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25 Jan Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (25/1/18)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the 30 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Amaya Laucirica, Montero, Albrecht La’Brooy, Fantastic Man, Rings Around Saturn, Gamirez, Deer, and this week’s best new track by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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30. Deer – ‘On My Own (Drum Edit)’ | Uploaded: January 18th

29. Roland Tings ft. HIGH HØØPS – ‘One Hundred’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud

28. LETRAN – ‘Rider’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

27. Pond – ‘Fire In The Water’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Gamirez – ‘U KNXW’ | Uploaded: January 12th

25. Total Control – ‘Laughing At The System 1, Pt. 1’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Hector Gachan – ‘East – West’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Dasler – ‘Someday’ | Uploaded: November 28th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Ju Ca – ‘Wilt’ | Uploaded: December 6th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Rings Around Saturn – ‘Night Swim’ | Uploaded: December 24th

20. Shame On Us – ‘NAAM (Fantastic Man Remix)’ | Uploaded: January 23rd

19. Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘Last Light’ | Uploaded: January 23rd

18. The Citradels – ‘Pictures of Uncle Arthur’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Solo Career – ‘Let Down’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Corniglia – ‘Strange Desires’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Tim Coggins – ‘Embers’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Telete – ‘Basketball Boy’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud

13. James i.V – ‘Freda’s Jam’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Polygon Woods – ‘Royalty’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Elizaband – ‘Old Australis!’ | Uploaded: December 24th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Oscar Key Sung ft. Ah Mer ah su & HTML Flowers – ‘Fools’ | Uploaded: January 1st | Open with SoundCloud

9. Doona Waves – ‘Losing Focus’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud

8. The Plastic Fangs – ‘Kickback’ | Uploaded: December 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

7. K a r y m e – ‘Angus’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Primitive Motion – ‘Feed the Signals’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Montero – ‘Running Race’ | Uploaded: January 17th

4. Amaya Laucirica – ‘All Of Our Time’ | Uploaded: December 24th

3. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Mainland’ | Uploaded: January 22nd

2. Donny Benet – ‘Melodie’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Totally Mild – ‘Lucky Stars’ | Uploaded: December 1st | Open with SoundCloud


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10 May Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (10/5/17)


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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…


8pm – 12am Thursday, 11th May

Rolling Blackouts C.F. ‘The French Press’ EP Tour

~ Sold Out ~

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are back in town after touring the U.S. and visiting their new label Sub Pop (you might have heard of them).

So it’s no surprise that they’re not a local secret anymore — both this show and their show on Friday night have sold out. I’d strongly suggest hustling on the Facebook event page for a ticket, because this is likely the last time you’ll get to see them at a venue like The Tote.


8pm – 11:30pm Friday, 12th May

Jess Locke ‘Better/Bitter’ Tour at Woody’s Bar

$10

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Jess Locke came out of nowhere last month and jumped straight into high rotation for us with the single ‘Better/Bitter’. Since then we’ve kept an eye on her, and she’s just signed with Pool House Records (new The Smith Street Band label) and Remote Control Records.

The band room at Woody’s Bar isn’t very big, so I suggest getting there early.


9pm – 1am Friday, 12th May

Billy Davis and The Good Lords ‘Ball & Chain’ Release

$18

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I think Billy Davis might be the physically biggest local band at the moment. It’s nearly impossible to find a negative comment about their live show, which is full of energy and optimism.

They stole the show at The Curtin during Good Island earlier this year, and received plenty of boots at Golden Plains (boots at GP = very good thing). If your friends are picky and hard to get out to gigs, this is a safe bet to drag them along to.


8pm – 12am Saturday, 13th May

Royal Headache at The Curtin Hotel

$22

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We’re living in strange times here in 2017. Royal Headache should be one of the biggest bands in Australia by now, selling out huge venues on even bigger tours. The fact that tickets for this gig were only 22 bucks is almost criminal.

