The debut full-length from Brisbane-based trio Tailor Made is certainly pretty deep. Much like the origin of its namesake, The String Theory - the existential notion that our universe is but one in a chain of many that split apart and combine - presents more a wealth of possibilities rather than any singularly defined outcomes. Pondering and philosophical yet free flowing and chilled, these seventeen tracks are an atypical and diverse fusion of hip hop, with sharp boom-bap beats softened and expanded by thick doses of psychedelia and guitar driven funk.
Tailor Made is manned by Enggy (producer/MC), Synergy (MC), and Able2 (DJ/ producer). Formed in 2008, they’ve since scored support slots for international acts like Dead Prez and Total Eclipse, while having also shared the stage with excellent locals such as The Optimen, Daily Meds, The Coalition Crew, Dub Marine, Pure Product and more. The band’s material has been spread to the nation with support from Triple J’s hip hop show, Triple J Unearthed digital radio and independent Brisbane broadcasters 4ZZZ FM.
“For us it was really about our resistance to, and the inevitable reality of growing up,” comments Synergy. “It was us starting to understand how things are set up in the world and expressing our gut reaction. From humanity’s abusive relationship with the natural world, to the social structures which inhibit meaningful growth and connection, this album I think gauges our response to these challenges.”
“It’s taking a string, sound or note and bending or altering it to a different sonic dimension whilst still maintaining the basic principles on which it was founded,” adds Enggy. “Everyone has their own ideas and philosophies on music and life in general: this is our theory.”
From the sinister atmosphere and bottom line reality check of ‘Animals’, to the downtown vibes and urban observations of ‘The Germs’, and the curious tweaking of ‘Walking In My Thoughts’, the record is diverse yet holistic. The sum of these ideas is a conceptualisation that is clever without being condescending, and poignantly introspective yet playful. This is a multiverse of sounds and ideas reverberating far beyond the trio’s suburban perspective, all while never leaving their earth too far behind. 'The String Theory' will be available through the group’s own Rinsed Out Records on the 7th of November 2014.
released November 7, 2014
01 'The String Theory' produced by Enggy
02 'Let’s Go' produced by Enggy
03 'Blow Em Up' produced by Enggy
04 'Good Morning' produced by Able 2
05 'Animals' produced by Able 2
06 'The Strings' produced by Renz
07 'Grow Up' produced by Enggy
08 'The Germs' produced by Enggy
09 'Droppin Science' produced by Enggy
10 'Stagnation' produced by Cam Bluff
11 'Walking In My Thoughts' produced by Able 2
12 'Interlude' produced by Enggy
13 'The Process' produced by Enggy
14 'Bad Man' produced by Able 2 with bass by Enggy
15 'Sometimes I Think' produced by Enggy
16 'I Am' produced by Mdusu
17 'Animals (remix)' produced by Enggy
All lyrics written and performed by C. Enggist & J. McGuire
Guest appearances on Droppin Science by S. Webb & G. Clough
& Bad Man by K. West.
Guitar by Luke Byrnes on Track 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 15.
Bass by Mantis Mal on Track 7.
Keys by Greg Arnott on Track 2.
Recorded at TM HQ.
All cuts by Able2.
All tracks arranged and engineered by Enggy.
Mastered by Joe Carra for Crystal Mastering.
Artwork and layout by Inkahoots Design.
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