Last night marked the return of Hussle Hussle with its 2014 debut sporting some of WA’s more interesting hip hop performers – DJ Silence, Moondog J, Silvertongue and Child’s Play wrapping up the roster.
While Moondog J is far from a hip hop purist, his heavily blues ridden set was as charming as it was impressive, with blues so damn filthy everyone was howling along with the dog. As the set progressed, his band came up with him and some hip hop was combed into the music, which I felt wasn’t his strongest suit. He traded in his harmonica for some slow paced rap jams which didn’t quite have the same allure as his earlier songs, though I listened to the whole set and never once felt as though I was wanting it to wrap up.
Next was Silvertongue, a rapper fresh off the (cover your ears Tony Abbott) boat from Scotland who was doing his first set in Perth with his 3-piece band. He opened up the set with Jay Gatsby a 36-odd bar song with no chorus that rides the same 3 syllable scheme for its entirety with somehow no real filler in it, ridiculous. The set only progressed from here, with songs like Nick Carraway really showing the Fremantle crowd how lucky we are to have him living in our dusty state. With all the songs being played from his latest release, The Gatsby Tape, it was interesting comparing the recorded beats on the album with the live band on stage with him. With some tracks it didn’t add much; the most noteworthy was the song Jordan Baker, where bass player John Brown swooned the crowd with his wicked bass licks and changed the track from sounding a bit corny to sounding like a real hip hop banger with some class to it. A wonderful set.
Finally, blessing the stage was hometown hero’s Child’s Play, who I was concerned wouldn’t be able to exceed the performance of their predecessor. How naive I was. From the very start, the trio – with the help of the sound guy blowing everyone’s ear drums with way too high levels – lifted the roof off. The beats banged, the brass grooved and the raps were scarily on point, which was shown by the crowd going absolutely ape, track after track. I have never seen a local hip hop act get a crowd so hyped in my life, which was awesome as the progression over the past year for this young group is as exciting as it is scary, as the limits are nowhere to be seen for these cats. When the set finished, the youthful crowd demanded more, and without a moment’s hesitation, a drum and bass encore sent the mass of early 20 year olds at the front into a cathartic frenzy of dance and ecstasy.
It had been a couple months, but damn it was nice to see Hussle Hussle back doing what it does best – party the fuck on. I for one can’t wait for next month and what it has install. The night was truly an orgiastic feast for the senses.
By Jim Hall