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Thorts, also known as Adrian Somerville, has been a quiet and unassuming stalwart of the Australian hip-hop community since he began recording music in rural Victoria, back in 1995. Undergoing several stylistic
transformations over the past two decades with multiple studio LP releases, his latest EP release, Come WhatMay, is a nod to contemporary and international alternative hip hop influences. Thorts’ discography includes the infamous self-titled EP Field Trip, with rapper/producer Aetcix, released in 2004; Mankind, an LP created with producer Dave V in 2007, and Bleeding Heart Muzik studio LP released in 2009, distributed by Obese Records; and a mixtape stylised as louder ACTIONS are NEEDED in 2010. Thorts has enjoyed a long career in the underground/alternative hip hop scene, and has supported/performed with international and local acts, including Sage Francis, M-Phazes, Muph & Plutonic, Seth Sentry and many more.
Thorts’ long-awaited new EP, Come What May (one part of a project co-created with his wife, vocalist and lyricist Kady Starling), provides a brief insight into the life and mind of this somewhat reclusive hip hop artist in the years since his last mixtape release.
Australian alt-hip hop artist Kady Starling began recording and releasing music in 2007, under a number of pseudonyms. Kady Starling has since released two independent LP’s (in 2010 and 2013, whilst FKA
Kadyelle) and two mixtapes (in 2011) in CD and digital mediums. In 2013, Kady won Triple J’s ‘Unearthed’ (GTM) competition, garnering national exposure, and coinciding with the release of her LP The Theory of Everything (a titular nod to an enduring passion for the sciences). Kady Starling has previously performed and toured with a number of international and local acts, including Sage Francis, Allday, Seth Sentry, Looptroop Rockers, M-Phazes and many more.
Kady Starling’s journey into alt-hip hop laid its roots in a formative history of literature and poetry, and the lyricist/vocalist harnessed this fervour in her latest double-EP project entitled, Waiting to Expire. The double-EP release is co-created with rapper husband, Thorts, whose five track A-Side is entitled Come What
May. Leaning heavily into her familiar, self-deprecating and introspective writing style, Waiting to Expire is a melancholic solo extended player, boasting gritty and evocative production from French multi-instrumentalists, Haunted Days Witch’s Teat.