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21 Jun Ripe Presents: Summer Flake w/ Good Morning, Hollow Everdaze & DIET, Live at The Gasometer Hotel (10/6/16)

After a bit of a break from the live scene, we decided to get together with some of our favourite Melbourne acts at the Gasometer Hotel to share an evening of music with you all. We’re chuffed to have been able to curate a night of such great melodic guitar music that truly showcased the strength of Melbourne’s up-and-coming talent, and we hope to share more amazing Australian talent with you all in future shows down the track.

The first band to grace the stage was five-piece surf outfit DIET. who have impressed us right off the bat with their releases like ‘Your House’ and more recently ‘Life Limbo’, a new single to be included on their forthcoming EP release.

 

 

Hollow Everdaze with their beautiful cinematic guitar pop that suits a live setting so well were up next. Their single ‘Last Laugh’, reminiscent of a journey and night setup under the stars, have their new album Cartoons on the way – expect more wondrous releases that take you away.

 

Our third act for the evening Good Morning have had a massive year. Their Glory EP, released in February via Solitaire, demonstrated innate songwriting ability – melding lo-fi style with genuine musicianship. Lead single ‘Cab Deg’ drilled into our brains, and we’ve been hooked ever since.

 

Our headliner Summer Flake is the harmony-laden project from mastermind Stephanie Crase. Her sound is a glorious melange of genres and styles, equal parts Sonic Youth and Mac DeMarco, Hole and Karen Dalton. Crase, along with band members Antony Bourmas and Joel Cary, having just released the wonderful LP ‘Hello Friends’, were a joy to watch on stage as they brought our evening of wonderful Melbourne talent to an end.

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10 Jun Summer Flake talks the journey from Adelaide to Melbourne

We sat down for a chat with Stephanie Crase from Summer Flake in a park in Fitzroy ahead of the band’s headlining set at our first Ripe Presents event. Stephanie discussed what it’s like starting a band in Adelaide before moving across to Melbourne, working with producer Geoffrey O’Connor and the label Rice Is Nice, and how ever-present money issues affect artists.

 

Marcus Rimondini: You’ve said in the past that you started playing guitar around the age of 11, but it didn’t take off seriously until university. Why was that?

Stephanie Crase: Well, I don’t know about ‘taking off’… There’s this joke in my family that we are all really unmusical, but for generations everyone’s been obliged to learn an instrument for a year, and then everyone jokes about it. I did a year of classical guitar, and that was not working, but I was into it and kept persisting. I was definitely into it when I was at school, and once I changed to a more relaxed teacher who was a random dude and not a guitar maestro, it was heaps easier, because he would say “what do you want to listen to?” We’d bring in tapes, and trade tapes of songs, and that was the joy of it in a way.

 

 

What’s it like trying to start a band in Adelaide? What’s the venue situation like?

Adelaide is an easy place. If you live there, the harder thing is working out where to go, not where to play.

Did you have certain venues you wanted to play?

Yeah I did, but they wouldn’t be my targets now, necessarily (laughs). When I was younger I’d go see gigs at the Crown & Anchor – they do a lot of punk shows. At the moment the Exeter Hotel, Format and The Metro are great. All you have to do is email someone and say “is the 21st free?”, and you got it. But it feels like there’s less available in Adelaide, fewer people touring and fewer bands coming from interstate. Local bands are not a big feature in entertainment in Adelaide anymore.

At what point did you make the call to move to Melbourne?

I wanted to mix it up. I think I pushed it back and rejected the idea for years, because in Adelaide it’s such a right of passage that everyone moves away, and generally when people move away, they move to Melbourne. Some people go to Sydney, some people go to London. I went to London for a couple of years, and then by the time I’d come back from London all my friends had moved to Melbourne, or were ready to retire to the suburbs. I was getting into my 30s and I needed the change. It’s very nice easy living in Adelaide – it’s a very affordable, gentle, predictable place.

And you’re living now in Collingwood?

Yeah just off Smith Street.

 

 

Is it hard making the interstate transition?

Yeah, it is hard, because one the best things about living in Adelaide is everyone can live in houses, spare-rooms, or backyards. there’s even one house in Adelaide where heaps of bands were practicing every night of the week just in the lounge-rooms, and people were like, “Cool, sounds great.” Here in Melbourne you have to get a space, you have to pay money. The biggest shock moving to Melbourne is the lack of affordability; I feel like I’m doing the struggle, like I’ve just moved out of home.

Does the expense affect your recording process?

I think it does, because you have to be economical with your time. I used to work part time and have a lot of time free, and do a lot of writing. I could play drums at home, record, and spend time working on it. Now I’ll only have an hour to use before work, and it has changed the songwriting a little bit. I don’t have the drumkit set up; everything’s becoming a little more stripped back, but that will be for the next album. The new album Hello Friends was all written in Adelaide, and I carried it over.

