InfoRelease code: ACE082
Release date: 16 Nov 2012
Cover Art: Jane Tyrrell
Co-produced by Hermitude and Countbounce, Smokey’s Haunt is an incredibly produced album of storytelling, flow and melody. Urthboy is at his peak, weaving tales of the city with his past and present; celebrating life with a collection of songs balanced by the tension of light and darkness. The album should be experienced whole: Smokey’s Haunt is a meeting place of moods that are complete when connected together. The album comes with a 28 page booklet and triple panel digipack.
It’s the follow-up album to Spitshine and The Signal, both finalists in the Australian Music Prize. Spitshine won the Australian Independent Award for Best Urban Album; The Signal was nominated for a J Award.
The guests on the record all bring a vitality to their songs. Alex Burnett’s soaring beauty in The Big Sleep is a showstopper; Bobby Flynn’s haunting comfort in Hey Dianne is unforgettable and long-time collaborators Jane Tyrrell and Mark Pearl (Texture Like Sun) are stunning. There are only a few rappers guesting: the legendary Delta shows why he’s a king in the local scene; while young guns Solo and Jimblah both deliver the greats.
Triple J Feature Album , Drum Media Album of the Week & FBi Sunsets Album of the Week
★★★★★ "Absolutely captivating, play on repeat"
★★★★ ROLLING STONE
★★★★ “Humanity and toughness permeate Urthboy’s excellent new album” (Review of the week)
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
8/10 “…Meaningful rhymes and impressive beats, Smokey’s Haunt is a winner”
TRIPLE J MAGAZINE
★★★★ “A refreshing and independent voice in Australian hip-hop, Urthboy is certainly leading by example”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
“New Urthboy. We have it. You probably will pretty soon as well. He is – without qualification, hesitation, or mitigation – the best rapper we have”
★★★★ “Tim Levinson’s knack for storytelling is second-to-none as he weaves powerful tales inspired by real-life events and backed by incredible production courtesy Hermitude and Countbounce…this is Oz hip hop at its best”
★★★★“…Brilliant storytelling exploring the dualism of light and darkness…Smokey’s Haunt is catchy, humorous, and teeming with clever lyrics"
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA GROUP
|2||Naïve Bravado ft. Daniel Merriweather|
|4||Clean Slate ft. Delta|
|5||The Big Sleep ft. Alex Burnett|
|6||On Your Shoulders ft. Solo and Jimblah|
|7||Hey Dianne ft. Bobby Flynn|
|9||Knee Length Socks|
|10||Glimpses ft. Jane Tyrrell and Jimblah|
|11||Calling Cards ft. Texture Like Sun and Ev Jones|
|13||The Buck Stops Here (Bonus Track)|
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