REMI’s sophomore LP Divas and Demons was independently released through REMI’s own label imprint House of Beige Records, soon nominated for an ARIA Award and given 4.5 out of 5 stars labelled “A landmark release” by Rolling Stone Australia. The Triple J Featured Album included the widely loved singles “For Good” featuring Sampa The Great, “Substance Therapy”, and “Lose Sleep” featuring Jordan Rakei, and became the duo’s first official ARIA Top 10 record.2018 saw their most recent single release “My People” featuring Thando arrive, a celebration of those closest to them that was again showered in praise from Triple J and earned them the place of Independent Artist of the Week on FBi Radio. Remi also released the highly acclaimed, collaborative EP Black Hole Sun with New Zealand based MC Raiza Biza and Detroit producer visionary Black Milk, all mixed by Sensible J.
Remi’s effortless flow on “5.A.M” sways in precise time to Sensible J’s organic and world-class production, the synonymous makings of a REMI release, multi-layered in both meaning and musicality. Crossing between punctuated raps and satin-like vocals from Remi, J follows with rolling percussion that crescendos to old-school R&B choruses featuring Whosane.
“More than ever I’ve been using music to sort through and let go. I wrote 5 A.M. when I was locked in the house for a couple of days with the flu. I guess I was trying to get all the shit out of my body or something because my mind wandered to a toxic past relationship and I just needed to write about it. I hadn’t dealt with many parts of it, so there was a lot of real-time processing and redrafting before I could properly articulate the whole situation.
Sensible J, with the help of Silent J (not to be confused), had already created the perfect beat-scape for me to vent over. However, when I’d finished writing, I felt like we needed some different energy. My brother Whosane has always been one of my favourite people to work with. I love how his mind works in creative settings and I love his voice even more.
One of my favourite albums growing up was Tha Eastsidaz record presented by Snoop Dogg. I loved how people would just come in and out randomly, creating hooks inside of verses and bringing different styles to keep the music moving. That was the intention behind getting him in. He only features for 8bars but his presence is felt HEAVILY. (Many thanks to Silent J for completely flipping there beat for him!!)”
Melbourne artist REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest-rising Hip Hop acts in Australia and are quickly gaining the attention of international tastemakers.
“This is the first body of work we’ve ever done that feels like it’s a diary. It’s pretty much my experience of the last two years in terms of relationship stuff, race stuff, political observations and mental health. I think you can hear that in the album, you can hear that it’s my brain… lyrically”. – Remi
Out on REMI’s imprint, House of Beige, the sixteen-track sophomore LP features the widely loved singles “For Good” featuring Sampa the Great, and “Substance Therapy”, and “Lose Sleep” featuring Jordan Rakei.
As well as performing their own sold-out headline tours and world-class festivals, REMI have also shared the stage with Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$ and in December this year were invited to perform Gorillaz tracks with Damon Albarn on each of his Australian Tour shows. REMI’s appeal is as diverse as it is impressive.
“Runner” is a high tempo beat driven out an out hip hop track with dynamic production and hooks throughout, and shows why Black Milk is one of hip hops most respected producers, and why Remi and Raiza Biza are two of the most exciting emcees coming out of the Southern Hemisphere.
Remi x Raiza Biza Tour Dates
Friday 9 November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Friday 16 November – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney