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03 Jul 2018 Half Time: Top 50 Australian Tracks


Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska


Life is getting busier and busier every year, it’s becoming harder and harder to follow all the great stuff coming out of the Australian music scene that’s continuing to grow into its own unique ecosystem. We really enjoyed pulling together a half time 2017 top 50 post last year, so we knew we had do it again this year. Hopefully it helps get yourself and your friends up to speed on what’s been happening in Australian music throughout 2018.

We’ve listed the variety of tracks in alphabetical order to save some of the list fun for the end of year top 100 post, plus it can take all year to truly disgust the most memorable tracks. We’ve created the playlist on both Spotify and SoundCloud.

As always, we want to take this opportunity to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has sent us music this year, contacted us, shared, liked, commented or re-tweeted Ripe.

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1. Amaya Laucirica – ‘Could This Be’

2. Arthur Miles – ‘Deep Bit (Demo)’

3. Baby Blue – ‘I Like You’

4. Big White – Right Before Everything Dies’

5. Body Type – ‘Arrow’

6. Cable Ties – ‘Choking To Choose’

7. Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’

8. Caroline No – ‘Alex’

9. Chiara Kickdrum – ‘Moebius’

10. Courtney Barnett – ‘City Looks Pretty’

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29 Jun 2017 Half Time: Top 50 Australian Tracks


Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska


Every year Australian music is just getting better and bolder. Our artists are flying overseas more and more, and the live music experience and level of experimentation we have is hitting new peaks. With this year already off to a cracking start, we thought to break away from our usual Top 100 Australian Tracks and give you a look at what’s been happening in music so far.

We’ve collated a bunch of great tracks in alphabetical order to help you stay on top of what’s been released, and for ease of listening we’ve created the playlist on both Spotify and SoundCloud.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has sent us music this year, contacted us, shared, liked, commented or re-tweeted Ripe.

We couldn’t enjoy this level of music, or share it with you all, without these hard-working artists, publicists and music managers that spend their time sharing with us. After all, we are all here to support each other in just REALLY enjoying Australia’s music offerings. The rest of the year is looking bright and wonderful.

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1. András – ‘Vinyl Only’

2. Angharad Drake – ‘Baby’

3. Baro – ‘Lay You Down // Sexy’

4. Blank Realm – ‘Jesus, Part Two’

5. Cable Ties – ‘The Producer’

6. Darcy Baylis – ‘At Sloterdijk Station / The Force Won’t Kill Me’’

7. Doona Waves – ‘Wategos’

8. Dianas – ‘Heart Of Me’

9. Exhibitionist – ‘Hands’

10. Ferla – ‘In The Night’

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22 Dec The 100 Best Australian Tracks 2016



2016 has been a great year for our expanding breadth of artists within the Australian music scene. To accommodate (and celebrate), we have decided to limit our annual Australian Top 100 Tracks list to only one song per artist, and even then some artists we unfortunately couldn’t fit into the list. But after two months of chiselling away at this list, we feel like it best represents what’s happening over here, as we move into 2017. The list doesn’t just feature a diverse range of sub-genres unique to Australia, both old and new, but it is rightfully made up of many people of colour, women, LGBTQIA and non-binary artists. We’re delighted to see such a spectrum of artists receiving the attention they deserve!

Hopefully, this list will help do its little part in pushing the Australian music scene forward into new, exciting and intriguing directions, as it creates timeless tracks that we and the next generation will still enjoy in 20 years. We have put the list into Spotify and SoundCloud playlists, because that’s what’s best to use in 2016 (hello 2036).

Big thanks to everyone who emailed nice compliments, submitted music, liked, shared, retweeted or @tagged at us this year. It means a lot to the whole Ripe team. Let’s do it all again in 2017!