 

 

You recorded the album with Geoffrey O’Connor at the Vanity Lair?

Yeah, at the original Vanity Lair, which was just a granny flat, a tiny little shed in a Thornbury sharehouse with carpet and a sliding door. We did guitars and vocals over afternoons for months. I really thought it would take a week, but the more we got doing it, I thought, “You know what, let’s triple track all these harmonies.” So it would be 36 vocal takes for this one chorus, and Geoffrey would say, “Maybe let’s do one more?” He’s such a sweet dude, he’d never be like, “That sounded awful.”

How did signing with Rice Is Nice in Sydney come about?

When I first recorded the self-titled EP, I sent it to a bunch of labels and everyone said, “Cool, carry on.” So I just put it on Bandcamp myself, and Jules from Rice Is Nice emailed me saying, “Oh my god, I loved it, I wish you hadn’t done that, I wanted to do that!” She was really nice and generous and spoke my language, and we had heaps of email chats.

Now that the album is recorded and released, what’s the next move for Summer Flake?

Hopefully we’ll do some more recording by the end of the year. I’ve made plans that have fallen through to go overseas a couple of times and it’s mostly been because of money. I’d like to go back to America, but I think it’s really hard for musicians there. You get paid less, and they’re spoilt for choice, whereas playing in Europe you get paid really well. For some reason you get a lot more people at your shows, and you can get accommodation and delicious food. There’s something more exciting and special about playing in Europe.

 

 

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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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04 Feb Ripe’s Australian Chart (4/2/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.
Flume surprised us with ‘Smoke & Retribution‘ at #25. He has Vince Staples and Perth’s own Kučka to thank for injecting new life into his upcoming second album. It’ll be interesting to see if Flume settles into a producer role for singers similar to that of Disclosure and Rustie, or if he aims to remain the focal point of his project.

At #24 River Yarra out of Melbourne is on the Solitaire record label with other favourites of ours Good Morning, I’lls and Asdasfr Bawd. He has uploaded a reflective down tempo track called ‘Song For Tan‘, which seems to be dedicated to the passing of his dog. Rest in piece, pup.

Sliding in at #15 is ‘Mikrowave‘ by S M Jenkins from Sydney’s Step-Panther. The vocals sound like Kevin Mitchell from the ’90s Australian band Jebediah, but the vibe is more in the vein of Dick Diver or The Ocean Party. This is a strong start to his solo project I’d say.

Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy from Melbourne comes in at #14 with ‘Touch‘ featuring Georgia Van Etten. It’s a throwback to artists such as Air France and The Tough Alliance. You can catch her perform in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart this month.

Adelaide’s Summer Flake caught our attention in October last year with her Time Rolls By EP, and now she’s already back with the first single ‘Shoot And Score‘ off her second record Hello Friends. There’s a heavier grunge element present on ‘Shoot And Score’ then her previous material, and I’m curious to see how the new album plays out live.

At #12 we head up north to Brisbane for the catchiest guitar hook and chorus of the week: Chook Race with ‘At Your Door‘. This very addictive single is the first from their Around The House LP due out later this year via the severely-underrated Brisbane label Tenth Court.

The biggest mover and shaker of the week however is from Melbourne’s Hoodlem with ‘Kintsugi‘. The track has jumped up into #7 with its fusion of oozing bass lines, soul, and soft electronic dabbles. The duo follow in the steps of our local heroes The Harpoons and provide, via sharp craftsmanship, a genuine sexiness that’s often missing from Australia’s music scene. I expect to hear the name Hoodlem a lot more in 2016.

 


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

Uploaded: January 30th


24. River Yarra – ‘Song For Tan’

Uploaded: January 29th


23. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #18


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

Uploaded: January 27th | Last Week: #17


21. Govs – ‘Let’s Go!’

Uploaded: January 8th | Last Week: #16


20. Wabz – ‘Forest Of Feels’

Uploaded: January 9th | Last Week: #15


19. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’

Uploaded: January 23rd | Last Week: #14


18. Letran – ‘71221325-02’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #13


17. Smile – ‘Holiday’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #12


16. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’

Uploaded: January 25th | Last Week: #11


15. S M Jenkins – ‘Mikrowave’

Uploaded: January 11th


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

Uploaded: January 27th


13. Summer Flake – ‘Shoot And Score’

Uploaded: January 6th


12. Chook Race – ‘At Your Door’

Uploaded: January 29th


11. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’

Uploaded: January 12th | Last Week: #10


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

Uploaded: January 20th | Last Week: #9


9. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’

