woah nelly. big ol’ tape for your little sunday evening/early monday morning/another time of the day on another day all together.
18 big ones this time ’round because, 1, i am feeling generous, 2, there were that many great tracks from August that I didn’t get round to actually posting individually, and 3, because i’ve had a big month…something…metaphor?
So, at the risk of sounding like a broken compact disc, this one’s got a bit of variety, something for every boy and girl. And something for mum and dad too if they play their cards right. And a couple of cards on show tonight/today/whenever the hell you are reading this thing are:
The Peep Tempel – massive Eddy Current vibes with this one all the while owning their own brand of aggressive punky rock’n’roll,
Jarrow – young kid – 18 I think, combining some pretty amazing garage style pop complete with some scissors and glue style electronic aggression,
Slow Dancer – Simon Okely, one of the other guys from Oh Mercy doing a real beaut of a song, all understated and full of style and some real pulled back instrumentation that blow me outta tha park a bit,
Moon Holiday – Some solo electronic pop that is big enough to hit hard, but with just enough darkness to help it standout from the rest,
Jesse Davidson – absolutely no shame in speaking about my love of this young man. this new track took everything he did, threw it all around to see what stuck and kinda re-invented his sound a little, all the while keeping that soulfulness he’s becoming known for.
So, please have a stream and a listen. And if you like, grab the whole tape as a download just below. I even tried to mix some songs together in a way that didn’t sound as bad as i thought it probably would.
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awwwwww yeah. I’m feeling seedy. Like, very seedy. And not in some sex-crazed maniac way, just hungover way.
So this’ll be funn!
Lucky for these here mixtapes then I suppose. An incredible mix as per usual. And apologies if it sounds different for some reason – I use GarageBand (yay for free software that does an alright job!) to create these – and that just updated itself, so I had to reteach myself as I went along.
But yes, anyway, April was bang up. It’s a big tape too with 16 tracks packed into just over an hour long mix.
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friendships – 2 Reel (friendships & Null) (Right Click/Save As)
City Calm Down – Pavement
Crooked Colours – In Your Bones
Cutloose – On Top (Ft. Blaq Carrie & Shaneal)
High-Tails – Bending Over Backwards (Snowy Nasdaq Remix) (Right Click/Save As)
Remi – Tyson
Jack R Reilly – My First Panic Attack (Right Click/Save As)
King Single – Restart Newstart Allowance
The Harpoons – Unforgettable
Roku Music – You
Lowtide – Blue Movie
BadDreems – Dumb Ideas
Emma Russack – Get Back
Cut Copy – Like Any Other Day
Collarbones – Burnout (Right Click/Save As)
Luke Howard – August (Kyson Remix)
So this is me breaking a rule.
I had a silent agreement with myself that I would not post any productions (at least for a few months) that featured synths or samples approximating steel drums, marimba’s, kalimbas or frankly any mallet-use instrument potentially associated with notions of tropical islands.
I know that’s shallow and I love the summer breeze as much as anyone, but if one attempts to listen to a lot of Aus electronic these little things can hit one’s own private limits in 2014.
This one is all full of their best strengths – nostalgic sample cuts, dreamy beats and unique rhymes put together with organic feels and interesting friends – like Marcus Whale from Collarbones. That doesn’t really capture it though. I always find that the more I listen the more I hear their different approach in all the little details. It sounds familiar, but many of the micro-ideas are actually quite new to my ears.
This is of course the opposite of a copycat, in fact I’d I consider them ‘producer’s producers’, quietly making their own thing in their own space. So the steel drum sounds are overruled and here we are – me looking a bit silly, you a bit confused, them winning. Just hit play and all will resolve. I posted the video, as the visuals continue the casual haze just so.
Oh – full disclosure, I did catch their live set supporting Elizabeth Rose recently and that’s probably further tainting my opinions. Great risky set with nailed vocals and crazy amounts of manually triggered groove. Whether that is a conflict of interest or a legitimate track-feature-factor, Sydney dwellers may want to claim a spot at the vivid launch for the album due in June.
So whether you’re nursing an election hangover (get ready for another 3 years at least), or you’re one of those quiet ones who are slightly chuffed at last night’s results (you know what will happen right?), it’s my hope that this mixtape, although a little late, will help make your Sunday night. It’s a biggun, and features some rather stellar acts. Not many individual tracks for download this month I know (keeping it kool with the artists dudes), but hey, the mixtape itself is solid – maybe give that a download instead.
