Citing his environment as the main influence of his music, it’s no surprise that Sydney-born hip-hop producer Ishu has returned to Australia with a bag full of fresh ideas and a new vision, after travelling throughout Europe and Asia in 2009. Collecting samples and field recordings along the way; Ishu found inspiration in every country he visited, immersing himself in local culture and sketching beats for his forthcoming album release. Now at his new home in Melbourne, it’s time to bring these rough drafts to life.
ISHU presents the new single ‘Progress feat. Mantra’
Back in 2008, Ishu had garnered praise for the smooth, organic dub/reggae/dancehall flavours and laid-back vocals of his debut EP. Seven tracks which documented his time in Melbourne before heading abroad. Fast-forward two years later and he’s switching it up. A broadened sound palette has him charting new musical territory, using hip-hop and electronic beats as his canvas. Culture-mashing boom-bap in a similar vein to local favourites Hermitude and Monkeymarc (Combat Wombat) with hints of big influences like Madlib, Embee (Looptroop) and Hi-Tek, get ready for the debut album, A World In Progress.
Citing his environment as the main influence of his music, after traveling throughout Europe and Asia in 2009, it’s no surprise that Sydney-born hip-hop producer Ishu has returned to Australia with a bag full of fresh ideas and a new vision. Collecting samples and field recordings along the way; Ishu found inspiration in every country he visited, immersing himself in local culture and sketching beats for his forthcoming album release. Back in Melbourne, in his home studio, the process began to bring the rough recordings to life.
This two year process produced the concept album, A World In Progress. A contemporary mix of world music soundscapes, down tempo electronic beats and heavy hip hop blends,it is an aural and sensory delight, that takes the listener on a journey across Europe. Scheduled for release in November 2010, this is an album that will appeal tohip hop and world music fans alike.
The first single to be lifted from the album is Progress, featuring well known Melbourne MC Mantra. This track was inspired by the sights and sounds of Istanbul,Turkey. Mantra’s lyrics are directly related to world progress in relation to the modern world and the ancient traditions.
To launch the album A World In Progress, there will be shows in Melbourne and Sydney:
Following in the footsteps of producers like Mad Professor, DJ Shadow and DJ Krush; Ishu has prepared a modern day live production show using a laptop, Ableton and a gang of MIDI controllers. Blending each song into the next, Ishu gets hands on with the music, having full access to all elements of each song and endless effects possibilities. Keeping things live and spontaneous, ensuring that every show is different from the last.
Dec 11th @ The Workers Club
51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Doors open 8:30
$12 door or $10+bf pre-sales via moshtix
Joined on stage by guest vocalists including Mantra, Class A, Lotek, Elf Tranzporter, Dyl Thomas, Rachael Berry, Pataphysics, Rae Pale, Dragonfly and Rayjah45. Pataphysics will be playing a full live set in support on the night, along with DJ sets from Elf Tranzporter and Dyl Thomas
Dec 17th @ Low Society
Shush, Newtown RSL
Enmore Rd Newtown
Doors op 9pm (til 3am)
$15+bf pre-sales via moshtix