Trading Tunes with Jaala

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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15 Dec Trading Tunes with Roland Tings

2015 in Australia will be remembered by the domination of guitar bands. The one electronic artist who tried his hardest to dispute this claim was Rohan Newman aka Roland Tings out of Melbourne, who not only delivered by far the strongest top-to-bottom house album of the year, but arguably one the finest Australia has ever produced. Triple J even made it their feature album, despite Jamie Xx‘s being the only other album they picked this year that resembled house music.

Later in the year he did a mic drop with the release of the single ‘Hedonist‘; made his USA debut playing alongside the Future Classic crew; recorded a mix for Boiler Room; and, most recently, headlined the fantastic lineup at Paradise Music Festival, delivering the standout set of the weekend. In other words, he’s now ready to take over the Western world in 2016.

However, before he does that, he’s headlining a show at Howler Melbourne on the 19th of December. Tickets can be had here, and we can’t recommend catching this show strongly enough.

We have five tracks he’s been listening to lately, so have a listen and read his thoughts below.

Banoffee – ‘With Her’

“I just bloody love this song. Martha kills it every time; this is the first time I’ve heard her reference house music so clearly, and I really like it.”

Bronze Savage – ‘Waxed Apple’

“My long-time collaborator and partner in various/dubious creative projects, Bronze Savage. Bronze made this when we were living in rural Victoria in an old church in the middle of winter. It was very cold. Every day I would hear him making weird sounds on his bizarro collection of digital synths, but I couldn’t make much sense of it until he handed me this track. Who knows how he did it!”

Cale Sexton – ‘Error Scrap’

“I love this piece from Cale. It shows a huge amount of willingness on his part to dive deep into his sound, to understand every nuance of his equipment and shine light on little pieces of overlooked gold.”

Hummingbird – ‘Is There A Word For The Light That Falls’

“I was recently very obsessed with Hummingbird. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them. Perfect pop music from Adelaide.”

Mall Grab – ‘Bone’

“I saw Michael Kucyk of Noise In My Head on the weekend and he asked me if I had checked Mall Grab yet. I had not. Now I have. Its inspiring to see people popping up all around Australia with sounds that are pushing club music forwards worldwide.”

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06 Dec Ripe’s Australian Chart (6/11/15)

Welcome to our latest feature – Ripe’s Australian Chart, where we post an update every Sunday on our top tracks uploaded in the past month by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.

For this week’s new entries, we have at #25 ‘Spring 2‘ from Rat & Co in Melbourne, which is the second part of a two-track release (‘Spring‘ having been released last month). If you’re looking for some Boards Of Canada escapism, Rat & Co are worth diving into further.

LUCIANBLOMKAMP emerges from the Melbourne shadows once again with new single ‘Comfort‘ – although the track provokes unease more than anything else, skittering its way in at #22.

We get orchestral at #20 with Anatole up in Sydney. ‘Colours‘ is the second single from the upcoming Surrounds EP, out on December 18th via Teef Records. It’s filled with violins, viola, cello, double bass and a clarinet – I wish Bonobo was still recording music with real instruments like this.

The Shards make a reappearance in the chart posts with ‘Gossip & Bands‘ at #13. All we know so far is that they’re from Melbourne, and this song sounds like a softer number by Dick Diver. Both the previously-listed ‘Making Shapes Out Of The Ground‘ and now ‘Gossip & Bands’ feature on their latest EP, Best New Reissue.

The Melbourne duo Ara Koufax are back at #6 with their first new song in six months, and it’s called ‘Adult Concepts‘. If it sounds like an introduction track, it’s because it was originally written to be exactly that. If you’re looking for more gentle, sprawling electronic music like ‘Adult Concepts’, check out Tycho‘s Burning Man sets on SoundCloud.

I’d never heard of Julia R. Anderson from Brisbane until a few days ago, but I’m already very intrigued and ‘In The Beginning‘ jumps right up into #5 this week. She looks like Tune-Yards and sings like Melody Echo Chamber or Twin Sister, and sounds just as tantalising as all three of those artists. Remember the name Julia R. Anderson; her debut album comes out 2016.

I’m not sure how I missed the initial upload of ‘Black Dignity‘ by Sampa The Great from Sydney. It’s the first single post her head-turning The Great Mixtape debut just three months ago. She’s already been labeled a female Kendrick Lamar, but I hear Shabazz Palaces in the space-beats, and even early Clipping in her flow. This definitely won’t be the last time that she features in the top 5.

