After a prolonged gestation, and increased expectation, Sydney hip hop crew Reverse Polarities – from the Big Village co-operative, and comprising members of the 2013 Australian Music Prize finalists Daily Meds – renowned for politically charged lyrics, rapid fire rhymes and high energy live performance have at last delivered their debut LP On The Contrary.
Kicking off the celebration was first single ‘BOSS’, an incredible showcase of fast paced, unrelenting double time flows, swapped seamlessly between the four MCs; a mere hint at an album that exhibits a diverse array of songs, ruminating on the varied social and political landscapes manifesting in the lives of the crews four members. Tackling themes such desensitization to violence, teen road accidents, youth suicide and our countries current stance on refugees, expressed lyrically over a soundscape of dark, heavy hitting drum soaked beats, these dire topics are then contrasted with lighter, humorous tales of over worked employees, intergalactic love songs and braggadocios rants, presented over the radiantly up beat and cheerfully auspicious sounds of production king Kit Complete, who not only MCs, but also handles beats and cuts for the entire LP.
Formed back in 2005, RP were quick to make an impact on audiences, performing countless gigs and cementing their name firmly as an act to keep an eye out for. After releasing their self-titled mixtape in 2008 to critical acclaim, P.Smurf, Mikoen, Mute MC and Kit Complete traversed a short hiatus to form groups such as Daily Meds, Mute X Roleo and Sweat Collectors. In late 2011 they reunited to create what is now officially the groups debut album. On The Contrary is an excellent display of passionate music directed at making a change for the better within our community, while not failing to engross, entertain and liven up listeners.
Amongst a consistently turbulent political climate and with their debut LP On The Contrary out now through Big Village, Reverse Polarities are one group to look out for when it comes to passionate music directed at making a change for the better within our community.
What: Reverse Polarities Album Launch (syd)
Where: Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
When: Friday, January 31st. Buy tickets here.