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Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based rapper Sampa The Great reveals a striking music video for ‘Time’s Up’, taken from last year’s ‘The Return’ album. Just as fiery and explosive as the track itself, the vibrant visual which is directed by Sanjay De Silva serves as a sharp and direct critique of the music industry’s exploitation of her work and artistry. Check out the hard-hitting single and it’s equally arresting music video here.
Zambia-born, Australia-based artist Jeida Woods returns with a dark and haunting new cut in the form of ‘Ultraviolet’, taken from his upcoming debut EP. With production courtesy of Taka Perry who lays down a dynamic soundbed for Woods to work his magic with those inviting and intimate vocals as he narrates a piercing tale of a dark romance. Check out the single here which is accompanied by an intense and breathtaking visual.
Having released a number of stellar mixtapes over the past few years, Sydney based producer MXXWLL unveils his highly anticipated debut full length album ‘SHEEESH’ which enlists the likes of Kyle Dion, SiR and Aloe Blacc. Featuring previously released single ‘LIGHT TURN GREEN’ (a collaboration with John Givez, Rae Khalil and Carrtoons) and ‘THINGS U DO’, the seventeen-track record is filled to the brim with the producer’s enticing and scintillating productions. On ‘SHEEESH’, MXXWLL finds the perfect sweet spot by blending together G-Funk with 90’s and 00’s R&B to create a super chilled out atmosphere from start to finish.
Melbounre, Australia based producer Tennis Pagan follows up his debut EP ‘EKO’ with fantastic new single ‘ GALAXIES A MESS’. The skittering electronics embody an ambient soundscape that takes refreshing twists and turns, sending you on an intergalactic journey into a lustrous world. Tuck into the magnificent track here and be sure to keep an eye out for Tennis Pagan’s forthcoming new EP titled ‘STRUTH’.
Australian rapper Tkay Maidza unleashes another explosive new single in the form of ‘Shook’ which is produced by Dan Farber. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Awake’ (featuring JPEGMAFIA) and ‘‘IDC IF U BE DED’, ‘Shook’ further showcases Maidza’s unquestionable versatility as a songwriter and vocalist. Check out the fiery track which boasts a super crisp beat and it’s equally impressive music video directed by Jenna Marsh here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the Adelaide based rapper in the coming months.
Melbourne based duo Kllo (Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam) return with the electric new single ‘Still Here’ taken from their forthcoming album ‘Maybe We Could’. Driven by a set of 90’s inspired rave-drums, the track is given a gentle touch with some delicate piano chords and Kaul’s consoling vocals yearn for understanding as she sings about an emotionally suffocating relationship. Check out the single and it’s Matt Sav-directed video here, and be sure to keep an eye out for the pair’s second album ‘Maybe We Could’ which is out in the coming months.
Consider yourself introduced to rising Perth based rapper MALi JO$E who shares the explosive and uplifting ‘This Could Be You’. Accompanied by a music video directed by Dylan Guy and MALi JO$E, the spirited track features a scintillating beat that serves as the perfect backdrop for JO$E to lay down his sharp verses and chilled vocals. This being the second release for the artist (following last year’s brilliant ‘Mistakes’), it’s safe to say that MALi JO$E is definitely one to watch.
Perth based five-piece Grievous Bodily Calm unveil dazzling new single ‘Sync Step’, an atmospheric jazz cut that’ll keep you on your toes from the get go! A melting pot of oddball sounds that vanish as quickly as they arrive, ‘Sync Step’ is one of those songs that you’ll instantly start moving to regardless of where you are and what you’re doing. Check out the spectacular single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the group’s forthcoming new record which is out later this year.
Australian hip hop collective Superego team up with the incredible Sampa The Great on their latest single ‘Outer Body Stranger’. The five-piece serve up another tantalizing experimental cut that boasts their eclectic instrumentation (this time courtesy of Superego member Faoul Duke) and imaginative storytelling. When you add the fierce flow and sharp delivery of Sampa The Great into the mix, there’s no denying that this one’s pretty special. Check out the single (which is taken from the group’s upcoming EP) and its hypnotic music video by Matsu Photography here.
Australian artist Citizen Kay teams up with Genesis Owusu for his latest single, the funk-filled extravaganza that is ‘Funny Business’. An exploration of “our relationship with mainstream media and how we’re expected to trust it all without question”, the groove-inflected track will get you moving from the moment you press play. Check out the stellar track and it’s accompanying music video which is directed by Nic Vevers here.
