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31 May Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (31/5/17)


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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…


Friday, 2nd June

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird

Tickets $10.75

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Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird play invariably beautiful, wholly engaging live sets. Unsurprising, then, that their gig at The Gasometer this Friday is already dangerously close to selling out.

The Bird have been steadily working on their debut LP Electric Brown, so expect some new tunes + extremely good vibes enhanced by support from Swamp and Hollie Joyce.


Friday, 2nd June

Butter Sessions + NIMH present: Kenji Takimi

Tickets $25

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Japanese underground dance pioneer Kenji Takimi is blessing our shores once again, with a gig at The Sub Club in the city on Friday.

Hosts Sleep D and Noise In My Head are also playing on the night, along with another star of eclectic dance selection, Pjenné.


Saturday, 3rd June

Freedom Time Winter

Tickets $99

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DJ Harvey, CC:DISCO!, Habits, Sleep D, Andee Frost, and Brooke Powers aren’t even half of the names on the ridiculous lineup for the winter incarnation of Freedom Time on Saturday.

The Coburg Cycling Velodrome is rugging up for the occasion, with fire pits and three big top tents to protect you from whatever weather Melbourne decides to throw at us this weekend.


Saturday, 3rd June

Shrimpwitch ‘Eggs Eggs Eggs’ Launch

$10 on the door

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The fiercely energetic Shrimpwitch are launching their new 7″ EP ‘Eggs Eggs Eggs‘ (the first physical release for new label Hysterical Records) on Saturday night at the Grace Darling.

They’ve curated a fantastic group of acts to play with them on the night, with Rhysics, Plaster of Paris, and Pillow Pro rounding out the lineup.


Saturday, 3rd June

Loomer presents Jennifer Loveless

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Loomer is Boney‘s Saturday night dance party, and this week they have another faultless lineup headlined by the incredibly talented and hardworking Jennifer Loveless.

DJ Heure, Steven Be Calm, Post Percy, Henry Who and more will be playing music all night, so head down early to take advantage of the tunes and free entry before 10pm.

 

 

 


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27 Mar Huntly ‘Songs In Your Name’ EP Launch, Live at Boney (17/3/17)


Words by James McNiece // Photos by Thom Mitchell


The launch of electronic three-piece Huntly’s new and second EP Songs In Your Name took place in the Boney band room. My first live experience with the band took place at Gaytimes festival, and they instantly struck a chord with me – sounding incredibly fresh particularly within a sea of contemporary artists performing a similar genre.

Self-described as “doof you can cry to”, their sound blends futuristic, jolted beats with chill synths and experimental vocal effects – fit enough for any loungey Sunday afternoon spent at home. But what sets Huntly apart is that everything about their creative output sounds ambitiously inspired and refreshing, while being familiar enough to quickly get behind.

 

Usually only attending the venue for club nights, I had little indication of what to expect with a gig. Featuring supports from house music group SHOUSE and local DJ legend Brooke Powers, Boney’s classic musical offerings were kept in check, helping build huge momentum leading up to the headline set. Despite a false start due to technical difficulties and an epic cactus plant tumble (which was humbly resting on vocalist Elspeth Scrine’s keyboard for company), spirits were still high (and if not, more exciting).

The slight delay was handled like a pro, with Elspeth performing a short acapella from her hypothetical Joni Mitchell cover band. This was followed by the initiation of a calming chant with the audience “You are going to be okay”. It’s moments like these where I’m reminded of how entertaining gigs can be, particularly when the crowd is just as engaged with one another as the artist. Once the set got going, it felt as though the initial delay provided more momentum, so when the intro track kicked off it came in with a bang; A pounding rhythm and pitched vocals looping “I’m sleeping in the middle of the bed, I’m taking up the bed” followed by their hit song ‘We Made It‘.

 

Huntly’s sound blends modern electronic aesthetics with personal-heavy lyrics, and while being emotively engaging, is also just so damn fun to get immersed in. Whether you want to tap out and just dance, or become engaged with personal stories and expression from each vocalist’s own experiences, Huntly can provide either with equal amounts of enjoyment.

