Display Homes are an Australian three-piece pop band that formed one night in late 2016 at a pool table in Marrickville - Greg and Darrell met Steph, who’d just come back to Sydney from Germany and reckoned she could play drums.
Their first practice involved an abysmal attempt at a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Dancin in the Moonlight'", and they soon realised Steph clearly hadn’t been in a band before and Greg shouldn't sing. Regardless, the connection between them all was obvious, and the songs began to crop up naturally.
Just a few months after their first trip to the studio, Display Homes’ self-titled debut 7" is being released through London-based record label Tough Love Records on [XXX]. The three songs were recorded in April of this year in David Akerman’s studio in Marrickville, and just like all great current Australian music, they were later mastered by Mikey Young.
As far as debuts go, it’s effortlessly perfect. In this brief time together, the band have played a host of short and fast shows across Australia, alongside other great locals such as UV Race, Low Life and Orion. Buoyed by the inherent intensity that informs the Sydney DIY music community and a shared love for a wide range of 80s music, Display Homes play discordant pop-orientated post punk with a refreshing lack of self-awareness and lyrical honesty.
In fact, Steph’s autodidactic approach to music means the lyrics were formed into songs somewhat unknowingly. As each song originates from a foolish nature and a tendency to improvise songs in any day-to-day situation, the end result is a set of direct, slightly jarring but infectious pop songs.
RIYL: The Au Pairs, Pylon, Priests, XTC, Essential Logic, Bush Tetras, Delta 5.
Mana is producer and composer Daniele Mana from Torino in Italy. His debut EP for Hyperdub, 'Creature’, is also the first under his own surname. It’s one of his most vivid, personal and confident releases to date.
Since 2010, he has been releasing under the moniker Vaghe Stelle, with EPs and two full length albums on labels such as Gang of Ducks, Aisha Devi's Danse Noire, Astro:Dynamics and most recently, Nicolas Jaar’s Other People records. He is also a member of One Circle with Lorenzo Senni and soundtracks composer Francesco Fantini.
On ‘Creature’, over eight tracks, he ingests Shostakovitch, Drexciya, Darkthrone, Frank Ocean and Paul Lansky, and refashions them into an almost operatic record - a rich, melodrama of dark tension and excitable in-your-face synth melodies. In using his own name for the first time, he says he is confronting the unfiltered, “brutal truth” of his self, compressing “tension and anxiety” into a “claustrophobic sense of emotional vacuum.”
From the skulking clockwork of 'Crystaline,' the rich drifting ambience of 'Sei Nove', to the panicky, rushy rave stabs meets horror theme of 'Running Man’, it’s lucid, dynamic synth music which uses drums sparingly, but occasionally swirls into little sublime vortices of arpeggiated hyperrhythm.
The melodies are bright and pitch bent, swollen by euphoric voltage surges and stuttering, soaring strings in ’Rabbia’, plucking wide-screen, heart strings on ’Uno e Solo' and lulling down into the delicate, shimmering prisms of ‘Wetlife’ and ’Consolations’. While in its own lane, ‘Creature’ feels totally at home on Hyperdub.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Fade 2. Crystalline 3. Sei Nove 4. Runningman
Side B: 5. Wetlife 6. Rabbia 7. Uno E Solo 8. Consolations
“Like prime ride or earlier Boo Radleys with a harder edge, a funkier bass and better singer. Other side is a love-song, the kind of thing that was all over Sarah Records like a rash” (Robots and Electronic Brains)
Solo single from John Sims main man, mixing hip-hop beats with samples and melodica on a great instrumental number.
Melody Maker single of the week “effortlessly cool, this sexy little number glides across the hip-hop battlefields, limbo dances along Brazilian beaches and passes through Kraftwerk’s electro lab. Hugely inventive, deliciously impulsive, and the summer starts right here”.
“a pocket money DJ Shadow… smashing” (Robots and Electronic Brains)