Tycotic – The Weed Song

Since the release of his collaborative project The People Vs Tycotic (2006), which received spins from triple j and featured guest vocals from names like Phrase, Spit Syndicate and Torcha, Tycotic has become an unstoppable force in the scene, with his punchline heavy rhyme style and rock-solid all terrain flow. With a reputation for delivering an electric live show, Tycotic has toured Australia and landed support slots for the likes of Tech N9ne, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Bliss n Eso, 360, Drapht, Illy and Kerser, just to name a few. 2008 saw Tycotic release Conversation Domination distributed through MGM, and soon after embarked … Continue reading Tycotic – The Weed Song

Dutch x Sia – Don’t Mean A Thing

Emerging from Sydney’s hip hop scene, Dutch is currently working on his full length debut album. With a collection of 7 years of involvement in the Sydney Hip Hop world and a growing musical partnership with respected Sydney based producer Espa, Dutch is fast becoming a highly regarded artist with unquestionable potential. In 2008, Dutch released a self titled mixtape and promoted this through performances at various Bondi venues such as The Eastern and The Beach Road Hotel, in 2009 Dutch worked solely on his upcoming album whilst performing around Sydney. In 2010, Dutch supported Phrase on his acclaimed Clockwork tour. Dutch creates … Continue reading Dutch x Sia – Don’t Mean A Thing

The Slips – Downtown feat. Phrase

After many years of successful tea-making and sleepless nights working at a London recording studio, David Treahearn and Rob Haggett formed The Slips and started making their own music. With a few songs in hand, a trusty ironing board to sit their synths on, and the night bus network, they hit the streets playing whatever shows they could muster. Mixing eclectic dance sets with live drums and matching 8-bit retro visuals, their live shows soon gained support. The band was invited to support the likes of Kasabian, Friendly Fires, Alex Metric and Pnau as well as playing at Glastonbury Festival … Continue reading The Slips – Downtown feat. Phrase

Phrase National Tour

Artfully designed to jack up your adrenalin, Phrase’s third studio album Babylon hums with tremolo guitar, Farfisa and Hammond lines. The choruses (so epic they must be carved into the side of a mountain somewhere) feature gutsy vocals from an unlikely crew of special guests including Alex Burnett of Sparkadia, Davey Lane, Guineafowl, Jane Doe, and Jimmy Barnes. Accustomed to dropping his rhymes over loops and breaks, this time around Harley did away with all the samples and penned songs from scratch on guitar. Finding himself leaning to the raw, desperate delivery of Australian garage rock and British mod, Phrase enlisted a producer Tony Buchen, with a similar aesthetic, and the … Continue reading Phrase National Tour

Phrase – National Babylon Tour

Proudly presented by triple j, Tone Deaf & Street Press Australia, Phrase is set to embark on an extensive national tour to perform tracks from his unanimously critically acclaimed third album Babylon. Performing all dates with full band, Phrase promises to deliver a world-class performance of his back catalogue along with a selection of songs from Babylon. Backed by 4 of the best musicians in the country, Phrase boasts an even bigger sound live than what he achieved on his sonically groundbreaking album. Come and see live what critics are saying is a “soulful, edgy album that’s screaming to be heard … Continue reading Phrase – National Babylon Tour

Breakout – Under 18s Music Festival Tickets Selling Fast

Illusive and Totem Onelove’s mammoth new under 18s music festival, Breakout, went on sale at 9am Wednesday morning and has now officially sold out of early bird tickets in Sydney and Melbourne. The festival, which features the likes of LMFAO, The Bloody Beetroots, Ferry Corsten (Melb only) Diafrix and 360, is in unchartered territory for an underage event and kids have come out in droves to show their enthusiasm for an event of its colossal scale. Sydney has now moved into second general release, with tickets still at the dirt-cheap price of $90 (including booking fee). Melbourne’s early bird allocation was … Continue reading Breakout – Under 18s Music Festival Tickets Selling Fast

Phrase – Babylon (Out Today)

