Average Cat Tron Jacket

Average Cat’s July drop featured the brand new and tasty TRON all weather jacket. It has a 3 layer membrane consisting of TPU waterproof, windproof breathable layers as well as microfleece lining & polyester mesh lining to front panels. The Tron Jacket is now available online, at selected retailers & in the AC Flagship store | Shop 26 Regent Arcade ADL CBD. Head to the website secure yours today www.averagecatclothing.com  Continue reading Average Cat Tron Jacket

Astronomy Class & Joelistics ‘Blue Sunrise’ Tour

Labelmates Astronomy Class & Joelistics will be heading out on the ‘Blue Sunrise’ tour together in late May and early June, playing songs from their acclaimed albums Blue Volume and Mekong Delta Sunrise. With special guests Srey Channthy (The Cambodian Space Project) and Vida Sunshyne, these shows are not to be missed! Astronomy Class, featuring The Herd’s Ozi Batla and producers Chasm and Sir Robbo, have been making waves since their debut album Exit Strategy in 2006. Over the course of three albums they have navigated dub and reggae, Motown and soul, and now, with their latest offering, 50s and … Continue reading Astronomy Class & Joelistics ‘Blue Sunrise’ Tour

Astronomy Class hit WOMADelaide 2015

One of Australian Hip Hop’s more diverse trios, Astronomy Class feat. Srey Channthy attended WOMAD 2015 over the weekend showcasing their unique musical style with their third album ‘Mekong Delta Sunrise’. Having  performed with Srey Channthy, from the Cambodian Space Project only a handful of times the audience were treated to the creative exploration of hip hop beats by Astronomy Class. The on-stage energy did not leave one person in the audience untouched as the story of the Khmer Rouge genocide and the death of  Cambodia’s musical greats was unwoven by the albums display of reggae, club, psych and Khmer – pop. So … Continue reading Astronomy Class hit WOMADelaide 2015

Astronomy Class and Daily Meds to play Newtown Festival

Fresh off the back of new albums, Sydney crews Astronomy Class and Daily Meds are set to perform at one of the city’s most beloved events – Newtown Festival. They will be joining a long list of hip hop dignitaries who have previously performed at the festival, including Thundamentals, The Herd, Hermitude, Spit Syndicate, Home Brew, Tuka and many more. One of Sydney’s largest community events, Newtown Festival is the annual fundraiser for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. Over 80,000 people come together each year to experience its eclectic showcase of music, the arts and grassroots creativity. This year, the Festival is … Continue reading Astronomy Class and Daily Meds to play Newtown Festival

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!

Astronomy Class Announce Album Launch Dates

Fresh from the release of their acclaimed new album Mekong Delta Sunrise, Astronomy Class announce launch dates in Sydney & Melbourne. Astronomy Class’ journey to the heart of golden age Cambodian music has captured the attention of many. The hip hop storytellers drew on Khmer pop music from the 1950s to the mid-‘70s, teaming up with vocalist Srey Channthy (The Cambodian Space Project) to pay tribute to a lost Cambodian generation. Fresh from hitting the road with Thundamentals on their sold-out So We Can Remember Tour, Astronomy Class embark on their own headline launch dates in Sydney and Melbourne next … Continue reading Astronomy Class Announce Album Launch Dates

Thundamentals New Clip for Something I Said feat. Thom Crawford

Still a month out from the official release date of their third album So We Can Remember Sydney’s Thundamentals’ have already sold out two of five tour dates – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne and Mojo’s in Fremantle – with Brisbane and Sydney selling quickly and a sixth date announced, the second at Melbourne’s famous Corner Hotel. Proudly announcing today that they will be joined on tour by buddies Astronomy Class and Fozzey & Van C, Thundamentals are sharing the love by releasing a brand new clip for Something I Said ft. Thom Crawford – the latest single from So We Can … Continue reading Thundamentals New Clip for Something I Said feat. Thom Crawford

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)

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

15: A Celebration of Fifteen years of Elefant Traks

We present to you 15: A Celebration Of 15 Years Of Elefant Traks. An elefant-sized party presented over 2 nights. Each artist is only performing once over the two nights, so if you want to see everyone, you need the two-day pass. Hermitude – Horrorshow – The Herd – Urthboy – Sietta – The Tongue – Jimblah – Joelistics – Astronomy Class – The Last Kinection – Ozi Batla – Sky’High – Jane Tyrrell (Solo debut). Melbourne Friday 22 November – Corner Hotel, Richmond Saturday 23 November  – Northcote Social Club, Northcote Tickets available from Corner Hotel and Northcote Social … Continue reading 15: A Celebration of Fifteen years of Elefant Traks

Real Music Lasts Forever ‘This Is How We Never Die’ – Chasm Interview

This Is How We Never Die is the refreshingly on-point third instalment from prestigious Sydney producer Chasm. Joined by local and international artists; Chasm approaches beats like a learned artist with a brush, building on classic principles to create evolutionary new music.  aahh: This Is How We Never is the title to this absolute masterpiece of a production album. Explain to us the concept behind the title of the LP and what the you wanted to accomplish with this album? Chasm: The title is taken from a Currensy line I heard on one of his latest tapes, ‘Real music lasts forever, this … Continue reading Real Music Lasts Forever ‘This Is How We Never Die’ – Chasm Interview

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

Rainman – Bigger Pictures

Mention Rainman amongst the initiated and the respect attributed to his name is palpable. Recognised nationally as one of Queensland’s finest, Rainman’s list of collaborations, support slots and guest appearances reads like a who’s who of Australian hip hop. Rainman is poised to drop his second album Bigger Pictures, in stores Friday 4 May through Obese distribution. The album sees Sammsonite (The Optimen) return for the lion’s share of the production but also features some of Australia’s finest beat – smiths including the APRA and AIR Award winning, ARIA nominated Count Bounce (TZU/Urthboy), DJ Bonez, Mangohig (Sietta), Chasm (Astronomy Class), … Continue reading Rainman – Bigger Pictures

Elefant Traks Announces an Industry first ‘CD Plus MPFree’

Your favourite label is leading the way with a new system of album sales through the Elefant Traks online store called CD + MPfree. Get a CD or vinyl sent to your letterbox; receive the same album as high quality MP3s in your inbox, free and Immediately! Downloads and cloud-based consumption is undoubtedly the future, but labels still sell more CDs than digital albums. This is about rewarding those who feel the liner note love and value lyric booklets or signed copies, or the joy of a parcel in the mail. It’s two for the price of one, without devaluing … Continue reading Elefant Traks Announces an Industry first ‘CD Plus MPFree’

Tuka – Will Rap For Tuka (Out Now) + Free Download

After years of humbly impressing Australian audiences as a member of Thundamentals, Rumpunch and Sketch The Rhyme, it’s now time for emcee Tuka to step to the fore and distinguish himself as one of the country’s most exciting lyrical talents. As comfortable rocking over a stomping Gypsy horn line as he is over Dub-Reggae or a driving Boom Bap rhythm. Tuka’s debut LP Will Rap For Tuka is the culmination of years honing his craft, both in written form and performance and delivers one of 2010’s most diverse efforts right before the buzzer sounds. With only two guests on the … Continue reading Tuka – Will Rap For Tuka (Out Now) + Free Download

The Tongue – Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy is the title to your second full length LP dropping today. How are you feeling about the finished product? I feel like its my best work to date. I’m working with the best producers, I’m writing the best songs of my career, all the guests brought their A-game….I’m really proud of this album… It’s a slick-looking package for sure, is there any meaning behind the title Alternative Energy? The human race is headed for disaster….I don’t believe in that 2012 crap but all the signs suggest we need to change our ways. If we don’t find a better … Continue reading The Tongue – Alternative Energy

Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial Tour (a little reminder…)

Ozi Batla, frontman for The Herd is venturing out on his first solo tour in support of his debut record Wild Colonial, starting this Friday! Already heavily featured on triple j, Rage, Video Hits and Channel [V], Ozi steps out on stage backed by Sandro, who produced the entire Wild Colonial album. One of the most lauded and loved emcees in Australia, Ozi Batla has led The Herd and Astronomy Class on multiple National tours and performances at all the major festivals. Most recently he wowed the sold-out crowds at Before Too Long: Paul Kelly Tribute shows at the Forum … Continue reading Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial Tour (a little reminder…)

Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial Tour

Ozi Batla, frontman for The Herd is venturing out on his first solo tour in support of his debut record Wild Colonial. Already heavily featured on triple j, Rage, Video Hits and Channel [V], Ozi steps out on stage backed by Sandro, who produced the entire Wild Colonial album. One of the most lauded and loved emcees in Australia, Ozi Batla has led The Herd and Astronomy Class on multiple National tours and performances at all the major festivals. Most recently he wowed the sold-out crowds at Before Too Long: Paul Kelly Tribute shows at the Forum in Melbourne. Expect … Continue reading Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial Tour

Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (Joey Smiles Review and Interview)

