Things got serious


here at Golden Retriever in 2014, with musicians and producers from all over coming to do their thing and enjoy our positive, sunlit vibes and warm sounding vintage gear. We made lots of friends, bought heaps of things, improved some others and the studio price remains insanely low, so it's been another great year.


The Creases announced their arrival and continued to kick butt with high rotation on jjj, a slot on the main stage at Splendour In The Grass, a bunch of hi-profile supports and the release of their e.p. ‘Gradient’ through Liberation records. It was produced by Simon between Brisbane and Berlin and you should check out lead single ‘Static Lines’, mixed at Golden Retriever:



Ducktails (aka Matt Mondanile from indie heroes Real Estate) came over for a couple of weeks and recorded a bunch of tracks for his new album with Simon, which are being mixed in LA right now for a release on Domino Records next year. The newly restored Hammond X-66, the super weird Korg DW8000 synth and all the drum machines got a heavy workout. We've been listening to rough mixes but we can’t show you just yet, so here's a classic:


British India booked the whole dreamy summer month of July and recorded their new album with Simon. The first single, ‘Wrong Direction’ was mixed at Sing Sing in Melbourne and has been all over Australian radio:


Berlin locals Charity Children are half way through new recordings with Golden Retriever alumni Jeremy Notham and Enda Gallery. You can check some of their pervious work below:


We can’t wait to show you the new album from young Irish songsmiths All The Luck In The World, which they have been recording here at the studio with fellow Irishman Paul Pilot (Athlete, Duke Special). In the meantime check out the beautiful ‘Never’, tracked in their kitchen:


Passenger got ridiculously huge over the last couple of years, sparking renewed interest in his previous record, ‘Flight Of The Crow’, produced by Simon way back in 2010 and funded by busking when Mike was a pretty much unknown English guy making his way around the towns and cities of Australia. So congrats, Passenger and we’re glad to see the album get some well deserved praise. 



We also got the Neotek firing for some hip hop mixes with Brooklyn/Berlin MC and DJ Stimulus. Read about his Stimmi Hendrix project and watch here:



MANY THINGS released new tracks, recorded at Golden Retriever and continue to grow themselves a big fat pie in both the UK and Australia.


Simon also had time to mix a new single for Newcastle group Twin Lakes and it's been getting a lot of blog love:

And finally Simon’s old band Philadelphia Grand Jury convinced each other to get back together and make a new record, bringing Producer Tim Whitten (Go-Betweens, The Necks) over to copilot and mediate. They drove each other nuts but they also wrote and recorded the whole thing in 10 days AND they actually like it. Can’t wait to show you the first single early 2015!