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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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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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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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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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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

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.​