MickRad’s Rad Mix – The best of 2018 so far


1/2 a year. 26 weeks. 182 days. Yup, we’re halfway through the year already and it’s time to look back at the year so far and pick some of my favourite tracks.

The year of music has been exciting, to say the least. We’ve had huge albums from a bunch of well-loved Australian artists like Courtney Barnett, The Presets and Middle Kids and a plethora of great EPs and singles from up and coming artists.

I decided to dig through my playlists to come up with 52 tracks, representing 2 for each week that I think are the standouts so far.

It’s a predominantly Australian list because it’s 95% of the music I listen to. It’s not because there’s not great music being made all over the world, but this list represents what I’ve concentrated on and obviously I love the local scene.

Australian music really is exciting right now. We’ve got electronic artists like Alice Icy and No Mono pushing the boundaries. We’ve got rock bands taking risks and trying new things like Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird and Phantastic Ferniture. Then there’s the awesome solo works of Didirri, Odette and Hatchie.

Hit my back with your top 52 as well and feel free to suggest ones that should have been in there.

Chasing Stars – Alice Ivy Bertie Blackman
Missing Me – Angie McMahon
The Key – B Wise
Exactly How You Are – Ball Park Music
Black Car – Beach House
Tell Them Where to Go – Cable Ties
How to Socialise & Make Friends – Camp Cope
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Love For Me – Coda Conduct
City Looks Pretty – Courtney Barnett
Transient – Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird
Formaldehyde – Didirri
Lay Low – Dominic Breen
Like People – DZ Deathrays
S.M.F.Y. – Eilish Gilligan
All Your Love – Flight Facilities Dustin Tebbutt
Dilemma – Francesca Gonzales
Djolin (Musical Instrument) – Gurrumul
Jupiter – Haiku Hands
Save Some Love – HANDSOME
Bad Guy – Hatchie
Swell – imbi the girl
Hospital Hill – Jack Carty Gus Gardiner
A Set of Reasons – Jack R. Reilly
Limo Song – Jack River
Blue Batmans – Joyride
Molotov – Kira Puru
Electric Powerlines – leftprojects
Bad Bad News – Leon Bridges
Let It Slip – Luca Brasi
Groceries – Mallrat
Mistake – Middle Kids
Futon Couch – Missy Higgins
Tidal Fight – No Mono
Adjacent Heart – Obongjayar
Lotus Eaters – Odette
20 / 20 – OKENYO
Fire – Peking Duk
Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin – Phantastic Ferniture
Suburbia – Press Club
Light Me on Fire – Regurgitator
My People – REMI thando
Alchemy – Slowly Slowly
Woman In Charge – Space Invadas Natalie Slade
Wonderland – Spit Syndicate Turquoise Prince
Delusion – Stonefield
Out And Down – Straight Arrows
14U+14ME – The Presets
Lighter – Turquoise Prince
Turning Circle – Urthboy
Labrador – WAAX
Origami – Woodes

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