Tonight: Astronomy Class play first hometown show in 5 years tonight!

Drawing on Khmer pop music from the 1950s to the mid ‘70s, astronomy class and Srey Channthy (The Cambodian Space Project) pay tribute to a lost Cambodian generation; their eclectic soundtrack seen in a new light. Mekong Delta Sunrise spawned in 2012 when Astronomy Class were invited to Phnom Penh by Cambodian hip hop crew Klap Your Handz to perform a version of a classic Khmer rock song with Cambodian star Preap Sovath. During a six hour taxi ride through the Cambodian countryside, the band fell in love with the intoxicating, soulful sounds of Khmer pop that came drifting from … Continue reading Tonight: Astronomy Class play first hometown show in 5 years tonight!

Sietta continue The Invisible River Tour

Fresh from the release of their lauded second album The Invisible River, Sietta take their Nightbus Tropicana on the road. Armed with bass, guitar, electronics and Caiti Baker’s show-stopping voice, Sietta bring their album to life when they hit the road launching the album. Acoustic or electronic, there is no other act in the country quite like this Darwin duo. The Invisible River Tour Presented by Tone Deaf, Artist Voice and Elefant Traks Saturday 26 April Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (northcotesocialclub.com) Wednesday 30 April Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (www.oztix.com.au) Thursday 1 May GoodGod, Sydney (www.moshtix.com.au) Friday 2 May Pirie Street … Continue reading Sietta continue The Invisible River Tour

Astronomy Class ‘Bong Man Business’ (Khmer rock mixtape)

In the lead up to the upcoming Astronomy Class release Mekong Delta Sunrise. The crew consisting of Ozi Batla, Sir Robbo and Chasm have just released a mixtape featuring music sampled from a recent trip to Cambodia. You can grab the Bong Man Business mixtape as a free download now.  Read on as Astronomy Class discuss in further depth this interesting new release. “These are some of our favourite tunes from the “golden age” of Khmer pop music, a style that meshed the sounds of traditional Cambodian music with soul and rhythm and blues, cha cha, beat music, mambo, jazz, psychedelic and … Continue reading Astronomy Class ‘Bong Man Business’ (Khmer rock mixtape)

Horrorshow Nice Guys Finish Last EP

Horrorshow drop their most infectious single to date, the hilarious Nice Guys Finish Last feat. One Day affiliate Joyride. Brought to animated life under the careful direction of Aaron McDonald and the award-winning team at Oh Yeah Wow. Horrorshow have had an incredible run since the release of their King Amongst Many record (debuted at #2 on ARIA Chart). It has since been nominated for an ARIA Award, J Award, Australian Music Prize and FBi SMAC Award. Their most recent single Dead Star Shine was voted into the Hottest 100 and their sold-out album tour culminated in a summer festival run playing … Continue reading Horrorshow Nice Guys Finish Last EP

Joelistics In The Morning (Official Music Video)

Joelistics’ great gift is the crafting of common language into evocative turns of phrase. He opened up a new lane in local hip hop with his debut album Voyager, and In the Morning suggests that he’s confidently moving further from the pack. Celebrating the realness of living in the moment without glossing over absent milestones, In The Morning is so much more than a left field indie rap anthem. Drawing on influences from ‘80s-era English post punk and ‘90s grunge through to hip hop, the Melbourne-based MC, producer and singer offers us a ride into his trademark excursions into the human psyche. The … Continue reading Joelistics In The Morning (Official Music Video)

Jimblah’s Phoenix Out Now!

Phoenix is Jimblah’s first album on Elefant Traks, and one of the most powerful records released in the label’s 15-year history. Single-minded in its focus on a modern Indigenous experience, Phoenix is devastating for its beauty and harrowing insights.The pacing and narrative transform a collection of songs into life size revelations as Jimblah shows how potent hip hop can be as a vehicle for calling it like it is. “I dedicate this to my people. We have an enduring struggle, and many wish to turn a blind eye. I think we can often forget how strong we actually are. We’ve been thrown into the … Continue reading Jimblah’s Phoenix Out Now!

Elefant Traks Release Full Lineup For 15 Year Anniversary Parties

Two day passes for 15: A Celebration of 15 Years Of Elefant Traks have sold-out in record time leading to an unprecedented demand for tickets. As a result single tickets are on-sale now, a week earlier than planned. Punters are advised to get in quick for the elefant-sized party of the year. Full line ups are as follows: Melbourne Friday, 22nd Nov – Corner Hotel, Melbourne Horrorshow, The Herd, Hermitude, Jimblah, Sietta + Label-Wide Surprise Saturday 23rd Nov – Northcote Social Club, Northcote Urthboy, Sky’High, Astronomy Class, The Last Kinection, Jane Tyrrell, The Tongue, Joelistics Sydney Friday 29th Nov – … Continue reading Elefant Traks Release Full Lineup For 15 Year Anniversary Parties

