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Beatrix Brenneman | May 8, 2022

Welcome to The Fodder Blog’s new weekly segment ‘Weekly Top 10’, where our lovely team of writers share their top song picks for that week. If you’re in need of brand-new, spirited additions to your tumbleweed-ridden playlists, you’re in the right place! 

For the first week of May, Beatrix Brenneman has curated her own playlist of the best releases this week.

Cosmo’s Midnight (feat. Tkay Maidza) — ‘Bang My Line’

Released on: May 5

This week starts on an incredibly strong note with a new single from Cosmo’s Midnight, the twin brother electronic duo Cosmo and Patrick Liney from Gadigal country, Sydney. This new single is in collaboration with the Zimbabwe-born Australian singer, songwriter, and rapper Tkay Maidza, who just recently toured with Billie Eilish. ‘Bang My Line’ perfectly captures the giddy nervousness of waiting for your crush to make the first move. Cosmo’s electronic sound and slapping bass meld perfectly with Tkay’s melodic vocals to make the single a certified banger. The creative practice behind the song comes through in the summery, funky atmosphere of ‘Bang My Line’, as Cosmo’s Midnight describes: “In between playing darts, swimming and a few drinks we came up with this sunny, cruisey west coast-inspired jam.” 

Honeyglaze — ‘Deep Murky Water’

Released on: April 28

South London-based trio Anouska Sokolow, Tim Curtis, and Yuri Shibuichi’s self-titled debut album Honeyglaze showcases their raw, livewire sound. Coming from the indie post-punk scene of the UK, the band cannot be pigeonholed into one category—bringing to mind the likes of Nick Drake and Angel Olsen. The track ‘Deep Murky Water’ with Anouska’s bewitching vocals cutting sharply through heavy bass and brassy guitar has quickly become a favourite of the week.

Beckah Amani — ‘I Don’t Know Why I Don’t Leave You’

Released on: May 2

Hailing from Yugambeh, Gold Coast, Tanzanian-born Beckah Amani’s new single is a cure for heartbreak. Having taken home the QMusic 2021 Emerging Artist of the Yearaward and the Billy Thorpe Scholarship, alongside the release of her single ‘Lebeka Leka’in March 2022, ‘I Don’t Know Why I Don’t Leave You’ highlights Beckah’s up and coming success. Seamlessly shifting between haunting falsetto and soulful spoken word, Beckha’s breathtaking vocals capture the emotional whirlwind of being strung along in a toxic relationship. Her self-directed music video is a dynamic reflection on this theme, stringing flowers and cake along with potent female anger. 

Knucks (feat. Stormzy) — ‘Die Hard’

Released on: May 6

Knucks describes his sound as “classical, nostalgic, smooth”. This couldn’t be more true of his song ‘Die Hard’ featured on his new album Alpha Place, which pays homage to his experiences growing up and the burning desire to reinvigorate UK hip-hop. At the age of 12 he started experimenting with producing music, inspired by Curren$y, Sade, Nas and MF DOOM. ‘Die Hard’ unites Knucks and Stormzy’s elegant rap with Knucks’ addictive production of heavy bass balanced by atmospheric light jazz. 

Miiesha — ‘Everything’

Released on: April 29

‘Everything’ is a big taste of Miiesha’s forthcoming double EP Smoke & Mirrors which will be released on June 3rd and is about family dynamics, love and healing. Miiesha is a strong, proud Anangu/Torres Strait Islander woman from the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda, Queensland. ‘Everything’ sets the tone with birdsong and children’s laughter before revealing Miiesha’s powerful, expressive vocals, making a dark yet hopeful comment about “seasons in your life that feel like you can’t make it to the next chapter.” Miiesha’s influences of RnB, gospel and spoken word poetry shine through and empower the undercurrent of heartbreaking personal and political experiences she draws on in her artistic practice. She’ll be performing at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on June 13th following the release of her new EP.

Harvey Sutherland — ‘Holding Pattern’

Released on: April 29

In the past, Naarm, Melbourne based producer, DJ, and synthesist Mike Katz has worked with the likes of Khruangbin, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Disclosure. Now, with a close-up of his face on the cover of his debut album BOY, released under the pseudonym Harvey Sutherland on CD, cassette and vinyl, it’s all about him. After all, he describes BOY as a “circular loop between [his] studio and psychotherapist”. Katz describes his style as “neurotic funk”, which reaches its sleazy fever pitch in ‘Holding Pattern’. This is Katz’s first time taking the reins as the lead vocalist, laying himself bare as a bad boyfriend in this sexy sax-laden track. Catch Harvey Sutherland at RISING festival on June 3-4th

Tomberlin — ‘Stoned’

Released on: April 29

Born in Florida and homeschooled in rural Illinois by her father, a Baptist pastor, and mother, Sarah Beth Tomberlin’s full length debut album i don’t know who needs to hear this… is collated under a theme of pain to “examine, hold space, make an altar for the feelings”. Recorded in Brooklyn, Tomberlin’s new home, ‘Stoned’ feels like exploring a new city, “after the party I walked home / alone”. ‘Stoned’ stands out against the slow, serene, folk tonality of idkwntht with a big fuzzy, grunge guitar solo which allows us to nervously find comfort in being alone.

Chelsea Jade — ‘Big Spill’

Released on: April 29

Addictive, looping vocalisations define the art pop sound of LA based and New Zealander Chelsea Jade Metcaff’s ‘Big Spill’, the fifth and most experimental track on her newly released second album Soft Spot. A writer for the Chainsmokers track ‘You Owe Me’, a friend of Lorde, a backup dancer for Lorde’s ‘Mood Ring’ music video, and Vice’s “accidental dream pop hero”, Chelsea’s Soft Spot is an emotional, catchy monolith to her versatility as a singer and producer in her own right.

Doja Cat — ‘Vegas’

Released on: May 6

Doja Cat takes inspiration from Elvis’s ‘Hound Dog’ in her newly released single to feature on the Baz Luhrmann directed film ELVIS, which will be released on June 23rd. ‘Vegas’ marks her second feature on a film soundtrack after her iconic single ‘Boss Bitch’for Birds of Prey. Samples of Big Mama Thorton’s 1952 original ‘Hound Dog’ brings gritty rock and roll vocals to smoothly complement Doja’s energetic flowing rap, reinvigorating Elvis’ iconic diss track as yet another sexy girlboss single from Doja Cat. 

The Chats — ‘6L GTR’

Released on: April 28

The Chats are back in a big way, gearing up for the release of their new album GET FUCKED in August with the release of ‘6L GTR’, their ‘shed rock’ Aussie screamo style on display. The trio, Josh Hardy, Matt Boggis and Eamon Sandwith from Kabi Kabi and Jinibara country, the Sunshine Coast, will undertake an accompanying tour in July. The album’s name was inspired by a trip to K-Mart where, upon seeing Green Day’s Dookie album, they thought “‘Aw man, this is the craziest album cover I’ve ever seen!’ Imagine being a kid and just seeing a CD that says Get Fucked.” ‘6L GTR’ is a headbanging, mosh-worthy tease of things to come. 

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