Peking Duk – the duo responsible for giving you high energy dancefloor anthems for the good times – are returning with a highly anticipated new single, ‘Nothing To Love About Love’, in collaboration with UK party starters, The Wombats
‘Nothing To Love About Love’ has all the celebratory vibes fans have come to expect from Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, cleverly fused with the musical flavours of The Wombats to create one hell of a electro-rock tune.
This latest single follows Peking Duk’s hit smash ‘Move’ featuring Alisa Xalayith of The Naked and Famous released earlier this year. ‘Move’ was the follow up to Peking Duk’s 2019 ARIA certified PLATINUM single ‘Sugar’ with fellow Australian Jack River, as well as ‘Ur Eyez’ alongisde Al Wright of Cloud Control. Peking Duk’s long hot line of audio fire has seen them rake in a multitude of ARIA nominations and awards. With every release shooting to the pointy end of the charts, the Duks’ discography is nudging its way towards a whopping 400 million streams worldwide.
While we have always loved them as a loose-unit electronic act, the moment Adam and Reuben emerged from behind the decks and channelled their antics into the glorious shitstorm of energy that is a Peking Duk live show, was the moment Peking Duk became legend. Since their live debut at Splendour in the Grass 2016, the creative possibilities have exploded, and the boys are determined to go bolder with their offering, delivering new edits with a mix of spectacle, surprise and sheer insanity. Over recent years, Peking Duk have taken their live show far beyond Australian borders, performing to sold-out crowds in venues and festivals across the US, UK, Asia and Europe.
Now with electro-smash ‘Nothing To Love About Love’ in the arsenal for 2020, the sky ain't no limit. But no matter how high the Duks fly, they’ll always keep one foot in the sticky mosh from whence they came. In the end Adam and Reuben are just like the rest of us reprobates – only with a stronger moustache game.
With well over 300 million streams worldwide and growing, The Jungle Giants are fast becoming an unstoppable force. Known for delivering explosive high-energy live performances, the band include all-rounder Sam Hales (vocalist/guitarist/songwriter/ producer), lead guitarist Cesira Aitken, bassist Andrew Dooris and drummer Keelan Bijker.
Kicking off 2021 with a bang, The Jungle Giants placed #8 in the Triple J Hottest 100 for the second year in a row, with fan-favourite ‘Sending Me Ur Loving’. Their most recent single ‘In Her Eyes’ also took out spot #89.
Despite its challenges, 2020 was a big year for the band. Starting in January, The Jungle Giants completed a world tour, winning over fans in the United States, Mexico, Japan, UK, Netherlands and France. In fortunate timing, their tour ended in mid-March just before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world. With subsequent touring cancelled, Sam bunkered down in the band’s production room in Melbourne and spent the remaining year writing and recording The Jungle Giants’ upcoming fourth album due later in 2021.
Regarded as Australian indie rock royalty, The Jungle Giants keep going from strength to strength, with recent wins including racking up ARIA-certified Platinum singles in ‘Feel The Way I Do’, ‘Used To Be In Love’ and ‘Heavy Hearted’; as well as taking home the fiercely competitive Queensland Music Award in 2020 for ‘Song of the Year’. With headline festival performances under their belt and a rapidly growing international fan base, The Jungle Giants have cemented themselves as one of the biggest independent acts in Australia.
The metamorphosis of gifted folk singer/songwriter Celia Pavey into the electro pop powerhouse Vera Blue has been as visually electrifying as it has musically scintillating.
It began with the release of the critically lauded EP “Fingertips” and its achingly ethereal breakthrough platinum single HOLD. Musically, the track fuses Pavey’s raw lyrical insights and captivating vocals with elegant, hypnotic electronica.
The rapturously received debut album “Perennial” came next; along with that dance-inducing, double platinum single REGULAR TOUCH - and its far more cinematic visual direction. The album saw Vera Blue play 5 completely sold out Australian tours, European/UK and USA dates, and multiple festivals including Lollapalooza and Splendour in the Grass.
The blinding success of “Perennial” was followed by the globally penetrating Flume collab “Rushing Back” (#2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100); and two chart topping post album singles. The breezily melodic ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS scales down the electronica and turns up the folk-pop; while THE WAY THAT YOU LOVE ME moved back towards electronic grunge and showed us how sometimes love can be taken advantage of.
Which brings us to the next exhilarating chapter in the Vera Blue Odyssey, and the brand new single - called LIE TO ME. If the tracks on “Perennial” were written in the ashes of a devastating break up, then LIE TO ME is Pavey losing her mind at the other end of the romantic spectrum – falling IN love.
One thing is for sure, if falling in love is as terrifying as it is intoxicating – you may lose a little bit more of your mind every time you listen to Vera Blue’s compulsive new single.
The Veronicas hail from Australia, yet their impact has been felt around the globe.
Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, twin girls born on Christmas Day, were teenagers when they moved to LA, signed a record deal with Sire Records and released their first album, The Secret Life Of…. and three top ten singles including the timeless anthem 4Ever.
A second album followed. Hook Me Up the lead single shot straight to Number One and was quickly followed by the iconic worldwide hit Untouched (which became the first Australian single to sell more than a million copies digitally in the USA).
In 2014 after signing to Sony Music, the girls again reached the Number One spot in their home country with You Ruin Me and it was also a hit around the world including Top 5 in the UK.
Just two years later in 2016, The Veronicas were again at the top of the charts with In My Blood another Number One single.
In 2019, The Veronicas remain at the forefront of pop music with their latest single Think Of Me. In the streaming age, the song has already amassed millions of streams and critical acclaim, it was the Most Added Song to Australian radio the week of release and was certified GOLD soon after.
This year they’ve shown their versatility and staying power again with appearances at Field Day and Bluesfest and a newly signed global deal with MTV: with their own TV series airing around the world in late 2019 in more than 180 countries.
