As March rolls in and Summer comes to a close, we’re taking a look into some of our favourite tracks and albums over the past month. Welcome to This Month in Music. There were no surprises at the plethora of mega-pop acts releasing singles ahead of the upcoming Summer in the US, however there were a couple of breaking artists (mostly Aussies) who gained all of our attention this month. Check out our monthly music wrap below:
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Vera Blue – Private
A little over a year ago there we few that had heard of the Aussie songstress Vera Blue. Now 12 months down the track, an EP down and collaborations with Illy, Slumberjack and Flume in the bag, she has easily become one of Australia’s most talented and in demand vocalists. ‘Private’ is the first single from her upcoming record, which sees her switch her style up a bit with soaring vocals over epic electronic productions. ‘Private’ combines fire and delicate finesse to show off this amazing talents’ range.
Busy P – Genie (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)
Iconic producer, label boss and former Daft Punk manager Busy P has returned with a French electronic jam featuring the vocals of Mayer Hawthorne. Busy P doesn’t release music often, so when he does, you know it’s going to be good. Combining soulful vocals over a steady and thoroughly enjoyable production, Busy P has delivered an Instant favourite.
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide
We know you’ve probably already heard this 10 times over, but we couldn’t go without mentioning one of the biggest collaborations of the year. Best thing about it…it’s actually a great song. Calvin Harris delivers ‘feel great music’ acquiring the un-acquirable in Frank Ocean and the flavour of the year, Migos – both doing incredible justice to the track. You’ll be hearing this around the place for the next 12 months.
Thundercat – Friend Zone
You may haven’t heard the name Thundercat before, however the LA bassist has worked with some of the world biggest stars for years, playing a hand in records from Mac Miller, Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, Vic Mensa, Flying Lotus and more notably Kendrick Lamar’ on his ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ album. ‘Friend Zone’ is a clear fan favourite from the latest album sheerly because of its comedic lyrical storyline over one of the funkiest basslines that you’ve ever heard.
Brayton Bowman – What’s Really Good
America Singer Songwriter Brayton Bowman, who is a destined hit-maker, has put out a sophisticated pop EP featuring the catchy earworm ‘What’s Really Good? There is a distinctly noticeable British influence in the track, made possible from the co-production of UK Singer/Songwriter MNEK. Brayton Bowman is an artist on the move in 2017, and ‘What Really Good?’ only confirms that. Keep an eye on this guy.
Winston Surfshirt – Be About You
Okay, these guys are going to do big thing this year. No strangers to the northern beaches of Sydney, Winston Surfshirt have been doing the rounds there for some time. Like Tame Impala the project is lead by solo artist Winston Surfshirt, who teams up with his band on the live front. ‘Be About You’ is their debut single which instantly gained the worlds attention due to its abundance of casually cool and soothing sounds.
DJ Premier & Miguel – 2 Lovin U
Who would have thought that the unusual and unexpected collaboration of turntable legend DJ Premier and soul-RnB artist Miguel would work so well?
‘2 Lovin’ U’ features the casually smooth vocals of Miguel over a clean drum beat and what has been described as ‘a funky, bass-led sex banger’ by The Guardian. The track is over 2 years in the making, and these guys surely delivered the goods on this one.
Mookhi – Foul Play feat. Billy Fox
Moohki has quickly become one of Australia’s most loved female discoveries. After being spotted on Triple J Unearthed, it has been onwards and upwards for the 22-year old. ‘Foul Play’ has already gained thousands of plays online with the raw vocals of Billy Fox over a clean, intrinsic and progressive beat.
Moonbase ft Anderson Paak – It Don’t Matter
This is quite possibly the collaboration of a lifetime for Aussie bass act Moonbase. He’s teamed up with one of the most hyped artists in the world right now, America Rapper Anderson Paak (who we talk about almost every month). The result is a thumping rap/bass track of epic proportions.
Album of the Month – Oddisee – The Iceberg
D.C Rapper and Producer Oddisee follows up on his 2016 instrumental album with ‘The Iceberg’, a 12-track offering that sees Oddisee return to the microphone with some words in stow. Delivering a message of love, fear, equality and happiness during a tough political time in the US, the album offers a range of moods over different tempos of hip-hop and funk. What separates this rapper from the rest is his elegant and clean production style, as well as his originality. This guy doesn’t follow the rap pack and that’s why his album is our pick of the month.
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Feature image via Rekt Mag.