A Long Way To The Beginning is a landmark record from Seun Kuti, youngest son of legendary musician, Afrobeat pioneer, and human rights activist Fela Kuti. Seun Kuti's third album leading the iconic Egypt 80 band, the album is inspiring and incendiary in its messages, and its musical force, building upon the already towering legacy of his family. To broaden the sonic palette of this new collection of songs, Kuti collaborated with US Grammy Award winning jazz pianist and composer Robert Glasper.
The third record from Melbourne duo HTRK is an impressive distallation of, and extension on previous albums. The sparse melodies, languorous tempos, precise percussion, dub effects and Jonnine's distinctive vocals all combine to produce an entrancing collection of new material.
Avey Tare of Animal Collective has formed a new band with former Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian and ex-Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman. Their debut is inspired by a shared love of vintage horror and modern psychedelic pop music.
The third album from Philadelphia band The War On Drugs is an impressive evolution in sound and style for the rock outfit, combining experimental 70s and 80s rock rhythms and production techniques with modern psychedelic elements. The result is a sweeping epic, both outward reaching and introspective.
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Grids is the third album from Teeth & Tongue, the Melbourne-based musical project of Jess Cornelius. It follows the celebrated Tambourine LP of 2011, and offers another impressive collection of richly imaginative, atmospheric and memorable songs. Grids features regular collaborators Marc Regueiro-McKelvie and Damian Sullivan as well as production from AJ Bradford and guest appearances from Laura Jean, Peter Luscombe and Tim O’Connor.
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Oddments is the fourth album in 18 months from this highly productive, inventive, and brilliant band from Geelong. An eclectic but cohesive collection of new compositions, the album features reflective tape warped garage jams through to powerful percussive instrumentals, a blend of masterful craft and playful abandon.
'Blank Project' is the long anticipated return of Swedish artist Neneh Cherry, and represents her first solo recordings since 'Man' in 1996. Soulful, sombre, but celebratory, the album reflects Neneh's tremendous versatility as a singer and songwriter. Produced with Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), also famed for working across a range of styles, the album is propelled by dynamic percussive arrangements.
The second album from Missouri-born singer-songwriter Angel Olsen is an absorbing and atmospheric record, filled with electronic folk and heavy rock compositions. The lyrical depth is of the record is matched with both hauntingly sparse and densely textured arrangements.
Emmaar is the sixth album from Malian musicians Tinariwen. Since forming in 1979 the band have developed and refined a hybrid style of traditional blues and rock music, and this record documents the extraordinary range and depth of their songcraft. Recorded in Joshua Tree, California, the album reflects the importance of space and environmental influences in their music.
Gentle, unassuming, and insistent are hallmarks of Seattle singer Damien Jurado. Across eleven albums he’s developed a loyal fanbase with his steady folk songwriting. Recent work with producer Richard Swift however has seen Jarado extend his craft and Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son is perhaps the most adventurous album of his canon to date. Jarado’s own haunted vocals are frequently matched with the whispers of a ghostly chorus, and softly fingerpicked guitars, synths and heavy percussive elements fill certain songs with a density and vibrant energy. The quieter compositions are equally compelling, drawing listeners in to Jarado’s lyrical reflections on nature and our place in it.
'Give The People What They Want' is the anticipated album from celebrated soul artist Sharon Jones and her band The Dap Kings. Sharon Jones is very happily recovering from serious illness last year and continuing treatment, and the record is a joyful expression of her unequalled power and charisma as a performer. The record builds upon past success, offering a compelling selection of funk, jazz and soulful songs.
An iconic figure of 90s indie music, Stephen Malkmus was critical to the shaping of an entire pop aesthetic. With his band Pavement, Malkmus was described as a hero of the so-called ‘slacker rock’ movement, but he was anything but lazy with an impressive level of output over the course of his career. This latest album with The Jicks builds on his legacy of wry, literate lyricism, broadranging subject matter, and distinctive pop melodies.
Brisbane's Blank Realm have established a formidable reputation with their innovative, evoving catalogue of experimental and psychedelic music. Grassed Inn finds the band at their most accessible as well as most challenging, with memorable and cleverly crafted pop blended with abrasive textural rock sounds.
