It’s All Black & White For Briggs

Let It Be Known… Golden Era Records Emcee and Shepparton local, Briggs has just posted a picture of a blank 7” vinyl on his social accounts, with the words “Test Press For What?”. What could it mean, what gem will be pressed onto this little blank slate? Well the crew over on the closed Facebook group …Oz Hip Hop Vinyl Heads… put their… heads together to see what they could come up with. Here are some of the guesses we thought were worth a laugh. Atreyu Edgar Hold on. That’s Briggsy’s hand. Which makes it a 12″ Tobi Wrigley 0 … Continue reading It’s All Black & White For Briggs

Briggs Sheplife Tour feat. Hau

Briggs will be hitting the road this October / November for a national run of dates in support of his brand new album Sheplife. The album is the culmination of generations of observations, experiences and stories. The aggression is there but it’s tempered with a thoughtfulness that is always the separator between the good and great artists. As he said himself: “If ‘The Blacklist’ was the punch in the face, ‘Sheplife’ is why I punched you in the face.” With appearances from Ill Bill, Joyride, Hau Sietta and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu “Sheplife” is the album by which Briggs will be … Continue reading Briggs Sheplife Tour feat. Hau

Joelistics Announces Blue Volume Tour

One of Australia’s most charismatic showmen hits the road to mark the release of his most compelling and personal record to date, Blue Volume. Rolling Stone have called Joelistics’ album “a celebration and mourning of the current state of the world, voiced by a smart, incisive writer.” The Sydney Morning Herald have hailed him as “an exceptional storyteller” for delivering “a personal, lyrically intelligent album with an intense emotional rawness and vulnerability”. We just think he’s dope.  There’s always an uplifting feature to be found in the honest and rebellious music Joelistics creates. The song and video for recent single … Continue reading Joelistics Announces Blue Volume Tour

Briggs Sheplife Official Video

You know the Briggs story, indigenous kid from regional Australia. Well, he is just about to drop his sophomore album Sheplife this Friday the 22nd of August. Sheplife is the culmination of generations of observations, experiences and stories. The aggression is there but it’s tempered with a thoughtfulness that is always the separator between the good and great artists. As he said himself: “If The Blacklist was the punch in the face, Sheplife is why I punched you in the face.” With appearances from Ill Bill, Joyride, Sietta and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sheplife is the album by which Briggs will compared to … Continue reading Briggs Sheplife Official Video

Briggs Sheplife

You know the Briggs story, indigenous kid from regional Australia (Victoria). if not, let me refresh your memory, from the moment Briggs dropped his self-released debut EP, the brilliant and ground breaking Homemade Bombs (2009), it was obvious to everyone that this marked the arrival of a powerful and unique voice on the scene. His indigenous roots and his rural upbringing in the small country town of Shepparton (Victoria) gave him a perspective like no one else. Powered by a rapid-fire, melodic, direct approach, Briggs was as funny as he was deep. It was this rare combination of characteristics that lead … Continue reading Briggs Sheplife

Listen: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu & Briggs The Hunt

The brand new album from Golden Era artist Briggs, is just around the corner. ShepLife is available Friday August 22 and features collaborations with Ill Bill, Hau, Joyride and Sietta. The first single form the album features Australia’s National Treasure Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, revered for his rich voice and gentle songwriting. The track titled The Hunt is also produced Funkoar MC Trials. Clearly a dangerous combination for any track!! Briggs – The Hunt feat. Gurrumul is out Friday July 11 on iTunes. Listen to it below. Pre-order Sheplife here now.   Official  ||  Facebook  ||  Twitter Continue reading Listen: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu & Briggs The Hunt

Hailey Cramer Liquid Confidence

Australian soul singer, Hailey Cramer’s new single, Liquid Confidence, is now available for purchase via iTunes! Becoming one of the most noteworthy artists in Melbourne’s growing electronic-infused soul scene, Hailey will be launching the catchy nu-soul track at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, with special guests Colour Bomb next Thursday 5th June. From humble beginnings to featuring on Pez’s 2008 triple j hit, The Festival Song, Hailey cut her teeth on the local touring circuit playing clubs and national festivals alongside hip-hop artist Pez, before being welcomed into the fold of illustrious roots music giants, Blue King Brown, whom … Continue reading Hailey Cramer Liquid Confidence

