Transforming her witty journal ramblings into surreal lyrics and soaring song, Courtney Barnett has gone from Melbourne pub scene darling to frequent flyer. Her self-released poetic strokes 'Avant-Gardner', 'Lance Jnr' and 'History Eraser' echo the greats Patti Smith, Jeff Tweedy and Grant McLennan, and have had festivals, labels and media lining around the block. With over 40 gigs booked over the next four months, we can only assume this unrelenting worker is enjoying herself. Over a virtual coffee, Courtney slipped us this playlist as we discussed her next album, the Milk! Records roster and her vast wardrobe of band t-shirts.
Neneh Cherry has always been one step ahead of the curve - performing in legendary UK post-punk bands, finding pop stardom as an early voice in the rap game, being key to the Bristol trip hop movement arranging Massive Attack's Blue Lines and collaborating with Geoff Barrow pre-Portishead, and recording with Four Tet on Blank Project, her first solo album in 18 years. These were all natural evolutions rather than conscious reinventions, and barely sum up a dent in this empowered woman's illustrious journey. We are blessed to have Neneh play FOR Festival in Croatia with her new ensemble RocketNumberNine. Here she shares ten tracks that influenced her, while discussing family life with Don and Moki Cherry, creativity and Robyn.
This isn't the first time we've confessed our love for Hamilton, Ontario native Jessy Lanza. We've worked her sparkling debut Pull My Hair Back to the bone since it's release last year - the album being a compelling partnership of Jessy's subtle but seeping r'n'b hooks and the pitched down electronics of co-producer, Junior Boy and Roland Tings remixer Jeremy Greenspan.
The good tastes of Cut Copy have recruited her as main support for their current North American tour dates (posted below with our interview and playlist) which kicked off yesterday. We're imaging this cruisy mixtape is her pre-show warm up.
Our favourite Frenchmen Phoenix slipped us a patriotic playlist ahead of their Australia dates this month featuring 80s popstar Lio, contemporary greats Damien and Sébastien Tellier, and a hard to find collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Nico.
Having headlined the most important European and US festivals in 2013, the band's current show is HUGE. A timeless catalogue from cult favourite 'United' right through to the ambitious 'Bankrupt'! Don't miss them play Hordern Pavilion in Sydney tomorrow and Melbourne's Festival Hall on Thursday. Some tickets are still available but not for long.
Temples' accomplished take on psych-pop, glam and folk-rock is in full bloom with their debut album 'Sun Structures', out this week via Heavenly/Fat Possum. Formed in Northamptonshire a mere 18 months ago, the four-piece bonded over a mutual love for The Byrds, Timothy Leary and the films of Kenneth Anger. We were curious to hear where else their good taste led, asking drummer Sam Toms to scribble down a playlist which we then turned into a downloadable mixtape. A walk through the ages from early Floyd through to modern French Ye-Ye gone underground.
As adored gothic-rock turned psych-new wave group The Horrors emerge from their East London studio with album #4 in the bag, keyboardist Tom Furse dives straight back into his record collection to compile this journey. No surprise that these sonic adventurers and musical sponges have immaculate taste, collecting from every record store in every town on tour.
This month The Horrors return to the stage as part of the amazing BBC 6 Music Festival lineup while Furse will also soundtrack visual artist Trevor Jackson's Palindrome installation at ICA. We sat down to discuss both events, recording the new album and an appreciation for Wes Anderson.
Guitar and effects maestro Dave Harrington is well versed in the art of orchestrating arresting soundtracks. Switching from a mournful Nick Drake cover to classical inspired house within the opening minutes, the Darkside member applies his performing musician principles to DJing with this captivating Modcast that pulls you in instantly. He even found a minute to discuss pop song structures vs improvisation and his Olympic pin collection with us below.
Don't miss Harrington and Nicolas Jaar's Darkside perform at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4. Both shows supported by Movement. Tickets are running low and additional dates will not be announced. The Modular released 'Psychic' is now available in Australia via I-Tunes and all good record stores.
As Sydney Festival approaches the final days, its still yet to celebrate one of the program's finest inclusions - Sinkane. The Brooklyn based Sudanese immigrant has clocked serious road miles playing with Yeasayer, Caribou and Of Montreal, and with his very own 4-piece mines a mix of 70s funk, Afrobeat, Sudanese pop and New York indie. His vibrant catalogue is packed with tracks that will make you bounce, including the groovy singles Jeeper Creeper and Running from the DFA-released Mars.
Responsible for taking Beni's Love On The Run / Summer's Gone EP to peak club delirium with his charged remix, Riton is a bit of a hero around these parts. French slang for "Henry", the electronica musician's resume covers all bases from hip-hop roots to krautrock ode Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, the nostalgic house tag-team with the late DJ Medhi Carte Blanche and breakbeat soul of Symphony Hall. This latest mix is an absolute boot-rattler. Get to know everyone's favourite character below.
Calling Matthew Mondanile to the stand - the member of New Jersey guitar pop band Real Estate who also operates solo as Ducktails. Matt is one of Kevin Parker's chosen few having been green lit to dub out hip hop drums on his Mind Mischief remix. Following his latest EP of earnest folkie pop and chillwave Wish Hotel (out now on Domino), he digs through his record collection to deliver this super cool mix. We also speak about life in LA and jumping from 30 ft poles below (including Australian tour dates with Julia Holter!).
Here lies a fine selection of choice musical cuts, prepared and curated by the crew of the good ship Modular and its extended family. Why not subscribe and have all the hard work done for you, while you sit back and let the good times roll? Subscribe now via iTunes (or for you geeks out there here's the direct link).
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