New Gold Coast music – December 2017

There’s some bangin’ tunes being produced across the Gold Coast at the moment and here we unveil some of our favourites. Whether you’re into hip-hop, electronica, psychedelia or prog-metal, we’ve got you covered.

Check out all these awesome new Gold Coast songs and add ’em to your summer playlist.

Lane Harry x Ike Campbell

Australia’s hottest hip hop duo, Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell have proven the power of the internet with the duo’s latest release a collaboration with Daniel Duque-Perez, the lead singer and songwriter of internationally-acclaimed rock band The Griswolds. The track ‘The Dash’ was released just last week and has already been played on triple j every day and been covered by one of the biggest music blogs in the world (earmilk.com). It is the first single off the duo’s upcoming album ‘Casablanca’ due early 2018 and was mixed and mastered by Guy Cooper (Serotonin Productions) and accompanied by a film clip directed by Nils Nilson (Pirates of the Caribbean / Kong: Skull Island) which you can check out on Youtube below. The song is also available via itunes and Spotify.

Wongo enlists San Mei for ‘Paradise’

Gold Coast native, Wongo has gone from being one of the country’s leading b-boys to producing smooth house beats including official remixes of Azealea Banks and Beyonce tracks. Now on tour nationally, his new track ‘Paradise’, featuring San Mei is off to a flying start, clocking in at #4 on the ARIA club charts, a soft and seductive offering with a muted bassline perfectly complimenting San Mei’s velvety voice. “This is the first time I have collaborated with a fellow Gold Coast local,” Wongo said. “When I first heard San Mei, I had a feeling we would be able to come up with something special. It’s a track that portrays our sunny hometown whilst staying true to the vibes of my production style.” Listen now via Spotify and all the usual sites.

Sunrose expand Cosmic Horizon

Four-piece Byron psych rockers Sunrose have unveiled debut EP ‘Cosmic Horizon’. Fans of psyched-out guitars, emotive vocals and cosmic vibes will dig the dreamy grooves and melodies that sit alongside far-out rock anthems. The EP, out on Saturday 25 November, comes off the back of its two first singles, ‘Fever’ and ‘Egoless’ which both garnered positive reviews across the music industry. Stream via spotify or event better, buy it via bandcamp.

Shanon Watkins’ secret love of Tay Tay

It’s not often that ultra cool, tattooed, acoustic folk/pop artists harbour a stout fondness for the music of an all-out American pop star such as Taylor Swift. Or at least if they do, they’re not making public announcements about it. Brisbane artist Shanon Watkins however, is quite happily doing both. His brand new single ‘Secret Love of Tay Tay’ is an upbeat, insanely melodic tribute to this formerly undisclosed appreciation for ‘Tay Tay’ as he so affectionately refers to her. The single is out, ahead of a 20 January performance at NightQuarter. ‘Secret Love of Tay Tay’ is available through major online retailers. 

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Hot Coffee’s ‘Sipping Sundays’ with new EP

Gold Coast duo Høt Coffee only just released their debut tracks late in 2016 but they’ve already hit on a sound that’s catchy and bold. Those first two tracks ‘Generation’ and Coast’ were followed by ‘Magic’ which led to the outfit slowly gaining traction as well as taking out a $2000 prize in a battle of the bands competition and packing out local shows at venues like Miami Shark Bar and elsewhere. They’ve been releasing live videos on their FB every Sunday that feature a new track and collaboration and now they’re announced their debut EP ‘Sippin’ Sundays’ which is due at the end of November. They think the EP is their greatest work yet but you can judge it for yourself on Spotify, Soundcloud or itunes. Høt Coffee also play the GD FRNDS showcase 16 December at Miami Shark Bar.

Transmissions single series for The Sea Shall Not Have Them

Gold Coast prog-instrumental duo The Sea Shall Not Have Them have announced the release of a series of singles kicking off in March 2018. Guitarist Curt Emerton says while he’s been a fan of the album format, he’s also old enough to remember picking up 7” singles. “Some of my favourite bands saw the flipside of those singles as an opportunity to present a different side of themselves,” he said. Since 2012’s album ‘Mouth’ and 2014’s 24-minute EP ‘Walking Through Walls / Elim’, the band have supported acts such as The Mark of Cain, Tumbleweed and Sleepmakeswaves. They were also hand picked to appear on The Jesus And Mary Chain tribute album ‘Tym Records presents Psychocandy’ covering the song ‘The Living End’ and soundtracked the award winning surf documentary ‘Thundercloud’.  The first single release ‘Debris / Underneath’ is due to arrive in March 2018 with further releases expected in June, September and December.  “And calling this a singles series doesn’t necessarily imply there is an A and B side to these releases,” said Curt, “or even that the singles will be limited to two songs per release… Things could shapeshift.” Keep your eyes on theseashallnothavethem.bandcamp.com for the upcoming releases.

New single + drummer for Mass Sky Raid

Gold Coast’s favourite prog-rock sons Mass Sky Raid have released new single ‘Chemical Design’ and announced a new drummer in the form of Morgan Blake. Morgan has joined the group, having graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Popular Music and Diploma of Education. Blake was the drummer for Nine Sons of Dan from 2008-2015 and has worked as a live session musician for a variety of artists including Jarryd James and Matt Corby. The new track ‘Chemical Design’ is (desrcription) and is available via iTunes and Spotify now.

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