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26 Apr Hoodlem x Nico Ghost live at Howler

 

Saturday nights at Howler are usually a packed out affair, but April 16th was a particularly special evening as Hoodlem teamed up with Nico GhostAlice Ivy, and GXNXVS for a wonderful night of talented Australian music.

I arrived in time to see Nico Ghost slowly make his way to the stage, limping and sporting crutches. The crowd surged forward and in an instant, there was high-energy fun, dance, and great tunes. It was a fantastic set from the Aussie hip-hop rapper, and he never let his injury bring him down as he joined the crowd, dancing and jumping, keeping the energy up for his entire set. He was joined by GXNXVS for a song towards the end, and when they exited, they left behind a hyped-up crowd waiting front and centre for Hoodlem.

 

I’ve seen Hoodlem live once before at Boney, and it was one of those sets that just stays with you. As they played through both their new and old material – some of it to be released not long after the gig – I was left with a thirst for more of their impressive visuals and tracks. There was so much soul to the set, and I don’t mean the genre – just that general feel-good vibe.  Their songs got some serious Spotify replays after that night as I made my way through ‘Firing Line’ and ‘Through’, and then upon the release of their self-titled EP Hoodlem’ their newer tracks were constantly on repeat, in particular ‘Collapse’ and ‘Kinstugi’.

So to say I was a little excited to see them again, well… that was a given, and this time it was an absolute extravaganza of sound, lights, and energy. Hoodlem’s singer blew the crowd away with her dance moves and strong vocals, whilst Yeo transitioned the duo through each track smoothly and without fault, showing Melbourne yet again that he is a rising star in the producer/singer-songwriter field.

 

After their dazzling light and music show, I was again left feeling like Hoodlem are going to be one of those new rising stars in Australian music. Even though we bid farewell to their singer as she heads to Canada, there will hopefully be more writing and producing coming from the powerhouse duo – I hope to see them live again one day to hear new and more exciting material.

 

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03 Apr An Interview with Hoodlem


Words by Kassie Junkeer // Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska





After a hiatus interviewing, the arrangement to meet with the Melbourne electronic pop/hip-hop duo Hoodlem at Schoolhouse studios was a little intimidating, a little nerve wracking, but of course very exciting. Fortunately, having a chat with the humble yet enthralling vocalist was enough to level out my manic emotions and make me re-realise why I enjoy interviewing musicians. With her last show in Melbourne approaching, having the chance to talk about her studio life, touring life, and some tumultuous phases she has gone through with music was a treasured opportunity.

With Hoodlem’s debut EP having been released last week, as well as the planning for the final Melbourne show at Howler this April, I’m enthused about the way the project will continue to thrive when they take on the rest of the world.

Kassie Junkeer: Your debut EP is coming out in a few days, what was the creative process like?

Hoodlem: It was long. We basically recorded all of it in Northcote – we’ve made a bit of a studio out of a shed. So that was really cool. It was a lot of just hanging out there and making weird and wacky shit. It was good fun. We’ve made sure that we don’t do anything very long distance, so it was mostly done at the one place, which is good.

Do you usually do much long distance recording? I read that you’ve been doing a bit of travel overseas.

We haven’t recorded long distance. It’s really hard to do. And you get better chemistry if you’re in the room together. Ideas travel a lot faster. So no long distance.

 

I read recently that ‘Kintsugi’ was inspired by your experience in Japan with the art form kintsugi, which is repairing broken pottery with gold. What was your first encounter with kintsugi like?

I guess I went to Japan and came home with a few little concepts really. That one just stuck with me because they make these broken pots into something really beautiful. They kind of embellish the cracks I guess. And then at the time it sort of mirrored something I was going through and just all came about from that encounter. I didn’t really come home really gung-ho about kintsugi, but it just struck a chord.

Other than music, are there any other forms of art that you have experimented with?

As much as you do until you discover that you are actually only good at one. So I guess I’ve done a bit of painting and dancing. I love that sort of stuff. I’m definitely drawn to art in forms other than music, definitely. As far as whether I’d call myself anything else – no.

And are there any other types of art that you’ve been inspired by?

Sculpture, painting… I love watching dance. I think I’m very drawn to just through the body movement and how that represents sound. I’m really drawn to that. I’d love to do more with that concept.

I love the idea of the physical representing the sonic.

Definitely.

