Urth­boy’s lat­est sin­gle Crush­ing Hard is one of those tracks that should be ex­pe­ri­enced live – for­tu­nately he’s play­ing at Mi­ami Mar­ketta

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We’ve all had a hope­less crush at some point in our lives, now Aussie hip-hop heavy­weight Urth­boy (Tim Levin­son) has trans­lated that feel­ing into mu­sic.

With a huge sound recre­at­ing the in­tense emo­tion, his sin­gle Crush­ing Hard will spear­head his na­tional tour.

“I’ve only sung it at one gig at OzFest in Mi­ami and I never thought this song would ever hap­pen. It feels so good to sing it live,” he says.

“It feels larger than life – the pro­ducer gave it this orches­tral, cin­e­matic feel.

“There’s peo­ple climb­ing on shoul­ders, there’s a rush, a lift in the at­mos­phere.

“Songs like this ... there’s some­thing that hap­pens in the chem­istry be­tween au­di­ence and per­form­ers.”

The song in all its cin­e­matic glory was born from a sin­gle line in a pre­vi­ous song, Wade in the Wa­ter.

“It was one of those happy ac­ci­dents,” Levin­son says.

“I never in­tended on writ­ing a fol­low-up song or a song about crushes, it just hap­pened.

“The lyric I took was the last of the record be­fore it, and this is the first song since then.

“It all just fit in too neatly to just ig­nore.”

Like many hip-hop artists, Levin­son is al­ways on the search for the per­fect artist to sing the melodies that he isn’t con­fi­dent to belt out him­self, but there was no need this time.

“Some­times if I’ve writ­ten melodies that need to be sung I get some­one who can gen­uinely sing those and ex­press them,” he says.

“In the early stages, I sung them my­self and I was ready to find an­other singer but it ac­tu­ally sounded OK.

“It was one of those un­shackle your­self mo­ments and I didn’t think it was a big deal, but ev­ery­one has been go­ing on about it.”

Rap­ping about crushes was more un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory for Levin­son, but he con­fesses he is fas­ci­nated by sex­ual politics.

“I think I was just not fear­ful of ex­plor­ing a theme that was out of my com­fort zone,” he says.

“Be­ing able to go some­where you haven’t gone be­fore is es­sen­tial to keep­ing it in­ter­est­ing.

“You might find the idea of a crush is a youth thing, but they’re just hu­man feel­ings and they never go away.

“The ten­dency is to sup­press them ... I’m pretty fas­ci­nated by it.”

Catch Urth­boy on March 30 at Mi­ami Mar­ketta. Tick­ets on sale now.

Urth­boy aka Tim Levin­son will play Mi­ami Mar­ketta on March 30.

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