No rest for the wicked: here's a selection of ladies behind the mic that are blowing our mind right now.
Amos & Emily: 'Reaction'
Newcastle duo Amos Wellings and Emily Leary trade in the kind of late-night electro-infused tunes that play out like a B-Side from the Drive soundtrack. The pop world is enjoying a surge of female-fronted power groups at the moment, and it's nice to see some of that coming from this corner of the world. 'Reaction' is a sweet addition to the playlists of fans of Kavinsky and Purity Ring. Check out the title track below, and stream their EP on Soundcloud.
Red Giant: 'Universal Daughter'
The vocals of Portishead's Beth Gibbons immediately come to mind on the first scan of New Jersey duo Red Giant. Still relatively undiscovered, there's something beautifully unhinged about 'Universal Daughter', Lead vocalist Foxanne glides across the top of producer Derrick 'X' Braxton's track; a glitchy composite of sparse trip-hop beats and otherworldy samples. If you like to be challenged by leftfield production that tugs at the edges, keep your ears on Red Panda.
This Way North: 'Head Above Water'
When a band manages to bottle nostalgia, you know you've cracked a winner. Hailing from sunny Melbourne, folky tunesters This Way North give you an aural guide to the summer of your youth, throwing in a music video of vacation snaps to boot. Add to your summer roadtrip mixtape.
Cass: 'Sticks and Stones'
We don't know much about Wellington artist Cass, but her visual aesthetic is on point, and her music hints at a very welcome modernisation of the R&B gospel tune. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but only You can make these bones come alive" Cass sings over tropical Caribbean beats and a creeping dancefloor breakdown. If you're not convinced that gospel belongs in the club, she'll make you a believer.
Our love affair with Kiwi Beauchamp is long and well documented. Her tune 'This Is Gonna Hurt' was a winner of our Song Grant last year, and was produced by Leisure's Josh Fountain. 'Focus' is getting some serious play around the office, and we can't wait to see what's next for Beauchamp.