Brisbane Alt-Rapper Rivilin has just released his debut album ‘Echo’.
The album is a collection of atmospheric and dark rap songs.
Rivilin touches on many hard-hitting personal issues on this record including depression, addiction and suicide.
Check out ‘Echo’ below:
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Much loved Melbourne nine-piece Echo Drama have today announced their new single Insanity, a heavy condemnation of the selfishness that rules in today’s society.
Hot on the heels of this massive track is the accompanying clip, directed by Carl Allison (Hilltop Hoods) and reflecting the band in an apocalyptic performance space. Insanity will be launched in style with a celebratory show at The Workers Club Melbourne on July 26, where fans will be able to catch Echo Drama in their element – on the stage.
Insanity is a bold name for a bold track. Echo Drama’s enormous sound is captured perfectly here; distorted horns draw the listener in immediately with an undeniable melody, while Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair’s (Recipient of 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative) verse is full of hard-hitting criticism on egocentrism. Zimbabwean born Soul singer Thando Sikwila’s hook is similarly condemning, and sits proudly atop Echo Drama’s signature amalgamation of reggae, hiphop, rock, and dub. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Thando explains, “This song explores how people are so fixated with self preservation and tend to turn a blind eye to bad things that happen because they’re not affected by them. My hook is about looking inwards and confronting what being a human being really means, when people no different like us halfway around the world are left destitute all for the sake of profit. It’s not sustainable.”
The clip is suitably bleak in colour; muted greys are accented by intricate lighting displays while the band perform the track in a destitute, industrial environment. It’s quick, energetic, and cut with an urgency that suits Insanity perfectly. Speaking on the making of the clip, Echo Drama’s drummer and founder Jeremy Schiftan says, “The clip was directed and conceptualised by Carl Allison, who is a wizard! We have been wanting to do a clip with Carl for a while, as he has worked with a few members of the band on other projects and consistently delivers the goods. The track is pretty hectic, so went for fast cuts, and the set was a great space he sourced to get that big open space we wanted for the largeness of the tune. It’s big to match the sound, but bare to mirror the blunt nihilism of the tune’s themes.”
Echo Drama are thrilled to celebrate the release of Insanity with a killer live show at Melbourne’s renowned indie music venue, The Workers Club. A mainstay on the Melbourne music scene since 2012, the band are renowned for their enormous sound and high-voltage live performances, appearing at many festivals including St Kilda Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival and Strawberry Fields. Looking forward to hitting the stage, Jeremy enthuses, “We really cut our teeth as a live band…you can expect slick, well rehearsed high impact performances from a large group with a large sound. Echo Drama has always been about doing our own thing rather than conforming to genre expectations so Insanity really hits that point home for us…we went a little outside the box on this choice of track to show you all, and we’re excited to see how it’s received.”
Echo Drama is Thando Sikwila (vocals), Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair (vocals), Jeremy Schiftan (drums), Steve Phillips (keys), Duncan Schmoll (guitar), Stephen Lane (bass), Anthony Foon (trumpet), Jay Scarlett (trombone), Greg Sher (saxophone).
After a massive 2018, which has already seen Aussie hiphop royalty Butterfingers release new music, head out on tour and play a string of killer showcases at BIGSOUND, the legendary group have today announced the 15 Years of Fatboys Australian tour. The epic run kicks off on March 1, 2019 at The Villa in Noosa, before moving through to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Frankston, Geelong, Belgrave, Dunsborough, Perth, Hillarys, Melbourne, Hobart, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and wrapping up at The Northern in Byron Bay on April 26, supported nationally by Melbourne MC, Fresh Violet.
