Briggs Releases brand new single ‘Extra Extra’

Rapper, comedy writer, actor, children’s book author, Shepparton’s finest, and Yorta-Yorta man Briggs has released his newest single ‘Extra Extra’ through Island Records. ‘Extra Extra’ is the first taste from Briggs’ forthcoming EP, and his first solo body of work since 2014’s ‘Sheplife’ and the ever acclaimed 2016 A.B. Original release ‘Reclaim Australia’.

Briggs says on the song “Extra, Extra” is how I live. No days off. Everything I do is Extra – you can check my resume for that. A lot of people know me for a lot of different things – but this is back to the fundamentals of who I am as Briggs.”

Produced by friend and collaborator Trials, Briggs explains the process of creating the song “Trials had the beat he put it on and I cooked it up that same day. This is us in our purest form: beat, rap & on to the next one.”

Contributing to the single’s artwork, respected indigenous artist Reko Rennie designed the geometric background element, with his distinctive style of merging traditional diamond-shaped designs, hand-drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity.

Briggs has also made his first foray into publishing a book this month with his children’s title ‘Our Home, Our Heartbeat’, an adaptation from the celebrated song ‘The Children Came Back’. The book is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.

Ever since the release of his debut EP ‘Homemade Bombs’ in 2009, Briggs has been making his mark as one of the country’s most prolific and diverse talents in media, music and comedy. Aside from his ARIA-dominating rap career and regular appearances on TV, his list of achievements is astounding. He is founder and owner of Indigenous hip hop record label Bad Apples Music, author of a new children’s book, a screenwriter for Matt Groening’s Netflix series Disenchantment and will soon be host of the upcoming virtual APRA awards.


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“Feelin’ Myself” is the new collaborative track from Mista Monk / Meiken / Secret Agent 23 & Debrissa McKinney bringing back them old’skool vibes

Production by Stay Nice

Someone once told us the definition of “magic” is changing the world by first changing your own perception, then using that to affect everything else.

This track is 5 different forms of hypnosis rolled into one super potent, perception changing music burrito. Like a dream that reminds you what life is really about, this song is a fresh breeze blowing off the ocean of possibilities.

Featuring Grammy award-winning, purple velvet tuxedo wearing family funk phenomenon, Secret Agent 23 (USA). Who’s opened up for MOS DEF, RUN DMC, and The P-Funk All-Stars. Playing festivals like Woodford (AUS) and Lollapalooza (USA). The track also features Melbourne made DJ/Producer/MC Mista Monk, of afro-jazz outfit Black Jesus Experience. From live organic hip-hop roots with Culture Connect to performing with Ethio-Jazz legend Mulatu Astake, Monk has also collaborated with Inkswel, Mista Savona, Ganga Giri, Illuminati Congo and Digital Afrika amongst many others. Holding it down at festivals like Glastonbury and Big Chill Festivals in the UK, Azgo (Mozambique) and Rainbow Serpent (AUS).

On vocals and a verse is Melbourne raised, GoldCoast based Meiken, who can be seen on tour with Freestyle Mafia across Aus. Playing festivals like Subsonic, Rainbow Serp, Earth Freq, Island Vibes, and touring across Europe and Aus with their music and stand-up comedy also. Collaborating with artists like Mad Professor, Mista Savona and a list of talent longer than your nan’s pension payouts. Soul sister on the hook with Meiken is Debrissa McKinney (USA), seasoned performer, proud vegan and touring artist, with roots in North Carolina.

On the beat, we have underground Australian music scene slayer Stay Nice, who’s production flashes a unique style of dreamy soul moving melodies, sprinkled delicately over-head, with sexy drum kits and face-melting bass-lines. His worldwide influence and soulful beats blend between reggae, dub, jazz, funk and hip-hop. Stay Nice has performed in venues and festivals across Australia which has lead him to produce music for artists all over the country as well as overseas.

All the artists met on stage freestyling at the Beach Hotel’s 420 Sound, in Byron Bay this year, not long after Woodford. It was fyah and love at first cypher, Stay Nice took them right into the studio, and the rest, as they say, is history.

