You Can’t Miss 6′7″ Tobias Jesso Jr. (and you shouldn’t)
There’s really no need for any gimmicks in marketing Tobias Jesso’s beautiful album of heavily 70’s songwriter influenced chamber-pop Goon. It’s just a beautiful record – simple and sweet. It has echoes of the past (Nilsson, David Ackles, Rundgren, Randy Newman etc) but they are launching points not pastiches. This is lovely and fresh and miles away from the MOR peddled by some of the UK’s “new” popstars.But one of the nice gimmicky bits of the Goon campaign are the press ads;which beautifully mimic Stan Cornyn’s legendarily subversive marketing tags for the early Warners labels. The copy lines for Jesso echo Cornyn’s twisted approach so perfectly epitomised by this gem of backwards forwardness created for Van Dyke Parks;Of course Cornyn’s wit spawned imitators (some were better than others)As marketing people used the new print medium of rock’s “alternative press”But Cornyn’s creative services team at Warners always did it bestWhether for the Dead;Or brilliantly for the Fugs;Alternative marketing for alternative press (and alternative “heads”).So thank you to Tobias and his label for reminding us of another culture we love. But as we said don’t let that distract you from Goon. It really is that good.And you’ll find it hard not to love.TJJ’s debut record Goon is available now where all instant classics are sold | streamed.
Brodinski’s Favourite Tracks
via The GuardianThe track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with Moodymann: Shades Of JaeOne of my favourite records of all time. It reminds me that I live in a grey city full of stress, while I could be living in the sun, chilling on my own. It’s really hurtful, but so enjoyable!The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor Carte Blanche: Jack On The Moon DJ Mehdi and Riton created this super house group and made more than an amazing tune. This is the one I’m still playing out; any dancefloor anywhere in the world loves this. One of those finest and most timeless of records.The track that currently gets the most rewinds Gesaffelstein: HelliforniaIf you listen to this for the first time after reading this, you’ll get why.The track I wish I’d signed to my label Barnt: ChappellIt’s one of those DJ weapons that will get the party started.The track I think has been unfairly slept on this year Bankroll Fresh: Bust ItHe’s one of my favourite rappers from Atlanta right now. I’ve been playing it in every single set for the last two months.The track that got me out of bed this morning Jose Guapo Feat Skippa Da Flippa And Lucci: Run It Up I’ve woken up to rap music every day for a long while now, and I feel like I listen to this one a lot in the mornings. I’m a big fan of these three rappers and they did a great job on this one.The ideal festival track New York Transit Authority: SwarmThe best record to make people crazy.The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding D4L: Laffy Taffy I’d need to choose a classic that we’d mutually love, and I feel this one could be the perfect match!The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza UGK Feat OutKast: International Players Anthem (I Choose You) The kind of music I want to listen while I’m there. Also the kind of music that they never play in the clubs over there.The track that should have been a crossover hit Tiga: BugattiI would love to have this every day on the radio.The track I’d play at my funeral Larry Heard: Missing YouI hope people will take that ironically! I feel that Mr Fingers is talking about a girl, anyway.Brodinski’s album Brava is out now and can be found where all good records are sold | streamed.
Meet Our Spirit Animal Maple
The term ‘Spirit Animal’ sure does get thrown around a lot in today’s internet age, but never before have we used the term and actually meant it more than we do now. Meet Maple, a Border Collie/Golden Retriever/Sheltie mixed breed pup who has won the internet with her bongo/glockenspiel/cowbell/drum playing expertise.Check out her vine channel here and cop a few of our fave Maple moments below.
Action + Ronson + Chance
Is there a better hip hop tune doing the rounds at the moment than the Mark Ronson produced Baby Blue by Action Bronson feat. Chance The Rapper??2015 has been a damn good year as far as hip hop tunes go, but for our money, the perfect odd couple pairing of Bam Bam & Chance (who serves up one of THE greatest/bitterest verses in recent memory) coupled with Ronson on the boards and those horns at the end (srsly tho… DEM HORNS.) not to mention the cover art have Baby Blue sitting at the top of our list.In fact, it’s so nice you’ve really gotta hear it twice, so here they are doin’ it live on Letterman - Action Bronson’s all sorts of wonderful Mr. Wonderful is available now where all wonderful records are sold | streamed #wonderful
Have You Ever Went Over a Friend’s House To Eat...
Another one for our ‘Things you didn’t know you needed in your life until you saw them on the internet‘ series comes in the form of an amazing hip hop themed cookbook.Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook celebrates the many humorous parallels between food and hip hop and features thirty recipes inspired by the most renowned hip hop artists of today and yesteryear complete with killer illustrations and fantastic puns as the dish titles.Below are a few of our personal faves …Wu-Tang Clam Chowder -DMeggs Benedict -Tiramisu Elliot -The Notorious P.I.G (feat. 2Pac Choi) -
March Jams
IN NEED OF SOME NEW TOONS? Well look no further than our Soundcloud March Jams playlist. Featuring Oscar Key Sung | Denai Moore | japanese wallpaper | Action Bronson | Freeds | George Maple | Snakehips | Major Lazer | Kendrick Lamar | Sid Pattni | Lisa Mitchell | Blonde | Django Django | Oddisee | Broadway Sounds | Jack Ü | Hudson Mohawke | Kučka | Lupa J | Redial | Toro y Moi  Or in other words; ALL KILLER NO FILLER.
