So, as you will know if you read last month’s column, I'm back as resident DJ at JJ's once again and it's been great to have met some readers and have some really positive feedback regarding the releases I featured in the April issue. This is what this column is about, featuring new music that would not normally come to the attention of many on our little island, with the occasional nod to something that's about to hit the mainstream that excites me, so thank you!
As my featured album, I've got another gem for you this month. Again it comes from my favourite hangout on the web, Bandcamp. Certainly released at the right time for the positive change in our local weather, Sounds for the Reef has been my on car soundtrack for the past couple of weeks, windows down with that warm breeze flying by. Sounds for the Reef is a compilation featuring various artists who have all donated fresh tracks to raise money for Straightup, a project organised by the Australian Marine Conservation Society and WWF Australia to raise awareness and funds against proposed dredging and dumping in many of the nation’s reefs. More about this cause can be found at the link below.
Anyway, about the music – there’s 21 great tracks on offer here, all capturing that broken beat, jazz funk and reggae summer vibe perfectly from a diverse selection of mostly Australian artists. Missy Higgins being the one that led me to this album in the first place, with a gorgeous new track ‘World Gone Mad’. I’m also digging New Zealanders Fat Freddy’s Drop with ‘Mother Mother’, Frootful featuring Angeline Morrison with an incredible jazz-funk track 'Fish in the Sea'. and Declan Kelly featuring Emma Donovan with ‘The Dead Heart’, a dreamy dub reggae jam being one of my current favourites. Really, if I had the space I could say something positive about the majority of tracks here and would love to send you all a copy, but as it's a charity release I won't offer! Instead go and grab a copy in any format you wish for a mere BD3.5.
Another one from Bandcamp that caught my attention this month is in fact a freebie (well, name your own price) release. IMPO & the Tents are a Swedish punk band who describe themselves as ‘ridiculous rock', which on a first listen to this, you can't really disagree. All the 7’ on a Tape is a great little compilation of all their previous releases, comprising of 16 fast and furious pop punk songs lasting between a minute or two each. If the Ramones or Toy Dolls are up your street, this is great fun. Did I say it’s available for free, as well?
As usual, a quick round up of the tracks that have been going down well in my sets, and that should be available to purchase by the time you read this. Shaping up to be the hit of the summer is the new Calvin Harris track, craftily entitled 'Summer'. A great little track by Mr Probz 'Waves' is another that will be a regular feature on the radio soon enough. Indiana's 'Solo Dancing' has been remixed by Chris Lake and that is shaping up to be huge, and finally Duck Sauce return with another bout of disco sampling madness, this time called 'NRG'.
That's it for now. I look forward to seeing you on the dance floor at JJ’s, and be sure to come and request a track and say hi. As always, you can find links to the mentioned releases on my Facebook page, and download a fresh DJ mix every month. Hope you enjoy the music.