CHASM: ‘Summer’ single featuring Blak Twang, Ozi Batla and Hau

‘Summer’, the new single from Chasm features world renowned UK rap legend Blak Twang, and Australian Kings of hip hop Ozi Batla (The Herd/Astronomy Class) and Hau (Koolism/triple j hip hop show). ‘Summer’ is an insight from Chasm’s upcoming fourth EP which is to be released in early 2014.

A chilled out track; ‘Summer’ is set alight by its warm strings and laid back beats. The three emcees trade verses on their Summer vibes, complementing each other with differing styles.

“‘The Summer’ was written one night at my studio, earlier in the year. From memory Blak Twang was just vibing on being out here; the Sydney women and beaches. So that really ended up guiding the track. The fellas chose the beat and wrote it all on the spot. Each emcee took a different angle on the topic. A bottle of Hennessy later….”  – Chasm

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Tornts: Street Visions, out 18.11.2013

Australia’s hardest hitting rap aficionado Tornts, of Hired Goons Crew and Broken Tooth Entertainment, drops his latest and greatest release Street Visions on October 18th 2013.

The sixth album of his illustrious career, Street Visions, as its title suggests, is a cinematic soundtrack to life around the streets of Melbourne city and the stories of its many characters. Full of  first-hand experiences, descriptive rap narratives mixed over big world standard production.

Lead single and video ‘I Do This’, produced by Dutch producer Ciph Barker, is a personal track in which Tornts writes of his own life and struggles as well as those of others. The listener can tell they are in for an album that stands out on it’s own in terms of it’s depth and descriptive wordplay over world class beats.

The second single and video is the street anthem ‘This Place’ produced by Tornts himself, features rising dancehall/reggae artist Apprentice. For the first time, vehement Melbourne street rap is combined with underground dancehall/reggae to produce genre-redefining results.

“We ain’t living on the beach in Home and Away, there’s poverty, homeless and strays” Tornts - ‘This Place’  
Other standout tracks on the album include trap single ‘Dirty Town’, which stars Melbourne beatmaker Kharnivor on production.

“Lost memories, bottle shop key rings, Lacoste crocodiles snap in a sea of sin” - Tornts - ‘Dirty Town

Fellow HG crew member and crowd favourite Diem shares the spotlight on the captivating song ‘Dark Days’ which contains an unmatched visual intensity that describes claustrophobic life in troubled times. Over a powerful, synth-packed beat, Tornts delivers his trademark powerful visual.

“In the abyss watch the vertigo, tortured souls like Guantanamo, ordered cold, that’s the city bro, whore to hold, one fifty dough”Tornts‘Dark Days’

Famed UK producer Beat Butcha (Lloyd Banks, Prodigy) helps to deliver the monster track ‘Life’, which Tornts‘ aggressive yet steady flow complements perfectly. Beat Butcha also provides the production for ‘Killin’ It’, which sees BTE’s newest inductee Dr. Flea stepping up to the mic alongside Tornts.

QLD dons Kings Konekted step up to smash guest verses on ‘Out Here’, rapping over slow Tornts melody driven trap production.

“Rough little Conans, hating their old man’s, and wishing for gold hands” - Tornts‘Out Here’

Tornts‘ crew, Hired Goons also feature on an epic banger called ‘This is HG’ cementing their status one of the most respected underground rap groups in the country.

The entire album is brutally honest and as visual as a motion picture, standing out on its own with internationally credible production, highly original content and that unique style only Tornts‘ can deliver.

Street Visions reaffirms that as an artist, Tornts never has, and never will be afraid to speak the truth about his life and the darker sides of society, while pushing boundaries with every release.

Track List:

01 – Dirty Town (Produced by Kharnivor)

02 – This Place Ft Apprentice (Produced by Tornts)

03 – I Do This (Produced by Ciph Barker)

04 – Out Here Ft Kings Konekted (Produced by Tornts)

05 – Crush All The Hype (Produced by Tornts)

06 – Dark Days Ft Diem & Murky (Produced by Kharnivor)

07 – Scimitar (Produced by Tornts)

08 – Killin’ It (Ft Dr Flea (Produced by Beat Butcha)

09 – Say Nothing (Produced by Tornts)

10 – Life (Produced by Beat Butcha)

11 – This Is HG Ft Bigfoot, Ciecmate, Billy Bunks, Murky & Diem (Produced by Tornts)

12 – Fire (Produced by Tornts)


Pre-order Street Visions from JB Hi-Fi here.

