Playlists

Vacations

Guest Playlist: Vacations share the inspiration behind their new album Forever in Bloom

September 24, 2020

It’s been two years since Newcastle indie pop quartet Vacations released their debut album. Now, the group have returned with their latest LP Forever in Bloom. The tracks on Forever in Bloom are full of bright synths, dreamy guitars and punchy drums, creating a danceable groove that is consistent for the duration of the album. […]

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The ultimate ’90s R&B playlist: From D’Angelo to TLC

September 7, 2020

Running the gamut of emotions that fuelled R&B in the ’90s, The AU Review’s “Hip Hop and R&B Retrospective” playlist has turned away from 100 greatest songs by women in hip hop and turned attention to rap’s silkier, smoother cousin. From Janet Jackson and SWV to Maxwell and 112; Brandy and Monica to Usher and […]

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Guest Playlist: Georgia Mae imparts the meaning behind her songs

September 3, 2020

Penning her first song at the age of four, Queenslander Georgia Mae, is no stranger to the art of songwriting. Mae has amassed an incredible repertoire of experience in the past years. Her keen songwriting skills earned her a scholarship at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a degree in Music Technology. […]

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Guest Playlist: Gretta Ziller shares the inspiration behind her new single “Unlikely Believer”

September 1, 2020

Melbourne songwriter Gretta Ziller has released her first song of 2020 with her latest single “Unlikely Believer”. The track bears an optimistic look on life, stridently led by Ziller’s heartfelt songwriting. To reflect the personal nature of the song, the music video for “Unlikely Believer” sees Ziller with her live band performing in a desolate […]

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Playlist: Revisiting the Best Songs of 2011

August 26, 2020

As we continue to reflect back on the last decade of music, join us as we revisit 2011. We’ve taken the songs from our top 40 tracks of 2011 poll – as voted for by our contributors almost a decade ago – and curated a ripper playlist on Spotify. Gotye and Kimbra topped the list […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

This new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla EP is a viking symphony

August 8, 2020

Ubisoft has released a second EP of select tracks from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The EP, called The Ravens Saga, features music from composers Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and two originals by Einar Selvik. Packed full of hard-edged strings, thunderous percussion and strident, chanting choirs, it is every inch a viking symphony. Kyd is […]

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Playlist: Revisiting The Best Songs of 2010

August 6, 2020

As Arcade Fire celebrate the tenth anniversary of their groundbreaking and Grammy award winning album The Suburbs, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and revisit our favourite tracks from 2010, with this new playlist on Spotify. Regine and Win from the Canadian band have shared a video of them performing a track […]

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New Spotify Playlist: 100 tracks we “Stumbled Upon” between 2014 and 2016

July 30, 2020

Stumbled Upon was a series of new music discovery, established by Kat Hunter on the AU review in 2014. It ran 116 installments between then and 2016, with then Editor-in-Chief Sosefina Fuamoli taking over from Kat in the final year. Along the way we discovered acts like Serina Pech (pictured), IV League, Harrison Storm, Slumberhaze […]

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Oracle Sisters

Guest Playlist: Oracle Sisters (FRA) reveal the tracks that influenced their debut EP Paris I

July 23, 2020

Parisian trio Oracle Sisters released their debut EP, Paris I earlier this month via New York independent label 22Twenty. Mixed by Noah Georgesen (The Strokes, Marlon Williams), the EP is an ode to their adoptive home and its imagined futures. Over the past twelve months, in the build up to the EP’s release, the band have worked to build […]

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Best female rappers

100 of the greatest songs by women in hip hop

July 23, 2020

It opens with Erykah Badu rhyming over a beatbox from Rahzel, and closes with Missy Elliot threatening to slap you right across your melon. We’ve put together a 100-deep playlist for this month’s Hip Hop and R&B Retrospective, celebrating women in rap by spotlighting some of our favourites from the 80’s (Roxanne Shante, Queen Latifah, […]

