Revisit our live review of the Kendrick Lamar 2016 Sydney show ahead of his new Australian tour

May 19, 2022

*UPDATE* [19/05/2022]: Well, the news is out now. Every single music fan in Sydney is going to be knocking down the online Live Nation door as of Friday 20th May in a frantic attempt to scrape up tickets to Kendrick Lamar’s new Australia tour for 2022. The Compton emcee, who just released the brilliant Mr […]

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Track of the Day: Remi Feat. Whosane “5 A.M.” (2019)

July 12, 2019

Remi, the duo of Melbourne emcee Remi Kolawole and producer Sensible J, have been quiet on all fronts as of late. No more. The House of Beige artists have teamed with Whosane for a slick track called “5 A.M.”, bubbling back to the forefront of the local hip hop scene with this muse on a […]

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Track of the Day: Maundz Feat. Remi “Red Velvet” (2019)

June 25, 2019

Melbourne emcee Maundz is taking zero prisoners on new track “Red Velvet”, bringing fellow local Remi along for a smooth lesson in swift, punchy lyricism. Benefitting from two vastly different deliveries, Maundz’s energetic and Remi’s infectiously laid back, “Red Velvet” makes the most of this retro production from Perth’s Rob Shaker. It serves as the […]

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Photo Gallery: Remi and Raiza Biza + Cool Out Sun – Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney (16.11.18)

November 18, 2018

Hip-Hop collaborators Remi and Raiza Biza dropped their single “Runner” in September, and their Black Hole Sun EP last month to critical acclaim. To celebrate the release, the Aussie/NZ duo have hit the road for an intimate run of shows around the country. On Friday night, they were joined by Cool Out Sun at the Landsdowne Hotel […]

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Remi and Sensible J celebrate family and community with new single “My People”

April 19, 2018

Ahead of Record Store Day, where they’ll be popping up alongside some of Melbourne’s best at Northside Records, Remi and Sensible J have slid on through onto radars with a brand new single in “My People”. Featuring Thando on guest vocals, the single is a markedly new sound from Remi and J, who have been consistently positioning themselves within the […]

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Single of the Day: Thando ft. REMI “Numb” (2018)

January 24, 2018

If you’re in touch with Melbourne’s R&B/soul scene, Thando is not going to be a new name to your radar. Commanding crowds with a voice that has a remarkable charm and rich quality to it, the singer has been doing her thing on the local scene for years now, cultivating a great following along the way. […]

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New free music series ‘Southern Sounds’ kicks off in Melbourne this Thursday

January 9, 2018

Inspired by the spirit of New Orleans, the new live music series helmed by Southern Comfort – ‘Southern Sounds’ – is kicking off this Thursday in Melbourne, with Remi taking the reins at the Northcote Social Club for an unmissable free event. The series heads to Sydney and Brisbane as well this month, with each curated event […]

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Festival Review: The Pleasure Garden lives up to its name in St. Kilda

December 12, 2017

The Pleasure Garden is what I imagine tea with the Mad Hatter would be like. Sitting on a couch in the middle of a garden, sipping on gin, greeting people dressed as exotic birds who offer you lollipops whilst Fat Freddy’s Drop plays in the background. Add Hula Hoops, delectable street food, a smooth musical […]

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Festival Review: No Spilt Milk to cry over in Canberra as Lorde headlines stellar festival event

November 29, 2017

On Saturday, the 25th of November, the Spilt Milk festival brought its A game with the weather, location and acts. Commonwealth Park in Canberra was beautiful with the lush green gardens in the sunshine with everyone’s sunny outfits to match. Starting early was Mallrat looking super cute in a green baby dress with the moves to […]

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Brisbane & Adelaide up next to experience ‘Melbourne After Dark’ following success in Sydney

November 28, 2017

Over the weekend, Sydney folk got a dose of Melbourne’s vibrant nightlife, as Melbourne After Dark came to King’s Cross. The first of three pop up events run by Visit Victoria, Melbourne After Dark brought just a taste of that goodness to over a thousand punters through the course of the free event, with Remi, Saskwatch and more performing live. […]

