This week in The Singles Bar #15, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

HURST are ticking all the right boxes for a band that’s destined for success. They have shared stages with established bands such as Kingswood and Fuel (USA), and have also scored airplay on both Triple M and Triple J.

Rattle Kids is an expertly crafted alt rock anthem that’s taken cues from some of the best 90s rock bands. Frontwoman, Ana Veira, commands attention with her strong vocal presence and catchy as hell melodies. The track has a tonne of energy and plenty of cathartic air guitar opportunities to indulge in. Think Pixies meets Weezer.

The Front Bottoms have shared the official video for Tie Dye Dragon, a brand new song and the first track to be released off their forthcoming Ann EP. Directed by Mark Jaworski, the video is streaming now on the Fueled By Ramen official YouTube channel. Pre-orders for the Ann EP are available now, with a worldwide release date set for May 18th. The six-track collection, which follows 2014’s Rose EP, features five new recordings of never before released fan favorite songs in addition to Tie Dye Dragon.

After achieving 2 million streams across digital platforms with their latest “synth-wave” track Hula Hoop 8000, the London-based synth-pop duo Monarchy (Ra Black & Andrew Armstrong) are back with an amazing and danceable new tune mid:night, the lead single of their upcoming studio album to be released later this year.

About the creation process for the song, Ra Black says “the seed of the song started when I came back to London after travelling a lot and just after falling in love HARD. It’s that joyful dizzy feeling of seeing the person you’ve fallen for in every animate and inanimate object. But I was also going through some difficult shit; multiple hardships and broken expectations. I would go running so I could keep my mind healthy, but there were moments where it was just too much, too complicated to process. So I created this midnight place as a sanctuary for my mind. I would close my eyes and go in to space. It made me feel small but calm among the stars.”

“For this song, I really wanted to use Ra¹s voice as an instrument, to add dynamic all the way through. So there¹s little vocal grabs, BV¹s, the big outro moment, and even percussive elements made up of Ra¹s voice. Then the rest is an exploration of French-styled funk and disco, but in a Monarchy setting” adds Andrew Armstrong.

Building on widespread anticipation from fans everywhere, California rapper SAWEETIE uncovers her debut EP High Maintenance via her own ICY label imprint in partnership with Artistry Worldwide and Warner Bros. Records. Not only does it include the runaway breakout hit Icy Girl but it also boasts a total of eight new bangers from the MC.

Saweetie turned up with a fiery Anti (Freestyle) music video—originally premiered by Rap-Up. Cruising in a classic car, she unloads a barrage of rhyme fury in the grainy seventies-style clip. Prior to the arrival of the EP, she appeared in CR Fashion Book, and VIBE claimed, “The fierce competitor is out to show listeners that women in rap don’t need to follow anyone’s blueprint.” She’s living up to those words!

Featuring production from heavy hitters like Zaytoven and Cash Money AP, High Maintenance properly introduces Saweetie. From the infectious energy and deft wordplay of B.A.N. to a wavy send-off on the lush and lively Too Many, it highlights every facet of this formidable force.

One of the most recognizable voices in Australian hip hop, Thundamentals MC Tuka, is ready to unveil his first solo music in more than two years.

Lifting the covers off new single Naked Heart with a premiere on triple j last night, Tuka says, “I’m really excited to announce that after 2 and a half years I’ll be releasing some new solo music. It’s a stand-alone song called “Naked Heart” and it’s produced by myself and a very good friend of mine “JCAL”. It also has additional vocals by local Sydney talent Jannah Beth.

The song itself is a deeply personal track about someone very close in my life, and about the type of relationship we share. I guess it’s another one of those songs where life reflects art. It’s dark but real, probably the most raw and emotive track I’ve ever written. To be honest, I really can’t wait to see how people respond to this one.”

