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08 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (8/3/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 35 tracks in this week’s playlist.

 

We start this week at #35 with ‘Magic Button‘ by Twelve Point Buck, who come from outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains. The lo-fi and casual fuzzy sounds of ‘Magic Button’ come from a new three track EP titled Cheezel Dust. You can catch them supporting Zeahorse at The Record Crate in Sydney on April 2nd. At #34 we head up north to Brisbane for the three piece garage band Bent, who released a video for ‘Skeleton Man‘. The aesthetic rawness and “I don’t give a fuck” attitude of the song and video give Bent this punk edge that manages to avoid sounding whiny or immature.

We have another new track at #31 from the emerging Melbourne label Deaf Ambitions (Leisure Suite, Crepes, Redspencer and Zone Out). This time it’s Tourist Dollars with ‘Horse Girl‘ off their upcoming debut EP. ‘Horse Girl’ was mastered by Mikey Young and somewhat reminds me of Kaiser Chiefs. At #26 we have Blake Gilray from Sydney with the addictive ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’. The 19 year old samples the video game Zelda and then throws on top a glockenspiel hook with effective results. This is the third time he’s featured in an Australian Ripe Chart, making it three from three now. Look out for this young sharp producer to make big splashes soon.

Back in Melbourne for $25 with Ariela Jacobs who uploaded a video for ‘Lost‘. ‘Lost’ reminds of Bat For Lashes and contains the most moving moment of the week, when Ariela sings “I can’t wait to be alone with you”. Her EP Yesteryear is now available on her bandcamp. We stay in Melbourne at #18 with ‘After Midnight Special‘ by A.M. Limonata. The disco-house track features on a new EP titled Mansion. You can catch After Midnight Limonata playing sets every Thursday this month at Boney in the CBD.

In Sydney at #16 where Anatole has released a remix of ‘You Tore Out My Heart‘ by Tiny Little Houses from Melbourne. Anatole has managed to make an already heartbreaking song, more heartbreaking with a sprinkle of orchestral intimacy. Anatole even attempts to play the flute for the first time on this remix. The diverse talents of Anatole intrigue me as a potential producer for Australian vocalists. At #14 the Melbourne garage rock band Bad Vision have released a video for ‘Goons‘. The video is a long one-take featuring the in and out movements of housemates in a sharehouse while the band play out back. Apparently the video took 15 attempts.

Rainbow Chan pops in at #13 with ‘Nest‘ off her forthcoming debut album later this year. The Sydney via Hong Kong alt-pop talent sings about a past relationship where she “built a nest for you”, but it was apparently “not enough for you”. I can’t help but wonder if the line “you’ll only remind me of bubble gum and ice cream kisses in in the sun” is referring to a Bubble O Bill. Newcastle’s Mall Grab continues to appear in these charts with ‘Down‘ at #12. ‘Down’ carries a huge Reality Testing by Lone vibe, and the execution is just as impressive. Mall Grab is heading to Europe later this year and is currently looking for bookings.

Melbourne’s Alistair Montfort has a new project called Snakes and Friends, which he’s somehow find time for between work with Dick Diver, Total Control, Lower Plenty and UV Race. The first single ‘Missus and the Masses‘ comes in at #9. Alistair isn’t taking himself too seriously with this project and it’s really endearing. The warped keyboard sound he throws in is hilarious and fun. We stay in Melbourne with ‘Meet Me In The Middle‘ by Ciggie Witch at #7. ‘Meet Me In The Middle’ is heavily nostaglic and filled with meticulous detailed touches, which make the song very replayable. I can see myself coming back to it all year.

