#KEEPYOURDIS-DANCE: A Playlist Of New Australian And New Zealand Music
With the music industry already facing the very real effects of the ever-evolving global health crisis, there's never been a better time to support the local music scene!
We've curated our very own playlist (#keepyourdis-dance) to share new music releases from local Aussie and NZ acts in a bid to help you with your music discovery journey. Check out some of our favourites so far below.
InDuna - Black Man Running
Break out AfroKiwi hip-hop and dance artist, InDuna, has continued to impress fans, reaching new heights with his latest release 'Black Man Running.' The track is a pleasant continuation of his distinctly unique sound that is deeply rooted in his South African heritage. Listen to the track HERE.
Didirri - The Critic
Melbourne based singer-songwriter Didirri has been on our radar for a while now, with his debut EP 'Measurements', quickly becoming a regular go-to in the office. 2020 has been quite the busy year for the budding musician, with the announcement of his forthcoming EP 'Sold For Sale' and subsequent release of three breathtaking singles 'Don't Fight With What You're Fighting For', 'Raw Stuff' and most recently 'The Critic'.
'The Critic' is a folk-filled treasure-trove of emotions that tells a story of self-criticism and its sometimes-self-destructive nature. Listen to Didirri's new track HERE. You can also catch him live on his recently announced virtual tour to celebrate the release of his new single on Friday 25 September. Purchase your ticket for the tour HERE.
Didirri's sophomore EP 'Sold For Sale' is due out Friday 25 September.
Cut Copy - Like Breaking Glass
Australian synth-pop band Cut Copy are back in a big way, announcing their sixth studio album 'Freeze, Melt', set for release on August 21. In addition to the announcement, the band have also released three tracks off the album, the most recent being 'Live Breaking Glass'. This track brings a super nostalgic sound to the table, filled with dreamy synth riffs and elongated vocals. Listen to the new single HERE.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Mr. Prism
WA's favourite indie rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are a delightful blend of catchy and cathartic psychedelic rock energy. Their most recent release, 'Mr Prism', is a perfect continuation of the bands distinguishable sound. We recommend you turn up the volume on this one! Listen to the new single HERE.
Stand Atlantic - Pink Elephant
Australia's pop-punk scene makes way for a new leader in 2020, with Sydney four-piece, Stand Atlantic, dropping a mammoth sophomore album 'Pink Elephant'. The album is full of catchy AF choruses, chaotic drum beats and feel-good pop-punk guitar riffs. Check out the new album HERE.
You can also catch the band live and in the flesh on their Australian Tour in 2021. Get more info and tickets here.
E^ST - I'm Doing It
After releasing four stunning EP's, pop songwriter E^ST has dropped her very first album 'I'm Doing It'. The album takes listeners on a journey of self-discovery, full of hauntingly beautiful vocals and cathartic choruses. Give the album a listen HERE.
Haiku Hands ft. Sofi Tukker - Fashion Model Art
Dance-pop trio Haiku Hands have just released a new song in collaboration with US duo Sofi Tukker. The song follows their last release 'Manbitch' and takes on the fashion and art worlds in a tongue-in-cheek form. Listen to the trio's new track 'Fashion Model Art' HERE.
Jaycee - Got It All
Perth-based hip-hop and RnB rising star Jaycee is back on the airwaves with a brand new single 'Got It All'. The track features his signature blend of Hip-Hop, RnB and Trap, infused with a touch of Latino and Reggae influence. The perfect blend of musical styles in our opinion! Give the track a listen HERE.
Hockey Dad - Brain Candy
Windang's most dynamic duo Hockey Dad have absolutely hit one out of the park with their latest album release 'Brain Candy'. This is the duo's third album and features a super grungy influenced sound, full of fuzzy guitar riffs and dreamy raw edge vocals. Our personal fave is 'Germaphobe'. Give the album a listen HERE.
