Category: Electronica / Dance

Sable

Deep at work on his next EP, Perth’s favourite computer wizard Sable is slipping out some new goodies to tide you over. After wetting the appetites of his legions of fans with the gummy trap vibrations of ‘Mt Moon’, John “Sable” Dewhurst let’s his Pokemon obsession bubble to the surface on two brand new tracks straight from the underground of Kanto, presenting ‘Thunderwave’ and ‘Surf’ off the 2-track offering.

Last rearing his head above ground for a collaboration with Bloc Party hero Kele Okereke on icey track, ‘The One’, Sable turned up to the session with a glistening beat, that perfectly glides around Kele‘s unmistakable vocals, showing another string to the talented young producers bow.
With both new tracks, ‘Thunder Wave’ and ‘Surf’ voiced by the eerie vocaloid machine, childlike voices float over earth shaking drums that would crush any club systems they’re unleashed upon. The track contains enough Sable laced sunshine to make for one hell of a head phone party too.
The perfect soundtrack to watching the Australian Summer comes around once more, and as clubland starts to heat up, there’s nobody turning the temperature gauge to full quite like Sable.

Dropping on SoundCloud & Bandcamp by the time you finish reading this, the release will also see a strictly limited run of 7″ vinyl, exquisitely packaged in a die cut sleeve. You can cop one of the limited edition Sable Pokemon cards if you get there in time – in true booster-pack fashion, one in every 20 is holographic! Fresh off the back of his heavily lauded Splendour In The Grass sunset slot, don’t miss him on his national run of dates kicking off this October in Sydney.

SABLE TOUR DATES
Fri Oct 17 // Father @ Villa // PERTH
Sat Oct 18 // Chinese Laundry // SYDNEY
                  Fri Oct 24 // Oh Hello // BRISBANE
Sat Oct 25 // Flinders Social // TOWNSVILLE
Fri Oct 31 // IOHYOU @ Liberty Social // MELBOURNE
Sat Nov 1 // Carmens @ Miranda // SYDNEY
Sun Nov 2 // Zhivago // ADELAIDE
Fri Nov 8 // The Factory // SUNSHINE COAST

Axwell

The duo of Axwell /\ Ingrosso, former members of the legendary Swedish House Mafia, has been signed to an exclusive contract with Universal Music Group, to release new music and content in 2014 on Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK, with their debut album coming in early 2015. In Australia they will be released though EMI.

This will be the first official album from Axwell /\ Ingrosso, whose previous band, Swedish House Mafia never released a full studio album, despite selling over 10 million records worldwide.  (Two compilation albums were issued in 2010 (Until One) and 2012 (Until Now), on Virgin Records/Astralwerks.)

“We are proud at Def Jam to have Axwell /\ Ingrosso choose us to be their label home. Their music is forward, innovative, invigorating and boundless,” said Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings. “Def Jam has the artistry and energy of DJ culture within its pedigree, right there in our logo. This is a significant moment for all of us as at Def Jam.”

Swedish House Mafia was renowned for selling out Madison Square Garden in nine minutes for their concert in 2012, without any album in the marketplace.  The group disbanded in March 2013, after playing their final sets that month at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Emerging as a duo, Axwell /\ Ingrosso premiered new music with influential BBC radio personality Zane Lowe in late March 2014. “I was lucky enough to go down to the studio this week, listen to a whole bunch of songs. It’s going to be incredible,” Lowe raved on air. “It’s a whole new era for these two.”

In early June, the band landed back in the US for their first headlining gigs at Governors Ball in New York City, followed by Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Times heralded their set: “Freed from the expectations of being in one of the globe’s biggest bands, the duo’s set was simultaneously more challenging and more playful than anything their previous project could do…Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s set found them working out different ideas about tension and song craft…One new tune, which fans have given a working title of “On My Way,” felt like it had pop-hit potential with an immediately memorable chorus. But the long, well-spaced drum builds and crowd-teasing pacing felt entirely new for the duo.”

Axwell /\ Ingrosso (with third member Steve Angello) began collaborating in 2007 as Swedish House Mafia, which became a multi-platinum household name success across Europe by the end of 2010, with “One” featuring Pharrell, and “Miami 2 Ibiza” vs. Tinie Tempah.  “Save the World” extended their run into 2011, along with “Antidote” vs. Knife Party. 

