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New Zealand’s favourite collection of soul-infused earth-rappers Third3ye today release the 3P, their first new material as a collective in nearly two years. A body of work exploring their own place and experiences as musicians in NZ in 2016.
Since the release of their debut album On3ness in 2014, Third3ye have developed a reputation and large following as one of the most interesting artists in the music scene with their conscious bend on hip-hop/soul. Written over the course of nearly two years at “the Buddha shack where Third3ye was born”, the background for the 3P was laid in experiences – some death defying and life changing, others self-discovering.
With a Te Reo call to arms over a driving drum beat produced by Third3ye live member iLL Baz, ‘iiintro’ establishes in it’s opening seconds that the 3P is not your run-of-the-mill hip-hop release. Across a further seven tracks and featuring a wide range of collaborators including Bailey Wiley, Jeremy Toy and Frank Eliesa (Yoko-Zuna), the vocal combination of MeloDownz and Angelo King have crafted a release which seamlessly drifts from dark, conscious hip-hop of ‘Heart Of Gold’, to the straight-up funk of ‘Feet 5’ and the rasta-feel of ‘Yew Want’.
The 3P represents two artists in Angelo King and MeloDownz coming together after rediscovering themselves not only as solo artists, but also as individuals – a reconnection of souls kindred in spirit. The varied sound of the 3P integrates the number of musical elements which have spoken to Third3ye throughout the musical journey. After the success and strong reception behind On3ness, the 3P is an effort to not only do something different musically, but also to not rest on their laurels.
Featuring production from long-time Third3ye collaborators iLL Baz, Ben Jamin, Frank Eliesa, Jono Das, Abraham Kunin and WhyFi, and featuring Bailey Wiley, Jeremy Toy and Israel Starr, the 3P is a welcome new step in the Third3ye journey.
“Timeless music that is not governed by the rules and regulations of formulated music.”
Third3ye – 3P available now digitally worldwide
- iiintro (produced by iLL Baz)
- Soulah System (produced by Ben Jamin & Frank Eliesa)
- Old Soul (produced by WhyFi)
- Feet 5 (produced by Abraham Kunin)
- Rose That Grew From Concrete (produced by Abraham Kunin)
- Space Gospel (produced by WhyFi & JRD)
- Heart Of Gold (produced by Ben Jamin)
- Yew Want (produced by WhyFi)
Third3ye represents a collective of like-minded artists, with frontmen Melodownz and Angelo King coming together to produce a spiritually-conscious form of hip-hop from sunny Aotearoa.
As a collective, the crew is all about experimenting with new sounds and creative content - messages of philosphy, enlightenment and higher consciousness mixed with real life experiences and raw ideas, from a pictured backdrop in Queenstown, or the back streets of Pukekohe and Avondale.
Third3ye have been making sound waves across Aotearoa since the release of their 2014 debut album On3ness. They have performed at a number of NZ’s leading festivals, including Laneway, Rhythm & Vines, Homegrown & Soundsplash, along with a number of sell-out shows across the country spreading their message of love, peace, humanity, and interconnectedness.
A hip-hop outfit with a soul twist, Third3ye is set to make noise internationally in 2016 and the years to come, with plans for their sophomore album already in the cooker, and the 3P ready for release.