Geko AKA Phil Gektor: Real Heads Don’t Listen, out 30.05.14

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.

Purchase Real Heads Don’t Listen from JB Hi-Fi, Soul Clap Records or iTunes.

Geko Facebook   Crate Cartel Website

vinyl arrivals!!!

just a selection of some recent new release material now in stock, plus a whole stack of classics back in the racks!

GEKO AKA PHIL GEKTOR: THE HIPPIES III

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:

Wu tang OG – new arrivals

STREET STRUCK ISSUE 2

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.

click here for online sales

KOGZ: PIECE OF MIND, OUT 16.05.14 (digital release only)

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. GrevisKogz 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. GrevisBitter BeliefCompleteSeverSoma and Still J. With production mainly from Rob Shaker, but also featuring beats from Matt RafleSoma and Creed Birch.

Follow Kogz on Facebook

Purchase link coming soon.

THUNDAMENTALS: SO WE CAN REMEMBER, OUT 02.05.14

After what has been a strategically and seductively long lead up to its release, Thundamentals are back once again with third album So We Can Remember. Members Jeswon, Tuka and DJ Morgz have every reason to be confident about the album’s reception on the 2nd of May this year. The trio have already enjoyed the success of their first single ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ ranking at #32 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2013, and second single ‘Something I Said’ featuring Thom Crawford ahead of the album’s release. Both tracks were added straight to triple j, charting well across iTunes, ARIA and Spotify.

Putting a new spin on their much-loved sound, So We Can Remember sees the Thundas embrace modern production elements and song structure to brilliant effect. Rappers in their prime; emcees Tuka and Jeswon are absolute professionals at their craft. The two impress with their trademark mischievous exchange. All beats are produced by DJ Morgz, who has skilfully constructed something wondrous to behold in every track.

Guest’s featured on So We Can Remember include Solo (Elefant Traks), Mataya, Ev Jones, Thom Crawford, Steve Clisby and Laneous.

Purchase So We Can Remember from iTunesJB Hi-Fi or Soul Clap Records.

The So We Can Remember National Tour has begun, so make sure you don’t miss out on tickets for a show near you!

Follow Thundamentals on facebook and twitter

THUNDAMENTALS IN STORE APPEARANCE – PRAHRAN FRIDAY 2ND MAY

Big up Thundamentals for landing feature album on both triple j and FBi Radio this week! It is of course the week of release for their brand new album SO WE CAN REMEMBER, which drops this Friday!

Speaking of this Friday; if you’re in the area head down to Obese Records Prahran between 4pm & 5pm to meet Jes, Tuka and Morgz. You could have your copy of SO WE CAN REMEMBER signed by the guys!

Haven’t ordered one yet? Get yours from:

JB Hi-Fi or Soul Clap Records

Chasm: Night Vision EP, Out 16.05.2014

Chasm’s final release from his four part EP series comes in the form of Night Vision. This time, Chasm has teamed up with UK rap legend Blak Twang for the EP’s entirety.

After working together on Chasm’s last album This Is How We Never Die, the two developed a strong collaborative bond. A short while later Blak Twang flew out to Australia to hook up with Chasm again. The result was the Night Vision EP, fresh and full of scope.

The feel of the EP travels from chilled and summery to moody and dark. Imagery is vividly brought to life by Blak Twang, the grimy streets of London materialise through his rhymes.

In lead single ‘Summer’, Chasm features Blak Twang, and Australian Kings of hip hop Ozi Batla (The Herd/Astronomy Class) and Hau (Koolism/triple j hip hop show). A chilled out track; ‘Summer’ is set alight by its warm strings and laid back beats.

As a producer, Chasm has become synonymous with the local hip hop scene, never failing to deliver innovative, quality music, and Night Vision is no exception to the rule.

“I came up listening and being inspired by Blak Twangs music. ‘So Rotton’ was an anthem for a lot of people I was around back then. So it was an honour and kind of unbelievable for me to work with the God himself. Just having him in the studio was a privilege’. – Chasm

Watch the video for first single ‘Summer’:

Purchase ‘Summer’ from iTunes here.

EP pre-order link coming soon.

Omac: Inside My Insomnia, Out 09.05.2014

Omac of The Psych Ward crew has wasted no time since entering the local scene in Perth. He has released numerous mix-tapes and free music online, as well as performing at dozens of memorable shows over the last few years. Omac has opened for international hip hop acts such as Jeru the DamajaNaughty By NatureObie TriceHopsin and Masta Ace.

Twice touring nationally as a support to Kerser, Omac is now preparing for his own national tour for the 2nd part of 2014 to showcase debut album Inside My Insomnia.

The 16 track album is produced by Rob Shaker and is blessed with beats from the likes of WA’s finest in Dazastah, Rights, Raiz, MX Axis, Cortext, Paulie P, Optamus, and Creed Birch. Feature artists include the legendary Layla, Bitter Belief, Complete, Deezy, Monique, Polaroid & M.O.C.

Buy your copy here.