GHOSTS IN THE ROOM: BARBARIANS EP OUT 13.09.2013

 

Canberra producer Ghosts in the Room returns with his second release in 12 months teaming up with New York artists Ruste Juxx, Block McCloud and Shabaam Sahdeeq for the Barbarians EP (out September 13th).

From the opening track listeners are taken on a journey through the dark streets of Brooklyn with the Barbarians combining street raps with heavy hitting beats.

Featuring guest verses from Australian talents Ras Kass, Fortay and Tornts as well as instrumental tracks, this release is a must have for any hip hop fan.

 

TRACK LISTING:

1. THROUGH THE FLAMES

2. BUCKTOWN

3. GLADIATORS

4. DANGER feat. RAS KASS & FORTAY

  5. UNDER YOUR SKIN

6. DARK STREETS feat TORNTS

7. THROUGH THE FLAMES (INSTRUMENTAL)

8. BUCKTOWN (INSTRUMENTAL)

9. GLADIATORS (INSTRUMENTAL)

10. DANGER (INSTRUMENTAL)

11. UNDER YOUR SKIN (INSTRUMENTAL

Release Date: 13.09.2013
Released By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase Barbarians from iTunes or JB Hi-Fi.

MR GREVIS: New single ‘The Apology Song’ featuring Drapht out 16.08.2013

Mr. Grevis returns with the second single ‘The Apology Song’ featuring fellow Sylabollix member Drapht, from upcoming album My Escape (out September 13th).

An honest and personal track, ‘The Apology Song’, as its title suggests, is a gesture of redemption to a past sweetheart.  Some time ago, Grevis made a few bad decisions which lead to serious consequences, his then fiancé, who had already endured infidelities on his part in the past, broke off the engagement. Her decision was at first rejected by a scornful Grevis, but as he came to choose a more dignified path of life, he began to feel guilt and sorrow.

Now the two do not speak, both have moved on in life and in love. But Mr. Grevis has not forgotten the part he played, so this is ‘The Apology Song’.

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.

“The song’s about an ex I was engaged too who left me when I was in prison. I was pretty rude to her after it all happened and made her feel pretty bad, when really I didn’t deserve her in the first place. Now we never speak and this is just my way of making her feel better about herself, because she never felt good enough and this is my way of saying sorry and making her proud of my lifestyle changes at the same time.”Mr. Grevis

Single Title: ‘The Apology Song’ featuring Drapht
Single Release Date:
 16.08.2013

Purchase ‘The Apology Song’ featuring Drapht from iTunes here.

Album Title: My Escape
Album Release Date: 13.08.2013

KERSER: NO REST FOR THE SICKEST TOUR DVD, OUT 23.08.2013

On the brink of releasing third LP dropping October 25th through Obese Records Distribution Kerser will be releasing first ever live DVD. Including footage recorded during his No Rest for the Sickest Tour, the DVD will include show highlights from his Melbourne and Sydney tour dates.

Produced by Full Clip, Australia’s leading hip hop production company, the DVD will give an insight into Kerser’s life, allowing fans to see a more personal side to the emcee. Including bonus features as well as footage from hype men Rates and Jaydee, the No Rest for the Sickest National Tour DVD will be available from JB Hi-Fi and independent record stores throughout Australia, with limited signed copies available.

Watch the DVD trailer below:

APHSUB: THE SCOVILLE UNIT, out 16.08.2013

The Scoville Unit is the mind numbingly hot follow-up to APHSUB‘s 2011 hip hop LP, The Crust. This venerable selection of homegrown chilli infused delights includes ingredients by featured guest producers Trials (Funkoars), Koolta (2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative winner) and J57 (Brown Bag AllStars, New York) alongside APHSUB‘s own Sublime and DJ Ollie. To garnish, expect a tempting selection of guest vocals by Evan The Evolve, Koncept (Brown Bag AllStars, New York) and Rani Simone. These elements are mixed together by APHSUB members Sev (MC), Sublime (MC, Production), Perennial (MC) and DJ Ollie (Production, DJ) to create a meal for the mind and soul not easily forgotten.

APHSUB are an Adelaide based Australian Hip Hop group formed in 2001, comprised of Sev, Sublime, Perennial and DJ Ollie. 2006 saw the release of Sev‘s solo album titled Sevva – Screws Loose, which saw marked underground success and had APHSUB members sharing a stage with the likes of Funkoars (Golden Era), Vents (Golden Era), and Pegz (Obese Records) to promote the album’s release at the Obese Block Party. Moving forward from this release the boys put together their independently released debut album The Crust in 2011. This marked an important step in APHSUB’s development with international feature artist Koncept (Brown Bag AllStars) joining them on a track as well as DJ Hacksaw (Full Tote Odds, Train of Thought) on a number of tracks.

