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I started writing the draft of this post by accusing you of having not read the last time I wrote about Tram Cops. I’ll need to put my hand up here though, apparently I’ve never written about Tram Cops. I’ve written about Michael’s earlier project, the simply titled Lawrence but Tram Cops? Well that’s my hidden shame.

Trying to apply a genre to tram cops is about as viable as trying to apply a leash to a pet cicada and let me tell you here and now, Cedric does not much like it when I try to tether him. So let’s leave that fools errand for other music “writers” and do what we do best here: spruik artisanal, bio-ethical mp3s. This one’s a bloody good one, refrained around the mantra of “I stand on stolen land”, with more than a handful of production ideas coming in and out like tides. It comes from Even In My Dreams, the freshly released full LP, and it’s indicative of the noodling, wing-nut orchestra that’s involved in this record, a menagerie of instrumentalists enlisted to birth the sprawling beast. It’s hard to pick just a few tracks that’ll express the diverse strangeness of this record but here’s a brace for you.

I don’t say this lightly but Tram Cops give me the same feeling that D.D Dumbo did very early on. The feeling that I’m listening to an outsider, an artist entirely in his own lane who might explode into cult fandom or who could just as easy reach no one. Explode. Please explode.

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Did you buy yourself a fresh set of tribal talismans cause it seems as if your luck has changed for the better. You’ve just happened to stumble upon sounddoctrineblog on a rare and wonderful day. It’s a Bilby day. Hold on there though my pal, that’s not all. No, it’s not even Bilby month. This is Year Of The Bilb. The dude has unleashed a fresh new five tracker on us and I’ve heard from the online forums that’s it’s just a taster before the next LP (also due this year). So big things ahead, but let’s take a moment of Mindfulness to savour the flavour in the here and now. A snack sized release with incredibly clever lyrical moments.

A lot of my favourites come from ‘SYDNEY RAPPER’, his call-out track to contemporary sydney MCs. “Take the gun sounds outta your song, do it for fun not for the funds” or “My mixtape is alright mate and your mixtape is a migraine” are both small miracles in themselves but a hugely underrated part of Blinky Trill’s rap game is his hook writing. The chorus on ‘SYDNEY RAPPER’ is so pristine, pure and memorable. It’s a layered vocal and it’s delivered sweetly atop some thickly dimensional production from Atlanta producer type Meltycanon. Then there’re tracks like ‘Barnaby Joints’ which is his mandatory weed track (“more importantly f**k the AFP”) and also sees one of my favourite new phrases in the form of ‘Joe Hockey Blunts’. Just dwell on that for a minute. Nobody knows what it means but it’s provocative, it gets the people going.

The way Bilby uses his vocal is constantly changing, moving from an attention to repeated words to repeated syllables to elongated sounds to party-popper quick verse. The dude’s a visionary of the highest echelon and I would like him to be my dad thanks. Even the art for this record is remarkable. It’s a holistic experience and it deserves to be block mounted in your study so that every time you’re struggling with that writer’s block you just can’t seem to shake, you can look up at lil animated Blinky Trill and see what true creativity looks like.

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Nissan first entered the Micra in motorsports with the March Superturbo R. Introduced in 1987, this rare pre-facelift K10 weighed in at 740 kg (1630 lb) with half interior, roll cage and tool kit. It was built for the new sub-1600 cc Group A class, and shortly after in 1988 Nissan released the March Superturbo as a road car.

While the March was a favourite with the drivers in the Japanese Rally Championship, veteran Swedish rally driver Per Eklund finished the 1988 RAC Rally in 21st position and the 1989 Acropolis Rally Greece in 10th place.

Only a true rally car could produce rhythms as driving and powerful as this, though truly Micra has come a long way since 1989 because this is no tenth place track. You’re listening to a bonafide blue ribbon contender that’s in a weight class of its own. A first upload for a brand new act who’ve made a white hot bar of steel in the form of ‘Child Grows Old’

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My friend Maxivel Quinn, well, he has a saying. He says to me “Tommy, here’s the truth. When we be poppin’, there is to be no shoppin’”. Max of course refers to the act of “editing” an “image” using the “popular” visual editing suite “Photoshop”. But will there be shoppin’ (when we be poppin’)? Truly there shall not. And to be darn and outright clear, we are decidedly poppin’. It’s all thanks to this clever little knee tweaker from Mr Midas dot Gold which immediately sends us into fits of spasmic, difficult to watch to flailing whenever it pierces the winds of our cubical. It’s a snorting sonic horse, cantering through our office space, excreting on absolutely everything. And we love that, we love the terrific and fragrant poop. So yeah we’ve been poppin’ a bit. Wanna fight about it? I doubt it. Because you know we’re well within our rights to pop. The constitution allows, nay demands it.

Losing ain’t no option.

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Does Nick Acquroff have solid gold pipes? Does Liv Gavranich have solid gold pipes? Would solid gold pipes actually be of any auditory value? Wow, those are some good questions, maybe let’s write some of them down and come back to them later because right now it’s alistening time. Picture yourself two separate circles. Those two circles as the voices of Liv and Nick, the two souls who constitute the newly formed Cool Party. Now put those two circles directly over each other. Looks like one circle now, huh? That’s the ven diagram of their overlapping voices. And while that made a whole lot of sense in my head but literally none on paper, their voices entwined make sense in every which format (but particularly mp3). Liv has the hushed intimacy of a candlelit conversation while Nick’s is wrapped in bold warmth of your grandfather’s firmest hug.

And before you get at me for embedding the Unearthed player like I’m a 100% company man now, know that this song is only available on Unearthed so there were no two ways about it.