All Summer Long
Horrorshow - All Summer Long (Live)
And i still think of your face everytime it rains and I wonder
In a different time and place could we find our way to one another?
Solo MC from Horrorshow really crystalised the sentimental feeling of chance encounters and forlorn teenage infatuation when he penned All Summer Long from the group’s 2008 debut album The Grey Space.
On an album that features some heavy topics, such as depression, losing loved ones and finding hope, All Summer Long brightens the corners of The Grey Space and makes the listener feel what it’s like to be 16 and in love again.
To reward their fans on the four year gap since their last studio full-length, Horrorshow have decided to release a free live album, Live At the Spiegeltent. The generous act is also a calculated move to excite old fans and win over casual listeners before the group release their third album later this year.
Download - Live At the Spiegeltent (album)
Interview with Jane Tyrrell
Jane Tyrrell first gained public attention when she featured on The Herd’s classic album The Sun Never Sets in 2004. After touring with the group, they invited her to join their collective. Now a prominent member, she also boasts one of the most distinctive voices in Australia at the moment. Expect to hear a lot more of her rich and soulful voice in the future as she is set to commence recording her debut solo album on independent label Elefant Traks.
Q1. You’re currently touring with The Herd. Do you have a most memorable or favourite performance that you have done with them?
Jane: Two favorites come to mind.
The Cannot Buy My Soul tribute concert to Indigenous Iconic songwriter, poet vocalist and musician Kev Carmody at the Sydney State Theatre with fellow artist’s Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, The Drones, Clare Bowditch, Dan Sultan, Last Kinnection and Dan Kelly….and many more. And performing with and touring in support of Brother Ali’s album Us throughout Germany.
Q2. I understand you’re working on your debut solo album. What can listeners expect to hear when it’s complete?
Jane: I will commence writing my solo album in July of this year with a core team of two incredibly talented and well known musicians (I cannot divulge just yet)
Im utterly overwhelmed, excited and humbled by their talent and contribution. I dont know what to expect I believe music has it’s own path (Im just an excitable vessel) I can say that it wont be a hip hop album. A bold hybrid I expect given the sum of all it’s parts.
Q3. There seems to be a sense of family at Elefant Traks with the collaborative nature of the musical projects. Is this the case or am I just imagining it?
Jane: Absolutely correct, the unique clique you sense from the Elefant Traks family is very special indeed. It stems from a deep respect for each other as individuals and our talents. Its like a giant Rubik’s cube, we are all connected through our love for art and for each others plight, inevitably what ever way you shuffle the family a different collaboration is possible and not like anything prior.
Q4. Politics is inseparable from much of The Herd’s music. Do you think this turns off some listeners and if so, does that matter to you?
Jane: Inevitably discussing any personal opinion be politics or simply an individual’s point of view through art is going to ruffle a few feathers. Imagine how bland life would be if we all agreed on everything. To me successful art is evocative art, art that evokes a feeling from the viewer or listener. I believe you can enjoy music on many levels whether you choose to examine the lyrical content of just enjoy the sonic landscape. We don’t make music to please a wide audience we make music because we are compelled to express ourselves in a passionate way. If we alienate a portion of the audience we are not bothered.
Q5. Who are 5 artists you are listening to at the moment?
Jane: Im listening to a lot of Lykke Li (kind of obsessed), Santogold, Frank Ocean, Bill Callahan, Feist.
A big thank you to Jane for the interview. You can check out her Facebook page for updates and more info about tours, music and everything between. The featured track is a duet with Jane taken from Horrorshow’s 2009 album Inside Story which is available for purchase through Elefant Traks.
Urthboy & Jane Tyrrell - Still Keep Diggin’
Urthboy and Jane Tyrrell from The Herd came together in 2010 to generously release this song as a free download for fans.
Jane’s singing is always a pleasure to hear. Her soulful voice is the perfect accompaniment to Urthboy’s unique raspy rapping.
You can still download the song for free from Elefant Traks’ Soundcloud page. I’ve copied the link below.
Download - Still Keep Diggin’
TZU - Crazy Thinker
Crazy Thinker sounds like the lovechild of R2D2 and Prince - or somewhere on that continuum.
The highly polished production is unquestionably slick and it accompanies dreamy echoing synthesizers and equally smooth singing from Countbounce.
And who is Countbounce, you may ask? He’s one quarter of TZU alongside Joelistics, Pasobionic and Yeroc.
The outfit were a force to be reckoned with when Australia’s hip hop scene began burgeoning in the early 00’s. They released three highly acclaimed and distinctive albums with Crazy Thinker appearing as the closing track from their final effort Computer Love in 2008.
Their hallmark was their willingness to experiment and stray from ‘traditional’ music making methods from other hip hop acts. For example, the group would regularly incorporate live instrumentation into their music and would often learn to play a new instrument for the sake of artistic progression.
TZU’s future is unknown with various members pursuing their involvement in other groups, such as Paso in Curse ov Dialect. Coutbounce produces several songs for other Australian artists such as Urthboy, while Joelistics has pursued a solo career on Urthboy’s independent label Elefant Traks, alongside a roster of other major Australian hip hop acts.
Fingers crossed the group’s hiatus won’t continue for much longer. [April 2012] The group have just announced they are working on a new album named The Beginning of The End. More info here
Shredding The Balloon
Hilltop Hoods - Shredding the Balloon
Hilltop Hoods are arguably Australia’s most commercially successful hip hop group. On their sixth and latest album Drinking From The Sun, Suffa continues to push his role as producer to incorporate rock, funk, boom-bap and orchestral arrangements.
Shredding The Balloon is a personal favourite of mine as the melody is fixating and Suffa references everything from De La Soul’s Buhloone Mindstate, ”it might blow up but it won’t go pop,” to J.R.R. Tolkein’s Return of The King.
The references are dispersed amongst clever metaphors and anecdotes to tell a personal story. The Adelaide emcee still manages to appeal to a widespread Australian audience and attract attention internationally despite being one of the most consistently innovative acts in hip hop today. These qualities are all assets to fans of their music.
I could have picked out a few memorable lines from Shredding The Balloon, but there are too many so you can check out the lyrics below. Enjoy.
Like we always do about this time, ink lines for the sick rhymes inclined, It’s grimy shit but naughty that can’t be fixed with a little bit of spitshine, Big time like Frankie in Vages, inspiring like Ali and Frazier, Spit it out till we spilling out to the street start a party up with our neighbours, I’d rather be part of your playlist, than ever be part of your A-list, Harness the energy, heart of a pedigree with the scars of a sadist, I go so hard on the pavement; I go so far with my statements, That i don’t know where they end and where i start it’s all part of game it’s, The farthest I’ve came since I started to play it, I spar with these artists, the heartless and brainless, We’re harnessed by chains that are hard to escape and you change then they label us bastards and traitors, They’re charlatans, they’re haters, they start on us but they’re fake as, Our parliament, but don’t be disheartened by them pardon their failures, If we don’t forgive our enemies, we’ll crawl the walls like centipedes, Burn our energy like fossil fuels and fuel our own damn effigy, And we’ll all burn like Hennessey, so keep on then and step with me, John Lennon let it be, dead the beef like abattors, before these scavengers tear at me:
I’ve been waiting to come back, Like where the hell is the show?, Like a balloon on a thumbtack, Getting ready to blow, I’ve been waiting to come back, Like where the hell is the show?, Like a balloon on a thumbtack, Getting ready to blow,
And it might blow up but i won’t go pop, And it might blow up but it won’t burst, She said she might grow old but she won’t grow up, Well she might, but only if I go first, She wears her heart on her sleeve like; she’s wearing a patch on her shoulder, It’s not a matter of whether i can catch her, more a matter of whether i can hold her, She thinks out loud she’s got me; she laughs with her whole body, I think about how she got it all figured out and wonder why she’d even want me, Each night i find it’s the same ole, when i crawl inside in the evening, I lie down next to an angel; fall asleep and fly with me demons, They say don’t live in the past and live each day like it was your last but, I’d rather live each moment like it was my first, take it slow and sip from the glass, Savour the moment, spit vicious bars then pray for opponents, Sounds so serious don’t it? But I’m not concerned with a thing, This is book three, Tolkien, Return of the King, The Kings have arrived; we drink from the sky, We fall from all ‘cause we think we can fly, But our wings have been tied, and the winging and lies, Have me I’m wishing that i could bridge the divide, You living the life? In the blink of an eye, The shine of the bling and the rims that your ride, Can all disappear so live for the rhyme, Not material things your gifts can provide
I’ve been waiting to come back, Like where the hell is the show? Like a balloon on a thumbtack, We’re getting ready to blow, I’ve been waiting to come back, Like we’re the hell is the show?, Like a balloon on a thumbtack, I’m getting ready right now I’m getting ready,
Since ‘State of the Art’ we’ve stayed in the yard just waiting to start this shit all over, Laying in bars for a day and a half, had to switch from gin to soda, And by like mid October, record was six month over, Due, and I’m like dude what you expect? I’m only three month sober, Coming up turning tree trunks over, running up burning divas, posers, Run amok till the sun is up or till one of us live la vidaloca, I’m going ta roll until i fold, like I got a hold of Propafol, So beautiful to know you all but for now I’m over an out.
Diafrix - Running It
I remember the first time I heard the African-Australian duo Diafrix after recieving an advance copy of their debut album Concrete Jungle in 2009. In short, I loved it. The group were able to tell their stories blending reggae, hip hop, soul on some songs and always making music that was fresh and unformulated.
Momo and Azmarino have risen against the odds after both members fled their homelands of the Comoros Islands and Eritriea respectively. They both emigrated to Melbourne with Azmarino spending the better half of the 00’s hunting for a visa to become a Australian citizen. They met and eventually landed a deal with Illusive Entertainment, the label of other successful Australian artists such as Bliss n Eso, Downsyde and True Live. They have since rocked crowds around the country and around Europe.
Running It is the second single from their highly anticipated sophmore album Pocket Full of Dreams which is due out mid year. You can purchase the single when it’s released on iTunes March 9th. Enjoy!
Hermitude - HyperParadise
Welcome to HyperParadise.
Hermitude come together once more to leak the title track from their upcoming album on Sydney based label Elefant Traks.
Judging by this track and the first single, El Gusto and Luke Dubs are continuing with their sample and synth-heavy approach to production while incorporating a range of exotic instruments to create a more upbeat brand of dance-friendly music not heard on their previous 3 albums.
It’s exciting times as fans will not have to wait much longer to hear what else Hermitude have in store on HyperParadise. The album will be out on Feburary 3rd.