Artfully designed to jack up your adrenalin, Phrase’s third studio album Babylon hums with tremolo guitar, Farfisa and Hammond lines. The choruses (so epic they must be carved into the side of a mountain somewhere) feature gutsy vocals from an unlikely crew of special guests including Alex Burnett of Sparkadia, Davey Lane (The Pictures/You Am I), Guineafowl, Jane Doe, Jimmy Barnes and Phrase singing, for the first time, himself. Accustomed to dropping his rhymes over loops and breaks, this time around Harley did away with all the samples and penned songs from scratch on guitar. Finding himself leaning to the raw, … Continue reading Phrase – Babylon (Out Today)

Phrase – Apart

It’s customary for an artist on the promo trail to talk up (or big note) how progressive their new album is. But in the two years since Clockwork floored the hip-hop world, Phrase — aka Melbourne MC Harley Webster — has completely ripped up his past by the roots. Babylon, his third album, throws down the gauntlet to any musician feeling hemmed in by a scene and longing to paint a bigger picture. The first single, Apart, sets the stage for Babylon, as a garage stomper with guitar twists and a chorus sung by You Am I’s Davey Lane — … Continue reading Phrase – Apart

Phrase Records Rock Cover For Charity

Phrase has been given the opportunity to cover one of 3 classic Australian rock songs and it’s up to YOU to help him choose which song he’s going to cover. This is all to help raise money for the Heaps Decent initiative that is committed to the cause of finding and nurturing the creativity of underprivileged and Indigenous young people and has all been made possible through the help of the Snickers Sessions. Every vote cast will raise $1 for the Heaps Decent initiative and is giving you and your friends the opportunity to see Phrase cover the song of YOUR choice! Just hit … Continue reading Phrase Records Rock Cover For Charity

Phrase – Apart (New Single From 3rd Album ‘Babylon’)

Described as a “garage stomper with rockabilly guitar twists”, the lead single from Phrase’s upcoming Babylon album is another evolutionary step in the career of the Melbourne-based musician. Debuted on Triple J the other night, Apart features You Am I’s – Davey Lane on the hook as Phrase further explores his rock tendencies with a louder, more brash delivery of his rhymes. “To me, ‘Babylon’ means a place of beauty and getting to a better point in life. That’s what the record represents,” offers Phrase of his upcoming album, which will include an eclectic cast of guests spanning Jimmy Barnes … Continue reading Phrase – Apart (New Single From 3rd Album ‘Babylon’)

Mase N Mattic – Sound The Horns

“Mase n Mattic are some really talented guys and dedicated artists, they’re always putting in work.I really look forward to hearing their debut album, especially with Adfu behind the boards.” – Suffa, Hilltop Hoods. Mase N Mattic have already gained a reputation for explosive live performances, both locally with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Funkoars, Urthboy & Phrase, and nationally as the supporting act for the sellout M-Phazes Good Gracious tour. Generating this measure of hype before a debut release is no mean feat, and places Mase N Mattic head and shoulders above emerging peers. Priding themselves on professionalism … Continue reading Mase N Mattic – Sound The Horns

BBS – Qualified: Album Launch (April 23, Melbourne)

BBS are four hardworking musicians consisting of J Stark, Rare and Jorgan with J Twice on the decks. Since releasing their debut mixtape 3 mics and we swear in 2008 BBS have been busy doing countless numbers of shows ranging from the Bsound shows with artist such as Phrase, Illy, Fluent Form, Pez and 360 to Phrase’s Clockwork album launch in Melbourne and M-Phazes/Gully Platoon’s recent album launch. It’s time to celebrate the much anticipated album release by BBS titled Qualified due out the first week of April. Guest’s such as Illy (Obese Records) , Fluent Form, Skryptcha (Obese Records), … Continue reading BBS – Qualified: Album Launch (April 23, Melbourne)