Peruw out of Melbourne drops almost ten minutes of deep tech house at #3 with ‘Namek‘. Fresh off playing at Earthcore, while in the midst of his own personal Geyser tour around Sydney and Melbourne, Peruw clearly has high ambitions. ‘Namek’ never tries to overexert itself, instead transfixing the listener within its own restrained parameters – the hallmark of a producer who knows exactly what he’s doing.

25. Rat & Co – ‘Spring 2’

Uploaded: December 3rd

24. Zone Out – ‘So Bright’

Uploaded: November 20th | Last Week: #23

23. Plum – ‘Reveal’

Uploaded: November 14th | Last Week: #22

22. LUCIANBLOMKAMP – ‘Comfort’

Uploaded: November 30th

21. Deer – ‘All Alone ft. Martin King’

Uploaded: November 17th | Last Week: #21

20. Us The Band – ‘And I Will’

Uploaded: November 24th | Last Week: #20

19. Anatole – ‘Colours’

Uploaded: December 1st

18. Max Savage – ‘Baby Don’t Cry’

Uploaded: November 18th | Last Week: #19

17. Nutrition – ‘Advice Needed’

Uploaded: November 19th | Last Week: #18

16. Marcus Whale – ‘If (Demo)’

Uploaded: November 10th | Last Week: #16

15. Luna Ghost – ‘Eyes Of Sleep’

Uploaded: November 24th | Last Week: #15

14. Flamingo Jones – ‘Fred Bear’

Uploaded: November 16th | Last Week: #12

13. The Shards – ‘Gossip & Bands’

Uploaded: November 4th

12. Lisa Salvo – ‘Give Me Your Love’

Uploaded: November 7th | Last Week: #10

11. Arthur Miles – ‘The Prince Feat. Babicka & HVCK’

Uploaded: November 11th | Last Week: #9

10. Lower Spectrum – ‘Proxima’

Uploaded: November 13th | Last Week: #8

9. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

Uploaded: November ’23rd | Last Week: #7

8. Sleep D – ‘Backstreets’

Uploaded: November 17th | Last Week: #6

7. Movement – ‘Lace (Demo)’

Uploaded: November 11th | Last Week: #4

6. Ara Koufax – ‘Adult Concepts’

Uploaded: December 5th

5. Julia R. Anderson – ‘In the Beginning’

Uploaded: December 5th

4. Sampa The Great – ‘Black Dignity’

Uploaded: November 12th

3. Peruw – ‘Namek’

Uploaded: December 3rd

2. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

Uploaded: November 27th | Last Week: #2

1. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Gap Year’

Uploaded: November 12th | Last Week: #3

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03 Dec Trading Tunes with Arthur Miles

The Adelaide label Untzz Rec. has been on our radar since the start of the year. They release music from impressive Adelaide artists such as Babicka, HVCK and Mic Mills, but the one who has really stood out is Arthur Miles. Outside of Roland Tings‘ debut album, in my opinion, no Australian electronic artist has been as exciting as Arthur Miles.

Slow Cooling Heat Pt. 2‘, ‘Navajoa‘ and ‘The Prince‘ are all currently still in the running for our upcoming Top 100 Australian Tracks of 2015 list – that’s how strong his three releases have been. Arthur combines slick production and ambitious sprawls with an understanding of pacing and flow.

We’re not sure what he has in store for 2016, but expect Arthur Miles to be a big drawcard soon. Until then, check out his picks for Trading Tunes.

Braden Schlager – ‘Morning (Du Heaume Mix)’

“Beautiful, spacey, deep and nostalgic – this four-song release is a re-issue of the only four tracks Australian ’90s producer Braden Schlager ever made. The cover art is also amazing!”

Hummingbird – ‘Make a Space (demo)’

“This is the other project I’ve been investing my time in with full-time vocalist and part-time bass player Elena Nees aka Allume. Sparse harmonies, analogue drums and some bowed guitar thrown in for good measure.”

Lucy Warhole – ‘Zeklofftt’

“Acid Techno from the depths of a hazed-out German warehouse (or maybe even a Ballarat studio?). It’s hard to tell, but either way this is really, really good.”

Crime & the City Solution – ‘Six Bells Chime’

“Rowland S Howard guitar and Wim Wenders direction – the mood of this is amazing. The back catalogue of interesting Australian rock is seemingly endless.”

