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We’re premiering the new Bag Raiders track ‘Checkmate’

Ex-pat Sydney legends Bag Raiders have a new EP coming out tomorrow, Friday 26 February, their first collection of music in a long while, and we’ve got the first listen to the EP’s lead single Checkmate, with vocals by SAFIA frontman Benjamin Joseph.

Checkmate slathers Joseph’s angelic vocals over an intricately constructed backing of soaring string sections and Calypso-flavoured rhythms, building up to a glorious breakdown. Give the track a listen below before you hear it everywhere on the radio.

Bag Raiders were last back in Australia, from their adopted home of LA, to play floating bar The Island last December, and word is that they’ll be back again “later this year”. But first, they’ll be tackling a comprehensive tour of North America through March to accompany the upcoming Checkmate EP. Give the new track a listen below.