Now Playing: Bessie Turner – 'Nino'

Monday, October 22, 2018
Photo by Chris Driver via Bessie Turner's FB

Suffolk-based Bessie Turner has unleashed her new single 'Nino', which was released via her own label Don't Try along with Lab Records.

'Nino' is a personal release for Bessie Turner, with the track taking the form of a confession. The track expresses her own feelings of self-doubt and feeling overwhelmed by various aspects of her life. On 'Nino', she says "The song has some well disguised personal references that relate to me…body image, boredom, sex, and that feeling like you want to go into self-destruct mode because of it all. Life can overwhelm and consume everybody and having someone there to give you a push or a boost is sometimes all it takes". She tells her personal story through the use of shimmering guitars and airy (yet splendid) vocals.

You can dive into Bessie Turner's stunning new single 'Nino' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Feature: The Anatomy of 'Soaked' with Diskopunk

's latest single 'Soaked' is everything you have been craving and so much more — the band from Stockholm give us the story of how the track came together.

We wrote 'Soaked’… in an abandoned school in the Swedish countryside.

The story behind ’Soaked' is… our drummer captain sassy pants started to play a very juicy beat and our bassist simply started blasting one string ruthlessly and we knew then and there that we wanted to play that shit for hours. And we did.

Our favourite lyric is… “If I trip on any wire then it's bound to be barbed, If I ever get in front I’ll be in front of a car”

It was made… with a little help from Babydaddy of Scissor Sisters. We don’t usually write with other people but the stars magically aligned and we let him put his gentle but firm touch on there.

Our main inspiration was… the feeling of getting smacked in the face. We wanted to fall off our chairs when the song started and indeed we still do.

It sounds best when… you play it very very loud and even better while dancing aggressively.

You can listen to 'Soaked' by Diskopunk below:

You can also listen to 'Soaked' via Spotify here

Now Playing: King Willow – 'Talk Like That'

Sakara Birdsong Photography via King Willow's FB

San Francisco duo (and sisters) King Willow have unveiled their catchy new single 'Talk Like That' and it's a delight from start-to-finish.

'Talk Like That' evokes feelings of nostalgia, and the old-school energy of the track will transport you to another time and place — if it was up to us, it would be sometime during Grease, in a retro diner sipping on a milkshake. Amanda and Julianna Salguero’s vocals have a hint of sweetness and shimmer through the track's entirely.

If you're looking for a tune that's going to leave you smiling, 'Talk Like That' is everything you need.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Now Playing: IDER – 'Mirror'

Photo by Lottie Turner via IDER's FB

London's IDER is back again with their second single of 2018, this time serving up 'Mirror', which was released via Glassnote.

'Mirror' is a single that explores identity and self-reflection, particularly after a break-up. Throughout the track, they channel this powerful emotional experience lyrically, "I'm trying so hard to forget you / When were you last online? / I should pretend I never met you / I'm still so desperate all the time". 'Mirror' also stars delicate layering of exquisite vocal harmonies, soaring instrumentals and relatable words that will be instantly etched inside your mind.

We hope IDER have a larger body of work in the works as we need more of their dazzling sounds in our life, and trust us, you do too.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Premiere: Mecha Mecha – 'Karma Krow'

We're thrilled today to be bringing you 'Karma Krow', which the latest single by trio Mecha Mecha. It's been a year since they caught everyone's attention with their EP Blink & You'll Miss It, and have since made major strides refining their sound and songwriting since its release.

Mecha Mecha vocalist Walter said, "'Karma Krow' is about irrationally living in fear of a looming body or entity, because you it doesn't exist, like karma or go, or some sort of omnipotent being". On the single, the trio bring to life the emotions involved with insomnia and what happens with dreams and real life amalgamate.

You can listen to Mecha Mecha's new single 'Karma Krow' below:

Listen: Local Gems of the Week – 19.10.18

Friday, October 19, 2018
Photo by Jake Lofven

If you're on the search for gems, look no further as we have you sorted. This week's 'Local Gems of the Week' features an abundance of incredible tunes from around the country.

Tiana Khasi — ‘Nuketown’
‘Nuketown’ was already a special tune, and now the visuals (directed by Jake Lofven) take the track to another planet.

Ella Fence — ‘Call Girl’
Fierce, confident and powerful, ‘Call Girl’ has it all.

Tiarne — ‘Lights’
Just wait until you hear this sparkly slice of indie-pop from Tiarne.

Feather Touch — ‘Need You’
We premiered this one yesterday, but it’s so damn good it deserves an extra serving of love.

