2018 is shaping up to be the year of the Mallrat, with the release of her new single 'UFO' featuring her friend and hip-hop star, Allday. 'UFO' couldn't have been dropped at a better time, after her infectious last single 'Better' landed her a debut spot in the triple j Hottest 100 (#46), signifying that she's one of Australia's hottest artists on the rise.
This new track starkly contrasts the shimmering, acoustic guitar driven sheen of 'Better', falling into a darker, more brooding territory. 'UFO's' dense production and layers of hypnotic melodies highlight her vast development as a composer and producer since the release of her debut EP, 'Uninvited', back in 2016.
The cameo from Adelaide born LA local emcee Allday delivers one of the smoothest verses of his career with his own harmonies supporting his laconic delivery, helping to seamlessly blend his contributions into Mallrat's signature production aesthetics. Mallrat (aka Grace Shaw) states that she couldn't see herself teaming up with anyone else as there's such a close bond between the pair, making it easier to share her vulnerability in the lyrics with a close collaborator.
Mallrat's career has skyrocketed since her humble beginnings as a tween rapper in the suburbs of Brisbane. She now counts a hug fan following from her current base in Melbourne through to gigantic international locations such as Mexico City. Her refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her confessional and relatable lyrics and her penchant for writing sticky melodies that you just can't shake have all shaped her into the kind of artist that is perfectly positioned to be Australia's next big name in Pop music.
The showering of acclaim Mallrat has received in accordance with that recognition has been universal, ranging from New York Times, NME (having been recently names in 'NME 100: Essential Music for 2018'), Beats 1, Noisey, Pigeons and Planes, Stereogum, Rolling Stones and Pilerats to name a few. Alongside this, she is also forging her name into the industry having sold out her last two Australian Headline tours, as well as performing triumphant spots on festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Listen Out as well as supports for international stars such as Post Malone, Peking Duk and Maggie Rogers.
Shes' now poised to head for SXSW in Austin, Texas for the first time in March, where she's set to spread her success even further around the globe.
You can listen to her new track 'UFO' here: