Grammy-awarding winning R&B star Eric Bellinger returns to tour Australia and New Zealand, playing 11 shows across the stacked fortnight for his Eazy Call tour promoting his fourth studio album of the same name. Eric Bellinger has proven to be particularly popular “down under,” having toured multiple times over recent years. The talented singer and […]
Grammy-awarding winning R&B star Eric Bellinger returns to tour Australia and New Zealand, playing 11 shows across the stacked fortnight for his Eazy Call tour promoting his fourth studio album of the same name. Eric Bellinger has proven to be particularly popular “down under,” having toured multiple times over recent years.
The talented singer and songwriter have worked with the likes of Usher, E-40, The Game, Chris Brown, DJ Mustard, Ashanti, Brandy amongst many others. His latest charting release in Eazy Call which was released in April this year follows a string of mixtapes and EPs that he has released in recent years, developing his legacy as a talented performer in his own right. Eazy Call is a 15-track offering that reintroduces Bellinger to his fans as the talented artist that he is, linking up with the likes of Dom Kennedy, Ne-Yo, Mila J, Wale and Ma$e. Australian fans catch Eric Bellinger coming to a city near you, tour by Lucky Ent. X Lucky URBN.
A stalwart of his city’s music scene, Defron has performed in Melbourne’s most esteemed venues including Workers Club, The Espy, Laundry Bar, Evelyn Hotel, Penny Black, Max Watts and more. He has shared the stage alongside Odd Future, 360, Mantra, Illy, Seth Sentry, Akil (of Jurassic 5) and Pez. With an esteemed reputation for his freestyle rapping capabilities, Defron has hosted private & public events including Australia’s National Youth Week launch day, Metro Public Transport’s Victorian Great Race and RMIT’s 2018 Welcome series.
As a writer his fiction & non-fiction has been published in Going Down Swinging, Verandah, Voiceworks, Overland, Tone Deaf, Kill Your Darlings and in 2011 he was shortlisted for the Judith Rodriguez Prize.
Rapping since adolescence, a music career was initially unlikely for Defron after he was diagnosed with hearing impairment at five years of age. Adversity reared its head once again when he was treated for testicular cancer fourteen years later. In 2018 he shared his inspiring life story in his TedX talk, ‘You are the hero and villain of your story’.
Hot on the heels of that TedX talk, Defron releases uplifting anthem Reign Cheque.
Produced by fellow Melbourne hip-hop artist Sinks (Echo Drama/2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative Recipient) with artwork by frequent collaborator Katie Alexander, Reign Cheque is a theme-song for getting up, getting out and achieving your dreams. The promotional single is Defron’s first release in two years and comes ahead of his upcoming project Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead, which is entirely produced by Melbourne newcomer Entelechy and engineered by star on the rise Kwasi.
The new song comes not long after Defron’s recent TedX talk,‘You are the hero and villain of your story’. The personal message of overcoming your demons and embracing your role as both protagonist and antagonist of your story permeates this boom-bap banger from the 2009 Revolver MC Battle Champion and 2017 Australian Poetry Slam state finalist.
“This is my best shot at making a song for a 2K or FIFA video game soundtrack,” says Defron. “My new project Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead is a dark conceptual album addressing mental health, so before that drops I wanted to release an inspiring and hyped-up joint. Just to tide my fans over before MYBFWYD drops.”
The promotional single is the first of two ahead of the release of Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead, due late 2018. The second single is expected for release in September, produced by Kwasi the song will demonstrate a new direction for underground lyricist Defron: “Reign Cheque is the rap music people expect from me: metaphor heavy, tonnes of wordplay and dense lyricism. But the next single with Kwasi, and then the separate MYBFWYD project, man, those are gonna surprise some folks.”
Zimbabwean born, Perth native Alex Parkman emerges with his debut, feature length single, Out of Touch. Parkman delivers a smooth blend of new-wave Hip Hop and R&B with deep, emotive concepts.
As a Zimbabwean born immigrant, He moved to Australia with excitement for his new life. With the challenges of adjusting to a new culture, Alex quickly found comfort in knowing that music transcended all cultural barriers.
For him, making music was a gateway to connect and formed a sense of belonging. Out of Touch is an emotional anthem that explores aspects of lust, communication, and love. It delves into the idea of a distant relationship that is constantly out of reach.
I can see I’m bad for your health I saw it in your eyes, I could tell you needed help I just want you all to myself You told me you were loved, can you tell me how it felt
The single utilises a range of moody synths and leads to create an emotional canvas for Alex’s deep, distorted vocals. The minimalist percussion and heavy auto-tune create a sombre yet flowing soundtrack to emphasise the themes of love and lust presented in the lyrics.
Parkman plans to spend 2018 releasing stand-alone singles and working with a wide variety of up and coming producers to further craft his dynamic and authentic sound before the release of his debut EP due in late 2019.
Byron Bay born rapper Dos Boy returns with a fresh new trap-banger ‘Yoga Babe’ out now. After moving to Melbourne to pursue a career in music, ‘Yoga Babe’ acts as an ode to his hometown, paying homage to Byron’s huge yoga culture in a playful up-tempo manner.
“I wanted to use that sort of light hearted topic from my upbringing and blend it with the heavy trap sounds I’ve been working on with producer Agnus.” – Dos Boy
‘Yoga Babe’, driven by a bouncing piano melody and roaring base line from rising producer Agnus (Peezo, DEX), showcases the wavy and slightly comedic lyricism of Dos Boy; with Dos Boy himself stating that he sees this song as “the perfect drinking game. Sip your drink every time you hear the word “Yoga”. That would mess anyone up!”
After receiving plays on triple j Unearthed, building a steady following on Soundcloud and performing a string of headline shows across Melbourne, Dos Boy has positioned himself as an artist not to be missed. Hinting that he has an array of unreleased music, unannounced shows and even a trip to America in the works, its safe to say that 2018 is far from over for Dos Boy.
Northern Territory-based rapper Vic August is back with a hot-tempered new trap anthem, BANDIT, featuring common collaborator Figuero Jones.
Following the success of August’s Glass House 2 EP released earlier this year via WVS, the 17-year-old lyricist has bounced back quickly with the audacious, attitude-filled new single, BANDIT. “I don’t f*** with average,” is the mantra of the track, and Vic is anything but average, proving once again that he’s one of the countries most talented and entertaining new artists, regardless of age.
You can stream Bandit from the All Aussie Hip Hop x Spotify Playlist below