Keep clicking refresh on that Facebook page for tickets being sold. Sometimes people go too hard on a Friday, check their bank account on a Saturday and sell off their tickets for that night. Well, at least I hope so.


2pm – 6pm Sunday, 14th May

Girlatones w Caroline No and 19th Century Strongmen

~ FREE ENTRY ~

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Sunday gigs can be tough, but luckily this one doesn’t kick off until 2pm. Whether you’re looking for kick-ons or you just love live music, if you see Girlatones they’ll be your cool new find for the weekend.

Watching Caroline No playing live is also a recommendation. If you have a nagging feeling you already have plans, consider this your friendly reminder that this Sunday is also Mother’s Day.

 

 

 


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10 Mar Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (10/3/17)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


Friday, 10th March

Rolling Blackouts C.F. Instore

~Free Entry~

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are releasing their new EP French Press today (Friday), and they’re playing a free in-store tonight to celebrate.

It’s all happening at Polyester Records in Fitzroy from 6pm, where you can also pick up the 12″ or, if you’re lucky, one of the limited ‘Loser Edition’ coloured vinyls.


Saturday, 11th March

Gem Bones ‘Is This Ok?’ Launch

Tickets Here

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Gem Bones are also celebrating a release this weekend — their debut EP, Is this OK?, is out today.

They’re putting on a show at The Toff on Saturday night, with support from Heat Wave, Plaster of Paris and Pearl Bay.


Saturday, 11th March

Loomer presents: Toro Y Moi (DJ)

Tickets Here

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Toro Y Moi is in Australia to play Pitch Music and Arts Festival this weekend, and he’s sneaking in a DJ set while he’s here.

He’s playing at Boney on Saturday night, along with sets from the likes of Edd Fisher, Salvador Darling, Deltoid Curve and a whole bunch more.


Monday, 13th March

GOD$ ‘True?’ EP Launch

~Free Entry~

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GOD$ are taking advantage of the public holiday weekend by hosting their debut EP launch on Monday night.

They’re playing at The Worker’s Club on Brunswick Street from 8pm, with support from Tom Prettys and RAThammock


Monday, 13th March

Piknic Electronik #11

Tickets Here

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On Monday Joris Voorn, Michael Mayer, Robag Wruhme, Uone, and Mela Coia are playing the penultimate Piknic Electronik for the season.

For those of you heading to Babylon Festival or Pitch Music and Arts Festival this weekend you can present your wristband at the box office before 6pm and grab a ticket for only $15.

 

 

 


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18 Aug Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (17/8/16)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


Friday, 19th August

Kllo ‘Well Worn’ EP Tour

SOLD OUT

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With the release of their highly-anticipated EP Well Worn, Melbourne’s Kllo (Simon Lam & Chloe Kaul) are touring nationally.

Featuring singles ‘Bolide‘ and ‘Walls to Build‘, join the electronic-powerhouse duo at Howler joined by Corin, Martin King & the Harpoon DJs.


Friday, 19th August

Cool Room – S02E08: Brooke Powers

Tickets at the Door

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After the winter break, Cool Room is back in August wtih favourite Brooke Powers and more venerable Melbourne artists.

Head to 26 Francis St Friday night to party alongside Brooke Powers, Ben Houghton, Avery & Sebastian Sibelle.


Friday, 19th August

Misty Nights: Change is the Only Constant

Tickets at the Door

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It’s your last chance to boogie down with Misty Nights as they celebrate their third birthday and last party at Hugs&Kisses.

Featuring Andee Frost, Awesome Wales & River Yarra.


Saturday, 20th August

Good Manners Pres. Silent Jay & Jace XL, The Goods, 30/70, Billy Davis + more

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Good Manners switches it up for a night of soul injected performances at The Curtin.

A nod to Australia’s thriving Soul and Hip Hop scene, the night includes
S I L E N T J A Y & Jace XL, The Goods, 30/70, BILLY DAVIS and DJ Pjenne.


