Rainbow Chan is far from Oblivion on the Amrap Charts

Mitch Fuller, 15th July 2019

One of Australia’s most innovative artists, Sydney’s Rainbow Chan has built a uniquely recognisable reputation upon vibrant aesthetics, a deep pop understanding and celebration of her Chinese heritage. Her last three singles Love Isn’t Easy, Promises & CSR all found love over on community radio airwaves and her latest, Oblivion is no exception. It’s debuted at number 4 on the Amrap Metro Chart this week. Not far behind at number 9, Pitjantjara/Torres Strait Islander artist, Miiesha is making herself known with Black Privilege. Inspired by the sounds of R’ n’ B, gospel and soul, and the power of spoken word poetry, Miiesha’s music seeks to bring people together to help educate and inspire. In her own words, “Black Privilege for me is about people thinking they know me, my community and my people before we’ve even met...I’m just asking people to listen to the real stories, that survival ain’t that beautiful, but we as a people are.”

Neil Murray and Sammy Butcher return to the Amrap Regional Chart with their latest collaboration, Tjungu. Their single, Sweet Love is a gorgeous reggae influenced ballad with a honeyed charm made sweeter by the vocals of Sammy’s niece Crystal Butcher. Sweet Love hit third place this week, just ahead of Great Aunt’s FOMO at number 6. The folk/Americana duo from Melbourne ramble a musical line between the plaintive and the joyous. Set somewhere between a gospel church in Louisiana and a dimly lit speakeasy in Melbourne, you’ll hear tales of joy and grief, wine, gratitude and purpose-seeking. FOMO itself speaks of a modern anxiety – the fear of missing out on something better. Between the wailing steel-body resonator, imposing double bass, and their trademark cacophony of stomps and claps, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a good-ol’ whiskey-swillin’ hoedown of sorts.

Elsewhere on AirIt and likely Amrap chart bound, Melbourne based rapper REMI has dropped 5 A.M. featuring Whosane. REMI’s effortless flow on the track sways in precise time with long-time cohort, Sensible J’s organic production. Blending punctuated raps and satin-like vocals from REMI, J follows with rolling percussion that crescendos to old-school R&B choruses. This one’s another fine example of the growing diversity of sounds and voices within Australian Hip Hop.


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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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