This week in The Singles Bar #23, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
Bubblin’ is the new track from Anderson .Paak, produced by Jahlil Beats and Antman Wonder. Anderson .Paak has previously released two solo studio albums, Malibu (2016) and Venice (2014), features on 6 tracks of Dr Dre’s ‘Compton’ album, collaborated with producer Knxwledge to create NxWorries for the album Yes Lawd!, and has featured on hits with Mac Miller (Dang!) & Kaytranada (Glowed Up).
.Paak recently toured Australia as part of Laneway Festival and played his own SOLD OUT sideshows as part of this tour. A rabid worldwide fan base, praise from critics at outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, New York Times, and Pitchfork, and electrifying appearances on talk shows including Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at festivals around the globe have all cemented .Paak’s place as one of the most premier artists on the music scene today.
Jon Toogood’s critically acclaimed collaborative project, The Adults, returns with its first new music in seven years. The Adults’ brand new single, Bloodlines, features two of New Zealand’s most powerful upcoming voices, Estère and JessB.
The accompanying video, directed by Shae Sterling (Stan Walker, Openside, Maisey Rika) is a stunning and resplendent visual shot in West Auckland locations Piha and Karekare. Bloodlines is a battle-cry for love from a female perspective, and draws inspiration from the female Sudanese Aghani Al-Banat musicians the track is based around.
Of the track, Jon says, “it’s based around a traditional Sudanese wedding song which talks about the women of the bride to be tribes gathering together to support her as she begins her ceremonial bridal dance. It’s music to empower the bride and lend her strength.”
Jon gathered inspiration at his wedding in Khartoum, Sudan in 2014 and the traditional music, Aghani-Al-Banat, performed on the third day of the ceremony. Aghani-Al-Banat literally translates to “girls’ music” and is one of the only aspects of Sudanese music that deals exclusively with women, their lives and issues. Jon was captivated by Aghani-Al-Banat and returned to Sudan in 2015 to record with two all-female groups. The new Adults project sees the recordings being used as a backbone for the music and as a central theme to the album.
American rock titans POP EVIL have debuted a stunning new music video for their track, A Crime To Remember. Directed by Columbia Tatone, who also directed the band’s last two videos, Waking Lions and Colors Bleed, this is now the third music video installment we’ve seen from the band’s most recent self-titled LP.
The video beautifully defines the core message of the song, which is clear and present in the song’s triumphant background vocals: “Are we divided / Are we united?” – also a constant theme throughout the new LP.
Vocalist Leigh Kakaty comments, “Columbia has delivered what we feel is the most powerful video to date for Pop Evil. The concept keeps an open book storyline on how human beings view the world at the moment. Our hope is to raise awareness that it’s time for all of us to come together and be united.”
The video is also in memory of late producer Kato Khandwala who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last month in Los Angeles. Kato had produced countless rock albums including the most recent Pop Evil LP. Kakaty continues, “It’s been a long few weeks for us, we are still grieving the loss of Kato who was an incredible talent and an amazing human being. His daughter Paris is in need of help since his passing, donations can be made to her.”
Sydney’s Crocodylus have released their aerobics filled clip for raucous new single My Love.
Whilst on the road bassist and singer Josh Williams would lead the tour party through some ‘Joozercise’ – whether outside the venue, on a freeway or beach – to break up a long haul drive which is where the video concept was born.The single itself was added to triple j unearthed and had plays on triple j, FBi and 4ZZZ with features from Life Without Andy, Music Feeds, Happy Mag, Savage Thrills, Backyard Opera and Lunchbox TV.
Almost ten years ago, the then-unknown Crystal Fighters were playing their first shows at warehouse parties across London. This Australian winter they’re headlining a run of huge European summer festivals. Spanning continents, the band’s ever-evolving music captures everything that makes their shows a life-affirming experience: a joyous explosion of beats, electronics and bass delivered dazzlingly onstage.
Now the band takes another bold step into the unknown with their new single Boomin’ In Your Jeep, which is their first release under a new deal with Warner Bros. Records.
The track captures the band’s famous spirit, character and colour, but delivered in a way in which their messages can reach a much wider audience. It’s a joyous, intoxicating mix that exudes positivity: the band’s patented style powered by the bass-heavy energy of contemporary hip-hop production. It’s the Crystal Fighters the world has come to love, but bigger, bolder and better than ever before.
Boomin’ In Your Jeep was written on the same MPC that frontman Bast Pringle has used since he was a teenager, and in the same warehouse where they recorded their debut collection Star of Love. It pays homage to the band’s past while pushing them to a bright new future.
