Drops: Erik Sanders

By Andrew Brassington

Brisbane rapper Erik Sanders has dropped his latest single ‘In The Air’, our first taste of new music since ‘Across The Globe’ was released back in December.

‘In The Air’ features Australian hip hop connoisseur Allday spitting fire on a guest verse. The pair shared a photo on social media whilst working on this jam barely two weeks ago.

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The song begins with a series of pitched beeps reminiscent of video game music or opening an old Windows computer. This melodic motif doesn’t feel clichéd or overdone, it feels fresh and vibrant. And luckily it sits back well in the mix so it don’t get in the way of the vocals when they come in a few bars later.

Straight away Erik Sanders proves himself as one of Australia’s artists to watch for 2017 with his sharply delivered rhymes. It’s hard to believe he’s only 20 years old. He continues these through the pre-chorus leading to a build-up which evolves into a summery chorus you can move your body to. Some tropical vibes even burst through.

Allday’s verse is a highlight for me, containing some of the greatest lyrics I’ve heard recently including the line “I like the beach but I’m drowning” which really stands out as a metaphor of self and how some things we fall in love with can end up being drastically toxic and unhealthy.

‘In The Air’ is definitely one of the grooviest Aussie rap songs of the year so far. I’m excited to see where Erik goes next. You can catch him supporting Midas Gold at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on the 17th of February, and see Allday right around the country at Groovin The Moo (whose spectacular line-up dropped this morning and you can read about here.)

You can hear ‘In The Air’ below.

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Drops: The Jungle Giants

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

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The Brisbane based band The Jungle Giants have graced our ears once again with “Feel The Way I Do”- an upbeat tune that is sure to make you dance. Released today, it seems like the start of what may be a new era of music for the band although, keeping basic components of their older music.

Starting with a simple dance keyboard melody, accompanied by a reoccurring groovy guitar riff and standard but noticeable drum beat, the song is promising. Similar to their 2015 album ‘Speakerzoid’ it creates the same dance beat with an electronic, dance/pop sound.

What works for the songs is that the use of the mechanical like synth sound and cowbell within the chorus. In juxtaposition with the metallic feel of the lead Sam Hales vocals, the band created an almost clock work but dance-floor ready beat.

Between ‘Speakerzoid’ and their upcoming album which will be released later this year, “Feel The Way I Do” builds a perfect bridge between the two with similar sounds of the same Indie Pop-Rock/Dance vibe.

It is clear that the band is continuously working and evolving their sound as they have come a long way from tracks such as “She’s A Riot” (2013) and even earlier music like “Mr Polite” (2011).

Catch The Jungle Giants play at Groovin the Moo in late April and early May. Click here for more details.

You can find “Feel The Way I Do” on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and Tidal.

 

Breaking: Groovin the Moo

By Portia Hampson

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Good-morning guys and gals. Incase you missed it, Australia’s best regional touring festival Groovin The Moo has dropped their freshest lineup, filled with local legends and a fair few international acts.

This milky lineup consist of hometown rockers, Violent Soho who scored their way into the Hottest 100 five times with: How to Taste (#92), No Shade (#73), So Sentimental (#69), Blanket (#53) and Viceroy (#14). Plus the two talented ladies behind your #2 and #3 of the hottest 100: Amy Shark and Tash Sultana will be producing some succulent tunes at GTM.

To kick off the list of international artist, UK indie marsupials The Wombats are making their way back down under. The band hasn’t been seen here since Falls Festival 2015/16 so they’re set to draw in the crowds with the new tunes the boys have been working on, plus some classic oldies.

Other visitors include, Snakehips, Dillon Francis and our favourite German duo Milky Chance + many many more.

We hope to hear new tunes from hard working artist: Allday, The Jungle Giants and Methyl Ethel at the 13th Annual GTM.

Incase you missed it, here’s the full GTM 2017 line up (in alphabetical order).
Against Me! (USA)
Allday
Amy Shark
Architects (UK)
The Darkness (UK)
Dillon Francis (USA)
George Maple
Hayden James
The Jungle Giants
K-Flay (USA)
L-FRESH The LION
Loyle Carner (UK)
Methyl Ethel
Milky Chance (GER)
Montaigne Northeast Party House
Slumberjack
The Smith Street Band
Snakehips (UK)
Tash Sultana
Thundamentals
Violent Soho
The Wombats (UK)

Touring throughout April and May the festival will kick off in South Australia in a whole new location.

Then sneaking over to Maitland, NSW and Townsville, QLD for the long weekend – tickets go on sale for these dates next Tuesday (February 7th).

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about Bendigo, Canberra or Bunbury. Tickets for your towns go on sale next Wednesday (February 8th). For more information head over to the official Groovin site for ticket release, dates and any special updates.

Also, here is the GTM playlist you can find on Spotify

We’ll see you there.

Catch-Up: What did we miss?

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

Our first official week of publishing has come to an end and a lot of things have happened. Here, we will give you almost everything that we might have missed throughout the week.

