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Singles

Rare Finds Five

Rob Carroll

Five hot new tracks for your ears - ft. plts, tabrill, midnight pool party, elkkle & lamalo


PLTS – Spill

‘Spill’ is an impressive slice of 90s-esque indie-rock, combining vibrant guitar licks, punchy basslines and emotionally-charged vocals. An ode to the trials and tribulations of young love, the single commands the listener’s attention from the touch of play, opening with gripping drumbeat that remains throughout the song. The track switches effortlessly between compelling verses and anthemic choruses, and demonstrates the Byron Bay trio's ability to consistently produce indie-rock hits. 

TABRILL – Lossless (ft. Emily)

Next up, Brisbane-based producer Tabrill takes us on a sonic journey with new single ‘Lossless'. Delicate electronic soundscapes and hypnotising beats collide with the dreamy vocals of a mysterious songstress named ‘Emily’. Each element fuses together beautifully, further complimented by the scattering of eclectic sound effects. Overall, the track demonstrates this young producer’s ability to compose impeccable indie-electronic cuts.

MIDNIGHT POOL PARTY – Signals

Sydney-based beatmakers, Midnight Pool Party, bring the summer vibes with latest single ‘Signals'. Mellow synthesisers open the track and float along effortlessly, melding perfectly with the smooth croons of lead vocalist Morilla, whilst a consistent beat transfixes the listener in a dreamy soundscape, building slowly throughout the song and peaking in the latter half. The song is yet another excellent production from the indie-electronic duo. 

ELKKLE – Frails (pictured)

Obscure instrumentation and eclectic beats set the scene for this intriguing composition. Elkkle’s signature raw vocals work in unison with scarce (yet pronounced) synthesisers, further enhanced by ethereal production. ‘Frails’, lifted off the producer’s forthcoming debut album Kitsune, skilfully combines themes of indie-electronica and R&B, proving the young producer’s ability to deliver dynamic, electronic cuts. 

LAMALO – Come Over (ft. Hayden Buchanan)

‘Come Over’ is instantly impressionable, making a grand entrance with the undeniable talent of featured vocalist Hayden Buchanan. Careful not to clutter the composition, Lamalo introduce soothing synthesisers, which dance curiously around minimal beats and leave the vocals front and centre. The Sydney-based duo successfully incorporate digital and acoustic instrumentation, resulting in a gleaming indie-electro track that retains pop sensibilities.

 

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // BLONDEBEARS - SEDATIVE

Rob Carroll

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After releasing their critically adored debut single ‘Dissolve’, Sydney-based experimental-electronica duo Blondebears return with the enthralling and atmospheric follow up ‘Sedative’ – produced and recorded by both members Jake Stiles and Sebastian Morales at their Sydney-based studios.

Awash with sonic textures, the dark and dreamy ‘Sedative’ further shines a light on the group’s ability to push songcraft boundaries with meticulous delivery and cohesive finishing. Flawlessly navigated by its apt builds and drops, the hypnotic piece comes to life with spellbinding production finesse. 

Stiles describes the storyline behind the track:

“’Sedative’ recounts the story of a man who experiences a bipolar relationship. He largely accepts blame for the breakdowns and failures; struggling to ever forgive himself. He never moves on with his life and carries these burdens to his untimely death”.    

Euphoric debut cut ‘Dissolve’ was widely embraced by tastemakers, including outstanding reviews and support from worldwide blogs, triple j, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio stations FBi, SYN and 4ZZZ, and was added to a slew of Spotify play lists including New Music Friday, Top-Shelf Electronic, Indie Arrivals, The Australian Sound, Australian and New Zealand Viral Hits and charted in the top ten of the Australian Viral Charts.

The group have become a mainstay on the Sydney live circuit performing at various indie club night parties, including Rare Finds at OAF Gallery where they’ll perform once again to launch ‘Sedative’ on Friday August 25th, in conjunction with OXJAM Australia, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Over the coming year Blondebears plan to continually release new songs and launch their live show nationally. 

‘Sedative’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.    

