Parklife Festival goers and Chiddy Bang followers are being blessed with a new release from the hip hop outfit of the moment.
The group will release an eight-track prequel called The Preview in the lead-up to the debut album release. Out October 1, The Preview documents the incredible journey the band has had over the last year, emerging from underground US blog darlings to become hip hop’s leading lights.
Having met at Drexel University in 2008, the multi- talented duo uploaded a mix tape entitled "The Swelly Express" to MySpace. It was an album of heavy party jams which circulated around the American college circuit like wildfire and led to over 100,000 downloads in a month.
Having signed to Parlophone, the band released the debut single, the MGMT-sampling hip hop anthem "Opposite Of Adults" earlier this year. The track quickly tore up the charts across the world selling more than 120,000 copies in the UK alone, Platinum in Australia, and the video receiving more than 6 million views on you tube. It confirmed that Chiddy Bang could unite the mainstream as well as the underground; making the b-boys sing, the indie kids bounce and the pop lovers rock.
Hip Hop moguls in the U.S began championing the band with Kanye blogging about it and Jay- Z, Snoop Dogg. Kid Cudi and 3 Six Mafia inviting the outfit to support their live shows. So ensued worldwide tours, sold out headline shows and a hectic promotional schedule that left the duo little time to fulfil the vision for a debut album, Swelly Life due for release early 2011.
As band member Noah puts it, “The main purpose of this release is to give our fans some new music whilst we finish recording our debut album, Swelly Life. It’s called The Preview because it gives listeners a glimpse of what's to come on Swelly.”
Recorded over the last 6 months in LA and New York The Preview’ will feature many things the band has experienced over the last year as well as the personal battles they members experienced with the glamour of being in a band. The prequel features some fantastic collaborations including with Pharrell Williams, who co-produced new single "Good Life". Q-Tip features on the dubstep track "Here We Go" and Darwin Deez features on the manic electro curveball, "Bad Day".
Check out the tracklisting below:
The Good Life (co-produced by Pharrell) Truth Opposite Of Adults Here We Go (ft Q-Tip) All Things Go Nothing On We Bad Boy (ft Darwin Deez) Old Ways
Catch Chiddy Bang in Australia at these upcoming Parklife Festival show:
Saturday, 25 September - Parklife, Gold Coast, Parklands Sunday, 26 September - Parklife, Wellington Square, Perth Saturday, 2 October - Parklife, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Sunday, 3 October - Parklife, Kippax Lake, Sydney Monday, 4 October - Parklife, Botanic Park, Adelaide