Single Reviews

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 2:57pm


You had me at airhorns, also had me at the frenetic pop intro, something like PC Music’s Kane West, flipping the switch instantly into an organic-sounding, frenetic funk freak out. And you definitely had me at sax solo. It’s a ride, an exhilarating one at that. An irresistibly tasty dancefloor frenzy.

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 2:55pm


Pretty sick punk belter that overstays its welcome just a tad. I mean, I don’t get what the point of a mellow middle eight (didn’t actually count the bars, FYI) breakdown is in a song like this, other than to take pause in a film clip to showcase fully Xtreme activities like smoking bongs and riding cool motorbikes and drinking beers which some people over the age of 16 find...

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 2:54pm


When I first heard FKA Twigs’ stunning, empowered, nuanced portrayal of candid sexuality in Two Weeks, my initial thought was, “Man this would be heaps better if instead of Twigs’ soaring vocals it had two derro Australian cunts who are coming off a barely repentant display of flagrant misogyny flipping the ‘higher than a motherfucker’ refrain into some preachy horseshit anti-drugs...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 7:31am

Well on track to breaking through in a major way, Tkay opens M.O.B. with a solid pop croon, leading up to some quick fire bars over some grinding beats that almost, but not quite, lean towards dubstep, contrasting with the sugary pop glee presented elsewhere. It’s intriguing in its construct, chorus-less in a way, still laden with hooks. Daring and versatile, Tkay shows no sign of tapping the...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:58pm

It starts off as some pretty tasty power-pop, exploding into disco-tinged euphoria then doesn’t look back. There are slick grooves from Harris, the vocals from the sisters Haim hit the mark, if not as earth shattering as previous Harris collaborators Florence Welch and Riri. Looks like Harris’s latest album didn’t provide a mega-hit, but tracks like Pray To God still hold worth.

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:56pm


‘Has There Been A Prominent British Band To Emerge In The Past Three Years That Hasn’t Been A Complete Fucking Embarrassment? Part 2.’

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:55pm


‘Has There Been A Prominent British Band To Emerge In The Past Three Years That Hasn’t Been A Complete Fucking Embarrassment? Part 1.’

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:54pm


This fucking rules, straight up. Frenetic power duo, Lightning Bolt, go in brandishing bursts of metal acumen. It’s exhausting, in the best way, at four minutes 15. The new album Fantasy Empire is a double LP too, listening to it all the way through will probably fill my exercise quota for the year.

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:53pm


This is a ‘song’ about wanting to do ‘totally rad’ things like surfin’ (cowabunga dudes) and skatin’ (gnarly) and driving cool cars (oh, hell yeah baby), but the protagonist can’t pull it off because they’re too shithouse “can’t even do a 180” and they don’t have a cool car to drive (major bummer dude). You know what else is cool? Being in a band. You know what else Loon Lake are...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:52pm


The complete fucking inverse of previous single i, K-Dot sounds scary powerful on The Blacker The Berry, spitting hard as fuck, challenging with racial reclamations, not holding back, defiant in the refrain proclamation: “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015.” New Kendrick, Kanye and Drizzy (on top of his just-dropped mixtape) albums due this year. We’re not worthy.

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:51pm


Chance’s Social Experiment project is hard to pin down, but it keeps producing the goods, with shades of Andre 3000 in a pursuit of sensual emotion, hitting the mark. Chance is building something special here, pay attention.

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:49pm


Well this is quite exquisite. And for Hot Chip to be exquisite this far down the road is a feat in itself. It’s a triumph from start to finish. Hot Chip run a marathon with the hi-hat tickling beat, reminiscent of defunct pals LCD Soundsystem at their peak. Not much in the way of Alexis Taylor’s trademark British cheek, but brims with character all the same.

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:47pm


I dig almost everything about this, but the lyric-less, breathy vocal hook just doesn’t sit right with me. The instrumentation and verses are bang on, dripping with an airy cool, lush, soothing, washing over with a brisk calm.

Posted 18 Feb 2015 @ 3:30pm


In terms of 2015 Laneway alumni who I would’ve picked for guest spots on Yeezy’s new album I’d have put coin on Raury, and while that still might happen, here we have Vic Mensa complementing Ye’s singing style, with a dose of Sia with a damn fine sultry reprise of the hook (plus 2k14 Laneway alumni Cashmere Cat on co-production duties). It’s relatively understated in the wake of the...

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:38pm


Rising Melbourne MC Nico Ghost exhibits an impressive flow over some dreamy production from GXNXVS on Coolin’, coming together for a soothing, smoky cool slow burn. Not terrible lyrically, but still mired in rap platitude, lacking a certain flair to contend with current US counterparts, but the potential shows. But yeah, good luck with the whole “’bout to make a quarter milly” thing...