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KERSER: S.C.O.T, Out 25.10.2013

From amidst the hard-living, notoriously crime ridden suburbs of Sydney’s outer west, an epitomizing voice has emerged in the form of Kerser.

Since releasing debut LP The Nebulizer only two years ago, Kerser proved himself an unrelenting force to be reckoned with. Despite his rapidly increasing popularity reflected in the charts and on social media, the Campbelltown native continues to be turned away by major radio stations. But the absence of radio play has proven almost irrelevant to Kerser. The unconventional yet democratic nature of his rise to fame has indicated the start of a new model of music business, free from the filtration of radio programmers and the limitations of genre quotas. Kerser The Anomalous has single-handedly created a loop hole in the system, and its working.

 

During the weeks surrounding the release of second album No Rest for the Sickest, Kerser charted at #1 on the national ARIA Urban charts, #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts, and #14 on the overall iTunes charts (not to mention the lesser known accolade of ‘Most Stolen Album From JB HiFi’). After a series of tours, festivals, and single releases, in August of 2013 Kerser released his first live tour DVD to an overwhelmingly positive reception debuting at #1 on the National ARIA Charts above P!nk.

 

Now with nowhere to go but forward, Kerser and faithful beatsmith Nebs have polished and perfected their trademark sound in the form of S.C.O.T.

 

“Me and Nebs dead-set think very alike. It took one long conversation to work out the angle we were going to take with this album. Then from there he started cooking up beats and I started writing, and it turned out just as we had both pictured it.”
- Kerser
While lyrically S.C.O.T reaffirms what he’s always been about, Kerser says the new album is also reflective of recent experiences and headspaces spurred by his success.

 

“These days I find myself kind of preaching to the youth a lot more. Letting them know no matter how bad shit gets where you’re at, there is a way out, and I’m proof of this.”
- Kerser

 

In the track titled ‘Scott Vs. Kerser’, the alter-ego and self take opposition. The lyrics tell about Scott pre Kerser fame, and how he hates what Kerser has become, to which Kerser retorts. The Nebs production mirrors the two-tone theme with two contrasting beats mixed skilfully into one.

 

‘The Real Shit’ features Nebs rapping alongside Kerser in a long-awaited vocal collaboration, on a braggadocio track celebrating their successes. The production sees Nebs work his magic on an 80’s style beat, changing it up with modern nuances.

One of Kerser’s personal favourite tracks on the album, ‘Let ‘em Fall Back’ is one for the haters. Over high voltage, upbeat Nebs production, Kerser reminds his critics that their negativity only motivates him to strive harder.

 

While his peers in the industry continue to fall victim to the wavering reliability of profit and exposure from the usual avenues, Kerser has cracked the code. As his presence extends beyond just his music, Kerser has become an icon for hope, resilience and resourcefulness, inspiring hundreds of thousands nationally.

 

Album Release Date: 11.10.2013
Album Released By: Kerser and Nebs Records
Album Distributed By: Obese Records Distribution

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/s.c.o.t/id721966332
Soul Clap Recordshttp://www.soulclaprecords.com/kerser-cd-s.c.o.t.html

 

Never Settle: Writers Block, out 11.10.2013


Release Date: 11.10.2013
Released By: Obese Records Distribution

Writers Block is the debut album from emcee/producer Never Settle of the DVS CREW.

Originally completed in 2008, many of the tracks have been re-made or remixed for this 2013 release through Obese Distribution. The album comprises of a collection of the Never Settle‘s best songs recorded in the formative stages of his beat production and lyric writing, giving the album a raw, untainted aesthetic, but with undeniable presence of extreme talent.

The majority of the album was produced and performed by Never Settle, with the exception of two tracks. ‘The Inner Strength’, which features a verse from fellow DVS crew member Quick Smart, and track ‘Numerous Grams’ which was produced by Musk.

The album talks about searching for truth and purpose, about depression, drug and alcohol dependence, mental illness and conspiracy theories. It also talks about overcoming negativity through a love for hip hop and music in general, with a couple of fantasy based story telling tracks thrown in for good measure.

