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.

Crowded House – Sweet Tooth

Crowded House have today revealed the video for forthcoming single ‘Sweet Tooth’, the melodic and instantly memorable new track lifted from their award-winning album Dreamers Are Waiting.

The video footage was shot in between shows in NZ and later disintegrated by Liam Finn using a free video filter created by Irish visual artist David O’Reilly. Neil Finn then reassembled the footage into this swirling, psychedelic sugar rush.

“I wanted to have pictures that represented the giddy euphoria of eating sweets when you are a kid, a kind of sensory overload that resembles a drug experience,” Neil Finn said. Watch HERE.

Dreamers Are Waiting recently picked up the ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary album, and has been nominated for Best Record at the Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Awards 2022, which will be held in Sydney on March 30.

PRAISE FOR DREAMERS ARE WAITING:

” … these 12 tracks enlarge the band’s considerable legacy … Finn’s minor-key melodies remain a trademark, as demonstrated by the bittersweet Deeper Down, and his ability to encompass a chaotic world through the way two people intimately relate to one another is tender and inspiring. These songs aren’t anthems, they’re insinuative, and they open up in fascinating ways.” 4 stars, Craig Mathieson, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald

“For all the ornate hooks and tidy lyrical phrases on display here, it’s that effortless dynamism that keeps these songs so fascinating … Now as much as ever before, Finn and co. focus their surplus of ideas into an accessible package that’s equally quirky and classic.” Doug Wallen, The Australian

” … from the lilting opening strains of Bad Times Good, it’s clear we’re firmly back in Crowded House territory. There are the playful harmonies and sublime guitar outro of the jaunty To the Island, while Sweet Tooth is similarly infectious. The Trump phenomenon compelled Finn to make a rare foray into politics with Whatever You Want, which has shades of his Seven Worlds Collide project. Meanwhile, Real Life Woman is an ode to his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Stevie Nicks. The album is front-loaded with the most accessible tunes, the others promise to reveal themselves with time.” 4 stars, John O’Brien, Courier Mail

Elvis Costello – The Boy Named If

Elvis Costello and The Imposters release, ‘The Boy Named If,’ a new album of urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, guitar solos that sting and a quick step to the rhythm.

Costello tells us, “The full title of this record is ‘The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories).’ ‘IF,’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own. You can hear more about this ‘Boy’ in a song of the same name,”

Speaking of the lyrical content of the record, Costello added, “Once upon a time, when I didn’t know what a kiss could do and didn’t even dare to caress, the way ahead was a mystery; a departing from that magic state called innocence for the pain that leads to pleasure and all that jazz.”

“Don’t get me started about the guilt and shame and all those other useless possessions that you must throw overboard before you set sail with your dreamboat (and a runcible spoon),” remarked Elvis.

‘The Boy Named If,’ – Produced by Sebastian Krys & Elvis Costello – is a collection of thirteen snapshots, “That take us from the last days of a bewildered boyhood to that mortifying moment when you are told to stop acting like a child – which for most men (and perhaps a few gals too) can be any time in the next fifty years,” as Costello put it.

Costello added, “Whatever you take out of these tales, I wrote them for you and to make the life of these songs a little less lonely, if you should care to dive in a little deeper.”

“I started ‘The Boy Named If’ with just an electric guitar, some sharps and flats, high heels and lowdowns, with five songs in bright major keys and carried on to write a whole new record for The Imposters to play,” Costello said.

Speaking of recording sessions, Costello said, “The initial rhythm section for this record was my guitar and Pete Thomas’ Gretsch drums, recorded down in Bonaparte Rooms West. Our Imposter pal of 20 years standing, Davey Faragher soon dialed in his Fender bass and vocals while we awaited dispatches from France.”

“If the record sounded swell as a trio, Steve Nieve’s organ was the icing on the cake, the cherry and the little silver balls,” Elvis added.

Since being forced to cut short a U.K. tour after a triumphant Hammersmith Apollo appearance in March 2020, Elvis Costello has released the album, ‘Hey Clockface’ and the subsequent French language E.P., ‘La Face de Pendule à Coucou’ – featuring the voices of Iggy Pop and Isabelle Adjani.

In the last twelve months, Costello has also completed “How To Play Guitar & Y,” a comedic, “Words & Music” production for audible.com, and released the lavish vinyl box-set edition of the 1979 album, “Armed Forces” containing facsimiles of his original lyrical notebooks bound as pulp novels and comic books.

Speaking of re-fashioning a record, Costello said, “Pete, Steve and myself started out playing rocking pop music in another century. This year, ‘This Year’s Model’ came back to surprise us in another tongue. That edition is called, ‘Spanish Model.'”

Costello said, “Both that album and ‘The Boy Named If’ are records that are happening right now and if you want to draw a line between them, go right ahead.”

“Sometimes I sit and write things down, the rest of the time I play guitar in a rock and roll band. I love my family. I really love everybody, especially the people I can’t stand, even those who trespass against us and there are a lot of them.” “Yer pal. Elvis Costello”

Hoodoo Gurus – Carry On

Hoodoo Gurus have had a busy year and they have one last single up their sleeves before 2021 is done – Carry On – released on all streaming services, online music retailers and vinyl (yes, a 7″ vinyl single!!!) today. Carry On was written just before COVID-19 came over the horizon but the song’s theme of pushing forward through difficulties became even more resonant during the long lockdowns. Carry On is an anthem celebrating resilience and tenacity. Damn the torpedoes!

