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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”.
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.
Briggs has shared his latest taste of new music, sharing “Extra Extra” as the first single from his upcoming EP.
“‘Extra, Extra’ is how I live. No days off,” Briggs says of the track. “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.”
Gamilaroi artist Kobie Dee shares his latest single “Still Standing” ft Liyah Knight. The highly anticipated track comes on the heels of his viral single “Jody”, which has accumulated over 2 million streams to date.
The 22-year-old MC has captured audiences across Australia with his effortless flows, precise delivery, and an uncanny knack for storytelling that connects deeply with his listeners. In his short time on the scene, Kobie has quickly become one of the most important voices in Australian hip hop.
Kobie Dee’s latest offering is a heartfelt and profoundly moving track about the hard-hitting topics of the Stolen Generation, January 26th, and challenges experienced by Aboriginal people. Kobie says of his latest track:
“The first verse I actually wrote in 2016 after invasion day, and the second I finished at the beginning of this year. The song is about the Stolen Generation and some of the issues that we face as Aboriginal people. My great grandfather was taken from his parents in Wreck Bay. I personally couldn’t imagine how much that would have hurt to be taken from your parents and away from your culture. It is something that makes me sad when I look at my daughter because I couldn’t live if I had her taken from me.”
The song was produced by Ascent Beats and features the rising singer/songwriter Liyah Knight, whose tender vocals play the perfect counterpart to the rawness of Kobie’s lyrics.