BLONDEBEARS
SEDATIVE LAUNCH SHOWS

SUN 10 SEP | KING STREET CRAWL - FALCONA SHOWCASE @ NEWTOWN HOTEL, NSW
Free Entry

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // WHARVES - LOVE DECIDE

Rob Carroll

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2017 triple j Unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition winners, WHARVES, have just revealed East Coast tour dates and new single ‘Love Decide’ – recorded and produced by Steve Schram (San Cisco, Tiny Little Houses).

On their infectiously gritty new offering, the Lennox Head-based quartet take cues from the likes of The Strokes, Foals and Joy Division, melding walls of intricate guitars, thumping fuzz-laden bass, driving drum rhythms and the endearing vocals of front man, Matthew Collins.

Collins describes the story behind ‘Love Decide’:

“’Love Decide’ is about accepting that some things are bigger and more powerful than you and that you aren't always in control. It’s a reminder to myself that it's ok to be on my own and if a relationship isn't working, I can let go and I will be happier and free. I'm not lying to myself or the person I'm with by forcing something that's not meant to be”.

Previous single ‘Man You Want Me To Be’ was strongly supported by triple j, Spotify, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio stations and worldwide tastemaker blogs. WHARVES are continually touring the country and have shared stages with Polish Club, The Delta Riggs and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and appeared at major events such as Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass.

To coincide with the release of ‘Love Decide’, the group will set out on a ten-date East Coast tour, which includes performances at BIGSOUND. The band also recently revealed their signing to one of Australia’s top live booking agencies 123 Agency and inclusion on Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie where they will play alongside Meg Mac, Ball Park Music and The Preatures.

In the coming weeks, WHARVES will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘Love Decide’.

‘Love Decide’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.    

 WHARVES
LOVE DECIDE TOUR

FRI 25 AUG | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY NSW
SAT 26 AUG | SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST QLD
WED 6 SEP | BIGSOUND @ NEW GLOBE THEATRE, BRISBANE QLD
THU 7 SEP | BIGSOUND @ BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 8 SEP | LENNOX HOTEL, LENNOX HEAD NSW
THU 14 SEP | THE GRACE DARLING, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 15 SEP | THE BRISBANE HOTEL, HOBART TAS
FRI 29 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
 SUN 1 OCT | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW
SAT 7 OCT | LECHE CAFÉ, YAMBA NSW

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // BORN LION - EVIL K

Rob Carroll

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After what was an auspicious introduction, one of Australia’s most exciting punk-rock acts, Born Lion have made their return with new single ‘Evil K’, tour dates and announced the release date for their forthcoming and sophomore studio album titled ‘Celebrate The Lie’ (due late-October).

Produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard), lead single ‘Evil K’ combines hard-hitting, razor-sharp punk’n’roll with unapologetic monstrous pop-hooks, taking cues from the likes of staple influences The Bronx, Converge and Queens of the Stone Age.    

Front man John Bowker describes the creative process behind ‘Evil K’:

Evil K was the first song we wrote with our new drummer, Andres. It was such an exciting time and this song felt like the start of something really special. I penned the lyrics after watching a late night doco on these ageing stuntmen whose childhood hero was 'Evel Knievel'”.

Since being crowned winners of triple j Unearthed’s 2013 Soundwave competition, Born Lion have continually put out critically adored music, with three of their singles ‘D for Danger’, ‘Good Times Jimmy’ and ‘Good Dogs Play Dead’ all being added to rotation on triple j. Their 2015 debut album ‘Final Words’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album.  

In the live arena, the band have traversed the countryside multiple times on their own headline tours and supporting the likes of The Hives, The Bronx, Royal Blood, Mamozets and Karnivool. To celebrate the release of ‘Evil K’ the quartet will head out on an East Coast run performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In the coming weeks, Born Lion, will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Evil K’.  

‘Evil K’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers. 

BORN LION
EVIL K TOUR

FRI 15 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Particles

SAT 23 SEP | THE REVERENCE, MELBOURNE VIC
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Ships Piano

SAT 30 SEP | THE FLAMIN GALAH, BRISBANE QLD
w/ Special Guests Radolescents + Beth Lucas & Band

All shows are Free Entry

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // CREO - SUBTITLES FOR X, Y, Z

Rob Carroll

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After releasing their two standout singles ‘Behind The Beat’ and ‘Give Me Yours’ lifted from forthcoming EP ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ (due September 8), Sydney-based indie-rock quartet CREO release the title track.

