Line-up /Tuka, Ellesquire
One third of triple J faveâ€™s Thundamentals, and with the first single Just To Feel Wanted from his second solo album â€œFeedback Loopâ€ already added to triple j rotation, thereâ€™s no shortage of activity in Tukaâ€™s life right now. For starters, Thundamentals recent triple j Like A Version cover of Matt Corbyâ€™s Brother is currently the most watched video on Triple J's Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By80vyAJk-0)
Just To Feel Wanted is vibrant and energetic, enthusiastic yet contemplative â€“ just like the artist himself. Based on a â€™60s-style surf groove, Tukaâ€™s flow works in unison with crafty turntable cuts, hand claps, warm bass and plenty of twang. The result is an epic party track tempered by morning-after clarity.
Boiled down, Just To Feel Wanted presents a simple ethos â€“ be true to who you are and what you feel, be the best you can be, and have a good time while youâ€™re doing it. Life doesnâ€™t sound that hard when you look at it from the right angle, but not everyone nails it. â€œItâ€™s easy to say, but actually standing by that is a different story,â€ adds Tuka. â€œAnd thatâ€™s the vibe of the whole of Feedback Loop â€“ staying true to the art you feel the world needs to experience, rather than trying to please everyone.â€
With Feedback Loop set for release in October, expect an album that broadens your mind both musically and mentally.
Ellesquireâ€™s debut album â€˜Readyâ€™ was released through Big Village in July 2011, and since then has made a significant impact on the Australian hip hop music Landscape. The self deprecating humour of his single â€œOn The Prowlâ€ became a triple J sensation, coming in at #103 just outside of the 2011 hottest 100. His second single â€œChasing The Payâ€ also received high rotation on JJJ.
Ellesquire has proved himself as a versatile performer, from playing Peats Ridge festival in dec 2011, to supporting such acts as the teacha of hip hop himself, KRS One, at the Enmore theatre, and Danny Brown at Vivid live fest at The Opera house, in the first half of 2012.
â€˜Readyâ€™ is a 17-track collection of songs produced entirely by beatmaker / jazz musician extraordinaire P Major, featuring sample heavy, lo-fi beats alongside soulful, eloquent rhymes with guest spots by P.Smurf, Tenth Dan & Rapaport and cuts by Sam Z. Ellesquire blends humorous lyrics with more traditional hip hop style braggadocio battle raps while exploring topics from reflections on life and heart break to visions for his future. But not one to confine himself to just rapping Ellesquire also shows some singing talent handling hooks with a clear ear for melody.
Ellesquire is also member of Hip hop group Loose Change.
Oct 13th @ Shape - Perth