Album of the Week
Heart 2 Say
July 16, 2018
East London R&B outfit S4U have delivered their full-length debut, Heart 2 Say. Fusing elements of golden era hip-hop with UK bass production and slick vocal hooks, S4U reflect the voice of contemporary London in a way that is concurrently nostalgic and forward-thinking. Headed up by Rosita Bonita and Prinz George, the collective have earned a reputation as outspoken and unwavering mainstays of the underground. Packed with guest features from a host of other British MC’s, Heart 2 Say is a robust and sophisticated collection of modern R&B.
To A Stranger
July 9, 2018
To A Stranger is the poignant debut album from Sydney singer-songwriter, Odette. A compassionate and deeply personal exploration of young adulthood, heartbreak and determination; To A Stranger is the culmination of years of writing and refining by Odette. The resultant album is a mature, honest collection of songs, driven by Odette’s poetic vocal delivery and clever piano compositions. To A Stranger is a compelling debut from Odette and a confident declaration of her arrival as a unique voice in Australian music.
Heaven and Earth
July 2, 2018
Prodigious saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington invites us back into his brilliant and expansive musical universe with his latest release, Heaven and Earth. On his second offering as bandleader, Washington presents us with a double album in two acts: Heaven – an introspective exploration into the artist’s own choices and sense of self, and Earth – a reflection of how he perceives and interacts with the world around him. Flanked by a 50-strong ensemble of instrumentalists and singers Heaven and Earth sees Kamasi Washington’s vision brought to fruition in an enormous and mesmerising fashion. With a nod to the lineage of spiritual jazz but with eyes gazing firmly into the future, Heaven and Earth is an unmissable landmark in the cosmos of Kamasi Washington.
OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
June 25, 2018
With the release of her dazzling debut LP, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, experimental-pop producer SOPHIE steps out of anonymity and courageously embodies her iconic sound. With a career that already boasts a score of critically acclaimed releases and production credits for artists including Madonna, Charli XCX and Vince Staples, the prolific Scottish musician has already established herself as an innovative figure in modern music but OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES sees SOPHIE take centre stage in her most personal and breathtaking offering to date. Constructed of SOPHIE’s signature blend of sugar-dusted melodies, plasticine textures and crushing post-industrial percussion, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES lives in a space that is at once disarmingly dreamlike, unnervingly realistic and completely unique.
What Comes Next
June 18, 2018
What Comes Next is the eclectic debut album from Sydney electronic duo Cosmo’s Midnight. In the five years since their first release, brothers Cosmo and Pat Liney have travelled far beyond their origins as Inner West bedroom producers, having embarked on multiple international tours and collaborations with artists including Buddy, James Prince and Tove Styrke. Written between stints in the US and Australia, the album showcases a distinct evolution in sound for the pair. Driven by offbeat hip-hop grooves, buoyant synth stabs and notable vocal features, it sports a more laid-back sound, confidently traversing a variety of styles and moods without losing their hallmark Cosmo’s Midnight flair. What Comes Next is an upbeat and optimistic debut album from the duo, another impressive step in the ever upwards trajectory of Cosmo’s Midnight.
June 11, 2018
Enigmatic Sydney four-piece DEN have emerged with their powerful debut LP Deep Cell. Recorded, produced and mixed by the band in singer/guitarist Micky Grossman’s own studio in Marrickville, the album encompasses a fierce suite of 12 tracks. Spanning an icy musical landscape adorned with crystalline synth arpeggios, shadowy chord progressions and a propulsive rhythm section, Deep Cell is a cohesive release that guides listeners through raucous climaxes and euphoric moments of reprieve. With complex – at times, almost symphonic arrangements – DEN have offered us an ambitious and truly original debut album with Deep Cell.
Air Max '97
June 4, 2018
Nacre is the luminous debut full-length release from innovative Melbourne producer Air Max ’97. Released via his own Decisions imprint, Air Max ’97 ushers us through a range of evocative soundscapes – at times forging an ethereal and cinematic atmosphere, at other times grounded by distinct samples of the everyday urban environment. Nacre is electronic music at it’s most tactile, simultaneously finding it’s feet on the dance floor and as a standalone listening experience. With Nacre, Air Max ’97 presents an exciting debut album that is as eccentric as it is headstrong and engaging.
Oneohtrix Point Never
May 28, 2018
American producer and electronic musician, Daniel Lopatin returns with Age Of, his 8th studio album as Oneohtrix Point Never. After a busy few years that have included collaborations with FKA Twigs, David Byrne, and compositions for film, Age Of exhibits a refined clarity and vision in his approach; situating us in an unnerving environment that is both futuristic and nostalgic. Explaining the concept behind the album, Lopatin describes a time in the future where Artificial Intelligence has evolved to a level where they know everything and are capable of leaving our universe but instead become sentimental and “just hang out, dreaming of being as dumb as we were back then”. With trademark Oneohtrix Point Never production and with guest features including ANOHNI, James Blake and Kelsey Lu, Age Of paints a vivid picture of a bizarre dystopia through the eyes and ears of a producer that is on the cutting-edge of contemporary music.
Tell Me How You Really Feel
May 21, 2018
In the space of a few years Courtney Barnett has evolved from Melbourne musical upstart into an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, with a reputation for searing live shows and uncompromising originality. On her second studio album Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett showcases her most powerful material to date, employing her observational wit to reflect on her rapid rise to stardom and the ensuing challenges that success has thrust upon her. The album sees Barnett’s stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery further refined, her sharpened tongue fully supported by her established backing band of Bones Sloane, Dave Mudie and Drones’ guitarist Dan Luscombe. On Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett finds strength in vulnerability, diving into introspection with her signature deadpan humour and unhinged musical style – cementing her place as one of the country’s great modern songwriters.
May 14, 2018
Following a 5 year hiatus from releases, Jon Hopkins returns with the stunning new album Singularity. Not afraid of exploring negative space, silence and unorthodox textures, Hopkins takes his distinctive production to new heights, guiding us through a dynamic and beautiful listening experience. Inspired by his observation of nature, his practice of transcendental meditation and an interest in exploration of different mental states; Singularity takes us from delicate choral-influenced passages through to powerful, sweeping crescendos. After a career that began as live keyboardist for Imogen Heap and has included collaborations with electronic music greats such as Brian Eno, Hopkins has well and truly established himself as a notable composer, producer and instrumentalist. Singularity is a captivating album from Jon Hopkins, one that sounds just as at home in a euphoric nightclub as it would be soundtracking a night of contemplative stargazing.