Noiseworks – Heart & Soul

Australian rock band Noiseworks are releasing ‘Heart & Soul’ on August 15th, 2022 as the lead single from their new studio album (album out October 2022). The single comes as a long awaited gift to Noiseworks fans who have been thirsting for new music from the iconic rockers for 30 years.

‘Heart & Soul’ offers all of the cornerstone Noiseworks trademarks with powerful vocals from frontman Jon Stevens, skillful guitar from enigmatic rocker Steve Balbi on bass, the prolific Justin Stanley on keyboards, and the mighty Kev Nicol setting the tempo on drums.

Joining Noiseworks on this release and subsequent tour is highly acclaimed Australian musician Jack Jones (Irwin Thomas). Jones is honoring original Noiseworks member, the late, great Stuart ‘Chet’ Fraser, by taking up the mantle of lead guitarist in the band.

“Coming back after 30 years with new music and seeing the level of excitement that we have had from our Noiseworks fans has been a really powerful experience for us. Heart & Soul shows where we are now while also giving a nod to the sounds that make us Noiseworks. ” Jon Stevens – Noiseworks Singer.

In conjunction with this highly anticipated new album Noiseworks will join a stellar lineup of local and international acts for One Electric Day 22/23 Festival Season beginning on the 5th of November, 2022 at Victor Harbor, SA.

About Noiseworks

In the 1980s Noiseworks roared out of our car radios and were the soundtrack to every big night. Right from the beginning they delivered consecutive rock anthems with ‘No Lies’, ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Hot Chilli Woman’, ‘Touch’ and countless more. Known for their huge stage presence and big sound Noiseworks were a standout Aus rock band in the 80’s and 90’s.

Paul Kelly – Northern Rivers

Paul Kelly has today released his new themed compilation ‘Rivers and Rain’, the latest in a series of albums highlighting the threads running through his vast catalogue of songs.

‘Northern Rivers’ is the album’s new track offering. Brimming with musical and lyrical hooks, it sounds like an instant classic. Written last year and recorded soon after with his band, the timing of its release couldn’t be more apt. As residents of the Northern Rivers cleaned up – twice – after the floods earlier this year, Kelly’s songs could be heard coming out of shops, houses, halls, boats, utes, vans, cars and trucks, lifting spirits. Meanwhile, the long, hard work of picking up the pieces and rebuilding lives goes on.

‘Northern Rivers’ once again shows Kelly’s deep engagement with the natural world. Says Kelly with trademark succinctness, “It is a love song set in contrasting landscapes. I took it to the band and it came out really easily like they’d been playing it forever.”

It’s more than a love song, it’s a hymn of praise to the region and to our harsh and beautiful country, replete with vivid imagery, close observation and irony. Yet at its heart is the mysterious ‘girl from the Northern Rivers’ whom the coloured birds sing out of bed each day.

As Kelly’s philosophical narrator from the song says, “The more I know her the less I do”.

Discussing the ‘Rivers and Rain’ compilation, Paul Kelly shares some thoughts, “Water appears very often in my songs. I live on Port Philip Bay and when I’m home I go down to the sea several times a week if I can. When I’m traveling and visiting new cities, I always look for the water, be it a river, a lake, a canal, the sea or a swimming pool. If I were to make a compilation of all my ‘water’ songs the track list would be overflowing! So, for the second instalment in this series, I’ve decided to narrow the channel to Rivers and Rain. Songs to do with oceans and shores I’ll save for another time.”

“Rivers run through cities, run through wildernesses, and run through history. You can dream by a river. Court and picnic by a river. Swim or fish in a river. Sail or row or float down a river. Drown in a river.”

“In Australia, some rivers are dry or low for long periods then roar to life, sometimes dangerously, after certain storms. Rivers need rain. We all do. One of the great pleasures in life is lying in bed listening to the rain. Or reading a book in a nook inside as rain falls outside. I even like playing footy in the rain!”

