Singles Spin #21

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Economy of Death, the third track off the highly anticipated fifth album by Scandinavian punk legends Refused (War Music, out now) is a master class in the specific type of songcraft that has made the Swedes one the most respected and celebrated bands of their generation. It contains one of their most punishing riffs and one of their most tender moments in its four-minute running time. Sharp as a shard of glass and blunt as a wrench to the temple, with echoes of German speed metal and the snarl of early punk, this mesmerising tour de force will make the week-long wait for the record unbearable.

This is a brilliant band at the peak of its power, capturing the paranoid madness of the present moment like no other artist working today, like a metal Don DeLillo or a The Who on steroids with a handsome Slavoj Zizek on vocals. “It’s only a mushroom cloud away” Lyxzén declares, and if you want to know the alternative to this doomsday scenario, stay tuned for ‘War Music’, where the intellectual northern European punks have even included a fanzine elaborating their vision for a better tomorrow.

Breakthrough Australian singer/songwriter E^ST makes her triumphant return with her upbeat and playful new tune, Talk Deep. Guaranteed to get you up and dancing.

Premiered by triple j earlier in the week, Talk Deep sees E^ST (aka Mel Bester) reunite with long-time collaborator Jim Eliot (Halsey, Ellie Goulding) and is officially the first taste from her highly anticipated debut album I’m Doing It due for release next year.

On the track, E^ST notes “Talk Deep is about having crazy chemistry with someone and not wanting to miss out on a single second of it… Who needs sleep anyway?”

The original Queen Bee Lil’ Kim has released her highly-anticipated new studio album, 9.

Kim released the infectious single Found You. Kim gets you right and tight to have your booties rocking everywhere with this Jonny Cash-produced beat. Doubling up on this twerk-worthy banger is City Girls’ “Yung Miami and O.T. Genasis with a dope amount of sexual flare.

Fresh from selling out multiple dates on their debut Australian headline tour, Sydney’s heavy rock mutants RedHook have released a sonic curveball in the form of a furious cover of the classic Rage Against The Machine track Guerrilla Radio, in honour of its 20th anniversary this week.

“When I was a kid and first heard this song, it changed everything for me. Rage became my gateway drug to the worlds of both metal and rap”, explains vocalist Emmy Mack.

“The powerful message behind the music is just as relevant now as it was in 1999 when ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ first dropped. Injustice, inequality and abuse of power are still rampant. Our political systems are corrupted by big business and vested interests at almost every turn, and even in the face of the freedom of information brought on by the internet age, the wealthy puppet masters who control the mass media still exert a terrifying amount of influence over the democratic process. Not to mention, the planet is dying! We have a lot to be concerned and angry about”.

As Psychedelic Porn Crumpets continue to warp minds and spin out on sold out stages throughout America, the band has found time to deliver another striking single in MUNDUNGUS! The first slice of new music from the Perth group since releasing their acclaimed third studio album, AND NOW FOR THE WHATCHAMACALLIT, back in May, the new sounds from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets aims for the rafters in smashing out chaotic sounds marked with their unique twist.

Mundungus, an archaic term for foul-smelling tobacco (or, for eagle-eyed Harry Potter fans, the name of Order of the Phoenix member and conman, Mundungus Fletcher), is a confident and fleshed out offering from the band, who have truly taken 2019 by the horns. Receiving its worldwide premiere on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac, Mundungus is fiery and captures the spirit of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets in full technicolour glory.

“Mundungus is the rare post tour recovery period where all our surrounding friends and family assume we’re crippled with alcoholism, burdened with lives of social estrangement and are far too disillusioned to foresee our self destructive tendencies”. Jack McEwan, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

Mongolian rock sensation THE HU will take their self-proclaimed brand of “hunnu rock” to a new level as they further embellish their blend of traditional Eastern instrumentation and throat singing mixed with Western rock music by adding in some of today’s top rock acts to guest on the viral singles from their debut album THE GEREG (Eleven Seven Music).

Having achieved phenomenal success with three videos that combined have over 45 million views to date – Wolf Totem and Yuve Yuve Yu and the latest, The Great Chingiss Khan – the band have vaulted into #5 and #7 on the Official Australian Aria Charts for Digital and Physical respectively, giving them an overall position of #11!

The first new English vocal pairing features guest vocals from Danny Case of hard rock labelmates From Ashes To New on the track Yuve Yuve Yu.

For Melbourne indie-electro group PRETTY BLEAK, their first single out the gate is anything but. A strong and vibrant cut of music that demonstrates the musicality of the group, Jawline is a dose of where the band is heading into, in the New Year. Hedonistic and thriving on some insatiable electro-driven pop melodies, Jawline as PRETTY BLEAK’s debut, it is a defining effort and statement of intent.

