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Anderson .Paak – King James
The first taste of Anderson .Paak’s forthcoming album Ventura is, one the surface, another smooth, tasty jam to add to the collection he has been treating us with for years. But the lyrics show a different side. Taking on everything from the border crisis, to police murdering African-Americans, Colin Kaepernick’s protest, and, as the name suggests, LeBron James’ charity work. Sure, he’ll cop some flack for not going harder about the weight of issues currently facing POC, but there are plenty of ways to drive conversation – and .Paak is definitely getting people talking and listening.
Genesis Owusu – WUTD
The future of Australia’s hip hop scene is looking pretty darn smooth when we have artists like Genesis Owusu dropping jams like WUTD. We already flagged the Canberra-based rapper artist as One To Watch in 2019 , and with another deliciously effortless example of his R&B, soul, and funk fusion, we have got our eyes and ears locked right here. It’s slinky, as smooth as honey, and that falsetto is making us feel things.
Gold Fields – Cocoon
Six years after their gorgeous debut album Black Sun and we finally have the first taste of Gold Fields’ second album in the lush, five-minute dream that is Cocoon. Following on from last year’s comeback EP Glow, Gold Fields are continuing to prove how seriously underrated they are in Australia’s electronic scene. Bringing together elements of both their earlier sound and the experimentation they brought us on the EP, Cocoon is promising pretty big things of the Ballarat five-piece when album number two finally arrives. We’ve been restless, but Dalawa will arrive on Friday 12 April through Cooking Vinyl Australia.
Billie Marten – Betsy
Her previous single Blue Sea, Red Sea, put Billie Marten on our radar, but Betsy has well and truly won us over. Written back in 2017, the politically-charged slow-burner floats – Marten’s warm, dreamy vocal leading the simple melody along. Fittingly, it’s about confronting a politician and infantilizing them to take away their power. The album it comes from, Feeding Seahorses By Hand, is due out on Friday 26 April, and we can’t wait to be swept up in it.
Daily J – Black Lagoon
Hello Daily J, it is really blood nice to meet you. The Kiwi indie-rockers have sliced into a sound that is way ahead of their years – with its slinky guitar line, smooth vocal, gorgeous harmonies, and an absolute earworm of a chorus, Black Lagoon has definitely put Daily J on our radar and set them up as a band to watch this year.
Keelan Mak – Warm Blooded
With just three singles under his belt, we’re tipping Brisbane singer-songwriter and producer Keelan Mak is on the verge of a breakout. Confident, suave, and versatile, his synth-driven electro-pop (tinged in slick R&B) is the sound we want leading Australia’s pop scene. Deep, synth grooves carry Mak’s warm vocal – it’s almost theatrical in its approach, but hits all the right notes to build into an absolute pop anthem. Receiving comparisons to Australian avant-garde/alt-pop artists like Troye Sivan and Cub Sport, Mak is bringing a little left-field splendour to the pop game and we are here for it.
Hardy Caprio – Sponsored
After gate-crashing the UK rap scene in 2018, with latest single Sponsored, Hardy Caprio is ready to take on the world. Following a run of huge singles and a successful UK-wide tour, Sponsored highlights the lavish lifestyle that Hardy now gets to live and points out his continued success – we’re kind of enjoying the cheeky confidence here. He’s been touted as an upcoming British MC to watch, and Caprio is continuing to live up to that reputation.
Retro Video Club – Addicted
Scottish four-piece Retro Video Club have delivered a driving, indie-rock belter in their latest single Addicted. It’s unrelenting rhythm section and huge singalong chorus will have this tune stuck in your head for days, and we’re betting it’s going to get more than a few moshpits and dancefloors heaving in the near future.
FEVA – Undone
Newcastle UK four-piece FEVA have delivered a powerful dose of menacing guitar riffs, biting vocals, and pounding drums on latest single Undone. Building on the powerful undertone of the track, there is just the right amount of indie-soul groove to keep things balanced, and a dose of self-assured swagger keeps things interesting. Also, as big fans of a big guitar solo, FEVA have well and truly won us over.
Model Man – Without You
Taking things down, we can’t wrap up this week’s list with anything other than Model Man’s newie Without You. A chill experimental jam, it’s the perfect way to shrug off the weekend and warm into another week.