Perth wonderkid Shazam made his name with the a girl-vocal version Muscles’ trance track Sweaty. He’s since done a killer rework of Munk’s Down in LA, remixed Dizzie Rascal and Calvin Harris’ Dance With Me, Empire of the Sun’s We Are The People and is now signed to Bang Gang 12″. His first single Pool Party 2009 is currently sitting pretty at the top of the Beatport chart, very impressive achievements for this 19 year old self taught producer!
Ex-Sydneysider, now US based Via Tania collaborated with Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen to cover The Presets’ If I Know You, resulting in a brooding dark groove. Tania has previously released two albums Under a Different Sky and Dream Of, and was also in the band SPDFGH.
Dukes of Windsor – ‘Runaway’ (Jackson and Perry trance remix) (mp3)
Fellow Australian music blog Electrorash, in conjunction with Universal and Nova 937, recently ran a remix competition for the Dukes of Windsor track ‘Runaway’. Perth trance tastemakers Jackson and Perry took out the top spot, as crowned by the Dukes themselves. Here it is, for your listening enjoyment.
It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that this post is about Grand Atlantic’s forthcoming single She’s A Dreamer. Forget that they’ve done a cover of the best pop song of the last bazillion years. Forget that their straight-faced, soft-rock version is both moving and hilarious without actually trying to be either. Just forget that song exists for a moment.
She’s A Dreamer is less modern sounding than the previously covered Tripwires (ie. there’s no synth) but it’s no less catchy. With a chorus as big and circling as something by The Lovetones or Oasis at their wettest, its muscle and stomp is matched by a hook and bass groove that keeps the head bobbing for three and a half minutes.
The song is available for free download from their Last.fm page and is pulled from the forthcoming ‘How We Survive’ (which also includes Tripwires).
Also, apparently the band have done a cover of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies.’ Might be worth checking out…
Moody Bang – Ajello (Tensnake remix)
Move – CSS (Cut Copy remix)
Kilometre – Sebastien Tellier (A-Trak remix)
Samo Ti – Fagget Fairys (Zombie Disco Squad remix)
Do My Dance – Afrojack (Sidney Samson remix)
Afreaka – Solo
Amelie – Butch (Format:B remix)
Touch My Horn – Jesse Rose
I Can’t Stop – Sandy Rivera (David Penn remix)
Float My Boat – Lazy Jay
Id Engager – Of Montreal (Mad Decent remix)
Do The Robot are Brisbane husband/wife duo Matt and Sarah Deasy whose Myspace once listed ‘Twin Peaks’ in their ‘Sounds Like’ category. I was pretty much hooked since then and, while their new material seems less synth-pad heavy than this reference point might suggest, it’s still a good indicator of the dense and lush sound the pair manage to piece together with only a few instruments.
One thing that DTR do have over ‘Twin Peaks’ is Mrs Deasy’s vocals. At time icy and disconnected and elsewhere warm and inviting, she sounds more like Juanita Stein (of Howling Bells) these days, which is totally a good thing. The vocals have plenty of room to move in the mix, which is filled out with sparse, ringing guitars and simple drum machine patterns atop subtle pads. This ultimately combines to sound like a more skeletal Cocteau Twins (especially on DTR’s first album, Amp On Fire), though they’ve been pedaling this brand of dream pop for years before it became super cool again.
Their second album is about to be released and I’m definitely looking forward to these guys getting back on the live bandwagon.
Early this year singer/guitarist Paul Dempsey quietly took himself away to Chris Joannou’s studio on the New South Wales coast and recorded his first solo album under his own name. After fourteen years and five albums with Something For Kate and a little-known known solo album released under the pseudonym “Scared of Horses” in 1998, it seems well overdue.
If you liked the more alt-country moments of SFK’s recent releases or Josh Pyke’s new album you’ll probably like this. I found the double-tracked vocals a bit distracting, but frankly Dempsey could have done a lot worse.
I went through a good chunk of my university years listening to Something For Kate and got to see them in action at a free uni bar gig at the Roundhouse. Good to see Paul Dempsey still going at it. You can download this mp3 at his site: www.pauldempseymusic.com