Skydreams’ Great Classic Hits

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Skydreams, run by Telepath host and all round legend Nick Hollins, is more than just a blog. It’s a label, a photo-journal, long form music essay, detailed time capsule – there’s a lot of guises that Skydreams falls under. It also has a habit of covering some of the most interesting and burgeoning of artists. There’s plenty of bands out there that Skydreams has championed from the start, from Blank Realm, to The Laurels, to Day Ravies. It’s certainly helped me in the discovery of a few local bands I’d otherwise have no idea about, like Orion and Laurence.

Celebrating five years on top of the world, Skydreams has released a 25 song compilation featuring a few of the best Sydney bands they’ve picked up along the way, and it’s quite the spread. You’ve got regulars like The Laurels, The Holy Soul and Regular John popping their faces up again, as well as a few folks that have been around for a couple years, like Buzz Kull, Devotional and Option Command.  Then, there’s a heap of new faces – Spirit Faces, Super Galaxies, and Mezko for example.

However, it’s the variety of music here that’s the really impressing factor. Nine minute ballads, 60’s rock ‘n’ roll, throbbing noise, instrumental guitar beds, bedroom hip-hop…it’s all here! It’s exactly the thing that gets me excited about the Skydreams blog, that you can go through that Jukebox and find a completely different song on each page.

The compilation is not only name-your-price, but if you do put some cash forward, all proceeds go to Reclink!

 

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New: Sails – Coastal Mixtape II

Last year, the one-man vibe machine that is Sails dropped an excellent mixtape of whirrs and beeps. After about six months, that whole shebang has gotten the remix treatment from some of Oz’s best and brightest producers. From Setec to Spoonty, Super Galaxies to Option Command, the talent is laid bare. It’s a slightly more colourful affair than the original, a bit of a tropical flip of Sails’ first stuff, but that’s to be expected considering the producers on hand.

Spoonty’s lush remix is the standout on here, a half-melting goop of shrill, thrashing beats, but the whole array on this mixtape is goddamn gorgeous. As if this is free download! Get on it before Skydreams get some sense knocked into them and exploit these musical prodigies for what they’re worth