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  • Triple J Hottest 100 – Flume gets #1.
    Its no surprise that Flume would be at the top of the chart. From first performing in Adelaide in 2012, to now currently going on tour overseas in America, Flume has taken the world by storm. The hit song “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai off his album ‘Skin’ took Triple J’s top spot.
  • St Jerome Laneway Festival
    St Jerome Laneway Festival started in Brisbane on the 26th of January! Featuring artists such as Tash Sultana, Tame Impala, Dune Rats, Nick Murphy (formally Chet Faker) and more. If you haven’t gotten tickets for the other festival days click here to purchase tickets!

  • Missy Elliot’s “I’m Better”
    Missy Elliot released a music video for her new song “I’m Better” featuring Lamb. With futuristic fashion, lighting, beats and makeup, the hip-hop singer has definitely found a new aesthetic compared to her older, more traditional music- for example her sound and visuals of “Work It” released in 2002.

  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
    Big names like Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Maroon 5 and Dave Matthews are all set to headline the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late April and early May. Other musicians such as Snoop Dog and Kings of Leon will also be playing, accompanied by 500 other artists over the schedule of the festival.
  • OzFest
    OzFest is on at the Shark Bar in Miami, QLD is on TONIGHT! Featuring bands such as Ball Park Music, Urth Boy and Britsh India it will surely go off at the small bar above the Miami Tavern. Click here for more details.
  • Chance the Rapper
    Chance the Rapper, accompanied by Jon Batiste and Ziggy Marley sang the hit child television show “Arthur” theme song. All I can say is that it was amazing.

  • Triple J Like a Version
    Aurora, the Norwegian beauty covered Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” on Friday. It was probably the most angelic thing you will hear this month.

What’s Goin On: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Laneway

By Portia Hampson

Editors Note: Videos will be uploaded to our instagram (@setsoundblog) throughout week of Laneway Sets. Taken by Portia Hampson

Kicking off their set with the new tunes from their 8th studio record ‘Nonagon Infinity’, Melbourna1566708845_5e psychedelic rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard brought in the crowds during their Laneway Festival set in Brisbane.

From the moment they stepped on stage, the atmosphere in the marquee was indescribable. Hundreds gathered around inside the marquee, as well as outside in the heat with their over priced bevies in the air to show their support to King Gizz.

‘Rattlesnake’ off their 9th upcoming studio album “Flying Microtonal Banana” set the crowd off, drawing in a wild circle pit from festival goers giving it their all despite the rising and ongoing heat.
2017 will be a rapid year for King Gizzard with Rattlesnake being the first single released off the first of five studio albums that will be released throughout the year.

King Gizz was without a doubt one of my personal favourite sets of laneway, as one song ended, another flowed in straight after. Despite the endless amounts of sweat we endured, with the retro style back drop and video game-like light show the stage presence and energy of King Gizzard makes you want more, even long after the set is done.

The band will be touring their new album in March (US), you wouldn’t want to miss them next time.

“Flying Microtonal Banana” will be released February 24, 2017

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Playlist: Top 50 Australian Songs of All Time

Editors Note by Gabrielle Zgrajewski: This is a playlist of pre-2000’s. I’m sorry but it just happened that way. 

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

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It’s that time of year again where Australians can sit in a pool, drink beer and have no excuse but “It’s Australia Day”. This year we are hosting Laneway Festival in Brisbane and as always, there are toad and cockroach races.

Triple J also host their Hottest 100 Songs of the previous year before, and there’s always an argument of who will be #1. But alas, Set Sound has made you their very own Hottest 50. 3 hours and 14 minutes of pure Australian classics (with a bonus song!) Listen to this pre-Triple J Hottest 100, and drink a few beers while you’re at it. Who isn’t always ready for a drunken sing-a-long?

There is no specific order to our playlist, that way you can have full control over who wins the top spot!

Enjoy your Australia Day!

 

Playlists: Girl Power

By Taylor Williams

Editors Note by Gabrielle Zgrajewski: In light of recent history, the team of Set Sound would like to show our support for not only the women of the world but all minorities. This playlist is a “Girl Power” playlist to commend the recent women marches that took place all over the world- although especially in America with a whopping 500 cities taking part of the demonstration (Frostenson). With over 3.3 million citizens taking part in what may be the largest U.S. demonstration ever, we wanted to commend this moment in history. 

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For the Womens Marches held around the world we decided to create a play list that would commemorate some of the biggest female artists and influences in music today. They are both inspiring and have something to say. Here is the top 10 tracks of the playlist! Find the whole playlist below!

 

  1. Running At People Exiting- Ecca Vandal
  2. I for an Eye- Waax
  3. Screentime- E^ST
  4. Flesh Without Blood- Grimes
  5. Sex Yeah- Marina and the Diamonds
  6. Hair- Lay Gaga
  7. Brooklyn Baby- Lana Del Rey
  8. In There Somewhere- Halsey
  9. Advice- Kehlani
  10. Adore- Amy Shark

 

Frostenson, Sarah. “The Women’s Marches May Have Been The Largest Demonstration In US History”. Vox. N.p., 2017. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.