Homebrew is a long-running PBS program representing independent artists from Australia and New Zealand. Maddy and Kurt genre hop through stacks of new releases and old favourites every Monday afternoon at 3pm.Maddy Mac and Kurt are both really committed to local and Australian music and finding themselves at as many live gigs as possible.
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- Simona Castricum – Supertough feat. M8triachy
Solid, euphoric dance beats that bring the juicy joy, and a most sexy video clip
- Nardean – aux chord
Hot hip-hop from Sydney’s West sung loud and proud, ‘I feel like an aux chord, how I’m fittin all these stereotypes’
- Frank Yamma – Beginning of the Day (Haus Bilal remix)
Frank’s voice is always stunning, and I love the layers in this piece – adding electronic elements, percussion patches, harmonies, field recordings. That might sound busy, but it combines so well.
- Chitra – Leaving
I find myself humming the chorus quite.a.lot. Guitar lines that will waft you off into the sunset.
- Junior Fiction – Same Dream
A great fun slice of power pop – off-kilter guitars, an element of mania, great deep voice.
1. Mystery Guest – Alibi
There’s just something completely mesmerising about Melbourne via Adelaide duo Mystery Guest, and their song Alibi has been swimming around my head since I first heard it in 2019. I caught a live set early on in their live game and was instantly a fan, though I had seen both members play live previously in other killer bands, including Peak Twins and Prefect (formerly Bitch Prefect). Mystery Guest is a unique mix of catchy hooks, hypnotising vocals, danceability and clever production, without any pretension and without things getting too complicated. Their debut album, Octagon City, is flawless. I highly recommend checking out a live set, when that’s a thing again.
- The Native Cats – Run With The Roses
The Native Cats is another duo, and another one that needs to be seen live to completely understand why they’re so incredibly special. I’ve always been a fan of (The Native Cats’ singer and programmer) Chloe Alison Escott’s music, and while my focus is rarely on lyrics when I’m listening to music, she’s one of my all-time favourite lyricists. Again, it’s the simplicity of these songs that is key – it’s not basic, but these two pick a theme and run with it, and I like that a lot. Run With The Roses is off The Native Cats’ latest 7”, Two Creation Myths, which also features the great b-side, Sanremo.
- SuperEgo – Outer Body Stranger feat. Sampa the Great
SuperEgo is a collective of producers, rappers, singers and multi-instrumentalists based in Fremantle, originally making a name for themselves as POW! Negro. They changed their name in 2018 coinciding with a more collaborative approach to themes that the group were expressing through their lyrics and music. Their 7-track EP, Nautilus, is an exceptional debut, but the standout track is Outer Body Stranger, in no small way thanks to the contribution from Sampa the Great. Everything she touches turns to gold.
- NGAIIRE – Boom
NGAIIRE’s singles have always been strong, but for me Boom is timeless. It’s a perfect R n’ B track on par with or better than anything else like it happening around the world right now, and I could easily have this track on a loop for life. Boom makes me really excited to see what she does next. While Boom will be hard to top, I reckon NGAIIRE is only just getting started.
- CB Radio – Time Goes Slow feat. Kahlia Parker
CB Radio, the solo project of Carsten Bruhn, is dropping album-length, home-recorded demos relentlessly via Bandcamp, and it’s a wild ride following the trajectory. His songwriting is succinct and smart, but I can’t go past the contagious belter, Time Goes Slow. Time Goes Slow features Carsten’s partner (and his partner in running Roolette Records) Kahlia Parker, who was on guitar and vocals in much-missed Melbourne 3-piece Girl Germs. I’d love to see this power pop hit machine be the new direction for CB Radio, but I know that he’ll continue to surprise us with future releases, and I’m OK with that.
May 18 – May 31 2020