DENNI and Kuren collab for NAIDOC Week!
triple j Unearthed is proud to host one of the largest archives of Australian Indigenous music in the country. During NAIDOC week this week, we're celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements by spotlighting some of the incredible music made by Indigenous Australians and uploaded to our website.
Earlier in the year, we spotlighted 5 new Indigenous Artists you need to know right now, and this week we've organised for two of those artists to collaborate on a brand new track for NAIDOC week.
Our Feature Artist this week is folk/electronica songwriter DENNI - a 23 year old who studies at the The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music in Adelaide. She told us that her heritage has played a big role in her development as a songwriter - allowing her to contribute to the
"universal language of many stories" as part of her Palawa (Indigenous Tasmanian) community. The songs themselves are delicate, textured blends of reverbs and ~feelings~ that draw both on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds to form a pretty captivating finished product.
We hooked her up with another young gun we're loving rn - electronic chillboi Kuren, a teenage producer from Hiliston in NSW's Central West. Kuren's natural talents as a creator of dank soundscapes speak for themselves, as you'll discover listening to the three excellent tracks on his Unearthed profile.
"Everything with me is storytelling," he told us this week. "That comes through with my culture, I have that craving and need for telling things: for telling stories. I really think that shines through."
Their collab, 'Wolves', is a rework of a track Kuren's already uploaded to Unearthed - 'Achilles' - which has been rearranged, beefed up, and now features a vocal topline from DENNI. It's the sound of true collaboation: DENNI's breathy melodies worm themselves into the shapely bleeps and bloops Kuren offers up to form a total tapestry.
Hear their collab below!
It's up on Denni's Unearthed profile for you to download, rate and review.