Friday Fresh Five #005: Shukura Chapman, LIZ, Blue Velvet, Tia Gostelow…

We’ve got some dark pop sounds mixed in with pop-punk out of Sydney; Tia Gostelow bringing some dreamy sounds out of Queensland, while LA’s LIZ comes through with some heat of her own.

Happy weekend…!


Bel (Melbourne)

This enigmatic producer and songwriter is only 20 years old, and making some music that moves, dabbling in the darker, deeper and sultry end of the alt-pop pool. I, at 20, was a second year uni student probably still building my emergency stash of cheap vodka and two minute noodles. Bel crafts some beautifully dark pop music that emerges from nowhere and wraps you up swiftly. Like Banks and FKA twigs before her, Bel’s music hypnotises and urges you to follow it down the path…you’re going to want to follow wherever it goes.

Bel is on tour with E^ST and Alice Ivy in November and December. Check her out at the following venues:

November 4th | Northcote Social Club, MELBOURNE
November 5th | Newtown Social Club, SYDNEY
November 11th | The Foundry, BRISBANE
December 9th | Fat Controller, ADELAIDE

Her new single “Own Home” is out November 4th – keep up to date with Bel HERE.

Photo: Mitch Strangman

Blue Velvet (Sydney)

The punk four-piece are a fresh name to us but in their debut single “Remedy”, we’re liking what we’re hearing. They’ve been working on their debut EP (details still to be announced), but there’s potential here and we’re keen to see where they take it. Forming this year, Blue Velvet have wasted no time in getting the ball rolling – catch them playing the Newtown Social Club early next month for a taste.

Blue Velvet supports Columbus and plays alongside them, PLTS and Horror My Friend in Sydney at the Newtown Social Club on November 11th. Head HERE for tickets and keep up to date with the band HERE.


Shukura Chapman (Brisbane)

For Brisbane musician Shukura, attention surrounding her music has been building solidly since the release of “One By One” in September. Born in the UK, raised in NZ and now calling the east coast home, the soul artist has a classic feel of a vocalist beyond her years and it’s gorgeous to listen to. You can hear contemporary influences far reaching from your Alabama Shakes’ to Ben Howard and Anderson .Paak, but Shukura’s own shine makes her music intoxicating and effortless in delivery.

Her debut EP Rearview was only released recently – definitely worth a listen.

Keep up to date with Shukura HERE.


Photo: Cherrie Hughes

Tia Gostelow (Mackay)

Gostelow continues to step up to the plate and deliver; coming through with indie music that has the ability to stand out and remain in your memory with everything else coming out at the minute is difficult enough, but Tia’s highlighted a fresh confidence within her music that has made many stand up and take attention. She might be a triple j darling but we’ve got the feeling her music is going to be taking her further as 2017 shows its hand.

If you’re keen on Angus & Julia Stone, the richness of Boy and Bear’s music, classic Fleetwood…Tia’s gonna get you going.

Keep up to date with Tia HERE.



LIZ (Los Angeles, US)

Instead of featuring a single/music video by this artist, we’ve recently been blessed with a full damn mixtape from Mad Decent signee LIZ and so we’re chucking it below for you to get around. Featuring the likes of Vic Mensa and production credits from Henrik The Artist, Mess Kid and Picard Bros, LIZ’s Cross Your Heart EP bounces around from pop to 90’s R&B, into tropical house…and back. She’s unapologetic about her influences and embraces the vibrancy – dive in a listen below:

Stay up to date with LIZ HERE.


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