La Felix – Drops Smooth Disco-Infused Jam ‘Real Thing’ ft. Becca Krueger

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Fresh off the release of ‘Drama’ (featuring KOLE), Melbourne-based New Zealand born producer La Felix has just unveiled new single ‘Real Thing’ featuring New York-based singer/songwriter Becca Krueger.

‘Real Thing’ opens with a sprinkle of meticulously composed synths and the mesmerising vocals of Krueger, which float elegantly above. An infectious funk-laden bass line weaves its way into the mix and acts as the backbone carrying the song from start-to-finish.   

Recalling the vibe of Chromeo and Cosmos Midnight, the track glides along effortlessly and never overcompensates; each layer feels well thought out and placed.

“Recently, I’ve really been vibing to the minimalistic approach to songs,” says La Felix. “Instead of layering elements I tried to keep it simple but interesting at the same time. Also, this allowed some space for the vocalist to do the heavy lifting which Becca did perfectly.” 

Through utilisation of charismatic guitars, upbeat percussion, and swagger in the bass, the artist creates the perfect foundation for Krueger’s voice that shines a light on the start of a relationship.

Krueger said she fell in love with the positive energy encapsulated in the track from the first moment she heard it, inspiring her to describe the magic of falling in love.

“The lyrics came from a warm and happy place and the song always takes me back to those feelings. I hope it can inspire a little love in listeners!” explains Krueger

The love-based tune includes some contemplative yet harmonious moments, the most prominent being around the 20-second mark where the song clicks into gear with its groove-infused bass tune and subtle yet apt vocal.

The impressively rhythmic, chilled style of La Felix is one we can’t wait to see more of in 2019. ‘Real Thing’ is out now on all major streaming services, give it a listen now!

Househats Debut LP ‘Running Out Of Time’ Cements Their Position As Official Spokes-Punks For Aussie Post-Millennial Angst

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It’s been over a year since Househats exploded onto the scene with their infectious debut single ‘All Together’ and now the Melbourne indie punk trio have given the jangly bop a well-deserved home in their debut long-player Running Out Of Time.

From raucous disc opener ‘STOP’ to the jerky Beck-like post-punk riffage of 2018 single ‘I’ve Been Broken’, Househats’ maiden LP cements their position as the official spokes-punks for Aussie post-millennial angst.

‘Running Out Of Time’ is ten juicy tracks dripping with wry, witty lyrical malaise and pub-punk ‘tude, delivered with singer Freddy Fostvedt’s unmistakable deadpan drawl.

Produced by Alex Markwell (The Delta Riggs, Kita Alexander, Elliphant) and mixed by Michael Badger (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, IV League, Amyl & The Sniffers), the album also f*cks with the chemist-brand formula and wears its influences on its sleeve, evoking everything from the sonic simplicity of Eddy Current Suppression Ring to the hook-laden production of Parquet Courts.  

To coincide with the big release, Househats will be performing at The Hills Are Alive festival in South Gippsland, as well as a special one-off album launch at The Old Bar in Melbourne (dates below).

Get their winning debut Running Out Of Time into your ears right now.

LIVE DATES

SAT 30 MARCH | THE HILLS ARE ALIVE | SOUTH GIPPSLAND VIC

FRI 12 APRIL | THE OLD BAR | MELBOURNE VIC

Jamie Lane Expertly Blends R&B And Electro On Effortlessly Cool New Track 'Say It Again' (ft. Naji)

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R&B is a genre that has become something of the zeitgeist of this decade, surfacing across many other genres and trends. Nowhere is this more the case than with it’s blend with electronic music. With that comes a risk of over-saturation, which means it often takes something unique to stand out in the R&B crowd.

Enter, Jamie Lane. Recently turning heads with his first single, ‘Sink’, the Queensland artist has brought an eclectic style when it comes to crafting electronic R&B. The guy has a fantastic command of production, with this first single serving as a daring example of his sampling talents, as well as a unique, quivering vocal style.

