Don Vitale is a Byron Bay local and a natural wordsmith who has just dropped a new EP full of after-dark beats and effortless flows.
Sofi de la Torre, Sabina Ddumba, Berhana, Young Tapz and plenty more fresh meat.
New tracks by GRRL pal, Gina Kushka, midnight, howl, Formation and RAYE that we reckon are worth screaming about.
Four tracks down and we’re still no closer to really knowing who Kiiara is. Beats 1 have been spinning her three previous tracks Gold, Feels and Tennessee on the regular and they were responsible for premiering this latest track Intention. Still, apart from a few press pictures, we don’t have a clear identity for Kiiara but does it really matter when she’s consistently slamming out tracks like these?
Intention is cut from the same cloth as her previous outputs in the way of slightly wonky vocals, heavy-hitting beats and a haunting backdrop. You don’t immediately expect to be so taken by her tracks but they grow quickly because of they’re subtle pop bangers. It’s hard to remember the last artist who delivered straight-out 10s on their first four songs.
“This one is for all those who lost someone dear to them.”
Dream-state electronica with a hint of pop.
Floria is the latest artist to herald in a new wave of R&B in this country. From Gill Bates and the incredible production of Tigerilla to Koi Child and Baro there’s plenty more gold to attribute to Australian R&B than simply Iggy Azalea – not that we needed to tell you that. Brisbane artist Floria has just been announced as the latest signing to Perth-based label Pilerats and he’s dropped a mighty new tune to mark the occasion. He featured on the latest Sable banger Like You (Girl) and will support US rap duo Rae Sremmurd on their headline shows while in the country for Listen Out.
Talk To Me is a dense, dark production driven by auto-tuned but emotive vocals. There’s definitely a US influence here but that’s totally understandable for any contemporary hip-hop fan and he manages to pull it off without any imitation. The track hits hard from its opening second and is an anthem for not giving a shit about what anybody says. It’s the type of ego that should serve him well making an indent locally and then internationally. Apparently a debut mixtape is on the way which will probably make him one of the most talked about artists in Australia – hyperbolic, yes, but this track is that good.