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Following up her cover of Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’ for 4AD’s 40th anniversary compilation album ‘Bills & Aches & Blues’ last month, Australian singer, songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza unleashes new single ‘Syrup’. Produced by Dan Farber, the single sees Maidza channel her inner Optimus Prime as she spits her sweet yet spicy words over the hard-hitting, bass-heavy beat. Check out the stellar track to the right and keep an eye out for more from Tkay Maidza.
Nineteen year-old Perth-based artist MALi JO$E unleashes stellar new single ‘PORTALS’ which is produced by long-time collaborator OJC43. The single follows a series of equally impressive cuts from last year which include ‘This Could Be You’, ‘Squad’ and ‘Ladybird’ and arrives alongside an atmospheric music video. Check out ‘PORTALS’ here, which sees the young rapper reflect on “the feeling of uncertainty about the future”.
Chinese/Australian avant-garde composer Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 and Melbourne-based artist Tim Shiel team up for mesmerising new EP ‘Nervous Energy 一触即发’. Over the course of the project’s four expansive tracks, the two artists present wonderfully striking and seamlessly fluid blends of sounds that invite and invigorate from start to finish. From opener ‘Sleeping Tiger On The Bund 蓄势待发’ to closing cut ‘My Love Is Not What It Was 嗔念’, the EP is a blissfully vibrant and soothing experience from start to finish. Stream it in full to the right.
Melbourne-based artist Rodé serves up a sensational slice of Alternative R&B in the form of ‘Are You Thinking Of Me?’. Soundtracked by warped electronic beats that create an entirely immersive and captivating atmosphere, it’s Rodé’s beguiling vocals that steal the show here as she utters “Where you are, where you be, are you thinking of me?”. The perfect Valentine’s track, the song is “about the early stages of attraction where you start to catch feelings for someone” – check it out here.
Melbourne-based newcomer daine unveils the long-awaited official version of ‘Bloody Knees’ (produced by Circle Pitt), her final offering of the year. Over the past year, the Filipino-Australian artist has been showcasing her delectable slices of pop with a string of singles like ‘Picking Flowers’, ‘My Way Out’, ‘Ascension’ and ‘Angel Numbers’ and an unofficial ‘nitecore’ version of the new single on her SoundCloud which caught the attention of Charli XCX. Check out ‘Bloody Knees’ here and keep an eye out for more from this rising artist.
Byron Bay, Australia-based psych-pop outfit Babe Rainbow return with the release of sun-soaked, dreamy new single ‘Zeitgeist’. Serving as the band’s first release of the year, the shimmering single is taken from a forthcoming double A-side 7″ which will be released by Flightless Records. Soundtracked by radiant guitars and mellow rhythms tinged with bright synths, the track’s ethereal and psychedelic aesthetic is taken to by the gorgeous vocals that drift across the soundscape like a gentle breeze. Warm your soul with ‘Zeitgeist’ here.
Melbourne, Australia-based multidisciplinary artist Dugong Jr shares his highly-anticipated new EP ‘Pleasure Principle’. With contributions from the likes of Jordan Dennis, Evangeline and Rromarin, the six-track project features previous cuts like ‘Ghost’ and ‘Float’ as well as new gems ‘Slow It Down’ and ‘On My Own’. Throughout the project, Dugong Jr casts his sonic wizardry with funk-filled electronic beats that are topped off by the slick vocals from his fellow Aussie contemporaries. Stream ‘Pleasure Principle’ in full here.
Melbourne based artist Tim Shiel continues his ‘Distraction Season’ series with ‘Get Into Your Love’, a collaboration with vocalist and harpist Lucy Roleff. Driven by a relentless electronic dub beat that brings to the mind the raving sounds of Jamie xx, the single is taken to heavenly heights with Roleff’s enchanting vocals soaring above as she sings “get out of the water and get into your love”. Dive into the serene waters of ‘Get Into Your Love’ and be sure to check out Tim Shiel’s other ‘Distraction Season’ single ‘Coliseum’ which features Genesis Owusu if you haven’t already done so.
Melbourne, Australia-based act Hugh Klein follows his delightful debut ‘Quand C’est Mou’ with another dazzling cut in the form of ‘Sensitive’. Taken from his forthcoming debut full length ‘No Plans, No Rules’ via Sydney/Berlin based label Lekker Collective, the single encompasses a lush soundscape of crisp drums, delicate keys and sublime guitars that’re sprinkled with Klein’s impeccably smooth and rich vocals. Tap into the jazz-infused single here and be sure to check out ‘No Plans, No Rules’ when it drops later this year.
Melbourne, Australia based artist will hyde shares stunning new single ‘dark until september.’ which is the latest cut to be taken from his new EP ‘with u in mind.’. Following previous singles ‘easy for u.’, ‘meant to be.’ and ‘over u.’, the single captures the singer’s honest songwriting and heartfelt vocals over a guitar-laden soundscape tinged with electronics. Tuck into ‘dark until september.’ here and be sure to give ‘with u in mind.’ a spin when it drops on October 23rd.
Australian rapper Jordan Dennis serves up a stellar new single in the form of ‘Hokus Pokus’ which is lifted from his upcoming ‘HDMI2’ EP. Arriving with a spectacular and cinematic music video directed by Jonathan Karalis of 76m Films in which Dennis depicts a magician, the track boasts a booming beat penned by JUJO whilst Dennis works his magic with his lyrical wit and breezy flow. Dive into the single and video here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘HDMI2’ which is out later this year.
Australian duo Brutalist (comprising Melbourne-based producer Lucianblomkamp and John Hassell) have teamed up with LYAM on new single ‘Balsalke’. Lifted from the pair’s latest EP titled ‘Michael J Fox’ which follows up their fantastic debut mixtape from 2016, the single encompasses a hard-hitting electronic beat which carries LYAM’s gritty and raw delivery. Check out the brilliant single and it’s hyper-real music video directed by Tristan Jalleh here.
Introducing Australian singer/songwriter ASHWARYA (pronounced ash-waa-ree-ya) and her shape-shifting new single ‘BIRYANI’. Serving as the follow up to her striking debut single ‘PSYCHO HOLE’ which dropped this past summer, the explosive new single is accompanied by an hypnotic DIY music video which was shot in ASHWARYA’s garage during lockdown. Shifting between Hindi and English, ‘BIRYANI’ is a melting pot of blazing electronics, warbling bass and some killer vocals – check it out for yourself here.
Australian singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist FELIVAND aka Felicity Vanderveen shares soulful new single ‘Trajectory’. A swirling pop gem from start to finish, ‘Trajectory’ is soundtracked by spirited instrumentation that boasts a warbling bass and crisp electronic flourishes to serve as the perfect backdrop for FELIVAND’s sublime vocals. Check out the brilliant single and it’s stunning music video here.
Premiering here at COLORS, Brisbane based three-piece Pink Matter unveil their glorious new single ‘You’ll Never Know’. Co-produced with close collaborator Harvey Sutherland, the track blends together infectious pop melodies with soulful vocals that sweep across the shimmering soundscape. Check out the single and it’s brilliant music video here and see why Pink Matter are one of the most exciting bands to come out of Australia this year.
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.