Set highlights included new song ‘Tempelhof‘ – a piano-fuelled, soulful-dance ballad that explodes into a breakbeat finale, and a song that makes for the perfect introduction to the world of Huntly if you haven’t already explored it. Their set closer ‘Please‘, also a new song, was a bouncy-hopping-duet track that finished with an outro of fast spoken interchangeable vocals from both Charlie Teitelbaum and Elspeth.

 

Walking away from the gig, I felt grateful to be in Huntly’s presence. It is always great to see an artist enjoying their craft as much as appreciating the support, and this was particularly shown during this set with the utmost sincerity. Watching Elspeth being brought to tears by the sheer support of fans and the band’s passion for music was a heartwarming experience. Alongside their incredible set, the announcement of a potential album being around the corner was made. Before it drops, I urge you to get prepared and listen to what has become one of Melbourne’s most promising up and coming acts.


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10 Mar Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (10/3/17)


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…


Friday, 10th March

Rolling Blackouts C.F. Instore

~Free Entry~

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are releasing their new EP French Press today (Friday), and they’re playing a free in-store tonight to celebrate.

It’s all happening at Polyester Records in Fitzroy from 6pm, where you can also pick up the 12″ or, if you’re lucky, one of the limited ‘Loser Edition’ coloured vinyls.


Saturday, 11th March

Gem Bones ‘Is This Ok?’ Launch

Tickets Here

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Gem Bones are also celebrating a release this weekend — their debut EP, Is this OK?, is out today.

They’re putting on a show at The Toff on Saturday night, with support from Heat Wave, Plaster of Paris and Pearl Bay.


Saturday, 11th March

Loomer presents: Toro Y Moi (DJ)

Tickets Here

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Toro Y Moi is in Australia to play Pitch Music and Arts Festival this weekend, and he’s sneaking in a DJ set while he’s here.

He’s playing at Boney on Saturday night, along with sets from the likes of Edd Fisher, Salvador Darling, Deltoid Curve and a whole bunch more.


Monday, 13th March

GOD$ ‘True?’ EP Launch

~Free Entry~

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GOD$ are taking advantage of the public holiday weekend by hosting their debut EP launch on Monday night.

They’re playing at The Worker’s Club on Brunswick Street from 8pm, with support from Tom Prettys and RAThammock


Monday, 13th March

Piknic Electronik #11

Tickets Here

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On Monday Joris Voorn, Michael Mayer, Robag Wruhme, Uone, and Mela Coia are playing the penultimate Piknic Electronik for the season.

For those of you heading to Babylon Festival or Pitch Music and Arts Festival this weekend you can present your wristband at the box office before 6pm and grab a ticket for only $15.

 

 

 


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12 Jan Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (11/1/17)


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…


12th – 15th of January

Urban Oasis @ Section 8

~Free Entry~

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Section 8 has again transformed into a sun-dappled oasis for the 3rd year of their Urban Oasis summer series. Head down any day this weekend to run your toes through the literal tonnes of sand they’ve had trucked in for the occasion.

Wax’o Paradiso is curating the good-time vibes today, followed by jazz ONE PUF Tropical Soundclash on Friday, Cumbia Massive on Saturday and finishing with a Good Manners Soirée on Sunday, featuring DJ sets from Kllo, Planète, and Christopher Port.


Thursday, 12th January

Oscar Key Sung @ Boney

Tickets here

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Dreamy local favourite Oscar Key Sung is playing his first Melbourne show of the year tonight at Boney.

The stacked lineup also includes Jalé, Kimchi Princi, and Nico Niquo, playing tunes from 9pm until close. Some tickets are still available at the time of writing, so try your luck on the door if you miss the cutoff.


Thursday, 12th January

PAI Farewell (for now)

~Free entry~

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Adrian Bressanutti and Angie Pai, the pair behind Melbourne label PAI, have announced their indefinite hiatus and are throwing a farewell (for now) party on Thursday night at Croft Institute.

They’ve curated an incredible soundtrack to say goodbye, with DJ sets and live performances from the likes of Christopher Port, Kllo, Banoffee, Rat & Co, and many more. The night will also host the premiere of “Ouroboros”, a collaborative audio visual experience created by Tasha Tylee, Couture and Hamish Mitchell.


