Here’s eight tracks you can’t miss.
KAMASI WASHINGTON - STREET FIGHTER MAS (YOUNG TURKS/REMOTE CONTROL)
Kamasi is one of a growing vanguard of contemporary jazz artists making themselves known within the popular sphere. He and his kin are certainly not the first – this rebellious art form never truly gone away – but they’re spinning vital sounds without question. And come on, how many jazz orchestrations lay claim to the Street Fighter name? That’s every bit as way out as an Arkestra in outta space. Wash’s Heaven & Earth drops June 22.
JACK RIVER - LIMO SONG (I OH YOU)
Surrealistic pop from the First Lady of I Oh You.
EMILY JANE – BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (INDEPENDENT)
With a voice delicate but unmuted, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ chronicles violent relationships and bitter aftermath. There’s pain that comes from these words but also the conviction of truth.
BATZ - SAVE US (INDEPENDENT)
A peppy little rocker from Melbourne newcomers Batz.
FRITZ - BIGGEST FOOL IN THE WORLD (INDEPENDENT)
Our sources remain quiet on this Newcastle outfit however these sonics may just speak for themselves.
MAZZY STAR - SO TONIGHT THAT I MIGHT SEE (RHYMES OF AN HOUR)
For those unable to catch these neo psychedelic legends at this year’s Vivid Festival Sandoval and David Ro’ have collected four of their latest tracks into a mesmeric EP.
LEXICON – KEEP AT IT (INDEPENDENT)
These Brisbane punks have finally gotten around to record a self-titled debut. 'Shame' comes visceral but that’s how these four deal it out live. And if you think that they should be doing it any other way? We don’t want to hear it.
THE FLAMING LIPS – YOSHIMA BATTLES PINK ROBOTS (WARNER)
In this business of music ‘Greatest Hits’ albums can be ill omens indeed. While they fill the long spaces between a band’s great statements or signify their ends, The Lips’ latest is still a cause for celebration. It’s been almost two decades since this bunch of Oklahoma City weirdouts took their endearing oddness to the centre of popular culture. Why not sit back on a few of their finest moments? Amongst these ‘Yoshima Battles Pink Robots’ from the 2002 album of the same name not to be counted amongst the least of this outfit’s work. It still casts the magic of a narrative melded of love, psychedelic pop, love and futuristic robots possibly from outer space.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald