Sydney’s Triple One have today unveiled their new single, ‘So Easy’, a characteristically daring collaboration featuring fellow rising Sydney-sider Kwame and Matt Corby from a group who have thus far made a career out of distilling the genuine thrill of never knowing where they’re going to go next. Listen HERE.
‘So Easy’ finds Triple One showcasing the group’s unbounded versatility. Known for their usual brash explosiveness, Obi Ill Terrors and Marty Bugatti tone it down for a pair of achingly melodic, heartsick verses that hit the same bittersweet notes as previous single ‘Butter’, Lil Dijon on the hook and Corby and Kwame harmonise on a swelling chorus. In-house producer Billy Gunns’ production is understated but detailed in its restraint, allowing the supple guitar lines and a mournful, mid-tempo beat to dominate the mix as he fills the track out with flourishes of soulful, jazz-tinged brass and whispery synths.
With ‘So Easy’, Triple One throw a sonic curveball in the direction of critics and fans alike. Most of all, it’s a sonic curveball to themselves, as the group continues to push themselves into previously unexplored artistic territories, a reminder that this attitude is what got them here in the first place.
While Triple One have marched alongside Kwame on the forefront of Australia’s blossoming hip-hop scene, the more eyebrow-raising addition of Matt Corby came after a chance meeting at the triple j studios earlier this year. “We never thought in a million years that we would be on a track with Matt, but it was a seamless and surprising process for all of us,” the group says. “He’s an amazing vocalist and gave the track that extra kick it needed alongside Kwame’s hook. It’s a pleasure and honour to be on a track with both of them.”
With one foot planted in Sydney’s gritty underground rap scene, and the other in the sounds of Inner West indie, Triple One are a sonic experiment between hard, soft, beautiful, grimey and all the textures in between. The product of a porous internet generation, their music is rooted in hip hop but is animated by the group’s fearless, restless creativity, exploring metal, emo, pop, punk and R&B in a fierce, blasphemous repudiation of genre barriers. It’s a singular combination that makes Triple One impossible to categorise and even harder to ignore.
Having accumulated underground buzz for years through viral early singles ‘Doozy’ and ‘Overflow’ and their notorious live shows, Triple One broke into Australia’s mainstream consciousness in 2018 with singles ‘Showoff’, ‘Tarlo’ and ‘Valentine Kid’ being added to high rotation on triple j. Profiles from Complex, GQ and Highsnobiety followed, as did a spot on Youtube’s first ever ‘Artists to Watch’ list and spotlights as triple j Unearthed’s ‘Artist of the Week’, Apple Music’s ‘New Artist of the Week’ and more. In 2019 they consolidated their takeover of Australian airwaves with pensive, mental health-centred single ‘Butter’, which scored rotation on triple j and FBi Radio, and the release of their third EP, The Libertine 2.
Local acclaim has also translated into international attention, with Apple Music/Beats 1 tastemaker Zane Lowe praising their “Brockhampton-style energy in the sense of free will and creativity”, and the boys making their debut international headline tour across Europe and the UK in May. Back home, they’re proving more popular than ever as word spreads of their raucous shows from their home city of Sydney, where they were once relentless mainstays on the local live scene, to the rest of the country, pulling massive crowds at Listen Out nationally throughout September, supporting Rich Brian on his The Sailor Australian tour in August, and selling out 5 headline shows across the country in June. A vortex of flailing limbs, spilled drinks and sweat-drenched circle pits that takes the audience from hand-banging anthems to tender ballads and back again, Triple One’s live prowess will again be on display when they headline Spotify’s A1 Hip Hop show in November and on tour nationally with Horrorshow in support of their recent collaboration ‘Monkey Bars’.
‘So Easy’ ft. Matt Corby & Kwame is out now – buy/stream it here.