This week (if not slightly late) Prime Cuts sees our resident Prime Cuts contributor Sarah take on some old favourites doing new things – or not so new, in the case of Orwellian rockers Muse and indie darling Darwin Deez. A few Aussies also make this an eclectic mix, with Perth songstress Kucka reminding us of ephemeral summer days, while Hilltop Hoods’ Suffa teams up with Logic and New Zealand performer Gin Wigmore. Listen in!
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Cut Kill Your Attitude
Moments of Two Door Cinema Club, Mystery Jets
He’s back! I am so happy! And he is as upbeat and cute as always, singing about relationships that are actually as awkward as we feel. It would have been exciting to hear a development in his sound – his Wonka mixtape was awesome – but then, why fix what ain’t broken? I’ll still dance to it.
Cut Flux 98
Moments of Yolande Vi$$er, Willow Beats, FKA Twigs
A dreamy tune with an edge, this is my new girl power song to get ready to. Shimmering and delicate vocals are backed by a warm pulsing melody and chiming electro beat. I’m a keen bean to see what else this local girl throws at us.
Artist Suffa, Gin Wigmore, Logic
Cut Willing to Die
Moments of Hilltop Hoods, Urthboy, Moby
So, nope. EXCEPT that within the first verse “cuticle” is rhymed with “beautiful” and “hurled my lunch up in the cubicle” by Suffa and that really got me. Heh. Also Gin Wigmore has excellent vocals and we need to hear them more, maybe without the dudes rapping over the top.
Moments of Early Muse, Biffy Clyro
Being Muse, it’s hard to take a song out of the album’s context. But. Just listening to this song it’s clear that they’ve gone back to the original formula; gritty guitar riffs, ecstatic builds with big bass and beats. Good stuff. I guess we have to listen to the album to understand the soldier’s dialogue throught, but it seems like a typical Muse rant against mass capitalist mind control, this time on warfare. You go, Muse.
Artist Jinja Safari
Cut Find My Way Back
Moments of Disney’s Mulan OST, Dappled Cities
Jinja Safari have this thing with cultural appropriation that my ears don’t wholly dislike; remember their cover of Ignition with an indian vibe? Awesome, I’ll leave that here. Their new track Find My Way has a distinctly Oriental feel – not Asian, I can’t presume to know particular asian traditional genres – Oriental as in what Disney would soundtrack a movie with to make it sound exotic. White people world music maybe? Anyway, it sounds good and Jinja Safari’s trademark endearing vocal hit their mark, so there.