Directed by Tyler Yee (G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg), the track’s accompanying video sees the band jumping in jeeps to travel to an abandoned airplane deep in the heart of the Mojave Desert. That’s the sweltering backdrop for a typically life-affirming performance which demonstrates that Crystal Fighters can ignite a party vibe in any environment.
Underworld & Iggy Pop have released a collaborative track – Bells & Circles. It was recorded in London during an afternoon tea encounter and premiered live as part of Underworld’s headline show at the BBC Biggest Weekend Belfast on the evening of 26th May 2018.
Paul Weller celebrates his 60th birthday with the release of a brand new song, Aspects on Parlophone Records. To mark this momentous occasion, Paul has a special treat in store for his fans with the release of a beautiful new tune Aspects.
The string-laden, largely acoustic and Nick Drake-esque Aspects is a taster for Paul’s hotly anticipated 14th solo studio album True Meanings which will be released later this year and from the sound of this track alone, promises to be a truly special release.
Paul said of Aspects; “I don’t know if it’s indicative of the album, but it’s certainly the cornerstone to the record for me. It’s also where I got the title of the album from…”.
History-making multiplatinum Dallas, TX artist Post Malone has secured his second Billboard Hot 100 #1 and his first #1 at Top 40 Radio (Mediabase & BDS) with current single Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign. Now in its 14th week on the chart, Psycho has yet to depart the top five since its release in February of 2018. Post previously held the #1 spot with “Rockstar” back in October of 2017. Psycho concurrently takes over atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, as Post secures his second No. 1 on each list; “Rockstar” was #1 for 14 and 15 weeks, respectively
he reigning queen of hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, releases Rich Sex ft. Lil Wayne off of her anxiously awaited fourth full-length studio album Queen out August 10th. Nicki will also be releasing her second single Bed ft. Ariana Grande on Thursday, June 14th.
Fresh off their all conquering Australian tour selling out venue right around the country the DMA’s release brand new single Do I Need You Know? from the killer album For Now.
East Brunswick All Girls Choir are excited to share new single Leave The City. The track is the second cut from their new album Teddywaddy to be released Friday 29th June via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.
The band are launching the album at the Northcote Social Club on Friday 13th July before touring across Australia with Courtney Barnett in August.
Unlike the pulsing Essendon 1986, Leave The City takes a slower, more reflective pace. As frontman Marcus Hobbs describes the song – “Everyone’s rushing to get somewhere but they don’t know where they’re actually going. A need to be busy driven by the guilt of sometimes taking the time to do nothing.
It’s a fairly simple song in context. I remember one Christmas heading back to the farm and having some time to wander around in the evening. I’d almost forgotten how bright the stars can get. It’s about taking some things for granted. I also really remember the smell of the air. I think the same could also be said for living in the city, people forget to look up. Even in Bendigo it took me so many years to actually notice the buildings. It’s easy to get distracted by what’s right in front of you. . Things are constantly moving and changing but perhaps the most interesting things can be things you have forgotten about or are simply just “part of the furniture”
Troye Sivan has released a stunning new video Bloom. The clip was directed by Bardia Zeinali, a frequent contributor to Vogue. Bloom is the title track from Troye’s forthcoming album, which will be released by EMI Music on August 31.
#Bloom was the #1 worldwide trend on Twitter the night of the single’s release. Combined worldwide streams of Bloom now surpass 30 million and views of the lyric video exceed 11 million.
Angus & Julia Stone have released an intoxicating new video for stand-out track Nothing Else from their latest album Snow. The video features two versions of Julia Stone: the buttoned up, responsible businesswoman and the free-spirited, creative artist. Julia explains, “It’s about self acceptance and self love. I wanted to make a video that shows an aspect of the relationship we have with ourselves. The parts we love, the parts that we find irritating or unlovable. The relationship in the video begins with judgment and frustration. By the end of the video, there is an acceptance from both versions…an ease with the different elements, the contradictions of who we are.”
Infectious, playful and bold, Vertigo is the debut single from new Australian creative maverick Marét. The singer, songwriter and artistic director explains, “My music germinates from tumultuous times, from beautiful moments and a calling for something bigger than I am.” As a result, Marét’s irresistibly hypnotic single is a call to arms to “keep going, even when you want to give up.” It’s a universal experience, but one that Marét explores through her unique insights on surrender, identity and joy. Take a look…
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