Genesis Owusu has the smile of someone who eats fruit directly from the tree, who laughs at bad jokes because they know they are bad and, above all, who knows that their happiness comes from making others happy. Good Time, Don’t Need You, Wit ’Da Team, and WUTD are serotonin pop. Although the Ghanaian-Australian Kofi Owusu-Ansah does not live on funk bubbles alone. On his album Smile With No Teeth, there is also electro-rap, hot ballads, all-embracing falsettos, open-minded hip-hop or pop-rock for those who consider that Prince, Outkast, The Roots, Cody ChessnuTT and Blood Orange were also in their own way pop-rock. Be that as it may, in whatever style you fancy dressing up Genesis Owusu in, his smile breaks through.
After returning earlier this year with ‘GTFO’, Multi-ARIA award-winning artist Genesis Owusu has shared his latest single, ‘Get Inspired’, ahead of his support slot for Tame Impala’s current Australian tour.
Roughly seven years after forming, the Sydney-based band is finally ready to drop their self-produced, self-recorded debut album, SongBook, in March. The collection is an escapist, idealistic, time-traveling journey that frolics in Beatles-flavored strawberry fields, trudges through heavy stoner sludge, and plays with the sort of effortless, heady sounds of artists like Tame Impala and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard who have made Australia this century’s hotbed for psych-rock. The band refers to their long-awaited debut as a trip down memory lane. Some songs were written nearly half a decade ago, after all—a lifetime in teenage years.
Tame Impala have shared a brand new song called “No Choice,” a song recorded during the sessions for the psych-rock band’s 2020 project The Slow Rush. The song will appear with another previously unheard song, “The Boat I Row,” on the upcoming deluxe box set edition of The Slow Rush, which drops on February 18. Listen to “No Choice” below.
Nightshifts is the recording project of Toronto-based songwriter Andrew Oliver. Oliver has worked magic across vintage synths, groovy guitars, and drum machines during late-night recording sessions to create soulful and cosmic pop tunes.
When he was 9 years old, Andrew Oliver—a.k.a. Toronto-based songwriter and producer Andrew Oliver—met his hero The Game outside a hotel and got a pic with the MC as a memento. Now, two decades later, he’s recruited the West Coast rap icon to spit bars on his new single, “20s.”
The full-circle track is breezy slice of funk-pop with shades of Tame Impala, featuring a hushed hook by Nightshifts and some slick, party-ready bars by The Game. It’s a feel-good tune with a feel-good backstory.
Fleece is a Canadian psychedelic alternative indie band with an especially eclectic style, they put a twist on the modern day alternative sound by blending aspects of funk grooves, jazzy rhythm, and the phantasmagoric rock sound of the 1970s with their overall indie genre. With influences like, Herbie Hancock, The Beatles, Grizzly Bear, Radiohead, and Tame Impala, to name a few. “We get re-inspired everyday by music. The end result surprisingly being a sound that’s so stylistically smooth you could just snuggle with it.
The Montreal-based psych quartet have shared a new single “Do U Mind? (Leave the Light On),” along with a sensuous new video. “Do U Mind? (Leave the Light On)” is the fourth in Fleece‘s recent series of singles. Their third full-length album, the follow-up to 2017’s Voyager, is due later this year.
Fremantle sweetheart, plus member of Tame Impala and Pond, GUM is Jay Watson’s aka for solo purposes. His debut release Delorean Highway is a coherent representation of GUM‘s limitless musical abilities, in which he’s shown mastering a diverse range of noise vessels.
Jay already has five solo albums and a further eight with Pond under his belt as well as 12 years association with Tame Impala. Despite the constant demands of those bands, Jay admits he finds it important to keep returning to GUM.
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