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FRESH MiNT: a refreshing dose of new Territory music
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FRESH MiNT #8 - NT Song of the Year Special
Music lovers we have a special edition of FRESH MiNT for you this month. To celebrate the incredible music in the 2015 NT Song of the Year Awards we're featuring all the winners! These are the freshest and most exciting tracks in the Territory for 2015. With acts from Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land and Milingimbi - it's like a Territorian tasting plate of tunes. Click through to listen to the song and click on the photo to find out more about the artist! Enjoy, and feel free to share.
Ben Allen - 'Pockets' (Overall Winner and Folk Winner)
For the third year in a row a Folk song has won the Overall NT Song of the Year Award... and what a folk song! 'Pockets' by Katherine singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist Broadwing (aka Ben Allen) is clever, dynamic and damn catchy. Short, sweet, complex and honest - it's an NT tune that captures the heart (and keeps it in a pocket).
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At The Dakota - 'Stumptail' (People's Choice Winner)
The Territory has spoken and their favourite track for 2015 is 'Stumptail' by Darwin indie/pop band At The Dakota. The track is the single from the band's upcoming EP Stories - to be released on July 24 and followed with a national tour in October. Quirky and slightly anguished vocals, a sweeping chorus and a natural groove - no wonder it scored the people's choice trophy. 
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East Journey - 'Song of Arnhem Land' (Rock Winner)
Fun! That's what comes to mind when you hear Arnhem Land favourites East Journey's track 'Song of Arnhem Land'. The winning track in a competitive Rock category, 'Song of Arnhem Land' is upbeat, reflective and a tribute to the stunning landscape and emotional connection the band has to their homeland. The music video for this track is a must see... stunning!
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Rambutan Jam Band - 'Clocks' (Blues & Roots Winner)
Float away to the winning Blues and Roots track 'Clocks' by Darwin indie/roots band Rambutan Jam Band. Undeniably influenced by the chilled tropical lifestyle of the Top End and guided by the calm vocals of Ward Hancock, the track is perfect Sunday session listening. The title must be ironic - because time isn't a concern in this song.  Fans of Sticky Fingers will enjoy this
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B2M - 'Parlingarri' (Urban/Hip Hop Winner)
The unique and infectious R'n'B sound from Tiwi Island group B2M (Bathurst to Melville) took out the Urban/Hip Hop award. 'Parlingarri' is a party track that combines language and strong cultural messages with foot-stomping beats and witty lyrics (tick’em off the list like my names Earl  - for example). If you have a chance see these guys live - you will not be disappointed.
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Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu - 'Ratja Yaliyali' (Pop Winner)
Ever been to Milingimbi? Well it's an island off the coast of Arnhem Land some 440kms from Darwin... and it's the home of Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu - an enchanting singer, a stunning songwriter and the winner of the Pop Song of the Year. His track 'Ratja Yaliyali' is beautiful and stripped back to its very essence - a song about the bond of family love.
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Broadwing - 'Maple' (Electronic/Dance Winner)
And here he is again! Broadwing (aka Ben Allen) took out a trifecta at this year's Awards and showed his versatility with a win in the Electronic/Dance category. Electronic music has always been a preference for the Katherine producer and 'Maple' really demonstrates his skill for intricate layering, space and symbolic lyricism. It really lifts at the chorus - a beautiful track.
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Miazma - 'Roughin - Live at Blacken Festival' (Heavy Winner)
For the second year in a row the boys from Miazma have been crowned the best in the Heavy category. The Alice Springs death metal group had this track recorded live at the Blacken the Globe Festival, proving just how tight and menacing they are live! 'Roughin' is ferocious, it's anguished and vocalist Jackson Smith not only says he 'spits fire' he delivers it.
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Neil Camm - 'Blackfella ANZAC' (Country Winner)
A moving tribute to an Indigenous solider who served Australian with courage has taken out this year's Country Award. Katherine singer-songwriter Neil Camm's track 'Blackfella ANZAC' shares some political and cultural truths. You can close your eyes and imagine sitting around a campfire with Neil as he retells the story. It's pure country and a heartfelt track.
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Champagne with Mary Jane - 'Money, Fame and Fire' (School Aged Winner)
'I can't believe these guys are still in school' seemed to be the sentiment when Champagne with Mary Jane's track 'Money, Fame and Fire' took out the School-Aged Award. The Darwin group has a groove and soul beyond their years. The track is pop/blues with a guitar solo kick at the end. A hint of San Cisco and Stonefield. Definitely a group to keep an eye on.
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For more information on FRESH MiNT head to: www.musicnt.com.au/freshmint
Any questions? Contact Amy – amy@musicnt.com.au
 
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