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27 Mar Huntly ‘Songs In Your Name’ EP Launch, Live at Boney (17/3/17)


Words by James McNiece // Photos by Thom Mitchell


The launch of electronic three-piece Huntly’s new and second EP Songs In Your Name took place in the Boney band room. My first live experience with the band took place at Gaytimes festival, and they instantly struck a chord with me – sounding incredibly fresh particularly within a sea of contemporary artists performing a similar genre.

Self-described as “doof you can cry to”, their sound blends futuristic, jolted beats with chill synths and experimental vocal effects – fit enough for any loungey Sunday afternoon spent at home. But what sets Huntly apart is that everything about their creative output sounds ambitiously inspired and refreshing, while being familiar enough to quickly get behind.

 

Usually only attending the venue for club nights, I had little indication of what to expect with a gig. Featuring supports from house music group SHOUSE and local DJ legend Brooke Powers, Boney’s classic musical offerings were kept in check, helping build huge momentum leading up to the headline set. Despite a false start due to technical difficulties and an epic cactus plant tumble (which was humbly resting on vocalist Elspeth Scrine’s keyboard for company), spirits were still high (and if not, more exciting).

The slight delay was handled like a pro, with Elspeth performing a short acapella from her hypothetical Joni Mitchell cover band. This was followed by the initiation of a calming chant with the audience “You are going to be okay”. It’s moments like these where I’m reminded of how entertaining gigs can be, particularly when the crowd is just as engaged with one another as the artist. Once the set got going, it felt as though the initial delay provided more momentum, so when the intro track kicked off it came in with a bang; A pounding rhythm and pitched vocals looping “I’m sleeping in the middle of the bed, I’m taking up the bed” followed by their hit song ‘We Made It‘.

 

Huntly’s sound blends modern electronic aesthetics with personal-heavy lyrics, and while being emotively engaging, is also just so damn fun to get immersed in. Whether you want to tap out and just dance, or become engaged with personal stories and expression from each vocalist’s own experiences, Huntly can provide either with equal amounts of enjoyment.

Set highlights included new song ‘Tempelhof‘ – a piano-fuelled, soulful-dance ballad that explodes into a breakbeat finale, and a song that makes for the perfect introduction to the world of Huntly if you haven’t already explored it. Their set closer ‘Please‘, also a new song, was a bouncy-hopping-duet track that finished with an outro of fast spoken interchangeable vocals from both Charlie Teitelbaum and Elspeth.

 

Walking away from the gig, I felt grateful to be in Huntly’s presence. It is always great to see an artist enjoying their craft as much as appreciating the support, and this was particularly shown during this set with the utmost sincerity. Watching Elspeth being brought to tears by the sheer support of fans and the band’s passion for music was a heartwarming experience. Alongside their incredible set, the announcement of a potential album being around the corner was made. Before it drops, I urge you to get prepared and listen to what has become one of Melbourne’s most promising up and coming acts.


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16 Mar The Power, Fun and Majesty of Gaytimes 2017


Words by James McNiece // Photos by Madeleine Whalan


Kicking off its second year as Australia’s first queer camping music festival, Gaytimes returned with an even bigger lineup of artists from all genres of music. Aiming to bridge the gap between your everyday camping festival and the LGBTQIA+ community, the small outing aimed to provide a safe space for festival goers and a platform for queer artists to showcase their talent.

While still finding its place in the festival scene, this year saw improvements with the inclusion of non-gender specific toilets (to which we can only hope more events and venues catch on!), an expanded camping area, additional hands-on workshops and panels, and a mysterious chill out space known as Narnia. Yet the most interesting part of Gaytimes was the non-traditional lineup, displaying a wide array of acts from all genres and identities, which made for an unpredictable and always inspiring watch from the main stage dance floor.

 

Arriving at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, I was welcomed with the sight of a gigantic inflatable rainbow and lukewarm weather, signalling that we would be in for a chilly one. After setting up my tent in the Brunswick camping area, I headed down to the main stage to catch Nussy, whose electronic guitar fuelled songs set the tone for a groovy night of boogying. Her set of dancey pop tracks traversed a landscape of varying electronic music sounds, making for an interesting listen and a proud welcome to the acts that followed.

