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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.
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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.
The So We Can Remember National Tour has begun, so make sure you don’t miss out on tickets for a show near you!
DJ Vame has assembled the country?s most hardcore MCs to create an album that tours the dark side of the world, a trip through the minds and lives of psychos and killers.
The album features Tornts, Bigfoot, Reason, Ciecmate, Axxin the Supernova (US), AJ (UK), The Holy Sinner, DJ K-Works, Mute MC and many more.
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Themes range from stories of St. Kilda locals, to the effects anti-depressants and being homeless. There are also songs about everyday life and how Kid Selzy views the world. Listening to the vivid images he paints with words the audience is able to see the world though his perspective.
The Dial M for Melbourne LP release has only two collab tracks as Selzy wanted people to buy the album for artist, not the guests appearing on it. Gargoyle, Gutz & Illuminate feature on a banging posse cut and Hospa the Horrible drops a verse about a binge. The rest of the album is a personal journey into Selzy‘s life and thought processes.
Production for the album is handled by Endemic, Tornts, Illumiate, Bonezy 2 Bladez, Wik, Paddy-O, Kid Selzy and more.
Dial M for Melbourne will be released on April 4th through Selzy‘s independent label Frank Castle Entertainment co-owned by a.DD with distribution handled by Obese Records.
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