“The first three songs of this compilation feature both rivers and rain, including new track Northern Rivers, recorded last year and previously unreleased. Letter In The Rain follows a lone wanderer and wonderer, haunted by memory. The River Song was written in a hotel room by The Seine in Paris at the time of the 2016 floods, the biggest in a hundred years. The twenty-one song set ends with the radioactive rain from the fallout of the Maralinga atomic bomb tests in South Australia during the fifties.”

“Along the way we have storms, floods, carved canyons, petrichor, reveries, hard scrabble, crossed lovers, blessed lovers, joy, hope and danger. Jump in!”

UB40 – Champion

Champion is the official Commonwealth Games song and celebrates the games coming to England for the first time in 20 years. It’s also a celebration of Birmingham. It is the first single from UB40’s new album UB45 which will be released early 2023.

The song is both aspirational and inspirational. Everyone is good at something and it’s about competing in what you’re best at, excelling and achieving your goals.

While “Champion” could refer to almost any form of competition, there is accompanying rap from ‘Gilly G’ that specifically references and champions our city of Birmingham and it’s proud hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games and another from ‘Dapz On The Maps’ which talks about the mind set and approach needed to be the No 1 Champion.

Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala – Turn Up The Sunshine (PNAU Remix)

Multi-platinum-selling and ARIA award-winning electronic act PNAU today releases a floor-filling remix of Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala’s smash collaboration ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’ from the recently released original motion picture soundtrack for Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, the #1 global blockbuster from the biggest animated franchise in history. The soundtrack is out now and available here.

Set in the 1970s, Minions: The Rise of Gru tells the origin story of how Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell), the world’s greatest supervillain, first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled. Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru is out now and showing in cinemas across the UK.

The funk-fuelled soundtrack, produced by 2022 Grammy Producer of the Year Jack Antonoff, features a star-studded line-up. Following the release of her 2021 hit album Thank You, Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala launched the soundtrack with their hit collaboration ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’ described by Rolling Stone as a “party-ready jam.”

PNAU is the multi-platinum-selling, award-winning electronic act of Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun, Vlossom, Teenager), Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore, famed for their extensive career born out of the underground clubs and festival dancefloors of Australia. With a catalogue of their own hits and multiple albums behind them, PNAU have enjoyed a powerful renaissance over the past few years. PNAU found massive global success with their Elton John and Dua Lipa recording ‘Cold Heart’, with the single being nominated for Song of the Year at the Brit Awards, picking up a Billboard Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song and delivering Elton John his first UK number one single in 16 years.

Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack celebrates a range of dazzling funk, disco and soul classics with brand-new versions of some of the biggest hits of the 1970s from some of today’s hottest talent. From St. Vincent’s new take on Lipps Inc’s 1979 hit Funkytown and H.E.R.’s rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s 1967 smash Dance to the Music, to Bleachers version of John Lennon’s 1970 track Instant Karma! and Phoebe Bridgers’ interpretation of The Carpenters’ 1972 single Goodbye To Love, every track has been reimagined by each artist with ingenious results. And of course, Illumination’s Minions themselves star on the album, with their distinctive performance of the classic Simon & Garfunkel 1970s favourite, Cecilia.

The soundtrack’s executive producer, Jack Antonoff, is a globally celebrated singer, songwriter and record producer and is the lead vocalist of rock band Bleachers. Kicking off 2022, Bleachers made their debut performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, marking the seminal show’s first episode of the year. As a songwriter and producer, Antonoff, who in 2021 was credited by the BBC for having “redefined pop music” has collaborated with the likes of Diana Ross, Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract and many more. This work has seen Antonoff collect numerous accolades, including six Grammy Awards, most recently winning the 2022 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.

Whether in or out of the cinema, this sun-soaked 70s-inspired soundtrack is guaranteed to have you Gru-ving all summer long.

