Isol-Aid # 62
October 20, 2021
ISOL-AID returns for the final edition of it’s Homegrown series on Wednesday October 20th. Having served up the freshest local talent over the past few weeks we’re up to the last dish and it’s never been better. Going out with a bang the 62nd week sees everything from bubblegum pop to infectious indie rock gracing our screens.
Since teaming up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT for the Homegrown series to offer creative and financial support to emerging local artists, Isol-Aid has featured the brightest bunch of Australian and New Zealand talent. With a whopping total of 975 nominations received from artists, friends and fans, Isol-Aid has presented us all with a chance to get to know some of our best homegrown acts and in turn has supported them on their journey with creative support for their next merch, poster or artwork needs.
Sweet and savoury Sydney outfit THE BUOYS kick things off this week. A combination of a fizzled out tinder date, gumtree ad and a million mutual friends, the band have been churning out infectious tracks since 2019. Inspired by workplace feuds, people who walk slowly in front of you and a tonne of bad dates, The Buoys explore themes of uncertainty, disappointment, curiosity, determination and the everyday. @thebuoys
VETTA BORNE melds elements of RnB, soul and pop into one as a vehicle to authentically explore Melbourne producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Maribelle’s creative capabilities. Cutting her teeth working with some of the country’s best producers such as Djemba Djemba and Styalz Fuego, Maribelle combines her production mastery with world-class vocals, staking her claim as one of Australia’s most impassioned artists. @vettaborne
Rounding out the night is iconic queer bubblegum punk duo CRY CLUB. As gentle in spirit as they are ferocious on stage, the pair’s empowering, danceable anthems have seen them play stages across Splendour In The Grass and Gaytimes and tour with the likes of Waax and Bec Sandridge. Exploring their vulnerabilities through spectacle and the weaving of pure pop and noise rock, Cry Club have won the hearts of many, and are set to claim more this Wednesday. @cryclubmusic
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Isol-Aid # 61
October 6, 2021
ISOL-AID is back with more fresh tunes streaming straight to your screens on Wednesday October 6th. The 61st edition is in full bloom with an abundance of silky soul vocals and bunches of songs straight from the heart, a true mixed seed packet sprouting bright musical goodness. We’re in for a treat!
Since teaming up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Aus and NZ artists, Isol-Aid has featured a whole bunch of sweet local talent. With a staggering total of 975 nominations received over the past few weeks, Isol-Aid has presented a primo opportunity to get to know some of our best homegrown acts all while supporting them on their creative journeys.
First up this week is LARA ANDALLO who while being a relatively new member of Australia’s swelling R&B renaissance has already established herself as one of the country’s pivotal performers. Reminiscent of the golden era of early 2000s R&B, Lara has a keen ability to write emotive, club-ready tracks that translate her energy and own dance floor skills expertly. Combined with the play between her rapid-fire and honeyed soul vocals, Lara weaves catchy trap-influenced beats that will get you up and dancing.
In egoless yet unapologetic discourse, BLESSED seeks to break the pattern and provoke the most powerful form of human expression: honesty. After kickstarting the careers of some of the country’s biggest rappers, including The Kid Laroi, Blessed has stepped out on his own with an amalgamation of RnB, Punk and a little lo-fi Rock sprinkled in for good measure. @blessedtunes
BOOKA NILE rounds out the night with her jointly heartfelt and satirical tunes. When not playing in metalcore band Make Them Suffer (or appearing on Married at First Sight) Booka’s stripped back and straight to the point solo music is infused with humour, charming each and every one of us. @bookanile
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Isol-Aid # 60
September 22, 2021
The 60th edition of ISOL-AID takes place Wednesday September 22nd and sixty has never looked so good. Full of the best homegrown talent it’s an extra special way to break up the week, especially for those of us stuck at home. This week’s lineup is in fine form, sashaying from psych rock to folk to pop and hitting all the right notes.
Isol-Aid have teamed up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Aus and NZ artists. With a staggering total of 975 nominations received, Isol-Aid has a whole bunch of super talented homegrown acts set to play in the coming weeks.
