New album soon

Part of the reason we’ve been so bad at website recently is that we have spent the last 7 months recording our first album.  It’s about to be mixed and will be out late 2015/early 2016 depending on how long all the release stuff takes to work out.

Spazzkid – “Truly” Remix

Thanks to Spazzkid’s generous sharing of all the stems to his latest EP, we got to remix the awesome track “Truly” which features the Japanese-English rap styles of the inimitable Sarah Bonito.  Check the SC page for download links in mp3 or wav.

Slowly EP is out now

Our new EP, “Slowly” is out now via Tanukineiri and can be downloaded free from here.  It’s a more upbeat counterpart to the Kumori EP from 2014, whilst that one has frustration as a key theme, “Slowly” is happier and in love with the world again.  It is heavily influenced by our love of J-Pop, J-Wave and Ghibli films.  The free download also includes a photobook, shot on Digital Harinezumi, presenting visual accompaniment for each of the tracks.

Trivia: The cover is a back street in Kyoto in the rain, and was shot after Teshi, the writer of Lights And Music blog, showed us around Jet Set Records.

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“As Super Magic Hats, Melbourne’s Rob Masterton has begun to explore a Caribou-like territory of gleefully catchy melodies and psychedelic wooziness in his productions. The approachability and orderliness of Masterton’s one-syllable samples lends a pop sensibility and stuttering summertime energy to his work, which has earned him airtime on BBC 6 and a featured spot for “Happy Jazz” on Bleep’s unsigned track compilation, Filtered.” – XLR8R (USA)

“One of the brightest new electronic acts out of Melbourne” – East to West Blog (Aus)

“Vibrant and energetic electronics are draped over skillfully chopped vocal samples which swiftly carry the track into a blissful momentum. It’s too good to be only enjoyed once.” – Hearing Gold (Can), on “Because of You”


Super Magic Hats is a Melbourne-based musician and producer whose work embraces melody, noise and experimentation.  Super Magic Hats’ sound is based around a sample-everything mentality and a love of unusual instruments and gadgets, underpinned with a gentle irreverence and playfulness, and glued together with intricate edits, delicately placed details, and washes of reverb and delay.

Super Magic Hats emerged on the Melbourne scene in mid-2011, when tracks Happy Jazz and Hangin’ were picked up by blogs and radio and received airplay on Triple J and Triple R. Out of 4,000 entries, Happy Jazz was selected by as a winner of their Filtered competition for unsigned tracks, achieving more blog love and play on BBC Radio 6 along the way.

Making a live debut at Revolver in September 2011, Super Magic Hats has gone on to play many legendary venues around Melbourne and interstate, supporting Rufus, The Kite String Tangle and Shigeto amongst others.  His live set has developed into something both polished and chaotic, as improvised structures and live instrumentation bring tracks to life.

Super Magic Hats’ first EP was self-released in March 2013 supported by an East Coast tour, his second EP was released on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records in October 2014, and his third and latest EP was released on Tanukineiri in Feburary 2015.

Super Magic Hats’ music has been used in commercials and syncs for a range of clients including Melbourne Fashion Week and United Airlines, and Super Magic Hats has recently delivered presentations on Ableton for live performance to the Ableton User Group Melbourne and RMIT.

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