Sunset Cities, the collaborative new album fromSo.Crates, Nelson Dialect & Alnitak Kid, have announced their new self-titled album Sunset Cities, out Friday 22 February via Bedroom Suck Records / Remote Control Records. Today they share their new single & video ‘Oh Baby’ featuring the soulful vocals of Jace XL (Hiatus Kaiyote) as premiered byLife Without Andy.
‘Oh Baby’ call it out when you are high on love. ‘Oh Baby’ cry it out when that same love gets you low.
Over the soulful, trunk rattling production of Melbourne beat-maker Skomes (one half of So.Crates), rapper/poets Nelson Dialect and Cazeaux O.S.L.O (other half of So.Crates) weigh in on their perspective of love and loss. This track highlights the lyrical heavyweights mastery of their individual cadence and sound and simultaneously solidifies their union on record as a supergroup comfortable with the allure of boom bap basics and the challenge of great story telling. The one and only Jace XL brings this track home with a single question. “Do you love now love?” Do you? In the age of all things aimed toward instant gratification, ‘Oh Baby’ is both a love and anti-love anthem sent from the heart by two blues men of the new century.
From Nelson Dialect: “I wanted to make a Hip Hop song I could easily play after a Spinners or Four Tops record. For me, this is our version of a barbershop quartet, or trio. Sharing tales of a love in its inception and also when that love can reach its unexpected or confusing conclusion. Do you love now love? It’s better to have loved and share the tale and enjoy that for what it is than to have not.
The inspiration of the soul era vocal groups was something we wanted to communicate with the music video directed and shot by Dayne Edward. It is meant to be felt as a short film; the video takes place in an old 50’s style American diner. Myself & Cazeaux O.S.L.O wax lyrical about experiences at the diner booth with a love interest on set, while Jace XL is cooking up the soul in the back kitchen.”
From director Dayne Edward: “When I received the song the concept came to me straight up. We had one night to plan and organise everything and on the shoot day we were only allowed to use the diner for 3 hours. The production schedule was crazy but everyone involved is super talented and they trusted in my vision 100%, as a director you need that kind of support. The film emulates a feel good rom-com, I used certain tropes from modern day cinema to make it feel more like a movie than a generic music video.”
Sunset Cities is a new musical project created to explore this and many other questions concerning one’s own presence, spiritual essence, belief, love, and mindfulness while in rotation around the life light. The group is comprised of two emcees and two producers; four human perspectives judging the light and the dark of life, maneuvering between the two while the fundamentals of hip-hop culture and psychedelic soul simmer on the coasts of South Australia.
Last year in Adelaide over a plate of Ethiopian food, MC’s Nelson Dialect and Cazeaux O.S.L.O. crafted the basic principles for waxing poetic over two distinct sonic dimensions – a record made up of two sides, the first produced by Melbourne beatmaker Skomes (known for his work with Caseaux O.S.L.O under the moniker SO.Crates) and the second by Adelaide resident Alnitak Kid. The record follows the cycle of the sun, no beginnings and no endings, just answers to this and many other questions using the voice, the drum and the body electric.
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So.Crates, Nelson Dialect & Alnitak Kid –Sunset Cities
1. Stay a While
2. Oh Baby feat. Jace XL
3. Bounce If You Open feat. Mike Thesis
4. Know Doubt
5. Burning Slow (Sunsets)
6. Bright On
7. Jay Elec
8. Black Tapes
10. Somebody Believe In You