New Signings at Dot Dash, Dinosaur City and More
Huntly @ Dot Dash / Remote Control
Melbourne-based EDM duo Huntly is the latest to join the Dot Dash / Remote Control roster.
Elspeth Scrine and Andrew Huhtanen McEwan fuse UK garage, breakbeat, electronic-pop and alternative R&B in their first single for the label “Undertage”.
“I wrote ‘Undertage’ when I was overseas before the pandemic hit, in a steamy Berlin club that the track is named after,” Scrine explains.
“It has samples I recorded on my phone, outside the club and from hazy uber pool rides (remember those?).
“’Undertage’ is about that energy you get from a crush when you meet someone and wonder if you might end up together… when it’s all open and full of possibilities.”
Their 2019 debut “Low Grade Buzz” was nominated for the Australian Music Prize, and the AIR Awards for Best Independent Dance Album.
REBEL YELL @ Dinosaur City
REBEL YELL, the industrial-pop project by Grace Stevenson, has released new single “Protect” through Dinosaur City Records, joining Workhorse, Solo Career, Punko and e444e.
Calling it “a continuation of ‘Night Drive’,” REBEL YELL explains, “‘Protect’ was initially written in regards to women and our battles with safety and to have a voice.
“When I lived in Iceland in 2021, the song took on a new form; it felt adaptive to the environment and our climate; how young people face the consequences of those who walked before us, yet cop the blame for so much.”
The accompanying video clip, filmed and edited by Stevenson, was made in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland with beautiful scenery contrasted with the remains of a disastrous landslide that heavily impacted houses and the township in 2020.
REBEL YELL emerged in 2016 with debut EP “Mother of Millions” via Rice is Nice. Since then there have been two EPs, two albums and a string of singles.
Roving Commission @ Coolin’ By Sound
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, the latest outfit for the Weddings Parties Anything founder, struck a new partnership with Brisbane’s Coolin’ By Sound.
The band includes fellow Weddo Squeezebox Wally and the Waifs’ Ben Franz.
Coolin’ By Sound was set up by music writer Steve Bell and Qld music identity Michelle Padovan. The label has international distribution through U.S. indie Redeye Worldwide.
Bell has been following Thomas’ career from the Weddings days – “I own pretty much everything he’s ever put out and been seeing him play live for decades.
“We’re so excited to work alongside someone that we hold in such high esteem, with Mick being in my humble opinion one of our country’s greatest ever singer-songwriters.”
The label has dropped Roving Commission’s 7-track “Back In the Day” EP featuring new and old originals such as “Houses” and “A Tired Old Hat” and covers of the Saints’ “Shipwreck”, Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s “Days That Used To Be”, early Cold Chisel gem “Home & Broken Hearted” and Johnny Thunder’s 1978 ballad “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”.
The band follows it up with a 20-date national tour starting in November.
Scarlett Gee @ Mars
16-year-old Orange, NSW, singer-songwriter Scarlett Gee has been picked up by Los Angeles-based Mars Records, after she entered an online audition series before music producers called “Vocal Star”.
She got noticed by one of its judges, Kyle Emerson Brown, founder of Mars Records, and co-founder of the Industry Talks Network, which connects label, management, press, legal and talent-buying executives to young artists.
Her first release is “Done” penned by the high school student.