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Alternative amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast R&B Soul

Billy Davis – I AIN’T (FT. PJ MORTON & JORDAN DENNIS)

Melbourne artist and pioneer of the local R&B and neo-soul scene Billy Davis has released his new single ‘I Ain’t.’

The track is the fourth single off Billy’s upcoming debut album ‘THIS IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT’ due for release April 2020.

Billy Davis will be supporting global breakout artist Tones And I on her massive UK/EU tour kicking off at the end of this month. Tones And I handpicked Billy to join her on tour after she heard his music and they instantly formed a special connection. Alongside this, he’ll be doing a string of headline shows in Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Amsterdam and London

Billy has amassed over 8 million combined streams and received accolades from Hypebeast, Sneaker Freaker, High Snobiety, Okay Player, LNWY, Acclaim, Purple Sneakers, Beat Magazine, Complex AU and Red Bull Music, as well as Australian national broadcaster Triple j

Billy has shared the stage with Anderson Paak, NoName, Blackalicious, Thundamental, Touch Sensitive and Jessica Mauboy.

He has also performed at Australia’s most recognised festivals including Let Them Eat Cake, Golden Plains, Laneway Festival and Lost Paradise, and received accolades from Hypebeast, High Snobiety, LNWY, Acclaim, Purple Sneakers and Red Bull Music, just to name a few.

About this track…

The track features Grammy Award Winning, American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer PJ Morton and original Billy Davis frontman, Jordan Dennis. The result is an uplifting, energetic sound that is elevating Australian music – and further proof that Billy Davis is forging new territory here and abroad.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES Roots West Coast

Otiuh – One For Me

The two deliver fierce flows over vibrant instrumentation that offers one of the more unique voices in the Australian hip hop landscape.

The two released a string of singles in 2018 that earned themselves national radio play on Home & Hosed, as well as the Hip Hop Show on Triple J. Papa and Baker also formed a tight three-piece band during this time and have become renowned for their high energy live shows at venues across their hometown.

With tracks resulting from sessions with local musicians as well as featuring self-produced songs, Cold Recreation is a diverse and unpredictable body of work with beats being likened to that of El-P or Brockhampton.

Their first single from the project, Move, was affectionately dubbed “the track of the summer” by Purple Sneakers. While the second, Pink Gelato, has earned national recognition after being added to Apple Music’s ‘The New Australia’ playlist as well as receiving Rage and MTV adds.

To celebrate the release of Cold Recreation, Otiuh have also recently completed a debut national tour in May which will saw them bring a full live band to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

About this track…

One For Me is the single up first. Love song about getting off of Tinder. Chorus heavy. Tight summer-like production and our first foray into singing. Short and sweet. Video will reflect this. Handheld camera style, lots of deadpan closeups in a beautiful garden.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES Soul West Coast

The Stoops – If I Had a Kid

Guess what!? The Stoops are back! It has been 6 years since our last track, Middle of a Riot, and while all has seemed quiet on the Western Front, the arsenal of tracks we’ve got ready to drop would suggest otherwise. So get ready, we’re about to peel the poster back from our own Andy Dufresne tunnel.

We are a 3-piece outfit from Perth, WA, who have been making golden era inspired hip hop for going on 15 years. We comprise of three core members; DJ – Arms In Motion and emcees -Roc Walla and Pronto. We’ve spent the majority of the last few years tweaking and evolving our soul- fuelled signature sound in preparation for what could now be almost regarded as a Debut release (although it is our third). “Boom Cycle”, is an entirely self produced album which we are beyond excited to finally reveal to you.

Now we are finally ready to release the first of a small run of singles before releasing the album later this year. First off the ranks is “If I Had a Kid”, due to be released Feb 28th, 2020.

About this track…

Emerging as a playful thought experiment which, in an ironic twist of fate, would become a foretelling as Pronto recently became a proud father. It was this personal milestone that reignited the release, marking a new chapter & setting the stage for Boom Cycle.

An acknowledgement of our own mistakes disguised in the form of parental guidance.

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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast Soul

Zac Slater – DAMN

Born into a musical family (his father a drummer and mother a singer), Zac was only two years old when he first picked up a set of drumsticks and started banging out beats, discovering early on an innate desire to make music.

