Listening to Jakubi’s EP Holiday is like getting a much needed injection of summer straight into the blood stream. Opening number, and also title track, ‘Holiday’ has a bit of a John Butler Trio vibe to it and was one of the tracks to reach #1 on the HypeMachine charts, a pretty great achievement for such a new band. There’s a little bit of electronica thrown into the mix, making it that all-rounder perfect for a summer party.
Oh la la, So Frenchy So Chic was everything a self confessed all-things-French-lover could have asked for. The weather forecast looked to be absolutely horrendous and it seemed that the heavens had set out to rain on our little French parade, but in some kind of strange turn of events, aka we were in Melbourne, it turned out to be sunny with a lovely breeze, you couldn’t have hoped for better festival weather really.
Remember the ‘90s? And the awesome prog-rock sounds that were blasted from the radio, cementing our childhood memories around the genre? Well I certainly do, and The Occupants have created a major case of déjà vu to those double-denim clad years.
You’ve Got the Wrong Guys is the latest release from Melbourne four-piece The Mean Times. Described as real blokes who play real music for real people, this release is a sweaty electro-pop dance release. Cue indie haircuts and stovepipe jeans, these guys are sure to get you on the dance floor and grooving away to their tunes.
This is album number eight for Canadian Matt Andersen, although touted as a debut of sorts. Best known as a blues artist, he’s an established independent multi award-winner. Here he expands on the music he makes. Perhaps newly adopted support of a renowned record company, co-songwriters and an expansion of influences inspired the album title Weightless…
Citizen Kay has released his latest EP Demokracy and it’s a cracker. Opening with ‘Yes’, the horn section and break beat combined with the carefree rap styles of Mr. Kay, demand for a position in your Hottest 100 short list. From Canberra, the majority of the songs on this disc have been receiving extensive airplay on triple j. The moment I got this disc and heard the beat and melody, it was cranked in my car.
From her first forays into public performance, Liz Stringer displayed the signs of a true artist. In the league of Joni Mitchell and Deborah Conway, recent live shows – both solo and with Dyson Stringer Cloher – have confirmed this to be so. It’s hard to know where to applaud first; her voice is variably silken, souring and dusky and her guitar, measured where appropriate, can break out into ornate urgency. Her songs are rich in memorable melody and compelling emotion, with a canny balance of sonic space between the elements.
Over the new years period, many acts are converging on Australia for Falls Festival. SBTRKT is one of the electro acts on the bill and he will be playing tunes on his second album entitled Wonder Where We Land. The journey of the full album and story has somewhat been lost over the years as bands are looking to release just singles and EPs.