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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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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…