Last night in the Riverland of South Australia, Level Headed lauched his first solo album, The Spice Of Life. Since leaving the group Train Of Thought in 2005, moving to teach physical education at Glossop High School, ensured that no music would be made for a while. The only rhymes that were spat over the next year or so were battles while on lunchtime yard duty with students, and a track made with a year ten student.
Due to their common interest in education, Level Headed had a strong connection with Melbourne MC Reason. He appeared on his 2006 album Life’s A Lesson, and supported Reason in various shows over the next couple of years. The inspiration for the new album The Spice of Life came when a fellow Train of Thought member Forecast, came back from a stint traveling overseas and they made the track Blazing Skies in September 07. Level Headed quickly secured some beats from Debate, the long serving producer/friend who has been there from the beginning, and began work on the new album.
In 2008, Level Headed made a second track with Reason called 24 To One for his album The Tides Are Turning. They performed both tracks together at the Obese Block Party, and Reason’s album launch at L!ve
The Spice of Life was intended for release in 2008, but teaching and community commitments in the Riverland made this impossible as Level Headed could only travel back to Adelaide to hit Train of Thought Studios every second weekend. The combination of distance from the studio and difficulty of working with so many guests on the album has made it extremely difficult to finish, so the blood, sweat and tears once again, pour through the release. With the help of Suffa and Debris on the sound, and the expert production of Debate’s 15 years of beat-making experience, The Spice of Life will bring a polished sound coupled with smooth flowing rhymes and passionate topics to the listener’s ears. With cuts by Hacksaw and appearances by Trials, Headlock, Train Of Thought, Reflux, Eslev and Sydetrack this release is sure to be a classic.
It will be in stores soon through Amphead Music but is available NOW through Level Headed’s online store, here. You can also grab some cool merch, hoodies etc. Check it!