Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Tour News! Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014

    Grindin Presents - Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014

     

    Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014 Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014


    Apollo Brown’s Thirty Eight is a contemporary throwback, inhabiting the realm of reverent reinvention and innovation. It deftly bridges the gap between ‘70s Blaxploitation soundtracks (e.g. Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly or Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man) and the hip-hop records that sampled from them.

    The tracks on Thirty Eight are presented in gritty, heavily saturated Technicolor, the scratches and cigarette burns as purposeful as they are happily accidental. These are suites sounding from long barrels held by lone men lurking in grimy project hallways. Tinged with revenge and regret, shrouded in thick tendrils of hollow-point smoke, the songs have all the makings of an epic gangster tragedy. They’re also great when paired with anything Raymond Chandler.

    Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, charging the record with a retro feel and resonant warmth. Yet these qualities are only secondary to Brown’s impeccable ear for instrumentation. Thirty Eight is full of funk, soul, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and everything in between. The bluesy guitar twang of slow-burner “Black Suits” and the lush, orchestral strings of “The Warning” are just two examples of the depth and diversity Brown brings to the table.

    All singing on the album comes in the form of brief samples, some high-pitched and sped up, others left untouched. Taken together, they amount to glimpses of an emotionally affecting narrative, enabling the listener to fill in the plot and words between the booms and baps.

    Brown enlists New York mercenary Roc Marciano for the soundtrack’s two features. With the sharpest of eyes and the frostbitten wit of a Polo clad hustler slanging in the dead of winter, Marciano delivers his best verses in recent memory, his vivid narratives perfectly suited for Brown’s soulful production.

    TOUR DATES:
    Friday May 16th - The Espy, Melbourne
    Saturday May 17th - Rocket Bar, Adelaide
    Thursday May 22nd - Transit Bar, Canberra
    Friday May 23rd - The Manor, Perth
    Saturday May 24th - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
    Sunday May 25th - Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland

    For more info head over to the event page here.

     
  • Gig News! Big Village Presents - Cross City Sessions Vol 1

    Big Village Presents Cross City Sessions Vol 1 East Side

    Big Village Presents Cross City Sessions Vol 1 East Side Big Village Presents Cross City Sessions Vol 1 East Side

    Big Village is proud to present ‘Cross City Sessions: Vol 1. East Side’ a brand new event focused on showcasing young and local talent from across our fine city of Sydney. Each event will be held in a different corner of the city and will give hand-picked local artists the chance to link-up and perform alongside some of their favourite, more established acts.

    2012 Australian Music Prize finalists Daily Meds kick off the first ‘East Side’ instalment at Jam Gallery in Bondi Junction with their politically charged rapid flow and big bass-driven beats. Put up alongside the charismatic Dutch, six-man super collective Beastside, fresh duo Cornerstore Superheroes, talented youngsters Mr. Theory, Prospecta and beat wizard Kid Fiction.

    Daily Meds
    Daily Meds formed in inner-west Sydney late 2009 as collaboration between MC’s P.Smurf and Mikoen, producer Roleo and vocalist Billie Rose.

    Their 2010 self titled EP was the first Big Village release, featuring the crew’s first single ‘Everybody Get Pumped’, the song which won the crew a slot at Come Together festival through Triple J Unearthed. In April 2012 Daily Meds released their debut full length album Happy Daze. Backed by the strong Triple J airplay of their grimey single ‘Insane’, the album quickly became an underground success. With a second album in the works Daily Meds are one crew to look out for as a shining light in Australia’s hip hop community.

    Dutch
    Emerging from Sydney’s hip hop scene, Dutch has been involved in the hip hop world for a number of years now. Growing a musical partnership with respected producers Ta-Ku and Cam Bluff , Dutch is fast becoming a highly regarded artist with unquestionable potential. Currently in the early stages of finishing his first full length solo album 'Arcadia', his seamless ability to perform on any platform and create rhymes to impress are part of the raw talent Dutch possesses

    Lineup:

    Daily Meds
    Dutch
    Beastside
    Corner Store Superheroes
    Mr Theory
    Prospecta
    Kid Fiction
    Hosted by Rapaport

    JAM GALLERY
    195 Oxford st, Bondi Junction
    8pm - $15 Moshtix
    Goodgod SmallClub - 53-55 Liverpool St - City
    11pm - $15 Moshtix

    Tickets available here.

     
  • Gig News! Soul Of Sydney Presents - Bday Joint Birthday Block Party

    Soul Of Sydney Presents - Bday Joint Birthday Block Party

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    SOUL OF SYDNEY: OL' SCHOOL JOINT Birthday Block Party Sunday May 18 1pm - Late.

    ★ Old School Party Jams | Soul, Funk, Boogie, New Jack, Bboy Breaks & Beyond.

    ★★STRICTLY LIMITED CAPACITY★★

    Hosted by:
    ★Brisbane's Legendary selector.
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    + Soul of Sydney DJ's + friends:
    ★DJ MK-1 (Universal Zulu Nation) (Birthday Set)
    ★FRENZIE (Groove Therapy radio, 2ser)
    ★PHIL TOKE (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House)
    ★DJ ADVERSE (Groovedealers)
    ★DJ LIBRE
    ★DJ MO'FUNK
    ★SHIRENE D'SILVA (Special Birthday Set)

    ★ Tickets:
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    $5 - Early Bird (Sold Out) | $10 - 2nd Release
    www.facebook.com/events/766964076649186/

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    Old School Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, BBoy breaks + Early Hip Hop & House Joints.

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    We are proud to be hosting our third (Ol' School) joint birthday throwdown to help celebrate the birthdays of some very special members of our extended soul family who all just happen to be turning a year older all around the same time.

    This will be the first in our parties over Autumn/Winter months, where will be keeping this jam a lot smaller and more intimate, so be sure to get in early as it will be a strictly limited capacity event.

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    ★ Info.

    ★ Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio (May 18 Edition)
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    ★ABOUT SOUL OF SYDNEY
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    ★For videos of our block party jams check out videos and info here:

    Created in November 2009, Soul of Sydney is an independent, artist run collective who are bonded by a love of ‘funk’ based music. Our people include DJ’s, Musicians, Producers, Dancers & Designers who have come together to promote and support the music we love in this city, and the street culture around it.

    Soul of Sydney Block Party is our monthly Sunday musical afternoon (12-9pm) feast. Focused on a family orientated get together, DJ’s, Record Collectors, B-boys & B-Girls, and musicians come down to share & enjoy some of the music they love in a completely different environment, outside of bars or clubs.
    We have an ‘open decks, open mic & open dance floor’ policy just to keep it personal and give everyone a chance to do their thing where locals can come down as our guests outside of a usual club set.

    Music styles generally sit at a safe middle ground of Soul, Funk, Disco and a fair bit of Jazz & golden era hip hop stuff too with artists James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, De La Soul, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Larry Levan amongst the playlist.

     
  • Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair May 10th

    Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair

     

    Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair

     

    Shop up a storm at the biggest Vinyl Fair in Queensland, with over 50 dealers spreading across the Whale Mall and GOMA’s Bodhi Tree Terrace on Saturday 10 May.

    It’s back! After a great response to the Vinyl Fair last year and its connection to the Queensland Museum exhibition Collectomania, we have decided to bring it back in 2014. Find rare, ridiculous and rad pieces from all over the world as well as live music from The Wet Fish.

    Where: Whale Mall, Queensland Museum and Bodhi Tree Terrace, GOMA

    When: Saturday 10 May, 9:00am – 3.00pm

    Cost: Free admission

     
  • Gig News! FBL Presents - Mayday

    Fremantle Battle League Presents - Mayday

    Fremantle Battle League Presents Mayday Fremantle Battle League Presents - Mayday

    After the success of our first event 'Resurrection' Fremantle Battle League is proud to present the second event Mayday on May 3.

