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

Chasm Night Vision

After working together on Chasm’s last album This Is How We Never Die, the two developed a strong collaborative bond. Last year Blak Twang flew out to Australia to hook up with Chasm again. The result was the Night Vision EP, fresh and full of scope. The feel of the EP travels from laid-back and sunny, to moody and dark. Imagery is vividly brought to life by Blak Twang’s expert wordplay. In lead single The Summer, Chasm favours warm strings and laid back beats. Blak Twang along with Aussie emcees Ozi Batla (The Herd/Astronomy Class) and Hau (Koolism/triple j hip … Continue reading Chasm Night Vision

Loose Change On The Road With ‘Yes Or No’

Sydney hip hop trio Loose Change, just months after an extensive album tour for Listening Party, which included several dates with old pals Thundamentals, are back in the van in support of super smooth new single Yes Or No, kicking off in sunny Melbourne in support of mate Mantra.  Yes Or No turns the dial, and the lights, down a few notches, flipping the switch on the stereotypical commitment-phobic manscape, showing our lyrical heroes baring their hearts to their lady loves, imploring the song’s female antagonist – voiced here by the divine, soulful, Meklit Kebrit – to make a decision one … Continue reading Loose Change On The Road With ‘Yes Or No’

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

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)

Chasm – Summer feat. Blak Twang, Hau & Ozi Batla

Summer, the new single from Chasm features world renowned UK rap legend Blak Twang, and Australian Kings of hip hop Ozi Batla (The Herd/Astronomy Class) and Hau (Koolism/triple j hip hop show). Summer is an insight from Chasm’s upcoming fourth EP which is to be released in early 2014. A chilled out track; Summer is set alight by its warm strings and laid back beats. The three emcees trade verses on their Summer vibes, complementing each other with differing styles. “‘Summer was written one night at my studio, earlier in the year. From memory Blak Twang was just vibing on being out … Continue reading Chasm – Summer feat. Blak Twang, Hau & Ozi Batla

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

Kadyelle – The Theory Of Everything

Touted as being one of the most skillful females in the scene right now after her solid debut release Earthworthy in 2010 and The One Nighter mixtape in 2011. Kadyelle has supported and toured with such acts as Sage Francis, Ozi Batla, M-Phazes, Phrase, Illy, Spit Syndicate, The Tongue, Class A, Optamus, Muph & Plutonic, Seth Sentry plus many more.  Her newest LP The Theory of Everything features Ozi Batla, Thorts, Optamus, Dazastah, Hunter, Porsah Laine, Rachael Berry, Soma, Miss Karleena, Miss.She.ill, Rob Shaker and production from Rahjconkas, The Digital Assassin, Admin Beats and Ren Riz. The Theory of Everything is available now for a ‘name … Continue reading Kadyelle – The Theory Of Everything

Chasm EP Series Vol. 1: Rachael Berry x Skryptcha Diamond Cuts

After a very successful 2012 centred around his widely revered album This is How We Never Die, Chasm has returned in 2013 with a fresh approach to releasing his music. The Chasm EP series, the first of which is set for release on March 15th this year, will comprise of four separate digital releases, each featuring a different vocal artist.   The collaborations, in true Chasm style, will spotlight artists from his international network including Guilty Simpson (USA), Blak Twang (UK), and our very own Monchichi (AUS), Skryptcha & Rachael Berry (AUS). The first EP from the series Diamond Cuts, features … Continue reading Chasm EP Series Vol. 1: Rachael Berry x Skryptcha Diamond Cuts

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

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’

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

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

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)

Elefant Traks Welcome New Signing: Joelistics

Elefant Traks welcome new signing: Joelistics!! His debut solo album is called Voyager and it drops May 6. From his time with TZU, Joelistics is regarded as one of the most charismatic frontmen in hip hop, one of the best freestylers to have never battled; a true storyteller influenced by shoegazer electronica and folk as much as classic boom bap hip hop. Self-produced and written in France, Mongolia, China and Australia, Voyager taps into themes of travel, modern world paranoia and growing older. The first single airs late March.  Elefant Traks believe he’s got an absolutely cracking record on his hands and we tend … Continue reading Elefant Traks Welcome New Signing: Joelistics

Sydney Hip Hop Artists Unite for QLD Floods Relief

GigTone is proud to present: Blood’s Thicker Than, Water (Sydney Hip Hop QLD Floods Relief Gig) Wednesday 19th January @ Tone. Sydney’s Hip Hop elite has banded together to hold a fundraiser for victims of the Queensland Floods – some of which have family or friends directly affected, and everyone jumped at the chance to help out. Blood’s Thicker Than Water will feature a special appearance from Melbourne’s Briggs (Golden Era) and a stellar line-up of Sydney hip hop acts including Ozi Batla (Elefant Traks), Spit Syndicate (Obese), The Tongue (Elefant Traks), Dialectrix (Obese),  That’s Them, The Last Kinection (Elefant … Continue reading Sydney Hip Hop Artists Unite for QLD Floods Relief

