[ Low Key Source / 12in ]
Release Date: Friday 23 November 2018
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New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's hip hop frontrunner REMI today share their new EP Black Hole Sun via their respective imprints Low Key Source and House of Beige Records. With the record's beat-making in the hands of Detroit's legendary hip hop and production maestro Black Milk, the 6-track masterpiece flows between infectious grooves and features from the likes of Sampa the Great and Baro. Ahead of their upcoming Australia & New Zealand tour, the collaboration are also treating fans to the wild visuals for debut single "Runner" ft. Baro.
The impeccable release absorbs all the free flowing vocals and dynamic production afforded by the lineup of cross-nation collaborators, making for a melting pot of hip-hop and soul visions in one stunning reel of beats. Recent track "Runner" ft. Baro gave the first taste from the team; a high tempo, beat driven hip hop track electrified by dancing production from Black Milk, slick lyrics and cheeky verses from Melbourne friend Baro. Dropping the knees to a lower body groove, "Jiggy" expels deep bass strums to drive formidable vocals, backed by the smooth rhymes of Sampa the Great for a spine-tingling track and a force to be reckoned with. Stepping behind the mic for the feverous "Freeman", Black Milk joins Remi and Raiza for a stunning marriage of hip hop vocals atop a slowed down beat, explosive bass hits and spiralling keys.
"Livestock" sees a refrain from special guests for a perfect homage to the chemistry behind the REMI and Raiza partnership, embodied in flowing vocals and blissful harmonies beside Black Milk's ascending beats you can't help but shimmy along to. "P.O.M." continues the killer showcase of collaborative vocals while Black Milk curates yet another undeniable deep groove that slides into the finale in "Genesis". A thought-provoking and powerful speech sustained by rolling production and defiant rhymes delivered once again by Sampa the Great, the track is a seamless sign-off to the record.
Accompanying the new EP is the video for recent sensation "Runner", following the late night escapades of Remi, Raiza and Baro, plus a cameo from Remi's long-time musical collaborator (and half of REMI) Sensible J, who mixed the record at House of Beige Studios.
1. Runner Feat. Baro
2. Jiggy Feat. Sampa The Great
3. Freeman Feat. Black Milk
4. Live Stock
5. P.O.M. (Piece Of Mind)
6. Genesis Feat. Sampa The Great