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

Review

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

Review

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.

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

Review

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.

RUBY FIELDS

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

06 Apr 2017

Triple J
40

Wow. Between those blasting guitars and fanciful lyrics there's an authentic, anthemic vulnerability that's just so damn relatable. That blistering 'make me feel!' climax made me feel everything. moar plz

Wow. Between those blasting guitars and fanciful lyrics there's an authentic, anthemic vulnerability that's just so damn relatable. That blistering 'make me feel!' climax made me feel everything. moar plz

Confidence Man

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

27 Feb 2017

Triple J
40

Was ~so~ ready for a fresh-heck-funky tune from my fave mysterious Brisbane dance lords. A tune so deliciously fun it'll be banned in Singapore... waiddaminute.

Was ~so~ ready for a fresh-heck-funky tune from my fave mysterious Brisbane dance lords. A tune so deliciously fun it'll be banned in Singapore... waiddaminute.

Alex the Astronaut

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

20 Feb 2017

Triple J
40

A hustling, bustling gem that pairs those traditional strummy songwriter instincts with some classy, inventive flourishes. With two for two on the belt, expecting to see this Astronaut's career skyrocket soon enough.

A hustling, bustling gem that pairs those traditional strummy songwriter instincts with some classy, inventive flourishes. With two for two on the belt, expecting to see this Astronaut's career skyrocket soon enough.

Yeo

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

12 Nov 2016

Triple J
50

Love the A+ bait-n-switch: a sad-fi verse with curvy RnB pipes that snaps into a lower-lip biting groove and squiggly digi-soul.

Love the A+ bait-n-switch: a sad-fi verse with curvy RnB pipes that snaps into a lower-lip biting groove and squiggly digi-soul.

POP CULT

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

27 Sep 2016

Triple J
35

Never stopped to wonder what it'd sound like if Billy Corgan fronted The La's. Now I know, and I want more.

Never stopped to wonder what it'd sound like if Billy Corgan fronted The La's. Now I know, and I want more.

Introvert

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

26 Sep 2016

Triple J
35

Lovin' the loudness. The tough vox n guitars combination sounds great (especially in the bridge/solo) and those chant hooks sink deep. Like a really heavy weezer (or just PUP).

Lovin' the loudness. The tough vox n guitars combination sounds great (especially in the bridge/solo) and those chant hooks sink deep. Like a really heavy weezer (or just PUP).

Dream Rimmy

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

26 Sep 2016

Triple J
40

Like somebody smeared the tail-end of '80s New Wave into the early part of the alt-rock '90s. Synths 'n' riffs make nice bedfellows on this'un.

Like somebody smeared the tail-end of '80s New Wave into the early part of the alt-rock '90s. Synths 'n' riffs make nice bedfellows on this'un.

Lupa J

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

12 Aug 2015

Triple J
45

Self-produced, self-performed, self-sung, self-strung - Lupa really is the WHOLE package. Can't really find any chinks in this Armour - a near-Ace from top to bottom.

Self-produced, self-performed, self-sung, self-strung - Lupa really is the WHOLE package. Can't really find any chinks in this Armour - a near-Ace from top to bottom.

spire

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

12 Aug 2015

Triple J
45

Fair to say I'm pretty dazed by this digital rainbow. The bouncing ball vocal hooks and twinkling synth flourishes are top notch plus there's a keen sense of groove and flair. What's in the water over there in Denmark? And can i have a drink?

Fair to say I'm pretty dazed by this digital rainbow. The bouncing ball vocal hooks and twinkling synth flourishes are top notch plus there's a keen sense of groove and flair. What's in the water over there in Denmark? And can i have a drink?

spire

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

12 Aug 2015

Triple J
35

Love the way you approach vocals - cut up, pitched, fragmented into delicious little gems that bounce their way all over some fun beats and fizzy synth work. Keep up the good work!

Love the way you approach vocals - cut up, pitched, fragmented into delicious little gems that bounce their way all over some fun beats and fizzy synth work. Keep up the good work!

Mosquito Coast

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

12 Aug 2015

Triple J
40

Gorgeous melodies, strong lyrics, and a chorus that'll rattle in your head lovingly for days. Confidently cool and straight to the high rotation list for me.

Gorgeous melodies, strong lyrics, and a chorus that'll rattle in your head lovingly for days. Confidently cool and straight to the high rotation list for me.

Ivanhoe

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

15 Jul 2015

Triple J
35

Stomping folk rock meets widescreen piano with the spit n' polish tick of approval from JP Fung. The sound's a bit commercial for my tastes but there's no faulting the power of that chorus or the ambitious arrangement.

Stomping folk rock meets widescreen piano with the spit n' polish tick of approval from JP Fung. The sound's a bit commercial for my tastes but there's no faulting the power of that chorus or the ambitious arrangement.

Life is Better Blonde

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

15 Jul 2015

Triple J
40

All those fragmented pieces just seem to click together so satisfyingly. Likely 'cause the dude shuffling all the bits into place has got smarts to match that croonerific voice.

All those fragmented pieces just seem to click together so satisfyingly. Likely 'cause the dude shuffling all the bits into place has got smarts to match that croonerific voice.

Clea

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

15 Jul 2015

Triple J
45

Sometimes all you need's the basics: a powerful voice, plaintive plucking, and some smart rhyming couplets (eg. potent/rodent). I'm ready for another one-on-one listening experience from this songsmith.

Sometimes all you need's the basics: a powerful voice, plaintive plucking, and some smart rhyming couplets (eg. potent/rodent). I'm ready for another one-on-one listening experience from this songsmith.

BOO SEEKA

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

15 Jul 2015

Triple J
35

I like how this ebbs forward on a wave of synths and grooves. The vocals are still super on-point and it's the little details that take it from a good track to a very well constructed one.

I like how this ebbs forward on a wave of synths and grooves. The vocals are still super on-point and it's the little details that take it from a good track to a very well constructed one.