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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. 

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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.

Don’t Sweat The Technique – Round 9

For this round of DSTT I put forward a track from a German record I picked up for $2 at a fair earlier in the year. It’s a strange record, a real mash Jazz, funk and some really open sounds of keys etc with varying tempos. Everything I want in a record to sample really. Some tracks have some German spoken word laid over the instrumentation . I’d love to get a translation of what he’s saying, that shit sounds serious.

Great use of the track from all producers. This segment was never intended to be a competition of who can make the best beat from the sample, that’s is a very subjective question in itself and we don’t want that shit here.  It’s intention is about listening to where the sample takes the producer and how their creativity gets them to the end result, if they use a whole loop or just a few notes of the melody. Thinking outside the box and putting forward a sample or a style of music to sample that’s out of someone’s comfort zone brings forward creativity in my opinion. Utilizing the skills and techniques to bring out your sound and letting the public see if they can pick it. This gives the public the opportunity to seek out some of the producers previous works also if they haven’t heard of them.

The sample probably wasn’t out of everyone’s comfort zone this round but it’s been fucking awesome to see what parts people chopped and looped and how creative everyone was. Thanks to all involved in the round.

Have a crack at guessing who made which beat during the week and I’ll reveal them Friday.

Original Sample

Beat 1

Beat 2

Beat 3

Beat 4

Beat 5

Beat 6

Beat 7

The poll tool on this host is fucking waksauce. If anyone has any better 3rd party suggestion that will work better please let me know in the comments!

Watch Me Now – P-Smurf x Masterwolf x Nix‏ prod. Calski

Watch Me Now

This one came through the inbox last week. Aside from Calski, I haven’t heard much from any of the MCs to be honest. Impressive stuff. Nice beat with some solid bars and an overall well mastered sound. Looking forward to hearing some more from these guys.

P-Smurf, Master Wolf and Nix spit fire over Calski’s beat, questioning everything on false reality TV and reflecting the general discontent with  mainstream media. Nothing is safe.