#94 Describing music with words

It’s really hard to do this sometimes. How do you explain that a combination of vibrations makes you feel amazing? That it resonates with something on an emotional level in your brain? Deep right. Portico are one of those bands whose music makes my words feel like sloppy toddler-speak. Such majestic beautifully constructed layered pieces with evocative vocals from Jono McCleery. Ninja Tune are on it with these guys.

A perfect collab from Milwaukee Banks and Rat & Co – one being a a hip-hop / rap duo and the other being electro beats trio. For me it takes a strong beat to bring a hip hop track to life. Lyrics are of course hugely important, but I’m never been one for spitting dry verse.

Sharing my utter love of anything Mikky Ekko lends his mellifluous vocal to. The American James Bay who just so happened to sing with Rhianna on her hit “Stay” last year. He’s just announced his debut album is due next year and this is his teaser single “Time”. Love it.

And when the nights draw in over the Northern Hemisphere, it’s always a good shout to try out the Aussie scene to perk yourself up. Bringing beautiful summer vibes through their music, meet Yon Yonson – whom I’ve discovered on that wonder that is Triple J Uneathed – whose electro indie vibes appeal to fan of Jungle through Willow Beats.

Encapsulating that tropical dance vibe in the way only an AUS citizen can, meet Dugong JR, whose profile reminds me of a surfer version of Bram Stokers Dracula for some reason. Who would have thought that musical jewellery box sounds, dolphin squeaks and rubber duckies could ever be replicated to sound cool? He’s done it. BOOM.

Ah. A bit of what I do best – a bit of good organic garage rock. With elements of punk throughout it’s no surprise these gems come from the musical oasis that is Brisbane – meet WAAX

Not forgetting Sans Parents bring a bopping punk bass line to keep you nodding your head throughout.

Elise x


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