03 Oct Trading Tunes with Retiree

Matt Crowley, Tori Holleman and Marco Vella make up the Sydney soft-thoughts group Retiree. Late last month they released their new album House Or Home via Rhythm Section INT. An album about living in all kinds of conditions all around Australia in 2018. The most common mood is that of somebody waking up to reality and trying to come to terms with it, a lot of ‘morning sun straight in the eyes’ vibes.

Just where and in what condition you experience this process of thoughts is subjective to the listener, as Retiree don’t clarify noticeable specifics. You could be in the hot sandy outback, a tiny apartment in Hobart, or the Alpine Range. We all wake up at some point every day and try to process the all that is prior to it. This is where House Or Home is perfect. Retiree help you zone in on those thoughts. Weather it’s via the soft deep oozing during ‘Magic Eye‘, the slick sliding tones of ‘Another Day‘ or light dabs with blurred audible lyrics like pre-coffee morning confusement on ‘Line In The Dirt‘. The morning is where their minimal arrangements work the best, a time of day when it’s hard to compute too much information. The last track ‘Past Time‘ is a really effective and calming instrumental, that I’d like to hear them dig deeper into on future releases.

Retiree have four shows coming up. The Chippo in Sydney on November 23rd, Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on November 24th, El Grotto in Scarborough on December 21st and Si Paradiso in Perth on December 22nd. Until then they have kindly sent us their choices for Trading Tunes.

Theme: Dub Mixes
“We’re big fans of a well executed dub mix – an alternate mix of a track that takes a few elements or sections of a song & extends them, reimagines & rearranges them, usually with some of the vocals removed, taking it a step out of ‘song’ territory & one towards the club.
When the right elements are reworked it can shed new light on a song, like hearing a version from an alternate dimension.”

House Or Home album tracklist:
01. Migrate
02. Pumice Stone
03. Magic Eye ft Sui Zhen
04. Another Day
05. Line In The Dirt
06. Mystery Bay
07. House or Home
08. Past Time

Idjut Boys – ‘Kenny Dub Headband’

“From their LP ‘versions’ which is all remixes they’ve done themselves of songs from their record ‘Cellar Door’. The idjuts take the original slow, disco-y piece, chop it up, stretch it out & soak it in echo.”

Kindness – ‘SEOD (Zdar Dub)’

“Phillipe Zdar strips SEOD down to a deep deep bass and drum machines, then extends the piano outro, bringing the track to over 9 mins. Best listened to riding a bicycle at night or with some large subwoofers.”

Kassiry – ‘N’ne Menika’

“This doesnt divert too much from the original, but the echoey percussion & vocals switch it from the dancefloor to maybe the dinner before the party.”

Imagination – ‘So Good, So Right (Dub Version)’

“Paring a semi-cheesy funk track back & echoing out the vocals. Someone was playing the sends on the mixer here.”

Marvin Gaye – ‘I Want You (John Morales Extended Mix)’

“A classic reworked by a master remixer. Best listened to stretched out on a couch like Marvin singing it in the first part of this clip:”

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28 Oct Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (28/10/16)

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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…

Saturday, 29th October

Retiree ‘Continental’ Launch

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Sydney band Retiree are coming down to Melbourne to launch their new single ‘Continental‘ on Saturday night.

They’ll be joined by two incredible supports, CORIN and SHOUSE, at Boney on Little Collins St from 8pm.

Sunday, 30th October

Stranger in Paradise

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Paradise Music Festival is fast approaching, and this Sunday at The Gaso you can catch a glimpse of what’s in store for later in November.

The lineup includes Lucy Cliche, Tom Moore (Otologic), Simona Castricum, Brooke Powers, Tom Baker, River Yarra and the Paradise DJs. Head down for a huge day of good vibes and great tunes.

Sunday, 30th October

SMILE revisit The Byrds

~Free Event~


Smooch Records are putting on a special show Sunday afternoon in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Local favs SMILE will be playing tunes from Californian folk-rock-psychedelia icons The Byrds. They’ll also be joined on the day by Lower Plenty.

