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Tommy Trash and Tom Piper (feat. Mr Wilson) – All My Friends

August 1, 2011

The AU version of The Annual 2011 is yet another solid production from Ministry of Sound that complements the UK version well. Mixed by Aussie electro lads Hook N Sling and Tommy Trash, it continues to put a strong showing against the much hyped international versions (though I wish we got 3 cd’s over here…). The album works well combining out-and-out popular tracks such as ‘Barbara Streisand with perhaps lesser known tracks such as Kiss My Trance by The Subs.

All My Friends has a drop strangely similar to Calvin Harris’ I’m Not Alone, and if that’s not enough of a comparison to get you to listen, I don’t know what is. Check it out below:

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Ratatat – LP4 [Album Review]

August 1, 2011

This is an older piece I wrote for True To Sound but why not put it up here again. It’s in the style of a more detailed track-by-track analysis…it might look like a boring piece to read but it certainly wasn’t tough writing – I could listen to LP4 over and over again. Anyway if you don’t like reading and maybe have the patience of a 12-year old I’d suggest just go and listen to this album if you already haven’t! Check it out here

LP4 is yet again an intriguing production by a band that has continued to experiment and push the boundaries of musical delivery. Ratatat (consisting of New Yorkers Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) combine subtle motifs with heavy guitar riffs, slow strings with heavy synth and fast paced electro, in an eclectic yet refreshing creation. These musicians have an amazing attention to detail that serves to create a well-produced “long-play”, rather than simply a collection of tracks arbitrarily grouped together. The coherence between the tracks creates a delicate and intricate album. Tranquil yet exciting, powerful yet subtle, the tracks on LP4 combine beautifully as a whole, and within each track itself. The articulate nature of the production shows through and makes listening simple and easy.

LP4 begins solidly, dropping low and deep in the first track Bilar, continually bouncing back up to a curious start. One of the motifs of LP4 is set up in Bilar and continues throughout the album, tying together the individual tracks. In particular, the opening and finishing tracks, Bilar and Alps respectively, are quite similar, and this ties the tracks together.

LP4 doesn’t stray wildly, rather, it moves forward with a respectable sense of swagger and confidence; a willingness to do its own thing while not looking around to see what everyone else is doing.

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Seth Sentry – The Waitress Song

August 1, 2011

Amidst the “one-upping” so prevalent in the hip-hop scene, it’s refreshing to have artists such as Childish GambinoHoodie Allen and Chiddy Bang who are willing to play it down a bit. The likes of such dynamic artists certainly have it over the Australian scene though which still has some ground to make up. So it’s a good sign tracks like this come along.

Seth Sentry is an unsigned Melbourne emcee and a fellow rapper of 360 and Pez, two of the bigger names in Australian hip-hop, and is on the up, with “The Waitress Song” featuring heavily in Triple J Unearthed in 2009, and it’s still getting some heavy rotation on my iTunes. The relaxed storytelling style is easy to listen to…I love it, and if you’re a fan, check out “Train Catcher” off his EP titled “The Waiter Minute EP”.

Go check out his EP on iTunes.

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360 feat. Pez – Just Got Started

August 1, 2011

This track by Melbourne emcees 360 and Pez is perfect for any summer afternoon. When Lupe Fiasco played in Sydney in 2009 Pez was along for the ride as a local support artist, and along with fellow Aussies Muph and Plutonic, got the crowd pumping for the superstar that is Lupe. “The Festival Song“, a hit collaboration between these two, featured on Pez‘s “A Mind Of My Own” in 2008, and now this time around the artists have swapped it around to have Pez featuring.

Just Got Started” heavily samples The Whitest Boy Alive‘s “1517” to great effect, and comparisons with “The Festival Song” are sure to be made. But, there’s nothing wrong with that; the laid back melody and rhymes they drop is their style, and it’s a refreshing break from the brash and arrogant personalities of the dominant hip-hop artists.

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/s3124047.htm

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Flight Facilities – Foreign Language feat. Jess Higgs

August 1, 2011

These Aussie boys know what they’re doing. You may have heard of them with a track that’s received tons of coverage, Crave You, which will definitely be a summer favourite for years to come. This follow up seems to emanate from the same basic sound, with maybe a touch of Jamiroquai about it. While that might sound like a bit of an imitation, Flight Facilities seem to have a unique twist on the music they produce giving them their own sound, and “Foreign Language” is no different.

Anyway keep an eye out on their Soundcloud page, it’s so very fressh.

It’s good to be back.

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Miami Horror – Sometimes (Hook and Sling Remix)

March 4, 2011

I’ve always been partial to Hook and Sling, or Anthony Maniscalco, since 2007 when he collaborated with fellow Australian Kid Kenobi with the release of “Bump“. His obvious talent brought international attention and with that followed the release of several big remixes of Calvin Harris, Fedde Le Grand, Miike Snow, and later Miami Horror. Boasting regular gigs at Pacha London, Ministry of Sound, Space Ibiza and so on, the Sydney born DJ has developed his music to have a slightly more refined feel, rather than out-and-out dynamism, and it certainly paid off with tracks such as this. This remix of “Sometimes” has made my night for a long time now, and as much as I’m compelled by the likes of smooth crooners like Adele and Bruno Mars in the popular scene, its refreshing every once in a while to pump it up a bit with some electro, and of course to hear Aussie boys making some waves in the global music scene.

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True To Sound & Kanye West – Lost in the World

December 22, 2010

Just a heads up. I’ve written a piece over at True To Sound reviewing my favourite album of the year, Ratatat’s LP4. Go check it out 🙂

In the meanwhile here’s a track off Kanye’s album. Featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, “Lost in the World” makes excellent use of autotune unlike 808’s where perhaps it was a bit overused at times. It’s definitely up there as one of the best albums in recent memory; track after track Ye keeps producing quality sound.

Check it out over at Culture Bully, which also has a pretty decent albums of the year list.

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