Since moving to Melbourne to pursue his music career, Zac has played alongside some of Australia’s most loved artists including Sticky Fingers, Thundamentals, Kingswood, Ivan Oooze and Boo Seeka. 2017 saw him move crowds at Falls Festival, Basin Concert and Party In The Paddock. Zac also released his second EP ‘The Versatile Mind’ late 2017 and signed with Alt. Music Group.

2018 was a monumental year for Zac. He released two tracks, ‘I Gotta Smile’ and ‘Take a Shot’, which took over the Triple J Unearthed Charts.

‘I Gotta Smile’ had 2 weeks at number 1 on the indie charts, while ‘Take a Shot’ had 3 weeks atop of the hip hop charts. He also supported several notable acts such as; the legendary Bootleg Rascal, Australia’s wonder boy RUEL, and New Zealand chiller’s Mako Road.

With big plans already in action for 2020, you better keep an ear ready for Zac Slater.

About this track…

Damn is a reflection of myself. Come along way since my new beginnings battled some demons now I’m kinda winning’ the opening lines… ‘New beginnings’ being a song on my first record I released back in 2016. Often though people close to you can leave you begging the question.. ‘ yeah but would you do it for me ?’
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast Pop R&B

KG – Superwoman

An emerging voice encouraging positivity, South African born, Canberra hip-hop artist KG looks directly at a diversifying Australian music scene. KG’s connection with his African heritage and culture has always remained a strong one when it comes to threading these influences through his music. His father, a freedom fighter alongside Nelson Mandela, passed down this sense of justice and drive in pushing for social equality and awareness of the issues that face young people in particular.

When it comes to KG as an artist, his reputation as one of the east coast’s most formidable hip hop talents has long been set. With hundreds of live shows under his belt and the support from the likes of MTV, Triple J and Spotify, KG’s grind has not gone unnoticed.

Generating discussion surrounding his 2018 singles ‘Black Boy’ and ‘Mabo Martin Mandela’, KG finished 2019 releasing a new collection of music that presents a defined image of a hip-hop artist doing things his own way – in the ‘Doin’ Me’ EP.

Having established himself as an emerging name to watch stages, including Groovin’ The Moo and the Spilt Milk festival, it has become inevitable that KG’s scope for exposure and success has broadened.

About this track…

‘Superwoman’ is a breezy, heartfelt ode to the strength and resilience of women. Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, KG wants this song, and his voice, to be part of a vital conversation about making the world a place where all women can shine and feel empowered.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast Pop Soul

Joel Rafidi – 11:11

Following the release of 3 singles in 2019, I became aware that there were a lot of people who want to hear what I put on a record. I wanted to give them a project, more than a taste. More than drip-feeding staggered flares of creativity. This is where Paradigm Shift the EP was conceived.

Hip-Hop for me is an opportunity to share what is true for me internally and externally, and packaging those words and flows seamlessly to a beat and instrumentation to enhance the message and the essence of what is being said in order to share an experience with the listener. This is what is being done on this record. Simply an exchange of truth.

What I share comes from within and comes from my direct experience and understanding of the nature of myself and reality captured in a moment of space and time.

Paradigm Shift crosses a number of topics and branches of hip-hop including chill-hop, lo-fi and soul. I speak on consciousness, awareness, societal toxicity and passiveness. I also share my most personal song yet on ’11:11’

About this track…

11:11 features Joel’s trademark, deliberate cadence, altered with a little flare and melody. 11:11 is a delicate and vulnerable ballad dedicate to Joel’s then-partner and now wife, featuring downtempo production from Deaf Wolf Studios and impeccable mastering by …. 11:11 is immersive, gentle, warm and catchy.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast R&B Soul

REMI – Elevate

The double release follows the duo’s returning single “5.A.M.” feat. Whosane and ballad “Brain” feat. Lori. Each song’s multi-layered components shine a light on the duo’s iconic brand of hip-hop, soul and R&B on full display in forthcoming LP, Fried. After waiting four years for their next full length, Fried will enter the world this April as a representation of their continued growth, and a tribute to over 8 years of friendship, trust and magic that exists between the pairing.

Since emerging onto the scene in 2014 with their Australian Music Prize-winning debut Raw x Infinity, REMI have had a number of stellar collaborations including with fellow AMP-winner Sampa The Great, Manchester’s R&B/Soul singer, [ K S R ] and Jordan Rakei on their triple j feature & ARIA nominated sophomore album, Divas and Demons.

