Singles Spin #5

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Diplo’s Major Lazer premieres the music video for Can’t Take It From Me. Directed by Irrum, the video stars Skip Marley and the iconic Major Lazer figure as the High Priest of Lazerism. Of the video Irrum says, “The visuals were inspired by my garden in Walthamstow and the stories hidden in the paintings of Alberto del Pozo. I teamed up with the art poet Luis Luino for the production design, and it was shot by my good friend and frequent collaborator Andres Arochi.”

Can’t Take It From Me marks the reappearance of the Major Lazer character from the beyond (designed by Ferry Guow). Major Lazer has found enlightenment and given up his physical body, returning to spread the message of Lazerism with the help of Diplo, Walshy Fire and the Lazer Gyals. His message has taken the form of music and his teachings the form of songs for Diplo and Walshy to put down on records. He anointed the Lazer Gyals as high priestesses of dance. Together they will spread his message near and far.

Perth electronic-pop purveyors Web Rumors’ new offering, We Don’t Need A Hero, employs a cache of hooks and synth sounds that make the prospect of the band’s forthcoming debut LP release even more enticing.

A compelling follow-up to the April-released single, Sinner (For Your Love), We Don’t Need A Hero combines a more reflective tone with an irresistibly unifying chorus. The song’s buoyant synth bass line holds firm in the wake of more heavenly keyboard layers while singer/song writer Em Burrows’ distinctive contralto sits confidently at the sonic centre, imbuing it with new wave authority.

The song itself reflects on the cult of personality and celebrity that has always existed but is presented and powered even more so in this tech-driven, social media age.

“We elevate people to saviour-like positions,” ponders Burrows. “We’re pinning hopes on them, absolving ourselves of responsibility, and becoming disconnected from what is around us. The song is about looking past appearance to what is real and important.”

Bat For Lashes — aka Natasha Khan — will release her fifth studio album, entitled Lost Girls, on September 6th, 2019 via AWAL Recordings. The album’s first song, Kids In The Dark, is available to hear now

The delicious first single Kids in the Dark sets the scene, with its opulent haze of 80’s synths and stuttering disco beats, but nothing in this topsy-turvy world is quite as it seems. Jasmine leaves eerie clues – “a body bag/ on eucalyptus hill, and the Hollywood forever and the endless sleeping pills”, while even at its most outwardly pop. In the pristine The Hunger or the swooning So Good, there is an underlying menace and heightened sensuality, with Khan singing about “an addiction that I cannot fight…a drug that never numbs this pain”. Then there’s the soaring Desert Man, which lays bare the push and pull of burgeoning romance, with Khan resolutely declaring “love is a nowhere land”.

Theresa Rex started making a name for herself when she did the vocals for Martin Jensen’s Solo Dance. Now she’s released a couple tracks of her own and this one, Like I Love You is off to hot start, achieving all key pop playlists on DSPs and a plethora of New Music Friday’s on Spotify.

Danish rising star Theresa Rex releases her single solo single following on from her recent collaboration with Jonas Blue on What I Like About You. Also the voice behind Martin Jensen’s single Solo Dance, which was a bonafide international hit, sitting at over 580 million streams across platforms. With only 3 official tracks, her stream count already sits over 600+ million, with worldwide chart rankings, and several gold + platinum certifications.

Nicki Minaj has dropped a new single along with its music video. Check out MEGATRON below.

The track is Nicki’s first solo single since she released Queen last year. She shared music videos for the LP’s Chun-Li, Bed, Ganja Burn, Barbie Dreams, Good Form, and Hard White. The song centres on a reference to Transformers antagonist Megatron – a fitting follow-up to Chun-Li, another song where Minaj compares herself to a video game character. “They call me Megatron, shorty’s a mega con/It ain’t about the race either, it’s a marathon,” she raps on the second verse.

GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and GRAMMY nominated Cuban born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Camila Cabello reunite for their fiery new single, Señorita, via Island Records.

The song was written by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello alongside Andrew Watt, Benny Blanco, Ali Tamposi, Charli XCX, Jack Patterson, and Cashmere Cat. Señorita was produced by Andrew Watt & Benny Blanco, with additional production by Cashmere Cat.

To coincide with the new single, Shawn and Camila also released the official music video for Señorita, directed by Dave Meyers.

There seems to be no slowing down for Dean Lewis. After what has been a phenomenal few months promoting his GOLD selling debut album, A Place We Knew, the Sydney artist releases his Stay Awake (Live At The Forum, Melbourne 2019) video. Filmed at his sold-out Melbourne show on his recent A Place We Knew Australian Tour, the live video was shot by Sean Vandenberg at The Forum Theatre on the second night of his three sold-out Melbourne Shows.

As an artist always willing to share his stories with his fans, last month Dean released The Making of A Place We Knew which can be viewed here. The black and white short documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the making his #1 ARIA Album and includes never seen before footage of recording in various studios. Filmed in Sydney, Byron Bay and Los Angeles the video is directed by Dean’s brother, Sean.

The VANNS are gearing up for a massive second half of 2019 with the release of their striking new single, Mother. Taken from their long-awaited debut album, The VANNS have served up another slice of commanding indie rock and roll, further solidifying their status as one of the east coast’s most exciting bands.

