The Herd – Future Shade

It is the most complete realisation of the band’s vision, and their most carefully produced record to date. From a love of ‘90s hip hop (Red Queen Theory) to Eastern European soul (Grandma’s Song); from a Sufjan influence (My Sister’s Palace) to the incomparable (Signs of Life), Future Shade is underpinned by hip hop, but is not contained by any genre. At their essence, The Herd have always explored the personal and the political: but the fury of a song like 77% has given way to the subtlety of a song like Shihaba, detailing a family member’s encounter with racist … Continue reading The Herd – Future Shade

Solo – Rapper Tag #37 (Horrorshow)

Rapper tag #37 live from Brooklyn, NYC – The Rapper Tag Jagganaut marches on with MC Solo from Horrorshow, chilling it back a minute in Brooklyn NYC.  Horrorshow recently performed at the One Day at The Basement show earlier this year. The gig featured all acoustic sets from Joyride, Spit Syndicate and Horrorshow and was based around the guys reimagining their songs using the talents of their musician friends from other inner west bands like Made In Japan and Milan. If peeps are interested in tracking down some more recordings from the night, acoustic versions of two songs – Waiting For The 5:04 and a cover of American Girl – are available on the bandtag … Continue reading Solo – Rapper Tag #37 (Horrorshow)

Sietta – The Seventh Passenger (Out Now)

Be prepared to be impressed by the fiery electronic soul of Darwin duo Sietta, and their debut album The Seventh Passenger. With a voice influenced by the rugged blues of Etta James and Memphis Minni, Caiti Baker’s powerful presence and themes of empowerment, love and hurt leave an unforgettable mark on the listener. In another time she may have gone down an R&B/pop path – such is her rich soaring delivery. Thankfully, Sietta didn’t dumb down; embracing a grittier direction, coated in a disarmingly alluring voice. As Kahlil Gibran said: ‘Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in … Continue reading Sietta – The Seventh Passenger (Out Now)

Joelistics announces Voyager Tour

Joelistics announces Voyager Tour, fresh from supporting the likes of The Herd and Lowrider, Joelistics gets set to hit the road for his first solo tour. Joelistics has been on a roll since his debut solo release Voyager. The uplifting single Glorious Feeling was met with high fives nationwide as radio embraced it and critics praised Joelistic’s gifted songwriting. Not only can the lad craft a punchy song and coin a sticky phrase but he’s also one of the most charismatic showmen in Australian music. The Voyager Tour Dates: Joelistics with special guests Ishu. Presented by Elefant Traks, SHM & Premier Artists Friday 22 … Continue reading Joelistics announces Voyager Tour

The Herd – Signs Of Life (2nd single from upcoming album ‘Future Shade’)

The Herd are set to unveil their fifth album, Future Shade, with a national run of dates this August and September. The news comes as the second single from the record, Signs of Life, got its first airing on triple j this afternoon. Support at the shows will come from new Darwin duo Sietta. Details below: Sat 6 Aug | Station Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW Sun 21 Aug | Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT Fri 26 Aug | UniBar, Hobart, TAS Sat 27 Aug | The Gov, Adelaide, SA Thu 1 Sep | Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW Fri 2 Sep … Continue reading The Herd – Signs Of Life (2nd single from upcoming album ‘Future Shade’)

Joelistics – Voyager Records Episode 2

This is the second episode of Voyager Records, Joelistics’s new series. Things are pretty bad in the future, everyone is pretty much dead. In amongst this post-apocalyptic backdrop, Joelistics decides to open a record store with six records and a box of cdr-s. This is his story. The adventures of Joelistics continue in Voyager Records Episode 2 http://www.joelistics.com Written and directed by Peter Brennan Introducting Voyager, the debut solo record from producer, rapper and singer Joelistics (TZU) Regarded as one of the most charismatic lyricists in hip hop, Joelistics is one of the most gifted freestylers to have never battled; a … Continue reading Joelistics – Voyager Records Episode 2

Exclusive Horrorshow – The Rain (Acoustic Version) recorded from One Day At The Basement

