#KEEPYOURDIS-DANCE: New Australian And New Zealand Music To Enjoy This Week
As the music industry faces 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 Kiwi acts to help you with your music discovery journey. Check out some of our favourites so far below.
New this week:
Shannen James - Arrows
Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Shannen James has brought a breath of fresh air to the Aussie pop scene with her debut EP 'Arrows'. The EP makes you want to get up and shake the 2020 blues away. James' sun-drenched vocals take centre stage, accompanied by shimmering guitar notes.
Listen to Shannen James new EP 'Arrows' HERE.
Baker Boy ft. Dallas Woods & Sampa The Great - Better Days
Wowee, we're blown away by the latest collab between Baker Boy, Dallas Woods and Sampa The Great. The new track titled 'Better Days' is one rap and groove-filled wonderland that is just what the doctor ordered to get us all through such a grim year.
Get around Baker Boy and Dallas Woods ft. Sampa The Great new track HERE.
CXLOE - Heavy
Sydney's dark pop powerhouse CXLOE is absolutely slaying 2020, releasing her third single of the year titled 'Heavy'. The track is a beautiful blend of murky electronic beats and unwavering vocals.
Listen to CXLOE's new track HERE.
Joji ft. BENEE - Afterthought
Our fave Kiwi pop sensation BENEE has teamed up with Japanese-Australian singer-songwriter and producer Joji to deliver a delicious blend of R&B, trap and pop in the form of their new single 'Afterthought'.
Give the duo's track a listen HERE.
Wax Chattels - Clot
Kiwi three-piece Wax Chattels have just dropped their sophomore album titled 'Clot' and we reckon it's a definite must play this week. Raw grungy vocals, cathartic drumming and guttural guitar sounds entangle the eleven tracks on the album, deep diving into some incredibly heavy themes.
Check out the full album HERE.
Evie Irie - The Optimist
Sydney-based R&B/Soul artist Evie Irie is one artist on the rise and her new EP titled 'The Optimist' has helped to cement her standing in the local and international market. The EP features her signature entrancing vocals paired with pop-infused electronic beats.
Give 'The Optimist' a listen HERE.
Other noteworthy releases:
Kwame ft. CLYPSO & Phil Fresh - Tommy's In Trouble
Kwame is back with a fresh new collab with Sydney producers CLYPSO and Phil Fresh. The single, titled 'Tommy's In Trouble' is the latest track from Kwame's forthcoming EP, 'Please, Get Home Safe' and speaks of the warped and oppressive nature of society.
The track features an electric flow between the three artists and varying vocal tones.
Give Kwame's new single a listen HERE.
Mildlife - Automatic
Melbourne four-piece Mildlife have one again pulled a technicolour rabbit out of their hat with the release of their sophomore album 'Automatic'. The album showcases a revitalised sound drenched in groovy jazz tones, complimenting their debut album 'Phase' perfectly.
Give Mildlife's new album a listen HERE.
Ninajirachi & Kota Banks - True North
Label mates Ninajirachi and Kota Banks are a force to be reckoned with, joining forces for their new single titled 'True North'. The track seamlessly fuses both artists signature sounds together to cultivate an absolute banger of a track.
Listen to 'True North' HERE.
Flowerkid - miss andry
If you haven't heard of rising star Flowerkid aka Flynn Sant, then we suggest you get stuck into his latest single 'miss angry'. Stant, injects an incredibly raw and honest sound into the track, combining distorted piano notes with goosbump inducing voals.
Listen to 'miss andry' HERE.
Mel Blue - Wake Up Call
Sydney's dance funk outfit Mel Blue has dished out a brand new single titled 'Wake Up Call'. It's full to the brim with funky, slap-a-da-bass attitude and dreamy, sun-drenched vocals. It's a yes from us!
Wrap your ears around Mel Blue's new track HERE.
ASHWARYA - Biryani
Just like the delicious Indian dish itself, Indian-born Melbourne-based rising rap-pop star ASHWARYA delivers mind-melting layers of rap and pop, flavoured with the fragrant spice of bhangra drumming in her new single titled 'Biryani'.
Listen to the single in full HERE.
Lady Lash - Thieving Hearts
Lady Lash is one of those artists that you just can't help but love. The Greek-Indigenous hip hop and jazz artist injects a welcomed spark of energy into the room with her new single titled 'Thieving Hearts'. The track is full of earthy samples and oh so soothing vocals to help you stay grounded.
