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Music Director Picks

This playlist contains tracks endorsed by community radio Music Directors. Check back regularly to find great music that you might have missed!

Contributors: Amelia Jenner(FBi Radio), Simon Winkler (3RRR), Cameron Dunsford (3PBS), Luke Penman (Radio Adelaide), Gloria Brancatisano (SYN), Chris Cobcroft (4ZZZ), Emily Nicol (Koori Radio), Aeron Clark (Edge Radio) & Will Backler (RTR FM).

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Exhibitionist - Sway     Electronic, Pop 20/04/2018
Exhibitionist is the new project from Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Tickle, one half of noise act Party Dozen and formerly of Brisbane acts Little Scout & The John Steel singers.
'Sway' ebbs and flows throughout, drifting in slowly before erupting in a blast of Exhibitionist's hypnotic vocals alongside thudding percussion. It's a unique track that highlights her pop-sensibilities as well as her interest in working outside the square.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Aeron Clark, Edge, Hobart (TAS)

Leisure Centre - Don't Let Go (with Bec Rigby)     Funk/Soul, RnB, Pop 19/04/2018
Previously The Do Yo Thangs, R&B slow-jammers Leisure Centre are soon to present their debut album, Mind Full, an exceptional addition to the Neo/Digi/Future Soul renaissance happening in their hometown.
Leisure Centre (FKA The Do Yo Thangs) have paired-up with The Harpoons’ singer Bec Rigby on their single ‘Don’t Let Go’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Mind Full’. 'Don’t Let Go’ is a minimal and bass heavy track featuring Drummer/singer/producer Hugh Rabinovici’s emotive lead singing and Bec’s playful, hooky vocals.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Aeron Clark, Edge, Hobart (TAS)

Eliza Hull - Hard Way     Folk, Pop, Rock 18/04/2018
Castlemaine-based indie artist, Eliza Hull, has just announced tour dates and her new single ‘Hard Way’ - produced by Jono Steer (Ainslie Wills, Ali Barter) at New Market Studios, Melbourne.
‘Hard Way’ is an elegant and emotively-driven slice of indie-pop, that draws on learning to move on from a toxic relationship. Taking cues from the likes of Meg Mac, The Jezabels and London Grammar, the track also shines a light on the songstress’ evolution as a musician.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Haiku Hands - Jupiter     Electronic, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop 18/04/2018
With their signature pairing of genre bending songs, synchronised dance moves and high energy production, Haiku Hands is a three piece hailing from Sydney and Melbourne.
Erupting with buoyant beats and jam-packed with attitude, Jupiter is a collaboration with some of Australia’s finest writers and producers, including Joelistics, Jayteehazard and El Gusto (Hermitude).

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Paradise Club - Away     Rock, Atmospheric, Ambience 17/04/2018
With a considered, yet idiosyncratic approach to songwriting, soothing melodies and brutally honest lyrical content, Paradise Club evoke sounds of 90’s mid-west emo, 2000’s indie pop and 80’s new wave.
‘Away’ sees Paradise Club build upon the solid musical groundwork of ‘Saturday Night’, interweaving delicate, warm guitars and comforting, solemn vocals and lyrical content. Touching on the often contradictory nature and tangled nature of modern relationships, Gere Fuss sets about setting a downcast, yet accepting tone across an intricate soundscape.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Blue Velvet - Stay Inside All Day     Rock, Punk, Pop, Garage 13/04/2018
Sydney Indie-Punks Blue Velvet have quickly made a name for themselves amongst the rowdy. Channeling their inner rascal to shape a unique, cacophonous sound.
Blue Velvet have released their single Stay Inside All Day; a rumpus banger about lazy days that Ferris Bueller would surely belt from the top of a parade float.

Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and listen to Blue Velvet once in a while, you could miss it.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Samsaruh - Gunpowder     Rock, Retro, Pop 13/04/2018
Melbourne 19-year-old singer-songwriter Samsaruh stormed into the Australian music scene with stellar debut releases gaining huge radio support including the #1 played track on triple j.
Making her triumphant return, Samsaruh unleashes ominous new single ‘Gunpowder’. Produced by Chris Collins (Tigertown), ‘Gunpowder’ demonstrates songwriting maturity beyond her years and is yet another standout from the young artist.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

WHARVES - High School Hero     Rock 13/04/2018
Hailing from Lennox Head, indie-rock quarter WHARVES have been making waves nationally in their short time together since forming in 2016.
According to the band, ‘High School Hero’ signifies the breaking of chains for the beast that is WHARVES, marking a new direction for the quartet where anything is now possible.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Baker Boy - Mr La Di Da Di     Hip Hop, Rap, Pop 11/04/2018
In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. Raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi, 21 year-old Danzal Baker raps in Yolngu Matha language
Baker Boy's latest cracker single Mr LaDiDaDi boasts finesse and sass with a catchy chorus that grabs you from the get-go. Vibing off Bruno Mars and Baker Boy’s own deadly groove the track reflects on Baker’s two worlds; the calm bush life v’s the new challenges in the urban jungle.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Habits - Raw Shame     Pop, RnB, Electronic 11/04/2018
Described as “going to a yoga class on MDMA”, Habits are undisputably the most intimate, empowering and sweat-inducing live act in Australia.
A haunting piano rework of dark-club single ‘Shame/Desire’, this is an apology for ‘being a piece of human garbage that will never change’ soaked in melancholy. HABITS evoke vulnerability, ‘Raw Shame’ commits it to memory.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Cameron Dunsford, 3PBS, Melbourne (VIC)

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Donny Benét - Love Online     Pop, Electronic 10/04/2018
“D” grade Sydney celebrity, recording artist and relationship guru Donny Benét offers up his new album, The Don, with new single 'Love Online', out now via Dot Dash/Remote Control Records.
Donny indulges us with a video for brand new single 'Love Online' (directed by PAXI).

