NEW AUS VIDS: SVNO, TKAY MAIDZA, SHADOW & OTIUH

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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…

SHADOW – ALFRESCO FT. OTIUH
(Otiuh)

Boorloo/Perth favourites Shadow and Otiuh trade verses on their latest release ‘ALFRESCO’. Produced by Cesare Papa from Otiuh, JCAL and Abraham Tilbury, the beat switching frenzy is like something you’d hear on a Dreamville or Brockhampton album. Directed by Otiuh and shot by Leif Logie with split screen visuals, the three creatives spend the day by the water under the 6k sun in the accompanying music video. Since his 2022 Black Out EP, Shadow has stayed dominant this year with a handful of solo releases and ‘Laying Roses’ alongside Benny Zenn and Mog.Y. As for Otiuh, ‘ALFRESCO’ marks their fourth single and encapsulates the standout year they’ve had so far.

BRAZEN BARBIE – BRAND NEW
(Joel Baker)

With its infectious beat and catchy hook, the Kenyan-Australian rapper Brazen Barbie showcases her lyrical prowess and distinct style with latest single ‘Brand New’. In the official music video directed by Joel Baker, Brazen lives up to her name, displaying boldness and fearlessness in high-profile industry scenes. It delves into the realms of confidence and self-assured femininity as she disregards others’ behaviour, fully committed to her craft, and won’t be affected by them as she acts ‘brand new’. Her refreshingly unique and undeniably addictive sound provides a taste of what can be expected from her forthcoming EP of the same name Brand New.

SVNO – BALLTALK
(Sonder Films)

On ‘Balltalk’, SVNO breaks down his journey to success, and all the highs and lows on the way. For the Eora/Sydney artist, he’s already achieved a grand amount with the success of Planet Vegeta, however, solo moments like this make SVNO’s story all the more sweeter. Marking his third solo release of the year, ‘Balltalk’ is immediately catchy with a sonically more stripped back sound produced by Vladislav Samoylov. The music video shows SVNO surrounded by his friends and loved ones in the low budget, B&W shot video by Sonder Films, with narrated messages explaining his personal journey.

TKAY MAIDZA – RING-A-LING
(Pulse Films)

Tkay Maidza announces upcoming album Sweet Justice with new single ‘Ring-a-Ling’. As no surprise to anyone, the Zimbabwean-Australian artist delivers once again with her confident bars and effortless flow over production by Two Fresh. Paired with a music video directed by Jocelyn Anquetil, ‘Ring-a-Ling’ is an empowering song about focusing on your goals. Speaking on Sweet Justice, Tkay explains “It’s a diary of things and thoughts I’ve kept to myself. Making the record was a healing experience.” Set for release on 3 November 2023, the 14-track project will include her previous release ‘Silent Assassin’ with Flume, and feature Amber Mark, Duckwrth, and Lolo Zouaï.

ELIJAH YO – SOLID
(42Fam)

Back from the UK, Western Sydney spitter Elijah Yo delivers an ode to his hometown on new track ‘Solid’. As his first release since 2022’s Geminijah Vol. 3, it’s a song that sheds light on the areas of Sydney where Elijah grew up and still calls home. ‘Solid’ is accompanied with a music video shot by 42Fam, that documents what a day in the area looks like; from balling up, getting a haircut in the lawn, driving across the harbour bridge, and much more. Aside from his freestyle on Take Flight Park Cypher and performance on JupiterSessions earlier this year, ‘Solid’ welcomes back the prince of the West.

ASHWARYA – UP IN MY HEAD
(Charles Buxton-Leslie)

From Naarm/Melbourne, the Indian-Australian artist Ashwarya introduces her new era of music with the captivating single ‘Up In My Head,’ destined to be stuck in yours after just one listen. With captivating lyrics, explosive energy and gripping artwork, the official music video directed by Charles Buxton-Leslie, presents her amid futuristic dystopian scenes, evoking Rey Skywalker desert vibes. The genius 360 camera rotations synchronise with her lyrics, conveying her intrusive rumination from past experiences. Finding solace in cherished memories, she remains emotionally tied despite past hurt and distance. ‘Up In My Head’ leads her EP, Why’s It Gotta Hurt releasing on 29 September, and showcases her confident and unique musical identity while sparking excitement for more of her visually addictive creativity.

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