 

You both have backgrounds in classical music, so what music were you interested in when you were growing up?

I was kind of forced to do classical music, I’ve never really chosen it. I think I only really appreciate it now as an adult. I wish I appreciated it back then, because I would have taken it more seriously. But I loved classical, and I really do genuinely like anything. But I think the classical stuff we’re far enough away from that we can leave it behind, and draw on it when we need to. It’s very subconsciously in there so we have the flexibility within that which is handy, but we don’t go to it to create.

It’s good to have those foundations so you can unlearn them.

Yes, so you can break all the rules.

What sort of projects were you doing before Hoodlem?

I was doing a lot of vocal work and finding my feet in what I wanted to do. And then I thought that I didn’t want to do music anymore so I quit for a couple of years and stopped playing and listening to music altogether. I started exploring other areas, but I came back to it and then started Hoodlem.

What was that experience like – the years off music?

It was kind of weird and I think I sort of forced myself to not do it. I sold all my music equipment and I didn’t listen to music. I sort of had this hateful break up, which was really strange and I just had to start writing again because I didn’t have any other outlet at that time. It was kind of like self punishment or something… I don’t know, it was really bizarre.

It’s been such a busy past few years for you with touring and releases, how are you experiencing this momentum?

It’s nice to be able to just get a good run on working outside of the studio. That’s been really good. We’ve nearly finished the next EP now, which is nice to have done and it’s just felt really good to get a really good run. And touring was great and heaps of fun, we met heaps of great people along the way. It’s sort of exhausting but it’s nice to be spontaneous and write on the go and have to sort of force yourself to immerse yourself. You can’t really just stay at home in pyjamas.

Yeah that must be the validating part of all of it – the exhaustion.

Yes exactly.

 

You traded tunes with us recently but I’d like to ask you what sort artists you would collaborate with? And what do you take into consideration when collaborating?

I would generally collaborate with anyone who would want to collaborate. I think sometimes the worst sounding pairings are the best sounding pairings in the end. Anyone can bring anything to the table, so I’m genuinely excited to wait and see what happens out of it. I love people that love hardware. Anyone that brings weird synths or weird things to hear is always really fun.

You’re playing a show at Howler with Nico Ghost soon. What have you got planned?

We’ve got heaps of plans, it’s going to be really fun. I’m a huge Nico fan, I think he’s so cool and he’s such a sweet dude too. I’ve sort of picked artists that I personally really like because it will be my last show in Melbourne.

Oh really, for how long?

I don’t know, a while I think. I’m moving overseas again. It’s going to be good. And that’s why I wanted to put my own spin on who’s going to play with us. But we’ve definitely got lots of special things lined up!

Can you share?

I can’t! you’ll have to come to the show!

Fair enough. How do you usually prepare for gigs?

I still haven’t really got that down. I still get painfully nervous, so generally a few drinks before I perform (laughs). I don’t know – if you know your shit and you’ve practised… We’re still pretty old school, we’ll still practise a lot before our shows. We take it pretty seriously, we don’t just rock up and not know what’s going on. We’re very organised, and we always still make sure we’ve got all the right things and are prepared.

I really like performing – we both do. We both have a really good time performing together, which is nice but also sad, because we won’t be doing that anymore. I think I do a lot of shows solo, so when I do get to perform with someone else I really enjoy it. But I still get really nervous, so there’s generally a bit of quiet time and pretending like nothing’s happening, and then imagining everyone naked.

Yeah you never know who could be out there.

Exactly, I try and block it out and just enjoy it. There have been so many gigs I haven’t enjoyed through taking too long to settle into them. I now just try and enjoy it from the start, because what’s the point in doing it if you don’t enjoy it, really?

 

Exactly. I know this is a broad question but what’s your favourite part of being in Hoodlem?

I love the recording process, we have so much fun. Anything goes in our set up. Some of things we’ve sampled… it feels like an adventure every time. Every time we’re setting up a beat we’ll run around and find all this crap we can hit, cans we can spray… anything. So that’s really fun, we’re like two little kids. That’s always my favourite time.

Do you experiment much while you’re recording or do you have a set plan?

The whole thing is pretty much experimenting. There are so many bits in songs that have been accidents that we’ve liked after it’s happened. Like the headphones will echo into the mic, or someone will hit a guitar and we’ll just end up keeping it. So there’s a lot of experimentation.