The lead single ‘I Like People’ saw regular play on local radio, with the film clip (their first) gaining thousands of views on YouTube. This has helped establish them as a respected group in the local hip hop scene, known for their energetic live performances and consistent quality.

In anticipation of the August 16th release date, APHSUB have released a free single titled ‘Never Be A Soldier’ currently downloadable through the group’s Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages. Also in preparation for the albums release, a follow up single and video clip to the track ‘The Jump Off’ will be released online. This video clip features accomplished stunt motorcycle rider Allan Morrison from the team Stuntz Inc. Well known for their dare devil performances, Stuntz Inc have performed throughout Australia, including crowd pleasing burnouts and wheelies at V8 Supercars pre race shows. ‘The Jump Off’ video clip will be released just prior to The Scoville Unit and can be expected early August.

The Scoville Unit establishes an entirely new scale to measure heat and sets itself apart from all that came before it. All fourteen tantalisingly fiery morsels are packed with quality goodness and are served by some of Australia’s best. Think you enjoy spicy? You have no idea what hot is…

Release Date: 16.08.2013
Released By: APHSUB
Distributed By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase The Scoville Unit from JB Hi-Fi here.

 http://www.aphsub.com

 

THUNDAMENTALS: New single ‘SMILES DON’T LIE’ + CLIP + TOUR

New Single ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ + Clip + Tour

 Blues Mountains via Newtown hip hop trio Thundamentals continue to flip the concepts of what ‘Oz hip hop’ is supposed to be with new single ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ from their upcoming, as-yet-untitled, third album, proudly announcing their first and only headline tour for 2013 – taking in Sprung Festival and FBi’s 10th Birthday celebrations – to bring the new music to fans. Already added to rotation on triple j, debuting at #5 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, and an unashamed love letter, ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ would not have been an obvious single choice for the boys – MCs Tuka and Jeswon and DJ Morgs – a year ago.

Though Jeswon had remarked earlier last year that Thundamentals material is, “pretty eclectic, and very musical; a reflection of our willingness to experiment with different genres,” the huge response to a more sensitive Thundas on their triple j Like A Version of Matt Corby’s ‘Brother’ reminded them that the template of hip hop isn’t set in stone for them: as long as the music and meaning is there, a connection can be made. As Tuka points out, “I felt that it would be good to honour our new found sound and following before unveiling the rest of what is by far our most experimental record to date.”

Says Jeswon, “For me, ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ is a nostalgic, heartfelt song which celebrates many of the things I appreciate about the fairer sex, and my girlfriend in particular. I feel like the song really captures that daydream-like quality of yearning for a loved one when you aren’t in their presence. My motivation for writing this song is that it is a great opportunity to express my respect, admiration and love for my partner who has always been so supportive of my music. I can imagine her driving to work and hearing this song come on the radio and seeing a big smile break out across her face, knowing that she is the inspiration behind my lyrics. To be able to elicit an honest reaction of joy in the person I love the most as a result of something I have made would be an amazing feeling. I just want to make her, and hopefully the rest of Australia, feel good as a result of this song.”

It was following the response from their sophomore record Forevolution and, in particular, the enormously popular recording they made of ‘Brother’ that the band realised that their music was speaking to people outside the tried and successful Thunda’s paths.

‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ follows on from what has been a wildly successful few years for the Newtown trio. Moving backwards through the past twelve months, Thundamentals could commit to only one serious tour the aptly-titled ‘Get Busy’ tour between the scheduled writing and recording breaks set aside for the upcoming album.

Tuka had also been racing round in the wake of his second LP Feedback Loop, which saw him taking on a serious amount of solo shows, as well as support slots for everyone from Seth Sentry to Kendrick Lamar. Similarly, DJ Morgs and Ev Jones (‘Brother’ collaborator) have embarked on a side project called JONES Jnr whose soul drenched neo-gospel beats have attracted the attention of international blogs and seen them just announced to tour with – firstly – NZ Legends Fat Freddy’s Drop, followed by shows with soul troubadour Cody ChestnuTT.  This adds to a resume that boast shows with everyone from soul royalty Bettye Lavette to Blue Note singer Jose James, neo-soul hero Bilal and underground trendsetters Oddissee & Olivier Daysoul.

