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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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25 Aug Trading Tunes: City Calm Down


The Melbourne quartet City Calm Down have been on our sites radar for a while now with an interview dating back to the start of 2012. The band even played our sites first birthday party event. Now the band are set to release their debut album In A Restless House on the 6th of November. The first two singles ‘Rabbit Run‘ and ‘Wandering‘ have set the expectations quite high. Before the band begin their national tour, band member Jeremy Sonnenberg has sent over his choices for Trading Tunes.

National tour dates:

Saturday 3rd October
Howler -Melbourne, VIC

Friday 9th October
Rocket Bar – Adelaide, SA

Saturday 10th October
Jack Rabbit Slims (Tickets available on the door) – Perth, WA

Friday 16th October
Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW

Friday 30th October
Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, QLD

1. The System – ‘Almost Grown’


“One of my go-to tracks for an instant departure from daily reality. Laden with hooks that never quite seem to leave my brain, it’s raw, dream-inspiring synth pop out of France from back in 1983. No smoke and mirrors here, just a tough bassline, some big drums and some of my favourite synths taking me to my special place.”

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23 Aug Trading Tunes: Cleopold


It’s been a big year for Cleopold out of Melbourne. After laying down vocals on ‘Colours In The Sky‘ by Miami Horror, he got signed to the new Chet Faker and Thrupence label Detail Co. Records. His first single ‘Down In Flames‘ is closing in on 400,000 plays on SoundCloud. While we wait for him to release more music, he has sent over his Trading Tunes selections.

1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Multi-Love’


“The intro to this track is dope, I love the sound of keys being tapped lightly. Especially when the chord progression sounds like something from the Baroque-era that should be played on a Harpsichord. Can’t stop listening to this one.”

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23 Aug Top Ten Tracks This Week


This week we have six tracks from Melbourne, two from Sydney, one anticipated return and a farewell song.

We start with Martha Brown A.K.A. Banoffee, who broke out last summer and has spent the most of this year working on new material. ‘With Her‘ has production help from Oscar Key Sung and it gathers its feet during the back half with a footwork drum beat, skipping keyboard and her staple pondering layered vocals. Terrible Truths are technically from South Australia, but they’re currently based in Melbourne. The trio are set to release their debut LP this October via Bedroom Suck Records and it’ll feature ‘The Coast Is Clear‘. It’s easy to hear why I always go out of my way to see this band live. The talents of Becky Sui Zhen A.K.A. Sui Zhen have always intrigued me, and now I think she’s released her most focused song to date with ‘Dear Teri‘. It’s the first single off her upcoming debut LP and it has this sweet simple melody with some dabbles of keys and guitar plucks. She calls it “dreambeat”, I’d call it clever craftsmanship. If you dig Real Estate, you’ll enjoy ‘Young & Old‘ by Backyard. Apparently it was written last year, but now it’s being released as a 7″ and hopefully it will gain the band more exposure this time around. Lucianblomkamp broke out last year with ‘Help Me Out‘ and ‘From Afar‘ is the first new single since. ‘From Afar’ continues to explore the darker side of the alt-pop community. The last track in Melbourne comes from Gold Class. ‘Furlong‘ is what I imagine Joy Division would’ve sounded like if Morrissey took over after Ian Curtis passed away. Now that’s a whopper of a compliment.

Up in Sydney Yon Yonson released another single ‘Am I A Hero?‘ off their album It’s Natural from late last year. It’s Natural was quietly a stellar album that displayed their own take on artists such as Animal Collective or Panda Bear. You can catch them playing at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on the 3rd of September. ‘Sunshower‘ by Flowertruck is the most positive track of the week. It would be hard to walk away from ‘Sunflower’ not feeling positive. Just watch how happy they are jumping up and down at Bondi beach in the video-clip.

Last year Leon Vynehall broke out with the EP Music For The Uninvited. It was hard to go to a house club at one point and not hear a DJ throw in ‘It’s Just (House of Dupree)‘. ‘Midnight on Rainbow Road‘ is the opening, dreamy track to a new compilation album titled Musik For Autobahns 2. The CD also features songs from Joy Orbison, Fort Romeau and Bicep. The last song makes me sad, because I really enjoyed it before reading that it’s their last song ever. The duo Korallreven,who make glo-fi, melancholy beach music. Have decided to part ways after six years and two enjoyable albums. ‘Here In Iowa‘ is strong way to bow out. The only possible upside of this situation could be that Daniel Tjäder may be returning to The Radio Dept. to record new material.

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19 Aug Trading Tunes with Andrei Eremin


Andrei Eremin first made a name for himself in Melbourne producing tracks for Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote, Banoffee, Japanese Wallpaper and more. He then began dropping noticeable remixes of artists such as Milwaukee Banks and I’lls. Now he’s releasing his own music and really making a name for himself as a musician. His latest single ‘Anhedoniac‘ featuring Kučka, will no doubt finish in our annual Australian end of year list. You can catch him playing at the Paradise music festival in late November, but until then, check out his Trading Tunes picks.

1. Herzeloyde – ‘Pull’


“Hat tip to Tommy Faith A.K.A. the man behind Sound Doctrine, for putting me onto this guy (I always feel weird stealing other people’s recommendations). Herzeloyde is one of the most talented producers I’ve ever heard, and rumour has it that he’s just a young fella from Melbourne. His music is inspired by trap and modern dance music, but instead of fitting into the transitory Hype Machine culture that pervades this style, it feels like he’s dissected and put his own spin on it with a deep knowledge of groove, harmony and frequency manipulation. Every track’s a winner!”

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