If you were at Coachella 2022, and you happened to catch 88rising’s monumental “Head In The Clouds Forever” set on the main stage on Saturday evening, you undoubtedly saw one of the most incredible moments of the festival: the Thai rapper/singer MILLI, flanked by half a dozen male dancers on either side of her, spitting fiery barbs of a song called “Mango Sticky Rice” while eating spoonfuls of the iconic dish between verses. The moment was punctuated by MILLI being the first Thai solo artist to ever play at the festival.
“Mango Sticky Rice” is more than just a sweet confection for the ears – like many of the 19 year old’s songs, “Mango Sticky Rice” challenges stereotypes- it’s potent, and punk as hell. The song is a minute and a half of pure fire, bursting at the seams with video game-esque keyboard chaos and MILLI’s incendiary verses. For audiences outside of Thailand, “Mango Sticky Rice” is an amazing introduction to an artist well on her way to making an international name for herself.
Olivia O’Brien, the LA-based singer/songwriter with over 2 billion global artist streams, has released “Bitches These Days,” the brand-new single out today via Island Records.
The song is an anthem about steering clear of untrustworthy, fake friendships, with an upbeat tempo and lyrics that embrace her honest and bold spirit. On making the track, O’Brien states: “The production and the melodies are inspired by 2000s pop, which was super fun to make since that kind of music raised me. I also love working with Tia, Maya, Ryan, and Jussi who I wrote the song with.” The “Josslyn” singer is also gearing up for her two-weekend performance at Coachella next month, her first time performing at the festival.
“Bitches These Days” follows EPISODES, which was released June 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.