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Fresh Beats: Hermitude Storms Back, Anderson .Paak Levels Up + Ninajirachi Makes More Waves

This fortnight’s new music is packed with a few solid comebacks + a handful of new additions, with the usual mix of Aussie artists and overseas delights. Anderson .Paak has released a killer new album, Vera Blue is back in our lives while Nao, Hermitude and Slum Sociable are all in attendance.

They’re just a sample of a killer range of new beats in our 5Why Mixtape on Spotify, so go give it a cheeky follow to stay up to date with ‘ya new music needs. Now for some of the standouts..

All Hail The Hermitude

The Blue Mountain lads have been off the radar for a fair while, three years in fact. You sensed that they were definitely due, and boy have they come to the party. Stupid World is an atmospheric banger with loads of character. You feel influence from various Aussie artists (maybe subtle Flume vibes..) and the supremely talented Bibi Bourelly’s addition on vocals is a great addition. With more music potentially on the cards, did anyone say Groovin The Moo 2019…?

YES LAWD, Anderson .Paak Fires Up With Funky New Record

Paak’s been a busy man, and boy Oxnard is a record that was in the works for sometime. And when you have the likes of Dr Dre on production, the hype from Malibu still hot, and a phenomenal live performance in the catalogue – the pressure was always going to be on. But breathe out and get excited because this album is all of that and more.

You can tell the production game has levelled up a few notches, with a crisper and bigger sound. But it’s funky time, with a great mix of R&B, soul and hip hop. With a ridiculously amazing set of appearances (Q-Tip above on Cheers, along with Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Kendrick, Pusha T and Dre himself – to name a few), give this record a listen in full for max effect.

You Heard It Here First: Ninajirachi, Donnarumma, Sleepy Tom

There’s some huge talent coming out of Australia, and obviously we love to support the locals. We’ve picked a few of our favourites with brand new releases to feature on the playlist.

There is probably a decent chance that Ninajirachi is already on your radar. If not, it’s time to stop sleeping on this ‘gal. The young Sydney producer is putting together some sweet tunes, and her latest Gardenia is like a vibe-filled dance-floor in the middle of a botanical garden. It’s fun, edgy and with addictive.

Head to Adelaide and you’ll find four-piece Donnarumma rising up the local gig-scene. They’ve become known for their hectic, live performances and if you just listen to their new one Rollercoaster you’ll get why. With a bit of post-punk influence, it’s a indie-rock jam packed with emotion.

And we’re finishing with Melbourne pocket-rocket Alana Wilkinson. Pretty fresh to the radio rotation, the soulful crooner is seriously channelling some Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) vibes, with her impressive range and seamlessly easy ability to reach notes. Closer is an acoustic track that rightfully lets Wilkinson’s voice do all the singing talking. Bookmark this up and comer, we’re feeling huge things on the horizon.

Wanting more? Check out the whole 5Why Mixtape playlist on Spotify for the hottest tracks updated every fortnight.

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Gordon a lover of a small gig and slightly undercooked toast. He has never watched an episode of Game Of Thrones (fun fact) and is a lover of all things Australian music.

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