You mentioned you were going overseas, so what other creative plans do you have for the future?

Lots of writing once I get a few collaborations, which will be really good. A few shows. Just working on the next stage I guess!

 

Catch Hoodlem alongside Nico Ghost, GXNXVS and Alice Ivy this April 16 at Howler.

 


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Rainbow Serpent 2016-2

22 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (22/3/16)

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 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

We start at #39 with another track from the Brisbane record label Tenth Court, giving the label now three tracks in the chart. This time we have ‘Sunshine Song‘ by Sydney2000 off their new untitled six track EP. If you dig gritty, lo-fi garage rock then dig into Tenth Court’s catalog. Next we skip down to #28 with ‘Everyday‘ by Edward Vanzet from Melbourne. Edward is the younger brother of Jack Vanzet A.K.A. Thrupence. ‘Everyday’ is the titled track off a new four track EP and Washed Out fans will find it’s calm pacing, very comforting.

Galapagoose from Melbourne makes a return at #26 with ‘Free By One‘. It’s not clear if it’s a new single or what the context of the song is from, but if you dig the rhythmic patterns of Footwork music and the more spaced out moments of Flying Lotus. Then ‘Free By One’ will interest you. We stay in Melbourne at #21 for the pioneers of jazz-gaze – Cool Sounds. In-jokes aside, ‘In Blue Skies‘ will feature on their forthcoming debut album Dance Moves on Deaf Ambitions. ‘In Blue Skies’ is perfectly seasoned for Autumn with its nostalgic lust wanting to save a relationship about to end.

At #16 Sampa The Great has teamed up with Remi for ‘For Good‘. It’s the first single from Remi’s forthcoming album Divas and Demons, but it’s Sampa The Great who continues to steal the show. Her verse doesn’t kick in until the back half of the track, but it’s worth staying tuned for. She’s growing into a showstopper, who everyone is going to want to collaborate with and I’m not talking about just in Australia. The Murlocs are back and slide into #11 with ‘Young Blindness‘ off their latest 11 track album of the same name. ‘Young Blindness’ maintains the consistent standards set by the country-psych band and comes with a video-clip resembling an animation you’d find in the trippy Adult Swim series Off The Air. Next month the Melbourne band are touring Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Fremantle.

Black Cab jump into the top ten with ‘Uniforms‘ at #9. You may have witnessed the dark-electronic Melbourne band at the recent Golden Plains festival. ‘Uniforms’ has heavy roots in ’80s music, but the Perturbator-esque, trance-state synths played by Mikey Young are too euphoric to turn away from. The trio are playing their ‘Uniforms’ single launches in both Melbourne and Sydney in May.

The track of the week however belongs to White Lodge from the Gold Coast with ‘Bella-Union Creep‘ at #3. White Lodge follow in the footsteps of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever with that carefree, hair to the wind, simultaneously loose in nature and yet tight in garage rock execution. Throw in that bridge section switch up and wicked guitar solo and ‘Bella-Union Creep’ is a flat-out jam. Can someone please bring this band down to Melbourne immediately.


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #40


39. Sydney2000 – ‘Sunshine Song’

Uploaded: March 17th


38. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #39


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #37


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th | Last Week: #36


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th | Last Week: #35


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

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #34


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #33


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #32


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #31


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #30


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #29


28. Edward Vanzet – ‘Everyday’

Uploaded: March 13th


27. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd | Last Week: #28


26. Galapagoose – ‘Free By One’

Uploaded: February 28th


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

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #25


23. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #24


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #22


21. Cool Sounds – ‘In Blue Skies’

Uploaded: March 17th


20. Antony & Cleopatra – ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer (Amateur Dance Remix)’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #21


19. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #20


18. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #19


17. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th | Last Week: #18


16. Remi ft. Sampa The Great – ‘For Good’

Uploaded: March 16th


15. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #17


14. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #16


13. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #14


12. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th | Last Week: #13


11. The Murlocs – ‘Young Blindness’

Uploaded: March 15th


10. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #11


9. Black Cab – ‘Uniforms’

Uploaded: March 9th


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

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #9


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #8


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #7


5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Gamma Knife’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #4


3. White Lodge – ‘Bella-Union Creep’

Uploaded: March 15th


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #3


1. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th | Last Week: #2

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

 

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 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

We start this week with one of two new inclusions from the Brisbane label Tenth Court. At #37 we first have Mope City‘s latest offering ‘Letterbomb‘ from their new Petri-Dish LP. It’s short and sweet, but it should be enough to put the band on your radar. We head down to Sydney for #36 with Spookyland and their new single ‘Big Head‘ off their upcoming debut LP Beauty Already Beautiful. If you’re at SXSW this week in Austin, Texas, I’d recommended checking out their giant sound live in person.

