Author: Michael Katsavos

Album Review: Sheck Wes’ Mudboy (2018 LP) is anything but complacent

October 9, 2018

Within the last few months, Sheck Wes’ meteoric rise to acclaim has imbued him with all of the qualities of a future star, turning attention to his first project. The proliferation of his most well known single ‘Mo Bamba’ has been astounding, allowing Wes to gather hordes of fans in a very short period of […]

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Album Review: Tommy and the Commies’ Here Come (2018 LP) says a lot in very little time

October 3, 2018

Tommy and the Commies are a punk band from Ontario, Canada, and have just delivered their debut project Here Come. Even as most punk releases go, this project is quite short, weighing in at just 16 minutes. But it  makes up for its brevity with some excellent pacing, writing, and instrumental work. The project starts […]

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Album Review: Father’s Awful Swim (2018 LP) feels like a house party in hell (and we want to go)

October 2, 2018

Father, the ringleader of cutting-edge Atlanta multimedia label Awful Records, has returned with a new album in collaboration with Adult Swim – a DIY label and a DIY network coming together to craft something truly unique. Father’s style is one that many try to replicate and often struggle to do so – his odd delivery, […]

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Album Review: Milo’s Budding Ornothologists are Weary of Tired Analogies (2018 LP) is a masterclass in complexity

September 26, 2018

milo has been active for some years now, releasing music both under his own name and his alias, Scallops Hotel – as well as his Nostrum Grocers collaboration with Elucid. His output is consistently high, releasing 2 projects in 2018 alone before the unveiling of his 4th studio album Budding Ornothologists are Weary of Tired […]

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Live Review: Noname impresses with Genesis Owusu and Colette to kick off Room 25 tour in Melbourne

September 23, 2018

At Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Friday evening, fans waded through AFL and Rugby goers to squeeze into a line to see one of the most exciting and adored rappers of 2018. Fresh off the release of her stellar album Room 25, Noname has a string of shows in Australia in addition to her spot in Listen Out […]

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Album Review: Noname’s Room 25 (2018 LP) is one of the best releases of the year

September 20, 2018

Noname (FKA: Noname Gypsy) is a central figure within the underground Chicago rap scene. Her debut album Telefone was an incredible, melancholic project – dealing with sexism, introspection, and wider racial and social issues, all delivered in her trademark wispy yet warm delivery. Following the great reception this project received, the level of anticipation for her […]

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Album Review: Metric – Art of Doubt (2018 LP)

September 17, 2018

Canadian rock band Metric have returned with their seventh full length project. Following the slick and electronic-influenced Pagans in Vegas, the band have shifted towards more driving instrumentation and brighter vocal melodies. Sitting at just under an hour, on Art of Doubt the band have opted for slightly longer-form songs, allowing the instrumentals to breathe and […]

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Live Review: Canberra’s National Gallery American Masters: Friday Night Live feat. Brass Knuckle Brass Band

September 15, 2018

Coinciding with the National Gallery of Australia’s American Masters exhibition, featuring classic American artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Morris, Roy Lichtenstein, the National Gallery of Australia announced a “Friday Night Live” event, with live music and dance acting as support and accompaniment to a selection of the artwork. The exhibition primarily includes works […]

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Album Review: Joey Purp’s QUARTERTHING (2018 LP) shows incredible progression from the rising hip hop star

September 14, 2018

The stellar year for music that has been 2018 delivers once again with the new release from Chicago rapper Joey Purp. Off the strength of previous project iiiDrops (featuring the bouncy hit ‘Girls @‘ featuring Chance the Rapper) he’s released QUARTERTHING, a new album that shows incredible progression for the rising star. A member of the […]

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Live Review: Mylk ‘Unplugged’ with Jackson Howard and Stasi was an exploration of what makes Melbourne’s local scene so vital

September 12, 2018

At the historic Brunswick live music venue The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne-based band Mylk organised an acoustic performance along with some close friends for a great night of live music. The group of Melbourne boys amassed close friends and fans to fill out the classic live music venue for a night of soulful and polished alternative […]

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Album Review: Bob Moses – Battle Lines (2018 LP)

September 11, 2018

The Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have returned with their sophomore album Battle Lines. The pair have great different musical backgrounds that shine through; Howie has a strong rock and vocal basis, whereas Vallance has trance and electronic roots, with releases on labels such as Ultra Records. These two […]

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Live Review: Hayden James kicks off “Just Friends” Australian tour in Melbourne with Happiness is Wealth and Carmoflague Rose

September 8, 2018

Hayden James’ Just Friends Tour kicked off in Melbourne last night at iconic venue The Forum. Once doors opened, fans began filtering in with more denim jackets and white Adidas Stan Smith’s than a North Shore Sydney house party. The opener, Happiness is Wealth, kicked things off with some nice melodic EDM, reminiscent of Client Liaison, complete with […]

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Hitting rock bottom to climb: Kanye West’s through lines in Ye and Kids See Ghosts

August 31, 2018

The recent Kanye West release schedule has brought happiness to skinny jean wearing hipsters, and serious hip-hop fans alike. Following the meteoric success of Pusha T’s Daytona, the focus shifted to Kanye’s solo album Ye, and his collaborative project with Kid Cudi. Ye was the first true Kanye project to come from the Wyoming era, […]

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Album Review: Hermit and the Recluse – Orpheus vs the Sirens (2018 LP)

August 30, 2018

“Devestation laced in my presentation” Ka’s delivery of this line from Orpheus, part of a collaboration project with producer Animoss, is one of the best stylistic summations of an album written in recent memory. The duo, operating under the pseudonym Hermit and the Recluse have worked together on a beautifully dark piece of music, heavily […]

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Album Review: Mac Miller – Swimming (2018 LP)

August 29, 2018

On the back of the soulful and romantic The Divine Feminine, Mac Miller has returned with another album cut from this cloth. Swimming is similar in style, but more mournful and self-reflective than romantic and starry-eyed, with welcome introspection from Mac, reminiscent of his earlier rap-oriented projects like Watching Movies With The Sound Off and Faces. […]

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Album Review: Skee Mask – Compro (2018 LP)

August 28, 2018

As a self-proclaimed purveyor of anxiousness, I have often been told about the merits of ambient and ‘background’ music as a way to find relaxation and a bit of peace. I tried, believe me, I tried to agree with this. I’ve sifted through Brian Eno albums, gone down weird spacey and airy rabbit holes, but […]

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