Saturday, 20th August

The Warehouse presented by Beat | Live N Local Feature Event

Free Entry

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Presented by Live N Local & Beat Magazine, head down to Globe Warehouse. for a stellar night of music and food trucks.

Featuring The Sugarcanes, Loose Tooth & Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

 

 

 


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02 Aug Make These Songs Sound Awesome – An Interview with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever


Words by Marcus Rimondini // Photos by Elizabeth Burns


Last week I sat down for a chat with Fran and Joe from the band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at The Old Bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne. We spoke about the bands’ early incarnation with Phil Jones from Broadway Sounds, the EP they’re working on now, and the similarities between their studio communications and Mr. Burns coaching baseball.

Marcus Rimondini: Where did everyone grow up?
Fran Keaney: Essendon, Mooney Ponds, Brunswick and the drummer’s from Bellingen in NSW, he lived with Joe and I moved into that house too. Then he moved in with Tom, who’s also in the band.

So at what point did you guys become Rolling Blackouts?
Fran: Well we had a band, but we dropped that one.

Does that band have a name?
Fran: [Laughs] Aura – it was like a high school band. Then we dropped that. We did another band called the World of Sport. Which was me, Joe and Tom. I was playing drums, Joe playing bass and Tom was playing guitar and singing. We had this other guy Phil, who is now the drummer for Broadway Sounds. We had the rudiments of an idea, but we just didn’t do it quite well enough. Then we dropped that for a few years, worked in separate bands, and then we decided that we were going to get back to just writing pop songs. The songs were originally acoustic guitar with a few lyrics here and there. Pretty bedroom pop sorts of songs.

The difficulty though is playing those songs live, you don’t feel like it’s coming across. You want to make it rock a bit. When you’re writing a song next time, everyone’s determined to make it rock a bit more. It just naturally developed from the idea that we would just try and write these well-constructed pop songs, with good melodies, good rhythm and good lyrics if possible. Hopefully good singing as well – that’s the goal.

 

What was the first song you recorded?
Joe Russo: We did some home recordings. They didn’t make the cut, but they were kind of cool though.
Fran:Another Country‘ was sort of our first kind of song.
Joe: Oh yeah, we still play it live sometimes. It’s not properly released.
Fran: Then after those bedroom ones, we did a little demo of four songs with ‘Angeline‘, which is a song we still play and a few other ones which we don’t really play anymore, but we didn’t do anything about that demo. For a while we just sat on our hands, we didn’t have any plan with it. I don’t know why, we really didn’t distribute it anywhere. I think we put it into PBS and RRR, but maybe like one CD.
Joe: Yeah I think it was just one CD. Then we put out a Frisbee after that, and then we put out ‘Clean Slate‘.
Fran: We just put that out ourselves, did a launch at Public Bar and sold a few Frisbee’s *laughs*. The people always liked that song live, community radio got into it,
Joe: Triple J Unearthed got it and played it.
Fran: Then things started happening a bit more. We were like “oh right, we might be on to something”. So we thought, we’ll do an EP. That’s when we recorded ‘Wide Eyes‘ and the rest of that EP.

Where did you record the EP?
Joe: In the office where we rehearse.
Fran: In Brunswick where I work. We’re doing our recording there at the moment. I really like that sort of sound, it’s not ultra Hi-Fi. In time we might go to a studio, but only when we’ve got a really clear picture of what we want to be doing with that studio. At the moment we know what does sound good for us, which is that rambunctious, driving sound with bleed, where things are being picked up in different microphones. It has that nice energy to it. I think we are somewhere between a pop band and live band.