“Don’t You Worry” featuring John Martin was SHM’s breakthrough hit in 2012, #1 in the UK, Sweden and Australia, and Top 10 in most territories around the world, including the U.S., where it was certified RIAA triple-platinum.  It was in late-2012 when SHM announced they would disband at the end of their “One Last Tour” in 2013, paving the way for this year’s emergence of Axwell /\ Ingrosso.

Hamjam

Despite their laidback shoegaze sound, Hamjam have been particularly busy lately; signing to WA label, Pilerats, releasing a free download of their bizarre and wonderful cover of ILOVEMAKKONEN, Club Going Up On A Tuesday, (which was covered by iconic online destination, The Fader) and are now offering up the first single, Love from their self-titled debut.  Available for pre-order from 22nd September before its official release on 10th October, buy the EP to receive Love instantly.

These Perth based garage heroes are incoming and quietly making their name across the nations backyard party scene. With the duo’s forthcoming self-titled EP finally complete, this single marks the crunchy guitar ridden, knackered tone of psychedelia the Hamjam boys are promising to release and it’s some of the most infectious, skuzzy, sing-along guitar music you’ll hear all year.
Channeling the live energy of some of the countries favourite new guitar bands and featuring current members of The Growl and GunnsHamjam eschew the impossibly structured fine mess of the aforementioned legends in favour of swampy blown out guitar rhythms, and slap-in-the-face drum work.
Think hot box vocal echoes, seasick wurtilizers and proper stomp box worship, throwing together thrashy & loose & effortlessly chill, in a way only the West Coast can. This is off-kilter guitar pop music at it’s finest, from two of Perth, Australia’s finest idiots.

Willow Beats 2
Following the success of their runaway single Merewif, mystical Melbourne-based uncle/niece duo Willow Beats have just released their sophomore EP ‘Water’. Out through WA-label Pilerats, they have also announced a national headline tour in support of the record.  Willow Beats will be supported nationally by Adelaide producer and master of chill, Oisima.
Featuring six ethereal tracks, the release was premiered on Rolling Stone online, debuted at #1 on the Australian iTunes electronic charts, and peaked at #11 on the main album charts.
August saw Willow Beats travelling around the country on a largely-sold out tour in support of Merewif, and their upcoming headline tour is sure to follow suit. The pair will also make highly anticipated festival appearances including Strawberry Fields, Beyond The Valley and inaugural New Years festival Lost Paradise, where they’ll be sharing the stage with the likes of AlunaGeorge, Boy & Bear and The Preatures.
One of the most impressive aspects of ‘Water’ is the sheer diversity of the music. While the overarching vibe is delicate and soulful, beneath the surface can be found a range of technically-brilliant, dance-floor ready beats and melodies. From the enchanting Merewif, to the crunchy synth hooks and fluttering beats on Airships, and the cascading polyrhythms on Guardian, this EP is nothing short of impressive.
A follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2013 ‘Alchemy’ EP, ‘Water’ offers cochlea-bruising production and dual-vocal arrangements appearing for the very first time. Vocalist Kalyani Ellis enchants with her powerful vocals, the perfect complement to the slick dreamscapes of beatmaker/vocalist Narayana Johnson.
WATER EP TOUR
 
with special guest Oisima
 
Tickets on-sale Monday, 22 September
Thur, 4 Dec – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available from http://willowbeats.oztix.com.au
Fri, 5 Dec – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available from http://willowbeats.oztix.com.au
Sat, 6 Dec – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au
Thur, 11 Dec – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA
Tickets available from http://www.liveattheastor.com.au
Fri, 12 Dec – CATS @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from http://willowbeats.oztix.com.au
FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
31st Oct // Ouija Beats @ The Big Top, Sydney NSW
Saturday 22nd Nov // Strawberry Fields (location TBA)
Tuesday 30th Dec // Beyond The Valley, Phillip Island, VIC
Thursday 1st Jan 2015 // Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Public Service Broadcasting

Year: 2013

Label: Test Card Recordings

Track Listing:

  1. Inform Educate Entertain
  2. Spitfire
  3. Theme From PSB
  4. Signal 30
  5. Night Mail
  6. Qomolangma
  7. Roygbiv
  8. The Now Generation
  9. Lit Up
  10. Everest
  11. Late Night Final

Subculture Media ‘Inform Educate Entertain’ – Public Service Broadcasting Review:

There are some music lovers out there that would be quick to dismiss English act Public Service Broadcasting’s latest album “Inform Educate Entertain” as a flash-in-the-pan gimmick. But the people that would say that are the same kind of people that like to enter into the art vs art installation argument. Art is art and music is music and if you dig a little deeper the concept behind “Inform Educate Entertain” is a gutsy one with merit.