On the stage, REMI recently treated fans with appearances at Spilt Milk Ballarat, St Kilda Festival and the recent Party in the Paddock where Remi himself also took the stage in sets with Briggs and Arno Faraji. A 4-date tour late last year saw a raucous, sold-out hometown show at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel and gave crowds across the country a serve of their new work.

About this track…

A slick beat sliced by cascading bass expels the groove behind “Elevate”. Balanced by weaving dialogue and hints of cymbal, the track is dedicated to feeling in the moment and embracing whole-hearted fun. As if pulled directly from a freestyle session, Remi’s flows thrive on explosive production from Sensible J, words rolling off the tongue to foster their own feeling.

Other tracks by REMI: Get It Right feat. Jace Excell

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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast R&B

Jamie-Rose – Hours feat. Teo Laza (Prod by Malikai Motion)

Ms Rose (as she is commonly known by) has proven herself to be a hardworking independent artist. Over the last year, she has performed in Manhattan, New York City, opened for one of Australia’s most hype underground hip hop artists, Ivan Ooze (alongside GALLVS and Juñor ), toured with iiiConic along the east coast and sold out shows in Vancouver, Canada.

After living in Canada at the beginning of her come up, Jamie-Rose has created a loyal global fan base over the years and now has show dates set for New York and Vancouver this year with more to be announced.

Jamie-Rose has plenty of projects under way for fans to look forward to. Rose has a lot of collaborative projects due for release with Malikai Motion, Teon Gibbs, Figuero Jones, Cole James, Kresnt and more to be revealed.

This underground artist is one to keep an eye on as her unique blend of sounds are sure to turns heads. Dark and captivating, powerful and sultry, armed with a sexy mysterious energy, Jamie-Rose is about to turn hip hop upside down.

About this track…

Produced and recorded in Vancouver, Canada on one of Jamie-Rose’s usual trips away.
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Alternative amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast

Otaga – Bloom

Otaga is a sydney-based singer, songwriter and producer, specialising in alternative hip hop. Otaga’s influences include Ronny J and Flume. He loves creating new things and spending time in nature.

About this track…

A milieu of melancholy and hope.
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Alternative amrap BEST NEW RELEASES Dance East Coast Pop

Earnest Jackson – Sweaty

A pseudonym for the Melbourne-based, 20-year-old Jackson Hurwood – Earnest Jackson is bubbling just under the surface of new Australian Hip Hop. Drawing influence from heavy hitters and high achievers like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, Earnest Jackson combines styles, sounds and ideas to bring his unique energy into the scene. With a focus on lyrical content, Earnest is at times thoughtful and hard-hitting, and at other times playful and cheeky. Hooks you can’t get out of your head and grooves that make you want to move form the essence of Earnest’s songs, sometimes with sprinklings of synthesisers and lush harmonies – other times with smatterings of strings and horns.

Earnest will soon be releasing the unofficial anthem of 2020’s summer with ‘Sweaty’, a cheeky dance track that will compel you to smile, shake yo thang, and most importantly – sweat. Advocating for judgement-free self love, confidence, feeling sexy no matter what, applying appropriate amounts of sunscreen when outside, and of course – dancing until you drip (with sweat), ‘Sweaty’ begs to be played over and over again, and of course, shared with everybody you know.

About this track…

The unofficial anthem of the summer of 2020 from Earnest Jackson, ‘Sweaty’ will infect you with an urge to smile, shake yo thang, and most importantly – sweat. With a playful energy rivalling that of OutKast and Duckwrth, Earnest’s cheeky lyrics makes it clear he wants every, any and many bodies to shake, slap, and move their booties without inhibitions.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast R&B

Jamie-Rose – Toronto (Remix) feat. Tbi$h & Figuero Jones

Ms Rose (as she is commonly known by) has proven herself to be a hardworking independent artist. Over the last year, she has performed in Manhattan, New York City, opened for one of Australia’s most hype underground hip hop artists, Ivan Ooze (alongside GALLVS and Juñor ), toured with iiiConic along the east coast and sold out shows in Vancouver, Canada.

After living in Canada at the beginning of her come up, Jamie-Rose has created a loyal global fan base over the years and now has show dates set for New York and Vancouver this year with more to be announced.