This song is purely a reminder. Don’t give up on your dreams folks, you got this. Artist instagrams: @mistamonkmc / @_meiken / @secretagent23skidoo / @debrissa1 / @stay_nice_

With thanks to:
Director & Editor: Maximus Retro
1st Assistant Director: Carina Böhm
2nd Assistant Director: Jag Brar
Dancers: Natasha Adeola, Nahla Dean, Nasrin Khalifa Dichak, Daichi Meno, BombG, Mael Noutsa and friends.


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Hip Hop Artists From Australia make the FIFA 20 Official Soundtracks

Sampa The Great and Ivan Ooze Feature on EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Soundtracks

Electronic Arts Inc., recently unveiled the official EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 soundtrack that includes new music from Major Lazer, which is featured in the all-new VOLTA FOOTBALL* mode inspired by the culture of street football from around the globe.

The music of FIFA 20 brings together both emerging and globally-acclaimed artists to create a diverse tracklist featuring Grammy-award winner Diplo’s global dance music trio Major Lazer, rising star Anderson .Paak, world-renowned electronic music duo Disclosure and one of dance music’s pioneering forces Don Diablo. The complete FIFA 20 soundtrack is available on Spotify, Apple and Deezer now.

The EA SPORTS FIFA soundtracks have become culture,” said Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts. “For the first time in franchise history, we’ve curated two separate soundtracks for the game featuring an unprecedented 110+ tracks representing more than 20 countries. The roster of artists not only captures the global spirit of the game from the stadiums to the streets but elevates it like never before”.

Major Lazer contributed to the VOLTA FOOTBALL soundtrack with their newly released song ‘Que Calor’ that also features J.Balvin and El Alfa. The lead track for the mode was influenced by the culture and lifestyle of street football and its various forms of play around the world.

“We were really excited to be able to produce the lead track that is featured in the new VOLTA FOOTBALL mode, said Diplo. “When we shared an early version of the track with the EA SPORTS FIFA team, they loved it, so we knew we had to finish it and release it as a single. Bringing on Balvin and El Alfa let us take the track to another level and we can’t wait for fans all over the world to hear it.”

Fans eager to get their hands-on FIFA 20 early can get in on the action with the free demo now available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC. In the demo, fans can preview the brand-new VOLTA FOOTBALL game mode, an all-new experience in EA SPORTS FIFA 20 inspired by the small-sided form of football played in the streets, cages and futsal courts across the world. Additionally, fans can experience a UEFA Champions League match in the 11v11 Kick-Off mode.

Jump into the game first on September 19, 2019 with EA Access** and Origin™ Access** Basic to enjoy up to 10 hours of playtime as part of the Play First Trial or sign-up for Origin Access Premier to get full access on PC to the FIFA 20 Ultimate Edition. FIFA 20 is developed by EA Vancouver and EA Romania and will be available worldwide on September 27, 2019 for PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and PC. Join the EA SPORTS FIFA community at Facebook and on Instagram, or follow us on Twitter @EASPORTSFIFAANZ.

*Volta Football Mode Is Available On Xbox One, Playstation 4 And PC Platform Versions Only.

**Conditions, Limitations And Exclusions Apply**


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Nooky explores the facets of addiction on new clip ‘Numb’

Nooky burst onto the scene in 2010, after moving from Nowra to Sydney and gaining attention for his unmatched rhymes and technical rap style. After making a name for himself in his new hometown, the multidisciplinary artist first received international recognition on a chance meeting with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas. In 2016, he took home the Australia Council’s Dreaming Prize for young Indigenous artists, before going on to release his debut solo single “Black Future” in 2018.Nooky’s name has been built on the energetic shows he delivers proud in his blackness while firm in every word’s ferocity.  Nooky has positioned his music and voice at the forefront of conversations around changing the date and educating others on the Nation’s true history.

“Numb” broadens Nooky’s unapologetic attitude while taking a step back from his signature fiery lyrics and drawing focus to his honest words, a dip in trap production and warped beats courtesy of collaborator Solo. Speaking to its name, the track explores the facets of addiction, unpacking moments at the brink of emotion when substances are turned to for numbing pain. Numb is produced by IamSolo, with guitar and additional vox by Thom Crawford. The video was produced by Level 48 Visuals, shot and edited by Nelson Faulds and directed by Nelson Faulds and Nooky.


