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Sinks, a previous triple j Unearthed competition winner, and the 12th recipient of the annual APRA AMCOS/Hilltop Hoods Initiative has just released the first single from his upcoming album.
The new single titled Nicky Santoro is the first taste we have from ‘Terror Australis’, Sinks upcoming album expected to release in August 2020.
The new track ‘Nicky Santoro’, is named after the main antagonist in the 1995 Martin Scorsese film Casino. Who is based off the real life Chicago Outfit enforcer Anthony John “The Ant” Spilotro. Nicky Santoro features production from Ramzee, and has been released alongside a brand new clip which you can check out above.
Got more lines then a wall street honcho//
pen fuck em up like I’m Nicky Santoro//
this spanned an era putting holes in your poncho//
Top 5 lyricist the shit that I’m on though//
The Dynamic Production Duo Return To The Scene Of The Crime With Their Former ‘Down Under Beats’ Counterpart Dialectrix, Bringing The Ruckus You’d Expect.
Platterpush and Codeks have been DJ’ing since the late 90’s, recording, performing and touring with numerous live outfits. Turntablism is an important aspect of their style which is evident in both of their live sets and releases. Platterpush and Codeks were the founding members and co-producers of Down Under Beats crew (Dialectrix, Joenew, Immune, 13th Son), a hip hop collective that toured extensively and released two albums in the mid 2000’s. Being ‘Unearthed’ by Triple J in 2004 raised the bands profile and saw them becoming one of the trailblazers of the emerging Australian Hip Hop genre.
The Producer/Dj duo have gone on to produce for many successful artists such as Thundamentals, Lotek & P.Smurf. The pair recently produced the majority of P.Smurf’s recent debut solo LP ‘Playin the Blues’. As well as continuing to write music together Platterpush & Codeks have also gone on to work on numerous other projects. Platterpush is now a member of the notorious Blue Mountains four-piece Otherside and features prominently on their two EP’s and recent 7” singles. Codeks has been busy recording and touring with his own band Bomb Threat who are currently working on their debut album.
‘Hands Down’ is the 2nd Single taken from Platterpush and Codeks’ debut production malbum ‘Planet of the Misfits’ due late 2020 on Scratches Records. The bold anthemic single features Melbourne-based wordsmith Dialectrix, who returns to the scene with a vengeance; giving fans a lyrical masterclass on why he is still one of the finest emcees in the country.
More than a decade after their crew (Down Under Beats) disbanded, the three artists have re-united to serve up a double-time tongue twisting banger. With a healthy dose of bravado Dialectrix asserts his continued lyrical prowess whilst making light of his professional stay at home dad status. Platterpush and Codeks provide a dramatic soundtrack, combining a dark orchestral sound-world with contemporary double- time grime influences.
Look out for the forthcoming production album from Platterpush & Codeks titled ‘Planet Of The Misfits’, featuring a vast array of guests, showcasing vocals from some of Hip Hop’s finest local and international artists.
Denzel Curry’s critically acclaimed fourth record, ZUU turns 1 this weekend. Building on the groundwork of TA13OO and Imperial, ZUU marked a momentous breakthrough in the 24-year-old Floridians career. Since its release, Curry has dominated hip-hop with two appearances in the 2019 Hottest 100 – his explosive Like A Version at #5 and “Ricky” at #45.
He also appeared for Listen Out, made his US television debut on Fallon and continues to be one of the most sought after lyricists working with everyone from Kenny Beats to JPEGMAFIA and Glass Animals to Ruel.
After a steady stream of guest features that spanned the globe including “Imported” with Jessie Reyez, “Crowded Room” with Selena Gomez, and “4AM” alongside Rema, Tion Wayne, and Manny Norté, 6LACK (LVRN/Interscope Records) releases “ATL Freestyle.”
The Fwdslxsh and Gravez-produced beat contains somber guitar chords that never seem to resolve, which feeds perfectly into the subject matter at hand. While 6LACK looks back at eating wings and listening to Gucci Mane and putting in time in the studio to make enough money and vacation with his daughter in a nice, rural area, he also leaves the song as an open ended journal entry. His future is left for only him to write.
The new song is also a love letter to his hometown of Atlanta, referencing other artists like Skooly and the venue Tabernacle. He also penned a personal letter to his fans addressing the release of this song in such a sensitive time in the country regarding police brutality. You can read his open letter HERE and listen to “ATL Freestyle” below.
