Letters To The Sun – Coin x Akouo

Originating from two of the most musically isolated parts of Australia, Perth rapper Coin (of The Stoops / Coin & Taku) and Tasmanian DJ/producer Akouo (Javs & Akouo) have been quietly building a cache of sounds that blend neo-soul, backpack rap and eclectic rhythms. The duo draw inspiration from a range of influences, from hip hop producers such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Hitek, Exile and 20Syl to neo-soul figures like Amp Fiddler, Erykah Badu and Common. As a member of The Stoops, Coin collaborated with producer J Squared (Illy / Beathedz / Spit Syndicate) on their album Stoop Squared. It was soon followed up his album Home, a collaboration with future beats producer Taku (Raashan Ahmad/Miles Bonny). Coin’s work on The … Continue reading Letters To The Sun – Coin x Akouo

Interview: Mdusu – 88 1/2 EP

First things first – it’s pronounced muh-DOO-soo, & it’s spelled M-D-U-S-U , lets just call the MC/producer from Hobart Duse or MD. Duse has recently released a ‘name your price’ EP titled the 88 1/2 EP. The Tape Death Collective member catches up with aahh to talk about the new EP.  What brought about the newEP? Basically, I’d spent the past year working like a madman on beats, rhymes, session muso work & post-production for a heap of cats (no arrogance, but I can almost guarantee that if you like hip hop from Australia, you’ve heard my work this year). I … Continue reading Interview: Mdusu – 88 1/2 EP

Letters To The Sun – Appetizers

Originating from two of the most musically isolated parts of Australia, Perth rapper Coin (of The Stoops / Coin & Taku) and Tasmanian DJ/producer Akouo (Javs & Akouo) have been quietly building a cache of sounds that blend neo-soul, backpack rap and eclectic rhythms. The duo draw inspiration from a range of influences, from hip hop producers such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Hitek, Exile and 20Syl to neo-soul figures like Amp Fiddler, Erykah Badu and Common. As a member of The Stoops, Coin collaborated with producer J Squared (Illy / Beathedz / Spit Syndicate) on their album Stoop Squared. It … Continue reading Letters To The Sun – Appetizers

Class A serves new single featuring Ishu

Having dropped her exciting debut album Me, Me, Me and Him: The Secret Life of a Receptionist last year, Melbourne MC Class A is back and shows no sign of slowing down as she reveals new single Never featuring Ishu. Her last record saw her collaborating with Aussie hip hop heroes M-Phazes, BVA, Urban Monk and Doc Felix, which gained loads of local buzz and saw her truly cement her position within the Australian hip hop scene. She’s shared the stage with the likes of Dilated Peoples, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and J-Live, as well as national … Continue reading Class A serves new single featuring Ishu

Subsketch – Department Of Human Services

Subsketch is a Sydney based Hip Hop artist (MC & Producer), originally from the Adelaide foot hills. The Subsketch story dates back to 2002 and the short lived group Def Before Dishonour. DBD were a 3-piece consisting of DJ Mula, MC Trubador & a then 17 year old Subsketch. Arriving out of nowhere, performing alongside some of Adelaide’s best including Delta, Terra Firma, Hilltop Hoods, After Hours and more, DBD wrote and produced an entire album before throwing it away, breaking up and vanishing as quickly as they had appeared. Subsketch cautiously re-emerged as a solo artist in 2004 with … Continue reading Subsketch – Department Of Human Services

Class A MC Interview: Milkmen, Money & Music

aahh: 2010 saw the release of your debut LP Me, Me, Me & Him, The Secret Life of a Receptionist. What so far has been the highlight of this journey? Class A MC: The highlight of the journey was seeing it out and in JB Hi Fi. That was a big goal for me- to get it in stores. It was a very long and arduous journey and to see it finished, packaged and ready for sale was an amazing feeling. After the visit to JB, we then went and drank champagne and ate lots of dumplings to celebrate. The … Continue reading Class A MC Interview: Milkmen, Money & Music

Ishu presents the new single “World Domination feat. Elf Tranzporter”

Following the successful release of his album A World in Progress and single Progress feat. Mantra, Ishu is releasing a second single titled World Domination feat. Elf Tranzporter. An up-tempo hip hop tune driven by regal horns and dramatic strings, with the highly skilled veteran Elf Tranzporter on the mic. Elf Tranzporter, well known for his politically charged lyricism both solo and as part of the Melbourne hip hop outfit Combat Wombat, delves into events and ethical issues in the pharmaceutical industry and conniving corporate takeover strategies. Much like the rest of the album, World Domination feat. Elf Tranzporter was … Continue reading Ishu presents the new single “World Domination feat. Elf Tranzporter”

Ishu presents an amazing debut album: A World In Progress

Back in 2008, Ishu garnered praise for the smooth, organic dub/reggae/dancehall flavours and laid-back vocals of his debut EP. Seven tracks which documented his time in Melbourne before heading abroad. Fast-forward two years later and he’s switching it up. A broadened sound palette has him charting new musical territory, using hiphop and electronic beats as his canvas. Culture-mashing boom-bap in a similar vein to local favourites Hermitude and with hints of big influences like Madlib, Hi-Tek and Bonobo, Ishu is now ready to unleash his debut album, A World In Progress. Citing his environment as the main influence of his … Continue reading Ishu presents an amazing debut album: A World In Progress

Ishu presents the new single ‘Progress feat. Mantra’ [A World In Progress – Out Today]

