New Release: Mr. Grevis - My Escape (out 13.09.2013)
Courtesy Obese Records.
Mr. Grevis, WA’s most affable emcee and most recent inductee into the almighty Sylabollix crew returns with his second album My Escape after the popularity of his debut release The Sampler in 2012. Already receiving triple j airplay for singles ‘So Beautiful’ featuring Joyride and Ness, and ‘The Apology Song’ featuring Drapht, things are looking promising for Mr. Grevis’s sophomore release.
Combining his supreme knack for story-telling with structurally savvy song writing, Grevis has teamed up with fellow SBX cohort Dazastah for the bulk of the album's production, with additional beats from Cam Bluff and Rob Shaker. Tinged with new-age sounds and live instrumentation to match the array of subjects explored, My Escape reflects the times through Mr. Grevis' eyes both sonically and lyrically.
With plenty of guest spots from Grevis' expansive network of industry friends, My Escape features verses from Drapht, Layla, Dazastah, K21, Hons, Sesta, Trials, Apathy, Mortar, Complete, and Optamus, as well as vocal embellishment from Joyride, Ness and Drapht.
An honest and personal track, 'The Apology Song', as its title suggests, is a gesture of redemption to a past sweetheart. Dazastah on production created the stripped back acoustic loop from a riff Grevis had hummed him, which sets a melancholy, exposed stage for the hook and raps. Drapht, a man of many talents, sings on the mournful chorus to spine-tingling effect.
Also produced by Dazastah, 'So Beautiful' is set apart by its disco strings and heavy synth lines. An ode to newfound positivity, Grevis raps on his perception of the world now that he is happy within himself. Featuring Sydney's master crooner Joyride, along with WA based newcomer Ness, the track's infectiously uplifting hook floats over an electronic pulse.
'Living the Dream', another gem by produced Dazastah, sees Grevis light heartedly reflecting on the reality that he may never 'blow up' and make a lot of money from his music, but it is still healthy to pursue one's dreams.
Mr. Grevis's music is ridden with honesty and humour in equal measure. Drawing from his colourful past, the emcee has a lot to offer when it comes to song writing content. From Party track to heartfelt ballad, My Escape truly is one of the most personally generous bodies of work from an Australian hip hop artist to date.
"I'm a reformed 'bad guy', a person trying to right my wrongs. I want to educate the youth about using music as outlet rather than taking more destructive roads. I want people to see me not only as a musician, but as a real person. I try to be as open as I can, it's pretty evident in my public interactions; I am publicly as I am personally, i am who i am and I'm not ashamed to state my opinions" – Mr. Grevis
2. Living the Dream
3. Curse of the Kennedys ft. Drapht
4. Still High ft. Dazastah
5. Sex With a Demon ft. Trials
6. Wake Up and Do It Again ft. Hons
7. The Apology Song ft. Drapht
8. Dazastah Strikes ft. Apathy & K21
9. Schizo ft. Layla, Sesta & Mortar
10. Yin and the Yang
11. We Need Order
12. Corporate Wheel ft. Optamus exercise
13. F#@K Tonight
14. Give Lance a Break ft. Complete
15. What Happens When You're Dead?
16. The Traffic Courtesy Song
17. So Beautiful ft. Joyride & Ness
Wax Society member, Kollateral, is gearing up his EP release called "Phoenix" and brings you a piece of it with his new single and music video "Elevated Nights." Set to release 9/24, the EP will showcase the young 20 year old's talent and flow wise beyond his years.
Independent Label First Dirt artist "60 East" releases this music video to "Good Enough". A song off his most recent project "Mood Muzik Mixtape" which is set to drop later in September 2013. The mixtape is part of a remix series 60 East has been working on which he picks an artist and delivers a whole project over their production. This project he chose Joe Budden and his Mood Muzik Mixtape series.
"part 2 to my RnBmore series, alot of dope remies of popular records, remixed by DJ Sliink, Tittsworth, Emynd and more, enjoy."
Ray Charles- Georgia (Tittsworth remix)
The Proclaimers- 5000 miles (Surecut Kids remix)
The Beatles- Money (Mike The 2600 remix)
Bruno Mars- Locked Out of Heaven (DJ Quality remix)
The Ronettes- Be My baby (Emynd remix)
Roy Orbison- Pretty Woman (Bmore remix)
Poison- Nothing But A Good Time (Bmore remix)
Michael Jackson- Beat It (Sunshine Kidz remix)
Marvin Gaye- Aint No Mountain (DJ Mega Man remix)
Ghosttown DJs- My Boo (Solly Remix)
Frank Ocean- Thinking About You (Phi Unit remix)
Le Youth- COOL (DJ Sliink remix
Daft Punk- Get Lucky (DJ Starski remix)
Adele- Rumor Has It (PeteDown remix)
Neyo- Lets Go (DJ Quality remix)
Black Eyed Peas- I Got a Feeling (Ziggy Stardust remix)
Ben E King- Stand By Me (Bmore edit)
Four Tops- i Cant Help Myself (Cee Block remix)
Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline (Good For Nothing remix)
The Shirelles- Mama Said (DJ Trayze remix)
Smokey Robinson- Tears of A Clown (Action Jackson remix)
The Beach Boys- Wouldnt it Be Nice (Schwarz remix)
Us3 leapt out of the gate in 1993 with a confident, passionate and edgy vision that combined conscious hip-hop with performances by live jazz musicians, cemented together with a wealth of samples from Blue Note Records, its label at the time. The result was the group's landmark debut album Hand on the Torch and its worldwide hit single "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)."
