Kwame

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

28 Nov 2018

Triple J
50

Whatta short, lyrically sharp showcase!
'Teacher said I would be nuthin'/but your children have me bumpin' is late contender for boast of the year. But this also really flexes your skills behind the mic as much as on it. Love how you've balanced the growling bass with that whistling synth topline, and the vocal chatter (is that one of Kanye's 'Perfect!' ...

Whatta short, lyrically sharp showcase!
'Teacher said I would be nuthin'/but your children have me bumpin' is late contender for boast of the year. But this also really flexes your skills behind the mic as much as on it. Love how you've balanced the growling bass with that whistling synth topline, and the vocal chatter (is that one of Kanye's 'Perfect!' IDs?)

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MANE

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

09 Oct 2018

Triple J
35

Don't know if you could tell from the reviews but this one's all about That. Voice. There's some epic production that kind of competes but this is clearly the work of a strong writer. Not quite what I was expecting after Chasing Butterflies, but that's a good thing.

Don't know if you could tell from the reviews but this one's all about That. Voice. There's some epic production that kind of competes but this is clearly the work of a strong writer. Not quite what I was expecting after Chasing Butterflies, but that's a good thing.

Approachable Members Of Your Local Community

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

09 Oct 2018

Triple J
50

This is straight up one of the best songs I've heard this week. And I've been listening to some top quality sh!t. Great production, glam-y synths, nice lyrics and good chemistry. Love it.

This is straight up one of the best songs I've heard this week. And I've been listening to some top quality sh!t. Great production, glam-y synths, nice lyrics and good chemistry. Love it.

murmurmur

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

09 Oct 2018

Triple J
35

Was very excited to twist the lid on this, and pleased to report that it's exactly the kind of sticky sort o' thing I love to spread on my headphones. If your ears are in need of some sweet psych rock, try this jam.

Was very excited to twist the lid on this, and pleased to report that it's exactly the kind of sticky sort o' thing I love to spread on my headphones. If your ears are in need of some sweet psych rock, try this jam.

RUBY FIELDS

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

18 Sep 2018

Triple J
45

Trust Rubes to meld fanciful lyrics and pop culture with pathos to winning effect. That final explosive chorus is the very definition of delayed satisfaction.

Trust Rubes to meld fanciful lyrics and pop culture with pathos to winning effect. That final explosive chorus is the very definition of delayed satisfaction.

Cool Sounds

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

07 Sep 2018

Triple J
40

That title suggests a roam through the desert, but to me, the sand this breezy gem conjures is the beach. Maybe it’s the layers of guitar twang and woozy synths, or vocalist Dainis Lacey’s reclined delivery… but probably more likely it’s the sneaky seagull squawk snuck into the mix.

That title suggests a roam through the desert, but to me, the sand this breezy gem conjures is the beach. Maybe it’s the layers of guitar twang and woozy synths, or vocalist Dainis Lacey’s reclined delivery… but probably more likely it’s the sneaky seagull squawk snuck into the mix.

Jaguar Jonze

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

24 Aug 2018

Triple J
45

Whatta debut: this is like spaghetti western Angel Olsen, and that super-sharp chorus! I'm getting on the Jaguar Jonze bandwagon now before it gets too crowded.

Whatta debut: this is like spaghetti western Angel Olsen, and that super-sharp chorus! I'm getting on the Jaguar Jonze bandwagon now before it gets too crowded.

Ben Wright Smith

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

24 Aug 2018

Triple J
40

Ignore that title, the forecast here is bright, gauzy guitar lines with a high chance of charming. Beautiful stuff.

Ignore that title, the forecast here is bright, gauzy guitar lines with a high chance of charming. Beautiful stuff.

Ainslie Wills

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

01 Aug 2018

Triple J
50

Exhibit Umpteen that Ainslie is a real one. She's telling it how it is on a brave n' bluesy sonic switch-up with a powerful, moving message. Count me among those who love her for what she truly is and what most others try to be: an artist's artist.

Exhibit Umpteen that Ainslie is a real one. She's telling it how it is on a brave n' bluesy sonic switch-up with a powerful, moving message. Count me among those who love her for what she truly is and what most others try to be: an artist's artist.

Angie McMahon

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

18 Jul 2018

Triple J
50

It's a singing/writing/rocking hattrick from Angie! Love how this transforms self-doubt into an empowering rock strut. That album can't come soon enough.

