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Seven Wonders is a 14 track snapshot of the experimental Soul and Jazz scene burgeoning in Australia today.

Recorded at Plug Seven Studios in Melbourne in collaboration with Wondercore Island, the compilations main aim was to capture spontaneous musical moments that reflect the diversity of sounds, and quality of musicianship in Australia today, with very little interference from microphone to tape to the record in your hands..

Seven Wonders contains a super diverse cross section of artists, with well over 50 individuals putting in their time & creativity to bring this to life. It's a record that truly highlights the grass roots soul movement blowing up day to day in Australia.

Recorded largely over two weeks, the majority of the tracks on Seven Wonders were captured in one take, bottling the raw energy and virtuosity of Melbourne's most accomplished, established and emerging players. There's an antipodean take on P-Funk from Laneous, characteristically enigmatic vocals from soul singer Allysha Joy and a free-flowing instrumental from Sampa the Great collaborator Dave Godriguez, aka GODTET. Several tracks include production and background instrumentation from Hiatus Kaiyote's rhythm section Perrin Moss and Paul Bender... and way way more.

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: A whole lot of talent being showcased here from Soul and Jazz musicians in Australia in this refreshing compilation featuring some favourites at Piccadilly such as 30/70 and GODTET.

TRACK LISTING

1. Sweet Water (feat. Rita Satch) - Barney McAll
2. Everything I Need - Daniel Merriweather
3. Sooki The Love Dog - Laneous
4. Womans Choir - GODTET
5. Custard Shoulder - WVR BVBY
6. Dempsey Roll - Superfeather
7. Improvisation #2 - Greg Sheehan, Vinod Prassana & Perrin Moss
8. For Yu Sakamoto - James Macaulay Quartet
9. True Realm Of The Coin - The Rookies
10. Waiting - Jazz Party
11. Drifting - 30/70
12. Odyssey - Raw Humps
13. Work (feat. Ijale) - Mohi & Thedieyoungs
14. Bones (feat. Tariro Mavondo) - I Hold The Lions Paw

In early 2011 Luke Vibert told Ninja Tune that he had just found some long-lost never heard before DATs dated 1995-1998 and titled "Back On Time".

In 1996 Blue Angel Recordings an offshoot of the legendary Rising High label released the "Drum & Bass For Papa" album by Plug AKA West Country king of kitschtronica Luke Vibert, whom at that time had only released under his Wagon Christ moniker. The album remains to this day one of the acclaimed records to emerge from the buoyant and hugely influential electronic scene of the south-west in the 90s. Alongside people like Aphex Twin and Tom Middleton, Vibert filled cassettes with new tunes, hijacked the pirates and revelled in all that was original, twisted and like nothing else before.

So a few years later and somewhat ahead of the curve, Vibert shook up D&B. Avant-jungle that wasn't made for the 'club', the album was an eccentric bolt from the blue, it shocked many of Vibert's contemporaries but went on to influence many, most notably Squarepusher.

Until now Plug has yielded just one album - possibly only a humble man like Luke Vibert would have a whole album of top-quality electronic tracks just sat around for over 15 years and not release them. The 10 tracks on offer here include the proto-garage vocal stylings of "Feeling So Special", the demented circus-organs of "No Reality", the hilariously titled "Come On My Skeleton", the old-skool rinse out of "Mind Bending", the skewed bollywoodisms of "A Quick Plug for A New Shot" and all with impeccably produced jungle credentials as the bed.

Sounding brand new as well as being a lost classic from a electronic icon, "Back On Time" is a release that anybody interested in the progression of dance music should be very curious to hear and enjoy.


Comprising Sian Dorrer (vocals and drums) and Georgie Nettell (bass, keys and vocals) Plug construct minimal pop vignettes, with bright, sumptuous basslines locking indelibly with crisp, taught drumming - a deceptively simple yet driving combination owing as much to hip-hop and dance music as the sparse clatter of post-punk. Songs are handled deftly with Sian’s strident, powerful vocals augmented by Georgie’s more subdued whisper. plug play a sophisticated kind of post-something pop with a brisk intensity, a wry sense of humour and canny knack for a memorable hook.

Plug is a record written with the intention to perfect each song so it encapsulates a chosen style in their own eyes. This is a pop record with a modernist narrative glimpsed through an open window into all our lives. Moments of great intimacy and detachment rub shoulders, diary-like, drawing you in. Sometimes you feel unnerved sometimes beholden as honesty seeps out of this record. These contrasts mirror our capricious lives, in all their erratic and compelling extremes. As the album finishes with the sound of a window closing on the world we’re left assured that Plug set out to make this day count.

TRACK LISTING

1. Intro
2. Don't Forget It
3. You Keep The Beats
4. Body Story
5. Man Vs Machine
6. Faces Of Diversity
7. Sexy Coma
8. Real Girl
9. Money Loves Drugs Fame
10. Day Tripper
11. Attractive


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