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I think it’s fair to say Chance Waters hasn’t had the easiest 12 months. The Sydney artist – whose songs ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and ‘Young & Dumb’ were voted into triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2012 – has been battling mental health issues and you read more about that at his Facebook page.

After sneaking out a tune called ‘Stars Don’t Shine’ a few weeks back, Chance Waters has returned with ‘Break Of Dawn’, the first single from his forthcoming album. It’ll be his first record since his 2012 debut Infinity. Produced by One Above, the song’s had a worldly journey: it began in Indonesia, was written in hostels in Paris and finalised in Sydney.

Here’s your chance (pun totally intended) to not only hear the song.  It was shot in rural Queensland and directed by Chuong Vo. Watch it below.

Chance Waters is not a typical hip hop artist and his music is not typical hip hop fare. Hailing from the cultural hub of Sydney’s inner west the outspoken vegan and self confessed internet addict has established a uniquely recognisable brand of hip hop backed by intelligent lyricism and delicately layered production. His music fuses elements from a wide array of genres with pop hooks, harmonies, swathes of live instrumentation and world class production from Adelaide producer One Above (Hilltop Hoods).

Chance has been labelled an ‘intelligent lyricist and a masterful storyteller’ (The Australian) and ‘one of Australia’s brightest and more creative lyricists’ (The AU Review) and has built an enviable reputation and cult following for his live show. Backed by his touring band ‘The Grey: Starring Liam Neeson’ (Liam Neeson is of course their laptop) and flush with banjo, keytar, iPad solos and excessive swearing (always with an infectious smile) the energetic performances have made them a festival favourite, playing shows to packed out amphitheatres across the country.

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