Stalkz is undoubtedly one of the Australia’s most talented emerging young hip-hop artists. 2012 saw him carve his way through the live circuits supporting International and interstate acts such as DJ Krush, Cut Chemist, Class A, GDP, Fort Kilsby, 2Dogs (Resin Dogs), DefWishCast and Kerser. Then in 2013 Stalkz returned with his debut single “Brave New World“off the coming EP “We Never Left“.
The single “Brave New World” captured in detail the many varying aspects of desperation and indulgence. It’s an honest and direct account leading you through the deep lows and great heights of extravagance, and it’s toll on the human condition. The song is set on the Gold Coast and its narrative is raw, gritty and most importantly, true. It deals with themes of culture, politics, addiction and truth in a uniquely poetic format.
It’s mellow instrumental was assembled by U.S super producer Vherbal, well known for his work with artists such as Vinnie Paz, Canibus, R.A Rugged Man & Sean Price. Singer/song writer Jacob Rohde adds his distinct vocals to the songs catchy hook, collectively creating an unforgettable piece of music.
As a part of the single release there is also a couple of remixes available to tend to the varying appetites of listeners, one of which is of the Jazzier Hip Hop vibe and has been produced by yet another very talented new addition to the Australian music scene Zeed Mantis.
Then we have a funk lounge mix, thrown down by the Respect Music Records resident funk outfit Rubber Johnson giving a whole new vibe to the track inclusive of Instrumental, No Rap and Acapella mixes for the DJ’s that like to mash things up!
The response thus far from the pre-release industry promo has been amazing with support being shown for the track far and wide. Here are but a few:
Rishi Bass (5 / 5) “Really feeling the vibe. Got that old skool hiphop feeling. proper made hip hop with soul!”
Drumagick (4 / 5) “Good Remixes, great release! we’ll definitely support it, thanks”
All Good Funk Alliance (4 / 5) “Feeling the Rubber Johnson Remix!”
Louie Torres (4 / 5) “Very smooth lounge stuff…..great for early evening buildups….nice old school sound that’s missing in todays tracks….should stand out…will play”
Ollie Brooke (4 / 5) “Tight – great lyrics and smooth vibesm, Zeed Mantis for the bedroom angle, Rubber J for the floor ;)”
Quincy Jointz (4 / 5) “Cool song, Groovy versions, Dig it.”
Zamali (4 / 5) “All tracks are good but my fav is from Rubber Johnson once again. Full support. Big up.”
Lastly the single is accompanied by a powerful, dirty and thought provoking film clip, which takes the viewer on a journey from the vandalized streets of an abandoned neighborhood to the affluent business precincts of the city. Reminding the viewer to look deeper than the surface, because often, looks can be deceiving. Check the link: http://youtu.be/4OWkYBqKef4