Monthly Archives: July 2017

  • Bitter Belief Drops Brand New Video 'Hot Sauce' As Pre Orders For Beastmode LP Go Live!

    Bitter Belief - Hot Sauce


    Just as the bounty of boasts served up on this one dictates, he’s the chosen one, “if you’re in arm’s reach then it’s over, son!” Following the ‘Battleship Pt. 2’ single drop, Bitter B and Rob Shaker return to the galley and go chef to bang out another MC killer.

    ‘Hot Sauce’, their third release off the Beastmode LP (due out 27 July), has Perth’s most fiery emcee tearing more braggadocio strips off the game while Rob the vinyl virtuoso keeps his fingers greasy on the wheels and reaching for the guitar to peel off a late solo lick, baring that beat-nodding shine we’ve come to expect out of those from the Syllabolix camp.

    This left coast kitchen cook leaves Nando’s Peri Peri on the shelf. ‘Hot Sauce’ reveals a recipe of rhyme slays registering right off the richter while Rob bastes the beat so thick off the bone first bite burnt the roof off Shake Down Studios

    “Got a sauce so hot so hectic, you should only mess with it if you got a death wish.”

    ‘Hot Sauce’ will be available Monday 17th July, 2017 through Shake Down Records.

  • Brisbane Rapper Audacity Drops Brand New Video '10th Pace'

    Audacity 10th Place Audacity 10th Place

    Audacity brings hot lead to a knife fight on this one.

    In the last step before the turn-and-shoot, ‘10th Pace’ leaves MCs to their final thoughts and too slow to draw.

    Making up one-third of the River City rap group Exit Strategy, he puts lead through the chest plates of MCs with this heavy calibre heat check from the newly-built house of Shire Records:

    In the visuals for this not-so-serious Western-themed track shot by Insideus, Audacity takes ‘10th Pace’ to the OK Corral shootout at Tombstone, playing the outlaws with running mate Insideus whose production blows the barn doors off its hinges.

    Recorded and mixed by Insideus at The Shire Studio, ‘10th Pace’ gets the ball rolling out of this camp with Audacity taking no shorts at all costs and to any length in case you thought his double-barrelled pen game wasn’t on target.

    Taken from Audacity’s forthcoming EP ‘The Mirror’ coming soon to

  • Album Review! Ciecmate The Yin Ep

    Australian Rapper Ciecmate

    Ciecmate – The Yin Ep

    Perhaps his most personal release to date, The Yin is more than just an EP. It’s like a tête-à-tête across a table with the man Ciecmate himself. He has always been one to share himself inside the music he creates, but this release is more intimate than anything else he has done before, and is like a conversation between himself and the listener, or himself and himself. It touches on matters of the heart, an introspective look inside the inner faculties of the soul. The Yin is the counterpart of a duo EP, this release showing how both Yin & Yang are necessary, inseparable and contradictory opposites, and consolidating both EP’s as one full project. There is no night without day, the moon misses the warmth of the sun at night, and the seed of a flower grows from complete darkness, as above, as below.

    The Yin is extremely direct in delivering each tracks content, not a single line wasted in the entire EP. Ciecmate leaves himself vulnerable on tracks, but is so concise and straight to the core in each line that he commands this vulnerability. It is sharing all the tiers of emotion, not confined to any specific sentiment which makes relatability an extremely important attribute to this release. From love, reflecting on his formative years, to matters of self-preservation and survival, to the ups and downs of being a creative soul, the content of this EP bursts through in a clear but powerful paroxysm.

    1. My Life
    Slow infectious head banger. One of the countries true specialists of syllable placement, Ciecmate mixes it up between elongated rolls of flows, to bursts of double time, keeping it fresh for the listener. If this album was a conversation, then this track would be the thing that one friend says to the other to break the walls down and bring it to a more personal level. It’s a reflection on his journey to the person he has become, looking back over the years and how that’s crafted the man that’s speaking to you now.

    2. Wifi
    Picking up where the first left off, the second track explains Ciecmate’s teen years, from street crime to music and how life experiences has shaped his mind state. The beat is sleuthy, sludge driven, warm and mean. One of those beats you pull a stink face at. The syllables get chopped up again, nothing being ditto, variety the spice of music not just life. His conviction is real, you can tell from the delivery, and the content inside the track, you get to know him and his history further. An important element to the EP, it holds the place of a ”hype joint” for the project, which is fairly relaxed.

    3. Little Shell
    Soulful, melancholic and free-spirited. This song is the anthem for the introvert, the producer shackled to the computer desk, the vitamin D deficient artistic souls. As inventive people, we often get lost in our creative bubble, and that can create a certain unrest within ourselves. The funny thing is, that feeling only intensifies when we aren’t being productive. “Cabin Fever” the first two words on the track encapsulate the songs title, the content and the emotion portrayed through the beat. This beat continues the dusty, retro, and slower bpm feel for this project.

