In its creation, Dizz1 – AKA Melbourne based Dave Norris – had a mission to explore progressive, long-building, deep dance music arrangements in a hip hop context and tempo, with the idea of getting his favourite MCs to spit over beats that are far from the conventional looped bars. Reflecting the esteem in which he is held, his dream team of vocalists materialised; a host of collaborators lined up to help transmute Dizz1’s vision via their charisma and lyrical chops.
Everyday Grind is a huge track for the record, the heavy hitting beat features Aloe Blacc, and FACT described it as “one of the toughest rhythms he has lent his vocals to in recent years, and the result is more than satisfying”. Up there as one of Norris’s favourite MCs ever, Tame One of the Artifacts was one of the first to come correct and cement the collaborative concept of the album, on “So Beautiful”. Sadat X (Brand Nubian) lends his firebrand intensity in a hard-hitting slice of storytelling over a suspenseful and edgy beat on “Reach Out Or Not”; “We Go Ridin’ feat. Om’Mas Keith” sees the Jay-Z, Kanye and Frank Ocean co-producer Keith hopping over into the vocal booth, for a collaboration which came about after he heard the dirty, bass-heavy rhythm track and simply responded, “Yo. Throw that in my Pro Tools!”. Further appearances on the album come from J Dilla collaborator Frank Nitt, the fiery Australia based British rapper Motley, soulful Melbourne singer Candice Monique, Ali Fern and many more.
The deep electronic and intrepid hip hop album follows on from two heavy EPs: 2014’s “Everyday Grind” featuring Aloe Blacc, Warrior Queen and Om’Mas Keith; and the “Get ‘Em Up” EP. The latter EP unveiled tracks with renowned rapper Frank Nitt (Frank N Dank, Yancey Boys, J Dilla) as well as a bonus Danny Breaks remix, and recently gained the ultimate endorsement in forward-thinking hip hop when it was leaked upfront by Flying Lotus on his BBC R1 Residency.
Known for his “feel” – whether it’s scratching, drumming or programming those sideways beats – turntablist, producer and drummer Dizz1 has been in the music industry for over a decade, including two years in Japan. In the early ’00s he played major festivals, appeared on Channel V and toured across Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand, rising quickly to perform algside the onlikes of Grand Master Flash, Roni Size, Jam Master Jay (RIP) and JRocc.
“It’s one of the toughest rhythms [Aloe Blacc] has lent his vocals to … the result is more than satisfying.” – FACT
02. What You Want feat. Killbot Kindergarten & Frank Nitt
03. Upsidedown feat. Motley & Candice Monique
04. Higherfeat. Frank Nitt
05. Love feat. Motley & Candice Monique
06. Reach Out Or Not feat. Sadat X
07. We Go Ridin’ feat. Om’ Mas Keith
08. Wherewithal feat. Ali Fern
09. Stuck On You feat. Motley & RUCL
10. Everyday Grind feat. Aloe Blacc
11. Mystify My Eye
12. Real Bad Gyal feat. Warrior Queen
13. So Beautiful feat. Tame One & Spikey Tee
14. Get Em Up feat. Frank Nitt
15. I Do Mefeat. Motley & Candice Monique
The album Dizz1 (Ft.Aloe Blacc/Sadat X/Frank Nitt) “In Sickness & In Health” (Tru Thoughts) is going to be released May 29, 2015.