The Tongue – Top Score (Remix) feat. Joelistics and Dialectrix

After recently dropping his album Surrender To Victory, The Tongue doesn’t stop, linking with two of Australia’s finest Joelistics and Dialectrix on a remix of his jam Top Score. Stay tuned for an EP coming through soon for this prolific Sydney MC. You can check out our recent interview with The Tongue by following the link here. You can download the Top Score (Remix) feat. Joelistics and Dialectrix for free by clicking through the player below. Purchase  ||  Facebook  ||  Twitter  ||  Official Continue reading The Tongue – Top Score (Remix) feat. Joelistics and Dialectrix

Jimblah ‘Phoenix’ Pre-Orders

Jimblah’s much anticipated new album Phoenix is out Friday, October 11. On Monday (16th Sept) Elefant Traks will begin taking pre-orders on CD, Vinyl & T-Shirt bundles! Stay tuned for all the details. This album is nothing short of incredible. One of the albums of the year. Catch Jimblah on Horrorshow’s King Amongst Many Tour. Purchase  ||  Twitter  ||  Facebook Continue reading Jimblah ‘Phoenix’ Pre-Orders

Jimblah Marches Forward

In the past few weeks Jimblah has captivated audiences nation-wide with moving performances for triple j’s Like A Version, including the debut of haunting new single March and a soulful rendition of Matt Corby’s Resolution. In a broader piece highlighting the next crop of Indigenous music talent, Bernard Zuel from The Sydney Morning Herald named Jimblah as “one the freshest and most powerful voices in local hip hop”.  Nick Findlay, assistant music director at triple j went on to say “Jimblah is one of the most promising emcees in the country at the moment, and his latest single ‘March’—the first off … Continue reading Jimblah Marches Forward

Horrorshow – King Amongst Many

After a four year wait, Horrorshow’s third album King Amongst Many is finished and set for release August 2nd. If their first two albums established Horrorshow as one of our finest young acts, King Amongst Many may be the album that defines them as one of our finest acts. One of local hip hop’s most loved bands is back with one hell of an album. Armed with an immediacy thanks to the production, melodies and flows – from the inter-generational and biographical Down The Line to the starkly honest lost love of Waste Your Time – King Amongst Many is … Continue reading Horrorshow – King Amongst Many

Horrorshow – ‘Unfair Lottery’ Video

Horrorshow’s new single Unfair Lottery has swept waves of joy across eager fans, ever hungry for new material from the highly talented Horrorshow duo. The accompanying video premiered on Channel [V]’s WTF program recently. It was crafted by boutique production house Unity Sound & Visual whose credits include videos for the likes of Hilltop Hoods and Funkoars. Horrorshow’s Unfair Lottery launches in Sydney and Melbourne sold out in under a week, before a single poster hit the street, a testament to the bubbling excitement for Horrorshow’s return to the live scene. The Sydney inner-west duo will release their highly anticipated third album … Continue reading Horrorshow – ‘Unfair Lottery’ Video

The Tongue – Australian Dreaming

Arguably the most outspoken but also well-rounded performers in local hip hop, The Tongue’s new video illustrates exactly why he stands out from an often conservative scene. The list of characters he plays include a police officer; a struggling single mum; a sex worker; a drug dealer; and a window washer. The art is in how The Tongue’s performance transforms what could be dismissed as slapstick into something poignant. There is no other MC that could’ve pulled this off without coming off self-aware and unconvincing. Australian Dreaming sees The Tongue imagining a better Australia through the eyes of these characters, … Continue reading The Tongue – Australian Dreaming

Interview: The Tongue – Government, Gerald & Gangsterism

Surrender To Victory sees The Tongue coming into his own as artist and collaborator, articulating a positive vision beyond the confines of modern local hip hop. From the opening track the listener can hear this development. We catch up with The Tongue, fresh off the back of the announcement of his Surrender To Victory Tour yesterday.  aahh: You’ve talked about one of your goal’s for the new album, Surrender to Victory was to be a lot more positive and uplifting. Why was that decision made? The Tongue: It was just the kind of mind-set I was in really. I don’t delve into it … Continue reading Interview: The Tongue – Government, Gerald & Gangsterism

The Tongue – Drums

Widely regarded as one of the country’s most imaginative MCs—with a natural charisma that sets him apart from the horde of anonymous rappers vying for your attention. In the past year he’s performed everywhere from parties in Phnom Penh to the iconic Sydney Opera House (he stole the show in the much lauded Dr Seuss meets Elefant Traks events). Drums packs major punch with The Tongue’s trademark sharp flows and cheeky wordplay. The sophisticated new-school production comes courtesy of Cam Bluff (Vegas Aces), showing why peers rate him as one of local hip hop’s most exciting producers. The pair have … Continue reading The Tongue – Drums

