REVIEW // Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1

Calvin Harris’ latest 10-track album Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 is stacked. Like, 19 of the world’s biggest pop stars kinda stacked. Calvin Harris is a robot built by big label executives to act as an anchor, pulling together otherwise potentially strange collaborations to create guaranteed hits. He’s the posterREAD MORE

REVIEW // Allday – Speeding

When did Allday get so dark? Allday to Allnight. Sometimes you get tired of hearing New York rappers endlessly lamenting Brooklyn and the Empire State and West Coast rappers boasting about how great California is. Sometimes you want to hear something a little closer to home. Enter Allday: NorthREAD MORE

REVIEW // Fazerdaze – Morningside

Her story section on Facebook, “Girl in bedroom on guitar”, implies that Fazderdaze is nothing game changing. But this 24-year old solo artist has delivered an album that sounds like it could be from a fitted-out four-piece act. It doesn’t help that Amelia Murray’s chosen artist name of Fazerdaze sounds moreREAD MORE

REVIEW // Cashmere Cat – 9

Falling from such great heights. Does a (cashmere) cat always land on its feet? Following some heavy-hitting collaborations like ‘Trust Nobody’ with Selena Gomez and singles with Ariana Grande, it seemed that Magnus August Høiberg was moving in the direction Diplo took Major Lazer: from grimey clubs to out-and-outREAD MORE

FESTS // SXSW Tour & Photo Diary // Day 6

SXSW’s final day came and went. I don’t know whether it was more bitter or sweet. Lines are an economical essential. In Australia, we have the famous Splendour in the Line, but it really ain’t got nothing on South by South Line. It’s supply and demand. While I feelREAD MORE

FESTS // SXSW Tour & Photo Diary // Day 4

Day four of SXSW. And I’ve learnt that, “A space has opened up that has allowed people who aren’t white males to write about music,” from journalist Chuck Eddy. It’s nice to be acknowledged. Being a Thursday, the main streets are jam-packed with people. It feels like a giantREAD MORE

FESTS // SXSW Tour & Photo Diary // Day 3

There’s no rest for the wicked at SXSW. This is feels. Somewhat ironically I’ve been attending panel discussions in the afternoon on how to get paid to write about music and whether music journalists even matter anymore, all the while simultaneously writing these reviews, and in lieu of seeing musicREAD MORE

FESTS // SXSW Tour & Photo Diary // Day 2

Day two of SXSW and my brain is already crashing. Who knew attending party after party was going to be so much work. Brenmar and Tasha the Amazon – DOTS x VICE Play Beautifully at The Mohawk A somewhat less Vice-esque crowd than what I’m used to seeing is swanning around theREAD MORE