Ostinato – Memory Loss [LP]

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Ostinato’s Memory Loss is nine tracks of nonstop action. The Australian producer crafts his latest LP using a blend of juke elements, house, and bass sensibilities. He employs droning backdrops, quickly paced drumwork, button mashing blips and synth leads that sound like they’re powering up a space vessel into warp drive. Listen to this one and take a trip down memory lane…in the fast lane.

Noyce – Moment’s Good [EP]

When should you start listening to this EP? This moment’s good. Actually, this one folks…you should download immediately. Noyce, UK producer, released Moment’s Good on Oct. 10th and it’s his second release this year that I’ve fallen in love with. And, now he’s someone that’ll be on my radar forever. His previous oddly-titled release Shmank set the tone for what he’s all about: downtempo electronic music with all the subtle percussive wonders and guitar meanderings, shakers, and bells you could ask for. Moment’s Good is all that goodness refined.It’s Sunday Records’ first release. Sunday Records is spearheaded by Marinate frequent Ta-ku and its mission statement is this, “AN INDEPENDENT COLLECTIVE & LABEL FROM PERTH, AUSTRALIA. MERELY A PLATFORM TO UNEARTH TALENTED FAMILY AND FRIENDS.” It’s good to have talented friends, am I right? Check this EP out right now.    

Noyce – Always (Moment’s Good SNDY001) from Sunday Records on Vimeo.

Flume – “Holdin On”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

The second track I fell in love with yesterday is by a young Australian producer who goes by Flume. Flume’s tracks and remixes generally tend to be more on the fun side, with happy electro beats and lots of reverb. In his typical fun-loving fashion, Flume’s new track, “Holdin’ On”, brings that same high energy, feel-good vibe to the table, but this time, with less of an electro feel and more of a revamped, almost gospel-sounding motown style. 

Flume’s production style on this track actually reminds me lot of Gramatik, who is the creator of the Street Bangerz beat tapes and a hip-hop beat maker that I absolutely adore. The style is relatively simple, without the complex layering and soundscapes that I am typically attracted to, but as a hip-hop beat junkie, I immediately responded to the soulful sample punctuated by each energetically charged beat. And hey, I can’t hate on that passionate, organic sound. The only thing that would make this better is if the vocals were actually sampled from vinyl and had that signature analog warmth and crackle. 

This track is just meant to be fun and get you up out of your seat. And, it works. A perfect party maker, this will no doubt make the cut for your weekend pre-funk, pre-game playlist.

 

The Weeknd – “Wicked Games” (Wolfwolf Remix)

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

So I’m sitting here on a redeye flight from Portland to Boston. I’ve had the stomach flu for two days, and I cringe at the fact that I have a long flight, and a full day of work ahead of me tomorrow without a wink of sleep. Perfect time to write a blog post.

I order a Brooklyn Lager from the flight attendant, pour out a cheap plastic cup’s worth, and THIS just happens to play on my ipod. I have been jocking this remix for a while now. Like borderline obsessing. I LOVE the Weeknd – who doesn’t? He has honestly been the beautiful, torturous soundtrack to my life the past 2 years, but this “Wicked Games” remix is like the happy dance that you do when you finally get past all the heartbreak and pain, and get your groove back. That feeling where you just want to have a one-woman (or man) dance party on your couch, sing at the top of your lungs, reveling in that moment, and throwing caution to the wind. This remix makes you feel positively unstoppable!

Wolfwolf seriously killed it with this track. He so flawlessly devised the most perfectly liberating anecdote to the Weeknd’s heartbreak, and injected it with all the joy and freedom that comes with finally getting past the pain. With his feelgood, 80’s vibe, driving basslines, pounding beats and this ENERGY that is so contagious, he makes the Weeknd’s lyrics seem…well, kind of ecstatic. I don’t think I have smiled smiled so big (to myself) in public. Like, ever.

So here I sit on this plane, pouring a tasty beer, with three seats of extra legroom to myself, looking like a damn fool with a giant smile on my face, as I depart for a new city, new friends, and new experiences. And I feel unstoppable. 

Charles Murdoch – “Chips” & “Chains” [Free DL]

Australian producer Charles Murdoch continues to make these phenomenal downtempo jams and give them away for free. If he was a car salesman his name would be ‘Crazy Charlie’ for his unbelievably generous spirit. “…Practically giving these away for FREE. That’s right, for free….” He’s not offering up lemons either (like some seedy salesman might), but chilled out house/hip-hop blends that could easily be packaged and sold. If you’re all about getting good music at no cost to you there is no doubt that you should be following his Soundcloud. In a world where nothing is free, ya’ll better fucking enjoy this shit—you can’t get anything for free that’s this dope.

Octo/Leagues – Octo/Leagues [Beat Tape]

There isn’t a day where I don’t think, “Damn Australia, you fine. Your beat scene? Amazing. And dat ass.” It’s true though. I was talking to Holly from East to West a while back and she said it like this, “One day everyone just dropped their guitars and picked up keyboards.” And, thank Allah for that. From artists like Ta-ku to Charles Murdoch to The Blank—it’s gold. Has the smallest continent’s water supply somehow been tainted by ‘Michael’s Secret Stuff’!? (Space Jam reference for those knuckleheads who don’t know….) Point…there is a point to this rant…point is Aussie producers Octo and Leagues pair up to share space on a cassette tape release and it’s dope. Octo’s beats are jazzy, downtempo hip-hop instrumentals. Leagues makes spastic, fuzzy, funk fueled jams. Plain and simple: Octo/Leagues is good.

Octo/Leagues – Octo/Leagues [Beat Tape]

There isn’t a day where I don’t think, “Damn Australia, you fine. Your beat scene? Amazing. And dat ass.” It’s true though. I was talking to Holly from East to West a while back and she said it like this, “One day everyone just dropped their guitars and picked up keyboards.” And, thank Allah for that. From artists like Ta-ku to Charles Murdoch to The Blank–it’s gold. Has the smallest continent’s water supply somehow been tainted by ’Michael’s Secret Stuff’!? (Space Jam reference for those knuckleheads who don’t know….) Point…there is a point to this rant…point is Aussie producers Octo and Leagues pair up to share space on a cassette tape release and it’s dope. Octo’s beats are jazzy, downtempo hip-hop instrumentals. Leagues makes spastic, fuzzy, funk fueled jams. Plain and simple: Octo/Leagues is good.

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