    4. You & I
    Perhaps the most personal track on the album, You & I is an extremely personal, and emotional account of his break-up and himself dealing with the loss of true love. What I do love about this track (although not my favourite joint on the EP) is that it’s still raw, and concise without any typical “love song” connotations. It’s extremely honest and touches upon relationship issues that are often overlooked by other artists, and written in a broader perspective not just grief and pain.

    5. Many A Lesson
    Bigfoot joins Ciecmate on the production for the concluding song, playing electric guitar. This beat continues and finishes the slower bpm feel of the whole project, but Ciecmate relishes in the double time flow. It allows you to see more cogs turning in the BTE chief’s brain and get to know him and his essence even further once again. Flow is a great attribute of this one, but the mixdown on this one is real fresh also. The guitar work by Bigfoot is variant throughout and creates a “Joe Satriani’ish” baroque sound that compliments the song, the outro playing only creates that feel even more. Probably my favourite track on the EP, it just has a great characteristic in sound and feeling.

    The Yin is Ciecmate’s most personal and polished release to date. A couple key points of this release is: it’s a great reflection of a man not just a rapper, producer or label don. He doesn’t touch on many subjects he usually does ie Grand Lodge 3 sort of material, which I just think is a nice touch (musical diversity, and the anticipated follow up GL3 album is on its way), and rarely even a cuss, you can tell every word and verse was well thought out and crafted personally, but also as the emcee’s emcee. The overall mixdown and master is really nice, quite an enjoyable album sonically and musically.

    The Yin & The Yang is a two part series released on vinyl and digital formats, both records essential to any Oz wax collector.

    Words By Lani Milbus

    Keep up to date with Ciecmate and all the camp here!

  • Exclusive Interview - Brisbane Producer/Rapper Insideus Reveals Plans for Exciting New Label

    Inisideus Shire Records Interview Shire Records

    New venture for one of Brisbane’s hardest working crews has finally come to fruition. All the blood, sweat and beats of his craft has finally paid off, allowing Bris-bang beatsmith Russ (Insideus) to build this new stable, Shire Records into a brick house by which to store the fat of the river city’s freshest hip-hop.

    The early roster at Shire Records boasts the album campaigns of Exit Strategy and projects from solo artists Elaborate and Audacity whose latest single ‘10th Pace’ out Friday 14th finds the MC shooting raw lead from the double-barrel - all produced in-house. Shire Records aims to provide a complete music production haven to anyone who seeks to build a platform for making music from production to recording and delivering right through to distribution. Shire Records is a creative, grassroots, do-it-yourself recording studio and label that supports and shelters the local scene and banging out the dopest sounds that the national scene can handle. 

    Ozhiphopshop drops in to see Russ for a quick one-on-one about the label that he built and the roster with whom he shares it.  Everybody’s welcome. Just wipe your feet.


    OHHS with Russ (Insideus)

    For - July, 2017


    It’s been a while. How have things been since we last spoke?

    Things have been wonderfully hectic since we last spoke! I bought a house with my woman, renovated it and built a new studio with the help of some awesome people in my life. Since we (Exit Strategy) dropped ‘Seventh Dimension’ there’s been a lot of work put into a couple of our solo projects and they are finally coming to fruition. We’re very happy about that to say the least. 


    You’ve been working hard the last few months on something special can. Can you finally tell us what that is? 

    Shire Records. Since our first EP ‘Preliminaries’ we have been very much a DIY group of artists when it comes to the production and distribution of our music. We decided it was time to make it official so I started this label with the intention of further distribution as well as professional services for local artists.


    Do you have any artists you’ll be signing to the team?

    So far we have myself, Audacity, Elaborate and Patrsn on the roster. I do plan on getting a few more artists on board and building a collective of like-minded, skilled MCs to in-turn craft a solid discography akin to some of the independent labels we’ve always respected.


    What can The Shire Studio offer local talent?

    Our services include exclusive beats, recording, mixing, mastering and music videos.


    How would an artist contact you to record and send you some work to check out?

    The best way to contact me would be via email at A message to one of our social media pages [links below] would also suffice but email is your best bet for a swift reply. I’m more than happy to give honest feedback and try to steer artists in the right direction in regards to quality of their product.


    What does the future hold for Shire Records?

    $$ Dollar dollar bills ya’ll $$. No, in all seriousness, our main aim is to improve further on what we’ve been doing for the last few years - performing live shows and putting out music and merchandise for the hip hop heads far ’n’ wide and hopefully build the name into a highly respected camp that’ll stand the test of time.


    Hope it goes well for you mate, speak again soon.

    Thanks for having me, OHHS. Always a pleasure. Peace!

    Interview By Travis Broi


    Check out the brand new website and keep up t date via the links below!




    Instagram - @shirerecords


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