The Printz





Australia is where all the crazy kids are at! Bumblebeez 81 is a brother/sister duo from near Canberra, who have burst onto the scene with their lo-fi, distorted, cut and paste alternative hip-hop. Brother Chris Colonna comes up with the music, piecing it together from all sorts of sources, while his sister Pia, who sometimes, bizarrely enough, goes by Vila, throws down her raps over the top. Perhaps this one quote from Chris best sums it up: ìUsing a computer, youíve got all these options just to really fuck things up, like pitch-shifting your voice or doubling up loops and drums. There were no rules. It was always about doing whatever I wanted to do, just experimenting and fucking around.î And fuck around he did, in putting together The Printz. ìPony Ride,î the lead single is not only a brilliant video, mixing media like a chef does ingredients, but itís a hell of a catchy song, too. The rest of the record is like a punk rock/hip hop casserole, mixing Beck with Beastie Boys and Sonic Youth. The dirty bass of ìStep Backî shuffles the song along with serious swagger, ìBrooklynî is the Beasties wrapped in steel wool, and ìVila Attackî is Vilaís turn to take over the controls, but this time itís the controls of a giant robotic Godzilla, coming to smash your town. Take cover.

Bumblebeez 81
Modular/Geffen

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