Sietta continue The Invisible River Tour

Fresh from the release of their lauded second album The Invisible River, Sietta take their Nightbus Tropicana on the road. Armed with bass, guitar, electronics and Caiti Baker’s show-stopping voice, Sietta bring their album to life when they hit the road launching the album. Acoustic or electronic, there is no other act in the country quite like this Darwin duo. The Invisible River Tour Presented by Tone Deaf, Artist Voice and Elefant Traks Saturday 26 April Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (northcotesocialclub.com) Wednesday 30 April Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (www.oztix.com.au) Thursday 1 May GoodGod, Sydney (www.moshtix.com.au) Friday 2 May Pirie Street … Continue reading Sietta continue The Invisible River Tour

Sietta The Invisible River Out Now

Sietta blossom with their second album, The Invisible River. Their lush breeze of electronic soul now stands alone, as real and as warm as the tropical fruit growing in the maddening Darwin heat. There’s a maturity in their songwriting enriching Sietta’s dynamic, ranging from parading horn arrangements to understated strings and stripped down bass and drums. In-demand producer James Mangohig delivers a sparse and dynamic sound-bed giving Caiti Baker’s vocals space to craft a narrative of inner strength and resilience. Her vocal range is cleverly utilised to walk with the instrumentation, as the tension tightens or eases, builds to a crescendo or … Continue reading Sietta The Invisible River Out Now

Sietta – Agree To Disagree

Sietta step sideways and out the front door slamming it shut with Agree To Disagree, an intoxicating collision of boozy, swinging chainsaw horns and that deep bottom end the duo are known for. Another group would have used the moment of walking away from a confrontation to sketch a song of wearied frustration—Sietta capture it by amplifying the drama and fireworks, as if the heat begins once your back is turned. It’s menacing and rocking. It’s perfect. There’s a newfound confidence and purpose to the staunch straight talk lyricism of Caiti Baker and she gives no ground while the song … Continue reading Sietta – Agree To Disagree

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

Sietta – Let It Go Official Video

Sietta’s sublime new single Let It Go has the music websites worldwide buzzing. The UK’s Planet Notion says ‘Let It Go is a primal hulking mass that feels natural and gloriously primordial. Caiti Baker’s voice is given an empty cavernous space to delicately fill before lightning percussion reigns, allowing the hook of Let It Go to storm into the forefront and break its banks, forcing the listener to become utterly submerged”. They’ve just dropped the video, a dazzling visual accompaniment. Catch Sietta on their Let It Go Tour kicking off this weekend. The Mekeo Poapoa (tattoo) Caiti wears in the video … Continue reading Sietta – Let It Go Official Video

Sietta – Way Down In The Hole

James and Caiti from Sietta are about to take a songwriting break over the summer holidays in preparation for their follow up album due for release next year. Not only have they been busy touring with TZU over the last few months, they performed at the Opera House for the one and only night of Dr Seuss Meets Elefant Traks. And what a night it was! If you’re in Darwin around December 7, then you’ll probably want to catch Sietta at The Happy Yess for their last show of 2012! And what a better way to see the year out … Continue reading Sietta – Way Down In The Hole

Dr. Seuss Meets Elefant Traks

Featuring over 25 musical performers onstage from The Herd, Hermitude, Sietta, Joelistics, Unkle Ho, Urthboy, The Tongue, Jimblah, Jaytee of The Last Kinection and more, Australia’s renowned musical collective Elefant Traks are taking over the Graphic circus with a tribute inspired by the whimsical spirit and imagery of Dr. Seuss. Throughout over 60 years of children’s classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the wildly imaginative and surrealist universe of Dr. Seuss has enthralled generations. He continues to be one of the world’s most instantly recognisable and best loved visual … Continue reading Dr. Seuss Meets Elefant Traks

