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All things that aren’t entirely hip hop based but still connected to the movement

Record Store Day 2017

I know where I wanna be tomorrow!

750 Rebels – Pig City / Magnum Opus 7″

Karsniogenics announces the official release of the 750 Rebels “PIG CITY / MAGNUM OPUS” double A-Side 7inch vinyl for World Record Store Day, April 22, 2017.

Following on from the full-length album “KOLD HEAT” released late 2014, the team at Karsniogenics have put together a limited edition 7 inch vinyl release specifically for this years WRSD.

The A-side joint “PIG CITY” artwork pays homage to Brisbane band THE PARAMETERS “PIG CITY” track originally recorded at 4ZZZ radio and released in 1984. The release has provided it’s name to Brisbane author Andrew Stafford, (PIG CITY; from The Saints to Savage Garden) focusing on the Brisbane music scene and tracking the political climate from the 1970’s to the 2000’s.

The AA-side joint “MAGNUM OPUS” was a personal favourite of the artists and well received by 750 fans alike. To celebrate this release the crew has cooked up an abstract piece of visual art to accompany the song, which will be available via the Karsniogenics YouTube channel on our online preorder day, Wednesday April 19.

Korewrekt ft. Dengar, Fett & 88 – ‘Join Pull Leather’

I  purchased this CD on a whim from Rockinghorse Records in 1998. ’98 was a time of true creative experimentation, before the ‘ozhiphop’ branding and everything coming out Australia wide sounded refreshing. As far as I can tell, it’s a CD only release named ATOMIKLEE by a Sydney producer KOREWREKT?

The song ‘Join Pull Leather’ features FETT, 88 and the unmistakable vocals of DEFWISH who goes under the nom de plume DENGAR. Hit the comment section with any corrections or further information you can add. Peace!

WAVE TO THE GRAVE

It ain’t no joke, we’ve been slackin’ here at Run Royal. This got me thinking tonight that maybe the blog is over.. Hell no! I don’t care what anyone else says, the boppin’ days ain’t over, lotsa guys still swinging… So what the fuck have we been upto?

Well, I can’t speak for everyone here but me, I’ve been busy the first quarter of ’17 re living my yout. I didn’t throw out my clothes and hit H&M for a new wardrobe or get a trendy ass haircut, I simply changed my way of thinking. The Peter Pan fantasy led me to living vicariously through myself, which sounds like alotta fun but in reality is a greater pain than squeezing a matchbox car out your sphincter. A week ago I prayed that one of my close friends would break up with his missus so I had an excuse to take a weeks long service leave and book two tickets to Thailand. I hear many people using a roller coaster ride as a metaphor for their current lifestyle. Mines been more like one of them epic wing suit jumps where the idiot pretending to fly narrowly misses trees, boulders and bridges; inevitably you can only go one way and that is down.

So after a disappointing third and final meeting with a Vice TV executive about my reality show idea called ‘Wave To The Grave’ – kinda like Mad Max meets the Hangover; life stooped to an all time low. Before you ask; yes, I tried the Costanza line “it’s a show about nothing” – they didn’t get it.. So what is ‘Wave To The Grave’? Well a wave is like water, in fact a wave is water growing and moving at a rapid rate; It’s all about adapting to your current environment and situation in any given moment. And a grave, well that’s where we all end up my friend.

I ain’t gonna play it down, this nuwave comes with great responsibility and a shit load of illegible iPhone notes, which is mostly made up of drunken mind diarrhoea and vague descriptions of vehicles I thought were following me at some point in time. During these last few months I got my heart broken once, had two blood tests (all good), locked myself out of my house three times and got rinsed at the casino four or five times but hey, who’s counting. I nearly od’d on md, had benders that led into bigger benders and many a night on the tiles. I found some dope new records in some very strange places, randomly picked up a milf during a fire evacuation and walked 2km’s with a B grade celebrity comedian; roasting him the whole way. I caught a snake in my living room which somehow escaped twice before I finally released it at a neighbouring suburb, had more Mondays off work then the 4 years prior combined all while making some great new friends and some vicious new enemies. Each of those adventures has an accompanying story worthy of biblical publication. But what does it all mean?

I guess you can say, we’re back! The plan is to re open the rehearsal room and get the band back together. Shit, we might even go all out and recruit some new troops. Aye Sarina Russo; paging all Saxamaphonists.

For now, I leave you with a song from the ‘Wave To The Grave’ soundtrack – the waviest compilation since brazzers teamed up with dat piff. This goes down best loud at 6am on a weekday, projected onto your living room wall with a fresh mojito in hand and a pair of novelty glasses on deck.