The Tongue – Drums

When it comes to hip hop, there isn’t much The Tongue hasn’t done. He is an infamous MC battle champion, seasoned touring artist and a prolific songwriter, with two albums (Shock And Awe and Alternative Energy); three mixtapes and an EP (Bad Education) to his name. The Tongue is set to release his third album Surrender To Victory on March 15, 2013. The first single Drums is dropping shortly. Initial details on the album have been released and will feature Suffa, Illy, Sky’High, Joyride, Tom Scott (Home Brew), Ellesquire, Spit Syndicate, Thundamentals, Jimblah and more. Surrender To Victory is produced by Cam … Continue reading The Tongue – Drums

Hermitude sell out and add more shows to The Villain Tour 2013

With six weeks to go, Hermitude’s The Villain Tour is already on the way to selling out. Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory show has already sold out and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel show is set to quickly follow suit. Due to popular demand Hermitude have added extra shows in both cities. Melbourne Tuesday, February 5 and in Sydney Saturday February 9. They’ve released worldwide (Regal/Parlophone & Astralwerks), sold out countless shows across Australia and internationally and in the process catapulted themselves into the festival circuit with spots at Groovin The Moo, Parklife and Homebake. Hermitude’s production work has been in solid demand … Continue reading Hermitude sell out and add more shows to The Villain Tour 2013

Sampology – Eagle Theme 7″ feat. Hermitude Remix

This tasty little lilac number is a limited edition 7 inch & comes with some very special artwork from longtime Sampology collaborator Monaux. Eagle Theme was an album favourite for quite a few people on Sampologies – Doomsday Deluxe, the 7 inch features a killer Hermitude remix of Eagle Theme on the B side. For Australian friends who caught Hermitude on the Parklife 2012 tour, you would have heard them perform this monster of a rework live. For those who haven’t heard this remix, we hope you trust us enough when we say its ridiculously good, like pretty much everything Hermitude … Continue reading Sampology – Eagle Theme 7″ feat. Hermitude Remix

Sietta – Way Down In The Hole

James and Caiti from Sietta are about to take a songwriting break over the summer holidays in preparation for their follow up album due for release next year. Not only have they been busy touring with TZU over the last few months, they performed at the Opera House for the one and only night of Dr Seuss Meets Elefant Traks. And what a night it was! If you’re in Darwin around December 7, then you’ll probably want to catch Sietta at The Happy Yess for their last show of 2012! And what a better way to see the year out … Continue reading Sietta – Way Down In The Hole

Urthboy Annonces Smokey’s Tour

Fresh from releasing one of the most talked about albums of 2012, Urthboy hits the road with a new live band and a j Award nomination. Urthboy’s new album Smokey’s Haunt has received a phenomenal response after debuting at #14 on the ARIA Album Chart. It was triple j Album of the Week, The Australian gave it a 5 star review saying it was “absolutely captivating” and it was announced just this morning as a nominee for the 2012 j award. From Rolling Stone to The Sydney Morning Herald and beyond, Smokey’s Haunt has been lauded for its storytelling, receiving 4 star … Continue reading Urthboy Annonces Smokey’s Tour

Hermitude – The Villain

Hermitude’s astonishing rise is set to continue as they announce a new single and 2013 tour. They’ve released worldwide (Regal/Parlophone & Astralwerks), sold out countless shows across Australia and internationally and in the process catapulted themselves into the festival circuit with spots at Groovin The Moo, Parklife and Homebake. Their production work has been in solid demand with remixes for The Presets, Missy Higgins and co-production credits on Urthboy’s acclaimed Smokey’s Haunt album. They won an AIR Award for Best Dance/Electronic Release and have been nominated for two ARIAs (Best Dance Release & Best Video) and a j award for … Continue reading Hermitude – The Villain

Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt (Out Now)

Urthboy is at his peak, weaving tales of the city with his past and present; celebrating life with a collection of songs balanced by the tension of light and darkness. From the vibrancy of ‘Knee Length Socks’ to the emotional weight of ‘Hey Dianne’, Smokey’s Haunt gets under your skin; it should be experienced whole, with songs segued by the shadows and atmosphere they were created in. This is more than a rap record. Hermitude and Countbounce co-produced the entire album together—the first time they’ve joined forces. The chemistry was electric; studio sessions were intense, sparked by limited time together … Continue reading Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt (Out Now)

