One of the freshest acts out of Brisbane have emerged from the studio with their 2013 EP, The Homecoming. The 5-track project picks up where the pair left off, following off from their 2008 EP Living Secrets, providing that same grounded sound with a Boom Bap theme for which the duo are synonymous but with a noticeable growth on wax work.
Like they never fell off, they’re back on the play button. Please welcome back the Fundamental Elements and pump the volume! This latest effort contains production from Vegas Aces’ Cam Bluff, Species and Pleura and track cuts from special guest, Johnny Love. The first track, EP titled The Homecoming finds F.E. loading one into the chamber, opening behind some tight brass instrumentals and boom bap beats provided by Cam Bluff as MCs, Species and Pleura let it be known where they’re at as artists on every bar.
Independence finds the duo describing their hustle as not unlike most of hip-hop’s fans in an independent world. The EP’s second single spins off an old platter, with rolling hooks and classic rap samples throughout, painting a dusty soundscape as the boys take hip-hop fans on a nostalgic trip back to hip hop’s golden era. This track truly stands alone with real replay value. Proving real maturity and dexterity to their game, both MCs show their skills on deck to producing three of the tracks from The Homecoming.
Here they delve into topics of global awareness, identifying issues and debating the big questions on Problems which harbours the female touch of Emma Dyson serenading throughout this smooth keyed track.
Truth Is A Bitch brings the subject back home to the domestic front. Both MCs go hard laying down all liars, fakers and those serving to better themselves at the mercy of others on all levels from personal experiences to those of the ruling classes with real angst on behalf of us all. On the boards, Species provides a haunting backdrop of chopping pianos to frame the frustrations felt on this one, breaking things down to finish in an all-out climatic scratch outro.
The last track found in the MCs’ scope is Midnight Silence which creeps in, looping the piano to roll out into this long and building ballad to close out the EP. Species and Pleura bring home both the theme of the project and provoking theories that they’ve broached, while samples of legendary duo Gangstarr beautifully caps off each verse providing lasting afterthought in a polished effort by this Brisbane City outfit.
The Homecoming shows the seasoned MCs back at doing what comes naturally to them; lyrically firing off rounds of rhyme to hold listeners hostage to their honest and humble approach to politics, hip-hop culture and life itself. Capping off another quality Clockwork Records product, The Homecoming is available now here, or by following the link below.