I fucking shouted it, much louder than I ever thought I knew my voice could go. Much bigger, louder, with this knowledge and acceptance.
Up until this point I had tolerated it. Now, I accept it.
It’s done. I’m down. Here in Melbourne, where it’s fucking cold but there’s amazing sights and great coffee at nearly every turn. And the site, the website that is, is changing and it’s all- everything’s a familiar new. Big generous helpings of everything you’ve come to expect, but all just sitting slightly different.
Full download available below, but if you just sitting at work/home/life looking for that next distraction/reason to live, you can stream ’em all too.
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I’ve been all deep inside this mixtape over the past couple of days. It’s been pouring and super windy here in Sydneytown, so I’ve been stuck inside, writing, selecting tracks, mixing etc. It’s longer than some of the earlier ones, with 19 tracks. All pretty solid too, although you’d expect that from a maamf mixtape.
From Oh Mercy to Sarah Mary Chadwick, there are odes to self desire and self defeat. From friendships to Abelard, there’s stark harshness and sugar coated nostalgic glitz. A tape full of contrast, with each playing off the other.
A tape worth it, for the showcase of broad tastes and ideas and sonicness alone.
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There’s something about the melding of two, quite distinct ideas and combining them into one. It’s a tried and tested formula – rather depressing lyrics put against an achingly sweet acoustic pop song, or, alternatively, a new form of instrumentation put against a genre or sound that usually uses something different. It’s how musicians create tension, something that draws in the audience and creates that immediate intrigue important to good art.
You may know Andras Fox – he’s a Melbourne based producer that works within the disco sort of sound. He melds an analogue aesthetic into it though, making a style that has been a consistent over the past 40 or so years sound old and new at the same time. It’s that play on expectation and that tension that makes Andras’s production work stand out so much.
You would definitely know of Oscar Key Sung – he’s been a regular feature here on maamf. I think this is where the tension comes in again – we are so far used to Oscar’s polished, cleanly produced forays into the strange soul music he’s so bloody good at. Oscar’s voice, placed with the rawness of the production diverts your expectation though.
Instead, we’re left with something that is full of funk, a vocal that compliments rather than overpowers, and a collaborative project that feels as though it’s pushing forward in it’s own time.
‘Everytime I Go’ is taken from the debut full length Cafe Romantica due out October 17 through Chapter Music. Keen.
Woah buddy. Coupla days late with this one, but it’s all in your ears now so what you goin on about? Gosh, like it’s every day – “Miks, where is that mixtape?” “Miks I NEED to have that mixtape.” “Miks, mixtape. NOW!”
Nah, not really. I do occasionally have the odd individual waiting for me to post it so they can then go and steal I think 90% of the tracks for their mixtape that’s also their favourite tracks of the month, but apart from
Tommy…umm…I mean Sound Doctrine…ah shit…I actually mean a much better music blog than this one, I could do with a little more pleading from all you guyz.
Coz there’s nothing like pleading and desperation.
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Amaya Laucirica – Prettier Than The Sound
TV Programmes – Off Centre (Right Click/Save As)
Miles Brown – Electrics (Right Click/Save As)
+TEES+ – Live It Up (Right Click/Save As)
Hubert Clarke Jnr – Heart/Mind
Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do (Alba Remix)
RA$$EL COOL – Mind Manifestation
East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Mon Repos
Sincerely, Grizzly – Kafkaesque (Right Click/Save As)
Roku Music – Collider
TROPICAL STRENGTH – Not There
Private Life – Otherside (Right Click/Save As)
Rainbow Chan – Skinny Dipping (Swimming Remix)
Tim Fitz – No Rooms Tonight
New jam from Oscar Key Sung shows us exactly what he can do and what he’s about. And although I’m currently at uni, sitting at my desk on a day that other people are getting all romantic coz ‘the man’ told them to, and indeed, maybe a man told them to too (although that would be a strange/slightly not right relationship), I can’t help but slow jive in my chair as I rhythmically type whilst getting strange/come hither looks from my fellow PhD buddies.
But mate, it seems Oscar can do no wrong. And even better news is that ‘Holograms’ is coming off an EP of the same name due out March 3 through the stellar Two Bright Lakes.
This is sex.
But after a few listens, it’s charms have slowly started to wash over me. It’s the use of space. It’s the subtle bass line and very sporadic synth parts that hint at the possibility that maybe, perhaps, there is some idea of melody in this track apart from Oscar’s excellent vocals. It also feels polyrhythmic (BAM YEAH MUSIC TERM) and a little chaotic, but then when you look at it, it’s all variations of the same straight four beat.
Although this remix is nothing on the original (and yeah, that prolly isn’t even a question worth asking), it offers up something completely different. It sort of shocks you into thinking about it – it feels so incredibly discordant at times (that distorted rhythm that embeds it’s way into the intro) that you think, hey maybe there’s something wrong with my speakers. It is fast becoming a bit of a cliche when I write about most things electronic, but the light/shade, discordant/harmonious binaries that this track operates on is what makes it.