Paige - Always Growing EP
23-year-old Kiwi musician, Paige continues to reach new heights. She's collaborated with the likes of JessB and opened for leading kiwi acts including Six60 and Drax Project. The singer-songwriter recently dropped her debut EP 'Always Growing' and it's the exactly what the doctor ordered. It's the warm and cosy blanket we all need in these crazy times! Check out Paige's debut EP HERE.
Tia Gostelow ft. Holy Holy - Always
Singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow is one rising star you ought to keep a close eye on. 2020 has been a big year for the Queensland-based muso, dropping two singles 'Rush' and 'Psycho' earlier in the year and more recently, teaming up with indie-rock duo Holy Holy to release her third single of the year, 'Always'. The track has a super 80's feel to it, striking a perfect balance between Tia and Tim's dreamy vocals, and Oscar's retro-inspired synth sounds and catchy guitar riffs.
Want to listen to Tia and Holy Holy's latest collaboration? Check it out HERE.
Thando - Naked
Since her debut release in 2016, Melbourne based powerhouse Thando has continued to absolutely slay. Her latest single 'Naked' is no exception. The track is her first release of 2020 and features the singer-songwriters signature blend of smooth and soulful RnB vocals. Listen to the new track HERE.
Thando also released a cheeky curated playlist to go along with the single that you can get stuck into HERE.
Mildlife - Vapour
Melbourne-based outfit Mildlife continue to reach higher heights in 2020, dropping a brand new psychedelic fueled track called 'Vapour'. The track is the second release off their forthcoming album 'Automatic' and it's our personal favourite so far! Listen to the new track HERE.
Jess Locke - Fool
Last week, Melbourne-based indie rocker, Jess Loke signed a fresh new deal with local label Dot Dash. In celebration of the signing, the singer-songwriter dropped a new track called 'Fool'. If you're a fan of gritty vocals mixed with grungy guitars, then you've come to the right place. Listen to Jess Locke's new track 'Fool' HERE.
Jess Cornelius - Distance
New-Zealand born songwriter, Jess Cornelius has just dropped her debut solo album 'Distance', and it's nothing but mind-blowing. The album carries a blend of indie-rock, Americana, soul and electronic pop notes throughout and is the perfect soundtrack to get you through the long and lonely days in isolation. Listen to the full album HERE.
BENEE - Night Garden (feat. Kenny Beats & Bakar)
New Zealand indie-pop star BENEE has released a brand-new track, 'Night Garden', her first original release this year. Her latest single features UK singer Bakar and production from Kenny Beats. This was her first experience making music outside of New Zealand - she told triple j last week "It's very different to anything I've ever made." You can check out the track HERE.
CXLOE - 12 Steps
Aussie pop artist CXLOE debuted new single '12 Steps' with accompanying music video last Friday. The music video was shot in Melbourne and features CXLOE "battling her inner demons after a big night out chasing a feeling." According to the singer, '12 Steps' revolves around the topic of addiction and telling her story. CXLOE will donate her entire first week of streaming earnings to Lifeline, which provides crisis support and suicide prevention services. You can stream it HERE.
Illy - Loose Ends (feat. G Flip)
Written in 2019, last week Illy released his new single titled 'Loose Ends' which features G Flip. The track is about "growing up, loss, and accepting that things don't always go how they do in movies." Once the song was written, Illy brought G Flip on for the finishing touches, and says "I'm a huge fan of G Flip, and her vocals gave the track extra feeling, no I can't imagine it without her." Buy it / stream it HERE.
Alice Ivy - Ticket to Heaven
Alice Ivy dropped her highly-anticipated second studio album, Don't Sleep last Friday. Along with the album, she's dropped new single 'Ticket to Heaven' featuring Thelma Plum. You can buy it / stream it HERE.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Honey
The first new release from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for 2020 is here! Their new single 'Honey' (and accompanying music video) has been officially released. Front man Stu Mackenzie said of the clip "Shot at sunset during the apocalypse with a reeeeeeal long lens. I wrote this song a couple of years ago. It's nice to have it out in the world." There you have it! Track now available on Youtube.
