New Music


Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Alex G is a master of disguise (no reference to that shitty movie that came out in the early 2000s). There is somewhat of a mystical allure to the way in which the Philly artist approaches music. G- rather uniquely- is able to establish himself within a genre and then without warning, jump ship and explore a completely different sound. His latest single is no exception. Bobby is a daring exploration of country music that I’m sure any bloke with an Akubra or pair of RM William boots would give the proverbial nod to.

Alex G sets the scene early as an acoustic guitar and lightly plucked banjo accompany a sharp whiney violin that is synonymous with that country music. The beautifully crafted soundscape serves as the perfect backing track for the vocal harmony between longtime collaborator Emily Yacina and G. The video is also worth a thumbs up for its quirky, cartoony visual display of such a heartwarming song .

Bobby is one of two singles available now off G’s forthcoming LP Rocket, due May 19. 


Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

If you asked me last week whether I’d ever say “The Drums are back, HOT DOG this is HOT SHIT”, I would laughed in your face and probably deleted you from Facebook. To be honest, I fell out of love with the post-punk via summer vibes of The Drums after album number one – and even though that probably wasn’t the smartest idea, as Portamento had some serious jams – I still never felt like I was going to fall back in love with Jonny Pierce. But here we are and here I am saying that The Drums are back, HOT DOG this is HOT SHIT. You know what, maybe this song was written about me and my lack of feelings for his project in the past? Like, Pierce does sing “what does it take, for you to believe that I have changed” and “I still love you, I love you, I still do”, that’s gotta be it.

My bullshit aside, ‘Blood Under My Belt’ is a truly refreshing sound and really seems to act as a reincarnation for Pierce as The Drums. It’s packed with emotion, rolling out of his mouth like a plea to his loved one – whilst being soundtracked with some beautifully lo-fi tinged instrumentation. The hazy layering towards the end of the track is truly noteworthy; and when combined with its fast paced nature, you can’t help lose yourself in Pierce’s tale. Long live The Drums.

‘Abysmal Thoughts’ is out June 16 via Anti-


Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

No Vacation are a dream-pop/lo-fi act coming out of San Fran. After a pretty sketchy year where this young and relatively unknown act actually called it quits, they are back with a pretty beaut new single. The newbie, ‘Mind Fields’ sounds sweet, that’s literally the best way I can put it. There are very calm, almost whispered vocals, accompanied by smooth, layered, hazy instrumentation. Those are literally all of the keys to a ‘sweet’ song. In terms of it’s themes, the band have said it’s“an ode to breakups inspired and written during No Vacation’s year-long hiatus. It has a tinge of nostalgia, but at the same time, an air of hopefulness for the future.” A perfect self-reflection for an incredibly promising band, that may not be here right now – and perhaps without this thought process, we’d be missing something beautiful from our lives today. #deep #nevergiveup #dreambig

Expect a debut LP from No Vacation in June via Topshelf Records.


Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by admin

If you haven’t ‘met’ (for lack of a better word) Lonelyspeck yet, this is literally the best time. With their second EP dropping at the end of the week, we have been graced by ‘Settle’ – a quick fire single that just doesn’t feel fast or like a single. The latest follows up two truly gorgeous tracks, and once again takes listeners to another part of the psyche of Lonelyspeck. For ‘Settle’ we’re welcomed slowly, as Sione Teumohenga. whispers along to soft bursts of warm synths, as it progresses, sharp percussion, powerful bass whirl around the room – before they really let everything go, a wild array of brightness. An aural representation of rainbow filled sunshowers (sounds lame, but come on, you can see it!). Then, it’s done. The playlist ticks over and you’re not sure anything will top the feeling you have for the rest of the day. That’s the way Lonelyspeck will make you feel, overwhelmed, in the best way possible.

Lonelyspeck’s Lave EP is due March 3 via TEEF. Preorder here.


Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar should do us all a favour and release an album together. Having collaborated on Kendrick’s album, To Pimp a Butter Fly back in 2015, it seems only fair/natural that Kendrick has returned the favour and jumped on Thundercat’s new soulful track, ‘Walk On By’. The song in discussion rests amongst 22 other tracks that make up Thundercat’s most recent LP, Drunk (That’s right…23 tracks!). Drunk also boasts features from Flying Lotus and Pharrell, which, as I’m sure you can imagine, made it very difficult to decide what to froth on.

‘Walk On By’ is perfect for a sunset on a Sunday evening. Laced with the rhythmic ambience that Thundercat creates with his trademark wobbly bass and peculiar programming, you can relax and reflect on the week gone. That is until Kendrick interrupts; making you listen, as he always does to his short-lived verse that zips through the track thus perking you up and preparing you for the week ahead. With that said, ‘Walk On By’ sounds pretty good on a Tuesday too.