Recorded by Nathan Sheehy (Dune Rats, Birds of Tokyo, Bluejuice), ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ is a straight-up, hard-hitting, guitar-driven number, fit for an arena with its anthemic sing-a-long chorus. The track features cinematic soundscapes and is quite the dynamic rollercoaster; with soft intricate lulls that build into monstrous, chaotic highs.

Front man Jorjee Haman describes the motivation behind the song:

We all go through the process where age and experience starts to skew the innocence and purity of our natural habits and emotions. I remember vividly the first time I fell in love or even lust, and it was a simple feeling, it just came over me, I didn’t think about the alternatives and possible scenarios, I just accepted the feeling for what it was. Nowadays, I battle with myself, to avoid certain feelings and thoughts because of past experiences. ‘Subtitles for X, Y, Z’ is all about getting out of your own head, fucking off agendas and accepting that those innocent quirks you try to hide need to be loved by yourself, first and foremost.”

CREO’s previous releases have been widely embraced locally by the likes of triple j, FBi, 3RRR, RTR, 4ZZZ, Rolling Stone Australia and international tastemakers Indie Obsessive (USA). Write.Click.Cook.Listen (USA) and The Revue (CAN).

Since their 2012 inception, CREO have continually traversed the countryside selling out headline shows and supporting the likes of Minus the Bear (USA), British India, Last Dinosaurs, Tired Lion, Polish Club, Bad//Dreems and Spookyland.

In the coming weeks, CREO will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ and tour dates.

‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // RAAVE TAPES - K BYE

Rob Carroll

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2016 triple j Unearthed ‘This That’ competition winners and Newcastle crowd favourites, RAAVE TAPES, have just returned with their raucous new single ‘k bye’ and announced national tour dates.

‘k bye’  tells a tale of adolescent debauchery, engulfing the listener in an atmospheric haze reminiscent of a suburban house party. Recorded in a Newcastle basement by close friends Fraser Marshall and Jack Clark, and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301 (Flume, Empire of the Sun), ‘k bye’ captures the raw energy of the Newcastle-based trio’s notoriously wild live shows.

Frontman Joab Eastley describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

The track was inspired a few years ago at a Newcastle house show ~ when I was a much younger, much more naive version of myself. It was a Sunday night, I had work in the morning, so I was just stopping in on my way home. It's subtly opening a dialogue about the inextricable links between illicit behaviour & underground youth subcultures ~ all wrapped up in a neat little party track. And no, the irony isn't lost on us.”

The band’s most recent single, ‘2 U xoxo’, garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi, MTV, key Australian blogs and the Hype Machine blogging community. In between recording and releasing new music, the band have maintained a strenuous live schedule, playing Mountain Sounds Festival 2017 and performing alongside the likes of Hockey Dad, Winston Surfshirt, The Gooch Palms, Polish Club and Skegss to name a few.

To celebrate the release of the new track, RAAVE TAPES will traverse the country in October performing in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Muswellbrook, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne, initiating new bassist Lindsay O’Connell into the band. The trio have also teamed up with local sponsors to produce a mini-festival in Newcastle on Sunday August 20, aptly titled RAAVE TAPES Shut Down The Argyle House, featuring twenty artists across three stages, including Good Boy, VACATIONS and Kwame.

The accompanying music video and additonal tour dates will be released in the coming weeks.

‘k bye’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

RAAVE TAPES
‘K BYE’ SINGLE LAUNCH SHOWS

WED 30 AUGUST | SOSUEME @ BEACH ROAD HOTEL, BONDI
w/ Bleeding Knees Club
SAT 16 SEPTEMBER | GROW UP! FESTIVAL, MAITLAND
FRI 6 OCTOBER | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE
FRI 13 OCTOBER | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
SAT 14 OCTOBER | FRANKIES PIZZA, SYDNEY
SAT 21 OCTOBER | BOTTOMS UP FESTIVAL, MUSWELLBROOK
WED 25 OCTOBER | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG
THUR 26 OCTOBER | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
FRI 27 OCTOBER | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE
SAT 4 NOVEMBER | THE EDINBURGH CASTLE, ADELAIDE

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // NOCTURNAL TAPES - WAKE UP

Rob Carroll

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After announcing the release date for their debut EP ‘Visions IV’ (due August 25), Yamba-based indie-electronic group Nocturnal Tapes offer up another taste of the forthcoming record with new single ‘Wake Up’ – recorded and produced by the duo themselves at their home studio and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Cosmos Midnight, Kučka). 

