Music You Should Know About: Australia David Lim 8 Oct 2014 Music Australia seems to have an unmetered supply of talented artists. Honestly, if we had to guesstimate how vast the talent tank is, it would probably be as far and wide as their land. Just off the top of our heads, they’ve given us: Kylie Minogue, INXS, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Cody Simpson, Sia, The Veronicas, Flume, Savage Garden, Tina Arena, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Keith Urban, Natalie Imbruglia, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance, Jessica Mauboy, Troye Sivan and so on. There isn’t a week where an Aussie artist isn’t making their presence felt in the UK music scene, so who’s next? Here are 10 truly awesome Aussies that we feel ought to be big in the UK. There’s a bit of something for everyone here, from pop to EDM, hip hop to indie folk. So shall we get started? Sheppard There’s a lot of buzz around this indie-pop band. The six-piece, made up of George Sheppard and his two sisters and three bandmates (this sounds like the start of lovely children’s story, doesn’t it?) made waves a few months ago with ‘Geronimo‘. The catchy single, which sounds like a jovial mix between Mumford & Sons and Alphabeat, made them the first independent act to top the ARIA charts in a decade. Their album Bombs Away peaked at #2 on the Aussie charts this year and is set to make its way to UK shelves in January. Pre-order the album on Amazon or iTunes. Havana Brown Aussie vixen of the turntable, Havana Brown, first made her mark on the Aussie club charts as a DJ with her popular compilation albums. It wasn’t long before this ambitious rising star turned her hand to singing and started releasing her own material. Her debut single ‘We Run The Night‘ is a killer tune that crosses speaker-pounding club beats with an irresistible pop hook. It became the general blueprint for Havana’s material as she continues to dabble in different streams of electronic dance music. Download the single from Amazon and iTunes. 360 People love to make a big fuss about Iggy Azalea not rapping with an Australian accent. Well, mate, if that’s what you’re after, then look up 360. Born Matt Colwell, this Melburnian rapper is known for his honest and articulate lyrics. Sonically, 360 takes hip hop beats and melds it with elements of indie pop, soul and electronica. His breakthrough album Falling & Flying took off in 2011 and spawned brilliant singles like ‘Throw It Away’, a song that talks about Gen-Y’s struggle with dreams and the rat race, and ‘Boys Like You‘ (featuring Gossling – side bar: we’ve got more on her later). Chet Faker Bearded hunk and professional purveyor of woozy indie electro, Chet Faker has piqued the interest of music (and facial hair) lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. His debut album Built on Glass didn’t just top the Aussie charts but also managed to debut at #18 on the UK Indie Album charts and pulled a bunch of rave reviews along the way too. If you fancy a bit of bleary-eyed R&B, a smattering of downtempo beats and James Blake, you’re going to enjoy this. Download the album on Amazon and iTunes. Karise Eden It’s a bummer that most The Voice contestants don’t make it big after the show, but the one standout talent that deserves a seat at the banquet table of success is Karise Eden. The 22-year old has an astounding, raspy soulful voice that sound beyond her years. In fact, it sounds like something carried over from another era with streaks of rock and blues. Check out her audition with ‘It’s A Man’s World’ and fast forward to the new single ‘Dynamite’, which sounds like a big Adele tune that radio couldn’t possibly resist. Continue to page two for more artists and a chance to enter our exclusive competition.