The Local Radar

The Local Radar

Welcome to this month’s Local Radar, where you’ll get your monthly dose of the incredible music coming out of Australia and New Zealand. Hopefully you enjoy these tunes and these artists as much as I have!

TEEKS – Waves

TEEKS, without a doubt, has been one of my favourite voices to ever come out of New Zealand, and there have been a lot of them. Waves comes from I, the first instalment of his upcoming debut album, The depth of this man’s voice is untouched, and he’s able to hold so much power and strength, while showing an incredible amount of restraint and control, and this song is an immaculate example of that. Without much more than an acoustic guitar, some strings, a beautifully delicate horns section and some light percussion, TEEKS’ voice is front and centre, and there’s not much more you can ask from the singer.

MAWiE – Last Night

MAWiE, a South-Sudanese born, Brisbane-based musician counts artists like Michael Jackson, Usher and Chris Brown as some of influences, and you can get a taste of these artists, perfectly mixed in with the singers own style and finesse. Last Night is the second in a string of singles released this year, and it combines a strong confidence with a sense of delicateness that works perfectly for this pocket of RnB and hip hop he is sitting in. From the sounds of things, MAWiE’s shaping up to deliver some incredible music, that’s well worth keeping an eye out for.

Essie Holt – Wanna Stay Up With You

Your indie-pop heart is about to flutter with this single from Australian singer, Essie Holt. A strong guitar riff contrasts with super cute and playful pop synths and Essie sprinkles her delicate and ethereal vocals over the track. It’s such a sweet and simple track, which is what makes it so enjoyable to listen to. It’s like the audible sound of a ray of sunshine and we are here for it!

RIIKI – Share Your Love

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Pumped for this track, simply pumped. RIIKI is a 20-year old newcomer from New Zealand and if this track is anything to go by, she’s got a lot more coming our way. The hook on this track is so catchy and effortless, and fans of Kali Uchis, BENEE or Charli XCX should definitely keep an eye on this one. The singer’s vocals are super controlled and tender, all the while matching the energy of the production that really ties the track together. A strong bass line, atmospheric synths and a groove pocket deep enough to swim in make this one of my favourite tracks right now. RIIKI’s created the perfect tune to have a dance and single along to, all the while effortlessly cementing her as one to watch.

Balu Brigada – photographic memory

Well this is a cute one isn’t it? It’s sure to get you grooving and you’ll be smiling every time you catch another sweet lyric in the mix. Synths, soaring backing vocals and a ridiculously catchy hook make this an absolute tune, and is sure to get you super excited about these boys from New Zealand. It’s a song that immediately gets your head nodding and your toes tapping. Fans of ROLE MODEL and Gus Dapperton will really get around Balu Brigada, and I can’t wait to see what else they give us in the future.

Hopefully you found a new track to have a boogie to, let me know which if these artists you added to your playlists!



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Australian Music from Australian Artists

Australian Music from Australian Artists

Hello friends, and welcome to another blog post.

Today I’m going to be sharing with you a list of songs, from Australian artists. The Australian music industry obviously isn’t as huge as the American music industry, and a lot of our artists end up heading over there anyway, but we still have some amazing artist, releasing amazing music.

Please don’t mind the copious amount of posts that are linked throughout this list, as is clear, I’m passionate about Australia artists and Australian music, hence why I’ve already covered quite a lot of these artists and seen a few of them live. Hopefully you find some new music to listen to!