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Audio Settings: Songs to prepare you for Ghost of Tsushima

July 14, 2020

Ghost of Tsushima marks the end of an era. It is the final first-party exclusive for the PlayStation 4, which is both bittersweet and hard to believe. Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world samurai adventure developed by Sucker Punch. It recalls the drama and majesty of Kurosawa in full flight, putting players in the shoes […]

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Last Cigarette

Guest Playlist: Melody Moko shares the songs that influenced new single “Last Cigarette”

July 9, 2020

Brisbane-based Americana singer-songwriter Melody Moko releases her new single, “Last Cigarette” this Friday July 10th. The single is taken from her forthcoming second album, which Moko recorded last year in Nashville, TN with acclaimed producer Neilson Hubbard, following a successful US tour with Catherine Britt.  Melody released her debut album, The Wreckage in 2017. Since then, she’s […]

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Three new Hip Hop playlists to help you explore the rich history of the culture

June 25, 2020

The AU Review has always been about connecting readers with the best of arts, entertainment and culture. From music and books to travel and food, for more than a decade now the website has been dedicated entirely to discovery and re-discovery, celebrating the best experiences from around the world. To further that, we continue to […]

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Joshua Moriarty

Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Joshua Moriarty’s new single “Isolation”

June 18, 2020

Melbourne songwriter, composer and podcast host Joshua Moriarty has returned with his new single, the aptly titled “Isolation”.  The Miami Horror frontman wrote and recorded the song in 2019, working with the ARIA nominated producer Tony Buchen, in LA. The single forms part of Moriarty’s third record Melancholia, which is set to be released later […]

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Guest Playlist: Marco gives us his isolation anthems

May 20, 2020

It’s been a couple of weeks since Brisbane’s Marco dropped latest single “Only Want You“, a dreamy slice of low-fi indie pop, perfect for fans of Shawn Mendes and Frank Ocean. Stripped back production gives Marco’s gorgeous vocals a real opportunity to shine, and though he’s never been one to reveal the true inspo behind […]

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Guest Playlist: Bloods reveal the tracks behind upcoming EP Seattle

May 14, 2020

Inspired by and recorded in the city of the same name, Seattle is the upcoming EP from Sydney garage-pop-punkers Bloods. Fronted by Marihuzka Cornelius/MC, and with Dirk Jonker on drums, and Mike Morgan providing guitar, bass and backing vocals, the trio’s latest is a love letter to 90s rock and iconic turn of the century […]

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Guest Playlist: Riley Pearce reveals the songs that inspired new single “Ceramic Real Estate”

May 9, 2020

  Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce returned with his new single “Ceramic Real Estate” this week. The track serves as an introduction to his forthcoming EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off, which is out in September.  Recorded at Debaser Studios with Andy Lawson and with additional recording by fellow alt-folk artist Hayden Calnin, “Ceramic Real […]

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SXSW 2020 – The One That Never Was: What Happened In Austin & 7 Artists I Wish We Saw

May 8, 2020

Every year in March, myself and a close band of music colleagues and friends from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the iconic new music and discovery festival South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. This year was set to be no different, and I was buzzing and more prepared than ever, having […]

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Guest Playlist: Michael Dunstan reveals the music that inspired new single “Smoulder or Ignite”

February 14, 2020

Two weeks ahead of his debut album release, Michael Dunstan has dropped his latest single, “Smoulder or Ignite“. As well as being our final glimpse of the upcoming In The Grand Scheme, it’s also a cracking folk tune. In support of the album’s launch, the Wheatbelt folk singer has also revealed details of a huge […]

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The 40 Best Australian Songs of 2019

January 20, 2020

With the Hottest 100 voting closing today, we thought we’d take our annual look back on the best songs of 2019. And should you still have to vote, we wanted to give you some ideas on some great local music to consider including in your top ten. We’ve put the 40 songs together in a […]

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Re-Discovery: 40 of the best songs from the last decade you need back in your life

