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Single Reviews

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.

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:17pm

 

There are moments in Need You Now where I think it may work better as an instrumental, the production nearly on par with Caribou’s excellent Our Love. Alexis’s vocals are never overbearing, and it’s the signature Hot Chip aspect, but it feels a little redundant here, especially with the killer sampled hook. It’s still wonderful, and there’s a great earnestness in Alexis’s voice that...

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:16pm

 

Laura Marling has always been cool, but this is extremely fucking cool, embracing all-in Joni Mitchell inflections and often trailing off with a Bowie-like daring. It flows brilliantly, never loud, never quiet, a wonderful estuary in which to swim.

Posted 15 Apr 2015 @ 2:25pm

 

If you missed Mutton during their Tote residency in March, you didn’t really do March right. Cocoon is taken from the flipside of the Flyblown 7”, due later on in 2015, a putrid display of noise brilliance, looming like a swamp beast in the moonlight. It starts off powerful, and ends up fuckin’ ferocious. Top stuff.

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 2:57pm

 

Finding supreme beauty in the Sisyphean devastation of adulthood, Sarah Mary Chadwick cuts to the bone, the exposure of I’m Back Where I Was is nothing short of powerful. It lifts into the refrain “I thought I would know by now / I thought I’d be home by now”, engulfing like an existential tsunami. You feel it in your chest.

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 2:56pm

 

Grimes’ contribution to the Girls soundtrack starts off with a breezy, low-key Sonny And The Sunsets groove, threatening to explode into bombast, yet still maintaining a stripped-back charm. The hook is catchy, not overcooked, “Calculate the entropy / Running out of energy”. It’s not a celebration of entropy, despite the poppy tonal sentiment, nor a rejection. An acknowledgement,...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 2:56pm

 

This is fucked up. In the best way. Twigs explores more challenging production on the first taste from upcoming release EP3, here teaming up with Boots, much like the collaborative works with Arca on the previous two EPs. It’s a refined energy, especially compared to the broader, over-arching vision of LP1, bursting, glitching, banging on a whim. Twigs is unstoppable.

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 2:56pm

 

Opening with a fairly wide gulf between the higher register vocal and fleshed-out bottom end, everything snaps into place on Another Earth, the majority of which is decent, eventually braiding a satisfying close. Did anyone ever see that movie Another Earth? It was alright. Cheers.

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 2:55pm

 

Ooooh, outta nowhere, Janelle Monae has dropped a trappy anthem in Yoga. There’s a sense of freedom from Monae’s refined Metropolis concepts found on here previous LPs and EP, cutting loose with laser-guided vocal melodies and dance-craze baiting lyrics. “Lemme see you do that yoga” won’t be a viral hit, I don’t think, but it’s a solid jam, and a promising sign of things to come.

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 2:55pm

 

The closing track from one of the strongest hip hop releases of last year, Me is a sensual, powerful wash of classic NYC production. Junglepussy deals underhanded lyrical brilliance, dealing bars that possess a razor wit, never coming across as jokey while shifting flow between spacious rhymes and sung hooks. “I just want to be me.” Perfect.

Posted 8 Apr 2015 @ 2:51pm

 

There’s a lot going on in Jewels Are Just Lumps, all of it amazing, millions of celestial folk sparks firing simultaneously, a triumph anchored by a marching snare. It’s a disarming spectacle, pulled off effortlessly by Alyx Dennison, dipping into lo-fi 56k modem-esque lulls before soaring with fiddle, into a breathless vocal excursion. One of the many highlights from Dennison’s self-...

Posted 7 Apr 2015 @ 6:14pm

Breezy and pristine, Melbourne producer Japanese Wallpaper finds a perfect vocal match with Airling for Forces, generating enough atmosphere to lure in beyond any overtly safe, played out xx similarities. It’s nice, but not in the pejorative sense. 

Posted 7 Apr 2015 @ 6:14pm

 

A change of pace from the chill campfire jam FourFiveSeconds, RiRi goes in on a stonking trap banger. It ticks the boxes, a dancefloor-commanding beat (produced by Yeezy, no less), an acronym-friendly hook, self-congratulatory, victorious sentiment. It’s damn solid, but not crazy spectacular, reminiscent of Big Sean’s IDFWU (Rihanna is a better rapper here, to be honest), but not...

