Over the past few weeks we’ve been lucky enough to have Louis Papantos lending a hand at the Warner/Cool Accidents HQ (That’s him above in the beanie with his business partner/mortal enemy/bane of his existence Will Evans)
When he’s not busy going on coffee runs and licking stamps for mailouts, Louis (with Will) is running Melbourne based label and music services company Zero Through Nine, who are responsible for putting out quality music from a bunch of Australian bad bois like Japanese Wallpaper & Lower Spectrum.
Being that Louis is a nice guy with extremely good taste in music and is already running his own label at 21 we figure he’ll eventually be our boss one day so we gave him a break from photocopying and asked him to put together a list of 21 of his fave Aussie acts that (to the best of his knowledge) are under the age of 21.
As a disclaimer Louis wants to mention that he works with a few of these acts but nonetheless they are still some of his favorites within the age bracket.
Checkout his selections below and scroll to the bottom for a handy playlist made up of his fave jam from each artist.
Mansionair are hot property at the moment and for a good reason. Reminds me of Gold Panda/Young Magic
Classy hip-hop act out of Melbourne, his sounds are very reminiscent of 90’s hip-hop.
Melbourne’s bad boy Leaks, a champion of karaoke and at creating down-tempo jams inspired by the likes of Burial, Shlohmo and James Blake.
Wonder boy Japanese Wallpaper, only 17 and has had his music used by Offspring, Zach Braff and received praise from legends such as Jonti, Gotye and Chet Faker.
VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC
Stunning four piece band out of Brisbane. They’ve racked up quite an achievement list already in their early stages of their career, having showcased their music at SXSW and also supported the likes of Daughter and London Grammer, not to mention the casual millions of plays across their socials.
In my opinion, they’re one of the greatest techno exports coming out of Australia, and the best from Frankston. If you haven’t seen these fellas live or listened to their music, you are seriously missing out. That boiler room party was the highlight of my year so far.
We haven’t heard much from Raudie since his debut single ‘Marcus’ late last year, however, gauging from his debut track he has some serious vibes going on. Hopefully we’ll see more soon.
Does it still count if one is under the age limit of this piece? Anyways, how to describe Surf Dad… A part from being a little too good at NBA 2K14, avid Geelong Cats fans and probably the loveliest brothers on the face of the Earth, they’re also one of my favorite producers in Melbourne. If you’re a fan of Jamie XX, The Streets and Floating Points, this one’s for you.
Pretty nice stuff, great voice, keen to hear more from her.
A mysterious producer, other than his real name being Charlie Tait there’s not much available on him. What I’ve heard of his tunes he has some serious talent, very James Blake / Mount Kimbie-ish.
Adidas tracksuits, great at snapchat and collaborations with Ryan Hemsworth, Brisbane based producer, UV Boi is just all round rad.
Lucianblomkamp is creating awesome experimental electronic music, best part it’s resonating with a crowd that I wouldn’t have expected it would. I hope to see more music like this stem from his success.
A bunch of great dudes that create great music. Tora are a 5 piece band from Byron Bay with each member being incredibly talented in their own right. Judging from what I’ve heard from them, their upcoming album is going to be incredible.
I really like her track Statues, those vocals are astounding and the production reminds me of something you’d find on a Jamie Woon track and that’s a very good thing.
A very elusive character, FEMALE makes some pretty great cinematic beats, sounds like something you’d hear from Zomby’s ‘With Love’ album.
Tkay Maidza is the creator of that ridiculously catchy track that you may of heard called Brontosaurus. Her follow up ‘U Huh’ is just as good.
Not from our little corner in the world, but Monsoonsiren is a 19 year old singer/producer from India, his debut record was the collaboration EP with Melbourne producer, Tom Day. He’s now collaborating with acts such as Odesza, definitely an artist to keep watch of. Obvious comparisons are, Sigur Ros, Bon Iver.
High quality production beats. That remnants track is serious business. Closest comparison I could give would be Melbourne’s own Thrupence.
Pronounced Daisy, real name Alex, Project Mooncircle signee. Super cool stuff, although it seems he’s dropped off on this alias and started producing under a new monicker.
The name on everybody’s lips at the moment and for good reason. Her debut, Old Age, is awesome.
UK based artist Lapsley is only 18 and already a master of her craft. Beautiful vocals, great production, I’m genuinely excited to hear more from her.