Now, Lane has heads turning again with his latest effort, ‘Say It Again’ feat. Naji. While this follow up isn’t as experimental or as sample focussed as ‘Sink’, it makes up for it by being an effortlessly cool piece of music.

The track starts with a crisp beat, with some piano keys at the beginning adding a lot of colour. The production choices are consistently fire, with the choice of drones and nice, sparkling keyboards at the song’s climax giving the song a nocturnal, sensual feel.

Lane’s vocals add a unique quality to the track, especially when he multitracks them in the chorus. However, Naji’s efforts in the second verse almost steal the show, with his more chilled-out style blending so nicely with the production and adding the crowning touch.

This is a really smooth, sensual piece of electronic R&B, and while not as experimental, confirms that Jamie Lane is a talent we should be keeping an eye on.

Brendan Maclean’s Debut Album ‘And The Boyfriends’ Is A Bold And Brilliant Groove Imaginarium

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Submit your body to the throws of the heartfelt groove kaleidoscope that is Sydney solo artist Brendan Maclean’s stunning and multifaceted debut album, And The Boyfriends.

Ainslie Wills-featuring flagship single ‘Hibernia’ opens the record with furious funk fever, hurling us headlong into Maclean’s sonic imaginarium, which keeps our toes tapping through the slinky basslines of ‘Where’s The Miracle’, drunken retro synth of the wry ‘Not Too Stoned’ and infectious discoteque stylings of ‘Ghost’.

The record was named after a fictional backing band dreamed up by the ARIA-nominated vocalist and media personality (titular ensemble,The Boyfriends), but it’s far more than just a dancefloor reverie.

And The Boyfriends also delivers more than its fair share of emphatic, goosebump-inducing moments, with the crooning soul-pop balladry of tracks like ‘Goes Without Saying’, ‘Tenderness’ and ‘Layer on The Love’ plucking at our heartstrings with their raw and direct lyrical honesty.

Buoyed by the talents of co-writer and producer Sarah Belkner as well as Aussie vocal darlings Wills, Kira Puru, Montaigne, Donny Benét and Paul Mac -- all of whom feature -- Maclean uses his poetic words to paint poignant pictures of greened-out kids in ambulances in the Soho rain and heartbroken lovers hunched over atlases searching for their lost loves across Europe.

The openly queer artist, who was infamously banned by YouTube for his sexually explicit 2015 video ‘House of Air’, is more fearlessly self-reflective here than we’ve ever seen him. Nowhere is this more evident than in percussive disc closer ‘Wolf Run’, which was inspired by Maclean’s own experience with domestic violence and sees him reflect on the failures of his own masculinity. As he explains to Billboard:

“‘And The Boyfriends’ was always about reflecting on and empathising with the women in my life and also the lack of true femininity in myself. I’ve always been ‘camp’ but that’s an affectation not something real and powerful like femininity.

It was this or nothing. It is in some part a concept album if only to keep my mind focussed on the subject. The themes are so heavy and not easy to talk about, but musically captures an energy like nothing I’ve made before, not even close.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

After releasing five EPs, Brendan Maclean’s bold and brilliant debut album And The Boyfriends is out now, and it was worth the wait.

Georgia June Exude Undeniable Pop-Rock Charm On New Jam 'Prove Myself'

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Sydney-based outfit Georgia June are back with a brand new single, ‘Prove Myself’, the first taster from their forthcoming debut record. 

The outfit had an exciting 2018, releasing indie rock jams ‘Cool’ and ‘Broke’, and hitting it big on triple j Unearthed. If you’ve heard these singles, then you’ll know why: with a sound reminiscent of Blondie and Pink, the secret to June and her band’s success is the straight-to-the-point nature of their tracks. While the lyrics often touch on June’s insecurities and struggles growing up, every song crackles with an undeniable pop-rock charm; sounding like the band had a blast recording it. 