Saturday, 14th January

Cousin Tony’s BNF

Tickets here

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Following an incredible set at The Gaso last Thursday, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird are playing a headline show at The Toff on Saturday night.

The Eilish Gilligan-led six piece Frida are playing support, along with Scott Candlish and his band from 7.30pm


Sunday, 15th January

An Afternoon w Shouse & Albrecht La’Brooy

~Free entry~

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On Sunday afternoon Smooch Records have put together an exciting special event at MPavillion from 4.30pm.

Chris Ackroyd will be playing records before, after and in between sets from SHOUSE and the fantastic jazz-influenced ambient-dance improvisers Albrecht La’Brooy.

 

 

 


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08 Dec Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (8/12/16)


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, 8th December

Dorsal Fins In-Store

~Free Entry~

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Dorsal Fins are celebrating the release of Digital Zodiac on wax with a free all-ages show tonight from 6pm.

They’ll be playing a set of the new material at Vinyl. on Nicholson Street in Fitzroy, where you can incidentally also pick up a copy of the record.


Thursday, 8th December

Willow Beats Tour

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Willow Beats are kicking off their national Flowers Will Crown The Tower tour tonight at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy.

Playing support are the incredibly talented VS and Golden Vessel, so head down before 8 to catch what are sure to be excellent sets from both of them.


Friday, 9th December

PBS – Beyond the Record

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PBS 106.7FM Melbourne have put together an amazing event on Friday night, co-headlined by CC:DISCO!, Edd Fisher and DJ JNETT.

It’s on at Hugs&Kisses from 10pm, with the tunes and vibe set to continue well into the early hours of Saturday morning.


Friday, 9th December

Lossless at Yah Yah’s

~Free Entry~

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Following an incredible performance last week at Boney for their LP launch, Lossless have been announced as Yah Yah’s 2am act this week.

Yes, 2am – so yes, technically Saturday morning – but head down before midnight (on Friday!) and stick around for free entry.


Sunday, 11th December

Hands up for Haiti

Donate here

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Section 8 are hosting the 7th Remedy party on Sunday, this time to get funds to people in Haiti after the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in early October.

The line-up includes Edseven, Jarrah, N’fa Jones (live), Manchild, and a whole host more all getting down for a good cause. Entry is a suggested donation of $10-$15 on the door, but if you can’t make it and want to help out you can follow the link above.

 

 

 


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01 Dec Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (1/12/16)


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…


Friday, 2nd December

LOSSLESS LP Launch

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On Friday night at Boney the HTMLFlowers + Oscar Key Sung collaboration LOSSLESS are launching their self-titled debut LP.

This show is doubling as HTMLFlowers’ official birthday party, and with support from HABITS and Jalé it would be prudent to pick up tickets ASAP.


Friday, 2nd December

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are back after a few months off to launch their new single ‘Julie’s Place’.

Joining them at The Curtin on Friday are Suss Cᴜnts, Tim Richmond Group, and Doona Waves, with Laura Jean spinning records late into the night.


Saturday, 3rd December

Bedroom Suck End of Year Party

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Bedroom Suck Records are throwing a massive end-of-year party on Saturday, across two stages at The Curtin.

The stacked line-up features Terrible Truths, Dag, Lehmann B Smith (of Totally Mild), Jarrow, Treehouse and many many more, as well as Christmas Carols feat. Adam Curley, Sarah Mary Chadwick and Summer Flake. The festivities kick off at 6pm.


Saturday, 3rd December

Jack River EP Tour

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Jack River is playing at The Worker’s Club on Saturday as part of her first headline tour for her EP Highway Songs No. 2.

Joining her on the night (and for all of her stops this tour) will be Brightness and Seavera.


Saturday, 3rd December

Coming In To Bloom

~Free Entry~

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After the rousing success of the inaugural Coming in to Bloom at Section 8 last month, the second coming is on Saturday and features a similarly impressive lineup.

Head down from 2pm to see Fantastic Man, Andy Hart, NOISE IN MY HEAD, Pjenné and just-announced special guest Tornado Wallace. Welcome to summer!