Australian singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich aka St. South shares breezy new single ‘Does Your Brain Ever Get This Loud?’. Soundtracked by sweeping electronics, hand claps and twinkling piano melodies, it’s Gavranich’s honeyed tones that truly steal the show here. Contrary to the song’s title, her magical voice transports you to a world of pure serenity and relaxation.
Sydney based producer and DJ Unpin shares explosive new single ‘At Traction’ taken from his forthcoming new EP titled ‘Soy Piccolo’. The dancefloor cut is (without a shadow of a doubt) one of the most exciting and intriguing pieces of electronic music you’ll hear this year. Check out the spectacular single here and be sure to keep an eye out for the new EP which is out March 1st via Velodrome Recordings.
Australian singer/songwriter Chloe Kae (one half of Kllo, who’re currently working on their new album) steps into the spotlight with the first of two solo singles in the form of ‘Misconception’. Released alongside ‘Recluse’, the delicate and smooth single sees Kae’s silky tones wash over the piano and electronic-led production courtesy of Machinedrum (Theophilus London, Azealia Banks & Bonobo). Check out the spectacular track and its accompanying music video here.
If you’re looking for a track to pump you up, look no further than the powerful new single ‘Bass Jumpin’ from Australian artist Arno Faraji. With production courtesy of Moktar and Just A Gent who lay down a bass-heavy beat underlined by groovy guitars and glitchy electronics to allow Faraji to work his magic as he raps about “battling your demons (whatever they are) even when things seem crazy and making opportunities instead of waiting for them”. Check out the equally energetic music video here too, which is directed and filmed by Samson Makumbe.
Melbourne based producer Tim Shiel returns with his first non-soundtrack song in five years with ‘Right in Front of You’, a collaboration with Braille Face. A whirling of woozy sounds that intertwine and coalesce to create an entirely immersive atmosphere, ‘Right in Front of You’ is narrated by Spirit Level label-mate Braille Face’s endearing tones while Sydney producer Anatole lends his fabulous trumpet.
Up-and-coming Melbourne artist ThatKidMaz teams up with rising rapper Jordan Dennis on hard-hitting new single ‘Glow Up’ which follows up his striking debut single ‘No Vibe’. With production from Duan who pens a classic Hip-Hop beat, the simplistic soundscape allows ThatKidMaz and Jordan Dennis to fire off their killer verses which shine from start to finish. The empowering track, which is about Maz’s journey navigating the world in search of ways to channel his individuality, also comes with a great music video directed by Nick Rae.
Australian rapper Tkay Maidza closes out the year with another hard-hitting and powerful single in the form of ‘IDC IF U BE DED’. Following up her previously released single ‘Awake’ with COLORS alum JPEGMAFIA, Maidza serves up more of her sharp verses as she raps with the utmost confident flow as she delivers killer lines like “I just left you on read / IDC if you ded”. With production from Dan Farber, Maidza once again proves why she’s one of the most exciting rappers to come out of Australia in quite a while.
Melbourne based producer and sound designer Sig Nu Gris shares a gripping and captivating four-track project titled ‘Fixations’. Following up her stellar debut single ‘To Un-Know’ earlier this year, the EP features four brilliant re-imaginations of songs that “fascinated” the artist. From the clattery and glitchy atmospherics of opener ‘Skills’ by Gang Starr to the energetic and utterly intoxicating instrumentation on ‘Ongoing Thing’, a remix of 20ysl’s collaboration with Oddisee, ‘Fixations’ is undoubtedly one of the best projects you’ll hear this year.
Australian based Iraqi-Syrian singer/songwriter Wafia releases dreamy new single ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ and an equally charming video. Serving as the follow up to previously released single ‘Hurts’ which featured Louis The Child and Whethan, the Hit-Boy and Rogét Chahayed produced single is accompanied by a wonderful visual directed by Alexandra Gavillet. With an EP in the works, tuck into the stunning intonations of ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ here.
Melbourne based electronic duo GL (comprised of Graeme Pogson and Ella Thompson) mark their return with the groove-inflected new single ‘Night Habit’. Since releasing their superb debut album ‘Touch’ back in 2016, the pair have been relatively quiet, but it looks like things are about to change with ‘Night Habit’, a sensuous and playful number. Led by a funk filled guitar line and electronic beat, the track is a retro-futuristic pop gem that’s heightened by Thompson’s evocative vocals.