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Los Angeles group Warpaint released their impressive debut album The Fool in 2010, a blend of classic and modern rock and folk traditions. Their self-titled follow-up is equally compelling, a textured exploration of familiar and new terrain, with elements of jazz, overt hip hop influences and dance.
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Sunbeam Sound Machine in the project of Melbourne's Nick Sowersby, and this impressive debut release comprises two previously released EPs. 'One', featuring the earliest recordings, is raw and immediate, a collection of garage and psych-pop tracks. 'Sunbeam Sound Machine', the second EP floats in a haze, a smokier series of songs with strong melodies that linger with the listener.
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Psychedelic Chicago-based quartet Cave return with their highly anticipated album Threace. Formed in 2006, the band’s third release blends a variety of influences, including experimental rock music of the late 60s and early 70s with blues, funk, fusion and jazz. Cave are performing two shows in Melbourne this week, December 6th at Kelvin Club Melbourne and December 8th at Boney with Kelpe, and RRR’s own Dan Dare and Woody McDonald.
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The second LP from Geelong's The Frowning Clouds sounds like a lost mod classic with it's reverb-heavy rock and RnB sound. The faithful reproduction of 60s recording techniques are matched with fresh songwriting ideas and strong melodies, making Whereabouts a memorable and impressive album.
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'Don't Tell The Driver' is the fourth solo album from Melbourne's Mick Turner, an acclaimed songwriter and guitarist for Dirty Three amongst other influential bands. The songs are intricate and absorbing, delicate yet robust multi-instrumental arrangements produced in collaboration with musicians such as bassist Peggy Frew, and percussionists Ian Wadley, Jeff Wegener and Kishore Ryan. Guest vocals from Caroline Kennedy-McCraken and Oliver Mann are also featured.
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'Back To Land' is the latest album from American psych specialists Wooden Shjips, and is perhaps their most melodic and accessible record to date. The distorted riffs and hyponotic rhythms are joined by brighter guitar lines and crisp percussion to create a summery set of absorbing rock songs.
Celebrated Melbourne band Cut Copy return with a euphoric fourth record that distills the energy of decades of dance music into a cohesive album of modern club sounds. The origins of house, the advent of acid, and the sounds of modern psychedelia all feature in this broadranging, but focused collection of new material.
Reflektor is the anticipated return from Canadian rock group Arcade Fire, and one that explores a fresh range of influences, including traditional Haitian and Jamaican music. For this release the band worked with James Murphy of DFA and LCD Soundsystem, leading to a strong emphasis on dance and electronic sounds throughout the record.
With the radiance and benevolence suggested by the title, Montero's debut album offers a generous and open-hearted collection of glam rock jams and triumphant, transcendental synth-psych nuggets. The project of multi-disciplinary artist Ben Montero, his band also features the talents of local music luminaries Guy Blackman, Geoffrey O’Connor, Cameron Potts, all united in a shared celebration of emotive pop and power balladry.
From 1990 to 1996 California based Mazzy Star produced three beautiful and subtly influential records of ethereal and etherized rock music. Seventeen years later the band are back with a perfectly preserved sound, and it's a very welcome return for their blues, folk, psychedelic and country inflected music. Meditative, reflective, and captivating, the music is guided by the unique singing and performing styles of Hope Sandoval and David Roback, the creative core of the band.
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have demonstrated extraordinary versatility and skill over the course of now three albums. Their debut '12 Bar Bruise' in 2012 was a dynamite collective of garage jams, and earlier in the year the Melbourne seven-piece released 'Eyes Like The Sky' an album of spoken word Western adventure tales narrated by Broderick Smith and accompanied by suitably atmospheric guitar rock. 'Float Along-Fill Your Lungs' is another extremely impressive release, and incorporates strong psychedelic elements into the mix.
Long admired for their live shows, singles and EP releases, the debut full length from World's End Press captures all of the energy and dynamism of their earlier work, and extends the band's sound into new territory. Produced with Tim Goldsworthy of LCD Soundsystem, UNKLE and DFA Records, the self-titled album from World's End Press embraces all forms of dance music, with elements of house, post-punk, disco, synth-pop and funk featured throughout the record.