NEW AUS VIDS: TEMGAZI, CURTIS DAMAGE, ISADORA
Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best videos year-round 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…
TEMGAZI & PURPOSE – I-WAY FT. SAINT LANE
Recorded before the pandemic, Temgazi and Purpose link with Saint Lane on their first song of the year ‘I-WAY’. The track begins with the Gold Coast’s Saint Lane rapping over the heavy production by Miggy from New Jupiter. He’s followed by Temgazi, who holds the standout moment on the single with her defiant flow, before Purpose closes it out with a no-nonsense verse of his own. ‘I-WAY’ is accompanied with a music video by Moose Visuals, and arrives alongside the announcement that Temgazi will be performing at Promiseland later this year.
CURTIS DAMAGE – FROM THE GET GO
Not many rappers in the AU can ride a beat as comfortably as Curtis Damage. Repping Eora/Sydney, he returns to the fold with ‘From The Get Go’, another moody-late night street cut. The production from Otto Rocket is dark, complimenting his trademark rough vocal cadence as he mixes between his vibey, laconic flow and choppier intonations, hitting punch lines and pop culture references. The visuals from Kavi are minimal but nevertheless impressive, and fit Damage’s aesthetic and approach to this track. He’s had a busy past few years but in his last few releases, including ‘Roasty Toastin‘ and ‘Lazy Susan’, the young emcee has put himself at the frontier of the country’s top lyricists.
ISADORA – DRIP
Sydney-based singer-songwriter Isadora shares her sensual new track ‘Drip’. Produced by JaySounds, Buried By Dawg, and Sean Kantrowitz, her latest single is an upbeat and guitar-led R&B cut about reconnecting with an old flame. Following her previous release ‘Mess You Made’, ‘Drip’ is also accompanied with a visualiser and lyric video capturing her late-night swim by the beach. The consistent outpour of elegant R&B releases by the Sydney-based artist can’t go unmentioned, as she improves upon her quality and quantity each year.
SAPH – Y.F.S FT. RAGGADAT CRIS
Fresh West-Coast vibes arrive from 6k youngin Saph on his fun-loving new jam ‘Y.F.S’ featuring Raggadat Cris. Standing for Young, Free And Single, the Polynesian prospect is seeing bright days early on in his career, having shared the stage with the likes of Lisi and HP Boyz all before the drop of his sophomore single. An upbeat, sunny, feel-good moment encompassing sonic aspects of R&B and Bay Area Hip-Hop, bar scenes, old-school convertibles and crew shots are the perfect backdrop captured by @jdonswrld. Plenty to get excited about here.
JAMIE ROSE – NEW NEEDS
Jamie Rose might be one of the most underrated female acts in the country at this point, and ‘New Needs’ proves it. From the melodies, pitch and vocals – everything on this song comes across so effortless to the Meanjin/Brisbane artist. Produced by frequent collaborator Malikai Motion, the track is stripped from their 2022 released project No Time For Love (Deluxe). The music video embodies the retro and unique feel of ‘New Needs’, with B&W visuals only adding extra to the already solidified vibe of Jamie.
GIAN SANTORO – FIVE THOUSAND
(Dominic Pich & Stephanie Ongkowijoyo)
Introducing Gian Santoro, an upstart rapper from Sydney, and his new offering ‘Five Thousand’. Etched firmly in the realm of classic 90’s golden age hip-hop, Santoro maintains a strong focus on intricate lyricism with Jay Electronica and Westside Gunn obvious influences to his Aus-laced sonics and vocabulary. Santoro weaves biblical references and gives nods to his Italian / Catholic heritage both sonically and visually in the new drop, encompassing live show footage and shots around Sydney’s suburban streets. With acts like Mammoth, Mali Jo$e and now Santoro emerging, it appears the predicted new-age of AU lyricism is firmly upon us.