Track List

01. Intro

02. Black Lotus

03. Genisis 2

04. Psychosis remix

05. Never Settle

06. Malice in Wonderland

07. Mind Games

08. The Place

09. The Whole Truth

10. The Inner Strength (feat Quick Smart)

11. Writers Block

12. Lunar

13. Numerous Grams (prod. Musk)

14. Mantra

15. The Message

Listen to ‘Numerous Grams’ by Never Settle on YouTube:

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CHASM: Day Turns To Night EP, Out 11.10.2013

The third installment of Chasm’s EP series comes in the form of Day Turns to Night.

Taking a very different approach with his production, this EP is unlike any work Chasm has ever put out. With a strong focus on ambient electronic sounds, reflective of a fast approaching Summer, Day Turns to Night is sure to be make it onto a lot a seasonal playlists.

 

The EP features sultry vocals from some of Australia’s best, including Jane Tyrrell (The Herd), Daniel Misfud, Momo (Diafrix) and more.

 

“With this EP I was trying to bring together all my varied musical influences and inject them into my production.” – Chasm

The Day Turns to Night EP is available 11.10.2013 for digital purchase only from iTunes.

Calski: Eyes and Ears, out 11.10.2013

Release Date: 11.10.2013
Released By: LookUp Records & Obese Records Distribution

“Calski won’t stop. He is sonically deep, lyrically honest and brutally disciplined. So act like you know and peep the production or check the discography in 15 years and ask yourself how you missed him.” DJ 2Buck

Eyes and Ears is MC/producer Calski‘s second release through Look Up Records. It follows the debut album Love Drive Commission which scored a place as album of the week on triple j’s hip-hop show.

The 5 track EP is a bold blend of social commentary and straight up flexing, addressing issue’s relevant to all Australians and some particular to the national Hip Hop community.

One of the most progressive producers in Australia shifts gears seamlessly from smooth soul to rugged boom bap providing a versatile backdrop for collaborations with Hau (Koolism), Mr. HillKryptimistikLuka Lesson4th (Vegas Aces), One Sixth and DJ Bacon.

Track List:

1.Fire It Up feat Kryptimistyk

2. Formulated feat One Sixth & DJ Bacon

3. It’s My Crib feat. Mr.Hill & 4th of Vegas Aces

4. Lost Or Found feat Luka Lesson

5. Get ‘Em Out feat Hau 

Purchase Eyes and Ears now from iTunes.

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FORTAY: Living Proof, Out 20.09.2013

Hailing from Sydney’s West, Fortay is about to take the country by surprise with new album Living Proof is out now through At Large Productions and Obese Distribution. The first single from the album ‘Chasing the Tail’ features the one and only Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, a friend of Fortay’s. The production is by DJ L.T., Snoop’s long-time tour DJ.

“I’ve been friends with DJ L.T for many years and he introduced me to Snoop” Fortay retells. “We meet up and we did the song in the hotel.”

The concept behind the song ties in with its title, which is also slang for chasing women, something Snoop in particular is infamous for doing. With a smooth vibe provided by L.T’s 70’s tinged beats, Snoop and Fortay glide lyrically, their contrasting styles complimentary.

Another great demonstration of international hip hop, ‘Chasing the Tail’ reinforces Australian rap’s worldwide legitimacy.

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FOTAY: Living Proof, out 20.09.2013

Hailing from Sydney’s West, Fortay has taken the country by surprise with new album Living Proof  out now through At Large Productions and Obese Distribution.

The first single from the album ‘Chasing the Tail’ features the one and only Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, a friend of Fortay’s. The production is by DJ L.T., Snoop’s long-time tour DJ.

“I’ve been friends with DJ L.T for many years and he introduced me to Snoop” Fortay retells. “We meet up and we did the song in the hotel.”

The concept behind the song ties in with its title, which is also slang for chasing women, something Snoop in particular is infamous for doing. With a smooth vibe provided by L.T’s 70’s tinged beats, Snoop and Fortay glide lyrically, their contrasting styles complimentary.

Another great demonstration of international hip hop, ‘Chasing the Tail’ reinforces Australian rap’s worldwide legitimacy.

