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09 Jun Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (9/6/17)


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, 9th June

DIET. ‘Clothes Off’ Single Launch

$15 on the door

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To celebrate the release of their new single ‘Clothes Off‘ local legends DIET. are playing tonight with support from Smoke Rings and Tram Cops.

This is your last chance to see DIET. before they embark on a string of interstate dates, so hustle down to The Evelyn and do your darnedest to resist their directive to take all of your clothes off. It’s very cold.


Friday, 9th June

APES ‘Stranger Than Strangers’ Launch

Tickets $12

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A quick stroll down the road from the Ev at Yah Yah’s you can catch APES launching their debut album, Stranger Than Strangers, tonight.

Neon Tetra, Swamp, Coloured Clocks, and Yachay are playing support, and there will be vinyl copies of the LP available to buy.


Saturday, 10th June

Heat Wave ‘Dead Beats’ Launch

$10 on the door

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Heat Wave are also launching their debut album, Dead Beats, this weekend. They’re marking the occasion with a party at The Old Bar in Fitzroy.

Joining them will be Bitch Diesel, Chelsea Bleach, V, and SPIT. Pleather Purrs is playing a DJ set as well, all for just ten (10) dollars.


Saturday, 10th June

Paradise Presents: GAIKA

Tickets $25

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While he’s in the country for Dark Mofo and Vivid Sydney, indefinable electronic artist GAIKA is playing at The Night Cat on Saturday (care of the Paradise crew).

Ripe favs friendships. and kandere are playing support, along with DJ sets from Tommy Codling and the Paradise DJs.


Sunday, 11th June

I Oh You: Queen’s Birthday Eve

Tickets $24

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Take full advantage of the long weekend with I Oh You‘s Queen’s Birthday eve party on Sunday night at The Gasometer.

Slum Sociable and Christopher Port are playing live sets, with DJ sets from Total Giovanni, Rainbow Connection and I OH YOU DJs to take you through to the public holiday. Rug up and get down.

 

 

 


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06 Apr Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (6/4/17)


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…


6th and 7th April

Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda

Tickets here

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Harvey Sutherland and his band Bermuda are bringing their rhythm and vibe-heavy dance music to The Night Cat to celebrate the release of their new six track EP Expectations.

Mildlife, Millú, and Jimmy Caution are playing support on Thursday night, before a complete line-up change-up on Friday featuring Sui Zhen and her band, Kova, and Pjenné.


Friday, 7th April

Hysterical Records Launch

Tickets on the door

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Amanda Vitartas (of publicity label Future Popes), Grace Kindellan (of the band Wet Lips) and Jenny McKechnie (of Wet Lips and Cable Ties) have combined forces to form Hysterical Records — a new, inclusive Melbourne-based label.

To celebrate they’re throwing a big ol’ launch party at The Old Bar on Friday night, where you can see sets from Wet Lips and the freshly-signed Shrimpwitch, alongside Hexdebt and DJ sets from LAZERTITS and DJ Dee-Luscious.


Saturday, 8th April

Split Singles Club Launch

Tickets Here

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On Saturday night at The Curtin you can be a part of another launch party, this one for Split Singles Club — a 7″ vinyl subscription service from the brilliant minds at Milk! Records and Bedroom Suck.

Blank Realm, Jade Imagine, Dag, Lehmann B. Smith, Primo! and Hachiku are all playing on the night. Have a peek at our Trading Tunes with Dan from Blank Realm here to get into the groove/mood.


Saturday, 8th April

DIET. 2am Show at Yah Yah’s

Tickets on the door

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The surf-rock boys of DIET. are on at Yah Yah’s this weekend, playing the 2am set on Saturday night (yes, technically Sunday morning, don’t @ me).

This weekend is partially a celebration of the release of the video for ‘VB‘, and probably your last opportunity to see their firey live show for a bit before they buckle down to record their next EP — so stay up late and have a dance.


