NEW AUS VIDS: CHANEL LOREN, CURTIS DAMAGE, TOKYO VENDETTA

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Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best music videos from across the AU. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our channel to be the first across the hottest new clips. Updated weekly, there are thousands to watch in our YouTube playlist! Which video are you into this week? Slam the comments with who we missed…

CURTIS DAMAGE – DOLLY
(Max Huebscher)

Curtis Damage wastes no time since his debut album, arriving in 2024 with new single ‘Dolly’. In the last 12 months, the Eora/Sydney rapper has proved himself as one of the best upcoming lyricists in the country with previous releases like ‘Pop The Boot’ and ‘From The Get Go’. Returning with a slight departure from his regular style, ‘Dolly’ produced by DEXTAH opts for a more traditional hip-hop sound while still working perfectly with Damage’s trademark husky tone and well-crafted punchlines. The music video, directed and edited by Max Huebscher, finds him rapping outside of a service station giving ‘Dolly’ a very spur-of-the-moment feel. The track’s slower pace allows for the quality of his pen to shine through and gives his usual menace a calmer yet no less intimidating edge.

CHANEL LOREN – CARELESSLY DOOMED FT. KOTA THE FRIEND
(Angie Osman & Louise Dietz-Henderson)

Chanel Loren embraces overthinking on ‘Carelessly Doomed’ featuring Kota The Friend. Originally from the UK, and now residing in Sydney, the R&B artist debuted a couple of years ago with ‘Playlist’, and has been on an undeniably brilliant run ever since. After a small hiatus, Loren is back with a collaboration alongside New York rapper Kota The Friend, who she supported during his Australian tour in 2023. With bells that sound like they belong to an ice cream truck, Chanel wrestles with the things she can’t control and wonders aloud what would happen if she were to leave these thoughts and feelings behind entirely. With Angie Osman and Louise Dietz-Henderson on the visuals, the video has an abstract quality with wild colours and extreme close-ups that carry the single’s bright sound while Kota’s verse aligns with its aloof nature.

TOKYO VENDETTA – MURDASIDE
(OZ Visuals)

Toyko Vendetta holds no prisoners with her latest freestyle video ‘Murdaside’. Breaking out last year with ‘Time’s Up’, the Sydney rapper made everyone question “How the fuck from Australia but rap like from Brooklyn?” Back with her NY killer instinct, she bodies her verse with more memorable one-liners like “I’m a perfect little broad, she show my photos to her surgeon.” OZ Visuals shows Tokyo Vendetta in the recording studio delivering these bars under horror-movie red light, to match her latex dress.Interpolating and name dropping 50 Cent, there’s no denying Tokyo Vendetta is going to make even bigger waves in 2024. 

SHANAE – OUTSIDE
(Connor Pritchard)

Shanae, formerly known as MADAME3MPRESS, continues her artistic reset on ‘Outside’. The Sydney R&B artist debuted her new alias and dance driven sound late last year with the 2-piece am i dumb? am i done? With chopped vocals and its sublime production by 20, SaxFlow and Smile High, the short track leaves plenty of breathing room to whip out your best dance moves or simply join Shanae outside. Directed by Connor Pritchard, the music video follows her across rooftops, to the grocery store and the hills in a gorgeous film-photo aesthetic.

SAILOR GOON – 5AM IN THE MORNING FT. POETIK & BIGGS 685
(XPLIQUE)

Sailor Goon teams with POETIK and BIGGs 685 for a stunning 90s Cali-rap style track, ‘5 IN THE MORNING’. Following on from ‘STAR SIGNS’ with Billymaree and A.GIRL in 2022, and ‘All Night’ with Mwayz last year, the Sydney artist continues to shine among even Australia’s brightest stars. Aptly named, BIGGs and POETIK add to the nostalgic sound with their slick verses while Sailor serenades listeners throughout. Created by XPLIQUE, the visuals provide lyrics and animations to match every word Sailor and her collaborators bounce through.

HAUNTZ – MOSH
(Level48Visuals)

Hauntz makes his return on the stage-shaking single ‘MOSH’. Over a year since his ‘Pound Cake’ flip on ‘Unzipped Ep 2’, and even longer since his In God We Trust EP, the Sydney multi-hyphenate leans on earlier influences like Slipknot for his heavy metal/rap hybrid. The SHREDDED-produced offering is accompanied with a Level48Visuals music video that shows just how much of a game changer the track will be for Hauntz’ live performances. ‘MOSH’ is the lead single from his upcoming EP The Nightmare Project.

Written by Frank TremainDeclan Bailey & Aidan Knight.

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