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It’s the time of the month where we get to nose at what’s on everyone’s playlists. There are some corkers on the list this month so go ahead and get stuck in.
My last recommendation is from local Brisbane band Sid’s Balcony. Their track Before You Forget is influenced by Winston Surfshirt and Tame Impala and an essential on your upcoming summer playlists. Natalie
This has been a favourite for a while now, and they just continue to impress. All Eyes is just one of the many top tracks from the album Vera – such hypnotics loops, passionate percussion and with croony vocals to match. Perfection! Vanessa
Folk music from Christchurch with a happy Americana vibe; this tune has me pining for sunshine and good times. Shades of Boy & Bear, The Phoenix Foundation and a splash of Neil Young. Ollie
I’ve followed Luke’s musical journey for years and this probably one of the most stand-out tracks that he’s written. It’s a great mix of electronic, r&b vibes with complimentary hip hop vocals from Daydream Fever. Love it! Fiona
Such a “driving-round-town-with-the-top-down” kinda tune. Props to Cosmo and Patrick for the mad mix of Pop and RnB. Just one of the many feel good tracks on their latest album What Comes Next. Vanessa
Do yourself a favour and watch the video for this track on YouTube. A nostalgic, happy alt tune from the Exam Season guys. From a small town in the UK close to my heart, I feel like this lot could go all the way. You heard it from me first. Sian
I love it when the local accent of a singer comes through on a song; think Courtney Barnett, Smith Street Band, Arctic Monkeys or Frightened Rabbit to name a few. Originally from Dunedin, now residing in Auckland, Ha the Unclear are unmistakably Kiwi and one of the best indie bands I’ve heard in ages. Ollie
Summer tune featuring breakthrough RNB artist, Khalid, alongside Compton rapper, Buddy. Khalid’s easy going and relaxing voice coincides with Buddy’s lyrics to create a track which has soul written all over it – similar to the vibe of the rapper’s entire album, Harlan & Alondra. Claudia