    The main event will be a heated battle between Dash and Demise. This battle was previously meant to go down at Perth City Battles but it never happened!

    Tom Sawyer makes his return to battling since his Darko battle with the co main event against Drastik. Drastik was victorious in our mainevent last event against Sammy C.

    Cepth is out to prove he can go up against more well known opponents with a match up against Sammy C. This match up has the potential to be crazy!

    CABLE is returning to battle, he hasn't battled since his PCB battle against Azmatik in 2013. He will be facing Donkey who will be trying to bounce back after losing against The Dope Pope back at resurrection.

    The Dope Pope is looking to add another win to his belt against Boom. However, Boom had a solid performance against Carmer and is battling Cepth in April's PCB event.

    Phatigue will be looking to improve after his battle against Cepth, while LD is making his debut at Fremantle Battle League, after Gweedz will be unable to participate.

    BATTLE CARD
    MAIN EVENT- DASH vs DEMISE
    DRASTIK vs TOM SAWYER
    SAMMY C vs CEPTH
    DONKEY vs CABLE
    BOOM vs THE DOPE POPE
    PHATIGUE vs LD

     
  • Gig News! Dan The Underdog's Classical Soul Album Launch

    Northern Versifies Presents. Dan The Underdog's Classical Soul Album Launch


    Dan The Underdog's Album Launch Dan The Underdog's Album Launch

     

    Featuring:
    Threat3 , Brendon Sellick
    Task En Vee Eff
    Bryan Bellee Lacombe
    Kaotik Kyle Kaotik Doevendans
    Muks Wolf
    Jay Mic,  John Ryan Micairan

    Dan the Underdog's latest offering is a concept album that fuses Hip Hop and Classical Music. With the bulk of the production being handled by Dan the Underdog, the classical samples chosen perfectly set the tone for this deeply personal album and gave him the platform to discuss many aspects of his life; growing up between Australia and the US, the fall out with his former band Catch The Fly, his current place in the Hip Hop scene, his family life and becoming a father, and much, much more.

    The first single addresses the excitement leading up to the birth of his son over a rendition of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy". In the tradition of classical music, the album is an epic 19 track roller coaster ride with all sorts of ups and downs, from storytelling to punchline rap and the odd party track, this well rounded album has it all. Features Bellee, Scare Krow, Kaotik, TASK, Skank MC, Threat3, Casper, Zetes, Vampts & More

    Feature Battle: Bsc Cardona VS UFLA J Eveness Ralph Lewin

    & freestyle Battles TBA

     
  • Gig News! Live At The Queensport May 2014

    Live At The Queensport May 2014

    Live at the Queensport is back again for a free monthly hip hop night in Brisbane, proudly bought to you by The Queensport Hotel, Keno and 41 crew.

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    This months line up, for the Blest 'King Of Hearts' album Launch :

    Blest Ft Sam Jones, 4fingerdiscount (Album Launch)

    Kaws & Koz

    Enflux

    Bates Mc

    Plus House DJ's Jesta and Elbow and of course OPEN MIC

    Hosted by Keno

    There will be graff demos as well as raffles and a BBQ. It's free entry all night so come on down to Brisbane's number one monthly hip hop night.

     
  • Gig News! - Schoolfight's New Single Launch

    Schoolfight launch the new single "Australia"@ the Joynt

    APRIL Thursday 24th Anzac day eve.

    Come sus the new release, grab a copy and drink some tallys with two of Brisbanes finest live acts.

    A night of laid back cool croon, run a muck beats and bulk piss.bam.
    Schoolfight

    SCHOOLFIGHT is a 6-piece mix of righteous Australian hip-hop, infused with dirty funk under tones and smooth three-part crooning verses. On-point flow, addictive keys and solid bass lines that are as big as they are bad-ass, perfectly combine with sweeping trumpet and chugging guitar tones to create a powerful sound that dominates the recorded and live domains.

