FEATURE: Tijuana Cartel

Kings of electronic dance, Tijuana Cartel, recently released their ‘mind-altering’ record ‘Acid Pony’ – a series of seven eclectic tracks that soar across the globe and dive into a myriad of genres. The first track alone delivers everything from didgeridoos, African drum beats, Spanish guitar and Ravi Shankar-inspired sitar, against big modern beats – and that’s just the beginning. With the record providing a mixture of perfect background ambience and bold dance-floor intensity, we asked band member Paul George about his top 5 ambient tunes.

FEATURE: Isotopes on their Top 5 Self Care Tips

Sydney-based post-hardcore group Isotopes recently released their latest track ‘WYWFM’. The modern-emo track is full of heavy-hitting melodies and bright pop-punk vocals, harking back to the best of the noughties’ heavy power ballads while also sweetly capturing the tender moments too. We had a chat with drummer Hamish Gibson about his Top 5 Self-Care Tips to get you through the tough times.

FEATURE: Tia Tamora

Crossing into the realm of baroque-pop, the dark and moody debut track from Victorian singer/songwriter Tia Tamora has allowed her to quickly assert her grasp on her own brand of ‘Australian Gothic’. ‘Picnic’ immediately throws the listener off guard, as maniacally laughing birds intertwine with a haunted kind of merry-go-round tune. We invite you to get to know Tia Tamora a little more as she tells us about her dream dinner party and the trends she wishes never went out of style.

FEATURE: CLEWS

Sensational sister duo CLEWS have released their dynamic new EP, Loveluck Omens. Vibrant, exciting, energetic, and feminine – the four-track release is a powerfully punchy collection that is simply begging for a live show. While the EP is inspired by a lifetime of independence, the pair have put together an exclusive list of their Top 5 Break Up Songs for Like Velvet readers.

FEATURE: Lucy Sugerman’s Top 5 Canberra Artists Right Now

Canberra-based artist Lucy Sugerman recently released her latest candied track ‘golden boy’. Tongue in cheek and boldly fun, this song is a triumphant little kick up the backsides to the boys who think themselves just a little bit special. Shining a light on the abundance of music talent in her neck of the woods, Lucy has compiled a list of her top 5 Canberra artists that you need to hear right now.

FEATURE: The Soundtrack to Nuria’s Life

Nuria (a.k.a Anna Maynard) has released her latest track Juliette – a spectacularly ethereal and cinematic song that edges towards Celtic-inspired style. Juliette is a celestial and voluminous song overflowing with drama and orchestral intensity, cleverly combining Irish folk with mainstream pop to create an incendiary and passionate performance. Continuing with the cinematic experience, Nuria has let us in on the soundtrack of five movie montage moments in her life.

FEATURE: Seabass

SEABASS, the indie-rockers from Adelaide, have recently released their debut EP Always Kidding. In seven tracks, the group have brilliantly showcased all extremes – from the hectic to the calm, blasting chords to gentle serenades, and outward boldness to introspective vulnerability. They’ve certainly given it their all. Read on as we take a look at the EP and hear about the group’s Albums of Influence.

FEATURE: CLEWS

CLEWS have tickled the teenage fantasies of the 20-30 something’s with their latest song Want You That Way. Like a tribute to the soundtracks of our favourite ’90s flicks, CLEWS’ latest offering is a repeat-worthy anthem that makes light out of the dark. Speaking of songs that can’t be turned off, Clews have let us in on their favourite tracks that keep them sitting in their car long after they’ve got to where they’re going.

FEATURE: Zac Henderson’s Lay the Stones and his Top 5 Defining Albums

Like Paul Kelly telling his stories through song, Tasmanian singer/songwriter Zac Henderson has crafted ten tracks of Aussie folk that just feels like home. Lay the Stones is full of warmth, character and cleverly worded anecdotes that force you to be slow and really sink in. Read on as we take a look at the record and as Zac takes us through his Top 5 Defining Albums.