In addition to her new single, Lady Lash also features in a new documentary screened by NITV which revisits her battles through the hip-hop scene as a female, Indigenous Australian. You can watch the full documentary HERE.
Give 'Thieving Hearts' a listen HERE.
The Phoenix Foundation - Landline
Kiwi indie rockers The Phoenix Foundation have just released an absolute gem of a track which we've had on repeat all day. The new song, titled 'Landline', features super dreamy vocals paired perfectly with synth-laden funky beats. Stay tuned for the band's forthcoming album 'Friend Ship', due out October 16.
Listen to The Phoenix Foundation's new single HERE.
Sophiya - LINGO
Sophiya is a relatively fresh face in the Melbourne rap scene, releasing her debut single 'White Ivory' in 2018. Her latest single titled 'LINGO' has taken her sound to the next level, dishing out absolute fire rhymes throughout. Keep your eyes peeled for Sophiya's debut EP, 'Overdue', scheduled for release on October 9.
Listen to 'LINGO' in full HERE.
Beddy Rays - Better Weather
Brisbane coastal punk rockers Beddy Rays could not have timed the release of their new single 'Better Weather' at a more perfect time. As the days start to get longer and the warmer weather kicks into overdrive, Better Weather is the perfect track to enjoy basking in the glorious sunshine on your daily stroll.
Check out Beddy Rays new single 'Better Weather' HERE.
Cry Club - Nine Of Swords
Melbourne pop duo Cry Club are the pot of gold at the desaturated rainbow of 2020 and their latest release titled 'Nine of Swords' is a true example of the beautiful things that can come out of such a testing time. The track, which features on the duo's forthcoming album, is about overcoming personal anxieties and moving past the unhealthy coping mechanisms. It's full of theatrical boldness, punk-ladened guitar riffs and catchy vocals.
Listen to 'Nine Of Swords' HERE.
Essie Holt - Wanna Stay Up With You
Melbourne-based songwriter Essie Holt is breathing a whole new life into pop music and we're loving it. Her recent release titled 'Wanna Stay Up With You', features the perfect blend of melodic beats and dreamy pop-infused vocals. It definitely has our tick of approval!
Listen to 'Wanna Stay Up With You' HERE.
JK-47 - Made For This
We're calling it. JK-47 is going to be the best breakthrough act of 2020. After recently winning the 2020 triple j Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards competition, the rapper has taken things to the next level, dropping his very first album titled 'Made For This'. The album is an absolute masterpiece, illuminating the very real issues faced by Indigenous people in Australia. We suggest you hit play on the album ASAP.
Listen to 'Made For This' HERE.
PLGRMS - Limbs
Since 2017, Sydney duo PLGRMS have been dishing out tune after tune. Their latest feat titled 'Limbs' is one of our favourites to date. The track is oozing with moody and oh so groovy synth lines and beautiful unwavering vocals.
Give PLGRMS new track a listen HERE.
Raj Mahal ft. Dante.Knows- Glimpse
There's a new kid on the block and his name is Raj Mahal. He's been slinging some serious heat recently, commanding the attention of the rap community. In his new track 'Glimpse', the rising star has teamed up with budding new wave hip hop act Dante.Knows, bringing a uniquely raw and free-flowing rap style to the table garnished with some authentic Caribbean flavour.
Listen to Glimpse HERE.
Genesis Owusu - I Am
Canberra rapper Genesis Owusu has been bringing some serious heat to 2020 and his latest single titled 'I Am' is no exception. The track itself is jam-packed full of super funky bass lines, upbeat synth licks and laidback vocals. A real track to send off Winter and celebrate the start of spring!
Church & AP - Silhouette Series: Act 1 Scene 1
Rising stars and Auckland's finest dynamic duo Church & AP have dropped two new singles titled 'Deathwish!' and 'Laxit'. Both tracks feature the duo's signature lyrical style and flow, with a unique flare. We absolutely love the Middle Eastern flare in the Deathwish! Track.
Listen to the duo's new tracks HERE.
