Category: Music Reviews

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Baauer’s “Aa” Moving Past the Harlem Shake

Harry ‘Baauer’ Rodrigues returns to music after a silent year with his massive debut album ‘Aa’(Double A). This banger filled album (literally complete bangers) not only reinvents Baauer but also aims to remove himself as the ‘Harlem Shake guy’. The producer does not do this only by himself but collaborates with huge applauded acts.With performances by Rustie, M.I.A., G-Dragon, Leikeli47, Future & Pusha T the album expands over a wide array of sounds

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Jhene Aiko’s “Spotless Mind” the happier side of breakups

 

Jhene Aiko, born in Los Angeles, California is an American singer and song writer. She started her music career in contributing vocals and made several appearances in music videos of the R&B group B2K. Since then she has been working with various artists such as J. Cole, R.Kelly and Chris Brown to name a few, with her latest collaborative album with Big Sean named “Twenty 88” released just a week ago. Read more …

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River Lane [EP] Review

Ever since the banjo was appropriated for hordes of screaming teenage girls, a conversation about roots music too often ends with the phrase “oh my godddd I, like, totally love folk! Do you know Little Lion Man?” In the wake of this apocalyptic nightmare, it’s great to see a grassroots (geddit?) group like River Lane reclaiming indie-roots music with their delicate, genuine style. Since they drove all the way from South Australia to perform at Melbourne’s UBERfest last weekend, Radio Monash endeavoured to check out the trio’s warm, self-titled EP… Read more …

Brungas Band

I want to go to the beach with Brungas Band

I’ve wanted to review this band for a while but have been tossing up whether I want to keep them a secret or not. If my Facebook stalking is correct, the band of four met in school and has been playing the Melbourne scene since 2014.

 

I first saw them last year when they supported indie-folk band Mango Retreat’s EP launch at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy. I remember thinking that the lead singer had a really strong voice, but it wasn’t until I saw them play at the Penny Black in Brunswick and more recently at the Arcadia Hotel in South Yarra, that I took a real liking to the Brunga’s sound.

 

Brungas Band is named after the band’s bassist Alex Brunga. They are a group of good-looking young guys with an indie-surf-rock sound, and hot, original lyrics and melodies to boogie to. Their stage presence is also on point- the lead singer even took his shirt off at one of their shows (sadly I missed that one).

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Grimes – My Sister Says The Saddest Things

Imagine being chased by your worst fear at night. Now, imagine a soft voice in your head repeating the same persistent chant: “tick-tock baby”. Add resonating drums in the background to complete your whole running montage. Pretty creepy right?

Okay, this isn’t a new Grimes single. But if you’re into really simple and gritty, ambient, synth-heavy music then give this review a chance. Cause that’s what you get on My Sister Says The Saddest Things, which takes the comfort in feeling slightly creeped out to a whole other level.

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Violent Soho, purposely or not, are blurring the line between grunge and pop music.

 

‘Waco’, the fourth album release by the infamous four-piece from Mansfield, further solidifies Violent Soho’s rise from genre-less misfits to garage rock sensation. Following the successful release of Hungry Ghost in July 2013, Violent Soho have responded in such a way that proves their former success was no fluke. The release of their new record has been well received by listeners, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Album charts after release on March 18. Read more …

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Review: Meghan Trainor – NO

Sixteen hours ago, on March 21st (US EST), Meghan Trainor debuted a new music video on YouTube for NO, the key single on her upcoming Thank You album. It already has over 660,000 YouTube views, and the track itself is in the top 30 on every major western chart. The music video, incidentally, was the first YouTube video of the track that is not a cover. Read more …

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Samuel Dobson – Debut Album Review.

The debut album of Australian hip-hop artist Samuel Dobson brings a refreshing flow to the Aussie hip-hop scene. Backed by an eleven piece band, including a string quartet, Dobson’s concept album details the last 24 hours in the life of the meth-dealing protagonist Samuel. An excerpt from his crowdfunding campaign describes the record as “somewhere between a Shakespearean tragedy, Breaking Bad and the Wu-Tang Clan.”

The album starts at the end of Samuel’s story with the enchanting Coda. A personal favourite, the track establishes the artist’s capacity as a rapper and story teller early on. When listening, I couldn’t help drawing comparisons to the raw wordsmith power of artists like Atmosphere and Earl Sweatshirt.  I must admit that I’m a sucker for storytellers and this album is a prime example of the power of rap as a medium for spinning tales.

However, this isn’t just mellow stories that delve into some dark area of the writer’s mind. Tracks like The Party could easily get you up and dancing with a punchy bassline and melodious chorus. Overall the album’s got some great RnB influences with the stand out vocals of Kate Wadey and Meklit Kibret featuring on tracks like Count To Ten.

Musically the album is engaging, featuring a bunch of talented musicians that do Dobson’s arrangements justice. Having studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Dobson and his collaborators adeptly compose original backings to his raps that are recorded on live instruments in studio. This aspect of the album holds a lot of merit in a genre that often relies heavily on samples and it translates into each one of the tracks. The string quartet really shines through on the down tempo track Who You Run With? which features drawn out ambient violin coupled with sharp pizzicato.

Overall, the album is a bit of a listening experience and it pays to listen through it in a session. It’s dense, but if you can hold on to enough of the story it’s definitely worth it. If you can’t, then it’s still some solid hip hop. I look forward to his future work.

The album -Samuel- was released on the 18/02 and the band just finished up their EP launch tour of Eastern Australia. You can check out the album on Spotify and Itunes. For more info you can check their website or Facebook.