So I’ve just spent the week up in Brisvegas drinking my way through the BIGSOUND music conference. It’s an incredible event and gave industry-heads a chance to check out some unbelievably exciting new talent including mind-melting live shows from acts like COMMAND Q, Just A Gent, SACHI and Naations. Not to mention some bangin’ DJ Sets from Hydraulix, PhaseOne, PON CHO and more. (Big ups to anyone who made it along to our shindig at 256 Wickham on the Wednesday night btw!)
Feeling super inspired by all the quality performances I had witnessed, it was a real treat to crack open Spotify at the Brisbane Airport and find just as much new and exciting recorded talent that had just dropped that morning. I’d be here for a week if I had to write articles for all of them though, so let’s speed through it all at once…
Easily the most unique release of the week goes to a fkn baller collaboration between iconic Australian producers Knife Party and former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello which sorta popped up out-of-the-blue. Tom even went on to describe the track as being the “hard guitar/hard EDM mashup I’ve been waiting to hear for years” to Rolling Stone for the track’s premiere. It’s a wild raucous track that oozes badass and bass. This track is effortlessly cooler than I’ll ever be.
Currently on a huge national tour with our homeboy Spenda C, another New Zealand producer, Ian Munro, has made the cut this week with the release of his “Stay Lit” EP through UZ lead label Quality Goods Records. It’s actually his debut EP and it bangs pretty damn hard. It’s a good solid mix of raw heavy trap and experimental bass to create a sonically interesting package of tunes. It does what it promises though, listen to this and you’ll stay lit – that’s a promise.
Los Angeles lads Boombox Cartel have teamed up with New Zealand’s QUIX for a beauty of a trap single that dropped this week. Anjulie provides a soft etheral vocal that contrasts with the full throttle bass production. It also switches things up in the structure too, that first drop is a rinse-worthy trap breakdown with a more detailed future-trap drop in the second section of the track.
Sticking around with producers out of the States, Bro Safari also dropped a new track yesterday. It’s got more of a stereotypically EDM build up and topline from Sarah Hudson, however the drop is the intense dubstep vibes that his fans will know and love. The bass production in the drop is also really catchy – it’s got a hook that you almost wanna sing along to if it wasn’t completely impossible to make those sounds naturally. This one got an instant replay.
About. Fucking. Time. Gotta say though, it feels like it was worth the wait.