Track of the Week

TRACK OF THE WEEK: KAYTRANADA – Bus Ride

SOUNDS LIKE – Anderson Paak, Stwo, Hiatus Kaiyote KAYTRANADA is back. Whether you’ve never heard of this hip-hop / R&B / house / soul fusing titan before or you’ve seen him set Boiler Room sessions alight, this guy can do it all. Just finding three artists who he sounds like was a genuine struggle for me, as he regularly produces tracks that span all of these genres and yet somehow retains an individual style that is easily identifiable throughout. ‘Bus Ride’ is taken from the Canadian’s new album 99. %, an exciting collection of 15 tracks that are n exciting insight into what this über-talented producer can do. Featuring some heavy hip-hop acoustic drums and jazzy horn interludes, listening to ‘Bus Ride’ will keep you firmly rooted in yo...

Upcoming Melbourne producer: EMERSON LONG

  SOUNDS LIKE – Kygo, Snakehips, RÜFÜS Melbourne producer Emerson Long has announced himself on the electronic music block with his summery new track ‘Heatwave’ (see what I did there).     If I had to assign a matching Melbourne coffee to this tune I would say it’s a tasty latté made by your favourite hunk of a slightly too flirtatious barista. Hear me out: The shot of coffee (aka. the flavour) – with unique synthesizer sounds that remind me of Flume’s work, the components of this song all sound so good together that you know they belong but you’ve never really heard them before specifically. The milk (aka. its style) – ‘Heatwave’ combines pop vocal hooks and that relaxed summer house vibe that makes it something bo...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Papa G and The Starcats – Manipulation (Live)

‘Manipulation’ is the opening track from The Starcats’ new live album, and with faced paced bass & guitar lines and an equally juicy horn section (saxophones aplenty = me likey) behind Amber Ferarro’s commanding vocals, this group has the layers of sound and soul needed to fill you up with nutritious musical goodness.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: GUM – ANESTHETIZED LESSON

There aren’t many bands whose individual side projects make me froth at the mouth, but when the all-conquering Tame Impala’s drummer Jay Watson decided to channel his inner swagger into a solo alias ‘GUM’ and create beautiful funky fuzziness, I was hooked.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Tom Misch – Your Love (feat. Alexa Harley)

After a brief hiatus and a well publicised stint in rehab, Track of The Week is sober and clean and back for the Melbourne summer with a cracking release from up and coming British producer Tom Misch.

Kings – Fall In Fall Out

TRACK OF THE WEEK  Kings – Fall In Fall Out SOUNDS LIKE – Two Door Cinema Club, Temper Trap, San Cisco This week I’m taking a look at Kings, a group of indie rockers with a debut single that will make you want to test your voice’s limits and sing along up high. Really high – maybe try it on your own in the car before showing off. After listening to this, anyone who tells you that they wouldn’t enjoy forming a band and grooving out with a few mates on stage like these guys do is straight up talking shit. With the key ingredients of a modern indie band (drums, guitars and skinny jeans on tap), you could mistakenly think that Kings might then look and sound the same as many of the big bands surging into prominence today. What makes ‘Fall In Fall Out’ such a juicy nugget of cool is its a...

Andras and Oscar – What You Want

TRACK OF THE WEEK SOUNDS LIKE – Brame & Hamo, Wayne Snow, Dez Andrés Leading the way forward for Melbourne’s deep house scene recently is the pairing of young guns András Fox and Oscar Key Sung. Their new release is toe tapping, head bopping, cheeky grin-inspiring stuff, and like an itch worth scratching, you won’t be able to stop at listening to it once. Whether it’s the mellowed synth’s romantic chords, András’ infectious percussion riffs, or Oscar’s soulful vocal calls that go soaring above the incessant hi-hat beat, there’s always something catchy happening here to get hooked on. And with noticeably more thought put into the melodic production side of things, ‘(I Know) What You Want’ makes you do more than just dance along and cut shapes, but actually listen too. These guys a...

NAFASI – Window

TRACK OF THE WEEK SOUNDS LIKE – Alpine, Ryan Hemsworth, Little Dragon This is music made for sinking beers in the bath with your fully clothed mates. And if you can’t imagine enjoying that during uni holidays you need to loosen up a bit. Shut your eyes and tune in to this psychedelic groove and you’ll probably forget something really important. For me this tune is driven by how in sync everyone is with Tim Cox’s solid work on drums. You can’t sound loose as group without first being tight, and I can’t find a snippet of this track where these guys don’t well and truly have their shit together. Coasting from dreamy synth hits to crispy bass and guitar counter-melodies that echo behind Phoebe Webster’s vocals with ease, ‘Window’ keeps it downtempo and simple, at times feeling like it mi...

ESESE – Wonderland

TRACK OF THE WEEK SOUNDS LIKE – REMI, Chet Faker, DJ Cam Quartet Eastern Seaboard Electric Soul Experience, wow. Their name may look like a mouthful but make no mistake, this new beat ‘Wonderland’ is so smooth it’ll melt in your mouth. Or ears. Definitely one of those. Headlined by the rhymes of Hancoq and the clean vocals of tenor Hudson James Jr., this collective of young musicians and producers showcase some remarkable individual talent and group cohesion. The electronic rhythm and bass are tight, always in sync with the jazz-infused horn lines, with the thick chord tones of the keyboards filling out the space while leaving something to the imagination. The instrumental version of this song would no doubt sound like something of a modern-day jazz ensemble, and as if to prove this ‘Wonde...

RÜFÜS – You Were Right

  TRACK OF THE WEEK SOUNDS LIKE: Goldroom, Darius, Cherokee With their trademark earthy electronic sounds layered on top of some solid baselines and a cheeky shaker, RÜFÜS’ new track will have you humming and tapping along in no time. There are stacks of electronica artists today who produce either ‘dance-dance-dance’ tunes or get stuck in the rut of chilled-out bottomless waffle, but what makes RÜFÜS’ sound so refreshing is how they manage to find a compromise between these two styles. It makes putting a label or genre on the hypnotic vibe they create enjoyably difficult. Nothing is overpowering: Tyrone’s smooth vocals sit comfortably in a mid-range that most guys could sing along to when they’re alone, while the beautifully understated percussion drives the melody forwards from one ...

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