As per usual, triple j has spent the last week delivering some absolutely amazing tracks to your ears, with amazing Aussie acts getting plenty of spin, while sharing the spotlight with our international friends as well.
With so many amazing artists and songs floating around the airwaves, it can be a little hard to keep track of what we’ve been listening to over the week. That’s why we’ve decided to take a look back over the 20 most-played artists on triple j this week, and give you a quick rundown on just who they are, and why you’ve been hearing so much of them.
20. Polish Club
Australia’s most fun-loving two piece, Polish Club have hardly finished celebrating their debut record, new EP Okie Dokie, and now a cover of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Currently on tour with the likes of West Thebarton, Polish Club are finishing off 2017 in the best way possible.
19. Ecca Vandal
Ecca Vandal has been killing it on the local scene for a couple of years now, but fans were hanging out for that fabled debut record. Since the release of her self-titled record back in October, her popularity has skyrocketed with fans all over the country listening to the brilliant tunes she works so hard to create.
A year ago, most Aussie music fans would have had no clue who Yaeji was, but now, this New York City-based DJ has found a way to turn her huge bangers into some seriously amazingaffairs. With tracks like ‘raingurl’ doing the rounds on triple j right now, this amazing muso has been getting the praise she so deserves.
Sløtface have spent the last year dominating the international music scene, thanks to their memorable name and their no-holds-barred punk-rock attitude. Following a trip to Australia this year, the band’s popularity received a huge boost, with countless Aussies citing them as one of their new favourites.
16. What So Not
What So Not already had a banner year thanks to a collaboration with LPX, but now a collaboration with Daniel Johns has produced ‘Bo Ok Again’, a jam so beloved by triple j that it’s managed to score the status of being the eleventh most-played track for the week.
15. Matthew Young
Matthew Young has been on and off this list in recent months, as his slick, smooth sounds have been capturing the hearts and minds of Aussies constantly. Currently the twelfth most-played track for this week, ‘Hey’ sees this kooky New Zealander doing what he does best and reaping the benefits.
14. Bishop Briggs
Bishop Briggs has only been making music professionally for the last couple of years, but in those few years we’ve fallen in love with what she’s created. Having now scored some major airplay thanks to songs like ‘Hi-Lo (Hollow)’, and ‘Dream’, this won’t be the last we hear of this English muso, and that suits us just fine.
13. Jack River
Jack River captured the hearts of Aussies last year with tracks like ‘Palo Alto’, but after a year of putting as much hard work as you could expect, she’s returned with the brilliant ‘Fault Lines’. The fourth most-played track this week, Jack River is on her way to some serious fame.
12. The Presets
It’s been a couple of years since we last heard new tunes from The Presets, but now that the boys are back with their “techno version of an Aussie pub rock song,” ‘Do What You Want’, we’ve been loving every second of it.
Pnau had an absolutely killer 2016 with ‘Chameleon’, and now with plenty of tracks from their new album Changa making the rounds, including ‘Go Bang’, the band’s popularity has absolutely skyrocketed. Not bad for a band that formed close to 20 years ago.
10. Vallis Alps
Vallis Alps have been slowly rising over the last couple of years, slowly becoming one of Australia’s favourite new artists. Having released two EPs in as many years, the duo have now released the brilliant ‘So Settled’, which has impressed listeners enough to become the sixth most-played track on the station this week.
This US hip-hop collective might have only been around a few years, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving us two huge records already this year, with another one, their supposedly ‘final’ record, on the way this week. With tracks like ‘Swamp’ and ‘Sweet’ becoming firm favourites for fans, expect to hear plenty more from these amazing musicians when their next record drops.
Samsaruh has had an absolutely amazing year in 2017, with countless tunes being spun on triple j, triple j Unearthed, and plenty of collaborations with big name musos. Given how good tracks like ‘Beautiful Killer’ are, it’s hardly any wonder why she’s been getting major airplay on triple j.
Having risen in popularity for a couple of years now, it’s no surprise that a collab with Adelaide’s Tkay Maidza was going to be the key to success for Basenji. Currently the second most-played track on triple j this week, we reckon this one could be right at the top in no time.
6. The Killers
The Killers had a pretty huge year as well in 2017, thanks to a number one album, a secret show in Melbourne, and performances at the AFL Grand Final. Now, with the Las Vegas rockers set to return to Australia in just a matter of months, they’ve scored some pretty impressive airplay on triple j once again.
5. Tame Impala
It’s been two years since Tame Impala last released a record, but thanks in part to the recent Collector’s Edition reissue of Currents, they’re back on top of the popularity pile. Let’s face it though, they were never too far away.
Starcrawler have been together for almost no time at all, but it’s taken them almost the same amount of time to start creating some brilliant rock tunes that will get you out of your seat and dancing around the room. With ‘I Love LA’ the most-played track on triple j this week, it’s a perfect addition to any rock-lover’s playlist.
3. The Wombats
For a band who tour our country as much as The Wombats, they might as well be honorary Aussies by now. Having recently announced a new album is on the way, their lead single ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’ has been scoring some serious love. Now we just have to wait for the inevitable Aussie tour!
2. Tired Lion
Tired Lion’s Dumb Days scored plenty of accolades and critical reception upon its release, but the band aren’t obviously out of the minds of fans just yet, with triple j giving Tired Lion enough spins to make them one of the most-played acts on the station this week.
Miguel has been absolutely blowing up in recent years, and with the US hip-hop champion releasing his fourth album, War & Leisure just last week, featuring the huge jam ‘Sky Walker’, you can expect to hear plenty more of him real soon.