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20 Feb Trading Tunes with Le Pie

Le Pie is an emerging multi-instrumentalist and singer from Sydney, who creates music that sounds like Joni Mitchell fronting a ’90s grunge band or just the Dum Dum Girls. Well at least her impressive EP And He Said Honey, You Look So Fine last year sounded along those lines. However her latest single ‘Up All Night‘ finds her sound moving into Sleater-Kinney or Ex Hex territory. It’s confident, assertive and full of memorable lyrics.

While we wait for the next EP or album, that may just explode her on to the national scene in 2016. She’s sent us five tunes she’s been listening to lately. You can catch Le Pie performing at the University of Wollongong on the 27th of February with another new favourite of ours Phantastic Ferniture (ticket link).


Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Gap Year’

“I’ll be honest and say I am just a little bit obsessed with this new Sydney act right now! I stumbled across them last year with their debut release Fuckin’ ‘n’ Rollin’ which is also a great track but I must admit I have their latest offering, ‘Gap Year’, on repeat most days. Beautiful indie pop guitars, a driving bass line and Stevie Nicks like vocals effortlessly floating over the top. What’s not to love about that combo?”


Morning TV – ‘Golden’

“I’ve only just come across this band recently, as far as I know they are a young, all female act from Sydney with just the one release. This track instantly reminded me of The Breeders which is probably why I’m digging it so hard. Can’t wait to see what else these ladies have up their sleeves.”


Pop Cult – ‘ Gotta Keep Lovin”

“If you love the Dandy Warhols you are going to dig this track. Fuzzy guitars, too cool for school nonchalant vocals and a clip that harks back to that early 20’s wasteland we can all relate to, or maybe that’s just me?”


Ross Henry – ‘Blue Horizon’

“Just stumbled across this guy, instantly grabbed my attention at the beginning of the track with the dripping water sound effects. Super dreamy with beautiful vocals.”


Peppermint Cloud Club – ‘Young Lovers’

“Omg I loooove the production on this track, it’s so dreamy and effortless, feels like I’m floating through a summer haze (can you see a pattern forming here with my musical taste? What can I say, I’m a dreamer!) I was hooked on this track the first listen, the guitars are fucking amazing and I’m especially loving the keys that now and then tap into a little Supertramp vibe. Get caught up 🙌🏼”


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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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28 Jan Ripe’s Australian Chart (27/01/16)

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 this week with an old track from Melbourne’s own Thrupence, who uploaded the down-tempo track ‘Thought 02‘ from his 2012 album Thoughts. It was recorded in 2010 and is an interesting retrospective insight into the progression of one of Australia’s currently most respected electronic musicians. Next we have the Melbourne producer Andrei Eremin, who made ‘?̸̷̶♩̸̶♫̸̷̶⁽ؙ?♬♩҈҉҈̸̷̺̩̩̩͞͞͞ͅͅͅͅ٫̷̸⠀ ♪̶̷ ҈̞҉̝҈̽҉̽҈̻̾҈͟҉͟͝҉̼͡҉̺͠͝҉͛͝҈̸̼̺҈̷̵̼͢͟͡͞҈̻͟♯̸̶..‘ while waiting for his air conditioning to get installed in his apartment.

At #18 Spookyland out of Sydney have released the second single ‘God’s Eyes‘ off their upcoming debut album Beauty Already Beautiful – it’s expectedly climactic. Melbourne’s Roland Tings has remixed another Melbourne artist Banoffee at #17, by stripping away most of the vocals and crafting ‘With Her‘ into almost an original track that could easily feature on a new Tings album.

Govs from the Gold Coast provides a soft, groovy, yet deep track at #16 with ‘Let’s Go‘. A slick number filled with textures that really shine through quality speakers. Melbourne’s Wabz does an impressive impersonation of Actress at #15 with ‘Forest Of Feels‘. It even sounds a little like the experimental and thought-provoking moments of Death Grips.

Eastern Seaboard Electric Soul Ensemble aka Melbourne’s Esese provide a slow, sensual RnB jam to the playlist at #14 with ‘For Nuria‘. The debut single by the mysterious Melbourne producer Letran titled ‘71221325-02‘ makes it in at #13, sounding a little like ’90s techno, but more like the future. Continuing the Melbourne run, Smile deliver another track from their upcoming sophomore LP Rhythm Method with ‘Holiday‘. It’s a rather sombre experience, especially if you’re expecting a light summer song as implied by the title.

The 19-year-old Sydney producer Blake Gilray makes it in at #11 with ‘Coolabah‘. After also impressing us with ‘96‘ and ‘B-Side‘ a few months back, Gilray may just be the best teenage producer in the country. Coming in at #10 are Mangelwurzel, led by Jaala – although you’d quickly figure that out when you hear her distinctive voice. The Melbourne band even got Stu Mackenzie and Mike Young to help with the recording of the debut album Gary,  which contains ‘I.O.U.‘. That’s already three positive ticks on this project so far.