Drunk is available on all streaming services. 


Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Ooh, I needed a good excuse to talk about this track. Ya know, it’s like a few months old now. But now, it has a snazzy new video and is therefore acceptable to be included in a new music release blog. For those out of the loop, ‘Every Single Thing’ is the lead single from Homeshake’s delightfully blissed out third LP, Fresh Air. An ode to being so completely overtaken by the thoughts in your head (which I can definitely #relate to), it’s a smooth affair, with bubbling bass and trademark wonky synths. For the vid, old mate Peter Sagar is absent (probably because it was shot in Taipei) – with Taiwanese dancers Wen hao Chang and Ning Han (and their cute as hell lil’ dog) taking ‘center stage’ (haha, that’s a dancing joke guys). Their subtle, refrained movements reflect the relaxed momentum of the track itself, their strangely romantic swaying the perfect match for this off-kilter slow-jam.

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Fresh Air is out now via Sinderlyn Records.


Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

It’s so rewarding to see an unique Australian band with an unique sound taking off. D.D Dumbo is doing it, as is Gabriella Cohen, and I’m a firm believer that Methyl Ethel deserve to sit on this list. Although their debut LP, was acclaimed like hell in Aus and shot them across the world – it’s tastes like ‘L’Heure des Sorcières’ that for me are cementing their true place as a completely unique act. It was always going to be hard to back up the pulsating jam laden, ‘Ubu’, but here we are. The new single (which a title I can’t be effed retyping), may not hold the same ear worm tendencies of “Why you’d have to go and cut your hair?” – it makes up for it by demonstrating the same seductive lyrics, with the bonus of some utterly smooth and dark instrumentation. With synth lines and keywork that wouldn’t feel out of place in one of the darker moments for Metronomy and beats that are reminiscent of similar dance punk bands of the late 2000’s – it all works in juxtaposition with their higher pitched vocals and psychedelic elements. It’s an odd thought, but the result is a seriously brill take on pop. ‘Unique’ seems to be my word of the day now, and it’s all because of this intelligently created song.

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Everything is Forgotten is out March 3 via Dot Dash/4AD


Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Don’t you love a song that truly packs a punch? This new one from Liverpool’s Her’s is punchy as hell and guaranteed to give you the pick me up you so desperately need. This is now the fourth track we’ve been gifted from this sublime two-piece, and whilst their previous works have been built as slower, lo-fi ballads (all freakin’ brilliant by the way) – ‘Speed Racer’ injects pace and upbeat rhythms from the get go. The instrumentation seems to be a modern-day take on swing, with bubbling bass and a clap-along stretch of percussion – all wrapped up in hazy guitars that would make Mac daddy DeMarco jealous. And whilst the lyrics still based in the love-struck world we know them for, they are shot out in a way that almost doesn’t give the story time to breath. They’re still so sultry that I’m sure the band would win over whoever it is they plead with to “let me love you tonight”. This is an act worth keeping an eye on in 2017.

Songs Of Her’s is out May 12 via Heist Or Hit.


Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Marika Hackman is back! Sorry that was really lame, but the English folk/post-punk artist has returned with a new single Boyfriend, and in typical Hackman fashion, it is enigmatic, sincere and unlike anything we have heard from her in the past. Having changed direction from her dark, introspective debut album to release a Christmas themed EP last year, Hackman has continued to explore uncharted territory with Boyfriend, touching on some deep-seated societal issues and personal experience.

Whilst the backing band, The Big Moon creates the perfect soundscape, it’s Hackman’s delivery that steals the spotlight. Riddled with sarcasm and masked with an angelic voice, Hackman takes aim at entitled male douche bags that think they’re top shit. Boyfriend is comforting in the sense that it marks the return of a dynamic artist, but perhaps what is more important is Hackman expressing her concerns with the way women are often treated in a social context. Big ups to Hackman for this track and let’s hope there is more to come soon.


Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Elise Higgins, better known in the music world as Fait, has once again teamed up with fellow Perth based artist/visual wizard/dream catcher Matsu, to create a film clip for Reverie. The result; a truly blissful audiovisual journey that will encourage you to drift into a light daydream of positive introspective thought. Reverie is a daring exploration of shoegaze and post rock as the Kevin Shieldesque guitar riffs serve as a nice backdrop to the hi-hat heavy drumbeat that pitter-patters throughout the instrumental.

It’s rare that a film clip perfectly captures the mood of a song but Matsu is bang on with this one. The video clip feels like a dream you have every once in a while that clears your mind and puts everything in your life into perspective. I think its safe to say we will hear some new Fait soon but in the meantime have a go at this.

Reverie features on Fait’s second EP Sonder that came out in August last year and is available on all streaming services.