박혜진 Park Hye Jin, SG Lewis, Chase Zera: Best Songs of The Week
Each week, we receive countless submissions of exciting new music, so we’ll be taking you through a weekly wrap up of all our favourite new tunes every Friday called #TrustedForTaste. Follow our Spotify playlist to never miss our updates!
박혜진 PARK HYE JIN – Clouds (feat. Nosaj Thing)
Recently collaborating with Blood Orange for the formidable ‘CALL ME (Freestyle)’, and still riding the high of her EP ‘How Can I’ which came out earlier this year, 박혜진 Park Hye Jin has now teamed up with LA-Based producer Nosaj Thing for a brand new slice of her unique down-beat electronic hip-hop sound. ‘CLOUDS’ features Park weave between rapping and singing over woozy beats, taking cues from deep house progressions and mellow synth sounds to create a steady pulsing rhythm that slowly builds into a hypnotic spacey finale.
SG Lewis – Time (Ft. Rhye)
Doubling as the opening track of his forthcoming, long-awaited debut album times due out next year, SG Lewis has unveiled his fourth single this week in the form of a soaring disco jam titled ‘Time’. Teaming up with Rhye for heartfelt vocals, SG Lewis said the single is “central to the album thematically and sonically,” and is another irresistible single from the prolific producer. Having already delivered hit after hit this year with ‘Chemicals’, ‘Impact’ featuring Robyn and Channel Tres and ‘Feed The Fire’ featuring Lucky Daye, SG Lewis continues to do a very good job indeed of making sure our anticipation and hype for his debut remains at an all-time high.
Chase Zera – No More
Wrapping up a stellar year in 2020, Chase Zera unveils her anticipated debut EP today and unleashes yet another pearler of a dance pop gem in ‘No More’. Fittingly self-assured and forward-thinking, ‘No More’ is yet another example why Chase Zera really is one to watch right now. In her own words, Zera said, “‘No More’ is a song about realising your worth and not letting yourself fall into limbo land with someone who doesn’t make an effort with you. It’s about being caught up somewhere between ‘friends’ and ‘dating’. I put my foot down on someone who wanted all the benefits of dating me without committing to me, when I realised I deserved better.“
ROYBOY – oursound
Earlier this year, unknown and anonymous hip-hop act ROYBOY won the triple j unearthed DIY Supergroup competition with their wild and unpredictable entry ‘switchUP’ which transformed samples from Flume, Tame Impala, G Flip and Amy Shark, into an original song bursting with personality and slick production. While they remain steadfast in keeping their identity hidden, they have given us a brand new track that takes their wild production style up a notch with new single ‘oursound’. Darker, wilder, bursting with attitude, and more unpredictable than before, this new taste only makes us more obsessed with who this mystery act is and how the heck they keep turning out such original and charismatic tunes.
Juno Disco – You’re So Hung Up On My Colours
Self-described synth-nerds Juno Disco are back with a new banger, after dropping a string of effortlessly cool nostalgic electro-synth singles throughout 2019. New single You’re So Hung Up On My Colours is a bright, funky, fresh breath of airy vocals paired with slick synthy toplines and a funk-filled groove perfect for soundtracking a cool spritz on a hot summer afternoon.
Creed Tha Kid – Mistletoe (feat. Mason Dane, Cyprus)
Creed Tha Kid is an artist we have had our eye on for a while now, but the 16 year old rapper from Brisbane has kept things very elusive. There isn’t a lot out there about the young MC except a steady stream of singles that have dropped since the beginning of 2019. Latest single ‘Mistletoe’ sees Tha Kid tap producer/artist Mason Dane and rapper Cyprus for a smooth, sparkling Christmas-themed R’n’B love song. Skip the Bublé and pop this on for that warm fuzzy Christmas spirit feeling.
Brendan Maclean – Sensational
Brendan Maclean continues to assert his dominance as an ambitious musical chameleon with the release of ‘Sensational’ this week. In May of this year, we got the high camp, uplifting and effervescent ‘Easy Love’. In September, he returned with the powerful electro ballad ‘Gemini’, teaming up with Yeo. Now, he’s back for round three with ‘Sensational’, rounding out a stellar year for the Australian queer icon. Recruiting New Zealand’s Missy (Abigail Knudson) for production and with toplines from US songwriter Jon Lemmon and local rapper/instrumentalist Kings, ‘Sensational’ is an alternative pop-rock jam that is just so much fun to listen to. As always, we can’t wait to hear what he does next!
GL – Endlessly (Ex-Olympian Remix)
GL‘s ‘Endlessly’ has been reworked by Ex-Olympian and we cannot get enough of this re-imagining. Lifted from their acclaimed September album, You Read My Mind, Ex-Olympian takes over the track, employing shimmering horns and bright horns to create a more upbeat world you can’t help but cut shapes in. Swapping out the synths for an array of new instruments including guitar, piano, brass and bongo drums, it’s an uplifting and warm new take bringing out the very best of all involved. A total winner!
Northeast Party House – Shelf Life (Motez Remix)
ARIA nominated Melbourne six-piece Northeast Party House might’ve released their Shelf Life album in very early 2020, but they’re gifting us a bunch of remixes to kick off our summer in style this week. Motez, Benson and Client Liaison all offer up their own remixes of the album’s title track, and while all three are bonafide bangers, there’s something about Motez‘s that has made us particularly weak at the knees. With a pummeling beat, acidic synths and a relentless drum line, Motez seizes on the song and thrusts it firmly into “techno land”, honing in on the original’s already high intensity to create a track not for the faint hearted. This one is for the late nights and needs to be heard LOUD.
Words by Emma Jones
Images: 박혜진 Park Hye Jin by The1Point8, SG Lewsi by Harvey Pearson, Chase Zera – Supplied