Mojo Juju's latest anthem is both vulnerable and defiant
My calls for Double J to add J. Masics’ karaoke version of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ ‘Don't Do Me Like That’ to the playlist fell on deaf ears last week.
Thankfully we still have ten absolute belters to get acquainted with. Make sure you’re subscribed to our Spotify playlist so you don’t miss out on the week’s best tracks, every darn week.
Mojo Juju – ‘Native Tongue’
One of the year’s most affecting songs, without doubt. Mojo Juju lays it all on the line in the deeply personal ‘Native Tongue’
The haunting strains of the Pasefika Vitoria Choir and the sparse beat from Joelistics are powerful on their own. But, they are nothing compared to Mojo’s potent vocal. She’s both vulnerable and defiant as she sings frankly about her background and her place in the world right now.
“I think it’s a song for anyone who has ever felt like they are stuck between two worlds, struggling to find a place in either,” she said in a statement.
Just listen to the song. And watch the brilliant video while you’re at it.
Her third album, Native Tongue, will be out on Friday 24 August.
Oetha – ‘Sista Girl’
The production feels like its straight from the classic era of 90s R&B and hip hop, but ‘Sista Girl’ by new Aussie hip hop supergroup Oetha couldn’t be more 2018 in its message. Lady Lash, Miss Hood and Dizzy D are standing up and telling the world that Indigenous women have just as much to offer to the world of hip hop as their male counterparts. Following last week’s hugely inspiring NAIDOC week, this song couldn’t have come at a better time. This is a very auspicious beginning and we’re already fired up to hear more.
Trevor Powers – ‘Ache’
Trevor Powers is perhaps better known under his nom de plume of Youth Lagoon, which he retired a couple of years back. This new track ‘Ache’ is a dramatic, immediately affecting piece of art. He blends both melodic and intense sonic elements to produce a kind of pop music that is both familiar and like nothing else we’ve ever heard. It’s packed with exciting ideas and occasional detours and provides thrilling listening for its entirety.
Georgia Anne Muldrow – ‘Overload’
One of the most underrated vocalists in modern soul returns with another cut of electro R&B that feels akin to a four-minute psychedelic exploration. Georgia Anne Muldrow’s vocal provides a glorious anchor to the track’s spacey production and it all works together so perfectly.
Hilltop Hoods – ‘Clark Griswold’ (Ft. Adrian Eagle)
Adelaide’s favourite sons Hilltop Hoods return with their first new music in quite some time. ‘Clark Griswold’ is a soulful throwback, thanks to brassy production and a killer vocal from fellow Adelaidean Adrian Eagle. The song packs a powerful message too, as the group use this chance to talk about becoming a better man.
“’Clark Griswold' is a song about becoming a father and taking account of our weaknesses as a result. On a basic level it's about being a flawed person that's trying to do better,” they said in a statement.
It means a lot to hear guys with this kinda clout using their platform for good.
No word as to whether it’ll be part of a new album. But, come on, we know there’s something cooking in the Hilltops’ kitchen.
Big Red Machine – ‘Hymnostic’
No, I’ve never heard of Big Red Machine either. But I certainly know of its members, and so do you. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) give us the kind of high-class fare that we expect of them, proving that they might, in fact, be too talented. That soaring, soulful vocal from Vernon should be illegal, it really is that good. A small part of me wants a project like this, something so clearly destined to be brilliant, to completely fall flat. Consider this absolute stunner both Vernon and Dessner raising their middle fingers in my direction.
Miya Folick – ‘Stock Image’
Pulsing synthpop with a formidable lead vocal from Californian artists Miya Folick. Beautiful and powerful all at once. She’s released a couple of great EPs so far, here’s hoping we’ll hear something more substantial from her really soon.
The Paper Kites – ‘Deep Burn Blue’
Some bands just know how to make music that is slick, but also has a lot of heart. The Paper Kites are one of those bands. ‘Deep Burn Blue’ is the latest in a long line of songs that sounds like a million dollars but has as much heart as anything you’ll hear this week. Their 80s pop-rock throwback sound remains here, which is absolutely a good thing. Again, they genuinely know how to pull it off. Look out for the second part of their two-album project, On The Corner Where You Live, which is due next month.
Spiritualized – ‘I'm Your Man’
This band requires no introduction and you certainly don’t need me to tell you why you need to listen to them. While their classic album is now 21 years old, Spiritualized continue to make some of the most exciting, ambitious and beautiful indie rock of any band around. The guitar solo in this song is worth the price of admission alone.
Tape/Off – ‘Wake In Fright’
Brisbane indie rockers Tape/Off give us another barnstormer from their freshly released Broadcast Park LP. This one will be captivating and intriguing to anyone who hasn’t seen the classic 1971 film the song is named after, and incredibly familiar to anyone who has. Its lyrics provide a pretty faithful tribute to the film, ‘You’re not around from here boy, are ya?’
But perhaps more interesting is how the music calls to mind the chaos and terror that the film so deeply instils in all who watch it. It starts off pretty innocuous, but things get hairy pretty quickly. The mess of noisy guitars make you feel like you’re trapped in the midst of a 300 beer bender. When it breaks down to the bass-and drums about a minute from the end, you’re either running through the dark of night hunting kangaroos, or you’re resigned to the fact that you’re stuck in this town forever.