The Nights — ‘Fallen’
A euphoric delight that combines both light and dark.

Stevie Jean — ‘Estranged’
She’s one of the best storytellers around and yet again she proves why.

FLUIR — ‘Feeling For You’
'Feeling For You' is an alluring jam that you’ll have on repeat for hours.

Papaya Tree — ‘Youth’
A fascinating slice of enchanting horns, smooth vocals and a dose of rock.

cln — ‘Own Skin’
cln’s latest track will take you on a journey that you won’t forget.

Lachlan X. Morris — ‘Stray Dog’
Because psychedelic dad-rock can be cool.

Ella Thompson — ‘Hysteria’
Utterly brilliant work by Ella. We need her new EP ASAP.

Hannah Rosa — ‘Hollow’
‘Hollow’ is absolutley beautiful, we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Premiere: PACIFICA & YOMAEZ – 'If You Want'

Today, we're extremely excited to host a stream of 'If You Want', which is the latest track by the incredibly talented PACIFICA and a favourite here at Wickedd Childd, Adelaide's Yomaez.

'If You Want' is the type of track that you can have on loop for hours and not grow tired of it. The track came to life whilst PACIFICA was in Iceland, he then sent it to Yomaez as a demo the night before he left. The collaboration between the two artists is a stunning combination and the final result is an enchanting mix of airy vocals, intriguing electronic beats and a dreamlike energy.

You can enjoy 'If You Want' by PACIFICA & Yomaez below.

Now Playing: Bathe – 'Sure Shot'

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Photo by Danielle Caño-Garraway via Bathe's FB

If you don't have Bathe on your radar, you better hurry as they're about to be everywhere. This week, the duo unveiled their impressive debut single 'Sure Shot'.

Masters of surf R&B, the duo's powerful new release explores toxic masculinity and its impact on black men. On Soundcloud they say, "This song is about the destructive cycle of paranoia and toxic masculinity that black men endure and are often forced to embody as a consequence of existing under a constant threat of violence. It was inspired by the lives of our respective father figures."

Though one listen of the track may leave you thinking that's it's solely a soothing single, it's so much more than that. 'Sure Shot' is a raw and reflective track that features compelling lyricism — "Caught your shadow at the bus stop / Bet your not ready for what I got". Devin Hobdy's vocals are cool and composed, whilst Corey Smith-West's delicate guitar work compliments Devin's breezy vocal tones.

'Sure Shot' is only the beginning for Bathe — get ready for their takeover.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

You can listen to 'Sure Shot' by Bathe below:

Now Playing: Daniella Mason – 'Emotional Rollercoaster'

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Daniella Mason released her EP Emotional State earlier this month and though the entire EP is astounding, 'Emotional Rollercoaster' has left us hypnotized. The EP is part of four-part series, which will include upcoming EPs Physical State, Mental State, and Spiritual State — overall giving listeners her take on different aspects of our humanity.

'Emotional Rollercoaster' is an absorbing release that will consume your body and soul. The electronic production features intriguing percussion work and the combination of this and her delectable vocals is a match made in heaven. Words such as "Am I going mad and no one ever told me so / I think I'm going mad and some would say they told me so" particularly stand-out and throughout 'Emotional Rollercoaster', she's able to capture the highs-and-lows of life and the emotional after-effects of these powerful feelings.

With more music by Daniella Mason coming soon, we can't wait to see what magical sounds she has in the works.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

You can listen to 'Emotional Rollercoaster' by Daniella Mason. Click here to check out the rest of the EP here.

Premiere: Feather Touch – 'Need You'

(Photo - Josh Groom)

We're excited to bring you 'Need You', which is the latest gem by Sydney-based tropicalysco- disco producer Feather Touch.

The timing of 'Need You' couldn't come at a better time — the track is everything your summer playlist needs as the nights become longer and the days become warmer. 'Need You' was co-produced and mixed with Haxx, who has worked with the likes of Kult Kyss, Yeo, King IV. The release features a buoyant mix of layered instrumentals, attention-grabbing drums and a club-beat that drives you to move.

'Need You' also stars lush vocals from Lachlan Stanley (aka Feather Touch). In a statement, he says "For this song, I really put aside my insecurities about singing and avoided being self-conscious on the structure as much as possible."

You can enjoy Feather Touch's entrancing new single below before it's released tomorrow, Friday, October 19th.

Feature: The Ingredients of White Dove with Tangerine

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LA-via-Seattle indie pop trio Tangerine are set to release their brand new EP White Dove this Friday, October 19 via AWAL. Before you devour everything the EP has to offer, they've given us a glimpse into the ingredients behind their upcoming release.

