With International Women’s Day (#IWD2020) right around the corner, we thought we’d throw the spotlight on some incredible, Aussie musicians that are slaying the game right now.
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If you’re looking for new music, don’t worry we’ve got you. Here are some of our faves:
Over the past 6 years, Tkay Maidza has been consistently dropping bops. From her hard-hitting banger of a debut, ‘U-Huh’, to the tropical aura she created with ‘Switch Lanes’, Tkay has been flexing her sonic diversity more than any other Aussie rapper. Since then, she’s dropped an album, a handful of EPs which nab international collaborators like Killer Mike (Run The Jewels) and JPEGMAFIA. Plus, did we mention her depop is iconic? We have no choice but to stan.
Coming straight outta Brisbane, Ms Blanks has been empowering the trans-POC-community with every single she drops. Her music is politically charged and aims to shed light on the gender and racial inequality that she faces. While she hasn’t dropped an album yet, she’s released an EP and quite a few singles and spoiler alert, they’re all bangers.
There is no-one quite like Jessica Mauboy in our music industry. She’s been chugging along for over a decade now, consistently growing with each and every release. Her latest album, Hilda, hit number one on the ARIA charts last year and offers some of the most intimate and personal songs she’s ever written. Not to mention, she’s been in movies and starred as the lead in her own tv show. Honestly, your fave could never.
She may be a 90’s kid, but she’s been making bops for quite a while now. Kicking off her career in 2012, this icon has had a few EPs under her belt but last year released her incredibly polished debut album. When talking about her lead single, ‘Better In Blak’, Thelma discusses how she was inspired from all the racially-charged abuse she received. We love a queen who can turn negativity into incredible art. Thelma is of Gamilaraay decent (Delungra).
Ecca Vandal was born in South Africa to Sri Lankan refugees. Since then she has been moved to Melbourne and been making music unmatched by any other artist. With such a powerful voice, her vocals shine through even the heaviest of instrumentation. She’s also been featured on Alice Ivy and Hiltop Hoods tracks. Love that for her!
The music of Princi almost sounds like the love-child of PC music, Charli XCX and the Aussie music scene. There really isn’t anything like it, and it’s incredible, to say the least. Last year, she also launched her own club night called ‘CLUB PRINCI’ which aimed to spotlight queer artists and create a safe space for all. An icon.
Gosh, what can’t OKENYO do? When this NIDA graduate isn’t hosting Play School, she’s making music. She hasn’t released much, but what she has released has been incredible. Given it’s International Women’s Week, why don’t you add the critically-acclaimed ‘Woman’s World’ to your playlists!
If you’re looking for more queer artists to add to your playlists, don’t worry we’ve also got you covered for that!
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