Album of the Week
Run The Jewels
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
A Tribe Called Quest
We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
November 21, 2016
After 18 years, one of hip hop’s most innovative groups, A Tribe Called Quest, have made their return to the mic. Their sixth and last album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, is pure Quest, channeling everything that made them so relevant, without ever feeling weighted by nostalgia. Continuing an incredible run of contemporary black protest music, the group weave sharp social commentary, while their live band inject a sense of energy into every bar. With Elton John, Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Anderson .Paak, Kanye West, and Busta Rhymes all making contributions, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service is a worthy parting gift from one of hip hop’s greatest acts.
November 14, 2016
If you’re not angry, you should be. Elected representatives make a mockery of the democratic process. Demagogues exploit us for their own personal gain and truth is all too easily substituted for something more convenient. Local boys White Dog are angry and they’re not afraid to show it on their debut album, Sydney Limits. Visceral like a kick to the teeth and loud like the roar of an angry mob, Sydney Limits takes to task the establishment that serves to benefit itself. It’s classic punk and a particularly pertinent listen in what’s fast becoming a year many of us would rather forget.
Beyond The Fleeting Gales
November 7, 2016
Harkening back to the era of 80’s pop-rock, Crying deliver their excellent debut album, Beyond The Fleeting Gales. Awash in a sense of fun and optimism, Beyond The Fleeting Gales is a welcome throwback to a style of pop that’s been noticeably absent in recent years. Embracing guitar solos, fist in the air choruses and shimmering vocal hooks, Crying’s Beyond The Fleeting Gale is a record that’ll have you believing that you can do it! …whatever that thing is.
October 31, 2016
There aren’t many, if any, artists that have had a bigger 2016 than Anderson Paak. Following on from the release of his breakthrough record, Malibu, and a near constant flow of guest verses, he’s teamed up with Knxwledge to form NxWorries. Their debut album, Yes Lawd! exudes warmth at every turn, deftly blending hip-hop and r’n’b in a classic mixtape format. With Knxwledge’s intricate, groove heavy beats and Paak’s ability to infuse soul into every syllable, Yes Lawd! is the perfect soundtrack to a summer afternoon.
October 24, 2016
Coming three years since the release of her first single, Australia’s own Tkay Maidza is about to let loose her debut album, TKAY. Having grown into an act capable of going toe-to-toe with the best in the game, TKAY is a record that shows just what an artist can achieve when given the time to live up to their potential. With forward-thinking production, beats that kick like a mule and ear worm melodies for days, TKAY is a lot of fun and a fantastic debut effort.