This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Tropical Fuck Storm, The Finks, Courtney Barnett, Crepes, Kllo, The Ocean Party, Melbourne Cans, Bench Press, Two People and this week’s best new track by Phantastic Ferniture.
Vlad AKA DJ Heure recently moved across from Adelaide to Melbourne — an unfortunate reoccurring move for promising electronic artists from Adelaide, often due to the lack of late night venues to play compared to those in Melbourne. Now that DJ Heure is here in Melbourne, he’s quickly made a splash with his latest EP Let’s Play House.
Tracks such as ‘Last One‘ and ‘Eastbound [Let’s Play House]’, instantly display his swift production precision. That kind of slick layering created by someone who listens to everything, but knows exactly what he wants when it’s his turn to create music. His range of influences can be heard on this guest mix he kindly recorded for Ripe. It dances and dazzles seamlessly across multiple genres and decades of styles.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Laura Jean, The Goon Sax, Lehmann B. Smith, Lisa Crawley, Greenwave Beth, Figuero Jones, Dave O’Connor and this week’s best new track by Totally Mild.
Melbourne local artist Jaala released her latest album on April 20th entitled Joonya Spirit. It was recorded back in 2016 and plays somewhat seamlessly after Hard Hold. A few notable differences however is that it feels more focused, refined, gritty and overall a greater immersive experience. Now in 2018, that’s a really hard and impressive thing to pull off – because it’s the day and age of people just picking singles and adding them to their Spotify playlists.
Jaala has achieved through Joonya Spirit an album that you have to play from the start and ride out, otherwise you feel like you’ve cheated the process. A lot like reading a Wikipedia recap of a TV episode instead of watching the episode.
It feels like an almost flawless release, in fact setting the bar high for a lot of similar local releases of late. I’d really enjoy hearing Jaala take even more risks, be even bolder, and hopefully hear down the track a release that is absolute perfection.
The album can be bought as a vinyl package on the Bedroom Suck Recordswebsite with Hard Hold for $45, which is a sweet birthday/Christmas/Easter – name your holiday – gift for anyone.
Alongside the release of her album, Jaala came up with five tracks for us that “make me feel good (in a bad bitch way).”
Spacegirl Gemmy – ‘Kamehameha’
“Watch this space- Gemmy is gonna be a big star. This track is fire and Slug Christ‘s feature is impeccable.”
Queen Of This Shit – ‘Quay Dash’
“I had the honor of seeing Quay play at the Gasometer recently. This song changed my life.”
Andy Garvey – ‘Club Music’
“Can’t stop listening to this. It’s funny and makes me shake ass.”
SIMONA – ‘Breakfast of Champions (Various Asses Remix)’
“So much vibe in this track. Big fan of Simona and VA <3″
Lossless ft. Ah Me Ah Su and Html Flowers – ‘Fools’
“My fave group to see live in Melbourne. Apparently it’s a love song to ecstasy.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Den, Caroline No, Jaala, Gabriella Cohen, Courtney Barnett, Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Mio, Suss Cunts, Gradi, Cool Sounds, Hatchie, Assorted Pleasures, Leisure Centre, Exhibitionist, Alta and this week’s best new track by Body Type.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Baby Blue, Good Morning, Slow Dancer, Dog Futon, Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Trevor, Way Back Inc, Hatchie, The Harpoons, Carla dal Forno, Holiday Park, Blank Realm and this week’s best new track by DJ Heure.
Baby Blue caught my attention in the most Melbourne way possible, on the RRR radio station. The single ‘New Girlfriend‘ hit me with an immediate riff, and with that playful lyric “But I, I, I, I, I know how to dance,” I knew it would instantly become a Spotify playlist go-to at any social event.
I then saw Baby Blue perform live, and it was very clear that this is a band with a lot of sharp talent across the board and Rhea Caldwell is the ship’s captain. On one of their new singles ‘Fire And Ice‘, the band compares to ’90s bands like Blur or The Breeders as well as more recent pysch-rock bands like Wooden Ships or Night Beats. Baby Blue lures you in almost hypnotically, and before you know it, your mind is drifting off to the far corners of your imagination. The other new single ‘I Like You‘ goes even further back with its comparisons to ’80s bands like The Bangles or Pat Benatar, but thankfully far less cheesy/glossy with the guitars popping more like ‘I Wanna Be Adored‘ by Stone Roses.
Their obvious talent and this wide range of artist comparisons is what makes Baby Blue more interesting than your average rock n roll band. Fittingly, music from different decades is also Rhea’s theme for Baby Blue’s Trading Tunes.
Rhea of Baby Blue:
“5 of my favourite live performances that I never ‘really’ saw.”
The Motels – ‘Total Control’
“Martha Davis is completely badass. Look at her smoking that cigarette. I love the lyrics to this song and the sax solo. She’s incomparable and so bloody powerful and confidant.”
Talking Heads – ‘Psycho Killer’
“David Byrne is so incredible and his vision for his performances and band were groundbreaking. I wish I got to go to this show. It’s flawless.”
Patti Smith – ‘Free Money’
“Words are fairly unnecessary here, but WHAT A WOMAN!”
Barbara Lynn – ‘You’ll lose a Good Thing’
“I love the honesty in the lyrics and Barbara’s style of playing guitar. I really love songs that have a simple message and this one rings so true.”
Mazzy Star – ‘Fade Into You’
“Mazzy, Mazzy, what a humble star. Truely inspirational to watch.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Donny Benet, Suss Cunts, Katz, Roza Terenzi, Georgia Mulligan, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hymns, Hatchie, The Harpoons, PALS, and this week’s best new track by Jaala.
One of the main arguments against recent Atlanta trap-rap is how the rappers are reproducing a successful formula that is considered ‘easy money.’ A chorus with few key distinct nouns, vocally flicking in with exclamation marks between every comma, like they’re a hype man with hiccup — silly, but serious and it gets the kids going like candy.
However, Melbourne rapper Sophiegrophy may have money on her mind but her tracks deliver verse-minded content, not just the money chorus. In fact on most sites, the lyric sheets read different lyrics entirely for each “chorus”. Sophiegrophy doesn’t shoot ideas all over the place, she’s focused on “Bag,” because she doesn’t want you to “be fucking with our bag.” You could argue that some of the lyrics are predictable, but those moments are used as lulls to a forthcoming lyric punch.
There’s no messing around with Sophiegrophy, she’s serious business and a business that’s about to make a lot of bags.
Word from Sophiegrophy:
“These are the 5 Songs that inspires me to never let any distractions come in my way of success and getting the bag & to stay jubilant and fly at all time. Each song has its own element whereby they all connect and form the characteristics of who I am, whether it’s fashion, loyalty, joyfulness, satisfaction & my alter ego they are all important aspects of Sophiegrophy.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Loure, Dianas, Katie Dey, Sophiegrophy, TOMSK, RVG, MOD CON, Arthur Miles, Basic Mind, Keeskea, and this week’s best new track by Hymns.