New cut ‘Wake Up’ is an intricate slice of house-infused electronica, taking cues from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads and Kaytranada. Awash with sonic textures, the dream-laden track glides along effortlessly blending organic and electronic instrumentation, and finished off with the soaring and endearing vocals of front man, Harry Suttor.  

Suttor describes the story behind ‘Wake Up’:

Without getting too dark, the song is about how everything in your life is leading up to the ultimate moment of death; time is a way we all die. So, why are so many of us wasting our lives locked to screens and living in routine?”.  

Since their 2016 inception, Nocturnal Tapes have released a slew of tracks strongly embraced by the likes of triple j, Spotify, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio and worldwide blogs; which resulted in a top twenty position on the esteemed Hype Machine Now charts.

They’ve traversed the country multiple times sharing stages with Boo Seeka, Bootleg Rascal and Tash Sultana, and performed at boutique festivals Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms, House of Voodoo and UTS Summerfest and Winterfest.

Nocturnal Tapes were recently announced as the national support for Luke Million’s national tour in September alongside rising star Mookhi, which includes shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

‘Wake Up’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.     

NOCTURNAL TAPES
UPCOMING TOUR DATES

FRI 1 SEP | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE SA *
SAT 2 SEP | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD *
FRI 8 SEP | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH WA *
THU 14 SEP | LISMORE UNI BAR, LISMORE NSW
FRI 15 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *
SAT 16 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *

*Supporting Luke Million

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // MERC MASON - PULL UP, HOP OUT

Rob Carroll

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Sydney-based hip hop artist, Merc Mason is excited to reveal his debut single ‘Pull Up, Hop Out’ - the lead track lifted from his forthcoming maiden EP ‘Lucid’ (due August 18) – produced by the rapper himself and mixed and mastered by Sebastian Morales (Mookhi, Blondebears).

‘Pull Up, Hop Out’ is the opening track of the record; an eerie and confronting, yet apt introduction showcasing Mason’s style and staple influences. Taking cues from the likes of trap artists Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and A$AP Ferg, the enigmatic rapper blends an array of flows and cadences, combined with instrumentals inspired by late 2000’s southern rap.

Growing up surrounded by Sydney’s underworld, drug dealing could have very easily been the career path of Merc but his feelings and ambitions changed when a close friend was jailed for three years. Throughout his songs he speaks about the highs and the lows of the world and his change of heart towards it.

To coincide with the release of ‘Lucid’, Merc Mason will launch the record live at Rare Finds Sydney club night party held at OAF Gallery Bar on Friday September 29.


‘Pull Out, Hop Out’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers.

MERC MASON
EP LAUNCH

 FRI 29 SEP | RARE FINDS #33 @ OAF GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Desert Moons

REMIX REVIEW // TOUCH SENSITIVE - LAY DOWN (JAKE EDWARDS REMIX)

Rob Carroll

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Today Rare Finds is stoked to bring you the first listen of Jake Edwards’ stunning remix of Touch Sensitive’s ‘Lay Down’.

The young Central Coast-based producer has stripped back the slow-burning house-infused cut into an intricate slice of down-tempo electronica, driven by saw waves of analogue pads and glimmering with dream-laden synths.

The upstart describes his approach to production: I attempt to keep my music hovering on the line of electronic music and band, using as many live instruments as possible with the taste of analogue chords and nostalgic progressions”.

 Listen to 'Lay Down (Jake Edwards Remix)' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // BORN JOY DEAD - SINKHOLE HOLIDAY

Rob Carroll

Brisbane-based indie-rock quartet Born Joy Dead are excited to announce East Coast touring dates and reveal the lead single ‘Sinkhole Holiday’ lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Throw us in the Fire’ (due October 2017) – produced and mixed by Sean Cook (Big Scary, Velociraptor) and recorded at Plutonium Studios, Brisbane.

