Music News: Hyjak – The Light At The End Of The Tunnel 12.07.13

Hyjak has returned with his first solo studio album since 2009, feeling the pressure of having to stand on his own two feet as a solo artist he returns more focused and lyrically articulate than ever! The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a roller coaster ride of emotions with lyrics painting pictures to make the listener feel the pain and triumph as Hyjak relives past experiences through his music. From the first few seconds of the intro Hyjak lays his cards on the table and it becomes evident he is dissecting his own faults to make himself a … Continue reading Music News: Hyjak – The Light At The End Of The Tunnel 12.07.13

Bitter Belief – The Gallery (Out Now!)

Perth native Bitter Belief (Syllabolix) drops his sophomore album The Gallery through Obese Records Distribution today! The LP features the likes of The Tongue, Purpose, Briggs, Hau, Creed Birch, Mr Grevis and more. With producer Creed Birch handling most of the album’s production, the two have been working together for years developing their sound. Production credits also include M-Phazes, Cam Bluff and Rob Shaker, who also handled cuts, mixing and mastering. You can purchase The Gallery here. Bandcamp  ||  Twitter  ||  Facebook  ||  Purchase Continue reading Bitter Belief – The Gallery (Out Now!)

The Funkoars – Carl Sagan

2012’s Golden Era Mixtape was the second in the series of mixtapes showcasing the talent, depth and skill of the artists on the Golden Era Records label, including artists Briggs, Hilltop Hoods, Adfu and more. Released on the triple j hip hop show with Hau, The Golden Era Mixtape 2012 featured a host of dope tracks including Funkoars – Carl Sagan. As a part of the ‘Funkoars Fam Appreciation Day‘, Carl Sagan has been released as a free download, minus any drop overs. Written by Hons, Trials & Sesta with cuts from DJ Reflux, and production from Trials, this is the … Continue reading The Funkoars – Carl Sagan

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

Runforyourlife wins 2012 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Emerging Hip Hop group Runforyourlife has been announced as the winner of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative for 2012. With the support of the Hilltop Hoods and the Australian Performing Right Association (APRA|AMCOS), Runforyourlife has won a kick-start to their career, with $10,000 going towards the release and promotion of their first solo album. MC Suffa of Hilltop Hoods said, “Thanks to APRA and our judging team Hau, Raph, Nish and Ran-Dee, they do a great job every year. Congratulations to the Hip Hop/Soul collective Runforyourlife, they make some great music and are very deserving recipients.” As part of the prize package, … Continue reading Runforyourlife wins 2012 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

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

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

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas – Find My Way feat. Joyride: New Film Clip

Rahjconkas and Mr Hill have just released their debut album The Feeback which dropped early 2012. Guest artists who have thrown their support towards this release include Trials, The Tongue, Hau, Jeswon, Joyride, Seven, Phatchance, 4th & Joyride. Joyride teams up with Mr Hill & Rahjconkas on the track banging track Find My Way. This track is a monster with the newly released film clip out earlier this week. You can check it out below.  Writer/Producer/Director: Oliver Lofgren Director of Photography: David La Roche Editor: Sebastien Carew-Reid – Stunts: Chris Hannam Twitter  ||  Soundcloud  ||  Triple J  ||  Purchase Continue reading Mr Hill & Rahjconkas – Find My Way feat. Joyride: New Film Clip

Golden Era Records Mixtape 2012

The Golden Era Mixtape 2012 is the second in the series of mixtapes showcasing the talent, depth and skill of the artists on  the Golden Era Records labels. Released on the triple j hip hop show with Hau, the Golden Era Mixtape 2012 is out now. You can grab it by following the link here.  Mixed by ADFU, hosted by Briggs the mixtape features all of the usual suspects the Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Vents, Briggs, Hau and K21. Highlights include The Hilltop Hoods Feat. Sia – I Love It (Trials Remix),  the new Hilltop Hoods track Rattling The Keys To The Kingdom, Debris, … Continue reading Golden Era Records Mixtape 2012

Reason – Window Of Time Video Clip

Reason’s Window of Time is the final solo effort of his pioneering career, a true testament to his twenty plus years of dedication to Australian hip hop and reflective of his journey thus far. Window of Time, in essence, is intended to open minds and expose its listener to a mélange of historical, situational and currently pressing themes. Reason, both a school teacher and youth workshop facilitator, takes actualities to words with the intention of inspiring positive action. The album’s conceptual roots are of a worldly emphasis in contrast to the artists previous releases that were more indicative of his local scene. … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time Video Clip

Reason – Window Of Time (Out Now)

Reason’s Window of Time is the final solo effort of his pioneering career, a true testament to his twenty plus years of dedication to Australian hip hop and reflective of his journey thus far. Window of Time, in essence, is intended to open minds and expose its listener to a mélange of historical, situational and currently pressing themes. Reason, both a school teacher and youth workshop facilitator, takes actualities to words with the intention of inspiring positive action. The album’s conceptual roots are of a worldly emphasis in contrast to the artists previous releases that were more indicative of his local … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time (Out Now)

Reason – Window Of Time

Reason’s Window of Time is the final solo effort of his pioneering career, a true testament to his twenty plus years of dedication to Australian hip hop and reflective of his journey thus far. Window of Time, in essence, is intended to open minds and expose its listener to a mélange of historical, situational and currently pressing themes. Reason, both a school teacher and youth workshop facilitator, takes actualities to words with the intention of inspiring positive action. The album’s conceptual roots are of a worldly emphasis in contrast to the artists previous releases that were more indicative of his … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time

Reason – Window Of Time (Nov 4)

The moment of truth has arrived; and the legacy left behind by Reason will further be entrenched within the history of hip hop. Window Of Time drops November 4th 2011, and shall lay testament to Reason’s two and a half decades of dedicated service… In typical Reason style, there are guests aplenty throughout the album. Those sharing mic duties include Lazy Grey, Bias B, Hau, Dialectrix, Hunter, Iron Braydz, Lotek, AJ, Joyride, KYE, Mdusus, Rachel Berry & Rappaport. The album is blessed with superb production from Suffa, Debris, Debate, Mdusu, Geko & WIZDM. Stay tuned for more information on the release … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time (Nov 4)

Katalyst – Deep Impressions [Out Today]

Internationally renowned, ARIA nominated producer Katalyst returns with new album Deep Impressions, set for release today via Invada Records / Remote Control. The follow up album to his highly acclaimed 2007 album What’s Happening, a former triple j feature album, Deep Impressions is Katalyst’s third full length album and his most impressive work to date. The latest product of his audiophiliac obsession, Deep Impressions deconstructs and distils soul, hip hop, funk, jazz, reggae and electro influences into what is perhaps most accurately described as “the Katalyst sound“. Deep Impressions is a reflection of the large variety tunes that influence Katalyst’s own musical … Continue reading Katalyst – Deep Impressions [Out Today]

Treehouse Collective Mixtape

Matt Beaton, Josh Gilmour and Kel Corbett all studied together at High School, Tafe and University, forging a strong friendship along the way. Between us we’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients across various industries such as the Arts, Music, Fashion, Theatre, Editorial Newspaper & Magazine Design, Film, TV and Web/Multimedia Design. After working for various design & photography companies around Perth, we established Treehouse in ’07 as a way to pool our skills and pursue the type of work we love to do. With a shared passion for music, this is one area we … Continue reading Treehouse Collective Mixtape

Katalyst announces 3rd album ‘Deep Impressions’ and drops a free mixtape ‘Back To Basics Vol. 1’

Internationally renowned, ARIA nominated producer Katalyst returns with new album Deep Impressions, set for release on the 16th of September 2011 via Invada Records / Remote Control. The follow up album to his highly acclaimed 2007 album What’s Happening, a former triple j feature album, Deep Impressions is Katalyst’s third full length album and his most impressive work to date. The latest product of his audiophiliac obsession, Deep Impressions deconstructs and distils soul, hip hop, funk, jazz, reggae and electro influences into what is perhaps most accurately described as “the Katalyst sound”. Deep Impressions is a reflection of the large variety tunes … Continue reading Katalyst announces 3rd album ‘Deep Impressions’ and drops a free mixtape ‘Back To Basics Vol. 1’

Ellesquire – Ready (Out Now)

Big Village is very proud to announce the release of Ellesquire’s debut solo album Ready. Ellesquire is a rapper whose lyrics come across with an honesty and charm that is rarely heard within the local hip hop scene. Ready combines his smooth, flowing delivery and storytelling style with sample-heavy, lo-fi beats from prolific local producer P.Major. The sound pays tribute to 90s hip hop, while keeping a fresh feel by experimenting with atypical rhythms and melodies. The album’s lead single and title track Ready has helped Ellesquire generate a buzz as one of the most interesting artists to emerge on the local … Continue reading Ellesquire – Ready (Out Now)

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

Hau – Back at it again. Audio newsletter goodness.

This time rocking over Ski Beatz & Mos Def’s, ‘Taxi’ instrumental from the album, 24 Hour Karate School. Purchase here. See us perform next at: Da Klinic 10th Birthday Bash (Also performing: Briggs, Bias B, Vents, Terra Firma, K21) HQ Live, Adelaide Friday, July 29th The Beresford Hotel Gig (with Plutonic Lab on the drums) Bourke St, Surry Hills Saturday, August 6th Sydney Website  ||  MySpace  ||  Twitter (Hau)  ||  Twitter (Koolism)  ||  Blog  ||  YouTube Continue reading Hau – Back at it again. Audio newsletter goodness.

Thorts – Discography (Free Download)

Thorts has been putting in the hard yards since around 2005 and now has decided to “shed his skin” by releasing his collection of works over at his bandcamp page for FREE download. Not only can you pick up Thorts discography to date, you can also pick up a few rare gems, including a track featuring Hau and Ozi Batla with a beat by Admin. See what Thorts had to say about the whole thing below. “I have uploaded all my previous albums onto my bandcamp page for free download. Basically I feel like I need to shed my skin … Continue reading Thorts – Discography (Free Download)

D’Opus & Roshambo – Bring Happiness Video

Canberra based producer & emcee duo D’Opus & Roshambo have teamed up again to bring out their long-awaited second LP Past Time, which includes the singles Come Find Out and Bring Happiness. The album was released in April this year on Mercury Switch Lab through Inertia. The duo have drawn from a pool of Australian artists to collaborate on songs throughout Past Time, with Muph, Hau, Dialectrix and Mdusu just a few who contribute their verses to the album. Chanel Cole, member of Trip Hop group Spook, provides her unique voice on the tracks Bring Happiness and Come Find Out. … Continue reading D’Opus & Roshambo – Bring Happiness Video

Rush photography book, 2011

Rush fresh from his first solo exhibition recently held at The Front Gallery, Canberra releases a 2011 photography book. Featuring 40 pages – Black & white photos – Colour photos – Polaroids from his One Shot exhibition – Omar Musa “We Dwell” poem – Jorge Peniche (guest photographer) – Includes photos of: Patrick Mills, Hau from Koolism, Naughty by Nature, E.L.K, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Ice Cube, Young Murph & Derrick Rose. Rush is an Australian photographer who is influenced by music & youth culture extending from his background as a DJ. After graduating from the School of Art at the … Continue reading Rush photography book, 2011

Hau’s Version Excursion – ‘Get In My Life’ (Original By Hermitude)

