Images – Teresa Pham
Review – Harry Ward
Australia’s most promising hip hop act Remi comes to Sydney to celebrate the release of the gorgeous new album, Divas and Demons.
THE OTHER GUYS: BARO
Melbourne based rapper and an occasional feature in Remi’s repertoire, Baro opens the show up with a handful of pseudo-U.S.A. beats and relaxed vocals. The young MC is easy to listen to, appeasing the middle ground of hip hop, with moments of Odd Future thrown in the mix to keep things alternative. The set has good moments, which are hindered by the inability to identify as an Australian, as the MC and his DJ cannot resist to adopt American accents while talking, let alone rapping.
THE MAIN SQUEEZE: REMI
Remi greets Sydney with charisma and comfort. His DJ Sensible J joins him on stage with additional percussion, which adds an authentic groove to many of Remi’s reggae influenced tracks. Immediately, the crowd are given tastes of strong tracks from the new LP, such as Uh Uh I’m Gone and Forsaken Man. Cuts from his debut, Raw x Infinity don’t seem to resonate as much as the newer material; a strong indicator that the new album has brought the MC a lot of new fans. Remi constantly sways between heavy and playful lyrics, always with precise, emotive delivery. Sydney responds to his transparent gratitude to be playing a sold-out show, and the crowd and artist create a good-times snowball effect, feeding each other a brilliant amount of energy.
Remi’s live show is 100% vibe. He is here to make sure everybody is having a good time, including himself. Any ego and vanity goes undetected in this artist and it makes for a far better performer.
Many music fans are still on the fence when it comes to Australian hip hop, and this is more than understandable. Next time Remi is in town, buy a ticket for a fence-sitting friend and watch them jump down, landing gently on the green grass of Divas and Demons.
The show runs a little dry when it is revealed that feature vocalist Sampa the Great will not be making an appearance tonight to perform the collaborative single For good // F.U.B.U., as it is the very moment in the show where the crowd becomes visibly restless. Supporting act Baro joined Remi on stage for his feature on the track Hate You, which didn’t manage to inject a new dose of excitement in the Sydney crowd the way a feature should.
“Got a spliff up in my fingers and some tits on my computer” – an astounding lyric from Melbourne MC, Baro.