Sebastian Vivian – ‘____________ ///`’

“A sometimes collaborator (and good friend of mine), I am constantly envious of Seb’s productions. This reminds me of Nujabes-esque Japanese hip-hop taken 1,000 years into the future. The rest of his SoundCloud isn’t bad either.”

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02 Dec Harvey Sutherland Boiler Room 011 Live Set

Back on the 10th of November, Melbourne’s Harvey Sutherland recorded a Boiler Room mix filled with his own tunes. It’s easy to hear why he’s so highly regarded in Australia and overseas as the mix blends and evolves like one giant, lush stroke of smooth ideas.

Harvey is co-headlining a show with Andras & Oscar this Saturday the 6th of December at Shadow Electric in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Harvey will be playing live with Bermuda (which features GL drummer Graeme Pogson and strings maestro Tamil Rogeon), before playing a week later at the Meredith Music Festival between 2am and 3am on the Friday night.

A download is available here, and the tracklist is below.

Harvey Sutherland – ‘Clarity’
Harvey Sutherland – ‘New Paradise’
Harvey Sutherland – ‘Seventeens (improv)’
Harvey Sutherland – ‘Q3’
Speed Painters – ‘Australian Boy (Harvey Sutherland Remix)’
Harvey Sutherland – ‘Bamboo’
Harvey Sutherland – ‘Bermuda’

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02 Dec Good Manners Mix #7 with World’s End Press

The team over at Good Manners are about to start throwing weekly parties at Boney in Melbourne’s CBD, and they kick off this Friday the 4th with World’s End Press headlining an impressive lineup. There’ll also be live performances from Planète and Catlips, as well as DJ sets from Babicka, Amateur Dance, Sam Gill, Nutrition, Breaking & Entering DJs, Good Manners DJs and Resident DJs.

It’s only $10 on the door, which is a bargain for nine hours worth of music. More details can be found here. To get people even more excited, World’s End Press recorded a mix for Good Manners, described as follows:

“This mix is mainly for daydreaming, and pottering around at home; though it does include some real belters like ‘Transition’, it has been smoothed off at the end with the singalong ‘Sukiyaki’ to take the edge off the aggressive zeal that you would otherwise be left with.”

Sounds good to us.


Good Manners Mix #7 with World’s End Press track list:

Can – Sunday Jam
Das Komplex – Nowadays
Jack J – Looking Forward To You
Dj Koze – The Spitzer Group
Galcher Lustwerk – I Neva Seen
Harvey Sutherland – Bermuda
Payfone – International Smark
The Burrell Brothers – Song Of the Siren
Recloose – Can’t Take It (Carl Craig Remix)
Timo Maas – Tantra (Tom Demac rmx)
LB Bad – I Like to Move
Perez – Le Prince Noir (Pilooski Edit)
Underground Resistance – Transition
Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki

Note: Some Ripe contributors have a professional association with Good Manners, but this does not have an influence over our content.


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01 Dec Trading Tunes with Hollow Everdaze

Hollow Everdaze have been floating around the scene in Melbourne for a few years now, so if you’re wondering why their SoundCloud account only has three songs to show for it, fair enough. Unfortunately at the start of 2014 most of their equipment got burnt or melted due to an electrical fire. In the middle of 2015, they announced a new album was coming soon, but nothing has emerged just yet.

Despite all these setbacks, there’s an intriguing amount of talent within Hollow Everdaze to keep us believing that, when they do finally pull it all together, it will be worth the wait. At the centre of the talent is the lead singer Daniel Baulch, who can write songs that Oasis would’ve loved in their prime.

While we wait for new material, have a listen to and a read of what may inspire their next release.

Cannibal Holocaust – ‘Opening Theme Music’

“I remember a friend bringing over the movie Cannibal Holocaust and really losing my shit when I heard the intro music by Riz Ortilani which was absolutely amazing! It really threw me off when I saw the entire film, as it turned out to be one of the most disturbing horror movies I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a shame the entire score was never put out on LP.”

Johnny Thunders – ‘She’s So Untouchable’

Johnny Thunders is probably my favourite artist. I’m not sure which version of this song I enjoy most, but it’s either the acoustic version on the Hurt Me album or the electric version on So Alone, which both are a completely different, but completely incredible, interpretations of the song.”

Au.Ra – ‘Talk show’

Au.Ra are a very underrated band from Sydney. They have just put out their debut LP Jane’s Lament and put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen in years.”