Red Fox Records: City Wide Krew – Garden State EP

From the hills of Mt Hotham to the streets of Melbourne City; from a sold out show with the Funkoars to your best mates backyard; from party raps to lyrical wisdom, City Wide Krew are about to become the one hip hop group you wished you’d heard of first. Originally a duo consisting of Fusion MC and Sammy Rocswell, City Wide Krew (aptly named, due to Fusion’s home in Melbourne and Rocswell residence in Geelong) overcame geographical distance through a mutual love of listening to and making hip hop music. Long trips down the Geelong freeway become rigueur de jour … Continue reading Red Fox Records: City Wide Krew – Garden State EP

New Phrase Tour Dates with M-Phazes

Phrase is back after a twelve month hiatus to deliver a taste of his new album due for release in March 2011. Never Fade marks Phrase’s return to the radio waves to give listeners an in-sight into what promises to be the boldest Phrase album yet. Written entirely by Phrase in his Prahran home studio, and then brought to life with co-production from Jan Skubiszewski (of Jackson Jackson fame), Never Fade tells the care free tale of the “live fast, die young” code that so many young Australian’s abide by. With a catchy chorus sung by Phrase himself, Never Fade … Continue reading New Phrase Tour Dates with M-Phazes

Phrase Writes 3rd Album – New Single “Never Fade”

It’s been an amazing year for Phrase since the release of his critically acclaimed album Clockwork on 24th April, 2009. This past year has seen Phrase nominated for both an Aria & J Award, rocking sold out shows all over the country, smashing almost every major festival you can think of (Big Day Out, Homebake, Sounds of Spring etc) and collaborating with some of the most outstanding artists Australia has to offer (Wendy Matthews, Kram, Ian Kenny, Daniel Merriweather). Phrase’s Clockwork was a groundbreaking record for Australian Hip-Hop and was praised for its cross genre sound and risk taking, earning … Continue reading Phrase Writes 3rd Album – New Single “Never Fade”

NJE – From The Outside Looking In – Adelaide Album Launch

Sydney city solo hip hop artist NJE makes his return to Adelaide to launch his brand new album From The Outside Looking In (out now on itunes). This album has been well received, especially on the single/video for the track Appetiser (The Entree) (As seen on RAGE) & the new video Blackout (above). The album features artists such as Mind Over Matter, Phatchance and Torcha. Over the years NJE has worked hard to gain respect in the scene. This has paid off and seen him support artists such as Xzibit, Public Enemy, Phrase and Forthwrite over the years. His live … Continue reading NJE – From The Outside Looking In – Adelaide Album Launch

A-Diction – Walkin’ Alone (August 6)

The name A-Diction says it all; wordplay, cleverness, and an overall obsession with the previous two points. Born and raised in Melbourne, the duo consists of emcee’s Breach and Boltz. Breach, the precise wordsmith with focussed flow and witty punchlines, and Boltz, the crooner known for his explosive debut album The Wishlist, which featured international heavyweight Royce da 5’9” and local producer extraordinaire M-Phazes. Yet, having released a number of well received works (2005’s To be Announced EP; last year’s The Three Year Itch mixtape and more recently the In Good Company mixtape), the group have never released a full … Continue reading A-Diction – Walkin’ Alone (August 6)

Syntax – The Musical (August 23)

Who is Syntax? The name might not immediately ring a bell, but if you’ve been familiar with Australia’s burgeoning hip-hop-scene long enough, you’ve more than likely had subconscious exposure to the Gold Coast veteran’s not inconsiderable talents. With an apprenticeship served as one third of Queensland mainstays Trace Elements – the crew that birthed this country’s most preeminent hip-hop producer, M-Phazes – and time spent on the road with such luminaries as Bliss N Eso, Phrase and US emcee Supastition, there’s no doubt that Syntax has put paid to that old hip-hop notion of “paying dues”. What’s most surprising about … Continue reading Syntax – The Musical (August 23)

