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15 Dec Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (15/12/16)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


Thursday, 15th December

Alice Ivy x Saatsuma

Tickets here

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Melbourne-based beat maker Annika Schmarsel (aka Alice Ivy) is playing tonight with Saatsuma and special guest CORIN.

Head down to the Gasometer Hotel from 7pm to catch DJ Precious (aka Jaala) spinning records in between sets from all of the incredible acts above.


Thursday, 15th December

Neat Lawn Presents…

Tickets here

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New Melbourne label Neat Lawn is putting on an end of year party tonight at The Night Cat from 8pm.

Huntly will be playing, celebrating the release of their new single ‘Please‘, as well as sets from Stay At Home Son, Japanese Wallpaper, Jack Grace, Frances Fox and another headline act TBA.


Friday, 16th December

Polyester Records + Chapter Music Party

Buy Tickets

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Chapter Music and Polyester Records are also throwing an end of year celebration, with all proceeds going to the ASRC.

The supremely minty lineup includes friendships, HABITS, Hit the Jackpot, Nun, Twerps and more, playing tunes across both rooms of The Tote on Friday night.


Saturday, 17th December

The Lovely Days

Tickets on the door

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Lovely boys The Lovely Days are playing their last show of the year on Saturday night at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy.

They’re playing old favourites and some new songs, and will be joined on stage by special guests Diamonds of Neptune.


Saturday, 17th December

Grace Darling Christmas Party

Tickets on the door

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The Grace Darling is hosting their Christmas party on Saturday night from 6pm.

Spread across the entire venue there’s something for everyone, from Ben Fester and CC:DISCO! playing records, Broadway Sounds, SHOUSE, Postblue, Daisy Chain and even more playing live sets.

 

 

 


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06 Dec Music, Beauty, Freedom – Paradise Music Festival 2016


Day 1 by Kassie Junkeer // Day 2 by Alex Gleeson // Photos by Jasper van Daatselaar


Paradise Music Festival returned for its fourth year with a stellar line-up and more features, venues and fun for both their loyal patrons and new additions. From an offering of espresso martinis to luxurious camping abodes, the team behind Paradise stepped up their offerings this year in line with the growth of the festival as a whole. Even the cold weather and misty-to-almost-sightless nights could do nothing to dampen the spirit that lives on in the unique Paradise crowd, who traverse Lake Mountain Alpine Resort annually for one sublime weekend in November.

Our team was there with you on the hill, watching as day turned into night, then onto clubland and the sheer fantastic mayhem that the artists and atmosphere creates. So here’s our review, reflections and right of passage to say that Paradise was, yet again, an unchallenged success in the Victorian festival hierarchy – and as usual we cannot WAIT until next year.


Day One

It’s liberating to be able to confidently say – to whichever group you’re spending time with – ‘I’m going to head to the stage now for a dance’, knowing that you will be safe and enjoy yourself following your feet. Paradise felt like a weekend of being surrounded by friends – my friends, friends of friends, or potential new friends. There were countless times where, unaware of the inherent corniness, I’d have to interrupt a friend and point out the sunset, sunrise or frosty sky that made the festival feel like the interior of an innately Australian snow globe.

Among the excitement and stress that goes into the preparation of leaving for a camping festival, it is both a necessary and solemn reality check to start the festival with a Welcome to Country. I would also like to acknowledge here that Paradise is held on land which was stolen from its traditional owners, the Taungurung people.

 

Hi-Tec Emotions started their set with such power and vitality, I felt like they blew open the expectations for the music we could expect to hear during the weekend. They widened our eyes and opened our ears. Acts that followed flowed so neatly, each bringing their own air to the stage.

Sui Zhen’s sound has evolved over the years in such a natural and exciting way. She has never compromised her musical identity, throughout its evolution. It was such a warm and delightful experience seeing her perform. So much of her came through her sound and stage presence – every audience member was feeling the energy of their music and bopping and rolling hips.

I hadn’t listened to much Julia Jacklin before Paradise, but seeing her live proved she lives up to the recent hype surrounding her music. Before we know it, she’ll be globally known and we will think, gosh we were so lucky to see her at play so beautifully on Friday night at Paradise 2016.

Gabriella Cohen’s set too was a journey through an array of different senses, which was what made the final part of it feel so magical. What started as quite a minimal and acoustic performance (with only a few people on stage) ended up bursting with people and friends jamming on stage and involving the audience.

