Day Wave

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.

Gorillaz

Humanz
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.

Buzz Kull

Chroma
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.

Kendrick Lamar

DAMN.
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.

Arca

Arca
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.

Corpus 1

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.

Spoon

Hot Thoughts
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.

Ali Barter

A Suitable Girl
March 20, 2017

A Suitable Girl is the anthemic and highly addictive debut album from Melbourne’s Ali Barter. Full of fist-pumping, bed jumping goodness, A Suitable Girl is the perfect middle finger up to the patriarchy. But it’s also a conversation starter about gender expectations and the societal pressure on everyone to be one way or another. A Suitable Girl proves just how powerful self-acceptance can be.

Get it, girl!

Jay Som

Everybody Works
March 13, 2017

Everybody Works is the incredibly accomplished sophomore record from Oakland’s Jay Som. Witnessing the challenges facing women, people of colour, and the queer community lit a fire within the young artist. The universal mantra of Everybody Works is simply that everybody is working through something and everybody is trying to find their peace. Jay Som has crafted a vibrant and smart album that showcases her multi-faceted musical prowess, playing and producing nearly every sound on the record. Dealing with the universal feelings of doubt and uncertainty that come with being in your twenties, Everybody Works is an extremely relatable album no matter what stage of life you’re in.

Methyl Ethel

Everything Is Forgotten
March 6, 2017

The hotly awaited second album from Methyl Ethel has arrived. The follow up to their insanely popular debut Oh, Inhumane Spectacle, Everything Is Forgotten is danceable, complex, gothic, funky and anything but forgettable. Complete with one of the vibiest pop songs in recent memory, Ubu, Everything Is Forgotten is an incredibly accomplished sophomore album from the young Perth band and one that is very much worthy of Album Of The Week.