This year saw the first full year for the new Melbourne based outfit Down For The Count Records consisting of Force, Sparts, Mol One, Sinks and Dazed. Forming late in 2010 with the goal of releasing product in 2011, they certainly lived up to this plan with multiple drops throughout the year.
2011 saw the release of a 7″ Vinyl Rest in Syn from Dazed featuring Sydney emcees Rinse and Grand Arkiteks crew. This release was received well by fans and there are only a couple of copies of the limited edition wax left. DFTC also released Down For The Count, a full length label album featuring a range of crew and solo tracks over production from Dazed, B Wiv, Shroomz, Chris Labs, Flash Forrest, Alabamma, Bipola, Rotten Produce and Double Digits. This 16 track limited edition hard copy album has sold out and positioned DFTC as a label to be on the look out for in the future.
The physical copies of this album quickly sold out but digital is still available. Shortly after we saw a free release from Syn Synik aka Sinks with his Sinxtape: Volume 1. 14 tracks over jacked classic production highlighting Sinks skills as an emcee, this free download has hit over 1000 downloads and again highlighted a growing support base for the Down For The Count Records camp.
Dazed has had a very productive year with the release of Rest In Syn 7″ Vinyl which has almost sold out. Also featured heavily in both production and on the mic for the Down For The Count album. Dazed is currently working on his debut solo release and also beats for multiple artists such as Rezadent, Grand Arkitekts and of course the DFTC heads. He has just bought some new studio gear so expect a bigger sound in 2012 from Dazed.
Sparts smashed every one of his verses on the Down For The Count album as is continuing to grow as an insane lyricist and emcee. He has almost finished recording all his verses for his debut solo EP, which will be a free release around February. Just waiting on a couple of guest verses. This release will definately impress and raise a few eyebrows. He is already planning his next release which will be fully produced by Dazed.
Mol One is currently working on his full length debut with producer Flash Forrest, who did Mol’s solo track Taken For Granted on the Down For The Count album. This duo has amazing chemistry and Mols laid back flow and honesty will bring a refreshing and different approach to his release.
Syn Synik is currently deep into his next EP. A self-produced release that will be done by May will give Sinks another chance to display not only his lyrical prowess but also his production side. With help from Biko of Fat Mommas Project this release will once again show people the beast that is Sinks.
After featuring heavily on the Down For The Count album plus multiple guest spots throughout the year Force is knuckling down on his solo album for 2012. Featuring production from Dazed, Doc Savage, B Wiv, Wik, Alter Ego, Def Men Walking, Royalz & Xcise and guest spots from DFTC, Maundz, Fatty Phew, Fluent Form & some more surprises it is shaping up to be massive.