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Single Reviews

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 5:35pm

 

The first new material from the Disclosure bros since the freakin’ inescapable Settle is fairly low-key in terms of pop sensibility, honing their house-lite acumen into another tidy little banger that does little to stick in the memory, but a lot to service the D-floor. A little bit of menace in the production, which is a more than promising indication of LP number two, due later this...

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 5:34pm

 

(Re)fu(sed) Fighters. I don’t mean that as a heavy pejorative, but I don’t mean it as a compliment either.

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 5:32pm

 

I know what you’re thinking: cool… but on fire? What the? Really makes you think. But seriously this is kind of decent, with some slick production pulsing in the right places, just lacking richness in the vocal breadth and lyrical scope. Still easy on the ears after a few spins.

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 5:31pm

 

I’m beginning to think Kevin Parker simply doesn’t give a fuck; heralding the third Tame LP with a nearly eight minute, and resoundingly excellent, sprawling jam, then the first single, the more conventional and little bit shithouse ‘Cause I’m A Man, and now the excellent lo-fi into hi-fi pop ditty Disciples, embracing brevity with a 1:48 runtime. The lack of inhibition is very...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 4:36pm

 

The duo also known as Naysayer & Gilsun continue to consolidate their Ara Koufax project, again showing an ear for sampled vocal perfection on Converge, following on from last year’s radiant dancefloor monster Brenda. There’s a tendency for fearless compositional flourish throughout, cutting with a whim, injecting a personality within the tune that indicates mastery, with shades...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:53pm

 

When Jeremy Neale keeps it simple, there’s an air of Jonathon Richman Jr about him, emanating an offhand rock-pop affinity with endearing swagger. Recent efforts exhibit a more impulsive wont, however, resulting in fairly overcooked pop constructions like Hold On Together. It sounds great, but it doesn’t sound interesting, often tripping over itself as it strides towards killer hooks...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:52pm

 

After the banging, and slightly middling, Dead Format, Blanck Mass gives another taste of his new LP with Detritus, opening with a teeth-shattering wall of noise, sans percussion, sounding like the first Blanck Mass LP being tuned into on a wireless a few planets over. It’s awesome, building to a triumphant release that sounds more in line with Ben Power’s work with Fuck Buttons. A...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:51pm

 

A deft pastiche of harp and drum loops, Anyway is a dreamy wash of tonal pleasantries, with faint shades of Since I Left You touching its surface. It’s the debut single from a ~mysterious~ Melbourne duo, and an indication they might be worth your attention.

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:48pm

 

Farken hell, Chemical Brothers return with an absolute belter, feeling like a constant build and release simultaneously, not taking any cheap shots in the huge Sometimes I Feel So Desired. Would go off at the biggest of festivals and the smallest of clubs.

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:46pm

 

Good voice, boring song. Pretty much this generation’s Hozier.

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:46pm

 

After taking time away from the album release cycle to rake in that sweet, sweet videogame score coin for Max Payne 3, LA noise fuckers Health return with an extension of their exploration into melody, a move that shies away from their carpet bomb live drums. Atmospheric, yet still abrasive. Good shit.

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:40pm

 

Sounds like some fucking ad agency sent out a treatment to a bunch of VCA grads saying “Like this but less copyright-infringey” with an mp3 of Grizzly Bear’s Two Weeks attached.

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:39pm

 

Hitting a level of big band brilliance that JT failed to hit for the most part on the 20/20 Experience, Mariah is dextrous in her blend of classic class and flashed of modernity, coming up with magic. It’s a track recorded for a new #1s compilation, and as such, could’ve been a touch phoned in, but it’s up there with some of Mariah’s best moments, and that’s saying something.

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 1:38pm

 

Insipid festival shit-rock that goes on for fucking ever. But that solo is pretty sick. Skip right to the four minute mark and save yourself some strife.

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 4:23pm

 

Power are one of the sickest live bands in Melbourne right this instant, and Slimy’s Chains is a fucking sick burst of rock ‘n’ roll glory. It starts off at the altar of Bolan boogie and then shifts the gears of the Valiant into some Lemmy-worthy guitar brilliance. Evil shit. I love it. This is the future. New album Electric Glitter Boogie isout later in 2015.