This is an exclusive video of  the acoustic version of Horrorshows track The Rain, which was recorded as part of the One Day at The Basement show earlier this year. The gig featured all acoustic sets from Joyride, Spit Syndicate and Horrorshow and was based around the guys reimagining their songs using the talents of their musician friends from other inner west bands like Made In Japan and Milan. The gig was sold out and was a dope night – it was a special experience for Horrorshow to be able to bring a local hip hop flavour and crowd to a venue that is iconic as The Basement. … Continue reading Exclusive Horrorshow – The Rain (Acoustic Version) recorded from One Day At The Basement

The Last Kinection set to perform at the SCG as a part of the 2011 AFL Indigenous Round

Elefant Traks artists The Last Kinection are set to perform at the SCG before the much-anticipated Sydney Swans versus Hawthorn match on Sunday. Heralding from Newcastle, The Last Kinection  perform a mix of hip hop, reggae, and R&B combined with traditional Indigenous chants, lingo and instruments. Their song, I Can feat. Radical Son  forms the backdrop to the 2011 AFL Indigenous Round TVC. If you live in Sydney or surrounding areas, be sure to get down to the SCG this weekend to support not only the Sydney Swans but also The Last Kinection. The Last Kinection featuring Radical Son – … Continue reading The Last Kinection set to perform at the SCG as a part of the 2011 AFL Indigenous Round

Elefant Traks Welcomes Sietta (New Artist Signing)

Announced via an online scavenger hunt, Sietta  is Caiti  Baker (vocals) and James Mangohig (producer/instrumentalist). Their electronic soul sound is deep with dubstep and hip hop, complementing and enriching Elefant Traks’ diversity. Their debut album, The Seventh Passenger, is set for release July 22. The first single What Am I Supposed To Do? is available for free download below. Catch Sietta live when they launch the single in June. Sietta are an electronic soul duo from Darwin, made up of producer/instrumentalist James Mangohig and vocalist Caiti Baker. Both experienced musical childhoods: Caiti travelled throughout Australia to blues and folk festivals with her … Continue reading Elefant Traks Welcomes Sietta (New Artist Signing)

Elefant Traks – Treasure Hunt

Help us announce the huge new development at Elefant Traks this Monday morning at 10am, by joining their scavenger hunt. You’ll need to source 5 answers to our questions to find the announcement. From there you can break the news on your facebook/twitter feed and collect a free goodie at the end. Not only that but one person will go into the draw to win a big Elefant Traks pack containing an Elefant Traks hoodie, t-shirt, keyring and a collection of albums. We’ll be officially announcing the news at 3pm so if you can’t do it before then, you gotta stop … Continue reading Elefant Traks – Treasure Hunt

Joelistics – Voyager: ‘Stage 3 of 13: Days’

Joelistics: Days was one of the only songs I wrote from scratch when I got back to Australia. I was trying to come to terms with the large debt I had incurred from my travels and was considering the immediate future and asking myself a series of depressing questions: Do I want to try and make a living off music again? Should I buckle down and get a real job? Where the hell is my centre? Does anything I do matter? Do I even like rapping any more? All the questions that one eventually comes to once the thrill of … Continue reading Joelistics – Voyager: ‘Stage 3 of 13: Days’

Drapth to headline Come Together 2011 feat. Mantra, The Tongue, Muph & Pluto, Urthboy, Illy & M-Phazes

After seven years of providing a distinctly domestic soundtrack to June long weekend, Come Together keeps its focus on showcasing the best of homegrown talent with an exciting new twist for its eighth incarnation. Come Together returns in 2011, for one day only on Saturday June 11th. We’ve revamped, refreshed, recharged, renovated and are ready to roll out the musical movers and shakers with an all Australian hip hop line-up set to have the Big Top jumping. Lining up front and center & fresh from nailing down the highest ranked hip hop single at number 12 on the Triple J … Continue reading Drapth to headline Come Together 2011 feat. Mantra, The Tongue, Muph & Pluto, Urthboy, Illy & M-Phazes

