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Kuren: On Heroes, Sticky Fingers & Motivational Speakers

Written by on 13 December 2017

With a crisp new track featuring the likes of Illy and a debut album in the works, 19-year-old Kuren, aka Curtis Kennedy, is one of those terribly talented people who really makes you wonder what you're doing with your life. Perhaps even more annoyingly, he's a genuinely lovely guy. He's hardworking and clear-sighted in his [...]

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Mistress OC – ‘Control Alt Delete’

Written by on 8 December 2017

The Australian hip hop scene is a flourishing movement with participants of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Mistress of Ceremony aka Mistress OC is a hailing hip hop artist from Melbourne and after taking a year’s hiatus she has just dropped her latest album Control Alt Delete. Her lyricism is reflective and her choice of [...]

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Omar Musa – ‘Since Ali Died’

Written by on 5 December 2017

Many artists are becoming the voices of society, opposing the current discourse of ugly nationalism, racism and sexism that Australia can be a beacon for. They signify the start of an awakening for what a new Australian narrative could be like; a re-imagining of a fairer and more equal society. Rapper, author and poet Omar [...]

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Q&A

Manu Crook$: On The Scarehouse Project

Written by on 23 November 2017

When did you know you wanted to make music? About three to four years ago. Prior to that, we were just rapping and having fun and you might say isn’t rapping making music? Yes, to an extent, but there’s a lot of rappers that can’t make music! There’s a difference. What’s the hardest part about [...]

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Miss Blanks – ‘Diary Of A Thotaholic’

Written by on 21 November 2017

Miss Blanks has been dubbed the next big thing in Australian hip hop. Her jaw-dropping performance at BIGSOUND left everyone without a doubt in their mind that Miss Blanks is one of the most powerful voices in Australian music. Her debut EP Diaries Of A Thotaholic solidifies her as both a master of popular catchy hip [...]

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Sampa The Great – ‘Birds & The BEE9’

Written by on 14 November 2017

Born in Zambia, raise in Botswana and based in Sydney, Sampa The Great has collided both international and local sounds into a beautifully produced 13-track mixtape. Birds & The BEE9 is both deeply intimate and outward looking. With influences from neo-soul to gospel to hip hop, the stripped-back lyrics and smooth instrumentals create way for [...]

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Ecca Vandal, Born Lion, Haiku Hands

Written by on 13 November 2017

10 November, Oxford Art Factory Musicians cannot be reliant just on albums sales to make their careers. The real test comes from how well an artist can translate their recorded music into a live performance. Having just released her self-titled debut album, Ecca Vandal has been on the road touring intensely around Australia to promote [...]

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Suburban Dark – ‘Death From Below’

Written by on 9 November 2017

As the spirit of Halloween has just blown past leaving its chill behind, the latest Suburban Dark album conjures the sound of ghoulish noises in scary proportions as it takes samples from horror flics and adds bass music to them. Death From Below is the Sydney duos second release and it truly is a dark [...]

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