“SOUTHSIDE SOUL” Friday 28th October 2016

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Southside Soul fires up again tonight for yet another cracker instalment of Northern Soul & Funk music for all your dance floor needs.

This month features DJ Lady Soul, Heata HG of The Royal Runners & The Soul Twins digging deep into their 45 crates to bring you the soul we have come to love and dig. We will sorely miss our great friend DJ Big Daddy Warbucks who has moved interstate. I’m sure he will be back soon! So if anyone in the Canberra area is looking for a top notch Soul DJ he’s your man!

Doors from 8pm til late and only 5 clams to get in.

Calski – Folkus EP/7″ Launch

Next Thursday night we celebrate the launch of Calski’s Folkus EP at The Bearded Lady, West End. DJ Katch (Resin Dogs/Hydrofunk Records) & I AM D on supports to get shit lit. Entries $5 and doors are from 8pm. 

“SOUTHSIDE SOUL” 29/07/2016

“Southside Soul” is kicking off once again tonight in Burn City. This month, local PBS legend Ronin (Hippopotamus Rex)and his mate Heata (The Royal Runners/Hired Goons) will be hitting the 1’s & 2’s for a night of heavy Funk 45’s and Northern Soul for y’all to get ya groove on to. Resident DJ’s Big Daddy Warbucks & DJ Lady Soul will as always be bringing the soul for ya ear to hear throughout the night too. Doors at 8pm & $5 entry.

Check it!

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CALSKI – ‘JUST CLAP’ 7″ + FOLKUS EP

Brisbane MC/Producer Calski has announced the release of the third single from his EP ‘Folkus’. The track, ‘Just Clap’, is an undeniably funky dancefloor starter featuring renowned Canberra-born MC, Hau, and will be released on 7” vinyl by pioneer Queensland hip hop label Hydrofunk Records.

The ‘Just Clap’ 7” is out 19 July 2016 and boasts the equally impressive B-side track ‘One Hand On The Bible’ featuring favourites Briggs and I AM D. While the EP ‘Folkus’ drops on the same date, those who purchase the ‘Just Clap’ 7″ vinyl single will receive the full 5 track EP via free download. Along with the vinyl tracks ‘Folkus’ features Aus MC’s Dialectrix, Sinks & Raven.

Calski has been a consistent and unmatched presence in the Hip Hop community in Australia since the early 2000’s. Known for his unmistakable production and profound lyricism, Calski is also a DJ and multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, keys and guitar.

Having supported the likes of Ghostface Killah (USA), Public Enemy (USA), Total Eclipse (USA), The Herd, Urthboy, Mantra, Spit Syndicate and Joelistics, Calski has long been considered a peer amongst Australian Hip Hop greats and attributes his style to the influences of Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Black Milk, Apollo Brown and more.

Purchase your copy from the Hydrofunk Records online store HERE or hitup your local independent record store.

Run Royal Soundcloud

Quick post to let y’all know that we are have a Soundcloud page that includes free downloads and whatever. Jeah!

A Lostralian In New York – Ep. 1. The Bronx

I’m mad late on this but it’s great to such a stand up and humble dude like Delta documenting and sharing his experience of Hip-Hop culture in New York..Shit makes me wanna take the pilgrimage again. Hard out!

This 4 part series follows Australian Hip Hop artist Ben Delta as he journeys through boroughs of New York, in episode 1 Delta visits the Bronx.

A Visit to the TATS CRU studio in Hunts point is some fun viewing as Nicer ( one of the founders of the legendary Graffiti crew ) is in a mood to talk about the history of New York and how graffiti spread across the world.

The second part of the episode takes us to the home of Lord Finesse ( DITC ). Ness gives us an insight into what he looks for in records and how different sounds can be the basis of a production, he also discusses working with Delta ( which is explored in more detail in a upcoming episode).

This was made for the love of the music and culture, Delta has always carried the torch high for Australia so we thought it time we showed everyone what’s been going on.
– Luke Eblen

RECORD STORE DAY MELBOURNE APRIL 16th 2016

As the weekend approaches so too does another World Record Store Day. For many, it’s kind of like Valentine’s Day and other gimmick orientated days – why should we be told to show love on one day specifically, and not all year round? As many diggers are 365 and dedicated to finding that hidden gem in dusty crates, many do not subscribe to this day. Well, fuck that! I love it. It’s a great celebration of all things music, culture, independence and a kunt load of piss with good mates! Sounds dope to me!

