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.
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.
Nussy, aka Dani Smarrelli, has managed to channel a few bad experiences into a pretty decent debut EP, and boy are we glad she has. Her synth-infused pop tracks match her Twiggy-meets-La Roux style, and make her the perfect modern day pop package.
The Slash Signature Vermillion Les Paul blends timeless specs with Slash-approved features and details, all dressed in a luscious new finish from Gibson USA: Vermillion. This rich, deep-red transparent finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer perfectly exhibits the guitar’s Grade-AAA flamed maple top, while letting the tonewood breathe to enhance an equally rich, deep, resonant tone.
I’ve always been a fan of Jonathan Boulet, and in fact his debut album was the first album I ever reviewed for Forte magazine. Right from the beginning of his career he has always pushed the boundaries in terms of production and trying to get the strangest or quirkest sounding elements to the recording.
It’s not everyday that someone drops out of art school to pursue music, and then actually succeeds. Allday seems to have done this with ease, and his debut release Startup Cult is possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2014.
A Mad Distance, the debut album by Melbourne songstress Mietta, is a glorious first disc. Drawing elements of acoustic, folk, world and Latin music, the musicianship in terms of the playing is incredibly high on this album. Opening with ‘Sueno’, a slow-burning track, it somewhat feels like this album coincides with an episode of the TV show Global Village, looking at all the different music cultures all around the world.