Summer is officially here and with that we’re happy to share with you some of our favourite music releases that you can expect to be hearing all Summer long. This is the Month in Music: December 2017.
Chromeo – Juice
Renowned funk lords Chromeo have made a triumphant return after dropping their first single in 3 years ‘Juice’. Hinting that it’ll be a part of their upcoming album ‘Head Over Heels’, the track is accompanied by a funky-fresh music video that suits their disco aesthetic to a T. If you’re a die-hard Chromeo fan (who isn’t?), then you’ll love the the first taste of the record with its disco keys, funky bass slapping and ultra slick guitar work – not to mention P-Thugg’s trademark work on the Talkbox. Chromeo still has the juice.
Darius – Carried Away feat. E^st
Known for his breakout electronic hit ‘Hot Hands’, French producer Darius returns with his debut album ‘Utopia’ and new single ‘Carried Away’ featuring E^st, a 19-year singer/songwriter from the Central Coast of NSW. While the entire album is a delightful listen from front to back, ‘Carried Away’ is a true standout on the record. The single is sure to be one that flies under the radar this year, so don’t sleep on two really exciting talents.
Jack River – Fault Line
After her recent success on previous single ‘Fool’s Gold’, Jack River continues her form on her new single ‘Fault Line’. After spending a bunch of time writing and touring on the road, River’s stomping alt-pop sound transcends anything she’s done before, putting her in a really appealing place for music fans of all tastes. While her new single has paved a pleasant platform for her, she explains the personal battles that went into the song writing:
“I was deep in a really dark time in my world, I wanted to capture the fragility of walking around your mind in the dark, and then exploding into emotion and regret when you surface. At the same time, I felt this need to lean into some kind of teenage dream to distract myself from the sadness of it all. That’s where the production comes in.”
Jack River is our next alt-pop superstar in the making, and we’re wanting more.
Roland Tings – One Hundred (ft. HIGH HØØPS)
You can always rely on Melbourne Producer Roland Tings to offer something totally refreshing with each and every release. He’s done it again, re-innovating his sound on his latest future classic ‘One Hundred’. Built for late-night dancefloors, ‘One Hundred’ dabbles in experimental, disco and psychedelic soundscapes. Arguably his most club-friendly track, ‘One Hundred’ features a stomping groove and instant party-starting jam that won’t quit.
Hatchie – Sure
Undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s most exciting new acts, Hatchie returns with her second single ‘Sure’, a shoegazey pop ballad about swinging in and out of the same relationships. Former member of Go Violets, Hatchie is destined for big things after signing to Ivy League Records alongside label mates The Rubens, Cloud Control and Bad//Dreems.
What So Not – Be Okay Again (feat. Daniel Johns)
If you ask most Australian artists who their dream collaborators are, we could have a solid guess that Silverchair front-man Daniel Johns’ name would constantly come up. Sydney’s very own EDM heavyweight What So Not can tick that one off the bucket-list after teaming up with Johns on his new single ‘Be Okay Again’. ‘Be Okay Again’ is an emotional future bass anthem that takes influence from some of the old-school WSN sounds that we love. Best thing about it, Chris (What So Not) sung the entire topline on the track, with Daniel Johns giving him the nod to leave his version in the final mix.
“I was kind of embarrassed to show someone of [Johns’] calibre as I had written and sung my own topline to feel out the idea. To my surprise, he loved it & not only was he happy to re-sing my parts, he encouraged me to keep my voice on the record.”
What So Not has been hinting at an album for some time. Could this be the first taste?
Jaden Smith – Icon
We couldn’t help but be sceptical about Jaden Smith’s new album ‘Syre’, and the reviews have been a total mixed bag. However, we’re going to side with the kid for an incredible job on the record. ‘Icon’ is one of the lead singles from the record that propels Jaden as a rapper to be taken seriously. The sampling and production on ‘Icon’ (and the entire album) is something to take note of. Rap is changing, and whether it’s for the better or worse, Jaden is only going to expand on his prospering career.
Tame Impala – List of People (To Try And Forget About)
It’s hard to believe we’ve already been rinsing Tame Impala’s last record ‘Currents’ for two years now, and while we sit tight for the next chapter, the band has shared a ‘Currents B-Sides & Remixes EP’ featuring the single ‘List of People (To Try and Forget About)’. Without digging deep into how this phenomenal track is even considered a B-Side (because it’s that good!), the record feels like it sits somewhere perfectly between their 2012 album ‘Lonerism’ and ‘Currents’ – so diehard Tame Impala fans: you’re going to love this!
Lanks – My Own Mystery feat. Ngaire
Sydney based singer-songwriter Lanks has gone from strength to strength in 2017 and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most promising young acts. His latest release ‘My Own Mystery’ sees long-time friend and fan favourite Ngaiire jump on board assisting with her luscious vocal work. There’s a calming effortlessness about Lanks’ pure voice laid over his intricate production, a sound which he seems to be nailing down as he leads into his upcoming debut album next year. ‘My Own Mystery’ is an easy listen, sitting somewhere on the indie-pop side of the spectrum.
Album of the Month: Petit Biscuit – Presence
There is something in the water in France that produces some of the most talented musicians that the world has ever heard. Introducing 18-year old Petit Biscuit who after hitting some massive Spotify milestones on previous singles, has now released his debut album ‘Presence”. Despite barely being of age, the record doesn’t lack in maturity, offering powerful soundscapes and a general epic-ness with his big-beat production, tempo fluctuations and moody modulations. A majority of the record is without lyrics, rather sampled vocals, leaving a raw cinematic beauty throughout. Special guests on the album include Lido, Mome Bipolar Sunshine, Isaac Delusion, Cautious Clay and Australia’s very own Panama. This will be up there with one of the best electronic albums of the year. If you like the beatsy sounds of Odesza, you’ll be on board with Petit Biscuit.