M-Phazes – Good Gracious National Tour

Presented by: ITSOFFICIAL.COM.AU After spending two long years crafting his masterpiece, M-Phazes released his debut album Good Gracious to critical acclaim, debuting at #20 on the Aria charts and #1 on the independent AIR charts. M-Phazes has proven himself a production force to be reckoned with having produced tracks on almost every major Australian release in the last few years (Bliss N Eso, Phrase, Drapht etc) and landing placements with a who’s who of the US music industry (Pharoahe Monch, Amerie, M.O.P. etc). Now Australia’s number #1 Hip-Hop export is set to embark upon his first ever, national tour and … Continue reading M-Phazes – Good Gracious National Tour

M-Phazes – Triple J Mix Up Set

For regular Triple J listeners, the past few months have been pretty M-Phazes heavy. His debut album, Good Gracious was featured on Triple J in February and just two weeks ago, M-Phazes produced a track with Triple J unearthed artist Seven, a 22 year old MC from the gold coast – and the winner of the M-Phazes Unearthed MC Competition. (Completed track was played for the first time on today on Triple J). With tracks like from the ‘Where’s Elvis?’, ‘For What it’s Worth’ and ‘Goodbye Gravity’ frequently on the Triple J air-waves, M-Phazes is undoubtedly a huge production force … Continue reading M-Phazes – Triple J Mix Up Set

M-Phazes – Good Gracious album review

M-Phazes has quickly established himself as one of the country’s top producers. After 2 years of nights locked away, computers humming, beats banging and unhealthy dietary intakes (not confirmed), a masterpiece has emerged. Good Gracious is the heavily anticipated debut album from lauded Gold Coast beat-maker M-Phazes.  This 15 track LP features appearances from some of Australia’s most respected hip hop artists including Drapht, Mantra, Dialectrix, Pegz, Delta, Muph and Plutonic, Phrase, Spit Syndicate, Forthwrite, Bliss N Eso, NFA, Illy, 13th Son and Nine High……we could easily stop there. Good Gracious is concofinay of hip hop styles riding under the … Continue reading M-Phazes – Good Gracious album review

Win a free copy of The Sounds Of Wings EP

Coptic Soldier is preparing for his debut EP release teaming up with Sydney singer Miriam Waks for eight top tracks on The Sound of Wings EP. The guys over at Rhythm & Poetry are giving you the chance to win a copy of The Sound of Wings EP, but you have to be quick. Here’s how you do it. 1. Start by Logging into Twitter (if you don’t have an account, go get one) 2. follow my man Coptic Soldier (@copticsoldier) 3. Tweet the below phrase, in it’s entirety, unedited Exclusive leak of @copticsoldier & Miriam Waks-Burn Churches feat. @mac_lethal … Continue reading Win a free copy of The Sounds Of Wings EP

allaussie hip hop’s spotlight on: Fraksha

As a member of the UK group Nine High, Fraksha has consistently displayed a level of skill to put him up there with the big boys. Playing shows extensively around the UK alongside most of the scene’s heavyweights including such artists as Skinnyman, Klashnekoff, and Blak Twang has given him the ability to hype crowds of any kind impressing fans and peers alike with his wordplay and presence in the live arena. In 2006 after having sold out two well received mix-tapes in the UK, Fraksha and Nine High made the move out to Australia where they had previously made … Continue reading allaussie hip hop’s spotlight on: Fraksha

M-Phazes & Gully Platoon Double Album Launch Melbourne

Bringing you one of Australian hip hop’s most anticipated nights, M-Phazes & Gully Platoon will launch their respective debut albums in a show that will boast an unprecedented array of guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the genre. Slated for March 27th at the Espy’s Gershwin Room, M-Phazes will launch his debut album, Good Gracious (named the Triple J ‘Feature Album’), featuring on-stage performances by Drapht, Phrase, Muph & Plutonic (w/ Candice Monique), Pegz, Illy, Delta, Dialectrix, Nine High, Mantra, 13th Son plus some very special guests. Gully Platoon (Pegz, Dialectrix, Joe New & DJ 2Buck) will … Continue reading M-Phazes & Gully Platoon Double Album Launch Melbourne

Choose Mics – Beggars Can’t Be Choosers (April 9)