Hermitude – Parallel Paradise EP

Hermitudes remix accompaniment to their critically adored album HyperParadise is out now. It features some electrifying remixes from some of Australia’s best and most hyped producers including M-Phazes, Flume, Ta-Ku and Sampology. Flume leads the charge with a kaleidoscopic reinvention of HyperParadise, filled with epic buildups, swung beat work and classy synths – showing why he’s making waves on the international beats scene. Australia’s hip hop production powerhouse, M-Phazes takes a break from his trademark boom-bap, delivering an addictive disco-fuelled take of Speak of The Devil. The ever prolific Ta-Ku takes HyperParadise into dancefloor destruction mode, proving why he’s one of … Continue reading Hermitude – Parallel Paradise EP

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

Sietta – Dark Passenger EP

Sietta take an inspired sidestep in creating the hauntingly beautiful Dark Passenger EP, remaining versions of their debut album, The Seventh Passenger released last year. This bold new direction shines the warm glow of the spotlight on the powerful vocals of Caiti Baker. The emotion and raw honesty in her voice lays bare the heart and soul of Sietta. James Mangohig’s instrumentation is understated but considered, capturing the warmth perfectly with his use of vintage pianos and luscious string arrangements. They switch effortlessly from the up-to-the-minute coolness of bass-heavy electronica into the classic realm of voice and instrument from another era. It’s stunning. 1 Dark … Continue reading Sietta – Dark Passenger EP

Illy 2011 Wrap Up

2011 was a mammoth year for Illy. Following the release of his acclaimed second album The Chase in late 2010, it seemed Australia could not get enough of the young trailblazer. Smash hit single It Can Wait (feat. Owl Eyes) made ARIA Gold status selling more than 35,000 units. It was also nominated for best independent single 2011 AIR Awards, where The Chase was nominated for best hip hop and best urban album.  The Chase Album Tour in March was a great success, with two sold out shows at The Corner Hotel to his home-crowd. Later in the year Illy went on … Continue reading Illy 2011 Wrap Up

Hermitude – HyperParadise

Hermitude soar to new heights on their fourth album HyperParadise out February 3rd 2012. It follows the astonishing success of lead single Speak of The Devil, the dancefloor gem thrashed by Australian radio; whose infectious video clip won the 2011 triple j J Award for Australian Music Video of the Year. HyperParadise is Hermitude hitting the bullseye of their artistic vision, the most perfectly representative record showing their grasp of future beats, electronica and hip hop. It’s not just their meticulousness in production and musicianship, it’s the passion and love they have for instrumental electronic music that sets them so far … Continue reading Hermitude – HyperParadise

Sietta – No Longer Hurt: Official Video Clip

Be prepared to be impressed by the fiery electronic soul of Darwin duo Sietta, made up of producer/instrumentalist James Mangohig and vocalist Caiti Baker. Their début album The Seventh Passenger is turning heads in all the right directions.  Both experienced musical childhoods: Caiti travelled throughout Australia to blues and folk festivals with her blues musician father, absorbing dog-eared record collections stocked with Etta James, Memphis Minni and Aretha Franklin; while James sat on wooden church pews with gospel music soaring around him. Caiti spent her entire teenage years recording herself on her dad’s 8 track digital recorder, learning to sing by building harmonies over … Continue reading Sietta – No Longer Hurt: Official Video Clip

Illy – Spit Syndicate – Sietta – On Tour (Hosted by M-Phazes)

Following a smashing set at Splendour In The Grass, Illy has unleashed a new video, joined the 600 Sounds line-up and released tickets for the Illy, Spit Syndicate and Sietta tour, hosted by M-Phazes. Illy has released a stunning new video for the latest track (and third single from the acclaimed album The Chase) Cigarettes. Cigarettes has also just hit radio – it is a calming hook-laden track, and a perfect example of musical matching between M-Phazes and Illy. Illy said, “Phazes first showed me this beat at the Bunbury Groovin’ The Moo… It’s not a typical hip-hop sounding beat, which … Continue reading Illy – Spit Syndicate – Sietta – On Tour (Hosted by M-Phazes)