Is It Just Us...
Or has the news that British prime minister David Cameron is a fan of The War On Drugs made one of our fave bands seem a bit boring all of a sudden?The Snore On Drugs…If you need further convincing that it’s not the greatest endorsement…
Focus On The Local with OKS
The old adage goes, “when it rains, it pours” and today we are neck deep in the deluge. The influx of incredibly exciting Oscar Key Sung related content that’s torn through the internet this week is quite simply too much for all those who have waited patiently this past year. His Holograms EP was a titanic but wait for it, bigger things lie ahead. He’s this week dropped three different audio offerings on us, the first and most important of which is the lead single from his newly announced and forthcoming Altruism EP. It’s called Skip and just like Oscar in the track’s lyrics, we “want the extended edition” because this thing slays. His vocals have next leveled since Holograms and his song writing is getting intimidatingly good. Cop that single below…More than that though, he dropped a teaser track called Premonition AND a self-made remix of the very same track.On top of all that, we’re now graced with the news that OKS is going to be touring across our fair shores on the Altruism tour. Cop the dates below. It’s a red-letter day!OKS’s Altruism is up for pre-order on iTunes, cop it and be instantly gratified with lead single Skip NOW.
Desert Island Discs with Dylan Joel
Fresh off of dropping his stellar new single Swing, we caught up with local emcee extraordinaire Dylan Joel and asked him to hit us with his desert island discs, which he broke off into two sections; HOP & NON HOP.Peep the video for the catchy as f#*k Swing below which features Mantra & Bliss N Eso’s DJ Izm and read on to find out about his 10 most listened to albums that have played their part in inspiring and shaping the up and coming wordsmith.1. Shad - TSOL (2010)- First time I traveled North America/Canada, I connected with a bunch of unreal people in Toronto (now some of my closest homies), and they introduced me to Shad’s record. One extremely shaping moment for me.2. Eminem - Infinite (1996)- By far my favourite Eminem album. Sadly miss this era of his music a lot hey. But it’s a rad one to throw on and just vibe with. If you’ve never heard Eminem rap with a positive feel ha, here it is.3. Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road (2006)- Easily my most listened to album during early days of high school. Really founded a lot of my passion for hip hop in Aus, and fueled a lot of the childhood dreams I’m probably too stubborn to leave as dreams ha. Still love throwing this on occasionally for the nostalgic inspiration.4. Bliss N Eso - Day Of The Dog (2006)- BnE were actually the first hip hop act I’d ever seen live! I can still remember it that clearly. The next day, I woke up, went straight to my bedroom computer and I’m pretty sure I attempted to make my first ever original beat. This album carried me through those identity seeking days ha, parties, fights, every high school romance, and still I flick back to it on a semi-regular basis! (Find it helps to keep myself grounded on where I’ve been and the importance that holds in what I’m doing now). - Something real for you.5. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap (2013)- When this record came out, it was a huge refreshment to the closure I was feeling in Aus hip hop at the time. Having gospel as my first experience of live music ever, and being a massive (but still fairly recent) hip hop fan, almost made this album a punch in the face more than anything. A realisation to the fact that they’re are potentially no boundaries to what hip hop should sound like musically. That the greater importance lies behind creating whatever is ‘authentic’ or ‘genuine’ to you. Will always love this record.6. Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings (2004)- This just has too many quality tracks to skip by. One of those albums that gave me a lot of my musical inspiration outside of hip hop. Groove is on point throughout the entire record. Highly recommend listening through start to finish!7. Tracy Chapman - Collection (1988-2000)- Practically grew up on this. I feel like my parents used to pretty much only play this record along with Fleetwood Mac, every car trip. (probably not true, but it felt that way). May have forgotten about Tracy for a few years (guilty confession), but within the last few years, I found her again! And I know this record will always be gold to me. Takes me back home every time.8. Ed Sheeran - X (2014)- Had to throw in something real recent. And having only given Ed’s music a proper listen to since the album dropped, I stand firm in saying that he’s one of the most raw and talented artists in the pop scene today. Every track on this record holds its own quality and achieves what a lot of today’s music can’t. - It’s loved by every single age demographic and generation today. Talented mofo! All respect.9. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (2009)- I think this record was a game changer for most of the world. A folk album that went viral across the world. So much talent on so many levels, especially in song writing. I can’t it makes me want to play folk music ha, but I appreciate this record just as much as the next hip hop album. Unreal.10. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (2012)- Damnnn. When this record dropped, people lost it! And I was too high on my horse to give it a spin straight away. So I waited for the world to chill a bit, bought it off iTunes and sat on my back deck taking in every element with a fresh perspective. Almost every time my band and I hit the road for shows/tours, this gets played right through. Dig!Dylan Joel’s Swing is available now where all good records are sold | streamed
Choice Cuts
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That's it! Try opening your own PSD now.
Baby Blue ft. Chance The Rapper (Prod. Mark Ronson)
Feature video
Craft with Kit (Ep 1) starring GROUPLOVE