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  • 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



  • Interview: Bomb Threat Returns With Their 4th Single "Fly On The Wall"

    Interview: Bomb Threat Returns With Their 4th Single "Fly On The Wall"

    Sydney Rap Group Bomb Threat

    Bomb Threat returns with their 4th single" Fly On The Wall."
    A hard hitting and brutally truthful song by the conscious Hip Hop group consisting of Sydney and Blue Mountains artists well known to the scene.


    Ash spoke to Mikoen, the lyricist and emcee from the group.


    Talk us a bit through the message behind Fly On The Wall?

    Ah man, for me, and I know everyone in the crew is one hundred percent with this, It really is "United we stand divided we fall."
    It's bigger than politics, it's about community, It's about breaking down the divide between us.
    There's way too many divisions and we're being polarised by so many different things. I can see it and it bothers me on the deepest level.
    I've been fighting this war, It's like a spiritual war I feel I've been fighting with my music, trying to gee everyone up for it and to wake us up because you gotta be real, the news and the mainstream media has been lying to us for a long time.
    Whether they're twisting facts or outright lying it doesn't matter, they have an agenda and they're working for the richest fucking one percent of the planet.
    Their objective is to control us and direct us in certain directions so you should always look at them with a large amount of scepticism.
    My message is to basically question everything, but also get in tune with each other and combine and unite.
    There doesn't have to be a seperate movement, we've all gotta strike together as one united general front.
    Shut down the machine. Then they'll listen and we can negotiate for a better deal, rather than being separate individuals fighting our own little thing.
    The biggest unity we need is the human unity across all the racial shit.
    They're trying to make us afraid of each other and hate each other, and it's all just being stirred up so we fight each other and become more and more divided and thereby easier to control and manipulate.
    We've gotta put our differences aside.


    As an emcee what role do you see Hip Hop playing in regards to consciousness and being vocal in this current climate?


    We need unity and I've always felt Hip Hop is a vehicle for that movement.
    It's a vehicle for feminism, you've got female conscious emcees, strong women getting up and putting shit down and representing.
    You have all people representing, like now we can have openly gay emcees doing the same, so we can be a movement for everybody.
    We've both seen it bro, music has been infiltrated by the mass media. They've corporatised it and it's no coincidence they're selling us back drugs and stupid unconscious imagery now. Because they want us divided.
    We need unity and we need community and we need positivity and we need peace. We can't get anywhere with violence, we can't get anywhere with attacking each other. It has to be a conscious, peaceful revolution.


    Just speaking a bit on the history of Bomb Threat and how it all came together, you've been  writing songs with Caustic Yoda for a while now. I first caught you both working together with the Cooking With Caustic album From Mercury To Pluto.


    Yeah Yodas been fam since about 2009.
    Daily Meds did our demo up there and I connected with him and he slung me some beats while I was working on a solo mixtape in between Reverse Polarities and Daily Meds. I've always recorded at Yoda's studio, I just connected with him.
    It's a comfortable studio to work at and he's professional as fuck.


    You played a Toasted Loops show in Katoomba in 2016 and you were just called Mikoen and Caustic Yoda, I think that's the first time you had Aisha on stage.


    That's correct, that's technically the first Bomb Threat gig but we just didn't have a name. I think in 2015 or very early 2016 Yoda and myself and Aisha were in the studio.
    I've always been like 'this chick has a great fucking voice man' and we sorta just dropped her in the deep end.
    We ended up writing three songs within that one session and they wrote themselves man it was just so easy.


    Then Codeks from Down Under Beats joined the crew on the turntables. How did that come about?


    Codeks is just family man, you know how it is with the Sydney scene man it's all family. We've all worked with each other on one project or another, Platterpush being fam with Yoda and the Otherside boys and so it was only natural when thinking we needed a dude to
    handle the wheels.
    Codeks is also a dope producer in his own right.


    And Jarv on bass, which also kind of connects the whole Cooking With Caustic thing yeah?


    Jarv's been bass on pretty much everything, you'd be pretty lucky to find a beat that hasn't got her bass in there.
    She's in video clips, she's in tracks, yeah she's the fifth member bro.


    So what's the future plans for Bomb Threat?


    I'll be doing this as long as people are listening to it.
    We've got songs in different levels of being finished where if we spend some time there's an
    album there.
    I'm a Hip Hop lifer so it is what it is, if people are feeling it sky's the limit.


    Words By Mighty Ash


    Watch Bomb Threat "Fly On The Wall" Below!


  • Boom Bap Sessions - ft. Bomb Threat, Soma and Ziggy

    Australian Hip Hop Boom Bap Sessions January 2017

    The first Boom bap sessions for 2017 is gonna be large!
    Featured artists for this session include Bomb Threat, Soma and Ziggy.

    Headliners BombThreat are doing their first live Sydney show since forming in late 2016. These guys are definitely not new comers by any means.

    Blue Mountains veteran producer Caustic Yoda (Two Toes , Cooking With Caustic , Madam Wu & Otherside) combines live instrumentation with MPC and turntablism to create a smooth and skilful sound.

    South West Sydney based MC
    - Mikoen (Reverse Polarities, Daily Meds & Big Village) delivers intelligent and potent lyrics with the mastery he has come to be known for.

    Newcomer Aisha pours her sweet vocal tone into the trio to complete this fresh and unique outfit.

    Look out for the groups lead single "Police State" from their debut release due out in early 2017.

    Resident DJ's DJ Cost and Platterpush and Codeks (Down Under Beats)will be spinning that Boom Bap goodness throughout the night. FREE ENTRY 7pm-12


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