Of all the tracks the group has dropped so far, ‘Prove Myself’ sees them at their most commercial, and wearing their influences most obviously on their sleeves. Starting with a tight bass and drum groove, eponymous singer June’s delivery quivers with a sense of anticipation as she sings about needing to motivate and prove to herself that she’s got what it takes.

The song really launches in the chorus, when sugary synthesisers and warm acoustic guitar introduce themselves, sounding like something Debbie Harry would ride with much pride. 

At first glance, this track is their most pop-influenced release, but the band pulls out all the stops at its climax, introducing a stunning rock guitar solo to balance out the pop elements and bring this song out with a bang.

This is the band’s most commercial sounding track, but it is no less charming. Gone is the feelings of insecurity: ‘Prove Myself’ sees June and her band sounding like a band wanting to take on the world, and win.

5 Of Our Favourite Wellington Bands You Need To Check Out

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Wellington is a city that, among other things, is proof that size isn’t everything. Despite being a city of technically little more than 200,000 people (discounting the wider Wellington area), the place is packed with all sorts of cultural delights. With more cafes and bars per capita than New York, its small size emphasises the central role culture plays in the bustling hive. And part of that is reflected, as you’d expect, in the calibre of the acts that call Wellington home.

From black metal batterings to acoustic balladry, New Zealand’s capital has played host to a range of acts courting both global success and local prestige. To help you get started in your own journey into the city’s music, we’ve asked five of our favourite Welly acts to recommend us their own suggestions for local acts to check out. You can thank us later.

Fruit Juice Parade

Recommended by: Same Name Confusion vocalist/guitarist, Luke Courtney

Andrej and I kind of stumbled upon Fruit Juice Parade at Newtown Festival a couple of Sundays ago - apparently they were a Palmerston North band but now they're a Wellington band?? They're just a two-piece, which is cool by itself, but it was the way they effortlessly produced this really well defined but also super unique and engaging sound that hooked us. There was a song where the drummer picked up a melodica and I was thinking: this is just silly. And 99/100 times it surely would be, but then it wasn't silly at all. It suited their style to a tee. "I've been living in a rice cooker" was a stand-out lyric too. They seem very confident in the music they're making, which is inspiring.

Nation

Recommended by: Miss Cressida

An act that comes to mind is Nation, which is a soul/funk/pop band that have been playing phenomenal shows around Wellington since 2016. Their sound is strongly reminiscent of well known classic NZ artists such as Kora, Katchafire and House of Shem. However, they blend this nostalgic Kiwi sound superbly with their own individual influences, creating an insanely unique experience.  

If you're looking for a groovy, poppy, talented, unique, high energy and NZ authentic sound, we would absolutely check out Nation.

Hans Puket (plus Same Name Confusion)

Recommended by: Stink

We are loving the Wellington Music Scene at the moment, it's too much fun and feels like a bunch of buds going at it. We are really liking Same Name Confusion, their live shows are insane and their debut EP is such a treat. We’re also loving Hans Puket!

Earth Tongue

Recommended by: O-Boy!

Our favourite local band is for sure Earth Tongue. They just play that two-piece, big riff, hot shit that we love. They’ve been super influential for us over the years so now it’s cool to be in the same city as them! Earth Tongue rocks, they’re the tits.

Womb (and Hans Puket)

Recommended by: Mermaidens drummer Abe Hollingsworth

It’s hard to choose my favourite band in Wellington because we have such a diverse music scene! My favourites have to be Hans Pucket and Womb. Both of these bands are really great friends of ours (PS everyone knows everyone here) and they are so great to listen to for very different moods. Hans Pucket is an amazing pop rock band, but with an honesty and sincerity in their lyrics that make them danceable and also thinkable. I think they are best described as 'Modern Kiwi Classics'. Also the guitarist and bassist are identical twins! Womb are three siblings who make ethereal dreamy music. Char Forrester has the most beautiful powerful voice. Char and Hazzy are twins too!!


