Last year was massive for Melbourne outfit Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, it saw the release of their critically acclaimed EP The French Press, the band land on many ‘Best of 2017’ lists including The Guardian/The Observer ‘Hidden Gems’ and Paste Magazine’s Best New Artists and saw lead single French Press come in as the sixth most played song on triple j last year AND make countless end-of-year lists including coming in at #10 on Rolling Stone’s Best Songs of 2017.

Now, what a better way to kick off 2018 than with new incredible music! Inspired by a trip to singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Russo’s grandfathers hometown in the Aeolian Islands off Sicily, Mainland is the hooky return to our ears we’ve been hoping for and our first taste of what 2018 will hold for Rolling Blackouts!

Australian drum and bass legend ShockOne returns to kick off the new year with in a big way with Bleed Black featuring vocals from fellow WA artist Cruz Patterson of Koi Child.

This is the first taste of new music from ShockOne since the release of his single A Dark Machine last year, which has clocked over 1 million Spotify streams. Bleed Black is the next look into what’s to come from ShockOne this year.

Karl Thomas (ShockOne) comments “Bleed Black is the second look into the Dark machine world. Extending on themes present in the first single A Dark Machine, Bleed Black goes a step deeper inside the machine. I collaborated with vocalist Cruz Patterson, of Fremantle band Koi Child on this one and what he came out with lyrically continues the Dark Machine narrative perfectly, and is also just straight fire stylistically speaking. I’ve been sitting on this song for a while so I just can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Global, platinum-selling collective, Rudimental, have today unveiled their striking new single These Days featuring a stellar line up of Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.

Taken from the bands forthcoming third album, These Days is released via Major Toms/Atlantic Records and sees the collective take it back a notch whilst retaining their matchless, experimental sound – something for which has seen the group become one of the biggest British-selling acts of the century.

Produced alongside John Ryan (Maroon 5/Kendrick Lamar) vocal duties stem from the inimitable talent that is Jess Glynne, [Jess is only the second female artist to ever have five #1 singles in the UK] Macklemore [who’s a four-times GRAMMY Award Winner] and emerging soul/RnB sensation Dan Caplen.

KUREN has unveiled the new video for Bright Dawn, directed by Melbourne’s Hoodwolf. You can it watch here.

The track featuring ARIA nominee and ARIA Platinum selling rapper Illy, is Kuren’s second release on ONETWO Records, after he delivered the track Mastercraft earlier this year. Expect his debut album in 2018. Get to know Kuren.

 

Saxon announce the release of the second single and video They Played Rock And Roll from their new mighty Thunderbolt album.

“The song tells the story of Saxon’s very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead. I want people to get a flavour of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution” says Biff Byford.

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of Battering Ram in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).

Following the recent release of the music video for the first single Year Of The Tiger, Myles Kennedy has released a lyric video for another song from the upcoming debut solo album.

Haunted By Design is the second track released from Year Of The Tiger, the upcoming album available worldwide on March 9th via Napalm Records.

On Year Of The Tiger, Myles embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career. Kennedy himself plays banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar throughout the album. The emotional journey and personal story of Myles is captured in a bluesy-americana album with a twist of country and rock, swirling and flowing around this incredible soulful voice the world has come to know.

POP EVIL have released a new music video today for their newest single, Colors Bleed. The band brought back director Columbia Tatone, who also directed the recent Waking Lions video.

“The #MeToo movement has been a paramount inspiration to my creative endeavors,” says Tatone. “The courage of individuals has inspired and empowered me, not only as a female director but as a truth-seeker.”

“’Colors Bleed’ highlights togetherness: standing together against global issues. #MeToo has put the spotlight on equality, and through this video, we were able to portray the many ways we’re pitted against each other and how we can’t fight fire with more fire. As men and women, we have come alongside one another and stand together peacefully. I’m grateful and honored that Pop Evil invited me to collaborate with them and be a part of their journey.”

No longer New Zealand’s best kept secret, Auckland based group Openside are catching the ears of Aussie fans thanks to their track I Feel Nothing, which reached #3 on the NZ Airplay Chart late last year. Produced by Leisure members Djeisan Suskov and Josh Fountain, mixed by Ken Andrews (Paramore, The Naked & Famous) and mastered by the legendary Howie Weinberg, I Feel Nothing is an infectious masterclass in radiant pop that piles up its lyrical sass through one dynamic hook after another

“We’d been itching to get back into that production environment and figure out where the sound of the band was going next and we had so much fun writing it,” says lead singer Possum. “We spent a lot of time sitting round listening to and talking about some of favourite songs for inspiration. So there’s a little bit of Halsey, the Weeknd and Calvin Harris in this one.”

Burna Boy is a Nigerian reggae – dancehall singer and songwriter, and is set to release his mixtape Outside this Friday 26 January. Over the weekend, Burna Boy dropped the video for first single Heaven’s Gate ft Lily Allen.

The video for Heaven’s Gate ft Lily Allen has amassed nearly 90,000 views in 48 hours, with the track also receiving over 128,000 streams on Spotify since release .

Burna Boy’s 2013 debut studio album L.I.F.E – Leaving an impact for Eternity received rave reviews with over 40,000 copies sold on its first day of release and it featured Wizkid, 2face, Timaya and M.We. His highest Spotify streaming track is Pree Me off his 2016 EP, the Redemption. In 2017 he featured on Drake’s More Life album on the the track Get It Together ft Jorja Smith.

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, critically acclaimed New Zealand songstress Kimbra has shared the official video for her new track, Human, off her forthcoming studio album, Primal Heart, due out April 20.

Directed by Gregor Nicholas, the video shows the singer as she faces her clone in striking black and white. Kimbra states “I think of the clone in this video as a part of me, manifesting in order for me to make some kind of peace.”

 

Car Seat Headrest today releases Cute Thing, the latest track to be previewed from forthcoming new album Twin Fantasy – a re-recorded, re-imagined new version of the 2011 self-released Bandcamp masterpiece of the same name – which will be out February 16 via Matador Records / Remote Control.

Following the release of singles Beach Life In Death and Nervous Young Inhumans, Cute Thing is an ecstatic multi-part epic of unbridled yearning, flirtation, and abandon – pairing masterfully layered production with a combustible house-party reverie. Close listening will reveal an interpolation of They Might Be Giants’ Ana Ng, nods to James Brown and Frank Ocean (replacing the Bandcamp original’s nods to Dan Bejar and John Entwistle, respectively), and the unforgettable line “he died in an explosion / of mixed media / and poorly written reviews / and some stammering drunk who tried to tell him how good his shit was.”

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