Friday, August 1, 2008

Koolism - Tapes (Audio)

Hear it here....

I've been a fan of these guys music for as long as I can remember. Hau has always been a beast on the mic, I never tire of what he brings to the table lyrically, conceptually and topically. Danielsan never fails to tear it up when on the Wheels of Steel, he is one of the most talented producers this country's ever produced, his Passing of Peace remix to me is one of the most amazing songs of all time, an eye opening, potent, meandering epic journey through soundscape.

Pretty much, their tunes stay on repeat. You should try and check as many of their tracks as you can, see them live if you're ever down under and they're touring, simply because they continue to make timeless, authentic, soulful, good Hip Hop music.

I got the go-ahead from both Dan and Hau to throw up one of my favourite tracks of theirs, a laid back, funky ode to the once thriving cassette culture in Hip Hop - posted above. Give it a listen.

Here's their bio, as it appears on their My Space:

Australian Hip Hop at it's finest. EST 1992

In 2003 a New York Times article credited Hip Hop duo Koolism as "the standard-bearer of Australian hip-hop" and marked them as a group to keep an eye on. A year later, the pair left Australia's major music industry night, the ARIAs, with the 2004 Best Urban Release award for their self-produced 3rd album, "Random Thoughts".

As a live act, the duo have a proven track record for leaving stages absolutely smoking at major events including the Big Day Out, Homebake and Field Day.
Clocking laps around the national touring circuit as if it's a marathon, demand remains high year after year for the group as a headline act and as support for major artists such as Jurassic 5, Black Eyed Peas and The Roots, to name a few.

With over 17 years each invested in their respective talents, the group have played an integral part in the evolution of the new independent music within Australia and have built a strong local industry with their contemporaries The Herd, The Hilltop Hoods and others.
Hot 97 Radio New York, Blast Magazine Japan, BBC's 1Xtra radio show among others have supported and recognised Koolism in the front line as Australian Hip Hop sound waves begin to break on internation shorelines.

2006 has seen the release of the fourth Koolism album, "New Old Ground". The album has received both critical acclaim from the music industry and an excited response from fans.

Front man and lyricist Hau (Langomi-e-Hau Latukefu) uses his Tongan heritage to bring strong positive energy to the mix and has a reputation as one of the finest wordsmiths and freestyle MCs Australia has to offer.

Renowned DJ and producer Danielsan (Daniel J Elleson) is one of Australia's top DJs and his production skills have seen him remixing tunes for Motown and Ministry. Respected for his own accomplishments, he is also found regularly filling the judges seat at notable DJ competitions (DMC).

Koolism's 1998 release "Lift Ya Game" is tagged as one of the classics of Australian Hip Hop. Each new Koolism release follows in its footsteps and the movement of Hip Hop culture, and music to which they are dedicated and which supports them, continues to grow stronger.

Koolism are currently working on their fifth album.

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