Wonderfuls – ‘Relapse’

Wonderfuls are two cousins – Robert Vagg and Dan McGirr. They proclaim to write songs about Australian small town communities, suburban isolation, emotional turmoil, personal and social issues and post-psych ward therapy. This track is called ‘Relapse’, from my favourite album of theirs, Salty Town.”

Joe Mckee – ‘Blue Valeria’

“Growing up, Snowman were one of our biggest influences. Their self-titled LP and final album Absence were both remarkable, and I really wasn’t expecting co-vocalist Joe Mckee to release such an amazing and underrated solo record less than a year after the release of Absence.”

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29 Nov Ripe’s Australian Chart (29/11/15)

Welcome to our latest feature – Ripe’s Australian Chart, where we post an update every Sunday on our top tracks uploaded in the past month by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.

For this week’s new entries, we start with Us The Band from Sydney who jump into spot #20 this week with ‘And I Will‘. If you enjoy frenetic, lo-fi garage rock, then check out Us The Band or other bands on the Rice Is Nice record label such as The Laurels, Richard In Your Mind or You Beauty.

Next we have Luna Ghost from Melbourne with their latest song ‘Eyes Of Sleep‘. If you dig dreamy, psych or bands such as Flyying Colours or Ride, then the washed out, wailing guitars of Luna Ghost will entice you.

Flamingo Jones takes us on a tropical trip with ‘Fred Bear‘ at #12. The project out of Melbourne is a cross between Animal Collective and El Guincho; or, as he self-describes it, “nature beat”. Perfect for summer or just playing with your dog.

We have more glitterwave from Abelard at #7 with ‘I’m OK For Now‘.  With a few elements of RnB and post-dubstep on the vocals, it’s another step forward in the progression for the Melbournian.

The biggest track to emerge this week was ‘Solstice‘ by Melbourne’s Knightlife, which lands at #2. It’s off a new four-track EP titled VII, which is being released via Cut Copy‘s label Cutter Records. ‘Solstice’ is brimming with cool colours and smooth vibes, and each layer that pops up will get another limb moving. It’s instantaneous, but also rewarding on repeat listens. After a four year wait since his last EP, welcome back Knightlife.


25. RÜFÜS – ‘Innerbloom’

Uploaded: November 20th | Last Week: #25

24. The Delicates – ‘Chimera’

Uploaded: November 5th | Last Week: #24

23. Zone Out – ‘So Bright’

Uploaded: November 19th | Last Week: #23

22. Plum – ‘Reveal’

Uploaded: November 14th | Last Week: #22

21. Deer – ‘All Alone Ft Martin King’

Uploaded: November 17th | Last Week: #21

20. Us The Band – ‘And I Will’

Uploaded: November 24th

19. Max Savage – ‘Baby Don’t Cry’

Uploaded: November 18th | Last Week: #17

18. Nutrition – ‘Advice Needed’

Uploaded: November 19th | Last Week: #15

17. NO ZU – ‘Hi Gloss’

Uploaded: November 5th | Last Week: #14

16. Marcus Whale – ‘If (Demo)’

Uploaded: November 10th | Last Week: #13

15. Luna Ghost – ‘Eyes Of Sleep’

Uploaded: November 24th

14. Charles Murdoch – ‘Privacy feat. Oscar Key Sung’

Uploaded: November 7th | Last Week: #12

13. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Negative Energy’

Uploaded: November 4th | Last Week: #11

12. Flamingo Jones – ‘Fred Bear’

Uploaded: November 16th

11. The Dead Heir – ‘Hand’

Uploaded: November 4th | Last Week: #10

10. Lisa Salvo – ‘Give Me Your Love’

Uploaded: November 7th | Last Week: #9

9. Arthur Miles – ‘The Prince Feat. Babicka & HVCK’

Uploaded: November 11th | Last Week: #8

8. Lower Spectrum – ‘Proxima’

Uploaded: November 13th | Last Week: #7

7. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

Uploaded: November ’23rd

6. Sleep D – ‘Backstreets’

Uploaded: November 17th | Last Week: #6

5. Amateur Dance – ‘It’s Really Something’

Uploaded: November 6th | Last Week: #5

4. Movement – ‘Lace (Demo)’

Uploaded: November 11th | Last Week: #4

3. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Gap Year’

Uploaded: November 12th | Last Week: #3

2. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

Uploaded: November 27th

1. Good Morning – ‘Cab Deg’

Uploaded: November 6th | Last Week: #1

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