Melbourne based singer-songwriter/producer, Tim Ayre – previously lead singer and keyboard player with indie pop duo Tim & Jean – has pre-empted the release of his upcoming debut EP with visuals for tropical pop track ‘LAXX’, which is a play on words. “In Australia we say LAXX as slang for relaxed (ie. Having a lax on the beach) and it’s also a reference to LAX airport in LA,” says Ayre. “I wanted to bring inspiration from those two references into the song.”

Influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Flaming Lips and Daft Punk, and inspired by timeless moments spent by the ocean listening to his favourite trove of songs, Tim Ayre’s debut EP was produced and co-written with Dylan Ollivierre from The Money War and encapsulates this peaceful yet powerful instant of introspection. The result is a highly chromatic and wistful sound that draws on the authenticity of yesterday to offer a vintage aesthetic of our day.

As for his playlist for FMS, check out the Top 10 songs he’d listen to on vacation.

1. Air – ‘La femme d’argent’

“I feel like I’m sailing in the French Rivera when listening to this song.”

2. The Beach Boys – ‘Surfer Girl’

“A classic that has always lightened up my day. The harmonies and melodies are out of this world.”

3. Steve Lacy – ‘Dark Red’

“Simple but brilliant… this track is a proper vibe.”

4. Beach Fossils – ‘Saint Ivy’

“I’m a sucker for dreamy bops and this is one of those.”

5. Still Woozy – ‘Goodie Bag’

“This track is epic… full of spice and dynamic.”

6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Hunnybee’

“Such a punchy yet lo-fi sound, I’m also a fan of Prince.”

7. Men I Trust – ‘Tailwhip’

“I’m a fan of everything these guys do. Quality.”

8. Benny Sings – ‘Big Brown Eyes’

“How could you not boogie around the house, on your own, with this blasting out of your Google Play. I know I do.”

9. Phoenix – ‘If I Ever Feel Better’

“Dancing to this track all night.”

10. George Harrison – ‘What Is Life’

“Never really looked into George until recently… probably my favourite Beatle.”

Tim Ayre’s debut EP is set to be released this November via Kitsuné Musique. Check out ‘LAXX’ HERE.

You can listen to all Ask the DJ playlists on the FMS Magazine Spotify CHANNEL.

Find Tim Ayre’s playlist below and HERE.

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