Following the release of his first single in 2015, Canberra-based Hip Hop artist Kirklandd has just released a follow-up single in the form of Helpless Eldest. Having performed the track to highly receptive crowds across Brisbane, Melbourne and alongside Citizen Kay in Canberra, Kirklandd now brings forward the official release as the second single from his first EP, due out in March. Kirklandd also extends his promotional tour by performing on March 19th at Art Not Apart in New Acton, Canberra.
Helpless Eldest follows Kirklandd’s first single, MyoMy, which received regular rotation on Unearthed Radio. Produced by Cam Bluff, fresh off his work on Hilltop Hood’s ‘Won’t Let You Down’ and Allday’s ‘Always Know the DJ’, it creates a unique EDM-infused throwback to 90’s hip hop. Cam blends live bass and various EDM synths to form a building bounce in the chorus which Kirklandd seamlessly flows over, with intricate storytelling ability reminiscent of the Wu Tang Clan and Notorious BIG. The story of the Helpless Eldest sees an elder sibling faced with the impending responsibility of raising his younger brother after the loss of his father, all the while struggling to balance this with his own infatuations: ‘Strip me of my passion for fashion I’m just a manikin’.
Mixed by Citizen Kay and Kirklandd himself, Helpless Eldest is an energetic exploration that sees Kirklandd’s drive to blend the sounds of the golden age of hip hop with the current hip hop scene in Australia, which he will further present with his next single. Also included with this single is a more instrument-driven project, ‘Right Now’, incorporating live violin, cello, drums and guitar. Cam has moulded a more climactic sound with Kirklandd for this track, which premiered on Tonedeaf and the Music last December.
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Tour dates: March 19th Art Not Apart, New Acton, Canberra.