Just Released:

New Music with Bill Riner and Brandon Stewart

Grafico Topico has recently discovered this great new music programme by ABC's music experts Bill Riner and Brandon Stewart, and we thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a pulse.

Very experienced and knowledgeable music programmers, Bill and Brandon explore beyond commercial playlists, and search out the more unusual and interesting releases. Although not too far off the beaten track, the music is accessible and fresh, and the information about the artist and recordings thorough, in depth and informative.

Of particular interest to contemporary followers is Luiz Bonfá's "Seville (edit)" which features the sample used by Australian artist Gotyé featuring Kimbra's hit song "Somebody that I used to know" and currently #1 in the UK. Bill explores the original recording and how Gotyé uses the sample to underpin this hit record. The programme is worth listening to just for this fascinating revelation and insight.

This weeks releases also feature some hot instrumentalists Bridie King, an Australian artist and boogie, blues and jazz pianist; terrific vocals from Emeli Sandé on her releases "Heaven" and "River", new tracks from diverse male artists ex White Stripes frontman Jack White "Love interruption" and a great blues track from Tom Jones "Evil" - produced by Jack White.

A great discovery for me is the inclusion of Jason Mraz's moving ballad "I won't give up". The depth of the songwriting and the superlative vocal performance takes what could have turned into an "off the shelf generic" ballad, into a realm of its own. I wasn't surprised to find out he grew up with the sounds of the Dave Mathews Band, and that a previous album had been produced by John Alagia whose credits include John Mayer and The Dave Mathews Band.

Moving along, in what seems a revisit to the commercial 80s, a new release from the reformed Van Halen is "Tattoo", a song featuring David Lee Roth on vocals, and trademark searing guitarwork from Eddie Van Halen. The track at first seemed out of place with the previous playlist, but this reviewer soon found the groove compelling.

To complete the programme, another legend of this century, Leonard Cohen's song "Going Home" certainly whets the appetite, and leaves this listener wanting more! Of interest, the lyrics to this song are featured as a poem on "The New Yorker".

"Just Released" is a weekly programme which can be heard on ABC digital radio, ABC Dig Music, and also on Radio Australia. To hear the programme and find out more about it, and where and when it can be heard CLICK HERE

Bill Riner with Michael JacksonBill Riner is Network Music Programmer for the ABC's Local Radio Network (60 stations). Bill has worked as a broadcaster and programmer since the 1970s in America and Australia. Career highlights include working as a broadcaster with Progressive Rock (Florida), and with 4ZZZ (Brisbane) and 10 years as on-air and programme director with FM104 in Brisbane. Bill has been a speaker at many music summits including "Big Sound" in Brisbane and "ROCKon Music Summit" in Rockhampton