Asleep In The Machine
Sydney four-piece Bootleg Rascal are real Hottest 100 contenders with their debut album Asleep In The Machine. Dabbling in dub, reggae, roots and hip-hop, it’s hard to categorize them under one genre. The title track is honey to my ear holes, oozing catchy harmonies and sucking you in for multiple listens. However, this isn’t a one track pony with the thumping baseline and reggae groove of ‘Oh I Know’ and the trap style swagger of ‘Head In The Clouds’ -I can’t get enough.
David Bowie. We all have our own interpretation and opinion of the artist he was but one thing everyone can agree on, is there will never be anyone like him. Bowie’s final album Blackstar was intended to be a departing gift left in our world as he moved onto the next. The title track is a cascading soundscape, 10 minutes in length; it’s haunting yet heavenly. While ‘Lazarus’ is morbid, while still a masterpiece – when Bowie sings, ‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’ – goose bumps follow. Giving this any less than five stars would be disrespectful.
Like a Version 11
While I’m not usually a fan of reviewing compilations, Triple J – Like a Version 11 is a must in any on-the-pulse music listener’s collection. The cream of the Oz music crop throw down covers that, in some cases, blow the original out of the water. One Day covering Scribe’s ‘Not Many’ is a definite highlight, practising what they preach; not many (if any) could cover the song like they have. Sticky Fingers, Gang of Youths, Vance Joy, Holy Holy and Mark Ronson rolled into one album. Enough said.
Words by Caleb Sweeting