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100. Statue – ‘Entrance’

99. Saatsuma – ‘Floating’

98. Alice Ivy ft. Georgia Van Etten – ‘Touch’

97. Take Your Time – ‘Sleep In’

96. HTMLflowers – ‘Fast Car (Mom, Don’t Listen 2 This)’

95. Hi-Tec Emotions – ‘Look Around’

94. András – ‘Poets Day’

93. Smile – ‘Central Business Dickheads’

92. Dan White – ‘Tribla’

91. Body Type – ‘Ludlow’

90. Tyrannamen – ‘You Should Leave Him’

89. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

88. Lower Plenty – ‘Glory Rats’

87. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

86. Cut Copy – ‘January Tape Part 3’

85. Albrecht Labrooy – ‘Hospital Road’

84. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

83. Arthur Miles – ‘Jessica’s Place’

82. Sunset Dreams – ‘What’s On Your Mind’

81. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

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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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Top 100 Feature

22 Nov The Top 100 Melbourne Tracks, 2011-2015

 

I can say with confidence that, over the past few years, Ripe has become one of the best local sources of new music – especially so in our home town of Melbourne, which has proven itself to be an amazing source of talent. As we relaunch the site with a renewed focus on covering the best Australian music, we felt it was about time we shared our thoughts on the artists and tracks from our hometown that have provided the soundtrack to our time on the scene, and who have influenced our tastes going forward.

We started from 2011 for several reasons. While we officially launched in 2012, we were kicking around as a humble Tumblr blog in 2011. We also feel that there was a distinct shift in the Melbourne music community around that time, and that the intervening five-year period has been a very productive time for local artists. I think the sheer variety present in this list, even within our distinct area of coverage, shows why we’re so enamoured with our neck of the woods.

I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked to make Melbourne music what it is, as well as the artists behind these 100 songs and all the others we’ve enjoyed. I’d especially like to thank everyone who’s followed or contributed to Ripe over the years, and helped us to carve out our own tiny corner of the music press. We’re still committed to giving whatever small nudge we can to emerging artists, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with more and more people along the way.

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy our list. – Brandon

 

Top 100 compiled by Marcus Rimondini, Huw Nolan, Brandon John, and all of our contributors. Edited by Michelle Doan.
Contributors: Alex Gleeson, Marcus Rimondini, Matt Bladin, Kassie Junkeer, Sam Chesbrough, Joshua Butler, Leah Phillips, Alana Scully, Ryan Saar, James McNiece, Jasper van Daatselaar, Ollie Leonard, Steph Studniberg, Michelle Doan, Brandon John


 100. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’

“No other artist brings the amount of colour, vivacity, or vibrancy to the Melbourne music scene like Broadway Sounds. Their sound is bursting with life, their live shows leave you sweaty, and their video clips are irresistibly crazy. ‘Sing It Again’ makes me aware of the fact that Broadway Sounds have established a unique and distinct sound that I’ve grown to crave. You won’t be able to sit or stand still while listening to this, so make sure you’ve got sufficient dancing space for this one.” – Kassie Junkeer


99. Crepes – ‘Ain’t Horrible’

“As the first single off their debut EP Cold Summers, Crepes bring a fresh take on Melbourne slacker pop with ‘Ain’t Horrible’. This stripped-back track outlines the band’s songwriting ability, with nothing to hide from. The absence of any core guitar parts is what makes this tune, homing in on the original keyboard lines from Jackson Dahlenburg and the smooth, beautifully effortless vocals of Tim Karmouche. It’s this combination of vocals and keys that defines Crepes’ sound and makes them stand out as one of the most exciting Melbourne guitar pop bands in 2015.” – Jasper van Daatselaar


98. Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts

“The unsettling vocal quivers of main man, Eddie Alexander, combined with a minimalistic drone soundscape have crafted a song (and album) that is simultaneously magical, delicate, brooding, unsettling, and peaceful. A host of musicians on this record are now probably better known for their other projects (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs), but this album is a stunning example of the group’s versatility. Now, three years on, the band has just released a new EP called Shimmer Through The Night – certainly worthy of a listen for fans of this record.” – Leah Phillips