The second entry from Tenth Court comes in at #35 with ‘Arrive Alive‘ by Wireheads. If you enjoy the meandering and humorous side of Parquet Courts, then keep an eye out for this Adelaide band’s next album, which will apparently feature 20 musicians including members of Bent, Day Ravies and Bitch Prefect. At #29 down in Melbourne we have Good Manners‘ latest signing Gonzo Jones and his first single ‘Misty Dreams‘. The single is off his debut EP Misty Dreams and it has a tropical vibe washed over its dream-pop roots.

The Pretty Littles from Melbourne come in at #28 with ‘Pride‘. If you’re looking for a chorus to shout out loud at a gig, then check out their ‘Pride’ single launch at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne this Friday the 18th of March. We stay in Melbourne for #24 with ‘Old Boys‘ by Smile off their second LP Rhythm Method out April 1st on Smooch Records. If you’re looking for a band in the vein of Galaxie 500, then you’ll dig this one.

At #21, Melbourne’s Amateur Dance has cleaned up the song ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer‘ by Antony & Cleopatra and turned it into a smooth house track – you know it’s a good remix when you prefer it to the original. Next, Chapter Music have just released the debut album by the Melbourne band The Goon Sax titled Up To Anything. The band, consisting of three teenagers, caught our attention with catchy singles ‘Sometimes Accidentally‘ and ‘Boyfriend‘. ‘Up To Anything‘ is the album’s opening track and proves by this point that the band already have a natural songwriting knack at their young age.

Nasty Mars provides some spaced out, lo-fi hip-hop at #19 with ‘Sundaynight‘. The Melbourne artist is often associated with another favourite of ours Baro. Nasty Mars even displays his diverse talents by laying down some additional guitar on the track. Tiny Little Houses caught our attention late last year with their debut EP You Tore My Heart and a standout performance at the Paradise Music Festival. Their new track ‘Milo Tin‘ comes in #18 and it still contains that The Smashing Pumpkins Melon-Collie sound, but it’s less heartbroken than any of the tracks off last year’s EP.

The Melbourne alt-RnB duo Hoodlem continue their promising start with ‘4 Real‘ at #14. ‘4 Real’ is apparently a ‘made for the headphones’ experience, while remaining danceable and sociable at the same time. Their self-titled debut EP is out March 25th. One of Milk! Records latest signings Loose Tooth come in at #13 with ‘Sherry‘ off their forthcoming debut EP Saturn Returns. If you’re a fan of the debut album by Wild Nothing, then you’ll get hooked by ‘Sherry’. Their EP launch is on the 22nd of April at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne.

András has dropped a five-track EP titled Untitled via Superconscious Records and the first track ‘T.N.T.F‘ finds itself at #12 in the chart. He’s jokingly labeled the collection of tracks ‘Horny-Australiana’, and it’s kind of hard to tell how seriously he’s taking himself on this release, but the slick moulding of sonic textures is impressive regardless. Back up in Sydney the duo The Goods have teamed up with Unkle H for ‘Only One‘ at #11. ‘Only One’ channels artists like Reggie Watts, and I don’t imagine this track remaining completely unknown for very long. After one listen, I was actually expecting The Goods to be a big act that I had somehow never heard about. Their debut LP is set for release in April via Personal Best Records.

At #5 we have the return of Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard with ‘Gamma Knife‘. Their next album Nonagon Infinity will be their eighth album in four years, and while their psych-jam sound can at times feel limited, it’s hard not to enjoy ‘Gamma Knife’ when it really sounds like the band themselves had fun recording it. They went into the studio apparently looking to focus on what felt good live, and that’s a smart move if you’ve ever witnessed their memorable live sets. The Melbourne label Solitaire Records, run by the members of the former group I’lls, continues to dominate Australia in 2016 with the release of Asdasfr Bawd‘s EP Underpass. Asdasfr Bawd is a classical composer at Melbourne University who apparently also knows how to easily create a house banger. The production on the EP’s title track is a lesson in fine art. It’s heavily-detailed on a micro scale, while ultimately still able to get anybody dancing immediately.

