Flying Colours (Bliss n Eso album)

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Flying Colours
Studio album by Bliss n Eso
Released 26 April 2008
Recorded The Devils Playground & Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Genre Hip hop
Label Illusive Sounds/Liberation Music
Producer Jonathon Notley, Hattori Hunzo
Bliss n Eso chronology
Day of the Dog
(2006)Day of the Dog2006
Flying Colours
Running On Air
(2010)Running On Air2010
Singles from Flying Colours
  1. "Bullet and a Target"
    Released: 29 October 2007
  2. "Woodstock 2008"
    Released: 2008
  3. "The Sea is Rising"
    Released: May 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Flying Colours is the third album by Australian hip hop group Bliss n Eso. It was released by Illusive Sounds on 26 April 2008.

The album was recorded in three different continents over twelve months, and features Illmaculate (World freestyle and Scribble Jam champion), a 20 piece African Zulu Choir (The Zulu Connections Choir), Debaser (US), Hyjak and Phrase. In an interview with The Age newspaper Jonathan Notley (Bliss) explained that the band's previous albums were recorded on the fly, in sporadic periods whenever they could score some studio time, whereas with Flying Colours, the Sydneysiders relocated to Melbourne for three months of dedicated writing and recording at Richmond's Sing Sing Studios[2]

"We decided to get out of Sydney and go somewhere where we could get up every day and just focus on making the record. It was great. We weren't worried about the pressure of what people would think, or forcing it or trying to make hits" - Notley[2]

The cover of the album features artwork by tattoo artist, Steve Cross from Melbourne. It depicts a man with blazing coloured wings leaping off a cliff.

"With this album we wanted to do something a bit different than just pictures of us. We kinda wanted to go a little bit more creative and imaginative. We thought of this concept of this guy like leaping off this cliff with these flaming colourful wings, and it kind of really worked with the context of this album and obviously the title." - Notley[3]

The first single from the album, a reworking of Citizen Cope's "Bullet and a Target", gained major national commercial radio and television airplay. Flying Colours features production from Bliss, Phrase and Hattori Hanzo, the album was mixed at Sing Sing Studios (Melbourne) by Noam Dishon and Andy Baldwin (The Cat Empire, Spiderbait, Killing Heidi).

The third single off the album "Eye of the Storm" uses the main riff and idea from folk rock duo Angus & Julia Stone song "Paper Aeroplane".

It was featured as the Triple J feature album in the week leading up to its release.[4] The album debuted a week after its release at the No. 10 position on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.[5][6] and reached the No. 1 position on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums chart.[7]

The album was nominated for a J Award in August 2008.[8]

The album was also nominated for an ARIA award for 'Best Urban Release' in 2008.[9]

In an interview with Xpress magazine Notley indicated their surprise at the album's success.

"To tell you the truth it smashed any of my expectations. The reception for the record has been fantastic so we couldn't really be happier at the moment." - Notley[10]

Following the group's successful appearance at the Sound Relief concert on 14 March 2009 at the MCG,[11][12] "Field of Dreams" featuring Paris Wells was officially released to radio as a single.[13]

On 14 June 2009 the album became only the second Australian hip hop record to be certified gold, after being in the ARIA charts for 58 weeks.[14] In October 2010, Flying Colours was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon and Noam Dishon, except where noted[16]

Flying Colours

  1. "The Beginning" – 1:41
  2. "Woodstock 2008" – 4:27
  3. "Eye of the Storm" (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, A. Stone, J. Stone) – 3:27
  4. "Bullet and a Target" (featuring the Zulu Connection Choir) (Clarence Greenwood) – 4:15
  5. "Happy in My Hoody" (featuring Hyjak and Phrase) (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, J McCarthy, Harley Webster, Vester) – 4:19
  6. "Destiny Lane" (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, Mark Landon) – 3:41
  7. "Zion Bash" (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, Mark Landon) – 2:51
  8. "The Sea is Rising" – 5:36
  9. "Gorilla Militia" (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, Mark Landon) – 3:14
  10. "How to Listen, Part 1" – 3:02
  11. "Climb These Cliffs" (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, Noam Dishon, Mark Landon) – 3:41
  12. "At Midnight" – 5:21
  13. "Royal Flush" – 3:52
  14. "$5 Steak" (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, Noam Dishon, Etheridge, Montgo) – 5:35
  15. "The Truth" (featuring ILLmacuLate and Sapient) – 4:41
  16. "Never Give Up" (featuring Changes) (Jonathon Notley, Max MacKinnon, Noam Dishon, Mchunu, Mhlongo) – 4:31
  17. "Field of Dreams" (featuring Paris Wells) – 3:24

Flying Colours limited edition bonus disc

  1. "The Dark Tower" – 5:49 (features a sample from the 1947 radioplay The Dark Tower by Louis MacNeice)
  2. "Lonely Streets" (featuring Debaser) – 4:33
  3. "Bullet and a Target" (acoustic version) (featuring the Zulu Connection Choir) – 3:58
  4. "Mexican Spit Fire" – 2:30
  5. "Choof Choof Train" – 4:09


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Murffet, Andrew (4 September 2008). "Bliss n Eso". Melbourne: The Age. Retrieved 8 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bliss n Eso:Flying back in full colour". In The Mix. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Triple J Feature Album". Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Album Charts". ARIA. 5 May 2008. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Kachor, Kate (6 May 2008). "Bliss N Eso scores top 10 debut". Eleven magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Top Urban Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "2008 J Award Nominations". Triple J. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Major ARIA award nominations". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Hayes, Joshua (9 October 2008). "Pass with Flying Colours". Xpress magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Fever, Veronca (6 March 2009). "Live Review: Bliss n Eso". MTV Australia. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Eliezer, Christie. "A word or two about Sound Relief". The Retrieved 21 May 2009. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Field of Dreams released to radio". Bliss n Eso. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  14. ^ Hayes, Joshua (18 June 2009). "Bliss n Eso - Victory lap". X-Press magazine. Columbia Press Pty Ltd. 
  15. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  16. ^ APRA database Archived 8 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at the Australasian Performing Right Association website (search each song title)