Jamie-Rose has plenty of projects under way for fans to look forward to. Rose has a lot of collaborative projects due for release with Malikai Motion , Teon Gibbs , Figuero Jones , Cole James , Kresnt and more to be revealed.

This underground artist is one to keep an eye on as her unique blend of sounds are sure to turns heads. Dark and captivating, powerful and sultry, armed with a sexy mysterious energy, Jamie-Rose is about to turn hip hop upside down.

About this track…

This is a remix with Brisbane’s very own Tbi$h. Another banger from dynamic duo, Jamie-Rose and Malikai Motion, featuring Figuero Jones again now with Tbi$h. Nothing but flames.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast Roots

Nardean – weightless

Growing up in Western Sydney’s Mount Druitt, sometimes provocative and always sassy, Nardean embodies the under-represented and often misrepresented voices of Australian women of colour. She says “Growing up where I did, there was no one out here doing music, let alone an Egyptian woman. I want to be the woman that young, multicultural girls can look up to, and see themselves in. I want them to know that if I can do it, they can too.”

Today Nardean releases her mesmerizing new single “weightless” and announces her sophomore EP “THE NEW ERA” out on Friday, May 1st.

‘“THE NEW ERA” is the follow up to her highly acclaimed 2018 debut EP “Creatress”, which explores her Arabic roots and Australian upbringing and showcases her incredible talent to traverse rap, melody, and poetry.

The new EP, produced by Stackhat, highlights Nardean’s signature love of language, which she has embraced since her days at Macquarie University studying English Literature. “weightless” is a sneak peak into an EP that is sonically remarkable, lyrically intelligent and bursting with personality.

About this track…

“weightless” is about the difference between “light vs dark” and “light vs. heavy”… I think that somewhere along the way we got it wrong. We kept searching for the “light,” instead of focusing on feeling light (not heavy) within ourselves! This song is about dropping all the heavy sh*t…
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES Experimental West Coast

SUPEREGO – Outer Body Stranger

On March 4th WA hip-hop collective SUPEREGO released their fiery new single ‘Outer Body Stranger’, from upcoming sophomore EP, Nautilus, out March 25th. The track features Sampa The Great. OBS is a very personal coming of age story, written by frontman POW(ER)! Negro in collaboration with Sampa the Great.

“OBS is about singer POWs’ attempt for a deeper connection to his African heritage, while coming to terms with being a person of mixed race living in Australia. At odds with the educational system and westernised Australian rites of passage, POW turns to unconventional methods to find the man he is becoming and expose what is beyond the confines of materialist western society. The-song follows the summoning of ancestral African spirits, represented by Sampa the Great, for guidance, life direction and answers. What unfolds is a sonic exhalation of the internal struggle and anguish of understanding oneself.’

Brought together through their love of hip-hop production and unique live music, SUPEREGO-speak to the black experience in a predominantly white Australia, as well as the unique social and individual challenges we face in the modern world. SUPEREGO draw upon an array of influences from the US underground hip-hop scene, to UK experimental-pop.

About this track…

OBS is about singer POWs’ attempt for a deeper connection to his African heritage, while coming to terms with being a person of mixed-race living in Australia. At odds with the educational system and westernised Australian rites-of-passage, POW turns to unconventional methods to find the man he is becoming and expose what is beyond the confines of materialist western society.
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Alternative amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast

Tatonic – Soul Surviving

Underground Melbourne hiphop producer – alternative and lofi vibe…

About this track…

Collaboration with Detroit rap artist ‘T-Y’

Alternative hiphop track, unique sound – featuring guitalele, piano, double-bass and phat beats…

Artwork by Melbourne/ Bogota street artist CRISP – global release on all digital platforms – Friday 13th March

 

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East Coast R&B Soul

Stay Nice – Can’t Hide ft. Nhatty Man, Rayjah45 & Baptiste

For the better part of the last decade Stay Nice has been exploding through the underground Australian music scene. His production flashes a unique style of dreamy soul moving melodies sprinkled delicately over head nod official drum kits and face melting bass-lines.

​Stay Nice brings a worldwide influence to the boards, with soulful beats that 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.

There are no boundaries un-graspable for Stay Nice as he continues to bring forth a style, which is in a constant state of evolution.

Stay Nice is here and he can’t help but be an infectiously feel good beat in your ear.​