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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.

Simplex – 845AM Volume 1

Simplex Presents 845AM Volume 1. Limited Edition AA Side 7″ Vinyl Produced by Simplex (Terra Firma/Certified Wise) featuring Lflows (Unkut Recordings) and Pace Won (Outsidaz) Cuts By DJ Juice. Cover artwork by Lee Harnden/Linz (Ironlak)

Check the promo video below;

Side A : The Pain – Lflows (Unkut Recordings) AUS
Side AA : Run Along – Pace Won (Outsidaz) US & Dj Juice

Head HERE to purchase digitally or on delicious black crack vinyl.

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

WATCH YOUR STEP – Brisbane 21/11/2015

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FITZRUKUS – September 2015 at The Worker’s Club Fitzroy, Melbourne

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45 FRIDAY – TICKET – Highway Of Love

Artist: Ticket

Label: Ode Records

Country: New Zealand

Year: 1971

The Francis Wolves – Debut 7 inch

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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!

45 FRIDAY – ALBATROSS – Dancin’

45 FRIDAY – LARRY SANDERS “Story Of My Love”

45 FRIDAY – Z.Z. HILL “I Think I’d Do It”

45 Friday: The Parameters – Pig City

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.

Mission accomplished!

So what was all the fuss about? Check the song and super 8 footage to boot

45 Friday : Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M

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Released: 28/11/14
Label: Sony/Legacy Recordings
Artists: Wu-Tang Clan

One of my most recent pick ups from last years Record Store Day, The 3rd single from 36 chambers that needs no intro. The piano and those bars still give me goose bumps.

Die cut from full size and limited to 5000 worldwide, collectors get on these before mother fuckers start gouging.

Rather than play the OGs I thought Id leave you with the souled out sounds of the El Michels Affair covers. Check them cover 36 chambers in it entirety on the ’37th Chamber’ if you haven’t already, it’s dope!

 

 

Diggin’ in 2015. Off to a good start….

Happy New Year RunRoyalers. We hope y’all have had a great Christmas and New Years. Here’s a few records I managed to dig from Oppy’s, Antique Shops & general shitty spots over the last week on a fam holiday from Melbourne to Bundalong and anywhere in between. Pretty stoked with some of these!

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45 Friday : Apollo Brown & OC – The Biggest Loser / Prestige of a King

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Released: 15/05/12
Label: Mello Music Group  ‎– LP-MMG026
Label / Catalogue: LP-MMG026
Artists: Apollo Brown, OC

‘Trophies’, the debut collaboration album by D.I.T.C. member O.C. and Detroit, Michigan producer Apollo Brown. This LP was the release of the year for me back in 2012, on heavy rotation. The deluxe edition of the LP came with this little gem of a 45. Both LP and 45 pressed in white with the 45 featuring the two bonus tracks with much a similar tone to the LP. OC’s delivery and cadence sits so well on Apollo’s production. The B-side also features on a MMG Self Sacrifice mix released the same year.

45 Friday: Must Volkoff Ft. Dialect Homestasis / Time Wields Everything

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Released: 21/11/13
Label: Pang Productions
Label / Catalogue: PP-016
Artwork: Mr Volkoff
Artists: Must Volkoff, Dialect

Two of the most humble, productive and original artists out of this country coming together for last years, Must Volkoff – White Russian album. Crackin’ swing on the drums, smoked out open keys and samples. I think this might have only come out with a deluxe pack for the album? Absolute cracker. Cheers for hook up Musty, appreciate that.

‘Homeostasis’ got the visuals.