Citing his environment as the main influence of his music, it’s no surprise that Sydney-born hip-hop producer Ishu has returned to Australia with a bag full of fresh ideas and a new vision, after travelling throughout Europe and Asia in 2009. Collecting samples and field recordings along the way; Ishu found inspiration in every country he visited, immersing himself in local culture and sketching beats for his forthcoming album release. Now at his new home in Melbourne, it’s time to bring these rough drafts to life. ISHU presents the new single ‘Progress feat. Mantra’ Back in 2008, Ishu had garnered … Continue reading Ishu presents the new single ‘Progress feat. Mantra’ [A World In Progress – Out Today]

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]

Spit Syndicate – Wildside Tour FREE Download

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 November – The Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE, 11th November – Rocket Room, PERTH 12th November – Mojo’s Bar, FREMANTLE 13th November – Studio 146 (formerly Xomniax), ALBANY 18th November – The National Hotel, GEELONG 19th … Continue reading Spit Syndicate – Wildside Tour FREE Download

Wildside Tour feat. The Tongue + Spit Syndicate Supported by Class A

For those of you who have been following The Tongue saga we’re relieved to let you know he has been released and is free to tour Australia in November. His touring partners, Spit Syndicate, covered his legal expenses (hello, record label?) and we caught the big moment where they met up on tape above. If you need a refresher on the infamous ‘press conference’ that got The Tongue into trouble, you can see the video here. The Wildside Tour heads around the country throughout November, co-headlined by Spit Syndicate with support from Class A. Tickets are available now from elefanttraks.oztix.com.au … Continue reading Wildside Tour feat. The Tongue + Spit Syndicate Supported by Class A

The Wildside Tour – The Tongue + Spit Syndicate

Presented by Elefant Traks, New World Artists & Select Music Two of Australia’s most electrifying hip hop acts combine to bring you the Wildside Tour, kicking off in early November. Longtime collaborators, The Tongue and Spit Syndicate joinforces for a national tour of epic proportions. This is hip-hop’s answer to Voltron, or was it Captain Planet? The Tongue’s new album, Alternative Energy has just dropped and it’s been generating quite a buzz. The record has already featured as Album of the Week on FBi, 2SER and Austereo’s Radar Radio. The video for first single The Show has been screened on … Continue reading The Wildside Tour – The Tongue + Spit Syndicate

Class A – Me, Me, M e and Him: The Secret Life of a Receptionist (Sept 17)

No stranger to the rap game, Class A was in 2008 and 2009 voted Australia’s Best Female MC after several independent releases; 2007’s Class In Session mixtape and 2008’s Class With Parker EP garnered her national attention. This quick rise to prominence has seen her share stages with such international luminaries as Dilated Peoples, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Gift of Gab and J-Live, as well as national stalwarts the Hilltop Hoods, Urthboy, Mantra & Ozi Batla. A relentless work ethic and string of momentum-building live shows has Class A currently galvanising a loyal audience of both hip hop fans and … Continue reading Class A – Me, Me, M e and Him: The Secret Life of a Receptionist (Sept 17)

Mantra – Power Of The Spoken album launch

With a successful touring run supporting Urthboy already in motion (Sneakquel Tour – Adelaide leg gig review here), acclaimed Melbourne emcee Mantra is gearing up for his hometown launch show on the 28 May. Celebrating the release of his Triple J featured, debut full length album Power of the Spoken, Mantra will take to the East Brunswick Club with DJ Wasabi. Mata & Must and Class A have been lined up as supports for the evening. Tickets are $18. The show is shaping up to be a killer, with  Mantra and Wasabi putting together a one-off set featuring visuals, special … Continue reading Mantra – Power Of The Spoken album launch

Kadyelle – Earthworthy LP

Female emcee Kadyelle is set to release her highly anticipated album Earthworthy. The album has been described as 16 tracks of mutual masturbation……. featuring Thorts, Esvee, Class A, JP, Morgan Macmanus, Nikkita, Lady Lash, G-Force & Butler Yeats. Production by Proph1, Xcise and Crytearia. This is what Kadyelle had to say about the Earthworthy LP release: My LP “Earthworthy” is out in March/April 2010 and I am currently taking orders from those kind enough to help us fund the process. It features some tasty raps from Thorts, Esvee, JP, Class A, Nikkita, Lady Lash, G-Force, Butler Yeats and Morgan Macmanus. … Continue reading Kadyelle – Earthworthy LP

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

CLASS-A ‘New single- So Bad’

Based in the Melbourne, Class-A is an office chick by day who just happens to moonlight as an underground rap star. Voted Best Female MC in the OzHipHop.Com Awards in 2008 is currently completing work on her official debut release entitled Me, Me, Me, and Him: The Secret Life of a Receptionist. The cheeky lyricist now offers up a brand new single ‘So Bad’ produced by one of Australia’s biggest names in hip-hop production, M-Phazes. Class A had this to say about ‘So Bad’ and her upcoming EP: This is off my EP titled – ‘Me me me me and … Continue reading CLASS-A ‘New single- So Bad’

Flow Lab Presents…

Flow Lab is a Perth based organization, putting on live shows featuring local and interstate talents. With a majority of the focus on beat driven music such as Hip Hop and Funk, but also the occasional Rock or infusion band. With a regular friday at the Rosemount Hotel, and a monthly residency at the Paddington Ale House, the 4th Sunday of every month. Flow Lab offers a place for both established acts and newcomers. This time, Flowlab presents Seth Sentry with supports from others including the Bleeding Hearts Crew – Thorts, Esvee, Class A & DJ Bogues. The gig is … Continue reading Flow Lab Presents…