Dialectrix

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Dialectrix
Birth name Ryan Leaf
Also known as D-Trix
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Obese Records
Associated acts Gully Platoon, Muph & Plutonic, Down Under Beats Crew

Ryan Leaf, better known by the stage name Dialectrix, is an Australian hip hop artist from Sydney. He was a member of Down Under Beats Crew (DUB Crew) and, since 2008, has been a member of Gully Platoon. In addition to his musical career, Dialectrix works in the construction trades.[1] He was introduced to hip hop culture through skateboarding during adolescence.[2]

Biography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Dialectrix has released the solo albums Cycles of Survival, Audio Projectile and The Cold Light of Day.[3] The All Aussie Hip Hop site describes Dialectrix's song "Fly On the Wall", from Audio Projectile, as:

. . . a landmark track in the Dialectrix cannon. A bona fide throwback song, Dialectrix raps from the perspective of a fly- observing and judging humanity from an insignificant point of view. The song is in direct parallel to the working man's plight and the feeling of helplessness that comes with being able to see everything, but being powerless to change it.[4]

Dialectrix has supported hip hop artists such as MF Doom. Chris Singh, from The AU Review, described a March 2011 performance:

From spitting multi-syllabic rhymes as fast as legends like Busta Rhymes and Kool G Rap (he even borrowed a beat from the former—'Break Ya Neck') to the more relaxed style of rapping Aussie MC’s are known for, this local rapper sure stamped a firm impression on the sold-out metro. Out of all the Australian rappers I’ve seen live he without-a-doubt stands out as one of the finest artists on the scene.[5]

In mid-August 2013, Dialectrix was a 'First Longlist' finalist for the 9th Coopers AMP for the album The Cold Light of Day, alongside artists such as Kevin Mitchell and The Drones—the Australian music prize is worth A$30,000 and the 2013 winner will be announced in March 2014.[6]

Collaborations[edit]

According to Dom Alessio from Triple J's Home & Hosed, an Australian music radio program, Dialectrix "was actually part of the very first hip-hop crew to take out a triple j Unearthed competition, Down Under Beats Crew, back in 2004".[7]

In 2008 Dialectrix contributed a song to Chasm's Beyond The Mix Tape release. Tim McNamara, from Brisbane's Scene Magazine, subsequently described Dialectrix as a red-hot MC.[8] In the same year, Obese Records owner Pegz and Dialectrix formed Gully Platoon, with Joe New and DJ 2Buck.[9][10] Gully Platoon received high praise, and in 2009, Alessio commented, ". . . perhaps Gully Platoon is Australia's first hip-hop supergroup".[11]

In 2010 Dialectrix contributed a song called "Time Makes Fools of Us All" to Lotek's International Rudeboy album.[12] He also rapped on M-Phazes's ARIA award-winning album Good Gracious, on the song "The Facilitator".[13]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

  • "Yes It Is" (ft. Pegz & Dialectrix) on Chasm's Beyond The Mix Tape album (2008)[14]
  • "Walking Around Oblivious" (ft. Dialectrix) on Chasm's Beyond The Mix Tape album (2008)[14]
  • "Don't Let Your Guard Down" (ft. Dialectrix) on Chasm's Beyond The Mix Tape album (2008)[14]
  • "Nature of the Beat" (ft. Dialectrix) on Two Toes' Cooking With Caustics album (2008)[14]
  • "Jack N The Box" (ft. Thundamentals & Dialectrix) on Two Toes' Cooking With Caustics album (2008)[14]
  • "Broke Pocket Philosophy" (ft. Dialectrix) on Thundamentals's Sleeping on Your Style album (2009)[14]
  • "The Facilitator" (ft. Dialectrix) on M-Phazes' Good Gracious album (2010)[14]
  • "We Got That" (ft. Dialectrix) on Bigfoot's Giant Steps album (2010)[14]
  • "Locked Down" (ft. Dialectrix) on Skryptcha's The Numbers album (2010)[14]
  • "The Bust" (ft. Dialectrix) on Bingethinker's Where Are They Now... album (2011)[14]
  • "Main Event" (ft. Jise One & Dialectrix) on Fluent Form's Word Merchant album (2011)[14]
  • "Priceless" (ft. Dialectrix & Joe New) on Pegz' Drama album (2011)[14]
  • "Mad Bastards" (ft. Dialectrix & Joe New) on Pegz' Drama album (2011)[14]
  • "Truth" (ft. Dialectrix, Bias B & Joyride) on Reason's Window of Time album (2011)[14]
  • "We've Arrived" (ft. Thundamentals, Skryptcha, Scott Burns, Rinse & Dialectrix) on Chasm's' This Is How We Never Die album (2012)[14]

Solo[edit]

  • Cycles of SurvivalObese (OBR062) (18 October 2008)[15][16]
  • Audio Projectile – Obese (OBR074) (17 September 2010)[17] ARIA Urban Album No. 15[18]
  • Satellite EPObese (GRA7-001) (16 February 2013)[19]
  • The Cold Light of Day – Obese (OBR-088) (24 May 2013)[20]

Gully Platoon[edit]

  • The Great Divide — Obese (OBR067) (8 August 2009)[21]

Down Under Beats Crew[edit]

  • Hiphoperation
  • Under Raps

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birdie (7 April 2011). "Dialectrix". Beat Magazine. Beat Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "DUB Crew- NSW Unearthed winner". Triple J's Unearthed. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Unicomb, Matt, "Holding on to what's golden", 3D World 
  4. ^ "Dialectrix – Audio Projectile (Sept 17)". AllAussieHipHop. AllAussieHipHop. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Singh, Chris (30 March 2011). "DOOM (aka MF DOOM) + Dialectrix + DJ MK – Metro Theatre (29.03.11)". The AU Review. The AU Review. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Mike Hohnen (15 August 2013). "Nick Cave, The Drones, Bob Evans Make Longlist For $30,000 Coopers AMP". Music Feeds. Music Feeds. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Alessio, Dom (11 November 2010). "Next Crop 2010: Dialectrix". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ McNamara, Tim (20 August 2009). "Gully Platoon : Interview". Scene Magazine. Scene Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Kuch, Jesse (24 September 2009), "Cycles of Survival review", The Cairns Post 
  10. ^ Elliott, Cameron (19 October 2009). "Obese Block Party @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney (09/10/09)". Faster Louder. FasterLouder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Alessio, Dom (21 July 2009). "Gully Platoon – Supergroup Exclusive". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Moscatelli, Liza (9 December 2010). "Lotek – International Rudeboy (2010 LP)". The AU Review. The AU Review. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "M-Phazes New Album Artwork". All Aussie Hip Hop. All Aussie Hip Hop. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Chasm: Beyond the Beat Tape". The Rap Cella. The Rap Cella. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Ch 103 (4 December 2008), "Dialectrix – Cycles of Survival 8/10", Tsunami Magazine 
  16. ^ Sasson, Chloe (23 January 2009), "Cycles of Survival review", The Sydney Morning Herald 
  17. ^ Rowe, Zan (28 September 2010). "Dialectrix launches his Audio Projectile at you...". ABC. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  18. ^ ARIA Report 1076
  19. ^ "DIALECTRIX with P Smurf, Chasm Sound System, Ology & Morgs. Hosted by Tuka". 
  20. ^ d'Apice, J 2013, http://themusic.com.au/reviews/album/2013/05/31/dialectrix-the-cold-light-of-day-james-dapice/
  21. ^ "Gully Platoon: The Great Divide". The Rap Cella. The Rap Cella. Retrieved 12 May 2011.