Singles Spin #24

So what’s the latest singles in Singles Spin #24? Check out the latest from:

Brisbane bombshell Sahara Beck is back with a stunning new video for her latest single, Queen of Hearts. The video, directed and produced by creative collective Method To My Madness, captures Beck in vibrant, colourful and manic scenes, adding brilliant visuals to the flashy new single.

The video, which premiered this morning via Fashion Journal, sees three different characters burst from Beck’s Queen of Hearts persona. Yellow Sahara and Pink Sahara are conflicting personalities. Yellow is the drill ‘Sergeant of Life’ – always looking towards the future, hardworking and constantly striving for perfection. On the other side we have Pink – lazy, perfect at pleasure-seeking, and with a healthy dose of procrastination and constant self-doubt.

Iggy Pop has released a brand new video clip for Sonali directed by Mac DeMarco, featuring DeMarco’s infamous Lizard Man. The “unofficial” video stars DeMarco’s girlfriend Kiera McNally as Sonali and their companion Tommy Midnight as Lizard Man, a similar creature to that previously seen in DeMarco’s video for Nobody.

Sonali was written by Ruby Sylvain and Leron Thomas and featured on Pop’s 2019 album Free, out now via Loma Vista / Caroline Australia.

Black River Rising is another taste of the pure rock delight that will be fully unleashed on SILVERTHORNE’s forthcoming debut EP, Tear The Sky Wide Open, which will be released on February 21st, 2020.

The track caught the attention of fans and critics alike. With its ominous riff, huge chorus, driving bass, weighty drums and a groove that evokes the vast expanse of the Southern California canyons from where the band was born, Tear The Sky Wide Open has already got fans salivating. The teaser video for the track received over 20,000 views in its first 24 hours of release across the band’s social media platforms. That figure doubled the second day! An amazing result for a brand-new act!

Sleater-Kinney have shared a new music video for the track, Love, directed by renowned director Lance Bangs. Premiered via TIDAL, Love is taken from the iconic band’s acclaimed latest album, The Center Won’t Hold, produced by St. Vincent, out now on Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.

Corin Tucker (guitar/vocals) comments, “We’re so excited about this video directed by Lance Bangs. It’s a sweet trolley ride down memory lane, and a testament to a friendship and collaboration that has survived the test of time.”

Maggie Rogers shared the new track Love You For A Long Time, a love song for her fans. It’s a joyous reflection from Rogers, honoring the astonishing journey she and her followers have shared since the release of her full-length Capitol Records/EMI Music Australia debut, Heard It In A Past Life, which has sold more than 600,000 adjusted albums to date. The song celebrates this monumental chapter of Rogers’ career – which culminated with a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist – while simultaneously turning the page and preparing for what comes next. She penned the heartfelt lyrics and wrote the music with Doc McKinney and Michael Sonier. Ricky Reed and Nate Mercereau produced the track.

Fresh from winning the 2019 National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) for Artist Of The Year, Melbourne based hip hop artist Baker Boy today rounds out his stellar year with the release of his new single Meditjin featuring New Zealand rapper JessB.

Blazing a path rapping in his native language of Yolngu Matha as well as English, the Arnhem Land artist sings “Music is the Meditjin” on the chorus, which means Medicine in his first language.

Baker Boy says, “Music is the best meditjin (medicine), it brings everyone together, makes you want to dance, love, laugh, vibe and feel and I wrote Meditjin with just that in mind. It’s about making people feel the music and expressing themselves.”

After kicking the throne over and reclaiming her mantle as the Queen of Australian Hip Hop with Awake feat. JPEGMAFIA, TKAY MAIDZA is back with a blistering new track – IDC IF U BE DED.

Originally teased at the tail end of the Awake video, fans demanded to hear the finished product and so the song was finally, officially premiered overnight on Good Nights on triple j, with the bass heavy banger rumbling the nation’s airwaves, as TKAY threatened everyone to back off – “They want me done, I’m just getting started!”

“We made ‘IDC’ whilst wrapping up other songs,” says TKAY. “I’m trying not to overthink things and just do whatever feels good again… We came up with the hook and basis of the track in a short amount of time and then came back to do the verses another day when we realised how fun the song was.”

Grimes released her newest single So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth. The song comes on the heels of Violence, which was released in September. The new single was written, produced, and performed by Grimes.

On February 21st 2020 via 4AD / Remote Control Records, Grimes will release her highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Miss Anthropocene.

The Rubens are back in a big way with the release of new single & infectious summer jam, Live In Life. Blending their signature hooky choruses with a shadowy undertone, Live In Life was co-produced by the band and Konstantin Kersting (Tones & I, Mallrat) & recorded in the same WW2 bunker that birthed their third and most recent album, 2018’s LO LA RU.

