Six musically-talented brothers and sisters from Adelaide, South Australia join forces to make Zen Panda. Showing strokes of psychedelic rock, pop and indie, they’ve gone from supporting acts like Bec Sandrige and the Jungle Giants to releasing their first EP this year and officially making themselves a band to watch. Grab Ego for free here.
Sensual, dreamy and seductive, Sydney-based, Hong Kong raised Rainbow Chan delivers another pop anthem with Let Me.
You may have seen NT rapper Baker Boy at Big Sound (Australia’s sort of answer to SXSW). Raised in remote communities in the NT, he’s known as the “fresh prince” in Arnhem land, identifying strongly with his indigenous culture (check his rainbow certain totem). He has studied performing arts and is interested in pursuing both acting and dance, but for now, he is making fresh and fun Aussi hip hop. You can grab a free download of Cloud9 here.
Last week, Birmingham two-piece, Superfood, released their second album Bambino. The duo describe this album as being a little like their “true identity”. They are a bit indie, a bit electronica, and, at times, sound almost a little bit like the Gorillaz in the Feel Good Inc. days. Superfood is all of those mashed into one.
Wild Ones are a Portland five-piece that about to become your new favourite band. You might initially think that Parasthesia is your typical, forgettable indie band track, completed by soothing female vocals, but with it’s experimental electronic elements and catchy chorus, it’s anything but. Their album Mirror Touch will be released in October through Top Shelf records.
Former Crystal Castles‘ front woman, Alice Glass, is back with a new track after two years since her last release. Without Love comes with a little assistance from HEALTH‘s Jupiter Keyes and, in true Alice Glass style, features plenty of haunting vocals and chaotic electronica.
At the tender age of 17, Perth’s Arno Faraji is making music that sounds like a mellow house party. Part hip hop, part electronica, part DBZ references (shout out to Master Roshi), it’s easy to see how Faraji has earned a much coveted jjj Unearthed High finalist spot for 2017. If you’re still not sold…don’t worry, it’s free for download.
Canadian producer Tiga released his third track of the year on Friday. Tiga said of Woke;
“Woke is a song about freedom, specifically my freedom. About me, at the end of the earth, pushed towards a final act of emancipation: throwing my phone into the sea, and watching it sink. People may have a hard time empathizing with a successful DJ, or anyone who associates an annoying buzzword with anything approaching enlightenment. But I don’t think it’s that hard to relate to feeling like you’ve entered into a lopsided bargain with a magic box that is more or less designed to hack its way into your self-image.”
I think that actually a lot of us can empathise (or at least sympathise) with throwing our phones into the sea.