I love beached whale. The ABC has developed it into a mini TV series (5minute eps) it’s that good. Not music related I know, but thought a little bit of randomness wouldn’t go astray! That’s pretty choice aye bro?!
Onto the music. People will know that Hip Hop isn’t exactly my thing. Although, listening to Triple J, it’s pretty hard to get away from it, and I am a little partial to a good Aussie accent coming through in tracks. This all stems from my post on the cover Melbourne based MC Illy did of Where Is My Mind by The Pixies. Another blog out there in the blogosphere, Musings, picked up on this track and although Musings is based ol’ London town, she shared my love of a good Aussie accent and summery feel beats.
From that, I’ve gone through my limited Aussie Hip-Hop collection and decided to post some of my faves. Some are old, and some are from the past year or two. To begin with, one of my earliest introductions into Aussie funk and hip hop. The crew is Koolism. They were pretty big about 5 years ago. This track comes off a compilation I got as part of Ministry Australia magazine.
Next up is probably one of the biggest Aussie Hip Hop crews. They are Hilltop Hoods. They’re pretty good aye! This album became such a big album for everyone I knew when it came out. It changed the way Hip Hop was viewed in more mainstream Aussie music culture (Triple J, i’m looking at you!), as well as providing one of the best lines ever. “I’ll make origami of your lyrics…Gee…that’s good Suffa…what is it? IT’S A SWAN!”
Next up is a pretty cool little number complete with jazz flute. Aussie hip-hop seems to have the best idea of what a party jam should be. This is definitely a fave. And it’s a pretty massif track. The dude’s name is Drapht – Illy dropped a line from this song in his Where Is My Mind cover.
Final track to come out of my exploration into Aussie Hip-Hop is probably a favourite of the past year. I know it’ll feature in my best of list for this year. It’s got such a laidback feel. Such a simple premise for a track too. And it features an awesome ending with a freakin killer line. And it just brings home the funk. The dudes are Hermitude. It also features a great MC from The Herd, Urthboy, as well as a pretty stellar soul singer, Elana Stone.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.
well? is it? haha…i found this the other day. Comes from Triple J’s Like A Version session and it’s a bit of Aussie Hip Hop. For those of you who are a bit unaware, Like A Version just get’s in artists every week to play an original and a cover. Flaming Lips covered Madonna and Kylie a few weeks ago. Phoenix were in the other week and did a cover of a track they actually co-wrote, AIR’s Playground Love.
So yeah, young Melbourne based MC Illy came in on Friday and it was pretty darn good. He did an acoustic version of his original track Pictures which is a bit of a Triple J hit (kind of because it’s Aussie Hip Hop and anyone who listens to the J’s here will know that Aussie Hip Hop features in about 50% of their playlist (well…might be an exageration…just a little…)).
Anyway, when you see the name of this track you’re gonna think what the hell. But when you hear it, pretty sure you’ll be amazed. He covers The Pixies track Where Is My Mind. He also fuses a whole heap of famous Oz Hip Hop lines from Hilltop Hoods, Seth Sentry, Phrase, Bliss ‘n’ Esso and a few others.
Anyway, here’s the track. Is bloody good.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.