yonson out of Sydney, released their third LP in just 20 months titled It’s Natural. It’s Natural caught our attention with its combination of dream pop, interesting textures, fluidity, fitting samples and its understanding of how to pace an album from start to finish. While we wait to see where Yon Yonson take their project next, they’ve sent over their Trading Tunes choices. Giving us an insight into their eclectic music taste.

1. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – ‘Huzzah! (Remix)’


“This is the ultimate posse track and possibly the best song of 2011. Das Racist, El-P, Danny Brown, Despot and eXquire rapping about getting hammered. The combination made our eyes bleed.”

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