China Roses – ‘Piedaterres’

Adelaide pop-rap duo China Roses have dropped their latest single with a sound ever so familiar to that of fellow Radelaidian Allday and Brissy artist Mallrat.

‘Piedaterres’ is an uplifting track inspired by love and appreciation for those in your life who believe in the artistry you’re creating.

“It’s written around the theme of surrounding yourself with people that believe in you, and encourage you to fulfil your potential. It also mentions reacting to success in a humble manner and taking the time to appreciate those who helped you get to where you are,” China Roses said.

Rapper/vocalist Jessica Fisher wrote this song in the very early stages of the China Roses project. Other half of the duo, producer Pietro Filippone knew it was, and still is, some of the best work she has written.

Filippone was actually in Lebanon without Internet when Fisher sent over the tracks. Trying to distinguish their sound proved to be a challenge at first, but a series of fluke accidents led them down the right path.

“When I got back, I tried writing some music to match the lyrics but everything I wrote didn’t seem to capture the feeling of Jess’s vocals. I wrote about three or four different songs before I came to the result we’ve released.

“I remember I was about five minutes into writing the piano chords for this track when I hit save on my session and accidentally overwrote the previous version I had worked on. It must’ve been a blessing in disguise because it forced me to start from scratch and finish the track,” Filippone said.

There’s a really nice balance between the playful synth rhythms and moody undertones of thick basslines. This kind of sound is definitely on trend and a great step forward for the Aussie rap scene.

‘Piedaterres’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music. | |

Litche x Nrthn – ‘Winter’

Since teaming up with Woodes on their collaboration ‘Voyage’, Litche is back with another slow burner that simmers nicely into an open wave of electronic beauty.

‘Winter’ features the vocals and poetic vision of Sydney producer/songwriter Nrthn, aka Sam Sakr, and is a track that delves deep into the personal experiences of a relationship; the reminiscence of special moments.

“When something I care about ends whether it is a relationship, musical endeavour, or friendship, I tend to only vividly remember the end of it. ‘Winter’ is about the rare moment of reminiscing those ‘moments in the middle’ easily forgotten, and wanting them to be what you remember from it,” Nrthn said.

The track starts really emotively with minimal productions, but once it drops it unleashes a heavy swelling of what can only be paralleled to that unnerving feeling of loss.

Newcastle producer Litche met Nrthn four years ago at music school, and quickly realised they shared a lot of common interests as far as music was concerned.

“Our flow of ideas felt so natural, staying equally in tune with each other throughout every part of the creative process seemed effortless” – Litche said

‘Winter’ is ready to stream across all platforms now including Spotify & Apple Music.

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Akurei – ‘Photophobia’

2017 saw Brisbane artist Akurei release two tracks that earned some really great online success. This year comes the arrival of a brand new Akurei release, which gravitates towards electronic angst in a rather ethereal way.

‘Photophobia’ is a track that offers a very insightful look into the experiences of a debilitating migraine, of which Akurei has suffered greatly since his teenage years.

Research became a major part of his quest to find resolve with the issue, and as a result he discovered the works of neurologist Oliver Sacks.

“Oliver Sacks wrote two books which really changed the way I view migraines; ‘Hallucinations’ and ‘Migraine’. They both cover a lot, but what really moved me was his view on the visual aura that accompanies migraines, and its influence on art, divine encounters, and purpose for the person who experiences it,” he said.

With this in mind, Akurei put pen to paper and shared his reflections of a rather troubling episode.

“Photophobia is about the whole experience that comes with it; the aching in your skull, the sensitivity to light, the nostalgia, and the insight you get about whatever it is that’s playing on your mind while you’re out for 6 hours” he said.

This electronic-R&B sonic exploration was further enhanced by co-producer and good friend Golden Vessel.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing on this collaboration though! Akurei had his backpack stolen overnight, which had his laptop and hard drive in it. In a crazy turn of events, the hard drive was retrieved the next morning, but the song had to be pieced back together from the early demos.