Saturday, 8th April

Daydreams’ Closing Party

Tickets on the door

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Though it has been rumoured near constantly throughout the past month or so, this weekend sees the true finale of Daydreams at The Gasometer for this season. The line-up is still secret but rest assured… it’ll be very good.

Entry is $10 on the door and all proceeds are going to Culture is Life. Doors are at 3pm, get down early or you’ll almost certainly miss out.

 

 

 


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22 Feb Reflections & Round Two – An Interview with Shady Cottage Music and Leisure Festival


Words by Marcus Rimondini // Photos by Sarah Chav’


Last year, just outside of Melbourne, was the debut of a new music event for Victoria called Shady Cottage Music and Leisure Festival. The line-up and execution were such a success that the team is excitedly back for round two this year.

Sitting down with the Shady team last week – Nick, Marc and Will – we chatted about last year’s event, and what’s in store for this year’s festivities – as well as the free entry, pre-event party they’re throwing at Nevermind Bar this Sunday from 2pm until 11pm. The day will feature artists from the festival’s upcoming line-up, merchandise, ticket sales and a giveaway you may not want to miss if you are hoping to head to Shady Cottage this year…




Marcus Rimondini: Who and what is shady cottage?

Will: It started at a 21st. After that, I chatted to the guy who had the 21st and owned the farm we were on last year. I spoke to his family and they had no intention of doing it all, they were not that keen, but then some how at the end of the conversation they allowed us to do it. I left the house a bit confused, but we were all good to do it, so i started planning with the guy who had the 21st. Then the rest of the five of us jumped on board for last year. This year we have Ted on board as well. There’s also Rob who owns the farm.

Nick: The best way to describe it is, when we were running that 21st, it was all these bands we were friends with or we were in, and we set up and did all the sound, and we were like “this is great, we can do this on a huge scale”.

Marc: Music for your mates, by your mates.

Will: Yeah, exactly.

Nick: Like, the headliners from last year were people we had come across personally. It felt good to have a tangible connection between all the bands and the organisers, and I feel like that will reflect to the audience as well.

Will: I think the leisure aspect is important, is so it’s not just music.

Nick: Lot of room for activities.

Will: Like the bathrobe thing kind of came up the week before. The singer of Diet made that happen.

 

When and where was the first one?

Will: Last year in Trentham East, on the back paddock of a farm. It was slightly different to the 21st, which was in another paddock. We went there a few times and tried to figure out where we could put it. Then we thought ‘how about just in front of those big trees,’ and knew that was it.

Nick: That almost became our thing, having that illuminated tree backdrop thing. Our site’s a bit different this year, but we are going to do some funky tree lighting stuff.

 

What were some of the particular challenges that you faced?

Nick: I thought it went really well.

Will: Yeah for a first year festival, I thought it went really well, too. A few minor hiccups, but nothing we couldn’t fix.

Marc: Main challenge was managing 500 people. A lot different to a bar, it was something I hadn’t experienced before. Just making sure everyone is safe and in the right areas.

Will: The biggest challenge for me was all the lead up stuff. Dealing with the council can be a big headache. We did have some problems leading up, it got to the point where we were like ‘are we even going to go ahead with this?’ But it all turned out alright in the end. Thank god.

Nick: During the festival there was nothing that couldn’t be fixed with just a radio call. Like ‘theres somebody at the gate asking if they need two wristbands?’, and you’d just reply on the radio ‘No, you don’t.’

Will: Generators turned off, but they were fixed in five minutes. There were a couple of complaints from neighbours, but we knew those were going to happen. The amount of support far outweighed the complaints.

 

What were your favourite moments from last year?

Will: Ara Koufax. When they played ‘Brenda’.

Marc: The tail end of the festival, hearing that one song you’ve been listening to during the whole lead up… Then realising hey, we’ve done it – we’ve pulled off our first festival. It’s a great feeling.

Will: There was a moment on the Saturday night when I was standing up on the hill looking at the stage for five minutes doing nothing, it was pretty cool to look around and to be like ‘we actually did it.’

