A time poor music fans essential guide to the week.
10. Nicole Millar
Nicole Millar has already had a summer anthem with Peking Duk’s High and now she might just have another one with her latest cut Signals. The track premiered on triple j this week and now it’s here complete with a pretty fkn great video. It’s a warm, twilight-centred tune that allows Millar to weave her vocals around the verse before it explodes into a twinkling drop. It’s a soundtrack to warm, starry night which will no doubt perfectly suit the forthcoming festival season.
9. A$AP Ferg
New Level (Feat. A$AP Rocky, Future & Lil Uzi Vert)
It’s A$AP Ferg‘s birthday so he’s given us a present by dropping a remix of Always Strive & Prosper track New Level with a stacked guest list. A$AP Rocky, Future and Lil Uzi Vert all jump on this version which maintains the bones of the original while also adding in each of the rapper’s individual verses. Each of them do a pretty valiant job over the icy beat but it’s hard to go past Rocky’s slick verse.
Sia popped out the deluxe edition of her This Is Acting today and it came with three new songs. Confetti is our pick of the bunch. It’s a soaring, pulsating ballad that ticks all the boxes that you expect Sia to tick. Sure, it’s nothing super new but at this point the Sia sound is so strong and defined that it doesn’t really matter.
Brooklyn trio Wet only released their debut album Don’t You earlier this year but they’ve already returned with two brand new songs The Middle and Turn Away. The Middle is a beautiful, electronic-tinged song buoyed by Kelly Zutrau’s distinctive, gentle vocal work. There’s something warm about even the most ineffective of Wet songs and this one is a comforting return.
6. Peking Duk
Stranger (Feat. Elliphant)
It’s been long between drinks since we’ve had some fresh tuneage from Peking Duk, but today’s the day. Linking up with Elliphant, the boys from canberra have delivered yet another anthem in their new song Stranger. Stranger is a strong argument for why you shouldn’t miss the chance to catch the duo this summer, with the canberra lads Gearing up for a circuit of shows. They’re playing at the likes of This That Festival, Spilt Milk, Southbound and our festival tip of the summer FOMO Festival. – Harrison Kefford
5. Joey Bada$$
Front & Centre
Since debuting the Front & Center on tour with ScHoolboy Q, we’ve been waiting for Joey Bada$$ to unleash the Narcos-sampling single. Courtesy of Spanish production duo Cookin’ Soul, the instrumental wears its South American samples proudly and is a nice deviation from Joey’s hard-hitting 90’s influences Rather, Front & Center is a bit of a slow-burner. With a bit of husk to him, Joey manages to turn the track into a very smooth affair as he raps over those strings we’ve heard a few too many times during ill-considered midnight Netflix binges. It’s the first we’ve heard from Joey since Devastated in May and Ready in February. He has a new project on it’s way – tentatively titled A.A.B.A. – and Front & Center is a reminder of why it’s so hotly anticipated. – Reece Hooker
4. Jacques Greene
Techno purists will no doubt argue this point, but in our opinion Jacques Greene is the best techno producer in the world right now. He’s one of the only ones giving it a new direction and injecting it with emotion. Afterglow, his latest drop, is proof of that using sampled vocals to tap at the heart and darting bass to punch at the chest. It’s a strobing, hazy affair that ends on a careful yet affective climax.
3. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga‘s previous single Perfect Illusion was divisive to say the least, mostly because it signalled a huge stylistic shift for Gaga. While her new single A-YO continues that country/rock/blues theme this one is definitely centred more in the pop world with all the licks, hooks and runs to make a huge radio track. It’s brassy and gritty but there’s also a killer pop sensibility to it that’s probably the closest we’re going to get the Gaga of old.
We always have time for exciting new music come Friday and today appears rather special with an act we continue to endorse in Melbourne R&B duo Fortunes. Overnight they released a new single titled 501’s and damn is it smooth.
Following the success of their EP Jacket and a crisp remix of Crush Club Records’ muse Maribelle, the duo have slowly carved a name for themselves as one of the most exciting acts in the local landscape. Accompanying the release of their new track 501’s comes the announcement they have signed to Future Classic (you know the ones responsible for the likes of Ta-Ku, Flight Facilities, Nick Murphy f.k.a Chet Faker and a little artist called Flume). So yeah, this huge news for an act we have fallen in love with and we hope this is start of even bigger and exciting things for the Melbourne R&B duo. – Harrison Kefford
1. Tkay Maidza
Tkay Maidza has just made a serious strike for this year’s Hottest 100, dropping a summer-ready anthem Simulation. It was produced by her longtime collaborator and on-stage DJ L.K. McKay and it’s a perky pop tune that might just be the most straight forward thing Tkay has ever dropped. It means it won’t take long before this one is swelling around your head driving you mad and making things euphoric simultaneously.