It’s been just over a year since we lost the Thin White Duke and to this day, we are still reeling over the news. It came as a shock on that fateful day in January 2016, and everyone is getting amongst the extensive back catalogue that he has left us. This year, he would have been 70 and to mark the occasion, the No Plan EP dropped.
It’s The Stones as bluesmen that first reeled me in. This ‘accidental’ recording of covers is the stuff of fans’ dreams and a cheat-sheet for students of the mainly Chicago-style. Over time, they’ve punctuated Rock’n’Roll with a banquet of influences: soul covers (‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg)’, reggae (‘Cherry Oh Baby’), country (‘Far Away Eyes’) and disco (‘Miss You’).
If the opener ‘Favourite Star’ doesn’t entice you to get your ears around this EP, then nothing will. Sounding like times of getting your chops around a Frosty Fruit on a hot summers day, Auchenflower by Brisbane artist Alex L’Estrange is a wild psychedelic trip down the rabbit hole that will remind you of Deep Sea Arcade or even The Beatles through their Revolver period.
One of Australia’s premier blues guitarists, the prolific Fiona Boyes brings the goods again with 16 tracks of mostly originals. Recorded in California, it bears the idiosyncratic stamp of award-winning engineer ‘Professor’ Keith O. Johnson.
‘I stand in the light I’ve cast and turn away from any lack of love’ John Legend reveals on his fifth studio album Darkness and Light. As the title would suggest, this album is full of various points of light and shade that work in creating a whole journey that is sometimes lacking in a time of being able to cherry pick singles off Digital outlets.
For listeners of triple j, Bec Sandridge’s deep, unwavering vocals will be a familiar sound. ‘In the Fog, In the Flame’ is a track that’s had significant airplay, and while being a means to showcase the attributes of her vocals mentioned earlier, it’s a damn catchy number.
It’s been a pretty whirlwind time for Tkay, and the now 20-year-old has released her debut album, TKAY. Known for speed of light rapping style in which she seems unaffected by the banalities of needing to breathe, her music fuses a dance-ready sound with grime, trap, African beats and more.