Nick: That one was funny because ‘Brenda’ by Ara Koufax was a sign post of when we get to relax and say everything is done.

Will: At 2 am. I didn’t shut up about that.

Nick: Playing was awesome. At the start of the set (Flamingo Jones) there was a huge kick, everyone had been sitting down until that point until the Conga-line started.

Will: One person had a watermelon on their head. Also, the weather had cleared up by that point too.

 

How has the planning been this year compared to last year?

Nick: Pretty good.

Will: I feel like we got onto it pretty early.

Marc: The most difficult part was just finding a new location. That was a little bit stressful.

Will: Like what I said about with the council earlier; we knew we had to move. I sat down with the owner of the farm again and did the same process as before. He said the only way it could happen again is if we have 100% no neighbours complaints. Like they go up there every weekend, they were losing faith with their friends and stuff. They live in Melbourne, but they’ve had that farm for 25 years. We spent 3 or 4 months looking for a new place.

Marc: Once we got the new place, everyone just went straight into gear and it started happening. We knew what had to be done by each individual person.

 

Is it easier or harder to set up this year?

Nick: It’s kind of exactly the same. It’s a new council and a new site, there are some unique aspects to it, the typography is a bit different, but it’s really just doing everything again. Like you have to do the permit applications and emergency plans again. The best part is that it’s the same, the worst part is that you have to do it all again.

Will: We have a huge emphasis on site management this year because they’ve extended the bush-fire season to that weekend this time. So we had to do our site management with an external company who are going to be there. The plus side is we might be able to do something about how cold it was, maybe have a fire going. It will add costs, but it’s necessary. That’s the only way the CFA will let us do it, and they’ve been really supportive.

 

Is there anything new added to this year?

Will: Well our leisure activities, that we haven’t released yet, are going to be interesting.

Nick: There’s more of a program this year in the leisure aspect. Last year the main activity was the Yoga on Saturday. We will have the gallery again and it will be bigger with better architecture and stuff. Almost its own space, separate from the main area.

Will: We are providing a bar this year as well as still having BYO. This will give people a place to also buy a drink, we will have our signature cocktail, and have a few market stores coming along.

Nick: Basically trying to beef up the programming from last year. The Friday’s going to be bigger.

Will: Huge emphasis on stage design again. Make it look less like a marquee.

Nick: A lot more vines.

 

More hay bales?

Will: Yeah the guy cuts up all the grass into hay bales, so there are 40 bales sitting there for us to use.

Nick: We got a legendary photo when Albert Salt was playing just as the sun was going down. It was taken from the side of stage, where Albert is leaning out from the marquee over the moshpit, and there’s this silhouette of this person dancing on top of the hay bales, completely out of bounds — but it’s the best photo.

 

When do you start setting everything up?

Will: We will do runs Monday and Tuesday, set up stages and marquees Wednesday, lights and audio on Thursday and tweak it Friday if needed. I’ve already change a few things, made the stage bigger to 9m x 9m. Makes it bigger out the back with the green room.

Nick: We try to keep the roles to what we’ve written on paper, but at the end of the day, if something needs to be done, we’ve all got hands and legs.

Will: The advantage is Rob, who owned last year’s farm, helped find the farm this year. It’s owned by a guy named Jeff, who was at Shady Cottage last year.

Nick: Shout outs to Jeff!

Will: Rob’s good relationship allows us to use tractors and help us move stuff around.

 

What’s the max attendees capacity at Shady Cottage and what would be your ideal amount in the future?

Nick: Our max this year is 500.

Will: That’s just punters. When you includes artists and stuff, it gets up to 650-700.

Nick: We want it to feel precious and intimate, with the right amount of space – but space is valuable. 500 is good, we want to keep it there for a few years, and then as we start to feel comfortable with the scope of what we’re doing, we might pump it up a couple hundred.

Will: The max I’d want to go would be 1,500. The whole idea is to keep it cheap and affordable for everyone. The business behind Shady Cottage is to do stuff outside of just a festival.

