T-Rax // August 2020

Spring has sprung! Our writers and guest selectors have compiled their list of songs that they’ve been slapping on repeat over the past month. So, as the frosty mornings begin to melt away with the days becoming warmer and longer, why not chuck our August edition of T-Rax on in the background. This month we have Suami Amabel and Dom Brinkley joining us following their recent single releases. Give them a bit of love and enjoy.

Stay safe,

T-Rex Musiq x

Suami Amabel

#1 // Kentucky Star // Lucinda R.

#2 // Fruits of My Labor // Lucinda Williams

#3 // All My Mistakes // Swimming in Circles

#4 // You Would Have to Lose Your Mind // The Barr Brothers

#5 // Take Something Beautiful // Jen Cloher

Pick of the month: Take Something Beautiful // Jen Cloher

I’ve been spinning this track endlessly over the past year. At first, this song stole my heart with all of the undeniable truth and clarity in Clohers' vocals. What I found so captivating about ‘Take Something Beautiful’ is the tension and suspension that is upheld throughout the song, through the beautiful production and string section. The eerie instrumentals met with Clohers' warm and tender voice is truly a match made in heaven.

Dom Brinkley

#1 // With or Without Me // Leah Senior #2 // A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall // Bob Dylan #3 // Coming In From The Cold // Bob Marley & The Wailers #4 // Higher & Higher // Jackie Wilson #5 // Chameleon // Herbie Hancock

Pick of the month: With or Without Me // Leah Senior

Been listening to a fair bit of folk of late. Musically speaking, good songwriting and lyrics are helping me navigate through this pandemic. Leah Senior's 'With or Without Me' is a heartfelt message about one's insignificance in the grand scheme of nature and the universe, speaking to the ultimate futility of human ego. This song seems to carry the same emotional resonance as George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass', with lyrics like 'with or without me, dark will turn to day; with or without me, clouds will deliver the rain'. Musically, the song seems quite simple, but it's the refreshingly honest songwriting that is the draw card here for me. Great to hear this from a Melbourne artist, too!

Jess Armstrong

#1 // Leave Me Alone // I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

#2 // Lemonade // YUNGBLUD, Denzel Curry

#3 // LOVED YOU BETTER // Holland

#4 // Here Comes the End // Gerard Way feat. Judith Hill

#5 // Ride with Me // Pink Sweat$

Pick of the month: Leave Me Alone // I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

‘Leave Me Alone’ is the latest single by I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, fronted and creatively led by Dallon Weekes. While Weekes is often known as “former Panic! at the Disco bassist”, ‘Leave Me Alone’ and IDKHow are much more expressive of Weekes’ own styles. With classic IDKHow synth sounds, ‘Leave Me Alone’ feature a beautifully smooth bassline and guitar riffs that do a lot more than hint at an ‘80s influence. As usual, Weekes’s voice is just as much of an instrument as anything else in the song; bordering on campy, the theatrical stylings beg you to sing along. ‘Leave Me Alone’ is fun listening for anyone who enjoys the more dramatic side of Queen, or the funkier side of Waterparks.

Matt Annett

#1 // A New England // Billy Bragg

#2 // Pusherman // Curtis Mayfield

#3 // Wally Wilder // Delicate Steve

#4 // Baby Blue // King Krule

#5 // Patio Song // Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci

Pick of the month: Wally Wilder // Delicate Steve

As a friend of mine put it, this track “sounds like when the guy realizes that the girl is his dream girl in every 90s romantic movie.” It really does, and there ain’t no shame in giggling to a stupid, nice, happy instrumental like this one.

Max Reilly

#1 // New Ferrari // Surprise Chef

#2 // Stop, Horizon // Cut Copy

#3 // Exotica Dance Club // Nu Guinea

#4 // The Waters // Anderson .Paak feat. BJ the Chicago Kid

#5 // Smalltown Boy // Bronksi Beat

Pick of the month: Smalltown Boy // Bronski Beat

On a recent scroll of a ‘songs heard at Strawberry’ page looking for a nostalgia fix I stumbled upon Saoirse playing this gem at sunset on the beach stage. A surreal moment where it felt as though nothing could go wrong, feel free to message me for a full one-hour breakdown. I had never actually known the story behind Bronksi Beat and ‘Smalltown Boy’. Hearing how the song provoked debate and progressed Britain to accepting all forms of sexuality by sharing the band’s personal experiences of growing up gay in ‘80s shows how powerful music can be. Nearly 3 decades on from release, the story adds another layer onto the scenes in the clip below.