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Local funk groups come few and far between up here in the Sunshine State. So when I heard of a new outfit making the transition from stage to wax I was immediately excited..
The Francis Wolves are a seven piece instrumental band from Brisbane, Australia. The self-described heavy soul and rare groove merchants play music influenced by soul, late 60s funk, jazz, afrobeat and garage psych. The players are; Dave Kemp, Drums, Brian L’Huillier, Bass, Jason Elliot, Guitar, Kellee Green, Organ, Rohan Hardy, Baritone Saxophone, Andrew Butt, Tenor Saxophone, and Michael Rogers, Trumpet. Forming their very own ‘Garage Afro Soul’.
Their debut 7 inch release “Deep In The Ju Ju” / “Valley Heat” is now available to preorder via PledgeMusic. With only 100 pieces pressed and the pledge at 96% complete you better be quick if you want to scoop up a copy. Follow them on Facebook for upcoming shows/more release info and peep the heat below!
Queensland representative Dj and producer STRICKNINE has been gettin’itin both locally and internationally. Expect to see a heap of hot new joints releasing in the near future. Right now he’s in New York City filming a video with Queensbridge OG BLAQ POET and putting the final touches on his album with TRAGEDY KHADAFI. Check the write up and track below ‘MODERN DAY GANGSTA’.
Modern Day Gangsta is a verbal threat, a written retaliation to the current state of corruption riddling broad levels of our systems of authority. This wake up call to the passive, launches with TRAGEDY KHADAFI drawing comparison between political domination and ruling in the streets, with the lyrical finesse of a veteran steeped in 30 years of Queensbridge history. KRS-ONE returns as “The Teacha”, educating us on the infiltration of corporate America by gangster tacticians. A.G. (DITC) characterizes one of the numerous victims of police murder with a sombre hostility that draws a firm line in the pavement.
Three of Hip Hop’s luminaries combine over baneful strings delivered in a landscape of energy by producer STRICKNINE (MF Grimm, Thirstin Howl, Blaq Poet) to re-establish a message that is more relevant now than ever before: “I think it’s time we all stand up”.
Released: Sep/1984 – Brisbane, Australia
Label: A Records
Label Catalogue: SUN 0106
Artists: The Parameters
Yesterday, like most days I woke with an insatiable itch to search my city for records. The hunt usually starts by checking a few web pages and venturing out to thrift shops, bazaars, record stores and everything in between. I was browsing local classifieds on the internets and came across a post that read “small LP’s assorted – $2.50”. As every wax digga knows, no record can be left unturned so I clicked on the post and read through the names of five 7″ records on offer.
My attention was instantly caught by the name Herbie Hancock with his Future Shocking composition ‘Rockit’ among the singles for sale. However it was the last record on the list that had my head spinning like a Rock Steady breaker at Happy Warrior Playground. ‘The Parameters – Pig City/Material Possession’. An obscure, historical piece of local music that’s been high on my want list since the 750 Rebels dropped their song/video ‘Pig City’ and I was first enlightened of the story behind the title.
So, thinking it must be my lucky day I made the call but got nothing but a series of answerless rings. Dang! Maybe someone beat me to the punch? Within a few minutes of anxious pacing and second guessing a call back from the same number lit up my phone. I arranged a time to see the records for sale and shortly after an address came through via txt message.
I’m on a mutha fuckin mission..
The txt lead me to a back street in Hemmant out on Brisbane’s bayside, somewhere between suburbia and an industrial estate. I was welcomed by one of those long dirt driveways with overgrown vegetation making the house impossible to see from the road. It reminded me of a scene from the HBO series True Detective. My spidey sensors told me to park out on the main road and walk up the long drive so that if I went missing someone might remember my vehicle parked outside the dubious looking address. The house was exactly as my wild imagination had already painted; an old Queenslander with car parts and bric-a-brac covering the ground and front balcony. Thankfully the lady inhabiting the run down residence did not resemble a swamp person and we got straight down to business. She handed me a bunch of 45’s and walked me to where she was storing some LP’s I’d asked to peep. We had the standard ‘records are having a come back’ conversation and I walked away with one LP plus the Rockit and Pig City singles all for a galah and some change.
So what was all the fuss about? Check the song and super 8 footage to boot
Karsniogenics is proud to welcome the latest addition to the K roster – Gaz Hazard. Gaz, renowned within the underground Australian Hip-Hop traps for his honest brutal rhyming and live stage performances. He is sure to add a higher calibre of rawness to the Karsniogenics label.
Hailing from Brisbane’s south side Gaz Hazard was a founding member of underground rap group CRS (Cool, Rad, Skills or Cunt Rap Syndicate). CRS garnered cult-like support in the mid to late 2000’s following the release of the crew’s debut album, Gully Down Crooks. Known for their rowdiness and a “back to basics” approach the Cunt Rap Syndicate finally reopened their doors in 2013 with the first full-length release from one of their most promising MC’s with Gaz Hazard’s Hazardous To Ya Health album.
Hazardous To Ya Health saw Gaz trawling through a lifetime of memories from the opposite side of the law, a vantage point from which very few local MC’s can truly speak. The album featured the remarkable talents of fellow CRS members Pors 1 and Servo who provide five verses and nine stellar beats respectively. The album also relished collaborations with close mates the 750 Rebels and Hired Goons; Ken Oath, Billy Bunks, Bigfoot, Jake Biz and Tornts bringing a powerhouse of Australian hip-hop to it’s forefront.
Since the release of Hazardous To Ya Health, Gaz has been honing his skills and perfecting his craft both on stage and in the lab. With a number of admirable shows under his belt including three Stand Up supports in 2014 (Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide) and a few local headliners between. The time has come for Gaz to once again embark on his solo journey with his sophomore album well in the works and expected to release late 2015.
In celebration of the label announcement Gaz has composed a new track and video titled ‘The Blueprint’ shot, cut and stabbed by long time friend Heathen Steelberg. The track is produced by a Gemini Method collaboration of label compadre Akidcalledchubz and Dontez of Kings Konketed (Unkut Recordings) and features killah cuts from the Karsniogenics head honcho Dj Dcide. Please help us welcome Gaz to the brotherhood that be Karsniogenics records and wish him a long productive career of independently released Hip-Hop music.