PBS Radio Festival – ‘Black Wax’s favourite local songs of 2021
Izy – Frantic
I see this as a modern day take on Sly and the Family Stone, with surprising chromatic shifts in the chord changes, a healthy amount of grit in the instrumental tones. The bass and guitar work so well in tandem, hopping around the pocket and keeping the groove restless and insistent. Such a good funk jam.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Get Sun
Is “instant classic” too effusive? Recognisable from the first notes, Hiatus serve up their version of a breezy summer jam, with amazing orchestra additions, and a surreal outro! Absolutely loved this one, and can’t wait to hear it in context of the album.
The Rookies – Jump Monk
The Rookies are going on 7 years of their Wednesday night residency at the Rook’s Return — their synergy is next level. Their new single is an absolutely cracking version of a Mingus tune with an expanded horn section. These are some of Melbourne’s hottest young players — and all total sweethearts too.
Firetail – Aphex
Firetail are one of my favourite local groups, every tune they’ve released is really different. Aphex is a slick future jazz odyssey with blistering synth runs on a bed of breakbeats. It wouldn’t be out of place as action music from the next Tron movie!
Brian El Dorado and the Tuesday People – Alligator Man
Edgy as hell, this is like 3 songs in one. For me it evokes the hard-edged rocky funk of the 90s. It’s one of my favourite vocal performances from Brian, and I love his surrealist lyrics. Killer guitar work from co-writer Kumar Shome in particular, but the whole band is blazing.