The track of the week at #5 comes out of Melbourne from ScotDrakula‘s lead singer Matt Neumann‘s new side-project called Cosmic Rays. ‘Teen Bank Robbers On Heroin‘ is his first solo single and it’s catchy as hell. I’ve had multiple sections of this song stuck in my head all week. It’s somewhat a cross between ‘Take Me To The Riot‘ by Stars and ‘All My Friends‘ by LCD Soundsystem. If you’re familiar with ScotDrakula, you’ll immediately notice a completely different vocal approach and it this case it works. Matt has proven to be a clever song writer in the past with ScotDrakula, but unfortunately not a diverse one up until this point. However with this Cosmic Rays project, he take it anywhere he wants at this point, making his follow-up releases a must-watch in 2016.

 


35. Twelve Point Buck – ‘Magic Button’

Uploaded: February 29th


34. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th


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

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #29


32. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #28


31. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th


30. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


29. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #26


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

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #25


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

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #24


26. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st


25. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th


24. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


23. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #22


22. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #20


21. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


20. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #17


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

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #16


18. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th


17. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #15


16. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd


15. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #13


14. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th


13. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd


12. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #12


10. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #8


9. Snake And Friends – ‘Missus And The Masses’

Uploaded: February 21st


8. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #7


7. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


5. Cosmic Rays – ‘Teen Bank Robber On Heroin’

Uploaded: February 22nd


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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01 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (1/3/16)

 

We start at #28 with the Melbourne duo Leisure Suite and their latest track ‘Shame‘, off their second EP Lay Low. If you’re a fan of Rhye or Banoffee, check them out. Great Earthquake comes in at #26 with ‘Thought Broadcasting‘, off an EP with the same name. It’s the work of the Melbourne-based Noah Symons, and the project sounds like a cross between a dreamy version of Ponytail and the sporadic patterns of Terrible Truths.

Melbourne hip-hop duo Milwaukee Banks slide into #23 with ‘Reincarnated‘, which will feature on their long-awaited debut album Deep Into The Night, out March 18th. I’m digging its Cities Aviv-styled production and the assertiveness of Dyl Thomas. LUCIANBLOMKAMP, also from Melbourne, comes in at #22 with ‘The Overman‘ off his upcoming sophomore album Bad Faith. You can catch Lucian playing along with Lower Spectrum during late-April in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Speaking of Perth, we’ve got new music from Arvo Tanty, with ‘Forget This Mourning‘ at #20. The track’s dreamy loops draw comparisons to early Atlas Sound or Brothertiger, and you can hear the full Tender Yonder LP later this year. At #15 we have Wax Witches from the Gold Coast (currently residing in Brooklyn) – you may remember Alex Wall from Bleeding Knees Club. ‘Morning Flowers‘ has a strong The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart vibe, and it’ll feature on the new album Memory Painting, out on the 18th of March.

Totally Mild return at #14 with ‘Today Tonight‘ off their new three-track live EP Alive In Denmark, which also features another new live track called ‘More‘. ‘Today Tonight‘ doesn’t feature any drums, showing a more stripped-back side of Totally Mild. Low Lux from Sydney come in at #13 with their cover of ‘Girls‘ by Royal Headache. Whereas the original used adrenaline to carry its momentum, Low Lux have cut the pace in half and wrought a more nostalgic atmosphere. It’s a clever and well-executed cover, one that most artists wouldn’t have thought about attempting.

Brisbane’s Mexico City come in at #8 with ‘Rosewood Line‘ from their third album When The Day Goes Dark. If you’re wondering who Mexico City are, they’ve supported The Black Keys, Cat Power, The Drones and many more, sounding somewhere between Cass McCombs and Phosphorescent. Next, we have Summer Flake with ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away‘ at #7. After releasing the underrated Time Rolls By EP last year, the Melbourne-via-Adelaide trio are set to release a new album titled Hello Friends. ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’ is ridiculously contagious and full of summer joy. Interestingly, it was recorded and mixed by Geoffrey O’Connor, who generally records slick, catchy, ’80s-sounding alt-pop songs.

We stay in Melbourne with SHOUSE featuring Habits on ‘Support Structure‘ at #6. The duo includes Ed Service of IO and Jack Madin of The Harpoons. We actually heard this track, reminiscent of Orbital or The KLF, in their Ripe Mix for us last month. The catchy vocal hook provided by Mohini of Habits could easily have been lifted from a classic early ’90s club hit.

