Category Archives: Hip Hop

FLUME – SMOKE AND RETRIBUTION (ElectroPop – Australia)

Aussie artist/producer Flume has shared a mind-blowing new tune taken off his soon-to-be-released sophomore album Skin. The song is called “Smoke & Retribution” and it features American Rapper Vince Staples and Perth-based vocalist Kučka.

This new track marks a drastic change of direction for the young artist whose 2013 debut album revolved around downtempo electro beats and pop-influenced hooks. Bolder and sharper, “Smoke and Retribution” shows yet another new side of Flume’s creative self. Over the years, he has managed to broaden his musical horizons through numerous side projects: What So Not (with friend Emoh Instead), Anna Lunoe & Flume, Flume & Chet Faker

For more info, go to Flume’s Facebook or sample more tunes on SoundCloud. Buy his brand new album on

HERMITUDE – THE BUZZ (Electro – Australia)


Aussie underground hip hop duo Hermitude formed in 2001 when Luke Dubs (Luke Dubber) and Elgusto (Angus Stuart) paired up to release the vinyl-only Imaginary Friends EP via Elefant Traks. Many years and many releases later, the pair is presenting their new album, Dark Night Sweet Light, the highly anticipated follow up to their award-winning Hyperparadise.

Their latest single “The Buzz” is already making a big impact on airwaves and in clubs around the globe and seems set to become one of their most successful to date. It features Mataya and New Zealand’s own Young Tapz on vocals. Stream it and be ready to get hooked!

Check out their official site or Facebook for more info and buy the new album now on

HOODLEM – OLD FRIEND (Soul/HipHop – Australia)

If you were looking for some fresh tunes to finish off the weekend, here comes Hoodlem, a new and exciting act from inner-city Melbourne. Hoodlem is an anonymous project who first showed up on our radar in July 2013 with their understated yet soulful debut “Through”.

The song received a fair amount of love from music blogs at home and abroad, but that’s nothing compared to their newest single “Old Friend”, which has already racked up almost 200,000 plays on SoundCloud. Blending delicate vocals, pulsing minimalist beats, and plucky guitars, all tightly held together with unassuming elegance, “Old Friend” is just the kind of slow-burning killer track that will play on repeat in your head for hours after you first heard it.

If you like what you hear, you should definitely check out Hoodlem’s recently posted cover of NSYNC’s early noughties hit “Girlfriend”. This grown-up version of the boy band’s classic tune is available for streaming and free download now!

Hoodlem - Girlfriend (NSYNC Cover)     

Hoodlem will be performing live at HillyDilly’s CMW showcase in May, sharing stage with fellow Aussie four-piece Sons et Al. and Nashville’s own Basecamp. Show your support on their Facebook. Buy the music on Bandcamp.


Nashville-based trio Basecamp is the result of a collaboration between Aaron Miller, Aaron C. Harmon and Jordan Reyessaw, three producers who joined forces in early 2013 to write a genre-busting slab of tunes fusing influences from R&B, electronica, soul and EDM.

Basecamp - 2 Thingz     

Combining haunting melodies, soulful vocals thumping bass lines and glitch percussion patterns, Basecamp effortlessly layer unpredictable tempo changes with carefully crafted beats and lush live strings. They mesh seemingly incongruous musical textures to create beautiful tension throughout their self-titled debut EP.

Basecamp - Rydia (Umstrum Radio Edit)     

Bonus track: treat yourself to an excellent remix of the track “Emmanuel” courtesy of young Paris-based producer Stwo. Download the remix for free HERE.

Basecamp - Emmanuel (Stwo Remix)     

For more info and music check out Basecamp’s Facebook and SoundCloud. You can buy Basecamp’s debut EP on

FLUME – DEBUT LP (Electro/HipHop – Australia)

Young Sydney-based beatmaker/producer Harley Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, has gone from underground internet sensation to chart-topping artist du jour in less than two years. His critically acclaimed self-titled debut was released by Future Classic in November 2012 and peaked at #1 on the ARIA Chart.

Lead single “Holdin On” reached the top 20 on the ARIA Singles Chart as well as #4 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown in 2013. The album and single provided Flume with four wins and four nominations at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards of 2013, including Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Release, Best Dance Release and Producer of the Year.

Find Flume on Facebook or sample more tunes on SoundCloud. Buy his brand new album on