Roland Tings - First Wave
Melbourne producer Roland Tings has returned with a brand new single called 'First Wave'. The track is the first single off his newly announced EP, also called 'First Wave' and gives us the urge to pack our bags and head on a road trip down the coast. Windows down, volume up is a must when listening to this track. Give Roland Tings new track a listen HERE.
CHAII - Lightswitch
2020 has been a huge year for breakout New Zealand rapper Chaii. In June the newcomer signed an exclusive global recording and publishing deal with BMG, and last week announced the release of her stunning debut EP 'Lightswitch'. The EP features a collab with Sydney based rapper B Wise called 'Digebasse', as well as a bunch of absolute killer tracks that highlight her Persian heritage and blend genres seamlessly. Check out CHAII's debut EP 'Lightswitch' HERE.
MAALA - Water Overhead
Since 2015, Kiwi singer-songwriter MAALA has been a mainstay in the local pop scene, breathing fresh and colourful air into the contemporary clique. MAALA's latest album 'Water Overhead' is no exception, bringing a uniquely deep and moody vibe to the table. Listen to MAALA's new album HERE.
Gordi - Our Two Skins
It's been a big month for Sydney-via-Canowindra musician Gordi, from announcing her support shows on Bon Iver's tour in March next year to dropping her second full-length album 'Our Two Skins'. The new album paints a picture of the singer-songwriters ongoing battle with self-acceptance and self-discovery, featuring her striking vocals and calm, hypnotic-like beats. Cop a listen to Gordi's new album 'Our Two Skins' HERE.
Jerome Farah - I Can't Breathe
Melbourne songwriter and producer Jerome Farah is one artist you ought to keep on your radar. He's co-written tunes with the likes of Baker Boy, KIAN and Kaiit and last week dropped an absolutely incredible debut solo single 'I Can't Breathe'. The track details Farah's experiences with racism in Australia, navigating culture and identity through a seamless fusion of hip hop, RnB and soul. Listen to Jerome Farah's new track 'I Can't Breathe' HERE.
The Lazy Eyes - EP1
The Lazy Eyes are a psychedelic rock four-piece hailing from Sydney. The band recently dropped their debut EP 'EP1' and we're keen to hear more from the four-piece. The EP stays true to their signature psychedelic sound, transporting you right back to the '70s. Listen to The Lazy Eyes 'EP1' HERE.
Ocean Alley - Lonely Diamond
We've been patiently waiting for Ocean Alley to drop their latest album and it's finally here. The Aussie psychedelic-rockers have hit the ball out of the park with this one, captivating fans with their signature infectious melodies and cruisey psych-rock sound. It's a yes from us! Check out 'Lonely Diamond' HERE.
E^ST - I Wanna Be Here
South African-born, Australian singer-songwriter E^ST is back in a big way in 2020, releasing not one but three stunning singles. Her most recent release 'I Wanna Be Here', gives us the sudden urge to get up and dance like crazy around the living room. It's super energetic and makes us feel slightly less alone in iso-life. Give the new track a listen HERE.
Caiti Baker - Mary of the North
Darwin-based singer-songwriter Caiti Baker has entered a new era for herself, gifting fans with her first album in three years. 'Mary Of The North' effortlessly combines spine-tingling vocals and blues-infused guitar riffs. Listen to Caiti's album HERE.
Hands Like Houses - Space
Canberra-based post-hardcore rockers Hands Like Houses are one band who continue to reach new heights, and their recent single 'Space' is no exception. The song emulates the bands signature sound, taking fans on an emotion-filled journey, exploring vulnerability and the raw idea of emotional claustrophobia in such an uncertain time. Check out the new track HERE.
