Massive hip hop collaborations are nothing new, but Noisey have taken things a bit further with "The Rap Monument", managing 37 hip hop acts - including Danny Brown, Pusha T, Prodigy, Action Bronson, Bobby Creekwater, Mike G and Raekwon - into one big, 42 minute song produced by Hudson Mohawke, Nick Hook, and S-Type.
It's fairly safe to say that POND's forthcoming album, Man it Feels Like Space Again, is on the high end of the anticipation spectrum. To keep fans happy over the holidays, the Perth act have given us another taste of what's to come in new single, "Sitting Up On Our Crane", offered to fans as a free download for a limited amount of time.
Another summer indie-rock feelgood type of hit. Who could have seen that coming? But in all seriousness, Brisbane’s The Jensens are doing some pretty damn cool things. Check out "Fears" below, fast becoming a favourite here at AU HQ:
As we come to the end of 2014, we've been talking to a lot of our favourite local and international artists about their year in music. Few have had bigger years than Bluejuice's Jake Stone, who has spent the last few months playing shows to bring his time in Bluejuice to an end (though Falls Festival is yet to come!). We spoke to Jake about it all on the ARIA red carpet...
Edukate has just dropped a video for his down to earth track "Beauty in the Blind Spot". Equal parts social commentary and life experience Edukate's unique perception and ability to weave such into a well flowing rhyme is evident here in this stripped back music video.
the AU review sat down with Jason Mraz during his brief December 2014 Australian tour. In part one of the interview, Mraz talks about his experiences touring Australia, Asia and the world. He talks about sharing his "tools of transformation... to remind people that our thoughts, speech, actions and attitudes... that's what dictates our life experience".
In our final AU session for 2014, we capture South Carolina's Trevor Hall performing his track "Wish Man" in a park in Sydney, Australia. The track is taken from his record Chapter Of The Forest, out now. Trevor will return to Australia in 2015 to play Bluesfest and shows with Michael Franti.
"Runaway", the new fandangled music video for Adelaide quartet Devil's Crossroad, is a tongue in cheek snapshot of the bands unusual lifestyle. The raucous times accentuate the fuck off blues sensibility of the band. Not to mention that the video had to be re-edited a total of three times before the powers that be would let it be published... censorship these days, right? You'd almost think we are living in an Orwellian society. Make sure to light one up with the boys when you hit play on the video!
Apart from shredding as hard as Exodus in their new track "Submission Therapy", Adelaide thrash wizards Alkira have also proved their sense of humour with the most insane music video you will have seen in a very long time. There's a strange mix of cocaine, murder and very heavy riffs on brewing on Alkira Avenue! Don't miss out on this bitchin' clip!
Tomorrow Rising are taking DIY to new heights in Adelaide. Crowd surfing on inflatable toys is something you'd come to expect from Dune Rats or Parkway Drive. Those who attended the EP launch for Tomorrow Rising's sophomore EP Oasis know that this is indeed possible at local shows too with the Nirvana inspired band packing out the Producers Bar last week. Here is the new video for "Rocket Scientist". Watch until the end for the tasty breakdown!
Canadian rapper K-OS is back with "Turn Me Loose", a great track backed by a great city in the excellent music video. The track is taken from his new album Can't Fly Without Gravity, out early 2015. Watch below and enjoy:
The Dune Rats are one of my favourite trios. Seriously, melodies and driving beats are their thing. And, not to mention making great film clips. Or parodying great film clips. Either way, it’s cool, and you should totally check it out their brand new one, "Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana". Watch it now:
It seems that in a tumultuous wave of psych-rock lead by The Wytches and The Black Angels to name a couple that it is harder and harder to tell whether the genre stands for psychedelic rock or rather just psychotic rock. This is probably a good thing though! Straddling further the line of what is sane is Brisbane’s Boss Moxi with their new clip "Nymphomaniac".
Apart from the title being a bit of a cheeky cash in on the fact that it is now "Summer" in Australia, Grenadiers new single and music video of the same name has the band channelling Grinspoon and (when they were in their better days) Rise Against. The video is well shot and seamlessly channels the attitude of Adelaide's punk rock stalwarts. Check it out below!
Sydney electronic duo >Left. have recently wrapped a successful run of shows around the country supporting Thelma Plum, a perfect opportunity to have their music introduced to larger audiences on larger stages too. They've recently dropped the music video for their latest track "Freedom", once again perfectly representing they stunning ambient style of musicianship. Vocalist Sarah Corry shines on the track, dreamy notes floating through over Jono Graham's smooth production. The clip itself features footage from their childhood days in amongst the dark shades of the setting, adding that nice little touch to the song.