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Become encapsulated by John Depth’s atmospheric take on trap

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Brand spanking producer twosome John Depth have just released their debut track Couches, shedding light on what the Sydney trap bros will be whipping up later this year. Just like the Pina Coladas I ordered on Saturday night, the song is a creamy and delectable concoction that goes well with any bad week.

John Depth

Fueled by the experimental tones and dark mood of John Depth, and powered by Mind Over Matter’s inner conflict, Couches forces you to think over your life choices.

John Depth is a new project consisting of one part ARIA-winning producer and mix engineer Tim Carr (aka Red Batman), and one part Dew Process/UMA singer-songwriter Paul Conrad. Carr is a highly accomplished producer having worked with artists such as Mark Ronson, The Herd, Urthboy and Ernest Ellis, since stepping onto the scene in 2002. He even produced Matt Corby‘s five times platinum selling EP Into The Flame, and has been working with Paul Conrad on his recent solo work, including his killer debut single Records. Armed with this much skill and technical proficiency, mashed with Conrad’s  prowess as a songwriter, the Batman and Robin duo create wonderfully dark electronic trap.

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Sydney hip hop outfit Mind Over Matter slays the song with cutting lyrics, while Sarah Aaron‘s sweet syrupy hook drizzles over the smooth melancholic tones laid down by John Depth. The simplistic yet haunting rhythm of the track is complimented by innovative and inspiring songwriting that Mind Over Matter brings to the table. He drops the explicit truth of unfortunate day to day struggles experienced through sacrificing one’s morals for the sake of family.

The raw vocals punch through an undertone of dreamy synths, loud kicks, fast triplet hi-hats and bass-driven 808 drums. Mind Over Matter’s lyrics revolve around the mundane: “woke up the next day and got ready for work/ for the rest of my life man I never could tell/ if that dream was heaven or hell.” His rapping gives way to the captivating woozy vocals of Sarah Aaron and her serenading hook, “who says it better to be in bed or out with or with out a job or a couch/ who says its better to be happy but then showing too much skin, putting it out or keeping it in.” It swirls around your head space making you dazed until the dark beat snaps you back into reality.

Conrad plays the background for this track and is known for his dark, heavy songwriting (check out Records), which we will hopefully catch more of in the future. Couches showcases the duo’s diverse skills bringing a fresh sound that is a welcome addition to the aussie trap and hip hop scenes. The track is being released on Carr and Conrad’s own label, Reel Deep records. If you can’t wait until the weekend to satisfy your cravings for a John Depth cocktail, Reel Deep are having a launch party this Thursday the 14th of May at Oxford Art Factory, with free entry and a bar tab for those who RSVP. The man himself  Paul Conrad will be performing, alongside Twin Haus and She Rex. Get down.

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