The fuzzy and garage-rock-esque ‘Sinkhole Holiday’ opens with sweeps of clean guitar and the enthralling vocals of Ben Dalton. Accompanying elements gradually build within the verses, before the dynamic dips; accentuating the impact of its soaring and infectious chorus. The remainder of the song is meticulously navigated, shining a light on Born Joy Dead’s ability to inhabit tracks and allowing them space to breathe.

Dalton describes the motivation behind the track:

“Sinkhole Holiday is in itself, a little four-minute journey. I wanted to explore some of the shittier personal things that have plagued me from time to time like anxiety, stress and doubt and portray them in a way that makes the listener feel just as lost as I was. But, as holidays end, so do shit times, so there’s a kind of ‘Keep your chin up,’ vibe happening in there too.”

Following on from supports slots with British India, Ball Park Music and Bad//Dreems, the band will set out on a September / October headline run of the eastern states with performances in Brisbane, Wollongong, Sydney and Melbourne.

Born Joy Dead’s previous tracks have been strongly supported by the likes of triple j, Spotify, community radio and worldwide blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), God is in the TV (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

In the coming weeks, Born Joy Dead will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘Sinkhole Holiday’. 

‘Sinkhole Holiday’ is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.  

BORN JOY DEAD
SINKHOLE HOLIDAY TOUR DATES

SAT 23 SEP | BLOODHOUND, BRISBANE QLD
WED 27 SEP | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
FRI 29 SEP | BANQUET @ THE WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 7 OCT | PENNYBLACK, MELBOURNE VIC

Listen to 'Sinkhole Holiday' via Soundcloud below.

SINGLE REVIEW // THE KITE STRING TANGLE - WAITING

Rob Carroll

Starting subtly with an array of soft sonic textures is the new single ‘Waiting’ from Brisbane artist / producer, The Kite String Tangle (real name Danny Harley). Lifted from his newly released debut self-titled album, the opening track is an ethereal slice of electronica glimmering elegantly from start-to-finish.

Gradually ascending into its pulsating beat and house-infused bass-line, the thumping elements suddenly drop off as Harley’s soothing vocals and piano take focus; creating an undeniable sense of awe and endearment. As ‘Waiting’ progresses to find its next gear, Harley continues to tease with a series of crescendos, yet firmly maintains control and avoids being formulaic and predictable. It’s meticulously structured and awash with finesse, evident through its smaller intricacies. 

Along with the whole album, ‘Waiting’ was written in Harley’s bedroom in order to retain a ‘bedroom producer’ ethos, wanting to capture something honest.

Harley describes the album writing process: 

It’s a dynamic album that I hope shows many sides to the music I make and what I’m trying to do with The Kite String Tangle, which is essentially to reach people and hopefully provide a soundtrack for their own existential crisis.”

Listen to 'Waiting' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // DESERT MOONS - ROUGH TRADE

Rob Carroll

NSW Central Coast-based indie-electronic duo, Desert Moons (Brothers Jake & Simon Dobson), have just revealed their self-produced debut single ‘Rough Trade’ - recorded at their home studio.

Combining beautifully crafted organic and electronic instrumentation, ‘Rough Trade’ is a stunning eclectic piece of experimental-electronica that melds themes of dark dream-pop, indie-rock and hip-hop; taking cues from the likes of their staple influences Radiohead, M83 and Daniel Johns.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Dobson describes the creative process behind ‘Rough Trade’ –

“This track was originally an idea of Simon’s conceived in our home studio. We sent it back and forth to each other over a period of a week, until it became what you hear today. We had a lot of fun with this song. We tend to always produce our favourite works when we’re evenly collaborating. The lyrical theme is an ode to my past struggles with motivation. Writing songs has always been an incredibly therapeutic process and this was certainly no different; ultimately serving as a catharsis.”

Both Jake and Simon have been playing and performing music since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo and was formed with the intention of exploring song crafting boundaries. They’ve written and recorded over thirty songs, which they plan to roll out over the coming months. 

To celebrate the release of their debut track, the group have also announced their maiden performance to take place at Rare Finds #33 held at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, Sydney on Friday September 29.

