A quick one this week, but don’t sleep on these ten tracks. There’s something for everyone in here and Aussie music just keeps getting better and better. Also, what’s the last live local gig you’ve been to? Maybe it’s time to go out on a Thursday night to your local venue and check out who’s on offer. You won’t regret it.
OKENYO just keeps getting better and better. With Buckle Up, she’s exploring love, flirting and some hot funk and soul. She is such an exciting artist and this is a damn fun song that will get you feeling good.
There are quickly becoming one of the best bands in the country. WAAX show no sign of slowing down and I Am again proves how tight they are as a song-writing and musical unit. They are, quite simply, one of the best live acts in the country. Oh yeah, and they just announced a tour. Get on it.
It’s the start of something exciting. The combo of Tasman Keith and Stevie Jean begins with Prey and it’s absolute fire. The beat, courtesy of Papertoy, is booming, the vocal of both Keith and Jean bounce so well off each other and it’s going to be exciting to see these two working together.
Her second album, The best Of Luck Club, is here and it’s just bloody special. Alex Lahey has stepped it up and it’s hard to pick just one song to feature, but opener, I Don’t Get Invited To Parties Anymore, really clicked with me. Killer riffs and an honest lyric make this rock track open up a world of possibilities on her follow-up album.
The band known as SUDS (formally Super Best Friends) have turned their back on anger and created an uplifting track that exhibits the sort of inclusivity we should all embrace in this country. The Pub With No Fear is punk with a heart. An excellent return from a favourite group of mine.
Eliza & The Delusionals are kicking goals all over the place (just signed with Cooking Vinyl) and with new track, Just Exist, they’ve created something glossy, smooth and delicious, but just wait for that build and pumping end. Love this.
After seeing them perform at Secret Garden earlier this year, I fell in love with Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse. A mixture of psych, rock, funk and good old fashion fun come together on their album, Pstilovybin’. What does that title mean? I have no idea, but enjoy the opening track from the album, Matter of Time (Roses in Bloom). Get loose, baby.
There’s a real raw, gritty energy to RVG that I’ve always loved and it’s there in it’s post-punk beauty on new track, Alexandra. Two years since their last new track, it’s an awesome return with a song that covers the oppression of marginalised people. The second album is coming!
The name, Gena Rose Bruce, is not one that I’d heard until a month ago and this newly signed artist to the Dot Dash label has a voice and a sound that sounds familiar, but with a fresh and haunting tinge. I love the smokey feel of this and the work of Jade Imagine on bass and guitar add to the mood. Check out Rearview and thank me later.
Many years ago I fell for a Canberra hip-hop group called Raw City Rukus and the killer MC from that group, Indighost, has made the jump to a debut solo release, ILLUMINATION, due on the 31st of this month. With a debut track, Red Light, that is ultra-smooth and exhibits a lyrical flow that has been honed for many years since first jumping on stage 10 years ago. Looking forward to this.
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