One fifth of the Down For The Count collective, Sinks has been named by some of the most respected local hip hop artists and heads as an upcoming rapper to look out for (DJ Sherriff Rosco) and a beast on the mic (Fatty Phew). So after much anticipation, Sinks finally releases his debut 5 track EP, Prolifix…
As a young rapper and producer hailing from Melbourne’s inner south, Sinks’ passion for the craft of hip hop is second to none. As a newer MC in the scene he has been able to form a niche sound for himself, bypassing the sound of the majority of modern monotonous raps which get regular mainstream radio rotation.
Unapologetically blending boom bap production with the odd classic dub to form a sound not often heard in the local scene, Sinks’ work as a beat maker combined with his energetic and thought provoking rhymes ensures Prolifix is a release that both new and old heads can both respect and enjoy.
Almost entirely self produced but also featuring production from Biko of Fat Mommas Project and guest verses from Sparts, MolOne, Force and Dazed, Prolifix will be available on a limited physical CD release, as well as digital format from http://www.dftc.com.au November 28, 2012.
Dazed is a producer/emcee and DJ for Down for The Count Records. He has just received the news that due to his high involvement with music throughout his life that his ears have given up and he will have to get nerve surgery and wear hearing aids for the rest of his life. He has been a long time supporter and contributor to the Hip Hop scene in Canberra, Sydney and now Melbourne and is highly respected throughout and has worked with many artists.
The local hip hop scene has put forward some of it’s finest to do a benefit show featuring a slew of talent from Melbourne (and Hau from Sydney to make sure they behave) who are all contributing their time to help him cover his bill for the hearing aids. Not only will the live show be insane but the folks from Obese, Broken Tooth and Elefant Tracks have all chucked in a stack of product to give away on the night!
It’s going to be a killer gig with an amazing line up and all for a great cause!
BIG NOISE Friday September 14th – Laundry – $20 – Doors open 8pm Smash Brothers Maundz & BwivDeece One Sixth, Mata & Must Fluent Form Fatty Phew DFTC Records DJ’s Doc Felix Blazin Marty Hau Hosted by Hau Giveaways from Obese, Broken Tooth & Elefant Tracks
“And I don’t need more to blind me; my vision’s so unsightly, I’m sick of all the bullshit; it’s time to go out fighting.”Hearing Not Listening is the latest solo release from DFTC producer, DJ and MC, Dazed, dropping on 12″ vinyl, CD, and digital format on August 29, 2012.
The album reveals a reflective honesty often lost in today’s bipolar and fragmented local scene. A true head dedicated to pure, hard hitting hip hop, Dazed delivers stories of his past with raw sincerity, straight up battle raps with support from a range of guests and original sounds that don’t just aim for your Hottest 100 list.
Featuring production from Discourse, WIK, Realizm, Ante Esco and Ciecmate. Guest verses from the DFTC and Centre Left crews as well as Baptist and Rezadent. Hearing Not Listening is genuine hip hop from a genuine local artist bringing the goods. “It’s a part of me, as much as my girl and my family, Hip Hop is my therapy from mundane and insanity.” Social Narcotics (WIK Remix) is available now following the iTunes link below. The full record Hearing Not Listening will be available August 29.
Tape Death is a beats collective making tunes in the style of Hip-Hop, Dub-Step, Glitch-Hop, Wonky and more. DFTC Records are a Melbourne based Hip-Hop label consisting of Force, Sparts, Dazed, Sinks and Mol One, taking it back to how things should be done.
With the combination of the two collectives comes a new remix album DFTC x Tape Death. Featuring 14 banging tracks the album will be dropping April 29 through dftc.com.au. The release will be available in both digital and hard copy format.
Tracklist: 1. 1, 2, 3 (MD Remix) 2. We Go Back (Ilz Remix) 3. No One’s Dancing (Megatroid + MD Remix) 4. Planet Of The Apes (Hyphae Remix) 5. Clarity (MD Remix) 6. Have A Feed (Zarkov Remix) 7. Merry-Go-Round (Ilz Remix) 8. King Killaz Pt. 2 (Hyphae Remix) 9. Ordinary (Megatroid Remix) 10. Social Dynamics (Zarkov + Ilz Remix) 11. The Darker Consciousness (Hyphae Remix) 12. Taken For Granted (Hyphae Remix) 13. King Killaz Pt. 2 (MD Remix) 14. Transactions (Megatroid Remix) (Bonus track)
Restless nights breed a dedicated dawn. Melbourne producer, MC and DJ, Dazed keeps the ball rolling from Down For The Count Records, with the delivery of a 23 track instrumental album entitled Dawn ‘till Dust. Forged through early morning sessions on his MPC 2500, Dawn ‘till Dust presents an insight into the psyche and work ethic of DFTC’s most thorough and only-all rounder.
