"I be playing shows ‘til it hurt Everything I got I know I deserve I’ma put in that work Now they in the front row and they goin’ berserk"
DZ Deathrays are back at it again, offering our listening ears that Triple-J-Friendly rock sound like they usually do, but with a nice little twist this time around with 'Front Row Hustle'. Featuring a collaboration of Aussie hip hop artists whose individual styles, flows and general vibes mesh better with DZ than anyone could have imagined, this latest track is the Australian genre crossover I never knew I wanted.
Never ones to shy away from some classic power chord laden rock anthems, DZ Deathrays really took a dive into unknown territory with something significantly more rap and hip hop based. 'Front Row Hustle' kicks off with some bars before we are treated to an absolutely haunting melody, and I mean that in the best way possible. Vocals that usually pack a bit more grit and ‘oomph’ to them have been pulled back to create one hell of a hook that sits incredibly well with the rest of this track. In between some really strong rapping from Briggs and fellow Brisbanite Jesswar, DZ Deathrays really hold it down with the chorus here. Backed by some tight sampled drums from start to finish that sit perfectly in the mix underneath the rest of the musical action that unfolds, every note, beat and lyric is on point. Ambitious though it may be, this is a really good crossover that should help expose all artists involved to untapped crowds that may not be familiar with the music of each individual entity.
The quality of 'Front Row Hustle' is further complimented by some fantastic producing as well, with each instrument and vocalist being exactly at the levels they need to be. The aforementioned drums sound great and effortlessly transition this song through section after section while the synths and guitars beautifully compliment both the hard lyrical bars and production soaked ‘clean’ vocals. Every nail got hit on every head here, and that can be owed to South Australia’s Trials for piecing every bit of this puzzle together in sonic synchronicity.
Long story short, I didn’t know what to expect leading into this one and was very pleasantly surprised. If you haven’t been spinning this yet, definitely throw it into your regular rotation. Albeit, you’ll probably put this on a different playlist from other DZ tracks you have in your Spotify library, but the boys dared to experiment here and it worked out really well for them. Props dudes, props.
Vocals: 8.5/10 Guitars: 6/10 Bass: 7/10 Drums: 9/10 Lyrics: 4/5
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5 Mixing: 9/10
Production: 18/20 Structure: 17/20
Overall: 83/100 Personal Enjoyment: 10/10