Charismatic and hugely motivated Canberra rapper CITIZEN KAY has released his second LP, 'Belly of the Beast'.
After announcing his signing to Illy's ONETWO label (a joint venture with Unified Music Group), Citizen Kay hid away in the studio like a crazed word-doctor making sure the LP was exactly as he envisioned. "A lot of time was spent choosing my words, and how I wanted things to be said." says Kay of the writing process "I challenged myself more, as a wordsmith and poet on this album"
'Belly of the Beast' is a personal record, incorporating themes of introspection and reflection, as well as the fine line between ego and confidence. Taking his time with each track, Kay dug deep into his own psyche, with the firm intention of harnessing his strengths and accepting his weaknesses. Significant emphasis was put on perfecting the flow and tracklisting, resulting in a cohesive, authentic record that packs a serious punch.
Rapper, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Citizen Kay migrated from Ghana to Australia at six-years-old, and has made it his life's mission to make music that blends traditional hip-hop with the soothing sounds of soul, jazz, blues and rock.
An undeniably charming and dedicated performer, Citizen Kay has shared stages with some of the best: Ice Cube and Public Enemy, Run The Jewels, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt, plus locals Tkay Maizda, Seth Sentry and more.
Its a rough and tumble world out there at present, but Citizen Kay's deft rhymes and bombastic attitude are going to actively convince you that, really, we're all going to be OK.
Brisbane’s FOREVR have released not just one debut album, but two of them. Classics and Death is a miracle constitute a dual-album release - two very different records which see the four-piece deeply evolve their shoegaze-pop roots (Classics), and document their exploration into dance music (Death is a miracle).
Classics and Death is a miracle were pieced together by the four-piece from songs written in full-band rehearsals, with riffs, melodies and bass licks that had been recorded individually, and an array of beats that were made on drum machines and synths, including field recordings, scratch vocals, and the sound of keys getting dropped on a table. Their music drips with grim undertones and leans into the darker parts of the human psyche – due to the time each of them spent during the recording process in the realms of personal trauma, sleep deprivation, shaky mental health and their own individual obsessions. They chose to record their debut as two whole albums to provide a journey through the full-spectrum of music they create. To quote FOREVR, “we just want to do cool shit that we like, that we haven’t heard before.”
Classics is a culmination of whole-band written material which sits closest to their shoegaze roots, however can hardly be called shoegaze anymore. There are layers of electronic production and unique glitchiness present – the band have evolved towards the clarity rather than haze. Death is a miracle started with arpeggiator sketches and piano chords, and grew with influences from 90s techno, early 2000s pop and R&B to produce full scale dance music that is at once soundtrack to your blurry nights and Sunday recovery. Both albums’ themes include artificial intelligence, sibling relationships, death of idols, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement and natural disaster.
FOREVR are Donovan Miller (guitar/programming), Sam George-Allen (vocals/synth), Thomas Roche (drums/programming) and Kate Mackenzie (bass).
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Dark Days + Canapés is Ghostpoet's most defining album to date. A stunning and stimulating return, Dark Days + Canapés is a global facing album that captures the sense of unease so prescient in recent times.
After receiving recognition for the beat-driven arrangements of his first two albums, third album 'Shedding Skin' initiated a more alt-rock sound that saw Ghostpoet Mercury nominated for a second time. Fourth album ‘Dark Days + Canapés’, produced by Leo Abrahams, best known for his work with Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins, delves even further into a fuller, guitar driven sound.
When commenting on the first track from the album, ‘Immigrant Boogie’, Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, explains: “I’m usually more comfortable writing in ambiguous terms, but this time around I felt there were specific stories that needed telling.”
Typically self-effacing, Obaro says: “there’s a sort of life-force that Leo and the other musicians brought to this record, and that was crucial. I want people to listen to the songs and be able to say, ‘So it isn’t just me then? Phew.”
Melbourne group Black Cab have released their new album 明 (Akira) via Interstate40.
The album was inspired by classic Japanese sci-fi anime movies such as Akira, Ghost In The Shell, the Evangelion series and more. A blend of dark electronica, massed taiko drums and found sounds, the album is an alternative soundtrack to an anime sci-fi classic that is yet to be created.
Written and recorded by Black Cab, the album was mixed and mastered by Simon Polinski. For the artwork, the band commissioned UK anime illustrator Mike Anderson to create some fictional anime cells for the front and back covers, with Luke Fraser completing overall album design.
Jensen began as a product of the friendship between Harry Jensen and Oscar Bosch. Over the years the project evolved from a duo to a trio, and then to a four-piece, with the addition of Andy Moore on bass and Nathan Nyhuis on drums.
Jensen released their debut, self-titled EP in 2015, and have been working hard since then on putting together their first full length release, 'Hope & Winter'.