The Beats From Downunder EP
Hydrofunk Records / MGM
Over the course of a career spanning almost two decades, Brisbane hip hop/funk collective Resin Dogs have packed a lot in. Four LPs, numerous EPs and singles, tours the world over, they’re a part of the furniture as far as Oz hip hop is concerned, their use of live drums, bass and guitar, in addition to samples, setting them on a pedestal of their own.
Their newest EP carries on the tradition. It centers around three core tracks – Still The Beats, featuring the MC skills of Dialectrix, a funk-infused, fast-paced number that harks back to how The Dogs did it a decade ago. Ride follows on, a long, lethargic stretch with vocals from Kel On Earth, her sultry voice giving it a soul kick. For My People features longtime collaborator Hau, and carries an eastern European horn element, which works surprisingly well.
Still The Beats also gets the remix treatment from both DJ Slynk and Omegaman, as well as featuring as an instrumental, as does Ride. A solid return.
Samuel J. Fell