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Six Female Australian Music Producers To Watch

Eves The Behaviour It absolutely baffles me that although Australia has so many channels to support upcoming musicians (eg. festival opportunities, music-dedicated radio stations, music bloggers (hello!) and music magazines/street presses), the music industry is still overwhelmingly male-dominated.

I have been particularly curious as to why the electronic music space hasn’t seen more female producers being given the support and recognition they deserve, so I felt the need to create this little list to bring some very talented ladies that I have come across to the forefront. I was even startled in my research for this just how many amazing female producers I found suggested from overseas (particularly from the UK), yet somehow much fewer here. So please, enjoy, and most of all – spread the word!

1. Eves The Behavior

Ok, so I may have even cheated from the very start of this list – I don’t know if I’d called Eves The Behavior an exclusively electronic producer as her genre certainly touches pop, but her heavy synth sound does generate a very electronic feel. She has synesthesia, seeing colours when she experiences music, which might explain why her tracks are so emotionally charged. She has described her latest track “TV” as being a “dark, murky green”. Have a listen:

 

2. MYAMI

I stumbled across Melbourne singer-songwriter MYAMI on triple j unearthed the other day and was incredibly impressed by the amount of thought that has gone into her track “Soldier”, a collab with producer Wayfarer. It’s subtle, restrained, yet powerful. It’s the only song of hers I can find right now, but if it’s anything to go off, I can say she is certainly destined for big things.

 

3. JOY

You may have heard JOY joining forces with Peking Duk for a Like A Version cover of “Take Me Over” – and if so, you’d know she’s gentle yet controlled in her style. Her original songs are even more beautiful, and with collabs like that under her belt, it’s safe to say we will be hearing a lot more from her in the coming years.

 

4. Alison Wonderland

Of all the lovely ladies on this list, Alison Wonderland is probably the most widely known, with a harder style, and she’s the artist that everyone seems to have an opinion about. But whatever your thoughts are about her, there is no doubt she is making waves and playing with the big fish in the industry – so all the power in the world to you AW. She’s just released her first album, Run, so there are plenty of tracks for you to check out.

 

5. Elizabeth Rose

Last year she was all over the Australian music scene, constantly touring and releasing singles, even doing a trip to the US, but this year it seems she’s been awfully quiet. That being said, she did release this song a couple of weeks ago, so maybe it’s all a sign that she’s got some new big things in the works:

 

6. Airling

After seeing Airling support James Vincent McMorrow, I’m convinced that she’s gonna be a big thing, and when she releases tender collabs with Japanese Wallpaper like “Forces”, you can’t help but love her:

 

Also, if you haven’t checked out Tkay Maidza yet, you’d better go do that.

But this list is by no means exhaustive! Please write back and tell me which female producers you’ve been loving at the moment. Or if you’re an artist wanting to get featured, please do drop us an email at editors.vinylgarden@gmail.com! Happy listening all!

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: Superfriends (Just A Gent remix) by ZHU

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Chilling out while waiting for The Aston Shuffle to come onstage last week at The Oxford Art Factory, Sophie and I made a new, super stylish DJ discovery: Just A Gent.

Sporting a bow tie, moustache and top hat, young gentleman Jacob Grant (aka Just A Gent), can and will drop some serious bass. As if instinctively, the crowd last Friday night bounced along to his infectious beats without a second thought.

Don’t believe me? Just check out THAT DROP on his remix of The Aston Shuffle and Elizabeth Rose’s “Back and Forth”:

 

Lucky for your ears, Just A Gent has just released his new remix yesterday of “Superfriends” by ZHU, and we here at Vinyl Garden dig it big time.

 

By Erin Rooney

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Top Ten Female Artists we’re loving right now

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It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything, and we thought we’d come back with a bang. I’ve noticed my music library looking very male-dominated of late, so decided to put together a big old list of female artists we’re loving at the moment, new and old alike. NB: This list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome suggestions!

10. Class Actress. 

This Brooklyn babe combines guitar and synth to make pop that rocks. Her music is the kind you want in the background of your favourite indie bar while you search for your friends.

 

9. Airling

After supporting James Vincent McMorrow’s shows at the Sydney Opera House, Airling AKA Hannah Shepherd is making waves as a female electronica artist. Her tunes (and her look), are simply ghostly.

 

8. Tiny Ruins

Based in New Zealand, Tiny Ruins started as a solo project by Hollie Fullbrook, but has since seen bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer join the group. They explore simple and beautiful musical moments and make the listener feel at peace.

 

7. Kimbra

Another New Zealander, Kimbra has recently had a bit of a musical turnaround from her usual soulful pop to a more electric sound with her release “90s Music”. I didn’t particularly like it at first, but what can I say – it’s a catchy tune and it grows on you.

 

6. Clare Bowditch

An oldie but a goodie, Clare Bowditch has been prominent on the Australian music scene over radio and through her music, and writes sweet quirky folk tunes. Check out her album The Moon Looked On for a listen to just this.

 

5. Elizabeth Rose

Leaving her mark both locally and overseas, this Sydney gal has brought a unique energy to the electronic genre. One to keep an eye on, expect big things from her in the future.