Monday, 31st October

Girls Rock

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GR!M in collaboration with LISTEN have put together an all-ages event on Cup Eve, showcasing a whole host of female/non-binary centric acts in celebration of the inagural GR!M camp (details on that here).

Featuring The Girl Fridas, Swim Team, LAZERTITS, Huntly, Pillow Pro and many many more playing from late afternoon well into the evening at Thornbury Bowls Club.

Monday, 31st October

ALTA EP Launch

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ALTA are back in Melbourne to celebrate the launch of their new EP, Sincere.

They’re playing at The Toff in Town on Cup Eve, with support from the majestic Saatsuma and Christopher Port.




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19 Oct Trading Tunes with Retiree

Sydney’s own tropical-pop group Retiree are back after last year’s This Place EP with their new single ‘Continental’. The song was written in Venice, recorded in Berlin and Sydney, and mixed and mastered in Melbourne – confirming my belief that travel provides a fair bit of inspiration when it comes to creating music.

Retiree have always carried curious potential with them and I think ‘Continental’ is a sign of a band ready to make a bigger cross-over/splash early next year. Before we hear more releases from the trio, they are set to play a single launch at Boney in Melbourne later this month with the equally awesome Shouse and Corin.
More information and tickets available here: Retiree “Continental” Launch

To get a better idea of what direction the new songs are likely to take, they’ve kindly sent us nine tracks that feel like they should never end.


Donnie and Joe Emmerson – ‘Baby’

Tori: “Holdin’ hands and makin’ love”. Never get over this diamond. Any song that pulls off a fade in is pretty sick. It’s surprising it doesn’t have a fade out too. Regardless it’s one of those tracks you flip back to the start at least five or six times the first time you listen to it.

Dick Diver – ‘Amber’

Marco: One of my personal favourites from Dick Diver. The overall dynamic, which then lead into a driving outro could go on for days.

Vangelis – ‘Blade Runner Blues’

Matt: This already goes for eight minutes, but you get so deep in it & so used to it that when its over its like being woken up from a deep, naughty sleep. The little tease about a minute from the end makes it all the worse, you think its over, but its not, but then you only get another minute, so kind of like hitting the snooze button.

Wings – ‘Love Is Strange’

Tori: This song can get me out of bed just as easily as it puts me to sleep.

Tornado Wallace – ‘Thinking Allowed’

Marco: Hands down, one of the best dance tracks written in recent years, an instant classic. It has everything you would want in a dance track. The pulsating arpeggio and solid drum work is addictive, I’ll be coming back to this one for many years to come.

B52’s – ‘Give Me Back My Man’

Matt: It’s probably because the drums don’t stop once for the whole song that it feels like this song should just keep propelling forward forever into naughty town. Very easy to accidentally leave on repeat for ages. The black & white video also makes it even more enjoyable, with Cindy in a dress & barefoot & Fred pretending to play a Tambourine.

Marijata – ‘I Walk Alone’

Tori: I just really love this song & every time I hear it I think ‘fark I wish this song would never end’

Chris Rea – ‘Josephine (Shamrock Diaries Version)’

Marco: There is a particular version of this track that builds from a lonely acoustic guitar accompanied by a soft kick, until it builds to the end of the track that fills the journey with a piano progression, a balearic electric guitar lick and a more solid drum rhythm. And then it just fades out, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself…”why?”.

Prince – ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend (live/movie version)’

Matt: The fact I’m only aware of a YouTube version of this song is eminently frustrating & I have to do all sorts of extra stuff just to listen to it on my phone, in the car, while I’m walking. The outro sounds like its about to go somewhere else & then its all over and I’m clicking replay. It only being on youtube is also one of its best features though I guess because every time you listen you get to see Prince doing some naughty facials & It makes the whole experience even better.


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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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