Funkoars happy with hip-hop hype

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ADE­LAIDE hip-hop group The Funkoars row into Run­away Bay Tav­ern tonight to play songs from their new al­bumthe Quick­en­ing. Re­leased in Oc­to­ber, it de­buted at No. 11 on the ARIA Al­bum charts and went on to be­come one of the best­selling Aus­tralian hip-hop al­bums of 2011. ‘‘We hon­estly do think it’s our best al­bum,’’ DJ Re­flux says. ‘‘I mean, we’ve charted higher, the crowds have been louder and the whole re­lease and tour have been a suc­cess.’’ Sesta adds: ‘‘We used to have to re­ally try to break songs with the crowds but now, with mu­sic be­ing su­per ac­ces­si­ble through Youtube and stuff, it seems with this al­bum ev­ery­one’s on to it straight away.’’ The group have come a long way since 2003’s Who’s Your Step Daddy. ‘‘It was way more party in the past,’’ Re­flux says. Sesta adds: ‘‘We all tried to make as much noise as pos­si­ble and an­noy as many peo­ple as we could, and now we’re just try­ing to make peo­ple ig­nore us; we’re all good.’’ This growth was ev­i­dent on 2008 al­bum The Han­gover, which helped the act rear its head above the un­der­ground scene. ‘‘I don’t think we wanted to do any­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ Tri­als says of the fol­lowup. Sesta adds: ‘‘We just had a vi­sion in our heads of how we wanted it to sound. We learnt a few things along the way and be­came a lit­tle bit bet­ter and more com­fort­able. This al­bum’s a lot more per­sonal and I’d say more hap­pier than The Han­gover. The first al­bums were very heavy into the bat­tle-rap stuff. We were all about prov­ing we were the Shoot­ers: Vi­sion: Brett Allen and Apollo Flex get the week­end started. Shuf­fle: Res­i­dent­djs. Swingin Sa­fari: DJ Think: Marty Har­ris bumps out some clas­sic gems. Tem­ple: Cor­po­rate Club: Res­i­dent­djs. Van­ity: Rave Ra­dio: With James Tod­man. EAST: Noel: He­do­nis­tic Xmas Party with DJ Kurt Joseph and DJ Chris Lawrence. Es­cape: Or­phans Xmas Party: With Jackie Brown and her dancers. Else­where: X-mas Eve Re­quest Fest: Res­i­dent DJS pro­gram your re­quests. Jupiters: DJ Dice: With Trent Mak­si­mas and B-rad. Lala Land: Rhys Bynon: Pulls out the clas­sic vinyl in By­ron Bay. Love Nightlife: Res­i­dent­djs. Mel­bas: Ul­ti­mate Ladies: With Hot Bod­ies Aus­tralia and res­i­dent­djs. Nev­er­land: Sure­cut Kids: Monthly party. Plat­inum: Craig Roberts: Joey Mojo. Sincity: Stiletto: With Kronic. Shuf­fle: Paul Lay­land. Shoot­ers: Mis­ter P: With Ste­vie Z, EA Kut and Trippa MC. Swingin Sa­fari: Or­phans’ Xmas: With DJ Paul Masters. Van­ity: Sur­ren­der: With James Tod­man. best rap­pers around and now we’ve proved that we’re not, we’re happy.’’ The group be­lieve Aus­tralian hip-hop could be the coun­try’s strong­est genre. ‘‘I think Aussie hip-hop will be do­ing great but I don’t know about us,’’ Re­flux says. Tri­als adds: ‘‘It’s funny to us how crossed over some of it is. Like you’ll be in a Dusk can­dle shop buy­ing some­thing for your mum and you’ll hear it come on. I think it will take over.’’

– SAM KEL­TON Plat­inum: Nervo: The star twins team up with the Stafford Broth­ers. Sincity: In­dus­try Night: DJ Jon and Tom Starks. Ti­ta­nium Bar: Box­ing Day Mini Fest: A mas­sive line-up of more than 15 DJS in­clud­ing Yacht Club DJS, Adam & Eve and Dodzy. Van­ity: DJ Kronic.

Funkoars, Lazy Grey, Mase’n’mat­tic and Tommy Ill­figga play the Run­away Bay Tav­ern tonight at 8pm. Tick­ets are $20 + book­ing fee.

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