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Ascendant West Australian hip-hop luminary Mathas has unveiled the film clip for his recently released single Stone Cold Sober featuring Empty.

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The track follows on from lauded earlier effort Nourishment (featuring Abbe May), as well as a guest spot on Birds Of Tokyo’s Like A Version rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools (Drank), and marks another step towards the imminent release of Mathas’ forthcoming studio full-length Armwrestling Atlas.

Stone Cold Sober is a deeply personal track, its seeds laid in a moment of reflection, or maybe even epiphany, on the Hawkesbury River, in NSW, following a friend’s death.

Drawing on the string section of an instrumental piece created by Empty, aka Brian Kruger, for 2013 release E M P T Y B A R S Volume 2, Mathas got to work on crafting the song in a dinky trailer in Broome, eventually coming out the other side with the album-ready, poignant cut.

He now stands to capitalise on a massive past couple of years — 2013 saw him pick up acclaim everywhere from triple j to the WAM Awards — as he embarks on a tour in support of Stone Cold Sober, as a special guest to Joelistics on his Blue Volume Tour.

That all gets under way from Friday, October 17, at Newtown Social Club, in Sydney; Mathas will perform eight shows as part of the near-month-long jaunt. The clip for Stone Cold Sober made it’s premiere on themusic.com.au here.