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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After scoring a string of massive hits across Europe as Whigfield in the 90s, Danish pop star Sannie Carlson is back in the spotlight but under her real name this time. Her first single as Sannie is a brilliant electro tune called “How Long”, released on dance label Armada.
Calling on superb chords, mesmerizing string play and a lovely vocal to hit the spot, Sannie brings things back to the dance florr with this new single, which also features remixes from the likes of Alex Neri & GG Canu, ATFC, and Grant Nelson in addition to the original mix.
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Enigmatic New York-based project R. Missing unveiled their debut EP last March to great reviews. Released via Terminal Echo, Unsummering explores shadowy soundscapes filled with gloomy synth lines, moody beats and hazily deadpan vocals.
Sometimes compared to The Knife, Austra or Velvet Underground, R. Missing is the latest musical venture from indie band The Ropes. Under this new moniker, vocalist Sharon Shy and musician Toppy expand on their previous palette of nihilistic Morrisey tinged lyricism and go one shade darker. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly programmed electronic drum beats.
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L.A.-based alternative duo Powers recently premiered “Heavy”, a new track taken off their upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due out later this year on Republic Records. With its late 70’s New York bass line and deliciously retro string arrangements, “Heavy” is a bittersweet number about the struggle of relationships and how toxic they can sometimes be. It’s a “battle between logic and desire” says vocalist Crista Ru, who co-founded Powers with co-vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio back in 2014.
For Powers, bringing songs to life means tapping into their own eclectic backgrounds from playing in underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Citing the cut-and-paste art of Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Gilliam among their longtime influences, they’ve taken a collage-like approach to constructing crystalline pop.
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Australian band Safia has been active since 2012, releasing a string of singles as well as remixes for other artists. Band members Ben Woolner, Michael Bell and Harry Sayers met at Radford College in Canberra and cite James Blake, Chet Faker, Purity Ring and Disclosure as their main influences.
“Together, Locked Safely” is taken off Safia’s album Internal, out now on Virgin EMI Records. The album was self-produced and mixed by Eric J Dubowsky and debuted at number 2 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.
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