New Weird Electronic: Bistro feat. Simo Soo + AFXJIM + Liam Kenny

There’s been a whole bunch of awesome weird electronic/production stuff released as of late, that’s like, heaps fucking good hey. So check it out harder than I check out my groceries for a long night of my favourite dish of Spaghetti-4-1 aka loneliness.

Bistro feat. Simo Soo

It’s hard not to become strangely enraptured in this single from Sydney beatsmith Bistro. It’s like Flying Lotus is having a panic attack after ingesting too many Vicodin, and completely flipped his lid. The production on here is fucking solid, a brick wall of static and piercing drum beats. Also, that chorus is going to get stuck in your head faster than a Madonna song.

Pair this damn flawless hip-hop track with a video that is part vibrantly haunted television ad, part Grim Reaper hanging out on your porch, and you’ve got something indescribably good. With mushy beats as infectious as this and a uniquely freaky video to go with it, these guys might have just risen straight to the top of Australian hip-hop’s wealthiest, such as  Milwaukee Banks and Silly Joel & the Candymen.

AFXJIM – Distant

Oh. AFXJIM. Like Aphex Twin, right? Actually, that’s kinda clever and/or cool. But if Aphex Twin dialled down the alerted schizophrenia, and actually took his pills and laid down on the calmdown couch, he might morph into a little something like his Sydney counterpart AFXJIM. The songs on here are sharp and expertly produced, sliced together to form a slinky smorgasbord of songs. The offerings differ wildly, from the worldly indie-rock of the title track, to the prickly “Requiem For A Broken Discoverer”, and the hazy “Autumn Diary”. AFXJIM’s ability to combine samples and music into something strange but bright is really quite excellent.

Liam Kenny – Avalanche

Like the song, Liam Kenny’s clip for “Avalanche” is a health hazard. It’ll suck you up and spit you out like you’re a jellybean flavour that it took a while to decide that it didn’t like. It’s cruel and cutthroat, set in a world where lines and knives adorn a table where a game of who-knows-the-fuck-what is taking place. And all the meanwhile, a bespectacled Liam Kenny stares on, shades on and ready to re-interpret classics like Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche”.


New Australian Electronic Music: Midnight Juggernauts + Milwaukee Banks + Feral Media Mixtape

I’m seriously behind on so much amazing new music. Seriously, prepare your earholes to become plagued with wayyyyy too much new music that you’ve probably heard about before, but haven’t yet gone through the ‘RYAN SAAR APPRAISAL PROCESS’ quite yet. It’s kind of a big deal, or at least my Mum reckons so. Anyway, here’s a couple thumper tunes worth wrapping your ears around.

Midnight Juggernauts-Cedoption

‘Cedoption’ is one of MJ’s newest songs, at least since last year’s record. I much prefer this kind of weird, Chemical-Brothers-ish style. The falsetto, clanging with the steel jungle percussion, the warping synths and general deep space vibe of the thing creates the sort of sense that Midnight Juggernauts are about to unleash some total mind fucks upon the world that we’re probably not ready for. Did everyone just shit themselves? Because they should have.

Milwaukee Banks-Rose Water (prod. by Kira)

Don’t look up Milwaukee Banks on Google, or at least chuck ‘band’ or ‘music’ on the end of there. Otherwise you’ll be hit with a laundry list of boring, as every fucking dead end capitalist temple/the place where happiness is handed out with no consequences comes up in the Milwaukee region.

However, if you heed the ‘band’/’music’ tag advice, you’ll get smacked with this pretty thrilling track, with some crazy similar vibes to Black Vanilla, Collarbones and FISHING. If that doesn’t cause tremors of excitement, then you’re probably paralysed with previous tremors of excitement. Laid back raps dealt over velvet synths and a R&B chorus that make you want to do crazy things, like ‘be social’ and ‘make friends’. Slow down Milwaukee Banks, you might just make me Mr Popular or something!


Feral Media Mixtape-Autumn EP (Angel Eyes, Lower Spectrum, Golden Blonde, Comatone)

I’ve posted about the previous Feral Media mixtapes a fair bit, and with a single look at the lineup on the current Autumn EP, it comes with little wonder. These guys have managed to pull off the impossible, and garner some new shit from the likes of Angel Eyes (!), Lower Spectrum (!), Golden Blonde (!) and Comatone (!). And yes, the exclamation marks are fucking necessary, especially when we’re dealing with electronic proteges like these artists! LISTEN TO THIS MUSIC! IT WILL MAKE YOU WEEP! The stuff here is insanely fucked up and strange and weird and synthetic and prosthetic and radiating and dangerous and holy shit, have you heard Angel Eyes’ contribution!?

