Here is the first instance from the label so check the video, share the hype and start the countdown for the upcoming release of Frida’s EP Slowly, out on the 18th!
Wyall Style Records is our first imprint label with A&R and production by members of The Cactus Channel and Wyall’s first signing Frida. We aim to bring you music with just as much heart and groove as their parent label, but through a different set of glasses. Sometimes warped, sometimes crystal clear, we put out rough and delectable pop, electronic backyard BBQ beats and everything in between.
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The new 45 from The Cactus Channel, Cobaw, takes its name from a small town in the gold rush end of the Macedon Ranges. Scrubby forests, disused mine shafts and quiet dark lagoons border the grazing land and history hides in all the shadows. Straight out, The Cactus Channel’s heavy, ominous drums and reverb-drenched guitars take this record into soundtrack land. It’s not clear whether it’s a road movie or a horror movie. The B-side, Fool’s Gold, a warning that all is not what it seems, is a slower, thicker tune on the same tip.
Meanwhile Emma and the band have just returned from a big show at Hyde Park in Sydney as part of NAIDOC Week and while they were up there the team at Double J Radio caught up with them to film an intimate live performance in the Golden Age Theatre.
From the first few notes, it sounds like the real thing. Piano and bass riff hard. Percussion enters. ¡Oiga Papa! Listen up! The trombones come in thick and strong. Fantasia, the first song on Quarter Street’s self-titled LP is authentic ‘salsa dura’ from the old school. Hard salsa. It’s not shiny, it’s not clean and poppy or unduly jazzy. It’s tough, it’s gritty and ballsy, and in terms of musicianship, writing and production, it straight up cooks.
This Friday May 15th Emma Donovan will be featured on new morning show AOL Rise, a morning show delivered in 2 minute segments over 4 hours. The program provides news, lifestyle, sport and art in bite size chunks for people to stream to their devices as they start their day. Emma has been selected for the show off the back of her 2014 album with The PutBacks Dawn, released in Australia and the US through HopeStreet Recordings.
The album has seen a uniquely Australian soul voice enter the world stage and has been turning heads abroad as well as at home, with features in Wax Poetics and Okayplayer, the latter writing: “Driven by brutally honest lyricism, irresistible percussion and a purist’s respect for the funk and soul tradition, Emma Donovan & The PutBacks have created a singular project that will command spins and ultimately stand the test of time.” This latest US feature from AOL is another shining example of the calibre of music that Australia is exporting to the world.
Fans can tune in on Friday morning (US time) to rise.aol.com although since the show is broadcast from New York, Australian audiences will have to wait til the following day. However as consolation they might get themselves to an Emma Donovan & The PutBacks show, the next being a Queen’s Birthday Eve Winter Spectacular at Howler on Sunday June 7th. HopeStreet Recordings presents Emma Donovan, Latin jokers San Lazaro, DJ Mike Gurrieri and a very special instrumental set by deep funk aces The PutBacks. Tickets available from Moshtix.