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At the end of 2015 Sydney producer Moonbase Commander released a four-track EP Southpaw, and if you like any form of trap or EDM, this is one not to be missed. Nick Luke has been around making club bangers as Moonbase Commander for a couple of years and all that experience is not wasted here. Recently, he did a triple J mix up exclusive and has two of his singles from this EP are eligible for this year’s Triple J Hottest 100. Let’s jump in.
Moonbase Commander unleashes his 1, 2 combo strike with his Southpaw EP. With Cakes de Killa in his corner, there’s no backing down on the dance floor.
The EP begins with Southpaw; it’s a three-minute instrumental piece full of dirty beats, a jittery electronic drop and layers upon layers of synths. Halfway through the song a familiar melody appears, which could be likened to that of Die Antwoord’s intro of I Fink U Freeky. If you don’t want to get up and rave to this song then you’ve got something very wrong with you.
For two of the songs, Serve it Up and Mirror Mirror Moonbase has collaborated with New York MC Cakes de Killa to provide the vocals. Serve it Up has been creating buzz for the past six months and has even received ‘Best New Track’ from Pitchfork and we all know when they approve, we should too.
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Cake de Killa’s lyrics are unapologetic and a little quirky at times but when has he ever been one to stay within the lines? You can see his peculiarity with: “Lets not forget that I’m here to flip that / With a thoroughbred Arab in my knapsack.” Mirror Mirror on the other hand has edgy synths and pounding drums backing up his in-your-face attitude. This team up with Cakes de Killa is a force to be reckoned with.
OT oss could be likened to that of a moody military trap song with the heavy presence of the snare drum and creepy sounds throughout. Save that one for your Halloween playlist. Moonbase Commander is not afraid of exploring new ways to create music. He experiments with different sounds and instruments for each track, a testament to his talents as a producer. Some artists and producers have a knack for using the same sound time and time again but what Moonbase has done is go out on a limb and do whatever the hell he wants. And it has paid off handsomely.
If you want to catch Moonbase in action head to Max Watt’s on January 9 where he is playing with trap legends Keys n Krates and Mr Carmack, or FBi SMACS at Carriageworks on January 10.
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