Santa Carla:
The mythical seaside town where the 1980s film Lost Boys is set was a huge influence on us — everything from the fashion in the movie to the moody 80s music. We went to Redondo Beach and shot the music video for 'Cherry Red' looking for that perfect seaside town with just a little bit of darkness around the edges.

Montague Boys:
Romeo’s lit crew from Baz Lurhman’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet. The Montague boys have all the fun and rock amazing outfits while they do it. The gorgeous fatalism of their whole situation leaves such a lasting impression, plus the movie has an amazing soundtrack that is an influence in itself.

Ray of Light album from Madonna:
An insanely beautiful concept album which we always felt was an ode to Los Angeles. This album has such an incredible attention to detail — layers upon layers of production but nothing ever seems erroneous. Madonna doesn’t get enough credit for the incredible songwriter that she is... also that pleather blue dress is iconic.

Pretty in Pink:
The ultimate 80s teen movie. When we were putting the finishing touches on our song 'Lake City' we envisioned this playing during their prom scene. Is there anything more amazing than James Spader in his flowing preppy white suit.

Our home in Los Angeles:
We have a ton of cinematic influences and this is where we have family movie night. We all moved from Seattle into this house in Los Angeles together -this is where we wrote and demoed all the songs for White Dove together. It’s our little safe haven together from the world.

Their EP White Doc will be available from Friday, October 19. Until then, you can enjoy 'Cherry Red' and 'Local Mall' below:

(Photo by Mark Malijan)

Now Playing: Lauran Hibberd – 'What Do Girls Want?'

Lauran Hibberd, who hails from the Isle Of Wight, has created an honest yet utterly infectious tune with her latest release 'What Do Girls Want?'

'What Do Girls Want?' opens up with the lines, "Girls play sports in skirts and boys just play 'til they get hurt", which ultimately sets the scene for the rest of the track. Hibberd's punchy words discuss the anxieties that run wild in the mind's of young folks today and the pressures we put on ourselves to be a certain way. The vivacious single features a dynamic mix of animated drums and a sprinkle of indie-pop.

Throw your headphones on and get ready to blast 'What Do Girls Want?' on repeat.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

(Photo by Nathan Russell)

Gig Review: Niine | The Evelyn Hotel | Melbourne | 11.10.18

Photo via Niine's FB

During October, Niine has been gracing the stage of The Evelyn Hotel celebrating the release of her debut EP Yeah, Nah. With one more night left in the residency, here is a little sneak peek of what to expect from the avant-garde pop star.

The second week of the residency was kicked off by the jubilant Effi’s Fighting Pillow, a lively, power-pop band that filled hearts with joy. With excellent stage presence and top-notch banter, they're a nice little gem to keep an eye on for the future.

Comedown Party hit the stage soon after with a haven of synthesised madness and psychedelic wonder. The two-piece band, made up of guitar, bass, vocals, and a heck of a lot of samples were incredibly well put together, as their seamless and effortless interaction with the samples created a vivid depiction of how much effort the pair put into their performance and their songwriting. With a brilliant reimagining of a Radiohead classic, Comedown Party showed off their enormous musical prowess and imagination, sealing their position as one of Melbourne’s coolest bands.

The night was decorated and enhanced by the stunning visuals of Melbourne’s newest visual powerhouse moth.pal. The duo creates such beautiful lo-fi visuals that it’s impossible not to be swept up into a psychedelic haze and become one with the breathtaking dreamscapes created by these two sorcerers of vision. Book these people for your next gig, music video, wedding reception, or even Bar and Bat Mitzvah because innovators like this only come around once in a generation.

Finally, the penultimate performer of the night, Niine, burst onto the stage playing her EP in full. She was a cool, calm, collected sparkle that dazzled the eyes of all the spectators in the audience, hypnotising the room with her infectiously groovy tunes, and Siren-like vocals. The songs were lush and deep with off-kilter rhythms that bustled through the room as if they were walking through a rocky train on a bumpy ride, while her blazing guitar filtered through everyone’s heads leaving them a gooey mess of wonder and bliss. Her band sat proudly behind her the whole night, playing like feverish bandits, never relenting and keeping time so well they might as well be spokespeople for Rolex.

With one more night of the residency left, it is worth every ounce of effort, every dollar in your wallet, and every second of your time to go visit Niine and get a glimpse into the magical world of musical delight and intrigue that she has put together.