Give It To Me – Olivia Escuyos
Sweet Lady – Little Finn
Slow Mover – Angie McMahon
Emerald – RINI
Killing My Time – G Flip
The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang Of Youths
Younger – Ruel
Heartburn – Wafia
Follow Me – SŸDE ft Evan Klar
Waiting – KIAN
Daddy’s Got A Gun – Molly Millington
Dance With Me – Tentendo, Jordan Dennis
Selfish – The Kite String Tangle
Future Heroine – Ecca Vandal
I Said Hi – Amy Shark
Monday – Matt Corby
Fools And Their Gold – PLGRMS
Marryuna – Baker Boy
Do Right – Glades
2000 n Something – Kaiit
Let You Down – Peking Duk
Wild Horses – Bishop Briggs
Life Goes On – E^ST
Feel The Way I Do – Jungle Giants
P Plates – Ruby Fields
Too Far Gone – Vince The Kid, KIAN
Couch Potato – Jakubi
Time – Gretta Ray
Mistake – Middle Kids
Be Alright – Dean Lewis

I hope you had a listen to some of those songs, I honestly love all of them, and am very passionate about all those artists. Definitely check out the linked posts as well, they’re all a fun time! Let me know if you enjoy any of the songs or the artists I’ve shared!!



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SŸDE With The Trifecta

SŸDE With The Trifecta

Hello friends!

Favourite home grown’s on this blog, Will and Mitch, formally known as SŸDE, have released another smash of a tune, and as per usual, I love it.

I’m biased like that.

This time round, the boys have featured Evan Klar, an Australian singer with a beautiful voice, that gave me goosebumps the first time I heard him sing last year on his single Barefoot, and this song does not fail to deliver.



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The song was premiered on Triple J, but officially released on the 25th, and the hype has been too real with these boys. Since releasing Orbit and Above The Clouds, Will and Mitch have been keeping us on our toes, and while the the behind the scenes rehearsal and studio pictures and Instagram stories make for great content, it was only so long until we needed more.

Enter Follow Me.

Follow Me is the perfect blend of acoustic sound with amazing production and beats, which is what I’ve come to expect from SŸDE. Evan’s voice matches perfectly, and provides the perfect vocal performance to match the powerful, yet still mellow beat that the boys have cooked up.

You can’t help but bob along when the chorus kicks in, and I’m itching to take a drive with this song plugged in.


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In the twelve months since they first appeared on my radar during Triple J Unearthed, you can really tell how far they’ve both come, in terms of skill, production, sound and development. Everything just seems tighter with this track.

They’ve been doing great things, especially here in Australia. Not only has their song been added to a Visa ad, but they’re scheduled to head to BIGSOUND, a music festival and conference up in Brisbane, one that has launched plenty of careers here in Australia. Just last month they were at Splendour In The Grass, and on their return from the festival, teased us with snippets and visuals belonging to Follow Me.

If you’re down for a cruise-y summer hit, partnered with beautiful, raspy vocals, make sure you give Follow Me a listen.



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Ode To The Australian Home Grown’s

Ode To The Australian Home Grown’s

Hello friends!

So, resisting the temptation to share my own music, because I am an Australian ‘home grown’, was a thing I had to endure when I sat down to write this post. Was it hard?


Because as you may have gathered, I belong to a generation entrenched in self deprecation and jokes made at our expense so while I know I’m one of the best things to happen to this Earth, I simultaneously hate myself.

HOWEVER. That’s not to say I don’t have tons of other Australian artists that I absolutely love like my own children. So today I’m going to be sharing some of my all time favourite Australian musicians/bands/singers. For the sake of not boring you to death, if I’ve mentioned someone before, I’ll link you to their respective post. Let’s begin.


Song Recommendation: Uninvited

I came across Mallrat last year when she released Uninvited and had to collect my jaw up off the floor. Her voice is really simple and light, but her tunes are actual slaps. This song in particular is quite bass heavy, which we know I love, and I have a real issue with judging anyone who doesn’t immediately start to boogie when I share this song with them.



Song Recommendation: Girl In The Sun

For a while I definitely wasn’t a fan of Allday. But somehow last year I found myself listening to his intensely Australian rapping a lot more than I was used to.



