Ok fair cop – we’ve not been writing heaps.
At least for my part it’s NOT busyness, that old gen-y copout. I’m just hating all Aussie music. All of it. Loathing every single morsel of sound from this oversized island continent.
Well, maybe not EVERY morsel. Maybe there are are a FEW tracks queued up for a writeup. Maybe even a few more than a few. Alright, I can disclose that there are a lot. But stop harping on about the damn queue and besides, my busyness is foundational to my identity. You can handle it, you’re nothing if not resilient.
In truth I damn near posted his Paces Remix last week anyway – my point being it’s ALL strong.
The guy has got ears. Classy, heavy, feelsy ears.
Everything he touches carries a kind of classic freshness, now including this (previously manic) post.
In this critical time, with classic freshness more precious than ever, I for one am glad to have this chill brisvegnite churning it out by the truckload.
I won’t try and deconstruct the brief history of the tidy hyperactive trap sounds coming from all corners of Australia right now, because (like most people over the age of 20) I figure I’m on the outside of that loop.
Maybe there are places on the internet where quiet/shy/anonymous/intelligent kids go to talk about various animals and inside jokes. Actually, that is probably most of the internet. But maybe there are also more specific places where those kids pick through Cashmere Cat tracks and chat through bed squeak samples, delicate percussion and clean plastic synth sounds… Well that’s not for me to know.
But however it started and whether or not Wave Racer was really the first to climb the mountain of this sound locally, the cordial is flowing freely right now and there is cool stuff coming from all directions. Our challenge here is who else do we pluck from the sweetened stream?
Today we have chosen Sydneysider JAWS. His debut ‘Need Me‘ doesn’t stray too far from the cat’s tasty tree of sound design, but it’s put together with a steady ear for clarity and a slower pace than most – measuring out the melodies without flustering my (probably much more ancient) insulin levels.
I dig it because it’s light, uncrowded and ultimately good smiley music. A good sign on the first track, as there is still nothing like a good old-fashioned smile.
Free download from the soundcloud too.
Gold Coastian (that’s a thing right?) Paces has released a new EP, The Pact EP. It came out a fortnight ago (slow on the uptake I know) and is really excellent. Think Hudson Mohawke-esque, and a little bit of Ta-Ku thrown in.
You can stream the military style opener and title track ‘The Pact’ below. The track features the shwaeeet vocals from another local lass, Chela. You can stream the full EP on Paces’s soundcloud, and if you dig, give it a purchase.
Finally, if it really gets you keeeeeeeen, then make sure you check out Paces as he tours round the place – more details here.