Suburban Files

by Various Artists

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While Australia’s undeniably a great place to live, demographics make monetary success difficult for the average musician.
Katch still feels that our geographic isolation is “only a restriction if you if you let it be.
Anyone can ring up a promoter or label over the other side of the world and have a go.
That’s how we developed a relationship with The Bronx Dogs foe example. We’ve been putting music out for seven years now, artists like Mad Dr X was a hero of ours – now we’re releasing his work!”

‘Sub-urb-an Files Volume 1’ is the “first documentation of Hydrofunk’s existence as a music utility. I’m really proud of this compilation.
It features anything from artists like
Katalyst – who’s obviously doing really big things; to Downsyde who’ve just released a new album,
Blunted Stylus who’s producing work which is superior to artists like DJ Shadow in my opinion.
There’s a track by Mostyn who makes stuff which sounds like a lot of the work on Stereo Deluxe label – that real Viennese dub feel –
and tracks by local stalwarts Ransom and Regal.”
There are also a couple of stellar numbers by the boys themselves,
one of which (‘Stand Firm’) features vocal contribution from Grand Central Records’ Spikey Tee.

“Yeah we’re really happy with that tune, it was so great to have artists like Spikey Tee singing on one of our tracks.”

I admit that I was surprised to hear such a degree of diversity on this release, given what I’d heard from the imprint in the past. “We’ve been spearheaded into a hip hop label but we’re really about the beats. We used to be part of a Mr Bungle style live act, for example. Both Dave and myself are really into jazz, and our tastes have matured as we’ve gotten older. That’s reflected in the artists we’re signing.”

except taken from in the mix interview with Katch February 2003


released February 1, 2003



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Hydrofunk Records Brisbane, Australia

Hydrofunk Records
Australian independent hip-hop / Beats / Hip Hop soul record label
Hydrofunk Records is an independent hip-hop music label that represents a number of well known Australian acts. The label is consistently searching for new underground hip-hop acts in Brisbane and throughout Australia.
Acts include
Resin Dogs,
Bankrupt Billionares,
Red Bantoo
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