This week in The Singles Bar #30, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated album The Atlas Underground out this Friday, legendary musician Tom Morello has released the latest single from the record, Every Step That I Take feat. Portugal. The Man & Whethan.

“Every Step That I Take deals with the haunting voices of fear and love on the steps of the emotional gallows. We are honoured to be partnering with SAVE, a suicide prevention organisation, with this track. You are not alone and there is always help available,” said Morello on the importance of the track.

Friday last week saw US rapper 6IX9INE unleash STOOPID – his sixth single of 2018 which also features the currently incarcerated Bobby Shmurda who phoned in his verse for the Brooklyn native collaboration.

Known for his braggadocios bars, 6IX9INE has not held back from pulling any punches and taken direct aim at US radio station Hot 97 and storied Beats 1 radio host Ebro Darden. 22 year old 6IX9INE effortlessly fires his trademark blows over the thumping beat with thanks to Memphis based producer Tay Keith and legendary turntablist DJ Lethal.

The track also features a phoned in verse from controversial rapper Bobby Shmurda, the first we have heard from the Brooklyn native since a spate of features in 2016 and squashing rumours of issue between the two artists.

“With experience comes knowledge and for me this is my strongest set of songs to date. All my favourite sounds distilled into something that will hopefully give my fans lasting pleasure. It is for them. Music is power.” RA

Following the great response to latest single Surprised By The Joy, Richard Ashcroft unveils a second track from album Natural Rebel titled Born To Be Strangers. It’s a slick rock n roll record bristling with charisma, featuring authentic guitars and Ashcroft’s vocals shine with splendour. Says Ashcroft of Born To Be Strangers; This record has more guitar playing on it than the last. We’ve reached the point where the guitar has to do something if you’re gonna play it. It’s got to move you in some way. It doesn’t have to be intricate or muso, it just has to have soul.”

Papa Roach have released two new songs from their forthcoming [as yet untitled] 10th studio album, Renegade Music and Who Do You Trust?

The tracks see Papa Roach continuing to push their momentum with bonafide rock anthems and fearsome hooks. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix explains, “This song is a statement of engagement – In this day and age, who do you trust? The message of the song is to think for yourself and to trust in yourself, and the imagery of the song matches that. It’s the sea of information, all of if slightly out of focus – and you’re left floating in trying to decide for yourself. Who do you trust?”

Perth rockers (and burgeoning international superstars) The Faim have just released the video for their anthemic new single A Million Stars. The clip was premiered by influential L.A music site Ones To Watch. The video was filmed in Berlin, Germany and follows frontman Josh Raven as he reminisces over a past love interest. A Million Stars also appears on the band’s debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, which serves as a prelude to their hotly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for release in 2019.

“‘A Million Stars’ isn’t only about appreciating the person you’re with or the location you’re in, it’s about being free of the world’s distractions and valuing the little details that make a memory unique. I believe we’re defined by our reactions to these moments,” says Josh. “This video represents the double-edged sword of sharing perfect memories, but being thrust into a situation where cherishing them might not ever be possible. It’s a reality anyone faces when you’re away from loved ones, friends or even a familiar place.”

Pop music pioneers Charli XCX and Troye Sivan have unveiled their new single 1999 (listen here), marking the pop collaboration of the year! The release of 1999 follows a defining year for Charli, the future pop mastermind after a string of celebrated 2018 releases, and Sivan, who is fresh off the release of his sophomore album, Bloom, which was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone and has already racked up more than 700 million cumulative streams.

A bass-laced juggernaut beaming with nostalgia, 1999 binds Charli’s commercial intellect with her innovative instincts, feeling as infectious as it does rebellious. Heralded as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking ambassadors of pop at every turn, Charli penned 1999 with Sivan – who is also featured on vocals – and the single’s accompanying writers Noonie Bao, Brett McLaughlin, and Oscar Holter, who also produced the track.

After having a huge year out on the road through 2017 and 2018 playing over 150 shows and releasing critically acclaimed EP Ready Or Not Rackett have returned triumphant as ever with their new single, Tried To Quit.

With snappy production and an attitude-laden delivery of lead vocals and punk harmonies, Tried To Quit deals with all the vices and habits we can’t quite kick. As ever with this one, Rackett have brought us a relatable tale that is primed for a sweaty rock and roll environment.

The origins of Tried To Quit have been with Rackett’s lead singer for some time, but became fully fleshed out and developed as she herself emerged from a period of, what she describes as destruction. As you can hear in the tight pulls and pacing of the single, Tried To Quit is built on tension and delivered with finesse and sophistication. “I was immersed in the punk scene there [Melbourne] and all its debaucherous indulgences: drinking, smoking, generally not giving a fuck. I was a rebel without a cause, except that of my own destruction. I guess in a way, I tried to quit on myself and I just couldn’t do it.” – Bec Callander.

Much-adored local singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin shares Body, her first release since 2017’s double A-side Eastwick/Cold Caller. A stunning melding of delicate guitar and gentle vocals, Body sees Jacklin taking stock and exploring some hard-hitting realities.

“The song speaks for itself I think, but I’d say it’s just a very long and exaggerated sigh – born from feelings of powerlessness when it comes to the impossible task of representing yourself the way you think is right; personally and professionally. When you feel like everything is for the taking no matter what you do.” – Julia Jacklin

Following the release of first single Suspirium – described by The New York Times as, “sweetly chilling,” and Rolling Stone as “peak Yorke, and scary good” – a second track, Has Ended, has been released in advance of Thom Yorke’s Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film). The album will be released Friday 26 October via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records.

Suspiria consists of 25 original compositions written by Thom specifically for Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of the 1977 Dario Argento horror classic. The album is a mix of instrumental score work, interstitial pieces and interludes, and more traditional song structures featuring Thom’s vocals including the previously released Suspirium, which features the melodic theme that recurs throughout the film and its score.

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