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Nooky - CUZN     Hip Hop, First Nations 20/09/2019
Acclaimed Yuin MC Nooky is a law unto himself, spitting the country grammar and intricate wordplay that has made him one of Australia's most established hip-hop names.
“CUZN” sees the proud Yuin man channel his intricate wordplay with a profound expression, highlighting the trials and tribulations of being a young, misunderstood Indigenous Australian. Calling out issues of youth incarceration and injustice, Nooky shines a light on the cultural bonds that stand behind the track’s title term for kinship.

Sampa The Great - Heaven feat. Whosane     Hip Hop 12/09/2019
The rise of Sampa the Great has been spectacular to watch, having accumulated over 33 million streams collectively since her 2015 breakout, The Great Mixtape.
“Heaven” is an amalgamation of Sampa’s perfected influences, driven by her commanding rhymes as they wade through a stream of soulful, hip-hop sounds. Consistently championing her talented peers, the release features the combined angelic vocals from Whosane and Mwanjé, marking “Heaven” as yet another slice of brilliance from the Sampa The Great.

Winston Surfshirt - Smile     R&B, Pop, Hip Hop 12/09/2019
Sydney's favourite collective Winston Surfshirt have developed a cult following around their mixed bag of R&B/funk/soul/hip hop/jazz sounds and raucous live shows.
“Smile” enlists brass hooks folded with shimmying beats, enhanced by Winston’s cocktail of sultry R&B and soul-driven vocals. The release ties a bow on the signature mood loyal fans crave, and is certain to crack grins and stir visions of summertime in listeners as funk-dipped grooves and catchy rhythms point to smiling words of love.

CEEKO - Magic     R&B, Soul 30/08/2019
Melbourne based South African singer/songwriter CEEKO is reintroducing himself to the world of music in 2019, returning with a new R&B and soul sound that will grab your attention.
The soulful notes of “Magic” forge a vibrant portrayal of the world through CEEKO’s eyes. Drawing a charming inspiration from Disney classics, “Magic” presents his depiction of those stories in a modern context, delivered in a technicolour haze of harmonies and smooth cadences moulded over powerful rhythms and a melodic presence to weaken the knees.

Collarbones - Wish Me Luck feat. Banoffee     Electronic / Beats / Industrial, Experimental, Pop 30/08/2019
Boundary-pushing duo Collarbones (aka Sydney’s Marcus Whale and Adelaide’s Travis Cook) have built a name for their interstate collaborative project, tying deep, far-reaching emotion with complex, sinewy electronic pop.
“Wish Me Luck” tackles the messy ending of an ugly romantic entanglement, overlaying Whale’s emotive cries with the angelic vocals of Melbourne-based vocalist, track co-producer and close friend Banoffee. Initially written back in 2016, the ballad stirs melancholy synths against slowed-down and syncopated beats, in a soundscape that shines at the medium between trademark touches from each artist.

GL - Night Habit     Electronic / Beats / Industrial, Pop 30/08/2019
Melbourne-based electronic duo GL (Graeme Pogson and Ella Thompson) are known for their cosmic-dream creations that bend between eras and genre and are irresistible to move along with every time.
“Night Habit” blends 70s funky soul beats with sticky low-driven percussion and synths, topped off by singer Ella Thompson’s lofty harmonies to create a spooky, down-tempo throb, worthy of a ceremonious slow-dance. It’s another example of the duo’s thrilling contemporary spin on classic disco, funk, boogie, soul and electronic pop that ensures four minutes of delighted listening.

Genesis Owusu - Good Times     R&B, Hip Hop 27/08/2019
2019 has seen Genesis Owusu truly come into his stardom and capture the attention of the nation with his perfect blend of R&B, rap hip-hop.
Produced by The Free Nationals, "Good Times" matches sharp rhymes with falsetto back ups and every vocal trick in between, marking an undeniably feel good groove impossible not to move along to and a taste of the versatility we have come to expect from a Genesis Owusu release.

Other tracks by Genesis Owusu:  Simmer Down
Sampa The Great - Freedom     Hip Hop, Rap 22/08/2019
The rise of Sampa the Great has been spectacular to watch, having accumulated over 33 million streams collectively since her 2015 breakout, The Great Mixtape.
Premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, “Freedom” is about one of the most important talks you will ever have as an artist in this industry. It’s likely you’ll reach a point in your career where you’ll be given a choice to compromise your artistic expression. How much you’re willing to compromise is a conversation discussed in Freedom.

Nooky - Numb     Hip Hop, Rap, Indigenous 16/08/2019
Acclaimed Yuin MC Nooky is a law unto himself, spitting the country grammar and intricate wordplay that has made him one of Australia's most established hip-hop names.
“Numb” broadens Nooky’s unapologetic attitude while taking a step back from his signature fiery lyrics and drawing focus to his honest words, a dip in trap production and warped beats courtesy of collaborator Solo. Speaking to its name, the track explores the facets of addiction, unpacking moments at the brink of emotion when substances are turned to for numbing pain.

Stevan - LNT     Funk/Soul, Pop, RnB 14/08/2019
Young Wollongong singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stevan has quickly made a name for himself, with wide industry acclaim behind him and a natural ear for dreamy production.
A charming gaze into the pushes and pulls of blissful young love, “LNT” takes a late 60s feel layering sugar-dipped vocal harmonies with guitar melodies gleaming from ear to ear in another spotlight on Stevan’s natural musicianship. The effervescent arrangement shys away from the confines of genre, maintaining the local wunderkind’s come-to-be signature smooth vocals and lush production.

