The 18 best local tracks of the year so far

We’re only six weeks into 2015 but already, Australia’s producers have been hard at work spinning gold. From the sort of strains that would make Flume proud through to classic house and dark and dirty techno, the New Year has seen an avalanche of superb local dance music hit Soundcloud. To tip our hat to the best releases of the year thus far, we’ve picked our favourite songs of the summer – what did we miss?

The Finger Prince – ‘Don’t Talk To Me’

This duo of Sydney legends – Angus Gruzman (AKA Dreems slash Gus Da Hoodrat) and Francis Xavier – haven’t put out music as The Finger Prince for about a year, and it’s very nice to have them back. Don’t Talk To Me is brooding techno at its brain-tingling best, released on Australia’s premier techno label, Motorik.

Feki – ‘You Make Me’

There’s an exciting bass music scene bubbling just under the surface of Queensland’s capital, and Feki is at the front of the pack. He’s been uploading music to SoundCloud for just over a year, evolving with every track, and this is the best we’ve heard from him. In his words, You Make Me is “the most heartfelt song I’ve ever made.”

Hayden James – ‘Something About You’

Halfway through last year, Hayden James gave us his mission statement: “I want to make people dance.” Coming in the wake of his self-titled EP – which was more soulful than danceable – it was an exciting promise and, this year, one he’s started delivering on. Something About You is seriously catchy with just enough groove to get you out of your seat, hitting that sweet spot where a headphones tune meets a club track.

Koa – ‘All Of My Love’

This mystery Future Classic-signed producer takes the wide-eyed sugar rush of Wave Racer’s bassy tunes and jams it into a UK house mould. Koa isn’t the only one making this sound (Tomb Boss from Melbourne and NVOY from London are on the same tip) but they’re definitely the one doing it best, so we can’t wait to hear more.

Sable & Mark Johns – ‘Paris’

Perth’s Sable delivered big time last month with this refix of Kanye and Jay-Z’s Ni**as in Paris, with Moving Castle Collective vocalist Mark Johns singing the original’s hook delicately over a beat that’s all ethereal glockenspiel and background bass. It certainly caught the attention of Skrillex, for one.

Roland Tings – ‘Pala’

Roland Tings’ star is firmly on the rise in 2015. His debut LP is going to be feature album of the week on triple j this week, he’s currently on the road supporting the biggest act in the country Chet Faker, and he’s been picking up enthusiastic reviews everywhere. This eight minute slice of tropical percussion and floorboard-flexing basslines proves why he’s killing it right now.

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