Thursday, 12 April 2018

Spring Break

Image may contain: 3 people, people standing, plant, sunglasses, flower, beard and outdoorSpring Break are a three-piece hip hop collective who invite us to join them on their journey of ambitious diversity whilst they explore a broad palette of influences that they've marinaded in a melting pot of multiple genres. The result is one of the best albums I've had on repeat so far this year.

They cleverly fuse those influences into the delicious Tropicaledonia album in a Ralph's Life favourites Stanley Odd stylee who they've previously toured with and it will provide the soundtrack of my summer.

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Photography by Project 246
A nascent Spring Break evolved at Belladrum 2014 where the band were organically assembled to play on the Burke and Hair stage. A winter in Thelonious Rumpus' studio birthed the spring time release of 2015's Departure Lounge EP. 

A hectic summer of festival appearances, with national press coverage, radio and tv appearances and an advert for Bowers and Wilkins speakers. 

A busy year was jubilantly capped off with a SAMA award for Best Hip Hop act.

Tropicaledonia artwork buy Calum Carr 
For the last year Spring Break have been working on their debut album Tropicaledonia; a fusion of many styles, drawing influence from a rich palette of folk, funk, blues and jazz whilst all the while steeped in the cut and paste traditions of hip hop. 

Spring Break hope the musical diversity of the record will appeal to a wide range of tastes as it draws from the varied backgrounds of all the band members and collaborators. 

Lyrically it's a highland reportage on the human condition; detailing daily stresses, mental health, drinking culture and addiction, small town mentality, lampooning back stabbers and the foibles of the industry and pointing a clown gloved finger at toxic masculinity.

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Photography Project 246
Live dates for 2018 include; 13th April playing with Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 at The Loft in Forres, 14th April Album Launch Party in Inverness. 

1st June in Glasgow playing with the Twistettes in Machullis, 16th June at Wildwoodz festival, July 21st at Audiosoup festival, 3rd August at Belladrum festival and August 31st at Lindisfarne Festival and November 9th at The Ironworks in Inverness with Urban Voodoo Machine

More dates to be added as they come in.

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