Public Service Broadcasting is made up J. Willgoose Esq. (who pretty much plays every instrument under the sun on the album) and Wrigglesworth who brings the drums and some haunting saxophone playing to the table. Also playing a key role in the sound of this album are the voices of various public service films (read into that propaganda films) that have been made over the years.

The idea behind “Inform Educate Entertain” is to point out that often videos disguised as public announcements or safety messages are in fact a way to try and control the public. Whether or not Public Service Broadcasting get that message across to their listeners is debatable but this is still an album that can be enjoyed by those who enjoy a good electronic or experimental album.

The only main weakness of this album is that some tracks just seem to glide by and become background noise but they are largely outnumbered by the amount of tracks that actually stand out. Late Night Final is smooth jazz at its best while for the most part tracks like Inform Educate Entertain, Everest, The Now Generation and Spitfire show that Public Service Broadcasting are one of the best groups going around at capturing that mix of electronic and rock.

Other tracks that certainly make a splash are the 80s pop sounding Theme From PSB (that also uses banjos to good effect), the rockier Signal 30 which incorporates some voiceover from road safety videos remarkably well and the smooth Lit Up which constantly reminds the listener that this is in fact ‘all just fairyland.’

The naysayers are pointing out that Public Service Broadcasting might find it hard to have a future after this but stay in the now people, what they have delivered here is a great sounding electronic album that has a memorable concept. I also hear that they do a pretty awesome live show so check them out if you can.

 

Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

 

PanamaYear: 2013

Label: Independent

Track Listing:
1. Heartbeat
2. It’s Not Over
3. Magic
4. One Piece
5. Stop The Fire
6. We Have Love

Subculture Media Review:

For a long time Australian pop music has been something that the locals have been a little embarrassed about. Sure we have winners of shows like ‘X Factor’ and ‘Australian Idol’ but normally their first album does well and then they simply disappear into obscurity… well come in who knows what branch of McDonalds Casey Donovan and Kate DeAraugo are working the Drive Thru at now?

But if you are an Aussie pop lover then it is really time to rejoice, because along comes a group called Panama. These guys released the sensational ‘Magic’ last year and now they are back with an EP titled ‘It’s Not Over’ which is a great little release.

The opening track, ‘Heartbeat’ reveals a really different sound to what you would normally expect from an Aussie pop outfit… there is no hint of cheese (that’s saved for Casey’s cheeseburger) to be heard and instead it is obvious that Panama brilliantly fuse a the sound of pop, electronic and house music together extremely well.

Fans of Underworld and Joy Division (if you want to feel a little older) will lap up title track, ‘It’s Not Over’ with its great vocals care of Jarrah McCleary and a catchiness that makes very infectious. The groovy sounds continue with the track we all heard last year, ‘Magic’, which of course if you haven’t heard is very disco sounding.

‘One Piece’ delivers a very smooth electronic sound with some high notes that the Bee Gees would have proud to have called their own while the catchiness returns with ‘Stop The Fire’. The EP then closes out with ‘We Have Love’, another piece of pop magic.

‘It’s Not Over’ reveals that Panama are elite amongst pop groups just in Australia but around the world. Make sure you grab a copy of ‘It’s Not Over’ because it’s a must have at any party this summer.
Rating: 3/5

The Streets - Computer And Blues

Year: 2011

Label: Atlantic

Track Listing:
1. Outside Inside

2. Going Through Hell (feat Robert Harvey from The Music)

3. Roof Of You Car

4. Puzzled By People

5. Without Thinking (feat Sharlene Hector)

6. Blip On A Screen

7. Those You Don’t Know

8. Soldiers (feat Robert Harvey from The Music)

9. We Can Never Be Friends (feat Robert Harvey from The Music)

10. ABC

11. OMG (feat Laura Vane)

12. Trying To Kill M.E. (feat Laura Vane)

13. Trust me

14. Lock The Locks (feat Clare Maguire)

Subculture Media Reviews:

(originally published on Suite 101)

Well they always say if you are going to finish up then go out with a bang. That is something that British rap project The Streets have taken to heart. Those that find Mike Skinner’s unique voice similar to fingernails on a chalkboard will be overjoyed at the news that Computers And Blues is The Streets’ final album. Others will be shattered but they can rest easy in the knowledge that this album is clearly the finest that The Streets have ever produced. It is truly amazing.

