Friday, August 13, 2010
KOOL-ing with the-ISM's
This pic was taken on the 6th June, 2009 while hanging with KOOLISM at DANIELSAN's home/recording studio, the DOJO, in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. The boys were working on a few new tracks for the long awaited album, THE 'UMU.
Sitting on a milk crate in a loft (that overlooks a busy, vibrant street) amongst a chaotic order of musical instruments & equipment (some vintage & re-built), cables, record stacks and the occasional French New Wave or Sci-Fi DVD, I was given a taste of the feast that awaits Koolism fans who have been salivating for a plate of those smoking hot jams that helped pioneer Australian Hip Hop from a cult following into a national sub-culture. Just like an 'umu, the Tongan name for a ground oven used for traditional cooking in the South Pacific Islands (in New Zealand the Maori's call it a 'hangi'), these songs had been cooked over a long period of time to create a distinct flavor of fiery passion & earthly goodness. I could tell we were in for a treat.
Thankfully since then we have been treated to few samples the boys have been generous enough to leak for free, including...
'Hanz High' download here
the politically charged...
'Can't Stand It'
and of course HAU's solo mixtape...
'LOVE THE BEAST' free download here
The good news has arrived!
Our hunger will be satisfied on the 5th September, 2010, the release date of KOOLISM - THE 'UMU. So, mark off your calendar and rock up to your nearest music outlet with an empty plate and ferocious appetite for a culinary sensation to savor for many years.
In the meantime here's another pic I took that night when Melbourne MC, SOLOMON KLEPTO dropped in for a plate and took us out for desert.
Thumbs up for the return of KOOLISM.