BLISS N ESO
Circus in the Sky
CIRCUS in the Sky delivered Bliss N Eso its second successive No. 1 chart debut on the back of massive first- week sales that were higher than any other Australian act this year. The album leaves no stone unturned, with a 17- song tracklist and a bevy of solid guests. Aussie rap music names such as 360, Drapht, Pez and Seth Sentry are all in form but not exactly surprising features. Soul man Daniel Merriweather is great, too. But the shock comes when Nas makes an appearance. His voice comes like a god from the heavens. Highlights include Jungle, which appropriates Emma Louise’s song of the same name; Reservoir Dogs with a whistle melody; the boom- bap of Home Is Where The Heart Is; and, of course, I Am Somebody, a hard- hitter with Nas. This is the act’s fifth album and they were obviously aiming for something grand. From the live strings – a first for the group – to the Charlie Chaplin speech from The Great Dictator, this is Bliss N Eso on a whole new level. There is also a lot of turntablism – barely a song goes by without a DJ scratching up a storm. It’s a nice throwback to early rap styles.