The National Indigenous Music Chart has dropped for this fine and sunny week in September and things really are looking a little brighter. This chart honours and privileges up-and-coming Indigenous voices in Australian music and, even though it was very tough, we’ve come up with five artists you need to listen to now. (Like right now, pull up Spotify and get liking).
First up, we have Sycco – an 18-year-old songwriter and producer based in Brisbane. But don’t let her age fool you, she packs a punch in every track she brings to the table. Energetic and soulful, her beautiful voice is layered beneath jazz-electronic fused beats that have us moving in our seats. We recommend giving her single ‘Dribble’ a listen and if that isn’t enough to convince you of her musical talent, we don’t know what is.
Next up is none other than Tia Gostelow from Queensland with ‘Always’, and we can’t say we are surprised. Her beautiful voice is iconic and has seen her attain well deserved success and she doesn’t let us down in her latest single in which she teams up with Holy Holy. Don’t worry, we’ve already got the track ready to go:
Beddy Rays is the third band in our lineup and they are also based in Brisbane. Talk about hogging all the talent! This rock-infused band delivers with energy and awesome riffs that will be playing in your head for days ahead. Don’t miss their single ‘Sobercoaster’ below – best of all the video clip is a laugh.
Jimblah is no stranger to combining culture and a political voice in his music. Based in South Australia, this hip-hop R’n’B artist offers us soul and raw emotion in his lyrics, with smooth undertones fuelling his music. ‘About These Demons’ is a beautiful and heart-wrenching track not to be missed.
Last but not least we have Sydney-born The Kid LAROI who is another young talent who shouldn’t be underestimated. The rapper is breaching the world of hip hop music and is making his mark. Teaming up with the late Juice WRLD, he offers us an upbeat track called ‘GO’ which you should already be listening to on repeat.
There’s plenty more where that came from too, make sure you check out the full list of Indigenous artists who made the chart. Make sure to support these incredible Australian talents at the NIMC site here https://nima.musicnt.com.au/chart/.