And for the Day 1’s, or Day 6’s, 6LACK is treating them to snippets of unreleased music, the East Atlanta Love Letter movie that he premiered at his album release event at Starlight Drive-In Theatre in East Atlanta, never before seen photos, and more. All of that can be found in the 6LACKBOX. It will also contain some content leading up to his upcoming third studio album. Check out the 6LACKBOX HERE.
The 5th instalment of JD Radio has been released featuring Bace Kadet’s ‘all aussie’ mix of Hip Hop bangers.
With many sleeping on the grass roots talent of established and up and coming artists, Bace Kadet shines the spotlight on the likes of Jess B, One Four, Hooligan Hefs, Shadow, Nerve, Triple One and more.
After listening to this mix, there’ll be no doubt left that Australian talent is truly some of the best in the world. While you turn the beats up, shop Bace Kadet’s The North Face outfit here at JD Sports.
Created alongside producer Jia Lih, the production wizard responsible for Troy Sivan’s multi platinum “Blue Neighbourhood” release including the worldwide hit “Youth’, (as well as a cuts for Trevor Daniels, Meg Mac and more), BOLD pushes the Nigerian born, New Zealand raised artist creatively into uncharted waters with a combination of Afro Beat, Trap and Southern Rap, Hyphy, Nineties West Coast 90s Rap & RnB, and even explorations into the realms of Vogue music and Hyper Pop.
Heralding the culmination of a full speed year of collaborations and live appearances, BOLD finds Sophiegrophy gliding between introspective and dark atmospheres, or moving into angular and abrasive territory while still allowing room to get lit in the clubs. Tracks including “Boii”, “Evol” and “American Honey” showcases not only Sophiegrophy’s comfortable capabilities in the rap game, but also her ability to throw down on a melodic hook, while “Shake” and “Is It” keep pulses racing. Sophiegrophy “BOLD” is a diverse collection of music from Australia’s most unique hip hop artist.
In Sophiegrophy’s own words: “The BOLD ep is all about expanding myself as an artist through the exploration of different genres and sounds while still being true to myself. Diversity is everything to me and since I appreciate all types of sounds, I wanted to challenge myself and take risks. Being static is just not an option.”
Having recently signed with Australia’s renowned MAKER Agency for bookings (Tame Impala, What So Not), keep your eyes and ears peeled for Sophiegrophy as she promises to make an indelible mark on the international Hip Hop & Club world once the live circuit restarts in late 2020.
Mancunian rap powerhouse Aitch shares new EP POLARIS. The hefty 8-track project is proof of just why the 20-yr-old is the name on everyone’s lips. Paying homage to his northern roots, the EP is named after the Polaris star, located at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper, approximately 408 light years from Earth. Polaris is also known as the NORTH STAR.
Following on from his high-octane performance of ‘Raw’ and ‘Rain’ with AJ Tracey at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Aitch hit his already ecstatic fans with another dose of new music – this time in the form of new single ’30’, which surfaced overnight with a Manchester-filmed, fast and furious visual (below). Just hours earlier, Aitch generated fan hysteria with the announcement of Polaris.
The new EP features never before heard tracks ‘Safe To Say‘, ‘Zombie‘,’Triggered‘,’Like Them‘ and – an ode to Aitch’s hometown – ‘Moston’, alongsidehit single ‘Rain’, a collaborative release with AJ Tracey, which after charting Top 5, has stuck in the UK Top 20 ever since.
With his witty and rapid wordplay and versatility, Aitch is a shining light on the UK music scene – a chart dominating force to be reckoned with. Adapting his trademark flow to any beat, Aitch has enlisted production on Polaris from long term-collaborator and fellow Mancunian Whyjay, (‘Moston’, ’30’, ‘Raw’ alongside Sangy), as well as US heavyweight Kenny Beats (‘Safe To Say’, ‘Zombie’); Cubeatz (‘Safe To Say’) and Nils (‘Zombie’); the Grammy nominated Tay Keith (‘Rain’); AOD (‘Like Them’); and the incredibly talented Nastalgyia x Sykes (‘Triggered’).
Polaris lands just one week after ‘Raw’ – a declaration of confidence and truth that recaps on Aitch’s success so far. The track is accompanied by a dark and moody visual (directed by KC Locke) – watch below.