As a veteran member of some legendary groups, Ozi Batla has already mastered raps over The Herd’s accordion and guitar-layered live instrumentation, the reggae influenced beats of Astronomy Class and some futuristic trip-hop feature spots – but Wild Colonial is much more personal than anything he’s done before and listeners’ preconceptions will be challenged over the diverse soundscape of the record, which is sure to cement him as one of the finest wordsmiths in Australia both in terms of lyrical content and his exceptional delivery and control over the mic. The concept behind the album becomes clear when listening to … Continue reading Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (Joey Smiles Review and Interview)

mdusu – new album + free mixtape

Hailing from Hobart – Australia’s southern-most capital city, mdusu (pronounced muh-DOO-soo) is one of Tasmania’s premier hip hop artists. Since his first live performance as an emcee in 2003, the MC/producer has built himself a reputation Australia-wide for quality recordings and raucous live shows, a feat which is all the more remarkable considering the isolation of his home town. In just a few short years, he has performed alongside acts such as De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Jungle Brothers, Z-Trip, Swollen Members, The Herd, Drapht, Funkoars, Muph & Plutonic etc. and can even lay claim to having shared a stage … Continue reading mdusu – new album + free mixtape

Debut solo from Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (2010)

Ozi Batla is one of Australia’s best known emcees, fronting both The Herd and Astronomy Class. He is best known for penning anthemic tunes such as “77%”, “Starship Troopers” and “A Bright Tomorrow”, sharing credits on “We Can’t Hear You”, “Only 19” and the early Australian hip hop breakthrough “Scallops” in 2003. Renowned for his often politically charged lyrics, he also been involved outside music, through direct activism, fundraising and conducting hip hop workshops for disadvantaged youths in the outback and inner cities. Far from a one-dimensional emcee, his vocal range is as evident live as on record. He is … Continue reading Debut solo from Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (2010)

Thundamentals – East Coast ‘My Lady’ Single Launch Tour

Blue Mountains hip-hop 4 piece Thundamentals are back on the airwaves, and East Coast stages from Brisbane to Melbourne this February with the launch of ‘My Lady’. The 3rd single from their debut album Sleeping On Your Style – a Latin/Soul infused tune featuring Sydney neo-soul sensation Ray Mann on guest vocals – proves why SMH Metro has dubbed Thundamentals one of the Top 10 live acts to watch in 2010. Bursting onto an explosive Australian hip hop scene in 2009, Sleeping On Your Style garnered attention for its outstanding production, eclectic musical influences and compelling rhymes. From the Cairns … Continue reading Thundamentals – East Coast ‘My Lady’ Single Launch Tour

Vote For JJJ Album Of The Year (aussie hip hop style)

Richard Kingsmill from Triple J will countdown the Top 10 albums of the year voted by you on the final ever ‘2009’ on December 13. He will also be going through his Top 10 album list and maybe contacting you to talk about the albums you’ve loved from this year. To vote all you have to do is submit you selection online via the website below. To make it easier for everyone out there we have narrowed the list down to as many  ‘aussie hip hop’  releases only. Please note Chasm and Vida Sunshyne’s release Move is incorrectly labeled as … Continue reading Vote For JJJ Album Of The Year (aussie hip hop style)

Thundamentals – National Wake Up Tour

NSW hip-hop collective Thundamentals have embarked on their first national headlining tour in support of their recently released full length, Sleeping On Your Style! After successful runs supporting Astronomy Class and shows on the Obese Records Block Party Tour, Thundamentals will cross the country hitting major cities and regional locations on a trek dubbed the Wake Up Tour! The tour kicked off in Sydney on October 30th with an eclectic lineup featuring the improvisational comedy/hip hop troupe Sketch The Rhyme. The tour will see the group perform live alongside labelmate Mantra on select dates and will wrap up in Perth … Continue reading Thundamentals – National Wake Up Tour

Spit Syndicate, The Tongue, Chasm & Vida Concert

Three of NSW premier acts are teaming up to see 2009 off with a massive night of aussie hip-hop and reggae-infused jams. On Friday  December 18 @ the Oxford Art Factory,  Spit Syndicate, The Tongue and Chasm & Vida Sunshyne hit the stage for what is sure to be one of the biggest nights on the local music calendar. After bursting onto the aussie hip hop scene last year with an ARIA-nominated album and two national tours, Sydney wonderkids Spit Syndicate have been relatively quiet in 2009 as they prepare their sophomore record. They are breaking their 12-month hiatus with … Continue reading Spit Syndicate, The Tongue, Chasm & Vida Concert