    Evidence lies with the success of the band’s first EP, which broke onto the scene in early 06’. ‘Big Man on Champers’ features the now classic ‘Local Heroes’, which received bulk play on Triple J and remained on Brisbane station 4ZZZ’s ‘Top 100 Most Requested’ playlist for four years running.

    As the 2012 release of their second album ‘Curse Of Work’ received national attention on Triple J, as well as local devotees 4ZZZ, “The Fight” well and truly proved themselves as the ‘worst kept secret in Aussie hip-hop’. Their large and loyal underground fan-base followed them throughout Australia as the band drew sell-out crowds in local venues stretching from Cairns to Byron Bay.

    Schoolfight are currently working on their latest EP "Ease On Summer", with the first single ‘Australia’ due for release in late April 2014. On March 22nd of this year, they were asked to support the legendary Jurassic 5 when they sold out their Brisbane show. The crowd’s reception said it all – Schoolfight had nailed another international support slot. The live debut of ‘Australia’ created a 700-strong crowd sing-along, cementing confidence that they’ve created another hit.

    Years of hard work have earned ‘The Fight’ a reputation for high-quality, tight production. Their professionalism and laugh-out-loud onstage antics are renowned within the local scene, making them an icon within the Brisbane hip-hop establishment. You can’t help but groove when the boys get up and do their thing.

    “No ego, no bullshit. We make party music, it’s not rocket science”, says front man eMCYTe (Scene Magazine, Feb 14).

    Prepare for some Far North Queensland charm and drinking antics along the way…

    Here is a clip from one of their previous launches at the joynt.

     
  • Artist Interview! - Mr Hill And Rahjconkas

    Eamon Hill and Rahj Jordan have come together to write, produce and record the latest single for their upcoming third album, in the one studio for the first time since pairing together several years ago. Rip Nicholson finds out from the producer and MC duo how this more organic process is working for them and asks them about their upcoming tour with Jurassic 5.

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    The new single ‘Telescope’ was released last October to great applause. Since the Brisbane MC joined the NSW producer in 2011 they have dropped two indie albums featuring singles ‘Warning Signs and ‘Put The Work In’ off their most sophomore LP, Dead End Street. Their talent was brought to the attention of Triple J through being named Unearthed feature artists and winning the Sprung Hiphop festival competition. In addition to this, they have circled the country with some of hip-hop’s favourite homegrown acts; Illy, Drapht, Seth Sentry, and most recently, The Funkoars. This is incredible progress for both Hill and Jordan given that their two albums in two years have been packaged together via emails. So adding proximity to their game could prove the potency they need to break new grounds. Jordan explains how this new energy is making it happen for the pair.

    H: Eamon Hill

    R: Rahj Jordan

     

    First things first, ‘Telescope’ dope new joint. Well done. What’s the meaning behind this one?

    H: Yeah ‘cause I was originally living in Brisbane and Rahj is based in Wogga Wogga and so it was just kinda done between emails with me recording in Brisbane and sending it down to Rahj and we never really got together for a whole project.

    R:  We’ve never really wrote together before.

    H: Yeah, we never really got together and wrote and recorded like this before. I’ve now moved down to near Sydney and now it’s a quick drive down to Rahj’s place and we can get together in the studio and work from scratch on everything. ‘Telescope’ is the first single sample of what we’ve done organically and wholly together.

    That’s two whole albums done separately, now when you compare has it changed the energy of the music?

    R: Absolutely because we vibe off each other much more and in saying that, you know, we’ve only known each other since 2011 so we’ve had time to really establish a friendship so as we’re going along we’re only getting stronger as partners and as friends, too. We’ve been able to relate to each other a lot easier now that we’re face to face.

    H: The whole process now is a lot easier because I guess it’s our third album now. It’s worked before but now we’re in the room together. The new album sounds nothing like the old stuff because of how much effort we’ve been able to put into the whole process. It’s really exciting to be able to surprise our whole fanbase with the quality of this album and ‘Telescope’ is an example and it’s caught everyone by surprise already compared to ‘Put the Work In’ which is a very sample-based track compared to what we’re doing today, so it’s very exciting for what we’ve got in store.

