MissGenius Arrives with I Don't Wanna Be

Mitch Fuller, 2nd December 2019

Music Moving the Metro Chart

MissGenius is about to take the Australian music scene by storm. Debuting at the top spot on the Metro Chart this week with I Don’t Wanna Be, the Maduwongga and Noongar artist shares her soulful take on inner turmoil. Sharp lyricism, gorgeous vocals and a stripped back groove prove to be the perfect melting pot for exploring societal expectations. MissGenius has only just begun and we can’t wait to see what’s in store. Sneaking into the charts at number ten, Amrap favourite Tkay Maidza is back to provide one more banger before the year is out. IDC IF U BE DED is the blistering follow up to Maidza’s massive single, AWAKE featuring Baltimore, experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA. It’s a dark maturation in sound when compared to her earliest releases but what’s remained evidently consistent is Tkay’s onslaught of fluent rhymes and rhythms.

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

Fresh from winning the 2019 National Indigenous Music Award for Artist Of The Year, Melbourne based hip hop artist Baker Boy rounds out his huge year with the release of Meditjin – debuting in both the Regional and Metro charts at number four and nine respectively. Once again, Baker Boy delivers signature bars in a blend of Yolngu Martha and English over a huge, expertly produced beat reminiscent of something Missy Elliot might spit over. That’s even more evident when New Zealand rapper JessB’s raises the track high with just the right amount of attitude and sly lyricism. Not far behind at number seven on the Regional Chart, Byron Bay’s own Seaside share Home Remedies. It’s a dreamy, upbeat tune carried by frontwoman Darcy Dexter’s wistful vocals. Bordering on 80s gothic rock with flecks of The Cure in their sound, Seaside are bringing the genre into the 21st century and gaining plenty of attention along the way.

Beyond the Charts

The Vitriots may not be in the charts yet, but their Brit-rock influenced sound continues to turn heads. Hailing from Sydney, the three-piece go deep into their drone pop vibe, especially on their latest release, I Wanna Be Somebody. It’s a contagious melding of sweeping vocals from frontman Brandon Jack and wailing guitar riffs over tight, electronic percussion. A nostalgic sound once reserved for the early 90s Madchester nights filled with glowsticks and tomfoolery, The Virtriots cast it through a millennial lens to make universal. No doubt we’re going to be hearing plenty more from The Vitriots.

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