Subsketch- The World’s Worst Rapper

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By Andrew

The Adelaide-to-Oz connection in Australian hip-hop is a breeding ground for some of our best artists and is known to a lot in the industry. Subsketch is one such MC who made the connection early on in his career. Alongside some our finest including Terra Firma, Hilltop Hoods, Cross Bred Mongrels and basically any of the Certified Wise crew; the South Australia influence on Australian hip-hop is strong and vitally important when historically describing the scene. Even new wave SA artists such as Jimblah carry the flame for the middle state’s dominance on well written and introspective hip-hop. But what of Subsketch? Is he really the World’s Worst Rapper?

Skrillex – Recess

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By Andrew

Its finally here. Yes finally. After more than 6 years since transforming his post-hardcore persona as Sonny Moore into the horn-rimmed brostep pioneer, Skrillex has finally released his debut album. After winning three Grammy awards over the past few years and spending more time in the spotlight than the average dance music artist, it feels strange to be reviewing his debut. But is it all its cracked up to be? Is the hype justified?

HBO presents Catch The Throne – The Mixtape

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By Andrew

If you are a Game of Thrones fan or even a mildly interested rap fan you should probably grab this offering. Not only is it pretty good for what it sets out to achieve, but its also 100% free. Sure I could be cynical and say it’s a marketing exercise (and it is) or focus on the rather pointed reason for releasing the mixtape (HBO doesn’t have enough African American’s watching the show) but I can’t help but admire the thought, because in this case; the thought really does count. Catch The Throne is a purchase worthy album and will keep every fan of both hip-hop and Game of Thrones happy for at least the next couple of weeks while they wait for the return of season 4.

Pharrell Williams – G I R L

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By Andrew

Pharrell Williams is obsessed with women. Its like every song he writes is meant to be for the ladies to swoon and faint to, as if, by some incredible measure, his pseudo-misogyny and sexism under the guise of infatuation is the new “black”. Far from it in fact, with every note of this album making me wonder whether the boy has ever left the man, or more importantly, has the boy never become a real man?

John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood

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By Andrew

‘Flesh and Blood’ is the 6th studio album from Australian godlike musician John Butler and his ever changing trio of troubadours. BY this time in his career you would expect an album like ‘Flesh and Blood’, which has reduced the core message of the previous five albums into a rich jus of expensive congnac styled production. While previous albums like ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ and ‘April Uprising’ were the Courvoisier VSOP and XO, ‘Flesh and Blood’ is the Hennessy Richard. More…

The Nerve – Audiodacity

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By Andrew

Sometimes you hear a band and you just know its going to be awesome before you even hear anything. Sometimes it’s the label, sometimes it’s the hype. Other times; it’s the pedigree. The Nerve fall into the latter category. With a lineup of three members from three of Australia’s best live rock bands and arguably one of the best guitarists in the world; I didn’t even have to hear it to know it was great. But, for the purpose of letting you in on the secret; I’ll indulge. Featuring One part Cog, One part Mammal, one part Pre Shrunk and one very large part guitar demon, The Nerve are one for the list of bands to hear/see in 2014. At the end of last year, they released their debut album and despite a very silent appearance, ‘Audiodacity’ is fucking explosive.