The day of New Releases is here, this week was a week of discovering new bands and of course some oldies in there that we know and love. Jimmy Chang Hot Tuna (think Mac Demarco), Hoops (think Real Estate) Batpiss and moree. Have a listen and a browse through the goods we have on offer this week...
JIMMY CHANG HOT TUNA - 'STYLE'N W/ EASE' (Independent)
Original Changster continues Jimmy’s exploration of dreamy, down-tempo 80s pop, modern culture, ideas and iconography with an ironic, tongue in cheek twist. The one-man music-making machine on record, produces, writes, records and plays everything, with the exception of drums on tracks 2-5, delivered to your ears by Will Holden (Doona Waves). Moving more toward the analog world since Changwave, Jimmy’s home studio now features an impressive collection of old synths, samplers, outboard effects and a highly regarded, Roland 707, all adding to the woozy, laid back psych-pop and airy productions of Original Changster. Jimmy’s decidedly stoned sound is liberating in a world full of structure.
CLAPTONE - 'THE DRUMS' (Different Recordings)
In the last few years Claptone has become known for releasing big tracks primed for late nights and packed clubs all over the world. In 2015, the release of Charmer, his debut landmark album, fused his signature house sound with a more eclectic aesthetic, featuring guest appearances from Nathan Nicholson (The Boxer Rebellion), Jimi Tenor, Young Galaxy, Jay-Jay Johanson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, amongst others. Indeed, Charmer introduced a new era of dance music, and was heavily supported worldwide by the likes of Radio 1, triple j, Beats 1 & more.
BENJAMIN BOOKER - 'WITNESS' (Rough Trade / Remote Control Records)
On Witness, Booker has created his most ambitious work yet by digging deep into his passion for eccentric soul, R&B, and blues, while never straying too far from the garage-punk intensity that made his self-titled 2014 debut such a creative breakthrough. The album’s ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby), mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), and recorded at The Isokon studio in Woodstock, NY and New York City’s Red Delicious studio.
DROP LEGS - 'LIZZY' (Independent)
Following on from releasing their standout tracks ‘Criminal’ and ‘750 mL To Paradise’, Byron Bay-based upstarts, Drop Legs, have just unveiled the brand-new sun-soaked single, ‘Lizzy’ to coincide with supporting launch dates across NSW – including a slot on boutique festival ‘Rabbit’s Eat Lettuce’.
THU 9 MAR | EL TOPO, BONDI NSW
SAT 11 MAR | BEACHES, THIRROUL NSW
SUN 12 MAR | MOONSHINE BAR, MANLY NSW
THU 30 MAR | THE ATTIC, LISMORE NSW
FRI 14 APR | RABBITS EAT LETTUCE, BYRON BAY NSW
ELLIOT FOXLEY - 'EVERYBODY FADES' (Independent)
Everybody Fades is a song of big love, focus & clarity; the realisation that some things and people in life supersede all others.
The songs accompany an enhanced eBook written for parents and children to share. ELLIOT FOXLEY - The Story of a Little Fox Who Lost His Home incorporates these new songs and is a classic story of coming-of-age and homecoming.
During his time as co-lead singer of Sydney outfit Bluejuice, Stav enjoyed several musical honours. Not only does the band continue to hold the illustrious distinction of having the most-played song ever in the history of Triple J (Vitrol), Bluejuice received a similarly significant accolade from Sydney community radio station FBi when their huge song Act Your Age was awarded a SMAC (Sydney Music Art & Culture) Award for ‘Video Clip of The Year’. Several other respectable nods (ARIA nominations, high-ranking appearances in triple j Hottest 100s) preceded the band’s sold out send-off tour ahead of their final performances at the Falls Festival & Southbound Festival in 2015.
THE AVALANCHES - 'THE NOISY EATER' (EMI Music)
The Noisy Eater is the newest single from Wildflower, Chalking up six ARIA Award nominations in 2016, the album is also a top 10 finalist on the AMP shortlist. The track features Biz Markie and is a nod to Brian Wilson’s wigged-out classic ‘Vegetables'. The band have been confirmed to play international headline shows and festivals including Coachella, Governors Ball and Glastonbury 2017. Recently, the band re-released a special limited edition vinyl of their debut album ‘Since I Left You’ which saw it peak at #15 on the ARIA chart, 17 years after it’s release. A very special Australian show to be announced very soon – stay tuned for the band’s announcement
HOOPS - 'RULES (Fat Possum Records)
Hoops gained a lot of traction last year on Hype machine and the viral charts with their single "Cool 2", and this track "Rules" is from their upcoming debut Routines, it's lo-fi, tape-deck style recordings and guitar rich melodies which seem to be their speciality. Hoops was born in frontman Drew Auscherman’s teenage bedroom as a solo ambient and beat-driven project à la Oneohtrix Point Never’s Replica. Auscherman named the band after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked (not for his home state’s mania for basketball). Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his songs, and the music inevitably shifted toward something new: more melodic, more guitar-driven, more extroverted. Fast forward to 2014, Hoops became a fully formed quartet. Since then, Hoops have released three cassette tapes and last year’s self-titled debut EP,
BATPISS - 'WEATHERBOARD MAN' (Poison City Records)
Drawn from the band's forthcoming third LP, ‘Weatherboard Man’ is one intense and powerful song. This single sees the trio channelling a new and arresting writing style, one that owes a significant debt to the intensity of fellow bastions of Australian grot-rock. Indeed, the song was produced and mixed by Gareth Liddiard of The Drones. Within you will find grit, regret and ire, a vital and unhinged guitar-driven narrative. Batpiss as a live experience is as grimy and visceral as you'd expect. They will propel you headfirst into a world of dim dive bars and the kind of gritty, disgruntled rock that could only spring out of Melbourne town in the here and now. Best catch them doin’ their noisey thing across Victoria through March and April, before unleashing this new LP via Poison City come winter time.