Sky’High – ‘Reign’ Remixes

Sky’High drops 2 remixes for Reign one with Melbourne based Smash Brothers and the other alongside UK’s Double S a member of Marvell out of North London and D-Flowz from Nottingham.  Reign was produced by New Zealand’s Bulletproof and the original version can be found on Sky’Highs debut album Forever Sky’High out now on Elefant Traks. You can download Reign Remixes from Sky’Highs Soundcloud page here.  The filmclip above was filmed and edited by Ciecmate for Chess Sounds. You can purchase Sky’Highs debut album now Forever Sky’High here. Sky’High  ||  Facebook  ||  Twitter  ||  Soundcloud Continue reading Sky’High – ‘Reign’ Remixes

Dr. Seuss Meets Elefant Traks

Featuring over 25 musical performers onstage from The Herd, Hermitude, Sietta, Joelistics, Unkle Ho, Urthboy, The Tongue, Jimblah, Jaytee of The Last Kinection and more, Australia’s renowned musical collective Elefant Traks are taking over the Graphic circus with a tribute inspired by the whimsical spirit and imagery of Dr. Seuss. Throughout over 60 years of children’s classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the wildly imaginative and surrealist universe of Dr. Seuss has enthralled generations. He continues to be one of the world’s most instantly recognisable and best loved visual … Continue reading Dr. Seuss Meets Elefant Traks

Elefant Traks Welcomes New Signing Jimblah

The most striking thing about Jimblah is not his ability to sing, rap and produce beats, it’s the eyebrow-raising fact he does them all so well. His flow alone outshines most MCs, but his tone and singing style are so memorable, so drenched in soul, it’s music for the heart. Then consider his signature dusty, chopped-up melodic productions and you begin to understand Jimblah is truly a special talent. Elefant Traks have watched him with great admiration and believe his album Face the Fire should be in everyone’s collection. It transcends hip hop, soul or indie music scenes, or even radio; it’s … Continue reading Elefant Traks Welcomes New Signing Jimblah

Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt

Co-produced by Hermitude and Countbounce, Smokey’s Haunt is an incredibly produced album of storytelling, flow and melody. Urthboy is at his peak, weaving tales of the city with his past and present; celebrating life with a collection of songs balanced by the tension of light and darkness. The album should be experienced whole: Smokey’s Haunt is a meeting place of moods that are complete when connected together. The album comes with a 28 page booklet and triple panel digipack. It’s the follow-up album to Spitshine and The Signal, both finalists in the Australian Music Prize. Spitshine won the Australian Independent Award … Continue reading Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt

Urthboy – Knee Length Socks

Urthboy presents the second single form his upcoming LP Smokey’s Haunt, titled Knee Length Socks. The track is an ode to being out of place; of 90s britpop’s weird influence on Urthboy’s songwriting and ultimately about his love of hip hop. The track was sent out to all ‘Urthlings‘ as an exclusive preview before it’s premiere on triple j. The bold first single, Naïve Bravado featuring Daniel Merriweather, has seen some heavy support at radio and was named iTunes Single Of The Week—raking in over 30,000 downloads in under a week, and quickly spiking to #1 most added (all indie) track … Continue reading Urthboy – Knee Length Socks

Rainman National Urthboy Supports & Praise For “Bigger Pictures”

It’s been a massive few months for Rainman since the release of his sophomore album Bigger Pictures, but following on from his own national album launch shows he’s just announced that he’ll be joining Urthboy for shows on his Naïve Bravado Tour. Including a four star album review in The Australian, the announcement follows on from a string of critical acclaim for Bigger Pictures, and praise across the board. Urthboy Naive Bravado Tour featuring Daniel Merriweather, Rainman appearing at the following dates: Friday August 31st @ Evelyn, Melbourne with Yung Warriors Friday September 14th @ the Northern, Byron Bay with The Last Kinection Saturday September … Continue reading Rainman National Urthboy Supports & Praise For “Bigger Pictures”

Big Noise – Dazed Benefit Show

Dazed is a producer/emcee and DJ for Down for The Count Records. He has just received the news that due to his high involvement with music throughout his life that his ears have given up and he will have to get nerve surgery and wear hearing aids for the rest of his life. He has been a long time supporter and contributor to the Hip Hop scene in Canberra, Sydney and now Melbourne and is highly respected throughout and has worked with many artists. The local hip hop scene has put forward some of it’s finest to do a benefit … Continue reading Big Noise – Dazed Benefit Show

Sky’High – Wake Up feat. David Dallas

Wake Up is taken from Sky’High’s debut album Forever Sky’High and features New Zealand Hip Hop artist David Dallas with the track being produced by Cam Bluff. The album is out now through Elefant Traks and can be purchased here. Filmed and edited by Tristan Edouard & Bryce Hooper. Sky’High has just been confirmed to perform for the launch of the 2012 Deadly Awards at SBS Studios. The purpose of the Deadly Awards is to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to their community and to Australian society. The Deadlys showcases the outstanding achievement of Aboriginal and … Continue reading Sky’High – Wake Up feat. David Dallas