THE LAZY EYES have cemented themselves as a key emerging act in the Australian psychedelic scene. In what was supposed to be a breakout year for the band, with slots at Splendour in the Grass, SXSW and The Great Escape, 2020 saw The Lazy Eyes instead retreat to the studio, delivering their hypnotic EP2 to the world. Hailing from Sydney their tracks touch on themes of growing up and escapism, a dreamy glimpse into the unabashedly unkempt minds of one of the country’s most exciting psych rock [email protected]
With a name coming from the Wik people meaning to dance, to sing, to play, KEE’AHN aims to honour her name and her ancestors through her music. Releasing her first single ‘Better Things’ in 2020 Kee’ahn has already played at St Kilda Festival, Laneway and Yirramboi First Nations Festival, plus has worked as a feature artist alongside DRMNGNOW. Crafting lush melodies reminiscent of heartbreak and healing, the soulful tones provide the perfect backdrop to her mastery as a lyricist. @kee.ahn
Melbourne producer, singer and songwriter EILISH GILLIGAN’s unwavering love for pop shines through on every track she has. Her innate and reflective songwriting coupled with the play of delicate synth melodies creates intoxicating spectral pop that will have you hanging onto every word. Supporting everyone from Alex Lahey and E^st to Confidence Man and Woodes, Eilish has cemented herself as a mesmerising performer, reflected in the praise she has received from the likes of triple j, NME and Rolling Stone. @EilishGilligan
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Isol-Aid # 59
September 8, 2021
The 59th edition gets off to a roaring start with some silky rhythmic grooves from New Zealand local MUROKI. Having grown up by the water, the laid back surfing and skating community he’s always been part of has imbued his music with an effortlessness that mesmerises all, including Benee who played his track on Elton John’s radio show. His smooth vocals and gliding melodies will melt even the toughest of us. @murokimusic
ALICE SKYE is a singer-songwriter, Wergaia/Wemba Wemba woman and universal little sister. Releasing her second album I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good in July this year Alice continues to look inwards, finding staunchness in softness. Alice’s emotional transparency targets the push-pull of the relationships we keep with ourselves and others, instilling a healing ode to life and getting by. This past year has seen Alice join Midnight Oil on their Makarrata Live Tour, feature on Moby’s latest album and take to the triple j airwaves with a Like A Version, proving she is truly rising to meteoric heights. @aliceskye
Wrapping up the night is Melbourne based rockers BAKERS EDDY. Bringing rollicking live shows and infectious melodies that will be stuck in your head for days to come the band have cemented themselves as a staple of the local scene. They’ve supported everyone from The Rubens, Gang of Youths and WAAX and have become festival favourites, playing Falls, NYE On The Hill and Party in the Paddock. Loud, fast and dirty Bakers Eddy’s raucous energy has been winning over crowds nationwide. @bakerseddy
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Isol-Aid # 58
Wednesday August 25, 2021
Spring has almost sprung and with all these flowers in bloom there’s no better time to tune into ISOL-AID #58. Take a break from the veggie patch and turn your attention to the abundant homegrown talent streaming straight to your screens on Wednesday August 25. From seedlings to metres tall trees this week is a mix of some of Australia’s best up-and-coming hip-hop acts and fan-favourite indie artists, truly something for everyone!
Keeping the good times rolling, ISOL-AID have teamed up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging homegrown acts. Nominations for Isol-Aid Homegrown have now closed with a staggering total of 975 nominations received. Thank you SO MUCH for nominating yourselves, your friends & your favourite artists and be sure to stay tuned for the fortnightly harvest of freshly-picked talent, sprouting from your screens in the weeks to come.
Kicking off this week’s ISOL-AID is none other than MANSIONAIR. Crafting anthemic and all encompassing indie tracks the Grammy nominated band have just released rousing new single ‘More’ off their soon to be released album. Through slots at Coachella, Splendour In The Grass and a whole Carly Rae Jepsen tour, Mansionair have drawn audiences in time and time again.
YOURBOYMARS is at the forefront of the young new-wave hip-hop scene bringing a clean mixture of Afro-beats, trap, soul and RnB. At only 19 years of age the African Australian singer, rapper and songwriter has cemented himself as one to watch. With his melodic chops setting him apart, he’s been steadily releasing tracks since 2020 and it’s clear he’s already on the path to take over Australia’s hip-hop scene.
Rounding out the night is Perth based band DULCIE. Made up of four childhood friends Dulcie abounds in sweet indie-pop music brimming with lush harmonies and opulent textures. Swapping lead vocal duties as they please their stirring lyrics cut straight to the bone and will have you hanging onto every word. They’ve supported everyone from G Flip to Spacey Jane and have enchanted audiences across Laneway and Groovin the Moo. This Wednesday sees them bringing their effortlessly cool energy to us all.
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Isol- Aid # 57
August 11, 2021
Time to put on all the glitter eyeshadow you have, grab your sparkliest outfit from the back of the cupboard and pull on your uggs, ISOL-AID is back with a lineup that spans the pop spectrum and will have you dancing ‘round the house. Wednesday August 11 will see all your faves, new and old, from hip-hop greats to indie-darlings streaming straight to your phone. There’s no better way to spend a wintry night!
You know the drill by now, ISOL-AID have teamed up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Homegrown acts. If there’s a local artist you want the world to know you can nominate them now for a chance to see them play ISOL-AID, receive $2,000 worth of custom design work for their next poster, album artwork or merch AND be eligible to receive a one off $10,000 grant to help grow their career. Nominations are still open!
Kicking off ISOL-AID 57 is NZ rapper JESSB, a force within the New Zealand hip hop scene JessB is only going from strength to strength. In 2019 she took home the MTV European Music Award for Best New Zealand Act and has cemented this status while playing with international acts such as Little Simz and Stormzy and across the stage at several of Aotearoa’s major music festivals. With streams in the millions, a spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 for her feature on Baker Boy’s “Meditjin” and also featuring on triple j’s Like A Version with G Flip, it’s clear that JessB is not one to miss.