 

4. Laura Marling 

Hailing from the UK, Marling is another folk songstress creating meaningful and heartfelt music, and at the age of 24 she has already released 4 studio albums. Her debut album Alas I Cannot Swim (2008) earned her a lot of love in Australia and she has been unstoppable ever since!

 

3. MØ

Karen Marie Ørsted is a Danish dame making some powerful pop tunes that throw back to old school influences. Can’t put my finger on it but something about her really reminds me of Grease the musical and makes me want to throw on a prom dress and dance with my sweetheart. 

 

2. St. Vincent

She’s been called the David Bowie of our generation and performed a stunning set for Vivid LIVE this year at the Sydney Opera House that attendees won’t forget. St. Vincent is quirky and has attitude, which makes her a unique addition to this list.

 

1. Cults

I’ve been following Cults for a couple of years and I never get tired of them. Madeline Follin is one of my favourite female frontwomen as she has steered clear of cliché and made a distinctive sound with her voice alongside guitarist Brian Oblivion.

 

Who are your favourites? Drop us a comment below!

By Erin Rooney

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Gig Review: Elizabeth Rose + SAFIA + Fishing

The Oxford Art Factory never fails to provide the perfect balance between intimacy and buzz in a crowd, the ingredients of which make for a great Sydney gig. And the audience was certainly in for a treat on Saturday with solid sets from electronic acts Fishing, SAFIA and Elizabeth Rose.

Starting with a pulled back performance by Fishing, the night took on a very chilled atmosphere as everyone had a beer and a good chat. Their simple, dulcet tones made for some very easy listening, adding a touch of danceable beat occasionally, including a stunning performance of “Choy Lin”.

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SAFIA Tearing It Down

Then Canberra electronic trio SAFIA graced the stage and pulled together a full crowd to experience a tight performance. Whilst it took a moment or two to adjust their mixing mojo and awaken the relaxed audience, SAFIA produced a standout sound, receiving particularly intense reactions from the crowd to their remix of The Aston Shuffle’s “Tear It Down” and their popular single “Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues”. An energetic and tingling cover of James Vincent McMorrow’s “Cavalier” was also just one unexpected trick up their sleeves.

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Elizabeth Rose and her rockin’ light show

Finally, the electric Elizabeth Rose brought her own unique energy to the show with a sporty-stylish getup and her silky smooth tunes. Her echoing vocal effects engaged the crowd as she strutted her stuff with songs such as the catchy “Sensibility” and a fun rendition of Corona’s “Rhythm Of The Night”. Her positive vibes were contagious, naming the gig as the “best one so far” on the tour.

 

Elizabeth Rose is now wrapping up her tour on the west coast of Australia, and you can also catch SAFIA supporting Lorde in her upcoming Australia tour.

By Erin Rooney

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The Aston Shuffle – Photographs Album Release Party

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By now, after about 7 years of being prominent on the Australian house music scene, The Aston Shuffle know how to throw a party. But more specifically, they know how to throw a GREAT party.

Last night’s album launch at The Soda Factory was the result of two years in the making of their new album, Photographs, set to be released tomorrow (Friday 28 March).

Casual, trendy, and with a hint of exclusivity, attendees passed the doors of “Bobby’s Boss Dogs”, through a fridge door to find The Soda Factory bar, a tribute to all that was incredible about the 50’s in America (pin-up girls, suspenders and fried chicken).

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The bar in action

In addition to the past three years since their last album release, The Aston Shuffle made the crowd wait three hours for the show. The suspense was palpable.

When they finally graced the stage, it looked like they would be playing to a tough crowd. People shuffled around and nodded uncertainly to the music as the duo started their set.

But then things started picking up. They got their groove, and their energy became contagious. They had prepared some surprises for the audience along the way including the lovely Elizabeth Rose as a guest performer. Highlights included “Can’t Stop Now” and “Sunrise” picking up the mood in the room and truly demonstrating a complete visual and audio experience. As their final song “Tear It Down” arrived, the audience were greeted with the incredible spectacle of a woman dressed in a disco ball suit.

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Elizabeth Rose making an electric guest appearance

It is evident that The Aston Shuffle have taken their time to make this album a polished, energetic collection of work, every track offering something more than the last. Do not miss out on the chance to listen to what is sure to be an electronic hit. Take a sneak peak of what it has to offer here:

By Erin Rooney

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Electronic Trio SAFIA Drop Rhythm Charged New Track

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Canberra electronic trio SAFIA have just released their new single, “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds” after a successful running in the Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013 with their single “Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues”, coming in at #76.

SAFIA have had a a slight hiatus after the hype from “Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues“, but have come back well with this track, indicating that they still have more tricks up their sleeves.

Darker than their past tunes, “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds” has some really special moments. Particularly noticeable is the intimate nature of Woolner-Kirkham’s vocals, which are maturing over every track released as SAFIA establishes their style. There are some subtle and sweet echoes throughout, and some solid harmonies that grace our ears at highlights.

But as usual, it’s that vibrating synth that is helping to create the signature SAFIA sound. Always present, it’s the heartbeat of the track that keeps everything together as the decorative sounds dance around it.

With a tour in process with Elizabeth Rose and an ever growing following, SAFIA are a group to keep a very close eye on in the emerging Australian electronic scene. Be informed about their latest releases on Soundcloud here.

By Erin Rooney