DESERT MOONS
UPCOMING SHOWS

FRI 29 SEP | RARE FINDS #33 @ OAF GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW

Listen to ‘Rough Trade’ via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // NIKKITA RA - UNITY

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based indie-electronic songstress, Nikkita Ra, has just unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Unity’ and accompanying music video, shot in downtown Las Vegas.

Former frontwoman of widely loved hip hop-infused rock band, She Rex, Nikkita has now turned her attention to her solo career. Her impressive first offering melds soft, dreamy vocals likened to Lana Del Rey with ambient instrumentation likened to FKA Twigs, resulting in her own brand of atmospheric indie electronica. The hazy, romantic visuals of the accompanying film clip provide the perfect compliment to the track.

Nikkita describes the inspiration behind the single and video –

“The song is about a couple who get lost in a moment of heightened love and hedonism and make a split decision of mistaken love and romance. I have always loved musical storytellers and have never experimented with it before…I think the song and clip also come from a place inside of me that feels we have been taught false ideals by the media about romanticism and this has been to the detriment of real grown up love. Filmed in Vegas, the capital of hedonism and snap romanticism, it has a slight hat tilt to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or True Romance.”

Nikkita is keeping herself busy in the studio, quietly crafting her debut EP ‘Alexis’ (scheduled for late 2017).

‘Unity’ is available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers. The music video is now available to stream on Youtube.

NEW SINGLE // BOOTLEG RASCAL - WITH YOU

Rob Carroll

Following on from announcing tour dates and inclusion on QLD’s Big Pineapple Festival, Sydney’s indie-dub revelers Bootleg Rascal have just unveiled ‘With You’ - another taste from their sophomore studio album (due late 2017).

Taking cues from the likes of The Roots, Gorillaz and The Weeknd, eclectic new cut ‘With You’ combines themes of reggae, dub and hip-hop. Enigmatic front man Carlos Lara channels the vibes of Charles Bradley with his soul-infused and compelling vocal melodies, which are strongly complimented by the bands highly detailed and intriguing approach to composition and production.

Over the past twelve-months, the band has ripped through their first headline tour of Europe & UK, toured Australia multiple times selling out shows all around the country, re-invented themselves as a 2-piece acoustic duo supporting Sticky Fingers across the US & Canada, and had a line-up change. They've also just come off the back of Sureshaker's Annual ‘Shake N Bake’ tour alongside; Boo Seeka, Gold Member & Lyall Moloney, where the band debuted new songs as well as their freshly streamlined, 3-piece flavour.

With a couple of months’ down time back at home, the group are currently working on their second album with longtime collaborator, Ian Pritchett. The upcoming record emphasises their melodic knack and explores a recent Rascal obsession for 80's synth sounds and crunchy, old school drum machines. With splashes of Kid Cudi and Massive Attack, their new record is set to be an extension of everything we’ve come to love about the band, while delivering a new depth of maturity and some of their best song writing to date.

In the coming weeks, the band will reveal the accompanying music video for ‘With You’.

‘With You’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers

NEW SINGLE // WHISPERING JACKIE - BREAKING UP THIS TIME

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based punk-rock trio, Whispering Jackie have just released their new single Breaking Up This Time and announced a run of shows to support the release. Recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix (Gay Paris, Sound of Seasons) at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ is the lead track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘For The Moment’ (due late-2017)

Combining elements of punk, grunge and garage-rock, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ takes cues from the likes of the group’s staple influences Magic Dirt, Sonic Youth and Hole, whilst melding more modern sounds of White Lung, Best Coast and DZ Deathrays.

Frontwoman Sare Jackie describes the inspiration and meaning behind the track:

Breaking Up This Time describes being in an on-off relationship and the ambiguity of not knowing where you stand. The song is sung from my point of view where I'm the one that's being left, and I'm pleading with them to stay, even though I know deep down it's not the right thing for me. It's a situation that heaps of people find themselves in, so I wanted to write a song about that struggle. Everyone's afraid of being left alone.”

Whispering Jackie’s 2016 debut EP ‘Social Isolation’ was received warmly by the Australian punk community, with single ‘Casino Mate’ getting spun on triple j’s ‘short.fast.loud’, 4ZZZ, FBi, RTR and various other community stations.

To celebrate the release of the new song, the band will perform four shows in Sydney and Wollongong. In the coming weeks, Whispering Jackie will also reveal the accompanying music video for ‘Breaking Up This Time’.