Aitch is undoubtedly one of the biggest success stories of the last year. Covering The Guardian Guide last month, and garnering support from the likes of NME, GQ, Vogue, Clash and beyond, Aitch is on the rise – even Stormzy and Ed Sheeran are fans. Debut offering ‘Straight Rhymez’ has garnered more than 19 million views, credited as the video that propelled the then-teenage Aitch, into the limelight.
Since then, Aitch has gone on to make his mark globally – he is YouTube’s ‘Artist On The Rise’, has a Brit Award nomination under his belt and a Global Award win for ‘Best New Artist’. His video for single ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ has accrued 28M views, and at one point he even featured on four songs in the UK Official Chart at one time. A keen collaborator and integral part of the UK Rap Scene, Aitch has seen huge success with his features on Young T and Bugsey ‘Strike Me A Pose’, Russ x Tion Wayne ‘Kesha Becky (Remix)’, Ed Sheeran ‘Take Me Back To London’ and more recently, alongside DigDat on ‘Ei8ht Mile’.
AITCH20 – AUS/NZ TOUR
with special guest NERVE
THU 01 OCT | Tuning Fork, Auckland *new show
FRI 02 OCT | Tuning Fork, Auckland *sold out
SAT 03 OCT | Meow, Wellington *final tickets
WED 07 OCT | Metro Theatre, Sydney *venue upgraded
THU 08 OCT | 170 Russell, Melbourne *venue upgraded
FRI 09 OCT | The Triffid, Brisbane *venue upgraded
SAT 10 OCT | Villa, Perth *sold out
Naarm-based Wergaia / Wemba Wemba woman, Alice Skye, today unveils her first single for 2020, “Grand Ideas”, out via Bad Apples Music. Produced by Jen Cloher, the release arrives with artwork by Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, Aretha Brown, and will be launched live on Saturday, June 6 as part of online music event Delivered Live, hosted by Henry Wagons and Myf Warhurst.
“Grand Ideas” finds a backbone firm in the indie rock realm, with layers of warm rhythms, smiling keys and big drum beats crafting a body-moving soundscape for Alice’s introspective lyricism. Bursting from within as she confronts the burdening helplessness that emanates from the mind’s messes, Alice’s silky vocals project a boldness in dreaming of the great escape from oneself and the “grand ideas” we build to break from the thoughts within.
The single follows last year’s evocative track “I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good”, praised for further shedding light on Alice’s ability to capture everyday, tumultuous internal battles through raw musicality and awe-inspiring transparency. Since the release of 2015’s debut single “You Are the Mountains” and subsequently becoming a finalist in the triple j Unearthed NIMA competition, Alice Skye has assumed form as one of Australia’s brightest voices and most honest lyricists. In 2018, Alice was awarded the inaugural First Peoples Emerging Artist Award before releasing her debut album Friends With Feelings, catching the immediate attention of Double J, garnering the titles of FBi Radio’s Independent Artist of the Week and triple j Unearthed’s Feature Artist, reaching #10 in the iTunes charts, and has since accumulated one million Spotify streams. In 2019, Alice returned to appear on ABC’s Deadly Hearts compilation album with single “Speak Your Language”, before taking home the Emerging Artist Award at the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards. On stage, she has supported the likes of Paul Kelly, Benny Walker, Archie Roach, Colin Hay, Thelma Plum, Stella Donnelly and more as well as toured her debut album with childhood friends and close bandmates, Sam and Kane King. She’s charmed crowds at Falls Festival, the 2018 NIMA Awards as triple j Unearthed competition winner, and more.
In the past 12 months Alice has performed at Lost Lands Festival, the Sounds Australia stage at the Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans, and supported Paul Kelly for Twilight at Taronga. Most recently, following the effects of COVID-19, Alice’s SXSW campaign and upcoming August tour to Canada have been hindered. Performances have meanwhile instead been showcased across Instagram Live festival Isol-Aid, and Ticketmaster’s Facebook Live Together Fest.
“Grand Ideas” marks Alice Skye’s second single with prolific Indigenous label Bad Apples Music since signing early last year. Founded by Briggs, the label aims to use music as a platform for social change and fostering the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Today, Alice Skye further shapes a reputation for bringing forth unparalleled emotional exposure and introspective story-telling to her work, who’s universality in substance continues to engage with far-reaching audiences. Keep an eye out for more to come from this extraordinary voice in 2020, kick-started with the freshly minted “Grand Ideas”.