AXIOM have just released the first in a series of FREE digital 12”, this one titled Digi 12 Inch 01. Here’s what they had to say about the concept behind the release.
With a heavy heart, AXIOM recognise that vinyl culture is on its last legs but they hope that by releasing their tracks with accompanying instrumental and acapellas they are keeping the spirit of the old school 12″ record alive.
You can check the preview for this release below and then download the full album from here.
2. Sam Instrumental
1. Devilish Grin
2. Devilish Grin Instrumental
3. Devilish Grin Acapella
A little on AXIOM:
The AXIOM partnership was forged in 2004 while Kay Illa and Bom were still in school on the North Coast of NSW. Australian Hip Hop was only just beginning to creep into the local music scene at the time and classic releases like Brad Strut’s – The Authentic were big influences on the early AXIOM sound and subject matter.
By 2005, the members of AXIOM were pushing their music on opposite ends of the East coast of Australia. The distance between Kay in Brisbane and Bom in Sydney didn’t break up the group. By the time the crew had regrouped in Sydney’s Inner West, Kay Illa and Bom already had hours of DJ gigs and open mics events behind them in both States.
In late 2008, AXIOM released their Home Brew mixtape Featuring Scott Burns, Rinse (Bingethinkers), LouLou (Gabi & LouLou) with guest cuts from DJ Mez.
In their own words…
Kay on working with Bom:
“I was instantly attracted to Bom’s home made, no-frills beat making style. The sound he’s created for Axiom is raw samples looped over gritty drums – simple as that.”
Kay on how city living has effected Axiom’s music:
“I think moving from a chilled coastal town to a hectic city like Sydney or Brizzy gives us different perspective. And that comes through in our music.”
Kay on the Sam/Devilish Grin release:
“I hope people like the music, but in the end we just make music for ourselves and our friends.”
Bom on his production influences:
“I enjoy building tracks around samples so I’m heavily influenced by the originators of that style. Guys like DJ Premier, Pete Rock and J Dilla come to mind, but I get a lot of inspiration listening to newer artists like Statik Selekta, Black Milk and Jake One too.”
Bom on why he makes music:
“Kay and I make tunes because it gets us high. If people feel it, then that’s a bonus. We’re just trying to make music that we think is good.”