Written by Jaspar Robinson 

You can catch Niine tomorrow 18th October at the Evelyn Hotel launching her EP. Click here for more information.

Premiere: Eliza Hull – 'Going Soon'

Before its official release this Friday, we're super excited to share 'Going Soon', the new single by Castlemaine-based singer-songwriter Eliza Hull. Along with the release of her new single, Eliza is also set to release her upcoming EP How We Disappeared on October 26th.

Over the past few years, Eliza Hull has gathered an array of praise for her stunning vocals and enchanting brand of songwriting and her new single Going Soon' is further proof of this. The track is a personal release about change and the emotions involved with moving on. Eliza's candid and reflective words are brought to life with the combination of her exquisite vocals and the track's climactic production.

She's set to play a series of live dates soon, scroll down to find out where.

Tour dates:
27th October - Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton
8th November - Golden Age Cinema, Sydney (w/ Julia Johnson)
10th November - Boney, Melbourne (w/ Gena Rose Bruce & Julia Johnson)
11th November - The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine (w/ Julia Johnson)
More information is available here

Now Playing: Soft Streak – 'Orogeny'

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

LA-based duo Soft Streak may have only created a couple of singles together, but each of their releases has been as impressive as the next — this time it's 'Orogeny', which you're about to love just as much as we do.

The track has a cathartic quality — the title 'Orogeny' refers to the process where mountains are created due to tectonic plates colliding. In a metaphorical sense, this could also refer to the slow process of rebuilding your self and finding your inner-strength and confidence after a rough patch. The story-like track features delicate and airy vocals by Tori Schachne and breezy production by Colton Toy, and the combination is absolutely dreamy.

We can't wait to see what Soft Streak have in-store next.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

You can listen to 'Orogeny' by Soft Streak below:

Now Playing: Dahlia Sleeps – 'Settle Down'

After wowing with their single 'Storm' last month, South London's Dahlia Sleeps have unveiled their new single 'Settle Down'. Their newest single is also set to appear on their forthcoming EP Love, Lost, due for release on December 3rd.

Just like 'Storm', their new single 'Settle Down' is a gut-wrenching track packed with emotional depth. Band member and producer Luke Hester notes in a statement that the song takes the form of a conversation with someone who he cares about, "It’s what I couldn’t say in person. That contradictory place of trying to reassure someone at a seemingly hopeless point, that there’s still hope".

'Settle Down' is a special release by Dahlia Sleeps and their EP is set to be absolutely magical.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Listen to 'Settle Down' by Dahlia Sleeps below:

(Photo by Tomas Turpie)

Feature: We Play 'What Song...' with Novo Amor

Monday, October 15, 2018

Before Novo Amor enthrals you with his highly anticipated debut album Birthplace this Friday 19th October, check out some of the tunes that hold a special place in his heart.

What song did you last listen to?
'Birthday' by Gia Margaret.

What song would you love to sample?
Not something I’ve ever thought about. 'Happy Birthday to you?' Maybe some drone music by Tim Hecker or a drum fill from a Phil Collins or Bruce Hornsby track. Cleary, I don’t know.

What song is your ultimate party track?
'September' by Earth, Wind & Fire.

What song reminds you of your last holiday?
Anything Fado. I went to Lisbon and heard a lot of Fado Music.

What song makes you feel motivated?
'I Want You Back' by The Jackson 5. I used to put it on every morning when I was living in a cold apartment working early mornings in a café.

What song has been your favourite track of 2018?
Either ‘Birthday' by Gia Margaret or ‘Funeral' by Phoebe Bridgers’

Learn more about Novo Amor's debut album Birthplace below:

Check out the video for his most recent single Utican:

(Photo by Daniel Alexander Harris)


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Atlanta’s 6LACK has been rapidly extending his star power in 2018 and his sold-out show at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre is proof of his strong fanbase in Australia. The last time he was here was only recently, having joined Migos on their 2017 Australian tour. Almost exactly a year later, it’s a different site, with crowds rushing to witness their new favourite in-action.

First up for the night was Compton rapper Boogie. Though he hasn’t received much attention on our shores in the past, that just might change for him very soon. Boogie was a solid opener for the night and brought something different. The highlight from his set was his renowned hit ‘Oh My’, which brought a fiery energy to the crowd who begun to file into the room. If you were one of many who made their way early into Forum, you were treated to an outstanding and enthralling performance by Boogie.

THEY., who played an impressive headline show at Melbourne’s Howler the night before was the second act of the night, and they showcased their extensive range of hits for the fans eagerly awaiting for 6LACK. They played an array of tracks from their catalogue, including their amped-up material like ‘Deep End’ to their more moody R&B stuff like ‘Truth Be Told’.

