Monthly Archives: April 2020

  • Brisbane Hip Hop Collective Swish Music Release 'Showtime' Remix Ft Dau Dau, Hoodzy, Nerve And Unamii

    Brisbane Hip Hop Collective Swish Music Release 'Showtime' Remix Ft Dau Dau, Hoodzy, Nerve And Unamii

    Swish Music Showtime Remix

    Queensland hip-hop collective Swish Music today release the remix of their single‘Showtime’, featuring fellow Queenslanders Hoodzy and Nerve, through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Head here to catch the premiere of the brand new ‘Showtime’ remix video at 4pm AEST this afternoon.

    Swish Music was founded by Dau Dau, one of the groups MCs, and named after the city in which the outfit began – Ipswich, Queensland.

    Within eighteen months, the group has evolved from a small tight-knit crew into a 12-person collective, with Dau’s friends and family from Ipswich and Brisbane slowly joining based off their musical and creative talent.

    Dau says ‘Showtime’ is the product of Swish Music’s dedication to honing their craft:

    “We’re in the studio five times a week, making two to three songs a day and helping each other become our best.” 

    With Australian hip-hop continuing to grow and diversify, and crews popping up repping their areas, Swish were keen to get local Brisbane legend Nerve on a remix. They also loved the energy and talent of Gold Coast raised Hoodzy, whom also features on the remix.

    The 12 members of Swish Music come from diverse cultural backgrounds including South Sudanese, Uganadan and Australian, with each member flexing and bringing their personal experiences and stories to the table.

    Swish Music is: Dau Dau, Unamii, Reddeye Glizzi, Deemenace, Jay Swi$h, XPunhc, Showt!me, DC Ralph, M2, Been Ballin, TMB and AG.

  • Alerts Drops New Suffa Produced Track “Southside” With Purpose

    Alerts Drops New Suffa Produced Track “Southside” With Purpose

    Adelaide Mc Alerts

    Adelaide emcee Alerts has dropped his new single “Southside” via YouTube tonight featuring Purpose, produced by Suffa of the Hilltop Hoods, mixed by Simplex and featuring cuts by DJ Sanchez. The three-minute offering from the pair gives a full 360-degree insight into growing up in the Southern Suburbs of Adelaide, affectionately known by many as the Southside. Per capita, the Southside of ADL has arguably produced more nationally prominent rappers than anywhere in Australia with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, Delta, The Funkoars, Terra Firma, Prime, Prime, K21, After Hours and Train Of Thought all coming from the South and this track continues the legacy of quality – check below.

    Alerts first came to national attention on Simplex’s debut Obese Records solo album “Audio Biography” through the standout posse cut track Opus Operandi along with Australian legends Delta of Nuffsaid Records and the ever-talented Motions. His memorable show stopping live performance accompanying this song at Home Grown for Da Klinic’s 10th birthday bash in July 2011 at the now defunct HQ Complex main room really put him on notice. The track earned a place in esteemed Sydney DJ’s Shan Frenzie’s memorable Show & Prove mixtape showcasing the best hip hop released that year across the country along with the likes of Trem, Bias B, Drapht, Mantra plus more.

    Alerts would go on to collaborate significantly with Kimence, as well as with a careful selection of Adelaide best including Mnops, Social Change, DJ Dyems and most recently Conseps. It is his stand-alone music however which has really established himself in his own right and led to support slots with the likes of Royce Da 5’9, Ras Kass, Kerser, Kings Konekted, Tech N9ne, Raekwon & Slick Rick, Skrub, Complete, ChillinIT & Wombat, Rates, Delta, Cormega, Spice 1 and Fat Joe since 2015 leading him to headline his own gigs. Having performed all up and down Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania, Alerts has built a reputation for himself somewhat the old-fashioned way as a writer and performer from the ground up with a swell of support.

    Back in late March 2018 almost two years ago to the day, Alerts dropped his impressive debut “The Prisoner” track produced by Simplex of Terra Firma. With the captivating visuals to the song executed by Josh Davis & Heath Kerr (Heata) of 1984 Films, the 4:20 minute offering has been played over 42,000 times on YouTube alone – a strong effort for his first independently released, unfiltered track.

    Following a busy period of extensive performances across the country, the in-demand follow up was the three and a half minute “Get It” single released in June 2019, again produced by Simplex. The continuity in production work of the pairing of Alerts and Simplex sounds and feels like a natural fit and served as popular follow up to the breakthrough The Prisoner track. The music video is again Executed by Josh Davis and Heath Kerr of 1984 Films, really showcasing their diverse talents behind the lens. Get It also spawned a recent remix by Simplex, providing a fresh take on a heartfelt track.



    Stay tuned – more Alerts music on the way soon, from the Southside to nation wide.

    Words By BattleRap Writer



  • Elefant Traks: Recipes For Lockdown – The Herd

    Elefant Traks: Recipes For Lockdown – The Herd

    The Herd

    ET cooking inspiration Dale, aka DJ DGGZ aka Rok Poshtya from The Herd is back with another fool-proof recipe for lockdown, this time a sweet treat!

    We're all in the same boat trying to make beans and lentils taste good so each week we're sending over one of Dale's restaurant-worthy recipes and coupling them with the perfect Elefant Traks album to cook along to.

    Next up... Pancakes and The Herd's Better Alive EP.

    Happy cooking - be sure to tag us in your pics @elefanttraks

    The Herd Better Alive EP

    The Herd's Better Alive EP turned 8 this week (Happy Birthday!) and we couldn't think of a better album to soundtrack your morning pancake making. Reminiscent of melted butter, Better Alive is funky by nature with the hard-hitting lyrics we love <3

    Dry Ingredients
    1.5 cups self raising flour
    OR 1.5 cups plain flour + 2 tsps baking powder
    2 tbsp sugar
    1 tsp salt

    Wet ingredients
    1 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla essence
    2 eggs beaten
    50 grams butter melted

    - Melt the butter slowly in a pan on low heat.
    - Meanwhile beat the two eggs until they come together and add the milk to the egg mixture.
    - By this stage your butter should be pretty much melted. Add that into your mix and leave aside.

    Add all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and mix through with a dry fork. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and then pour in your wet ingredients and fold them in until they start to come together. You can then get a bit more tough with it and give it a whisk. Don't worry about small lumps as long as all the flour is mixed you'll be right.

    - You should have a fairly stiff mix - it should be closer to gloopy than flowing but still should be what you would class as a liquid. if it's too firm add a splash of milk / too liquid - add a bit of flour. But add small amounts (eg tbsp at a time).

    - If you can leave it for an hour or so and wait for a couple of bubbles to form on the surface of the mix you'll have fluffier pancakes. But you can cook straight away if not.

    - And then it's just a matter of getting the mix into a moderately hot pan in some oil or butter. Wait for bubbles to form on the 'wet' side then flip. If your base is dark turn your pan down. and obviously, if your base is looking a little blonde turn the heat up.

    Serve with maple syrup / sugar and lemon / sliced bananas.

    Substitutions: got no milk? A mix of yoghurt and water will work.
    Vegan substitutions: you should be able to replace the 2 eggs with half a cup of mashed very ripe bananas. And the milk just use your favourite milk substitute. Main thing is to get it to the gloopy liquid stage as above.




  • South West Syndicate Release Brand New Music "The Next Chapter"

    South West Syndicate Release "The Next Chapter"

    South West Syndicate


    Historical Hip Hop group South West Syndicate (SWS) release "The Next Chapter" - Friday 3 August with Western Sydney heavy hitters.

    "This is dedicated to the Kings and Queens of the Sydney Hip-Hop scene"

    JPoint, Izzy and Mikoen - The next generation of SWS members
    Tomorrow, Friday 3 April 2020, South West Syndicate (SWS) release their second single "The Next Chapter", since the group's reformation.

    "The Next Chapter" features the next generation of SWS members who are all acclaimed heavy hitters in their own right within the hip-hop scene: Mikoen, Izzy, JPoint, DJ Black President and SAJ.