Pearl The Girl’s New Indie Rock Bop ‘Little Animal’ Has Burrowed Its Way Into Our Heads

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If you dig infectious melodies, jangly indie rock guitar lines and hip-shaking grooves then look no further than the new tune from Sydney’s Pearl The Girl, ‘Little Animal’.

Full disclosure -- I met Pearl randomly on a boat a few weeks back. My mate and I were trying to take a selfie on the deck while the merciless Sydney Harbour wind was destroying our hair and Pearl kindly offered to take the snap for us. We got to chatting and discovered that we were both musos (she also told me a story about accidentally poisoning herself one time with some leaves off a random plant in her house that she accidentally ate after mistaking it for discarded salad, but that’s neither here nor there). Anyway, a few weeks later when a press release bearing her band name on it appeared in my inbox, I was coloured intrigued.

Needless to say the song attached did not disappoint (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it obvs).

‘Little Animal’ is an irresistible indie rock bop, with an upbeat bassline that rollicks playfully beneath Pearl’s bubbly Aussie-inflected vibrato, delivering honest lyrics about one night romances with equal parts heart and sass.

The tune has been sliced off the band’s forthcoming debut album Just A Phase (due out Monday, 15th April), which will see Pearl The Girl hit the road for an East Coast tour stopping in Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong, Mona Vale and Sydney.

Catch all the details - and take ‘Little Animal’ for a spin - below.

TOUR DATES

WED MAY 15 | THE GASOMETER HOTEL | MELBOURNE

WED MAY 22  | BLACK BEAR LODGE | BRISBANE

THURS MAY 30 | RAD BAR | WOLLONGONG

FRI MAY 31 | PARK HOUSE HOTEL | MONA VALE

THURS JUNE 6 | THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL | SYDNEY

Sydney’s Sinclaire Deliver A Toe-Tapping Twist On Heartache In Fresh Indie-Pop Banger, ‘Torn In Two’

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Sydney alternative shooting stars Sinclaire are continuing to make waves with the arrival of their second single, ‘Torn In Two’.

The rollicking piano-driven bopper is deceptively uplifting, its up-tempo, off-beat grooves powerful enough to instantly replenish the spring that’s been missing from your step and tug playfully at your toes to tap.

But the track’s sunny disposition conceals darker subject matter about the pain that arises from a fractured sense self worth.

“Torn in Two is about constantly comparing yourself to other people and feeling like you always have something to prove,” explains lead singer Michael Cross.

“When I wrote the lyrics, I treated it like an open letter to myself - giving me an opportunity to reflect on the negative impact this personality trait has on my life.”

Cross’s rich, crooning vocal tones are nothing if not distinctive, and form the cherry on top of a captivatingly fresh indie-pop-rock sound that feels purpose-built for the international stage.

Sinclaire’s debut EP Now I’m Ready To Start, mixed by ARIA Award-winning producer Adrian Breakspear, will be released later this year. But for now, you can take ‘Torn In Two’ for a spin below.

Melbourne's Price Park Delivers Heartfelt Electro-Pop Ear Candy On Jade Alice Collab, ’Someone Else’

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Price Park creates an electrifyingly smooth and personal vibe in his new single ‘Someone Else’.

Joining forces with the gorgeous vocal sounds of singer/songwriter Jade Alice, the ARIA-nominated Melbourne producer says the track never really made sense until Alice graced it with her vocals.

A self-confessed “sucker for an electro-pop banger”, Alice reckons she connected with the song immediately because of the level of emotional honesty in the lyrics.

“Tom and I had never been in the same room before… but as soon as I read his lyrics and heard the song, it felt like I knew him.”

‘Someone Else’ has a very moving feel to it that we can undoubtedly all relate to on some level.

 Price Park AKA Tom Armstrong says the song is about grief, growth and change and in it, the producer illustrates an emotional snapshot of heartache, followed by a positive surge of inner strength.

The captivating ear-candy single includes an intricately-layered build, which is followed by an expertly assembled instrumental section combining electronic, dance, and modern pop flavours.