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Dune Rats, Remi, Bec Sandridge and more announced as special guests for ‘Live At The Steps’ in Melbourne

November 14, 2017

As part of triple j’s Ausmusic Month, this year’s ‘Live At The Steps’ has not only moved to a larger venue at Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens, but the free live music event has been bolstered by some of the country’s most popular touring artists. Joining Baker Boy, Skegss, Tired Lion and Mallrat at ‘Live At The Steps’ will be special […]

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Red Bull Sound Select announces new End of Uni tour ft. REMI, Slum Sociable & more

November 6, 2017

Monthly music series Red Bull Sound Selects has announced a new tour this month to celebrate the end of the university semester. The concert series is curated by a team if entertainment heavyweights including Dune Rats, Bloc Party and Co-Presents Festival. Each city has its own unique lineup including Remi, jazz-pop band Slum Sociable, and […]

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The Age Music Victoria Awards open public voting as 2017 nominees are unveiled

October 13, 2017

The Age Music Victoria Awards are set to take place at 170 Russell in Melbourne on November 22nd as part of this year’s Melbourne Music Week, celebrating 12 years of recognising Victorian musicians and venues continuing to put their city on the map as a thriving artistic hub. Today, the nominees have been announced, with the […]

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Paul Kelly & Gang of Youths lead 2017 ARIA Award nominations

October 10, 2017

Aaaand the countdown to the 2017 ARIA Awards is officially on, with not only the full list of nominees announced in Sydney today, but also the winners of the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy categories revealed too. Statistically speaking, 2017 is Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths‘ year, with both artists striking out against the pack with Kelly […]

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Music Video of the Day: Sensible J ft. Remi and Sampa the Great “Fire Sign” (2017)

September 8, 2017

Having spent a good part of the Australian autumn in the UK, the indomitable trio that is Sensible J, Remi and Sampa the Great were savvy enough to have their journey documented, eventually to be cut together for fans as Sensible J’s debut music video for “Fire Sign”. Following the trio around London and Brighton, as they took to stages […]

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Opinion: Why it’s never been a better time to watch the changing face of Australian hip hop

June 30, 2017

The national ‘Fire Sign’ tour that has seen Remi, Sensible J and Sampa The Great collaborate on continues to Hobart this weekend before finishing up north in Darwin come July 8th. The reviews and chatter that have emerged in the wake of completed shows around the country so far have been positive and driven by enthusiasm – these […]

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Live Review: REMI + Sampa The Great + Man Made Mountain – Fat Controller, Adelaide (25.06.17)

June 26, 2017

In what could easily be described as one of the most exciting co-headline tours we’ve seen this year, hip-hop heavyweights Remi Kolawole and Sensible J (collectively known as REMI) and Sampa The Great joined forces this winter for the Fire Sign national tour. The duo are no strangers to collaborating, most recently teaming up for […]

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Single of the Day: Sensible J ft. Remi & Sampa The Great “Fire Sign” (2017)

June 1, 2017

They’re fresh off the back of some well-received shows in the UK and are currently looking down the barrel at a huge collaborative tour back at home. It’s only right that in the middle of it all, there should be some new music featuring the soulful triumvirate of Sensible J, Remi and Sampa the Great. “Fire Sign” is […]

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A.B. Original and Flume emerge as frontrunner nominees of the 2017 AIR Awards

May 31, 2017

The 2017 AIR Awards have been announced this morning, as the countdown to one of the key events on the Australian music calendar officially kicks off. For the first time, the awards themselves move from Melbourne to Adelaide, taking place at the historic Queen’s Theatre on July 27th. The nominees are wide ranging this year, with […]

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Sampa The Great reigns supreme as The Great Escape Festival wraps up its first night

