The Music Feeds team wrangle together the fresh new tunes that made an impact on them this week, for the ultimate new music playlist. It’s Music Feeds Faves!
Storm The Sky – Jaded Ghost
Whether or not they are aware of it, Storm The Sky have created a wildly empowering break-up song. And t-minus 1 week into a break up, I’ve had this puppy on spin while I swam in an ocean of feels. And it is SO what I needed.
Rather than going down the regularly traveled road of “oh woe is me”, Storm The Sky have taken the road less travelled in this genre of “well fuck you, then”. In a similar fashion to Gotye/Kimbra, Storm The Sky more or less provide both sides of the story but of course side with the protagonist, a so called “son of a jaded ghost” – which is really what I need to hear at the moment.
Lines like “I’m stuck trying to hold you close (So gone) // I’t’s like trying to hold on to smoke” make me want to high five my speakers. That was SO us.
Ok, so at times the song seems to teeter a bit too closely to ’emo’ for my grown up self to enjoy honestly but quickly reins it in. “The way I love you fucks me up // So love’s the wrong word for broken trust” is probably one of those moments.
But, dammit bro, you get me. / Mike Hohnen, Staff Writer
Oh Boy – Baby Pink (EP)
Ok so chuck in a dash of Wave Racer, spoon in some Cashmere Cat and sprinkle some Tkay Maidza over the top and you, my friends, are somewhat close to creating Oh Boy, a tasty af new project from Auckland mega-babe William Bradshaw. His debut EP Baby Pink dropped this week and, holy shit my dudes, this is some next-level, Red Bull injected pop music, dazzling with hyper-energetic synth-lines and percussion that gets so far under your skin it practically becomes part of your bone marrow.
The eponymous intro track succeeds in launching you directly and aggressively into the brightly-lit mayhem that is the Baby Pink EP, before the subtly restrained number Friend Request submerses you into a futuristic forest of delights, led by the mischievous hand that is Ghanian-Australian rapper Miracle’s superb verse.
Call Bby ups the fun even further, emptying a bucket of club-friendly “hey” chirps whilst not straying to far from the EP’s inherently hip-hop centred sound, whereas closer Pop Non Stop is simply a wondrous motherfucking assault on you and everything you hold dear. Join me this weekend by putting this on endless repeat bbs. / Mitch Feltscheer, Creative Director
Kiasmos – Orgoned
Icelandic composer and all-round gentle soul Ólafur Arnalds is curating the newest Late Night Tales compilation, and he’s just revealed that a new track from Kiasmos — his electronic project with Janus Rasmussen — will appear exclusively on the album.
Orgoned is packing some seriously chill ambient house vibes. It’s so chill that you could probably sleep to it just as easily as you can dance to it. The choice is yours.
The Ólafur Arnalds-curated edition of Late Night Tales will also feature tracks from the likes of Koreless, Odesza and James Blake. The album is out on 24th June. / Tom Williams, Staff Writer
Shearin’ – Budget Cuts
With the election looming, Shearin’s searing attack on the current fiscal policy position of the federal government seemed like an apt choice for faves this week. I mean how could I not choose a song that includes the lyric “that fat cunt Joe Hockey”, even if he is no longer treasurer.
And while the lyrics could use a bit of an update (the song seemingly written while Tony Abbott was still in power) there is something about the shitty DIY jangle pop of the song and strained yelping of vocalist Jeremy Hyland that warms the cockles of my troubled heart. I guess until Prophets Of Rage tour here, Shearin’ will have to do for incendiary (or rather intoxicated) political music. / Micheal Carr, Staff Writer
Laura Mvula – Show Me Love
Laura Mvula’s Show Me Love is a spiritual experience. A 6 minute, 14 second window of your life where, while listening to and watching the video for the song, you transcend with the British artist to some ethereal realm, awash, ever briefly, with a total clarity of purpose.
Perhaps it’s the song’s echoing gospel tones, amplified by the video’s opening cathedral setting. Maybe it’s watching Mvula glide alongside tranquil blue waters, dressed in a delicate white gown. It could be her confessional yet powerfully confident vocals, jazz-like in their timing but enriched with a knowing soul. Just maybe it’s the dramatic swell of the orchestration as the song builds from a powerful stillness, lamenting in heartbreak, to an almighty crescendo.
It’s all of this and then something else – an intangible quality to Mvula’s story and its interpretation by video director Damian Weiler, who together deliver a narrative that is no less heartbreaking, but also fills you with a profound sense of, dare I say, faith. / Nastassia Baroni, News Editor
Kllo – Walls To Build
The follow up to their incredible first single of the year Bollide does not disappoint, with the Melbourne cousin duo dropping an ethereal new cut from their forthcoming sophomore EP Well Worn.
Chloe Kaul’s vocals have a certain quality which leaves them soft on the ear yet penetratingly warm and just as captivating; as she leaves her recognisable stamp on the tune – all the while Simon Lam’s twinkling production situates you in a familiar dreamworld of sound and space. Their EP is set to be huge – and I’m calling it now that 2016 will be their breakout year. / Zanda Wilson, Staff Writer
Basstracks – Telling The Truth (Feat. Lido and FatherDude)
If this is not the funkiest thing you hear this week then you’re looking far funkier places than I know of. Basstracks are multi-instrumentalists from Brooklyn and they’ve teamed up with Norwegian producer Lido and US singer FatherDude for their latest drop Telling The Truth.
It’s a charismatic, colourful drop, peppered with blaring horns. FatherDude’s voice sounds super smooth while Lido’s is as full of love as ever. So many people are trying their hand at the funk genre these days, but this one feels very genuine. It’s clear all these guys live and breathe the genre but also have enough innovative spirit to shake things up a bit. / Sam Murphy, Staff Writer
Xenia Rubinos – Mexican Chef
Xenia Rubinos is so high energy she practically kicks her heel through your tweeters and dances her way right onto your kitchen bench. Crunchy descending bass, erratic funk drums, and distorted keyboard jabs make a very comfy landing for Rubinos’ vibrant verbal unraveling. She prolifically, unapologetically raps her allegiance to race inequality everywhere, in this case, using the context of the restaurant industry.
“French bistro, Dominican chef / Italian restaurant, Boricua chef / Chinese takeout, Mexican chef… Brown has not, brown gets shot / Brown got what he deserved ’cause he fought.”
The Brooklyn based Cuban/Puerto Rican seamlessly alternates between rich smoky singing and harder hitting rap, English and Spanish and shrieks of laughter. I’m not really sure where the verse and chorus are (or if they exist) but it doesn’t really matter. The song hits you as a whole rather than in bits, and when you get to the end it’s fun to go back to the start and just do it all again. / Zana Rose, Staff Writer
Bad Moon Born – Chemical Lullaby
Bad Moon Born – the new Sydney-based project from The Voice 2015 finalist Frank Lakoudis – have exploded onto the circuit with their debut EP, Chemical Lullabies. At just five tracks long, the disc is a pocket rocket fuelled by monster blues riffage, lead guitar wizardry and of course the signature skyscraper vocals of frontman Frank the Tank.
The whole thing is basically like Audioslave-meets-Alter, Bridge-meets-Black Country Communion on steroids and one of the most stand-out tunes of the solid 5-pack is title track Chemical Lullaby, which is packing a sleazy cool bassline, mean-ass guitars, lushly stacked Kansas-esque harmonies and one godzilla-beast of a chorus hook.
Any rock fan will dig the funk out of this. / Emmy Mack, Staff Writer & Presenter