As the sun began to set, Mojo Juju took to the stage, filling out the dance floor space for a bluesy set of tracks. With shimmering guitars and electronic beats, their sound correlated with the spectacular isolated views from the mountain and the increasingly cold weather, becoming an obvious highlight for the day.

 

As night fell, headline act Ngaiire took to the stage with her rhythmic, dance-floor-ready brand of future soul. While things were running slightly behind schedule, it mattered little when the acts were so engaging and fun, and Ngaiire put on a stellar show full of enjoyment. Supported by her charismatic backing vocalists (who put on a whole show of their own), Ngaiire’s hit songs such as ‘Built A House on a Rock‘ and ‘Diggin‘ set the mood and transitioned the evening from music festival into big fun, queer party! This set really showed the impact that music can have on bringing people together.

Midnight arrived and the Nighttimes Stage was opened – an exceedingly tight basement space where festival-goers partied the night away. On the decks were local DJ royalties, Brooke Powers and Ruby Slippers, who kept the room packed and pumping ‘til close.

 

As the morning light became apparent, my friends were getting into their Saturday outfits, headlining a theme of silver threads — yet the weather failed to improve since waking up and we soon came to the begrudging realisation that Day 2 would be a freezing one.

We crowded at the main stage for local punk rock-dog outfit Chelsea Bleach, who have been enjoying their well earned buzzing success since the drop of their debut single ‘Public Safety‘. This set was particularly special, bringing a unifying vibe of celebration to the main stage, perfectly encapsulating what a festival like Gaytmes should be about.

 

Following was emotion-punk band Two Steps on the Water, who delivered their usual raw talent of folk-like, emotive tunes, spearheaded by the always-entertaining, inspiring and sharp-tongued vocalist and guitarist June Jones. “Shoutout to all here who are trans, bi, people of colour, sex workers, and anyone who doesn’t fit into the mainstream categories of gayness…’ June interjected before their final song ‘… It’s not all Dan Savage and that girl from Juno.’

Following Two Steps was a panel on queer spaces, a concept pertinent to many a discussion over the weekend, with Brooke Powers, Mark Binette, Katie Pearson, Pila Darling, Jennifer Loveless, Nic Holas and Roj Amedi. It would take a few articles to relay the content that was unpacked in that crowded little room, but if I can at least offer a couple of sentiments, it would be that safe spaces are not always safe for everyone, and inclusion for the sake of diversifying a lineup isn’t enough. But supportive spaces can be developed and nourished by raising up the voices of those so often left unheard, and efforts can be made to not only include but also support and empower marginalised groups and individuals, without tokenising and fetishising.

 

The rest of the afternoon revolved around relaxing, cracking open tinnies and endless indecision on what to have for lunch. Between these activities, I planted myself on the hill to enjoy the all-acoustic set of up-and-coming solo artist Zebulen, whose undeniably soulful voice echoed over the mountain-top, adding a feeling of warmth to the icy cold winds that blew through his set. Post-lunch, the party-fuelled set of Brendan McLean made for an early afternoon dance floor filler. Teetering between guitar fuelled tracks, 80s electro disco and McLean’s huge stage presence, the set catapulted a certain unifying energy into the arena, with the funky banger ‘House of Air‘ as a definite highlight.

As evening approached, Huntly played a tight set of glitchy beats with the beautiful, soaring harmonies and vocal aerobics from vocalist Elspeth Scrine. As one of the most engaging acts, the collaboration of two laptops, electronic drumming and synth chords seemed like an effortless performance. ‘Tempelhof‘ saw the crowds swaying in appreciation for a song so subtly soul-crushing in its beauty, and effortless in its lyrical slashing of heteronormative narratives.

 

Kicking off the party era of the Saturday, local legends Habits played a hell-raising storm of a show. Their dark theatrics and heavy synth-fuelled electronic bangers had their powerful vocals ranging from the ethereal to the almost demonic, courtesy of a playful live vocoder. With their undeniable stage presence aligned with the spooky setting of the Lake Alpine Mountain Resort, it felt a little like the space-time continuum had been broken, with crowd and artist alike being orbited to a technological genderless future landscape of zero fucks attitude and gourmet outfits of leather and terry towel robe. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to forget I was atop a mountain and at a music festival until their set concluded.

The low-fi dance-electro duo SHOUSE brought us back to earth and planted smiles on our faces, but with an undeniably otherworldly amount of boogie. Maia and Mo’s (Habits) cameos continued the theme of unity, as SHOUSE reigned in the conclusion of the main stage with the unreleased but much-anticipated banger, ‘Love Tonight.’

