We’re back with on board with This Month in Music, and what better to celebrate Aus Music Month than to showcase some of our favourite new releases coming out of Australia right now.
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Hayden James & Running Touch – Better Together
Over the past few years Sydney producer Hayden James has transitioned from promising producer to one of Australia’s biggest electronic powerhouses. Hayden James returns with just his second single of the year, this time teaming up with fellow Aussie singer, producer-gun Running Touch on ‘Better Together’. Hayden James demonstrates his production forte, providing a perfectly balanced dancefloor hit and commercial crossover. Keep an eye out for Hayden James’ debut album in 2019.
Graace – SOS
Catapulting onto the scene after featuring on Hayden James’s hit single ‘Numb’, Sydney singer Graace is setting her own path to stardom through a few sweet pop singles. ‘SOS’ is an obvious call to arms, juxtaposingly delivered through her beautifully silky vocals. Check out Graace’s debut ‘Self Sabotage’ EP.
Midas Gold – Passions.
Midas Gold is on the forefront of a new wave of urban artists that are coming out of Australia right now. US-Born and now Brisbane based, we’ll happily claim him as our own. His new single ‘Passions.’ is a fast paced R&B offering with Drum & Bass/UK Garage elements that ignite the track like petrol to a fire. Midas has found his sweet spot in his style that’s bound to propel him onto the international scene.
Glades – Nervous Energy
Sydney based alternative-pop trio Glades need no introduction with over hundreds of millions of streams to their names in a few short years. Eyeing off global domination, the band have dropped their debut album ‘To Love You’, stacked with pop belters from the group of talented producers and songwriters. The first track off the record ‘Nervous Energy’ is our pick of the bunch, with its catchy hooks and world class production. It’s only a matter of time before these promising young guns are selling out arenas.
Antony & Cleopatra – Hurt Like Hell
Half Australian/Half UK – we couldn’t look past the latest tune from Antony & Cleopatra ‘Hurt Like Hell’. Built for house parties and dance floors, the track opens with powerful kick drums and an immediately attractive synth line. ‘Hurt Like Hell’ is an instant party starter and future festival crowd pleaser.
Vera Blue – All The Pretty Girls
Australian pop prodigy Vera Blue has returned with a playful new song ‘All The Pretty Girls’. The track is released alongside her new ‘Lady Powers Live At The Forum’ album, and sees Vera take a slightly new direction with an alternative-pop sound. The track closes a massive breakthrough album period for the Australian Singer-Songwriter, and will likely be the last material we hear until her next album. ‘All The Pretty Girls’ is a summer-time bop, that will leave us happily marinating until the arrival of new material.
Lime Cordiale – Dirt Cheap
It is a fine art for bands to find the balance between producing a crisp and clear sound, all while maintaining an effortlessly cool – something Lime Cordial have done since day dot. ‘Dirty Cheap’ is a little ode to being out of someone’s league, and let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Overall the track is both a simplistic and brilliantly quirky pop tune with a chorus that works its way into your head, ‘Dirt Cheap’ is the second recent single, marking what could be a new album on the horizon for the duo.
Check out the animated video that dropped alongside the release, Directed by Joe Brown, and features Louis Leimbach’s lino-cut magpie.
Julia Jacklin – Head Alone
Melbourne based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin has returned with her second single of the year ‘Head Alone’ alongside the announcement of her sophomore album set for February 2019. ‘Head Alone’ is song about space and singularity and is perfectly described by Jacklin herself – “This song is me raising my arms and running into an open field. A bit of a plea to those around me to give me space and a song to remind myself that it’s okay to enforce boundaries”. The track begins with smooth and serene tones and builds into a beautifully busy and climatic closing. We can’t get enough of Julia Jacklin right now.
Luboku – 50 days
For years Melbourne has been a breeding ground for talented up and coming electronic producers, and it excites us to hear the eclectic and beautifully composed sounds of Luboku who is already capturing the attention of tastemakers in Australia. Likened to the sounds of James Blake and RUFUS, Luboku’s style of glitched out production and melancholic vocals is quickly becoming a favourite, gaining heavy support slots for the likes of Petit Biscuit and What So Not.
Speaking about the track Luboku says the track went through four different demos before revisiting and using the original for release. “It’s funny how the process of writing the song mirrors the meaning behind it – 50 days is about trying to work through a feeling you’ve been sitting with, and I think constantly changing the song was my way of processing that feeling.”
Album of the Month: Matt Corby – Rainbow Valley
After a decade in the game, Matt Corby is continuing to grow in sound and style. With a ton of hit singles and EPs under his belt over the years, ‘Rainbow Valley’ is the second album to come from the Australian singer/songwriter. ‘Rainbow Valley’ is packed with tranquility and optimism, showcasing a new level of maturity and an evolution on Corby’s sound. ‘Rainbow Valley’ is unsurprisingly separated from his most recognisable singles ‘Brother’ and ‘Resolution’ however Corby utilises stronger instrumentation and production with an array of clever drum beats and groove-filled basslines – not to forget that his voice is sounding better than ever.