This week’s track of the week comes very close to nabbing the #1 spot in the chart. I didn’t know anything about Sydney’s Julia Jacklin until last week, and while she may sound a lot like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, ‘Pool Party‘ is almost impossible to dislike. It’s wholesome, rich in tones, and Julia can flat out sing with character. I wouldn’t change a single thing about ‘Pool Party’. She’s currently playing all week at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then you can catch her back in Australia touring Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney starting late April.

 


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #34


39. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #31


38. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #29


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th


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

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #26


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #25


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #24


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #22


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th


28. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd


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

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #18


26. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #17


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #16


24. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th


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

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #15


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #14


21. Antony & Cleopatra – ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer (Amateur Dance Remix)’

Uploaded: March 12th


20. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th


19. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th


18. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th


17. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #13


16. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #12


15. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


14. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th


13. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th


12. András – ‘T.N.T.F’

Uploaded: February 17th


11. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 11th


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

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #9


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

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #8


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #7


7. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


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

Uploaded: February 22nd | Last Week: #5


5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Gamma Knife’

Uploaded: March 8th


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th


3. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


2. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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26 Feb Trading Tunes with Hoodlem

Hoodlem are an electronic soul duo from Melbourne, who are releasing their self-titled five track EP on March 26th. The EP features the track ‘Kintsugi‘, which caught our attention at the start of the year with its compelling vocals, sexy bass guitar, and overall detailed arrangement for what’s typically a vocal-centric genre.

If you’re a fan of anything from Erykah Badu to The Harpoons, then start following Hoodlem. Until their next show, have a read and listen to some of their current favourite females making electronic music.


Shura – ‘2Shy’

“Love this girl, love this song. Such a great hook. Listen on repeat for a bit of feel good.”


Billie Black – ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover’

“I love her versatility within her own music. This song is my favourite of hers, such a good croon and so much subtle attitude.”


Sorcha Richardson – ‘Petrol Station’

“I am in love with this song. It is so sweet and her accent is beautiful. Will loop around my head for hours.”


Sophia Black – ‘Vibration’

“I was initially looking for another song of Sophia‘s to play you called ‘Over Again’, which I love, but it looks like it’s been taken down. This song I still dig, it shows off her style really well. Super pop and RnB vibe with a bit of French in there.”


NAO – ‘Bad Blood’

“Been obsessed with NAO for a while now ever since her first single came out. I was driving when I first heard this song and I started losing it. So much groove, love the production, love her vocal. I can’t stop listening to it.”


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


30. Daniel Trakell – ‘Wasted Light’

Uploaded: February 14th


29. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st | Last Week: #30


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

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


27. Mossy – Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 16th


26. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #28


25. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #25


23. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #24


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

Uploaded: February 12th


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

Uploaded: February 15th


20. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #23


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #20


18. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #19


17. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #16


15. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th


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

Uploaded: February 16th


13. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #15


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #14


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th


10. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #9


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


7. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #6


6. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #3


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th


2. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th


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

Uploaded: January 27th


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


30. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st


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

Uploaded: January 30th | Last Week: #25


28. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #24


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th


26. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #23


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #22


24. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #19


23. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th


22. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #18


21. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #17


20. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd


19. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #16


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th


17. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #15


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #14


15. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th


14. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #12


13. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #11


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

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #10


11. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #9


10. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #8


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #7


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th


7. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


6. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


5. The Vacant Smiles – ‘Drenched’

Uploaded: January 11th


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

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th


2. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


1. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Uploaded: January 30th


24. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th


23. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #18


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #17


21. Govs – ‘Let’s Go!’

Uploaded: January 8th | Last Week: #16


20. Wabz – ‘Forest Of Feels’

Uploaded: January 9th | Last Week: #15


19. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #14


18. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #13


17. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #12


16. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #11


15. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th


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

Uploaded: January 27th


13. Summer Flake – ‘Shoot And Score’

Uploaded: January 6th


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th


11. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #10


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

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #9


9. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #8


8. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #7


7. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th


6. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


5. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


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

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


2. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


1. Free Time – ‘Who Owns The Moon?’

Uploaded: January 5th | Last Week: #1


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