Collarbones - Deep     Electronic, Pop, Dance 02/08/2019
Boundary-pushing duo Collarbones (aka Sydney’s Marcus Whale and Adelaide’s Travis Cook) have built a name for their interstate collaborative project, tying deep, far-reaching emotion with complex, sinewy electronic pop.
A pungent, driving bassline collides with the gravity of Whale’s vocal range for an ethereal, club-ready ballad, fraught with an intensity that can only speak for a most intimate fragility. Tortured, lavish in sonic complexity and juxtaposed with words of all-consuming love, Collarbones continue to hack into the deep corners of emotion while enveloping club music takes hold.

Philly - Brown Skin feat. Waari     Hip Hop 31/07/2019
Born in the golden era of hip-hop in Melbourne, Philly was destined for a life in music, using words to portray powerful messages & influencing the nation with his music.
“Brown Skin” pairs Philly’s mellow bars with Waari’s dreamy vocals, guided by an acoustic guitar melody that draws further spotlights the masterful pairing of their combined talents. Imbued with deep appreciation of their “Black Queen”, the track highlights the unparalleled strength of Indigenous Australian women across all generations and as Bad Apples continuously does, promote black excellence across the nation.

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Coastal Elite - Shorebreak (From Now On)     Funk/Soul, Electronic, Easy Listening 26/07/2019
Cruising onto the airwaves is fresh collective Coastal Elite, armed with a deck crew of Sydney’s finest in shuffling boogie grooves each coming together as an amorphous marina-inspired sound system.
With breezy harmonies, steady percussion and phasing supersoul synths, the track is the epitome of Coastal Elite’s enveloping ‘Biarritz Boogie’-style grooves. The catchy gem is generated, performed and vocalised by leading yacht boogie maestros Joshua Beagley and Michael Di Francesco (Touch Sensitive) plus guest faces, serving up a positive message of emotional rebirth with a twinge of longing and heartbreak.

Coastal Elite - Spend One Day     Funk/Soul, Electronic, Funk 26/07/2019
Cruising onto the airwaves is fresh collective Coastal Elite, armed with a deck crew of Sydney’s finest in shuffling boogie grooves each coming together as an amorphous marina-inspired sound system.
“Spend One Day” bursts with classic 80s synth hits, dizzying whammies and a choir of layered vocals driven by a bassline that bubbles with seasick funk.

Other tracks by Coastal Elite:  Once In A Lifetime feat. Laura Stitt  -  Cherish feat. Carl Fox
Sampa The Great - OMG     Hip Hop, Rap 12/07/2019
The rise of Sampa the Great has been spectacular to watch, having accumulated over 33 million streams collectively since her 2015 breakout, The Great Mixtape.
“OMG” addresses Sampa’s ideas of home through the exploration of her African heritage. Taking a page from the sounds of her childhood in Botswana, the single proudly showcases Sampa’s culture through vocal aerobics and flexes, clapped to the beat with precision and attitude.

REMI - 5 A.M. feat. Whosane     Hip Hop, Rap 11/07/2019
REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J have become one of Australia’s favourite hip-hop acts since bursting onto the scene in 2014.
Remi’s effortless flow on “5.A.M” sways in precise time to Sensible J’s organic and world class production, the synonymous makings of a REMI release, multi-layered in both meaning and musicality. Crossing between punctuated raps and satin-like vocals from Remi, J follows with rolling percussion that crescendos to old-school R&B choruses featuring Whosane.

Rainbow Chan - Oblivion     Electronic, Pop 28/06/2019
One of Australia’s most innovative multidisciplinary artists, Rainbow Chan has built a unique reputation upon vibrant aesthetics, a deep understanding of pop conventions and continuous celebration of her Chinese heritage
Opening the album “Oblivion” melds slow and tender melodies with sharp and decisive production. Highlighting Rainbow's angelic yet powerful voice with a pitch shifted filter and gentle keys, Oblivion is the perfect midway point between Rainbow's wealth of influences, derived from her mastery of many creative fields.

Other tracks by Rainbow Chan:  Lull
Winston Surfshirt - Make A Move     Funk/Soul, Hip Hop, Soul 19/06/2019
Sydney's favourite collective Winston Surfshirt have developed a cult following around their mixed bag of R&B/funk/soul/hip hop/jazz sounds and raucous live shows.
The single presents a new, upbeat chapter in the act’s many-hued catalogue. Strong bass flicks set a fresh back beat to their signature hip hop style and soulful horns. Bound to the lower body groove, the vibrant tempo and nods to old-school funk and R&B have already seen approval from thousands of fans across the first leg of their tour.

Sampa The Great - Final Form     Hip Hop 13/06/2019
Sampa The Great hails from Africa, the motherland. A poet and singer-songwriter, she captures you with her thought provoking words, yet keeps you laughing and enjoying the simplicity of creativity.
Straight off the bat with an all consuming sound, “Final Form” is a lesson in hip-hop. An ode to her Zambian heritage, Sampa declares her greatness, with a unique sound that has become synonymous with Sampa The Great. Produced by Silentjay and mixed by Jonwayne, today’s release sees Sampa take final form with her most impactful release to date.

GOLDS - Don't Care     Electronic, Pop, RnB 12/06/2019
GOLDS (aka singer/songwriter/actress Amali Golden) is quickly stepping into the spotlight as a diverse artist to watch in the electronic/pop/R&B space.
“Don’t Care” pairs powerful vocal performance with layered synths and electronic influences, while giving a nod to the women of 90s/00s R&B and Neptunes era production. Co-written and produced by Beau Golden (Ruel, M-Phazes, Daniel Johns, Vera Blue) the track sees GOLDS evolve from the dreamy, introspective “Broken Wing” into impassioned R&B, cementing her as a diverse artist to watch.