Spit Syndicate Announce New Single & National Tour Oct/Nov, 2012

With killer new single Beauty in the Bricks dropping October 5th (Obese Records) along side a fresh new music video directed by James Chappell (A Few Best Men), Inner West Sydney’s very own Spit Syndicate are back big time and ready to drop their groundbreaking new album Sunday Gentlemen early 2013. Featuring production highlights from the best in the business, Styalz Fuego (360, Seth Sentry), M-Phazes (Drapht, Bliss n Eso), Adit (Horrorshow), and J-Skub (Illy, Owl Eyes) and an impressive list of guest vocalists to be announced in the coming months. “The production style is sleek, varied and tips its hat … Continue reading Spit Syndicate Announce New Single & National Tour Oct/Nov, 2012

Illy – ‘Where Ya Been’ Official Video

The second single from Illy’s upcoming third album Bring It Back is Where Ya Been featuring chart-topping contemporary Pez. A playful moment from Bring It Back; Where Ya Been follows previous automatic-hit single Heard It All on an upbeat tip. With the production expertise of ARIA award-winning M-Phazes, Where Ya Been is not amiss of quality. A head-nodder from the get-go; trademark snapping boom bap and laid back synth chords sets the scene. Illy and Pez trade flows seamlessly, sympathizing on a subject they’re both all too familiar with. The two make light of the constant pressure for answers, and the eagerness … Continue reading Illy – ‘Where Ya Been’ Official Video

Skryptcha – Mindful (Out Now)

Skryptcha has a knack for making the philosophical non-confrontational. His second masterpiece Mindful is not unlike it’s creator; preceptive, sharp and ahead of its time. After the notoriety surrounding previous LP Numb3rs, and break out EP Left to Write, the slick young wordsmith has found time to knock out a Journalism degree, and travel substantially. Crafted during the most pivotal years of his life, Mindful takes a considered look at Skryptcha’s unique journey thus far. Mindful’s production was expertly handled by illustrious US producer Illmind, a long-time favourite beat-maker of Skryptcha’s. Throughout the album, a dynamic emcee-producer synchronicity is evident, Illmind … Continue reading Skryptcha – Mindful (Out Now)

Thundamentals – Get Busy Tour

The Get Busy tour is an aptly titled one. These shows will be Thundamentals first and only headline shows for 2012, with the band deliberately taking a break from writing their new album to reconnect with fans before hitting the studio.  With 2012 rapidly pulling away, the Get Busy tour is Thundamentals way of making sure fans get at least one massive chance this year to catch them live, and they’re pulling out the big guns as a result. There will be a free MP3 of an exclusive new Thundamentals track with every ticket purchased for the Sydney and Melbourne shows and joining them on … Continue reading Thundamentals – Get Busy Tour

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

New Video Clip: One Sixth – LOL (Love or Lust) – Electronic Mail

Born in Australia but raised in Namibia, One Sixth is an African-Australian who is emerging as one of Australian hip hops freshest talents. Schooled in Africa until 18, he recently returned to Australia to experience a new life. Now based in Melbourne, One Sixth boasts regular appearances with respected groups Illzilla, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Mega Horns, Polo Club, Black Jesus and his crew Pang Productions. One Sixth has been Melbourne’s best kept secret for too long. In August 2012 the brilliant young lyricist will release his debut album Electronic Mail through local indie label Pang Productions together with Obese Distribution. … Continue reading New Video Clip: One Sixth – LOL (Love or Lust) – Electronic Mail

Obesecity 2

10 years ago, at a time when Australian hip hop was still struggling to be heard, Obese Records released Obesecity. Invited from all corners of the country, emcees and producers hungry to showcase their skills contributed tracks, unbeknownst of the powerful ripple effect it would create. Bolstered by the humble independent label, the compilation birthed a generation of hip hop heavyweights, recognised today as the true pioneers of a flourishing industry. Hilltop Hoods, Muph & Plutonic, Bias B, Pegz, the late Hunter and more united to give the growing genre a voice. To celebrate its anniversary Obese Records is extremely proud to present Obesecity 2. A dual-disc compilation showcasing … Continue reading Obesecity 2

Obesecity 2 – Track List Revealed

10 years ago, at a time when Australian hip hop was still struggling to be heard, Obese Records released Obesecity. Invited from all corners of the country, emcees and producers hungry to showcase their skills contributed tracks, unbeknownst of the powerful ripple effect it would create. Bolstered by the humble independent label, the compilation birthed a generation of hip hop heavyweights, recognised today as the true pioneers of a flourishing industry. Hilltop Hoods, Muph & Plutonic, Bias B, Pegz, the late Hunter and more united to give the growing genre a voice. To celebrate its anniversary Obese Records is extremely … Continue reading Obesecity 2 – Track List Revealed

