Although Elzhi has been around for ages (check: Slum Village and other guest / solo work), he has really smashed it this year on the back of his crazy reworking of Nas's classic debut LP: Illmatic. Titled 'Elmatic', this joint has both hip-hop heads and newbies going bonkers, and when he stopped by at Tone on Sunday, September 11, 2011, he gave a packed house everything and a little more.
Supported by the Big Village crew, and with local son Ology as his DJ, Elzhi was on top of his game, spitting writtens and freestyles on top of some classic beats as well as a host of underground heatrocks.
Check out elzhi.com to download Elmatic for free and find out what all the fuss is about.
Props to Grindin for bringing him out, Ben at Tone for running the coolest spot in the city, and the whole Sydney crew who turned up to support the scene.
Tone - Best Clubs In Review:
Having been around for just on a year, Tone is a much-needed venue that gives Sydney locals another quality option when looking for top-notch artists and a lively crowd. Since opening up on Wentworth Avenue the team have been steadily building a loyal following, and Tone has quickly become one of the places to go when looking for the next wave of artists coming up on the local scene.
The entire space sits in a low-key building just off the Oxford Street party zone, and the facade doesn’t give away too much about the interior - the best clue will be the buzzing line outside and the muffled thump of sub bass creeping out into the street. Once inside you’ll find a large main room decked out with chunky floorboards, a raised stage and an island bar off to one side flanked by low-cut lounges and a cheeky selection of Banksy prints hanging on the walls. The dancefloor is good for the size of the room - it does get hot on a big night but really makes for a great link between the musicians and the punters.
Tone boasts an eclectic musical palette - they’re not stuck playing any one genre, and the team here bring in a constantly fresh rotation of up-and-coming and established artists both from Australia and around the world. The venue is intimate, and they’ve turned that into a major plus because it allows for a direct connection between the audience and the artist that’s hard to find anywhere else in Sydney (with the nearest thing being GOODGOD’s Danceteria).
The sound is nice and crisp with a good amount of low-end, and the system really stood out when Best Clubs In dropped in to catch a smashing acoustic set by Daniel Merriweather. The vibe is always friendly and energetic, and with the quality of the programming it looks as though Tone is going to be a staple for years to come.
Alongside a standard selection of drinks, Tone also serves a good bar menu that goes perfectly with the loud music and cold beers, and the prices are very reasonable, with tasty pizzas, burgers and fries (amongst other things) ready to go when you get the munchies after a dance. The staff are also refreshingly friendly and happy to help - you don’t have to worry about getting any attitude, and getting served is hassle-free.
The crowd at Tone can’t really be defined - it changes up completely depending on who’s playing, but a consistent theme is that they’re all here for the music and not to preen, so you’ll find a good mix of styles and vibes, an unpretentious character and a welcome lack of drama-seekers. The genres range from classic Rock and Indi / Alternative through to House, Dubstep & Hip-Hop, so definitely check the gig guide to see who’s coming up. The cover charge varies with the artists but its always reasonable and well-worth it for the opportunity to see some great music up-close and personal.
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