In June they featured on triple j’s Like A Version with their musical collaborator and friend Allday covering Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi and the performance had more than a million views in Australia that week.
With Ten top 10 hits, 3 x Number Ones, 500 million+ streams, ARIA Awards and more than 175 million Youtube/VEVO streams and 3.5 million social connections The Veronicas are unstoppable.
San Cisco are a four-piece indie pop group hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia. Initially whipped up in the wake of high school graduation, the foursome soon found themselves unwittingly defining hipster culture with the video for their breakout hit "Awkward."
Fast forward to 2015 where San Cisco delivered their sophomore album Gracetown which debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts showcasing a new sound for the band -- a more worldly approach to life; exploring the tyranny of love, displacement, homesickness, heartache and heartbreak, via disco, funk, soul and hip-hop undertones.
The group released their third album The Water in 2017 and embarked on an extensive world tour -- playing 21 shows in 46 days across America, Europe and Australia.
2018 saw the band play their biggest tour to date in some of Australia's most iconic venues as well as the release of new single 'When I Dream' coming in at #48 on Triple J's Hottest 100 -- the latter's video of which was filmed in Joshua Tree, California. The single served as the first taste of their upcoming record, due for release soon.
DJ, radio host, curator, label head and party promoter - CC:DISCO! is hopelessly lost in music and there’s no turning back. Playing disco, house and boogie cuts with her heart at the controls, CC triggers a joyous feedback loop that infects the dancefloor. There’s no pretension, only pure feeling.
A Melbourne club scene mainstay, CC began connecting with audiences just like the heroes before her - through FM radio. Having presented shows since the age of 15, her weekly PBS FM slot of six years ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ became a local institution - the quintessential Friday night party starter - priming her for her bi- weekly residency on Rinse FM, as well as knock out guest spots for NTS, Red Light Radio and Dublab.
Now stationed in Lisbon, CC continues to rise as one of her fertile hometown’s most active exports. With three extensive UK/EU tours in 2018, she’s commanded the hallowed dancehalls of Sub Club, :// about blank, Kompass and DJOON. Well versed in mobilizing people on mass with her contagious energy, the festival staple has sent Bestival, Oasis, Lost
Village, DGTL and PITCH into frenzies, with Glastonbury, Love International, Kala and Westival in the cross hairs.
Never one to lose sight of where she’s come from, she remains deeply engaged with her local community and loyal to those who have inspired her along the way. In 2018 she curatedFirst Light - a compilation that profiled Australian and New Zealand electronic artists. With a second volume on the horizon, it’s success also encouraged her to establish her own imprint, CC:Editions, christened by a reissue of Ghanian highlife hero Nana Tuffour. In the same spirit, her club night Club Coco champions her orbit’s most underrated selectors, having hosted a stage at Duke Street Block Party and taken over London’s Corsica Studios.
Brand new Yolŋu surf-rock band, King Stingray release their debut single Hey Wanhaka today via Bargain Bin Records.
King Stingray are a four piece from Yirrkala, North-East Arnhem Land. Formed by Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (nephew of the late Dr M Yunupiŋu - Yothu Yindi frontman) and Roy Kellaway (son of Stu Kellaway - Yothu Yindi founding member and bass player), King Stingray blend ancient indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create a genre of their own, Yolŋu surf-rock.
Premiering this past Sunday on triple j's 2020 with Richard Kingsmill, their debut single Hey Wanhaka is a playful song about finding love in the city. Written in both English and Yolŋu Matha, the band integrate the traditional Yolŋu manikay (traditional song-line) of the Lorrpu (white cockatoo) into a groove heavy, indie rock song. Travelling around the place like a cockatoo, “Hey Wanhaka” literally means “Hey, where you going?”.
"A seriously exciting debut from King Stingray!" - Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed
"...An instant classic" - Claire Mooney, triple j Unearthed (5 stars)
The Chats caught wind of the band just in time to snap them up for their own label, Bargain Bin Records. "I’m bloody stoked to have King Stingray on board the Bargain Bin train (it’s a crazy train, like the Ozzy Osbourne song)" says The Chats frontman Eamon Sandwith "I'm very much looking forward to seeing them grow as a band and I can't wait till we can hit the road and do some shows together!".
King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship, of two cultures coming together. From toddlers in the Yothu Yindi tour entourage in the 90s, to fully fledged Yothu Yindi members today, Yirrŋa (current lead singer of Yothu Yindi) and Roy (current guitarist of Yothu Yindi and Emily Wurramara) have been playing and making music together for as long as they can remember. King Stingray seamlessly blends Yirrŋa's timeless Yolŋu manikay vocals with Roy’s indie pop credentials (Mary Handsome, Django George).
Young multi-instrumentalist Dimathaya Burarrwanga joins the King Stingray line-up on drums and percussion, with Campbell Messer taking care of bass and back up vocals.
Determined to follow in the grand footsteps of their parents in Yothu Yindi, King Stingray are the new generation, celebrating indigenous culture and multiculturalism through music.
With their debut single on the horizon, Rest For The Wicked are one of the most promising acts in Australia. Think the new school genreless vibe of Dominic Fike and Still Woozy, the conceptual visual alternative pop of Gorillaz and Empire of the Sun, the raw indie energy of Glass Animals, Twenty One Pilots and Mac Demarco. Slowthai. Watch this space.
Ex-tradies turned instagram celebrities ‘The Inspired Unemployed’ will be hosting Grapevine Gathering and performing changeover DJ sets around the country. The duo started their instagram account during COVID out of boredom sharing hilarious skits and videos. They now have almost a million followers, have quit their day jobs as tradies, and have collaborated with the likes of Vogue, GQ and Louis Vuitton.