Step right up and take a trip through the eerie and macabre with Queens of the Stone Age as your tour guide —in their latest video, that is. The band has unveiled the latest creation for their “mile-a-minute Cramps-style rave-up” (Uproxx) Head Like A Haunted House, off their ARIA #1 Album, Grammy Nominated album Villains (Matador / Remote Control Records).

Created, directed and art direction by frequent collaborator Liam Lynch, the video is a ghastly animated carnival ride through your worst fever-induced nightmares. Accompanied by disembodied hands, UFOs, smoldering hellscapes and grooving skeletons, Joshua Homme leads the way as he and his pack of mischief-makers sail through the nighttime sky on what else but flying coffins. Step right this way, if you dare.

Melbourne-based blackened rock’n’roll band PAGAN have today unleashed their new single Death Before Disco together with the announcement of their single launch (a party aptly titled the Holy Communion) going down in Melbourne next month. Premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed last night Death Before Disco is the first single in 12 months from our resident occultists, and the first cut from their to-be-announced debut album due out this year on newly inked label EVP Recordings.

“we saw the lights dissolve like the end of an Italian Disco…”

Listening to Death Before Disco with the volume up is a non-negotiable. Vocalist Nikki Brumen’s goosebump-inducing vocals brim with anger and tightly packed emotion, bringing to life the stacked guitar parts of Xavier Santilli, trembling bass and backing vocals of Dan Bonnici and absolute thumping drums of Matt Marasco – who makes it sound possible to be in four places at once. It’s intricate, it’s deafening and it’s large. Pagan have come together to write a song that is played with such unstoppable ferocity that they not only sound like a band on a mission, but a band that’s at full-blown war.

NOFX have been on tour in the country with Hot Water Music, Bad Cop/ Bad Cop and Dad Religion! Now, you can keep entertained with the new NOFX track that was released over the weekend There’s No ‘Too Soon’ If Time Is Relative.

With her Huge And True tour starting next month, Alex Lahey has just dropped the brand new video for single I Love You Like A Brother. The video features a collection of home video footage from the singer songwriter’s childhood and is an affectionate ode to sibling appreciation.

“There was no way I could make a clip for ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ without having my brother Will involved. Props to our mum, Vicki, for trawling through old VHS recordings of us as little kids and finding some of the finest peanut butter toast based footage. If you’re going to do anything after watching this clip, give your little brother or your big sister a call just to say hi.” – Alex Lahey.

The debut single by Gold Coast newcomers McKenzie is all about seizing the day and making the most of every minute. Inspired by the words of the songwriter’s late mother, the aptly titled Living For The Moment embraces the positivity that is central to the band’s ethos. The video clip for the single, using the theme of achieving your dream by showing a young footballer making his mark on the world, ties in multiple inspiration for the four-piece.

The track itself was inspired by Nick and Jordan’s late mother, who passed away from cancer in 2016. Initially, the early version of the composition was penned to inspire sport players, taking the lead from their older brother’s footy experience, but it changed direction after their mother was diagnosed, turning it into the uplifting track it has become. “Although it was quick, in that year our mum showed us a lot about living for the moment,” says Nick. “An example being, when she was bed-ridden in hospital in a neck brace, and on oxygen, she was telling the doctors she wanted to do the City To Bay fun run, an annual race in Adelaide that has a 12km run or 6km walk. Obviously, the doctors said no, but there was no stopping her, so they made her a wheelchair with oxygen and I pushed her the 6km with other friends and family. There were so many things I saw during that time, it showed me everyone has dreams and everyone has a moment that they want to experience. So, the song became about life and about people.”

David Guetta has unveiled Flames – his latest collaboration with Sia (winner of the Best Female ARIA Award in 2017). The platinum-selling, Grammy nominated artists who have amassed over a billion streams across their previous chart-topping hits, reunite on Flames out now on all digital service providers.

Flames is a beautiful track showcasing Sia’s distinctly powerful vocals on lead, allowing the globally renowned DJ/producer David Guetta to prove that he knows exactly how to accentuate it. Sia’s compelling voice and Guetta’s mastery in sound creation blend for a faultless powerful pop ballad.