December 20, 2019

We’re excited to introduce a new Spotify playlist, designed to take you down memory lane, looking at a selection of songs that you might have forgotten about, or missed when they were first released. Our first Re-Discovery playlist looks at the last decade, taking you through some of the best music between 2010 and 2019. […]

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Guest Playlist: Wollongong rockers The Vanns talk us through the tracks that inspired debut album Through The Walls

October 2, 2019

On October 25th, The Vanns will drop their debut album, Through The Walls. The guys were keen to share the tracks that helped bring the much anticipated release to life, so we invited frontman Jimmy Vann to curate a guest playlist for you all! But before we get to all that juicy stuff (including a handy […]

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12 Janet Jackson songs we NEED to hear at “RNB Fridays Live”

August 18, 2019

Not be an entitled crazed fan or anything, but Janet Jackson kind of needs to play the following songs when she headlines the just-announced RNB Fridays Live in November. The annual festival, which always manages to craft heavily nostalgic line-ups of hip hop and R&B, will be headlined by the iconic artist who hasn’t performed […]

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Guest Playlist: Singer-songwriter Eliott takes us through her top ten female artists

July 4, 2019

With debut EP Bold Enough already out in the wild, and fresh from supporting the likes of Matt Corby and OK Moon, Melbourne singer-songwriter Eliott is already having a killer year. Now she’s getting ready to strike out on her own, with headline spots in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Ahead of the first show at […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Angharad Drake’s new single “Start Again”

June 13, 2019

This week has seen Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter and musician Angharad Drake drop her new single “Start Again”, her first since the release of her debut album Ghost in 2017, and since becoming a mother.  On “Start Again”, Drake has returned to a more stripped back style of making music, erring towards the intimate and natural. […]

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Guest Playlist: Sydney-based artist BOLEYN shares the queer and LGBT+ artists dominating his playlists

June 12, 2019

Sydney-based queer-pop artist BOLEYN dropped his sophomore single, “Re: 21”, yesterday. Produced and mixed by Clockwork Odyssey at their studios in Kings Cross, the single sees BOLEYN challenging the generalisations that surround life in your twenties, with each of the verses dealing with a specific anxiety: alcohol, mental health, drugs, the hook-up culture and more. […]

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Guest Playlist: Sydney artist East Denistone’s favourite tracks of 2019 (so far)

May 22, 2019

Earlier this month Sydney singer-songwriter East Denistone dropped his new single “River”, his second for the year, and a fitting continuation of the indie sounds presented on its predecessor “Amongst Taller Trees”.  From its dramatic and evocative prelude through to its conclusion, “River” aptly displays the Sydney artist’s rich lyricism and commanding and strong vocal […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Oly Sherman’s new single “Bones”

May 15, 2019

Last week saw Sydney indie folk singer-songwriter Oly Sherman drop his captivating new single,  “Bones”. Produced by Sherman, alongside Daniel Natoli (Once Around Saturn, Georgia Eyes), the single is well positioned to capitalise on the recent resurgence of indie folk in Australia; a resurgence spearheaded by the likes of Ziggy Alberts, Matt Corby, Riley Pearce and others.  Bright […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that inspired Jackson Carroll’s “Holy Hell”

April 17, 2019

Sydney singer-songwriter Jackson Carroll dropped his sublime debut single, “Holy Hell” last Friday. The single is the first taste of Carroll’s forthcoming EP, and if the rest comes anywhere close to this single then we’re in for a treat. The single was recorded at Sydney’s Noisegate Studios, with Luke Carra (Caravana Sun) and Ian Pritchett […]

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The Top 5: Tunes of Maroon 5

February 11, 2019

Maroon 5 has been a staple sound on commercial airwaves since ‘94. Despite the Internet’s divisive reactions to their recent Super Bowl 2019 halftime performance, there is no doubt that this band has played a pivotal part in shaping many musical upbringings. As a gesture of appreciation, we’ve dwindled down an extensive list of hits […]

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