Why the three vocalists?
Fran: At the start we’d just sit around in my room and play songs. If Joe had one, we’d be like “cool, let’s make that way better” [laughs]. But you know, we’d work on each others songs, but ultimately it’s their song, so your lyrics, so you sing it.
Joe: Then we would swap around, verse for verse kind of thing. We realised it’s quite a refreshing thing to have someone bust in and do a different verse with a different voice, especially live. Just a little bit of change, can bring a different meaning to a song sometimes, when you have two different characters or two different voices doing things.
Fran: There’s a new song of ours which we’ve been playing live for a little while that’s called ‘French Press‘, which has two brothers talking to each other. Which you can do if you have two vocalists.

 

What have you been listening to during the current recording sessions?
Fran: The Embassy. Especially as a direct influence, where we go “we could use that”. But I think because we’ve been writing so long, we’ve worked out what our point sort of is. We certainly like country music. Joe plays with Cash Savage and Tom loves Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Joe: We listen to wide variety of things. Tom listens to a lot of hip-hop, I think sometimes he thinks he’s in a hip-hop band *laughs*, I think he gets rhythms for songs from hip-hop and tries to build a pop song around that. By the sounds of things, it sounds like you [Fran] really like surf music.
Fran: Yeah [laughs]. I would say to Joe, could you just make it a bit more surfier, because I’m just saying things, like “make it more yellow?” or, “Septemberish?”. It’s like that The Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns starts coaching the Baseball team and he’s telling the guy to lose those sideburns, but the guy doesn’t know what do to. I think Mr. Burns meant the handlebar mustache that he’s got. It’s a bit like that sometimes with Joe, I’m like “more surfier”.
Joe: And I’m like “Do you want surf music?” [laughs].

Is there one band member who leads the charge when recording?
Joe: With the writing it’s all pretty collaborative. The last recordings have been the most scrutinised.

Because you put pressure on yourselves?
Fran: Yeah. Which isn’t bad.
Joe: They’re all brand new as well.
Fran: Yeah. We went into the recording without knowing what we were doing and then realised that we need to make these songs sound awesome. We didn’t demo them, but we’ve been doing that throughout. We thought we’d just punch it out in a weekend. It’s taken a little bit longer than that, but it’s been worthwhile. Because we are all friends, we’re also aware that this is a pretty special thing that we’ve got going. All bands are, that’s what’s so good about reunions, where band members are all turning these keys at the same time, and these songs get unlocked again.

I saw Stone Roses a few years ago, these mates who made something when they were really young, and get back together and make all these people happy again. It’s a special little organism. We were all mates first, and you don’t know how long these things will exist. The bands a special thing, and if nothing comes of it, well we will still be friends. This is an important little thing to nurture, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’re all mates, this isn’t life or death.

Joe: Before we went into all of this. We said, whatever we do, it’s for the good of the song. If people jump on board and listen, well that’s great, but we’re just trying to write the best songs we can and it’s taking us places.

 

Who does the album artwork?
Fran: We do all of our own artwork.
Joe: Joe our bassist does it all and our posters as well.

Does anyone reference the great Pitchfork review?
Fran: That was great. Tom was like “fuck that’s so good”. It was so well written. It was like “yeah, they get it”.
Joe: I read a lot of reviews. And that was by far… it wasn’t just because of the positivity of it, but the way they understood it all.
Fran: If it opens a door here or there, well then it’s great. When we were recording it, we had no idea that any of that would happen.
Joe: None. Not even any interest from anyone.
Fran: It just means “well that’s good, let’s keep doing it”. You wouldn’t want it to rest on your laurels. It is subjective, you don’t want to get ahead of yourselves.

Do you have plans to tour overseas?
Joe: We’re probably going to go over to the US early next year is the plan.

Are you considering SXSW?
Fran: Yeah, fingers crossed. We’ll see what happens, we’re just focusing on finishing this recording at the moment, and then we’ll assess where we go from there.