Illy – Where Ya Been

The second single from Illy’s upcoming third album Bring It Back is Where Ya Been. Featuring chart topping contemporary Pez. A playful moment from Bring It Back; Where Ya Been follow previous automatic hit single Heard It All on an upbeat tip. With the production expertise of ARIA award-winning M-Phazes, Where Ya Been is not amiss of quality. A headnodder from the get-go; trademark snapping boom bap and laid back synth chords sets the scene. “‘Where Ya Been’ is a bit of fun at the expense of the people who are constantly asking about what’s going on. It feels like sometimes … Continue reading Illy – Where Ya Been

Skryptcha – Mindful

Skryptcha has a knack for making the philosophical non-confrontational. His second masterpiece Mindful is not unlike it’s creator; preceptive, sharp and ahead of its time. After the notoriety surrounding previous LP Numb3rs, and break out EP Left to Write, the slick young wordsmith has found time to knock out a Journalism degree, and travel substantially. Crafted during the most pivotal years of his life, Mindful takes a considered look at Skryptcha’s unique journey thus far. Mindful’s production was expertly handled by illustrious US producer Illmind, a long-time favourite beat-maker of Skryptcha’s. Throughout the album, a dynamic emcee-producer synchronicity is evident, Illmind setting a scene and Skryptcha telling … Continue reading Skryptcha – Mindful

Skryptcha – Dance

Skryptcha returns in 2012 with Dance, the first single from upcoming album Mindful. Since releasing his last LP Numbers, Skryptcha’s international profile has steadily grown to reflect his increasing popularity as one of Australia’s most promising young voices. Out of the USA, illustrious producer Illmind has provided the A-grade soundscape for Mindful’s entirety. Dance is a prime example of the dynamic emcee-producer synchronicity, and their ability to set the scene and tell a story seamlessly. Laid-back soulful guitar loops teamed with loose, punchy beats set the head nodding, while Skryptcha manoeuvres rhythmic rhymes skilfully around the beat. Written from a … Continue reading Skryptcha – Dance

Obesecity 2 Winners

Ten years ago, when Australian hip hop was little known, still struggling to be heard, Obese Records released the first ObeseCity compilation. Emcees and producers from across Australia, who are now revered as pioneers, contributed tracks. The likes of Hilltop Hoods, Muph and Plutonic, Bias B, Pegz, Hunter and many more, united to give their young genre a stronger voice.   Now, ten years later, Obese Records has much to celebrate as an independent label. With over sixteen rostered artists, an extensive distribution roster, three platinum records, three gold records, four ARIA awards, and countless fans from around the world. … Continue reading Obesecity 2 Winners

Illy – Heard It All Review

Following the success of his sophomore LP The Chase, fans have already begun counting down the days towards the next Illy album. With the drop of Illy’s newest single Heard It All, we all know that it can’t be far off. Heard It All, having been released a fortnight ago, is already in popular demand amongst staunch Illy fans and new comers alike. Illy uses Heard It All as an opportunity to investigate his inner convictions, while questioning the whole notion of creative originality. The track excels with Illy’s personable delivery and strength of conviction. Illy seems to be a … Continue reading Illy – Heard It All Review

Illy Announces National Tour

Off the back of his new smash single Heard It All, snowballing emcee Illy has announced a huge national tour throughout August and September. As well as major cities, the tour hits towns as far and wide as Toowoomba, Dubbo and Falls Creek, and will be the first chance for fans to hear material from Illy’s soon-to-bereleased third album Bring It Back, live and in the flesh. In support will be Chasm Soundsystem feat. Scryptcha. Illy’s sophomore album The Chase spawned the powerful and well-loved singles Cigarettes (triple j Hottest 100 #25), The Chase and the Gold-selling It Can Wait feat. … Continue reading Illy Announces National Tour

Illy + M-Phazes: Friday Flips #3

Friday Flips is a collaboration between Illy and M-Phazes. Over the coming months, Friday Flips will see the boys release re-workings of well known current, and classic, tracks from all corners of the music world. As with everything Illy and Phizzle do, the supporters are the driving force behind Friday Flips. The result – each track will be built from songs suggested by you guys. On any Friday that the call is put out for track suggestions, hit them up with whatever track you’d like to see ‘Flipped‘. They’ll pick a track that day, flip it over the week, and release it the following Friday. As a thanks for the continued support … Continue reading Illy + M-Phazes: Friday Flips #3

Illy – Heard It All

Illy returns in 2012 with his surefire hit of a single Heard It All from upcoming third album Bring It Back. Following the success of career defining sophomore LP The Chase, fans have been anticipating the next Illy release with baited breath. Heard It All embraces the irony of releasing something original, when everything seems to have been done before. Personable and full of conviction, in this track Illy investigates what he stands for, while aknowledging his fans for their ongoing support.   “I was having a really tough time getting inspired to write recently. I wrote this (Heard It … Continue reading Illy – Heard It All

