Press materials used the phrase ‘melancholic folk’ to describe today’s feature artist, a tag quite far removed than what I’d initially thought when I heard ‘Clenched Teeth’. Perhaps it’s that very detached, ethereal quality to the music that helps make Okay Kaya so instantly memorable. Tonally the single is super ambitious, threading common themes throughout whilst some of the more intricate melodies constantly shift and evolve. The clip is a simple but beautifully shot of Kaya’s exploration through the darkened streets of Tokyo, a logically conclusive ending makes me wonder when we’ll be seeing and hearing more from her. Let’s hope it’s not too long.
Following the unfortunate disbandment of cult favourites Late of the Pier, Sam Dust took a five year break away from the spotlight to hone his craft even further across a slew of projects and pastimes. The second track from his forthcoming album is a weird and wonderful foray into sample based prog house that features airy vocals and an unshakeable groove throughout – it’s a celebration of dynamic composition and the marriage of disconnected sounds to create something fluid and bright. ‘Party Zute/Learning To Love’ forms a strong statement about where the core of Inji lies and where it could potentially take its listeners. Exciting shit.
LA PRIEST will release his debut album, “Inji”, out June 29th 2015.
Posted in Label News | Posted on: May 1st, 2015 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
Rising UK producer jackLNDN has lent his hand to Montgomery’s ‘Not Around’, and the results are excellent if we do say so ourselves. Flipping things into a more driving, club ready environment, the remix manages to expose the subtle intricacies of the original whilst offering something completely new and fresh sounding. One for the headphones!
Montgomery is about to embark on her debut tour:
Thursday, 7th May @ GoodGod Small Club, Sydney – SOLD OUT Friday, 8th May @ Shebeen, Melbourne – SOLD OUT Friday 15th May @ Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane – TICKETS
Today’s feature is a little different to our normal fare – this unique visual collaboration between Sydney garage pop legends Bloods and Skateistan is a simultaneous effort from the band to raise awareness of this excellent cause, along with sharing a new addition to their growing back catalogue of epic videos! Having never heard of this initiative before, we did some research and found that Skateistan is an organisation that assists youth from a range of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds to build trust and to provide empowerment through a combination of skateboarding and educational activities in Cambodia, South Africa and Afghanistan. It’s win win here – this frenetic, catchy-as-fuck tune provides a fitting backdrop to the video and proves that both are things that are well deserving of your time. Shakas all round.
‘What Do I Care’ is taken from Bloods’ debut album ‘Work It Out’, out now on Minty Fresh. We’ll have some special Bloods related news in the coming days!
Please help keep Skateistan rolling by donating HERE.
A cocktail bar bathed in smoke and neon lighting sets an appropriate mood for Tobias Jesso Jr’s film clip for ‘Without You’, a vital piece of the puzzle in his story as an artist and for his ongoing narrative. Arguably one of our office favourites from his debut LP Goon, the single feels at home in a darkened corner as an oddly matched couple draw closer and closer throughout an evening. As if beckoned by its warm and fuzzy beginning, Without You is a song that celebrates a love of powerful and refined pop music whilst paying homage to a period in Jesso Jr’s life when unrequited love ruled everything around him.
Tobias Jesso Jr’s debut LP Goon is out now via True Panther/Remote Control. Go get it!
Today on the blog we feature the second single lifted from Darts’ forthcoming debut album Below Empty & Westward Bound, this one is titled ‘Aeroplane’ and it comes with a seriously creepy Timothy Casten directed video to get you in the mood. Taking on a more polished sound than on the previously featured ‘Westward Bound’, the Melbourne outfit evoke sonic flasbacks to the earlier Modest Mouse material on Aeroplane, and manage to take a song about comfort and underscore it with a lingering sense of anxiety. Speaking on the song, Ally from the band noted: “When we were kids, the relationships we formed were not limited by a common ground we use as adults. You knew exactly where you stood, and that allowed for some of the best friendships of your life to form. This song is about that.”
Below Empty & Westward Bound is set for release on May 15th via Rice is Nice.
Darts will be performing around Australia at the following shows:
DARTS ALBUM LAUNCH Saturday June 20 – Shadow Electric – Melbourne
ALPINE SUPPORT Wednesday June 24 – The Gov – Adelaide
ALPINE SUPPORT Thursday June 25 – Barwon Club – Geelong
ALPINE SUPPORT Friday June 26 – Karova Lounge – Ballarat
DARTS ALBUM LAUNCH Saturday June 27 – Brighton Up Bar – Sydney
Melbourne’s Slum Sociable made a considerable splash with the release of their debut single ‘Anyway’ back in January along with their breakout performance at Sugar Mountain. A few months down the track and the mysterious duo are continuing to make waves both at home and abroad ahead of the announcement of their EP release, and yesterday celebrated the premiere of their first official video. The Danny Cohen directed clip straddles the line between weird and wonderful, with interpretative dance and colours providing nuance to the music itself – a decidedly fresh mix of interchanging dub, psych, jazz and glitch elements gain further clarity and it’s easy to see that these guys are set for big, big things.
Slum Sociable will be appearing with #1 Dads on their tour at the following dates:
You may remember Koi Child’s previous single ‘Slow One’, a stellar introduction to the newly formed outfit made up of CHILD’S PLAY and KASHIKOI. On the single, the band teamed up with Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame to begin forging their new sound and on ‘Black Panda’ the band opted to stick with their winning formula – although the results have certainly progressed into something more defiant this time around. Black Panda is the sound of this band finding comfort in their new surroundings; a contrasting use of instrumental space sees the explosive vocal flow take on a new life at each turn without ever feeling too premeditated. There’s still a sense of unhinged chaos lurking just beneath the fray. Keep an eye on these guys.
Our buddy Dan from The Death Set sent this one over to us late last week and we’re psyched to be featuring it on this particularly gloomy Wednesday afternoon. Sunshine Gun Club is a new project for Dan & co and their latest single Fading Lights offers an impressive taster of what’s to come for the outfit. Fading Lights is an assured piece of pop punk that straddles the line between hi-fi and lo-fi effortlessly and presents an obvious knack for production along with catchy melodies and soaring vocals. Just what the doctor ordered.
You can grab a free download of Fading Lights, lifted from Sunshine Gun Club’s forthcoming album HeavenHERE.
Portland (via NZ) outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared yet another take from their forthcoming LP Multi Love. Picking up where the title track left off, new single ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ continues to navigate through a plethora of kaleidoscopic sounds reminiscent of golden era 60’s pop in addition to future r&b, and brings an assured vocal set, providing a new found depth and subtlety to the band’s sonic output. This one will be receiving some high rotation in the office – we have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be a grower.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra will release their upcoming album Multi-Love on May 26 via Jagjaguwar.