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Jack Reilly – It’s Too Late I’m Awake Already
Ta-ku – We Were In Love
Chet Faker – Melt feat Kilo Kash
Bec and Ben – White Wall (Right Click/Save As)
Money For Rope – Nova Pilota
Freak Wave – Deep Burn
Set Sail – Hey!
Cabins – Go To Sleep
Summer Flake – Blue
Seekae – Another
Chela – Romanticise (Collarbones Remix)
Black Vanilla – Dominatrix
Roland Tings – Tomitas Basement
Lower Spectrum – Heedless (Right Click/Save As)
Manor – Architecture
Full Ugly – Drove Down
Cypher – Liar (Right Click/Save As)
Ok, so here we are. All ready and back and stuff. Before I get into the much delayed April mixtape, just wanted to say thanks for hanging around, those of you that did. The love on the facebook page was great. I needed this time off for various reasons, and although the fact that I’m back doesn’t mean I’m going to be posting everyday, things will be a little more regular.
Ok, so enough of that. Below is a pretty bumper mix of my fave tracks from April. Given the time delay, I thought I should add in a fair few tracks, so the mix is a full 17 tracks long. As with every month, you can stream it and download it below, and I’ve also included some of the tracks as free download.
Brightly – Fox
Lanark – Able Oust (Right Click/Save As)
Private Life – Mine (Right Click/Save As)
Owl Eyes – Nightswim (Collarbones Remix)
Cherax Destructor – ❤ (Right Click/Save As)
James X. Boyd – Brunswick Street Junkies
China Doll – She Don’t Need To Know (Right Click/Save As)
Aluka – Cave
The Model School – Purple AM Radio (Right Click/Save As)
DEJA – Still Falling (Right Click/Save As)
Jagwa Ma – Man I Need (white label version)
Footy – Mobile Cemetery
Ngaiire – Dirty Herc
Great Earthquake – Do. Make (Right Click/Save As)
Jeremy Neale – In Stranger Times (Feat. Go Violets)
Super Wild Horses – Running With Wolves
Max Savage – Oh Darling (Right Click/Save As)
Ok, so here it is. my favourite 10 tracks of 2012. I think I’ll let the music do the talking instead of me crapping on about how each track made my year.
All I will say though is the criteria I had for this list
- It had to be a track I kept on coming back to; and
- It had to be a track that, even on the 10th listen, was still good.
I should also mention that they’re not numbered. They’re all decent in their own way. Awwwwww.
You can stream all ten below, and if you’re keen, you can download a mix with all ten below.
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ok. So, here it is. My top albums of 2012. It’s been a nutty year, full of some really incredible albums. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it was impossible to listen to everything, but, I did try. Continuing on with the whole Australian music blog theme this blog has taken on over the past 8 or 9 months, everything here is Australian. Check out my 11-20 list for the os albums that made my faves.
I’ve made a bit of a mix with a track or two from each album which you can stream/download below. Also, if you click on the album titles, you can stream the album on spotify. Coz I is good like that.
So, without further ado, 10 – 1.
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10. Bored Nothing – Bored Nothing
Such a chilled release. A culmination of tracks from EPs leading up to his singing to SPUNK, not only is it a rad collection of tracks, but they all sit so tightly together. Great prolific song writing on show with this one.
Bored Nothing – Get Out Of Here
9. Jonathan Boulet – We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart
I called this fella a genius when his debut album came in my fave albums of 2009. His second album, whilst perhaps not living up to the rather lofty heights he set himself a few years ago, still nails it. A lot more percussive this time round, I think the beauty in it is just how ferocious some of this disc is.
Jonathan Boulet – Trounce
8. Catcall – The Warmest Place
This took me a little by surprise. From the opening 46 second intro, The Warmest Place shows that Catcall is, simply put, a killer pop song writer. But moreso, not only is she an individual pop song master, she also pretty much kills a pop album.
Catcall – The World is Ours
7. Pop Singles – All Gone
Like the Twerps debut album of last year (my fave of the year too!) Pop Singles have the whole Flying Nun era jangly pop, but still manage to sound broad, encompassing, and dare I say, Australian. Not only are there some incredibly excellent individual songs on this release (in fact, each track is excellent), the songs sit really well alongside each other. It freakin works as an album.