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Is ‘Freedom’ ChillinIT’s first shot at radio play?

ChillinIT is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia, one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere and an emerging cult figure among his legion of dedicated fans, the 420 Family.

His independently released debut album “Women, Weed & Wordplay” has amassed over 35 million streams since its release in October 2018.

And his debut national tour, dubbed The Ashes, saw ChillinIT embark on his first-ever headline run over twenty sold-out dates, selling a remarkable 8000+ tickets across the country with virtually no mainstream media presence. Soon he will be the first Australian artist to appear on BBC 1’s Fire In The Booth with Charlie Sloth.

‘Freedom’, has been lifted from ChillinIT’s upcoming sophomore album ‘The Octagon’. Stay tuned for more details soon.

In the meantime, you can catch him performing at FOMO Festival.


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Sampa The Great Announces Debut Album ‘The Return’

Sampa the Great announces her debut album ‘The Return’ along with brand new single and video “OMG”.

“OMG” follows the recently released single “Final Form”, which was hailed as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ and received incredible support from the likes of The Guardian, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Clash, gal-dem and many more. It was also the #1 Most Played track on Triple J the week of release, and was championed by Ebro Darden (Beats 1 / Hot 97), Annie Mac, Mistajam & DJ Target (Radio 1), Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (6 Music), Jason Kramer & Anthony Valadez (KCRW), John Richards, Larry Rose & Atticus (KEXP), and more and more.


On ‘The Return’ Sampa has enlisted a string of esteemed collaborators and peers to create the album. Mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker), productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes Darko, Clever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down. Many of them are the fruits of the network Sampa has built since first making waves in 2015 – following time spent studying in San Francisco and LA – as a new arrival in Sydney’s hip-hop and jazz freestyle nights. Since then, she’s performed with Denzel Curry on his breakout track “Black Balloons” for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’, and toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz.

Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, ‘The Return’ is an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends. With reference points ranging from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds, the album sees Sampa tackle bigger questions, exploring what it means to feel at home, to feel excluded, and to see someone as an outsider. It stems from the rift Sampa has experienced in the rise of her career, where she’s celebrated as part of a new generation of musicians – with her last mixtape ‘Birds and the BEE9’ winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize in 2017 (she shares nominations with the likes of Tame Impala, Jordan Rakei, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and previous winner Courney Barnett) – while at the same time still being seen as an ‘other’.

On “OMG”, she addresses ideas of ‘home’ through the exploration of her African heritage: “I personally feel that people on the continent have a duty to our family in the diaspora, to re-teach our culture, language, spirituality, ways and return our peeps to ourselves,” she explains. “To me ‘OMG’ sounds like the songs we heard in our childhood. It’s broadly about flexing your culture! Loving where you’re from and even being shocked at the realisation of not knowing how dope it is to be ‘who you are’.”

The video was shot between South Africa and Botswana, where she was raised and gave Sampa the chance to involve her parents in her world. “I got to do something that I’ve never done before,” she says. “Which is to have my parents in one of my music videos. This is the first time they have been involved in my music at this level and it was important for me to express accepting and flexing my culture with the two people who know me most!”

This, for Sampa, is what she’s been trying to do for the past six years: to find new ways of feeling at home and rediscover an emboldened idea of herself. “Home is described in a lot of ways and means a lot of different things to different people,” she says. “I had to redefine in my mind and in my spirit what home means.” The album is both a re-telling of that journey, and the realisation of her aim; the album walks us through that return to home, while the accomplished sound and lyricism underscores the steps she’s made as a person and artist.

Following recent live performances at Glastonbury, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Dark MOFO (Tasmania – alongside FKA Twigs, Kelsey Lu, Nicholas Jaar), Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands) and a headline show at Hip-Hop Collection (Paris) – Sampa plays alongside Sons Of Kemet at Somerset House on July 13th, before joining Burna Boy – recent recipient of the BET Best International Act award – in New York’s Prospect Park on July 19th plus headline solo shows at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on July 18th and Gold Diggers in LA on July 22nd. She returns to the EU in November for a headline tour that includes XOYO in London, as well as stops in Manchester, Bristol, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and more.

