Awesome Feeling 5

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Download Awesome Feeling 5 In Its Entirety

Download Awesome Feeling 5 In Its Entirety

For fifth installment of Awesome Feeling, we decided to do things a little differently – over the past month, we’ve uploaded a new track to stream or download each weekday. Now the compilation is sequenced and available to download in its entirety – there’s anthems and obscurities, bangers and ballads, […]

May 30, 2011 × 8 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Spelunks “Relaxed Geometry”

Awesome Feeling 5: Spelunks “Relaxed Geometry”

Don’t be fooled by the song’s title – Spelunks’ ‘Relaxed Geometry’ is decidedly unchill. There’s the shock of the trebly flute/recorder meshing with synths into a keening/eldritch psychedelic swirl like some plastic Alistair Galbraith, atop brisk, clipped beats and a dry, digi-funk bassline, with yearning, nervy vocals buried in the […]

May 28, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Quarks! “Lost In Spin”

Awesome Feeling 5: Quarks! “Lost In Spin”

You get around fifteen seconds to settle into Quarks!’ ‘Lost In Spin’ before a whomping no-nonsense Patrick Cowley/Giorgio Moroder bassline bowls you over, and the song doesn’t let up – it’s the most Boney M an Auckland group’s gotten since North Shore Pony Club’s ‘Sex, Drugs & Drum Machines’, with […]

May 27, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Pseudorobustus “So Toward Our Myth’s Oblivion”

Awesome Feeling 5: Pseudorobustus “So Toward Our Myth’s Oblivion”

‘Towards Our Myth’s Oblivion’ certainly doesn’t lack for ambition – Pseudorobustus’ art-metal prog stew includes ambient piano and ostentatiously symphonic synths, guitar churn and breakneck riffage, drums alternately driving the song and swirling around it, and the vocals include both a haunting female presence and hoarsely ‘-core male ones. The […]

May 26, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Sharpie Crows “Endless Empty Eye”

Awesome Feeling 5: Sharpie Crows “Endless Empty Eye”

Currently operating as a three piece, ‘Endless Empty Eye’ sees the Wellington-via-Melbourne-via-Auckland institution that is Sharpie Crows get slow’n’low, an abrasive mock-pompous strut reminiscent of the Fall’s loungier numbers, and smeared with the sexiest cornet this side of Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti courtesy of Steven Huf (from Melbourne’s Ouch […]

May 25, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Orchestra Of Spheres “Hypersphere”

Awesome Feeling 5: Orchestra Of Spheres “Hypersphere”

There’s very few bands in New Zealand who can rival the visionary mysticism of Wellington’s Orchestra of Spheres (Mos Iocoss, Baba Rossa, Jemi Hemi Mandala, E = MC303 and Zye Soceles). A track like ‘Hypersphere’, off last year’s Nonagonic Now, manages a choppy, catchy groove and a chanted mantra recalling […]

May 23, 2011 × 4 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Nothing To Nobody “Push On”

Awesome Feeling 5: Nothing To Nobody “Push On”

Auckland based duo Nothing To Nobody is the brainchild of Lui Tuiasau and Barnaby Marshall. Their roots are noticeably in hip-hop soul and throughout their music you can hear the influence of Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and CL Smooth and more. Not that their sound is […]

May 21, 2011 × 3 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Las Tetas “Swallow The Key”

Awesome Feeling 5: Las Tetas “Swallow The Key”

‘Swallow The Key’ from Auckland’s Las Tetas shows their knack for insouciant garage/punk/girl-group churn with a harsh guitar/keyboard attack and ragged gang chants. While they haven’t been around for long – they first surfaced with a covers set for a Country Club show late 2010 (they’ve still got songs by […]

May 19, 2011 × 6 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Teen Hygiene “Self Diagnosin’”

Awesome Feeling 5: Teen Hygiene “Self Diagnosin’”

It doesn’t get bleaker or more hilarious than Wellington/Auckland band Teen Hygiene’s “Self Diagnosin’”, an allegedly autobiographical tale of cyberchondria (the song’s opening lines are “I’ve been looking onliiiiiiiine / What will I find?”) that’s perfectly complemented by the barely held-together chaos of their post-hardcore guitar/drums combo – they’ve a […]

May 18, 2011 × 14 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5 – Cool Cult “Tomorrow”

Awesome Feeling 5 – Cool Cult “Tomorrow”

Cool Cult’s ‘Tomorrow’ might open with a quasi-Though Creature riff, but it’s quickly apparent that the young Auckland band’s sympathies lie with shoegaze. They’ve the guitar churn and vocal wash down, but where they depart from the blueprint is with how harsh and abrasive they make it sound – steel […]

May 17, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Onesie “Eric and Dylan”

Awesome Feeling 5: Onesie “Eric and Dylan”

Auckland duo Onesie (made up of Ary Jansen and Catherine Cumming) released their debut album Squirm early last month, and it’s a typically lo-fi and grungy affair which comes book-ended with two especially disheveled tracks, ‘Suds’ and the title track ‘Squirm’. Between the other songs on the album is the […]

May 16, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Moppy “”Big Bad Wolf (feat. Cute Banana)”

Awesome Feeling 5: Moppy “”Big Bad Wolf (feat. Cute Banana)”

‘Big Bad Wolf’ is low-slung, lo-fi bass music made jittery with rave-recalling squeals and sirens, and Cute Banana’s dispassionate girl-next-door delivery bringing to mind both Katy B and Coco Solid – it’s a hypnotic, arresting hybrid unlike anything else in the country. An alias of Thom Burton (Wilberforces et. al), […]

May 13, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Autumn Splendour “Toby”

Awesome Feeling 5: Autumn Splendour “Toby”

Auckland’s Autumn Splendour have carved out a unique niche for themselves in the local music scene – too lean and light on their feet for the post-hardcore/garage-rock bands, and too raw and strident for the chillwave/twee axis. Their songs are scrappy sprints (‘Toby’ clocks in under two minutes) that recall […]

May 11, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Mr. Biscuits “New Song”

Awesome Feeling 5: Mr. Biscuits “New Song”

Dunedin-raised five-piece Mr. Biscuits (made up of Richard Ley-Hamilton, Sarah Ley-Hamilton, Sam Valentine, Adrian Ng and Lee Nicolson) recently spent a couple of weeks at the top of the Radio One top 10 with ‘New Song’, a track simply named since the band couldn’t think of a better one and […]

May 10, 2011 × 0 comments

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Awesome Feeling 5: Mellow Grave “Burn One”

Awesome Feeling 5: Mellow Grave “Burn One”

Beginning as more of a side-project for 1995 members Jordan Puryer and Adrian Bird, Mellow Grave has slowly morphed into something a little more substantial. Call the genre what you will, but the duo incorporates the dense, atmospheric sounds of drone, shoegaze, grimy synthpop and hip-hop in a way that […]

May 9, 2011 × 0 comments