“I started this song about a month before I had my backpack stolen overnight. It had my laptop, headphones and hard drive in it. I actually found my hard drive in the street the next morning, which in an odd way is incredibly lucky. We had to piece the song back together from this one early bounce of the demo, an iPhone recording of my guitar parts, and my vocal parts. Max (Golden Vessel) co-produced this track with me and really pulled through on the drum and bass parts. Working with Max is always an easy process, we generally see to eye-to-eye on what we think is cool for the projects we’re working on, and we can be honest with each other without offence.” – Akurei

‘Photophobia’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music. | |

Husky – ‘Can’t Shake It Off’ (ft. Nat Conway)

Sydney producer Husky has teamed up with X-Factor 2015 alumni Nat Conway, and the result is a summer-infused deep disco track called ‘Can’t Shake It Off’.

Opening with those sexy party vibes comes a very Sneaky Sound System-inspired track, and the perfect addition to any summer playlist.

Miss Conway sizzles on vocals and Husky’s dirty synth-heavy productions really bring out the best in this collaboration.

“As soon as I had the basic idea for this song I knew it would suit Nat and her vibe. She loved it and sent back an amazing idea that was very easy to work with, and was exactly what I had in mind,” Husky said.

Husky speaks very highly of the vocalist, praising her talents both as a writer and singer.

“I always love working with Nat Conway. She has to be one of the most talented pop and house writers I have had the pleasure of working with, and I am always very proud of our results,” Husky said.

There is a lot if international appeal with this track, with a sure-fire life far beyond the Australian summer. Hot top: when you press play on this song, you must have a cocktail in hand.

‘Can’t Shake It Off’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music, with thanks to Bobbin Head Music, and it also comes with remixes from Alaia & Gallo, Mark Di Meo and a “Club Edit” from the man himself.

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Close Counters -‘Soulacoasta’

Nothing beats those funky soul-filled rhythms of the 70’s, so it’s with great pleasure that Close Counters today deliver a 12-song instrumental mixtape called ‘Soulacoasta’.

Beat makers Finn Rees and Allan McConnell created this body of work whilst on their gap year travelling throughout Europe.

“Whilst visiting record stores in London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam we uncovered some deep cuts of rare 70s groove records, which inspired us to experiment with a more disco-boogie tinged style.

“We created a series of beats built around some samples found on these records and experimented with thematically connecting the songs on the mixtape so that they flow from one to other,” Close Counters said.

It’s impossible to not feel the infections rhythms flow right through you, even transport you to a scene from the Netflix series ‘The Get Down’.

There is certainly an air of hip-hop coming through the mixtape, and for a couple of Generation Z kids, this shows their maturity in musical taste.

Exploring the nostalgia of 70s hip-hop opens up for genre blurring today. In fact, this mixtape is very reminiscent of Kaytranda and Harvey Sutherland.

“The main theme of ‘Soulacoasta’ revolves around a short sample of a full horn and string section from an Italian instrumental jazz album. This has been mixed with punchy hip-hop drums and bouncy synthesiser bass lines,” they said.

As an added bonus, a music video for the title-track has dropped, and it too falls in the old school world blending some vintage and new styles together to create a very fun and feel-good visual.

“The video is about a middle-aged man living an unbelievably joyful life. Throughout a day, his perception of reality is challenged and his delusions begin to reveal themselves,” they said.

On working with the duo, the video’s director Sanjiv Gopal said he knew exactly how to bring it to life.

“Having worked with Close Counters on a previous short film of mine, I was pretty eager to continue collaborating with the guys. When they first showed me ‘Soulacoasta’ it blew my mind, and I pretty much knew straight away what the next step in our work together would be,” Gopal said.

‘Soulacoasta’ is available now via SoundCloud and Bandcamp. | |

Litche – ‘Voyage’ (ft. Woodes)

It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard from Newcastle producer Litche, aka Sam Litchfield, but it has been a time for creation.

His respect for songstress Woodes was what brought him to the spotlight, with his remix of ‘Rise’ clocking plays across all platforms.

There had been a few conversations about making something original together, then back in June 2017 Litche and Woodes decided to have a go at writing together, and that’s when ‘Voyage’ started to take shape.