“Outside Inside” shows listeners exactly what they can expect to hear on Computers And Blues. It is computerized within an inch of its life, but its great electronic sound is a great intro into “Going Through Hell” (which features Robert Harvey (from The Music… not the St Kilda football legend)). This radio single is a stunning track that makes you realise just how good The Streets can sound when they are in full flight.

The great songs just keep coming on Computers And Blues with “Roof Of The Car” revealing itself to be a great ‘date’ track while the catchy melody of “Puzzled By People” means you’ll be singing along to it in no time. “Without Thinking” follows suite and seems to be inspired by the Boogie Pimps… the track is made even better by some catchy vocals by Sharlene Hector.

Skinner gets emotional with “Blip On The Screen” a song that all the caring Dad’s out there will easily to relate to (and by the way how great is Skinner’s emotional song-writing on this track?) while “Those That Don’t Know” is a short piece of honey.

Then comes the absolute masterpiece, “Soldiers”… a track so good it can only be described as one of the songs of the year… not surprisingly Harvey played a hand in it, as he also does for the extremely poetic “We Can Never Be Friends”… another heartfelt classic.

Some obvious album filler, “ABC” puts a slight halt to the album but everything moves back into gear when Laura Vine steps up to the mic with “OMG”… which is a heap better than Usher’s lame effort with the same name. Vince then sticks around for “Trying To Kill Me” a track that would have also been perfect for Lily Allen. Skinner once again shows his talent as an emotional songwriter with “Trust Me” while he teams up with Claire Maguire for “Lock The Locks” which ironically is a song about Skinner handing in his notice… some great planning sees this close the album.

And there it is The Streets close their career with Computers And Blues… an album so great that it seems a shame that it is the end for a duo that have truly changed the face of the British rap scene.

Subculture Media Review #2:

originally published in Buzz Magazine

There is no middle ground with The Streets. People either absolutely love Mike Skinner’s unique vocals or they compare them to nails on a blackboard. For the lovers of The Streets however, Computers And Blues sees the end of an era. Skinner has made it quite clear that this will be the last Streets album… and after taking a listen you certainly have to admit that they go out with a bang. Computers And Blues is easily the best album from their discography.

Opening track “Outside Inside” shows where the Computer part of the album’s title comes from as it reveals early on that this is an album with a heavy computerized electronic basis. It then gives way to the first single from Computers And Blues, the brilliant “Going Through Hell” which also features the work of The Music’s Robert Harvey. This is a brilliant track that needs to be remembered when they are handing out Songs Of The Year gongs.

“Roof Of The Car” sees The Streets produce another truly memorable chorus while creating a great ‘first date’ track while the melody of “Puzzled By People” means it will be rolling around in your head for ages after you’ve listened to it. The same could be said for “Without Thinking” which consists of a Boogie Pimps style of sound and is made catchy by Sharlene Hector’s terrific vocals.

“Blip On The Screen” is guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye of any new Dad’s listening, but it’s thought-provoking mellowness quickly gives way to the short-and-sweet “Those That Don’t Know”.

Robert Harvey returns for one of the best Streets’ songs of all time, the terrific “Soldiers”… a track that you will want to keep listening to over and over. Harvey also sticks around for “We Can Never Be Friends”… yet another great track that has lyrics so smooth that sound like poetry.

Laura Vine introduces a terrific R&B style to both “OMG” and “Trying To Kill Me” (the latter also sounding like a song Lily Allen would have loved to get her hands on). “Trust Me” sees Mike Skinner return to some heartfelt vocals and then the album closes with “Lock The Locks” (feat Claire Maguire) that is ironically a track about Skinner handing in his notice.

And so it seems that is it for The Streets and while Mike Skinner has been promising a new project really soon it is hard to imagine that he will release anything that is good as Computers And Blues. This has to be one of the albums of the year.

Rating: 5/5