I am so excited for the future of Fortunes.. Their set was so fresh and so smooth. Both Fortunes. and Baro, who followed, interacted dynamically with the audience. Baro, along with his new live band, had a set up which was striking and inviting. GL, despite the bare stage, wasted no space during her set. Her liveliness was absolutely contagious. Harvey Sutherland’s sound instils such a rare feeling of musical love in me and experiencing it live just amplifies that sensation.

 

Simona Castricum was the perfect act to open Clubland. Her set gave me this feeling I have occasionally (often at festivals or events that require a certain amount of prior preparation). The feeling when you realise you’ve been having heaps of fun and that is what you are supposed to be doing; you go to a festival to enjoy yourself and you become too carefree to remember that that’s the objective of the entire weekend. The space set everyone free from the cold. There were so many clothing items on the floor. I accidentally lost my jacket for the night behind a locker and nearly got stuck between a deep and tight gap between a locker and a wall trying to fish it out.

Clubland felt like a new club every time a new act started (despite hearing Jamie XX’s record played in full between sets) – the tailored visuals switched the vibe up really well. I loved Ocdantar’s visuals especially. They added a new plane to his music in such a tasteful way. Couture was an act I was eager to see because I believe it might have been the last opportunity to see them live as both members are now following other artistic pursuits. While Simon Lam is currently abroad touring with Kllo, Hamish Mitchell held the room well. Planéte’s sets never fail to inspire me. He always makes me feel especially proud to be from Melbourne – a feeling which Paradise as a festival amplifies as well.

At Paradise I had a lot of moments accepting my own fun, both alone and with friends, without seeking validation or doing things I didn’t want to do. A lot of other festivals have an undercurrent of pressure to be loud, or to be having the ‘most’ fun – and to broadcast that fact to the rest of the attendees. While I did feel free to be expressive at Paradise, there was no pressure to be anything in particular. Just an unspoken respect and acceptance between the crowd and performers alike to act however you felt like acting, dance however you felt like dancing, and embrace Paradise for its ability to make you feel free.


Day Two

The beauty of a chill-ridden fest is that you don’t awake from your slumber with the familiar rasp of horror, in a sun-filled tent which suddenly resembles a satanic sauna. No, instead you are woken up by the ramblings of tent friends, or the rustle of passers by. You’re given time to adjust, rather than having to scramble for fresh air and general respiratory release.

I personally find the first moment of exit from the tent one of life’s great joys. Primarily due to the great unknown of what may be happening underneath the main gazebo of the sprawling camp site. It seems, that at 11.30 am, several of my Paradise mates have decided it’s time for Espresso Martinis. I wish I could say I had the foresight not to get involved so early, however curiosity got the better of me, and I was on board.

We sipped intermittently, with the sound of Huntly floating through the campsite. Their jilted pop has never quite grasped me, however they did provide a lovely soundtrack to that Espresso hit.

 

The moment of note to kick start the day was always going to be Alice Ivy. The bopping barista has taken to the ladder of the Australian music scene with great authority in 2016, climbing with real purpose as the year has progressed. Her set had people shifting from their best impersonations of sedated souls, to moving with a bit more purpose. There’s something quite homely about her stage presence, it all seems so unabashed and joyous. It’s pretty nice seeing a musician have fun, but maybe I’m stuck in an alternate world with that mentality.

The sun began to shine, and the consequences were felt by many. A combo of hallucinogens and sunburn trickled through the crowd, leading to some truly hilarious facial expressions. It seemed a more than adequate backdrop to the performance of Saatsuma who, although still finding a cohesive sound, held some gorgeous sweeping melodies. Harmonies are undoubtedly Saatsuma’s strength, with both Memphis Kelly and sister Maddy Kelly showcasing their vocal range on more than one occasion.

I love Terrible Truths, but as is the case with festivals, I done fucked up and missed them. I bought a Bedroom Suck hat to make up for that though. I lost it twenty minutes later. They sounded great from the campsite.

 

It wouldn’t be a day two review if we weren’t to mention the creeping sense of fatigue. Keeping with the theme of “bands growing exponentially over 12 months” how FREAKING GOOD IS RAINBOW CHAN?

There’s this real sense of urgency and confidence in her stage show. It has shades of arrogance, so much bounce, and it is just god damn infectious. The juxtaposition of the power of Rainbow Chan’s ball of energy and my second day festival fatigue was real. We grooved for the first half, atop the rock 50 metres back, however by no fault of anyone, we found ourselves back on the slant, sipping away once again.

