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.
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.
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.
Texan duo, Bronze Whale rework what originally sounded like the kind of chilled out tune that I imagine a bunch a frat boys & girls having a singalong to whilst driving their convertible down a sunny street in California. Not meant to be an insult, just that it has that feelgood singalong vibe. It still has that feelgood, catchy quality, but now it’s become a certified banger.