Maundz – Take It Back feat. Bias B

Maundz, the outspoken rascal of Melbourne’s rap-scene; has a heart of gold, a potty mouth, and an acid tongue. His second LP Zero, is the first release of 2012 from irrefutable hip hop collective Crate Cartel. Zero is a fast approaching sun on the horizon after what has been a long winter for Maundz fans. Featuring collaborative efforts from New York’s number one man of the moment Action Bronson, ARIA award winning Drapht, Golden Era’s Vents and Sesta, Melbourne kings Brad Strut and Bias B, and of course Crate Cartel. Revered by the likes of Hilltop Hoods and Drapht as the “next big thing”, Maundz has become highly respected by his underground and commercially established cohorts alike. The lead single Take … Continue reading Maundz – Take It Back feat. Bias B

Tom Showtime – Spaces & Places Melbourne’s Finest Remixes

Eight of Melbourne’s finest producers remix Spaces & Places, the Tom Showtime single featuring Gift of Gab, Lotek & Ash.One taken from The Jam Thief. With Dub, Breaks, Hip Hop, Lo-Fi and Future Beats this release truley showcases the diverse sounds of Melbourne’s music makers. Featuring Remixes By: Amin PaYne, Lotek, Copycat, Jects, SNESmega, KelBeats, Moonshine, & Skomes. Purchase  ||  Soundcloud  ||  Tom Showtime Official Continue reading Tom Showtime – Spaces & Places Melbourne’s Finest Remixes

Illy + M-Phazes: Friday Flips #2

Friday Flips is a collaboration between Illy and M-Phazes. Over the coming months, Friday Flips will see the boys release re-workings of well known current, and classic, tracks from all corners of the music world. As with everything Illy and Phizzle do, the supporters are the driving force behind Friday Flips. The result – each track will be built from songs suggested by you guys. On any Friday that the call is put out for track suggestions, hit them up with whatever track you’d like to see ‘Flipped‘. They’ll pick a track that day, flip it over the week, and release it the following Friday. As a thanks for the continued support … Continue reading Illy + M-Phazes: Friday Flips #2

Chasm – This Is How We Never Die Tour

This Is How We Never Die is the refreshingly on-point third instalment from prestigious Sydney producer Chasm. True to the quality displayed throughout debut album Beyond the Beat Tape (2008), and Move (with Vida Sunshyne, 2010) Chasm proves himself once more as a consummate composer. Joined by local and international artists; This Is How We Never Die features USA underground vocal heavyweights AG (Showbiz & AG), Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw), Vast Aire (Def Jux), and Fashawn (One), New Zealand’s Dave Dallas, and Blak Twang (UK). Not to mention an assortment of Australia’s top lyricists including Solo, Lazy Grey, Mdusu, Delta, Dialectrix and Brad Strut. Chasm approaches beats like a … Continue reading Chasm – This Is How We Never Die Tour

Chasm – Smokey

This Is How We Never Die is the refreshingly on-point third instalment from prestigious Sydney producer Chasm. True to the quality displayed throughout debut album Beyond the Beat Tape (2008), and Move (with Vida Sunshyne, 2010) Chasm proves himself once more as a consummate composer. Joined by local and international artists; This Is How We Never Die features USA underground vocal heavyweights AG (Showbiz & AG), Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw), Vast Aire (Def Jux), and Fashawn (One), New Zealand’s Dave Dallas, and Blak Twang (UK). Not to mention an assortment of Australia’s top lyricists including Solo, Lazy Grey, Mdusu, Delta, Dialectrix … Continue reading Chasm – Smokey

Chasm – This Is How We Never Die

This Is How We Never Die is the refreshingly on-point third instalment from prestigious Sydney producer Chasm. True to the quality displayed throughout debut album Beyond the Beat Tape (2008), and Move (with Vida Sunshyne, 2010) Chasm proves himself once more as a consummate composer.  Joined by local and international artists; This Is How We Never Die features USA underground vocal heavyweights AG (Showbiz & AG), Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw), Vast Aire (Def Jux), and Fashawn (One), New Zealand’s Dave Dallas, and Blak Twang (UK). Not to mention an assortment of Australia’s top lyricists including Solo, Lazy Grey, Mdusu, Delta, Dialectrix … Continue reading Chasm – This Is How We Never Die

Chasm – This Is How We Never Die

Chasm’s highly anticpated LP release This Is How We Never Die is due  April 27th through Obese Records and features big names such as AG (DITC), Delta, Lazy Grey, Hau, Brad Strut, Guilty Simpson, Fashawn, Solo, Blak Twang, David Dallas and many more.  Chasm is one of the leading hip hop producers in Australia, signed to Obese Records for his solo work and to Elefant Traks for his work with his crew Astronomy Class featuring Ozi Batla and Sir Robbo. Having released 2 crew albums, Exit Strategy (2006) and Pursuit Of Happiness (2009) and 2 solo joints in the last … Continue reading Chasm – This Is How We Never Die

‘Obesecity 2’ – 10 Year Anniversary Edition – Get your track on the album!

