1300 mixtape

Korean-Australian Rap Collective 1300 Drop Debut Mixtape


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1300 (pron one-three-hundred), the quickly rising Korean-Australian rap group, today share their debut mixtape, Foreign Language. High on chaos and energy, each song is as unpredictable as the next and uniquely 1300.

Foreign Language is indicative of the cross-cultural place 1300 occupy locally and abroad. With one foot firmly in Korea and the other in Dharug Land / Western Sydney, their music embodies the endless possibilities of creativity that emerge from pathing your own path, existing between and across multiple cultures. Produced and mixed entirely by 1300, their debut mixtape can convert any crowd or listener into speakers of their own foreign language.

The mixtape’s title track arrives today with a music video directed by frequent collaborator Raghav Rampal, following the group around Luna Park. Speaking to the release, 1300 share that Foreign Language is “A celebration of friendship and 1300 as a collective,” and that visually the title-track serves “the idea of the camera as a foreign entity that the boys find and then decide to hang out with for a day – so we travel with the boys in an arcade, karaoke and Luna Park. We just got everyone together and shot something fun because we blew the budget on all the other videos. It was literally just all of us hanging out and having fun.”

Joining the previously released ‘Oldboy’ and ‘Rocksta’ is a furious mash up of hyperactivity, born from Nerdie and pokari.sweat’s genre-bending production, helmed by rako, goyo and DALIHART’s gritty flows, juxtaposed again with Nerdie’s lazily-sung hooks. Trolling through abrasive bounce on ‘Shake It’, to the chopped and screwed trap on ‘Come On’, drum and bass nods in ‘Woah Damn’ and ‘No Talk ft. Agung Mango’, boom bap on ‘Undercover’, ‘Ralph’s spaced out breakbeat and EBM sub-heavy ‘Payphone ft. Raj Mahal’ or the gentle afrobeat of ‘Worldwide’ – the sound of 1300 can be neither pigeonholed nor defined in simple stylistic terms.

What guides 1300 is their strength as a collective, concentrating each of their five artistic visions and personalities into one seamless whole. Lyrically bound by the pursuit of feeling, each rapper flirts with the production, the syllabic shape of their words shifting from breathless to animated through autotune and back again. Through their production, inspired by Super Smash Bros to The Fast and Furious, Wreck-It Ralph, Far East Movement’s ‘Like A G6’ and BLACKPINK, 1300 prove nothing is off-limits.

The self-proclaimed boys from outer space have already claimed notable support slots alongside Genesis Owusu and will play national festival, Splendour In The Grass, later this year as well as support Confidence Man for their Aus tour. They’ve racked up +500K Spotify streams from their debut singles and already made fans in tastemaker Aussie radio station, triple j, as well as Ones To Watch, Dublab, VICE, Rolling Stone (Australia), NME (Australia), Acclaim, and more. Over thirteen tracks on Foreign Language, rappers rako, goyo, DALI HART and producers Nerdie and pokari.sweat, rewrite the rulebook with their explosive Korean-English raps.

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