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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.
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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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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:
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.
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Purchase link coming soon.
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!
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!
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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 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 Damaja, Naughty By Nature, Obie Trice, Hopsin 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.