Guetta and Sia are no strangers to working together, having released three songs over the years, and have forged a fruitful music partnership. Titanium, their first collaboration, had everyone the world over belting out its chorus. David proudly states: “Titanium is still one of the tracks I am proudest of and Sia is one of my favourite artists to work with. She’s a great songwriter and has an amazing voice. I’m just super excited that we get to release another track together.”

California, the new EP and first solo body of work in five years from global superstar Diplo, is out now on Mad Decent.

Named for the state where he recorded the EP, California is something of a full circle moment for Diplo, who called his debut album Florida for the state where he grew up.

The EP’s six new tracks find Diplo collaborating with old friends and new discoveries alike, with features from Lil Xan, Trippie Redd, DRAM, Lil Yachty, Desiigner, Santigold, Goldlink and MØ. Emerging star February James created nine original portraits for the EP’s artwork, while longtime collaborators Brandon Dermer and Shomi Patwary contributed visuals.

Watch the video for Get It Right featuring Goldlink and MØ, which debuted this week, here as well as previously released videos for Worry No More featuring Lil Yachty and Santigold and Look Back featuring DRAM.

2018’s breakout star Bazzi – has announced his debut album Honest which includes the hit single, Mine – arriving Thursday, April 12th at all music retailers and streaming services.

The forthcoming album is heralded by the new track, Honest available now. The track is joined by a compelling vintage-inspired video, streaming now at Bazzi’s official YouTube channel. In addition, the album will feature a pair of recently released tracks – Why and Gone – both of which expertly build upon Bazzi’s signature Detroit R&B/pop sound.

Written by Bazzi and co-produced with Rice N Peas, Mine was released to critical acclaim – praised as a “hypnotic track” by Rap-Up while Billboard declared that “(Bazzi) could very well be on his way to rocking arenas” and MTV echoing “2018 in music has been off to a pretty great start, thanks in no small part to Bazzi.” The single has received an outpour of co-signs from his peers, including the likes of K-pop sensations BTS, Taylor Swift, DRAM, Liam Payne and more. Bazzi also recently teamed up with Beats by Dre for a look behind the creation of Mine via their Beat X Beat video series, streaming now on YouTube.

Here Come The Aliens, produced by Ricky Wilde, contains 12 brand new songs and it has been recorded at RAK Studios in London – the very same recording studios where a big number of albums that changed pop and rock music were born and where Kim Wilde began her career back in 1981, recording seminal hits as Kids In America, Chequered Love and Cambodia. The album combines Kim’s pop roots with her love for rock music, presenting great guitar riffs and drum beats.

earMUSIC is proud to announce the release Here Come The Aliens, the first studio album in seven years by pop icon Kim Wilde – Out Now! Kim has just released the second single from the album, Kandy Krush.

Twenty-four years into their career and still with all original members, US heavy rockers Sevendust are set to release their 12th studio album, All I See Is War, on May 11 via a newly-inked deal with Rise Records! The band have just released the video for the albums first single, Dirty.

The clip is the first to feature the band in it since 2013’s Decay. Recorded last year at Studio Barbarosa in Florida, the new album was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Slash, Coldrain, Story Of The Year). All I See Is War is the follow up to 2015’s Kill The Flaw, a record that brought the band their highest album sales chart position of their career and saw them nominated for ‘Best Metal Performance’ at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

This morning, Xavier Rudd has shared the official music video for new single Walk Away.

The video is a true glimpse into the most beautiful aspects of Rudd’s voice, songs and spirit. Directed by Solomon Scopazzi and Michael Jennings and filmed in both Australia and The Netherlands, the video follows Xavier through a picturesque journey of the outdoors.

Produced by Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Tom Speight) and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, U2), Walk Away is taken from Xavier’s forthcoming new album Storm Boy. Xavier Rudd now shares the official music video for new single Walk Away.

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