Marc: We want to get this down pat and go from there.

Will: There’s always little things you need to improve, like lights in the toilets.

 

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play live?

Will: Sunbeam Sound Machine.

Marc: Wesley Fuller.

Nick: I never have a bad time when Wax’o Paradiso are selecting. I’m really keen on that Sex On Toast song ‘Takin’ Over’, soon as that hook comes in!

Will: They are just 10 intense guys having the most fun.

 

Do you think Sex On Toast will keep their clothes on?

Nick: *laughs* I hope not.

Will: I don’t know, but I don’t think Diet will. Their next single is called ‘Clothes Off’ *laughs*.

Nick: If they take their clothes off, we will have some bathrobes for them.

Will: I’m open to nudity.

Nick: I mean, there has to be a moment between taking your clothes off and getting your bathrobe on!

 


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22 Jun Laid-Back & Working Hard – An Interview with DIET.


Words by Sam Bingham // Photos by Jasper van Daatselaar



Standing awkwardly in the Bakehouse Studios courtyard, late for my interview with DIET., it dawns upon me that the large wooden doors I’ve been pushing for five minutes are in fact not going to move and are purely decorative… Well, at least now we know this.

After a while of frustrated pushing, I am approached by a long haired gent with a handsome moustache whom I recognise immediately as DIET.’s bassist. “Hi I’m Carlos… Are you looking for me? You look like a blogger.”

… So after immediately regretting my clothing choices, Carlos leads me around the studio and parks me under one of the studio’s resident plants, offering me a cuppa as he went. He is so laid-back, friendly and smiles easily as we wait for the other band members to arrive.

DIET. are a self-titled shed and surf rock band from Melbourne made up of Ben O’Loughlin, Carlos Tinsey, Andy Taylor, Ted Mitchell and Will Clancy. Their 2015 single ‘Your House’ has an impressive 130,000+ plays on Spotify, and was followed by ‘The Rip’ in 2016. The band is now riding this momentum and recently celebrated the release of their latest single ‘Life Limbo’ with a launch party at the soon-to-be closing Melbourne venue Shebeen. A recent spot at Ripe Presents curated night of melodic guitar music at the Gasometer Hotel, and another with Neighbourhood Youth, has captured Melbourne’s interest, with whispers of an upcoming EP…

 

From under my plant, joined by an unknown dog, I began chatting with Carlos, Ben and Will, who were joined by Andy and Ted later on.

Sam Bingham: Hello Hello, thanks for sitting down with me for a chat. It seems like you have a lot going on at the moment with live shows and the single launch… So how did DIET. come to be?

Carlos Tinsey: No problem, nice to meet you! It’s pretty hectic at the moment, especially gearing up for the Shebeen launch. We actually knew each other from when we were young, back at school. It was only when I was overseas in London that we decided to try and put something together when we were back in Australia. We talked about it for quite a while before we actually all got together and started making anything. It was quite a long drawn out process.

Sam: That’s awesome that you actually followed through with an idea that could so easily die.

Carlos: Absolutely. Clance is very organised and we were motivated to make it work… Actually, we all really like slacker indie rock which has that image of being really chilled and laid back, but in reality you have to be hard working to make it work. We love Real EstateDucktails and acknowledge that they didn’t get to where they are by sitting about with long hair.

 

Sam: People like Mac Demarco sell that image of being super chilled and not caring, but in reality to get to that level he had to be driven and talented.

Will Clancy: Yeah, definitely! That sound is really influential on us. We don’t really put ourselves in that bracket though, our music isn’t as laid back.

Sam: I’d agree. I promised myself not to say the word “jangly” though.

Carlos: We are more pop – someone described our sound as happy music with depressing lyrics. Especially ‘Your House’.

Sam: That seems fair… So why is there no point in leaving your house?

Ben O’Loughlin(Haha) That song is about a mate with his girlfriend who would go to a party… But then just spend all his time, all night, with her – she would just want to leave as soon as they arrived. There’s no point in even going!