Ball Park Music - Cherub
Our team have a little sweet spot for Brissy five-piece Ball Park Music and rightfully so when they continue to bring the goods to the table. Their most recent track titled 'Cherub' gives us all the feels (we may have wept a little at the end). The track, which features on the band's upcoming sixth album, takes you on an emotional journey full of strumming guitar and sundrenched folk-inspired vocals. A sure-fire contender for #1 track of 2020 in our opinion!
Listen to Ball Park Music's new track HERE.
Sly Withers - Cracks
Perth legends Sly Withers are back with their second track of 2020 titled 'Cracks'. The single holds true to the bands signature pop-punk riffage, bursting at the seams with energy and raw emotion.
Jordan Rakei - Wind Parade
London-based, Australian multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei recently released an epic rework of Donald Byrd's 1975 track 'Wind Parade'. The song is the seventh single to be released on Rakei's forthcoming album 'Blue Note Re:imagined'. If you're a fan of soulful, hip-hop driven jazz, then this track is right up your alley.
Listen to Rakei's new rework HERE.
Logic1000 - Perfume
Calling all club kids, if you haven't heard of Sydney-born, Berlin-based electronic producer Logic1000, then we suggest you listen to her latest single titled 'Perfume'. The track is full of euphoric club-ready beats, blended seamlessly together with super soulful vocals.
Cop an earful of Logic1000 new track HERE.
Mo'Ju - Put It On Hold
Mo'Ju is back in 2020 with a brand new single 'Put It On Hold'. The track features a perfect melting pot of dreamy pop melody and rich, soulful vocals. A guaranteed dancefloor favourite!
Listen to the track HERE.
Towns - Boring
Adelaide duo, TOWNS' new track 'Boring', is bringing back some seriously nostalgic teen angst, blink 182 feels. If you're in need of a song you can blast out loud and scream the lyrics at top of your lungs, while jumping up and down on your bed, this is the song for you!
Give 'Boring' a listen HERE.
FELIVAND - Trajectory
FELIVAND is an alt-pop/neo-soul artist hailing from Brisbane. Her new track 'Trajectory', seamlessly fuses funky AF basslines and dreamy soulful vocals, bringing a refreshing and special sound to the table.
Give the track a listen HERE.
Wafia - Good Things
Art-pop artist Wafia has been an office playlist staple at Moshtix for a while now and we are absolutely in love with her new EP 'Good Things'. The EP itself follows the singer-songwriter's journey of self-discovery and digestion of a bad relationship. It's full of seriously catchy pop ballads and euphoric dreamy beats. Our personal fave track is 'Hurricane'.
Listen to Wafia's entire EP HERE.
Sam Cullen - All Night Long
If you're a fan of raw and heartfelt folk songs, then Wellington-based rising star Sam Cullen's new track 'All Night Long', should be on your hit list. It's the second single off his forthcoming debut EP and comes jam-packed with upbeat folk-inspired guitar riffs and delicate, soothing vocals.
Tasman Keith - 64 Bars
Homegrown rap legend Tasman Keith brings another heavy-hitter to the table with his new track "64 Bars". Featured in season three of Red Bull's 64 Bars podcast, this track is 64 bars of absolute fire. Cop a listen HERE.
Alice Skye - Blue You (Kev Carmody - 1995)
Victoria's own Alice Skye has released a very special cover of Kev Carmody's 1995 track "Blue You", which is set to appear on the forthcoming Carmody tribute album 'Cannot Buy My Soul'. The album also features performances by fellow Australian acts including Kasey Chambers, Powderfinger's Bernard Fanning, Mo'Ju, Courtney Barnett and more. Give Skye's cover a listen HERE.
Pink Matter - You'll Never Know
Brisbane three-piece Pink Matter have released their first piece of new music for 2020 and we're absolutely loving it. The new single "You'll Never Know", is infused with just the right amount of disco and soul groove. If you're up for a boogie, get this track cued up ASAP. Listen to the new single HERE.
Deryk - One Star
Auckland-based rising star Deryk is one act on our radar. After releasing her debut single 'Call Out' earlier this year, the newcomer has dropped a second single called 'One Star', as well as announcing the forthcoming release of her debut EP 'WOMb' - out October 2. Give her new track a listen HERE.
Teeks - Without You
Kiwi soul singer Teeks is back out of hiding, releasing his first piece of new music in three years. His new single "Without You", is guaranteed to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The raw emotion in this track is next-level. Listen to the track in full HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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!