The band have also created a confronting, emotionally-charged video for the song, paying tribute to frontline medical workers. At times we forget that the superhuman work these people do on our behalf can come at a great personal price. Chris Herd, the director of the video for Carry On, cast actual nurses in the leading roles for the clip, grounding the drama in a sense of lived reality. This is also the first Hoodoo Gurus video in which the band itself doesn’t appear, though lead singer Dave Faulkner has a cameo in a minor supporting role.

About the song itself, Dave Faulkner, explains, “Carry On wasn’t written about the pandemic but the song has certainly been useful in helping me get through it: just remember to keep your head down and do your best. That’s a philosophy that we in the Hoodoo Gurus have always lived by.

“As for the video, I have a sister-in-law who is a career nurse as well as a nephew and niece who are following in her footsteps – one a nurse, the other a paramedic – and I have always marveled at their ability to handle the terrible stress of working in such a demanding environment. But they do, turning up to work each day with optimism despite the terrors they face. It is the spirit of people like them that I wanted to honour in my song and the video that goes with it.”

All systems are go for the band’s rescheduled 40th Anniversary Tour with The Dandy Warhols around Australia in April 2022, presented by Frontier Touring. Show openers on the 40th Anniversary Tour have been announced today and opening proceedings in Sydney will be The Buoys, Even in Adelaide and Melbourne and Rinehearts in Perth.

Hoodoo Gurus are also appearing on the postponed Red Hot Summer dates with Jimmy Barnes, Jon Stevens, Diesel and Chris Cheney commencing in January 2022.

Carry On is out today on all streaming services and 7″ vinyl today on Big Time Records through EMI Music.

Sting – For Her Love

17-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting’s new album, The Bridge, is available now via A&M/Interscope/Cherrytree Records and features the opening rock salvo, “Rushing Water” as well as the upbeat, whistle-driven earworm, “If It’s Love.”

The Bridge – Sting’s 15th studio album – showcases his prolific and diverse songwriting prowess. To explore the album, please visit the newly created interactive hub: http://thebridge.sting.com

Representing various stages and styles from throughout his career and drawing inspiration from genres including rock n’ roll, jazz, classical music and folk, the eclectic album features Sting’s quintessential sound. Written and recorded over the last year in lockdown, a coterie of trusted musicians beamed into his studio remotely including Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums), Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Manu Katché (drums), Martin Kierszenbaum (keyboards), Fred Renaudin (synthesizer) and backing vocalists Melissa Musique, Gene Noble, Jo Lawry and Laila Biali.

All songs on The Bridge are produced by Sting and Martin Kierszenbaum, except “Loving You” produced by Sting, Maya Jane Coles and Martin Kierszenbaum. The album was mixed by Robert Orton, engineered by Donal Hodgson and Tony Lake, and mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering.

Fans can also get an intimate glimpse into the musician’s everyday life as he prepared to launch the new album on his weekly web TV series, ‘On the Bridge.’

Storm & Stone – Fire & Smoke

Internationally recognised sibling trio Storm & Stone return with their new single ‘Fire & Smoke’. It follows on from their previous release ‘Town That Made Me’, which received extensive national airplay in Australia, garnering airplay in the US on stations including iHeart Radio Network, along with a billboard in New York’s Times Square.

Pitchfork Music describes the trio as having “finely crafted melodies, lush harmonies and a gorgeous chorus paired with heartfelt lyrics … with a laid-back country feel”. ‘Fire & Smoke’ brings these elements to the fore. It is a wistful, reflective song brimming with sweetness and light.

The track was a collaboration between Auriel, August, and Hallelujah, although the initial impetus came from Auriel, during a time of personal turmoil. August explains: “Auriel wrote it from a really personal space. It’s about a relationship that you know deep down isn’t right for you both, but because you truly love each other, you both choose to stay, even though your relationship is burning down around you. Every time I hear Hal sing it, I just tear up. It just hits me in the gut because it so perfectly sums up being in that place for me, and what I watched her go through.”

As with ‘Town That Made Me’, Storm & Stone once again teamed up with producer Matt ‘Xiro’ Fioravanti (Kwame, Phil Phresh, Jesswar, Rissa, Bread Club and Kymie) to produce ‘Fire & Smoke’. It was recorded at A Sharp Recording Studio in Riverwood, and Kiln Studios in St Peters, Sydney. The track also features local musicians Luke Herbert (Drums), Dominic Cabusi (Bass), Nikos Harpoulos- Smallman (Keys), Rosie Jackson (Backing Vocals and backing vocal arrangements), Lucia Neville (Backing Vocals), James Audet (Backing Vocals) and Liam Whelan (Backing Vocals).

The video for ‘Fire & Smoke’ was produced by Thomas Crnkovic of Cranky Dog Productions. Crnkovic who commented “Fire & Smoke is a song you hear and can’t help but feel a sense of impending, inescapable tragedy. For me, it was a feeling of being in a relationship, feeling deeply in love, but knowing that it’s not going to work out. That’s what I wanted to capture. It’s the story of adultery, of the pain of knowing what the other person has done and the melancholic nostalgia for how things used to be. And yet, despite all that, despite being in the house as it’s burning down around you, it’s still hard to say goodbye. It was a beautifully potent song to work with.”

As Sunburnt Country have stated “Storm & Stone are a band whose members are in sync with each other. And while sibling harmonies may come fairly naturally, it’s clear that the siblings are accomplished singers, and that’s what gives the track its sweet power”. ‘Fire & Smoke’ is a single that showcases these talented siblings at their best, and it shows they have a bright future creating trailblazing music ahead of them.