And we’re bound to hear more of Price Park’s brand of sweet melodies and lush instrumentation on his upcoming debut EP, due out later this year.

But for now, take his new tune Someone Else’ for a spin right now.

Benji Lewis Asks 'Is It Love?' In His Haunting New Electro-Pop Ballad & Yes It Is

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Benji Lewis reaches a whole new level of emotional depth with his first single of the year, ‘Is It Love’.

Lewis actually wrote the song in early 2018 and thought it was “all ready to go”... until he ended up in a session at the Lakehouse Studios in LA with Norwegian producer, Magnus Skylstad.

Skylstad’s input really allowed the romantic electro-pop sound to flourish by developing the song’s sensitive side.  

Central themes of letting go, moving on, and trying to recover from heartbreak are brought to the fore in Lewis’s unashamedly vulnerable lyrics.

Like most people, the artist went through heaps of emotions after letting go of someone he didn’t want to. Understandably, this left him with a lot of questions, the main one being -- as the track title suggests -- “is it love?”.

The musician opens with a few notes from the piano, followed by his stripped-back vocals.

“When we had finished recording the song, I was totally exhausted, but it felt so good having expressed everything. I left feeling a little lighter and clearer on what I want and need when it comes to love and life in general,” Lewis reflects.

After cultivating an impressively dreamy, chilled style, we are super excited to see what comes from the Melbournite in 2019.

Give Benji Lewis some love by streaming his new song ‘Is It Love’ now!

Jump into a time machine with Neon Tetra, as they cruise you through their 80’s inspired jaunt ‘Used To Be’

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 Adelaide-based five-piece Neon Tetra have returned with their bright, riff-heavy new single ‘Used To Be’. After the release of their debut EP ‘Pollen’ last year, they’ve taken a step up providing a unique array of soul, disco and rock 'n' roll. 

‘Used To Be’ melds nostalgia and groove-laden hooks, taking the best of Kansas’ epic distorted guitar riffs and smooth saxophone runs that would have fit perfectly in a Dire Straits classic, this all topped off with 80’s punchy synths. While taking much from era’s gone by, Neon Tetra provide a combination that still feels very-much their own. More-over, ‘Used To Be’ provides the best saxophone solo I’ve heard in a rock song in a long time!

Seemingly untamed by genre specifics and never inclined to limit experimentation, Neon Tetra have swum beyond the calm waters of Motown into the rapids of '80s-inspired, synthesiser-influenced, distortion-filled rock.  

The band explain the feel behind the track:


".. it reminded us of glam metal bands like Van Halen and Poison; big drum fills, catchy vocal melodies, saxophone and classic synth tones from the Prophet 6. The ruckus energy and groove resonating through gets people moving—it's super danceable.”

Having honed their craft supporting such mega-stars as Robbie Williams, Cheap Trick and Foreigner, Neon Tetra will be taking off on their own ‘Used To Be’ tour across the country this March and April. If you’re keen to see this cascading groove-machine, be sure to check them out at one of their shows below.

NEON TETRA 'USED TO BE' TOUR DATES
SATURDAY 30 MARCH | Rocket Bar & Rooftop | Adelaide, SA
FRIDAY 12 APRIL | Botany View Hotel | Sydney, NSW
SATURDAY 13 APRIL | Rad Bar | Wollongong, NSW
FRIDAY 19 APRIL | uneARTh Festival | Whyalla, SA
THURSDAY 25 APRIL | Bar Open | Melbourne, VIC

Body Type’s Retro New Indie Rock Anthem ‘Stingray’ Is The Inspiration You Need To Swim Away From That Toxic Relationship

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As they prepare to set off on a quest for world domination that will see them play slots at SXSW (Austin), Live At Leeds Festival (Leeds), Hit The North Festival (Newcastle), The Great Escape (Brighton) London Calling (Amsterdam), not to mention a run of headline dates across the US and UK, Sydney indie rockers Body Type have shared a retro new bop for us to remember them by.

