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Omac and Bitter Belief will be in store at Obese Prahran this Sunday 2-3pm.
Make sure you catch the live show Saturday 14th at Revolver Upstairs
Pre sale tickets available online and in store at Obese Records Prahran
Introducing The D.Y.E. A three man hip hop group from Melbourne’s north, hell bent on getting their music to the people.
Made up of DJ Marshall, MHz and Slam Master D, The D.Y.E already have two mix-tapes to their name. The debut EP entitled Sorry for the Stickers, references the infamous D.Y.E stickers, which any local could tell you, have been plastered all over Melbourne.
With their energetic party sound reminiscent of J5 or Beastie Boys; The D.Y.E pride themselves on being masters of the live show. The EP’s general vibe is custom-made for a festival crowd, with plenty of call-and-response and catchy hooks.
‘Lighters in the Sky’ is a track about the ongoing rejection aspiring artists encounter when trying to secure shows and opportunities. In this song, the trio maintain the idea of being able to play a huge show one day, seeing lighters in the sky is what keeps them driven. With a sample from Bedouin Soundclash, the track features vibrant vocals from Melbourne jazz/soul singer Mo.
‘No Matter the Weather’ is a syncopated, beat driven track featuring metal-core turned blues singer Emil on the hook. The lyrics reflect The D.Y.E’s rain or shine mentality to performing, determined to deliver no matter the weather.
‘Front to the Back’ is a traditional call and response crowd-pleaser with a strong emphasis on cutting samples. The track demonstrates the diversity of DJ Marshall’s samples arsenal; featuring pop culture references from Ferris Bueller and Shepard Fairey, to original recordings from 1970’s news-radio broadcasts.
“The D.Y.E are here to entertain. There are 10 year olds out there that have a tighter flow than me, but they ain’t got the presence or style to back it up.” – The D.Y.E
This is one half of Mr. Ruckman‘s concept record. With his second EP “Later” dropping later in the year to comprise the full record. Every song topic focuses on a specific verb, be it abstract, ironic or just straight literal. Such limitations could be considered a creative-hinderance to an artist, but Mr. Ruckman proves the contrary with refreshingly canny results. The concept comes from a place of monotony, with Mr. Ruckman feeling as though his passion is stagnant and his life going through the motions. This project is his strive for change and something greater. Mr. Ruckman‘s music speaks for itself and Sooner is another fine fingerprint in his durable discography. The future can only tell what will come of the Later.
“Mr. Ruckman (evolved from the former Kade MC) is a syllable-twisting, rhyme-scheme junkie in the process of a rise to prominence” – SPA
Purchase the Sooner EP from iTunes here.
Follow Mr. Ruckman on facebook.
Enigmatic Geko AKA Phil Gektor makes up one sixth of formidable Melbourne label Crate Cartel. His new album, titled Real Heads Don’t Listen, is out May 30 2014.
Entirely self-produced, Geko has poured his contrarian genius into the album, ensuring every detail has purpose. Consistent with his previous work, Real Heads Don’t Listen further explores Geko’s underground ethos and his satirical take on mainstream society and commercialisation.
“I don’t listen to what’s being played on the radio or what’s current, so it’s probably a bit of a time capsule.” – Geko
Using samples as his muse, Geko’s production and lyrical themes evolve organically. The album’s overall gritty, trippy feel resembles its creator’s cynical obscurity.
“I employ a lot of dirt and grit in the mix which goes against a lot of people who try to make their music sound nice professional and expensive.” – Geko
In the track ’Get Fucked’, Geko voices his unwillingness to submit to society’s expectations. The song has an apt punk aesthetic, and is driven by its urgent tempo.
With its ‘80’s style production, ‘Disobedient’ is about adventures whilst driving intoxicated, and been pretty self-satisfied about doing it.
Featuring heavily chopped psychedelic samples ’PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN’ is the tale of a man being arrested and taken to a psych ward, shortly fleeing the country on an airplane.
Though dark, and sometimes confronting, Geko’s music is a brilliant account of a solitary man who is at odds with the narrow format of mainstream life. In ways, his music is a selfless offering to those of a similar disposition.
Geko Facebook Crate Cartel Website
To celebrate the release of Geko AKA Phil Gektor‘s new album Real Heads Don’t Listen, Gek has put out free The Hippies EP.
Listen to the third track on the EP here:
Street Struck magazine is a Melbourne based limited edition publication focusing on all elements of graffiti. Issue 02 is 80 pages and packed full of high quality mostly unseen pictures. Including full colour productions, legals, tracksides, panels, blackbooks & bombing; from some of the city’s (and its visitors) most active writers.
Features include GDS CREW, LEO ONE and blackbook entries from PUDL, PRESTO, ISPY & JOHN KAYE.
The magazine is limited to only 500 copies.
Kogz, one of Perth’s younger emcee’s to emerge recently, has been working on his debut project for the good part of a year now.
After entering a competition for ‘up and coming’ rappers organised by SBX member Mr. Grevis, Kogz won a weeks worth of studio time with Rob Shaker. The opportunity allowed Kogz to adapt his idea for a project from mixtape to full LP. Supporting Grevis a couple of times, the young emcee caught the attention of a few local stalwarts of the Perth scene.
Guest verses and collaborators on the album include Mr. Grevis, Bitter Belief, Complete, Sever, Soma and Still J. With production mainly from Rob Shaker, but also featuring beats from Matt Rafle, Soma and Creed Birch.
Follow Kogz on Facebook
Purchase link coming soon.