Active since the early 2000s, Christchurch-born purveyor of genre-bending soul hip-hop Ladi6 started out in all-girl crew Sheelahroc, but quickly made a name for herself with her sophisticated combination of sultry vocals, razor sharp beats and cosmic synths.
After a long silence, Ladi6 has shared “Royal Blue,” taken from the highly anticipated Royal Blue 3000 EP. This electronic-tinged yet soulful track is an interesting take on dancehall grooves with a twist.
On the EP, producers Parks and Brandon Haru have managed to expand on Ladi6’s sound by pairing minimalist atmospheric beats with warm, heartfelt vocals. The result sounds fresh and new despite its clear nods to early funk and hip-hop.
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Made up of twins Vuli and Moody and childhood friend Klue, Sydney trio True Vibenation blend hip-hop with everything from future beats to dancehall to trap music and even a touch of pop. The band’s second album ON was named ‘Album of the Week’ by Triple J and they hit the touring circuit hard, selling out their Sydney launch and playing to packed venues across Australia.
With hundreds of shows under their belt, True Vibenation have developed a strong following thanks to their unique combination of infectious hooks and razor sharp raps with roaring live horns and genre-bending electronic beats.
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Ukrainian pop sensation MONATIK took the charts by storm in 2014 with his debut full length Саундтрек сегодняшнего дня and he is back with a brand new 16-track album titled Звучит. The young singer/songwriter’s sophomore effort includes 2015 single “Сейчас”, as well as “Тише” featuring local pop star Anna Sedokova.
Acclaimed by critics and bloggers in Ukraine and Russia, MONATIK’s new album is on track to become one of this year’s most successful releases with the two most recents singles “Выходной” and “Кружит” already clocking up over 3 million YouTube views.
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Melbourne-based experimental pop purveyors Hoodlem unveiled their self-titled EP a few months earning accolades from music blogs at home and abroad. Their unique blend of glitchy beats, wonky bass lines and provocative vocals is at its best on the following tracks off the EP: “Kintsungi”, “4 Real” and personal favourite “Old Friend”.
As a bonus, listen below to a brand new track which sees Hoodlem teaming up with Nashville natives BASECAMP to create an infectious mashup of Amerie’s ‘1 Thing’ and Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me’.
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Aussie artist/producer Flume has shared a mind-blowing new tune taken off his soon-to-be-released sophomore album Skin. The song is called “Smoke & Retribution” and it features American Rapper Vince Staples and Perth-based vocalist Kučka.
This new track marks a drastic change of direction for the young artist whose 2013 debut album revolved around downtempo electro beats and pop-influenced hooks. Bolder and sharper, “Smoke and Retribution” shows yet another new side of Flume’s creative self. Over the years, he has managed to broaden his musical horizons through numerous side projects: What So Not (with friend Emoh Instead), Anna Lunoe & Flume, Flume & Chet Faker…
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