Missy Higgins – Take It Back

Missy Higgins will feature in the ABC’s 90th Birthday Telecast this Thursday evening at 8pm with a special performance from the breathtaking Rungutjirpa (Simpson’s Gap). Her appearance alongside an Australian Arts and Culture ‘who’s who’, extends a long association with the national public broadcaster, stretching back to winning Triple J Unearthed 20 years ago while she was still at high school.

More recently Missy composed and sang for both series of the ABC’s award winning political drama, “Total Control”. The program has attracted worldwide acclaim with The Wall Street Journal applauding “…its biting vision of the prevailing codes, and what passes for right and wrong in political society.” Stuff NZ said: “Total Control offers a scathing examination of Australian politics [and] a clarion call for social justice” and said the music was “a magnificent showcase for the songwriting and singing skills of Missy Higgins”.

This week Missy will release the final track from that celebrated collaboration – a song of empowerment called “I Take It Back” drawn from her “Total Control” mini-album. That ARIA Top 3 hit was inspired by musical fragments Missy initially pieced together to fit certain scenes in the TV show. What started as brief instrumentals gradually grew lyrics and some expanded into full songs across 2020 and 2021 as the show’s themes reverberated publicly in the Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins cases. Missy’s unusually deep association with the show included her fierce lead single “Edge Of Something” which featured as the main promo for Season Two and was premiered live as part of the ABC’s 2022 New Year’s Eve telecast from the Sydney Opera House.

DIANA ROSS FT. TAME IMPALA – Turn Up The Sunshine

Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala today release the joyous, dance-inducing new single ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’, from Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, produced by 2022 Grammy Producer of the Year Jack Antonoff. This unique collaboration for ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’ makes for a winning combination, delighting music fans across the globe. It follows the release of Ms. Ross’ brand-new album ‘Thank You,’ out last year.

This is the first single from the recently announced original motion picture soundtrack for Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, the new action-comedy from the biggest animated franchise in history, set for release on Friday 1st July.

Set in the 1970s, Minions: The Rise of Gru tells the origin story of how Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell), the world’s greatest supervillain, first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled.

The funk-fuelled soundtrack features a star-studded line-up, celebrating a range of dazzling funk, disco and soul classics with brand-new versions of some of the biggest hits of the 1970s from some of today’s hottest talent. From St. Vincent’s new take on Lipps Inc’s 1979 hit Funkytown and H.E.R.’s rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s 1967 smash Dance to the Music, to Bleachers version of John Lennon’s 1970 track Instant Karma! and Phoebe Bridgers’ interpretation of The Carpenters’ 1972 single Goodbye To Love, every track has been reimagined by each artist with ingenious results.

And of course, Illumination’s Minions themselves star on the album, with their distinctive performance of the classic Simon & Garfunkel 1970s favourite, Cecilia.

The soundtrack’s executive producer, Jack Antonoff, is a globally celebrated singer, songwriter and record producer as well as the lead vocalist of rock band Bleachers. As a songwriter and producer, Antonoff, who, in 2021, was credited by the BBC for having “redefined pop music,” has collaborated with the likes of Diana Ross, Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent , Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract and many more. This work has seen Antonoff collect numerous accolades, including six Grammy Awards, most recently winning the 2022 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.

Both in and out of the cinema, this sun-soaked 70’s inspired soundtrack is guaranteed to have you Gru-ving all summer long.

DANIEL JOHNS – WHERE DO WE GO?

This week Daniel Johns released his anticipated second solo album FutureNever, 7 years after his first solo album Talk. With universal stellar album reviews, FutureNever has proven fans and the public have longed for an album that truly takes you on an epic journey and gives you a deeply personal experience that only Daniel can capture and deliver.

With many stand-out tracks on offer, Where Do We Go? is being officially serviced to Australian Radio today by popular demand.

