Album of the Week

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PVT

New Spirit
February 20, 2017

With nearly 20 years experience and five albums under their belt, it’s hard to deny PVT’s status as a Great Australian Band. On New Spirit, PVT have masterfully blended dense, post-rock intricacies with experimental dancefloor grooves and served it up with a generous helping of political commentary. What results is an album that sounds unequivocally Australian. For PVT it’s never been about the hits but rather crafting the perfect album to be enjoyed as a whole and, that’s exactly what they’ve done on New Spirit.

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Sampha

Process
February 13, 2017

Sampha, the Londoner widely known for lending his voice to Kanye West, Solange, SBTRKT, and Drake, has finally gifted us with his powerful debut.
Process comes from a deeply meditative place where sadness and grief are omnipresent but the beauty and lightness of Sampha’s voice never lets the album dip into melancholic territory. Spanning experimental pop to R&B and heart-breaking piano ballads, Process is an album you can easily lose yourself in.

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Syd

Fin
February 6, 2017

Fin is the debut solo album from The Internet’s frontwoman Syd. It’s the first new music written and produced by Syd since her band’s Grammy-nominated album, Ego Death, in 2015. Quite simply, Fin is brilliant. It’s dark, soulful, sexy, and smooth-as-silk. This is Syd’s moment and we’re going to let her have it.

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Orion

Orion
January 30, 2017

Made up of members from some of Sydney’s premier punk bands – Oily Boys, Low Life and M.O.B – Orion’s debut, self-titled LP is DIY pop at its best, without losing any of that punk attitude. It’s at once sombre, glistening and atmospheric. We knew we were in for a treat when Orion finally gifted us with their debut and we’re very excited to name this Album of the Week.

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Cloud Nothings

Life Without Sound
January 23, 2017

Of this much, I’m certain: Cloud Nothings know how to write a catchy a.f hook. Their new album, Life Without Sound is the stuff of power-pop dreams. Offering a slightly more polished take on the maximalist punk we’ve come to love, Life Without Sound keeps things moving at breakneck pace, in what songwriter Dylan Baldi describes as his take on New Age music. It’s not likely to soundtrack your next yoga session, but it might just leave you pumping a fist in the air.

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Run The Jewels

RTJ3
January 16, 2017

As Run The Jewels, Killer Mike and El-P have proven to be one of the more fruitful acts in hip-hop this decade. Their new album, RTJ3 once again captures the chemistry between the two as Mike’s classic southern warmth proves the perfect counterpoint to the modern, brute force of El-P’s production and rhymes. Political and thought provoking without coming at the expense of fun, RTJ3 is a great way to kick off 2017.

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Little Simz

Stillness In Wonderland
December 19, 2016

Sneaking into 2016 with a surprise album drop, Little Simz has gifted us her new long-player, Stillness In Wonderland. Throughout, Simz flexes her muscles as a lyricist and producer, revealing the complexities of her character, balancing a sense of both bravado and disarming insecurity.  It’s a winning combination, one that makes Stillness In Wonderland an entirely relatable record.  In case there was any doubt, Little Simz has once again proven why, in the words of Kendrick, she’s one of the illest doing it.

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Megastick Fanfare

Nighs
December 12, 2016

We thought they were done. A Sydney favourite who’d had their time and called it a day. But now, Megastick Fanfare have made a surprise return with second album, Nighs. Bursting with the same vibrant, left-of-field indie rock that won our hearts over at the turn of the decade, Nighs captures a band with plenty of ideas still up their sleeve. Guaranteed to make you a little nostalgic for a particular era of Sydney music, Nighs is exactly the kind of early Christmas pressie we were hoping for.

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Childish Gambino

"Awaken, My Love!"
December 5, 2016

Childish Gambino is taking a sharp left turn into soul, funk and RnB, on his third album, “Awaken, My Love!”. Veering away from the hip-hop focus of previous works, “Awaken, My Love!” is filled with the kind of soulful grooves and psychedelic freakouts that call to mind some of the best of the 70’s. Richly detailed and satisfyingly authentic, “Awaken, My Love!” is the perfect way to welcome in summer.

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Aa

ZebrAa
November 28, 2016

Aa (Big A, Little a) are back with their new album, ZebrAa. Stalwarts of the same scene that gave us the likes of Animal Collective, Dan Deacon and The Books, ZebrAa is Aa’s most raw and accessible album to date. It sees the group experimenting with psych, math and post-rock sounds, propelled by the sheer rhythmic force of their three drummers. On ZebrAa, Aa are still every bit as compelling as they were when they first emerged; no small feat for a band going 14 years strong.