21 November 2021
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Perth’s megaphone fancying hard rock royalty, Electric State, have just launched a new single and video, ‘Fed By The Algorithm’, a searing take down of modern antisocial media that rocks with reason and rolls with righteous outrage. Check out their live show and you’ll know that Electric State are just about the greatest fun you can have in a live venue. Get lucky enough to meet them and you’ll feel the tingle of being in the same room as four people who’ve got…it. Listen to their records and you’ll know that they’re the complete article. So it is with ‘Fed By The Algorithm’, a mountainous cragfest of hard rock, driven by a football-terrace chorus and some of the tastiest drop-tuned guitar licks you’ll hear just about anywhere. We may have tickled their ribs a little in our latest interview with them, but ‘Fed By The Algorithm’ proves that you simply can’t avoid taking Electric State seriously.
We give ‘Fed By The Algorithm’ AFA.
Starting out sounding like the wonky overture to an Eastern European national anthem from a long forgotten Zooropa era U2 outtake, ‘Ease My Mind’, the new single from intercontinental fan-seeking missiles, The Faim, is pure, singalong stadium pop. (Damn it! Chose the wrong album to reference.) Propelled by the snappiest snare you’ll hear this side of anywhere, ‘Ease My Mind’ has a simple chorus that has you singing along immediately and just enough minor-key pandemic angst to ride the global zeitgeist into pole position for song of the year. With songs like this, it’s no wonder The Faim are doing big business wherever they go. They’ve got it and they know how to flaunt it.
We give ‘Ease My Mind’ AFA.
I’m partial to a bit of Aussie hip hop, when it’s done well. It’s the wordplay that draws me in, and the somehow Aussie but not quite Aussie way the producers bust their rhymes. When I first heard that sort of stuff coming out of Sydney and Melbourne way, way back in the day, I was interested but unconvinced. Then I spent a summer listening to The Herd’s ‘77%’ and I was hooked. Perth’s Kruger James is a producer who’s tapping what is a pretty rich bloodline these days, so he’s got a bit to live up to and, with ‘Runner Up’, he takes up the baton like he’s always been on team hip hop. With lines like, I don’t play the game worrying how to win / Losing’s been my best work, I’m proud of it and I love Perth, but could use a change / Some of my best friends have moved away / Big names, with big dreams and big plays / Now who are they?, James proves he’s got what it takes to match it with the best of them. And it’s all laid over a tricksy syncopated beat, augmented with keys that sound like stringhorns and slinks along like a golden summer Sunday afternoon. Yep, with ‘Runner Up’, Kruger James is riding high on the good stuff, making him a contender for pole position. Let’s hope he doesn’t feel like he has to move to Melbourne or, worse still, Adelaide, to take up the crown.
We give ‘Runner Up’ TFA.
The latest single from Aussie popster, Kitty Rae, ‘When Everybody Is Sleeping’, solves the eternal problem of how to navigate a world full of less than desirable humans — live your life while everyone else is asleep! The concept may not win her any Nobel prizes, but as a funky slice of RnB infused pop that would do the likes of Ariana Grande proud, Kitty Rae’s new single is sure to win her new fans and satisfy the hunger of those already with her. Kitty Rae is one to watch and, based on this outing, could just be Australia’s next Kylie in years to come.
We give ‘When Everybody Is Sleeping’ NTBAA.
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