In a music scene that seems so overrun with alternative indie bands, we’ve forgotten the beauty in the soulful funk tunes discovered decades ago. Thanks to the mysterious duo known as J and T, who form the band Jungle, they’ve reintroduced the genre and added a new sound to today’s airwaves.
The last two Expendables were about a bunch of over-the-hill mercenaries taking down a bad guy by blowing a lot of stuff up. So let’s be honest here: if you’ve seen the first two, you’ve pretty much seen this one. Some things are slightly different – much less Bruce Willis, much more Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford – but it’s really more of the same slurred dialogue, bulging muscles, Eastern European locations and planes flying around … So many shots of people on planes.
For those who missed out on going to the One Night Stand in Mildura, listening to the live CD is like taking a stab to the guts. Once you get past your initial wave of disappointment for realising what you’ve missed, the album actually creates a really great feel for what the atmosphere was like on the night.
From Mercury to Pluto, the latest release from Cooking with Caustic, has by far the coolest intro to an album this year. DJ turntable breakbeats, brass sections and freestylin’ hip hop lyrics are all present within the short opening track. Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Cooking with Caustic combine reggae and down-tempo electro grooves with hip hop-influenced lyrics.
Ex Nihilo, the debut album from Canadian-born, Sydney-based Guerre (aka Lavurn Lee), is an electronic journey that was recorded over the course of a year in Lee’s basement. With production help from Marcus Whale, the sounds on this album are quite atmospheric and at times ambient. In Latin, Ex Nihilo means ‘Out of Nothing’ and describes the journey that Lee has been on to create this stunning set of electro vibes.
Eukaria, the latest EP from Melbourne stoner/rock/soul band Humans as Animals, is to put it in a couple of words an interesting listen. Opening with ‘Left Me Behind’, jazzy electric guitar fills my headphones and the lush acoustic guitar chord progressions are an interesting take for a band that is acclaimed as stoner rock.
It’s the end of the world and Perth is the last place to go. Most sensible people seem to have already killed themselves, leaving behind only the crazy, the murderous, the occasional small child, and James (Nathan Phillips). While he sure seems to have a connection with the woman he’s currently having a lot of sex with, he just can’t stay – he’s got a party to go to.
Casting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules? Best casting move of the year. Shame the film he’s in doesn’t quite live up to his awesomeness. The hook here is pretty much the opposite of all the recent run of sword and sandal movies: while our story begins with the traditional bunch of myths and legends around Hercules, son of Zeus, the reality is a bit more prosaic…
With a title like Land of Pleasure, you’d expect the sophomore release from Sticky Fingers to be nothing less than 12 tracks of pure baby-making bliss. And as soon as the reggae skank beat of ‘Land of Pleasure’ drops, you know that’s exactly what it is.