InfoRelease code: ACE062
Release date: 26 Aug 2011
Cover Art: DH
* MP3 files are 320kb. CD includes instant MP3 download.
Includes MP3 of bonus non-album track "Like A Riddle"
The Herd’s new album is titled Future Shade.
It is the most complete realisation of the band’s vision, and their most carefully produced record to date. From a love of ‘90s hip hop (Red Queen Theory) to Eastern European soul (Grandma’s Song); from a Sufjan influence (My Sister’s Palace) to the incomparable (Signs of Life), Future Shade is underpinned by hip hop, but is not contained by any genre.
At their essence, The Herd have always explored the personal and the political: but the fury of a song like 77% has given way to the subtlety of a song like Shihaba, detailing a family member’s encounter with racist customs officials in Europe. The rage hasn’t dimmed though – it bubbles away, masked by melody, cheer and self-deprecating honesty. The same reason they’re loved by lawyers and labourers alike is on show here. The party band is back and sticking the knife in.
Australian Hip Hop Album of 2011
"The Herd are one of the most respected and enduring crews in Australian hip-hop. The eight-strong Sydney collective count among their number some of the country's smartest MCs (Urthboy, Ozi Batla) and sharpest producers (Traksewt, Sulo, Unkle Ho) and in the 10 years since their formation - in packed festival tents and at sold-out shows of their own - they have made us dance, laugh and think"
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Here Aussie-hop hop supergroup The Herd have made their most adventurous - and listenable- album"
"Future Shade is just as operatic as it is opinionated - an accomplished snapshot of social commentary, framed by beautifully complex music"
|2||A Thousand Lives|
|3||Red Queen Theory|
|6||The Herd - Signs of Life|
|7||My Sister's Palace|
|10||The Herd - The Sum Of It All|
|12||Clash And Collide|
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