This decade has seen changes that would seem an absurd fictional tale, if you were to explain it to someone a generation before. We express and gauge ourselves by social media’s omnipotent scrutiny, the ephemeral gaze of minute by minute digital memories, the left and right pull of societal swing, and the disposability of creativity.
Mayday is D’Opus & Roshambo’s call for concern and observation – a new nine track release that frames their world, as it stands now.
The album premiered through themusic.com.au yesterday, heralding the triple j favourites return with their first full length in 5 years. After their introduction to the scene with ‘Million Dollar Bill’, their single from debut album The Switch, cracking the top 100 most played tracks on triple j, highly anticipated followup Past Time didn’t disappoint, as accolades from the fans and media alike poured in.
On their latest release, D’Opus forms a production landscape that treads between familiar frequencies and speculative horizons. Rich bass, jarring and soft synthesisers alike, nods to a history sampling with a tighter focus on live instrumentation form the core of the songs. Amidst the interplay, there’s plenty of space for a story to be told.
This is where Roshambo completes the message, varying his delivery and tone in the same ebbs and flows as the lyrics in his storytelling. Roshambo has matured, exploring subjects such as the tiring sleeplessness that comes with being a father, the numbness and acceptance of loss, and the complications of creativity.
They call upon a handful of MCs to widen the tale – long time collaborator Axe Aklins, veteran youngblood Nix, as well as the combined collective consciousness of Lash and Jedbrii all lend their voice.
Previously unheard single “Brush You Off” paves the way for the album, featuring the honest social commentary of Lash and Jedbrii and raising a magnifying glass to the increasing platform of social media which has unfortunately elevated a voice of extremism, intolerance and discrimination. Official video for the new single soon to follow.
Mayday is out now, an epilogue to the past and a foreword to what’s ahead.
“D’Opus & Roshambo’s second album stands out from the pack…the slick, beefy production makes ‘Past Time’ a treat for the ears.” – triple j Magazine
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Mayday” by D’OPUS & ROSHAMBO is available on Sept 1st from: http://www.dopusroshambo.bandcamp.com