Uploaded: January 11th | Last Week: #8


8. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #7


7. Hoodlem – ‘Kintsugi’

Uploaded: January 29th


6. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’

Uploaded: January 19th | Last Week: #6


5. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’

Uploaded: January 26th | Last Week: #5


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

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #4


3. No Zu – ‘Spirit Beat’

Uploaded: January 13th | Last Week: #3


2. Good Morning – ‘To Be Won’

Uploaded: January 21st | Last Week: #2


1. Free Time – ‘Who Owns The Moon?’

Uploaded: January 5th | Last Week: #1


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29 Dec 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015


Without a doubt 2015 has been the best year in the history of Australian music. The amount of quality tracks and artists that we couldn’t fit into this list was astounding.
What’s particularly exciting is the fact that most of these artists are new, which makes the prospect of putting together next year’s list seem even more daunting.

We would like to thank all the artists for making the music, the readers who share our site’s content, the writers who contributed this year, and everyone else who makes the Australian music scene extremely enjoyable to be a part of in our own small way.

Let’s do it all again in 2016.

100. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

99. LUCIANBLOMKAMP – ‘From Afar’

98. Jess Ribeiro – ‘Kill it Yourself’

97. Oisima – ‘Take Your Time’

96. Flamingo Jones – ‘Skinny D.I.P.’

95. The Ocean Party – ‘Black Blood’

94. Cleopold – ‘Down In Flames’

93. Harvey Sutherland – ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’

92. Cool Sounds – ‘Control’

91. Bad//Dreems – ‘Hiding To Nothing’

90. Total Giovanni – ‘Paradise’

89. Woollen Kits – ‘Girl With Heart’

88. Zone Out – ‘Inside’

87. Frances Fox – ‘Jake The Flake’

86. Low Lux – ‘Rivers Roll’

85. Redspencer – ‘Ride It Out’

84. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

83. SMILE – ‘Boundless Plains To Share’

82. Snowy Nasdaq & Snowy Life – ‘Ironic Life’

81. Fraser A. Gorman – ‘Blues Run The Game’

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21 Dec The best Australian albums of 2015


2015 in Australia has definitely been dominated by guitar bands, with many including The Ocean Party, Dick Diver, Blank Realm, Royal Headaches and Twerps delivering their most mature efforts to date. Other artists originally considered a little bit more left of field, such as Sui Zhen, Kučka and I’lls, found a more accessible middle ground with their releases.

Some young artists like Amateur Dance, Crepes, Gold Class and Good Morning flashed their future potential, and a few debut releases by Jaala, Roland Tings and Sampa The Great might be considered one day to be Australian classics. Meanwhile, Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett demonstrated why they’re clearly the current quality benchmark in Australia and around the world.

If you’re looking for Christmas presents, click on the album images below for links to purchase the albums and support Australian music.

25. Banoffee – Do I Make You Nervous?

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24. Oisima – Nicaragua Nights

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23. Summer Flake – Time Rolls

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22. Sui Zhen – Secretly Susan

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21. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

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20. Amateur Dance – It’s Really Something

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19. Flowertruck – Dirt

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18. Terrible Truths – Terrible Truths

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17. Crepes – Cold Summers

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16. Gold Class – It’s You

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15. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

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14. The Ocean Party – Light Weight

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13. Kučka – Unconditional

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12. I’lls – Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country

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11. Jaala – Hard Hold

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10. Good Morning – A Vessel / Radiovoice and On The Street / You

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9. Totally Mild – Down Time

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8. Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven

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7. Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida

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6. Royal Headaches – High

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5. Roland Tings – Roland Tings

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4. Sampa The Great – The Great Mixtape

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3. Twerps – Range Anxiety

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2. Tame Impala – Currents

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1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

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21 Oct Trading Tunes with Summer Flake


Stephanie Crase A.K.A. Summer Flake recently moved to Melbourne, but she’s a product of her home city of Adelaide. Last week she released an EP titled Time Rolls By and it contains four flawless originals and a Rolling Stones cover.

Her guitar tones and garage rock production remind me East Coast US garage bands such as Widowspeak and Dum Dum Girls, but there’s even similarities to Angel Olsen. However the Rolling Stones cover sounds like Courtney Barnett. Similarities or not to other artists, this Time Rolls By EP is simply full of well crafted tunes, with ‘Makes Me Wanna Cry‘ and ‘The Sun Won’t Shine‘ being my personal favourites.

1. The Blake Babies – ‘Rain’


“Let’s start at the start. I was ridiculously obsessed with Juliana Hatfield at school. Insanely obsessed. It’s simmered down in recent years, but it flares up now and then.”

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