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Single Reviews

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 11:44am

Full credit to Frankie Ocean for one of 2016’s greatest stitch-ups! Really brings us all together.

 

WARPAINT : New Song

New Song kind of meanders about the place, which isn’t a terminal quality for a song, but here it tends to grate as a sense of overlong pervades. Best when it fully locks into a groove, with the slinky bassline proving the star, peppered with a...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 12:01pm

Dogs are a few injuries shy of resorting to calling up yours truly for their finals run. Give us a bell, Bevo.

 

RAINBOW CHAN : Work

What’s with all the songs about work in 2016? Thing is, they’re all pretty great. Rainbow Chan’s is no exception. Of course, it’s not going to be on the same level as Riri or Fifth Harmony, but it’s still a banger that punches above...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 11:51am

Hope you all had a great time at Splendour while I was busy taking care of more important matters: workshopping dozens of tweets observing how cold it is in Melbourne.

 

RACHEL MARIA COX : A Phone I Can’t Use

Possessing a similar candid lyrical spark present in Australia’s recent wave of (for lack of a better term) folk-punk acts, Rachel Maria Cox lays down some...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 3:04pm

Too many pop culture things happening at the moment folks. I can’t pick one to make a pithy comment about for this week’s intro sorry.

 

FERGIE : M.I.L.F $

Let’s just take a moment to think about how American Pie has forever changed the English language. This song is pretty much what you’d expect from a song called M.I.L.F $. MILFs are cool, Fergie’s cool....

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 9:22pm

Happy Humpday the 13th, everyone. Stay spooky/horny.

 

FALL OUT BOY FEAT. MISSY ELLIOT : Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)

This is so fucking dumb that it kinda works? Like getting a non trending band to whip up a cover of one of cinematic history’s best themes with dubstep tropes in 2016 doesn’t work on any level. We need a Missy Elliot renaissance, and this isn’t it...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 10:57pm

Jason Johannisen is the prime minister now okay.

 

SKEPTA FEAT. MAKONNEN & CÉON : Coming Soon

This opens more like a Makonnen track: chirpy, good vibes. It blows out into a grimier middle ground for Skepta’s verses, still retaining nursery rhyme instrumentation. It’s a strange lil’ number, featherweight almost to the point of being throwaway, but it’s a breezy...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 11:12pm

“Listen buddy if Texas seceded it would be the greatest fucking country on earth and don’t you forget it” – a thing a Texan musician once said to me, unprovoked.

 

SCOTT AND CHARLENE’S WEDDING: Don’t Bother Me

This is a nicely put together song about being shithouse at dancing.

 

SCOTDRAKULA: Skeleton Fever

A slow-burn of an arm-in-arm anthem...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 9:41pm

Cart your arse down to Elsternwick this Sunday to see yours truly pull on the mighty Megahertz guernsey and absolutely cane myself by trying to take hangers all day.

 

MARTIN SOLVEIG FEAT. TKAY MAIDZA: Do It Right

It’s beyond doubt that Tkay Maidza is set for huge things, the Adelaide rapper kicking major goals by spitting bars over dance beats. Martin Solveig’s...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 9:36pm

As the prophecy has foretold, Bob is back. Dogs flag 2017.

 

OSCAR KEY SUNG: Hands

Venturing into more adventurous, darker territory, Oscar Key Sung revels with an experimental aplomb, fearless of space. He can bust out bangers as proven on All I Can Do, but here he manages to pique interest without any notion of four-to-the-floor pandering. He’s positioned...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 10:50pm

The Avalanches just got drunk and shittily DJed at Primavera? Man they totally missed the boat on the EDM era.

 

COLLARBONES: The Cut

Coming outta nowhere, on the eve of Marcus Whale’s debut solo album Collarbones drop their new single The Cut. It flows much like Whale’s recent solo singles, a spacious runway for lift-off, breaking off into a rave-ready throwdown...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 9:02pm

 

HOLY BALM: Fashion

Fashion has a bouncing house groove with big fat spaces between the notes, and a sweet popping sax line in its final third. If you’re a 23-year-old inner city hipster who bombs MDMA every weekend and wants to impress a people at a house party, this is 100% the tune for you. It’s super cool. You can dance to it while your soul turns to paste....

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 10:55pm

The Hunt For The Wilderpeople is out tomorrow and you should definitely go see it – Lachlan ‘Dave Stratton’ Kanoniuk.

 

D.D DUMBO: Satan

It was all quiet on the D.D Dumbo front after heaps of promise a couple of years back, and it seems like that period of time has been put into honing songcraft with the release of Satan. It shows a true sense of daring, in...

Posted 18 May 2016 @ 8:53pm

I feel like Jakey Stringer when I slip through a pack of ticket inspectors and out the tram doors.

 

BANFF x CAITLIN PARK: My Love, My Lover

I really dug Caitlin Park’s 2014 LP The Sleeper. Here she teams up with Brissie artist Banff for a fairly straightforward exercise in dreamy folk, largely stripped of the inventive electronica flourishes that coloured The...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:44pm

Folks I’m hearing rumours of a new Radiohead album.

 

CHRISTOPHER PORT: Bump

Takes a while to get going, but doesn’t really get going at all. Ingredients are added, but no sparks transpire. Session percussionist Christopher Port pays homage to UK garage with an arrhythmic arrangement that never really gives anything to hold onto – which isn’t vital. It just doesn’...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:09pm

May the fourth live long and prosper (only true sci-fi fans will get this).

