Summer is the first track from a forthcoming EP titled Homelands by Aboriginal led punk-rock band Chasing Ghosts. Frontman Jimmy Kyle is a proud Koori man, a descendent of the Thungutti mob from the mid-north coast of NSW. He speaks and writes with a potent mind. Every track on the forthcoming EP is about real people and real situations, all of them born from intense real-life stories. Wanting to do justice to the topics while bringing everyone on the journey and simultaneously still speaking the truth was a pressure that weighted heavy. “I was scared to write these songs, because a lot of the topics are challenging,” says Jimmy Kyle. “But that’s how I knew I was onto something. It made me feel nervous.”

“Summer” is one hell of an amped track with a beat that drives so strong it has the legs to keep rockin’ all Summer long. Produced by Jimmy Kyle and Lincoln Le Fevre (Luca Brasi, Wil Wagner, Lucy Wilson), accompanied with an equally charged and culturally strong clip by award winning filmmaker Ben McFadyen and cover art by Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa woman and Instagram design influencer @coffinbirth this power posse is one you need to be across.

“Summer “finds Jimmy Kyle singing in both English and, for the first time ever, in his native tongue as he explores the horrors of the 1856 Towel Creek massacre. The singer-guitarist delivers the song through the eyes of a grieving Aboriginal Elder, of the story of “Baaba” (Babaang) Jack Scott as a baby; the lone survivor of the Towel Creek tragedy.  Incredibly, through a schoolyard incident when he was younger Kyle learned of a close family link to that Elder.

The song explores white nationalism, colonisation, assimilation and ultimately reconciliation,” offers Kyle. “It asks the question of white Australia to come and reconcile the true history of the country and invites non-Indigenous Australians to see themselves as an extension of Aboriginal people.”

With a strong passion for Aboriginal languages Jimmy Kyle is committed to his culture and his community and has a long history working with First Nations Youth, Elders and community. Further, Jimmy’s cultural awareness training workshops and seminars are in high demand due to the cultural depth his brings to this space. He works with entities such as the Victoria Police, DHHS and other government agencies to help them better understand First Nations cultures and histories. “Only having a little knowledge is dangerous,” he says.



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To coincide with the release of their “Good Things Come In Threes” 3 single pack today we are excited to announce New Zealand’s SWIDT are now part of Bad Apples Music in Australia.

The multi award winning rap group SWIDT are a 5 man collective who hail from the boroughs of Stoneyhunga, 312. The members are SmokeyGotBeatz, SPYCC, INF, JAMAL & Boomer Tha God. Their impressive catalogue boasts “SWIDT vs. Everybody”, “STONEYHUNGA, STONEYHUNGA BOOTLEG EP” & “The Most Electrifying EP”.

In their short amount of time on the scene SWIDT have garnered a cult following through their infectious music, wild live shows, colourful fashion, and their charismatic personalities. Although the content in their music is very local, their quality is international.

SWIDT have been nominated and have won many awards over the past four years at the VNZMA, PMA, Silver Scrolls & New Zealand Music Award for Critic’s Choice Prize. They have also been the supporting act of a number of international artists namely Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Wu-tang Clan & Post Malone.

“I linked with SmokeyGotBeatz from SWIDT on my first trip to NZ. I watched their show loved the energy of the guys and what they represent for their home and their culture. This is a great step for Bad Apples Music and SWIDT; to open opportunities & pathways here to NZ, between First Nations, Black & Brown artists.” – Briggs



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Introducing “Role Models”, the latest track from Sydney-based hip hop powerhouse, Kobie Dee

From the very first bar, Kobie grabs the listener and draws them into a lucid vision of the driving forces that power the cycle of poverty and drug use in Sydney’s disadvantaged suburbs. Over a moody beat that mirrors the deep themes of the track, Kobie reflects on his role in breaking the cycle and empowering the upcoming generation.

Role Models is filled with the raw honesty, hope and determination that has made Australia sit up and listen closely to this remarkable Gamilaroi artist.

The track was written by Kobie and long-time collaborator Papertoy, over the course of one session. The theme of the track had come to Kobie as he walked to the studio. When he arrived he wrote the verses and chorus as Papertoy wrote the beat.

Kobie says of the track:  “I thought up Role Models on my way to the studio after I overheard a conversation my mum was having with her friend. She’d caught her kid drinking with his mates down at the same park me and my mates used to drink at as well at that age.

 It took me back to when I first smoked pot and first started drinking – and just how we thought it was all fun until the drugs got more addictive and it became more of an escape rather than fun. It made me start thinking of the role models we had growing up and really the people we looked up to were the ones we’d see on benders, or the ones selling the drugs, or the ones pumping houses or stealing cars. Now I’m a role model and I have to hold that responsibility to the best I can for the next generation.”

“Role Models” is the third single Kobie has released in 2020. It joins a growing catalogue of powerful tracks that have garnered over 7 million streams to date and firmly cemented Kobie as one of the most important voices in the Australian Hip Hop scene.