How about touring plans in Australia?
Fran: BigSound in September, that’ll be good.
Joe: Well I’m playing with Cash Savage as well and we’re going over to Europe in November, but then back to Melbourne for a Blackouts tour in December.
Fran: We’ll have the EP out November or December. So we’ll probably be touring around that. I don’t know what’s happening festival wise. We were offered to play at Paradise, but Joe’s in Europe. Would’ve been good.

Have you played any festivals yet?
Joe: We played at Boogie, that was great.
Fran: So good!
Joe: I had the best time. I didn’t think it was going to be that huge. I had the biggest weekend of my life, I reckon. It just kept going. Once we played our set on the first night, we just partied.
Fran: It’s so nice to play on a big stage – hopefully we get to play more shows like that in future.

See Rolling Blackouts at I Oh You Presents: OXJAM – ft. The Peep Tempel, Rolling Blackouts CF, Wet Lips & More this Friday August 5th.


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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’

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34. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th


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

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #29


32. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #28


31. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th


30. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


29. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #26


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

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #25


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

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #24


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

Uploaded: March 1st


25. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th


24. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


23. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #22


22. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #20


21. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


20. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #17


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

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #16


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

Uploaded: February 28th


17. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #15


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

Uploaded: March 2nd


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

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #13


14. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th


13. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd


12. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #12


10. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #8


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

Uploaded: February 21st


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

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #7


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

Uploaded: March 2nd


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


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

Uploaded: February 22nd


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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01 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (1/3/16)

 

We start at #28 with the Melbourne duo Leisure Suite and their latest track ‘Shame‘, off their second EP Lay Low. If you’re a fan of Rhye or Banoffee, check them out. Great Earthquake comes in at #26 with ‘Thought Broadcasting‘, off an EP with the same name. It’s the work of the Melbourne-based Noah Symons, and the project sounds like a cross between a dreamy version of Ponytail and the sporadic patterns of Terrible Truths.

Melbourne hip-hop duo Milwaukee Banks slide into #23 with ‘Reincarnated‘, which will feature on their long-awaited debut album Deep Into The Night, out March 18th. I’m digging its Cities Aviv-styled production and the assertiveness of Dyl Thomas. LUCIANBLOMKAMP, also from Melbourne, comes in at #22 with ‘The Overman‘ off his upcoming sophomore album Bad Faith. You can catch Lucian playing along with Lower Spectrum during late-April in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Speaking of Perth, we’ve got new music from Arvo Tanty, with ‘Forget This Mourning‘ at #20. The track’s dreamy loops draw comparisons to early Atlas Sound or Brothertiger, and you can hear the full Tender Yonder LP later this year. At #15 we have Wax Witches from the Gold Coast (currently residing in Brooklyn) – you may remember Alex Wall from Bleeding Knees Club. ‘Morning Flowers‘ has a strong The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart vibe, and it’ll feature on the new album Memory Painting, out on the 18th of March.

Totally Mild return at #14 with ‘Today Tonight‘ off their new three-track live EP Alive In Denmark, which also features another new live track called ‘More‘. ‘Today Tonight‘ doesn’t feature any drums, showing a more stripped-back side of Totally Mild. Low Lux from Sydney come in at #13 with their cover of ‘Girls‘ by Royal Headache. Whereas the original used adrenaline to carry its momentum, Low Lux have cut the pace in half and wrought a more nostalgic atmosphere. It’s a clever and well-executed cover, one that most artists wouldn’t have thought about attempting.

Brisbane’s Mexico City come in at #8 with ‘Rosewood Line‘ from their third album When The Day Goes Dark. If you’re wondering who Mexico City are, they’ve supported The Black Keys, Cat Power, The Drones and many more, sounding somewhere between Cass McCombs and Phosphorescent. Next, we have Summer Flake with ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away‘ at #7. After releasing the underrated Time Rolls By EP last year, the Melbourne-via-Adelaide trio are set to release a new album titled Hello Friends. ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’ is ridiculously contagious and full of summer joy. Interestingly, it was recorded and mixed by Geoffrey O’Connor, who generally records slick, catchy, ’80s-sounding alt-pop songs.

