All City (album)

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All City
Downsyde-All City.jpg
Studio album by Downsyde
Released October 4, 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip hop
Label Illusive Sounds
Producer Optamus, Dazastah, Cheeky, Armee
Downsyde chronology
When the Dust Settles
(2004)When the Dust Settles2004
All City
(2008)
Singles from All City
  1. "Fortune & Fame"
    Released: September 1, 2008

All City is the fourth studio album from Western Australian hip hop group, Downsyde. It was released in October 2008 through their new label, Illusive Sounds.[1][2]

This album differs from the group's previous efforts in that it doesn't focus on Australian guest MCs, other than the appearance of Porsah Laine.

"With this album we wanted to feature vocalists of a different sort, and we felt that with certain tracks we wanted a chorus or a hook that could mould quite easily into our vocals. We didn't want obvious choices, we wanted vocalists that engage you straight away. We wanted things to smack the listener in the head, like being hit by a baseball bat." - Optamus[3]

"I said in passing to Armee, 'Dude let's try to get him (Guru) on a track.' So I said 'Let's just get in contact with his tour manager and send him When the Dust Settles and see what he has to say.' I though that there was no harm in trying. Sure enough, the tour manager contacted us, and Daz ran off something like 30 beats onto a CD and we express posted it over to him as soon as we could. There was one beat on there that he was really feeling (which eventually transformed into "Watucamehere 4") and before going back to the States he had one layover day. The heavens opened up and on that Sunday we went 'bang let's book a studio and knock it out.' On that Sunday I was hungover, but there - we were in the studio with Mr. Guru, slash Jazzmatazz, himself." - Optamus[3]

The album reached #26 on the ARIA Urban Albums charts.[4] On 17 November 2008 Triple J announced that All City was their feature album for that week.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Shahbaz Rind, D. Reutens, Scott Griffiths, Mat Cheetham and Damien Allia, unless otherwise noted.[6]

  1. "All City"
  2. "Fortune & Fame" (featuring Howling John Stone)
  3. "Watucamehere 4" (featuring Guru)
  4. "Every City"
  5. "Master MC"
  6. "Hot Town"
  7. "Life Speed" (featuring Stamina MC)
  8. "Calm Before The Storm"
  9. "Takin' It Over"
  10. "Some How"
  11. "Super Heroes"
  12. "Soulfiend"(featuring Howling John Stone)
  13. "Unstoppable"

Personnel[edit]

Downsyde[edit]

  • Optamus (Scott Griffiths)
  • Dazastah (D. Reutens)
  • Cheeky (Mathew Cheetham)
  • Armee (Damien Allia)
  • Dyna Mikes aka Shahbaz (Shahbaz Rind)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Illusive November Newsletter". Illusive Sounds. Retrieved 2008-11-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ "News Archive". Mushroom Music Publishing. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b Schlechte, Ted (2008-10-16). "Fortune & Fame". The Drum Media. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Top 40 Urban Albums Chart". ARIA. 2008-11-17. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Downsyde:All City". Triple J. 2008-11-07. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  6. ^ Australasian Performing Rights Association: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 28, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2007.