Krakatau blew my brain to pieces at Meredith 2 years back. Never had a sleepless night and relentless sunburn brought such joy. It’s difficult to pin down their style with clarity, as it seems forever changing. Without trying to genre-fy, I feel it leans most toward jazz and free form, however the tightness of their performance is seriously mind boggling. It was a joy watching the blissfully ignorant lay eyes upon this set for the first time. So many left in awe, of what was a commanding performance. It seems to be said numerous times each year, but scarcely have I seen a band more suited to the setting, not to mention set time.

 

With the exploits of the day prior having officially taking their toll, I snuck away back to my camp site for a late arvo nap. Timing was poor, and I missed Miles Brown. A past writer for the site had it pinned as ‘set of the festival’, and I do love a good Theremin.

Luckily, I was shaken awake somewhere in the early stages of friendships. I’ve always been a little ashamed of my inability to feel the same way about friendships as so many of my colleagues. It’s not that I’ve ever disliked them, they just haven’t really connected with me yet (wankerism #32). The last half of their set at Paradise was glorious. It was theatrical, it was heavy, it was near impossible to dance to. It felt abrasive, but not for the sake of being abrasive, and Nic Brown has unabashed stone-faced charisma. ‘When Feel Like Killing, I Murder’, with a little interlude monologue. Frighteningly powerful.

 

Being the band that, in many ways, sold me the ticket, I couldn’t help but feel a flurry of nerves as I waited for Gold Class to arrive. Would they disappoint me a la Chilli Peppers at BDO ’13, or would they triumph in the manner of Dizzee Rascal circa BDO ’10? Only time would tell.

Although they haven’t expressly vocalised it, I feel that strength of live performances must be a significant category in Paradise’s booking process. To one who had never seen Gold Class perform live, they were perhaps unusually placed on the lineup, in their rock-centric manner. However, Adam Curley’s mean, disaffected presence on-stage coupled with Evan Purdey and Jon Shub storming about the stage makes for a serious live show, one that is so gloriously separate to the remainder of the fest. Curley’s style does lean towards the glory days of post-punk, without seeming overly derivative, and ‘Life As A Gun‘ is a steamer of a live track.

With mulled wine and consistent shit talking on the menu for the remainder of the night, I found myself surrounded by shivering bodies at the makeshift bar. It’s quite a redeeming feature of Paradise, to note that there is no demographic here. Perhaps it’s different at 5am in clubland, but right now I feel as though all worlds of musical musings have collected under one tent, to talk trash about very little. I hear conversations of Modern Family, Thirsty Merc, and a list of things that should be brought back in 2017. I learnt that planking is ready for a triumphant return, and strangely felt completely at home.

 


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22 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (22/2/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is updated each week with our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.

At #30 we have Melbourne’s Daniel Trakell, who is set to release a six track EP titled Paradise in April. ‘Wasted Light‘ is the first single, and if you’re a fan of Tobias Jesso Jr., you’ll dig it. Also out of Melbourne, producer Asdasfr Bawd returns at #28 with a choppy dance remix of the new James Blake track ‘Modern Soul‘. I OH YOU‘s latest signing MOSSY has released his debut single ‘Electric Chair‘ that will appear on his debut EP in May, and jumps in at #27. It’s a cross between the vocals of Oasis and the slower jams on Tame Impala‘s latest album Currents.

The Melbourne duo at Stina Tester & Cinta Masters come in at #22 with ‘Deep Sleep‘ via Listen Records. It starts off a little like ‘She’s Lost Control‘ by Joy Division, before hitting a gothic spiral of ’70s analog keyboard. It’s not exactly The Doors; more like Blondie, or today’s comparison would be Austra. At #21, Sydney’s Charles Murdoch has released ‘Open‘ featuring Chloe Kaul from the duo KLLO. This soothing tune featured on Murdoch’s recently-released debut album Point.

Jumping up to #15, we have ‘Famously Monogamous‘ by Jen Cloher from the Milk! Records family. It’s from a collective Febraury release by the label, and it moves back and forth between sounding like Yuck in the verses, and Weezer in the chorus. Next at #14 is Mio, the project of Melbourne’s Lisa Miosku. Her lo-fi cover of ‘Morning Sun‘ could be mistaken for a single recorded back in the ’40s, her gentle, feather-light sound providing more tension headache relief than paracetamol.

Sliding in at #11 is Ned Beckley aka Lower Spectrum from Perth, who just dropped the second single ‘Masquerade‘ from his upcoming New Haze EP. The track tends to bobble up and down like a ’90s movie trailer theme song – which isn’t a bad thing, because by moving himself away from the strictly dance side of electronic music, he’s quietly carving out his own niche. At #10 is Mall Grab from Newcastle, who has uploaded the third (and title) track from his upcoming four-track Sun Ra EP. If you’re a fan of deep, minimal techno like Leon Vynehall, then start following Mall Grab.