Where Do We Go? is street-smart, slick pop-meets-R&B but lifted with some genre-defying classicism

  • NME AUSTRALIA

“Sometimes I’m not trying, most the time I’m dying,” goes the opening to Where Do We Go?, a Prince-styled soul ballad with a killer tube-howling power-chord chorus

  • SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / THE AGE

In addition, visit FutureNeverFund Daniel’s newly created charitable fund to help raise money to create better futures for people and animals in need with a focus on mental health, racial inequality, diversity in the arts and animal welfare. Daniel has kicked the fund off with a $20,000 donation and says contributions will be “supercharged” by additional merch drops and exclusive fundraising events and auctions. Further stating, “After 12 months, as the Fund grows, we will look to broaden the scope and investigate incorporating more charities as a beneficiary of FutureNeverFund. I’d love for you to help contribute in whatever way you feel comfortable, and I’ll be sharing ways you can be part of the mission as we roll this out”.

The album FutureNever is out now globally via BMG and available HERE

“Within the first 10 minutes, FutureNever erupts with Diorama-level theatrics, busts into a perfectly paced day-glo R&B gem, then comes down hard with a Peking Duk collaboration. As a collection of music, it is unassailable, ambitious, and often brilliant, with the album’s high points sitting among his very best work” – THE GUARDIAN (4-Star Album Review)

“The 12 tracks are by turns surprising, dramatic, cinematic, and more than a little show-offy. The arrangements touch on pop, rock, classical and electronic music, while his vocal performances are stunning” – THE AUSTRALIAN

“There is a vulnerability, curiosity and adventure that makes ‘FutureNever’ unmistakably Johns. That kid who once asked you to wait for tomorrow is living in it today” –

NME AUSTRALIA (4-Star Album Review)

“FutureNever is an album unlike anything Daniel Johns’ fans have ever heard before, anyone hoping to find Johns at his creative peak, it’s manna from heaven” – ROLLING STONE AUSTRALIA

“Johns has chosen not to release any singles, a smart move, because there’s no doubt FutureNever is an album. An immensely rewarding, immersive experience” – STACK MAGAZINE

“Album track “FreakNever” is a truly nightmarish rewriting of the early Silverchair hit Freak. Once a more-or-less defiant response to Johns’ first rush of fame, here it sounds like a festering loop in the brain of a traumatised child. “No more maybes/ The world stole a baby/ Took his soul on tour and/ Made a deal with the devil.” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / THE AGE

“Conceptually, tonally, and most importantly emotionally, FutureNever is an album of complete freedom and complete control, at his own pace. In its stylistic range it goes almost everywhere in the Johns repertoire: from slinky R&B and art rock to chilled electro pop; from self-distorting ballads and flamboyant pop to boot-stomping guitar rock, sometimes via knowing and deliberate references to his past”- BERNARD ZUEL

Van Morrison – Pretending

Van Morrison has announced details of his 43rd studio album. What’s It Gonna Take? is released on Exile Productions/Virgin Music Australia on May 13th. ‘Pretending’ – the first track taken from the album – is out now everywhere online.

What’s It Gonna Take? is the follow up to Van Morrison’s 2021 release – the 28-track double album Latest Record Project, Vol. 1 – and is further evidence of the rich creative streak that one of the world’s greatest artist’s is currently on.

What’s It Gonna Take? features fifteen new Van Morrison compositions that collectively reflect the artist’s indefatigable drive to record and perform live in front of audiences. The album is preceded by ‘Pretending’ – a gorgeous restless soul track, online everywhere now – and was produced by Van Morrison and was recorded between Real World Studios (Wiltshire), Bath Spa Hotel (Bath), Richard Dunn’s Studio, Culloden Hotel (Co. Down) Holywood Studio (Co. Down) and Musicbox Studios (Cardiff).

Van Morrison is one of music’s true originals – utterly unique and inspirational with a legacy that spans the last seven decades. Born in Belfast in 1945 and inspired by blues, country and gospel, he formed the hugely successful R&B band Them in 1964 before moving on to a different realm as a solo artist.