The Herd – Future Shade Tour feat. Sietta

Forming like Voltron, The Herd blaze across the country on the Future Shade Tour with the newest Elefant Traks signees Sietta as well as a swag of great acts in each city including Jimblah, Impossible Odds, Acumen and many others. Not only that but you can get the first song from Future Shade when you buy your ticket! The Herd are set to unveil their fifth album, Future Shade. In the lead up to the release The Herd are releasing an 8 Part series on all aspects the album, check out Part 1 with Jane Tyrrell here. Part 2 (below) features Urthboy talking about his love of fast cars and artist management in Elefant Traks.  He describes how Grandma’s Song from The Herd’s upcoming album … Continue reading The Herd – Future Shade Tour feat. Sietta

Illy – Cigarettes: New film clip

This is the third single from Illy’s wildly successful sophomore release The Chase, this track Cigarettes features Hue Blanes of the Melodics, with production by ARIA award‐winning M‐Phazes. Music video by Rockaway Media This October, Illy hits the road for his biggest tour yet. With relentless live shows and two acclaimed albums under his belt, the emcee has earned his crown as one of our of country’s top hip hop artists. With Sydney’s Spit Syndicate and Darwin’s Sietta joining the bill, and ARIA Award winning producer M-Phazes as host, this tour is the perfect follow-up to the 21 date (mostly sold out) album tour last March. It’s been one hell of a ride for Illy, with singles Pictures, It Can’t Wait’ (Feat. … Continue reading Illy – Cigarettes: New film clip

Illy announces new tour feat. Spit Syndicate & Sietta

This October, Illy hits the road for his biggest tour yet. With relentless live shows and two acclaimed albums under his belt, the emcee has earned his crown as one of our of country’s top hip hop artists. With Sydney’s Spit Syndicate and Darwin’s Sietta joining the bill, and ARIA Award winning producer M-Phazes as host, this tour is the perfect follow-up to the 21 date (mostly sold out) album tour last March. It’s been one hell of a ride for Illy, with singles Pictures, It Can’t Wait’ (Feat. Owl Eyes), and The Chase already becoming radio favourites. Illy’s latest single Cigarettes has just hit radio … Continue reading Illy announces new tour feat. Spit Syndicate & Sietta

Sietta – The Seventh Passenger (Out Now)

Be prepared to be impressed by the fiery electronic soul of Darwin duo Sietta, and their debut album The Seventh Passenger. With a voice influenced by the rugged blues of Etta James and Memphis Minni, Caiti Baker’s powerful presence and themes of empowerment, love and hurt leave an unforgettable mark on the listener. In another time she may have gone down an R&B/pop path – such is her rich soaring delivery. Thankfully, Sietta didn’t dumb down; embracing a grittier direction, coated in a disarmingly alluring voice. As Kahlil Gibran said: ‘Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in … Continue reading Sietta – The Seventh Passenger (Out Now)

Joelistics announces Voyager Tour

Joelistics announces Voyager Tour, fresh from supporting the likes of The Herd and Lowrider, Joelistics gets set to hit the road for his first solo tour. Joelistics has been on a roll since his debut solo release Voyager. The uplifting single Glorious Feeling was met with high fives nationwide as radio embraced it and critics praised Joelistic’s gifted songwriting. Not only can the lad craft a punchy song and coin a sticky phrase but he’s also one of the most charismatic showmen in Australian music. The Voyager Tour Dates: Joelistics with special guests Ishu. Presented by Elefant Traks, SHM & Premier Artists Friday 22 … Continue reading Joelistics announces Voyager Tour

The Herd – Signs Of Life (2nd single from upcoming album ‘Future Shade’)

The Herd are set to unveil their fifth album, Future Shade, with a national run of dates this August and September. The news comes as the second single from the record, Signs of Life, got its first airing on triple j this afternoon. Support at the shows will come from new Darwin duo Sietta. Details below: Sat 6 Aug | Station Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW Sun 21 Aug | Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT Fri 26 Aug | UniBar, Hobart, TAS Sat 27 Aug | The Gov, Adelaide, SA Thu 1 Sep | Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW Fri 2 Sep … Continue reading The Herd – Signs Of Life (2nd single from upcoming album ‘Future Shade’)