Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tiger Tsunami: Spanish Nights [Music Video]

UK producer Tiger Tsunami offers up a gorgeous music video for his recent single ‘Spanish Nights.’

Directed by New York-based filmmaker Arabella O, the video adds a whole new level of warmth and summery, feel good vibes to Tiger Tsunami‘s down-tempo blissed-out beats.

Score a Free download of Spanish Nights’ right here, then be sure to follow Tiger Tsunami on the below socials. |

Harts: Leavn It All Behind [Music Video]

Melbourne multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Darren Hart, aka Harts, has shared a new music video with us for his latest single ‘Leavn It All Behind,’ a track that oozes Breakbot influences, laden with some obvious Michael Jackson vibes, ultimately creating an extremely catchy disco-funk tune.

Filmed by Kristen Smith and recorded live at The Sound Bar Studios in Hoppers Crossing, the video puts you in the room with Harts, almost offering you a one-on-one show with the man himself – what would you do if you were actually alone in a room with Darren..?

‘Leavn It All Behind’ has been mixed and edited by Darren’s own production studio, Offtime Productions.

‘Leavn It All Behind’ is out on November 11 through The A&R Department. | |

The Kite String Tangle: Given The Chance Tour [Ticket Giveaway]

Brisbane producer Danny Harley, aka The Kite String Tangle is very excited to be kicking-off his first ever national tour next week in his home town.

Tickets have been on sale for just a few weeks now and due to the overwhelming response, a few shows have sold out completely, some extra dates have been added and there has even been the need for a venue upgrade in Sydney.

We have one double pass to give away to the upgraded Sydney show on Friday, November 15 at Spectrum, which just so happens to have a very special appearance by the acid stag DJs.

To be in the running, simply drop your name in the comment box below. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, November 6.

Given The Chance Tour Dates:
Thursday, November 7 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
w/Elroy 4.0 and Motion Picture Actress

Friday, November 8 – The Causeway, Perth
w/Sun City DJs
Tickets: free entry before 9pm, then tickets at the door.

Saturday, November 9 – Rhino Room, Adelaide
w/Brokers and Flamingo
Tickets: available on the door

Wednesday, November 13 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne *NEW SHOW
w/Super Magic HatsFlamingo and The Ripe DJs

Thursday, November 14 – Workers Club, Melbourne
w/Super Magic Hats, Flamingo and The Ripe DJs
Tickets: SOLD OUT

Friday, November 15 – Brighton Up Bar Spectrum, Sydney  *NEW VENUE
w/SAFIA and Acid Stag DJs
Tickets: (Brighton Up Bar tickets will be accepted at the new venue)

Wednesday, November 20 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane   *NEW SHOW!
w/Special Guests

Danny has had a busy year of touring, playing supports for the likes of MS MR, Gold Panda, Owl Eyes and RÜFÜS as well as just recently finishing up a National headline tour with his indie-dance band PIGEON.

Danny is definitely no stranger to the stage and knows how to put on an impressive live show. | |

Planningtorock: All Love’s Legal [New Album Announce]

Berlin’s Janine Rostron, otherwise known as Planningtorock, has announced she has a brand new album on the way titled, All Love’s Legal.

With this news comes ‘Welcome,’ a small two-minute snippet of the eleven-track album featuring a simple sweeping synth layer underneath Rostron’s uniquely unmissable vocal, including a very trippy visual accompaniment.

All Love’s Legal will see its release through Rostron’s own label Human Level Recordings on February 10. | |


Fyfe: Lies Pt. II [New Single]

More sublime sounds from London’s Fyfe today, this one titled ‘Lies Pt. II’ is the morose sequel to ‘Lies’ off his recent debut EP, Solace.

‘Lies Pt. II’ is available to download fro FREE right here.

Fyfe also has a few live shows coming up in Europe throughout November with Dan Croll and London Grammar. Further details can be found on the below socials.

If you missed it, here is a full stream of Fyfe’s above mentioned debut EP, Solace. | |

Motion Picture Actress: See Water Mix [Exclusive Premiere]

Brisbane producer Thom Brydon, aka Motion Picture Actress, has been tirelessly working away on this next EP See Water, in between tour supports with LordeLapaluxChet FakerBalam Acab and Collarbones.

Today Brydon is finally ready to unleash his See Water EP upon the world and below we have an exclusive premiere of all tracks from the EP combined into a very special six-minute jam, which was produced with the hopes of reflecting MPA’s live performances; a crazy mashup of everything the man produces.

