This week, somehow we’ve opted for an Australian heavy list just by coincidence, highlighting just how strong our homegrown talent continues to be. We’ve got a fresh disco track from Total Giovanni, a beautiful soundscape from Twin Caverns, psyched out pop from Morning Harvey, a slow burner from Flower Drums as well as electro jams from Elizabeth Rose and Japanese Wallpaper. Hockey Dad‘s new track is also in there, as well as new Danish duo The Wands, and some new Jamie xx and Le1f to finish things off. This is probably one of my favourite playlists yet!
1. Total Giovanni – Paradise
I cannot rave enough about this Melbourne band. Bringing disco back in the sexiest way possible, this is their third single in which they have again absolutely killed it. No surprises there, this six minute track is an irresistible disco number makes my heart melt.
2. Twin Caverns – Pyramid
Sydney duo Twin Caverns are experts in creating dreamy soundscapes I love getting lost in. Their latest track Pyramid is one of their dreamiest yet, with a rolling, expansive beats, Lou Millar’s honey voice and a searing guitar solo that I can’t get enough of.
3. Morning Harvey – Smith Street Swap Meet
Brisbane boys Morning Harvey just scored a new manager (Rock Chazan who is also responsible for The Church and Emma Louise) as well as signing to bookers Select Music, so it’s safe to say things are really heating up for them. What better way to celebrate than to release Smith Street Swap Meet – a brilliant exercise in tripped out nostalgic alt-pop, with frontman Spencer White leading the charge with his one of a kind vocals.
4. Elizabeth Rose – Another Earth
Making the wait between releases completely worth it, it seems Elizabeth Rose has been biding her time before releasing her latest track, Another Earth. Teaming up with Chrome Sparks, the pair are a match made in heaven.
5. Japanese Wallpaper ft. Airling – Forces
Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Japanese Wallpaper continues his run of outstanding electronica with the release of Forces. Joining forces (couldn’t help myself) with Airling, this track is packed with intensity, highlighting just how talented and exciting both artists are.
6. Flower Drums – End II End
Perth darlings Flower Drums are definitely one of the more exciting acts coming out of the West. This slow burner props darker, sparse beats against pop styled vocals to make a beautiful, gentle track still brimming with emotion.
7. Hockey Dad – Can’t Have Them
Wollongong duo Hockey Dad just wrapped up a national tour with DZ Deathrays and Bass Drum of Death, but are showing no signs of slowing down! Laid back yet upbeat, Can’t Have Them is probably my favourite of their released singles, and has got me all kinds of excited for what is still to come!
8. The Wands– She’s Electric
Danish duo The Wands are making psych even cooler than it already was with their track, She’s Electric. They’ve also received a nod from NME so it isn’t just us that’s got us hyped up for more music from the pair. Their album is dropping May 1, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked for more blissed out psychedelia.
9. Le1f – Ooh (Truffle Butter)
I love Le1f, so hearing new tracks of his makes me one happy lady indeed. Delivering his unique rhymes over a Nicki Minaj Drake/Weezy featuring number is an ambitious move from the New York rapper, but one that has seriously paid off. FIRE.
10. Jamie xx ft Romy Madley Croft – Loud Places
Words cannot describe how excited I am for Jamie xx‘s debut album (that’s apparently dropping very soon), and his penchant for casually dropping tracks like it ain’t no thing is driving me crazy. This is one of the more beautiful songs released this year in my opinion, and recruiting fellow bandmate Romy from The xx for vocal duties makes it all the more special. It’s just so lovely.