Horrorshow – Public Consumption (Free Download) + New Merch

This is a brand new track called Public Consumption from Elefant Traks crew Horrorshow. This little gem was cooked up recently and has now cracked over 1000 downloads in less then 24 hours. Attending Fort Street High School, whose musical output includes Josh Pyke, Unkle Ho (The Herd) and Joelistics among others, both Solo and Adit were heavily involved in bands, ranging from jazz through to rock. Along with fellow school mates and current One Dayers, Spit Syndicate, they embraced hip hop as the genre made big strides in Australia. Horrorshow have officially solidified their position in the ranks of … Continue reading Horrorshow – Public Consumption (Free Download) + New Merch

The Herd present new film clip for single “The Sum Of It All” (Filmed using a hacked gaming console)

The Herd have just dropped their new video clip for the single The Sum Of It All, a slamming tune heavy on melody and an unexpected melancholy.  It’s the first taste of their fifth album, due later this year. The single premiered on triple j and Elefant Traks are happy to announce that The Sum Of It All is now available to download as a high-quality mp3 here on iTunes. Directed by Prad Senanayake (responsible for clips by the likes of Oh Mercy, Spit Syndicate and 360 & Pegz), the video for The Herd’s new single is a gritty, psychedelic pass through … Continue reading The Herd present new film clip for single “The Sum Of It All” (Filmed using a hacked gaming console)

Joelistics joins Lowrider Tour + launches new web series & single

Fresh from captivating crowds on the sold-out Herd tour, Joelistics is gearing up to do it all again – this time joining Lowrider on their Hold On national tour. Joelistic’s debut solo record Voyager is out May 20 on Elefant Traks and his new single Glorious Feeling in now playing on Triple J and is available for purchase below. He has also created a hilarious new web series to accompany the release. See the first episode right here.  Hold On Tour with Lowrider Wed 11th May Wollongong Harp Hotel http://www.oztix.com.au   / 1300 762 545  Thurs 12th May Canberra Transit Bar … Continue reading Joelistics joins Lowrider Tour + launches new web series & single

Joelistics: Voyager Records – Episode 1

This is the first episode of Voyager Records, Joelistics’s new series. Things are pretty bad in the future, everyone is pretty much dead. In amongst this post-apocalyptic backdrop, Joelistics decides to open a record store with six records and a box of cdr-s. This is his story. Written & Directed by Peter Brennan. Joelistics first single Days is an uplifting post-travel come down jam. A celebration of doing what you love, only truly realised once it’s questioned. Days, with its shoegazer backdrop and heartfelt lyrics, is not an entirely reliable indicator of his upcoming debut Voyager, out May 6 on Elefant Traks. But like any great adventure the album … Continue reading Joelistics: Voyager Records – Episode 1

Joelistics – Days: First single from the new Joelistics album “Voyager” (May 6)

Joelistics first single Days is an uplifting post-travel come down jam. A celebration of doing what you love, only truly realised once it’s questioned. Days, with its shoegazer backdrop and heartfelt lyrics, is not an entirely reliable indicator of his upcoming debut Voyager, out May 6 on Elefant Traks. But like any great adventure the album has many twists and turns and this is just one of them. Days is available to download now from http://www.elefanttraks.com – pay what you want or below. Joelistics will be touring in support of The Herd in March/April: Tour Dates: Thurs March 31, The Cambridge, Newcastle … Continue reading Joelistics – Days: First single from the new Joelistics album “Voyager” (May 6)

Joelistics – Heart Remains {New album ‘Voyager’ drops May 6}

With its nod to 90s electronica, Heart Remains captures the vivid lyricism of Joelistics’ debut solo album. This is not the first single – just a taste for you folks that have been waiting so long. The album is called Voyager and is released on Elefant Traks May 6th 2011. From his time with TZU, Joelistics is regarded as one of the most charismatic frontmen in hip hop, one of the best freestylers to have never battled; a true storyteller influenced by shoegazer electronica and folk as much as classic boom bap hip hop. Self-produced and written in France, Mongolia, … Continue reading Joelistics – Heart Remains {New album ‘Voyager’ drops May 6}

The Herd announce their new single ‘The Sum of it All’ (Get it today!)