Pop SIngles – All Gone
6. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – 12 Bar Bruise
Throw shit at the wall and see what sticks? King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard nail that noisy bluesy punk vibe with their debut release, 12 Bar Bruise. There’s a bit of variety on this disc which I love.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Muckraker
5. Presets – Pacifica
There are so many great pop moments on this album. Whilst I had heard that this disc was going to be a bit more straight techno than Apocolypso, I would perhaps suggest that there are a heap more feel good moments on here. Both Kim and Julian nail it though.
The Presets – Ghosts
4. Tame Impala – Lonerism
For all of the hype this album has received, for me, it still manages to fit in the top 10. The album has some seriously great tracks – some perhaps even contenders for year best! But, as with all the albums on this list, it’s not just a collection of songs. They all sit well together, and there’s an overarching story if you like, in the sequencing of the tracks.
Tame Impala – Elephant
3. Collarbones – Die Young
A massively hyped album, for sure, but I think still deserving of every little bit of love it gets. If beat driven glitchy rave style r’n’b is the new thing, then these two are at the forefront.
Collarbones – Die Young feat. HTML Flowers
2. Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts, Like White Ants In The Fence
Easily one of my favourite Melbourne bands, this was definitely an album I was eagerly anticipating. Showcasing some incredibly strong songwriting, it’s full of really broad encompassing instrumentation. Eddie’s wonderfully crafted vocals really complement what this band do.
Love Migrate – What Kind Of Man Have I Become
1. Boomgates – Double Natural
As is the sound of bands like Dick Diver, Twerps, and Eddy Current, there’s this thrown together sound that these guys really nail. It really does sound like a couple of mates having a play. As a result, there’s this nice snug feeling that you get from listening to this disc. And yeah, sure, you may classify it as indie pop. But more me, it’s indie pop perhaps at it’s finest, and it genuinely leaves you feeling satisfied.
Boomgates – Flood Plains
These guys are definitely going to feature in quite a few end of year lists. Collarbones‘s sophomore release, Die Young hit all the right spots when it comes to beat driven r’n’b/dance music.
On record they sound amazing, but live, they’re incredible. Two unassuming dudes cutting loose on stage. It’s a sight to see. I caught them at the National Gallery of Victoria a couple of weeks back for Melbourne Music Week. But they also played at Shadow Electric a little while ago, as part of the Good Hustle series at the Abbotsford Convent. Awesome film people Who By Fire caught their stellar track ‘Hypothermia’ on film.
Check it out below, and if you haven’t already, check out their album on soundcloud. So good!
Ok, so slowly we’re getting back on track. This here is the October Mixtape, chockablock full of my fave tunes of October. Some absolute stunners in here – the Lower Spectrum EP was one I kept on coming back to, as was Tame Impala‘s record, Collarbones‘s second full length, as well as the Love Migrate disc. Then there were those big massive tracks – that Hermitude remix of Presets‘ ‘Ghosts’. MY GOSH.
All of the tracks are pretty excellent…and I think it’s one of the better tapes so far.
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Aluka – Keep My Cool (Oscar Key Sung Remix)
DCUP – I’m Corrupt
Flume – Holdin On
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Collarbones – Die Young (Ft. HTML Flowers)
Lowlakes – Cold Company
Total Control – Scene From A Marriage
Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (Ft. Christine Hoberg)
The Presets – Ghosts (Hermitude Trapped in Heaven Remix)
Love Migrate – I Want You To Mend
ok, so here we go. It’s only about a week or so late, but I’ve been pretty busy lately (mismatch.tv being a big focus). This month has seen so many awesome releases, and like always, a pretty big mix of stuff. The St Vitus Cardinals boys are doing some really sweet things at the mo (I actually had a chat to Ry about it and his solo stuff earlier on in the week). Tyler Touché is also a standout for me – he’s a friggin’ high school kid and he has production skills like that??!! It also makes me pretty hungry, french style.
Then then there’s the awesome sounds of bands like Lurch & Chief, The Smith Street Band and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard (their album is stellar!). As per usual, some tracks are available for individual download, others, you just gonna have to hear in the full tape.
Worst Friends – Neve’s For None (Faux Pas Remix)
ST VITUS CARDINALS – Allday – If You Don’t Mind (Prod. By C1)
Harts – All Too Real (Diamond Cut Remix)
Clubfeet – City Of Light (Softwar Remix)
Collarbones – Hypothermia (Feat. Guerre)
Jonti – Nightshift In Blue (Dro Carey Remix)
Bertie Blackman – Mercy Killer
The Smith Street Band – Sunshine & Technology
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Muckraker
Violent Soho – Tinderbox
Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice