The Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun: Album Reviews
To me, Aussie hip-hop is a strange beast (does merely using the term ‘hip-hop’ make me unqualified to talk about it?) Often I’m simply struck with the overall simplicity of its make-up to give it too much thought; minor piano chords littered with rhyming details of things that have happened since the last record.
But with Drinking From the Sun, the latest album from the Hilltop Hoods, I’m now finding it hard not to be a little charmed. MC’s Suffa and Pressure – possibly Adelaide’s second-most popular exports behind Jason Gillespie and Greg Blewett – have created a healthy collection of songs that weave a razor-sharp life perspective with deftly worded quips.
To a certain degree, you know what you’re going to get on this record, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing. Tunes like title-track Drinking From The Sun transcend many genre-barriers, while first single I Love It – featuring Aussie songstress Sia – will almost certainly feature in this years Triple J Hottest 100, having the perfect hip-hop duet composition that allows it to have a such resonation with Aussie fans.
Even if the Hilltop Hoods aren’t quite your cup of tea, Drinking From the Sun is a bit of fun, showcasing this iconically Australian crew at the top of their game.