Hello 2016! Last year was a pretty good one when it came to quality Aussie releases, and we have a good feeling that this year will be no different. While there are plenty of great Aussie artists who will be releasing new tunes this year, we’ve singled out the 8 that has us wetting our fanboy/girl pants with excitement.
Excited for a new year of awesome homegrown tunes? So are we, and here are our picks for the 8 Aussie albums that will kick serious ass in 2016.
The Newtown trio have been teasing us for a little over a year, their latest Lay Down playing major part in the froth-fest. There’s a reason for the hype, and their debut Hill’s End is bound to prove once and for all why DMA’s are a force to be reckoned with.
Gang of Youths
Gang of Youths released a stellar debut with The Positions last year. Front man Dave Le’aupepe bore his heart, his soul and a whole lot more on that record. The fact that they’re gearing up for a follow up EP so soon is an exciting one.
Koi Child has to be one of the best finds of 2015. This vibrant seven-piece blend hip-hop and jazz like it was meant to be, front man Shannon exuding the charm and smooth flow any average MC would be envious of. Not to mention that horn section is the life of the party. If their massive single Black Panda is anything to go by, you can expect big things from this debut. Plus, having Kevin Parker on hand as producer is a plus too.
It seems overnight the Australian music community fell in love with Cosima Jaala and her merry band of misfits. It started with the frenetic sounds of My House, and continued with rave reviews of the band’s incredible live shows. What can we expect from their debut album this year? Who can say? All we know it’s gonna be nuts.
Sunbeam Sound Machine
Things have been a bit quiet on the Sunbeam Sound Machine front since the release of his debut Wonderer. Nick Sowersby is a prolific individual, and his debut was one of the best releases of 2014. After some time abroad and a quick appearance at BIGSOUND Sowersby and his band will be preparing to unleash a second round of lush, sonic goodness on our ears. Just lie back and enjoy.
The kings of Mansfield are coming back onto the scene in a big way. The band’s sophomore album Hungry Ghost was a massive hit, thanks in no small part to runaway single Covered in Chrome. Lead single Like Soda sounds pretty good, and we’re hoping the band will continue to build on Hungry Ghost rather than give us the same thing. This may well be the most anticipated release on this list, let’s hope the lads will rise to the occasion.
We won’t lie, we’ve had a massive crush on this enigmatic five-piece since day one. Singles You Know I Love You and Dinosaur City have been nothing short of brilliant, not to mention the latter made it to number 10 in the Happy 100 of 2016.
Psych-rockers The Laurels have teased some pretty big things with their latest single Zodiac K. It’s weird, it’s trippy, and it’s a helluva good time. The band went above and beyond with their attention to detail when recording this LP, so we can tell the Rice Is Nice alumni will have another banger on their hands.