Today’s featured release is a certified game changer. Melbourne band I’lls are back from (what feels like) a decent break from releasing music and playing live and have finally let us in on where the project is headed. This two-track EP titled Fifty-Phiphti / Asakusa, despite it’s brief nature, speaks volumes about where Simon, Dan and Hamish are capable of taking things over the next little while. ‘Fifty-Phihti’ is warm and melodic; a hearty mix of vocal samples interplay with pulsating synthesizers and delicate percussion nicely to create a driving feel. ‘Asakusa’ is the sound of this outfit well and truly finding it’s feet in a sonic sense. This is the one. Simon Lam’s vocals are used to punctuate and provide a fleeting yet almost tangible feeling of texture and light throughout – slowly using each pivotal moment to draw out new elements and evolve, clinging to the original structure and tone and lulling it’s listener in and out of consciousness.
I’lls will be playing the Paradise Festival from 28th-30th November. Lineup and ticketing information is HERE.
Melbourne is also lucky enough to be hosting the launch for this two-track release on November 6th at the Worker’s Club.
Out now on via Solitaire.
Pre-order vinyl HERE
Digital download HERE
Twerps started turning heads and melting hearts long before their self-titled debut LP was released back in 2011, and the Melbourne outfit have continued to draw us in with every move since. This latest single ‘Back To You’ marks the first taste of the next chapter for the band and their second LP Range Anxiety, which will be released in January 2015, is shaping up to be an absolute cracker. We’ll call it an effortless return to form; piece by piece, Back To You contrasts tight, swirling melodies with catchy riffs and vocals delivered with complete and utter purpose. It’s a winner. Check out the Johann Rashid directed video and a bunch of tour news below:
Twerps have just been announced on the brilliant Golden Plains and Sugar Mountain lineups in addition to the following dates in support of Belle and Sebastian:
January 26th: Auckland Laneway Festival, New Zealand
January 29th: Sydney, Enmore Theatre
February 1st: Melbourne, Palais Theatre
February 3rd: Australia, Perth, Astor Theatre
Kicking off our week on the blog we have a brand new offering from Perth artist Grace (previously known as Grace Woodroofe), titled Pluto. The Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Jane’s Addiction) produced tune doesn’t waste any time in taking hold with it’s contrast of delicate vocal work and ethereal synthesizers – it’s brooding pop music which is layered and wonderfully melodic. Purposeful and dreamlike in it’s swirling ambience, Pluto is the lead single and the sound of an artist reborn. Grace just wrapped up an Australian tour with alt-J and we have no doubt that we’ll be hearing plenty more in future.
I’ve become so enamoured with this song. In the eight hours since I’ve heard it I’ve been listening over and over, hearing new sounds and melodies each time and trying to make sense of the production. Melody’s Echo Chamber are back with the first taste from album number two and oh boy, are we excited to share this. The self-produced and released ‘Shirim’ is a funk laden slice of avant-garde pop brilliance, warped and wonderfully produced and flanked by out of tune synthesizers that lift Melody’s vocals onto another plane completely. Shirim certainly succeeds in acknowledging it’s place along the pop music continuum whilst surging forward and opening new doors with each pivotal moment. We’ll have to wait until 2015 to hear the album, so for now, it’s time to hit play again.
Today we’re featuring the undeniably impressive debut EP from Leisure Suite, a Melbourne electronic pop outfit who’ve been quietly gathering some hype from all corners of the globe without having even played a single show yet. This four track listen comes with two previously released singles; both ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Ease Away’ which undoubtedly impressed us on with the first spins, however it’s the ambient, swirling ‘Haze’ which really epitomises what Leisure Suite are all about. Constantly on the precipice of full blown pop brilliance, Haze retains those wonderful intricacies and surging melodies that create a brilliant texture which runs through. We recommend you get to know the whole release, don’t miss it!
Leisure Suite — Debut EP Launch
Saturday, November 15 @ Boney, Melbourne
w/ Lanks, Habits + Rat & Co DJs
Last week our buddies over at Pilerats premiered the second mix in our ‘Take Me To The Hospital’ series. We had a lot of fun with this one and included a bunch of different styles and artists we’ve really been digging. Expect cuts from the likes of FKA Twigs, Ryan Hemsworth, Seekae, Caribou, Les Sins and plenty more. It’s got something for everyone (as long as you like a very current mix of specific electronic music). Hope you enjoy!
We’ll also be DJing this Saturday 18th October at The Factory on the Sunshine Coast.
Posted in Label News | Posted on: October 9th, 2014 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
Last night at the Australian Independent Music Awards, we were stoked to see Violent Soho take out awards in the categories of Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album and Best Independent Album! I OH YOU also won the award for Best Independent Label, and it may go without saying, but we’re over the moon! It was an honour to be considered amongst some labels we truly admire and love and to win was indeed a very special thing for us. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!
Friends of the blog and men of the people: today we proudly feature the latest effort from Bass Drum of Death. Rip This is the name of the record and accomplish that, it certainly does. This record was conceived whilst on tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra after they successfully enlisted UMO bassist Jacob Portrait to take on the role of producer. Recorded across the changing of the seasons in California’s Sonoma County, the album retains an obliterating attack of heavy guitars, danceable hooks and kinetic drumming. Rip This is BDoD’s attempt to record an unapologetic rock album for those outside the immediate fan base of those who were there from the beginning.
As of this Friday, you can purchase the album HERE.
Posted in Label News | Posted on: October 7th, 2014 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
Today marked the announcement of the 2014 ARIA nominations and we are positively thrilled to announce that a couple of familiar I OH YOU faces are amongst them:
Violent Soho have been nominated for Best Group, Best Independent Release (Saramona Said) and Best Australian Live Act for this years awards! Dan Graetz has also received a very well earned nomination in the category of Best Video for his work on Covered In Chrome.
Bad boys DZ Deathrays have been nominated for Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album and also in the category of Best Artwork for Black Rat.
We look forward to the awards and thank everybody for all of their support!
Tommy Faith is the man behind Sydney’s newly minted TEEF Recordings and also sits at the helm of one of our favourite Australian blogs – Sound Doctrine. The first release on the label is titled ‘Hold It Down’ by Spirit Faces and features Zebra Zap. Hold It Down is a brooding, dynamic pop gem which manages to fuse a number of vastly disparate touch-points and ideas into one transcendent, two minute voyage. There’s a certain dissonance which runs through the single, linking brief interconnecting moments of vital electronica into something which holds true sonic depth. Certainly a release which justified a few listens throughout the week. Don’t just take our word for it, though..