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.
San Cisco are back for the first time since their 2020 album, Between You and Me, with slow-burn single Lost Without You. Starting with a soft dreamy synth that's interrupted by some fast-paced electric guitar riffs, Lost Without You carries the indie pop vibes that San Cisco are known for. However, the real highlight of this song has to be the lyrics. In usual fashion, San Cisco takes something that is such a complex issue, like the stressors of being in a long-term relationship and turns it into a relatable song that is not only a bop but makes the listener feel less alone.
The Kid LAROI has released his second hit this year, and we just don't know how he does it. I GUESS IT'S LOVE is short, sitting at two minutes and 17 seconds, but boy, does it pack a punch. With major feel-good energy, almost old school in nature. Akin to those big RnB hits that were huge in the 2000s or 2010s, like Kanye's Good Life or Pop Smoke's What You Know About Love, It's the rapper version of a sappy love song—filled with big beats, soulful background vocals, and big 'in-love' vibes.
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Feminist punk queens Body Type have come out with the heavy and raucous, covid-inspired track Miss The World. It's the first single from the band's next album, Expired Candy, out later this year, and is explained by vocalist Sophie McComish, as an ode to life in the midst of covid as well as a love letter to the band itself. Punk-inspired lyrics and angsty tones, Miss The World is a love song as much as it is an anarchist jaunt. The band are a collective being as they let loose on all their anger and love, creating a controlled but exciting song that any feminist can get behind.
Beloved Melbourne band RVG come out of their hibernation with moody single Nothing Really Changes that delves into the confusing feelings surrounding a breakup. Grungy and edgy, the song emulates those dark feelings on the other side of a relationship. As the song progresses, you can feel the slow build of frustration that the song was inspired by, eventuating in a smattering of 80's synths, grinding guitars, and driving drums. The band isn't traditionally heavy, but the emotion they bring could easily trump any 'big noise' band, and if their next album is anything like this new track, we're all in for a treat.
Dom Dolla is busting out the hard club tunes in his latest tune, Rhyme Dust which he created in collaboration with American producer and DJ MK. Originally featured in a TikTok that Dom posted, fans quickly demanded a full version. Sampling Q-Tip‘s 1999 solo single Breathe and Stop, Rhyme Dust is a continuous roll of heavy bass beats and edited vocals. It's a super simple song, but its simplicity might be its main drawcard. It's easy to imagine being on the base level of a nightclub with this banger playing over and over again.
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.