09 Aug Top Ten Tracks This Week

This week I have six Australian tracks, three international tracks from familiar names and my favourite track of the week from a little known band based in Philadelphia.

Starting in Melbourne as usual, while we wait for new material from one of our favourite new electronic producers Asdasfr Bawd. He’s dropped a remix of ‘Body Party‘ by Ciara and it’s one of those Cyril Hahn tackles pop kind of remixes, where he turns a strong pop melody into an interesting arrangement as well. It may not be new material, but it’s another example of the mans high production standards. City Calm Down released the second single ‘Wandering‘ from their debut album In A Restless House. The National comparisons are still there, but so is the bands convincing conviction in their delivery. There’s simply no other band in Australia successfully playing the deep sorrow card quite like City Calm Down at the moment. Melbourne beat maker Entro is due to drop a beat tape later this month titled New Oceanic Worldwide and ‘KDMA‘ is a nice little sample of what to expect. If you like you’re down-tempo or chill instrumental hip-hip beats, then give Entro a chance. The last song in Melbourne is from the surf, garage punk band Going Swimming. ‘Them Shakes‘ will feature on their debut album Deadtime Stories next month. If you’re looking for bands who sound like Wavves or In Utero by Nirvana, then Going Swimming have you covered.

Up on the Gold Coast, Josiah Birrell A.K.A. Govs got intimate with the second single ‘Baby We’re Outside Of Time‘ off his new album 6teenDRE’am [night xo] out next week via Yozlyn Magazine. Josiah crashes melodies and delicate notes all over ‘Baby We’re Outside Of Time’ like buckets of hot water in a bath tub. You can catch Govs opening for Holy Holy on August the 21st at Elsewhere up on the Gold Coast. Across in Perth the self described “Wharf Jazz / Deep Home” artist Arvȏ Tanty dropped ‘Elegy, Kayak (ft. Gravy Murphy)‘. It’ll feature on his forthcoming album Tender Yonder… Deep Home Music. It must be really cold in Australia this winter, if artists in generally warm places such as Perth and the Gold Coast are making tunes to be played next to a fire-pit, inside a warm blanket while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate.

In the northern hemisphere Four Tet continued to upload new material. ‘BACK2THESTART‘ may actually be my favourite release from Kieran Hebden in a while. Apparently he made it on a plane last year, but despite being the product of just a laptop, it sounds larger than most of his usual work. Its deep base and engaging vocal melody make ‘BACK2THESTART‘ one of the more radio friendly pop attempts by Four Tet, despite it’s usual extensive Four Tet length. We finally got solo material from Martin Courtney the lead singer of Real Estate. We’ve heard in the past solo material from the rest of the band, but everyone’s really been waiting on Martin. Martin is one of this generations most consistent and sharpest singer-songwriters. ‘Vestiges‘ features bass and drums from members of Woods, giving the song a full body experience not far from a Real Estate experience. The main difference would be that it’s led by a single guitar, rather than woven guitar parts and the extended outro section is less Real Estate dreamy and more dryer sounding like a Woods song. Last year Danny Brown teamed up with Rustie for one of 2014’s best bangers ‘Attak‘. However some people thought Danny was losing his jagged edge by focusing on just club hits. Now he’s teamed up with producer Clam Casino to remind people that he can still be an interesting alt-hip-hop rapper. The music on ‘Worth It‘ drops in and out like a Shabazz Palaces track, leaving the listener on his or her toes until the end.

The last track is youthful, raw, vulnerable and leaves me very intrigued about their upcoming album. The band is Beach Slang and the track is ‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas‘. The lead singer James Snyder grunts out “Too fucked up to love, but too soft to hate”, among many other lines about self-pity, frustration and confusion. Yet the difference between Beach Slang and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart is that it sounds like James Snyder is fighting against living in nostalgia when he shouts out “We’re allowed to be alive!”.

Marcus Rimondini

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