 

Like any new festival, Gaytimes is still finding its feet. While there are areas to improve on (as there are with any ongoing event), the extent that the festival has come since last year’s outing goes to show that next year’s instalment will hold greater things. The fact that we have a queer festival at all is, of course, a wonderful step in the right direction. It allows for discussion where such voices have been met with silence in the past. Fingers crossed that efforts will continue to be made for this safe space to be safe for more minorities – such as providing greater support for artists of colour and addressing issues that cause harm to disabled people (no more strobes for instance).

Admin aside, a festival like Gaytimes has a lot to offer, and I hope to see it grow as a supportive platform that can further celebrate and promote the breathtaking talents we are lucky to have around us in marginalised communities. We need platforms that are as much a showcase of emerging and established talent as they are a celebration of identity and belonging, and it will be interesting to see where 2018 will take the festival.


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12 Jan Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (11/1/17)


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…


12th – 15th of January

Urban Oasis @ Section 8

~Free Entry~

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Section 8 has again transformed into a sun-dappled oasis for the 3rd year of their Urban Oasis summer series. Head down any day this weekend to run your toes through the literal tonnes of sand they’ve had trucked in for the occasion.

Wax’o Paradiso is curating the good-time vibes today, followed by jazz ONE PUF Tropical Soundclash on Friday, Cumbia Massive on Saturday and finishing with a Good Manners Soirée on Sunday, featuring DJ sets from Kllo, Planète, and Christopher Port.


Thursday, 12th January

Oscar Key Sung @ Boney

Tickets here

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Dreamy local favourite Oscar Key Sung is playing his first Melbourne show of the year tonight at Boney.

The stacked lineup also includes Jalé, Kimchi Princi, and Nico Niquo, playing tunes from 9pm until close. Some tickets are still available at the time of writing, so try your luck on the door if you miss the cutoff.


Thursday, 12th January

PAI Farewell (for now)

~Free entry~

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Adrian Bressanutti and Angie Pai, the pair behind Melbourne label PAI, have announced their indefinite hiatus and are throwing a farewell (for now) party on Thursday night at Croft Institute.

They’ve curated an incredible soundtrack to say goodbye, with DJ sets and live performances from the likes of Christopher Port, Kllo, Banoffee, Rat & Co, and many more. The night will also host the premiere of “Ouroboros”, a collaborative audio visual experience created by Tasha Tylee, Couture and Hamish Mitchell.


Saturday, 14th January

Cousin Tony’s BNF

Tickets here

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Following an incredible set at The Gaso last Thursday, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird are playing a headline show at The Toff on Saturday night.

The Eilish Gilligan-led six piece Frida are playing support, along with Scott Candlish and his band from 7.30pm


Sunday, 15th January

An Afternoon w Shouse & Albrecht La’Brooy

~Free entry~

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On Sunday afternoon Smooch Records have put together an exciting special event at MPavillion from 4.30pm.

Chris Ackroyd will be playing records before, after and in between sets from SHOUSE and the fantastic jazz-influenced ambient-dance improvisers Albrecht La’Brooy.

 

 

 


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13 Oct Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (13/10/16)


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, 14th October

Soothsayer Presents

SOLD OUT

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Soothsayer are putting on a sweet night Friday at Hugs&Kisses, starting at 10pm and leading well into Saturday morning.

Mall Grab is playing fresh off his Boiler Room set in Paris, joined by CC:DISCO!, Daydreams and Pjenne.


Friday, 14th October

Shouse EP Launch

Tickets on the Door

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Shouse are launching their first EP OPENHOUSE at The Mercat tomorrow night.

They’re hosting an incredible lineup to celebrate, ft. Brooke Powers, Amateur Dance, Jennifer Loveless, Jamal Amir (Temporal Cast), Fieldwork (Cool Room) and Martin King & The Harpoons DJs.


Friday, 14th October

Tam Vantage

Tickets on the Door

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Tam Vantage are playing on a very busy Friday night as well, to celebrate the video launch for their track ‘High Definition‘.

Joining them upstairs at The Grace Darling will be Way Dynamic and Weatherboards.


