Tune in to the acts playing at The After Party on Spotify here:
Georgia Maq (vocals/guitar), Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (bass) and Sarah Thompson (drums) - have been unstoppable since they formed last year, supporting the likes of Waxahatchee, Jeff Rostenstock and Modern Baseball, a hit on the front page of Reddit, airplay on every major community station around the country and huge support from triple j and its presenters, selling out their album launch in Melbourne show a month in advance... and that's just scraping the surface.
In the midst of an unparalleled year, Melbourne’s CAMP COPE continue their incredible run, topping mid-year album reports nationally, including FasterLouder and Herald Sun who listed their heart-breaking debut LP at #1 and #3 respectively.
Over the pond, Zane Lowe at Beats1 (former host at BBC Radio 1) have included Camp Cope’s first single ‘Lost: Season One’ in his Breaking playlist two weeks in a row in what looks to be a completely unprecedented move, calling the Melbourne-based three-piece “honest” and “organic.”
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On Strange Loop, his eclectic yet incisive second solo album, Paul Dempsey confirms yet again his standing as one of Australia’s crucial composers and lyricists, returning with 11 tracks that enclose surreptitious dry wit, the irregularity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals.
Strange Loop is the sound of expanding musical horizons: of guitarmonies colliding with baritone sax; relentlessly driving rhythms and pianos being pounded; whispered vocals and reckless yelps; abandonment and containment; Queen and Kraftwerk; a room full of guitars and a notepad full ideas. For those who fell in love with the folk-tinged beauty and intelligence of his first solo album, Everything is True, Strange Loop reveals a super-charged Dempsey; his voice more potent and powerful than ever, his stories and characters magnified, his instrumentation more adventurous and playful. It's an album that sounds like doing what you want, and actually getting it right.
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Kylie Auldist is at centre stage of the funk, soul and disco scene in Australia and is the voice of the European summer smash hit ‘This Girl’ by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners. Described by The Music Magazine “Melbourne’s high priestess of soul”, Kylie Auldist is carving a name for herself across the world with ‘This Girl’ reaching #1 on the national singles charts and the iTunes charts in many countries across Europe including France and Germany, #2 in the UK singles charts, #1 on the Worldwide Shazam Chart, #9 on the International iTunes Charts, and made track of the day on BBC1. Her fourth album Family Tree combines her love of contemporary Electronic Dance Music with influences from the hedonistic, golden age of Disco, Funk and Boogie. She possesses a voice that can run the gamut from soaring vocal pyrotechnics to heart-wrenching tenderness. Her down to earth, warm but no BS personality permeates ‘Family Tree’ in the same way as it does her live shows, which are absolutely electric with a huge dose of boogie power. You are definitely invited to the party but you had better be able to keep up!
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Melbourne artist REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest-rising Hip Hop acts in Australia and are quickly gaining the attention of international tastemakers. REMI’s new single “For Good” featuring Sampa The Great is the first taste from their upcoming album Divas and Demons, due for release later this year. “For Good” is soulful track that features Sampa’s raw and powerful poetry while her voice sits mesmerizingly alongside REMI’s inimitable take on hip hop.
REMI has the ability to whip crowds into a frenzy and their previous album ‘Raw X Infinity’ received numerous awards, nominations and critical acclaim from right across the globe including the highly coveted 2015 Australian Music Prize (equivalent to the UK’s Mercury Music Prize).
As well as performing their own sold-out headline tours and world-class European and Australian festivals, REMI have also shared the stage with Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$, Blackalicious, Hiatus Kaiyote and were invited to perform Gorillaz tracks with Damon Albarn on each of his Australian Tour shows. With features across international media such as Okay Player, Billboard, NME, MTV Iggy, NPR and shout outs from the likes of Hip Hop luminaire Chuck D, REMI’s appeal is as diverse as it is impressive.
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Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu is a Yolngu performer hailing from Arnhem Land with a deeply resonant voice and musical sensitivity to match. He was born on the Gove Peninsula and spent time as a child on his grandmother’s land of Yathalamara before moving to live on Milingimbi Island with his family.
Gawurra won the NT Song of the Year in the Pop category last year for the demo version of his song ‘Ratja Yaliyali’, which was the lead single on his debut album of the same name, released on 8 April this year through CAAMA Music. A beautiful melody, and a well-known Yolngu Songline, Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] translates to Vine of Love; a thread of love that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts. If they have a problem or feel gloomy, they listen to Ratja Yaliyali as it touches them and builds their spirit making them stronger and brighter.
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