Enter the genre bender
MELBOURNE rapper 360 takes a bite out of the hip- hop cake and then throws the rest in the trash.
His sound and style is far broader than many in this genre. And in many ways, this is a rap album that isn’t one at all.
Sixty’s growing pop music influence may have turned a few rap music nerds against him but for every one he lost, he seems to have picked up 100 new fans to replace them.
High rotation on Triple J and winning Channel V’s 2011 Oz Artist of the Year over acts such as Bliss n’ Eso or Drapht shows how high his star has risen.
On Falling & Flying ’ s first three songs, Sixty shows off his skills over a bunch of different musical styles.
Opening number The Take Off begins with a monologue over gently teasing strings. When the beat eventually drops, it isn’t a typical rap rhythm. Instead it sounds more like two- step without the grunting sub- bass.
Sixty rhymes about stepping back, assessing his life, cooling off on the bragging themes in favour of something with more substance.
It’s only one four- minute song but it feels like a shot over the bow of his competition.
I’m OK takes a musical nod or two from electro- pop. Singing in rap music? It’s everywhere these days and here it works effectively, complementing Sixty’s lyrics about not changing his ways to makes his haters happy.
Just Got Started is wildly funky with its slap bass and snappy drums. Pez lends a hand on the mic with great results.
Next up is Throw It All Away, the first song with a traditional hip- hop beat and melodies, but Sixty couldn’t help but throw a curve ball into the mix. Enter indie crooner Josh Pyke to sing the hook. It’s a cracking tune, a sure- fire hit. Jumping from genre to genre is part of this album’s identity, so why not add a ska influence to the set? Boys Like You has a reggae swagger in the verses and then, in the chorus, indie- pop singer Gossling delivers a tender vocal hook over handclaps and a whistle melody.
The diversity on show here is baffling. And impressive.
Halfway through the record comes Killer, with its electric guitar lines and surprising, heavy, electro- tinged