Here's our favourites from what was an absolutely massive week for new music...
Tkay Maidza - Finish Them
Some of those "fatality" moves from the original arcade version Mortal Kombat were gruesome beyond the 64-bit imaginations of the time, with characters routinely finding themselves with protruded spikes through their stomachs whilst their adversary displayed the game's only glimpse of human-like characteristics, delivering the stern, but ultimately unneeded, declaration to "finish him". That's exactly what 18-year-old Adelaide rapper, Tkay Maidza, does on her latest single, spitting her venomous lyrical attitude over a thumping dancehall-electro backdrop, courtesy of UK-producer Bok Bok. Feel those blood splatters on your face? That's the local rap game being disembowelled. Metaphorically, of course.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Cellophane
There might be more words in the band's name than within this entire song, but the lyrical lightness just clears the required space for those extra large slabs of wailing wall-to-wall guitars which kinda make you feel like you're hanging upside down on a hills hoist, rabidly rotating, with your eyes covered by some sort of semi-transparent coloured film. A great way to see the world. "Cellophane" is the first single from the band's new record, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, out locally towards the end of October. Pre-orders for both the digital and vinyl available now.
Restorations - Separate Songs
The Philadelphian punks' brilliant 2013 album, LP2, perfectly teetered on the edge of emo, inverting the genre's introspective isolation into a more outwardly, pure rock 'n' roll sense of escapism. "Seperate Songs", the first single from LP3 migrates even further into that world. It's fist-pumping freedom at it's finest, delivered via choked-out cautions and explosive riffs. LP3 is out at the end of October, with pre-orders available now via Poison City.
Tully On Tully - Two Birds
"You brought me here, just to let me down". The striking opening line of the Melbourne group's latest single aptly sets the tone for what proceeds, with the haunting vocals contradicted throughout by the synth-dominated forthrightness of the dominant production, building towards the inevitable moment of optimistic supremacy. Tully On Tully's second EP is due out early 2015.
Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders - Come On Back This Way
Twelve-foot tall troubadour, Jack Ladder, returns with the first single from his upcoming fourth LP Playmates. Featuring wordless backing vocals from Brooklyn-based songwriter Sharon Van Etten, the track is built off a minimal backdrop — only diverting slightly with the synth injections on the chorus — creating the ideal canvas for Ladder's distinct baritone drawl to dominate, as he bluntly delivers an endless array of fantastically quotable quips ("if tomorrow never comes, I wouldn't care at all"). Playmates, which was produced by The Presets' Kim Moyes, is due out November 7 via Self Portrait/Inertia.