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Acclaimed Perth emcee Coin Banks has released his inventive and highly personal EP, Outside Looking In. The long-awaited EP fuses classic hip hop sounds with contemporary influences, showcasing the rapper’s signature sound. Banks is known for his emotive lyricism and clever wordplay and his latest offering is an honest reflection of the rapper, who isn’t afraid to tell a narrative through his songs. The EP is an impressive collaborative effort with several artists and producers jumping onto the six-track EP including French producer Atom, World DMC Champion 20Syl and the infamous Cam O’bi who has previously collaborated withthe likes of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

The lead track is Banks’ glorious single Forgive Us, an upbeat soul-infused track which features the blissful voices of The WAAPA Gospel Choir. The heavenly song radiates good vibes and playfully delivers tongue-in-cheek lyrics about pride and forgiveness. Up next is the catchy, funk-fuelled Problems – the exciting song changes tempo midway, warping the mood with wavy synths. The velvety voice of Ezra James isfeatured on Banks’ slow and dreamy R&B-influenced track Pull Up. BreakBanks delivers an old-school sound and acts as a tribute to the breakdance hip hop scene of the late ‘80s, early ‘90s. Banks flaunts his rhythmic flow and incredible lyricism on the breathtaking chill-out tune Stay In Bed, accompanied by the vocals of James Chatburn and the EP ends on a high note with the cruisy sounds of wholesome Handlebars. Catch Coin Banks on his first headline tour in three years, which kicks off at Belleville on Saturday August 19.

Dipping into the opposite end of the hip hop spectrum is Brisbane baddie Miss Blanks. The fierce queen of sexuality, gender and expression brought us her seductive anthem Clap Clap back in May. Produced by Tom Tom, the twerk track is filled with clap-heavy percussion and layered with sassy raps. Miss Blanks demands our attention and the unapologetic Brisbane emcee will be performing at Boney on Thursday August 10. She will be accompanied by fellow artists Slippy Mane Lalić, Lush Puppie and Racerage. Tickets are $15 at the door.

If You Go is the ultra-smooth single by New Zealand producer and singer/songwriter Villette. The rising star of neo-soul has captivated audiences with her lush sounds and hypnotic vocals. Don’t miss out on catching Villette at the Valve Sounds x Section 8 show on Sunday July 30 performing alongside Nasty Mars, Maya Hirasedo, Charlie Threads and many more.

To celebrate the release of Lostkeyz’sself-titled debut EP, the young emcee is heading to Melbourne next month. With special guests Boy Graduate, Sophiegrophy and Blyolk, the up-and-coming Sydney rapper will flaunt his skillsat the Workers Club on Sunday August 6.