My Secret Playlist: Càbãnå write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 12 January 2015

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Càbãnå are a 3 piece indie rock band made up of 18 year olds Avi and Nate and their best friend, 17-year-old Gab Strum. Hailing from Melbourne, the trio have been working on their debut EP and recording demo’s in Chet Faker’s studio for the past year. The result is their first release, Done As Dinner. It’s a great introduction to Càbãnå’s sound and will make a brilliant summer song. Check out the band’s musical inspiration.

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My Secret Playlist: Tora write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 12 January 2015

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TORA are one of the local stars of an increasingly internationally-acclaimed electronic music scene in Australia. The boys from Byron Bay have earned their place as one of Australia’s most promising young acts. In October, they returned with Admire, the new single that also heralded the imminent release of their sophomore EP, Eat The Sun. They’ve gained a lot of praise here (winning JJJ unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition for 2014) and abroad for their uniquely luscious electronic soul. Check out the music that has inspired their sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Niko Javan writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Saturday 10 January 2015

Niko Javan is known for his experimental rhythms. Recently making a complete turnaround from his initial old sound, Niko was on the come up in the hip-hop mixtape, trap and bass club scene when he decided to change it up. According to VICE, Niko says about his new songs, ‘They’re kinda loungey. I’m loungey.’ Here’s the songs that influenced Niko’s new ‘loungey’ sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Mid Ayr write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Thursday 8 January 2015

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Mid Ayer, aka Hugh Middleton a 24-year-old Brisbane-based musician, was born out of Middleton’s bedroom. Thanks to the Internet, his songs became instantly popular, reaching thousands of listeners. Since then, Mid Ayr has taken off with a sound best described as somewhere between ethereal and new wave pop. You can listen and download his first single My Mayhem. We asked him to tell us the diverse musical influences that help created Mid Ayr’s unique sound.

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My Secret Playlist: MC from Bloods writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Sunday 4 January 2015

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Sydney’s Bloods present yet another tasty morsel from their debut album, Work It Out, a killer clip for the latest single Penelope. With its stripped back verses, driving bass line and dance beat, Penelope blends Bloods’ penchant for catchy hooks with melt-your-face-off guitar tones. These are the songs that helped influence Bloods’ edgy sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Perth band HamJam write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 15 December 2014

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Hamjam, a garage band hailing from Perth, has a chill, laid-back sound that’s hard not to love. Inhabiting the nation’s backyard music scene, the Hamjam boys released their first self-titled EP on October 10. Check out the first single off it, Love, and the Secret Playlist of musical influences that has helped shape their catchy pop sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Matt Neumann from ScotDrakula writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 8 December 2014

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Melbourne-based trio, ScotDrakula, is blasting the local scene with their grunge, garage tunes. With a new single out, O’Clock, ScotDrakula keep the tambourine steady and the vocals screechy. Frontman, guitarist and vocalist, Matt Neumann penned a list of his favourite songs that influence their sound today.

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My Secret Playlist: Holy Holy write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 1 December 2014

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Holy Holy is the musical collaboration between singer/songwriter Tim Carroll from Brisbane and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson from Melbourne. The duo have a story of serendipity and spontaneity. Meeting as English teachers in Asia, they later recorded their first Holy Holy songs in Europe. Their debut single, Impossible Without You, was soon on rotation on national broadcaster Triple J. Since their success, Holy Holy has now released another single, History. This is the Secret Playlist that influences the duo’s sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Bertie Blackman writes about her favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 24 November 2014

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Bertie Blackman, the eclectic Australian alternative singer/songwriter, is out with a new album this year titled Run For Your Life. Her latest video continues in typical Bertie-style with a clear 80s synth pop aesthetic. Bertie told us what inspires her diverse sound in her Secret Playlist.

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My Secret Playlist: Troye Sivan writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 10 November 2014

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Troye Sivan, South African-Australian singer and actor, became famous for his YouTube channel. Winning a Teen Choice Award for Best Web Collaboration, Troye and Tyler Oakley’s Boyfriend Tag video landed nearly five million views. Although Sivan continues to be a successful YouTuber, his music career is well underway with his first single Happy Little Pill out through Universal/EMI. What inspired the sound of his new album? Check out his Secret Playlist below.

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My Secret Playlist: Golden Features write about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 3 November 2014

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Having created a massive buzz on Soundcloud, and now more recently on Australian radio, Golden Features create dark, electronica music paired with incendiary visuals and a mysterious frontman. Sydney’s ‘masked producer’ has announced a headlining tour in late 2014, traversing three countries. This year, with nearly half a million listens on SoundCloud, Golden Features was nominated as Best Breakthrough Producer at the InTheMix Awards. We got the inside word on what inspires the Golden Features sound in his Secret Playlist below.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Kelpe

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 1 August 2013

With influences ranging from the bleeps and bass of classic Warp artists to the spectral folk of John Renbourn, and the minimalism of Steve Reich to the percussive space-scapes of Do Make Say Think, the diversity of the music that inspires Kelpe finds reflection in his own sonic adventures, informing his ever evolving sound, combining […]

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Ursula 1000

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Ursula 1000 has established himself as one of the top international DJs. After relocating to NYC from Miami in 1998, Gimeno has become synonymous with New York music and lifestyle culture. His remix skills are constantly in demand, reworking tracks from Quincy Jones to Felix da Housecat to The Faint, as well as being asked […]

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Josh Diamond, Gang Gang Dance

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 25 July 2013

Named after the patron saint of outsiders, taboo subject matter, and general disorder, Gang Gang Dance’s 2009 album, Saint Dymphna, is our favourite of their recordings to date. It was a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed, God’s Money, with cinematic production characterised by 1970s Brian Eno intricacy and 2000s Timbaland immediacy. These are the songs that have inspired Gang Gang Dance’s Josh Diamond.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by The B52s

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 25 July 2013

Our favourite retro-hipsters — and the only band to make Hawaiian shirts look at least kinda fashionable — The B52s have been doing it for more than thirty years, and they’re still writing great pop music. And we’re not surprised given the rather old-school Secret Playlist that Kate Pierson [first six songs] and Keith Strickland have assembled below.

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