Wave Racer, Yahtzel and Cosmo’s Midnight are all well-established in the genre of the “New Australian Sound’ (thanks Flume), there’s another contendor in there worthy of some attention. Empia is doing the same sort of thing-shrill synths, clapping percussion, chopped vocals, and dippy bass lines. However, there’s a certain fresh variety to his music that I can’t put my finger on exactly. Maybe it’s Jugu’s inclusion, but it’s probably the precise and varied amount of samples Empia’s chucking on his song. There’s a lot there to digest there, but he’s making it damn easy with his top-notch production.
Yeah, so I got behind on my work again, and there’s a bunch of videos that escaped my glorious reviewing. You should look and listen to all of them, lest you be cursed by a gypsy witch who’s really into Future Classic signees. Especially check out the Death Grips and SMILE clips; they’re alarmingly different but some of the best shit you’ll see/hear all week/month/year.
Flume & Chet Faker-Drop the Game
Boom! Did you fucking read that shit? Flume! Chet Faker! Boom! Yeah! Cool! Two of the most hyped acts to come from Australia in recent years, along with Tame Impala and POND, have joined forces to deliver a pretty brutal R&B chilltronica jam that would put a R Kelly/Washed Out collaboration to shame. Flume does what he does best, squishy, squelchy beats that reverse into squeals in the most adorably addictive way, but its Chet Faker that shines on this track, his voice singularly taking this track from a fairly average club hit to something you could listen to anywhere and still thoroughly enjoy.
As for the accompanying video, its okay. It depicts a deserted urban street (do those exist anymore?) and a dude doing some pretty cool dance moves. Nothing happens, and that’s a bit of a let-down for such a fluid and full song, but hey, what are you gonna do?
Death Grips-You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For It’s Your New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat
On the one hand, I regret posting the video for the new Death Grips track, because the title took me about half an hour to write. On the other hand, holy fucking shit! This song might be the best thing Death Grips have ever done! Its gritting, strung-out, visceral and challenging, but has a noise to it that one can’t help but think….FUCK!
This return to form, musically and lyrically, is accompanied by a pretty fucking great video, out-of-focus shots of MC Ride absolutely losing his shit, something that you should all be doing right about now.
Now, although Mesa Cosa are ragging on about my hometown, Sydney aka the greatest place on Earth, because, ‘…The girls from Melbourne will miss me…’, I still fucking love Mesa Cosa, the Melbourne blokes who give garage rock a good name. Featuring the sort of high octane energy that inevitably leads to spewing your guts up on King Street, nails-down-chalkboard guitar screech a sweaty bass line, ‘Sydney’ is a fucking awesome track, despite the fact it’s all about Sydney taking the band away from their loved ones. However, considering all the footage from Mesa Cosa’ shows at what looks to be Hotel Street and The Factory Theatre, I’d say the boys are lying through their fucking teeth, and at least one of them got laid while they were up here.
SMILE-Still Waitin’ For My Man
Taking things down a fair bit, but still in the realm of Melbourne, we’ve got SMILE’s clip for their track ‘Still Waitin’ For My Man’. This clip is one of the better things I’ve seen in a while, mainly because it fits the song so fucking well. Easy-going and breezy, the clip features drug dealing, chocolate ice-cream, and the most head-bopping chorus you’ll hear…ever. Man, the Go-Betweens would be so stoked to hear this song.
Ernest Ellis-Black Wire
I always said that a convulsing woman in a black leotard was sexy, and it looks like Ernest Ellis are out to prove me correct. Such a beautiful track, half-macabre synth waves, half-mushy Stone Roses-level forlornness, the clip undoubtedly captures the torture of the vocals. The solemn harmonica that comes in so subtly but strongly at the end-dancing bit just reinforces the harmonious beauty of the clip so hard, it makes me want to burst into a fit of tears. Then the song ends, and I have to play ‘TV Party’ until I feel masculine again. But a little part of me is screaming, ‘play Black Wire again!’
Okay, so it’s a remix, and not a completely original track. Sue me! It’s still fucking great.On this remix of Disclosure’s track ‘You And Me’, Flume takes an already excellent electronic track, and adds subtly orgasmic elements that turn the song from great to legendary. In case you forgot Flume’s remix of Hermitude’s ‘HyperParadise’, the guy knows his shit.
The Disclosure song starts out incredibly average, with strings and a vocals that could’ve been picked out from anywhere. Until about a minute in, there is nothing outstanding about the song. Then boom, it hit’s you like pufferfish herpes to the groin: dat drop. Yes, it’s excellent, balancing perfectly on a delicate precipice of electro beauty. The production is standard Flume, breaking into a hypnotic hazed delight, claps, whirs and buildups all foreplay gearing towards a warped masterpiece. A damn fine track, and it shows us that the kid’s still got it.
It’s exactly halfway through the year, and within it, we’ve seen some shockingly awesome releases being thrust into our ears like dirty patricians of sound. These molestular devices have slobbered their way onto us in the form of new music from The Strokes, Bad Religion, The xx, Foals, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Bowie, Wire, The Flaming Lips, The Black Angels….the list goes on. We’ve also had a fuckload of local releases from Dune Rats to Yes, I’m Leaving and Willow Beats all holding a torch with awesome new albums and EP’s grating our ears to tinnitus accepters. So, since I can’t be fucked to do albums, these are the best songs from the albums. These are the best songs, in my opinion, of 2013, so far. No surprises, it’s mostly garage-centric.
19. Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys-Bite My Tongue
Pretty snazzy video of one of the more wordalicious songs off Flume’s album. Features a holographic image of, I assume, T-Shirt, who looks a lot more like Drake than I would have imagined. It also has footage of Flume’s recent ‘Infinity Prism’ tour, which I can tell you from a first hand account is just as exhilarating as it looks in the video.
What y’all muthafucka’s know bout cows!? Crack open a VB and hit up the ute and some birds, it’s gunna be a fuckin’ Straya sorta day tumura. That’s what I expect myself to say at tomorrow’s Groovin the Moo festival in Maitland. Long live bogans, and their tendencies towards fearless stupidity and inbreeding! As well as GTM’s fantastic taste in festival lineups.
6. DZ Deathrays- No Sleep
7. Fishing- Choy Lin
10. Last Dinosaurs- Zoom
14. The Temper Trap- Is This Happiness?
18. Yolanda Be Cool- We No Speak Americano (I will definetely not be seeing these people)
Contrary to the name, Jazz-Rat does not like Jazz. If you told him to play some Louis Armstrong, he’d put on the Tour De France. What an idiot! What a fool! What a buffoon! That’s enough insulting of the Jazz-Rat’s musical naivety. Despite not living up to his name, Jazz-Rat is a DJ, which he will take any opportunity to remind you of, and he is also a keen Michael Buble impersonator. Not fucking bad, I’d dare say Buble’s got some competition. The Voice has a new contender for Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden and Delta Good-head to slobber over. Because I love his lanky personality more than Darth Vader likes to choke his own soldiers, I compiled a compilation. At his request, there’s ‘a little bit of everything, cos I’m into everything, y’know, like not just electronic, but like, rock music as well’. So from the confines of The Mess Hall’s Aussie-bloke swagger, to Tame Impala’s (again, at his specific request) bombastic personification. There’s even the new Flume remix by Ta-ku and some Diplo and the Glitch Mob, because, you know, he’s a DJ (ladiezzzzzzz ;). Apologies in advance for the Pitchfork-y vibe halfway through.
1. Flume feat Chet Faker-Left Alone (Ta-ku Remix) (Available for Download)
8. Melt Yourself Down-We Are Enough (Free Download Available, this band will be huge)