It's a singing/writing/rocking hattrick from Angie! Love how this transforms self-doubt into an empowering rock strut. That album can't come soon enough.

Eliza & The Delusionals

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

26 Oct 2017

Triple J
40

Heard Bridget spin this on Lunch and had to swing by and chuck this some well deserved stars. I'm a sucker for the crunchy riffs n' killer chorus combination, and that's no delusion!

Heard Bridget spin this on Lunch and had to swing by and chuck this some well deserved stars. I'm a sucker for the crunchy riffs n' killer chorus combination, and that's no delusion!

Angie McMahon

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

25 Oct 2017

Triple J
50

Been hanging for a studio version ever since that fried chicken line floored me at a live gig. Yknow, the chook and the incredible vocals, crafted storytelling, devastatingly accessible fretwork, attitude, swagger. I could go on but just trust me, get on the Maccy Train before it leaves the station. It's gonna be a ride.

Been hanging for a studio version ever since that fried chicken line floored me at a live gig. Yknow, the chook and the incredible vocals, crafted storytelling, devastatingly accessible fretwork, attitude, swagger. I could go on but just trust me, get on the Maccy Train before it leaves the station. It's gonna be a ride.

Danny Barwick

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

29 Sep 2017

Triple J
40

Oscar Dawson brought me here, and I'm glad he did. Such an intimate, immersive tune. I'll be recc'ing this to all the King Krule/James Blake fans I know.

Oscar Dawson brought me here, and I'm glad he did. Such an intimate, immersive tune. I'll be recc'ing this to all the King Krule/James Blake fans I know.

Stevie Jean

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

09 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

From that spooky opening to the subject matter and gripping vocals, this just oozes confidence. You sound stronger and bigger than the mack truck you're posing by. Can't wait to hear more.

From that spooky opening to the subject matter and gripping vocals, this just oozes confidence. You sound stronger and bigger than the mack truck you're posing by. Can't wait to hear more.

Taj Ralph

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

07 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

Smooth stuff. Like, marble pebble/peanut butter/baby's bottom smooth. That breezy guitar coda is like sailing on the perfect wave back to shore.

Smooth stuff. Like, marble pebble/peanut butter/baby's bottom smooth. That breezy guitar coda is like sailing on the perfect wave back to shore.

SŸDE

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

07 Aug 2017

Triple J
35

This is like fancy ass sonic skateboarding: a chilled The xx flip into a sleek tropical pop-off that slides into a SŸDE of electro-acoustic bliss. Full headgear necessary.

This is like fancy ass sonic skateboarding: a chilled The xx flip into a sleek tropical pop-off that slides into a SŸDE of electro-acoustic bliss. Full headgear necessary.

Ninajirachi

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

07 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

Incred how that playful, tuneful percussion manages to show off its stuff without chewing up Freya's vocal space. And it all still bumps with some gritty sub. That's some smart craft right there.

Incred how that playful, tuneful percussion manages to show off its stuff without chewing up Freya's vocal space. And it all still bumps with some gritty sub. That's some smart craft right there.

Arno Faraji

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

07 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

Love how the flow and production work together. Keep at it, you clearly know how the rhymes fit with your warm phasing bass n' synth beats. And vice versa.

Love how the flow and production work together. Keep at it, you clearly know how the rhymes fit with your warm phasing bass n' synth beats. And vice versa.

RUBY FIELDS

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

07 Aug 2017

Triple J
45

Me: 'I WANT' new Ruby Fields!!
You (Ruby Fields): Sure thing. Here, have another belter filled with boss guitar work and
relatable AF lyrics that just gets you gong, ya know?!
Together (singing): "I'm backing what's happening, fkn hell yea!"

Me: 'I WANT' new Ruby Fields!!
You (Ruby Fields): Sure thing. Here, have another belter filled with boss guitar work and
relatable AF lyrics that just gets you gong, ya know?!
Together (singing): "I'm backing what's happening, fkn hell yea!"

Yeo

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Never Wanted That feat. Asta

Yeo

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

27 Apr 2017

Triple J
40

Lovin the power couple back together, and on a slinky af bit o' dancehall RnB no less. That shuffle is infectious.

Lovin the power couple back together, and on a slinky af bit o' dancehall RnB no less. That shuffle is infectious.