We’re super excited to announce a new series where you get to hear who the T-rex Musiq team are listening to. This will hopefully show the team’s wide
music range we have over time. Whether you are feeling a bit lost on what you should listen to or want to critique our music tastes, our writers will plonk 5 of their favourite songs, current or oldies, that they are smashing on repeat. We’ll get a few public playlists going whether you’re on Apple Music or Spotify. We’ve provided the links for the playlists to both streaming services at the bottom of the article for your listening pleasure. So sit back, relax, coolly wrap your ears around the soft leather of your headphones and enjoy our T-Rax for March!
Max Reilly’s 5 T-rax
1. ‘Calling Out’ // Never Too Soon // Boo Seeka
Sounds similar to: Vallis Alps, Nick Murphy
Boo Seeka’s new single Rush, a teaser of their upcoming album, had me flicking through their last major project in 2017. Calling Out epitomizes the smooth spacey synth sound of the Newcastle duo. A perfect track you can either chill and listen to on your headphones or blast out on speakers and have a boogie.
Other gems by this artist: ‘Turn Up Your Light’, ‘Deception Bay’, ‘Gold Sail’.
2. ‘Longshot’ // The Balance // Catfish and the Bottlemen
Sound similar to: Arctic Monkeys, The Wombats, Circa Waves
It didn’t take long for the UK rockers to rise straight
back to the top with this hit lead single from their new album The Balance coming late next month. Lead singer Van McCann is at his best here as he howls with optimistic determination of taking a chance (or ‘longshot’) into a relationship and how it ‘paid off’. Stacks up with some of the best the Brits have released, which is saying something.
Other gems by this artist: ‘7’, ‘Twice’, ‘Cocoon
3. ‘Happy Song’ // Soulacoasta // Close Counters
Sound similar to: Disclosure, Cosmo’s Midnight, Harvey Sutherland
Stumbled upon these boys at the Penny Black earlier this month and have been playing their mixtape nonstop ever since. A mix of dance, boogie, disco and more Happy Songis just one example of an awesome debut project. Do yourselves a favour and listen to this.
We recently did a gig review of their show at the Penny Black, which you can read here:
More gems by this artist: ‘Soulacoasta’, ‘Travel Treats’, ‘TIP OF MY TONGUE’
4. ‘Valerie’ // Version // Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse
Sound similar to: Lauryn Hill, The Meters, The Sugarhill Gang
A throwback to 2007, you can’t get sick of this anthem. A shining light in Mark Ronson’s sub-par Version, an album of cover songs. In this cover of Liverpool group, The Zutons, the late Amy Winehouse’s vocals dominate, demonstrating why she remains one of the greats.
Other gems by this artist: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’, ‘Daffodils’, ‘Uptown Funk’
5. ‘Laws of the Universe’ // Outer Peace // Toro y Moi
Sounds similar to: Blood Orange, Anderson. Paak (Venice album)
Another I’ve been playing on repeat since it came out nearly 2 months ago. Laws of the Universe is a fine exhibit of the mixture of house, groove and dance you get in this album that reaches just over half an hour. The reference to James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem spinning at his house gets me every time.
Other gems by this artist: ‘Ordinary Pleasure’, ‘Freelance’, ‘Mirage’
Aaron’s Di Placido’s
1. ‘Daisy‘ // Tasmania // Pond
Sounds Similar: Tame Impala, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
The opener on their latest album, Tasmania. This song has it all; glittery atmosphere, clapping snares and a bass line that is sure to get all psych-lovers salivating. It’s obvious Kevin Parker has had a heavy influence on this track as it feels like an answer to Less I Know The Better. Its rhythm is it’s strength and it’s ability to remain on repeat is uncanny. Highly recommend the album as well.
Other gems by Pond: ‘You Broke My Cool’, ‘Paint Me a Silver’, ‘Giant Tortise’
2. ‘White Onions‘ // Everything Not Saved Will Be Forgotten Part 1 // Foals
Sounds similar: Everything Everything, Wild Beasts
The first track off their new album that wasn’t a pre-release single, and it comes at you fast and hard. The chimey guitars are sure to reel you in as Yannis yells religiously over the fast rock beat. Definite stand out in an album full of bangers, good to see Foals re-introducing a horn section into their music again as well. ‘White Onions’ is the type of fast paced and stadium type music that can appeal to the masses, without ever sacrificing it‘s heart and soul.
Other gems by Foals: ‘Two Steps Twice’, ‘Blue Blood’, ‘Mountain At My Gates’
3. ‘No Fighting’ // Triage // Methyl Ethel
Sounds similar: D.D Dumbo, I Know Leopard
Another Perth outfit in Methyl Ethel. The closer to their latest album Triage has been on repeat of late. Beginning softly lead singer Jake Webb cries “Tell me, are you feelin wild? Do you feel divine?”. Seducing you in as the bassline swings into the fray and a full assault of power is unleashed. It’s a big finisher, and great stand alone as well, captivating you with its energy and psych-rock elements.
Other gems by Methyl Ethel: ‘Obscura’, ’Ubu’, ‘Weeds Through Rind’
4. ‘Meat Grinder’ // Madvilliany // Madvillan
Sounds similar: The Internet, Med, NxWorries
A timeless classic that isn’t going anywhere soon. The Madvillan album is a mainstay on many of my playlists and I really could of put the whole album on here. I won’t though and will instead opt for Meat Grinder, what can I say other than its two absolute geniuses at their creative peak. Madlib lays down the utterly breathtaking production and MF DOOM owns the mic in the only way he knows how. It’s blend of experimental hip/hop with the soul and freedom of old school rap still remains as fresh as ever today.
Other gems by MadVillan: ’Accordian’, ‘Raid’, ‘Curls’
5. ‘Way To The Show’ // When I Get Home // Solange
Sounds similar: Janelle Monae, Hiatus Kaiyote
I love this woman so much. I didn’t think she’d be able to replicate the success or brilliance of her previous LP A Seat At The Table but she did in striking fashion. This song is a quality embodiment of the level of skill Solange possesses. Jam packed with insane production that provides enough funk and groove to keep you buzzing for days. To counter this Solange’s vocal delicacy is something to marvel over as she effortlessly takes you on a journey on the “way to the show”.
Other gems by Solange: ’Almeda’, ‘Cranes In The Sky’, ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’
To hear and keep up to date with our T-Rax of the month, follow our playlists on both Spotify and Apple Music here:
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/au/playlist/t-rax-for-march/pl.u-JPAZZb9IW2735M
Max and Aaron x