Here’s 5 tracks as chosen by Australian hip hop trio Hanlon Brothers, ahead of the release of their SOLAR EP later this year.
Omar: Because everyone needs a little Biggie, his flow, his angst in his lyrics! Thug Life was the first hip hop album I purchased with my own stereo. It has 2Pac and Nate Dogg, which was my first introduction to Tupac and opened my eyes and ears to a new world. I practiced bass to most of these records when I first started out. The live repetitive bass lines, and gangsta yet soulful lyrics and flows were my fundamental bass lessons.
Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You In My Life
Omar: As kids growing up, our father had all the LPs on vinyl. We listened to this every weekend. This song for me is one of the most well written songs ever – the horns, the chord changes, the lyrics and the groove. Earth, Wind & Fire pushed every boundary in music, performance, genre, social status and definitely taught us as kids that anything is possible.
Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times
Saia: He put sex into music, not to mention he was a serious player. One of my all time favourite quotes about Prince was from Miles Davis. Miles said he took the traits of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix and combines it all with a personality of Charlie Chaplin. My brother, Bobby Alu and I used to take our father’s VHS of Prince’s concert and watch it on repeat and we would be like “we need to be doing this!”
Daniel Caesar – Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)
Saia: “Best Part” has been on my rotation since its release. This is the epic love song, and makes you feel all kids of things! H.E.R. is supernatural. She’s a breath of fresh air. So raw in her lyrics, yet plays as though she has decades of experience. I’ve been hooked on all her music since watching H.E.R. Grammy performance – hands down one of the greatest artists out there today as a singer-songwriter and musician.
Robert Glasper Experiment – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Saia: Reminds me that jazz is still evolving. How Robert Glasper can take something so complicated and turn it hip and palatable for an everyday listener. He reminds me that there’s no boundary to music. This guy has studied and studied, practiced and practiced and now he’s at the stage where that’s all out the window now and he just creates which is a pleasure to listen too. It’s fearless music and something that is relatable on every level.