Before 6LACK powered his way onto the stage, his DJ warmed up the crowd to ensure they were raring to go. He opened up his show with the melodic sounds of ‘Unfair’ — the emotional nature of the track painted a picture to fans of his current musical direction. Early during his set, he played his hit release ‘Ex Calling’.

His show featured a lot of crooning and moments of introspection from the Atlanta-based artist. Tracks like ‘Free’, ‘Luving U’, ‘Seasons’, and ‘Pretty Little Fears’ all provided a taste of the sentimentality of his words. As you looked around the room, it’s clear that his music resonates heavily with his fans. Much of his words focus on powerful emotions such as heartbreak, loss and love, and seeing them brought to life hit hard for many in the venue.

Though the majority of the night was smooth sailing jam-packed with melodic R&B tracks, there was also brief moments of his more upbeat material, such as ‘Balenciaga Challenge’.

6LACK ended his show just as it started, bringing the show full circle. This time it was with his hit song ‘Prblms’. Despite the mellowness of the track, he lifted the energy and drew in the crowd with his infectious energy.

6LACK is an astonishing storyteller, and better yet, he’s able to translate the emotions behind his music into a live setting flawlessly.

Words by - Amy Smolcic
Photography by Kristy Smolcic (Folio)


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Los Angeles’ THEY. are in Australia for the first time supporting 6lack, but it was Melbourne’s turn on Thursday night to be treated to a headline performance from the duo. With the release of their EP Fireside fast-approaching on November 9th, their most dedicated Melbourne-based fans not only experienced some of THEY.’s most-loved tracks but also highly-anticipated new material.

Though the crowd that gathered at Howler was much smaller and intimate than the crowds they would be exposed to during 6lack's shows, they were amped and ready.

THEY. made their way onto the stage to the echoing and shadowy sounds of wolf howls, which represents their dedicated legion of fans called the 'wolf pack'. As soon as they hit the stage, they asked everyone to move closer to the stage, which helped with the atmosphere they set out to create. They started their set with ‘Africa’, which comes from their 2017 debut album Nü Religion: Hyena. After their thrilling opener, they moved into their sultry jam ‘Deep End’, which saw the room erupt into a sea of dancing bodies. During their performance of the track, Dante Jones and Drew Love oozed confidence and it was utterly infectious.

The room may have been small, but they were loud. Not only did they chant during songs, but they also enthusiastically had their ‘wolves up’ in-between songs. Even for their unreleased material, the crowd quickly learnt the hooks so they could sing-a-along with the duo, with the duo even teaching the crowd the words to their upcoming material. In a way, their performance felt like a showcase and an opportunity to test out their forthcoming material in a live environment

Along with their more upbeat material, they also dished out multiple servings of their R&B stuff that helped bring the feels with tracks such as ‘Truth Be Told’ and ‘Bad Habits’, which showcased their impeccable vocals

Their performance also included a dose of alternative music, with their track ‘Rather Die’, which features guitar lines from Nirvana’s ‘Polly’. Their performance of this track provided a different (yet welcomed) energy and showed off their versatility.

The next time THEY. return to Australia, there’s no doubt that they’re destined to play larger venues and to bigger crowds, and those who attended their show at Howler were gifted with a performance that will be etched in their memories for years to come.

Words - Amy Smolcic
Photography - Kristy Smolcic (Folio)

Feature: The Anatomy of 'Soaked' with Bene

Friday, October 12, 2018

New Zealand's Bene has been busy recently — not only has she shared her impressive new single 'Soaked' but she's also set to appear during NZ's St. Jerome's Laneway Festival early next year. To celebrate the release of 'Soaked', Bene breaks down the story behind the single.

I wrote 'Soaked'... at the start of the year with the legends Josh Fountian & Djeisan Suskov.

The story behind ‘Soaked’ is... that feeling of regret you have looking back on an important  conversation and wishing that you’d found the right words to say to them at the right time.

My favourite lyric is... “You look at me like I hit you, Stole all your things and left you bruised”. 

It was made... in a studio with a cool lightbox artwork of a monster with its brain out on the wall...

My main inspiration was... an argument I had with someone I loved and being completely stuck for words and overwhelmed.

It sounds best when... listened to with a group of matezzzz.

Along with her upcoming appearance at Laneway Festival NZ 2019, Bene will be appearing with 
Winston Surfshirt this Friday and Saturday in Wellington and Auckland. Click here for more infomation. 


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