However, the best new track of the week drops in at #2: ‘Got Something‘ by Jamal Amir. Jamal is part of the emerging Melbourne label Temporal Cast, featuring Cale Sexton and Kangaroo Skull. ‘Got Something‘ is straight up nasty smooth house, which makes me want to dance (even while I’m currently hobbling around on crutches). You can catch all three Temporal Cast artists playing along with Sleep D and Chiara Kickdrum this Friday the 4th of March at Goodtime Studios in Melbourne.

 


30. Mossy – ‘Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


28. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #25


26. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st


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

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #22


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

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #21


23. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th


22. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th


21. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #20


20. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #19


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #17


17. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #15


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

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #14


15. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th


14. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’

Uploaded: February 3rd


13. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st


12. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


11. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th | Last Week: #10


10. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


9. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #6


8. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th


7. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #2


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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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14 Jan Album review: Charles Murdoch – Point

It feels like Charles Murdoch’s debut album Point has been a long time coming. The Brisbane producer first made waves in 2013 with a remix of a track by the then-blowing-up Flume, and since then his growth as an artist and producer have been expansive. The proof of this more mature, developed sound can be heard within Point.

Released via Future ClassicPoint feels like a good fit for the label, its evolving and forward-thinking sounds gelling well with the range of electronic releases the label has become known for. It is by no means, however, an expected or even safe release on their behalf. On Point, Murdoch pushes to engage the listener through subtle, delicate, and considered production. There are no exuberant ‘drops’ or stand out ‘radio plays’; instead, we’re presented with a collection of musical concepts that play out in a way as to give an indication of the consideration that went into them.

No doubt much of this consideration was done through the process of collaboration as many of the album’s tracks feature one or more artists. On opening track ‘Nothing For You (feat. KUČKA)’, deep, stirring bass forms a perfect counter weight to KUČKA’s light vocals throughout a song that sets up the listener for what to expect from the remaining tracks.

This is quickly followed by a stand out from the album,  ‘Frogs (feat. Ta-ku, Wafia & Hak)’. This coming together of four musical minds is apparent in the different movements the track flows through, from the driving vocals of Wafia, the wonky production of Ta-Ku and the darker, disjointed rap from Hak. The art of such a collaboration is to make these elements work together; on ‘Frogs’, they certainly do.

Chloe Kaul lends a unique vocal sound on the ethereal ‘Open’ and another highlight ‘Fray’. The vocal layering she has developed through her work in Kllo is clearly put to good use as ‘Fray’ grows to its climax.

Privacy (feat. Oscar Key Sung)’ makes an instant impression upon first listen through its combination of smooth RnB vocal rhythms over a dark and spacious bottom end. This notion is continued in the equally-striking duet with Oscar Key Sung and Banoffee, ‘Back To It’. Both artists bounce seamlessly off each other as their vocals pair together beautifully.

Solo productions on the album such as ‘Wash’ and ‘Straws’ create a perfect change of pace and allow the listener to get lost in the richness of the production on display. ‘Wash’ is perhaps the most abstract moment on the album, but gives Murdoch a chance to explore new sounds and directions perhaps not possible with the weight of a vocal top line. This freedom makes for interesting listening. The wonky lead synth line of ‘Straws’ rides effortless over the growing body of the track and provides one of the more danceable moments on a very solid album.

Point is out now via Future Classic

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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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14 Dec Ripe’s Australian Chart (13/12/15)

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.

Releases have been a little quieter this week as things start to wind down for Christmas, and a few tracks have dropped out after their full month in the chart, so we’ve kept it to 20 tracks this week. That being said, there is still some excellent music being released this deep into the year.

Babyjuan starts us off at #20 in lazy fashion with lo-fi murmering ‘Hit The Legs’ – not the most substantial track, but one with a hazy charm that belies some heartfelt lyrics.

