Over the next couple of days I’m going to be diving into Australia’s music scene. There’s no way I’ll be able to cover this entire continent’s talent pool but, even being able to take a quick dip will prove there’s a lot more happening on that side of the world.
Based out of Sydney, BlueBottle Records aims to fill a void they believe their culture is missing out on. What truly intrigues me is that their lineup is mostly hip-hop acts and producers who all truly bring their own hard-hitting style.
Last May the label put out a sampler of their current squad which ranges in many different moods. There’s plenty of laid-back tracks with astounding vocals, hip hop beats, nu-jazz sampling, and lots of rhythmic flow.
I also want to include my favorite release of their’s (which is also free), Long Hot Summer, by Soulchef which dropped last winter. I’m a sucker for downtempo hip-hop instrumentals and this collection of originals is more than fantastic. Listen for his clever samples, the entire thing is a gem.