“If there’s stuff that’s hurt you along the way let it out. Music is the one to heal it.”
It is with great pleasure that Esoterik has just announced his debut solo EP My Astral Plane out Friday 11 May. The EP announce comes with the release of new single ‘Wide Awake’, featuring up and coming Sydney-sider imbi the girl, who shines with her sweet yet raspy, all around fierce vocals and Indiana rapper Spazzy D, who adds his melting laid-back rhymes through an enticing verse as he joins the mission towards flying high in life.
It’s been a four-year long healing process for Esoterik, who has been inspiring listeners for over a decade as one-third of Australian hip-hop powerhouse Bliss n Eso. During one life-changing month, Esoterik kicked his heavy drinking habit and married the love of his life. Now inspired by the love of his wife, blessed by a new baby boy, and with a renewed vitality, the Sydney MC has delivered his debut solo EP full of vibrant beats and unashamedly honest lyrics.
It could only have been the formidable combo of Melbourne producers Cam Bluff (also responsible for Bliss n Eso’s Off The Grid) and Nic Martin who were capable of capturing Esoterik’s unstoppable natural energy. On the quest to write songs he hadn’t written before, Esoterik challenged Bluff to create tracks that weren’t traditional and found a new world of sounds that Esoterik then flew freely into and made his home. Trap beats, groovy bass, sentimental piano, rousing brass and countless other surprises make up the invigorating kaleidoscope that is My Astral Plane. Each of the 9 tracks is completely distinctive but united by the impassioned drive to escape our mundane lives and find that blissful moment of freedom.
“I wanted to be able to really self-express on this record, trying to let the listener understand something that’s human. I wanted it to be real. Being able to talk about my struggles with addiction and with alcohol and being able to show that there is another side to it. The kids don’t look up to politicians; they don’t listen to their teachers. It’s rappers, comedians and artists that are guiding them, in my opinion.”
Esoterik is exactly the type of rapper that should be guiding the next generation. This phenomenal debut features all the lightning fast quips and fiercely fresh tracks that entice young people towards hip-hop. On top of that, this is music that will inspire people to make the most of themselves and the people around them because nothing has been held back.
“To really put your feelings on the table isn’t the cliché thing that men are doing in rap. I think it’s important to be able to show that rappers and men in general have feelings and we can express ourselves.”
My Astral Plane documents Esoterik’s journey through touring and partying to self-discovery. With an outlook on life this powerful and positive, we’re sure everyone will be in Esoterik’s corner soon too.
My Astral Plane tracklist:
Just For You
Love Is The Vibe
F*cking With This Shit
Be Like You (feat. ASTA)
Make ‘Em Say (feat. Ev Jones)
Wide Awake (feat. Spazzy D & imbi the girl)
My Astral Plane – Esoterik: Out Friday 11 May through Flight Deck/Mushroom Group