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13 May Trading Tunes with Leisure Suite: “Songs (and albums) we’re vibin'”

Melbourne electronic duo Leisure Suite are playing live at Boney tonight for Good Manners Weekly, followed by DJ sets from the likes of friendships, Darcy Baylis, Planete and The Harpoons.

For today’s Trading Tunes, Bridgette and Mitch sent us through a bunch of tracks that they are, quite simply, “vibin'”.


Bridgette:

Smile More – Syd (from The Internet)

I have a huge girl crush on Syd, she has the smoothest vocals and this track is the best before bed track. Such a simple track driven by the chilled out beat and Syd’s silky vox – a match made in heaven.

Showin’ Off – The Karma Vigilantes

This type of music is probably what I listen to the most on a day to day basis, soul music is a huge inspiration to how I approach writing music and this is probably one of the best examples – improvised melodies and a very J Dilla inspired guitar sample, the end result could relax anyone.

All I Need – Noname

If I could rap, I’d want to be Noname, completely effortless in her delivery – her casual almost just talking way of rapping makes it so personal which I find really interesting.

Modern Soul – James Blake

I had James Blake’s album on repeat since its release and this song is one of my favourites, it’s probably the one track on the new album that sounds most like his earlier works where the focus is purely on Blake’s vocals and piano. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

 

Mitch:

Great Outdoors – Dad’s Oasis

I’ve always had a soft spot for jangly/melancholy guitar music, so I Found it hard to pick one song off this record, they’re all gems. Filled with beautifully layered textures and beautiful guitar tones, this has definitely been my favourite release of this year (so far).

Nearly Oratorio – Tin

Music from the man who can do no wrong! From I’lls to Kllo to this, everything he touches is always instant gold in my book. I wish I had one hundredth of his talent. Super beautiful stuff.

Ivan Ave – The Circle

This is a track taken from his debut EP Helping Hands (which is an amazing record) and also my favourite from this release. Ivan’s music was sort of a go-to for me when picking music at work which made me a little nervous before giving this a proper listen through. Luckily it’s a great record, beats are good, songs are good, all is good. Good good good.

FunkyJaws – Feel This Way

Oh Lorde that sample is super nice! I always get mad when I hear songs like this, like I wish I knew where to find samples that nice.

Broadway Sounds – Exclusive Love / Digital Influence

The perfect balance between funky, corny and coooool. If I’m being super honest, my old intern boss showed me Broadway Sounds last year and I didn’t think I could get into it. However the fact that I love them now must be a testament to their song writing and infectious melodies.

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08 Apr The inaugural Shady Cottage festival was an impressive debut

 

Rolling into Woodend with a fangin’ headache, little to no sense of direction and an overwhelming sense of lethargy, I must admit I was starting to question my motives. I’d missed the first night of Shady Cottage due to work commitments, but due to its dense lineup and beautiful surrounds I chose to hitch a ride and join in on the party a day late.

The setting was well deserving of the accolades; sweeping fields littered with the occasional sheep or cow. Sitting at around 300 heads, the attendees had space to move, not confined to cramped restrictions or specific segments of the property. I found my tent, dropped everything and cracked a tinnie, en route to catch the last of Alice Ivy.

 

 

At the stage I was made aware of the festival’s first true teething problem. By the close of Andras and Oscar the night before, a set of speakers had called it early, leaving the organisers in a precarious position. Luckily one of the soundies took it upon himself to make the trip back to Melbourne, grab a couple of replacements, and bring them back. This level of practicality and decisiveness rang true throughout the festival, illuminating the clear potential for it to continue to grow in stature.

Alice Ivy is deserving of the focus she is currently receiving, with each release being undoubtedly stronger than the one before. ‘Touch’ is a gorgeous representation of the talent she possesses, with a sample-heavy intro that recalls stylistic similarities to The Avalanches, with a natural dancefloor crossover potential.

Crepes have just been that band for me for so long. That one you listen to all the time, and yet for whatever reason, are seemingly incapable of catching them live. Thankfully that all changed at Shady, as I was able to laze in the sun while they worked their way through their simply affable debut. ‘Cold Summers’ was a festival highlight, while the onstage charisma shone through brightly, with a faux-theatrical nature not too dissimilar to Foxygen.

 

 

Although initially hampered by sound issues, Melbourne five-piece Leisure Suite powered through a set that perhaps commanded a later slot than they were given. Steadily growing in both stature and numbers, 2015 was a big year for the band, frequently touring with standout sets at both Shebeen and Paradise. A medley of their own work with Alicia Keys had the crowd swaying, while ‘Great Expectations’ is one of those truly brilliant tracks that messes with your mind, leaving you unsure of whether it’s joyous or drenched in melancholy.

 

 

As the sun began to set, Flamingo Jones took to the stage at just the right moment. The weather had come good after a frosty morning, and the clear blue and orange skies were the ideal backdrop for some accomplished tropical jams. Nick Bond and crew have carved out a delightful niche for themselves, delivering infectious jams with just the right combination of vibrancy and polish.

Well replenished after a trip to the campsite, we returned to a stage boasting its biggest crowd of the weekend thus far. The sun had mostly set during the intervening performance by Albert Salt, and the punters were ready to cut loose a little, with DIET. proving a great option. The five-piece (consisting of the Flamingo Jones backing band with an alternate singer) were an enjoyable watch, the highlight of their set coming with a perfectly-timed rendition of the Australian Crawl classic ‘Errol’, which brought the crowd together for an impressively cohesive singalong.

 

 

Broadway Sounds were a band fit for the occasion. Specialising in absurdist banter and frantic party heat, they truly brought a sense of debauchery upon the wintery Shady Cottage scenes. Helping caress the day into night, their performance prompted one artist who had performed prior to label them the “best in Melbourne”. ‘Booby Trap’ and ‘Sing It Again’ are scorchers, while their onstage energy is simply unsurpassable. They made the transition from live performers to selectors feel seamless, which is a credit to both their songwriting and live presence.

CC: Disco! seemed to throw away the disco cape for the night, bringing a set that progressed from bouncing house beats through to some grittier techno. Undoubtedly considered one of Melbourne’s most brilliant selectors, CC confirmed that assertion with two hours that managed to illustrate her diverse taste without losing and rhythm or flow – possibly the set of the festival.

 

 

Few producers in Melbourne have released music with the consistency of Ara Koufax duo Luke Neher and Sam Gill. Since departing from the Naysayer & Gilsun guise, Neher and Gill have been dropping some sensationally lush house, which, in the case of the Adult Concepts, dips into the realm of The Field. Pulsing and textural, the pair are clearly onto something with this pathway. Giving us an idea of their tastebuds, they went track for track, keeping with the style of their personal releases. Tom Trago’s Crazy Days remix of ‘Tutti Frutti’ was almost used as a signal, and for the final half hour the pair continued to rise in intensity, with the crescendo coming in the form of their closing track ‘Brenda’, one of the duo’s earliest releases.

And with that I trooped off to bed. The cold got the better of me, and my overcoat of alcohol was wearing thin. I dozed off to the sound of The Neighbourhood Watch, and the gleeful laughter of those who were making up for their complete lack of inhibition with a visibly overruling sense of genuine pleasure. If this is taken as a microcosm of the festival itself, then I’d say for it’s first run, Shady Cottage did pretty darn well.

 

 

Note: Due to the criss-crossing nature of our music scene, the writer of this article has a personal or professional relationship with one or more of the people involved in this festival and its lineup. This in no way influenced our coverage of the event, and a secondary writer was brought on to provide a secondary point of view.

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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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