Out 12th May on Tru Thoughts, “Get ‘Em Up” is the new EP from Dizz1 featuring collaborations with renowned MC Frank Nitt (Frank N Dank, Yancey Boys, J Dilla) and rising electro-soul duo Killbot Kindergarten. The blue 12″ + digitalrelease previews cuts from Australian producer Dizz1’s LP, ‘In Sickness And In Health’, alongside remixes by Danny Breaks and DJ Manny. The EP recently gained the ultimate endorsement in forward-thinking hip hop, when “Get ‘Em Up feat. Frank Nitt (Danny Breaks Remix)” was leaked by Flying Lotus on BBC R1.
In the creation of this new music, Dizz1 â€“ AKA Melbourne based Dave Norris – set out with 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 were far from the conventional looped bars, making for a hypnotic yet punchy and accessible sound.
The “Get ‘Em Up” EP continues what he started with 2014’s “Everyday Grind” EP, which brought the first glimpse of this project via tracks featuring Aloe Blacc, Warrior Queen and Om’Mas Keith, tosupport from Om Unit, Clash, FACT, THUMP, MOJO, Potholes and many more.Adept at weaving a tapestry of sound to reflect and complement the styles of his collaborators, Dizz1’s warm, bouncing bassline and intricate backdrop on the new EP’s title cut make an outstanding platform for Nitt’s direct, energetic flow. The track features the sound of Norris’s daughter’s heartbeat through the ultrasound machine among the meticulously wrought layers; it marks, in his own words, “probably the most expensive bit of gear used on this album and the beginning of the next phase of my life for sure!” Legendary D&B-leaning producer Danny Breaks comes with a magnetic slow burner of a rework.
Also featuring Nitt, to whom Norris was introduced by Adlib after meeting the latter at RBMA, “Higher Remix feat. Frank Nitt”is an exclusive alternate version of another upcoming album track, including a monster break combining a log-drumming rhythm from the trailblazing Melbourne based West Papua New Guinea musician Airileke with some neck snapping Dizz1 drums and scratches, lending itself to some kind of D.C. Go-Go meets West Papuan block party jam. The digital EP release brings an adventurous remix from Chicago footwork prodigy DJ Manny (Ghetto Teknitianz) for cutting edge dancefloors.
“What You Want feat. Killbot Kindergarten” switches it up into a funky electro-infused cut that grew from a jam with the duo while they lived in Australia; its experimental structure, snaking bass and singer Youka’s killer vocals laced with harmonies, are topped off with more bars from Frank Nitt.
Known for his “feel” – whether it’s scratching, drumming or programming those sideways beats, turntablist, producer, drummer and teacher Dizz1 has been involved in the music industry for over a decade, including two years spent in Japan. With various projects in the early ’00s he played at major festivals, appeared on Channel V, and toured to every major city in Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand; he quickly rose to DJ and perform alongside the likes of Grand Master Flash, Roni Size, Jam Master Jay (RIP), A-Trak and JRocc,to name a few.
Testament to his strength and philosophical nature, he has managed to keep rising despite breaking his neck in 2004 and becoming temporarily paralysed with a titanium plate fusing his vertebrae. During his rehabilitation he headed into the studio, developing tracks and expanding his musical knowledge. Once recovered he hit the road, playing across the globe as well as teaching Ableton Live and Logic, as an accredited instructor, everywhere from Indigenous communities to prisons to specialist trade shows, creating his own unique curriculum focused on promoting positive vibes through music.
More recently he has been blowing up all over the place, from Sonar 2010 to attending the Red Bull Music Academy to gaining BBC play from Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and Benji B. He has performed alongside a who’s-who of quality music, including De La Soul, Mos Def, DJ Vadim, Guilty Simpson, Benga, The Bug, Gaslamp Killer, DJ Krush, Tokimonsta, Starkey, Lorn, Mt Kimbie and Loefah. His studio collaborations include Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Mark Pritchard, Steve Spacek (Africa Hitech), DJ Vadim and Roots Manuva, who featured his production “Here We Go Again” as a single on his ‘4everevolution’ LP.