‘Goodnight/Moshi’ is a double release from Cosmo’s Midnight, to celebrate the monumental 2013 which saw a handful of fantastic releases and plenty of live shows around the country. Teaming up with Polographia on ‘Goodnight’, the Sydney pair have exceeded themselves in honing a concise and energetic sound which is instantly recognizable. Flanked by their signature rounded synths and pitched down vocal samples, ‘Goodnight’ is by far our favorite release from this pair due to the refined electronic elements and bigger, more robust sounding trap hallmarks. It’s a hell of a way to round out the year, plenty more to come we’re sure!
LISTEN: Gum – Growin’ Up
Current Tame Impala/Pond multi-instrumentalist whiz kid Jay Watson today released the second taste from his frothcoming debut album as Gum. ‘Growin’ Up’ is a perfect example of the depth and verstatility which Watson has shown across a number of projects, with the previously released ‘Delorean Highway’ (linked below) also creeping up a few of our end of year lists. It’s down-tempo shoegaze which isn’t afraid to flesh out a poignant mix of insecurities, melodies and dynamic percussion patiently over the course of four minutes at a time. According to Gum’s management, the forthcoming record is “mostly about falling in love and all of the things that he thinks are going to kill him.”
World’s End Press today released a captivating new film clip for their song ‘Drag Me Home’, taken from their 2013 self-titled debut LP. ‘Drag Me Home’ is a personal favorite of ours from this album, bringing together sublime hooks and classic house percussion – it’s one of our tracks of 2013 for sure (brace yourself, the lists come later). The video, whilst somewhat confronting at times, definitely brings the same unique vibe to life. We’re not really going to explain it to you, because what fun is that? It’s also worth noting that this one probably isn’t work appropriate..
Today’s feature comes to you from the heart of Adelaide in the form of ‘Big Bois Gotta Eat’, by 17 year old singer-songwriter Jesse Davidson. It’s been a steady climb to prominence for Davidson, having achieved success with previous singles ‘Winter’ and ‘Flaws’, yet the feature track today takes on the same intelligent pop aesthetics and intertwines them with a far more matured melodic sensibility. Polished vocals and cutting guitars take the lead on ‘Big Bois Gotta Eat’ and this developing sound sound has earned Davidson the nod to join Mac DeMarco on tour across the country starting this week! Check it out!
Today we feature the official video for ‘Pluto Bounce’, the first single from Melbourne duo Milwaukee Banks. The previously featured ‘Pluto Bounce’ incorporates elements of UK garage and electronica with slicing percussion reminiscent of something more hip-hop focused. The overall feeling to this track is quite concentrated; the listener hears something which evokes a darker and more intense late night feel than single moments or elements would suggest. The official video is a fitting accompaniment which places a series of vivid scenes featuring Dyl Thomas riding a horse amongst the crystal clear, eerie tones. It’s certainly an impressive debut for these two, we can’t wait to see what’s next!
Fresh from blitzing New York’s CMJ Showcase last month, Oscar Key Sung today released the official video for the second single off his forthcoming EP, ‘All I Could Do’. The original track has become somewhat of a summer anthem for us around the office, seamlessly blending house sensibilities with frenetic claps, beats and samples around flawless vocals to create something which is exciting and unique. The video itself is a layered and finely constructed effort which delves deep into another world, setting a bizarre and at times uncanny scene for the song. Watch this space!
Oscar Key Sung will release his debut EP in early 2014 through Two Bright Lakes.
Sunbeam Sound Machine is a solo project out of Melbourne which was created by 23 year old Nick Sowersby. Having played in a number of bands around town leading up to this project, it’s easy to hear a vast array of subtle yet present influences throughout the ‘One’ and self titled EP which we feature today. The EP’s lead on from the superb lead single titled ‘Cosmic Love Affair’, and encapsulate an incredible synergy between lo-fi elements and droning guitar loops that intertwine to produce pristine dream pop which at times can throw you, before slowly drawing you back in to the warm haze. Highlights include the fast paced ‘Odd Connection’, the serene ‘Sound of Glass Breaking’ and of course ‘Cosmic Love Affair’. Following on from this truly remarkable debut, Sunbeam Sound Machine are already in full live show mode. Be sure to catch them if you can!
One/Sunbeam Sound Machine Double EP was released digitally through Dot Dash/Remote Control November 29.
You can grab the EP’s via iTunes:
Buy the ‘One EP’HERE
Buy the ‘Sunbeam Sound Machine’ EP HERE
We always try to feature something a little slower and perhaps something more contemplative on Mondays, and today is no exception. Recording exclusively for WNYC’s Soundcheck program, Chet Faker yesterday delivered a stirring rendition of his track ‘I’m Into You’, from his 2012 EP Thinking in Textures. The recording is a stripped back version which places emphasis on the interplay between Faker’s soulful vocals and deep emotive keys in a way that shines a different light onto the original. This caps off a busy couple of weeks for Chet Faker, having recently released the Lockjaw EP with Flume in the final lead-up for the Falls Festivals at the end of the year around the country.
LISTEN: Hugo Frederick – Hanging Gardens
Today’s featured track ‘Hanging Gardens’ marks the first time we’ve heard of 25 year old Melbourne producer Hugo Frederick, and with a formidable past which includes a Warp Records compilation inclusion – it definitely won’t be the last we hear of him either. Premiered over on XLR8R today, Hanging Gardens is the first track from his forthcoming Waved EP and brings together a symphony of electronic, ambient and organic sounds to create something which is dense and holds varying textures. It’s a unique production which we can’t quite place into any one genre or reference to any other artist, but maybe that’s why it’s so fucking good.
Hugo Frederick’s Waved EP is out early next year, and you can grab a free download of Hanging Gardens from the link above.
It’s been a big week for pop music on the blog, and today we feature ‘Whorehouse’ from ex-Tough Alliance member and Sincerely Yours label don Eric Berglund, AKA CEO. This is the first single from the long-awaited follow up album to 2010′s debut ‘White Magic’, and doesn’t disappoint with it’s infectious hooks, energetic vocals and explosive percussive lines. There’s a sense of building excitement throughout this track as each shimmering element repeatedly shifts whilst never placing too much reliance on the typically all-important hook. We’ll be waiting in great anticipation for this LP following such a vibrant and impressive first single!
‘WONDERLAND’ by CEO is released 7 February 2014 through Modular Recordings.