97. Peter Bibby – ‘Hates My Boozin’

“In the hazy world of Australian guitar pop, there is something of a barrenness in regard to easily identifiable voices. Sure, there’s Courtney, and before her Paul Kelly, but more often than not, the focus has been firmly planted upon the ‘slacker’ guitar tones, or the ‘Australian’ style with which the song is constructed. ‘Hates My Boozin’ is the first track in a while from this genre that has floored me, in its purity and authenticity. Bibby’s drawl makes him sound like an alcohol-fuelled poet. We need more of this shit.” – Alex Gleeson


96. Sex On Toast – ‘Takin’ Over’

“A slap in the face from the synthesiser and you’re onto a good thing. ‘Sex On Toast’, as the name suggests, is a tasty sensual party on acid (if you’ve seen them live, you wouldn’t disagree). This song is nothing short of their best work to date. Sprightly, energetic, sassy, and funky grooves galore earned this track a spot on our list.” – Leah Phillips


95. Sleep D – ‘The Magic Arpet Ride’

“Often when I listen to tracks with heavy arpeggio, I feel myself being carried through the song. So I was just stoked that our beloved Sleep D, founder of what is now a staple Melbourne record label, Butter Sessions, encapsulated this vision in his title. Sonically, he takes it to a whole new world (#Aladdin) of rolling magical arps and swirling cosmic planes. The hard-hitting pulse and warping whooshes make it an adventurous and somewhat turbulent ride at times, while the magical arps maintain a smooth undertone. It’s the sort of melodically artistic track you never want to end, because of the abundant amount of sound realms of which you warp in and out.” – Kassie Junkeer


94. Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’

“By the start of 2015, the shoegaze revival in Australia had grown large enough to the point where a day and night event called Roogaze 2015 was held at The Tote in Melbourne. Right in the thick of this lineup was the fundamentally sound band Contrast. While many of these shoegaze revivalists don’t necessarily reinvent the genre, they don’t disgrace it either. ‘Pipe Dreams’ was the opening track off their very solid EP, Less Than Zero. Rather than drown itself in self-pity with heavy reverb and nostalgic lyrics, ‘Pipe Dreams’ is on the front foot from the get-go, like bands such as Swervedriver or Spaceman 3. Every backing vocal, guitar distortion and drum fill is perfectly placed into position. You couldn’t re-record a better version of ‘Pipe Dreams’.” – Marcus Rimondini


93. Terrible Truths – ‘False Hope’

‘False Hope’ was released through Bedroom Suck Records’ 2014 double LP compilation, 5 years of Bedroom Suck Records. A standout on this 27-track release, Terrible Truths pack their psych-punk goodness into 1:59 minutes. The three-piece from Adelaide do the simple things so well in this track: defined tones, catchy riffs, and headbanging pace. When these elements are combined, it’s impossible not to jump around the room. It’s that kind of track. Defined by Rani Rose’s short and sharp vocal sections, this is one of those tunes that you find yourself playing over and over. It’s short, but it’s great. So great.” – Jasper van Daatselaar


92. ScotDrakula – ‘O’Clock’

“There’s something in this barnstorming hoedown that contorts my facial structure into positions of intimidating joy. Three-piece ScotDrak’ know how to throw a party in a live context, and this is the first track that truly exhibits this in a recorded setting.” – Alex Gleeson


91. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Pluto Bounce’

“This Melbourne hip-hop duo, Edo and Dyl Thomas, have been on the music scene for a while – producing, writing, and making some pretty solid beats. ‘Pluto Bounce’, the 2013 track that showcases their rhythmic prowess and creative lyrics, may be one of their earlier pieces, but is an entirely fitting choice for number 91 on our list. The undulating tempo and smooth base make it perfect easy listening, and stamp Melbourne as being one of the true hotspots for the development of RnB and hip-hop genres.” – Alana Scully

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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 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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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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15 Aug Throwback Special: Top Twenty Tracks This Week


Earlier in the week our co-founder and all-around legend Huw Nolan had to sadly, officially depart from the site in order to focus all of his attention on his prospering label Good Manners Music. This post is a celebratory throwback special, dedicated to when Huw Nolan originally used to generate weekly top twenty posts during the sites early days. In order to make the playlists length digestible, I’ve divided the playlist into ten Australian tracks first and then ten international tracks.

