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"Polo Club - 'The 13'"

If you had of asked me my thoughts on Aussie Hip Hop a few years ago, I would have strongly adhered to the idea that we’re just not “dope” or “phat” enough to rap. I have moved forward since. Aussie Hip Hop is everywhere at the moment (anyone listened to JJJ lately?). My newfound affection for Aussie Hip Hop is forcing me to question, “Have I been brainwashed? … “Am I subconsciously jumping on the band wagon?” … “Will my new favourite song be Summadayze?”** Either way, the ‘Hoods, Bliss N Esso and The Herd ought to watch out. Polo Club is getting ready to takeover.

Vocalist Dylan Truscio aka Urban Monk and producer Cameron Chapman – Camelot the Chameleon, throw together the most eclectic range of electro nuances, hip hop beats, song samples and chaotic rhymes that collide to compile Polo Club’s debut album The 13. After being a finalist in MTV Kickstart, they were thrust into the public eye with appearances at Parklife and Good Vibrations festivals soon after.

With a reputation for impressive live performances (I can vouch for that!), I was skeptical as to whether it could translate onto an album. Appropriately named, their album stands 13 songs deep of pure goodness. Killer on The Loose is a stand out mid way through the album. This is followed by a Presets cover – yes, you heard right! Self-confessed Presets fans, they insist this is a remake not a remix. It has a solid beat yet an experimental feel to it and is completely unrecognizable from the original.

Coming in at track eight is Million $ which is my personal favourite. It is probably the most conventional hip-hop track on the album following reasonably regular song procedures. Lyrically, it is a passive aggressive dig at the hip-hop stereotype.

I could write and write about all the notable things this album has to offer… but I won’t. After having this album on repeat for the past few days, I feel a fool for my skepticism. It’s no live show, but it undoubtedly does their talent justice. **That will never, ever happen. - TheDwarf.Com.Au


Discography

'Get On It' (plus bonus tracks) - digital only single on iTunes.
'The 13' - debut album out now on CD and digital.

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Genre smashing Melbourne duo, Polo Club, deliver on their quick ascent as Australia’s most innovative production act with the release of debut album, The 13. Urban Monk and Camelot The Cameleon have crafted a slamming slab of undefinable pop on this collection that recent MTV Kickstart Comp, Triple-J Unearthed and Good Vibrations Festival-sanctioned performances hinted at, but only imagined in terms of idiosyncratic beat arrangement, deft lyricism
and world-class bounce.

Tracks ‘2.0’ and ‘Hey Urban’ showcase Polo Club’s open-minded, cross-over take on Urban music - an infectious mix of 808s, bass weight, vocoder and tough-bitten flows - while radio friendly cuts ‘Ego (So Drastic)’ and ‘Million Dollars’ bring the duo’s love of classic, sing-along hooks and narrative song form into sharp relief. Underpinned by a sense of real
Soulful ambition, The 13 is a futuristic, R’n’B flecked banger certifying Polo Club as digital pop prodigies after only a year or so in the game.