One of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era, Van Morrison has crafted an unparalleled catalogue of releases that moves effortlessly through his myriad influences, including visionary street poetry, jazz, swing, skiffle and Celtic roots and includes some of the best loved songs of the 20th century. He has also managed to maintain a work ethic both on stage and in the studio that would shame younger artists.

The Killers – The Getting By II

The Killers have released an expanded, deluxe edition of their critically-lauded seventh studio album, Pressure Machine, on Island Records.

Featuring newly-realized, reimagined versions of select songs from the album, framing the stories they tell in different sonic colors.

The new tracks on Pressure Machine, like the original album, were co-produced by the band, Shawn Everett, and Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), all of whom worked together on The Killers’ critically-acclaimed album Imploding The Mirage, released in 2020.

A quieter, character-study-driven album, Pressure Machine made major waves upon its release last summer. The album lives squarely in Nephi, Utah, a close-knit community of 5300 people with no traffic lights, a rubber plant, wheat fields, and the West Hills. Nephi is the place Flowers spent his formative years (10-16), saying “had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the 90s could have been the 1950s.” The album’s songs are based on the memories and stories of people that impacted him growing up, interspersed with commentary from current Nephi locals about their town.

The resulting record is an aural document of growing up – and living – in the American Southwest, told from a myriad of perspectives. For the first time in his life, Flowers had complete lyrics before a note of music was put to tape. No stranger to inhabiting different characters in songs, on Pressure Machine he steps into the shoes of some of the people whose lives he watched unfold as a teen. The album weaves the threads of Flowers’ signature lyricism throughout his career into a perfect whole culminating in the most elegant album The Killers have ever made. Indeed, Pressure Machine’s stories detail the real life personal battles, overwhelming regrets, local tragedies, and the opioid epidemic that hit Flowers’ hometown, as well as every hometown in America. Flowers sings about the choices people make, for better and for worse, and the consequences of those choices; the ones who were left behind, and the ones that can’t be forgotten.

The Killers will be touring Australia at the end of the year to celebrate both Pressure Machine and Imploding The Mirage, along with their much-loved catalog of global hits. Tickets for these shows are on sale now.

Hoodoo Gurus – Chariot of the Gods

Hoodoo Gurus long-awaited, new studio album Chariot of the Gods, is finally set lose and flying around the world today.

Chariot of the Gods is the band’s first album in over a decade (the longest interval between Hoodoo Gurus’ albums in their history) and is already garnering rave reviews:

The first Hoodoo Gurus album in 12 years starts with a scene-setter called Early Opener. It’s as if the Gurus are sound-checking at your local pub: the drums are pounding, the guitars are cranking, the hooks are huge – Stack Magazine

First album in 12 years from Australian national treasures … ‘Chariot of the Gods’ is a delightful recap of the Gurus’ virtues, featuring such effortlessly breezy, riff-heavy tear-ups as “Get Out Of Dodge” and “Equinox”, while “Was I Supposed To Care?” demonstrates that Dave Faulkner retains his facility with a plain-spoken ballad that dates all the way back to the first album’s “My Girl” – Uncut Magazine (UK)

Hoodoo Gurus goes on the attack, sword in hand, and slays the competition. …Hoodoo Gurus cheekily defies the challenge of the passing years – Muzzart (France)

The new album features some career bests from a rejuvenated band, with the emphasis on the tunes – Shindig (UK)

Chariot of the Gods is classic Gurus – 14 tracks (17 on the deluxe double-vinyl edition) featuring the relatable lyricism and peerless songwriting placed in a distinctively Australian context that the band are renowned for (see below for tracklisting). The album is the first full-length recording with relative new recruit to the Hoodoo Gurus’ line-up, on drums – Nik Reith.

The new album is released a little over a month before they kick off their 40th Anniversary Tour with long-time mutual friends, The Dandy Warhols, presented by Frontier Touring. Show openers on the 40th Anniversary Tour will be Even in Adelaide and Melbourne and The Buoys in Sydney.