Purchase Living Proof from iTunes or JB Hi-Fi

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Hunter: Bring it All Back (album) + For The Record (DVD), Out 04.10.2013

The 20th of October 2013 was the 2nd year anniversary of the untimely passing of Robert Hunter or ‘Huntz’, a much loved, characterful and prolific Western Australian rapper.

Huntz has since been immortalized, in a documentary by Periscope pictures called ‘Hunter: For the Record’, about his struggle with Neuroendocrine cancer, the support of the hip-hop community, his adoration of his young son Marley, and his endearing love of his art in its purest form.

The DVD is now available for purchase via Obese Records Distribution from
JB Hi-Fi and Soul Clap Records.

On the 4th of October 2013, Hunter‘s final surprisingly soulful album Bring it All Back was also released through Obese Records Distribution. The release comes after a culmination of 2 years of work by friends and family.
Purchase Bring it All Back from JB Hi-FiiTunes and Soul Clap Records.

Mr. Grevis: My Escape, out 13.09.2013

Mr. Grevis, WA’s most affable emcee and most recent inductee into the almighty Sylabollix crew returns with his second album My Escape after the popularity of his debut release The Sampler in 2012. Already receiving triple j airplay for singles ‘So Beautiful’ featuring Joyride and Ness, and ‘The Apology Song’ featuring Drapht, things are looking promising for Mr. Grevis’s sophomore release.

Combining his supreme knack for story-telling with structurally savvy song writing, Grevis has teamed up with fellow SBX cohort Dazastah for the bulk of the album’s production, with additional beats from Cam Bluff and Rob Shaker. Tinged with new-age sounds and live instrumentation to match the array of subjects explored, My Escape reflects the times through Mr. Grevis’ eyes both sonically and lyrically.

With plenty of guest spots from Grevis’ expansive network of industry friends, My Escape features verses from Drapht, Layla, Dazastah, K21, Hons, Sesta, Trials, Apathy, Mortar, Complete, and Optamus, as well as vocal embellishment from Joyride, Ness and Drapht.

An honest and personal track, ‘The Apology Song’, as its title suggests, is a gesture of redemption to a past sweetheart. Dazastah on production created the stripped back acoustic loop from a riff Grevis had hummed him, which sets a melancholy, exposed stage for the hook and raps. Drapht, a man of many talents, sings on the mournful chorus to spine-tingling effect.

Also produced by Dazastah, ‘So Beautiful’ is set apart by its disco strings and heavy synth lines. An ode to newfound positivity, Grevis raps on his perception of the world now that he is happy within himself. Featuring Sydney’s master crooner Joyride, along with WA based newcomer Ness, the track’s infectiously uplifting hook floats over an electronic pulse.

‘Living the Dream’, another gem by produced Dazastah, sees Grevis light heartedly reflecting on the reality that he may never ‘blow up’ and make a lot of money from his music, but it is still healthy to pursue one’s dreams.

Mr. Grevis’s music is ridden with honesty and humour in equal measure. Drawing from his colourful past, the emcee has a lot to offer when it comes to song writing content. From Party track to heartfelt ballad, My Escape truly is one of the most personally generous bodies of work from an Australian hip hop artist to date.

“I’m a reformed ‘bad guy’, a person trying to right my wrongs. I want to educate the youth about using music as outlet rather than taking more destructive roads. I want people to see me not only as a musician, but as a real person. I try to be as open as I can, it’s pretty evident in my public interactions; I am publicly as I am personally, i am who i am and I’m not ashamed to state my opinions”Mr. Grevis


Track list:

  1. Intro
  2. Living the Dream
  3. Curse of the Kennedys ft. Drapht
  4. Still High ft. Dazastah
  5. Sex With a Demon ft. Trials
  6. Wake Up and Do It Again ft. Hons
  7. The Apology Song ft. Drapht
  8. Dazastah Strikes ft. Apathy & K21
  9. Schizo ft. Layla, Sesta & Mortar
  10. Yin and the Yang
  11. We Need Order
  12. Corporate Wheel ft. Optamus exercise
  13. F#@K Tonight
  14. Give Lance a Break ft. Complete
  15. What Happens When You’re Dead?
  16. The Traffic Courtesy Song
  17. So Beautiful ft. Joyride & Ness

Release Date: 13.09.2013
Distributed By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase My Escape from JB Hi-Fi here.