The mixtape: No Zu, Jackie Onassis, La Yegros, the Church and more

Cut Copy’s Melbourne snapshot; Argentine electro-folklore queen La Yegros; Jackie Onassis’s party music for heartbreak

No Zu – Raw Vis Vision (from Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart)

Melbourne dance floor duo Cut Copy have been teasing out their 80-minute mix Oceans Apart with the release of a couple of choice selections, including this track from musical collective No Zu, called Raw Vis Vision. The full compilation album is out on 11 November, and will take listeners on a guided tour of Melbourne’s dance music scene, opening with disco producer Knightlife and ending with the DJ duo Sleep D. It’s an audio snapshot of where the city’s club life has been going in recent years – or at least Cut Copy’s funky, disco-infused, deep house take on it. The contribution from No Zu, led by Nicolaas Oogjes, is perfect for all the summer days creeping their way onto our calendars – a percussion-filled post-punk jam of house grooves and saxophone.

Captain Planet featuring La Yegros – Que Quiero Volver

Electro-folklore is the most exciting music genre to come out of Argentina since tango, and globe-trotting LA producer Captain Planet has teamed up with one of the queens of the scene – Buenos Aires’ La Yegros – on Que Quiero Volver (I want to go back). In this standout track from Captain Planet’s genre-jumping world music album, Esperanto Slang, La Yegros’s forceful voice weaves its way over Argentinian-style folkloric music that has been given a futuristic, tribal makeover. This is not the first musical collaboration between the pair: Captain Planet remixed the title track on La Yegros’ debut album Viene de Mi and she’s done a stellar job returning the favour.

Jackie Onassis – NSY

Fresh off the back of their tour with Aussie hip hop supergroup One Day, Jackie Onassis (Kai Tan and Raph Dixon) are rolling out some more solo material. This weekend (8 November) they’ll be launching their newest single, NSY, at Goodgod Small Club in Sydney. Kai’s wordplay is as confessional as ever on NSY, and he’s a dynamo on stage, leading you through breakups and comedowns with a drink in hand: “I wake up and it’s early and I think of all the things that you say to me / how you said you liked me more when I worked down the street at that fucking bakery”. Raph’s production feels a bit cheekier on NSY – like he’s winking at the DJ – than the urgent, compressed feel of some of the tracks on Mainline. Here he spins a crunchy effected guitar sample out into a great club banger. No big deal. Chuck it on when you’ve got a broken heart but you still want to party.

Guy Sebastian feat 2 Chainz – Mama Ain’t Proud

Do you remember those teen makeover movies from the 90s? The high school nerd would remove her glasses and let her hair down in one cascading move, the final step in her transformation from ugly duckling to hot bitch. Well circa-2003 Guy Sebastian, winner of Australia’s first season of Idol, was that nerd (albeit, a talented one), with a vague likeness to Princess Fiona from Shrek. Now, we don’t know which LA gangster waved his magic fairy wand over Sebastian, but somewhere in the last couple of years he discovered the joys of male body sculpting, gently drifted away from fundamentalist Christianity, and started collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. This new track blends his signature, uplifting R&B pop vocals with a heavy bass line and the Southern American rap verse of 2 Chainz.

The Church – Pride Before a Fall

The Church frontman Steve Kilbey is fond of referring to his songs as his “children”. Running with that analogy then, Pride Before a Fall must be the teenager who listens to too much Tame Impala, smokes loads of pot, drops out of school, develops a surfing habit and ends up drifting far out to sea before washing up somewhere in the 1980s. As shimmery, psychedelic and slow-burning as any Church classic, Pride Before a Fall is a good gateway track to the band’s 25th studio album, Further/Deeper. Longtime band member Marty Willson-Piper has been replaced by former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, but happily, only a pedant should hear the difference.


Monica Tan, Janine Israel and Adam Brereton

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