The Morning Sun EP
Late last year Herb approached old friend Ivan Lisyak to help him produce an EP. This led to the creation of The Morning Sun EP, a five track journey through life in Herb’s home town of the Blue Mountains and current home Sydney.
The EP was recorded at Fames’ The Bank Studios in Haymarket and mixed in Ivans’ bedroom in Glebe and mastered by Adam at Sonamax Studios, also in Glebe.
Around the time of recording the EP, Herb entered a competition held by Sydney’s LookUp Crew called the Leg-Up. There were about 20 acts involved and Herb met stiff competition to win the final in January of 2009. There were cash and prizes enough to pay for the manufacturing of the EP. Herb Secured distro through UndaK9 as part of the prize.
The Photograph that forms the cover for the EP was taken by John Young, it depicts Herb sitting on a train station bench at sunrise, the letters were designed by Will McLean, who also did the layout.
Herbs loose lips have gotten him in to trouble, but they’ve also helped him to find an avenue to recount stories from his life and those around him, from the back yards of the Blue Mountains, to Sydney’s grimy underbelly.
The EP is driven by a strong musical back-drop comprising an even variety of straight up hip hop bangers through moody acoustic electronica and laid-back grooves. Herb handles many of the production duties, working alongside close friend and long time co-collaborator Ivan Lisyak (Paper Scissors), who also served up the beat for Restless Night and mixed the EP. Stat D (13th Son, Pez ) provides a horn-rich banger in opener Loose Lips Sink Ships. Cuts are provided by veteran Sydney DJ Sandro (13th Son, Ozi Batla).
Herb combines serious lyrical skill and a strong ear for song-craft with fresh, energetic production and a tight, fat sound to create an impressive debut.
Basic Equipment, Unda K9 and Defeat Industries Present Herb – The Morning Sun EP.
The EP is available now through iTunes and at all good retailers through MGM Distribution.
It’s available online through the following outlets:
RED EYE RECORDS
For more info visit Herb’s Myspace.
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