Track Premiere + Free DL: Corner Store Superheroes - Rebels
Corner Store Superheroes are a dynamic duo from Sydney, slowly emerging as one of the most exciting new acts in Australian hip hop. Rapper Eddy B and producer Kid Fiction have only released two singles so far, but have already established a distinctive sound and direction within the Australian music scene.
Eddy spits quick, convoluted couplets over Kid Fiction’s thick dancehall beats. It’s a combination that’ll have you nodding your head, except when you’re rewinding to wrap your head around each of Eddy’s lyrical backflips. Backyard Opera recently sat down with Corner Store Superheroes to talk about their grimy past, their prosperous future, and their latest banger, ‘Rebels’.
How did you two hook up?
Kid Fiction: Eddy and I have been mates since high school, but never did anything musically till much later. I kinda fell sideways into electronic music from more of a live background, and still then was more on the instrumental/electronic side of music than writing rap tunes (although I’ve always written my own vocal stuff). I didn’t even know Eddy rapped until much later. I think we stumbled into each other drunk at playground weekender a few years ago and eddy spat a few verses he’d written while he was living in London… and it was on from then. We’ve been working for years on tunes and only really just started releasing them. We’ve got about 30 tunes in the bank so far… so lots lots more to come.
Are the two of you on the same page creatively, or do each push the music in different directions?
Kid Fiction: haha, Yeh I think if we agreed about everything we wouldn’t be making very interesting music. Eddy want’s to make up and down club bangers and I’m much more keen on more experimental sounds, I think that contrast is something that defines us. In the end we’re both really open to trying out new things and searching out new ground and that’s what’s important. That’s really satisfying to me as a producer. A lot of rappers don’t take risks… a lot of artists don’t take risks. But taking no risks gets you no where.
How did Eddy’s time in London influence your sound?
Eddy: When I arrived in London I ended up in Bethnal Green broing down with an old mate from Sydney, who DJs under the name Shredexx, and an MC he played with called Lakey. I was tagging along to their sets every weekend getting fucked up. The bass music culture was like nothing I ever experienced. London is a grimey city. I hated it. But fuck did I love the music. I returned to Syd with Kid Fiction already dropping bass heavy tunes as a solo artist. Being old friends, I guess our music just snowballed from there naturally.
What does Kid Fiction aim for with his production?
Kid Fiction: I always think there are a thousand trap tunes that sound like trap tunes, there are a thousand reggae tunes that sound like reggae tunes… If you want to listen to one of those, listen to one of them! Why give the world another sample driven boom bap beat? There’s already heaps. What I attempt to do every time I start a track is think “If I’d never heard a dancehall track before, how would it sound? What would my closest reference be?” and go from there. I’m always pushing Eddy to think outside the square too. If you’re not doing something new, just listen to the old stuff… it’s good already.
In your opinion, what are the best and worst rhyming couplets that you’ve recorded?
Cheese on toast.
Where’s the Australian hip hop scene headed in the next couple of years?
Eddy: I generally see the era of politically charged raps is slowly dying as people move across to a more clubbier sound. We’re bombarded every day with the hardships of our fucked planet and I don’t think people want to hear about it in songs anymore… for better or worse... at least not when they’re out having a good time.
Kid Fiction: Aus Hip Hop has really shaped its own sound over the last few years, and a lot of that revolves around pop themes, love songs and pop format hooks, sung verses. I see a lot of rappers actually moving away from “rap” and more towards singing and songs. I’ve always been more interested in what’s on the flip sides of trends like these… what goes up must come down so I think me and Eddy are more interested in what’s on the other side of that.
What are the steps between here and world domination for Cornerstore Superheroes?
We’re currently sitting on a big bank of unreleased music. So we’re kind of in the back rooms making battle plans at the minute… definitely some more shows coming up… definitely an EP in the very near future… we’ve got a couple of videos in the works too…
Tell us a little bit about your new track, Rebels.
Kid Fiction: I’ve been sitting on this beat for a good few years, I’m pretty sure it was 2007-2008 (remember then? Dubstep was newish, Timbaland was still cool, Justin Beiber hadn’t even been born). I actually offered it to Jessica Mauboy too, who I met through Bran Nue Dae.
Eddy: Kye is a good man. I grew up in Bondi. Kye's always lived in Bondi outta NZ. He was always a bit of a G. I remember seeing him on the cover of 3D world when I was a little kid and looking up to him like 'that dude is famous!' About a year ago i met him through other Bondi mates and told him I rapped. He was kinda like 'whatever’... but I spat him a few bars and we were in the studio 24 hours later recording “Rebels”. We're tight homies now. He is without a doubt one of the most talented MCs in the city, it’s a real pleasure to have him on this this track!
Louis: Kye is an incredible improviser, he had literally only listened to 10 seconds of the track before he started… “I’m a Rebel in the morning”... and that was that.
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By Jake Ausburn
Backyard Opera are absolutely stoked to premiere the latest track from Corner Store Superheroes, ‘Rebels’. The track’s built around a fat, bouncy synth, and features Eddy B spitting in double-time from start to finish with a guest appearance from Kye. It’s an absolute cracker, and yet another sign of great things to come from the Sydney lads. Rumour is, Corner Store Superheroes and sitting on a solid collection of tracks, to be released over the next year – so, keep your ear to the ground.
Listen to ‘Rebel’ now...