In 2002 the genre was benchmarked by the release of Obesecity. The compilation channeled the strength and unity of a developing sub-culture. A mass collaboration, the release included exclusive tracks from artists now revered as the most influential pioneers in a booming industry. Hilltop Hoods, Koolism, Reason, Terra Firma, Pegz, the late and great Hunter all contributed from across the country uniting crews and their fans. Since then Australian hip hop has come a long way. 2012 sees it as highly diverse, easily accessible, constantly evolving, always moving forward. Obesecity 2: 10 Year Anniversary Edition (release date June/July 2012), will … Continue reading ‘Obesecity 2’ – 10 Year Anniversary Edition – Get your track on the album!

Spit Syndicate – Best Intentions 2

Spit Syndicate are currently bunkered down the studio working like crazy on their third studio album, which is set to drop during the second half of the 2012. “We’re very excited about having new music out, this new album will be our strongest yet; we’re working with Styalz Fuego, Adit, M-Phazes, Matik, amongst others” said Nick Lupi. Spit Syndicate uploaded a a sneak-peak from the next instalment of their Best Intentions mixtape series, putting their own twist on Kimbra’s monster hit Settle Down.  If you happen to be in Brisbane on Friday 11th May, you can catch Spit Syndicate at … Continue reading Spit Syndicate – Best Intentions 2

Dialectrix – New Generation Tour

Back to tear up the stage in 2012 is Sydney’s finest Dialectrix. Fresh off the release of his soul laden, technologically themed single New Generation, Dialectrix is hitting the road to showcase his heralded flow and uniquely kinetic live experience. Dialectrix is a veteran on the mic whose live show comprises high energy party anthems mixed with thoughtful social criticisms. The live wire word smith is hitting stages as part of his New Generation East coast tour. Dialectrix will be starting with hometown Sydney’s Annandale Hotel on Friday, 27 April with supporting performances by Ellesquire, Calski and Rainman with DJ sets … Continue reading Dialectrix – New Generation Tour

Chasm – The Truth feat. The Tongue, Hau & Dazastah

The Truth is the new single from Sydney’s superlative producer Chasm, the first instalment from his upcoming LP This Is How We Never Die. Featuring three of Australia’s most proficient emcees; The Tongue, Hau, and Dazastah, the track is innovative and brazen. From the get-go the track detonates out of a vocal crescendo into its punchy, progressive party feel. Chasm with his exceptional ear for eclectic sample combinations fuses latin piano loops with brass accents and futuristic synth solos. Bringing a new shine to the art of braggadocio, the three emcees effortlessly glide through verses, each repping his distinctive style with … Continue reading Chasm – The Truth feat. The Tongue, Hau & Dazastah

Dialectrix – New Generation

Dialectrix is back in 2012 with a sociotech reflective narrative in the form of New Generation, the first single from his upcoming LP The Cold Light Of Day. The single premiered on triple j late last week.  After the success of hit singles Whut! and Pieces of a Puzzle, which is now featured on the new Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Chronicle‘, Dialectrix reprises with another catalytic externalization. The new track credits production wizardry from Plutonic Lab and cuts from the brilliant DJ 2Buck. Sonically, classic soulful grittiness and iconic vocal cuts are juxtaposed by synth nuances. all in all New Generation is an ode to … Continue reading Dialectrix – New Generation

Mantra 2011 Wrap Up

2011 was an unheralded year for Mantra, your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper – as he’s widely known. Mantra had been lighting a fire under the genre as we know it with the release of his much talked about second solo album Speaking Volumes in September.  After supporting Drapht on his Life of Riley National Tour and performing at the Come Together festival at Luna Park in Sydney earlier this year, Mantra was readying fans for what was to come… The album’s first single Got Me Wrong feat. Parvyn Kaur Singh received high rotation on triple j, and was their most requested song during … Continue reading Mantra 2011 Wrap Up

Pegz 2011 Wrap Up

Aside from attending to the role of hard-working CEO, Pegz brought out his first solo album since his hiatus from the booth last year. Drama landed on shelves in March, generating the release of two enthusiastically received singles Bombs Away and Priceless feat. Joe New, Dialectrix and DJ 2Buck. Promptly after, Pegz took his Bombs Away National Tour on the road along with hype man Eloquor, DJ 2Buck on decks, Dialectrix and Joe New, accompanied at various intervals by Simplex and Dutch and others. Pegz also played a stand-out set at Raise the Roof 2 at the Espy alongside Urthboy, … Continue reading Pegz 2011 Wrap Up