The Weeklys | June 18th
Vinyl Revival's Weeklys
POLOSHIRT – ‘Pinned Upon’
After being announced on Listen Out’s line-up and playing Curveball festival over the weekend, POLOSHIRT have finally released their debut track, ‘Pinned Upon’. The collaboration between Winston Surfshirt and Polographia marries the sensibility of Winston’s smooth RnB vocals with Polographia’s funky ‘80s-inspired synth-pop.
The collab has been a long time coming. Winston first teamed up with Polographia on the 2016 single ‘Sly’, well before anyone had even heard of Winston Surfshirt.
‘Pinned Upon’ isn’t too dissimilar to what Winston and Polographia produce individually. However, the production has more of an electronic edge compared to Winston’s tracks. ‘Pinned Upon’ is a glorious piece of synth-funk that could easily soundtrack a Simpsonswave video.
Minorfauna – ‘2B’
Minorfauna – the Abbey Hansen and Kyle Setch duo – have released ‘2B’, the lead single from their debut EP, Myself. Fore years now Minorfauna have dropped a string of hip-hop influenced singles, but ‘2B’ is the strongest to date.
From the outset, ‘2B’ is seriously catchy. Clean hip-hop production jitters below Hansen’s sensual singing, while a vocal sample buoys the track. It’s a very fine first taste of a debut EP and I’m pumped to see what this Melbourne duo produces in the future. Big things to come.
Mickey Kojak – ‘Get Out’
After two EPs in as many years, Mickey Kojak has returned with his irresistibly infectious new single, ‘Get Out’. Over the last couple of years the Sydney artist has been teasing a breakout and this may well be Mickey’s time.
‘Get Out’ recalls the golden age of noughties Australian electronic (think The Presets and Cut Copy). Mickey offers a straight-from-the-heart raw vocal delivery over what can only be described as joyful instrumentation with perfect drum fills.
“The catalyst for Get Out was the struggles of being in a long-term relationship that isn’t working, realising that the easiest option to resolving a problem isn’t always the best option,” Mickey said of the track.
Slum Sociable – ‘Can’t Figure It Out’
Surprise! Melbourne’s Slum Sociable have dropped yet another new single less than 12 months after their 2017 self titled debut album. The latest, ‘Can’t Figure It Out’, shifts up a gear over predecessor, ‘Do Something About It’.
A hip-hop influence has always been lurking in the shadows of Slum Sociable’s broad musical reach but now it’s front-and-centre. From the get-go the percussion is both urgent and significant, much more so than past releases. And Miller’s vocals are nothing short of outstanding, as usual.
"The song itself speaks to the frustrated stagnant part of you, when you think you have an idea of how to move forward but the plan isn’t 100% there yet," Miller says of the track.
ORB – ‘Space Between The Planets’
Flightless signees ORB are proving their ever-prolific chops by dropping the title track to their third successive album in as many years, Space Between The Planets. The new album follows 2016’s Birth and 2017’s Naturality.
Beginning with the sound of cosmic synth, you’d be silly to think that ORB are going down some trippy sci-fi synth rabbit-hole. Instead, those familiar fuzzy guitars kick in and ORB’s bad-ass brand of heavy psych/prog-rock.
‘Space Between The Planets’ isn’t necessarily anything new from ORB, but the track is another consistent offering from a band who’ve yet to stumble.