NEW AUS VIDS: SAHXL, PANIA, CURTIS DAMAGE
Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best 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…
SAHXL – C+A
It only takes one listen of Western Sydney’s Saxhl to understand why he’s held in such high regard. Following ‘REDO @ LUV’, his newest single ‘C+A’ is his second solo release via Def Jam US. In a smoke-induced blur of a music video directed by frequent collaborator and friend Navsrevenge, Sahxl spends a romantic night with a friend, living the luxury lifestyle he’s always dreamt about having made it in music. Produced by Sid Mallick, Caleb Bryant and Darko, ‘C+A’ proves there is rarely a miss from one of Australia’s most loved up-and-comers. As Sahxl’s stock continues to rise, his releases become increasingly more polished.
PANIA – GETTN OVA U
PANIA announces her sophomore EP WE STILL YOUNG with electric new single ‘GETTN OVA U’. Teaming with close collaborator and producer HAMLEY, her latest track is a moodier R&B offering compared to the dreamy cut ‘ALL MINE’ and the UK garage inspired ‘BURNA FONE’. The music video, directed by Erea Ferreirois, is far more lowkey than past releases but nevertheless intentional, with the visualiser matching the pensive and late-night mood of the single. Speaking on WSY, the West Melbourne rising star says: “It’s about finding balance, navigating work and relationships and the sacrifices we make to achieve our goals.”
CURTIS DAMAGE – POP THE BOOT
Curtis Damage has returned with a dark and hazy banger that’s as catchy as it is intimidating. The South Sydney rapper’s raspy and quietly menacing delivery sounds just right over the driving beat from producer RXKS. Damage strikes again following the hot-streak of singles this year, including ‘From The Get Go‘ and ‘Like Tuh‘, with the phrase “Aye brodie pop the boot” bound to be stuck in your head for days. Visuals for a song like ‘Pop The Boot’ run the risk of being stale and cliched, but editor and director Max Huebscher has created a video with a ton of energy and personality that match to a tee. Damage This Damage That EP coming soon.
TÈBIR – LONG LIVE THE CHIEF
Tèbir mesmerises listeners yet again with his captivating storytelling and trademark soul/R&B sound in his latest masterpiece ‘Long Live The Chief’. Directed by Alain Pottier, the beautiful greyscale music video captures a young boy encircled by cherished photographs as he reads the legacy of Deng Majok, renowned Chief for fostering peace and stability in South Sudan. It symbolises Tèbir’s struggle to establish his own identity within an unfamiliar society but the legacy of his ancestors propels his evolution. Effortlessly following ‘Safe‘ featuring Ater, ‘LLTC’ serves as Tèbir’s tribute to his evolving legacy, honouring his forebears and ancestors who shape his path in the Chief he’s destined to be.
CITIZEN KAY – IT IS WHAT IT IS
Sometimes the only thing that can pull you out of a funk, is some funk itself. And ‘it is what it is’ by Citizen Kay offers just that. Over the groovy self-production, the Ngambri/Canberra artist reminds us that sometimes you have to let the chips fall where they may and accept things for what they are. The music video, directed by Adi and edited by Jamie Morris, narratively flows on from his last release ‘so, it begins’ and takes us through a series of equally carefree vignettes. ‘It is what it is’ has a groove that can’t help but recall the best of groups like The Isley Brothers. So here’s hoping Kay gives us something new soon, and even if he doesn’t, it is what it is.
ISADORA – I CAN’T RECOGNISE YOU
Eora/Sydney artist Isadora grapples with heartbreak on her latest single ‘I Can’t Recognise You’. Produced by Sean Kantrowitz and JaySounds, the gentle guitar strings guide her ethereal melodies and vulnerable storytelling co-written by Stephen Collins. Shot in Austinmer, the music video is a fittingly intimate backyard performance shot by Chris Dahmen. In the last 18 months she’s released her debut EP Dear New Girl, and followed its success with singles like ‘Drip’ and now ‘ICRY’. Arriving to some of her best work yet, Isadora remains one of the most active R&B artists in Australia.