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Flimsey Lohan - Freeway Hitter

If you find jazz-rap hard to come by in this country, then look towards this Melbourne/Naarm band who have made it the core of their infectious sound.

It's unlikely to come by much jazz-rap in this country, a hip-hop subgenre pioneered in the US by groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. Of course back home you've your Man Made Mountain's, your 30/70's, and your Koi Child's of late taking it on, but it's otherwise hard to come by acts in Australia wrapped around its sound.

Which is why it felt like a breath of fresh air to come across Flimsey Lohan, who last week shared their new single and first of the year Freeway Hitter.

The Melbourne/Naarm group have been around for a couple of years now, formed by four friends coming together with their own tastes and artist visions to make their own flare of jazz-rap, inspired by some of the more modern greats like Freddie Gibbs or BADBADNOTGOOD.

Flimsey Lohan's latest offering is a sign the band isn't going to slow down amidst raging pandemics and barren touring landscapes. Freeway Hitter shows nothing can kill their love for good music, with the track opening with nostalgic electric keys and a head-bobbing hi-hat and snare combo that leads into the groove-driven backbone of the song.

It gives off a feeling akin to Electric Relaxation, two songs that are still very different but achieving much a similar goal. Overall, Flimsey Lohan are achieving what any good artist can do with jazz-rap - music that is a display of good, memorable times wrapped in a ethereal sound of butter-smooth rhymes and live jazz instrumentation.

Expanding on the song itself, the band said “We were headed out to pick up some recording gear near Geelong, and on the way, some crew threw a full can of something off an overpass at our car. The can spun through the air in slow motion as we sunk into our seats, bracing for what we thought would be an absolute disaster. But, instead, the can missed the windscreen by an inch and thumped the roof of the car. The song was already kind of written at that point, but maybe it was destiny because now the song is inseparably tied to that memory. Aside from that, the song is kind of about trying to figure out where you’re going and just enjoying the absurd journey we’re all on.”

There is a never-ceasing call for this type of music, so I hope to see and hear a lot more in the future, much so from Flimsey Lohan.