Red Bull Radio Teams Up With Curtin University and Beatmaker Ta-Ku For The Ultimate Productivity Mix

Listen to the ultimate productivity mix, curated by Ta-ku

Curtin University in Western Australia, in partnership with Red Bull, reveals the results of a research project examining whether and how music impacts focus and productivity. In conjunction with the findings, Perth beatmaker, and all-round creative Ta-ku, has curated the ultimate playlist that enhances learning productivity for university students and more.

The research project invited Curtin University students to participate in self-reporting and biometric testing to determine how musical elements may affect concentration and learning performance. The project next identified the best combination of these musical elements, including resolution, tempo and density, to produce optimal concentration levels.

Once the findings were in, Red Bull Music Academy Alumni Ta-ku, aka Reggie Matthews, used these learnings to craft a special mix of new and original songs specifically to help improve your focus while studying. You can listen to the mix on Mixcloud below.

Check out Red Bull’s chat with Ta-Ku here.


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Dallas Woods Returns With New Single And Video ‘If It Glitters It’s Gold’

Following a triple j premiere last week, East Kimberly-bred, Melbourne-based rapper and songwriter Dallas Woods returns with a new single and video, ‘If It Glitters It’s Gold’.

Crafted together with Jerome Farrah, a long time friend and collaborator, the track reflects on his time in the music industry and the illusion of glitz, glamour and success. The new single also arrives with the accompanying visual directed by Zachary Harris.

Speaking of the track, Dallas Woods says: “We live in a world where we’re told ‘bigger is better’ and every day is a reminder of just how much we want to outdo the person next to us. I’ve been guilty of that too. I wanted to be as big, if not bigger, than people who inspire or paved the way for my journey. But that goes against my morals. And in doing that I realised just how much energy it takes to maintain an ego.”

‘If It Glitters It’s Gold’ blends hard truths with tongue-in-cheek rhymes and clever punchlines (lyrics here) – which is the Dallas Woods way. The 26-year-old’s music uses wit and wordplay to get his messages out, weaving comments on big issues into rapid-fire rhymes. His three previous singles, ‘9 Times Out Of 10’, ‘Hoodlum’ and ‘Chapter One’ spoke about the justice system and racial stereotyping, while his Baker Boy collaboration ‘Black Magic’ stormed in with bravado, Blak pride and that classic ‘90s hip-hop-style charisma.

Since releasing his first single in 2018, Dallas has been named triple j Unearthed’s Indigenous Artist Of The Year, dubbed “powerful” and “blistering” by triple j tastemakers, and enjoyed high rotation on the station. He’s received praise and support from FBi, Triple R, The West Australian, Acclaim Mag and Junkee, among others, and performed to huge crowds at the National Indigenous Music Awards, Bluesfest, Groovin the Moo Bendigo and at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, where he stepped up to support Sampa the Great.

In 2019, he contributed to Red Bull’s 64 Bars series delivering an incendiary three-minute rap about his hometown, which has now pulled in over 300,000 views on YouTube. He’s also been tipped to blow up this year by Red Bull and featured in their Australian hip-hop documentary series, This Is Home.

After spending much of last year touring alongside Baker Boy, Dallas is back and ready to dial everything up a notch. Stay tuned for more, coming soon.


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