Oh man! This be all nuts and stuff. Holidays are an amazing thing, and so is travelling down to see all those friends and family you left back down there. I actually think I might re-listen to this tape on my flight home. Prolly the correct length too.
Anyway, gosh, mate, enough of my crazy travel exploits (not that crazy, or exploitative even). This here tape is full to the brim of some real maamf faves. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s mid-year and I haven’t done that list that everyone else has done. Maybe it’s the fact that all my old maamf faves actually put out some killer tracks in July. Either way, the tapes a bloody bonza listen k?
A few little mentions though. Our mate Snowy Nasdaq joked that I should call these MiksTapes and then recoiled from that idea suggesting that perhaps I had thought of it already. To be honest Snowy, it did cross my mind early on, but I thought no one would take me seriously. Maybe I’m wrong? On the music front though, the guy is going from excellent to excellent with his one single a month thing. Seriously, the man knows his way around a wonky pop tune.
I also thought that this blog may run the risk of becoming the Laura Jean fanpage. Her new single ‘Don’t Marry the One You Love’, the second off her new self-titled album due out in a couple of weeks, is so much more upbeat sounding than ‘First Love Song’. The name doesn’t suggest that though – it still has that trademark world-weariness that Laura is becoming pretty well known for.
And finally, Flube. To put it simply, when you come across a good remix, it’ll most likely get a run. The new Seekae stuff is nice, but I gotta be honest, it’s taking me a while to get into it proper. There’s something about the whole Alex Cameron singing thing that although works in his super niche solo project, doesn’t resonate as much within the context of a band who have gone some way to define Australian electronic music. Maybe it’s the fact that it makes it a little more accessible, but the Flume remix still stays a little weird. It also hits reasonably hard. And maybe it’s the #clubbanger in it, but I like it over the original.
This month we’re also experimenting with a playlist of the tracks in soundcloud. The only track not on the playlist that is still in the tape is the Straight Arrows tune ‘Don’t Call My Name’. It’s not on soundcloud, and knowing what they’re like with shutting down accounts, I didn’t want to risk uploading it myself. The full tape is still available as a full stream and download though!
MAAMF – JULY ’14 MIX.
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Richard In Your Mind – Hammered
Tim Fitz – Sour
Straight Arrows – Don’t Call My Name
Bad//Dreems – My Only Friend
Laura Jean – Don’t Marry The One You Love
Klo – False Calls
Jack R Reilly – Collapse In One
Snowy Nasdaq – Lopsided Smile
Tora – Eat The Sun
Banoffee – Got It
Seekae – Test & Recognise (Flume Re-Work)
Lower Spectrum – Hex
Fractures – Won’t Win (Japanese Wallpaper remix)
I’m not even going to try and be mysterious and jaded here – this is about to be a gush piece on Seekae. If you want unbiased information from a neutral source you’d best march those shiny boots over to the Telegraph. Here you will get nothing but extreme personal bias in favour of the plaintiff. Brace.
It’s not even that the song is killer, or that 1:46 makes me giddy. It’s the warm reassurance of knowing you can trust a group to grow their sound while keeping the depth. And if you’re not on the internet for warm reassurance, then go tell your internet service provider so they can dutifully cut you loose.
Like ‘Another‘ (which I was also hopelessly taken by), ‘Test and Recognise‘ is sparse and much more vocal than their old stuff – but it has one of the strongest moods they’ve ever conjured. It still floats untracked in that Seekae triangle between ominous, fun and beautiful – just moreso.
If you’re late to the party it’s possibly more divisive than their older work, but also a whole other thing to Alex Cameron’s impressively committed solo….character project(?) which you might be tempted to distrust at first (though you ought to attend here and let it grow on you).
Maybe Tommy said it better by saying less, but my effort is more informative because I’m also telling you that the full-length on drops 12/9/2014 and that the staff to seduce for a listen before then are those working for Future Classic.
In fact, life tip from maamf: seduce early for both tour and album listens. Don’t say we never help.
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 fuck me. This is morbid.
New clip from Sydneysiders Seekae depicts the burial of some drunk dude at a building site in order to bring the builders good fortune. What results is essentially a gravesite housing this dead man, but with people living in the structure built on top of it.
It is an excellent clip though nonetheless.
I’m still deciding whether I’m loving Seekae‘s change in direction. Their old stuff was just so beautiful, and whilst I thinkAlex Cameron has got a fair set of pipes on him, I’m just a little unsure as to whether as a result of adding vocals, their music loses that warmth and character that their earlier stuff had.
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, for the second time in as many years, a new Avalanches album has made the Home & Hosed‘s Album’s of the new year list.
And here’s hoping that they actually do put out a new album this year, some 11 or so years after their debut.
Anyway, enough of the Avalanches anxiety. There are some pretty exciting albums on this list.
The ones I’m looking most forward to are:
FEB – Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular/Universal)
MAR – Collarbones – Iconography (Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control), The Little Stevies – Attention Shoppers (Independent), Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief (Capitol/EMI)
APR – Mike Noga – The Balladeer Hunter (TBC)
JUNE – Nick Huggins – TBA (Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control)
AUG – Big Scary – TBA (Independent)
NO MONTH YET – Alpine – TBA (Ivy League), The Avalanches – TBA (Modular/Universal), Jonathan Boulet – TBA (Modular/Universal), Geoffrey O’Connor – TBA (Chapter Music), The Grates – TBA (Dew Process/Universal), Gotye – TBA (Independent/Eleven), Jack Ladder – TBA (Spunk/EMI), The Middle East – TBA (Spunk/EMI), No Device – The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands (Independent), Pnau – Soft Universe (Warner Music), Rat Vs Possum – TBA (Sensory Projects), Seekae – TBA (Rice Is Nice), The Twerps – TBA (Chapter Music), World’s End Press – TBA (Love & Mercy)
You can access the full list here.
And of course, some music, to get you in the mood.
The Little Stevies – Feel It
Seekae – Blood Bank
Oh Mercy – Keith St.
World’s End Press – Faithful
ok. So one of the bands that supported Decoder Ring the other night were a crew from Sydney called Seekae. I like to call them GlitchPop. To me, these guys produce really well crafted pop music, but take it that level up by adding some disjointed beats and glitches galore. I’ve spoken about my love of a show called the Sound Lab before. It’s a show on Triple J that is all about the more experimental side of electronica as well as a bit of post rock kinda stuff thrown in. I’m pretty sure these guys have featured on it before.
They’re gig with Decoder Ring the other night was pretty darn good. I was apprehensive I must admit seeing some crazy dude behind a drumkit and a soundboard kinda thing and a macbook sitting up on a milk crate. But yeah, that drummer was awesome. Those dude’s twiddling knobs and blowing into a melodica were awesome too. This kinda genre of music is one I’ve liked but never really gotten into. And I know if I listened to it all the time, I would go mad and would begin to hate it. So it’s in this small dose style that suits me best.
Here’s one of the standout tracks from their support slot the other night taken from their album The Sound of Trees Falling On People. None of that here though…no trees. im in a library. yeah.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.