Here it comes again, what’s flying in the sky, here it comes again (ah, the lesser-loved gems of the Empire Records soundtrack): 5 tunes for your face! This week it’s Anderson .Paak, Kllo, San Mei, Flowermouth, Maribelle, and a big bad bonus.
Anderson .Paak, Bubblin
Wow. LA genre-shifter Anderson .Paak has come through from the promise that something big was coming (while he was in Australia recently for Laneway Festival). The track is produced by Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder, and .Paak chose it for release for its “black 007” feel. We can look forward to more music on the way from Anderson, as he recently told Zane Lowe on Beats 1: “I have 65,000 songs in the vault – no features, fam.”
PS: You may have noticed this little dude in the clip. This is .Paak’s son, Soul Rasheed. He is infinitely cooler than any of us will ever be.
Melbourne duo and cousins Kllo (Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam) have enjoyed an almost vertical trajectory since their debut album Backwater (about which we spoke to Lam last year), which was critically and commercially acclaimed. Now they’ve toured the world and are back with a slight shift in sound.
The pair’s newest song Potential welcomes some smooth R’n’B beats to their palette, with Kaul’s dreamy vocal shining over the top. Essentially a break-up song, it remembers the more tender moments of a lost relationship.
Maribelle, I’m A Mess Without You
Crush Club Records boss Maribelle released her new song I’m A Mess Without You this week, further cementing herself as one of Australia’s brightest pop stars.
“This song is very personal for me,” she explains of the single. “It’s about me reflecting on being confused about having feelings for a girl for the first time. I was hiding my feelings for somebody and hurting them because I wasn’t being honest with myself. It’s actually about my current girlfriend and the early stages of our relationship. I was out in the club one night and had a Days Of Our Lives montage of all of our memories together, and just realised what a mess I was being.”
San Mei, Wonder
Gold Coast indie wonder Emily Hamilton, AKA San Mei, has offered up her first single since 2017’s Necessary EP. Working with production wizard Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) has evolved the Queenslander’s sound, and Wonder is the first piece of this deviating evolution.
On the track, Hamilton said: “It’s about that classic ‘butterflies’ moment when someone unknown to you captures your attention, and you’re not sure why. It’s that person becoming a daydream to you, wondering who they are, what they’re about and not necessarily wanting them to become anything more than some intoxicating illusion.”
Western Australian alt-punks Flowermouth have been in my good books since Serotonin came out last year, but new single Gown might be their best yet. Their move towards something a little more alternative or post-hardcore will see them draw comparisons to bands like Title Fight or Basement more so than their older works, and I am 100% here for it. Booking agents of Australia, let’s get these lads out to the East Coast as soon as we can, please.
Bonus Round: Big Shaq, Man Don’t Dance
I’m just gonna leave this here.