Premiere: Melbourne's 30/70 tease their new album with a new single, Backfoot
The smooth, soul-funk tune, reminiscent of Hiatus Kiatoye, includes some of the country's best vocalists.
Despite not being as commercially visible as the country's most recognisable genres, Australia has an incredibly rich neo-soul world which includes some of the sound's most prominent and forward-thinking names. It's visible through acts like Hiatus Kaiyote - a group quickly becoming one of hip-hop's most in-demand thanks to an incredible production resume - or those that are taking the genre to new realms, like Perth's Grevious Bodily Calm or Sampa The Great, who injects mannerisms of soul and funk with refined hip-hop energy to push two prevalent genres into new territory - a difficult feat to achieve.
Melbourne's 30/70 are a group within this space that are, like Sampa, taking it into newfound territory. Across the last five years (capped with two album releases - 2017's Elevate and 2015's Cold Radish Coma), 30/70 have navigated the intricate intersection of smooth jazz, twinkling keys, swaying funk and enchanting neo-soul; with subtle grooves meeting glistening melodies amongst the country's most infectious and rhythmic, showcasing a craft which seemingly continues to stay at the top of its game even all this time into their sound.
After teasing something new with Tempted earlier this year, today marks the arrival of Backfoot - a sensational new single that puts the group back on top, while teasing their long-awaited third album Fluid Motion, scheduled for release in late-October. Premiering today, Backfoot is three-minutes of eclectic instrumentation, with layers of melodies falling into place on top of one another in a way that doesn't make the lush soundscape feel too complicated or complex - a difficult feat, considering the deep layering of the single's many grooves, but one they're able to pull off flawlessly.
"Backfoot is the second drop from 30/70’s upcoming record Fluid Motion. An eclectic mix of sounds, styles and instrumentation creates the backdrop for a thick layering of Melbourne’s finest vocalists; featuring Jace XL, Tiaryn Griggs, Abbey Howlett, Rara Zulu and 30/70 frontwoman Allysha Joy," the band say on the single. "Backfoot comments on the unravelling of truth within time and the lies that are entangled within our upbringing and twisted society. It’s this off set of groove and potent lyricism, light within the darkness that underpins so much of the work of 30/70. Heavy funk bass movement and an eccentric psychedelia playfulness unlike any other."
Dive into the track below, and catch them on tour with dates across the country later this year.
Nov 8 / Mojo's / Perth, WA
Nov 9 / Rocket Bar / Adelaide, SA
Nov 15 / Oxford Art Factory / Sydney, NSW
Nov 16 / The Foundry / Brisbane, QLD
Nov 22 / Sideway / Canberra, ATC
Dec 7 / The Corner Hotel / Melbourne, VIC
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