Allday – You Always Know The DJ

There’s so much great Australian music being released recently that I’m having a difficult time sifting through all the emails and articles and feeds. Yes, I am complaining about how quality our music scene is right now. 

At the forefront is Adelaide/Melbourne rapper Allday. We’ve covered a range of Australian hip hop acts at art felicis – including Ry, Remi and Bam Bam. It’s a divisive niche genre, but Allday straddles an area crossing pop , hip hop and electronic, and thus opens his music up to a wide range of fans. 

Real name Tomas Gaynor, he’s just released his debut album Startup Cult which is currently sitting at number 2 on the ARIA charts. “You Always Know The DJ” is the second single off the album following the success of “Right Now”. I was a big fan of his older track “So Good” (damn that track is so good), but at a time when he didn’t have that many other stand out tracks going around, I had my doubts about his staying power.

However, since then, pretty much everything he’s released has been a solid effort, and “You Always Know The DJ” continues that run. This stripped back track with simple piano chords, minimals beats and a little bit of vocal manipulation still proves his knack for writing utterly catchy hooks while also keeping a certain level of raw, unrefined rapping. He’s stated that, “making music may not be healing the sick or feeding the hungry, but if it makes you forget your problems for a few minutes then I’ve done my job. Whether you buy the CD, buy the mp3s or even torrent the album, I hope it means something to you.”


Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.
Latest Album: Startup Cult, released 4 July 2014. 
Sounds like: Jackie Onassis and Chance Waters
Say what? One of the tracks in Startup Cult, “Another Night At Windy Point”, features bong sound effects. 

Exclusively and pretentiously handpicked just for you, by Jane 

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