The Herd announce their new single The Sum of it All, a slamming tune heavy on melody and an unexpected melancholy. It’s the first taste of their fifth album, due later this year. This song is now available for download by donation from http://www.elefanttraks.com (MP3/320kps). This has been a great approach by The Herd, with reports that some people have been paying up to $50 for the track. The band will make it’s long awaited return to the live arena later this month with 4 intimate shows across the east coast with support from newly signed Elefant Traks artist Joelistics. … Continue reading The Herd announce their new single ‘The Sum of it All’ (Get it today!)

Elefant Traks Welcome New Signing: Joelistics

Elefant Traks welcome new signing: Joelistics!! His debut solo album is called Voyager and it drops May 6. From his time with TZU, Joelistics is regarded as one of the most charismatic frontmen in hip hop, one of the best freestylers to have never battled; a true storyteller influenced by shoegazer electronica and folk as much as classic boom bap hip hop. Self-produced and written in France, Mongolia, China and Australia, Voyager taps into themes of travel, modern world paranoia and growing older. The first single airs late March.  Elefant Traks believe he’s got an absolutely cracking record on his hands and we tend … Continue reading Elefant Traks Welcome New Signing: Joelistics

The Herd Mark 10 Years With New Single & Tour

Celebrating 10 years since their debut, The Herd perform their first live shows in two years this autumn. Their first single Sum Of It All drops in March from their fifth album, due August 2011. The Herd are a culturally diverse expression of modern Australia, but they bring with them that grand Aussie tradition of storytellers ready and willing to question authority. If you’ve seen them live, you’ll also be familiar with their ability to laugh at themselves and bring the whole crowd together. Witness the heart of Elefant Traks live on stage this April. The Herd will be joined by special … Continue reading The Herd Mark 10 Years With New Single & Tour

Elefant Traks and Select Music present ‘An Evening with Ozi Batla’

Ozi Batla, the hip hop troubadour, farewells his latest project with four intimate shows in March. A prolific recording and touring artist, his 2010 LP Wild Colonial landed nominations for an AIR Award and a SMAC (FBi Radio) Award; whilst Sydney Morning Herald listed him in their Best Hip Hop of 2010. On stage is where everything makes sense for Ozi Batla – years of prowling the groggy carpet between the turntables and the foldback have left him unshakably solid on the mic. This is the final chance to see him in solo mode in 2011. Fri 4 Mar – Cambridge … Continue reading Elefant Traks and Select Music present ‘An Evening with Ozi Batla’

Fun Raiser at The Step Inn – QLD Flood Relief Gig [Tonight!!!]

In an effort to lift the spirits of those affected by the recent floods in QLD, Elefant Traks CEO and all round good guy Urthboy will be headlining a Flood Fun Raiser on Thursday 3rd February at the Step Inn. Supporting him and Jane Tyrell will be Vegas Aces, Mr Hill & Desmond Cheese, with DJ Katch and DJ Butcher, hosted by Rainman. Its Donation entry so give generously, with all the proceeds of the night going to the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal. The Step Inn is also donating $1 from every beer or spirit sold so drink up (responsibly) for … Continue reading Fun Raiser at The Step Inn – QLD Flood Relief Gig [Tonight!!!]

Urthboy and Group 120 – Letters From Jamshed (The Key Of Sea)

Taken from The Key of Sea – a compilation of collaborations between Australian and migrant/refugee Australian artists. Artists such as Sarah Blasko, The Cat Empire and Tim Rogers team up with artists like Diafrix, Ajak Kwai and Nadia Omar and the results are quite amazing. Urthboy wrote this song, along with Count Bounce in between tours, workshops for kids in Indonesia and a regional under-age tour in NSW. “The lyrics in this song are often direct quotes from his letters so it’s accurate to say that Jamshed is my co-songwriter on this – and it’s very much his and Polly’s song. … Continue reading Urthboy and Group 120 – Letters From Jamshed (The Key Of Sea)

