Premiere: Rebel Yell flexes her skillful muscle with Night Drive
The Sydney club queen continues to soar, this time with a huge new single and a tour to match.
Over the last few years, we've found ourselves returning to Rebel Yell's discography time and time again, mostly in search of forward-thinking, club-centric electro-pop which always feels like a breath of fresh air. The Sydney-based musician is a multi-talented force who, across a stream of releases since 2016, has consistently proved herself to be a boundary-pushing name of the future, taking this classic electro-pop sound and adapting it to changing climates as she twists and turns above warping beats and thick rhythms, leaping between sounds and sub-genres as her discography leaps alongside.
The last 12 months have felt particularly defining for Rebel Yell, coming off the back of an eight-track release HIRED MUSCLE last year (which featured other forward-thinking names in Gussy and Pillow Pro), while following it up earlier this year with With You, a charming return that saw her meet rising indie-pop name and fellow Pilerats favourite Exhibitionist for an extension of her distinct pulse. Today, however, she's stepping up once again, re-launching into the spotlight with Night Drive. Musically, Night Drive brings thumping acid-house rhythms and relentless bass pulses together for a track that feels like a new chapter, showing nods to her past work - like the acid-house-tinged High Authority a few years back - while putting a firm step forward into the future.
It feels like a club-driven ode to this Europe-centric tech-house movement interpreted with Rebel Yell's signature edge, and if you go a bit deeper, you'll also find there's a bit more to chew in Night Drive. As she explains, Night Drive is an empowering club anthem about confidence and self-assurance in the woman's body, with the single's heavy pulse only feeling more pronounced as she chants about keeping safe as a woman in 2019 above it. It's a timely track, considering Australia's worsening culture of domestic abuse and gender-specific violence, and it's one that shows that Rebel Yell is not just a voice you can find on the dancefloor, but an important one that should be more recognised as well. Check it out with its official video clip below, directed by Jos Eastwood & Rebel Yell herself.
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