This week in The Singles Bar #35, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

Rudimental have unveiled the official video to stirring new single, Walk Alone, featuring Tom Walker – the fourth to be taken from their hugely anticipated new studio album, Toast To Our Differences.

Shot on location in Auckland, New Zealand and directed by Ian Schwartz, the video tells the story of two one-time rugby rivals and a blossoming, genuine friendship. Meeting after a crunching tackle on the rugby pitch while on opposing sides, the pair become unlikely friends and training partners, pushing each other to the limit while taking in gritty, cinematic shots of Auckland.

Having already debuted two huge singles this year from their forthcoming new album – the ARIA triple-platinum and UK #1 single These Days ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen, currently the biggest-selling record of 2018 in the UK, and Let Me Live ft. Anne-Marie & Mr Eazi, produced with Major Lazer – Walk Alone delivers as a powerful, heartfelt ballad, showcasing the breadth and depth of Rudimental’s extraordinary, multi-faceted sound.

Shvpes (pronounced ‘Shapes’) have revealed a brand-new video for current single, Afterlife.

Shvpes will release their new album Greater Than on November 9th via Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records / Caroline Australia.

Says Shvpes vocalist, Griffin, “What we’ve created feels bold, and I’m not worried about people getting pissed off – they can take it or leave it. A lot of people are going to absolutely love it.” Matt Heafy of Trivium – one of Shvpes’ biggest inspirations – collaborates on the song, Rain; but despite this being the most metal track on the album, Matt’s vocals, unpredictably, feature on the rap section…

“That just seemed like the perfect part,” says Griffin, “because we didn’t want to give him a screamy-shouty verse, we wanted to do something a bit different. We put about 10 takes of him on there, so we’ve got this vocal gang monster!”

Major Lazer unveils the video for Blow That Smoke featuring Tove Lo today. Conceptualised by Tove Lo, the video was directed by DAD (Camila Cabello, Gallant, Alina Baraz), the director duo of Grant Spanier and Corey C. Waters.

Tove Love explains, “When we had finished the song Wes asked me if I had any fun ideas for a video and I came up with Party Narnia that night. I was very happy Major Lazer were all down and into it. The director duo DAD took it on and all of us had some great inspo talks before the shoot. They really nailed it with the narrative, cast and all the different worlds and dimensions. I think the video really captures the message of the song — the sweet escape from mundane life that can feel so good. It was also a really great and fun shoot where everyone involved worked really hard while still bringing the best vibes!”

Sydney singer/producer Tashka has revealed her latest single Vacant, which is out now. Vacant was self-produced by Tashka and mixed and mastered by Shawn Naderi (Flume, Golden Features, Nicole Millar). The stripped back and vulnerable electronic track is an exploration of two people finding themselves at the end of a relationship that has been fought for.

Wanna Know, is the latest from Sydney’s disco, house duo Korky Buchek. Following the success of their previous single All On You Feat. Kwame, Korky Buchek have left fans anticipating the release. The unique and captivating sound is drawn from a blend of influences from labels like Dirtybird and OWSLA, inspired from 90’s soul, disco, rock, house and hip-hop.

Anderson .Paak has shared the video for Tints feat. Kendrick Lamar, from his forthcoming album Oxnard set for release Friday November 17 (via Aftermath Entertainment exclusively distributed by 12 Tone Music).

Produced by Om’Mas Keith & Anderson .Paak, Tints is a precursor for what is to come in anticipation for the album from the Grammy Nominated recording artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Anderson will also be touring in Australia with The Free Nationals with Falls Festival (Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, Fremantle) and for two exclusive side shows in Melbourne and Sydney presented by Triple J.

Following the success of their 2017 album PERMANENT VACATION, Sydney duo Lime Cordiale are gearing up to release their new single Following Fools.

Following Fools was influenced by an article by Tim Winton. He talks about sitting in the surf waiting for waves and the conversations he overhears. A lot of talk goes on amongst men. Young boys are constantly rehearsing their talk, searching for gratification and acceptance. It’s up to the older men to steer them in the right direction and not leave them confused and in the dark. This song is about the responsibility of these older males. Honesty, love and acceptance.

Alternative-Rock band, The Sea Gypsies are gearing up to release their new single Be Bold, on Friday, 5th of October. This next track is taken from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, MOVEMENTS, which will be released on Friday, 19th of October.

Be Bold is an authentic track, encouraging their fans to be strong and fearless, when overcoming challenging hurdles that life throws at you. The riff is the clear feature of the song, acting like a rush of fresh air, juxtaposed by the warm grooves of the verses and choruses. The charismatic song is full of energy and features incredible drum and guitar solos, accompanied by charged vocals.

Stemming from a desire to fulfil his own purpose, Sydney’s brand new singer-songwriter Lavrence poses the question – why exist quietly when your true self is just waiting to shine? The debut single Shine is paired with a fabulous lyric video, giving emphasis to the shameless exploration of self-love and empowerment.

Co-written and produced with Sydney’s DJ and producer Bobby Gray, and mastered by Brendan Zacharias, Shine is a song about being the star of your own life. Lavrence explains, “it’s about finding that part of you where there’s no shame or fear and putting it out for the world to see – without needing validation.”

As this historic and volatile election approaches, Prophets Of Rage want to remind people of the importance of exercising their right to vote. The revolutionary musicians Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord have released a mashup of three new unreleased tracks and their latest release, Heart Afire into a brand new video. Named after the famous Malcolm X speech The Ballot or the Bullet, the video is aimed squarely at turning out voters to next week’s midterm elections.

As the group states in the music video, “There are people trying to keep many of us from being able to vote. Don’t squander the rights we’ve fought so hard to get. Agitate, organize, resist & rebel before, during & after Election Day. In the words of Malcolm X, “it’s got to be the ballot or the bullet.” Additionally, it provides reminders and resources linking people to check ID requirements in their state, since new laws and policies threaten to disenfranchise large numbers of Native American and Black voters in North Dakota and Georgia, but activists are resolute in the battle for the ballot.

Sometimes the perils of being in a popular alt-rock band comes with its share of misfortune. For Illinois rock group REAL FRIENDS, falling victim to a homicidal maniac is one such fate. Their new video for Me First from their third studio album Composure (out now via Fearless Records / Caroline Australia) depicts just that. “Have you ever wanted to see our heads cut off,” asks bassist Kyle Fasel. “Well, look no further.”

Me First, the gutsy and intense opening track from their critically-acclaimed album, instills a sense of confidence that flows throughout the whole record. Music Connection says the single “oozes furious poetry” while Punktastic calls it an “anaconda-sized earworm.” The striking accompanying video matches the song’s audacity with its cheeky horror and comic book-styled violence. “We went with a more light hearted and cinematic approach than in our past videos,” Fasel explains. Me First finds the band trapped in a mansion being stalked by a knife/broken bottle/cat o’nine tails-wielding murderess who ultimately dispatches them one at a time and serves them up on a silver platter.

On November 16, Amon Amarth will release their new documentary and supporting live album(s), The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm – which includes a retrospective documentary that features a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes content and extensive band interviews. This film tells the Swedish quintet’s history, through both their own eyes and those of the fans that have supported them along the way. It is a thrilling collection that pays respect to the faithful, as well as making for a detailed and riveting introduction for those new to their inspiring story. Paired with this documentary is the live video/ audio, which contains two different sets at 2017’s Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, capturing the unit at their very best. For a preview of The Pursuit Of Vikings, a live video of Raise Your Horns can be viewed now…

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