After the release of his “career defining” and aptly titled single, “Momentum,” Australian DJ/producer Hook N Sling joins Arty and Destructo in the Insomniac / Interscope Records family this week and reveals his first release. Out today, March 23rd, Hook’s next singlesees him team up with electro-rap lords Far East Movement for the unexpected and infectious, “Break Yourself.”
In fact, ‘unexpected and infectious’ has become somewhat of a motif of Hook’s in the past few years. Going back to his first breakout single “Take You Higher” with Angus & JuliaStone he meshed folk-blues and main room house, emotions and energy, to make an all-time classic. The catch-cry “Reason” with NERVO and the goose bump-inducing “Tokyo By Night” with Karin Park continued in this spirit, and served as landmarks not only in Hook’s discography but also the evolving electronic scene. More than any other, “Break Yourself” exemplifies his unique ability to strike this balance of sounds, genres, cultures and emotions with broad appeal.
Now an honorary Angeleno, Hook provides a simple yet satisfying bass groove that rolls beneath the K-Town heroes’ classic and upbeat west coast rap. The result is fresh, fun, and oozing with time and place, and sees Hook continue to push his sound and the sceneforward.
April 18– San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA
April 24– Fluxx, San Diego, CA
May 2– Lavo, New York, NY
May 15– Kingdom, Austin, TX
May 22– Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
May 23– Shrine, Los Angeles, CA
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You might have heard of a badass little place in Australia that goes by the name of Bondi Beach. It’s a gem of a spot on the map, well known for its laid back lifestyle and surfer-ready waves. But there’s something else this sweet coastal hangout is recognized for producing – and that’s one of Australia’s most promising DJ/producers, Hook N Sling.
Yet while this talent hails from what you might call a more-than-mellow scene, it would be a mistake to equate his music as such. On the contrary, the ARIA-nominated Hook N Sling’s ascent has been single-mindedly driven, and backed by meticulously crafted and ever-evolving productions.
Making his biggest early splash was the gold-selling, Hype Machine-topping, YouTube 10-million-spinning ‘Take You Higher’ (with Goodwill), re-imagining Angus & Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” in an unexpected mesh of folk-blues and main room house. A year later his breakout #2 Beatport single ‘Reason’ (with NERVO) made more waves and became a catch-cry anthem for the dance floor (and notched up another 10m+ Youtube count).
Most recently Hook turned heads with a genre-defying and rather aptly-titled weapon named ‘Momentum.’ The track was dubbed a ‘career-defining track’ by Earmilk and ‘one of the most pivotal tracks of the year’ by Insomniac.