Harvey Sutherland: Neurotic Funk, Melbourne, Australia
Self-described “neurotic funk.” Others might call it Britpop. At least this sounds like funk. Watch out for those sharks behind you. “Harvey Sutherland works and lives on Kulin Nation land. Respect is paid to the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people and their elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty never ceded.” Bandcamp. –HN
Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty: Jazz, Toronto, Ontario
BADBADNOTGOOD, expanded. “Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty – best known for their roles within pioneering jazz band, BADBADNOTGOOD – present their collaborative album, Visions, a sublime combination of modern jazz, impressionist classical music, and Arthur Verocai-esque arrangements.” Bandcamp. –HN
Max Attack: Beats, Sydney, Australia
Cool low-fi like beats, cinematic and ready for the show. J Dilla fans, heads up. “I make beats.” Bandcamp. –HN
Shopvac: Punk Rock, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian punk rock a la Cloud Nothings for the win. “Recorded, mixed and mastered 2019 by Sean Pearson at Boxcar Sound in Hamilton, Ontario. All songs by Shopvac. Artwork by Lacasa.cauce. Bust Never Sleeps 002.” Bandcamp. –HN
doin’ fine: Electronic, Sydney, Australia
Anytime I miss early Beck, I then hear someone like doin’ fine and realize weird and good music is alive and well. Sample funk. “TEEN MILF PRIDE FLAG is my second album, and my most personal work to date. I spent over a year creating all these songs, and I hope u like what i made!! :3” Bandcamp. SoundCloud. Other Streaming Services. –HN
Wukong the Monkey King: For Fans of King Lizard & The Gizzard Lizzard
Wukong the Monkey King is a five-piece fusion band based in Auckland, New Zealand that could be the more mellow spiritual sibling to Australia’s King Lizard & The Gizzard Lizzard. The music is all over the place, in the best way possible; jazzy freakouts, spoken word interludes, actual bass playing, those drums – all excellent. “Ode to Keen” is the most fun and “Blue Ball” is my favorite for being straight up soul. Check out more via their website.
Mariam Sawires: Arabic-Infused Jazz & Neo-Soul
“Sick of being tied to you / and I don’t even talk to you” is such a killer line. This and the rest of Mariam Sawires‘ beautiful singing elevates to something special when she switches from jazz lounge to Roots-like R&B that gradually crescendos into a climax colorful like the album cover. And this is just on one song – the rest of the album travels through different peaks and valleys of moods, all done well and all making me very excited for what Sawires has in store for us in the future.
“Egyptian, born in Australia into a worldly, nomadic family of musicians artists originating in desert sands to urban landscapes worldwide. Mariam’s youth was inspired by the sweet lyrical high-pitched melodies of traditional Arabic songs, the rhythms created from the clay Darbuka of her father. Bringing her flavor of Arabic/Northern African infused Jazz/ NuSoul to Europe, Africa, USA, and Asia.”
Phil From Accounting: a special project from yours truly
If it seems like my recent posts have been getting shorter, there’s a reason: I’ve been busying recording music with my band! I play guitar in Phil From Accounting. We’re a punk-rock trio where we all sing and write songs together. We just released our first single, “Carrie,” last week, which you can listen to below.
Our debut EP will be out next month. Stay tuned!
From our Bandcamp:
“‘Carrie’ from ‘If You’re Reading This, Please Call Mom,’ out September 2017. Released August 18, 2017. Written by PFA. Brady Gerber: guitar, vocals. Amanda Webster: bass, vocals. Jamie Williams: drums, vocals. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Oliver Ignatius at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY. Logo by Scott Carr.”