NEW AUS VIDS: LITHE, PLANET VEGETA, BRAZEN BARBIE & TAAYLEE G

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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…

LITHE – 737
(Hassan Hadi)

Naarm/Melbourne’s emo-R&B lord Lithe strikes again with his signature melancholy mood, in new release ‘737’, self-produced with mix assistance from the 3k’s favourite engineer, AyoTrae. The music video, shot by Hassan Hadi, is a perfect pairing for the elusive artist’s specific sound – both blurry and gritty in all the best ways that itch a ‘sadboy’ brain. After opening for the Australian leg of 070 Shake’s recent tour in July, this new track sees Lithe continue to make sadness badass, crooning about ‘737 but different planes’. With songs and visuals like these, it is increasingly likely that he will soon ‘walk in the dealership know bout my name’.

BRAZEN BARBIE – CHECK FT. TAAYLEE G
(Nbreezy)

Brazen Barbie lets us know she’s standing on business all 2024 with latest release ‘Check’ featuring Canadian rapper Taaylee G. This crunk anthem, featuring electrifying lyrics, energetic beats, and a commanding delivery, sends a powerful message that Brazen won’t entertain unreciprocated energy and focus. Directed by Nbreezy, the official music video finds her unleashing her indomitable sound across various locations in Melbourne’s cityscape. With hard-hitting truths such as ‘big ‘Brazen’ on my chain so they never can misname me,’ she boldly declares that recognition and understanding are non-negotiable. Closing out her debut EP Brand New with this track, Brazen remains unwavering in her hustle.

PLANET VEGETA – ANTHEM X STRIPPER (PILOT 1)
(Sondr Films)

Planet Vegeta breeze in with a medley of two of their hardest 2022 tracks, ‘Anthem x Stripper’, for the pilot of their label 92WLRD’s 1TAKE BAKE series. Filmed by Sondr Films, the Western Sydney group combine the two songs for an acoustic ‘backyard sesh’, reminiscent of what we used to see from Rancid Eddie, minus the L’s. A smooth, buttery performance that doesn’t try to do too much, paired with the simplistic but effective videography, shows off their prowess as not just rappers, but a capable band with a whole lotta soul. If Mac Miller’s Tiny Desk Concert was filmed in an Australian backyard, this is what it would look and sound like.

MILAN RING – QUICKSAND
(Danny Draxx)

Milan Ring heralds in the new year with the beautiful gold-themed visualiser to ‘Quicksand’. Recognisable for her ethereal and atmospheric vocals the Eora/Sydney born artist plays to her strengths perfectly with her new single. Over wonderful self-production with airy samples and drums that are busy without ever being too hectic, Milan uses her vocal styling to add those atmospheric elements. Her verses keep it simple and matter of fact, touching on the greed of ambition and the imposter syndrome that can come with finally realising it. Directed by Danny Draxx, the music video themed in yellows and gold matches the glittery vocals and vibe of the track.

SAHXL – TTUP
(Navsrevenge)

Sydney’s trailblazer Sahxl offers us a raw and unfiltered stream-of-consciousness in his new release, ‘TTUP’ (‘Too Turnt UP’). Directed by Navsrevenge, the official visualiser paints Sahxl as a mystified lover-boy, with smooth visuals to match the mellifluous keys prominent throughout the track. Set against the backdrop of Sydney’s nocturnal solitude, the visuals skilfully mirror the song’s narrative, capturing Sahxl’s complex relationship with love. Already an icon in Australian R&B, Sahxl, known for memorable releases like his EP Come Thru, is poised to extend his impactful charm on the music scene in 2024.

YOUNG FRANCO & S1MBA – HITA
(Raghav Rampal)

Young Franco and S1mba join forces for the fun summer banger of ‘HITA’. Young Franco has been making waves for years with his fusion of electronic/dance and hip-hop, and the Sydney-based producer taps UK rapper S1mba to continue that winning combo. Over a beat that definitely leans more towards straight hip-hop but still keeps plenty of those bouncy electronic elements, S1mba comes with a bevy of party rhymes and some melodic vocals towards the end of the track. The visuals, directed by Raghav Rampal, borrow from the style of Wes Anderson with interesting framing and use of colour without ever taking itself too seriously. ‘HITA’ is a perfect summer party song, guaranteed to have all the hands in the air wherever it’s played.

Written by Tahlia La Galia, Declan Bailey & Aidan Knight.

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