Contemporary Classic’s New Music Selections


  • 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 collab between Winston Surfshirt and Polographia marries Winston’s smooth RnB-sensible vocals and Polographia’s funky ‘80s-inspired synth-pop.

The collab has been a long time coming. Winston and Polographia first teamed up on the latter’s 2016 single ‘Sly’, before anyone had even heard of Winston Surfshirt. Polographia also supported Winston on their 2017 album tour.

‘Pinned Upon’ isn’t too dissimilar to what Winston and Polographia produce on their individual pursuits. 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 duo consisting of Abbey Hansen and Kyle Setch – have released ‘2B’, the lead single from their debut EP, Myself. Minorfauna have dropped a string of hip-hop influenced singles for a few years now, but ‘2B’ is the strongest so far.

From the outset, ‘2B’ is seriously catchy. Clean hip-hop production jitters below Hansen’s sensual singing, while a vocal sample buoys the track throughout. 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 a new single, the irresistibly infectious ‘Get Out’. The Sydney artist has been teasing a breakout over the last couple of releases and this may well Mickey’s time.

‘Get Out’ recalls the golden age of noughties Australian electronic, think The Presets and Cut Copy. Mickey delivers a raw vocal delivery that comes straight from the heart over what can only be described as a 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 another single – their second of the year – less than a year after their debut album. This new one, ‘Can’t Figure It Out’, takes it up a gear from its predecessor, ‘Do Something About It’.

The hip-hop influence has always been lurking in the shadows of Slum Sociable’s far-reaching music, but now it’s front-and-centre on ‘Can’t Figure It Out’. From the get-go, the percussion is urgent and significant, more so than past releases from the duo. Miller’s vocals are nothing short of outstanding, as per 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 that they’re ever-prolific, releasing the title track of their third album, 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 the band who haven’t stumbled once yet.

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