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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$E unleashes stellar new single ‘PORTALS’ which is produced by long-time collaborator OJC43. The single follows a series of equally impressive cuts from last year which include ‘This Could Be You’, ‘Squad’ and ‘Ladybird’ and arrives alongside an atmospheric music video. Check out ‘PORTALS’ here, which sees the young rapper reflect on “the feeling of uncertainty about the future”.
Australian rapper Jordan Dennis serves up a stellar new single in the form of ‘Hokus Pokus’ which is lifted from his upcoming ‘HDMI2’ EP. Arriving with a spectacular and cinematic music video directed by Jonathan Karalis of 76m Films in which Dennis depicts a magician, the track boasts a booming beat penned by JUJO whilst Dennis works his magic with his lyrical wit and breezy flow. Dive into the single and video here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘HDMI2’ which is out later this year.
Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based rapper Sampa The Great reveals a striking music video for ‘Time’s Up’, taken from last year’s ‘The Return’ album. Just as fiery and explosive as the track itself, the vibrant visual which is directed by Sanjay De Silva serves as a sharp and direct critique of the music industry’s exploitation of her work and artistry. Check out the hard-hitting single and it’s equally arresting music video here.
Australian rapper Tkay Maidza unleashes another explosive new single in the form of ‘Shook’ which is produced by Dan Farber. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts ‘Awake’ (featuring JPEGMAFIA) and ‘‘IDC IF U BE DED’, ‘Shook’ further showcases Maidza’s unquestionable versatility as a songwriter and vocalist. Check out the fiery track which boasts a super crisp beat and it’s equally impressive music video directed by Jenna Marsh here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the Adelaide based rapper in the coming months.
Consider yourself introduced to rising Perth based rapper MALi JO$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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian based rapper Tkay Maidza teams up with COLORS alum JPEGMAFIA on her hard-hitting comeback single ‘Awake’. Together with Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Maidza flexes her powerful vocals over an eerie and frenetic beat penned by Dan Farber as she raps about insomnia. The first single since her ‘Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1’ from last year, ‘Awake’ is the perfect taste of what’s to come from Tkay Maidza.