We’ve got the lowdown on the newest Gold Coast Music to hit the airwaves. Get amongst it!
Amela joins forces with Bad Pony
With two EPs under her belt and a recent finalist berth in the Gold Coast Music Awards, Amela is embracing a transition from acoustic/ folk roots, to sharp, polished pop. And collaboration is driving that transition. ‘Cold’ saw Amela collaborate with North Queensland producer Clovr, resulting in triple j love and just-released track ‘My God’ sees Amela collaborate with Sydney’s indie-rockers Bad Pony. The track kicks off with an intricate mix of uncertain emotion alongside a steady, lightly played guitar riff. The chorus sees the song elevate into a powerfully and catchy chant pushing the song’s protagonist to take control of the situation. Jarred, lead vocalist of Bad Pony providing a response to Amela’s parts, which sees the song to flowing as a beautifully crafted yet uncomfortable conversation.
Tijuana Cartel summon Ishtar
Tijuana Cartel have been knocking on ancient Mesopotamian doors; who answered? None other than Ishtar, the goddess of love, beauty, sex, and war. What did she have on offer? A brand new tune for Gold Coast’s favourite east-meets-west-beats merchants. Their first release in a couple of years delivers a generous dose of heavy bass, haunting guitars and soul smashing beats. It’s a guaranteed floor shaker and is the first to come from a limited-edition vinyl release set to drop before their up-coming tour. Ishta can be streamed via bandcamp.
IVEY out of time with new indie gem
Triple J’s Unearthed High Gold Coast legends Ivey have literally grown up on the scene enjoying a string of successful releases and embarking on several national tours including supports for The Delta Riggs, Tired Lion and The Belligerents. Evolving their sound with the help of long time collaborator/producer Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents) Ivey have dropped new single ‘Out Of Time’ just in time for a bunch of shows for BIGSOUND.
Dreaming Big with Benny D Williams
It may have been a long five month wait for eager fans, but Benny D is set to release his fourth track this year, ‘Sambalese’, a fast spitting Afro rap track with a catchy backbeat that will get hips swinging and smiles brimming. The track is out on 28 September to coincide with his daughter’s birthday, and Benny follows up with an east coast tour throughout October and November. You can catch him at Cooly Sands on 3 September and SWELL Sounds on 9 September and the track will be out on Spotify.
Casey Barnes keeps coming back
Fans of Casey Barnes didn’t have to wait long to get their hands on his next single ‘Keep Me Coming Back’, which hit iTunes recently. The release, hot on the tail of ‘The Way We Ride’ solidifies Barnes’ spot as one of the fastest rising stars in country music. Again collaborating with his successful songwriting team Michael Paynter and MSquared Productions, Casey continues to chart strongly in the iTunes Country Charts and radio charts across Australia and his music has made an impact around the world. You can listen to Casey’s new song in person when he performs at REDfest, Saturday 9 September at the Redland Showgrounds.
Hanlon Brothers Living the High Life
Gold Coast’s favourite brothers have announced the upcoming release of new single ‘High Life’ the very very much anticipated follow-up to ‘Diamonds’. And the track is a frenzy of firsts. It will be the first female collaboration for Hanlon Brothers, their first electronic / dance track, and the first song produced outside of the band with Xy Latu (New Zealand Idol winner) taking on production. ‘High Life’, which features both TOBI and Jesswar is out in October and they’ll get to test it out with their own headlining show at Miami Marketta as well as a showcase at Australian Music Week in November.