See Water track-list:
1. Gypsy Dream
2. I Scream
3. I Keep Falling Around Here
4. Jet Lag
5. I Don’t Want to Be Alone
6. True
7. Water Lyf (ft. Keiiko)

See Water EP is out today thanks to the awesome folk over at Silo Arts & Records. |

Lou Reed: Perfect Day, by Twin Shadow [Tribute]

Yesterday’s news on the passing of legendary American rock musician and songwriter Lou Reed shocked and saddened many fans and fellow artists around the globe.

Brooklyn musician George Lewis Jr, aka Twin Shadow, has offered up a tribute to honour one of his personal musical idols with the below silhouetted video performance of Lou Reed’s, ‘Perfect Day.’

R.I.P. Lou Reed 1964–2013


Broken Bells Present: After The Disco [Short Film pt. 1 & 2]

Broken Bells (aka James Mercer (of The Shins) and Danger Mouse) have overnight unveiled a short-film project they’ve produced in conjunction with The Creators Project and directed by Jacob Gentry.

The After The Disco short-film project stars Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara. Grab some popcorn and take a journey into a futuristic, disco wonderland.

Part 1: Angel and The Fool

Part 2: Holding On For Life

Broken Bells do have their second album After The Disco set for release in January 2014. |

Solé Fixtape Vol.19: Blue Wheels Journey by Breakbot [MixTape]

Solé Bicycles present the latest and nineteenth monthly instalment of their Fixtape series and this time round they have one of our favourite disco-dons, Breakbot curating a 25-track collection of his favourite disco-funk tunes into one solid stream of mirror ball bliss.

1. Prince – 1999
2. James Bobbin – It’s Music
3. Chris Thomas – Celebrity Funk
4. Enchantment – Give It Up
5. Plush – Free and Easy
6. Skool Boyz – Heartbreaker
7. Jane Child – Don’t Wanna Fall in Love (Sheep Pettibone Remix)
8. Ze-brass – Feels So Good
9. Kid Creole and The Coconuts – I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby
10. Dayton – Eyes on You
11. Grand Tour – Late November
12. Rory Block – Help Me Baby
13. Kenny Smith – Witness
14. Conway Brothers – Turn It Up
15. Larry Nevilles – This Time is Real
16. Raven – so in love (ft. Jocelyn Brown)
17. Second Image – Star
18. Donna Washington – You Can’t Hide From The Boogie
19. Brenda Watts – You’re My Chance
20. Tantra – Get Happy
21. Cotton Candy – Having Fun (ft. Donna Trollinger)
22. Oby Onyihoa – Enjoy Your Life
23. Nick Straker Band – Straight Ahead
24. Teddy Pendergrass – Come Go With Me
25. Doobie Brothers – Flying Clouds

You can score a FREE download of the Solé Fixtape Vol.19 over at the Solé Bicycles website.

After doing that, head on over to THUMP (the new electronic music and culture channel from VICE) where you can go into a draw to WIN a one-of-a-kind custom Breakbot Solé bicycle (pictured below). Check those details and enter here.

Breakbot - Solé Bicycle |

Grafton Primary: NEO [Album Review + Stream]

Words by Justine McNamara.

Sydney duo Grafton Primary have released their second full length album, NEO – an anagram of their 2008 debut Eon – and have produced some hard-hitting tracks to get us dancing.

There’s no filler on this album, each track has its own charm and appeal. Opener ‘Closer’ successfully gives us a taste of what’s to come. The uplifting melody and aptly timed “pop”s throughout the track make it impossible to dislike. The hopeful lyrics: “Music brings us closer when life is over,” are destined to put you in a good mood and have you bopping your head along.

‘What We Believe’ is funkier still, the energetic drumbeat is impossible not to love. While the lyrics: “The future belongs to lovers and dreamers, the power of hope is what we believe in,” can be seen as a little bit corny, think about seeing this song performed live and it doesn’t seem as lame. Coupled with that high-pitched synth riff and a rocking bass line, this song is definitely a stand out on the album.

The impossibly catchy ‘Time Machine’ is another standout, each layer is added perfectly and it achieves an interesting mix of sounds from start to finish. Again, the lyrics: “Love is a time machine, when you know what it means,” are a little bit corny but I forgive them for this, since they’ve obviously gone into this album with the intention of making something uplifting and fun.

The darkest track on the album ‘Love is a War’ still manages to be somewhat uplifting because of the melody and beat. The combination of pessimistic lyrics, a slightly slower tempo and more pronounced keys on this track is done perfectly.