…At least until their sophomore EP, the aptly titled EP2, drops on May 3.

Dubbed ‘Stingray’, the breezy, uplifting track is packing plenty of that in-vogue garage rock vibe, but this is a garage parked in close proximity to the surf. Groovin’ bass bubbles underneath a rollicking, lightly distorted lead guitar riff and sassy vocals soaked in vintage verb.

Vocalist and guitarist Sophie McComish explains that the ‘Stingray’ concept is meant to stand as a kind of spirit animal for people stuck in toxic relationships:

Despite having no backbone (all cartilage, like a shark), the stingray is a powerful creature that can blend into its surroundings but delivers a nasty attack when provoked. This is a song about observing my friends being stuck in relationship ruts and trying to shake them out of it, reminding them of their power to sting and swim away gracefully.”

The track’s accompanying video, directed by the group’s long-time friend and collaborator Nicholas Griffith, is naturally also stingray-themed.

It uses 90’s handy-cam footage along with iPhone footage to pay tribute to the news of Freckle, a ray at Sydney Aquarium who had given birth despite having had no male contact for 9 years.

McComish explains:

I saw parallels between her story and the theme of the song itself - Freckle is an inspiration for everyone in dead end relationships - so Nick and I decided she should be the star of this video.

So much of life these days is viewed through some kind of MAN-made lens, but Mother Nature likes to remind us that no matter how hard we try to conquer her, she has the ultimate power to fuck shit up again like when weird ass creatures like stingrays have immaculate conceptions.

Watch the official music video for Body Type’s ‘Stingray’ below!

Sweater Curse's New EP 'See You' Is A Gobsmackingly Diverse & Emotionally Rich Debut

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After a massive few months, Brisbane indie rockers Sweater Curse are continuing to smash it with their melodically grungy debut EP, See You.

The trio have been around for a few years now and have put out some solid singles, but if this debut EP is any indication, they’re on track to blow up in 2019.

Beginning with the boppy tune ‘Can’t See You Anymore’, the disc has some awesome lyrical moments that teleport the listener along an emotional arc, charting the rise and fall of a deteriorating relationship and the pain that comes with the experience. This standout tune pairs chaotic vocals with steady, punk-leaning guitar riffs.

The second track, ‘Take Some Time’, introduces a male vocalist, a fresh component to the sound. Here, there is an attempt to save the failing relationship, as bassist and lead singer Monica Sottile begs; “please just try for the sake of it, try not to lie, I’m so tired and I don’t have the strength to try.”

‘Z9’, one of my favourite tracks, with the last third taking a more chilled approach until it builds back up to a gutsy, grungy finish.

Sweater Curse employ swirling pedal effects and jagged electric guitars with ‘Mon’s Song’ to create a much more loose and serious piece of music. The lyrics of ‘Mon’s Song’ are another knockout set, exploring the significance of self-reliance and open-mindedness; “When I speak my mind, I’m not afraid, I’ve been wrong before, but I need more,” Sottile imparts.

The fifth and final track on the EP ‘(Hear You)’ was released as a single back in February to give us a taster of what was ahead, and it did not disappoint. The unique, head-banging rock sounds mixed in with powerful vocals contrast this song from other indie rock fair. But the best thing about ‘(Hear You)’ is that you can listen to it at literally any time, whether it’s while you’re getting psyched up for a big night out, or recovering the next morning, the mixture of intense and mellow moods within the song make it that versatile.

The psychedelic-flavoured EP finishes with a spread-out kicker ‘Ponyo’ to leave the listener feeling gobsmacked by its remarkable range.

The Brisbane group have already left an impressive mark on the Aussie rock scene, and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us. Make sure you check out Sweater Curse’s new EP ‘See You’ on all streaming services now!

Enigmatic Production Duo Breathe.'s Second Single 'London' Is A Moody Late Night Chiller

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Breathe. are a fairly new act hailing from Sydney. While the project is in its infancy, there are already signs of something exceptionally interesting to come from the duo. Breathe. are a self-proclaimed audio/visual project and aesthetically, they are already bang-on point. 

