baker boy cools things down plus all the other local music you need
Our favourite new music from Australia and New Zealand in one curated list.
Photo Cesar Rodrigues
Cool As Hell, Baker Boy
The Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land, and Graduate of i-D’s Australian Class of 2018, Baker Boy has released an infectious new single Cool As Hell that he dropped in the middle of an Australian heatwave. Thankfully the new song is the perfect soundtrack to a blistering hot summer best spent in the company of good people enjoying long days and warm nights. We get to see a new side to Baker Boy on Cool As Hell, where the multi-talented rapper and dancer highlights he has singing credibility too. Triple threat status: confirmed.
Stranger, Jess Ribero
For the video to her new track Stranger Jess Ribero went home, which is pretty far for the now Melbourne-based singer-songwriter. Travelling back to the rural town of Armidale where her family owns a truck yard, the clip features cameos from family members and is an ode to 70s country-western glam. The song itself marks a shift from Jess’s previous sound but still features the same menthol cool vocals that are forever spellbinding.
First Body, Two People
Former Snakadaktal bandmates Phoebe and Joey have just released their debut EP under the new project Two People. It’s a dreamy album full of contemplative pop songs that highlights the cinematic nature of the Melbourne-duo’s sound. Having recently signed to LA’s Terrible Records, home of international faves like Solange and Blood Orange, we’re watching careful as we expect more big things from them this year.
Ready or Not, Church & AP
Brockhampton’s favourite Kiwi rap duo Church & AP are gearing up to take over the world with the attention coming in hot on their new video for Ready or Not. Premiering through i-D this week, the video is a slick production shot in the duo’s hometown of Auckland that easily holds its own on the global stage. Cue up the video and check out the track’s catchy hook to see exactly how this earworm became New Zealand’s most Shazammed over summer.
Pressure to Party, Julia Jacklin
Julia Jacklin’s new single is a three minute ode to taking time and doing what you need to do after a break up. Her whip-smart lyrics deliver blow after blow of familiarity — you’ll almost spend the whole song wondering how she’s inside your brain. On the track Julia sings about the new reality of being alone, but ultimately provides optimism. “I know that I’ve locked myself in my room / but I’ll open up the door and try to love again soon.” And you know that when she does it’ll be on her terms.
Hidden Shade, Planète
Planète is another artist who’s playing with new direction. After a prolific run of releases last year, his first single of 2019, Hidden Shade, sees the producer focusing on house flavours. Having been influenced by sample-based, house orientated music over the last few years, Hidden Shade is an amalgamation of this style and his own production with “some raspy, sampled grit,” he explained.