For the fun & love of making music & paying homage. Original by Hermitude (http://www.elefanttraks.com) Refixed by Hau Lyrics: (verse one) As soon as I heard the sirens I looked for the nearest spot that I could hide in Leapt over a fire hydrant to slide in… Between a Merc’ and some white thing They shone the light in, forced me to scatter like a cockraoch They got close, I’m cooking under pressure like a pot roast Blokes like me have got choked once caught So that one thought alone makes me run towards.. This one door that’s half open, … Continue reading Hau’s Version Excursion – ‘Get In My Life’ (Original By Hermitude)

Hau’s Version Excursion – ‘One’, ‘Two’ & ‘Three’ (Geko Instrumentals – The Crate Cartel)

For the fun & love of making music & paying homage. Originals by Geko found on ‘The Crate Cartel’ Refixed by Hau Download MP3 here. Lyrics: (chorus one) I’ve got my pen in hand and I’m writing for the life of me Sometimes it’s like hide-n-seek, writing down what I can see I got a blank piece of paper and vast vocab so… Let’s see where it takes me (x3) True penmanship, nothing could ever censor this… mind state, don’t try mate, that could result in endless dentist trips Or drips from the IV Pen is hand and got the … Continue reading Hau’s Version Excursion – ‘One’, ‘Two’ & ‘Three’ (Geko Instrumentals – The Crate Cartel)

Vents – History Of The World: Refix by Hau from Koolism

OK, here is the story. Hau from Koolism was meant to write a review for Adelaide emcee & Golden Era Records signee, Vents’, new album, Marked For Death (which is out early May) for Triple J Mag. Unfortunately/ fortunately, Golden Era Records sent the single for History of the World instead. On it was the instrumental. So Hau being a fan of the song and an emcee, he naturally wanted to do his thing over it. He had just bought a Rode USB mic to demo stuff up on and here it is. For the fun & love of making … Continue reading Vents – History Of The World: Refix by Hau from Koolism

Australia’s top hip hop artists unite to speak for multiculturalism



Australia’s top Hip Hop artists, including hip hop legend Hau of Koolism and international award winning slam poet and rapper Omar bin Musa, have come together to speak out against the recent attacks on multiculturalism.

 In a hip hop video specially recorded in support of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the four artists of diverse cultural backgrounds (Malaysian, Indian, Greek and Tongan Australians) expressed their personal take on the recent issues. 

FECCA is the national peak body representing multicultural Australians. FECCA has been inundated with responses from communities and leaders across Australia about recent articles in … Continue reading Australia’s top hip hop artists unite to speak for multiculturalism



MC/Producer Koolta Wins The 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Emerging South Australian Hip Hop artist Koolta has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Kultar Ahluwalia, aka Koolta, is a 22yo South Australian MC/Producer. With an all-round skill set, Koolta employs a DIY mentality, handling all his own production, writing, recording and mixing. Making music since the age of 15, Koolta has shared the stage with such artists as Urthboy, Drapht, Funkoars, Foreign Beggars and C Rayz Walz.

 Koolta receives $10,000 from Hilltop Hoods and APRA to release and promote his debut LP. He also receives a prize pack valued at $1000 from DC clothing … Continue reading MC/Producer Koolta Wins The 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

D’Opus & Roshambo – new album ‘Past Time’ out early April through Mercury Switch/Inertia

Canberra producer & emcee duo D’Opus & Roshambo have teamed up again to bring out their long-awaited second LP Past Time, which includes the promotional single Come Find Out featuring Chanel Cole. The album will be released on April 8 on Mercury Switch Lab through Inertia. The duo have drawn from a pool of Australian artists to collaborate on songs throughout Past Time, with Hau (Koolism), Muph (Muph & Plutonic), Dialectrix, Scott Burns, and Mdusu all contributing guest verses to the album. Chanel Cole, member of trip hop group Spook, provides her unique voice on the tracks Bring Happiness and Come … Continue reading D’Opus & Roshambo – new album ‘Past Time’ out early April through Mercury Switch/Inertia