May 18, 2017

The Great Escape brought its A-game to the first official day of proceedings out in Brighton this Thursday. The rain did not deter the delegates and punters from embracing the sheer wealth of live music to be absorbed across the wide variety of music venues within the city. While the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA Sound Gallery showcase […]

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Sounds Australia outlay huge Sound Gallery & Aussie BBQ plans for The Great Escape

May 12, 2017

The Sounds Australia crew return to the UK for The Great Escape this year and once more, they have curated some incredibly showcases for the British to see what the Australians have going. Two showcases have been planned for Brighton – the Sound Gallery returns to Komedia on Thursday, May 18th, while the Aussie BBQ hits […]

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Remi talks creative development and making music primed for an artistic revolution

March 18, 2017

The next few months are going to prove exciting and fruitful for Remi and Sensible J. The duo are heading to Adelaide for a show – literally – on the river for the Adelaide Festival, before continuing preparations for Bluesfest and then on from that, their UK return for the Brighton Festival with Kate Tempest. A new musical chapter also beckons, with […]

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Flume, Sia, Julia Jacklin and more nominated for 2017 APRA Music Awards

March 16, 2017

This week, we learned that the nominations for the 2017 APRA Music Awards have been unveiled, with some of our great songwriters being recognised for the fantastic year of music they had through 2016. As such, Flume leads the nominations (perhaps unsurprisingly) with four, while Sia follows closely behind with three noms to her name. Julia Zemiro will […]

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Playing times for The Hills Are Alive revealed

March 9, 2017

The 9th annual The Hills Are Alive Festival has just announced its playing times, for what is shaping up to be an unmissable year. The idyllic music and comedy festival, set amongst rolling hills in South Gippsland, is a three-day celebration that is truly other worldly, with free camping, BYO, field games, street food, chill out […]

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Neil Finn added to Bluesfest line up alongside Remi, Playing for Change and more

February 22, 2017

As the countdown for Bluesfest continues to to wind down, the festival organisers have added a new round of names to the Easter Weekend event. In the wake of the various cancellations Bluesfest have suffered this year, headliner-wise, they’ve been making it up to punters with the addition of the likes of Neil Finn, Remi and more […]

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The Hills Are Alive announces Cloud Control, Amy Shark and more for 2017 festival

February 8, 2017

The hills are definitely going to be alive in South Gippsland in March. The 9th annual ‘Festival of Friends’ and the line-up for The Hills Are Alive is all killer, no filler. For three days, the farm comes alive with music, comedians, food, field games, and for the really committed, free camping. Featuring the likes of Cloud Control, Dope Lemon, Amy […]

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The 40 Best Singles of 2016 (Part Two): The Top 20

January 18, 2017

Our Top 20 Singles from 2016 represent not only what was a strong and diverse year in new music, but they also presented themselves to be solid indicators of the trajectories of some of our favourite new artists. From NGAIIRE‘s “House on a Rock” to B Wise‘s “No Questions”, through to huge international hitters in Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” […]

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The 40 Best Australian Albums of 2016: From Outlier to Reclaim Australia

January 16, 2017

Last week we delivered our Top 40 Albums of 2016, as voted by our contributors – some huge albums from chart dominating artists entered in, as did some breakthrough records from bands on the homefront we were still getting to know. We go another level deeper and look at the Top Australian releases as part […]

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The Top 40 Albums of 2016 (Part One): 40 – 21

January 11, 2017

Looking back at last year’s run of new releases, it’s safe to say there were some definite hits alongside those that may not have lived up to the hype. We saw the return of some esteemed artists after a long time out of the spotlight, while some of our own emerging superstar talents came through strongly […]

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The 50 Best Hip Hop and R&B Songs of 2016

January 10, 2017

For Hip Hop, 2016 was the year of cosigning anything and everything. So called ‘mumble rap’ became a thing and there was a massive push back against the term ‘real Hip Hop’, championing newcomers like Lil’ Yachty and Lil’ Uzi Vert (who, like it or not, have been attached to the music and the culture) […]

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