 

 

 


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25 Nov Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (24/11/16)


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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…


Friday, 25th November

Tiny Little Houses EP Tour

Tickets Here

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Tiny Little Houses are in Melbourne tonight for their Snow Globe EP tour.

Joining them on stage at Howler are two other Melbourne-based favs, DARTS and Jarrow.


Friday, 25th November

Rhythm Section Takeover

Sold Out

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The Night Cat is hosting the Boiler Room Melbourne Rhythm Section Takeover tonight, in conjunction with Heads with Tales.

The lineup for the sold-out night includes Bradley Zero, Chaos In The CBD, Prequel, S I L E N T J A Y & Jace XL and 30/70.


Saturday, 26th November

Gizzfest

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have curated an incredible lineup for their day festival Gizzfest, which is at the Coburg Veledrome on Saturday.

The event kicks off at midday and features Pond, White Fence, The Murlocs, Mild High Club, Stonefield, Jaala, as well as the curators themselves and more.


Saturday, 26th November

Lost Weekend: Tornado Wallace

Tickets on the door

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Lost Weekend at Boney this Saturday night is playing host to Tornado Wallace, with support from Dante Peaks, Soul Crane, Myles Mac, Pjenné and a handful more talented pals.

It’s Tornado Wallace’s first show after a long time travelling, and sure to be a celebration following the recent announcement of his upcoming debut LP, Lonely Planet.


Sunday, 27th November

Lady Grey’s Sunday Best

Tickets here

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Yet another great Sunday at The Gasometer, this week sees the first of Lady Grey‘s artfully curated Sunday Best.

UK-based producer Cleric will be joined by Reflec (also from the UK), with both are set to play epic three hour sets. Strap yourselves in for a huge day.

 

 

 


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11 Nov Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (11/11/16)


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…


Friday, 11th November

APES at The Curtin

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APES are touring the East Coast at the moment, in support of their new single ‘If You Want It‘.

Joining them tonight at The Curtin for their Melbourne stop are Diet. and Fountaineer.


Friday, 11th November

Jaala 2AM @ Yah Yah’s

Tickets on the door

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Playing the 2am show Friday night (yes, technically Saturday morning) at Yah Yah’s are art-pop 4-piece Jaala.

As always, free entry before midnight and only $10 on the door thereafter.


Saturday, 12th November

The Ocean Party LP Launch

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The Ocean Party are launching their new album Restless at The Tote on Saturday night.

Playing support are Summer Flake, Big White and jade imagine, with doors opening at 8pm.


Saturday, 12th November

CORIN EP Launch

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CORIN is playing at Boney on Saturday night to launch her new EP, Virtuality.

Head down from 8pm to see supports Air Max ’97 and Nico Niquo before what is sure to be a beautiful, captivating set from CORIN.


Saturday, 12th November

Chatterbox

Tickets here

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The Gasometer are hosting Chatterbox on Saturday, to create a welcoming, open space to talk about current day bro/rape culture in Australia. Given the current political climate, it’s time now more than ever to acknowledge the issues of sexual assault, discrimination and fear that affect all of us – indirectly or not.

On top of that there is an incredible lineup, featuring Harvey Sutherland (DJ), Prequel, DJ JNETT & Rambl, Jennifer Loveless, Huw Orleans, and many more. Chat, dance and love each other at The Gaso from 3pm.

 

 

 


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28 Oct Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (28/10/16)


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…


Saturday, 29th October

Retiree ‘Continental’ Launch

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Sydney band Retiree are coming down to Melbourne to launch their new single ‘Continental‘ on Saturday night.

They’ll be joined by two incredible supports, CORIN and SHOUSE, at Boney on Little Collins St from 8pm.


Sunday, 30th October

Stranger in Paradise

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Paradise Music Festival is fast approaching, and this Sunday at The Gaso you can catch a glimpse of what’s in store for later in November.

The lineup includes Lucy Cliche, Tom Moore (Otologic), Simona Castricum, Brooke Powers, Tom Baker, River Yarra and the Paradise DJs. Head down for a huge day of good vibes and great tunes.