Twenty years later, Us3, led by co-founder and bandleader Geoff Wilkinson, are readying their 9th album release, The Third Way. The latest disc harkens back to Hand on the Torch, explains Wilkinson, and represents a satisfying bookend to the first Us3 album. "I've used some classic jazz tracks as the basis for some of the songs – similar to what I did on Hand On The Torch (albeit this time with replayed "interpolations" rather than using samples). It's the follow up album I never made at the time." The album's MC responsibilities are shared by a trio of rappers drawn from across Us3's history, including Tukka, KCB and Akil Dasan.
Wilkinson recreates portions of classic jazz tracks, including Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder," and Horace Silver's "Nutville." He chose this approach so he could integrate the essence of some of the jazz pieces with greater flexibility than he'd get using samples. By going with interpolations, Wilkinson was able to weave them into the fabric of the tracks in a more organic way, so more attention is focused on the song as a whole, rather than its constituent parts.
The album's creative process follows Us3 tradition, shifting from exploratory, directional underpinnings into the universe of trial and error to determine each piece's final shape. "I always make a lot more tracks than I actually need for an album, and often end up going back to previously-discarded tracks and revisiting them," says Wilkinson. "'I Want One of Those' and 'I'm Goin' (Come Along)' were both tracks that started life several years ago and have been resurrected and reworked. My tracks tend to evolve from the rhythm up. I always try to maintain a variety of rhythms, tempos, arrangements, and instrumentation across an album. That can be a challenge for the rappers, but I think it inspires them to rise up to it."
On the album's three wordsmiths, they all share a drive to rise far above the bling and boasting of so many ultra-shallow MCs. "Tukka brought a unique energy to the first album," says Wilkinson. "I knew it was unusual to have a reggae voice mixing it up with jazz and hip-hop. That was something I hadn't done since the first album, so it was definitely overdue. KCB was featured on Broadway & 52nd, and toured extensively with the live band in the early '90s. Akil has been a rock in the Us3 band since 2006. He previously appeared on Schizophonic and Say What!?, and is a lyrical monster. These are all guys whose work with Us3 I admired. I had also travelled the world with all of them, experiencing many crazy things on tour together!"
On a more reflective note, "What Would You Do?" offers existentialist viewpoints from all three MCs. The song is rooted in Wilkinson's grief over his mother's passing in 2012. "Losing the woman that brought you into the world is a unique thing," says Wilkinson. "It only happens once, and it has somehow made life more urgent for me. Other members of the live band have lost family, and it sparked a conversation with the rappers in which I asked the question, 'If it was your last day on Earth, what would you do?' All three wrote their verses separately and it was interesting to see the similarities in their rhymes."
Us3 has evolved more and more towards a live musician-driven format over the years, incorporated an incredible diversity of MCs and lyrical content, and has toured extensively, enthralling audiences across the globe. It's one of the few practitioners, and arguably the leading exponent, of the art of band-driven hip-hop performance.
But even with two decades of innovation behind it, there's no escaping the fact that the original Hand on the Torch album continues to represent a hip-hop touchstone for a generation. To mark the 20th anniversary of Us3's platinum-certified 1993 album, Blue Note are reissuing the album with a 2CD remastered deluxe edition on September 17.
"One of the best things my mum used to say was 'Life is a journey, not a destination,'" says Wilkinson. "I think that's so relevant to the Us3 story. It has been a bumpy road at times business-wise, but my enthusiasm and inquisitive nature have led me along many rewarding musical paths—and I'm confident there are more to come."
Audio: Konstant33n - "TMT (a Tribute to Floyd Mayweather)"
Courtesy Pub for Indie.
Konstant33n, the artist formally known as Kidd Dynamiite, wrote this song as an anthem and tribute for Boxing Legend- Floyd Mayweather. The song reflects Konstant33n's respect for Mayweather's mental and physical stamina.
Tanya Morgan Presents...Rubber Souls Bands + Rubber Souls Deluxe Package
Courtesy Ballin PR.
TANYA MORGAN PRESENTS...RUBBER SOULS BANDS + RUBBER SOULS DELUXE PACKAGE (Featuring New Single "More" ft. Rocki Evans of CharlieRED)
Two weeks away from the release of Tanya Morgan's newest LP Rubber Souls, Donwill adds a new job to his resume: Rubber-Band salesman? Check out the commercial for Rubber Souls bands and stay tuned to the end for a preview of Tanya Morgan's new record, "More" feat. Rocki Evans of CharlieRED (Prod. by 6th Sense).