Capturing the essence of those solitary hours before the world has woken, Dazed weaves heavy synths effortlessly with dusty loops and lo-fi sound scapes to create a showcase of quality tracks. Available now, Dawn ‘till Dust is an opportunity for listeners to chill to, MCs to rap over and DJs to scratch up some of the finest new music coming out of Melbourne.
In Peak Street’ Magazine’s humble, yet godddam correct, opinion – 1993 was a vintage year for hip hop. 36 Chambers, Doggystyle, Midnight Marauders, 93 Til Infinity, Bacdafuccup, Slaughtahouse, Black Sunday, Lethal Injection, Return of the Boom Bap, Enta Da Stage and Buhloone Mind State are just a hint of the classic albums which hit speakers in the nine-trey. Timeless music.
To pay homage to this most awesome of hip hop years, Peak Street put a call out to all Australian MC’s to drop some bars over some classic beats from the year 1993 for a mixtape. All heads had to do was track down an instrumental to one of their favourite joints that was dropped in that year and then lay down some bars worthy of it.
Some of the finest lyricists, both established and underground, answered the call with a huge number of tracks being submitted. After much careful deliberation from a panel of esteemed judges consisting of Chad Mann (Peak Street Designer), Ronan Hamill (Hippopotamus Rex Radio Presenter), Jim Steps (blogger from allaussiehiphop.com) and Shane Scott (Hip Hop journalist), the Peak Street Editor disregarded all their advice, gave the dopest tracks to Dazed to go and mix and then fled to Cambodia to meet Pegz and start a south-east Asian drug syndicate.
This new career move didn’t quite pan out though so months later he has returned and teamed up with Down For the Count Records to drop the best mixtape of this year.
TRACKLIST 1. Tommy Illfigga – Back On Track 2. Dialect & Motion – Reign Of The Tec 3. Syntax – Chief Rocka 4. Hau – Let ‘Em Know 5. Defyre – Slammin’ 6. Baptist – Nothin’ Ta Fuck Wit’ 7. Deece – Ghetto Bird 8. Autism, Fatty Phew, Fraksha & Scotty Hinds – The Funky Child 9. Prophet Rayza – That’s When Ya Lost 10. APHSUB – Hip-Hop Hooray 11. Raven & Myk Reid – Lyrical Killa 12. Tornts – Spitters Are Low 13. Slats – Not With A G 14. Choose Mics – In The ‘93 15. LSD & Rob Shaker – En Focus Remix 16. Conseps – Dolly My Baby 17. GOATMOB – I Want To Get High 18. Nymphlow & Fevapres – Old Ways 19. Young Lean – Hope You’re Happy 20. Maundz, Discourse, Wansix & Fluent Form – 93 Like 21. 27 Politics – Devils Lung 22. DFTC – Aint Goin Out Like That 23. Koolta – Out Here Pt. 2 24. Hunter – 93 Till Sooner
This year saw the first full year for the new Melbourne based outfit Down For The Count Records consisting of Force, Sparts, Mol One, Sinks and Dazed. Forming late in 2010 with the goal of releasing product in 2011, they certainly lived up to this plan with multiple drops throughout the year.
2011 saw the release of a 7″ Vinyl Rest in Syn from Dazed featuring Sydney emcees Rinse and Grand Arkiteks crew. This release was received well by fans and there are only a couple of copies of the limited edition wax left. DFTC also released Down For The Count, a full length label album featuring a range of crew and solo tracks over production from Dazed, B Wiv, Shroomz, Chris Labs, Flash Forrest, Alabamma, Bipola, Rotten Produce and Double Digits. This 16 track limited edition hard copy album has sold out and positioned DFTC as a label to be on the look out for in the future.
The physical copies of this album quickly sold out but digital is still available. Shortly after we saw a free release from Syn Synik aka Sinks with his Sinxtape: Volume 1. 14 tracks over jacked classic production highlighting Sinks skills as an emcee, this free download has hit over 1000 downloads and again highlighted a growing support base for the Down For The Count Records camp.