2011 saw the release of Thundamentals’ second album Foreverlution which saw their first inclusion in both the ARIA and AIR Charts [debuting at #19 on ARIA Australian Charts, #17 on ARIA Urban Charts and #3 on the AIR Charts], not to mention the first two singles [‘Paint The Town Red’ and ‘How You Been?’] sliding into rotation on triple j.

Sleeping On Your Style [2009] had previously produced singles that leapt onto high rotation on the J’s [‘Move It Up’ and ‘The Mash’] with the release proper garnishing the band spots on 2010’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘Acts To Watch’ list and Sydney Morning Heralds ‘Next Big Things’ list and fourth single  T.H.U.N.D.A achieving MTV Rotation.

With a touring history includes A Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi (Outkast), MF Doom, Lyrics Born, Drapht, Bone Thugs N Harmony Thundamentals have grown into one of Australia’s most accomplished and energetic live acts, raising roofs and causing hangovers wherever they go, but as well invoking thoughtfulness and delivering new sounds to a genre scene that is seriously, and finally, beginning to spread its wings in this country. The last tour sold out fast…you know what to do.

 

Niche Productions & Nathan Farrell Entertainment proudly presents…

Thundamentals ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ Tour
Sunday 8th September – FBi 10th Bday @ Carriageworks – Sydney, NSW

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Saturday 21st September – Sprung Festival – Brisbane, QLD
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Wednesday 25th September – Beach Road Hotel – Bondi, NSW
Free Entry

Thursday 3rd October – Small Ballroom – Newcastle, NSW
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Friday 4th October – Carmens – Miranda, NSW
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Sunday 6th October – Splashes – Wollongong, NSW

Thursday 10th October – Flyrite – Perth, WA
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Friday 11th October – Mojo’s – Fremantle, WA
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Saturday 12th October – Studio 146 – Albany, WA

Saturday 19th October – Sprung Festival – Melbourne, VIC
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Saturday 26th October – Rocket – Adelaide, SA
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Thursday 31st October – Entrance Leagues Club – Gosford, NSW
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Friday 1st November – Baroque Room – Katoomba, NSW
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New Single ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ Out Now through Obese Records

FLU AKA FLUENT FORM: FLU SEASON, OUT 02.08.2013

It’s no secret that Melbourne boutique hip hop label Crate Cartel have been putting out some of the purist hip hop music in Australia for years now. Having the deepest respect for the genre’s roots, the Cartel is conscientiously on point when adhering to age-old principals and legacies.

None demonstrates this dedication to the movement more than Fluent Form, possessing all the background knowledge, experience and sensitivity required. Flu is the A-grade emcee, and what he has produced with new album Flu Season is no less than top-shelf hip hop.

 

As Fluent Form has matured, so too has his music. With a certain bravery, his new material contains more sensitivity both tonally and lyrically than displayed on previous albums Word Merchant (2011) and The Furnace (2009). Known in the past for his aggressive execution, the Melbourne emcee has redefined his stylistic approach in the hope that “it gives the listener an opportunity to digest everything I’m saying.” 

Ever the contrarian, upon every listen Flu’s cryptic word play uncovers truth after truth for those who choose to hear it. Lyrical themes range from braggadocio tracks, displaying wordplay at its very best, to highly creative conceptual tracks, which seek to examine the world outside of first person.

Guests on the album include Geko, Pang Production’s 1/6, Mata & Must, as well as American cohorts One Be Lo and Has-Lo, while production credits go to Must Volkoff, Geko, Discourse and L’Orange.

 

Second track on the album ‘Ironclad’ epitomises Flu’s new formula for writing with its laid back production by Must Volkoff paired with abstract lyricism. The layers of metaphor and double entendre designed to reward ‘true’ Flu fans.

 

With production by Crate Cartel’s Discourse, ‘Synthetic Love’ is a conceptual gem. Taking on the persona of ‘addiction’ in the first verse, Flu explores the subject and its effects often drawing on his own experiences. The second verse sees Fluent Form as himself, changing his thought patterns, using honest reflection as a way of ultimately defeating his nemesis.

 

Perhaps the most personally generous track on the album, ‘Fan Mail’ is written from the perspective of Flu’s inner critic. Melancholic piano samples trademark the production by Geko, perfectly indicative of the desolate subject matter. “You fought the good fight, but it’s time to leave”.

An album for those who appreciate a philosophical outlook and a cryptic unravelling, Flu Season is a masterful piece of work from start to finish.

