Mantra is fast becoming one of Australia’s most eminent hip hop artists. After setting a new bench mark with first solo effort Power Of The Spoken, the Melbourne emcee is back with an explosive new release entitled Speaking Volumes. Combining both musical proficiency and articulate character, Mantra has delivered a seamless, holistic album.
Speaking Volumes exhibits the intricate philosophizing idiosyncrasy of Mantra’s rhymes. His vehement lyricism with its tapestry of subject matters is vividly transposed by its musical accompaniment for the album’s entirety. Publicly, yet astutely labelled ‘your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper’, it was no surprise that an inundation of accomplished names stepped forward to contribute. Speaking Volumes features an impressive array of guest artists such as Promoe (Looptroop Rockers, Sweden), Drapht, Urthboy, Illy and many more.
Production-wise, the album boasts a stylistically diverse selection of sounds; each producer bringing his own realm of sonic brilliance to the fore. Speaking Volumes credits beats from the likes of M-Phazes, El Gusto and Mista Savona among others. To celebrate the release of what is sure to be one of the Australian Hip-Hop releases of the year, Mantra is hitting the road with a brand new live show. Widely regarded as one of the best live performers in the country, he will be performing tracks off the new album, as well as some old favourites.
Joining the line up in selected cities will be Hip-Hop mastermind Tommy Illfigga, who recently dropped his full-length album Walk A Mile. Tommy is one of Australia’s most exciting exponents of Hip-Hop culture; not only a prolific MC and producer, but also a world-renowned beat-boxer. Also joining Mantra is In Good Company featuring Syntax, Whisper and Breach. The IGC guys have just dropped their debut self titled LP and are a live performance not to be missed. Be sure to get along to the Speaking Volumes Tour at the remaining dates.
To help sweeten the deal allaussie hip hop are giving are 2 double passes to the next 3 Mantra shows. Be quick if you live in Torquay!! All you have to do to win is send you name, location and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org and the answer to the following question: What is the name of Big Village Records artist, Ellesquire’s latest album?
• Torquay, VIC – Saturday November 5 Surf Coast Sport & Rec Club – Tickets available on the day
• Bendigo, VIC – Friday November 18 Star Bar – Tickets from venue (03) 5441 8222
• Melbourne, VIC – Saturday November 19 East Brunswick Club – Tickets from venue http://www.eastbrunswickclub.com, or via Corner Box Office 57 Swan Street, Richmond