The most refreshing thing about NEO is that it’s consistently energetic and fun without being tiring. There aren’t any slow tracks to mention, and there’s little to no contrast in the tempo; but this has been achieved in an uplifting way rather than making you beg for a rest. This album is perfect if you need a mid-week pick up or even a party starter for the weekend. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to it, and the funky riffs and beats will have you dancing around in seconds.

Grafton Primary have done a great job on NEO and given us a soundtrack for summer.

Rating: ★★★★

NEO is out now and you can pick up a copy on the ‘BUY’ link above. |

Crooked Colours: Come Down [New Single]

Perth three-piece Crooked Colours offer up another electronic gem. This one they are calling ‘Come Down’ and it is the second single to be pulled from their forthcoming EP.

‘Come Down’ takes a step back from the heavy electro sounds of its predecessor ‘Moontan Nocturnal’ and instead offers a soft comforting vocal part, thanks to Phil Slabber, layered over a subtle finger-clicking beat. As the track progresses it slowly unfolds into a very nice blend of distorted electronic textures.

‘Come Down’ is available for Free Download via the link above.

Crooked Colours will be releasing their full EP in the early stages of 2014, followed closely by a full Australian tour.

Before you go anywhere, we recommend revisiting CC’s previous single ‘Moontan Nocturnal’ |


Donna Summer: Love To Love You Donna [Tribute Album Stream]

As mentioned recently, a tribute album has been compiled in loving memory of the amazing and undisputed Queen of Disco, aka Donna Summer, which sees some of the best contemporary dance-music luminaries reworking some of the disco-diva’s biggest hits.

Among the 14-tracks you’ll find reworks and remixes from Giorgio Moroder, Hot Chip, Gigamesh, Chromeo, Duke Dumont, Jacques Greene and Holy Ghost! just to name a few.

So without further ado, step on under the glittering mirror ball and experience the dance-floor euphoria that was/is Donna Summer.


Love To Love You Donna is available now from iTunes so go there and get one. |


Thief: Closer [EP Review]

Words by Carlos Duarte.

Nowadays, when someone mentions electronic production and R&B vocals in the same sentence, it’s enough to send lovers of both genres running for the hills, such has been the terrifying effect of the EDM meets R&B epidemic of the last few years.

Fear not dear music lover for Thief has arrived to combat the horrors of recent times by releasing his Closer EP, a work where synthesizers and smooth, emotive vocals come together to prove that electro based music has heart, sophistication and most importantly, that it does not need a Pitbull feature.

Produced by both Thief and Matt Redlich, the Closer EP features four songs that explore the darker side of a relationship. The lament and disdain voiced within the verses of the title track lead to a chorus that disperses with the feelings of being fed up with someone, whilst follow up ‘Broken Boy’ takes into account the role both parties play in the dissolution of love. The production sparkles with elated synths and bouncing blips that counterbalance the more serious tone of the lyrics, while Thief’s singing, which sometimes sounds similar to a more vocally capable Pharrell Williams, glows with a yearning for emotional respite.

Ultimately, Thief has offered up an EP that encompasses the poignant complexities of a relationship breakdown and juxtaposes these dark sentiments with production values that are buoyant and polished. This gem of an EP demands a closer look and will no doubt leave listeners hanging for more.

Rating: ★★★★

Here is the EP’s fantastic lead single, ‘Broken Boy’

Thief’s Closer EP will be on the shelves by November 1 thanks to Rabble Records/Shock Records. |

Gig of the Week: Oxford Art Factory’s Halloween 6th Birthday Party

Six years ago, the Oxford Art Factory opened its doors for live bands and DJs from around Australia and all over the world to take to the stage and share their live performances with Sydney’s music loving fans.

This Friday night, The OAF are planning a super big party to celebrate six years of live music and seeing as it is Halloween this week, they’ve decided to make it a full-blown ‘Halloween Birthday Party’ – and you’re all invited!

The Trouble With Templeton
Blind Valley
Los Tones

Moonbase Commander
This Mess

+ special performances from the Free Fall Cube Artists AND The OAF DJs (Bros Grimm, Harry White, Glenn Be Trippen, Shantan Wantan Ichiban) will be keeping the party going all night long!

WHAT: OAF’s Halloween 6th Birthday Party
WHERE: Oxford Art Factory
WHEN: Friday, November 1
COST: Free Entry – Doors open 7pm (Free drink upon arrival between 7 to 8pm)

Gig of the Week: The OAF's Halloween Birthday Party