Vallis Alps, Central Cee, Nicole Millar & More: This Week's Best New Music

16 December 2022 | 4:33 pm | Emma Whines

Each week we track down the best new music and curate it into our 'Hit List' playlist for all our readers to enjoy. Today, we've selected our top picks of the week to celebrate the songs that stood out in the crowd.

LtoR: Central Cee, Nicole Millar, Vallis Alps

LtoR: Central Cee, Nicole Millar, Vallis Alps

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On The Eve Of The Rush - Vallis Alps

2022 is the year that Vallis Alps come back swinging. Releasing their first single since 2017 earlier this year, the duo are back with another slow-burn hit called On The Eve Of The Rush. The pulsing electro-house track is a fantastic addition to producer David Ansari and vocalist Parissa Tosif's catalogue, shifting them closer towards a funky pop feel rather than the melancholy, minimalist vibe that featured on their 2017 EP Fable. On The Eve Of The Rush feels bigger than anything the duo has ever done in the past and it really suits. Tosif's vocals particularly shine and show a maturity that has obviously grown in the time between their last release. 

Telling Myself - Touch Sensitive feat. WILLS

Aussie favourites Touch Sensitive are back with their first release of 2022. Telling Myself is a fun dance-heavy track that stays true to their trusted disco synths while adding some funk and groove into the beat. WILLS is the perfect addition, and his divine vocals only add to the groove. A reoccurring feature on Touch Sensitive tracks, it's very easy to see why WILLS is continuously asked back. Robust and addictive, Telling Myself will have you grooving with your best mates well into the night.

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WISH ME LUCK - Wallows

When the opening riff of WISH ME LUCK starts to play, you might not immediately recognise the song as a Wallows tune. Whiney and grinding guitars punch through the space in a heavy minor tune that might fit on an old '90s grunge song rather than the popular indie rock band. However, when Dylan Minnette's vocals cut through, you're safely transported back to indie land. In all truth, this new track from Wallows shows a new side to the band that delves into a darker, more edgy Wallows while still keeping close to their indie roots. If Jimmy Eat World and Nirvana had a baby, it would be Wallows in their new era. Five out of five stars.

Nice - Nicole Millar

Nice by Nicole Millar is the newest single dropped by the Aus pop artist, and this time, she's chosen to veer down the hyper-pop route, steering clear of any semblance of a ballad. Nice is one of Millar's most interesting releases yet, blending an R&B feel with hyper-pop sensibilities, like over-edited vocals and complex beats. It's impressive to see Millar experiment, and she hits the nail on the head with this song - even though it's only a quick one, sitting at 1 minute and 57 seconds short.

LET GO - Central Cee

UK rapper Central Cee has come out with his newest song, Let Go which might sound a little familiar to some. Adding his own unique spin, Cee has sampled Passenger’s 2013 release Let Her Go, bringing the popular song back into the front and centre of today's music landscape. The video was shot pre-show at Cee's sold-out Alexandra Palace show in London, the last show in this leg of his Still Loading world tour, which recently finished a stint that saw him travel to Australia, Canada, Europe and the UK. He continues the tour across the US in February. 

You can listen to the Hit List playlist featuring all the above songs and more on Apple Music or Spotify. We also have our Underground playlists that showcase the best of Australia's emerging artists. Find them here.