     

    ‘Telescope’ had a strong message to it, as do most of your tracks. Is it important for fans to get that message or are you guys content to have people say the flow is dope or the beat is bangin’?

    H: It doesn’t bother me too much. It’s always good and we appreciate people who go, ‘oh, that beat’s really nice,’ or, ‘the rap’s good’ because in a sense that’s hip-hop as well because I appreciate hip-hop tracks where the rap is just flowing, you know, where’s there’s not a relatable message. Which is probably most American stuff, you know? So I appreciate that sense of hip-hop as well and I also enjoy to write some meaningful stuff, too. The new single is kinda like that in where we’re having more fun on this track and more about sending out a positive vibe, you know?

     

    You guys have just come off touring with the Funkoars. My favourite group. Shit can get nasty with those clowns, how was it?

    R: The Funkoars are in a period now where they’re a lot older than they used to be. They’ve been around for a lot more years now and they know what needs to be done. In saying that, it got wild, we had mad parties. It was mainly just doing the shows and it was really cool to hang back and get to know more about them and that was the cool part for me, I guess.

    H: Yes, as Rahj had said and I’ve been a fan of the Funkoars for like, years. I had Funkoars on my ringtone in high school and to be able to go on tour with them it was amazing. But, yeah, I think we sort of caught them on the end of their wild days because now they know what to do at shows and they want to just go back to the room and chill with everyone, you know? So we had good house parties and stuff, but they never went too crazy. If anything, I guess we were flying the crazy flag a bit more than they were on tour.

    R: Yeah, I think we were definitely the crazy ones.

     

    So being permanently placed with these guys on the Dawn Of The Head EP... On ‘BMF’, that must feel pretty fucking spesh?

    R: Absolutely man. We’re thankful for the opportunity, me and Hilly, both and honoured in the same way. It’s so hard to explain in words, it’s just so humbling, it’s made us feel very secure in what we’re doing and the fact that we feel we’re reaching new minds in hip-hop and the old heads still appreciate us. It’s just humbling, man.

    H: Yeah, that’s right. Like, it sort of trips us out to think that guys we look up to can also be fans of our music and I guess that’s what they were trying to tell us the whole time on tour, they are all fans of what we are doing and they like our music. So, for them to reach out to Rahj to make a beat for them  on their album, that’s great, you know? That’s why we do this shit.

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    When Mr Hill first started out you were grabbing beats from wherever. Now with an in-house producer to work with is it a matter of convenience now because you don’t have to shop around?

    H: From when I started, I knew I always wanted to be a duo because I always looked up to people like the Hilltop Hoods and like Muph and Plutonic, people that do stuff in-house and come up with their own sound and  it becomes known as their sound, you know it’s them and it’s not just a rapper’s albums with beats from everywhere and I kinda don't know what to expect. I was always a fan of hearing someone’s style. Like, you know Rage Against The Machine when you hear their guitars, it’s that kinda thing. That’s what I was always chasing, so I was always looking out for something like this and Rahj hit me up and I sort of discovered what he was doing because we were kinda like worlds apart at that stage. It was all local and I didn’t really hear anyone that’s not inside your state so when I linked up with Rahj in the first place, I thought this was really cool and I was just stoked that he wanted to work with me and it was only after we recorded a few demo tracks I hit him and was like, ‘hey, do you wanna be like an official duo and put an album out?’ and I guess the rest was history from there.

    R: There is a form of convenience because, and also what people don’t realise is that he’s a very musical and talented dude, he put so much ideas into our music. It’s just very easy. Hilly can have an idea and I can play that idea. There is a level of convenience, but in saying that we um, we’re still about trying to create our own sound and manage that without jeapordise our own visions and how we feel about tracks that we come out with.

     

    Well that’s it, do you strive for that signature sound and hone in on it once you find it or keep from that and keep trying to switch up and change as you evolve together?