A song driven by a desire for sonic experimentation, Jawline is the result of flipping the script and approaching songwriting differently. “The song is about finding a personal balance between vanity and pragmatism. Being able to utilise hedonism and direct it towards something beneficial, rather than frivolous or trivial. I wrote and recorded two and a half different demos of this song before I finally got it to a place where I was happy with the blend of interesting pop conventions, and more self-indulgent abstract sounds and compositions. The intention of it was to try and write something that could be seen as a more straightforward kind of mainstream single, without compromising the more unique aspects of the sound.” Sam Thomas, PRETTY BLEAK

Selena Gomez releases a highly anticipated new song about self-love, Lose You To Love Me.

Selena co-wrote the song with long-time collaborators Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter as well as Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson with additional production from FINNEAS.

Gomez says, “This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album. I thought it was important to share the music, as I know many can relate to the fact that the road to self-discovery generally comes through the scars in one’s life. I want people to feel hope and to know you will come out the other side stronger and a better version of yourself.”

Mushroom are delighted to unveil the hauntingly beautiful new single You Don’t Know Love (feat. TAPZ) from Australian alt-pop darling Owl Eyes. The track is lifted off her forthcoming EP Invisible Woman, scheduled for release in January 2020.

Premiered yesterday via triple j Good Nights, You Don’t Know Love is a slice of neo soul that sees Owl Eyes experiment with a darker, sassier sound, as her sultry vocals glide above a theatrical RnB percussion. Joining her on the track is New York based, New Zealand-via-Zimbabwean artist TAPZ, who’s alluring vocal caresses the shimmering jazz leaning production, and sits in perfect symmetry against Owl Eyes signature heavenly voice.

The title track of Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders forthcoming album, Get The Money.

Featuring Taylor’s vocals accompanied by none other than Chrissie Hynde, a sick Joe Walsh lead, and the inimitable Duff McKagan on bass, Get The Money is the second taste of its namesake album, to be released November 8 by Shanabelle/RCA Records. Previously the track Crossed The Line was released to enthusiastic acclaim.

Mumford & Sons are very pleased to share a brand new song, their first since the release of the acclaimed Delta album back in November 2018. Mumford & Sons are very pleased to share a brand new song, their first since the release of the acclaimed Delta album back in November 2018.

Blind Leading The Blind touches on subjects pertinent to Steinbeck’s extended literary works, but primarily the notion of community. Marcus Mumford, a self-proclaimed studier of this great American author, noted that his work with the people involved in the Grenfell Tower tragedy, as an ambassador for War Child UK and Children In Conflict US, and, broader-still, the band’s formation and undertaking of the Gentlemen of the Road fund, inspired the lyrics of the song, and those lyrics loosely reflected those themes, noted above, and ever-present to Steinbeck’s writing.

The latest advance transmission from seven-time GRAMMY-winner Beck’s forthcoming album Hyperspace, Uneventful Days, has been visually realised by director/musician Dev Hynes. The pocket universe created for Uneventful Days also features Hyperspace opener Hyperlife, as well as starring turns from Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson and Alia Shawkat (observant longtime Beck fans will spot the principals’ wardrobe nods to classic entries in the Beck video canon).

Hyperspace will be released November 22 on Capitol Records/EMI Music Australia. The new record will be Beck’s 14th studio album and first since 2017’s Colors, which won Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.

To mark its 50th anniversary, The Kinks will issue a special release of
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire.

It includes Australia (2019 Mix), available now. Remixed by Ray Davies earlier this year at Konk Studios. An original Kinks Arthur album track, Australia tells the story of Ray and Dave’s sister Rosie, brother-in-law Arthur and nephew Terry emigrating to Australia from post second World War Britain in search of a better life.

“The band rehearsed Australia with me and they played it all the way through. The only part that was edited was the slow ending,” Ray Davies explains.

Marilyn Manson has lent his signature gravel and intensity to a new version of God’s Gonna Cut You Down, the classic American folk song, produced by Tyler Bates. Manson reunited with director Tim Mattia for the cinematic black & white video filmed in Joshua Tree, CA.

Following on from a whirlwind 12 months, packed with international shows, the Eurovision song competition, a #1 album and studio sessions across multiple continents, Australian hit-makers Sheppard have returned home with their latest single Die Young, a track that until recently, had the band questioning their creative direction.

In late February, the band took a brief break from performing as lead singer George Sheppard was diagnosed with a throat injury. Despite spending the next three months resting, by May it was clear that George required vocal surgery, which he underwent last month. The forced rest and songwriting sessions led him to consider what kind of artist he was outside of Sheppard, culminating in a two-week long silent retreat in the mountains.