The world of Live In Life follows a guy over the course of one night as he comes to terms with the gravity of a relationship breakdown. As the sun sets, he’s feeling positive about the next chapter – a feeling that’s quickly trumped by the weight of regret as night falls, by which point the damage is done and he realises it’s time to move on.

Platinum-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv drops new single Mean It with LANY. The song is off Lauv’s 21-track debut album, ~how i’m feeling~, set for release on March 6, 2020.

Lauv said on the collaboration, “I started ‘Mean It’ from the perspective of what I thought somebody might want to say to me (I’m not perfect and I’ll be the first to admit it). Paul and I had been talking about working together for a long time, then one day I texted him the idea for the song and it just clicked. So we all got in the studio and had a grand ol’ time finishing the record. I’ve been a fan of LANY for a long time, and I think it’s a perfect blend of our two sounds, so I’m super stoked and honored to have this song together.”

Global hit maker, Marshmello, has joined forced with YUNGBLUD & blackbear to release epic new single Tongue Tied by Universal Music Australia.

The official video for Tongue Tied immerses viewers in a dystopian reality where a militarised police force, dubbed Silencers, takes any means necessary to mute the outspoken members of society. Directed by Christian Breslauer and shot in Los Angeles, the powerful short film features Emmy nominee Joey King (The Act, Life in Pieces, The Kissing Booth) alongside Marshmello, YUNGBLUD and blackbear.

It’s been a while since we heard new music from Glass Animals – but after much speculation from fans who spotted hidden graphics and messages across their socials and then the appearance of an interactive website, they’ve dropped the incendiary, bass-heavy Tokyo Drifting – a brand new track which features American rapper Denzel Curry. Tokyo Drifting is part of the band’s Fresh Fruit series of collaborations.

On making Tokyo Drifting Dave Bayley says, “The first thing Denzel said to me about the track was “this is fire.” Then he said, “Is this you flexin’?” and I said – “Yeh…it is…sort of. It’s an ironic internal flex – me as a narrator describing/taking the piss out of an extreme alter ego version of myself; a version of me that can do things that I’m uncomfortable doing. Wavey Davey is my fucked-up Sasha Fierce; he’s a geezer, a street fighter, he can dance, he parties hard, he’s spontaneous. He can take hits and be told he is shit and not care because he’s confident. He can fight everything the world throws at him.”

“I think this kind of character is someone we all create for ourselves now to some extent. We have these curated versions of ourselves on the internet – beautiful, edited, cool, distilled versions of us, all slightly super human. You can push and push and push yourself to hide and ignore your vulnerabilities like that…but it comes at a cost. It’s not real and it isn’t sustainable.”

Bad//Dreems were joined by Peter Garrett, Emily Wurramara and Mambali’s Brad Bura and Don Murrumgun for an epic version of The Warumpi Band’s Black Fella/White Fella on triple j’s Like a Version.

Guitarist Alex Cameron said….

“Black Fella/White Fella is a song written by Neil Murray and George Rrurrambu Burrarwanga and performed by the Warumpi Band. The Warumpi Band was made up of George (vocals, didg) from Elcho Island, Neil Murray (guitar) and the Butcher Tjapanangka brothers Sammy (bass) and his brother-in-law Gordon (drums). They came together in the Warumpi community in the early eighties, where the Butcher brothers lived and where George’s wife originated from. Neil Murray was originally from Melbourne and was a teacher in the community. They are credited with being one of the first rock bands to sing in language – George sang in Luritja language of the Western desert people.

I think I first probably saw this song for the first time on Rage. I loved the clip and the song straight away. I discovered more about the band through Andrew McMillan book “Strict Rules” which chronicled Midnight Oil’s 1986 tour with the Warumpi Band through the centre of Australia and Arnhem Land. The Oils’ support helped Warumpi Band get some national attention, although they never had the industry success they deserved.

We were lucky to have to have some special guests lend their talents to this song. Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil remained a good friend of George and the band after their tour together. Brad Bura and Don Murrumgun are members of Mambali, a band from Numbulwar and Groote Eylandt in North East Arnhem Land. Both Brad and Don remember watching Midnight Oil as young boys when they played on Groote with Warumpi. Warumpi were a big inspiration for them. They use their traditional songlines to create new music. They contribute a section in this cover sung in Nunggubuyu – a traditional song line handed down through generations, which is probably thousands of years old. We were also thrilled to be joined by Emily Wurramara, who is probably well known to Triple J listeners and who is also originally from Groote Eylandt. She is a relative of Brad and Don and has previously collaborated with them on their song Yuwani.

We are very privileged to be joined by these amazing artists, who each have special connections with this song. It was an unforgettable experience to spend time collaborating with them and hearing their stories. The message of unity that this song espouses is as poignant now as it was when it was first delivered by George in 1986, especially given the events of this week.

Stand up and be counted.”

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