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 12:28pm

 

Cupcake bounds along like Cheap Trick’s Want You To Want Me, which isn’t a bad thing, far from it. It plays to Teeth & Tongue’s strengths, stretched out in a soaring landscape, flush with deft nuance in playful instrumentation. The vocal hook could get away with being a tad more earworm-y, but there’s plenty of rock ‘n’ roll swagger on offer to compensate.

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 12:27pm

 

Hoooooly fucking shite this is good. HudMo’s work with Yeezus has rubbed both ways it seems, with a surprising crux of soul sample exploding with trademark bombast. I want to hear this in the club on the loudest PA imaginable and you should too.

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 12:24pm

 

I don’t get what the point of a song like Skip is, falling through like fine grade sand with little to grab onto. I like bangers. Oscar Key Sung can do bangers, as exhibited on All I Can Do. And there’s little subtlety on Skip, because there’s little anything, the chorus can’t stand on its own, so why not just go all out with some filthy beats? There’s a little default iPhone...

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 12:23pm

 

Groovy and polished, but old mate Tim doesn’t quite have the vocal chops for R&B, and as such, Easy falls short, especially with the bland chorus. A few moments shine though, with Rogers’ vocal at times hitting the mark, like a broken watch being right twice a day.

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 12:22pm

 

The geyser of Gizz has spouted forth this loungey and brilliant quarter of new LP Quarters, devoid of any signifiers – both tonal and stylistic – of modernity, a breezy throwback to a late ‘60s dinner party where everyone eventually starts go-going on the dining room table. Impossibly cool.

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 12:21pm

 

We’re probably approaching the stage where old rock bastards will just release one track per year for Record Store Day. This offering from Slayer is pretty fucking rad, albeit a brooding beast that pays off majorly with a sick but too short outro riff.

Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 4:01pm

 

It feels like I’m selling Ode To Ignorance short by talking on the production, but briefly, the cello is like a creeping, stripped back version of something you’d find on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It’s great, and lays a foundation for Remi’s excellent, complex lyricisms, spitting confronting bars, rising above the political impotence that besets so many Australian artists –...

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:28pm

 

An extremely tasty dance-pop banger, Call It Off shows Shamir’s mastery beyond his years with on-point production and a knack for an earworm hook sung in countertenor. The result is fresh, a feel-good soundtrack for the d-floor.

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:27pm

 

A rollicking, Dylan-esque Dream narrative more grounded in reality, The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot is a pearler of a folk-rocky jam from underrated treasure Darren Hanlon, barrelling along with disarming ease. The six-minute-plus runtime is over in a flash.

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:26pm

 

One of the hottest rap prospects of 2015, Fetty Wap is all heart on RGF Island, pained and triumphant with a pure sentiment – “If you ain’t beefin’ about no money then what’s the problem?” It’s the opening track from recently released mixtape Zoo Style, kicking off as one of the most exciting rap anthems since Hard In Da Paint. Big things are in store for Fetty Wap, watch this space...

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:25pm

 

*Extremely Terry Wallace voice* “I DUNNO ABOUT YOU GUYS, BUT IF I SEE ONE BLOKE WALK OUTTA THIS STUDIO GETTING A PAT ON THE BACK FROM PEOPLE OUT THERE FOR A GOOD EFFORT, I’LL SPEW UP.”

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:22pm

 

As if I can afford a Tidal subscription lol.

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:19pm

 

The first taste of upcoming Tame Impala LP3 Currents was the genius Let It Happen, and now we have a pretty soggy first official single in ‘Cause I’m A Man. Dreary enough, but the shirk of accountability by the protagonist is just boring.

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:19pm

 

A slow-burner of a ballad, Big Girls Cry shows there’s still plenty of legs in Sia’s 1000 Forms Of Fear,a solid, if not revelatory, follow up to Elastic Heart and the all-conquering Chandelier. Big Girls Cry sounds a little like an operatic JoJo’s Leave (Get Out). That’s a good thing.

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:17pm

 

Melbs pop collective Alpine return with a crystalline cool in Foolish, their first new jam since 2012’s A Is For Alpine. That’s kinda a long time? But not really? Sounds great, with its crisp acoustic jabs and lashings of phaser in the bridge, but feels short of an impactful hook. It’s a breezy listen, but doesn’t really command repeat listens.

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