Posted 7 Apr 2015 @ 6:13pm

 

There’s little subtlety on Main Roads, from Spanish two-piece Karate Dancer, but there’s still a certain uninhibited charm. It’s big, goofy, just enough to distinguish from the glut of similar acts worldwide. I like it. Also, shouts out to YouTube algorithms for making the suggested video connection between Karate Dancer and Ralph Macchio’s guitar solo-off with Steve Vai in Crossroads...

Posted 7 Apr 2015 @ 6:12pm

Let’s face it, the last album from The xx was a bit of a snoozer. I literally can’t remember any tracks from it. I can’t even remember its name. But here is Jamie xx, following on from solid standalone tracks released last year with a track that sounds like what The xx LP2 should’ve sounded like, with a guest turn from bandmate Romy on vocals. It achieves a large-scale intimacy, the logical...

Posted 7 Apr 2015 @ 6:09pm

Shifting gears, as is their commendable wont, the Gizz cruise along on the deft, schmaltzy God Is In The Rhythm, smooth in execution, drifting along in a blissed-out ‘50s haze. The first taste is a truncated edit of what’s set to be four ten minute, ten second jams from new album, Quarters. It’s hard to imagine what the remainder of God Is In The Rhythm entails, but more of the same wouldn’t...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 4:37pm

I can’t remember the last time I heard a new rock‘n’roll song that was this fucking good. Maybe it was Royal Headache’s Really In Love. It embraces dickhead classic rawk riffs, spittin’ and snarlin’ all over ‘em with spit and elbow grease, pin-balling from one gnarly moment to the next. It grabs ya, from the moment of that belter of a first line. Astonishingly good stuff, straight outta Philly...

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:33pm

 

Close your eyes. Closed? Good. Now imagine that Sonny, Wesley and Biebz have dropped one of the hottest tracks of 2015. Wait, how are you reading this with your eyes closed? You lying piece of shit. Anyway. This is it. A huge, forward-thinking slapper, exceeding the sum of its parts with Jai Paul-style flair. All class, but that doesn’t change the fact Diplo is a shit bloke. Sonny and...

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:32pm

 

A tasteful throwback to turn of the millennium, icy pop, vocalist Woodes channels a touch of Frozen-era Madonna over production from fellow Melbourne up-and-comer Elkkle. It’s refreshingly detoured beyond current trend.

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:31pm

 

Slimming their ranks, soul revue types Saskwatch here land somewhere between garage blues and pop punk on I’ll Be Fine. It’s a weird energy, the lo-fi inclinations not really playing to Saskwatch’s strengths, especially as it holds back a sense of power in Nkechi’s vocals. Having said that, it does compound the introspective doubt and assurance professed in the song. But yeah, a weird...

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:29pm

 

Achieving the near impossible, Hozier somehow turns a song about being a root-rat into the most boring shit imaginable, so insipid that the Logies are trying to lock down a special guest performance.

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:28pm

 

Q1 2015 continues to shit all over the entirety of 2015 in terms of hip hop, Earl Sweatshirt preceding the release of sorta-surprise new LP I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside with a bleak, groggy storm in Grief. It’s a tough, rewarding slog, capped off with a soulful coda release.

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:27pm

 

Fresh from claiming resounding MVP honours at Golden Plains, Total Giovanni drop the sultry, and a little bit darkly, Paradise, not reaching for anything spectacular, but a tidy dancefloor-sating groove all the same.

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:17pm

 

Oh cheer up Albarn, you cunt.

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 5:16pm

 

The last thing I expected from a churlish band name like that was some bang on ‘50s R&B schmaltz, but that’s what we have in Too Late. It’s the kinda shit where we pan to the audience and they’re all bawling their fucking eyes out at the heartthrob onstage. Check it out at The Tote on Thursday April 9. 

Posted 25 Mar 2015 @ 12:26pm

Cruising along with an inebriated, locked in groove, Needle In The Hay feels like what new Pixies jams should sound like. It rocks hard, with tension generated through restraint, emanating cunning lyricisms. A solid, standalone track, released as a split seven-inch available at its launch at Shadow Electric, Saturday April 18.

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