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Today, award-winning Australian rapper and hip-hop sensation, Philly shares his latest single and video, “Brown Skin” feat. Waari, out via Bad Apples Music. As the first artist signed to Bad Apples back in 2016, today’s release signals the return of new music in 2019 from the Mildura raised, Naarm based MC.

Celebrating heritage, the video sees Philly and Waari champion their indigenous culture, showering adoration and respect for the powerful indigenous female figures in their lives. A playfully colourful and uplifting visual, “Brown Skin” showcases Philly’s mellow bars with Waari’s dreamy vocals, guided gently by an acoustic guitar melody that further spotlights the masterful pairing of their combined talents. Imbued with deep appreciation of their “Black Queen”, Philly uses “Brown Skin” to highlight the unparalleled strength of Indigenous Australian women across all generations and as Bad Apples continuously does, promote black excellence across the nation.


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Bad Apples Music signee Birdz is proud to share his new single “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal, taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. As premiered via Complex, the release arrives ahead of a huge year for Bad Apples Music, announcing their partnership with Universal Music Australia to offer a platform for excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

Balancing moments of delicate keys between formidable beats, the track tells a tale of limitations laid down by others and ultimately having the strength to believe in oneself. Leading with the explosive vocal prowess of Ecca Vandal, the single flows with production by Trials, and the raw rap that has cemented Birdz’ status as one of the country’s most exciting hip hop acts today. Always formed by his heritage, the track evokes a compelling story told through both lyrics and organic composition.

Birdz says of “Place of Dreams”The song really touches on the concept of a glass ceiling and the limitations people try put on you, especially where I come from and if you’re Indigenous… Ultimately, Place Of Dreams is about believing in yourself, having the strength to break through the bullshit and continue paving your own path.

Born & raised in the Northern Territory and now based in Melbourne, Birdz has seen accolades galore following the release of his debut record in 2017, Train of Thought. Combined with a compelling Like a Version performance, the young emcee was launched into the national spotlight through support from community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his honest words and raw perspective on prolific social issues. The debut record, awarded Best Independent Hip Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, included singles “This Side” feat. Serina Pech, “Rise” feat. Jimblah, and the politically charged “Black Lives Matter, which collectively hold over 600k streams on Spotify. The groundbreaking artist’s burgeoning popularity has also seen him take the stage with the likes of BriggsSampa The GreatLoyle CarnerThe Funkoars, and Thundamentals, while also igniting crowds across WoodfordSprung FestivalThe Hills Are AliveSt Kilda FestivalGroovin the Moo and this year’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit.

This first taste of Birdz’s forthcoming EP is set to lead the way for many new releases on the horizon from Bad Apples. A commanding message delivered with fervent passion, the first bite with “Place of Dreams” will leave you craving more.






“Birdz’s passion and conviction is off the charts.” TRIPLE J

“Black Lives Matter is the latest example of BIRDZ’s ability to wrap a masterful delivery around the oppression of our Indigenous community.” AU REVIEW 

“The content in Birdz’ songs is abundantly important, and he still manages to be musically interesting and creative plus, the dude got skills for days!” THE MUSIC 

“Get onto it immediately, be blown away, and boast to people in 20 years time that you were a fan before it was cool.” BEAT MAGAZINE


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BAD APPLES MUSIC, this week released a firing collab from BIRDZ and OMAR MUSA – “ABOUT ME”; a track dedicated to those people who have a misrepresented view about their ‘Straya.

BIRDZ opens the track shooting scathing blows to those Australians who are suffering from a serious case of denial; denial of Australia’s history of genocide, obnoxiously boasting that Indigenous people should just ‘get over it’. OMAR MUSA follows closely dealing with the trolls (*looking at you Mark Latham) who are angry about him speaking out about how he feels, while touching on how “the right eat everyone else’s kids, while the left eat their own”.

We are so quick to tear ourselves apart instead of building alliances, while the real powers that be continue on and its politics as usual.” – OMAR MUSA

The inspiration behind the hookeverybody wanna talk about me” is the tired and typical scenario of they know us better than we know ourselves bullshit. My verse is a strong Black middle finger to that.” – BIRDZ

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The two artists are hitting the road this month on the Voodoo Laksa Tour to perform their potent, political, poetic music around the country. Birdz will be performing from his critically acclaimed album Train of Thought” while rapper/poet/author Omar Musa will be bringing to life his latest album “Since Ali Died”.

The Voodoo Laksa Tour will be hitting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin. There couldn’t be a better time for fresh music that makes you dance AND think.


MELBOURNE // Thursday 8th March @ The Toff // support Alice Skye

DARWIN // Friday 16th March @ The Railway Club // support Naz & Serina Pech

CANBERRA // Friday 23rd March @ Transit Bar // support Jedbrii

SYDNEY // Saturday 24th March @ The Chippendale Hotel // support Rebecca Hatch


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