 

BLINK-182: Bored To Death

This isn’t too shithouse, but it sounds like Blink-182 trying their best to write the most Blink-182 song possible. The hedge-betting might work if not for a few lyrical clunkers that really should have been caught at every stage of the creative process. There’s...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 9:49pm

I remember towards the end of one of Prince’s Melbourne stadium shows in 2012. It was the section of the show where he sat a piano and started reeling off the hits. One after another, effortlessly chaining together some of the biggest tracks in pop history – tracks he wrote, recorded and produced all by himself. Then all of a sudden, the slow, pulsing chords of Darling Nikki. Now this is in a...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 10:59pm

Little known fact: Johnny Depp’s apology video was directed by Tim Burton in his most understated work yet.

 

BRAILLE FACE: Glow

There’s a rich movement amongst Australia’s promising crop of electronic producers in embracing emotion as a tool, but each artist seems to be doing so in a unique way. Braille Face delves into the intricate on Glow, which possesses an...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:18pm

Seasoned Beat readers will know that the final edition of each year features a writers’ wrap of top picks for the year passed, plus a crazy prediction for the year ahead. At the end of 2014 I made the prediction Bob Murphy would be holding the Premiership Cup up in October. At the end of 2015, same again – but that time it didn’t seem so crazy. Wishing Bob all the best, and even if the old...

Posted 7 Apr 2016 @ 10:18pm

Full respect to the footy social media managers who have to come up with different ways of saying “tough day at the office” week in, week out.

 

THE VINES: In Miracle Land

Lifting Beatles melodies wholesale? C’mon Vines, that’s a total Jet move. But this Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds-alike is pretty decent, even if it is a weird anthem paraphrasing the Sega...

Posted 2 Apr 2016 @ 10:04am

Despite the mighty Western Bulldogs executing a ten goal drubbing of last year’s minor premiers, I am keeping a Lid On It at this point in time. Stay tuned for any status change on the Lid in future rounds.

 

M83: Solitude 

  Old m8 M83 shoehorns a Moog solo smack bang in the middle of a down-tempo symphonic ballad, the ambition well and truly overcooked to the point of...

Posted 25 Mar 2016 @ 3:17pm

Our months–long national nightmare is over. Footy season is back, baby!!!!

 

LIL YACHTY FT. QUAVO, SKIPPA DA FLIPPA, & YOUNG THUG: Minnesota Remix

This is beautiful.

 

TINY LITTLE HOUSES: Milo Tin

Building upon the solid promise of Easy, Tiny Little Houses play to their strengths on Milo Tin, adding a sense of national identity...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 9:11pm

RIP George Martin. What a guy. Always spoke like he was the smartest person in the room. Probably always was.

 

KANO: This Is England

Kano’s view of England stems from the outer neighbourhoods of East London, where survival means obeying unscrupulous gangsters like the Kray twins and digging yourself into a hole of delinquency. But Kano’s “a Tupac in a town full of...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 4:35pm

Congratulations to Sam Smith for winning the Oscar for Somehow Making It As A Popstar Despite Having The World’s Most Generic Name.

 

NGAIIRE: Diggin

Daggering synths underpin the opening of Diggin, which finds Ngairre playful and powerful in inflection. It’s a strange track, somewhere between ‘80s pop, future...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 6:37pm

I am getting crook from footy deprivation please help.

 

BAD VISION: Goons

 

 

Channelling Arabia Mountain-era Black Lips, Melbourne’s Bad Vision gently rock and roll with an understated piss and vinegar energy on Goons, coasting with rollicking charm. Not too clean, not too dirty – it’s a good time in the right measure.

 

FUNKADELIC...

Posted 10 Feb 2016 @ 5:39pm

ALIEN-DUDE: NEED TWO TICKETS TO PRINCE.

 

Lontalius : It’s Not Love

Pulling a Yeezy-esque release of one new track each week in the lead-up to new album I’ll Forget 17, Lontalius (AKA Eddie Johnston) upholds promise with the chiming It’s Not Love. Continuing the exploration between triumph and resignation in the framework of love or lack thereof, Johnston shows...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:47pm

“A lot of live music out there… get amongst it.” – Lachlan Kanoniuk, 2016

 

Jordan Raf : What You Want

Pushing tropical melody through transmissions of white noise, Jordan Raf fills the place in our hearts left by Jai Paul while creating a distinct voice of his own. There’s a magnetic earnestness at play. Predicting a place on the Laneway 2017 lineup.

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Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 4:36pm

Sugar Mountain was great, but there were too many hipsters.

 

Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar : No More Parties In LA
This is fun. Kanye goes in, sounding like he’s racing the beat to purge thought, his focus everywhere, which plays to his strengths. K-Dot’s verse is solid, Ye is honest, “High speed turbo thoughts”, the biggest punchline coming in another shoutout to the...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 2:27pm

Zooper Doopers are like brie: you should leave them out for a bit before you tuck in. And that’s a foodie life hack you can take to the bank.

 

Future : Inside The Mattress

Releasing his fifth full-length in the space of a year (including album Dirty Sprite 2 and joint Drake mixtape What A Time To Be Alive), Future gifted Purple Reign to the world over the weekend...

Posted 13 Jan 2016 @ 12:28pm

I grew up in a small town. Music was hard to get to, and I can't remember how Bowie entered my life – perhaps a late night Rage binge, this thin alien, entering my early teens like his own Starman, through the glow of an early AM TV screen, maybe it was Be My Wife, or the well-spun Ashes To Ashes clip. This was another world, truly. Unlike anything I'd ever heard. I worked the local...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 7:45am

Pleased to announce I will be taking the place of whichever Wu-Tang members don’t make it to their Australian tour.

 

Radiohead : Spectre 

Sam Smith’s Spectre theme was trash, and the marketability of his name was more than likely undermined by lacklustre schmaltz. Radiohead’s rejected theme, put out into the world by Thom “St Nick” Yorke on Chrissy day, broods...

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