Song Recommendation: Orbit (Hazey Eyes Remix) ft Ashe

I don’t think I can talk enough about these dudes. So far I’ve written two blog posts about them, have a read! Cheers Triple J // Above The Clouds With SŸDE



Song Recommendation: Golden Years

This dude is so young, but last year he absolutely exploded over Triple J. He supported Angus and Julia Stone on their recent tour, and I’ve been obsessed with his voice ever since I hear Golden Years.



Gang Of Youths
Song Recommendation: Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane

The first time I heard this song I nearly started crying. I can’t encourage you to listen to Do Not Let Your Spirit, or any Gang Of Youths song, enough. A huge thank you to Let Go Fest for headlining these guys at the festival. The Heart Is A Muscle went so hard and it’s all I’ve been playing since.



Ruby Fields
Song Recommendation: I Want

When I first heard I Want, I knew I had to write a song about Ruby Fields. She blew up over night, but it was well deserved. Have a read; Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby.



Dean Lewis
Song Recommendation: Lose My Mind

I dedicated a whole post to Dean after I saw him live at The Howler here at Melbourne. It was perfect; Same Kind Of Different.



Gretta Ray
Song Recommendation: Unexpected Feeling

Similar to Dean, one of the first posts I wrote on this blog was a gig review after I saw Gretta live at the Howler in April last year. One of my favourite gigs to date; Get Around Gretta. Unexpected Feeling is one of my all time favourite songs, purely because it brings back memories from when I was a couple years younger and heavily on SoundCloud, and we followed each other and I used to listen to this on repeat.



Song Recommendation: High On Life

I love this song. I know the female vocalist and DEX has been gradually picking up speed around Australia, Melbourne mainly, as a rapper to watch. Rooftops is another song to give a listen.



Song Recommendation: Natural Woman

This was one of my favourite releases last year, and I’m patiently waiting for more from Kaitt. For the smoothes vocals, scatting and RnB feels, give this a listen.



The Jungle Giants
Song Recommendation: Used To Be In Love

Besides featuring The Jungle Giants in several of my playlists and posts, I definitely enjoy them on the daily, especially this song. They placed pretty well in the 2017 Triple J’s Hottest 100 on the 27th of January, and you bet I was grooving along at work.



Song Recommendation/s: Go Bang/Changa

Pnau kicked into 6th gear last year when their song Chameleon picked up a bunch of speed. However, their most recent releases, Go Bang and Changa are two of my favourites from the group. Perfect summer songs.



Hockey Dad
Song Recommendation: Beach House

I’ve already babbled about my attachments to Hockey Dad and this song, so I’ll just direct you that post instead of babbling againThanks @wwallowss.



Song Recommendation: Heartburn

I’ve loved Wafia for ages. Ever since she appeared on my radar, I’ve been obsessed with her voice, the music she releases and the incredible amounts of collaborations she’s getting under her belt. Heartburn was one of the first songs I heard from her and it’s still my favourite.



Song Recommendation: Can’t Afford It All

Arguably my favourite from this list, I’ve been all over Jakubi back when I accidentally caught them live in 2014 at a council festival for $2 entry. Rudimental And Jakubi – Live at The Australian Open Live Stage.



Song Recommendation: Speak Easy

I’m not sure if it’s meant to, but this song makes me so emotional and I dream of seeing it live.



Kite String Tangle
Song Recommendation: Arcadia

There’s a certain sense of nostalgia that I relate to this song, I used to cache this song on my old iPhone 3G back when streaming music ate all the phone data you had. It was a magical experience. Kite String Tangle has earned a reputation as a not-to-be-missed act at the several festivals he’s performed at and I hope to catch a set soon. This song makes me feel a kind of way, like I think of a very specific time, of a specific person and a particular route I used to take on the way home from high school in the car. Don’t ask because I’m not sure I even know.





So yeah. Hopefully you discovered some new Australian guns to have a listen to. Thanks to the accessibility on social media and platforms such as my beloved Triple J and Triple J Unearthed, Australian music is steadily on the rise, which I am ever so grateful for.



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