Bendigo’s Fountaineer are set to release their first album later this year, and ‘Still Life‘ finds itself at #6. If Matt Berninger (The National) covered the album Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs, it would likely sound like ‘Still Life’. A lot of my appreciation for ‘Still Life’ sits within its subtle guitar details and effective, restrained vocal delivery. Another country Victorian band, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, continue their hot form with ‘Write Back‘ at #4. With every new R.B.C.F. tune at this point, I automatically assume it will have me shaking around in my chair, due to their endless slick guitar interplay and upbeat nature.

Brisbane band Major Leagues write dreamy garage-pop melodies as well as anyone in the country, and ‘Better Off‘ is another strong example. They make it sound effortless and that’s why ‘Better Off’ comes in at #3. The EP Dream States comes out in April, but I recommend catching them next month on their Australian tour with Alvvays, a band who impressed me at SXSW last year. Melbourne’s I’lls singer Simon Lam has a long-running solo project called Nearly Oratorio, and has nabbed the #2 spot this week. ‘Tin‘ will feature on his new EP in April and it has feels attached all over it when he sings “I’m home sick, when I’m out of you”. I loved the potential of I’lls, but I also can’t help but think that the stripped-back clarity of his own project will work even better. Nearly Oratorio has potential to be the project that makes Simon Lam a household Australian name.

At #1, Good Morning replace themselves with another track off their Glory EP called ‘Give Me Something To Do‘. You know you’re in a class of your own when you’re only competing against yourself. ‘Give Me Something To Do’ is their most versatile song to date, starting at a breezy pace with a casual saxophone before fading out, only to re-emerge with a guitar riff that gives me an excited smile every time. Damn these cheeky Melbourne buggers and their wizardry.


30. Daniel Trakell – ‘Wasted Light’

Uploaded: February 14th


29. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st | Last Week: #30


28. James Blake – ‘Modern Soul (Asdasfr Bawd remix)’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


27. Mossy – Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 16th


26. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #28


25. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


24. Banoffee – ‘With Her (Roland Tings Remix)’

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #25


23. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #24


22. Stina Tester & Cinta Masters – ‘Deep Sleep’

Uploaded: February 12th


21. Charles Murdoch – ‘Open (feat. Chloe Kaul)’

Uploaded: February 15th


20. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #23


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #20


18. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #19


17. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


16. Alice Ivy – ‘Touch’ feat. Georgia Van Etten

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #16


15. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th


14. Mio – ‘Morning Sun (Dave Bixby cover)’

Uploaded: February 16th


13. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #15


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #14


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th


10. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #9


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


7. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #6


6. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #3


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th


2. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th


1. Good Morning – ‘Give Me Something To Do’

Uploaded: January 27th


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16 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (16/2/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.

We start at #30 with ‘Baker‘ by Robert Muinos from Melbounre. ‘Baker’ is the third track on his latest EP titled You Are Alone. Robert channels the quiet sorrow of Elliot Smith with life observing lyrics you’d hear from Sun Kil Moon or Father John Misty. At #27 Diet from Melbourne are back with a follow up to their highly addictive first single ‘Your House‘. You’d likely slide ‘The Rip‘ into the surf rock genre, but it’s not the sunny surf rock kind, more the rainy and wearing a bodysuit kind.

Up in Sydney; Marcus Whale from Collarbones dropped his first official single that’s not a demo. ‘My Captain‘ finds itself at #23 with its industrial pop sounds. I can now see where Marcus Whale is trying to take his sound, and there’s definitely an interesting market for it. Back in Melbourne at #20 with the trio The Sanctuary, who pushed past that post-Flume sound with their first single ‘Miss You‘. The vocals carry a defeated and vulnerable tone that Oscar Key Sung routinely pulls off effectively.

The most moving track of the week goes to Hayden Calnin at #18 with ‘Cut Love‘. Hayden sets a very bleak landscape via Sigur Rós with Bon Iver vocals. It’s a combination I’ve heard many times before, but he sells the emotion well when he sings “cut love!”. The next producer is a little mysterious; I only know that Nolan House is based in Melbourne. At #15, ‘On The Wall‘ pops with ear-grabbing sounds that carefully get pushed and then released. It’s meticulous without sounding robotic.