Melbourne producer Jahnne may have knocked this one out in an afternoon, but the pounding industrial rhythm of ‘When Your Head Is Racing (Afternoon Edition)’ goes some way to making up for the scarcity of his tunes so far, and slots in at #13. Let’s hope he finds a few more spare afternoons over the holidays.

 Sampa the Great carries on her undefeated streak with Godriguez in her corner, his undulating jazz flitting about and lending energy to Sampa’s acerbic vocal, carrying ‘Blue Boss’ to the #7 spot.

Brisbane stalwart and Future Classic rep Charles Murdoch slinks in at #5 with ‘Back To It’, featuring the one-two punch of Banoffee and Oscar Key Sung. It’s as seductive as anything I’ve heard from either of the two Melbourne vocalists, a sense heightened by Banoffee’s percussive murmurs.

Not content with a single contribution this week, Godriguez has also built some cheeky piano melodies and theatrical orchestration for Sydney-based future-soul gem Wallace to lay her gorgeous vocals across. Her new number ‘Negroni Eyes’ jumps straight in at #3, positively dripping style.


20. Babyjuan – ‘Hit The Legs’

Uploaded: December 4th


19. Rat & Co. – ‘Spring 2’

Uploaded: December 2nd | Last week: #25


18. LUCIANBLOMKAMP – ‘Comfort’

Uploaded: November 30th | Last week: #24


17. Deer – ‘All Alone ft. Martin King’

Uploaded: November 17th | Last Week: #21


16. Us The Band – ‘And I Will’

Uploaded: November 24th | Last Week: #20


15. Anatole – ‘Colours’

Uploaded: December 1st | Last week: #19


14. Max Savage – ‘Baby Don’t Cry’

Uploaded: November 18th | Last Week: #18

‘Baby Don’t Cry’ has gone M.I.A., unfortunately, but we’re hoping it’ll make a return at some point!


13. Jahnne – ‘When Your Head Is Racing (Afternoon Edition)’

Uploaded: December 4th


12. Nutrition – ‘Advice Needed’

Uploaded: November 19th | Last Week: #17


11. Luna Ghost – ‘Eyes Of Sleep’

Uploaded: November 24th | Last Week: #15


10. Flamingo Jones – ‘Fred Bear’

Uploaded: November 16th | Last Week: #14


9. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

Uploaded: November 23rd | Last Week: #9


8. Julia R. Anderson – ‘In the Beginning’

Uploaded: December 5th | Last week: #5


7. Sampa the Great – ‘Blue Boss’

Uploaded: December 9th


6. Sleep D – ‘Backstreets’

Uploaded: November 17th | Last Week: #8


5. Charles Murdoch – ‘Back To It’ (ft Banoffee and Oscar Key Sung)

Uploaded: December 13th


4. Ara Koufax – ‘Adult Concepts’

Uploaded: December 5th | Last week: #6


3. Wallace – ‘Negroni Eyes’

Uploaded: December 9th


2. Peruw – ‘Namek’

Uploaded: December 3rd | Last week: #2


1. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

Uploaded: November 27th | Last Week: #2


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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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15 Nov Ripe’s Australian Chart (22/11/15)

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.

We start at #25 this week with RÜFÜS (or RÜFÜS DU SOL if you’re not from Australia) and their latest single ‘Innerbloom‘, off their second album Bloom, set for release January 22nd. ‘Innerbloom’ is over nine minutes in length, making it their most ambitious song to date, and I hope Bloom features more ambitious tracks of this kind. Next we have The Delicates from the Gold Coast with ‘Chimera’, a track you’ll enjoy if you’re into the dreamy, crisp guitar work of bands such as Widowspeak or Fear Of Men. At #23 we have Zone Out from Melbourne, who are a duo made up of Ashley Bundang (Totally Mild, Sui Zhen, Ciggie Witch) and Dove Bailey (Scotdrakula). ‘So Bright‘ sounds like Beach House covering an early The Pains of Being Pure at Heart song.

