Madi Leeds – Water To Me
The debut single from Melbourne based singer songwriter Madi Leeds is a kooky, heart warming pop folk odyssey. The rather fun video which features the performer interacting with a family of aliens stands in contrast to the vulnerable and emotional lyrical content of the song. Upbeat and infectious, you’re likely to find the sweet melodies of ‘Water To Me’ repeating on you for some time. Madi Leeds has a unique voice and musical angle, while simultaneously boasting a clear accessibility. If you enjoy catchy, folky tunes and aliens dancing around while roasting marshmallows, this is the tune for you.
Last Leaves – The World We Had
Anyone who says “rock is dead” is lying to you. Last Leaves are evidence of that fact, with their new track ‘The World We Had’ – a raw, melodic and energetic track driven by crisp guitar riffs, and a somewhat melancholic vocal line. There are feel-good, reflective, nostalgic and introspective elements to ‘The World We Had’, which is at times both uplifting and thought provoking. The rough around the edges, bare bones garage production quality suits the outfit perfectly. Last Leaves are soon to release their debut album, which personally, we’re hanging out for.
Principal – Crime Don’t Pay
Are you in the mood for an 80’s flashback featuring an acoustic guitar being played by an animated astronaut? You’ve come to the right place. Principal are at a very early stage of their career right now, but they’re easily one of the most exciting acts we’ve heard in the last little while. The lead baritone vocal is utterly arresting, and works perfectly with the reverb drenched, funky production. There are David Bowie and Talking Heads influences on display here, though ‘Crime Don’t Pay’ is far from a homage to music of the past – it is entirely a fresh, original, energetic and unique. Good luck trying not to sing “they say crime don’t pay, it’s paying every day” to yourself constantly for the next week.
Cloning The Mammoth – San Francisco
For a band made up of people who are all less than 20 years old, Cloning The Mammoth have staggeringly impressive musical skills, and an evident knack for engaging and intricate song writing. This is the second single to be released by the Perth based indie rock outfit, and it is a sign of very good things to come in the future. Melodic and quite frankly beautiful, while also retaining a raw danceability – the song teeters on a fine line between gentle and loud; and the dynamics therein are flawless. There is a unique, infectious and immersive edge to the music of Cloning The Mammoth.
Grace Hughes – habit.
This 19 year old from Byron Bay is a fresh, electrifying voice on the Australian music scene. Her latest single ‘habit.’ is a polished, sunny and joyful electronic dance number with a melody that is certain to stick in your head, mixed and produced by industry heavyweight Jean-Paul Fung (Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo, Client Liaison.) Grace Hughes began her musical journey as an acoustic singer songwriter, before making the transition into electronic music. Her songwriting sensibility carries over from her acoustic work to her electronic work, giving her a distinct edge. An upbeat banger on all fronts, ‘habit.’ is sure to put this young talent on the map.
Kuroshi – Give Them Something Dirty
It’s rather rare for a song title to perfectly encapsulate a song – but ‘Give Them Something Dirty’ from Brisbane based producer Kuroshi does just that. The track is full of heavy drops, punchy bass and drums, and twinkling synthesisers. Meticulously produced and mixed, ‘Give Them Something Dirty’ is a perfect cut for a late night, spaced out dance floor session.
First Beige – Rumours
Soulful, catchy, funky, psychedelic, sensual and absolutely wonderful. The latest single from the Brisbane based outfit ‘First Beige’ is wholly original and unique. The musical skill of the band cannot be understated, and throughout ‘Rumours’ their chops are on bold display. Gorgeous twinkling chimes appear throughout, and warm 80’s synth pads create a lush undercurrent. The vocal delivery is mellow and welcoming, and the arrangements throughout the number are just so lovely – special mention must be given to the various flute solos throughout, which are handled so tastefully. Think King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard meets Tame Impala meets ABBA meets Prince.