We have seven tracks from Melbourne this week and we start with Harvey Sutherland. ‘That’s The Fact, Jack‘ is a cool, sleek ’80s soft jam. You can catch him at Meredith Music Festival this December. Peruw caught our attention earlier in the year with the single ‘Moons‘ and now he’s dropped the equally as intriguing single ‘City Of Gold‘. Slum Sociable are releasing their debut EP TQ on October 9th and ‘All Night‘ is the second single after the head-turning ‘Anyway‘. I’m not sure how Ella Thompson finds time to release her own solo work between her other projects GL, Dorsal Fins, The Bamboos and joining Mark Ronson on stage during his set at Splendour In The Grass this year, but she’s somehow managed to drop the single ‘Hold Me Still‘ and proved that she may be currently the hardest working musician in the country. The shoegaze band Lowtide are back with ‘Julia‘ off the split 7″ with another track called ‘Spring‘. ‘Julia’ was written by Asylum Party and you can listen to both songs in one combined music video titled ‘Julia/Spring‘. Rat Columns are David West and Mikey Young of Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. ‘Should I Leave You Alone?‘ features on their new EP Fooling Around. You can hear and buy the EP over on the Blackest Ever Black bandcamp. The last track from Melbourne was actually released a month ago, but I felt the band could use another push. Youngs latest work ‘Serasan Shakes‘ was produced by Andrei Eremin and even features artwork from Thrupence.

Up north in Sydney, Packwood dropped ‘We Drink Light‘. Their naughties influenced indie sound is very wholesome and full of swiftly crafted instrumentation. Further up in Brisbane, Joy. got intimate with the single ‘About Us‘. You can catch Olivia McCarthy performing at Beyond The Valley festival this new years. Across in Perth, Kučka dropped their new EP Unconditional. ‘Honey‘ is another example of why this trio are on the verge of being a big deal.


Now internationally the first track ‘The Mystery of Lonnie The Døn‘ combines two of my most reliable sources. The Adult Swim Singles series and the Sub Pop signed hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. Kiiara is just a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Illinois, but she really sells her latest offering ‘Feels‘. D.R.A.M. teamed up with inform Donnie Trumpet for ‘$‘. D.R.A.M. displays his double threat skills with the ability to rap and sing at an equal level. Kenton Slash Demon out of Denmark are the latest signing to Future Classic and the bubbling and pulsing ‘Harpe‘ will feature on their EP Harpe/Syko next month. Potty Mouth remind me of Ex Hex from last year with their latest offering ‘Cherry Picking‘. It’s got that ’80s, hair in the wind, not giving a rat’s-ass vibe.

I’ve been listening to Destroyer‘s soon to be released new album Poison Season a lot over the past couple weeks and ‘Times Square‘ is the centre track. This song is a major theme to the album with two other versions opening and closing the album. AJ Tracey from West London combined two of London’s more famous trends this century, grime and future garage for ‘Wifey 2‘ and it’s hard not to bob your head and down as it shuffles along. Blondes have a new EP titled Persuasion and this title track is the perfect piece of music to play during those crazy weekends between midnight and sunrise. I wasn’t a big fan of Battles second album, but their new single ‘The Yabba‘ has made me curious about their third album La Di Da Di next month. ‘The Yabba’ displays just how talented and methodical Battles can be. The last song ‘Violet‘ is highly addictive. Helen is a led by Liz Harris of Grouper. ‘Violet’ harnesses the same atmosphere as Grouper, but it’s a far more lively and alluring project.

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