We jump up to #8 with the Melbourne duo Back Back Forward Punch, whose name always reminds me BadBadNotGood. They’re back with the most addictive song of the week called ‘Machine Believing‘. It’s vintage Miami Horror with a deep house bassline. Not the most complex recipe, but good luck not wanting to dance immediately. The Vacant Smiles are next up. At #5, ‘Drenched‘ jumps out at you like early Surfer Blood or even The Strokes without the classic guitar hooks, but instead with a smooth and sneaky slow down change up one minute in. If you dig ‘Drenched’, I suggest giving the whole new album You’re Not Really Here a listen.

However the track of the week at #3 goes to Ara Koufax with ‘Makers‘. The confidence is glowing in the Melbourne duo right now. ‘Makers’ sounds like they’re just toying with us, that’s how effortless it sounds. When you feel like an artist is both teasing you and pleasing you at the time, you know the creative juices are flowing. The best part is that it’s hard to directly trace the influences behind ‘Makers’. Ara Koufax are coming into their own in 2016.

 


30. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st


29. Flume – ‘Smoke And Retribution’ feat. Vince Staples & Kučka

Uploaded: January 30th | Last Week: #25


28. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #24


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th


26. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #23


25. Banoffee – ‘With Her (Roland Tings Remix)’

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #22


24. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #19


23. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th


22. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #18


21. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #17


20. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd


19. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #16


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th


17. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #15


16. Alice Ivy – ‘Touch’ feat. Georgia Van Etten

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #14


15. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th


14. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #12


13. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #11


12. The Drones – ‘To Think That I Once Loved You’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #10


11. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #9


10. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #8


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #7


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th


7. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


6. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


5. The Vacant Smiles – ‘Drenched’

Uploaded: January 11th


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Wither With You’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th


2. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


1. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


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04 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (4/2/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.
Flume surprised us with ‘Smoke & Retribution‘ at #25. He has Vince Staples and Perth’s own Kučka to thank for injecting new life into his upcoming second album. It’ll be interesting to see if Flume settles into a producer role for singers similar to that of Disclosure and Rustie, or if he aims to remain the focal point of his project.

At #24 River Yarra out of Melbourne is on the Solitaire record label with other favourites of ours Good Morning, I’lls and Asdasfr Bawd. He has uploaded a reflective down tempo track called ‘Song For Tan‘, which seems to be dedicated to the passing of his dog. Rest in piece, pup.

Sliding in at #15 is ‘Mikrowave‘ by S M Jenkins from Sydney’s Step-Panther. The vocals sound like Kevin Mitchell from the ’90s Australian band Jebediah, but the vibe is more in the vein of Dick Diver or The Ocean Party. This is a strong start to his solo project I’d say.

Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy from Melbourne comes in at #14 with ‘Touch‘ featuring Georgia Van Etten. It’s a throwback to artists such as Air France and The Tough Alliance. You can catch her perform in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart this month.

Adelaide’s Summer Flake caught our attention in October last year with her Time Rolls By EP, and now she’s already back with the first single ‘Shoot And Score‘ off her second record Hello Friends. There’s a heavier grunge element present on ‘Shoot And Score’ then her previous material, and I’m curious to see how the new album plays out live.

At #12 we head up north to Brisbane for the catchiest guitar hook and chorus of the week: Chook Race with ‘At Your Door‘. This very addictive single is the first from their Around The House LP due out later this year via the severely-underrated Brisbane label Tenth Court.

The biggest mover and shaker of the week however is from Melbourne’s Hoodlem with ‘Kintsugi‘. The track has jumped up into #7 with its fusion of oozing bass lines, soul, and soft electronic dabbles. The duo follow in the steps of our local heroes The Harpoons and provide, via sharp craftsmanship, a genuine sexiness that’s often missing from Australia’s music scene. I expect to hear the name Hoodlem a lot more in 2016.

 


25. Flume – ‘Smoke And Retribution’ feat. Vince Staples & Kučka

Uploaded: January 30th


24. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th


23. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #18


22. Banoffee – ‘With Her (Roland Tings Remix)’

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #17


21. Govs – ‘Let’s Go!’

Uploaded: January 8th | Last Week: #16


20. Wabz – ‘Forest Of Feels’

Uploaded: January 9th | Last Week: #15


19. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #14


18. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #13


17. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #12


16. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #11


15. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th


14. Alice Ivy – ‘Touch’ feat. Georgia Van Etten

Uploaded: January 27th


13. Summer Flake – ‘Shoot And Score’

Uploaded: January 6th


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th


11. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #10


10. The Drones – ‘To Think That I Once Loved You’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #9


9. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #8


8. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #7


7. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th


6. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


5. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Wither With You’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


2. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


1. Free Time – ‘Who Owns The Moon?’

Uploaded: January 5th | Last Week: #1


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