Just as you thought the music couldn’t get any better this year, a whole bunch of new material has dropped – and don’t worry we’re not talking about that new T-Swift. Here’s some of our favourite music picks of the month.
Angus & Julia Stone – Chateau
It’s always exciting times when arguably one of Australia’s most loved acts Angus & Julia Stone finalise the finishing touches to their upcoming album ‘Snow’. ‘Chateau’ is the second single from the record, featuring beautiful and slightly more upbeat but equally as gazing sounds as their previous material. ‘Chateau’ is an ode to falling in loving and running away together, and to be fair it doesn’t need a visual to perceive that. The love and melancholy in this really tug on the heartstrings, as it beautifully represents a sense of love and late nights.
PNAU – Into The Sky
It’s been over 9 months since Pnau dropped their mega crossover hit ‘Chameleon’, and as we eagerly await their first album in over 5 years, we’ve finally got three new tracks along with some firm album details to get excited about.
The three tracks ‘Into The Sky’, ‘Control Your Body’ and ‘Young Melody’ offer a diverse insight into how the upcoming album is shaping up, and judging by what we’ve heard, it’s going to be something impressive. ‘Into The Sky’ is the lead of the three and while it doesn’t directly channel that of ‘Chameleon’, it definitely doesn’t lack in originality. If you’re after a little more something to dance too, the other two tracks will go down an absolute treat.
Zhu & Nero – Dreams
The massive EDM collaboration between mysterious dance maestro Zhu & UK Bass act Nero is the collab we never knew we needed, and they’ve absolutely lived up to the hype on this one. ‘Dreams’ is a thumping techno track built for main stages and late nights. ‘Dreams’ seems to take inspiration from the iconic sound of of French techno producer Gesaffelstein, which you wont see anyone complaining about.
Odette – Watch Me Read You
Her official debut single has only been out for a matter of days, but that hasn’t stopped tastemakers labelling her as one of the next big things. On first listen, you immediately become invested in Odette’s beautiful Australian/British accent that is sure to catch you off guard, as she continues to serenade you throughout her emotionally fuelled ballad. Odette’s delicate piano and intricate song writing have set a beautifully honest tone for the singer. Watch this space because she’s the real deal.
Christopher Port – Nobody Choses You
Widely known for his moody electronic vibes in the underground landscape, Melbourne Producer Christopher Port has unleashed another instant favourite with his latest record ‘Nobody Chose You’. Starting off with some soothing melodies and gentle hi-hats, the track has a subtle build, before it eventually matures into mercurial fast-paced UK garage inspired jam. ‘Nobody Choses You’ is stunning from the very beginning and is another palatable addition to the producer’s highly respectable discography. The release marks his first for the Sydney based label Future Classic, who also look after the likes of Flume, Hayden James, Nick Murphy, Touch Sensiive & TaKu to name a few.
Miguel – Sky Walker (feat. Travis Scott)
One of the coolest R&B voices in the game Miguel has returned with what could potential be new material off his forthcoming album. ‘Sky Walker’ sees Miguel go back to his hip-hop/R&B roots, teaming up with Travis Scott on a summer-bop that’s a little more light-hearted and passive than his previous work.
Thomston & SACHI – Ride
The New Zealand dream team collaboration of production duo SACHI and phenomenal vocalist Thomston have absolutely pulled through on their bleach boy collaboration ‘Ride’. The pair have found a winning combo, treading the line between Thomston’s unique and digestible pop vocals along with SACHI’s eclectic powerhouse productions. These guys are future of New Zealand music…Can we claim them as our own yet?
Jorja Smith x Preditah – On My Mind
Compared to the likes of Lauren Hill, FKA Twigs and even Rihanna, Jorja Smith is a promising neo-soul singer from the UK, who’s set to hit great heights over the next couple of years. On her latest track however, Jorja ditches her RnB tempos to team up with UK house producer Preditah on ‘On My Mind’. Once again bringing her delightful vocals to the table, Preditah chops and cuts her voice into soulful garage anthem, likened to the sounds of fellow UK house lords Disclosure. Vibe!
SIBA – Clean Break
Danish producer SIBA has been on the radar for some time, after gaining praise from Charlie XCX and receiving a ton of online love for his last EP ‘My Life with Jessie, My Friends & the Rest of the World’. ‘Clean Break’ is SIBA’s first song of the year and there’s not much more to add than to say it’s a clean electronic/pop earworm, and we’re just waiting for it to blow up.
Album of the Month: Gang of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness
It was a no brainer adding Gang of Youths’ latest album as one of our favourites of the month, and it doesn’t take more than the opening track to realise how spectacular this record truly is. The Aussie band have dropped their 2nd album to critical acclaim, gaining tons of airplay, bookings around the globe and an impressively loyal fan base, and their blossoming careers are just getting started.
If you’re familiar with their previous work, you’d notice their sound in the album steers away from the structure that may have featured in their previous record – And that’s the great thing, don’t get us wrong. The album features a ton of powerful slow burners and journeying tracks, led by the incredible human that is front man Dave Le’aupepe. The thing that makes ‘Go Farther In Lightness’ so incredible is the overall journey and listenability from front to back, and over and over again.
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