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THUNDAMENTALS – SO WE CAN REMEMBER

  The rise of Thundamentals feels like it has been more measured than that of their melodic Australian hip hop contemporaries – maybe it’s just a sign of doing things a little differently. A little more humble. A little less brash. So it’s nice to see them kicking some mega-goals of late. Their new album So We…
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LUCA BRASI – BORDERS AND STATELINES

  A Tasmanian punk band named after a notorious mobster released by a fast-becoming-iconic record label in Melbourne. Luca Brasi have just released their excellent album “By A Thread” through Poison City Records. It’s an album of punk rock with a killer pop sensibility. It may not be re-inventing the wheel but it’s applying a tried…
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DORSAL FINS – GRIPLESS

  Last night we saw the debut performance of Dorsal Fins – the brain child of Liam McGorry (better known as the song-writer, trumpeter and quietly spoken boss-man of Saskwatch). On stage were 10 musicians, including members of Saskwatch, Eagle & The Worm, New Gods, The Blue Bottles, Ella Thompson, Jim Lawrie, The Bowers and…
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THE CREASES – I WON’T WAIT

  AIR’s staff were at SXSW a couple of weeks back. Austin was it’s usual March cacophony of buzz bands, hopeful up-and-comers, spring breakers, tired executives, enthusiasm, desperation, scepticism and the odd moment of pure musical exultation. For us, moments of home-bred brilliance came from High Tension, Jagwar Ma, Wave Racer, What So Not and Money For Rope. For completely different reasons…
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Lowlakes – Newborn

  Rarely has the name of an album so aptly described the style of music contained within. Lowlakes brand of glacial electronic pop is described perfectly by the title Iceberg Nerves. Lead single Newborn has an uneasy grace. The lead vocal is seductive and fragile, soaked in reverb gliding over ominous bass. The whole thing punctuated every once…
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CAITLIN PARK – HOLD YOUR GAZE

  Caitlin Park’s album Milk Annual was one of the most quietly celebrated but brilliant albums of 2012. A stunning mix of acoustic balladry and detailed electronica. Her music was subtle and beguiling but it never broke through to the audience it deserved. Everyone should have a copy of that album. Now she’s released the…
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THE LOVE JUNKIES – CHEMICAL MOTIVATION

  We think Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner summed up the current rock scene quite nicely this week “…it’s always waiting there just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge, and smash through the glass ceiling. Looking better than ever. Yeah that rock’n’roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes but…
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KATE MILLER-HEIDKE FT. DRAPHT – DRAMA

  In the last year we’ve been at the welcoming end of some pretty anticipated collaborations. Most notably label buds Flume / Chet Faker with ‘Drop The Game’. But then we’ve had a bunch of collaborations that no one saw coming - Gotye / The Perfect Tripod with ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ and 360 / Daniel Johns with…
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ELIZABETH ROSE – SENSIBILITY

  Elizabeth Rose has mentioned in a number of interviews that one of the main influences on her music is early-2000’s R&B and pop – Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Aaliyah, Xtina and the like. On our first listen of ‘Sensibility’ those influences come through so strongly that we could envision the track on early 2000’…
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MAJOR LEAGUES – SILVER TIDES

  Stuck in the office, wishing you were at the beach? It seems like a much better option, right? … Well don’t fret, listen to Major Leagues instead. They’ve got summer covered. Their debut EP ‘Weird Season’ has not been lost on us. Released in early December, just in time for road trips, picnics, pool parties and other activities…
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