We’re almost there. Almost to the next marker. It’s only a tiny marker, you see. It’s almost the season for meltdowns & tantrums. We’re all ready for a holiday, yet life swirls around us with deadlines and last minute everything. Let’s not talk about the impending pressures of the Holiday season. Not yet. Here’s some new uplifting stuff to hold your hand to beer o’clock.
One of my favourite Melbourne bands Pearls has re-emerged as a trio. Here’s their new single Superstar, which sits perfectly within the new Lipstick Electro Renaissance I’ve been witnessing in 2016, largely from Australian indie acts trying their chic hand at glam pop, creating a perfect rock n roll at the disco moment.
Ex lovers Ryan Caesar & Ellice Blakeney are newly joined by long-term friend, James Payne. Superstar sees them weave magic on tightly constructed rock with dance sophistication. Pearls’ sophomore album is due in early 2017.
Goldlink: Fall In Love feat. Ciscero
One of our big tunes for the year now has a video. Crank dis.
SAFIA: My Love Is Gone
SAFIA recently wrapped their biggest national sold out tour to date. Their video for My Love Is Gone was shot in Morocco by UK production company Cry/Wolf, and tells a heartbreaking tale of love and loss with sweeping cinematic imagery.
Peking Duk: Stranger feat. Elliphant
We shared this song a few weeks ago. Here’s the new video for Stranger, which was produced by Peking Duk and written with Swedish artist Elliphant.
Roland Tings: Eyes Closed
Melbourne producer Roland Tings has just finished an extensive US/Canadian tour supporting Chrome Sparks and RÜFÜS plus he’s also released an official remix of Snakehips’ ‘Cruel’. Eyes Closed is an instant soundscape (lifescape) mood enhancer.
This Australian Summer Roland Tings will be home for a string of summer festival shows at Beyond The Valley and Laneway Festival.
Roland Tings Australian Tour Dates
- Sat, Dec 31 | Beyond the Valley, VIC
- Thu, Jan 26 | Laneway, Brisbane, QLD
- Sat, Jan 28 | Laneway, Melbourne, VIC
- Fri, Feb 3 | Laneway, Adelaide, SA
- Sat, Feb 4 | Laneway, Sydney, NSW
- Sun, Feb 5 | Laneway, Fremantle, WA
Tigerilla: Tulips 2.0 feat. Okenyo & Gill Bates
Here’s the hip hustling ‘Tulips’ 2.0 rework by enigmatic Sydney-based musician OKENYO. He landed a J Award nomination for Music Video Of The year for his debut track and video ‘Tulips’ ft. Gill Bates and this track re-work features a newly written response and performance from the Elefant Traks signee who recently supported U.S Artist Santigold.
Of adding OKENYO (pictured at top) to the mix, Tigerilla says “Now instead of just one upcoming star, I have two on my track! Very lucky, 2.0!”
Click here to stream Tulips 2.0 on Spotify. It’s amazing.
Tigerilla Tour Dates
- Wed, 30 Nov | EMC:Play – Sydney
- Tues, 29 Nov | Matt & Alex – 5 RAVES IN FIVE DAYS, Fat Controller, Adelaide
- Sun, 11 Dec | Sets On the Beach, Port Beach Road, North Fremantle, WA
- Wed, 28th Dec – Sun, 1st Jan 2017 | Beyond The Valley Festival, Lardner Park, Warragul
Fickle Friends: Brooklyn
UK quintet Fickle Friends shared their vivacious video for Brooklyn this week. The new singles sees the Brighton band significantly raise the bar on their infectious brand of indie-pop, with enough uplifting groove and dance choreography in the visuals to carry us through the summer with the perfect amount of style rouge. Directed by esteemed director/photographer Charlotte Rutherford
Tkay Maidza: Tennies
Now strictly speaking, this track has been out a while, but I’ve been looping it lately when I get on a roll with writing or stepping in to character. It’s perfectly smooth and energetic, but subtle like a fox. I wanted to share it with you in case you haven’t heard it. TKAY’s self titled album is out now.
Elk Road: Hanging By A Thread feat. Natalie Foster
Elk Road is the project of Australian solo artist and producer Rory Garton Smith, but on Hanging By A Thread the producer has called upon the talents of vocalist Natalie Forster.
Matteo Vallicelli: Michelangelo
Something a little more moody and atmospheric… Italy’s Matteo Vallicelli has unveiled the first single Michelangelo from his solo record Primo, which is out on 3 February.
In 2013, Vallicelli relocated from the ancient neighborhood of Trastevere in Rome to the ever-changing Kreuzberg district in Berlin. Heavily influenced by the pulsating techno scene of the German capital, Vallicelli began experimenting with synthesisers and drum machines. Recording sounds onto his computer and cassette tapes led him to create a massive collection of loops and samples, sometimes in protracted home sessions where he wouldn’t leave his apartment for days.
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