#22 is by Caleb Jacobs aka Plum out of Sydney. ‘Reveal’ is off Plum’s new EP, Black Doris. If the synth-driven work by Wild Nothing or TOPS keeps you warm inside at night, give this EP a listen. Deer have teamed up with Martin King (The Harpoons) for ‘All Alone‘. I’m not a huge fan of the EDM pre-drop, build up moments, but otherwise the chemistry between the two is definitely saucy.

Mic Mills’ remix of ‘Take Your Time’ by Oisima at #16 is still the most impactful remix of the past month, but this isn’t the last time in this list that Adelaide producers will be using each other. We head back to Sydney for #19 with Antonio Rosselli Del Turco aka Ribongia. ‘Journeys’ is taken from the forthcoming EP, Escapisms. The scattered, Caribbean house rhythm is full of detailed surprises and interplay between all its glitchy keyboards. Tiny Little Houses from Melbourne go all Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness on ‘You Tore Out My Heart’ at #18, which sounds exactly as its title suggests it would.

I’ve found my Australian version of Wooden Wand in Max Savage out of Adelaide. His new song ‘Baby Don’t Cry‘ features my favourite lyric of the week – “Everytime I write about you, I write about me”. We’re back in Melbourne for #16 garage band Diet, who blend the liberty of Eddy Current Suppression Ring with vocals similar to those of Morrissey from The Smiths. We stay in Melbourne (and on a similar health kick) for Nutrition, who used to be a duo, but the recent decision to turn into a solo project appears to have not affected the quality one bit. ‘Advice Needed‘ has serious house chops in the vein of Daniel Avery.

No Zu spice up the this list at #14 with ‘Hi Gloss’ off their new four-song EP of the same name. This eight-piece band (who are known to extend beyond eight members at times) may base themselves in Melbourne, but they take sounds from every continent to create music that’s frankly not from this current world. Marcus Whale of Collarbones is having a go at the solo thing ahead of his set at Paradise Music Festival. His first single, ‘If’, is apparently only a demo, but still gets a #13 rank on our list. It’s more internal than his work with Collarbones, drawing comparisons to early How To Dress Well and Oscar Key Sung productions.

Speaking of O.K.S., he’s teamed up with producer Charles Murdoch for ‘Privacy feat. Oscar Key Sung’ at #12, a track set to feature on Charles’ debut album, Pointvia Future Classic on December 11. ‘Privacy‘ is far darker and thicker than any of Oscar’s previous work and it’s an interesting angle for him, really playing well into his despairing vocals. We remain in Melbourne for #11: ‘Negative Energy‘ by Asdasfr Bawd, a name I still can’t pronounce out loud. Luckily for him it doesn’t matter, because the future garage-influenced beats continue to impress all ears aware of this young producer, who is ready to break out once his EP, Underpass, is released on March 7, 2016.

I already really liked track #10, ‘Hand‘, leading up to this post, but I saw the band live at The Tote in Melbourne recently and now I can’t stop playing it. The Dead Heir remind me of a more psychedelic Magnetic Fields, and the track features on a recent EP, The Dead Heir Go Wild. We are still in Melbourne for ‘Give Me Your Love’ by Lisa Salvo, #9 on the list. This track actually first appeared on the internet as early as the start of 2014, but was recently re-uploaded on her SoundCloud account, and it’s still as effective and beautiful as the first time I heard it. Consider her as Melbourne’s younger version of Grouper.

At #8 we have a trio collaboration of emerging Adelaide producers Arthur Miles, Babicka and HVCK, who all release music through the label, Untzz Rec. I’ve been praising this label for a while now because they never let me down, and ‘The Prince’ is no exception. Every time I hear Arthur Miles before realising it’s him, I think I’m listening to one of the biggest names currently in electronic music. Lower Spectrum puts Perth on the map here at #7 with his latest track ‘Proxima’. It’s from the forthcoming EP, New Haze, and it takes the kind of gospel samples Moby used to use and thrusts them into the near future.

