Rhythm section are proud to present their latest offering at the end of this month. Hailing from Melbourne, 30/70 are the latest outfit to emerge from its buzzing scene – a quintet made up of Allysha Joy, Ziggy, Henry, Thomas & Jarrod that swells up to an 11-piece ensemble as and when the music calls for it. From afar it’s easy to be impressed by an area so fertile in its recent output, and certainly easy to see why Bradley Zero’s Peckham imprint will be providing a home for their release. ‘Elevate’ is an intricate sonic palette of neo-soul harmonies and jazz-funk licks washed down with vocals that are both raw and delicate in equal measures.
Nu Spring opens rooted in post-punk era foundation, clean guitar riffs providing both an acoustic sunrise and a gentle nod to their indie-pop influences before unleashing an all-embracing show of their capacity as an ensemble. The track is an accumulative conception of sprinting vocals, delicate percussion, and a frenetic drumline met with a heated sax solo. In a context where you might find one monopolising the other, each component only compliments the next before slowly breaking down into a loose blend of shy soulful vocals and a catchy gospel skit.
Lyrics spoken with the calming conviction of a Lauryn Hill/Badu lovechild juxtapose flittering syncopated rhythms in Breaking (For This World To Change), before flying off into lo-fi tangents and choppy drum licks to close the track. Different rhythms and tempos continue to be experimented with to great effect in Steady Hazin, as the upbeat jazz-funk number toys with D’angelo influences and smooth boom-bap dynamics. ‘I can uproot, I’ve outgrown ya’ is repeated with unshakeable certainty by Joy before a robotic sample is tightly looped into an almost interlude to the melancholic, Takin Me Back. Opening with a repetition of the chorus from Steady Hazin, it listens like a reply to the previous track, only this time the lyrical narrative is soft and nostalgic. Slow climbs up to fluffy falsettos and a backdrop of mellow brassy tones provide a creamy contrast to the abstract and often complex rhythm patterns heard throughout Elevate.
It’s becoming more and more clear why Rhythm Section has long had such a penchant for the fruits of the Southern Hemisphere, with 30/70 nestling themselves in comfortably amongst their Australian and NZ neighbours, Chaos in the CBD and Dan Kye. This collection of songs, their second studio effort after their debut LP, ‘Cold Radish Coma’ is set to elevate them to the international stage. A weird and wonderful message from Northcote to the rest of the world, stylistically similar to a whole host of influences, yet executed in unmistakeably Melbourne fashion – refusing to be characterised by one type of sound. 30/70’s display of boundless sonic depth, with an unwavering focus on rhythm, is what makes the album unforgettable – hopefully being the first of many records to come on the esteemed South London imprint.
Listen to ‘Slangin’ and support below.
Words by @rhimarilou