CASH GRAB: THE MOST SLEPT-ON AUSTRALIAN RELEASES OF 2022
As their eyes move towards a new year, it’s time for a quick wrap-up for the label A&Rs starting to contemplate future roster additions. So as usual, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Here’s a bunch of songs; all released this year, all from independent artists, all under 20k streams, and all criminally ignored by the wider music industry. All except us of course. Imagine what they (and we) could do with the right support. Stay subscribed to AU CASH RADIO so you never miss them again. Enjoy:
NODDY NO MASK – SAME PROBLEMS
The Gold Coast trapper released one of the most polished auto-tuned rap projects of the last few years in early August complete with a stacked list of features. Authentic street narratives and a melodic vocal control well beyond that of a debut release. Part Roddy Ricch, part Lil Baby, Noddy’s intricate vulnerabilities mixed with braggadocious storytelling place him in a unique lane. Had ‘Same Problems’ emerged from Atlanta rather than Australia it would be a global hit.
MAMMOTH – HIGH SATURATION (FT. CD)
Sublime artistry. Emerging from one of the most talented rosters in the country (Picked Last), Naarm’s MAMMOTH might be the closest thing we have to a Jay Electronica down under. Recorded at Marshall Street Studios over luscious Silentjay production and with an infectious cameo from CD, ‘High Saturation’ is potentially the most polished and poetic single of 2022. It gets better with every listen.
PAABIO – STILL
As hip-hop globally looks towards electronica for inspiration and artists (namely Drake) blend elements of garage and dance with their rhymes, the wave has shown strong signs of touching the domestic market. Enter Paabio. Almost completely unknown, with a minimal online presence and only a handful of tracks, but a bedroom banger in ‘Still’. Funky house production and a captivating baritone vocal. It’s a vibe.
CHARBEL – GAMEOVER! (FT. AGUNG MANGO)
If Charbel isn’t supporting Smino when he next tours Australia then this whole industry is a facade. ‘GARDENIA AVE.’ is hands down one of the most exciting, experimental recent projects in Aus. Complete with a short film (out today) and an otherworldly puppet-driven narrative, the Wollongong talent’s creative genius is on full display throughout the EP’s seven tracks blending elements of rap, R&B, and soul, but how ‘GAMEOVER!’ with 2022 breakout Agung Mango didn’t blow up we’ll never know.
MOG.Y – THAT’S MY GIRL
The most unique vocal cadence in the game, Melbourne’s Mog.Y has built a robust street following in the 3k since emerging via a couple of POSSESHOT collabs. Far from a novelty, the cat has serious bars and even better flows. There’s hints of Isaiah Rashad in his lazy intonation but a harder Mobb Deep edge in the production and presence. One for the legit hip-hop heads, this dude is an Aus underground star just waiting for his moment to shine to his potential. ‘That’s My Girl’ is taken from his 2022 project ‘Trouble In Pacific Beach’.
MS. THANDI – YOU COULD BE
One word. Angelic. Australia’s wave of female R&B talent is no secret, but Ms. Thandi might just be the hidden diamond within it. ‘You Could Be’ is crack for the romantics. Wavy production, delicious vocal runs, and an addictive tale of infatuation. Someone at Netflix needs to holla ASAP for the sync placement. If you love SZA or Jorja Smith you need to start bumping Ms. Thandi today.
CURTIS DAMAGE – ROASTY TOASTIN
Sometimes more is less. And that’s exactly how Sydney’s Curtis Damage moves. Bold yet understated. Many emerging emcees in the country could take a leaf out of his book. In just two and half minutes he packs punchline after punchline into ‘Roasty Toastin’. It’s dark and gritty in a Valee-type manner but with a distinctly Aussie presence and vernacular. Hype for more.
STNDRD – FALLIN’ APART
If success was based purely on talent then STNDRD would be selling out arenas already. The Polynesian trio based across Australia and New Zealand dominated the internet with their nostalgic and heartfelt ‘My Uso’ in 2020 but for anyone who has kept listening it’s clear these guys have only gotten better. Vocal harmonies to die for combined with mouth-watering production and a poignant, positive message – when it comes to R&B down under, these guys are top tier. Think D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Masego. Yeh, that type beat. ‘Fallin’ Apart’ is from the new album ‘Jukebox’.
SOWDY – OUT OF SIGHT (FT. BUTCH DAWSON)
In a city that gets slept on more than any, Perth’s Sowdy might have just drawn the unluckiest hand in the deck. An elite producer, engineer, label head, and emcee he has accumulated a catalogue of envy in just a few short years due to his relentless work rate. But this year just feels different. Cadence, bars, rhyme schemes – he does it all, and critical ears will agree his rapping has gone to another level. The skillset is on full display on the appropriately titled ‘Out Of Sight’ featuring Baltimore rapper Butch Dawson. New album ‘Paint The City Purple’ out soon.