Spacey Jane - Sunlight
Perth four-piece Spacey Jane have been building a steady following for quite some time now. They've played at festivals the likes of Splendour in the Grass and Laneway and even scored a spot in the 2019 Hottest 100. Last week the band released their debut album 'Sunlight' and we're hooked. The album is unsurprisingly uplifting and jam-packed with sun-drenched rocky vibes. Go give it a listen, you won't regret it! - Stream Spacey Jane's 'Sunlight' HERE.
Jade Imagine - You Remind Me of Something I Lost
Melbourne's Jade Imagine continue to reach new heights, releasing a brand new EP, 'You Remind Me of Something I Lost'. The EP holds true to Jade Imagine's signature mix of alt-rock and pop sound and takes you on a journey through nature and nurture. Give the EP a listen HERE.
D'Arcy Spiller - Little Demons
D'Arcy Spiller is one singer-songwriter who wears her heart of her sleeve. This notion certainly shines through in her debut EP 'Little Demons', which follows her dark, yet beautiful journey of self-discovery. It gets a tick of approval from us! Check out 'Little Demons' HERE.
Ziggy Ramo - Black Thoughts
A mainstay in the Australian Hip Hop Scene, Ziggy Ramo, continues to reach new heights and his recent release 'Black Thoughts' brings some serious heat to the table. This album is vital listening for everyone, especially white Australians right now. Give it a listen HERE.
Eves Karydas - Complicated
If you're in the mood for an injection of synth-soaked pop then Eves Karydas is ya girl! Karydas' recent single 'Complicated' warms the cockles of our hearts, bringing non-stop good vibes to the table. Give the track a listen HERE.
Mildlife - Rare Air
After dropping a huge debut album in 2017, Melbourne psychedelic funk masters Mildlife have given fans a delicious taste of their forthcoming album 'Automatic'. Listen to their new single 'Rare Air' HERE.
Need an extra dose of Mildlife? Catch their live stream happening this Saturday via Facebook. More details HERE.
The Merindas - We Sing Until Sunrise
Soul and RnB duo The Merindas are a serious force to be reckoned with. Since their inception, the duo has continued to deliver an incredible blend of electronic and soul-infused songs that celebrate their rich Aboriginal heritage. Their recent album 'We Sing Until Sunrise' gets a huge yes from us and we reckon you should give it a listen right now. Stream the album HERE.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy
Melbourne five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have done it again! Dropping a stunning new album, 'Sideways To New Italy'. The album stays true to the bands signature catchy guitar-pop sound and will certainly turn anyone's frown upside down. Cop a listen to the new album HERE.
P.S. The five-piece are also auctioning off a signed test pressing of the album with all proceeds going to Vic Aboriginal Legal Service. Bidding ends Jun 13 @ 2.35 pm AEST, place your bid HERE.
Kota Banks - Snip Snip
Sydney pop powerhouse Kota Banks is back in a big way with her latest track 'Snip Snip'. The song dives deep into Banks' social life and the negative impacts people in her life have had on her mental health. Stream Kota Banks 'Snip Snip' HERE.
Jade Imagine - Coastal Pines
Melbourne outfit Jade Imagine have just dropped their brand new single 'Coastal Pines' and it's giving us major Summer withdrawals. The track is the perfect summer road trip tune, infusing super groovy guitar riffs with dreamy sun-drenched vocals. Listen to Jade Imagine's 'Coastal Pines' HERE.
Tkay Maidza - Shook
Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza returns with her latest release 'Shook', her first release since 2019. The track brings a brand new sound to the table, reminiscent of OG Missy Elliot. Listen to Tkay Maidza's new track 'Shook' HERE.
Genesis Owusu - Don't Need You
Local Aussie rapper Genesis Owusu has dropped his first piece of new music for 2020 and it's got us wanting more. 'Don't Need You' is one of those tracks that make you want to get up and dance around your living room. It's a huge yes from us! Check out the track HERE.