So as many rush out to buy that 20th edition of Dilla’s Fuck Tha Police, Illmatic, Operation Doomsday & a slew of other re-re-re-releases, keep one thing in mind – it’s an ace day and a great excuse to see many friends in various spots throughout your city you may not have seen in a hot minute. Great live performances from MC’s, DJ’s & limited edition wax will be the flavour of the day. To all the diggers & hanger-on-ers, enjoy your day! I certainly will.

Here is a select few events happening in the Melbourne Hip Hop scene. For more info on your city hit this link…

http://www.recordstoreday.com.au

Rest In Peace Mark B

People all over the world woke up on the first day of 2016 to the tragic news of UK producer Mark B passing away. Friends and fans have been paying their respects by sharing memories of a man who inspired many and helped define the sound of hip-hop music in the UK.

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As a tribute from the team at Run Royal we have selected 5 songs to share that Mark produced. Rest In Peace to a true King of the Beats, we’ll go diggin’ in the next life.

Delta – The Lostralian

Mark B & Al Tariq – The Great Ones

Mark B & Blade – The Unknown

OC – Born To Live (Mark B remix)

Task Force – Its On You (feat. SkinnyMan & Mark B)

 

O.C. & Debonair P – Dive In EP

Late last year Debonair P (Gentleman’s Relief) teamed up with O.C. (DITC) and dropped a dope 4 track EP ‘Dive In’. For someone who flew half way across Australia to see O.C. live in early twenty fifteen, the year couldn’t of ended any better. After almost a month of bangin’ the digital format I was excited to hear that vinyl pre-orders were shipping this week and felt the urge to share with y’all..

DP provides moody soundscapes setting a perfect background for O’s forethought and skills tight cut chorus’ on all 4 joints which I found refreshing after bumping the rhyme chorus heavy classic ‘Trophies’. O.C. did what he does best and put you all in check with deep conscious lyrics and a smooth delivery that he makes sound seemingly effortless.

The bandcamp D/L came with bonus instrumentals and remixes but left me hanging for more; like a good extended play should. I don’t even need to say it, if you’re reading this blog then this is probably your shit too! Check the soundcloud snippets below.

For those who have got to have it on wax, there are still some copies available HERE

Dive in and enjoy!

“THE ROYAL RUNNERS” CHRISTMAS TAPE 2015

Merry Christmas everyone!

Run Royal proudly presents it’s 1st official DJ Cut n Paste Mix just in time for Christmas. “The Royal Runners” (Chubba & Heata), have each produced a special Christmas Mix for your day & night shenanigans for the upcoming special day. Heavy on the Funk & Soul tip, the fellas have carefully hand selected tracks from their 45,LP,VHS & DVD collections to bring y’all a mix that reflects the kind of music they want people to hear come Christmas Day. Don’t except the obvious Mariah Buble Sinatra on Death Row played out tunes here. Way deeper than that. More Northern Pole & Funk than candy junk!

It’s a free download so click on the links below and enjoy what the fellas have constructed for the festive season. Much respect Fam and thank-you all for your continued support and interest in the Run Royal website.

“Northern Pole Pt.1” The A.M. Edition ( Heata )

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“Northern Pole Pt.2” The P.M. Edition ( Chubba )

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Thanks to Cath Pirret for the naming bits. Haha love it.

Werd,

The Run Royal Family.

(Proof, Jake, Chubba & Heata)

CIECMATE – “Yang” (12″ EP)

Broken Tooth Entertainment honcho CIECMATE has just released his new EP entitled “Yang”. Side A contains four tracks and the B Side hosts the instrumentals. The EP also features the legendary HG soldier Gargoyle on the track “The Drill” alongside HG/BTE artists. Only available on wax through http://www.brokentoothentertainment.bigcartel.com & all good independent record stores. Check it out!

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Track listing:
A Side:

1.) KEEP WORKING
2.) ONE TIME FOR YOUR MIND
3.) THE ONE & ONLY
4.) THE DRILL (Ft Bonezy 3 Bladez, Bunks, Gargoyle, Gutz, Alex Jones, Fraksha, Tornts, Diem, Bigfoot, Scotty Hinds, Murky, Mouf & Heata)

B Side:

1.) KEEP WORKING – Instrumental
2.) ONE TIME FOR YOUR MIND – Instrumental
3.) THE ONE & ONLY – Instrumental
4.) THE DRILL – Instrumental