Dazed has had a very productive year with the release of Rest In Syn 7″ Vinyl which has almost sold out. Also featured heavily in both production and on the mic for the Down For The Count album. Dazed is currently working on his debut solo release and also beats for multiple artists such as Rezadent, Grand Arkitekts and of course the DFTC heads. He has just bought some new studio gear so expect a bigger sound in 2012 from Dazed.
Sparts smashed every one of his verses on the Down For The Count album as is continuing to grow as an insane lyricist and emcee. He has almost finished recording all his verses for his debut solo EP, which will be a free release around February. Just waiting on a couple of guest verses. This release will definately impress and raise a few eyebrows. He is already planning his next release which will be fully produced by Dazed.
Mol One is currently working on his full length debut with producer Flash Forrest, who did Mol’s solo track Taken For Granted on the Down For The Count album. This duo has amazing chemistry and Mols laid back flow and honesty will bring a refreshing and different approach to his release.
Syn Synik is currently deep into his next EP. A self-produced release that will be done by May will give Sinks another chance to display not only his lyrical prowess but also his production side. With help from Biko of Fat Mommas Project this release will once again show people the beast that is Sinks.
After featuring heavily on the Down For The Count album plus multiple guest spots throughout the year Force is knuckling down on his solo album for 2012. Featuring production from Dazed, Doc Savage, B Wiv, Wik, Alter Ego, Def Men Walking, Royalz & Xcise and guest spots from DFTC, Maundz, Fatty Phew, Fluent Form & some more surprises it is shaping up to be massive.
Another free mixtape, wohoo! We sense your sarcasm in these days of every fucken kid dropping “mixtapes” and we understand. Yes, the internet is usually uncapped for most these days but why should you have to wait for something to download only to delete it 5 minutes later cause MC Burnamic just wasn’t what you were looking for?
Well it’s alright, we here at Down For The Count Records have got you. Introducing Sin Synik. Some of you have heard him on the Down For The Count Label album, some know him from way back as Sinks in the group Skematics. Some of you have never heard of him. That’s cool, cause this is free and you will enjoy it. Classic jacked beats, straight up lyrics and flow with a few surprises. Thats the blueprint and we are sticking to it. This is Sin Synik and this is his Free Sinxtape for you. Enjoy.
The 1935 image taken from the infamous Max Baer vs Joe Louis personifies the first full length release from Down For The Count Records. A surprise attack from the newly formed crew consisting of Dazed, Mol1, Sinks, Sparts and Force, Down For The Count is overflowing with a passion, drive and respect for the genre that lately seems to have gone to the wayside.
Sixteen tracks deep and featuring in house production from Dazed combined with heaters from B Wiv, Chris Labs, Double Digits, Shroomz, Alabama, Bipola, Rotten Produce, Flash Forest and Chris Labs has allowed each emcee to craft a variety of styles and topics throughout the album. With this combination of artists the album is varied yet still maintains a very concise and complete approach with a common but simple goal in mind, to make something that people want to listen to. So get ready, because this is just the beginning.
Track List 1. Eddie Holman – DFTC – Produced by B Wiv 2. Back To Raw – Force & Sparts – Produced by Rotten Produce 3. King Killaz Pt 2 (Remix)- DFTC – Produced by Dazed 4. Planet Of The Apes – Sinks, Force, Sparts & Dazed – Produced by Dazed 5. No Ones Dancing – Sinks, Dazed & Sparts – Produced by Chris Labs 6. The Darker Consciousness – Sinks – Produced by Dazed 7. Ordinary – Sparts & Mol1 – Produced by B Wiv 8. The Ones – Force – Produced by Shroomz 9. Merry-Go-Round – Mol1 – Produced by Dazed 10. Social Narcotics – Dazed – Produced by Double Digits 11. Have A Feed – Force – Produced by Dazed 12. 1,2,3 – Sparts, Force & Dazed – Produced by Alabama 13. Synikal Force – Force & Sinks – Produced by Bipola 14. Clarity – Force, Dazed & Sparts – Produced by Dazed 15. Taken For Granted – Mol1 – Produced by Flash Forrest 16. Lovely Way – Force, Mol1 & Sinks – Produced by B Wiv
$5 – Digital Release - $10 – Physical copies plus bonus digital (shipping from the 3rd October) - Stores to be announced
“Those who witnessed the fight in effect watched the torch being passed from the old style puncher to the emerging modern warrior. Louis’ defense was liquid smooth, his punches rattlesnake quick.” - Max Baer Autobiography – The Man