Triple J may constantly be ruffling the feathers of many Australian radio listeners in terms of playlists and shows, but there’s no doubt that they’ve remained one of the leaders in bringing new international flavours to Australia before other broadcasters and also boosting the exposure of our own local talent. Saturday night’s House Party show, hosted by Nina Las Vegas has always been entertaining as a well of preparing oneself for the weekend, but also in showcasing the best of what the station has on rotation at the moment, as well as classics and completely new material. In a genius move, Triple J released their first House Party compilation album and I decided to take on the oh-so-difficult task of reviewing two discs of party jams. Woe.
The compilation covers most genres – it’s not solely a collection of electro and house tracks, but there’s an equal amount of classic hip-hop, new rap and popular Triple J hits involved. Las Vegas is a notorious party starter, so it’s no surprise that there aren’t many moments where you’re left feeling bored. Those who listen to Triple J regularly will get their kicks out of tracks including Knife Party’s “Internet Friends” and Miike Snow’s “Paddling Out”, but I found some great moments of music in Gerling’s “Dust Me Selecta” and LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”. As a debut compilation to come out of the Las Vegas’/House Party camp, it’s a great record; perfect for house parties, road trips and everything in between. There’s an awesome mix up of swag and house beats with the inclusion of deep bass and classic hip-hop, but for those indie fans who constantly jones for music coming out of the UK and America, Las Vegas includes Django Django, Electric Guest and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to satisfy. There are some moments near the end of the second disc where the mixing could have been smoother (“Naïve Bravado”/”Get Ur Freak On”), but overall, it’s a great record to party on to.
Reviewer Score: 7.5 out of 10