Tasman Keith Reps Bowraville with Billy Bad Again!

Mitch Fuller, 9th December 2019
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Music Moving the Metro Chart

Gumbaynggirr rapper Tasman Keith has never been one to shy away from hometown pride. Hailing from Bowraville on the New South Wales, mid-North Coast, Keith’s work is consistently indebted to the community that raised him as he carries on the oral storytelling traditions of his family. BILLY BAD AGAIN is a shining example of this fact – streetwise and sly, Tasman delivers relentless bars over a tightly produced beat by Kapital J and Papertoy. With a killer video to boot, the track exudes confidence and pride, landing Tasman Keith the number two spot on the Metro Chart this week. Just ahead at number one, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding have returned with Back in the Corner following an almost four year break. The track itself is an upbeat ode to perseverance and friendship over a stripped back 70s folk-rock vibe. Front man Craig Dermody explains, "...Sometimes it’s hell, you know? So, when you got those good days - let your hair down, tell your friend they are number one."

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

Wollongong’s own Turpentine Road have debuted at number five on the Regional Chart this week with I Got This. Drawing from collective life experiences, the indie-rock four piece have delivered a high energy hit that blends old blues tones with a contemporary world view. Meanwhile, at number seven, Central Coast singer-songwriter, Errol Mehmet AKA Might E brings us his latest single, Nora Girl. Drawing inspiration from contemporary blues rock outfits like The Black Keys, Mehmet leans into his surfy sound with an incredibly catchy number brimming with crunchy riffs and toe tapping percussion.

Beyond the Charts

It’s been a big couple of years for Adelaide based producer, vocalist and MC, Jimblah. With a string of ferocious singles, Jimblah’s blend of RnB and hip-hop sounds serve as the perfect outlet for his exploration of what it means to be a contemporary, First Nations artist and storyteller. Teaming up with singer Ellie May, his latest offering, Black Life Matters truly speaks for itself. Tackling relevant issues – namely the recent shooting of Kumanjayi Walker – Jimblah and May turn grief into a powerful message of strength, resilience and upheaval. The track is not only beautifully produced, it hammers home the history of the injustices faced by First Nations people and serves as a reminder of ongoing hardships that marginalised communites across the country and the world deal with on a daily basis. He may not be in the charts yet, but we’re looking forward to hearing what's next for Jimblah.

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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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