We’re back with another heated month of music and if you’re starting your shortlist for your favourite tracks of the year, it might be a good idea to sit tight and see what has dropped this month.
Skrillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever
After over two years since his last album, Skrillex has come out firing, on the bouncy dance hit ‘Would You Ever’. Teaming up with popular songwriter/producer Poo Bear, the pair have pulled off a palatable hit featuring the trademark vocal warping that we know and love from Skrillex. First known as a dubstep producer, Skrillex has continued to amaze us over his remarkable career, constantly reinventing himself and keeping his sound fresh and exciting. ‘Would You Ever’ opens the door to a potential new album.
Kllo – Virtue
Melbourne based duo Kllo have welcomed the announcement of their anticipated debut album with their new track ‘Virtue’. Gaining well-deserved praise from their masterpiece of an EP last year, ‘Virtue’ continues on their killer spacious floor-filler combination, that is as contrastingly soft and beautiful as it is uplifting and pacey. Get around this!
Charli XCX – Boys
After dropping an album only a few months ago, Charli XCX has been quick off the mark working on the follow up, dropping one of the most talked about tracks of the year ‘Boys’. The track has been making headlines around the globe for the self-directed video which features 60 famous blokes including our Aussie pals Flume and Vance Joy. We’re not taking anything away from the song either, it’s a total earworm and one of the biggest guilty pleasures of the year.
KWAYE – Sweetest Life
Zimbabwean born, London based artist KWAYE has had a remarkable rise to success. Believe it or not, KWAYE got his big break after playing a demo to an Uber driver who just happened to be a former A&R executive. Before he knew it, he had a record deal with Mind of a Genius (the crew behind next-gen powerhouses ZHU, Gallant, THEY & Klangstof). His latest release ‘Sweetest Life’ is an uplifting combination of pop, R&B and neo-soul, triumphed by his spectacular voice. Watch this space!
Amine – Spice Girl
It’s been a monumental year for Portland rapper Amine. Following the footsteps of artists like Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and Vince Staples, he was recently named as one of the ten members of XXL Magazine’s prestigious ‘2017 Freshman Class’. Now he’s set his sights on his debut album ‘Good for You’ and new single ‘Spice Girl’, a super-fun ode to one of the biggest 90s girl-bands, who have all individually approved of the track.
Paces – Creepin
After something a little more dancefloor ready? Gold Coast Producer Paces has had an astronomical 12 months, gaining worldwide acclaim after the release of his debut album ‘Vacation’ last year and more recently his follow up single ‘Savage’. Now gearing up for album #2 Paces returns with his trademark summer vibing sound on ‘Creepin’. Overall it’s the super-fun combination of his unique and unrivalled sound, undisturbed vocals and his club-ready drop that proves ‘Creepin’ to be on that winning formula once again.
ABRA – Sick Girl
Coming onto the scene as an RnB singer from her bedroom, Atlanta based artist Abra’s profile has rapidly risen, pulling through as one of the world coolest and most in-demand female artists. Tallying up a number of releases this year alone, Abra’s ‘Sick Girl’ showcases the futuristic elements that is really separating her from the rest.
Vera Blue – Regular Touch
The next wave of female singer/songwriters in Australia have well and truly put the Australian music landscape in a good place over the past few years. Fan-favourites like Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, Wafia and George Maple have really redefined pop music for the better. Without taking anything away from the plethora of female Australian artists who are doing good things right now, we couldn’t go past the new album from one of the countries beloved new talents Vera Blue. ‘Regular Touch’ showcases Vera’s comfortability being a guiding light for the new pop music sound n Australia. – It’s a certified future pop-hit, and office favourite from us.
Dan Sultan – Kingdom
Arguably one of the best voices in Australian music right now, alt-rocker Dan Sultan has released a contender for one of our favourite albums of the month. The singer/songwriter has launched his fourth studio album with his new track ‘Kingdom’, an alternative stomper with ingredients of an anthemic ballad. You don’t have to be an alt-rock lover to get around the pure beauty in this.
Album of the Month: Mura Masa – Mura Masa
There was no question for us that Mura Masa’s highly anticipated album would be our favourite for the month. Right from the opener ‘Messy Love’, Mura brings something totally refreshing and on-brand to the table, leaving nothing left for the imagination. Featuring a healthy list of collaborators such as A$AP Rocky, Desiigner, Charli XCX, NAO, Bonzai, Jamie Lidell and Blue/Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn, the album showcases his transition to to a global electronic powerhouse.
Better yet, the album is one that seamlessly translates from a thoroughly enjoyable record into his eclectic live shows – something that electronic artists have the tough task of encountering. Pleasing fans old and new, the record includes mega-hit ‘Love$ick’, fan-favourite ‘Firefly’ and new party gems ‘1 Night’ to pull together a spectacular offering from back-to-front.