This is also just the first single off Litche’s upcoming debut EP, and it channels a rather dark soundscape with Woodes’ sincerity coming through her signature floaty vocals.

“Elle started to play with melodic ideas and writing down some rough lyric ideas. After about an hour Elle had worked out the vocal melody and we also recorded tonnes of atmospheric vocal bits that we layered together and messed around with. Before long we knew something special was forming,” Litche said.

The two worked seamlessly together and their creative flow is undeniable. With Woodes’ song writing continually getting stronger it becomes evident how focused and story driven this track is.

“To me, ‘Voyage’ is about a person letting the humbling and mystical aspects of nature help take them on a journey of reflection through their personal desires and wants of the past, present and future,” Litche said.

This track is a very strong indication of what the upcoming EP will feel like. Hopefully this isn’t the last collaboration we get to hear from these two fine Australian artists.

“I wrote this with Sam over a couple sessions by the beach in Sydney. I found Sam’s Music through soundcloud and was really drawn to the atmospheres & the world he creates through his production. I was keen on seeing how my voice could fit into that. 

Our first session together we had only a few pieces of gear and our laptops and a couple hours before my flight. Having a set amount of variables made us focus on what we could do with vocal manipulation as a core instrument in Voyage. We recorded a bunch of lyrical chapters which evolved and grew with the production. It began to form into a little journey. 

When I write I picture a film playing in my head. To me this song is post-dusk blue. Fires by the beach with friends on warm nights. Finding shapes in clouds. Familiar friends and new connections.” – Woodes

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‘Voyage’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music.

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MORILLA – ‘Love Me’

Australian artist MORILLA is off to a ripper start in 2018 with a track that is well on trend with RnB-trap-electronica.

‘Love Me’ channels those intricate beat stylings of Flume, and the smooth vocal switches of The Weeknd, giving those late-night trap vibes a workout.

Enlisting the producing prowess of Aussie producer cln ensured the intensity of the demo reflected exactly what MORILLA was envisioning.

Even with the first demo he sent me he nailed it, and it got better and better after each time he worked on it,” MORILLA said.

The song may sound like a bit of a dis track but in fact, it isn’t. Written during a time when MORILLA was evaluating his relationships and friendships, it ended up being a time of evaluating his own self-worth.

“The intention of this song was for me to sing about my experience, and to hopefully empower people the way I felt empowered when I was writing it,” MORILLA said.

‘Love Me’ is an absolute banger and will inject that fire you need for a cracking new year.

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‘Love Me’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music. | |

JVLY – ‘Ache EP’

With two singles leading the charge for this debut ep, it’s no wonder Newcastle producer JVLY has found his stride.

The ‘Ache EP’ is a 20-minute transformative experience that takes you on a sonic journey of electronic beats and sweet jazz inspired melodies.

Visuals are integral to JVLY’s writing process and in fact, this whole EP was created with one vision in mind which brought together its cohesiveness and energy.

“I made all of these songs with the thought of a visual in mind. If you’ve got a good idea of what a song might look like if it was translated to a screen, then it kind of becomes easier to steer it where you’re trying to go,” JVLY said.

Normally JVLY works alone but featuring the vocals of both Chester and SARAI opened his eyes up to the possibilities of collaboration.

“It’s weird because the whole project was probably like 75% complete before I even started working with anyone. The songs were written but they needed something. Sarai and Chester were the first two people I ever actually properly collaborated with. I’m used to putting things together alone, so having them involved and realising how aligned both of their inputs were with my vision was really interesting,” JVLY said.

SARAI brings such a sensual warmth and familiarity to the tracks ‘Stone’, ‘Drowning’ and ‘Void’, as her effortless vocals elevate the productions and vision.

Teaming up with Chester Watson on ‘Namek’ contrastingly shows their psych-electronica, and is definitely a track with its own vibe.

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‘Ache EP’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music. | |

Eric Sharp – ‘Eric Sharp & Friends EP’

With two lead singles already under his belt it’s now time for Eric Sharp to round things out in one symphonic release.

Over the past four years, Sharp has only released individual singles, so the ‘Eric Sharp & Friends EP’ is a momentous achievement in his career.

