Letters To The Sun is a soul/hip hop duo featuring Perth MC Coin (The Stoops) and Tasmanian producer/DJ Akouo. Their debut self-titled album is out on the 22nd March 2013 (today), through Obese Distribution.
Originating from two of the most musically isolated parts of Australia, Perth Coin and Tasmanian DJ/producer Akouo have been quietly building a cache of sounds that blend neo-soul, backpack rap and eclectic rhythms. The duo draw inspiration from a range of influences, from hip hop producers such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Hitek, Exile and 20Syl to neo-soul figures like Amp Fiddler, Erykah Badu and Common.
As a member of The Stoops, Coin collaborated with producer J Squared (Illy / Beathedz / Spit Syndicate) on their album Stoop Squared. It was soon followed up his album ‘Home‘, a collaboration with future beats producer Ta-ku. Coin’s work on The Stoops infectious summer anthem ‘Free‘ featuring 2010 Wam Song of the Year winner Georgi Kay was met with critical acclaim, earning the Stoops a strong run of festival shows and international support slots including Pete Rock, Kurtis Blow and Loop Troop throughout 2011.
Akouo builds musical soundscapes that encompass soulful melodies, unique beats and jazzy bass lines. His debut album Outwit the Muscle featured as triple j Hip Hop Show ‘Album of the Week‘ and it’s single Lazy Days collected strong rotation on JJJ radio. His works include collaboration with artists such as Class A, Phatchance and Dunn D. In 2010, Akouo released a collaborative EP with US MC Javs (DJ Bonez/Jase). Akouo has performed alongside artists including DJ Premier, Masta Ace, Classified and Bliss n Eso.
2. Mile High Club feat. Donovan de Souza
3. Drive Slow feat. Tiaryn
4. The View feat. Bonita & Von Pea of Tanya Morgan
5. Letters feat. Tiaryn
6. Bleach feat. Tim Crick
7. Puppeteer feat. Tiaryn
8. Days Of Old
9. Bridge The Gap
10. My Heart feat. 20syl of Hocus Pocus
11. Where You Are feat. Bonita
12. Deja Vu
13. Home Bound
14. Wet Cement feat. Lucy Peach
15. Tip Toe