Artists for Grenfell: Bridge Over Troubled Water
The music community has come together following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London on 14 June. Over three days artists from across the world united to record a version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. The track was recorded at Sarm Studios in West London – just half a mile from Grenfell.
The following artists gave their time to appear on this track:- Angel Anne- Marie Bastille, Brian May – Queen, Carl Barât – The Libertines, Craig David, Deno Donae’o Dua Lipa, Ella Eyre, Ella Henderson, Emeli Sandé, Fleur East, Gareth Malone & The Choir for Grenfell, Geri Halliwell, Gregory Porter, James Arthur, James Blunt, Jessie J, Jessie Ware, JohnNewman, Jon McClure – Reverend and the Makers, Jorja Smith, Kelly Jones – Stereophonics, Labrinth, Leona Lewis, Liam Payne, London Community Gospel Choir, Louis Tomlinson, Louisa Johnson, Matt Goss, Matt Terry, Mr Eazi, Nathan Sykes, Nile Rodgers, Omar, Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott, Ray BLK RAYE, Rita Ora, Robbie Williams, Shakka, Shane Filan, Stormzy, The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend), Tokio Myers, Tom Grennan, Tony Hadley, Tulisa, WSTRN, 5 After Midnight
All proceeds – from both the track and donations – will be distributed via The London Community Foundation. To make further donations to Artists for Grenfell, you can head to the dedicated website.
The xx: I Dare You
The xx released a brand new music video for I Dare You, which is from their acclaimed number one album I See You. The video is directed by Alasdair McLellan in collaboration with The xx and Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons. Filmed in Los Angeles at Lloyd Wright’s Sowden house and John Lautner’s Rainbow House, the visual continues The xx’s longstanding collaboration with McLellan, who also directed the band’s videos for On Hold and Say Something Loving, as well as their collaboration on the It Could Be Love photo book zine.
Raf Simons has had a longstanding appreciation of The xx and was drawn to the band’s recent work with McLellan. Seeing a connection between the videos and his own work at Calvin Klein, Simons was pleased to collaborate on the third video of the trilogy, lending his eye to the architectural and atmospheric elements and utilising an eclectic cast including Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes.
Cage The Elephant: Whole Wide World
This is a joyous, romantic track from Cage The Elephant. It’s like a holiday for your ears. Their new album UNPEELED comes out on 28 July.
Whole Wide World was originally written and performed by Wreckless Eric, and was then re-imagined and recorded by the band at their sold-out, hometown show at the Ryman Auditorium.
The band is currently touring through Europe with confirmed dates at some of the world’s largest festivals, including France’s Main Square Festival, Spain’s Mad Cool Festival, and Switzerland’s Openair St. Gallen. They’ll also perform a special show at Union Chapel where UK fans will be treated to new versions of the songs that will appear on UNPEELED, with a string quartet and in a stripped back arrangement.
Cub Sport: O Lord
Brisbane’s Cub Sport have returned with the first taste of their forthcoming second record. Singer Time Nelson says of O Lord, “I wrote [the song] in the wake of coming out last year. I suddenly had everything I’d ever wanted. I was free to be my true self, I was finally in a relationship with the love of my life and I had full love and support from my friends and family, but what I didn’t expect was the realisation that when you get everything you’ve ever wanted you suddenly have everything to lose. This song ended up being my way of grappling with those feelings.”
Dej Loaf: No Fear
The official video for DeJ Loaf‘s No Fear features DeJ dressed to the nines in a satin Gucci pantsuit, daydreaming in her bedroom, only to unlock inner magic and be whisked away to a colourful dreamscape. Complete with animation and dream sequences, the video harks back to a time when Dej used to daydream in her childhood bedroom about everything from love, her career, travelling the world and making those dreams a reality.
max flynn: Love You Hard
You know I always love to feature the Los Angeles-based Australian artists, because I appreciate the artistic journey and risk that they are taking by throwing it out to the world. Aussie via LA artist Max Flynn is one such songwriter who has released a song called ‘Love You Hard’. He describes it as the “soundtrack to the difficult kind of love” with lyrics like “Sometimes I want to run away, farther than most, farther than most.” This track may have you re-living the that one teen heartbreak that really cut deep (um, hello high school).
Perth’s Hamjam resides on Bedroom Suck Records, who have just joined the stable of artists represented by legendary Melbourne record label Remote Control Records. The band’s new album a/s/l? comes our on 11 August and Lean is the new single.
A collaborative project between Hamish Rahn and James Ireland, Hamjam is the work of two creative individuals who make music they describe as “blissed out sadness”. Distinguishing themselves as a band, and only sometimes as a bizarre type of food yet to be invented, the pair have been described as a melting pot of psych and electronica, with a healthy pinch of West Coast soul. Side note: the styling in this video is sublime.
The Belligerents: Flash
After six years in the making, The Belligerents are psyched to announce the details of their long-awaited debut album SCIENCE FICTION, available on 8 September. The Brisbane 5-piece has a new single called Flash, and it’s THE GOODS.
Directed by Greta Nash, the ‘Flash’ video is an epic tongue-in-cheek homage to 80’s Sci-Fi, inspired by the band’s obsession with the genre.
Hair Dye: Backburning
Brand new Sydney-based, 80’s-influenced band Hair Die (don’t you already love them?) have shared their debut single Backburning; an anxious, jarring, jaunt dripping with charisma and those all important minor chords that make it all the more menacing and brimming with intrigue.
Hair Die will begin their live, monthly residency at Sydney’s Oxford Arts Factory monthly from Friday 11 August and will go on the road throughout September.
Culture Abuse: So Busted
Epitaph Records recently welcomed San Francisco Bay Area-band Culture Abuse to the label. Culture Abuse‘s single So Busted is a rock and roll love song about “all the stuff you are told you need in life but when it all boils down all you really want is to feel loved and cared for” front man David Kelling explains.
Video Avenue: Homewrecker
Brisbane new kids Video Avenue have launched on to the scene with their indie-rock TUNE and debut release by the name of Homewrecker, an upbeat ditty about distrust and love. Don’t miss the band’s release launch party this Saturday at Ric’s Bar in Brisbane, supported by their Melbourne mates Birdhouse.
Rozwell Kid: Wendy’s Trash Can
Roswell Kid’s highly-anticipated new album Precious Art comes out 23 June. Wendy’s Trash Can kicks off Precious Art with the adrenaline-fueled riffage those in-the-know have come to expect from the band. The video was directed by BLACKMAGIC ROLLERCOASTER (Neon Indian, Funny Or Die), and closely follows the four members of Rozwell Kid, their van, and an unknown victim in a wacky, never-ending Groundhog Day meets Raising Arizona-style adventure. And what a way to start your weekend.