Given his feature verses as of late have been as brilliant as they are sparse, I admit my interest in this record was piqued by the featured André Benjamin (better known as André 3000 of Outkast). Recent murmurs of a new Outkast album coupled with the aforementioned rarity of his musical output have rendered any André guest verse the hottest clickbait in hip-hop. But where most clickbait leaves you scrambling desperately to escape the browser tab, the song Decemba (Remix) had me engaged for its full 3 minute and 49 second duration. Read more …
LA pop rockers, Bleached have continued to wow audiences on their ongoing tour of Australia in promotion of their second album, Welcome the Worms. This is the first time that the trio: singer, Jennifer, lead guitarist, Jessie and bassist, Micayla have crossed our shores and hit up Melbourne’s renowned Northcote Social Club on the 30th of May.
A Bourke Street Mall busker, Tash Sultana has truly taken the world by storm. She is currently on a massive Australian tour (after an eventful luggage mishandling incident that made global news), and is set to become a major name in Australian music. So for those of you who have not seen her fantastically engaging and charismatic sets in Bourke Street, I strongly suggest you check out her EP Notion.
I don’t know what Australian musicians have been up to recently, but it seems every second artist is changing their stage name. Even the Melburnian jazz scene has gotten into the mix of this “evolution” la-di-da, with a fusion quintet that came to my attention earlier this year pulling a “Prince” manoeuvre, to change their name from ‘Pilot’ to the increasingly vibrant, but also confusing ‘Neon City Pilot’. But despite all the befuddlement that comes with changing a name, the group has just launched another incredible release, with their debut album Ghost Wings.
The name has been prominent in Australia’s independent electronic music scene for a while now, and from the moment they released their first single Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues in 2013, it has been well and truly evident that these guys are nothing like any other band out there. Characterised by strong beats, pulsing synths, catchy riffs and melodies, and vocalist Ben Woolner’s unique soul-tinged voice – at times powerful, at times light and husky, with a vocal range that jumps around between tenor to falsetto with seeming ease.
Despite having only released five singles prior to this year, three of these five have made Triple J Hottest 100 countdowns and the band has had no trouble selling out headline shows across the country and flooring crowds at music festivals such as Groovin’ the Moo.
It goes without saying then that the anticipation for an album has been around for a very, very long time; well before making one was even alluded to, yet alone actually announced. However, the excruciatingly long wait is finally over with today’s release of their long-awaited masterpiece: Internal. Read more …
I’ve been a Cat Empire fan since their hit ‘Hello’, and have loved their distinctive Australian take on ska and jazz. The Cat Empire have toured the world countless times, and their music is loved internationally for the band’s stupendous brass lines, keyboard finesse and thrifty use of vinyl scratching. Front-man Felix Riebl has been the mastermind behind the majority of the band’s success, with his charismatic performance style and intelligent song-writing.
But, following on from the band’s successful 2016 album Rising with the Sun, Felix has decided to go solo once more and release a second album. Paper Doors, released 2nd September 2016, may be short (totalling only 37 minutes), but certainly has a great variety of content. With guest artists including the likes of Emily Lubitz, Katy Steele and Martha Wainwright, it is certainly nice to hear a more intimate canvas for Felix to sing with.
Nick Explicit was just starting primary school when his family fled Ukraine and landed in South Africa. It was there he learned English and there he started rapping, honing his talent on local radio shows by rapping about the week’s news. Beautiful Life is from his third EP, Can’t Change.
The Pineapple Thief has again produced an excellent progressive rock record. The front-man Bruce Soord, guitarist and main songwriter of The Pineapple Thief (TPT) has had a prolific career with over 12 full length releases. After 17 years he continues to release albums under both his own name and TPT. Read more …
-Violent Femmes- is the debut album by the folk-punk band Violent Femmes. It was recorded in July 1982 and released by Slash Records on vinyl and cassette in April 1983 and on CD in 1987 with the two additional tracks Ugly and Gimme the Car. The band consisted of Gordon Gano (Singer/Guitarist), Brian Ritchie (Bassist) and Victor DeLorenzo (Percussionist). The album recently achieved a gold certification without even making the charts. In 2002, Rhino Records remade the album for its 20th anniversary with an additional disc of demos and linear notes by Michael Azerrad. Read more …
If you haven’t heard of Alex Lahey by now, you have definitely got to question whether or not you’ve been living under a rock. 2016 has been the year for the young singer/songwriter from Melbourne, from being given the green light by the magical Pitchfork, to opening this year’s Splendour in the Grass as Triple J’s Unearthed Winner.
Since its initial slew of studio album releases in 2011, there’s no doubt that Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has established itself as one of the most formidable collectives in hip-hop today. The label, founded by current CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Griffith, boasts a roster as innovative as it is eclectic, featuring the likes of Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and of course multi-Grammy award winner, Kendrick Lamar. The crew extends far deeper than the aforementioned Black Hippy clique however, with Chicago artist Lance Skiiiwalker joining fellow TDE signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad in the ranks this year.
For those who need to relax and melt into the void for about 40 minutes, Julianna Barwick’s latest album Will is the perfect getaway. Known for her minimalistic approach to creating vast soundscapes, Barwick’s third full-length album does not disappoint.