Choose Mics, the duo comprising emcee Haunts and DJ/Producer Mules, would have to be a couple of the hardest working geezers in the biz. With their debut album Beggars Can’t Be Choosers hitting stores in April, Choose Mics have also just wrapped up a massive east coast tour with aussie heavy weights Phrase, Bliss N Eso and Muph & Plutonic, the timing couldn’t be better for them to drop their first official release. Now based on the Gold Coast, Birmingham born Haunts brings a fresh new flavour to the local hip hop scene. Described as a hard nosed and in … Continue reading Choose Mics – Beggars Can’t Be Choosers (April 9)

Brooklyn Bridge – Bekay feat. Masta Ace (Prod. by M-Phazes)

Australian producer M-Phazes is set to drop an absolute banger in the form of his production album Good Gracious. It will feature some of Australia’s top emcees including Drapht, Bliss N Eso, Phrase, Illy, Pegz, Muph n Plutonic, Delta, Solo, Spit Syndicate, Dialectrix, Mantra, Nfa, Nine High, Forthwrite (360 n Pez), 13th Son and Haunts. Good Gracious will be out on February 26 through Obese Records (check the previous post we did regarding this release here). If your not already excited, then here’s something to wet your appetite. M-Phazes recently produced a track for US emcee Bekay feat. Masta Ace. … Continue reading Brooklyn Bridge – Bekay feat. Masta Ace (Prod. by M-Phazes)

Phatchance – Inkstains Tour

After being crowned both a Triple J Unearthed and MySpace.com feature artist in 2009, Phatchance is ready to tour nationally unleashing his own unique style . Coming off the back of multiple years of a touring schedule supporting the likes of Bliss N Eso, The Herd, Urthboy, The Potbelleez, Drapht, Pez, The Funkoars, Pegz, Muph N Plutonic and Phrase, as well as numerous international artists; Method Man and Redman, Planet Asia, De La Soul and K Rino to name a few, Phatchance has developed a reputation for his personal, captivating, yet highly energetic live performances. Beginning March 5th in WA … Continue reading Phatchance – Inkstains Tour

Decked Out TV live taping tonight!

Decked Out TV is a Brisbane based Hip Hop show featuring all elements of hip hop. Ever week the guys plan to capture Hip Hop in its current form, from emceeing to break dance, freestyle battles and even graffiti features. We want to give ‘our’ culture a voice. So far the guys have filmed the likes of Phrase, Snob Scrilla, Ciecmate & Newsense, Kings Konnected and many more. Filming nights will be in front of a live audience at the Jubilee Hotel in Brisbane. If you want to come down and get involved make sure you get there for one … Continue reading Decked Out TV live taping tonight!

M-Phazes New Album Artwork

M-Phazes will be once again bringing the bangers when he drops his new album titled ‘Good Gracious’ on February 26 of this year. M-Phazes has worked with a whole heap of hip hop artists on this one, including: Drapht, Bliss N Eso, Phrase, Illy, Pegz, Muph n Plutonic, Delta, Solo, Spit Syndicate, Dialectrix, Mantra, Nfa, Nine High, Forthwrite (360 n Pez), 13th Son and Haunts. This will surely be on of the top albums of 2010, we know it’s early but we have faith! You can check out the artwork for the album above and then head to M-Phazes Myspace … Continue reading M-Phazes New Album Artwork

Phrase Peforms on Australia Day

An article titled “Rap Runs Up The Flag At Australia Day Bash“, by Michael Inman, appeared in the Canberra Times yesterday. In this article, Phrase chats about his experiences working with Chopper Read, and what it means to him, performing on Australia Day. You can read the article below. Performing in a family-friendly Australia Day concert is a long way from recording with celebrity gangster Mark ”Chopper” Read, but Melbourne rapper Phrase will make that transition tomorrow at Federation Mall. Phrase featured on track 12, Real Life, of Read’s 2006 album Interview with a Madman. Describing the experience as ”pretty … Continue reading Phrase Peforms on Australia Day