If in a word association exercise you happen to say ‘Australia,’ the first word, or rather phrase, which is likely to pop in my head is ‘great music.’ There is a unique, soulful and spiritual vibe from a lot of music coming from down under, and 30/70’s new release is no exception.
The Melbourne collective’s new project Elevate, released through Peckham’s one and only Rhythm Section International, is a soulful journey through experimental jazzy landscapes, infectious grooves, introspective poetry and an overwhelming spiritual vibe which will have your ears fixated to the music from start to finish. Allysha Joy’s vocal performance is stunning. Her voice is buttery gold, with confidence and charisma she shines through on this project. Jarrod Chase is on Rhodes, Tom Mansfield on guitar and synthesizers, Ziggy Zeitgeist on drums and percussion, Henry Hicks on bass, Danika Smith and Tiaryn Griggs on backing vocals on tracks 1,4 & 5 and Josh Kelly on saxophone. This chemistry between these musicians is second to none, and they really elevate this project (yeah, pun intended) to their world of organic, spiritual and feel-good music.
Highlights include, but are not limited to (because every single song is incredible), ‘Breaking (For this World To Change),’ ‘Misrepresented,’ ‘Steady Hazin’ and Takin Me Back’.
So a big thank you to Bradley Zero for helping to make this happen! Melbourne is the new go-to place for new soulful, boom-bap rhythms, and I’m excited to hear what 30/70 have planned next!
Listen to Elevate below via Bandcamp, and make sure you go and support this release!