    "The Next Chapter" is a tribute to the hip-hop icons who have paved the way, when local hip-hop was not accepted in Australia. In the track, Mikoen, Izzy, and JPoint pay homage to some of Sydney's hip-hop legends, "the kings and queens of Sydney's hip-hop scene" Spice, Def Wish Cast, 046, Sound Unlimited Posse, South West Syndicate.

    The music video was filmed at Sydney's only Hip Hop bar and SWS host venue Hustle and Flow, which is also home to Rock the Block a weekly hip-hop event run by Izzy and supported by Nigel Tarrant, owner of Hustle and Flow.

    South West Syndicate - The Next Chapter

    The Next Chapter video will premiere online on Saturday night 4th April at 9pm 2020, as part of the 4E programming for the 4Elements Festival running digitally from 4th August to 5th December. Hosted by the effervescent Jess Paraha. (Link to stream available on the SWS Facebook event page)

    As a posse, South West Syndicate (SWS) have been making music for more than 35 years, starting as youths in Bankstown and Redfern. After achieving success and breaking new ground for underground hip-hop in the '80s, '90s and 2000's, the group parted ways in 2003 to work on their individual careers. In 2019 the original SWS crew Munkimuk, Naz and Brothablack reunited and pulled a dream team of South West Sydney rappers and merged metal and rap for the release their first single ain August 2019, "Back like a Boomerang."

    After 12 months of the 10 people crew working on new music in the studio, SWS are ready to release the singles off their upcoming album, also named, "The Next Chapter".

    In addition to the new songs, SWS recently released a music clip of a 1996 retro track, "Just Another Day" filmed in Bankstown. This will be part of an SWS retro album, including their signature SWS song "Are you with me out there?"

    Watch the full video for "Just Another Day" here. It will be available on streaming services on 7th August 2020.  Pre-Save on spotify here!

    Listen to The Next Chapter Here



  • Elefant Traks: Recipes For Lockdown - Jane Tyrrell

    Elefant Traks: Recipes For Lockdown - Jane Tyrrell

    Jane Tyrell - Echoes In The Avery

    Many of you will know Dale, aka DJ DGGZ aka Rok Poshtya from The Herd but did you know that he's also our in house chef?! Jokes we wish Dale could cook us lunch every day but he quite seriously is our cooking-inspiration at the ET mansion. When our office went into lockdown this week our team hit up Dale immediately for his lockdown recipes.

    We're all in the same boat trying to make beans and lentils taste good so we thought we'd share them with you too. We've even coupled them with the perfect ET album to cook along to.

    First up Lentil Dahl and Jane Tyrell.

    Happy cooking - be sure to tag us in your pics @elefanttraks
    Lentil Dhal and Jane Tyrell's Echoes In The Aviary

    Dive into Jane Tyrell's brooding and self-expressive solo album Echoes In The Aviary while simmering your red lentils and spices.

    2 cups red lentils
    6 cups water
    2 tsp ground coriander
    1tsp turmeric
    2 fresh green / red chillis (omit for family obvs)
    1/2 bunch of coriander
    tsp salt (possibly more)
    tadka (this is like the 'dressing'/flavouring for the dhal)
    1tsp black mustard seeds
    1tsp cumin seeds
    1/2 tsp hing / asoefetida (or you can use whole garlic cloves
    handful fresh curry leaves)
    2 or so tbsp cooking oll (we use olive - which is not traditional obvs but it's the only cooking oil we use)


    - Wash the lentils in plenty of water until the water runs clear. This is normally three or four rinses. Then put the red lentils and the 6 cups of water into a pot with the coriander, turmeric and chilli if using and set on a medium-high heat. leave to simmer until the lentils start to break up - normally about 25 mins or so.

    - In a separate pot heat the oil to moderately hot, then add the seeds and wait until they start popping. Add the hing (or garlic) and then add the curry leaves and cover and remove from heat immediately and add the tadka to the lentils.

    - Finish with chopped coriander and salt. Don't skimp on the salt - most home made non-indian dhal I've had skimps on the salt and it's amazing how the flavour blossoms when it's seasoned well.




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