Contemporary Classic’s New Music

EACH WEEK, CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC SELECTS THE BEST MUSIC FROM THE WEEK. ALL KILLER. NO FILLER.

  •  Childish Gambino – ‘Summertime Magic’

Childish Gambino has become quite the chameleon. From his early bouncy rap, to funkadelic RnB and now straight-up pop, the Donald Glover project has covered some ground. While ‘Summertime Magic’ – forming half of the Summer Pack – isn’t as ground-breaking as ‘This Is America’ or immediate as ‘Redbone’, it’s a nice, aptly-named little bop. Shame it’s winter in Melbourne.


  • Ty Segall & White Fence – ‘Body Behaviour’

Joy – out this Friday – is one of Vinyl Revival’s most anticipated releases for the remainder of 2018, and ‘Body Behaviour’ proves why. Ty Segall and White Fence show that acoustic guitar can cause a racket and dominate the electric version, as it pierces in and out during the quick burner. It’s a rollicking piece of garage-rock.


  • The Internet – ‘La Di Da’

The Internet’s fourth record, Hive Mind, is the highly anticipated follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Ego Death. ‘La Di Da’, the third instalment of the album, and follows on from ‘Roll’ and ‘Come Over’, with guitars being lent on more than in the band’s previous releases. It’s yet another funky track from the Californian band.


  • Channel Tres – ‘Jet Black’

After announcing an Australian tour last week, house rapper Channel Tres dropped the irresistible ‘Jet Black’. The track begins with gritty percussion and synths but builds into an effortlessly danceable tune thanks to a catchy vocal sample. The Compton native’s debut EP arrives on July 27, including his only other original track, ‘Controller’. Hyped for more.


  • Running Touch – ‘My Hands’

Since 2016, the enigmatic Melbourne artist has been producing catchy electro-pop shrouded in mystique. ‘My Hands’ is Running Touch’s first track this year, and another example of his ability to produce infectious melodies. Leading with cool piano notes, the track forms into a sexy ballad completed through sparing guitar riffs. It’s a freak in the sheets.


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