“We began to ask what we wanted next, for ourselves individually, for the band and for our fans. We wrote “Die Young” as though it was a ‘final’ Sheppard song; a song about appreciating each day and living it as though it was your last,” said George Sheppard

Katy Perry cruises down a heart-shaped highway in her new song, Harleys in Hawaii. Check out the accompanying video – a constant vacation state of mind, shot in Hawaii and helmed by Barcelona-based directing studio Manson. Katy wrote the track with her Small Talk collaborators, Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson and Jacob Kasher Hindlin. Carlsson and Puth produced Harleys in Hawaii.

As Clare Bowditch prepares for the release of her debut book Your Own Kind Of Girl, the multi-talented artist reveals If I Could Give You, her second single and video from her forthcoming sixth studio album (rel. 2020).

Says Clare of the new single, “Sometimes, our love for someone is so big, we feel we would give almost anything to make it stay, to catch it and hold it, but we can’t, because we are not characters in a movie: we are real life humans with dinner to cook and washing to fold and a planet to save. and so on. And yet our love is so hard to hide, it wants to be known, so it bursts its seams in all sorts of ways, some awkward (like talking too much, or crying at inappropriate moments) and some fruitful (like … writing a song). This is one such expression, of love.”

After releasing their massively successful third album Cub Sport only earlier this year, Cub Sport have returned with the first taste of new music – I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life.

Featuring a stunning guest vocal from Darren Hayes (of Savage Garden), I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life marks a new phase for the independent and self-managed Brisbane four piece, who have spent the past couple of months finishing off a fresh batch of new music written and recorded amidst a huge year of global touring.

[Tim Nelson] “I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life is a song about happy crying. I remember being at home and looking over at Bolan, Miss and Eve on the couch – they all looked so beautiful and happy and I was filled with so much gratitude and happiness and pride for how far we’d come and how many obstacles we’d overcome to get to that point.

THE CROOKEDS are conquering Melbourne, and they’re ready to take on the world. Fusing the best classic rock elements with the best of today’s Indie/Alternate rock vibe THE CROOKEDS are about to announce their arrival on the global stage.

When the band was on the verge of splitting up, lead singer and guitarist Sonny was determined to keep THE CROOKEDS alive. He found drummer Oscar online, hitting it off instantly. Matt, a friend and longtime fan of the band, stepped up to the plate and took over bass playing duties. The boys eventually stumbled across Aaron at the local music store, and after some convincing, he decided to join.

Now THE CROOKEDS are back with their new single Sucker For Pain via Golden Robot Records as riff-drenched slab of sonic infused pure rock magic. Boasting soaring vocals, intricate guitar runs and some truly memorable hooks, it won’t take long for Sucker For Pain to be etched in your mind.

The National unveiled the video for Hey Rosey, a track from I Am Easy To Find (4AD / Remote Control), the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-Award winning release Sleep Well Beast. The track features the vocals of long-time David Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey while the video stars dancer Sharon Eyal, co-founder, co-artistic director and choreographer of L-E-V Dance Group, who also starred in The National’s Hairpin Turns video.

The Hey Rosey video is the latest instalment of visuals directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), who also created videos for Hairpin Turns and Light Years as well as a 24-minute film, also called I Am Easy to Find, starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex-Machina).

Havana Brown returns with her new single ALL DAY, delivering once again another bona fide pop-RnB hit.

With multi-platinum selling hits to her name, like Big Banana, Warrior and We Run The Night, the Melbourne glamour’s new track, with its lighter pop-sound, feel-good melody blended with a touch of RnB, follows her previous broodier single Glimpse feat. Rich The Kid.

“ALL DAY almost never happened. It was initially written containing explicit lyrics, just for a laugh. We never did think it would see the light of day, until it was revisited months later. Everyone that heard the song loved it so much, so I felt it was worth going back into the studio to rewrite the verses, so everyone could get to hear it”, says Havana.

Produced by Caleb James and Osaka Punch, & Mixed & Mastered by Forrester Savell, the new track Drones is Osaka Punch’s way of capping off a brilliant year – and heralding the first taste of a forthcoming record for them in 2020.

Frontman Jack Muzak said of the new track – “Some people stand for what’s right, others stand for only themselves. While the Greta Thunbergs, Martin Luther Kings, and Michael Boltons of the world hold a light up to the injustices that plague our society, cretins still stand atop an Everest of evil, pissing in the wind. But when all the resources are gone, the last river has dried, and society has cannibalised itself to oblivion, they can rest upon their mountain, licking yellow snow cones, and wiping their arses with $100 bills.”

The clip for Drones is a collaboration with Dan MacArthur from 18 degrees who came up with the performance location and concept. Muzak went on to say that “The narrative side of the clip takes influence from the movies like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” crossed with comedic Tarantino-style characters. It wouldn’t be an Osaka Punch clip without some kinda stupidity right?”

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