5 ALBUMS THAT INFLUENCED SYDNEY HIP HOP OUTFIT FIVE COFFEES
New kids on the block Five Coffees are your new favourite rap group coming straight out of Sydney, Australia. The outfit are making waves with their latest album ‘A Little Revolting’ which touches base on many social issues that inflict Australia today.
We sit down with Dean and he let’s us know what 5 albums influenced the group and why.
1. Kamasi Washington - The Epic
As a saxophone player and songwriter I'm always on the lookout for players who are pushing the boundaries. Washington is a leading player in the world right now and his album is so deep. The first track on the album has that 'wow' factor! So deep.
2. Hiatus Kaiyote - Talk Tomahawk
Mixing alternative jazz with heavy hip-hop beats is exactly what Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote does best. I admire the different direction taken in production and songwriting. There is some really great stuff in this album and I can see why it got them nominated for a Grammy.
3. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up
This is a bit of a 'where did you hear it first' album. It is absolutely solid from the first to last beat. The heavy beats so iconic of the roots mixed with the soulful vocals of John Legend are huge. This album inspired me to write more heavy funk tunes.
4. Kendrick Lamar- DAMN
Probably the best album of last year, Lamar's rapping is sublime. His heavy messages and content mixed over huge beats is seamless. His headline set at Bluesfest was a festival highlight. We're always trying to have even half the energy of Kendrick.
5. D’Angelo - Black Messiah
This guy just keeps delivering. Anything he releases is iconic, captivating and compelling and this album is no different. D'Angelo is one of the most respected neo soul artists going around. He can do no wrong. We are always looking to emulate his minimalistic approach to songwriting.