‘The Return’ is out September 13th on Ninja Tune.


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REMI – 5 A.M. feat. Whosane

REMI’s sophomore LP Divas and Demons was independently released through REMI’s own label imprint House of Beige Records, soon nominated for an ARIA Award and given 4.5 out of 5 stars labelled “A landmark release” by Rolling Stone Australia. The Triple J Featured Album included the widely loved singles “For Good” featuring Sampa The Great, “Substance Therapy”, and “Lose Sleep” featuring Jordan Rakei, and became the duo’s first official ARIA Top 10 record.2018 saw their most recent single release “My People” featuring Thando arrive, a celebration of those closest to them that was again showered in praise from Triple J and earned them the place of Independent Artist of the Week on FBi Radio. Remi also released the highly acclaimed, collaborative EP Black Hole Sun with New Zealand based MC Raiza Biza and Detroit producer visionary Black Milk, all mixed by Sensible J.

Remi’s effortless flow on “5.A.M” sways in precise time to Sensible J’s organic and world-class production, the synonymous makings of a REMI release, multi-layered in both meaning and musicality. Crossing between punctuated raps and satin-like vocals from Remi, J follows with rolling percussion that crescendos to old-school R&B choruses featuring Whosane.

“More than ever I’ve been using music to sort through and let go. I wrote 5 A.M. when I was locked in the house for a couple of days with the flu. I guess I was trying to get all the shit out of my body or something because my mind wandered to a toxic past relationship and I just needed to write about it. I hadn’t dealt with many parts of it, so there was a lot of real-time processing and redrafting before I could properly articulate the whole situation.

Sensible J, with the help of Silent J (not to be confused), had already created the perfect beat-scape for me to vent over. However, when I’d finished writing, I felt like we needed some different energy. My brother Whosane has always been one of my favourite people to work with. I love how his mind works in creative settings and I love his voice even more.

One of my favourite albums growing up was Tha Eastsidaz record presented by Snoop Dogg. I loved how people would just come in and out randomly, creating hooks inside of verses and bringing different styles to keep the music moving. That was the intention behind getting him in. He only features for 8bars but his presence is felt HEAVILY. (Many thanks to Silent J for completely flipping there beat for him!!)”


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Talakai Releases ‘Me You Them Us’ + New Promo Track ‘Lord$’

Renowned for heavy bars, razor flows and pine point delivery Talakai is at the forefront of the Australian Grime scene. After touring late 2017 off the back of the “Get Bodied” viral video series Talakai has been on the come up, playing sold out shows around the country and making cheeky appearances on triple J’s Hip Hop show.60066239_442596496515446_8567706478228229705_n

Far from the young kid coming up locally in the Newcastle scene Talakai has taken the movement nationally, oozing bravado and lyricism to rival the countries best. Gearing up for a huge 2019, Talakai sets his sights on the top with his debut EP in the works.

‘Me You Them Us’ is the accumulative flex that has been 10 years in the making. “The track started as a dissection of the world universe, u-verse, i-verse, us verse and that formed the basis for the hook. We were going to sit on this but the crowd reaction when I played it on tour with Chill was f***ing mental.”


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Baker Boy Shares New Video For ‘In Control’

Fresh from his dynamic set at Melbourne’s Reclink Community Cup and as part of NAIDOC week appearances on TV program’s Playschool (ABC) and Insight (SBS), Baker Boy today drops a brand-new video for his single ‘In Control’.


Directed by Onil Kotian, whose previous works include videos for Angus & Julia Stone (‘Snow’, ‘Cedar Door’), the clip was shot at the PCYC in North Sydney and features a crew of energetic young dancers, handpicked by the director and Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy.

Baker Boy says about the video, “It was so much fun getting the kids involved in the video, they were all crazy talented dancers, blew me away!

