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Review: @Peace at July Hussle Hussle

No one in our little city need suffer the cold when there are acts around that draw crowds like this. This month’s Hussle Hussle had Mojo’s humming like a little radiator of light, sound, joy and ecstatic musical good times, more good vibes to be absorbed into the walls of the quaint venue.

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If you weren’t there, do yourself a favour and copy and paste the artists in bold into your browser and experience their sounds, ’cause I don’t think my words are going to do them any justice. If you were there and you want to relive the night, then I’ll start from the beginning, with Mei Saraswati.

Saraswati‘s sound is something like what might’ve happened if Destiny’s Child had a sleepover and played ‘Who’s got the Button?’ with a tab of acid before they were famous. For the uninitiated, I mean that Saraswati’s got a soul/gospel vibe in her vocals but the beats are spacious, curious and more experimental. Her method of performance for this gig was a microphone, an APC40 and pre-programmed beats in Ableton Live; a delicately minimal sound plunging to great depths with her talented singing. I recommend you listen to her track Magpie (Monk) right here.

Next up, we saw the shiny gear positioned on stage become manned by the members of Koi Child, the prodigal nu-jazz/hip hop child of Fremantle based bands Kashikoi and Child’s Play. It’s evidently a match made in heaven, if you’re of the inclination to describe Fremantle so generously. This set was a whole lot of fun though. I think part of the crowd was dancing, part frothing at the mouth and half of each part was half as concerned about their day-to-day troubles by the end of the first jam. I ask you, how can you be worried about paying your bills in the same instant that a big shiny trombone is doing it’s thing right in your face? Not to mention those cozy jazz tangents spilling out across the band’s Tom’s keyboard and on to his little Novation synth where the twiddling of pots pushed the envelope of how much jazz sounds your mind can process per second.

Speaking of musical content per second, the night’s second Tom on the stage, Tom Scott of @Peace, has a tongue quicker than an iguana behind the mic. Between Tom and his counterpart Loui, the raps came out smooth and seamless for the next hour or so. @Peace not only hold down a dope beat but the subject matter in their rhymes has weight that makes the experience of listening to them go that much deeper. These guys seem to have put a lot of thought in to themes of existentialism, and those certain ubiquitous truths about matter and the cosmos that really hit home the ultimate context of human consciousness as a self-aware manifestation of a universal mind experiencing itself.

I suggest you Hussle Hussle over to Facebook and follow these talented folk to ensure you’re playing your part to support this amazing music of the Oceania.

By Lyndon Kidman

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