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:37pm


Taking the sax resurgence to a logical, saxy as hell, extreme, Melbourne duo Ara Koufax steep into a ‘90s-leaning jam, feeling like an intake of icy cool air. It feels like night time, and it feels great.

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:36pm


Dealing in a profound, beautiful devastation, Sarah Mary Chadwick delivers in the atmospheric Am I Worth It, regaling a darkly, direct introspection. Vivid imagery is presented in lines such as “You smelled like cinnamon and dirt / And it erased all the hurt.” Nearly as vivid as the excellent artwork, illustrated by Chadwick, which is pretty much a guaranteed lock for album cover of...

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:33pm


UMO have a great knack for producing songs that sounds like it could have been lifted from any musical era in the past 50 years, and Multi-Love is no different. It’s wonderful, as UMO often are, exhibiting a canny acumen for refined songwriting and tonal exploration. There was a stray tweet from The Mint Chicks account late last year reading “writing,” and as tantalising as that...

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:32pm


I wanna like this, but the bubblegum pop sentiment in the lyrics is straight up trash. I dig pop cliché, but Babaganouj plod along, dragging irritable pop hooks along the ground like a sack of rotten spuds. Goes from zero to insufferable really, really quick.

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:31pm


The latest cut from Collarbones’ perhaps underappreciated third album Return is a polar bridge between deep bass chasms and chirpy flourish, easing into a resonant slowish-grind in the chorus. A perfect showcase of Travis Cook’s daring production chops and Marcus Whale’s fearless, pristine R&B pop vocal.

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:30pm


Melbourne Lothario Jonny Telafone creeps through some apocalyptic vibes on Inferno,a smouldering take from the freshly released Romeo Must Cry. There’s comfort in its length, easing into a burst of shit-hot guitar solo action and vocoder meditation towards the end. Smouldering brilliance.

Posted 11 Feb 2015 @ 3:48pm


The second taste of Dick Diver’s upcoming third LP starts off unassuming enough, a charming little Be My Baby drum beat, gradually unfurling delightfully fluid guitar melodies. When I first heard this song live, I thought it was a cover; such is permeating of its brilliant pop elements, an instant, innate familiarity. It’s wonderfully constructed, assured with each turn. The chorus is...

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:59pm


Building a spectral ambience, Kt Spit is darkly cool on Come Thru,carving deep sub bass and spitting icy bars, moving at a pace both hypnotic and rapid, hard-hitting beats creeping underneath an enticing haze. Catch Kt Spit on a killer bill alongside Simona Kapitolina, Felicity Yang and more at The Gaso, Saturday February 21.

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:58pm


For some reason, Rae Sremmurd’s supreme 2014 hit just landed in my inbox from Universal Australia so I dunno, are we gonna get a tour? A Splendour spot? Support slot on a supersized stadium tour? Anyway, if you haven’t already sung along to this killer hook at least a hundred times already, you’re fucking up.

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:57pm


Ooooooh yassss. DJ Paypal hyperactively tickles the hipbones on I’m Ready, building grooves on grooves until you’re soaked ‘n’ sweaty. Kinda’ feels like a handful of killer songs smooshed into one, bounding disco into tasty house into funked up bass lines. Taken from upcoming full-length Buy Now.

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:55pm

Look, Big Sean sucks, and has shown no signs of not sucking, even on last year’s I Don’t Fuck With You, which is a highly listenable song despite the fact it’s a Big Sean song. Now here comes Blessings, and a quick-fire remix release featuring a Yeezy verse, and it’s the first recorded instance of Big Sean being not terrible, standing tall beside the A-list guest verses from Drizzy and Ye. The...

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:51pm


Guy Sebastian’s Elevator Love > Daniel Johns’ Aerial Love.

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:50pm


John Darnielle has seemed to have entered a ‘fuck it why not’ stage of his career, following up last year’s release of acclaimed novel Wolf In The White Van with a new Mountain Goats LP Beat The Champ – a concept record pertaining to professional wrestling. And we’re the better for it. There’s a Jonathon Richman via Go-Betweens charm on The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero, breezy and...

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:49pm


Can’t hold it against Shlohmo that pretty much every Melbourne singer-producer from 2012-2014 (optimistically crossing my fingers it ain’t happening in 2015) wanted to be Shlohmo. Regardless, Buried is a world away from his Jeremih-fronted sensual slow jams, coming across like a fucked up ‘80s soundtrack, sprawling and daring in its resolve.

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 4:48pm


This is a kinda’ passable Teenage Dream era Katy Perry rip with a dose of Duran Duran guitar delay for some reason. It doesn’t quite bang quite enough to be a certified banger tho.