HeyU Issue 25 - 01 April 2015 | Page 10

music 5 AUSSIE PRODUCERS TO WATCH IN 2015 Hayden James ‘Something about You’ sticks to your brain like gooey, delicious honey. Hayden James takes responsibility for this and previous single ‘Permission to Love’, which was the most blogged about song on Hype in 2013. However, the best thing about Hayden James is the intricate intelligence of his song-writing. His debut EP followed a narrative of an ‘outer-space love story,’ partially replicated through visual media during live shows. I have no qualms in calling him as the next Flume. HAyden james Alison Wonderland If you’ve been to the DJ tent at any Australian music festival, you’ve probably heard Alison Wonderland’s work. Tireless producing and performing has earned Alison Wonderland her position as a household name in the club world, churning out more bangers than a British butcher. 2015 has already seen her drop her new album, featuring collaborations with Wayne Coyne, SAFIA, LIDO, and Slumberjack, as well as her own vocals. There aren’t too many bigger names in Australian house right now. Japanese Wallpaper Alison Wonderland Melbourne schoolboy – that’s right I said SCHOOLBOY - Gab Strum/Japanese Wallpaper is kind of a big deal. He has released a debut EP, won Triple J’s unearthed high, and has featured on the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here alongside Coldplay, Bon Iver and Cat Power (amazing soundtrack, below par movie). The emotion-drenched ambience that radiates off ‘Breathe In’ is hypnotic and when the song finishes, you almost feel a little bit empty. At just 17 years old, you feel he’s got a lot more where that’s from. Paces Paces has been on a rampage in the last six months. As another hard-working musician who is starting to reap the rewards of countless hours spent in the studio, he has nailed collabs with Tkay Maidza, Erin Marshall, Just Chris, and Madeline Vida. These not only show off his amazing production skills, but have also unearthed some incredible singers and MCs. He is also probably the most active social media user in the Australian music industry right now, so it’s worth flicking him a follow on Facebook. Japanese Wallpaper Golden Features Anonymity is a big deal for some producers; acts like SBTRKT and Zhu hide behind masks and create alternate personas. I don’t know exactly why they do this, but I’m sure a few people would like to know who hides behind the moniker Golden Features. His/her/their/its debut album was a raw display of unrestrained, electronic innovation, which Dave Ruby Howe described as ‘club music for aliens.’ The number one hit ‘Tell Me’ ft. Nicole Millar (who sang on that Peking Duk song that went like, double platinum) has been picked up by national radio, but it’s the continual good tunes that have fans excited about what else is to come from Golden Features. WORDS: TOM SHERSON – USQ Alumni IMAGES:  LEMESH, LUCINDA GOODWIN, PACHA AND ALHAMBRA LOUNGE Listen now on usqedu Spotify Paces Golden features