Spirit Faces – Cloudplay (Ft. BUOY)

Spirit Faces Cloudplay (Ft. BUOY)

Pete Covington is a multi instrumentalist and producer from Sydney who has released a few singles over the past year or so under the moniker Spirit Faces. With a rather fragmented approach to pop music, his latest release Cloudplay seems to have hit the spot for the first time. The track is lifted from the […]


Rolling Stones/Allphones Arena Sydney

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Imagine if your favourite bar band – the one you see swaggering and rocking at your local most Saturday nights – won some fabulous lottery. And with that money they could mount the most amazingly huge and perfectly produced show they could conceive. The venue would be a mega-stadium, the lights and stage production would be utterly state-of-the-art, […]


Richard Clapton celebrates 40 Years


Words and music. Iconic Australian songwriter Richard Clapton has celebrated 40 years of writing and making music with the simultaneous release of his autobiography together with a three CD (plus DVD) set. Iconic is a lazy word, overused in the relentless sales pitch that is post-war popular music but in Clapton’s case, it is entirely […]


Ben Craven & TuneLeaks: The Album is Not Dead, It Just Needed a Platform That Cares


Queensland musician Ben Craven describes himself as a cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter-performer-producer. But internationally he is regarded as a true Prog Lord. His last album – Great and Terrible Potions – was entirely created, performed and recorded by Craven. Great and Terrible Potions gained kudos from the international progressive rock community, including Beach Boys’ collaborator Van […]

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Rachel Collis – Nightlight


For her latest album, Nightlight, Sydney singer, songwriter and pianist, Rachel Collis has reinvented herself. For many years a creator and performer of music at the sharp and witty end of cabaret in a series of one-woman shows, this time round Collis has dug deeper, painting bleaker vistas of both landscape and the heart with her […]




Innersoul Live has been one of Sydney’s most righteous cap-S Soul experiences for a good while now. Keeping the standard sharp and high – ensuring knockout performances by the crème of the is City’s soul artists (and peppered by international guests) – has made it  an essential if you like your music deep, soulful and real. […]

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Bridie O’Brien – The Caribbean Sessions

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The sun has come out for Bridie O’Brien. After the darkness and troubled, obsessive themes of 2011’s Highway Heart, O’Brien’s new album, The Caribbean Sessions is as sun-dappled and lanquid as the island of Anguilla, where it was recorded. The album was created by O’Brien and drummer, producer and enabler Syd Green – the same […]

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Jeff Lang – I Live in My Head a Lot These Days

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There is a nagging paradox in roots and blues music – how can an artist develop and evolve in a genre that, by its own definition, is largely about preserving the spirit and sounds of the past. Any reaching for the unknowns of the future immediately confuses a style that is beloved by millions for […]

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Maxine Kauter Band – Ghost In Love

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The first thing I notice is the reverb. I have played The Maxine Kauter Band‘s previous release – 2011’s Alibech The Hermit – so often that my ear has become accustomed to its soundspace: acoustic-intimate, conversational, with even the more rockin’ tracks played as if from a smaller (albeit packed) inner-city music room. The new […]

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Blues Deluxe: Robben Ford and Walter Trout

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This year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest, among it’s usual (and by now, expected) embarrassment of riches, will be a World Blues Guitar Summit, with iconic artists such as Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck heading the charge. Blues guitar – one of the most equally thrilling and reviled sub-subgenres in modern music – has retained its popularity […]

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Andy Gordon – Black Sea


Andy Gordon‘s follow up to 2013’s The Reverent Jorfy (see ‘Breelong Black’ here)  is a dark and calmly stormy affair. Whereas Jorfy dealt with dark historical themes but in a life affirming way – ebullient and country sweet, with the humanity of Gordon’s  voice and story-telling delivery pulling you into each song – Black Sea […]


Q&A: Akouo


After a successful 2013 with a number of releases, remixes, tours and worldwide exposure, Tasmania-based producer Akouo seems to be going from strength to strength. We recently caught up with the man behind the buttons to chat about early career aspirations and influences, all things  production and how he likes his eggs cooked in the mornings.   OP: […]




Tycho has released a second track, Montana from the project’s anticipated forth album entitled ‘Awake’. For this latest LP, Tycho aka Scott Hansen in the singular form, has adapted his solo project into a three piece, mirroring his live persona including drummer Rory O’Connor, who also performs with electronic act Com Truise. This shift in line up gives Tycho’s sound a more post-rock sound […]


Beds beats – They Walk Among Us (Bedstrumental)


Fresh from the fertile mind of Sydney breaks bod Rephrase, is his new project, Beds beats. Nice and slinky, swinging for the win, impeccable execution of grin inducing grooves. Word. Here’s a few bonus tunes…


Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul (Klue Remix)


This is real nice. The bro Klue from Big Village rap crew True Vibenation has just dropped this slice of 2 Step infused bangerisms. Ouch, shits hot. It’s of local studio bros Sticky Fingers, whose original was a killer number in its own right, and has seen the band touring Europe and smashing it locally. […]


HWLS – 002 (Ta-ku x Kitpop)


Boss beatsmith Ta-ku and his Perth buddy Kitpop have teamed up to make some bad bass business. This is the second tune released, as denoted by the name ‘002.’ Here’s their [previous effort ‘001.’ Heaviness. We wait with bated breath for ‘003.’


Thundamentals – Noodle Soup


Yeah so this is heaps late, released way back in November while I was hitting up Japan. Now, I did tell you these guys were gonna smash through with their upcoming album So I Can Remember. Thundamentals owning the zone.


Mansionair – Hold Me Down (feat. Revier)

Mansionair - Sydney based Production Duo

Mansionair is a production duo who abjure genre by taking their music in what ever direction they see fit. Moving between a raw compound of Flume, The XX and James Blake, début single ‘Hold Me Down’ makes the outfit’s own sound quite challenging to discern. The sublime vocals are handled by Sydney newcomer Jack Froggat (Revier). Adjusting […]


Outkast to reunite and headline Coachella 2014


Andre 3000 & Big Boi aka Outkast have announced via Big Boi’s blog that the duo will reunite to headline the Coachella Music Festival in 2014. “Outkast will be Headlining #Coachella 2014 ! Stank You Smelly Much ! And stay Tuned !!!” -Big Boi Joining the dons of Southern rap on the always huge lineup will be Arcade Fire, […]


Jonwayne- The Come Up


LA based rapper/producer Jonwayne has released his first video from his recent album Rap Album One for the tune ‘The Come Up’. The black and white video directed by Henry DeMaio features images of childhood and innocence and stars a cameo from guest rapper on the track Scoop DeVille. Continuing in true don’t-give-a-fuck Jonwayne style, he appears in the […]