Fri + Saturday, 13-14th October

Gold Class

SOLD OUT

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Gold Class are playing a bunch of material new to Melbourne’s ears at The Tote this weekend, ahead of the release of a new track and video from their upcoming album.

Support from Time For Dreams and Geryon, plus Basket Crase and SMC (Sarah Motorcycle Club) DJs on Friday night, and Stina Tester I Cinta Masters, Palm Springs (solo) and DJ Body Positive on Saturday night.


Saturday, 15th October

Thigh Master EP Launch

~Free entry~

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Saturday night Thigh Master are in Melbourne to launch their new LP ‘Early Times‘, out October 7th.

Joining them at The Post Office Hotel are Lower Plenty and a new group feat members of Boomgates and PRIMETIME, The Stroppies.

 

 

 


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28 Sep Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (28/9/16)


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…


Thursday, 29th September

Good Manners + Friends

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In celebration of a brand new public holiday, this weekend truly kicks off on Thursday night.

Our pals at Good Manners have pulled together a fantastic lineup for late night fun at Hugs & Kisses, including sets from Couture, Jennifer Loveless, Harpoons DJ’s and many more all time party people.


Thursday, 29th September

Deaf Ambitions September Series: Wk 3

Tickets on the door

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Also ringing in the weekend on Thursday night is the last of Deaf Ambitions‘ label-curated September Series.

Sunbeam Sound Machine, The Shabbab, Crepes and Dianas will be sharing the stage at The Curtain, doors from 730pm.


Saturday, 1st October

Sad Grrrls Festival

SOLD OUT

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With a super-strong line-up featuring the likes of Jaala, Jess Riberio, Camp Cope and a whole many more, Sad Grrrls Club are bringing the goods in their second festival and first outing in Melbourne.

Sad Grrrls Fest is all about celebrating gender diversity, so each act has at least one non-male (female, non-binary or gender-non-conforming) member. It unfortunately sold out quickly but beg, borrow or ask kindly to find a ticket because it’s going to be a great day at the Reverence Hotel.


Saturday, 1st October

Kllo – Farewell Party

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On Saturday night at The Gasometer, dream babes Kllo are preforming their final show for the year in Australia before heading off to tour around the world.

Fortunes and Shouse are playing support, and in a miraculous twist of fate there are still tickets left (at the time of writing). Get on it.


Saturday, 1st October

A. Swayze & The Ghosts Single Launch

Tickets on the Door

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A. Swayze & The Ghosts are celebrating the release of ‘Reciprocation‘ (which we premiered earlier this week) at the Grace Darling on Saturday night.

Doors are from 8.30pm, with special guests Hayley Couper and Department.

 

 

 


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

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

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

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

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

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

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


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #40


39. Sydney2000 – ‘Sunshine Song’

Uploaded: March 17th


38. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #39


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #37


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th | Last Week: #36


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th | Last Week: #35


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

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #34


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #33


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #32


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #31


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #30


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #29


28. Edward Vanzet – ‘Everyday’

Uploaded: March 13th


27. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd | Last Week: #28


26. Galapagoose – ‘Free By One’

Uploaded: February 28th


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

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #25


23. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #24


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #22


21. Cool Sounds – ‘In Blue Skies’

Uploaded: March 17th


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

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #21


19. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #20


18. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #19


17. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th | Last Week: #18


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

Uploaded: March 16th


15. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #17


14. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #16


13. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #14


12. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th | Last Week: #13


11. The Murlocs – ‘Young Blindness’

Uploaded: March 15th


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

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #11


9. Black Cab – ‘Uniforms’

Uploaded: March 9th


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

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #9


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #8


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #7


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

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #4


3. White Lodge – ‘Bella-Union Creep’

Uploaded: March 15th


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #3


1. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th | Last Week: #2

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

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #34


39. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #31


38. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #29


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th


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

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #26


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #25


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #24


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #22


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th


28. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd


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

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #18


26. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #17


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #16


24. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th


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

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #15


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #14


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

Uploaded: March 12th


20. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th


19. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th


18. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th


17. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #13


16. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #12


15. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


14. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th


13. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th


12. András – ‘T.N.T.F’

Uploaded: February 17th


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

Uploaded: March 11th


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

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #9


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

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #8


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #7


7. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


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

Uploaded: February 22nd | Last Week: #5


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

Uploaded: March 8th


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th


3. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


2. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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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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