It is rare I am really blown away by a new piece of music. It comes with the territory of listening to music for most of your waking hours. That is part of the job. Taking a break and stepping away from it can reinvigorate your ear buds, or just finding some damn good music. Melbourne-based artist Alice Ivy has done just that with her debut album I’m Dreaming that has a bit of electronic, hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk and everything in between.
There is a hint of The Avalanches, but less psychedelic and funkier. She digs in the crates for great funk samples, while crafting her own uptempo funky beats, collaborating with a slew of rappers and singers. Ivy will even sing on a few of the more subdued songs throughout the album herself.
The album does well to oscillate between big, festival pleasing tunes with heavy percussion and funk and then slow-burners that rely more on that soul, jazz and soft electronica like “Bella” and the album closer “Kaya High.”
Then there will be the big and bombastic tracks like “Almost Here,” “Charlie” and “Be Friends,” which tie in everything that is great about this album. It is fun, well-produced and innovative. I am not one for superlatives, but wow.
Stream I'm Dreaming below.