This is the second episode of Voyager Records, Joelistics’s new series. Things are pretty bad in the future, everyone is pretty much dead. In amongst this post-apocalyptic backdrop, Joelistics decides to open a record store with six records and a box of cdr-s. This is his story.
The adventures of Joelistics continue in Voyager Records Episode 2
Written and directed by Peter Brennan
Introducting Voyager, the debut solo record from producer, rapper and singer Joelistics (TZU)
Regarded as one of the most charismatic lyricists in hip hop, Joelistics is one of the most gifted freestylers to have never battled; a true storyteller influenced by shoegazer electronica and folk as much as classic boom bap hip hop. Self-produced and self-assured, Voyager was written in France, Mongolia, China and Australia, tapping into themes of travel, modern world paranoia and growing older.
As part of TZU, Joelistics garnered AMP and J Award nominations and toured the country countless times, playing every major festival. In solo mode, he relishes the freedom to creatively stretch out, exploring universal themes through a laconic personal insight. On the song Head Right he throws down “I’m half Caucasian, still very Asian, a mad variation of what you call Australian”. While the intoxicatingly evocative Heart Remains, shows he’s not just an observer, but rather, part of the land: “the languid heat make sleepless nights, lazy speak, mosquito bites, old timers who drive the road trains rolling cigarettes single handed …I saw it all clear from a house on a hill in a country far away and I thought to myself till the day that I die that’ll be where my heart remains”.
Did we forget to mention this is all wrapped up in some damn catchy shit?
This is a hip hop record that can’t be ignored by those not into the genre. Any preconceptions can’t be applied to the ambition and musical fearlessness that is Voyager by Joelistics. Fresh from captivating crowds on the sold-out Herd tour, Joelistics is gearing up to do it all again – this time joining Lowrider on their Hold On national tour. Joelistic’s debut solo record Voyager is out May 20 on Elefant Traks and his new single Glorious Feeling in now playing on Triple J and is available for purchase below.
Hold On Tour with Lowrider
Wed 11th May Wollongong Harp Hotel http://www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Thurs 12th May Canberra Transit Bar http://www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
Fri 13th May Sydney Annandale Hotel http://www.annandalehotel.com / 02 9550 1078
Fri 20th May Ballarat Karova Lounge http://www.karovalounge.com
Sat 21st May Melbourne The Corner Hotel http://www.cornerhotel.com / 03 9427 9198
Thueday 2nd June Maroochydore Sol Bar Venue Phone: 07 5443 9550
Fri 3rd June Coolangatta Coolangatta Hotel http://www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Saturday June 4, Brisbane The Zoo http://www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Thurs 9th June Bunbury Prince Of Wales http://www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
Fri 10th June Dunsborough Malt
Sat 11th June Perth The Bird http://www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
Sun 12th June Fremantle Norfolk Basement http://www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
Fri 17th June Hobart Republic Bar http://www.moshtix.com.au / 03 6234 6954
Fri 24th June Adelaide The Gov http://www.thegov.com.au
Sat 25th June Adelaide The Gov (ALL AGES) http://www.thegov.com.au
Sat 2nd July Mildura Sand Bar 03 5021 2181
Release Date: Today, May 20, 2011
Label: Elefant Traks
Distribution: Inertia Music
New track taken from Joelistics – Voyager ‘Glorious Feeling’. Purchase here for as little as 10¢.