    R: We try to break the grain a little bit. Both me and Hilly like the same music and  we’re not going to change that for likes, or to get more publicity. It’s real to us and we just try to make music that we love to make. Whether or not it changes up for the next release but it’s always something that we chose to do and we like that sound.  

    H: Consistency wise, we’ve got Rahj who’s got the more melodic voice and is always going to probably do more singing on tracks and I’m always going to lay down the rapping, the break-downs and that’s the kinda sound that we’re creating for ourselves and we always want to change up on each track but um, I guess that’s the sound we’ve developed over the years and plays to what we like and the strengths, you know.

     

    Well you’re always going to grow from one track to another, from album to album as you mature your music too will mature. Whether you kind of like it or not, it will happen you know what I mean, it’s organic through life. And it always shows in whatever our craft may be.

     

    On your 2nd LP, Dead End Street you guys really solidified yourselves as a formidable act across the national scene. Establishing your act can be a huge goal to set. Let’s assume you’ve done that now, what’s the goal for 2014 and beyond?

    H: The goal is to keep growing, I mean you develop a fanbase that appreciate what you’re doing but I think it’s up to us to make the kind of music that fans will actively go and show their friends and go, ‘yeah these guys are great,’ so I think that’s the goal for us and to start doing more headlining shows and just show the confidence in the music a bit more.

    R: We’re like three albums in now and as Hilly said, we’ve made sort of a promise, that we don’t wanna be the artists that go under the belt for years and then suddenly release work. We want to try and release, not try, we are going to release an album every year.

    H: Yeah, and that was the goal from the start. That’s just how active we want to be and how passionate we are to keep doing this forever, yeah.

     

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    That’s gotta be a mammoth task given that life gets in the way, you know. You’ve gotta balance that with real life as well.

    H: Yeah that was hard for our first album especially.

    R: We’ve learned how to do it a bit better now. Second album was a stress load,  and this album, no joke I’ve absolutely had no stress in doing this one throughout the writing process. It’s just, as you said, the more we work on this  the more we mature. if we started off putting out an album out each year, we might get to a point where we’re knocking out two, you know?

     

    Do you think you guys can get too comfortable at that stage, where you think, ‘dude, we just knocked it out in six months, we’ve got another six months, let’s knock another one out?’

    H: Honestly, i think if we didn’t have day jobs it would probably be done quickly. I’d spend a lot more time at Rahj’s house and we’d just work hard on music. We don’t ever set ourselves goals, like ‘let’s work on this song and bounce it out as a rough master and then move on to the next song.’ You can spend lots of time on something and not be happy with it and be scared to release it. You’ve just gotta have confidence that people will like ti and it represents our sound well. So you move on and release the next.

     

    Opening up for Jurassic 5 - that’s gotta be a defining moment thus far in your careers?

    R: I think it is, because of heritage behind them. We are Australian hip-hop we’ve broken away from American hip-hop to be a part of that culture with them reuniting us, it’s just very honourable man. It’s different music to us, it’s very, you know, a couple of their songs they’ve released have always stuck in my head throughout my life so it’s just cool to be a part of the heritage I guess.

    H: Yeah, Jurassic 5 are a very influential band and they’re definitely someone i used to listen to through my teens and just to be able to open up for them. My brother saw them perform at Livid the last time they were back here, years ago. Now they’re finally coming back and it’s the first international act that Rahj and I will be playing with so I’m kinda nervous because of the size of the venue and size of the show and everything that we’re going to be involved with is a bit daunting but at the same time we’re going to give it 100 per cent and prove to everyone that we deserve that spot and warm everyone up, that’s for sure.

     

    Is the crowd ever naked?

    H: I guess you tend to appreciate the spotlight a bit more because it’s a different thing and how big the room actually is. And you’re kinda sweating under the big lights. I tend to look at Rahj and get the confidence from each other’s energy, you know. Like, I know for a fact theres going to be people that have never heard us before and  never heard our music before and it’s up to us to impress them and get the show rolling, so that’s what we do.

     

    That’s a good thing right, to have new converts there. That chance to capture a new audience?