Though a strong standalone single, Mother fits perfectly into the narrative of The VANNS’ next collection of music; a record that has seen writers Jimmy Vann and Cameron Little broker a new dynamic within their shared musicianship, songwriting that has been born out of similar experiences and emotional journeys. “If the album has any kind of overarching, spinal theme running through it, it’s Jim and I coming together and writing about similar experiences we’ve gone through. It’s a relationship record and it’s a break-up record; and it’s about being in your early-mid twenties and trying to understand and navigate through both those things.” Cameron Little

Set to take the stage this week for a series of rare performances in Melbourne, Sydney (sold-out) and Brisbane, Washington shares the cinematic vision for new single Dirty Churches.

Captured by acclaimed director and partner in crime, Nick Waterman, the elegantly produced visual accompaniment is rich with iconography, grace and glamour. Conceived in a matter of days, the production for the video was largely improvised in the moment. “Any space can be sacred, any place can be holy, magical, a portal to a transcendental dimension,” muses Washington of the clip.

Australia’s What So Not (Chris Emerson) and rising artist Diablo (Sebastian Baldeon) share their collaborative single OOGAHDAM! An official music video, directed by Justin Frick will be revealed shortly. This infectious party record is sure to be played throughout this summer’s festival circuit. OOGAHDAM! is the first collaboration from What So Not & Diablo, birthed from a 4am home studio session, it ventures into a [way] “uptempo jump up” anthem.

“For me 2019 is about being free and spontaneous,” says Chris Emerson, the Australian artist, producer and DJ aka What So Not. “It’s getting back to: This feels right for this moment. Let’s put it out in the world now.” It’s a big change for the artist who last year made his biggest, boldest statement yet with the release of Not All the Beautiful Things and continues with this single, OOGAHDAM! made with producer/DJ Diablo.

Rudimental have joined forces with The Martinez Brothers on fresh new peak-time club track, Sitigawana. Taken from a new five-track Rudimental EP due for release in July, Sitigawana is aimed squarely at the floor, pairing a solid, locked groove with tribal percussion, entrancing vocals – sung in Chichewa by Malawian artist Faith Mussa – and slick guitar chords.

Faith was originally invited to Rudimental’s studio after Piers attended one of his shows in London in 2018, where the band recorded a track for his forthcoming album on Beating Heart. The vocals recorded that day proved the perfect addition to a collaboration the band were working on with The Martinez Brothers earlier this year – and Sitigawana was born.

Sacramento, CA alternative hip-hop artist Hobo Johnson has released an explosive new song and video for Typical Story on Reprise Records / Warner Records.

The visual is set in a mansion where Hobo and The Lovemakers, manic partygoers and a motley crew of character in various costumes bring to life Hobo’s absurdist vision of a house party. The visual displays his remarkable ability to harness lightning in a bottle and is a harbinger for more to come.

“Typical Story is one of the songs on the album that came together pretty quickly,” said Hobo. “I think people will see it as an evolution. I’m really proud of it. If I had to describe what it sounds like to me, it’s like if you took the cream that rises to the top and then let that cream sit and rise to the top and separated it again and then let that cream rise to the top and you scooped up that goodness…it sounds a bit like that final layer of cream once you turn it all the way up.”

For the last few years Brisbane band, The Rockefeller Frequency have been creating energetic indie-rock music fuelled by anxiety, and an unhealthy fascination with conspiracy theories. Fusing influences such as Refused, The Strokes and George Orwell, The Rockefeller Frequency have recorded their new single, The Rift; a song about reckoning with inner demons in the face of our own mortality.

“Our new song ‘The Rift’ is about the struggle to accept who you are in the context of a close relationship when you are a very flawed or self-absorbed individual. It’s about reckoning with the reality that at our worst, we are mostly just little tyrants fighting to put ourselves first in one way or another, and how it would be to our detriment to allow that type of egotism to go unchecked. It’s not all bad though. There is love out there, and that is worth everything.” Joshua Eckersley (vocals)

YUPPY is a baby of the internet age. Sonically, it suggests a wide range of musical influences but feels nostalgic and familiar all at once. Think dream-pop meets lo-fi hip hop beats and flow. Vocal transformers and pitch shifters help take the listener to an almost dream-like state. It is short and sweet, and loveable. For fans of Gus Dapperton, Tyler, the Creator, and , Zack Villere.

“The debut single, “Top Down”, sounds like ur driving a cloud as if it’s a car – sorta like how it feels when u meet someone real special (or chew 5 Gum)! Top Down’s got everything – love, toy lamas, and a reference to Johnny Drama from Entourage (remember that guy?). We hope u enjoyyy it!”

In Control is the new single released today from Baker Boy. Hotly in demand, the Melbourne- via – North East Arnhem Land artist co-wrote the single with award-winning writer/producer and multi-instrumentalist Pip Norman (Troye Sivan, Tuka, CXLOE). Featured on the freshly baked track is the T.I.M.E (Thornbury Instrumental Music Experience) Crew of Thornbury Primary who contribute their raw and energetic vocals to the track.

Rapping in his native language Yolngu Matha, Baker Boy says of his new single, “In Control encourages not only kids, but everyone to be brave and confident in taking control of their futures. No matter what challenges they’re facing or how many times they’ve been knocked back, it’s about having the right mind set and supporting yourself to be the very best version of who you are and to achieve all your dreams, no matter how young or old.”

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