Join us as we’re jumping into some of our favourite new music releases this month.
ALTA – Now You Want Me
It didn’t take long for Melbourne electronic outfit ALTA to set blogs and radios alight with their heaving new single ‘Now You Want Me’. Thumping with a high-pace four on the floor intensity, the single follows on from their more eclectic singles of 2017 ‘Fix It’ and ‘Sentiment’. Steering into UK Garage territories, ALTA have soundly delivered delicate vocals over dance floor ready production, rounding out something that’s as equally dance floor friendly as it is radio friendly. ALTA are quickly becoming one of the most exciting electronic acts that Australia has to offer.
Honne & Tom Misch – Me & You
For fans of UK Indie/Electronic duo Honne and fellow UK Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch, this is seriously a dream collaboration come true. If for some reason you’re only just familiarising yourself, then there’s no better introduction than their new single ‘Me & You’. The single is another taste of Honne’s upcoming sophomore album, which is shaping up to be an exciting follow up to their debut ‘Warm On A Cold Night’.
The Internet – Roll (Burbank Funk)
It’s been a long wait for fans of The Internet, but the band is finally back together after 3 years since their breakthrough Grammy nominated album ‘Ego Death’. Between touring, solo albums and collaborations, it’s been a busy three years for the five-piece group, however their new track signals the return, bringing a funk-filled vibe to their vivacious blend of RnB on their new single ‘Roll (Burbank Funk)’.
Made up of super slick rolling basslines and gazing RnB vocals, the track rides a slow burning journey that gets more addictive with every listen. ‘Roll (Burbank Funk)’ lifts the tempo compared to their previous work, adding to the anticipation of how their upcoming record is going to sound.
Haiku Hands – Jupiter
Making an impressively punchy debut on ‘Not About You’, Haiku Hands have quickly emerged as one of Australia’s hottest acts to watch, having already locked in major festival performances at Splendour in The Grass, Laneway and Groovin The Moo festivals. The girls have returned with their follow up single ‘Jupiter’, teaming up with fellow Aussie Writer/Producers Joelistics, Jayteehazard and El Gusto (Hermitude).
A definite change of pace for the band and a great decision as ‘Jupiter’ serves a funky summertime jam, finding a tasteful home for their style of indie/pop.
Kayex – The Get Up
Sydney based electronic duo KAYEX have been doing some exciting things over the past 12-months. Putting them on the radar of tastemakers, blogs and record labels was their previous single ‘My Friends’, becoming an instant favourite across Triple J unearthed and even cracking over 1M streams online. The duo continues their run of good form with their funk-infused new single ‘The Get Up’, a disco slow burner reminiscent of French electronic artists Justice and Breakbot. You’ll want to turn this one up.
Louis The Child – Better Not feat. Wafia
Since their debut single in 2015, Chicago-based electronic duo Louis The Child have been putting out a steady stream of electronic-pop releases, gaining over a hundred million streams online. Having conquered the US, playing almost every major festival including a recent performance at Coachella, the guys have their sights on the world with their new single ‘Better Not’ featuring Australian artist Wafia. From bedroom studios, Louis The Child are quickly becoming major label goliaths, and they sure know how to make a hit with their own signature production sounds.
DMA’s – Do I Need You Now?
DMA’s might be from Sydney, but there’s no denying the bands’ strong Britpop sounds and influences. The trio recently dropped their second album ‘For Now’ which features previously released singles ‘Dawning’ and ‘In The Air’, alongside a collection of new material and one of our favourites off the record ‘Do I Need You Now?’. A change of pace in the album, ‘Do I Need You Now?’ is of a slower pace, offering a dreamy and near-nostalgic soundscape complimented by moody chords and crispy percussion.
Ivy Adara – Currency
Ivy Adara is the new Australian popstar that we’ve been longing for. The former X-Factor contestant has a handful of song writing credits to her name, however it’s her new single ‘Currency’ that proves her worth as one of Australia’s next big popstars. ‘Currency’ is a cute indie-pop release that builds from a minimal drum beat into a soaring pop ballad. Keep an eye out for Ivy Adara.
A$AP Rocky – A$AP Forever feat. Moby
When rumours fly that A$AP Rocky and legendary electronic producer Moby are releasing a song together, you can only close your eyes and hope that they aren’t butchering their respective legacies. Fortunately for us, ‘A$AP Forever’ does no harm as it samples Moby’s iconic ‘Porcelain’, with some big beat hip-hop production and a hyped A$AP Rocky behind the wheel. A$AP’s verses fuel the track into a state of wildfire, leading to a climatic break backed by Moby’s original melancholic strings and break-beat productions. While Rocky has played feature artist on a handful of big tracks this year, ‘A$AP Forever’ acts as the return for one of Hip-Hop’s greatest – expect plenty more new music fro A$AP Rocky this year.
Album of the Month: Kali Uchis – Isolation
Columbian-American singer Kali Uchis has been on our radar for some time, so we’re delighted to see the 24-year old return with her debut album ‘Isolation’. Kali’s combination of smooth, seductive and sassy vocals that became familiarised from her most prominent singles ‘Tyrant’ and ‘After The Storm’ makes a return across a phenomenal 15-track Pop/RnB record.
While Kali is the star of the show, lets not forget features across the album from the likes of Tyler The Creator, Jorja Smith, Steve Lacy, Reykon and production credits from Thundercat, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to name a few. While fans had been anticipating a debut record for some time, ‘Isolation’ has turned Kali Uchis into an unexpected future pop star. Now, we just need a Kali Uchis tour!