    H: That’s what the whole Funkoars tour was for us, you know. Rahj and I playing before a group of a whole new people and we got a lot of support off that tour and gained a whole lot of fans. Especially these days you can tangibly see how many fans you’re gaining after each show you know? So, I guess it’s a bigger scale of what the Funkoars just did, you know?

     

    Is this before or after the Big Pineapple Festival?

    H: This will be before, Pineapple Fest is in May.

     

    Anything else you guys wanna mention?

    H: We’ve got a new single coming out called ‘Non Stop’ and that will be released by the 5th April up on itunes. that will be our second single off the new album called Parallel Universe and that will be the last single we’ll drop before the album release which will be around winter.

     

    So this album should really stand apart from the last two given your new proximity to working together?

    H: Oh definitely, it’s almost like we’re reinventing ourselves on this album. With a lot more mature writing, a lot more production going in, I know that for certain. It’s really exciting to be able to release this album and see how people are going to react.

    R: Coming from the other albums I was producing the beats myself and now Hilly’s got a lot more input and opinion in the making of the music, like, we sit there and we record the track and we take a lot longer to deliberate over it all. And with Hilly just being a part of the beat-making process really puts a shine to how the album sounds. So the studio time is really helping both of us and how we relate to each other, I guess.

    Check out their new video clip.

    Written by Rip Nicholson with permission to print.

     
  • Gig News! The Chop Round 2

    BEDROCKER PRODUCTIONS, PLAY BAR & SKRATCH SAT-DEE!!! Present THE CHOP.

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    The Chop is an evening dedicated to show casing the talents of local Sydney beat makers & producers…

    The Chop is a night to be held on a monthly  basis at Play Bar, which is located in Sydney’s design, music and fashion hub, Surry Hills.

    The Chop is an evening dedicated to show casing the talents of up and coming, as well as already established beat makers & producers. The call has been sent out to all bedroom bangers, mpc masters, beat junkies and production prodigies, to bring their finest cuts of A grade beat making and they have answered with cleavers in tow.

    All performances will be live and butchered to order for your audio taste buds.

    Along with show casing these talented artists, The Chop will be supported by some of Sydney’s finest DJ’s. They will spinning the most mouth watering assortment of funk, soul, boogie and hip hop to accompany these talented purveyors of cold cuts and dope beats.

    Play bar is an underground urban speak easy in Surry Hills frequented by everyone from corporate city slickers looking for a street style getaway to the cool kids of inner Sydney, which makes it the perfect venue for The Chop.

    This is a free event designed to promote the little known beat scene in Sydney and it is well worth stepping into this musical meat market to see the range of produce.

    Falling off the bone Sat 26th April Anzac long weekend .

    The Chop

     FINE BEATS

    Live sets by The Asthmatix/Morphingaz, Cooking With Caustic

    THE ASTHMATIX

    Taking to the stage with violin, keyboards and turntables, The Asthmatix have been blending the art of klezmer, hip hop, middle eastern melodies and turntablism since 2007. Band members include Micha ‘Morphingaz’ Walter on beats & cuts, Daniel ‘Weltmachine’ Weltlinger on violin, Daniel ‘Flying Wood’ Pliner on keys & melodica and occasionally Yossi ‘Asparagus’ Mlynsky on decks.

    “The Asthmatix offer a delightfully zany take on instrumental hip-hop with their blend of jazz, sample-driven electronica and traditional Jewish music.” - Erin Felton (Deaf Ambitions)”

    The Asthmatix have recently returned from the European summer where they traced their Baltic roots in Lithuania and Latvia, composed new sounds on keyboards and portable turntables purchased at Hamburg and Berlin flea markets and they recorded atmospheres from the Jerusalem shuk, the seas of Stockholm and the gypsy festivals of Germany.

    The Asthmatix have nearly completed producing their first full length album and are currently planning an Australian tour in late April with a return visit to Europe this year for summer.