Their first single ‘Are You All Good’ came out late 2018 and has done well in the streaming world, as well as getting some love from Rufus Du Sol and Ta-Ku. 

The sophomore track, ‘London’, is more ambitious than its predecessor, which was a solid first step, but somewhat restrained comparatively. The vocal is warm and lush, immediately compelling and quite literally pulls you in. It’s supported by sparse and subtle production – immaculately refined and impeccably sophisticated, particularly considering it’s the second release for Breathe. 

There are a couple of moments that bring artists like Massive Attack and Rufus Du Sol to mind, but Breathe. are well on their way to developing a unique sound with ‘London’. 

Layer Cake Use Sweetness & Extra Tang In Their Boppy New Single, ‘Empty Promises’.

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Brisbane-based band Layer Cake, likened to The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and The Kooks, have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response since the release of their explosive debut, ‘Keep Me Awake’, and new bop ‘Empty Promises’ will undoubtedly keep the hype train rolling. 

The song gives a completely new spin on the word ‘catchy’, maintaining an upbeat, rhythmic vibe throughout with electric guitar bringing the authentic rock feels.   

Like that dollop of tomato sauce in Paul Kelly’s gravy recipe, no one saw this saucy band coming.  

Their debut self-titled EP was produced, engineered and recorded by Matt Redlich, at Head Gap Studios and The Aviary in Melbourne, and is set to be released soon.  

Packing Lefty's Old Time Music Hall (250 capacity Brisbane venue) like a can of sardines for their very first show, the group has already been compared to many world class bands. 

“You can compare us to whoever you like, as long as they are incredibly more successful than us and we can live vicariously through an over fluffed complimentary comparison,” is what they have to say.  

Be sure to give Layer Cake’s new tune ‘Empty Promises’ a listen now on all music streaming services! 

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird's Fresh Piece Of Indie-Pop Will Make You Feel The Up & Down Effects Of Love

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Melbourne musical shapeshifters Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird create an ambitious and kaleidoscopic piece of indie-pop in their new single ‘Love is Heartbreak’, foreshadowing their forthcoming record’s thematic journey from heartbreak to recovery.

As the first track from their imminently dropping sophomore LP New Romancer, ‘Love is Heartbreak’ sets the scene with sombre lyrics that strike you down, as groovy instrumental sections pick you back up, much like the effects of love tbh.

The steady rhythm of ‘Love is Heartbreak’ has an instant calming effect, reinforced by deep vocals that soothe the listener. The critical combination of electronic sounds and orchestral instruments draw us into a romance-like trance. Ending the tune smoothly, a simple piano melody is heard along with the ambient noise of birds chirping.

2019 is looking to be the year of the Firebird after amassing millions of streams, 4-5 star Unearthed reviews from 11 of the folks at Triple J as well as the praises of Matt Corby, Montaigne and Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe.

After boasting a string of sold out shows in their last tour, the band are hitting the road again during March and April in support of 'Love is Heartbreak'. Cousin Tony will be taking on bigger venues, more dates, and more locations, with the Australian journey to be followed by their first UK and Ireland tour in May, coinciding with the album’s release.

Love Is Heartbreak tour dates:

MARCH 22 | Rocket Bar | Adelaide 
 
MARCH 27 | Republic Bar | Hobart
 
MARCH 28 | Saint John | Launceston
 
MARCH 30 | The Hills Are Alive | Gippsland
 
APRIL 5 | Woolly Mammoth | Brisbane
 
APRIL 12 | 48 Watt St | Newcastle 
 
APRIL 13 | Oxford Art Factory | Sydney
 
APRIL 14 | The Basement | Canberra
 
APRIL 20 | Lucy's Love Shack | Perth
 
APRIL 21 | Sonar | Fremantle

APRIL 27 | Corner Hotel | Melbourne 

Sydney's Masked Wolf Stands Out From The Hip-Hop Pack On New Single, 'Vibin'

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After his last-minute debut in 2018 with ‘Speed Racer’, trap-tinged Masked Wolf is straight out of the gates in 2019 with his strongest release yet, ‘Vibin’.