Sunday, 30th October

SMILE revisit The Byrds

~Free Event~

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Smooch Records are putting on a special show Sunday afternoon in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Local favs SMILE will be playing tunes from Californian folk-rock-psychedelia icons The Byrds. They’ll also be joined on the day by Lower Plenty.


Monday, 31st October

Girls Rock

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GR!M in collaboration with LISTEN have put together an all-ages event on Cup Eve, showcasing a whole host of female/non-binary centric acts in celebration of the inagural GR!M camp (details on that here).

Featuring The Girl Fridas, Swim Team, LAZERTITS, Huntly, Pillow Pro and many many more playing from late afternoon well into the evening at Thornbury Bowls Club.


Monday, 31st October

ALTA EP Launch

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ALTA are back in Melbourne to celebrate the launch of their new EP, Sincere.

They’re playing at The Toff in Town on Cup Eve, with support from the majestic Saatsuma and Christopher Port.

 

 

 


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19 Oct Trading Tunes with Retiree




Sydney’s own tropical-pop group Retiree are back after last year’s This Place EP with their new single ‘Continental’. The song was written in Venice, recorded in Berlin and Sydney, and mixed and mastered in Melbourne – confirming my belief that travel provides a fair bit of inspiration when it comes to creating music.

Retiree have always carried curious potential with them and I think ‘Continental’ is a sign of a band ready to make a bigger cross-over/splash early next year. Before we hear more releases from the trio, they are set to play a single launch at Boney in Melbourne later this month with the equally awesome Shouse and Corin.
More information and tickets available here: Retiree “Continental” Launch

To get a better idea of what direction the new songs are likely to take, they’ve kindly sent us nine tracks that feel like they should never end.

 

Donnie and Joe Emmerson – ‘Baby’

Tori: “Holdin’ hands and makin’ love”. Never get over this diamond. Any song that pulls off a fade in is pretty sick. It’s surprising it doesn’t have a fade out too. Regardless it’s one of those tracks you flip back to the start at least five or six times the first time you listen to it.

Dick Diver – ‘Amber’

Marco: One of my personal favourites from Dick Diver. The overall dynamic, which then lead into a driving outro could go on for days.

Vangelis – ‘Blade Runner Blues’

Matt: This already goes for eight minutes, but you get so deep in it & so used to it that when its over its like being woken up from a deep, naughty sleep. The little tease about a minute from the end makes it all the worse, you think its over, but its not, but then you only get another minute, so kind of like hitting the snooze button.

Wings – ‘Love Is Strange’

Tori: This song can get me out of bed just as easily as it puts me to sleep.

Tornado Wallace – ‘Thinking Allowed’

Marco: Hands down, one of the best dance tracks written in recent years, an instant classic. It has everything you would want in a dance track. The pulsating arpeggio and solid drum work is addictive, I’ll be coming back to this one for many years to come.

B52’s – ‘Give Me Back My Man’

Matt: It’s probably because the drums don’t stop once for the whole song that it feels like this song should just keep propelling forward forever into naughty town. Very easy to accidentally leave on repeat for ages. The black & white video also makes it even more enjoyable, with Cindy in a dress & barefoot & Fred pretending to play a Tambourine.

Marijata – ‘I Walk Alone’

Tori: I just really love this song & every time I hear it I think ‘fark I wish this song would never end’

Chris Rea – ‘Josephine (Shamrock Diaries Version)’

Marco: There is a particular version of this track that builds from a lonely acoustic guitar accompanied by a soft kick, until it builds to the end of the track that fills the journey with a piano progression, a balearic electric guitar lick and a more solid drum rhythm. And then it just fades out, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself…”why?”.

Prince – ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend (live/movie version)’

Matt: The fact I’m only aware of a YouTube version of this song is eminently frustrating & I have to do all sorts of extra stuff just to listen to it on my phone, in the car, while I’m walking. The outro sounds like its about to go somewhere else & then its all over and I’m clicking replay. It only being on youtube is also one of its best features though I guess because every time you listen you get to see Prince doing some naughty facials & It makes the whole experience even better.

 



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