    The Asthmatix The Asthmatix

    MORPHINGAZ

    Australia’s Morphingaz is a man with more cut, slices and dices than any master chef, hand-crafting custom-made recipes to dazzle the musical palates of any discerning crowd. His pedigree is show material with a DJ career that began at thirteen.

    Since digging his heels in at the original internet radio station GAIALIVE.COM in London in 2000, he spent fruitful European summers as tour DJ for pop revolutionary Mocky and scratching alongside Canadian supervillain Chilly Gonzales. After producing original material under MaS P for artists like Est’elle, Seanie T and Kate Havnevick, he continued his journey supporting musical icons such as James Brown, DJ Premier and DeLaSOul with Californian rapper, Aphletik.

    Morphingaz is currently completing the production of a debut album with fellow klezmer meets instro hip hop n jazz band The Asthmatix among some other side projects.

    Morphingaz Morphingaz

     

    COOKING WITH CAUSTIC (Production Set)

    The Blue Mountains have produced an impressive array of musical talent over the years, and 2014 is set to be a great year for 10 piece collective Cooking with Caustic. With a fresh and dynamic take on soul, funk and hip hop, the band blends intricate, mood-driven instrumentals alongside tracks which showcase a variety of guest vocalists and MCs.

    Their upcoming album features an outstanding collection of guest vocalists; including respected Sydney hip hop artists P.smurf, Mikoen and Mute MC from Daily Meds and Reverse Polarities, Madame Wu, Tenth Dan, Loose Wayne and Broken Thought Theory. Evan Jones from soul duo Jones Jnr makes an appearance, along with the smoky jazz tones of Charlotte Craib. At the heart of the band’s vocal line up lie the diverse and soulful voices of Queen B and Blackjack Davey.

    The band recently released the first single from their album ‘Natural Selection’, along with an extraordinary Godzilla-esque stop-motion film clip made by photographer Pat Bowden.

    Cooking with Caustic have produced music for Thundamentals, Tuka, Madame Wu and Two Toes. They have also had two tracks chosen to appear on Sydney’s iconic Free the Beats series, and have done remixes for Daily Meds, Thundamentals and NZ band Sola Rosa.

    Cooking With Caustic Cooking With Caustic

    CHOICE CUTS 

    Holding down the ones and twos…

    RAINE SUPREME

    Raine Supreme has quickly become the go-to DJ for all things Hip Hop, soul and funk. He regularly plays all around Sydney, and has held residencies at the most frequented concert venues, bars & clubs.

    His incredibly vast catalogue of music, and innate ability to remember small details about each of the releases, has earned him the title of Mr. Encyclopedia of Music. Already he has shared the stage with some big names including, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul, Charlie 2na, Apollo Brown, Def Wish Cast, Dj-JS1 (Rock Steady Crew), Boogie Blind (The X-Ecutioners), Afrika Bambaataa, Dj Suspect, Blak Twang, Dj MK, @peace and many more. As well as being an audio enthusiast, he also extends his love for music into the video realm, both as a solo artist and as apart of his AVDJ duo, NTSC, which sees him team with Sydney visual veteran, VJ Spook. Raine Supreme also throws his promoter hat on, working under the banner of HomeyDontPlayDat, and has been behind some incredible events in Sydney such as the 2013 DMC NSW Finals, Destino @ The Abercrombie, Soul Shaker @ The Newtown Hotel and more!

    BENNY HINN

    Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beatz for the masses… Although now only 33, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Wollongong and the Southcoast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finess and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200s.

    The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Anunal release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty,  Krafty Kuts, A Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…

    The Hinn has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.

    His latest venture has been PLAY BAR. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build, what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution in Surry Hills Sydney.

    You can check out the event page here.

    Where: Play Bar Basement 72 Campbell Street Lower Westsyde Surry Hills, Sydney

    When: 26th of April Anzac Long Weekend

    Contact: thechopbeats@gmail.com

    FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT

    Sponsors: Akai Pro, Sailor Jerry, Strange Love, Well Dressed Vandals, Westsyde Connection

     

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