15 Aug Throwback Special: Top Twenty Tracks This Week
Earlier in the week our co-founder and all-around legend Huw Nolan had to sadly, officially depart from the site in order to focus all of his attention on his prospering label Good Manners Music. This post is a celebratory throwback special, dedicated to when Huw Nolan originally used to generate weekly top twenty posts during the sites early days. In order to make the playlists length digestible, I’ve divided the playlist into ten Australian tracks first and then ten international tracks.
We have seven tracks from Melbourne this week and we start with Harvey Sutherland. ‘That’s The Fact, Jack‘ is a cool, sleek ’80s soft jam. You can catch him at Meredith Music Festival this December. Peruw caught our attention earlier in the year with the single ‘Moons‘ and now he’s dropped the equally as intriguing single ‘City Of Gold‘. Slum Sociable are releasing their debut EP TQ on October 9th and ‘All Night‘ is the second single after the head-turning ‘Anyway‘. I’m not sure how Ella Thompson finds time to release her own solo work between her other projects GL, Dorsal Fins, The Bamboos and joining Mark Ronson on stage during his set at Splendour In The Grass this year, but she’s somehow managed to drop the single ‘Hold Me Still‘ and proved that she may be currently the hardest working musician in the country. The shoegaze band Lowtide are back with ‘Julia‘ off the split 7″ with another track called ‘Spring‘. ‘Julia’ was written by Asylum Party and you can listen to both songs in one combined music video titled ‘Julia/Spring‘. Rat Columns are David West and Mikey Young of Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. ‘Should I Leave You Alone?‘ features on their new EP Fooling Around. You can hear and buy the EP over on the Blackest Ever Black bandcamp. The last track from Melbourne was actually released a month ago, but I felt the band could use another push. Youngs latest work ‘Serasan Shakes‘ was produced by Andrei Eremin and even features artwork from Thrupence.
Up north in Sydney, Packwood dropped ‘We Drink Light‘. Their naughties influenced indie sound is very wholesome and full of swiftly crafted instrumentation. Further up in Brisbane, Joy. got intimate with the single ‘About Us‘. You can catch Olivia McCarthy performing at Beyond The Valley festival this new years. Across in Perth, Kučka dropped their new EP Unconditional. ‘Honey‘ is another example of why this trio are on the verge of being a big deal.
Now internationally the first track ‘The Mystery of Lonnie The Døn‘ combines two of my most reliable sources. The Adult Swim Singles series and the Sub Pop signed hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. Kiiara is just a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Illinois, but she really sells her latest offering ‘Feels‘. D.R.A.M. teamed up with inform Donnie Trumpet for ‘$‘. D.R.A.M. displays his double threat skills with the ability to rap and sing at an equal level. Kenton Slash Demon out of Denmark are the latest signing to Future Classic and the bubbling and pulsing ‘Harpe‘ will feature on their EP Harpe/Syko next month. Potty Mouth remind me of Ex Hex from last year with their latest offering ‘Cherry Picking‘. It’s got that ’80s, hair in the wind, not giving a rat’s-ass vibe.
I’ve been listening to Destroyer‘s soon to be released new album Poison Season a lot over the past couple weeks and ‘Times Square‘ is the centre track. This song is a major theme to the album with two other versions opening and closing the album. AJ Tracey from West London combined two of London’s more famous trends this century, grime and future garage for ‘Wifey 2‘ and it’s hard not to bob your head and down as it shuffles along. Blondes have a new EP titled Persuasion and this title track is the perfect piece of music to play during those crazy weekends between midnight and sunrise. I wasn’t a big fan of Battles second album, but their new single ‘The Yabba‘ has made me curious about their third album La Di Da Di next month. ‘The Yabba’ displays just how talented and methodical Battles can be. The last song ‘Violet‘ is highly addictive. Helen is a led by Liz Harris of Grouper. ‘Violet’ harnesses the same atmosphere as Grouper, but it’s a far more lively and alluring project.