ONEFOUR ft. A$AP Ferg - Say It Again
Mt Druitt hip-hop outfit ONEFOUR has come back stronger than ever in 2020, despite last years infamous tour shut down by the NSW Government. The group have dropped an absolute banger of a collab with international heavyweight A$AP Ferg. We say bring on more ONEFOUR!
Stream 'Say It Again' HERE.
Tired Lion - Waterbed
Aussie alt-rock outfit Tired Lion has hit one out of the park (or bed rather) with their latest track 'Waterbed'. This track is the first new music for the band in two years. The single features dynamic pop hooks with their signature snarly punk-infused vocals. This is certainly one lion we'll never tire of.
Watch the official video for 'Waterbed' HERE.
Alex the Astronaut - Lost
Sydney singer-songwriter Alex the Astronaut dropped the first single 'Lost' off her forthcoming debut album and we honestly can't wait for the rest of the album to drop. The single is about trying to find your way and accepting the fact that there's so much that's out of our control. Seems a fitting tribute to all the craziness going on in our lives right now hey!
Alex the Astronaut's debut album 'The Theory of Absolutely Nothing' drops on Friday 21 August. Listen to her first single 'Lost' HERE.
Boo Seeker- Take a Look
Newcastle electronic duo Boo Seeka have just dropped a new single off their upcoming second album, due out later this year. The track is a little different to their last release, bringing a super moody vibe to the table that we can't wait to hear more of.
Check out the official film clip for 'Take a Look' HERE.
May-A - Green
Sydney-based songwriter MAY-A started writing music at the humble age of 12. With over 100 demos under her belt, MAY-A shares her latest single 'Green'. This single is the perfect windows down, volume up, road trip song (once we can go on road trips again that is!). Buy/stream 'Green' HERE.
Float Therapy - Gaffer Tape
19-year-old producer from Brisbane, Float Therapy recently dropped his debut release 'Gaffer Tape' and it's a yes from us! The heavy rock ladened guitar riffs and explosive vocals in this track are a huge vibe, that's for sure!
Listen/buy 'Gaffer Tape' HERE.
Adult Art Club - I'm OK, I'm Fine.
Local experimental electronic duo Adult Art Club's recent release 'I'm OK, I'm Fine' has the Moshtix team majorly missing our regular sweaty club sessions. It's the perfect track to take you back to the good ole days, where dancing and hugging your mates on the d-floor at 3 am was a weekly occurrence.
Check out 'I'm OK, I'm Fine' HERE.
Looking for a little Funk in your life? Well, look no further than local Melbourne outfit Karate Boogaloo! Their latest release 'Carn the Boogers' breathes a whole new life into instrumental funk, adding a playful injection of soul and hip hop influences. The group definitely have our vote for this year's Premiership!
Stream/Buy 'Carn the Boogers' HERE.
Jaguar Jonze - Diamonds & Liquid Gold
Rising Brissy based artist Jaguar Jonze continues to push the boundaries with her debut EP 'Diamonds & Liquid Gold. The EP features a refreshing blend of powerful yet calming vocals combined with cosmic rock-infused guitar riffs.
Check out Jaguar Jonze's stunning debut EP HERE.
Donny Benét - Mr Experience
We have developed a little soft spot for Sydney based post-disco artist Donny Benét over the years and we honestly can't get enough of his latest single 'Mr Experience'. It's a track you can really get your living room groove on to in iso times. Oh, so seductive and groovy, reminiscent of a mid-80's disco wonderland.
It's time for a new addition to your Saturday Night Fever playlist. Check out 'Mr Experience HERE!
Looking for ways to support artists through these tough times? Here are some simple ways you can help!
1. Buy some Australian and New Zealand music and merchandise directly from the artist's website or via Bandcamp.
2. Consider donating your refunds or a portion for cancelled shows to Support Act's The Sound of Silence fundraiser.
3. Spread the word and contact your fave radio station and ask them to play tracks from local acts you'd love to hear over the airwaves.
4. Buy tickets to artists rescheduled shows as soon as they become available.
Keep streaming your fave local acts on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music!