Harry Michael, aka Masked Wolf, shows his dedication to the hustle and being true to yourself in ‘Vibin’, asserting the ethos “I do me, you do you”.

Teaming up with internationally acclaimed producer Tyron Hapi, the fresh track is complete with huge drops, booming bass and eccentric synths to complement his intense verses. Masked Wolf exhibits a refreshingly unique style and sound in the song, with the trademark finesse heard in his other music.  

In today’s rap game there are so many different sounds which often makes it difficult for new artists to be heard. However, Masked Wolf has separated himself from the pack in ‘Vibin’ by focussing on unleashing his ambition and drive.

“I want to tell my own stories in a way that remains true to who I am,” he says.

If his other upcoming tunes are as spicy as ‘Vibin’, 2019 is set to be one hell of a year for the fresh-faced Sydney producer.

SACHI’s Bubbly New Electro-Pop Anthem ‘Worst Behaviour’ Is, Ironically, The Best

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New Zealand producer pair SACHI have teamed up with rising NYC singer Sam DeRosa to dish up a festival-ready EDM sugar-rush dubbed ‘Worst Behaviour’.

The infectiously melodic piece of anthemic electro-pop is the type of song you’d crank up for a group singalong with your girlfriends on the way to the club; as cheeky, sweet and uplifting as a chilled glass of bubbly.

As one half of SACHI, Nick Chrisp, explains:

“‘Worst Behaviour’ is about a lopsided relationship where one half is playing games while the other is smitten. It came together super quick because it was something we all related to and thought others could too.”

The duo will be taking the flirtatious banger on the road for a bunch of national and international festival dates… fingers crossed it won’t be long before we see them plot a course for Australia!

For now, you can take ‘Worst Behaviour’ for a spin below.

PNK FME’s Brooding ‘Infatuation’ Is A Dreamy Drunk-Drive Through The Electro-Pop Clouds

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Vocalist and producer PNK FME is our new musical infatuation.

The Adelaide shooting star landed on the Good Intent team’s radar this week with a mesmerising new dollop of minimalistic electro-pop that is a straight-up MOOD.

Dubbed ‘Infatuation’ (see what we did there), the tune is driven along at a slow, cruising pace by softly clanking percussion samples that loop beneath throbbing synths, buoying PNK FME’s delicate, verby vocal melodies up to soar as he gives voice to “internal musings of falling helplessly in love and the associated desires”.

The woozy, introspective soundscapes he crafts here instantly ensnare, and it’s little wonder his talents have already netted him sync deals with Mercedes Benz, Adelaide Fashion Festival and the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Similarly, we recommend ‘Infatuation’ as the perfect soundtrack to your next late night party drunk-cry, because it will instantly add a touch of class and poignance to proceedings.

Low Key Crush - Sing about unreciprocated love in their new track ‘Swimming Laps’

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Melbourne indie-pop band Low Key Crush sing about unreciprocated love in their new, softly percussed and harmony-rich track, Swimming Laps’.

The light tune expresses the desire for love that doesn’t exist or has not yet taken off. It serves as a reminder to the listener that - even though one may want to experience requited love - it’s important to appreciate the unrequited kind too.

Low Key Crush utilise consistent acoustic melodies and chilled lyrical references to create the perfect mixture of sincerity and reclusive acceptance in the song.

‘Swimming Laps’ was initially written by singer/guitarist Tim Haines, and was brought to life with the help of his close musical pal, bassist and vocalist Ella Francis of Mac’s Peake, and his new friend, drummer Taycian Lord.

Together, their shared love of guitar-based pop music has grown into a completely unique sound. Their influences include 90’s idols The Cranberries, Lemon Heads and Max Martin, with nods to modern torchbearers Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail and Hatchie.