Duets: Lyrical Listening Ahead of MWF18

A tribute to the myriad ways that words move and inspire us, our music stream features live performances from some of Australia’s most powerful young singers and songwriters, followed by conversations with fellow musicians on their craft and creative practice. To get in a musical mood for MWF18, we’ve pulled together a playlist of our favourite tunes and lucid lyrics, as featured in our Duets series.

At only 19 years old, Kaiit has shaken up the world of future-soul and RnB. She’s been named as one the best rappers under 25 by Red Bull Music, sharing the list with artists such as Joey Bada$$ and Chance the Rapper. Kaiit’s first two releases, Natural Woman and 2000 n Somethin, have together clocked over 1.2 million streams on Spotify and been shown plenty of love from Triple J and Triple R. At MWF18, Kaiit breaks conversational bread with jazz singer and icon Kate Ceberano as part of our Duet series. 26 Aug, 2.30pm

Alice Skye is a singer-songwriter, Wergaia & Wempa Wempa woman and universal little  sister. The release of her debut album in April 2018 has seen Alice emerge as a formidable talent within the Australian music scene, capturing the hearts of punters and industry alike for her original songs that sparkle with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years. She will be in conversation with seven-time ARIA-winning songwriter and composer David Bridie1 Sep, 4pm

Ainslie Wills has earned an enviable reputation for writing songs that are musically powerful and earnestly delivered. Combining her unfaltering vocals with profound lyricism and thought provoking melodies, Ainslie Wills sets out to create music that is genre bending, unique and personal. She talks to Glenn Richards from Augie March about her craft. 25 Aug, 2.30pm

Formidable. Enigmatic. Genre-defying. Fragile. Ballsy. Ambiguous. Raw. Mojo Juju has been called many things and yet she is forever hard to define. By her own explanation, Juju has never felt comfortable with being categorised and is increasingly deliberate in avoiding labels and defying genres. As a result, it is only in experiencing her live shows that one can begin to understand her full breadth. She’s changing the world with MC and producer Joel Ma. 2 Sep, 1pm

In just over 12 months, Miss Blanks has quickly established herself as one of the most important voices in Australian music and activism. With music, style, and a stage presence like no other, she is blowing up the scene in a way that’s too loud for the mainstream to ignore. She’s dismantling structures with singer-songwriter and trailblazer Jen Cloher. 2 Sep, 4pm

The defining feature of Ryan Downey‘s music is his voice. In his 2018 debut LP Running, not a note detracts from his rich baritone as he sings a song cycle of humour and pathos, self-analysis, sex, love and modern life. Running marks Downey’s third release and first full-length album. He’s in conversation with singer-songwriter and chanteuse Sarah Blasko. 25 Aug, 4pm

As a kid, Julia Jacklin sang. First classical music, then pop-punk tunes in a high school covers band. By the time she moved to Sydney in her early 20s, she had cobbled together sketches of her own – observational folk songs laced with a melancholic ache, but buoyed with a wry humour and Jacklin’s rich, distinctive voice. She released her debut record Don’t Let The Kids Win in October 2016. She’s in conversation with Paul Dempsey, singer, guitarist and songwriter from the band Something for Kate. 25 Aug, 1pm

Romy Vager is the frontwoman and songwriter of Melbourne band RVG. RVG released their critically acclaimed debut album A Quality of Mercy in 2017. This year saw them touring the US, UK and Europe, performing at the prestigious South by Southwest music conference and Great Escape Festival. Now for MWF, she’s talking to globe-trotting, velvet-voiced troubadour, Rob Snarski. 2 Sep, 2.30pm