The always-reliable The Drones drop in at #9, claiming that the new album Feelin Kinda Free is “really out there”. However the music in ‘To Think That I Once Loved You‘ isn’t particularly experimental, which makes me think that he’s instead referring to the bold lyrical statements. Courtney Barnett also returns with ‘Three Packs A Day‘ slotting in at #8. While I know a lot of people are tired of her, ‘Three Packs A Day’ (and her disappointing showing in a certain recent countdown) is a reminder that she’s not exactly a millionaire just yet and, even if she does become one, she’s still likely to sing about regular day to day life.

Coming in at #7 is Liluzu with ‘Gunko‘. The Melbourne producer is known more for his chill mixes, but ‘Gunko’ is both fun and interesting house music for sunny park parties and dark basements. It’s a clever track that you could easily throw in a mix, but it’d also feel at home in a cafe in Brunswick. Sydney rocker Le Pie has managed to get the lyric “and now I’m up all night, but not the fun type” stuck in my head all week thanks to her new track ‘Up All Night‘. She just makes songwriting sound effortless, and takes out #6 this week.

Cale Sexton is part of the Melbourne-based Butter Sessions label, which includes two other favourites of ours in Sleep D and Dan White. His almost 10-minute-long track ‘Open Minded Meltdown‘ comes in at #5. Its dark, subtle progression gives me the itch to spend the night in the dark basement of the Mercat. At #4, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever from outside Melbourne have dropped a video for ‘Wither With You‘, off an upcoming mini-LP titled Talk Tight. It’s old-school rock n’ roll, but it doesn’t sound tiresome; instead it’s full of innocent youth.

No Zu continue their hot streak with ‘Spirit Beat‘ at #3, a track that’s quickly becoming my favourite of theirs and the hardest to critique. Maybe it’s because deep down inside I thought there was a limitation to their sound? Yet they keep proving me wrong and now I’m all aboard the No Zu train.

It was never going to be easy for Good Morning to follow up the front-footed ‘Cab Deg‘, which placed at #8 in our 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015, so the Melbourne band cleverly decide to follow it up with a track going the other direction completely, titled ‘To Be Won‘. I was already convinced that Glory was going to be a critics’ darling album, and now that we hear piano at the end of this track and saxophone in another, my anticipation for this album is ridiculous at this point.

The first #1 for 2016 comes from the most in-form super group in Melbourne, Free Time. Consisting of members from Twerps, Totally Mild and Terrible Truths, it’s is a project that most people here in Melbourne still don’t know that much about, being led by Dion Nania who spends more time in New York. However, the upcoming sophomore album In Search For Free Time is off to a promising start with ‘Who Owns The Moon?‘. It’s unclear how long this super group will stay together, but hopefully it’s long enough for Free Time earn some well-deserved recognition.


20. Thrupence – ‘Thought 12’

Uploaded: January 21st


19. Andrei Eremin – ‘?̸̷̶♩̸̶♫̸̷̶⁽ؙ?♬♩҈҉҈̸̷̺̩̩̩͞͞͞ͅͅͅͅ٫̷̸⠀ ♪̶̷ ҈̞҉̝҈̽҉̽҈̻̾҈͟҉͟͝҉̼͡҉̺͠͝҉͛͝҈̸̼̺҈̷̵̼͢͟͡͞҈̻͟♯̸̶..’

Uploaded: January 7th


18. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th


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

Uploaded: January 27th


16. Govs – ‘Let’s Go!’

Uploaded: January 8th


15. Wabz – ‘Forest Of Feels’

Uploaded: January 9th


14. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd


13. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th


12. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th


11. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th


10. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th


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

Uploaded: January 20th


8. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th


7. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th


6. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th


5. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th


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

Uploaded: January 13th


3. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th


2. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st


1. Free Time – ‘Who Owns The Moon?’

Uploaded: January 5th


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19 Jan Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’


Le Pie out of Sydney have released her first original recording since last years And He Said Honey, You Look So Fine EP. Which caught our attention in February when we heard the opening track ‘Secrets‘. ‘Up All Night‘ finds Le Pie now on the front foot with a beefed up recording around her.

‘Up All Night’ has all the rock chick confidence of Sleater-Kinney or Ex Hex and the guitar riffs rip just as hard as those savvy rock bands. “You’ve got me up all night, but not the fun type” shouts out the now confrontational Le Pie, especially when compared to ‘Secrets’, which I described as “soft garage-pop” in my review. What both tracks make rather clear is that Le Pie has no problems constructing multiple, melody hooks within one song. Overall another positive move forward for Le Pie.

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