Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM are in the final days of their annual Radio Festival, where they’re seeking donations from listeners, asking them to dig deep and support the station that continues to support the best emerging, independent, specialist and underrepresented music 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. We asked PBS Music Coordinator, Firas Massouh to put together a list of some of his favourite releases of 2020 that he can’t stop spinning, to celebrate this year’s Radio Festival theme, ‘You Can’t Stop The Music’.

Paul Kelly – Hummin’ To Myself

This ode to isolation couldn’t have come at a better time. The video of this song is very cool too, showing the great Paul Kelly kicking a footy on his lonesome. Watching it, all I can think about is just how wonderful it would be to kick a footy with him and a few other local legends. It sounds like we are able to do this again so maybe it’ll happen.

Hannah Cameron – Backsliding

There is such gorgeous subtle orchestration in this song that I discover new things every time I listen to it. A slow bass chug is the centre point of this reflective monologue in which Hannah Cameron tries to talk herself out of making a bad decision. The string section part at the end beautifully captures the argument she is having with herself.

Capitol K – Temple

I haven’t been able to stop listening to this hypnotic initiation dance from London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Capitol K. Produced in his native Malta, this track is a joyous electro folk-noir odyssey like no other. Animated by homemade flutes and bamboo percussion and driven by a beat that is at once headstrong and tender, this track is like being on a fishing boat in calm waters heading towards a Mediterranean horizon. Do yourself a favour. You’ll be hooked.

Zig Zag – Crying All The Way To The Bank

A critical interrogation of the relationship between art, money and life, this is unquestionably my favourite track to come out of Melbourne this year so far. I’ve said enough. Play it loud and let the music speak for itself.

Alabaster DePlume – Whisky Story Time

Who doesn’t love a good whisky and a good story? This gentle meditation is a wonderful accompaniment to both of these things.

Hame DJ – Zoot

I first came across this banger when a DJ played it at a party long before it was released. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I am so grateful that it’s finally out in the world.

Kelly Lee Owens – Melt!

This is what you should play when you need to transport yourself back to the nightclub, to melt to some banging techno.

Unloved, Raven Violet – Strange Effect

It’s a strange world out there, so find yourself a lovely strange person who has a strange effect on you and stay home with them.

Dreems – The Bends (Re-Bent)

For me, no playlist is ever complete without something from electronic label Multi Culti. Have a listen to this timely mind-bender from label co-founder and wacky wizard Angus Gruzman, aka Dreems, and see where it takes you.

Check out Firas’ playlist on Spotify here

PBS Radio Festival 2020: You Can’t Stop The Music
Monday May 18 – Sunday May 31

To Sign up, renew or donate and for the full list of daily prizes, head over to www.pbsfm.org.au
If you are having trouble renewing online, you can email info@pbsfm.org.au or try calling (03) 8415 1067 between 10am-6pm Monday to Friday and PBS will do their best to answer your call.

Anyone who signs up and pays for their membership before June 30 will also be eligible to win this year’s Major Prizes.

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