Album of the Week
I'm Not Your Man
May 29, 2017
Opening the record with an impromptu hearty laugh, Marika Hackman’s second album I’m Not Your Man is the sound of liberation, spontaneity, and joy. Breaking away from her folk roots, I’m Not Your Man is undeniably the sound of Hackman letting rip and losing control in the way she’s always wanted. With lyrics that delve into femininity, sexual identity, and millennial ennui, I’m Not Your Man is a dynamic, multi-genre album tied together by Hackman’s razor-sharp wit.
(Sandy) Alex G
May 22, 2017
After garnering a cult following through his bedroom-produced back catalogue and contributing guitars to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, (Sandy) Alex G has delivered his 8th full-length record Rocket. Not bad for someone who’s only 24. On Rocket, (Sandy) Alex G dives deeper into his world while expanding his sonic palette, experimenting with jazz, country, R&B, and noise rock. While the entire album is unmistakably him, no two songs are alike. Rocket is purposefully scattered proving that his true gift is managing these wild shifts without ever losing sight of his vision. Dysfunctional and frantic yet deeply personal, Rocket is an album more at home under your skin than in your face.
May 15, 2017
No Shape is the new romantic epic from Perfume Genius. Bringing all of the strength and charm of his past three albums together, No Shape is his most realised album to date; a tender and transcendental record merging makeout music, R&B, pop, krautrock, and soul. The album sees Perfume Genius examine the challenges of staying present, staying alive, and staying in love as a queer person in 2017. Both dramatic and ornate in its lyrical content and production, No Shape is an album of pure decadence and one we’re very excited to make Album of the Week.
The Days We Had
May 8, 2017
The Days We Had is the debut album from the Californian based Day Wave. Following the breakout success of his first two EPs, The Days We Had sees Day Wave honing his songwriting while retaining that impish energy he is known for. Featuring 11 off kilter pop songs, The Days We Had is an album full of highs and lows; a true example of how simplicity, honesty, and slowing things down can produce something quite magical. Making a name for himself with the masterful use of airy vocals and a dreamy lo-fi aesthetic, The Days We Had is a familiar sound; although the more polished finish is what elevates the album into new pastures. As we edge closer and closer to winter, let Day Wave soundtrack your summery daydreams.
May 1, 2017
It’s been seven years between drinks, but Gorillaz have finally returned to the dancefloor with their new album Humanz, the most 2017 album of 2017. Humanz is a vibrant record which paints a picture of the near future so vivid it seems convincingly real. Written and recorded in a pre-Trump era, the record takes on a whole new level of meaning in the emotional aftermath of an unexpected world-changing event. A music festival in and of itself, the album features stars such as Grace Jones, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M., Savages’ Jehnny Beth, and heaps more, once again displaying Damon Albarn’s exquisite taste in collaborators. Humanz is a party album for a world gone mad.
April 24, 2017
After five years of steady refinement and consistent practice, Sydney’s Marc Dwyer, aka Buzz Kull, is finally set to unveil his debut album Chroma. Each song on Chroma is a testament to Dwyer’s personal sonic exploration over time and transcends the traditional archetype of darkwave. Chroma is a mass of jagged synth lines and pounding drum machines, just the way we like it.
April 17, 2017
The follow-up to one of the most important albums of the decade has arrived. As is the Kendrick blueprint, the release is religious, political, topical, reflective, and heady all at once, and there are several layers of meaning to sift through with repeat listening. DAMN. appears to be Kendrick’s most direct offering in some time, dialling back the jazz a bit and drawing more focus on his bars. This is the work of a supremely confident artist at the top of his game.
April 10, 2017
Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, aka Arca, has returned with his majestic self-titled album. Peeling back the density and obtuseness of his first two albums Xen and Mutant, Arca is his most personal and dramatic body of work to date. While Arca has worked with a range of vocalists in the past like Bjork, Kelela, FKA Twigs and Kanye West, this is the first time Arca has employed the use of his own vocals. Now, the drama and the emotional catharsis Arca is known for comes from his throat. Singing mostly in Spanish, Arca is a deeply intimate and confrontational album that lays bare the complexities of sexual desire and is a powerful reminder of how cultural heritage intersects with queer identity.
Show Me The Body
April 3, 2017
Gnarly experimental punk outfit Show Me The Body have just unleashed their new collaborative mixtape Corpus 1. Never a band to adhere to genre restrictions, Show Me The Body have crafted a mixtape that’s all over the place, in the best way possible. Featuring contributions from Princess Nokia, Denzel Curry, Moor Mother and Dedekind Cut, the 17 track release masterfully blurs the lines between rap and hardcore. Corpus 1 is loud, rawkus, challenging and downright rewarding.
March 27, 2017
Dubbed as the most consistent band of the 2000s, Austin indie rock greats Spoon return with their 9th studio album, Hot Thoughts and are showing no signs of slowing down. Building their sound around subtle production techniques and a knack for writing incredibly catchy songs, Hot Thoughts contains all the things we’ve grown to love about Spoon with a touch of added swagger and sheen. Hot Thoughts is another top tier indie rock record from a band at the top of their game.