Back in Melbourne, Sleep D continue to validate why their label Butter Sessions are local legends. It doesn’t matter how tired you are, one spin of ‘Backstreets‘ will have you heading towards the Melbourne venue The Mercat – something I did a few nights ago to catch Sleep D’s set. Also in Melbourne, Amateur Dance just dropped a four-track EP titled It’s Really Something. The opening title track sprawls for 10 minutes as it swiftly pulses like the more recent work of The Field – very euphoric.

#4 is back up in Sydney with Movement, the band who took out the #1 position in our Top 100 Australian Songs of the Year 2014 list with ‘Like Lust’. ‘Lace‘ is only a demo, but it’s good to hear that the band haven’t lost any of that intoxicating, sexual atmosphere that’s so hard to resist. I had to double check that #3 wasn’t secretly Angel Olsen. Phantastic Ferniture may have a star in the making with the vocalist Julia Jacklin, and I’m not stretching here. The quality of ‘Gap Year‘ is what you expect from a band signed to Matador records.

It’s hard to find information on The Shards. All I know is that they’re from Melbourne and they’re lyrically on point with the smartphone generation, when they sing “You’ve got me sitting here, second guessing. I’m checking my phone, checking and checking, you’ve got me second guessing. If you’re alone”. The instrumentation in ‘Making Shape Out Of The Ground‘ is incredibly rewarding upon further spins, revealing clever minor touches, that one may miss on the first couple listens. It’s tricky to pin point who they sound like exactly, maybe Julian Lynch?

However, this week’s #1 has to be ‘Cab Deg’ by Good Morning. This young band from Melbourne impressed me at CMJ in New York last month – with ‘Cab Deg’ always closing their sets – and now that it’s online, I play it everyday. As soon as I hear that opening guitar, I get really excited for February 2016 when the Glory album is set to be released. Good luck getting the chorus out of your head anytime soon. It’s going to be a breakout summer for Good Morning.

 

25. RÜFÜS – ‘Innerbloom’

Uploaded: November 20th


24. The Delicates – ‘Chimera’

Uploaded: November 5th


23. Zone Out – ‘So Bright’

Uploaded: November 19th


22. Plum – ‘Reveal’

Uploaded: November 14th


21. Deer – ‘All Alone Ft Martin King’

Uploaded: November 17th


20. Oisima – ‘Take Your Time (Mic Mills Remix)’

Uploaded: October 22nd


19. Ribongia – ‘Journeys’

Uploaded: October 27th


18. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart’

Uploaded: October 28th


17. Max Savage – ‘Baby Don’t Cry’

Uploaded: November 18th


16. Diet – ‘Your House’

Uploaded: October 22nd


15. Nutrition – ‘Advise Needed’

Uploaded: November 19th


14. NO ZU – ‘Hi Gloss’

Uploaded: November 5th


13. Marcus Whale – ‘If (Demo)’

Uploaded: November 10th


12. Charles Murdoch – ‘Privacy feat. Oscar Key Sung’

Uploaded: November 7th


11. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Negative Energy’

Uploaded: November 4th


10. The Dead Heir – ‘Hand’

Uploaded: November 4th


9. Lisa Salvo – ‘Give Me Your Love’

Uploaded: November 7th


8. Arthur Miles – ‘The Prince Feat. Babicka & HVCK’

Uploaded: November 11th


7. Lower Spectrum – ‘Proxima’

Uploaded: November 13th


6. Sleep D – ‘Backstreets’

Uploaded: November 17th


5. Amateur Dance – ‘It’s Really Something’

Uploaded: November 6th


4. Movement – ‘Lace (Demo)’

Uploaded: November 11th


3. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Gap Year’

Uploaded: November 12th


2. The Shards – ‘Making Shapes Out Of The Ground’

Uploaded: October 23rd


1. Good Morning – ‘Cab Deg’

Uploaded: November 6th


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