For me, it was such an obvious choice to have kids and a mini-me lead the video to really marry the concept of the song to the visual. Also connecting the kids of T.I.M.E in the chorus back to the video as well!

I wanted to give some kids out there an opportunity I didn’t have growing up as well – you never know this opportunity could lead to really big things for one of those kids or even inspire other kids out there to get involved, believe in themselves and put themselves out there to be chosen for an opportunity like this. No matter young or old, you are in control of your future!”

‘In Control’ was co-written with award-winning writer/producer and multi-instrumentalist Pip Norman (Troye Sivan, Tuka, CXLOE). Rapping in his native language Yolngu Matha, the track was premiered on triple j and features the T.I.M.E (Thornbury Instrumental Music Experience) Crew of Thornbury Primary.

The song was instantly added to triple j and major community radio influencers FBi, 4ZZZ and Radio Adelaide as well as playlists; Spotify’s Front Left, Indie Arrivals and The Drip and Apple Music’s Heaps Indie and The New Australia. ‘In Control’ has also been championed by influential music media in Australia such as Happy Mag, Red Bull Australia, Pilerats, Tone Deaf, The Music and Music Feeds to name but a few.

Baker Boy will be performing at the Yours & Owls All -Ages Festival in Wollongong on Saturday, October 5th and a free performance at the Palmy Street Party on Saturday, July 20, celebrating Youth Week in Palmerston N.T. (include all Festivals)


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FOMO 2020 Drops Full Festival Line Up featuring ChillinIt

One Stage • No Clashes • Party Together

The FOMO 2020 wait is over. The line up for the much loved one day, one stage, all-inclusive festival is here. Taking in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne with some special shows in Perth and Auckland, the festival has already announced headliner BROCKHAMPTON and breakout UK artist, OCTAVIAN.


Headed up by Kevin Abstract, the Texas-via-California rap collective BROCKHAMPTON defy all pre-existing stereotypes of a boy band. They are a self-sufficient creative enterprise made of rappers, directors, photographers, engineers, producers, graphic designers and DJs. They consistently change the game and deliver a fully unified and realized artistic vision.

ChillinIt is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia, one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere and an emerging cult figure to his legion of dedicated fans, the 420 Family. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia, ChillinIt is a brash, cricket loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, on the verge of stardom by simply being himself, on a mission to bring Australian rap culture to the world.

Building a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and a sold out 15 show national tour, ChillinIt has forced his way to the forefront of the new guard of Australian rap

Plus triple j Unearthed and local artists to be announced

FOMO AUSTRALIAN TOUR: Presented by BBE and triple j
BRISBANE: Saturday 4 January
Brisbane Showgrounds – NEW VENUE!
11:30AM – 10:00PM
18+ Licenced Event

ADELAIDE: Sunday 5 January
Elder Park 11:30AM – 10:30PM
16+ Licenced Event (you MUST be 16 or over to attend)

SYDNEY: Saturday 11 January
Parramatta Park 12:00PM – 11:00PM
18+ Licenced Event

MELBOURNE: Sunday 12 January
Melbourne Showgrounds – NEW VENUE!12:00PM – 10:00PM
16+ Licenced Event (you MUST be 16 or over to attend)

Pre-Sale tickets will go on sale from 9:00AM (local time) Wednesday 3 July until 5:00PM (local time) Sunday 7 July, unless sold out prior. Pre-Sale tickets are only available via sign up.

GA Pre-Sale
$129.90 including BF
VIP Pre-Sale (18+ only)
$189.90 including BF
Includes an expedited entry lane, dedicated VIP Area with fancy loos, shade and seating, cloak room, phone charge station, exclusive bar offerings and two free standard drink cards.

General public tickets will go on sale from 9:00AM (local time) Monday 8 July.

GA First Release
$139.90 including BF
GA Final Release
$149.90 including BF
VIP Main Release (18+ only)
$199.90 including BF
Includes an expedited entry lane, dedicated VIP Area with fancy loos, shade and seating, cloak room, phone charge station, exclusive bar offerings and two free standard drink cards.

All ticket purchases are subject to a $4.95 fee per transaction and are inclusive of GST.


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