Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#4)

Picking my top ten tracks is hard work. I would sooner pick 100 tracks, there were that many good ones released this year. Well as it happens, fellow SuperUser Dave McCarthy has put together his top 100 tracks for 2016 for you to all enjoy. Check it out here!

Now to my next pick…

#4 Adore – Amy Shark

When I think top ten Hottest 100, I think Adore by Amy Shark. But it’s not its popularity that has made it so high on my favourites of 2016. This track blew me away as soon as I heard it and many are having the same reaction. Queue this one for high rotation on the commercial radio stations in 2017, once they all realise what a banger it is.

Amy is lovely too. She dropped by the triple j studios to perform for Like A Version and her acoustic version of Adore is absolutely stunning.

That’s why Adore has made my top #10, indeed top #5 tracks of 2016. Stay tuned tomorrow for my #3 pick.

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#5)

Already past the halfway mark and the year is nearly over. I will be revealing my #1 on New Year’s Day to kick off the hopefully successful year of [Just In] Australia. But now for my fifth pick…

#5 Flower St. – Zen Haircuts

This track had my music senses tingling and I immediately went searching for more of their stuff. Zen Haircuts will be releasing their Zen Haircuts EP in early 2017, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears clean.

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#6)

Oh my god.

This one came out of the blue for me. It’s typically harder for songs released in the later part of the year to make favourite lists, but this one was immediate for me.

#6 Oh My God – Owen Rabbit

Owen Rabbit just finished touring his debut EP in Europe, and is touring Australia very soon. Check out the dates on his Facebook or at owenrabbit.com

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Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#7)

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird!

What a band name and what a year it has been for the abbreviated CTBNF. ‘Melbourne Bitter’ started it off and then the Melbourne band continued with the good stuff with ‘Make It’ and ‘Cool Parties’.

#7 Melbourne Bitter – Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird

This one still occupies a soft spot. Whenever it comes on the radio it only takes a second before you know you’re in for four minutes of blissful CTBNF. That’s why this makes #7 for me this year.

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Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#8)

Continuing to countdown the top 10 tracks of 2016, we’re moving on to Number Eight.

#8 Inside Voices – Mallrat

Mallrat’s ‘Inside Voices’ is firmly inside my top ten Unearthed tracks of 2016. The Brisbane artist has produced something undeniably relatable with this one. Who doesn’t get that sinking feeling that everyone’s politeness is just a mask for what they really think of you? Just me? Oh. Well I’ll just sit by myself in silence.

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#9)

Continuing to countdown the top 10 tracks of 2016, we’re moving on to Number Nine.

#9 Thankful – Feki

2014 and 2015 saw Feki receive some radio play love but I believe 2016 was the year the Brisbane producer really shone through.

From the fade in ‘Thankful’ is full of so many positive vibes. In a year many have seen as full of negativity we should remember that so much good has come from it too. That’s the feeling Feki’s ‘Thankful’ gives me and that’s why it’s made my top ten this year.

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2017 COUNTDOWN (#10)

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1!

As the countdown to 2017 I’m celebrating by posting my ten favourite tracks for 2016.

These are my personal favourites, and believe me, it was so hard to pick these from all the great tracks that were released this year.

#10 Ngerraberrakernama – Emily Wurramara

Emily Wurramara has had a massive 2016, releasing her debut EP Black Smoke. Both ‘Black Smoke’ and ‘Ngerraberrakernama’ received lots of love from triple j and triple j Unearthed. While I love both of these tracks, ‘Ngerraberrrakernama’ wins it out for me purely by how catchy it is.

If you’re a lucky Queenslander you can see her play at the Woodford Folk Festival on December 27. She’s also heading off to the US in early 2017 to spread her beautiful music there.

Wishing Emily the best of luck with 2017! You’ve more than earned your place as one of the best catches from Unearthed in 2016.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I introduce #9 on the list!

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FØRD

FØRD is the latest in a long line of producer wonder-kids turned professional hit-maker. He’s been making waves this year with ‘Folding Hills’ released in May this year and ‘The Pier’ released in September. The former features Xavier Dunn, while the later features Woodes. This guy certainly knows how to get the big names, 2016 being a big year for Woodes too. The latest track this NSW North Coaster has released features Rya Park and I feel it takes things down a notch but it hits all the right notes for me. Check it out here.

 

[JUST IN] AUSTRALIA GOES LIVE: New Years Resolution

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

2016 is nearing its end and many will be sighing, “Thank Goodness!”

I, on the other hand, am trying to use all the time we have left this year to prepare for this new project.

I have one New Years Resolution and that is this: Do what you’ve always wanted to do. Immerse yourself in the everything Australia has to offer: the music, the culture, the action.

That’s exactly what this new blog will be about.

I realised that this year I have been cooped up in a little box. It was once comfortable, but I’ve grown as a person and now it’s very uncomfortable.

So keep an eye out for what’s going on here. And I encourage you to jump out of your comfort zone too, and make 2017 as fruitful as you can.

See you soon!

Justin