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.
Aloe Blacc is an interesting artist. Not raised poor like a lot of rappers, his home town in Laguna Hills Orange County, California, he is anything but working class. That said, he has an incredible affinity with the origins of soul, blues and gospel that you could forgiven for thinking ‘I Need A Dollar’ was his personal life mantra. Now happily married to Australian hip-hop artist Maya Jupiter, and having just had a child, Blacc releasing an album was not really on anyone’s mind. ‘Lift Your Spirits’ is a beast of an album. Melding seamlessly the sounds and thoughts of blues with the ever present gospel voice and kicking beats care of some of hip-hop’s best US producers; this is a surprising revelation in the modern musical media of popular culture…More…
The festival scene in Australia has been called dead, dying and ultimately waning in popularity by everyone in the industry and with only a few successful festivals across the country every year – it’s a hard point to counter. Obviously there are few detractors who attend the annual Woodford Folk Festival, because it this year’s numbers are anything to go by; this festival scene is alive and kicking. As usual, we chose to attend only one of the seven days (purely for financially reasons) and as usual we were not disappointed. More…
Grey Ghost, aka Jeremedy, is not a new artist by any means. Having kicked around the oz hip-hop scene for a number of years under different monikers, he has rarely had the exposure he really deserves. With this latest moniker, Grey Ghost, he has released a very interesting EP, The Elixir. Far from hardcore rap or hip-hop, The Elixir is a mixture of some of the best rapid fire rhyming since Dialectrix first hit the scene several years ago. But what The Elixir does is really not normal. Closer to more conventional rock/rnb/electronic formulae; The Elixir is both a breath of fresh air and a sometimes confusing collection of odes. But Why?
Mixtapes come and go and in a lot of ways, it’s a way for hip-hop artists to remind the fans and pundits they are still out there, and still relevant. Far East Movement, as one of the more underground offerings coming out of the US these days, are no exception. But Grzzly is something different. I tried my hardest to listen to and review the first offering from A$ap Ferg, highly touted as one of the best and brightest in the neo-rap Trap scene; but found myself just wanting to turn it off. But Grzzly, despite primarily being a collection of remixes and unreleased tracks, is pure Trap gold…Interested?…
Childish Gambino, or Donald Glover, is an interesting artist and seems to be the talk of
the entertainment industry but not really that well-known in the real world.
Gambino is probably more well-known for his role in the hit tv show ‘Community’
or for his writing credits on the stunning ‘30 Rock’. As part of the comedy
troupe Derrick Comedy he is also responsible for the awesome film ‘Mystery Team’.
All this might seem like gibberish for those outside the loop, and believe me,
I was well outside this incestuous loop for quite a while until I heard the
Flux Pavillion track ‘Do or Die’ and thought, I should probably check this dude
out. Well, I’m here to say, you should too…Read on…
Want to know what’s been floating Andy’s boat this year? Check out the top ten albums they never left the rotation in the Abrasive household here…
Looking for the next biggest thing out there? wanting to fill your new year with fantastic music? look no further as Audiocracy gives you the goods. Read on…
The latest addition to the Elefant Traks roster of Australia Hip Hop creators is one of their finest. Not the usual straight hip-hop producer/performer, Jimblah is somewhat of an anomaly. After winning the inaugural Hilltop Hoods Initiative in 2007, the Adelaide based rapper is not a fresh new kid on the scene. In fact, after producing and financing his first album, ‘Face The Fire’, his sophomore follow-up is mind blowing. Ranging sometimes from soul and blues to spoken word bush poetry and beyond; ‘Phoenix’ is a revelation in Australian Hip-hop. Interested?
Sounding like early Lyrical Commission or Certified Wise beginnings, ‘Heads Up, Pens Down’ reminds me very much of early Strut and Simplex stuff harking back to the golden era (not the Hilltop label) days of the mid to late nineties in Australian hip-hop when artists found their accents and really started to evolve from the stereotypical image of the BBQ rap scene. But from Lee’s very iconic oz hip-hop voice, the guesting begins and shapes what is ultimately a true diamond in the rough. Read On…