Another summer in the bank. As we bid farewell to those long summer nights, why not see what our writers have been smashing on repeat? Whether you are after inspiration for a fresh new tune or want to pick apart our music tastes, have a glance over our T-Rax for February and its accompanying playlist.
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Max Reilly’s T-Rax
#1 - Special (Original Mix) // Chesus
Like this? Try These: Session Victim, Folamour
This infectious house jam has kept popping into my life ever since Northeast Party House played this at a DJ set in October at the Howler. Whether you hear it at a pres or out at a set it’s proving to be a real winner. I love house sampling helps you discover the original artist. Uplifting soul classics is something we never really got exposed to much with our generation. This snippet of Darlin Darlin Babyby the O’Jays has connected me further to the sweet sounds of the ‘70s.
Other gems by this artist: I think this was a one-off
#2 - Forever This // Fries, Bridges
Like this? Try These: Folamour; DJ Koze
Another cracking ‘70s sample, this time of Jerry Butler’s Whatever’s Fair. My sister sent me this one at the start of the month and pretty much everything I’ve been doing since then has been soundtracked by this bright housey track. It’s impossible to resist dancing to this one, definitely worth a spin next time you hijack a speaker.
Other gems by this artist: I think this as well was a one-off.
#3 - Cars In Space // Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Like this? Try These: Phantastic Ferniture, Middle Kids
You can just picture yourself in the sun on a road trip kickin’ your legs out the window to this fresh single from RBCF. The Melbournians have an uncanny way of producing reliable songs that happily get stuck in your head. With some big touring ahead playing at festivals like Meadow, Splendour in the Grass and Primavera Sound expect 2020 to be a launchpad for the 3-piece.
Other gems by this artist: Talking Straight, Mainland, French Press
#4 - Sweet Soul Music // Arthur Conley
Like this? Try These: Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Edwin Starr
Double J had a very special edition of Take 5 with Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) for his ‘dancefloor evergreens’. Cook’s first submission was this mid-60s classic by Arthur Conley. Someone that knows the dance scene all too well, Cook commented about the reason why soul music is sampled so much as there’s something specific in that genre that makes you groove.
Other gems by this artist: Funky Street, You Know How to Hurt a Guy
#5 - On Track // Tame Impala
Like this? Try These: Pond; Khruangbin
Honestly, I could’ve put any song from The Slow Rush in here. What an exceptional album. In terms of a concept and how the record gels together I don’t think Kevin has done better. No matter where you sit with it all every person when speaking about the album has instantly connected to On Track. It tells the story of those tough moments every has been through when they are scraping by with a touching optimistic view. How does Kev do this?
Other gems by this artist: Their whole discography
Thomas Webster's T-Rax
#1 - Blister in the Sun // Violent Vemmes
Like this? Try these: Pixies; Devo
As we all wind down from a summer spent outdoors, I’ve found myself chucking this song high up in the Spotify queue as soon as I jump in the car. Released in 1983 when the band had just finished high school, the opening riff catches you straight away and you can’t help but sing-along to the lyrics and reminisce of the hotter days, leaving you warm and melancholy inside. Honestly, how good is summer.
Other gems by this artist: American Music; Kiss Off
#2 - Circles // Mac Miller
Like this? Try these: Kids See Ghosts; Frank Ocean
The titular track of the posthumous album from the Pittsburgh MC being labelled as hip-hop feels a bit of a stretch. This song, and the album as a whole, gives fans a degree of closure as Miller reaches new heights of vulnerability and self-reflection alongside the quick wit lyrics he’s known for. The faint, simplistic guitar and drum backings fade into Mac’s vocals, giving fans a window into his own thoughts as he acknowledges his weaknesses and inability to change them, simply ‘drawin circles’.
Other gems by this artist: Ladders; Good News
#3 - Blood Bank // Bon Iver
Like this? Try these: José González; Ben Howard
The first song on the follow-up EP to Justin Vernon’s acclaimed debut album For Emma, Forever Ago, picks up right where he left off. Whilst the B-side to this EP features heavy vocoder use, Blood Bank remains true to the stripped back, basic Iver style we all fell in love with 13 years ago. Telling a love story Shakespeare would be proud of to the backing of his classic guitar strums and vocal ad libs, had it been released 12 months later, this track definitely would’ve featured in my top 10 for the decade.
Other gems by this artist: Flume; Holocene
#4 - Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo) // Wallows
Like this? Try these: Boy Pablo; Peach Pit
Hang on wait, is that Clay Jensen? The multitalented Dylan Minnette teamed up with his buddies’ Braeden & Cole in 2017 & the LA 3-piece have been touring North America & Europe heavily when Dylan hasn’t been filming. Their biggest song to date, coming off their debut album ‘Nothing Happens’, pits Dylan’s vocals opposed to the effervescent Clairo and the result is a catchy little number that’ll make you smile and boogie the night away. Watch out for these guys at Splendour this year for their first ever Australian performance.
Other gems by this artist: Drunk on Halloween; Ice Cold Pool
#5 - Hold Out // Sam Fender
Like this? Try these: The Night Café; Viola Beach
The latest single from the North Shields native gives us a much more mellow, lowkey sound than his typical, guitar heavy stadium anthems. Despite the laid-back approach, Hold Out still packs the usual punch and, after witnessing his splendour performance last year, would be must see viewing live.
Other gems by this artist: Will We Talk?; Hypersonic Missiles