Do yourself a favour, and cop this free download, before the apocalypse occurs and you never have the chance to experience this wonder.


New Aus Music Pt. II: Fallopian Tunes + Spartak + Milkshake + Problems

More new Australian music to wet your eucalyptus-smeared lips and brush the corks hanging from your Akubra out of your face. See? Stereotypes can be fun!


Fallopian Tunes-Document Swell/ X In O 7″ Split

Besides having one of the best record label names in Australia (Fallopian Tunes has given me second-chin chuckles multiple times), they have an amazong roster. They, along with Two Bright Lakes, Silo Arts and Dream Damage, are easily on the forefront of underground Australian electronic music. Every release seems to showcase the shit out of a group I’ve never heard of before but inevitably end up falling in love with.

Which is probably the reason they’re starting an ongoing 7″ split series, starting with the groups Document Swell and X In O. Document Swell’s track is a little like The Notwist, a basic thing with surging piano, scant vocals, some church bells and a droning percussion section, before leading into some weirder synth shit and handclaps. Can’t have a good electronic track without handclaps. Meanwhile, X In O’s contribution is slightly more industrial, like if Nicolas Jaar got up in Cassius Select’s bizness. The textures are incredibly murky and sci-fi, and I fucking love it. If I can’t have the X-Files, then at least I’ve got some X In O.


Spartak-Five Points EP

Again, some more glitchy stuff, this time out of Canberra. Yes, that whole of cultural sobriety has spawned yet another killer band! Spartak are from our nation’s capital, and have released some stuff that’s like Liars, only in that permanently knife-poised-above-victim stage and slowed down to a romantic, almost glacial, pace. Songs like ‘Catch/Control’ and ‘Consistence’ are mostly minimalistic, bouncing and reverberating like cells under a microscope, and succeeding at freaking out so hard because they’re scarily able to pinpoint all the hairs on your neck. Meanwhile, the other songs, especially ‘Nightshift’, adopt a fuller sound that seems to round out the tracks and give them a bit more musical substance, although it’s the kind of substance that is still hacked at with an icepick of paranoid synth and percussion etchings. Damn, Spartak really do bring out some of the best metaphors in me. Thanks for the lovely tunes and inspiration guys!


Milkshake-Milkshake EP II

Milkshakes have some of the most positive connotations that a word can have. Back in the old days, you could pick up chicks just by taking them to a milk bar, and buying them a milkshake. Even now, when someone says they’re buying a milkshake, I go into a phase that doctor’s would describe as ‘unhealthy’.

Melbourne band Milkshake have taken up the moniker, and have added a bunch of new connotations to the word. Their mix of shoegazey, slightly experimental music is a pretty beautiful thing. Think along the lines of Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, and Bored Nothing slowed down to an unhurried and kinda unintelligible softness. Special standout on this one is ‘The Way Back Through’, but the whole EP is worth a listen, especially if you need something to help you fight the lords of sleep.

Haha, jokes on you, this bad boy will put you in a temporary coma, and you’ll never finish those uni assignments, and you’ll fail, and you’ll have to start a band just to make ends meet, and you’ll be really successful and everyone’s going to want to suck your dick, and you’ll be mega rich and famous. Haha, sucked in.



Problems are an electronica act from Adelaide, but they defy their band name with the music they’re weaving. Their single ‘Terraces’ is exactly that, a stepping stone chill wave experiment, jumping lightly from one level to another, like an infinite game of Icy Tower. It’s a beautiful, glacial thing, and something that should get all the Oscar Key Sung/Collarbones fans’ tongues wagging. Problems (the band) don’t have problems (the plural noun), they’ve just got sweet tunes.

New: Greta Mob + Geyser + Radar Eyes + Feral Media + perth x GUM + Wunder Wunder + White Caves + Velvet Morning

So much good music has been released recently. And it’s better than an android version of Johnny Depp sweating in a coal mine.


