It’s that time of the year again when Triple J’s Hottest 100 voting opens and you have to pick your top 10 songs of the year to vote for, and most of them you actually forget were from 2015! I tried to keep my voting Australian as possible, not because I am biased towards Australian artists, it’s just they deserved to be voted more and this year had a whole lot of fantastic music by Australian artists.
I thought I should write about why I voted for those artists over a whole bunch of other artists that I will notably mention at the end of this artist. So, here we go.
1) “Games” by Alison Wonderland
Alison Wonderland was an artist I only discovered this year, which makes total sense. Mostly because Alison released her first album “Run” earlier this year. Games is a fantastic song about Alison being perfect at any type of game out there, mostly mind-games, i.e. Chess.
I am also a proud owner of an Alison Wonderland t-shirt. That seems to confuse a lot of people due to it reading like “Ali-son-won-der-land” going vertically down on a plain black t-shirt design.
Ever since I discovered Alison Wonderland, I have somewhat been obsessed with her music. She is really good. I also played her songs as much as I could on my radio program. As you can see on our radio station’s playlist below I played Alison Wonderland’s Games a lot – probably more than I did:
2) “I Remember” by Bully
A good reason why I chose Bully was because of their badass song “I Remember.” I first heard this song five months ago, when I came across it on a post on Reddit’s Listen to This Subreddit. Alicia’s screaming vocals are really sick too.
Bully recently finisher their first Australian tour earlier this month. So it’s really good to see them making it over hear and doing great work. Have a listen to Bully’s “I Remember” below.
I have’t had the chance to play Bully’s “I Remember” on my radio program yet, mostly because the song does contain explicit lyrics that I have to go edit out first. However, I have played “Trying” and “Too Tough,” both are great songs too.
3) “Never Ending Circles” by Chvrches
Chvrches has been around for a while now, they have been played on Triple J a whole lot of times in the past, and I have also played them a lot on my radio program this year too. Especially with the release of their new album, Every Open Eye, they got more playtime on the radio than usual.
Even though “Every Open Eye” was an enjoyable album and it had a couple of good songs, I only voted for one song because I personally liked it the most out of all the other songs on the album.
That’s not to say that there weren’t other good songs on the album, because there were. “Leave A Trace,” “Clearest Blue,” and “Empty Threat” were good songs. However, “Never Ending Circles” was my favourite of their’s this time around.
4) “Pool Room” by Coda Conduct
I didn’t even know who Coda Conduct was until, like, two months a go. I discovered them while looking for new music on Triple J Unearthed. Coda Conduct is a Hip Hop duo, consisting of Erica and Sally. I don’t know much about Erica and Sally, but what I do know, is that they are pretty badass and they can rap. Pool Room is proof you can rap about anything, even if it is a Pool room.
Erica and Sally also host a weekly radio program on FBi Radio in Sydney, every Monday night, it’s worth checking out. It’s a good two hour show full of hip hop music, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Which, honestly, it’s not my preferred genre of choice. I am not the biggest fan of hip hop music. However, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy some of it, because I do. I like N.W.A., Run–D.M.C., Kanye West (yes, that Kanye West), Snoop Dogg (he has a good podcast too), Wu-Tang Clan, and more.
5) “Listen Up” by Dark Fair
Dark Fair is an all girl band from Melbourne. It’s just two girls: Ramona Moore (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and Ellie Dunn (Drummer). These two girls deserve way more recognition and airplay than I have heard (as far as I know) in the Australian radio broadcasting industry.
I have played Dark Fair previously on the Eat This Music podcast and, also, played Dark Fair a couple of times on my radio program. However, I still don’t know much about them at all, or most of their other songs. I really like “Listen Up,” it is a good rocky song and it’s the song I like of their’s the most at the moment.
I will listen to more of their songs eventually, but as of right now, Listen Up got my vote in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2015.
6) “Shoulda Coulda Woulda” by Elizabeth Rose
Elizabeth Rose really doesn’t need the extra plug from me or Eat This Music at all. She is actually doing pretty good on her own. However, it is only right that I do write something down in the section, just as I did for all the other artists that are doing good on their own too.
Elizabeth Rose has been around for quite some time now, since 2012 (with her song Ready) to be exact. That is like a lifetime ago. However, this year, Elizabeth Rose released her latest song “Shoulda Coulda Woulda” and, it is really, really, really good. You can listen to it below.
I have to keep going back to the fact that I don’t know much about these artists besides their songs I am obsessed with. This goes for Elizabeth Rose, too. She seems like a good person from her interviews that I have listened to, and she also makes really good music. She kinda of reminds me of Kimbra.
7) “I Go Over” by Ella Thompson
Ella Thompson is a woman I know nothing about. I have played “I Go Over” a couple of times on my radio program and a once on Eat This Music, but I still don’t know much about this song or any of her other songs, or even her. Actually, I don’t think I have heard any of Ella Thompson’s other songs at all.
There really isn’t much for me to write in this part, mostly because I only chose the song because I like it a lot and it has a pretty good music video. No other reason needed.
8) “Electrical” by Eves The Behavior
Eves The Behavior’s “Electrical” might be one of the most chilling (music-wise) songs I have ever heard. The actual music video (which you can watch below) adds to that statemore a whole lot more.
I like Eves The Behavior a lot. Actually, when I first heard of her and stared playing her music, she was just going as ‘Eves’. I have played her six times (so far) on my radio program and a couple of other times on Eat This Music.
I feel like every radio presenter should be playing more Eves The Behavior on their programs. Not just to fill airtime, but to actually give their listeners something different.
Eve The Behavior’s “TV,” “Zen,” and “Heavy” are also another really good songs. So, that is three other songs you should go and check out. You should also vote for Eves The Behavior in Triple J’s Hottest 100, right now. She deserves it.
9) “Can We Work It Out” by Gordi
Gordi’s “Can We Work It Out” is a really vocally-vibey song. Full credit for the discovery of Gordi on my end goes to the good people over at Amrap and their amazing selection of Australian artists. I give credit to Amrap, because that is where I first discovered Gordi while looking for music for my radio program.
The first Gordi song I ever heard (and played) was Nothing’s As It Seems.
10) “Get Down” by Jess Kent
I only discovered Jess Kent two weeks ago. Seriously, it’s true, really. This vote for Triple J’s Hottest 100 was completely spontaneous.
That’s not to say that I don’t like this song, because I do, Jess Kent’s “Get Down” is easily one of my favourite songs at the moment. It’s really catchy and great for parties.
Nothing more to this vote than (as I said above) I really like it and it’s probably my favourite song on Triple J at the moment. I hope she goes far and does a whole lot more. However, I will continue to play her music on my radio program and Eat This Music. Jess Kent deserves it.
Other notable mentions
I thought it would be good to include those that didn’t make it in the top ten list as Triple J only allow you to choose ten in the Top 100. So, below consists of notable mentions to artists I really enjoyed throughout 2015. Enjoy.
1) “Hypercolour” by Ali Barter
2) “Drive” by Ainslie Wills
3) “Stallin'” by Airling
4) “Track One” by Ali E
5) “Dynamite” by Asta feat. Allday
6) “Waiting” by Ayla
7) “Can’t Stop” by Babaganouj
8) “Close/Open” by BUOY
9) “Pedestrian At Best” by Courtney Barnett
10) “How Do You Do It” by Empress Of
11) “What Kind of Man” by Florence + The Machine
12) “Recover” by KLP feat. Remi
In the end these are just my objective picks. Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this article!