2015 proved to be a very busy year for HEAVY, the infectiously energetic rap duo from Auckland. With numerous performances throughout the year, both supporting touring international artists and playing their own sets at music festivals Chronophonium, Laneway and Splore, a brief leave of absence was just the tonic needed heading into 2016.
The good news is that means that HEAVY are due for a comeback! Now with a slightly refurbished direction, they are eager to jump back in with an array of new material – but fans can rest assured that they’re staying true to their cheeky 420-esque sound. A perfect mix for THE INTERNET…
Do not miss your chance to see THE INTERNET perform their beautifully crafted and genre-defying funk-tinted R&B soul – these shows won’t let a person stand sill or leave a soul untouched!
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ABOUT THE INTERNET:
The LA-based soul collective THE INTERNET began as two people – Syd Tha Kyd and producer/synth player Matt Martians. An offshoot of Odd Future, THE INTERNET blends smooth electronic urban soul, with chugging drums and slinking bass lines overlaid by front-woman Syd’s honeyed vocals. Syd taught herself how to record, engineer, and produce at age 15. She also sings, imbuing every song with a sultry, mellifluous, quiet power. Matt produces and plays synths. Like all post-modern relationships, the duo initially met on Myspace in 2008, only to meet in-person three years later.
THE INTERNET started their own band in 2011. Syd had been writing music since she was small; she put this on hold to become OF’s DJ and producer, and picked her songs back up in 2011 to make her first full-length album with Matt. THE INTERNET have now released three albums – 2011’s Purple Naked Ladies, 2012’s Feel Good and 2015’s Ego Death which they are currently touring.
When they play live, THE INTERNET is a full band – swelling to a six-person outfit with Patrick Paige II, Christopher Allan Smith, Jameel Bruner and Steve Lacy joining Syd and Matt. They began playing together to tour behind Feel Good, and since then the band members all contributed their talents to THE INTERNET’s latest album, the Grammy nominated Ego Death – their most evolved album to date, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Janelle Monae, Tyler, the Creator, and Vic Mensa.
Recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, Ego Death is a heady mix of confessions and come-ons, shiny Rhodes keyboard glimmers, chugging drums, slinking bass lines, and Syd’s honeyed voice anchoring the mix. It’s a record that connects the dots between Digable Planets, Erykah Badu’s Baduizm, the warm, inviting breezes of the West Coast, and the stories that only happen very late at night or very early in the morning, all played by musicians who are carrying the soul torch for the new generation.
Listen to THE INTERNET:
—Click to listen to “SPECIAL AFFAIR”
—Click to listen to “GIRL”
—Click to listen to “DONTCHA”
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