Sam: What I really like about your sound is that it’s very direct, confident – you sound sure of where you want to go. No droning reverb or anything wishy-washy.

Carlos: Thanks (Cough)

 

Sam: What do you guys think of the music scene in Melbourne?

Will: It’s really amazing, and there are so many talented bands like Good Morning, SMILEThe Ocean Party – all so good. There exists this really good community of band members playing in different bands as well as their own.

Sam: What do you think can differentiate bands then? From being ‘okay’ to REALLY successful?

Will: I think a lot of it comes down to attitude – having that attitude to work hard, make time to practice and book shows. It’s easy to just say these things.

Sam: It seems like to me that the music scene is just like the city. It spreads wider and gets bigger but musicians, like the buildings, don’t seem to shoot upwards. People will go off and do things themselves, like SMILE creating their own label, rather than seeking to gain success from someone else.

Carlos: Yeah… Say that I said that!

Sam: So where do you guys see the band going? Tell me about the new single.

Carlos: Well we are gearing up for the single launch, and our recent shows have gone well so we are pretty excited. We’ve got a set that we’re happy with now… Our early shows used to be just five awkward guys on stage. We leave ‘The House’ for the end of our set because it fucks Clance up on the drums. The new single was written because I wasn’t sure where I was going with my work and life. I had done an internship with Paramount and wasn’t sure what to do next. I think a lot of bands express that sort of sentiment, like ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ by The Ocean Party.

I think a pipe dream for us is to go to New York-

Ben: (Haha) BUT I think we should try like Sydney first. Or Adelaide. But we wouldn’t be sure if anyone would turn up!

(Andy and Ted arrive at this time, and I am escorted to Hungry Jacks for an ice lolly – afterwards we continued our chat.)

Sam: So how do you find your songs come about? What’s the process?

Ted Mitchell: Usually it starts with Carl who comes to us with ideas, Ben then works on the lyrics and together we come to the final outcome. Carl is the leader though – look at his moustache, the scarf of the upper lip. Then Clance is the organiser who gets everything going.

Andy TaylorYeah, that’s how it usually works. We are gearing up for an EP release, probably about four songs? That’s what’s next for us! We’re happy with the process and how it’s all coming together so it’s very exciting times!

Sam: Well thanks guys! Hope all goes well for the single launch!


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21 Jun Ripe Presents: Summer Flake w/ Good Morning, Hollow Everdaze & DIET, Live at The Gasometer Hotel (10/6/16)

After a bit of a break from the live scene, we decided to get together with some of our favourite Melbourne acts at the Gasometer Hotel to share an evening of music with you all. We’re chuffed to have been able to curate a night of such great melodic guitar music that truly showcased the strength of Melbourne’s up-and-coming talent, and we hope to share more amazing Australian talent with you all in future shows down the track.

The first band to grace the stage was five-piece surf outfit DIET. who have impressed us right off the bat with their releases like ‘Your House’ and more recently ‘Life Limbo’, a new single to be included on their forthcoming EP release.

 

 

Hollow Everdaze with their beautiful cinematic guitar pop that suits a live setting so well were up next. Their single ‘Last Laugh’, reminiscent of a journey and night setup under the stars, have their new album Cartoons on the way – expect more wondrous releases that take you away.

 

Our third act for the evening Good Morning have had a massive year. Their Glory EP, released in February via Solitaire, demonstrated innate songwriting ability – melding lo-fi style with genuine musicianship. Lead single ‘Cab Deg’ drilled into our brains, and we’ve been hooked ever since.

 

Our headliner Summer Flake is the harmony-laden project from mastermind Stephanie Crase. Her sound is a glorious melange of genres and styles, equal parts Sonic Youth and Mac DeMarco, Hole and Karen Dalton. Crase, along with band members Antony Bourmas and Joel Cary, having just released the wonderful LP ‘Hello Friends’, were a joy to watch on stage as they brought our evening of wonderful Melbourne talent to an end.

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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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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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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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