Jagermeister Independent Music Awards – Hip Hop Focus

Proudly presented by Channel [V], NOVA, and MySpace, the fifth Annual Jagermeister Independent Music Awards (formally known as the Jagermeister AIR Awards) will be held on Friday October 1st at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne. The event is a rare opportunity to join great Australian Musicians and the Industry at large, as they celebrate success with the Award winners, and enjoy performances by some of the country’s most sought after artists. The Jagermeister Independent Music Awards  are Australia’s only official independent music awards, rewarding the country’s highest achieving independent artists across all genres, in any given year. The evening will feature performances … Continue reading Jagermeister Independent Music Awards – Hip Hop Focus

Yung Nooky – Survivors EP (Indent Ten Year Tour)

Nooky is from Nowra on the South Coast and is a proud member of the Yuin Nation. Yung Nooky is a fresh new blend of club banging sounds and socially conscious lyrics. Yung Nooky keeps strong cultural identity at the forefront of all his artistic endeavors. He has over 90 performances under his belt, ranging from community to international events and festivals. Ozi Batla from Elefant Traks produced Yung Nooky’s debut EP Survivors as well as featuring on the track Salute. Survivors is due to drop next month. Nooky also recently flew to LA to record with Taboo from the … Continue reading Yung Nooky – Survivors EP (Indent Ten Year Tour)

Spit Syndicate – Starry Eyed Video

The video for Starry Eyed. From the acclaimed new Spit Syndicate album Exile. Out now from Obese Records. The clip is directed by Artifact Digital, the incredibly talented crew that are behind the Jess Harlen, Gully Platoon, Illy, Ozi Batla, Dialectrix, Horrorshow, Mantra film clips..they’ve done a whole lot of crazy shit before, check out their website here. Behind the scenes at the Starry Eyed video shoot. Continue reading Spit Syndicate – Starry Eyed Video

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…)

Stolen Records Gala Ball – Ozi Batla Clip

Returning after a sellout show last year during last year’s Save FBi, Sydney’s hip hop community is banding together and donning their finest to bring you the Stolen Records Gala Ball. Hosted by FBi’s own Shantan Wantan Ichiban, dust off your tux and grab a date, we promise a night you won’t forget. Line up: Koolism Thundamentals Ozi Batla The Optimen APSCI Daily Meds Phatchance feat. Coptic Soldier Loosechange + DJ sets from; Katalyst and Stolen Records Skrillionaires $12 supporters / $17 non supporters / $22 on the door. All proceeds go to FBi Radio. Shantan Wantan Ichiban (aka Emperor … Continue reading Stolen Records Gala Ball – Ozi Batla Clip

‘The Out Of Brisbane Experience’ Tour – The Optimen

Following on from the shining release of their sophomore album The Out Of Money Experience in April, Brisbane’s The Optimen are hitting the road this July/August and taking their tunes to the nation on the official album launch. A five-year sojourn that culminated in one of Australia’s finest-hip hop releases this year, The Out Of Money Experience has been robustly received. The Optimen are getting ready to blast off on the long awaited Album Launch Tour. Taking in the East-Coast and Adelaide (Sorry Perth, we owe you!), The Optimen are taking to the road, bringing brand new tunes from The … Continue reading ‘The Out Of Brisbane Experience’ Tour – The Optimen

Uncensored Conversations: Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we? – Highlights

The third and final event of the Uncensored Conversations Speaker Series, ‘Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we?’ was held in King’s Hall at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 15 June 2010. Three members of Sydney hip hop group, The Herd, (Urthboy, Ozi Batla and Traksewt) shared their thoughts alongside Professor Dr Julianne Schultz. The Herd have used music as an outlet to express their opinions on a variety of issues. Their song ‘77%’ – which features the line ‘77% of Aussies are racist’ – refers to survey results that revealed the … Continue reading Uncensored Conversations: Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we? – Highlights

Spit Syndicate – Exile (Interview)

Nick Lupi from the Spit Syndicate catches up with allaussie hip hop to talk about their new release Exile, touring, competing with hip hop legend Ozi Batla plus more: aahh: Exile has just dropped lads, congrats on the release. Brilliant is something that comes to mind. Tell us a little about the album? Nick Lupi: Big ups Jim, thank you – glad you like it. I much prefer to let the music speak for itself rather than try to describe it with words, but in terms of the album, it’s the culmination of a lot of late nights and long … Continue reading Spit Syndicate – Exile (Interview)

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

Uncensored Conversations: Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we? – Interview with Herd member Traksewt

Ozi Batla, Urthboy and yourself (Traksewt) will be taking part in a Speaker Series forum titled ‘Uncensored Conversations: Boat People, the F-bomb and political power. High profile Australians speak out”. Held by the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) in Canberra, can you tell us a bit about this important event? A lot of Australian’s might not know MOAD exists, as it was only opened in 2009. The forum of Uncensored Conversations is promoting people to think about what makes a successful democracy and to remind us that it can disappear if no one cares about it. So democracy is like … Continue reading Uncensored Conversations: Freedom of speech and censorship: How free are we? – Interview with Herd member Traksewt