"Tinder.
Cambridge data mining.
How does dating work in the online world these days?
Who are you seeing? Who are you really hooking up with?
Log in and check out Love Online with Donny.
XXX"

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Amelia Jenner, FBi, Sydney (NSW)

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Jaala - Sames     Rock, Pop, Jazz 10/04/2018
Jaala will massage you in metaphorical ways you never knew you loved. Intricately decorated and lovingly crafted, their music comes from a place of deep focus and care.
'Sames' is the opening track from Jaala's forthcoming record, Joonya Spirit, out Friday 20th April. Cosima describes "It's a song written from the perspective of Pikachu who, to quote HTMLflowers, wants to 'go full Raichu'. Replace the word 'sames' with 'caterpillar' and you're getting pretty close."

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Will Backler, RTR FM, Perth (WA)

Jamilla - Beautiful     Funk/Soul, Pop, RnB, Chill 10/04/2018
With an intense and captivating stage presence and emotive and politically charged lyrics, Perth-based nu-soul/RnB singer/producer Jamilla expresses her appreciation for human vulnerability and invites you to experience hers.
Rendered deceptively melancholic by its delicate vocal layers, beach soundscapes and wistful guitar, 'Beautiful' is the totally self-produced slinky manifesto of that powerful outer shell worn on new romantic encounters, taken to its emotionally destructive ends on a tide of percussive clicks and quivering assuredness.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Will Backler, RTR FM, Perth (WA)

RAAVE TAPES - SUDS     Rock, Dance 10/04/2018
RAAVE TAPES is a dance-punk three-piece from Newcastle.
SUDS addresses the belief that intoxication isn’t an acceptable excuse for poor behaviour. “We want to encourage the listener to call out this conduct, even if the culprit is a close friend. To put it bluntly - don’t be a d**khead,” says singer/guitarist Joab Eastley of the track.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Rebel Yell - STAINS     Electronic 10/04/2018
Grace Stevenson AKA Rebel Yell has released her second single 'Stains' from upcoming debut album 'Hired Muscle'.
The song is about how hard it is to scrub away the lasting effects of someone mistreating you and push forward with the memories of that.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Amelia Jenner, FBi, Sydney (NSW)

She Shinjuku - Future Echoes     Electronic, Rock, Pop, Dance 10/04/2018
She Shinjuku is Kara Jayne and Jackson Freud, in collaboration with Neil McLellan - it's conceptual art meets rock and dark disco.
Future Echoes is all about surrendering to the moment, finding yourself in a foreign place or time, having no idea what’s happening around you, but letting yourself be sucked into the energy surrounding you and giving yourself over to all you can’t control.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

Other tracks by She Shinjuku:  Supersonic
Susie Scurry - The Elvis Hour     Country, Alternative Country, Folk 06/04/2018
In the spirit of golden-old classic standards, Susie Scurry's songwriting is clear and precise, original and familiar, honest and romantic.
Telling the story of an hourly program on the dusty end of the AM dial, 'The Elvis Hour' is a homage to the legend and lonely existence of ‘The King of Rock n' Roll’. Susie's voice croons over an old-school, toe-tapping score of lap steel sighs, bass, percussion and strings.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Cameron Dunsford, 3PBS, Melbourne (VIC)

West Thebarton - Stuck On You     Rock, Punk, Garage 06/04/2018
A seven-headed garage-rock hydra from Adelaide, SA. Led by charismatic leader figure, gravel-voiced frontman Reverend Ray, West Theb's has catapulted into bars, bills and best of lists.
Stuck On You is the third single to be lifted from West Thebarton’s forthcoming debut, Different Beings Being Different. May we suggest you stop everything and check it out, pronto. It's a gritty, soul-filled rock’n’roll party.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Gloria Brancatisano, SYN, Melbourne (VIC)

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El Tee - Hold On     Rock, Folk 05/04/2018
El Tee is an American born solo musician based in Melbourne. Growing up in the punk scene, she applies a foundational grit, delivering songs via reverberated melodies and emotionally-steered lyrics.
Full band, simple repetitive guitar progression to allow the build of lyrics/melodies to shine through. Hook and build comes at 1:00;1:12.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Simon Winkler, 3RRR, Melbourne (VIC)

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Other tracks by El Tee:  Inside
Harmony - Fatal Flaw     Rock, Blues, Atmospheric, Grunge 05/04/2018
Melbourne's HARMONY have awoken from a deep slumber and come bearing new music; announcing their new single, "Fatal Flaw"; their first since 2014's Carpetbombing.
'Fatal Flaw' is glorious hi-fidelity, recorded in a community hall and refined to diamond life.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Aeron Clark, Edge, Hobart (TAS)

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Other tracks by Harmony:  Daisy Cutter