Featuring hit tracks ‘Too Much’ and ‘Take This Time’, you now also get to enjoy two more tunes, ‘Call in the Night’ and ‘Some Place I Can Call My Own’. Three of the tracks feature his good mate Zhao, with ‘Too Much’ featuring Brooklyn lads French Horn Rebellion.

Eric Sharp has come a long way since his successful DJ spinning days in the underground house and techno scene, but they certainly shaped his productions for a more focused sound today.

“For the ‘Eric Sharp & Friends EP’ I left that creative constraint behind and just focused on making music as an ends in and of itself. Those who follow my original work will know that collaboration is a big part of my process. I find that there is a nearly magical energy exchange in co-creating music with other artists whom I share a wavelength with,” Sharp said.

The four-track body of work shows a softer more moodier side to Sharp’s personality both as a producer and a writer, with a creative flow geared towards the philosophy of surrealist painters like Dali, Magritte and Miro.

“Surrealism involves allowing one’s unconscious to manifest itself in one’s work, maintaining an openness to explore whatever flows through oneself. Because of this I often don’t know what a song is going to be about until halfway through writing it,” he said.

The EP was developed both in his home studio and remotely, with writing sessions at Drew Kramer (Wild & Free) and Zhao’s studios, where the focus was primarily around developing ideas.

“It’s hard for me to take in my productions with a fresh ear, but hopefully on first listen people will hear the tracks as warm, inviting, and hypnotic. My goal is to draw people in my world sonically to have their own experience, and for this purpose, an EP is a better avenue than a single would have been,” he said.

When you next see Eric Sharp live, listen closely as you will hear snippets of these four singles filter through his set.

“Ironically, now that I have the final masters I find myself sneaking these songs into my DJ sets quite regularly even though they are pretty different from most of what I mix,” he said.

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‘Eric Sharp & Friends EP’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music, with thanks to Little Assembly. | |

Emerson Leif x Golden Vessel – ‘Hesitate’

Brisbane artist Emerson Leif has enlisted the creative mind of good friend Golden Vessel for his debut single ‘Hesitate’, which poses some of life’s most important questions.

Years ago, ‘Hesitate’ began as a 30-second sample of Leif’s voice, and always had this sense of possibility attached to it.

“I had loaded all these effects on it until the vocal sounded more like an organ. The sample always felt like it had possibilities, and I knew there was a song there every time I listened to it,” Leif said.

Golden Vessel and Emerson Leif have been friends for years, and Leif has also worked on a few of Golden Vessel’s tracks in the past (‘Control’ & ‘Tell The-Girl’), so it just felt right for the two to connect and work Leif’s debut release.

“Max (Golden Vessel) and I have been writing music together for a long time, and so it made sense to work on the track with him. I love the unique sounds that Max brings to production and we both had a similar vision for the song,” he said.

At the time ‘Hesitate’ was written, Leif’s life was picturesque, yet the emptiness he felt and had always wrestled with, plagued him.

“I found myself feeling very alone and without purpose. I could not accept that we just exist: eat, sleep, work, repeat. We are sold a kind of ‘happiness’ like it’s something we can work towards but what’s on offer is fleeting, if at all,” he said.

This particular track was the beginning of a journey for Leif as he began to explore life’s greatest philosophies, most notably the idea of God.

“I had many questions about life but the greatest question was one of God. Or better yet, one for God. “Are you there?” Honestly, religion just felt so tired and insular. I wanted something tangible. I wanted to find truth. The idea of searching is perhaps most terrifying, because what if one finds nothing,” he said.

As you tune into the lyrics of this beauty, let the rhythms hypnotise you into a meditation of open mindedness.

“Hesitate came about from these old vocals and acoustic guitar loops that Caleb had recorded years ago. We dug those up and sampled them, and built ‘Hesitate’ around them. This is one of my favourite songs that I’ve ever made and it’s kind of just been sitting on my laptop for over a year. I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally get it out.” – Golden Vessel

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‘Hesitate’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music, and stay tuned for more new tunes from both of these fine artists throughout 2018.

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