Greta Mob-Gypsy Town (Revisited) feat. Spencer P. Jones

This song is the kind of old school bluegrass that’s been missing from the Australian landscape since The FUmes and The Blackwater Fever sort of disappeared. ‘Gypsy Town (Revisted)’ insists on getting better and better as time progresses. It starts as a bit of a swashbuckle, but nothing to write home about, and then descends into a heart-stomping, six-shooting, ‘bacco chewing badass. It growls and lunges with a danger that is as sincere as it is thrilling. It’s hard to decide which part is better-the Tex Perkins sneer of, “Never comin’ back again!’ or the solo that floors panties and wets loins faster than the sight of Spencer P. Jones featuring on this particular song.


Geyser-Geyser EP

Geyser are this fucking amazingly rad band that came out of nowhere. Why are they so good? They combine the elements of the two greatest rock bands in the history of time, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr (anyone who said anything else is wrong) and mish-mash them together for a result that could be the most jizztastic explosion since The Scientists announced they were going on tour recently.

Geyser basically chucked four songs of dirty garage in a sewer of punk attitude, and everyone within earshot immediately begins to lose their shit. If you’re having a party, and need something to spruce it up (because let’s face it, most parties fucking suck) then chuck on a Geyser track. My personal money’s on ‘Jocko’, a sleazy, asshole-ripping number, but anything will suffice to take your shitty gathering of people that hate you into a ruckus festival.


Radar Eyes-Positive Feedback

Here’s some drawling, desperate garage-punk from Chicago’s Radar Eyes. Their music is amazing, and ‘Positive Feedback’ shows that they’re not gonna cash in for a tell-all low-budget, mini-series just yet. With a gnarled bass line, surf-rock riffs, some sloppy drums and howling Iggy Stooge x Ian MacKaye-esque vocals, there’s not much more you could want from garage rock.

Feral Media Mixtape feat. Bon Chat, Bon Rat, The Townhouses, Friendships and Tim Fitz

Press play on that first song by Bon Chat, Bon Rat. Your life will become infinitely better. In case your a cynical deadbeat, it’s a cover of INXS’s ‘Don’t Change’ that could have easily been made by an android constructed out of balsa wood and toy synths. It’s a gloriously unique and soothing take on a pub rock staple that’s been covered to the morgue and back, and almost never with dignity (here’s to Grinspoon).

Besides the best INXS cover ever, there’s a smooth, sad jam from The Townhouses, an electronica-ridden deep steam via Friendships and flourishing but quaint one from Tim Fitz that features a shout-out to “…the goon bag girls…”. Basically, it’s a how-to guide of amazing.

perth-Drank and Kites and Tomorrow (GUM Remix)

GUM is the moniker of famed Tame Impala member Jay Watson, so typing in perth to google is probably not going to help you out all that much when trying to find his recent remixes of excellent group perth’s work. But fuck around with the syntax a bit, I’m sure you’ll figure out something. Or alternatively, click play on the link right there. That’s probably a really good start.

Anyway, Watson brings the jungle-space vibes in hard and strong for his remix; the song starts like a space ship is about to take off, and then the song progresses to a kind of sound that wouldn’t be out of place in a peace-pipe circle. The result is a comforting and warm track that will resonate strongly with the psychedelic crowd.

Wunder Wunder-Coastline

Wunder Wunder define coastal pop. It’s like Best Coast were injected with The Drums steroids, and all traces of being appropriated for douche bags was misplaced for the next San Cisco track. There’s the weird, dancing synth line that reminds of Mwahaha, the psych-pop of MGMT, and the milky textures that all great head-bopping, road-tripping, crooked-smiling indie rock pertains to.

White Caves-DIG 7″

Old mates White Caves have just released a new 7″, and it’s pretty killer. There’s this lonesome, MBV guitar shrieks that introduce the title track, and instantly, you want to fly on one of those massive plot-solving eagles in Lord of the Rings. Kinda like Smile or Sunbeam Sound Machine getting thrown in a washing machine with a bunch of pedals.

Velvet Morning-Octocity

The Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood song ‘Some Velvet Morning’ is one of my most recent favourite tracks to listen to as of late. So of course, a band entitled Velvet Morning was going to catch the attention. And luckily for all involved, the result is pretty amazing. It’s a slinking, sighing brooder, with a psychedelic feel, but a lad back approach, if that makes sense. Think of Kevin Parker taking on a Beach House song-ultra nice, right?