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Astronomy Class

Astronomy Class is a trio made up of producers Chasm, Sir Robbo and vocalist Ozi BatlaJohn Maddox undertakes bass duties live and on record, while The Tongue adds vocal backing to the live ensemble.

Their 2006 debut Exit Strategy announced a refreshingly reggae influenced hip hop sound, building on the diverse musical backgrounds of the trio. Two singles received lengthy airplay on triple j, A Bright Tomorrow and Done the Sums, while two impressive national tours consolidated their presence in the Australian music scene.

Sir Robbo is the heart of the crate-diggin’ side of the group: a collector for 25 years and also a drummer for reggae, dub and hip hop groups such as The Latenotes (1987-91); Herman Jasper Situation (91-93) and Atomic Hifi (94-96). He co-founded legendary Sydney event Frigid (96-07) and formed Tooth, the last of whose albums dropped in 2006.

Chasm, formerly an indie guitarist with Ukiyo-e, is now one of the leading hip hop producers in Australia, signed to Obese Records for the solo album (Beyond The Beat Tape), an EP and a stack of production credits (Dialectrix, Skryptcha) and remixes to his name.

Ozi Batla is one of the most revered MCs in Australia, with years of experience on stage, taking in solo gigs; numerous band tours; MC battle championships; festivals; you name it – the man is equipped for life on the road. His other band The Herd is a pioneering new skool hip hop act, four albums deep selling tens of thousands of albums as well as sold-out concerts nation-wide for years. 

In 2009, the International Year of Astronomy, Astronomy Class released their second album, Pursuit of Happiness, moving deeper into hip hop territory, though seen through the resinous lens of a passion for reggae.

Once again Mike Burnham (The Heliocentrics) plays a key role, colouring the Astronomy Class sound with his unique analogue recording and mixing techniques.

Astronomy Class head out on a national tour in May/June 09.

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Our third album MEKONG DELTA SUNRISE is out on Friday! We think it could be our best work to date. Check our page tomorrow for a blog about the project. Have a great long... Astronomy Class Facebook

... and in case you missed it, "Four Barang in a Tuk Tuk" is now up on Soundcloud :)

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We're really glad people are taking notice of Channthy's band... Astronomy Class Facebook

A HUGE thanks to all who pledged for our vinyl campaign. It closed today $1,170 over the target! Blue vinyl y'all

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Odd start to NBA finals lol RT @talkhoops: Is Z-Bo talking to a prosthetic arm? RT @MoreCredible: okay!... Astronomy Class Facebook

Don Digits aka Mad Money aka Johnny Maddox, our beloved bassman, meets our new cassette today at rehearsal for the upcoming Thundamentals "So We Can Remember" tour

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We've been in the lab practicing up for the "So We Can Remember"... Astronomy Class Facebook

This Saturday at Cafe Lounge, Surry Hills we'll be celebrating Record Store Day alongside some of our fellow... Astronomy Class Facebook