Live Review: Triple j Unearthed ARIA Showcase

30 November 2015 | 12:31 pm | Melissa Borg

"Torif's mesmerising vocals disguised the forthcoming bass drop that really turned this set into a party."

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It was refreshing to see a mostly female line-up featured for triple j's Unearthed ARIA party, with Dom Alessio stepping up to introduce Sydney-based artist Gordi.

Her clever melding of acoustic sounds with lush electronics created a textured soundscape that she could own as she performed comfortably for tonight's eager crowd. Her rich, resonant vocals were undeniably the star of the show, blowing us away with renditions of Nothing's As It Seems and Can We Work It Out.

There's no denying that Airling, aka Hannah Shepherd, has been slaying it this past year, but admittedly this was not her night. She got off to a good start, momentarily silencing the crowd with her ethereal, echoed vocals, but some technical difficultly left a massive hole in her set that she tried to fill with banter that was drowned out by crowd chatter. She moved on to singing Forces a cappella before recovering with a new groovy track. She injected some R&B vibes into her set covering Usher's U Got It Bad, before ending on Wasted Pilots.

Shoutout to Luen, whose 100% Australian dance mix was pumping, amping up the jams as the night went on.

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Vallis Alps were revealed from behind a curtain, but what really captured our attention were Parissa Tosif's mesmerising vocals, which disguised the forthcoming bass drop that really turned this set into a party. The duo kept dropping bangers, making it impossible for the crowd to stand still, even during the two new tracks they aired.

The duo cut loose on the finale, wrapping it up with hard-hitting, extended versions of Thru and Young, which kept punters bouncing out the door, hopefully to spread the word that Australian music is absolutely ace.