WHISPERING JACKIE
'BREAKING UP THIS TIME' LAUNCH SHOWS

FRI 7 JUL | THE LADY HAMPSHIRE, SYDNEY NSW
THU 20 JUL | VIC ON THE PARK, SYDNEY NSW

FRI 4 AUG | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
THU 10 AUG | FUZZ FACE @ HIDEAWAY BAR, SYDNEY NSW

Listen to 'Breaking Up This Time' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // SPARROWS - TAKE MY HEART OUT

Rob Carroll

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After releasing two standout singles in 2016, Sydney-based songstress Sparrows has returned with her stellar follow up single ‘Take My Heart Out’ – a delicately layered track where poignant lyrics float over an infectious soundscape.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Grimes, Lykke Li and Bjork, the self-produced and recorded effort combines sampled recordings with themes of folk, pop and electronica; whilst melding rich vocal harmonies and textures, delivering a genuinely raw account of an addictive relationship.

Sparrows describes the inspiration and meaning behind ‘Take My Heart Out’

Seeing so many people getting lost in their devices lately, it got me thinking about a time when I lost my identity to a relationship. I could see myself doing ridiculous and embarrassingly obsessive things but couldn’t stop it, kind of like when you can't stop your thumb from scrolling, hoping you're going to land on a pot of gold. As humans, we all have a propensity to get caught up in addictive behaviour - often in an attempt to tame our mindless chatter or fill a void with stuff. Take My Heart Out is about crossing that fine line into addiction.”

Sparrows’ previous singles ‘On Your Own Now’ and ‘Get To Know You’ received strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi radioSpotify via their New Music Friday, Indie Pop and Pop Edge playlists and worldwide tastemaker blogs, which earned the producer and vocalist a top ten position in the esteemed Hype Machine charts.

Sparrows was among thirty international and Australian songwriters and producers chosen to attend APRA’s most recent SongHub ‘The Tower’ - a four-day songwriting camp which included musicians David Hodges (Evanescence), Francois Tetaz (Gotye) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie).

In the coming weeks, Sparrows will reveal the accompanying music video for ‘Take My Heart Out’. 

Listen to 'Take My Heart Out' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // BILLY FOX - TASTE

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based indie-electronic artist, Billy Fox, has just unveiled an East Coast tour and his latest self-produced cut ‘Taste’ – mixed by Chris Collins (Tigertown, Middle Kids, Gang of Youths) and mastered by Steve Smart (Flume, Empire of the Sun).

‘Taste’ continues to demonstrate Fox’s ability to produce genre-bending compositions, laying down sultry pulsating beats that meld with soul-infused vocals likened to James Vincent McMorrow, and beautifully capped off with intricately-layered digital soundscapes reminiscent of SOHN & Aquilo.

Fox describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“Taste is really about only realising how much you needed something when it is gone. Taking things for granted is such an easy trap to fall into, so we need to be aware of the important parts of our lives and treat them with care. I wrote, recorded and produced this track entirely at my home studio.”

Since releasing his critically acclaimed debut single ‘Monuments’, Fox has garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, Spotify and Hype Machine featuring in their top 10 Now charts with recent single ‘Avalanche’. Amongst recording new material and completing a short East Coast tour for his last single ‘Shapes’, Fox recently collaborated with up-and-coming producer, Mookhi, on her debut single ‘Foul Play’ which was widely embraced by the online tastemaker community and added to spot rotation on triple j.

To celebrate the release of ‘Taste’, Billy Fox will be embarking on a five-show East Coast tour performing in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.

The accompanying video for ‘Taste’ will be released in the coming weeks.

BILLY FOX
‘TASTE’ EAST COAST TOUR

THU 11 AUGUST | HEYA BAR, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 12 AUGUST | NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST QLD
SAT 13 AUGUST | PEREGIAN ORIGINALS, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
FRI 18 AUGUST | BANQUET @ WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 19 AUGUST | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE VIC

Listen to 'Taste' via Soundcloud below

SINGLE REVIEW // HAIKU HANDS - NOT ABOUT YOU

Rob Carroll

New Sydney-based dance / hip-hop collective ‘Haiku Hands’ recently revealed their party starting debut slice ‘Not About You’.

