ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

Squid – Bright Green Field (Warp Records / Inertia Music) The last year or two have felt like yet another golden period of forward-thinking UK music. There has been a fascinating sonic collision of indie, jazz, post-punk, art-rock and avant-pop that has thrown forth various musical enigmas such as Black Midi, Black Country, New Road, Shame, Dry Cleaning and the various jazz-based incarnations of Shabaka … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Maybe

JW Francis hits a super-melodic collision of indie pop and woozy, rich and warm hazy psych funk on this new track. You can hear the influence of acts such as Beck and Phoenix alongside contemporaries Mac DeMarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and even the more commercial indie pop strains of Boy Pablo. ‘Maybe’ is fun but it’s not frivolous, with sonic details in the rhythm section … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Maybe

NEW SINGLE: Squid – Paddling [video]

UK avant post-punk group Squid have released another single from their forthcoming new LP Bright Green Field, out May 7th on Warp Records. “Written from two different perspectives, Paddling is a song about the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism. Recounting a familiar scene from Wind & The Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are also ultimately animals that … Continue reading NEW SINGLE: Squid – Paddling [video]

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

Despite the weirdness and social and political fracturing of 2020, there were still plenty of great albums that saw the light of day – and that light was a salvation for many. You can check out our Post To Wire (alt-country, cosmic Americana & dark folk) Favourite Albums of 2020 HERE and Favourite AU & NZ Albums of 2020 HERE. Here are our 40 favourite … Continue reading FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

NEW MUSIC: The Budos Band – In The Tooth

Another slice of funk for DS readers today. This one is on the psychedelic side of the tracks – the new single from the always impressive afro-soul grooves of The Budos Band out of Staten Island NY. The spy themes, the noir aesthetic – slinky, shadowy and mysterious – is all over the track as it snakes its way across its out of the speakers. This … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Budos Band – In The Tooth

NEW MUSIC: The Bigfoot Collective – Bigfoot Strut

There’s a big New Orleans brass funk vibe happening on this recently released single by The Bigfoot Collective. There’s swagger and a nimble groove that lumbers along on the good foot, making it totally infectious stuff. Written by trombonist Thomas Voss and featuring a trumpet solo from Harrison Smith, the song showcases the inspiration that the 18-piece Adelaide, SA group draws from the New Orleans … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Bigfoot Collective – Bigfoot Strut

ALBUM REVIEW: Khruangbin – Mordechai

Khruangbin Mordechai Dead Oceans / Inertia After a busy few years touring and riding the wave of attention that their last album Con Todo El Mundo brought them, Khruangbin retreated to their Texas studio to begin work on their third album. Earlier this year we got a mixed bag EP with Leon Bridges but that was a stop gap. Mordechai is the band spreading their … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Khruangbin – Mordechai

NEW MUSIC: Telemachus – I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again

There’s some incredible sound design and programming going on in this track from South London-raised, producer Telemachus. His new album Boring & Weird Historical Music came out on 22nd May via High Focus Records and this is just one example of the splendid way he pulls different genres together while still allowing a glorious vacuum of space to exist around and within his music. As … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Telemachus – I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again

NEW MUSIC: Elephant Castle – I’m A Loser

UK psych and baggy indie combine with 60s melodies and 21st century psych-pop explorations on this new catchy and expansive track from Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist ​Phil Danyew who played in Foster The People for six years before leaving to focus on his own music as Elephant Castle. Danyew calls the song “A tongue-in-cheek anthem for the underdog.” Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Elephant Castle – I’m A Loser

NEW MUSIC: Orchestra Gold – Maribayassa

The sounds of Africa have been explored, excavated and reissued with great enthusiasm in recent years – from the Soundways compilations to Soul Jazz’s Nigeria series and many more. The sound has filtered through into plenty of contemporary acts too – Goat come to mind with their mix of African, psych and Krautrock sounds and this Oakland CA USA group Orchestra Gold are another fine … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Orchestra Gold – Maribayassa

NEW MUSIC: Donny Benét – Second Dinner

The smooth sailing prince of low-slung synth pop and disco funk is back with a new single Second Dinner’. It’s another winning slice of coy 80s electronic pop with shades of Bryan Ferry fronting a sultry disco house band with Giorgio Moroder producing. TOUR DATES: 04 Oct – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA 10 Oct – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD 11 Oct – Beach Hotel, Byron … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Donny Benét – Second Dinner

NEW MUSIC: Orion’s Belte – Cherchez La Ghost

It’s hard to ignore the killer groove and minimal exotic funk of this track from Norwegian trio Orion’s Belte. They released their debut album Mint last year and have already followed it up with the EP Slim in 2019. ‘Cherchez La Ghost’ is their brilliant take on the Ghostface Killah track, mixing a great breakbeat with effect-laden pedal steel and an nervous twitch of a … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Orion’s Belte – Cherchez La Ghost