Happy Listening: the 8 best new releases of the week

The weekend is within reach and this week has been a big one for new music! So grab your mates, grab a drink and enjoy our latest instalment of Happy Listening.

From Jorja Smith‘s groovy new track Be Honest to Pist Idiots Ticker, there’s something for everyone this week.

happy listeningHappy Listening brings together the best new releases from this week so turn your volume up and get ready for some fresh new tracks. You won’t be disappointed.

Jorja Smith Feat Burna Boy – Be Honest 

English singer and songwriter Jorja Smith is back with a brand new single, featuring Nigerian Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy. It is the first single since the release of her beautiful 2018 album Lost and Found.

As expected, Be Honest is fuelled by Jorja’s powerful yet sweet vocals. The infectious lyrics and groovy melody will have you tapping your feet along with the song as you get ready to sing along. Without a doubt, you will have Jorja’s voice in your head all weekend.

Chillinit – Freedom

One of Australia’s most exciting new hip hop stars Chillinit has just dropped a cool new track from off his upcoming album The Octagon.

The fast tempo and bouncing lyrics in Freedom is a refreshing taste of old school hip hop. The laid back Aussie tones filter through and Chillinit’s lyrical statement “this is freedom” will have you searching for yours this weekend.

Lastlings – Last Breath 

Gold Coast electronic duo Lastlings new song is full of brooding beats and weightless vocals, perfect for your Saturday night.

Lastlings stated about their new single “There will always be a heavy, haunting, yet beautiful emotion attached to this song for us. This song is about being born, seeing first light, living and being there for each other until our last breath. It was originally written and dedicated to our parents because of their on-going love and support. However, on the day of recording, we were given the shattering news that someone close to us had passed away, so we’d like to also dedicate this song to this once bright light in our world and their family.”

88Rising & NIKI – Indigo 

88Rising has been very busy since their last album Head in the Clouds in July last year with Indonesian breakout star NIKI joining them for Head in the Clouds II.

Indigo is the first drop from the impending album, with the RnB track oozing confidence and airy vocals.

Pist Idiots – Ticker

Pist Idiots are back with another fiery rock ep Ticker. The punky rock n roll band from Sydney has been making waves for a few years now and this new track is the reason why live music lives on.

Ticker starts off slow but soon will have you head butting, stamping your feet, and screaming along with the lyric  “Kick me in the gutter, kick me in the teeth.”

Charlie Finn – Going Blind

Alternative Country singer-songwriter Charlie Finn has just released his second single Going Blind which will be seen on his upcoming EP.

Going Blind explores a tale of unrequited love and features a slow but powerful country ballad and is a promising reflection for what’s to come in the future.

Stevan – LNT

This is the easy-breezy second single of the extremely talented Stevan, whose song LNT feels like a warm hug from a good friend.

“I wrote LNT in a terminal just before leaving Brisbane airport earlier this year. The song captures some fun moments I had in the Sunshine Coast. Great weather nice music and even better company.

Fleeting Persuasion – Task Ahead

Melbourne singer-songwriter James Spencer Harrison, who goes by his moniker Fleeting Persuasion, has just released his third track.

Task Ahead is an easy listen with a powerful guitar melody and it’s perfect for those long summer drives.