Commanding immediate attention, ‘Not About You’ hits hard with its infectious compressed bass line melody, synth pads and beats; unapologetically thumping along from start-to-finish. The vocals follow shortly after with undeniable Aussie swagger and charm, also refusing to reduce intensity with alluring energy and angst.

Taking cues from the likes of M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Le Tigre, the group still manage to deliver a sound that is instinctively them - an impressive feat for any artist on debut.

Although it’s their maiden track, it appears the girls are quite versed across various creative and performance based capacities. They’ve been involved in collaborative works with El Gusto (Hermitude) and Joelistics, amongst many other impressive projects and feats.

'Not About You' is one of the most exciting tracks we’ve heard from an Australian artist this year and we can’t wait to hear more.

Listen to 'Not About You' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // BILLY FOX - SHAPES

Rob Carroll

Fast gaining a reputation for consistently delivering standout tracks is Sydney-based indie-electronic producer, Billy Fox, who has just unveiled brand new single ‘Shapes’ – recorded, mixed and co- produced by Chris Collins (Tigertown, Middle Kids, Gang of Youths) and mastered by Steve Smart (Flume, Empire of the Sun) at 301 studios Sydney.


Whilst not swaying from the unique sound he has honed and developed over time, ‘Shapes’ showcases a significant progression in Fox’s songwriting and production. Glimmering with walls of beautifully arranged synths and harmony-laden vocal melodies;; the hauntingly mesmerising new offering finds balance within its well thought out structure and shifting dynamics.

The endearing musician describes the creative process behind ‘Shapes’ -

“Shapes is about our relationships as humans, and what we need to change in ourselves before we expect someone else to change. Co-producing this track with Chris Collins was seamless - he is such a genuine soul. The sessions were garnished with mixed-berry iced teas care of Charlie, Chris' wife and co-artist in Tigertown. This perfectly symbolised the theme of 'Shapes'-how we can be good people before we expect this of others.”

Most recent single ‘Avalanche’ was strongly supported by local and worldwide media, including radio stations triple j, FBi, 4ZZZ, SYN and Edge FM, streaming giants Spotify via their curated playlists, spins on MTV and reviews from a slew of tastemaker blogs – which resulted in a top ten charting position via Hype Machine’s esteemed ‘Now’ charts.

To celebrate the release of ‘Shapes’, Fox will play a hometown Sydney launch show at OAF Gallery, co- headlining with Brisbane songstress, San Mei.


‘Shapes’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

NEW SINGLE // CHASE CITY - A-N-X-T

Rob Carroll

Following on from releasing a slew of standout singles, Tasmanian-based indie rock quintet, Chase City, have returned to unveil their latest cut ‘A-N-X-T’ – recorded and produced by ARIA-award winning Magoo AKA Lachlan Goold (Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Powderfinger).

‘A-N-X-T’ showcases the bands ability to produce genre diverse hits, effortlessly blending dance-punk rhythms likened to Franz Ferdinand & Hot Hot Heat with angsty lyrics and punchy vocals likened to The Vines & The Hives.

Front man Tarik Stoneman describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“We wrote A-N-X-T well over a year ago at a time when we were experimenting pretty heavily having grown tired of the indie pop sound that we had been pursuing for the two years prior. The band was listening to a lot of old Talking Heads & Bowie records along with really getting into the DFA (label) inspired dance-punk scene that was around in the early 2000’s. The song came together rather quickly in the studio and had a very natural feel to it. We didn’t over complicate it and kept it largely minimal. The lyrics have a political lean, reflecting on some of the attitudes and issues we face in society and are geared at the role and impact of media in our lives.”

Since taking out the triple j Unearthed 2013 Falls Festival competition, Chase City have garnered strong support from triple j, worldwide blogs and Spotify via numerous worldwide playlists. They’ve toured nationally seven times, sharing stages with Sticky FingersDune RatsGang of YouthsJinja Safari and Boo Seeka. Their recent January tour boasted multiple sold-out shows including SydneyMelbourne and Byron Bay.

The group have also been working on their debut album (due July 3) and will be touring internationally throughout July and October to support the new release.

‘A-N-X-T’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.