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.
The birth of Bag Raiders dates back to the clubs of Sydney’s mid-aughts, when the duo were part of the wave of now-iconic producers and DJs who put Australian dance music on the world stage.
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.
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.
What do you get when you take five ambitious and manic musicians from far-flung suburbs and country towns and lock them in an inner-city Melbourne rehearsal room? You get Creature Fear – a compelling mix of 60’s garage rock and modern atmospherics rolled into a full-bore, shoes-off sound that can still whisper sweet nothings in your ear.
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.