Horrorshow announce ‘One Day At The Basement’ featuring Spit Syndicate & Joyride

Presented by Elefant Traks and New World Artist Horrorshow announce One Day At The Basement featuring Spit Syndicate & Joyride Sunday March 6th at The Basement, Circular Quay. Built on humble foundations, the Horrorshow mini-juggernaut continues with a completely unique one-off acoustic show at The Basement with Spit Syndicate and Joyride. The enthusiasm Sydney has shown towards this young duo is astonishing: over the last 18 months every Sydney show has sold out. Adding to that, they’ve been selling shows out left right and centre all over the country, and filling tents to capacity at Splendour in the Grass, Pyramid … Continue reading Horrorshow announce ‘One Day At The Basement’ featuring Spit Syndicate & Joyride

Sydney Hip Hop Artists Unite for QLD Floods Relief

GigTone is proud to present: Blood’s Thicker Than, Water (Sydney Hip Hop QLD Floods Relief Gig) Wednesday 19th January @ Tone. Sydney’s Hip Hop elite has banded together to hold a fundraiser for victims of the Queensland Floods – some of which have family or friends directly affected, and everyone jumped at the chance to help out. Blood’s Thicker Than Water will feature a special appearance from Melbourne’s Briggs (Golden Era) and a stellar line-up of Sydney hip hop acts including Ozi Batla (Elefant Traks), Spit Syndicate (Obese), The Tongue (Elefant Traks), Dialectrix (Obese),  That’s Them, The Last Kinection (Elefant … Continue reading Sydney Hip Hop Artists Unite for QLD Floods Relief

Horrorshow – New Years Excitment

Last month Horrorshow played a gig for Triple J’s Ausmusic month. They did two covers of Australian songs – 1979 by Hilltop Hoods and Ben Lee’s ‘Cigarettes Will Kill You’. The latter received a bit of airplay and a few people have been asking us where they can hear it so they guys did a proper recording for y’all…featuring the lovely Jane Tyrrell. Feel free to share it around as you please. In the last few weeks, Triple J have been playing excerpts from that same Ausmusic Month set and the entire set for their Live At The Wireless program. … Continue reading Horrorshow – New Years Excitment

Indent 10 Year Tour Video – Featuring Urthboy

If you missed out on the shows, or you just really don’t know what happened- Indent put on an all ages tour of Regional NSW to celebrate its tenth year of supporting the all ages music scene in NSW. They toured with Urthboy, along with Jane and Elgusto, and started the adventure in Newcastle. From there it was all hands on deck, making sure that we got to each town on time and all of that. Cessnock followed, and then Sydney on the Sunday. Tamworth was great fun- who knew the ‘ol country music town was full of hip hop … Continue reading Indent 10 Year Tour Video – Featuring Urthboy

The Last Kinection – Happy People [Stream New Track]

Elefant Traks are thrilled to announce The Last Kinection are joining their roster and will release their second album The Next of Kin in the second half of 2010. The Last Kinection have close ties with the label: they were the main support on the last national tour with The Herd and have collaborated musically. The Last Kinection are known for stylish Indigenous flavoured hip hop but their foundation is family. The group, its music and image is a way of expressing their pride and honour, respect and knowledge for their culture and elders. Drawing influence from their Kabi Kabi heritage, TLK represent what it is … Continue reading The Last Kinection – Happy People [Stream New Track]

The Tongue feat. Joyride – Crazy [Film Clip]

Sydney Stand Up: The Tongue drops his eagerly anticipated second single Crazy featuring Joyride. Produced by Elgusto and taken from his new album Alternative Energy, out now on Elefant Traks. Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner. The Wildside Tour heads around the country throughout November, co-headlined by Spit Syndicate with support from Class A. In celebration the lads from Spit Syndicate have released a brand new track, for FREE download. Get that below. Tickets are available now from elefanttraks.oztix.com.au More info on the tour is available here. Wildside Tour feat. The Tongue + Spit Syndicate Supported by Class A 5th November – ANU Bar, CANBERRA, 6th … Continue reading The Tongue feat. Joyride – Crazy [Film Clip]