We stay in Melbourne with SHOUSE featuring Habits on ‘Support Structure‘ at #6. The duo includes Ed Service of IO and Jack Madin of The Harpoons. We actually heard this track, reminiscent of Orbital or The KLF, in their Ripe Mix for us last month. The catchy vocal hook provided by Mohini of Habits could easily have been lifted from a classic early ’90s club hit.

However, the best new track of the week drops in at #2: ‘Got Something‘ by Jamal Amir. Jamal is part of the emerging Melbourne label Temporal Cast, featuring Cale Sexton and Kangaroo Skull. ‘Got Something‘ is straight up nasty smooth house, which makes me want to dance (even while I’m currently hobbling around on crutches). You can catch all three Temporal Cast artists playing along with Sleep D and Chiara Kickdrum this Friday the 4th of March at Goodtime Studios in Melbourne.

 


30. Mossy – ‘Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


28. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #25


26. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st


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

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #22


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

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #21


23. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th


22. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th


21. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #20


20. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #19


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #17


17. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #15


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

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #14


15. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th


14. Totally Mild – ‘Today Tonight’

Uploaded: February 3rd


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

Uploaded: February 21st


12. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


11. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th | Last Week: #10


10. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


9. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #6


8. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th


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

Uploaded: February 27th


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #2


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


30. Daniel Trakell – ‘Wasted Light’

Uploaded: February 14th


29. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st | Last Week: #30


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

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #28


27. Mossy – Electric Chair’

Uploaded: February 16th


26. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #28


25. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #25


23. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #24


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

Uploaded: February 12th


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

Uploaded: February 15th


20. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #23


19. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Last Week: #20


18. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #19


17. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #16


15. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th


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

Uploaded: February 16th


13. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #15


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #14


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th


10. Mall Grab – ‘Sun Ra’

Uploaded: Febraury 17th


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #9


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th | Last Week: #8


7. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #6


6. Fountaineer – ‘Still Life’

Uploaded: February 3rd


5. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th | Last Week: #3


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th


2. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th


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

Uploaded: January 27th


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


30. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’

Uploaded: January 31st


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

Uploaded: January 30th | Last Week: #25


28. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #24


27. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th


26. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #23


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #22


24. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #19


23. Marcus Whale – ‘My Captain’

Uploaded: February 8th


22. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #18


21. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #17


20. The Sanctuary – ‘Miss You’

Uploaded: February 3rd


19. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #16


18. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th


17. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #15


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #14


15. Nolan House – ‘On The Wall’

Uploaded: January 29th


14. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #12


13. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #11


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

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #10


11. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #9


10. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #8


9. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th | Last Week: #7


8. Back Back Forward Punch – ‘Machine Believing’

Uploaded: February 4th


7. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


6. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


5. The Vacant Smiles – ‘Drenched’

Uploaded: January 11th


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

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Ara Koufax – ‘Makers’

Uploaded: February 8th


2. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


1. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


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11 Feb February 12th: Broadway Sounds, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, ScotDrakula, and The Harpoons (DJ set)

On February 12th at Hugs & Kisses in Melbourne, I OH YOU are hosting an event titled Lover’s Rock ~ Valentine’s Dance. The lineup features four local favourites of ours, including the fun and rhythmic sounds of Broadway Sounds; the carefree, country garage rock vibes of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever; the witty and punctual songs of ScotDrakula; and finally, the tasteful The Harpoons are also set to DJ.

It starts at 10pm and is only $15 on the door, making it a bargain post-Valentines day dinner gig.

Lineup:
Broadway Sounds
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
ScotDrakula
The Harpoons (DJ SET)
Rainbow Connection DJs
I OH YOU DJs

Please note: Hugs&Kisses is a members only club. Guests are encouraged to click here to join.

 

 

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