Broads Brings Us Velvet Paradise!

Mitch Fuller, 2nd September 2019
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Music Moving the Metro Chart

Kelly Day and Jane Hendry have an enduring musical partnership spanning well over a decade. As founding members of the vintage sounding pop group, The Nymphs, Day and Hendry built an audience through nifty acapella covers and television appearances on Spicks and Specks and RocKwiz. Now as Broads, the pair focus on dreamy vocal harmonies influenced by crooners from across the eras while firmly establishing their own, unique sound. Their latest track, Velvet Paradise has landed them at number three on the Metro Chart thanks to the Melbourne duo’s mix of hazy 60-pop melodies and contemporary storytelling. Elsewhere on the chart, HTRK return with New Year’s Day, the most recent single from their new album, Venus in Leo. Recorded at their home studio in the Dandenong Ranges just outside Melbourne, the track is a moody soundscape of snappy electronic percussion and echoing guitars guiding Jonnine Standish’s gorgeous, layered vocals.

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker's is no stranger to the Amrap charts. In 2016, his single, Oh No You Don’t propelled the already renown artist to number one on the Regional Chart. This year, Walker returns with All Ya Gotta Do is Call, a belter of a blues track that hits the ground running and doesn’t let up. Walker holds down the catchy guitar-led rhythm and funk-fuelled vocals while production captures those deep, foot-tapping tones. All Ya Gotta Do is Call debuted at number two on the chart this week, not too far ahead of Jayne Denham with her latest release, Black Coffee and White Lines, at number seven. Along with her energetic live shows, Denham is known for her songs that resonate within circles of the country’s trucking community. In her own words, ‘I have spent a lot of time over the years talking to truckers and I love how passionate they are about what they do, the places they see, the vehicles they drive and the miles they achieve.’ Her latest outing is no exception as a fine modern road tune.

Beyond the Charts

Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance and unassuming, smile- inducing grooves, Bobby Alu tracks have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. While not on the charts just yet, Alu’s latest, Fire is set to join the top ten soon. In his own words, ‘Fire is about good flow. Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again.’ And he’s found it - Fire is a joyful and uplifting groove wrapped in a warm, island vibe.

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The Amrap Charts show the top ten tracks ordered for airplay by community broadcasters through the Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service in both metropolitan and regional areas of the country. Amrap is an initiative of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia which distributes new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide & empowers broadcasters to promote new Australian music on air & online.

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