Founder of play / pause / play, Luke Penman offers up his favourite Adelaide tracks from the year so far.
Play / Pause / Play’s Top 10 Adelaide Releases of 2019 (so far)
South Australia is full of world-class musicians in every genre.
Last year, I started play / pause / play – an internet radio station dedicated to South Australia’s live music scene – to showcase and celebrate the amazing music being made here.
In the past 12 months, play / pause / play has broadcast music from more than 250 South Australian artists.
No, that’s not a typo: two-hundred-and-fifty.
If that number is a surprise to you, check out these selected 2019 favourites below.
Alana’s music has a beautiful timelessness to it. This one has a slow build, but the payoff is brilliant.
(And you can catch her at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit this weekend.)
The Public Holiday
Gecko On My Window
This brilliant piece of lo-fi “dadwave” might take a couple of listens, but once it starts growing on you, it won’t stop. I’ve had the chorus in my head for months and am still loving every second.
Everything In Colour
Hard and heavy from the first beat, the debut single from Sleep Talk’s debut album will keep you guessing. Just when you think you know where it’s going, it changes direction and continues to impress.
The Secret Chord
Never Let Me Go
An Adelaide husband-and-wife duo making downtempo electronic beats. I could listen to this one on repeat all day.
An uplifting hip hop tune that’ll never fail to brighten your day. You can hear Adrian Eagle’s smile as he spreads his positivity.
Let’s Forget We Were In Love
A huge pop number from Stellie, with the unmistakable production quality of Mario Spate [aka Badcop].
Star Song / Mamma’s Boy
Every now and then, Hydromedusa appear as if from nowhere, release an amazing album, play a bunch of amazing shows and then disappear back into the wilderness. They have an authentic psych-rock n roll vibe, and I’ll crank up the volume on these tunes every time.
Used To Be
The opening synth says ’80s and the guitar riff says… well, ’80s, too. Neon Tetra continue to evolve their sound, having already moved through prog rock and Motown vibes. It’s funky, bright and irresistible.
Jess Day has continually impressed with exceptionally mature songcraft for a young artist. Her latest single is no different, continuing to raise and then smash everyone’s expectations.
2000 And Whatever
Look, hopefully you already know this one, but the Eurovision heats were a while ago and we should take a minute to remember the beauty of this dance banger featuring Zaachariaha’s amazing vocals, singing in both English and Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara language.
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