Drinking from the Sun

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Drinking from the Sun
Studio album by Hilltop Hoods
Released 9 March 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Australian hip hop
Length 41:24
Label Golden Era Records
Producer Jaytee, K21, One Above, Pokerbeats, Suffa, Trials
Hilltop Hoods chronology
State of the Art
Drinking from the Sun
Walking Under Stars
Singles from Drinking From the Sun
  1. "I Love It"
    Released: 25 November 2011
  2. "Speaking in Tongues"
    Released: 17 April 2012
  3. "Shredding the Balloon"
    Released: 20 July 2012
  4. "Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom"
    Released: 20 September 2012

Drinking from the Sun is the sixth studio album by Australian hip hop group the Hilltop Hoods. The album was released on 9 March 2012.[1] The album's first single, "I Love It", was released on 25 November 2011,[2][3] and features vocals from fellow South Australian and Adelaide born singer-songwriter Sia Furler.[4] The album debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart reaching gold status on its first day, making it Hilltop Hood's third consecutive chart-topping album. The album is certified double platinum in Australia.


Not many details were released about the album. Suffa, in an interview with Tom & Alex of Triple j, briefly talked about the album, saying:

The album's first single "I Love It", which features fellow South Australian Sia, was released on 25 November 2011.

On 24 January 2012, the band leaked the song "Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom" from the album.[6]

On 6 February 2012, the track listing was confirmed on the band's Tumblr page.[7]

On April 17, the group released the second single Speaking in Tongues, along with its music video, which features animated graffiti effects.

On July 10, the video premier for the new single Shredding the Balloon was shown on V Music and Channel V. The single itself was released on July 20, 2012.

On September 20, the 4th single Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom was released. The video features the group, and many other Australian Hip-Hop artists. The Hoods stated that they wanted to do something different, yet unifying at the same time. The film clip illustrates how far Hip-Hop has come in Australia in the last 10–20 years from something unheard of to being a whole new popular genre.


The album is features the three-part "The Thirst" as the opening, tenth and final tracks, all featuring the same instrumental. Part 1 features a sole verse from MC Pressure about the groups return following 2009's multi-platinum State of the Art. Part 2 features samples of interviews with Pressure explaining the origins of the album title, whilst Part 3 features a verse from Suffa and contains a sample of a voice stating that the group 'were recording enough music for two albums. That was pre-meditated'.

Notable guest features on the album include Black Thought of The Roots on 'Living in Bunkers' and Chali 2na on Speaking in Tongues.

Track listing[edit]


No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Thirst (Part 1)"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, W. Phoenix One Above 1:41
2. "Drinking From the Sun"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, A. Schefrin, M. Zager Suffa 3:09
3. "I Love It" (featuring Sia) M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, S. Furler One Above 3:46
4. "Lights Out"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis Jaytee 3:43
5. "Living in Bunkers" (featuring Lotek & Black Thought) M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, T. Trotter Suffa 3:42
6. "Speaking in Tongues" (featuring Chali 2na) M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, C. Stewart, C. Green Suffa 4:03
7. "Now You're Gone"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, D. Rankine, S. Denny, K. Van Ordstrand Trials 3:10
8. "Good for Nothing"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis Pokerbeats 3:02
9. "Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, S. Cropper, D. Dunn, A. Jackson Jr., B. Jones Suffa 3:33
10. "The Thirst (Part 2)"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, W. Phoenix One Above 1:05
11. "The Underground" (featuring Classified & Solo) M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, L. Boyd, J. Hartford, N. Bryant-Smith Suffa 4:08
12. "Shredding the Balloon"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, N. Lambert Suffa 4:45
13. "The Thirst (Part 3)"   M. Lambert, D. Smith, B. Francis, W. Phoenix One Above 1:37

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012-2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 1
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[10] 1
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 37


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