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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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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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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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12 Nov Premiere: Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

Melbourne producer Abelard has sent us a premiere of his latest single, ‘I’m OK For Now‘. The artist behind ‘☆SEINWAVE☆2000☆ What’s the deal with airline food?‘ has been impressing this year with what he calls ‘glitterwave’ – a combination of chillwave, ’80s retro, and glo-fi.

‘I’m OK For Now’ even dips into RnB and neo-soul, with its slow hip sway and the sampling of reflective, relationship-focused lyrics. Meanwhile, the glitchy stutter-rhythm is reminisent of Tourist‘s old remix work under the name Little Loud.

Abelard is very meticulous when it comes weaving his lush layers together, rather than just piling them atop one another. The track also flows very organically, almost feeling as if it was a freeform performance recorded in one take.

The next step for this sound could either be bringing in a live vocalist who complements his soul-tinged sound,  or simply taking a few more chances, throwing in a few more twists and turns. Either way, Abelard is definitely more than okay for now.

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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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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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