Australia’s most arresting and revealing pop artist GRETTA RAY cuts straight to the heart with her bold, innovative and hook-laden songs. At just 18, Gretta won Triple J Unearthed High and the prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting Award and has spent the last couple of years mesmerising audiences with her soul-baring lyrics. Gretta’s knack for storytelling charts the wandering path of growing up that strikes true for so many. Having played shows ranging from Falls and Splendour to opening for Mumford & Sons, Gang of Youths and James Bay she’s enchanted audiences across the world.
Townsville-via-Melbourne’s answer to Carly Rae Jepsen, GENES is a mastermind at crafting sun-soaked minimalist pop tunes. Having forged her path in the Australian pop landscape by collaborating with the likes of Young Franco, Kilter, Donatachi and more amongst a 50 million stream strong songwriting catalogue, she first stepped into the spotlight with her debut single, ‘Give It Away’. Crafting fast-paced anthems meditating on the post-break-up process, Genes seamlessly translates diary entries into pop music that will have you dancing any heartbreak away.
AYA YVES is the brainchild of Canberra native Vendulka. Born from a love of pushing boundaries and breaking expectations, Aya contrasts light airy vocals with dark and brooding production, mixing her folk music roots with the dark pop music she’s grown into. Releasing her ‘What We Look Like With The Light On’ EP earlier this year Aya expertly weaves the vulnerability of folk with the moody depths of pop music, putting her otherworldly voice and songwriting talents on full display.
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Isol-Aid #56 – In Bloom
July 28, 2021
Like a warm hug from a friend you haven’t seen in a while (wonder what that’s like) ISOL-AID is back to make you feel all warm and cuddled and a little bit less alone for the 56th time. Like a ray of sunshine following you on your walk home, a takeaway coffee in hand, this week’s lineup is chock full of heartwarming talent, and the best mid-week lockdown distraction.
Just like last week ISOL-AID have teamed up with 99DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Homegrown acts. If there’s a local artist you’ve been listening to on repeat you can nominate them now for a chance to see them play ISOL-AID and receive $2,000 worth of custom design work for their next poster, album artwork or merch AND be eligible to receive a one off $10,000 grant to help grow their career. Nominations are still open!
First off the blocks for this latest round of ISOL-AID is sweet singing angel ŪLA. Making a splash on our TikTok screens initially with stripped back covers, Ūla has proven herself to be a formidable songwriter, crafting intoxicating bedroom-pop reminiscent of Clairo and Beabadoobee. No one cooks up little slices of life better than Ūla and you can bet she’ll have you coming back for another plate.
BENJAMIN TRILLADO (a recent signing to the new Push Records), writes with a sense of maturity and heart, exploring his own experiences and feelings in the hope to bring light to matters that aren’t often discussed. Known for his heart-wrenching lyrics and unapologetic candour, Benjamin’s introspective storytelling and his rich combination of contemporary folk and indie rock tonalities is notorious for making packed rooms full of rowdy punters, or your lounge room on Wednesday arvo, fall suddenly silent, and also a little bit in loved. And what a voice!!
Wrapping up the evening is Sydney singer, songwriter and producer CHRIS LANZON. Off the back of the release of his sophomore EP last month Chris has cemented himself as a purveyor of blossoming pop full of raw emotion and comforting vulnerability. Only in his first year of releasing music, Chris has already amassed over 750,000 streams and it’s clear why.
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Isol-Aid # 55
July 14, 2021
After some well deserved time away ISOL-AID returns right when we need it most on Wednesday 14th July for the 55th time! While most of us are cooped up inside, ISOL-AID is bringing the perfect cure-all in the form of a stellar mid week lineup, the pick-me-up of our dreams!
Always keeping it fresh, ISOL-AID have teamed up with 99 DESIGNS BY VISTAPRINT to offer creative and financial support to emerging Homegrown acts. You can nominate your fave artist now for a chance to see them play ISOL-AID and receive $2000 worth of custom design work for their next poster, album artwork or merch. Pretty neat way to kick off this latest round of ISOL-AID!
EMILY WURRAMARA starts ISOL-AID #55 with her enchanting voice and heartfelt storytelling. A First Nations woman who has been writing songs since she was 6, Emily is a prolific song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, singing in both English and Annandilyakwa. Having been nominated for several Q Music Awards, an ARIA and AIR Award, it’s clear that Emily is a must watch act.
Melbourne sister duo, CHARM OF FINCHES, will be gracing our screens singing haunting folk tunes about love, grief and whispering trees with their tight sibling harmonies. Having grown up around celtic strings and busking old-time tunes the duo create award winning chamber pop, which has seen them nominated for a number of best albums and win best folk/singer-songwriter album at the 2020 Independent Music Awards.
Skateboarder-turned-musician LAKYN has become synonymous with Australia’s genre-bending next generation. Melding together textures of indie, R&B, hip-hop and pop, Laykn crafts timeless tracks that are uniquely his own. A deft hand at weaving in the influences of his childhood songwriting heroes Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley while keeping a firm eye on the future, Lakyn is someone hitting their stride.
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