With years of experience under their belts, their tongues inserted firmly and permanently in their cheeks, and an undeniable sense of rhythmic brilliance, Butterfingers are thrilled to bring their breakout album Breakfast At Fatboys back out on the road in 2019. They have also announced that the classic album will be released on orange vinyl for the first time ever, to coincide with the tour. Excited to kick things off, Evil Eddie enthuses, “We’re super stoked to be hitting the road for the anniversary tour of Breakfast At Fatboys, and can’t believe it’s been 15 years. It’s a good long list of shows, and there’s going to be songs in the set we haven’t played live since the original album tour in 2004.” Set to play the album from start to finish, then sprinkle in some newer tracks and some old fan faves, Butterfingers are no strangers to the wild live scene of the Aussie hip-hop world.
Upon release, Breakfast At Fatboys was a triumph for the group, as their cheeky, eclectic brand of stomping hiphop became hugely popular across the country and beyond. Their first two singles, Everytime and I Love Work, both featured on the debut album, made it to triple j’s coveted Hottest 100 countdown at #38 and #15 respectively and Yo Mama dropped in at #17. The album become a favourite on the station, earning the Feature Album accolade in addition to a nomination for Best Independent Release at the 2004 ARIA Awards and a guest programming slot on Rage.
There’s a lot for fans to look forward to at these anniversary shows, as the group plan a few special moments for audiences across the country. Eddie reveals, “Playing some of those old tunes that we haven’t touched for so long is the obvious one but there’s a specific track with the classy title of Piss On Ya that always gets requested at shows but since it features a female emcee who isn’t a regular member of the band, we’ve hardly ever performed it live. Fortunately we are taking a female emcee from Melb known as Fresh Violet on the road with us and I’m hoping we can twist her arm to make a cameo on the track…We’re looking forward to all the shows, but The Zoo show in Brisbane will be like a big warm hug cause that’s where we really cut our teeth, but The Corner in Melbourne is a classic live venue and that’s gonna be awesome too.”
Tickets to the 15 Years of Fatboys national tour will be available for fan and venue presale from 9am LOCAL Thursday 8 November and general public from 9am LOCAL Thursday 15 November.
BUTTERFINGERS 15 YEARS OF FATBOYS NATIONAL TOUR
FRI 01 MAR | THE VILLA, NOOSA QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95439 | 1300 762 545
SAT 02 MAR | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/c09d8c30-e619-4aa1-ace8-0118bdf59832 |1300 762 545
SAT 09 MAR | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/57f6f97d-e85d-4e15-91bc-564191523ffc |1300 762 545
THU 14 MAR | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-special-guests/108156?offercode=BUTTER | 1300 GET TIX
FRI 15 MAR | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+
Tickets available from: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tour/pre-sale
SAT 16 MAR | MANNING BAR, SYD NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95499 | 1300 762 545
THU 21 MAR | THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95551 | 1300 762 545
FRI 22 MAR | PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON VIC | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95449| 1300 762 545
SAT 23 MAR | GEELONG HOTEL, GEELONG VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tour-tickets-52043827489
SUN 24 MAR | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95453 | 1300 762 545
THU 28 MAR | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/bddb42c8-42da-44ff-80d5-7ffab03963f4 | 1300 762 545
FRI 29 MAR | BADLANDS BAR, PERTH WA | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95456 | 1300 762 545
SAT 30 MAR | BAR1 NIGHTCLUB, HILLARYS WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys/108114 | 1300 GET TIX
FRI 05 APR | THE CORNER, RICHMOND VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tickets-51995296331?discount=FIGJAM
SAT 06 APR | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART TAS | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95460 | 1300 762 545
FRI 12 APR | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95462 | 1300 762 545
SAT 13 APR | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95463 | 1300 762 545
THU 18 APR | SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95464 | 1300 762 545
SAT 20 APR | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95465 | 1300 762 545
FRI 26 APR | THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95466 | 1300 762 545
The Atlanta born native 6lack took to the stage of Melbourne’s 170 Russell on the 16th of October, 2017 providing a captivating performance.