“My style isn’t exactly the most accessible to the average listener. But I don’t write for them, I write for me firstly, and for the people who know.”Fluent Form
Watch clip for ‘A Grade’ below:

Release Date: 02.08.2013
Released By: Crate Cartel
Distributed By: Obese Records Distribution

Pre-order Flu Season from JB Hi-Fi here.

MR. RUCKMAN: THE BORN AGAIN HUMANIST, OUT 26.07.2013

After evolving from the former Kade MC to the more matured Mr. Ruckman in the new year of 2013. This insightful rapper has been on hiatus from gigging in preparation of his new record The Born-Again Humanist, a concept album seeing release July 26th through Obese Records Distribution. Mr. Ruckman is a provocative Sydney emcee who’s been toiling away in the underground for over a decade, generating interest and insight through his passionate music and lively performances.

Mr. Ruckman presents lyrics of a skillful caliber, complimenting the raw production of local musicians to acclaimed hip-hop producers Simplex and Jacob Giles.

Listen to ‘Dark Poet’ on soundcloud below:

Release Date:26.07.2013
Released By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase The Born Again Humanist from JB Hi-Fi here

Force: Force, out 26.07.2013

Melbourne born and bred and raised on a diet of traditional hip hop both local and abroad, Force has been steadily building as an artist since his 2009 debut album Clouded, which featured Maundz, Hunter (RIP), A-diction and more. From there it was evident that a respect for the art form reigned true.

It’s now 2013 and whilst nothing has changed in the respect for the pioneers, the sound Force is bringing certainly has. After forming Down For The Count Records and releasing a slew of crew products, Force has now teamed up with Jacki Onassisproducer Zarkov (Raph) to release a genre bending album that takes listeners on a journey of effortlessly blended hip hop with an aggressive electronic driven edge. All whilst maintaining the gritty, raw, flow driven style Force has become known for.

Alongside Force the album features some of Australia’s best hip hop artists from the stables of Born Fresh, Crate Cartel, Obese Records, Broken Tooth Entertainment and Down for The Count Records.

Tommy Illfigga, Sparts, Fluent Form, Fraksha, Dialectrix, Sinks, Muph, Mol One, Baptist, Pompei and Deece all join in to deliver a truly unique listening experience.

Listen to ‘Inner Dark’ from Force below:


Release Date:
 26.07.13
Released By: Down For The Count Records
Distributed By: Obese Records

Artwork: Chad Mann of Third Half Design
Produced by: Zarkov
Format: Compact Disc and digital (itunes & bandcamp)

Purchase Force now from Soul Clap Records here 
Purchase Force now from JB Hi-Fi here 

HYJAK: THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, OUT 12.07.2013

Hyjak has returned in 2013, this time with his first solo studio album entitled The Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Not having released anything since 2009 in the form of Hyjak N Torcha‘s UnregrettableHyjak has been feeling the pressure of standing on his own two feet as a solo artist. Nevertheless, he returns to the fold more focused and lyrically articulate than ever.

Only a few seconds into the album Hyjak has already laid his cards on the table, dissecting his own faults while simultaneously rising above them. Hyjak‘s most honest autobiographical work to date; The Light at the End of the Tunnel is an emotional roller-coaster ride. With lyrics which paint vivid and evocative pictures, Hyjak recreates past experiences through his lyrics.

With production from a vast assortment of producers, the impressive list includes Ciecmate (Broken Tooth Entertainment), Pokerbeats (Germany), and Jolistics (TZU).

Guest vocalists featured on the album such as P. Smurf (Daily Meds), Hau (Koolism), and Brooklyn native Rock from Heltah Skeltah (Bootcamp Click), emphasize the widespread respect Hyjak has earned over the course of his rap career.

With an excessive amount of music being released in the current industry climate, due to the accessibility of producing software and the rise of the DIY ‘bedroom studio’, Hyjakwanted to give his fans an album which stands out from the rest. With that aim, The Light at the End of the TunnelThe LP was carefully engineered and crafted a large format console, using nothing but world-class analogue and digital gear to create a timeless sound.

Check out the clip for ‘All I Need’ below:

Release Date: 12.07.2013
Released By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase The Light at the End of the Tunnel now from iTunes here

Purchase The Light at the End of the Tunnel now from JB HI-FI here

Frankston In-store: RATES

Rates will be appearing in-store at our Frankston shop on Thursday the 25th of July, between 4-5pm! Save the date.

Don’t forget to grab a copy of his debut album Destroy & Rebuild to get signed up!