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Anderson Paak – Tints feat. Kendrick Lamar
An Anderson Paak and Kendrick Lamar collab is what dreams are made of. After hinting on social media that the pair were in the studio together, they have finally dropped their new single ‘Tints’. Sometimes these collabs can fall short and become a hit on hype alone, not this. Packed with a simplistic walking bassline, Paak delivers punchy verses and harmonic hooks, giving us all the Jamiroquai feels.
The collaboration is the first single taken from Paak’s new album, ‘Oxnard’, the follow-up to fan-favourite ‘Malibu’. Due out before the end of the year, the LP marks .Paak’s first release on Aftermath Entertainment, and is expected to feature label head Dr. Dre and producer Madlib. Watch this space.
PEARL – I Hate You
Sydney based Singer/Songwriter Pearl has returned with her feisty new single ‘I Hate You’. Hitting a striking resemblance to artists like Lily Allen with her punchy lyrics and pop-rock production, we can’t help but to love the DGAF attitude that Pearl makes us feel when listening to this. She’s got plenty of fellow Sydney support behind her right now with the track being produced by Dan Mac of ART VS SCIENCE, and Danny Clayton producing and featuring in the music video. If you’re looking for a new Aussie artist to get around, make sure it’s Pearl.
Jessie Ware – Overtime
Deep, dark, rolling basslines aren’t the usual way you’d hear us describing a track from British artist Jessie Ware, however, her latest release ‘Overtime’ is a seductive late-night pop romper. Produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco and fellow renowned UK production duo Bicep – you can immediately hear their input in the opening sequences of the track. While the production initially ignites the attention of the track, Jessie Ware does what she does best, steering the track with her seductive vocals. With Ware deep into writing her next body of music, she told Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 that “‘Overtime’ is a taste of what’s to come”.
Whethan – Radar feat Honne
Whethan is one of those wonder-kid producers who keeps on delivering release after release. His new single ‘Radar’ featuring UK duo Honne is an ultra-fun electronic-pop tune, decked out with catchy vocal hooks and bouncy/glitched-out production.
“Pardon the pun, but Whethan had been on our ‘Radar’ for a long time,” HONNE said. “It was great to finally work together on something. We’re super excited about the track and the way it’s turned out.”
Maribou State – Kingdom (feat. North Downs)
British electronic duo Maribou State are widely known however some could say they’ve been flying under the radar for far too long. With their new album ‘Kingdom In Colour’ just released, we had to throw a shout out to one of our favourite tracks on the album ‘Kingdom’. Influenced by nature and field recordings taken while on the road, ‘Kingdom’ is an electronic dream filled with filtered vocals, melting synth pads, alongside an array of harmonious sounds and elements. Kingdom is easily enjoyed in its upbeat, yet sedated entirety.
Yorke – First light
Byron Bay based Singer-Songwriter Yorke is one of Australia’s most exciting newcomers. Her debut single ‘First Light’ is a blossoming affair of lush elements, soaring vocals and an incredibly powerful hook. Described as “the kind of song you’d imagine blasting in your car late at night,” This is a certainty to be ringing in your head for days.
Octavian – Lighting
Octavian has easily been one of the UK’s standout rappers over the past 12 months, exploding onto the scene after an incidental endorsement from Drake himself. His new single ‘Lighting’ is significantly different from the rest of his debut album ‘Spaceman’, however the upbeat tempo picks up from where his recent Mura Masa collaboration left off, and further leverages off the UK’s love for grime and garage house.
Pond – Sixteen Days
Australian psych-rock outfit Pond have released their brand new single ‘Sixteen Days’, taken from their forthcoming album due in 2019. It’s sharp and straight to the point compared to their 8-minute ‘Burnt Out Star’ (the first taste of their new album), however it doesn’t lack in depth as it successfully transports you to the psychedelic world of the band. Infusing more electronic elements like synthesizers and robotic vocoders, ‘Sixteen Day’s structurally crosses over into the realm of artists like Beck. Check out their appropriately retro-inspired music video.
Two Feet – Back of My Mind
New York singer/songwriter Two Feet’s crossover of indie and electronic elements have shot him to fame on streaming platforms, widely known for his single ‘Go Fuck Yourself’. His success however wasn’t without the challenge of his own personal demons, battling his mental health publicly over the past few years. One of the most talented artists we’ve come across, Two Feet’s new single ‘Back Of My Mind’ is a combination of beautifully arranged and intricate elements, juxtaposingly paved by dark and moody tones. ‘Back Of My Mind’ is featured as part of his latest 8 track LP ‘A 20 Something Fuck’.
Album of the Month: Tash Sultana – Flow State
Australia’s golden girl, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana has returned with her new album ‘Flow State’. The D.I.Y producer and performer continues to go one better on every release. Her album ‘Flow State’ is a fusion of of rock, psychedelic and reggae vibes across her signature D.I.Y song structures, that makes you feel like you’re listening to the record in a live format.
Offering a combination of tempos from slow jam ‘Free Mind’ to extremely fast-paced ‘Cigarettes’, the album is full of delightful surprises and doesn’t skimp out on originality. 2019 has been the year that Tash takes on the world and she has some monumental achievements to prove it – she recently became the first artist to sell out three Brixton Academy dates before releasing their debut album.
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