I could go on about my year and how it’s been hard man, but this kid here is finding himself a little resolutionary so I is gonna stop with that ‘ahhhh phd’s are hard and everything else has suffered as a result’ line. This here is pretty simple. Got streams of all the tracks as well as a bloody mixtape with all of them in it n shit.
The tracks below are definitely not in any kind of order, that would be too hard. But, they are the tunes that received a hell of a lot of plays by both myself and you guys. So that’s kinda cool.
Freakin’ enjoy it you guys.
Well this is freakin’ refreshing. For so long now, there has been this nu-skool r’n’b vibe coming out of Australia. When it hit (think Collarbones, Oscar + Martin etc), it was amazing. Here was this sound that was familiar, but was now coming across in this really soulful delicate way. But with the advent of that glitchtronica sound that began to occupy the electronic music scene, the whole delicate r’n’b sound got a little lost.
So it’s awesome that Oscar Key Sung, once a man putting out some excellent glitchy soul music has subtly changed his approach. The new track ‘All I Could Do’ still manages to pack a punch with Oscar’s excellent vocal tones, but gone are those delicate hip-hop inspired grooves. Instead, in their place is this left-field club sound, still with an element of delicate sounds and instrumentation, but all sitting on top of this pulsating kick, that sounds so much more commanding and blazingly confident.
This is excellent.
I’ve become rather transfixed by the work of Grant Gronewold, also known as HTML Flowers, Melbourne rap superstar and zine maker and stick’n’poke tattoo artist and poet and everything else creative. I follow him on tumblr, and his work has, in part, kept me going on with my PhD when times got a little dire earlier on this year.
So it’s for this reason that I’m a little shitty at myself for not jumping right onto this the day it came out. You see, as well as producing his own music alongside everything else, HTML Flowers also has this rap group. And it features another of my faves, Oscar Key Sung, one half of Oscar + Martin and excellent solo dude in his own right. So when it dawned on me a few hours ago that the new Brothers Hand Mirror EP had dropped (thanks to mate Tommy from Sounddoc for the heads up) I quickly jumped on to give it a download. And yeah, it’s as solid as ever. The work that these two put together is always going to be interesting. From Oscar’s really innovative production style and killer choruses to Grant’s weird and wonderful sense of flow and lyrical imagery, the EP is nothing short of being a 2013 standout, something that will definitely make my end of year list. And even at just three tracks long, I feel comfortable writing that.
As an example of just how cool this release is, I’ve got the opening track below. ‘I’m Still Real’ puts a minimal take on a what could easily be a rap anthem, with Grant’s lyrics calling for us to unite in everything that sets us apart.
If you dig, then you should definitely grab the Picture Tape EP now from their bandcamp. It’s up as a free download too, so there’s really no excuse.
yikes. so this is kinda bumper. Like proper bumper. At 1hr and 17mins, it’s got everything you need to get nostalgic about the month just gone…or perhaps everything you need to play catch up on the month that’s just gone. Either way, it’s a solid mix.
And as a quick aside, turns out soundcloud only lets you upload 2hours worth of stuff until you have to start paying. So it’s back to the ugly wordpress player for this month.
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Monone Alone – The Business World
Jen Cloher – Toothless Tiger
Gang Of Youths – A Sudden Light
Nick Van Breda – The World And The Everyday (Right Click/Save As)
Jimmy Tait – All My Friends
Prudence Rees-Lee – Morning
The Guppies – RSVP To My Funeral (Right Click/Save As)
Midnight Juggernauts – Memorium
George Maple – OPST
Oscar Key Sung – It’s Coming
Baptism Of Uzi – Stray Current (Right Click/Save As)
Movement – Feel Real
Lancelot – You’ll Never Be Mine
Jensen Interceptor & CSMNT61 – Angle of Incidence
Flight Facilities – I Didn’t Believe (Feat. Elizabeth Rose)
Du Tonc – Surging Memories
Willow Beats – Alchemy
The Townhouses – Diaspora (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)
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 Aluka are a Melboune a-cappella crew. And you know what, that shouldn’t scare you as much as it first scared me.
Although these guys aren’t signed with Two Bright Lakes, they’re definitely putting forward that experimental delicate pop sound that that label is known for. So much so that producer extraordinaire, Nick Huggins lent his hand to the bands debut album, due out next year.
Below we got so much stuff for you. First off is a stream of new single ‘Keep My Cool’. Pure vocals with some decent harmonies and vocal tricks. It’s got this really tight structure to it which I really love.
Next up is a remix from none other than Oscar Key Sung. This guy seems to do no wrong! Featuring some of Oscar’s own vocals on top, it kinda takes away the intensity of the original, instead replacing it with this level of introspection. Such a nice take on a track.
Finally, the clip for the track. This has been doing the rounds for a little bit, and is so kinda half daggy that it’s cool.