The 25 year old who was just named one of the “10 new artists to watch” by Rolling Stone back in November 2016 brought his own style to our city. Performing hit songs “Ex Calling”, “Prblms” & his latest track “That Far”, he had the whole venue singing & jumping along to the words. Although this was his first Solo tour, 6lack previously headlined for The Weeknd & Migos during their Australian tour. Touring with the Music Heavyweights gave 6lack the extra push to have a solo show.
6lack is a story-teller through his music, writing particularly about his relationships past and present. Fans felt his pain and joy through his music and thus forged an undeniable connection with the artist. It was an incredible and authentic atmosphere to be in. His artistry, sound and message are all unique and it is no doubt he is has created a name for himself in the music industry.
Brisbane Alt Rapper Rivilin has just released his new single and video ‘Nicotine’ which was premiered through HAUNTXR.
The video has over 7,500 views on Facebook and is the first single from the young rappers debut album ‘Echo’ (out tomorrow.)
Check out the video below:
“Tracksuit grey, black, blue, I was just a hope-filled kid like you”
The infamous lyrics that propelled West Londoner AJ Tracey’s career to new levels. At Just 23, the Ladbroke Grove artist is taking the U.K by storm. Although Grime is yet to make strides on Australian shores, Its definitely one of the fastest growing genres in the music scene. Drake’s vocal support of grime has also helped bring a whole other fanbase.
AJ took Melbourne by storm on Wednesday the 20th of September 2017 at The Laundry Bar in Fitzroy. It’s not every day a new artist on their first Australian/New Zealand tour can put on a show like that, however, he came & did just that. AJ vowed to make the audience fall in love, and within moments his magnifying stage presence ignited the atmosphere. His hit songs like LA4AWEEK, False 9, Buster Cannon, Luke Cage & Thiago Silva which was produced with his longtime friend Dave, had the whole crowd going crazy. Thiago Silva had the whole crowd “gassed at the tunes that we made” as he would put it.AJ Tracey also had supporting acts who also happened to be good friends of his along, who helped put on an incredible performance. With Dee (MC) & General Courts (DJ), AJ Tracey put on a show to remember.
AJ Tracey proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with.
Back for a second time, RNB FRIDAYS lived up to its hype of being “Bigger and Better than ever.”
The two sold-out shows in Melbourne landed on the 19th and 20th of October, Yes Rnb Fridays was on a Thursday. That, however no issue for the flood of fans who queued up outside Hisense Arena. The line up was simply phenomenal. 90’s Heavy weights Craig David, Ne-yo, Sean Paul, Kelly Rowland and Christina Milian.
The Show hosted by Fatman Scoop kicked off with Performances by Ruff Endz, Monifah & Christina Milian giving the crowd just a taste of what the night had in store. Each brought their A game and performed their star-studded hits.
It was however the powerful final acts that were the Highlight of the night. Mario Serenaded fans with his list of hits particularly the all time classic “Let me love you.” Pop sensations Kelis and Kelly followed bringing the jumping crowd thumping performances.
Craig David shocked fans when he spinned the decks introducing to the world his alter ego TS5, A Miami based DJ, nonetheless crowds still enjoyed the remixed version of his hits.
Following this was Neyo’s highly anticipated comeback performance, he had been off the music radar but got on the stage and it felt like he never really left. The crowd roared with excitement. To conclude the night Sean Paul came through with his afro-Caribbean hits and ended the night with a bang.
They promised to make it the biggest RnB party and that’s exactly what happened.
Sydney based rapper Imcpayne has dropped his new single and music video Where’s My Head At.
The new single is taken from the rapper’s upcoming EP release and was premiered exclusively via Scenestr Magazine.
Imcpayne has a sound that is influenced by a broad and diverse range of music including Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tupac, A Tribe Called Quest and many more.
Where’s My Head At has a really fun vibe to it and is both musically and visually inspired by early 90’s Hip Hop.
The single is available for download on iTunes and Spotify.
Check out Where’s My Head below: