The City: Melbourne, Australia
The Year: 2009
Two prior cross continent musical collaborators happen to move to the same city at the same time, and subsequently begin work on a new hip hop project, combining their styles to create a smooth blend of boom bap, neo soul and underground rap.
The two artists are Californian rapper 'Javs' and Tasmanian producer/DJ 'Akouo', and the project is titled 'JNA - Double Helix EP'.
Akouo's production style is made up of many parts, including live instrumentation, creative and unique drum sounds, with a mix of crunchy record samples, and can be likened to that of Ant, DJ Hi- tek and Stro of the Procussions.
Akouo is one part of the live hip hop collective Loose Cannons and has previously worked with artists such as Phatchance, Class A, Dunn D, Elf Tranzporter, Thorts among others.
Javs' MC style marries intelligent lyricism with a smooth, seem-less flow and a presence that resembles that of rappers like Evidence or Buff 1.
Javs has also featured on other projects by Australian producers including albums by Obese Records signees Jase and DJ Bonez, as well a being a long time collaborator with Vernac of US group Speach Impediments.
If you're a fan of the hip hop sounds of Cali or solid old school boom bap, you'll definitely enjoy this record.