Gracie Crowley | January, 19 2016
Each year myself and countless others undertake the rather emotionally draining journey that is, voting for the Tripe J Hottest 100, and that journey has come to an end with only a couple of days left to vote. I myself had a shortlist of exactly 73 songs to cut down to a seemingly impossible 10.
This year was a wonderful one in terms of musical exposure for some Aussie artists as well as a plethora of international newcomers.
My own Triple J top ten is as follows:
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Balloon
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Hockey Dad – Can’t Have Them
Marlon Williams – Dark Child
Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
Young Fathers – Shame
Cousin Tonys Brand New Firebird – Queen of Hearts
Django Django – Shake and Tremble
All rather long winded and carefully worded jokes aside, picking 10 songs from my shortlist of 73 was hard. Cutting Meg Mac out to include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to cutting Father John Misty for the beautiful Marlon Williams, and making the decision to pick King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard over my beloved Courtney Barnett were all nerve racking decisions. However, I feel confident in my votes because the others I have mentioned and the other 60 artists I simply don’t have the word count to touch on them all, they all however had substantial amounts of airtime on Triple J this year, and will clearly attain countless other votes.
So without further ado here’s my breakdown:
Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ was always going to be a front runner since March when they released the first track off the new album ‘Cause I’m a Man’, however ’The Less I Know The Better’ tugs on my heartstrings too much to vote for anything else.
My no-so-guility guilty pleasure Kendrick Lamar’s entire album ‘To Kill a Butterfly’ was a game changer and it took every ounce of self restraint to not vote for every song off that album.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released their 10,000th album that was yet again a winner and picking one song honestly felt like choosing a favourite child.
The rather magical group that is Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s song ‘Multi-Love’ was a crowd favourite at Meredith Music Festival this year, and is one of the most enjoyable songs to have a boogie to in my opinion.
Both Hockey Dad and Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird are two bands I discovered this year and have fallen for, I cannot wait to see what they bring to the table in the future.
Marlon Williams’ haunting voice that sounds like Johnny Cash and Nick Cave collaborating and speaking through this smiling Kiwi’s body demands attention and merit for his incredible talent, and if you have the chance please go see this wonderful human live, you will thank me afterwards.
As for Django Django and Modest Mouse, well to be perfectly honest I thoroughly enjoy most things each band create and I simply couldn’t not include them (also Modest Mouse are playing some sideshows in Australia while they’re here for Byron Bay Bluesfest this year, so do yourself a favour and BUY A TICKET).
Lastly Young Fathers, who are an incredibly energised group from hailing from Edinburgh are hip-hop with a message that if you haven’t already, should keep your eyes and ears peeled for.
I wish you all a wonderful Hottest 100 Day next week, otherwise known as Australia Day. Don’t forget to tune in and enjoy some of your favourite ice-cold beverages and like me sit with your fingers and toes crossed that Hotline Bling doesn’t make the top 10.
Man I hate that song.
(and by hate I really mean, ‘have needed to consume at least one goon sack and be well and truly off my rocker to be able to enjoy’).
Listen to Gracie’s Top 10:
I’ve created a playlist on Youtube for you to listen to all the songs