Papercuts • Illy and Vera Blue

Plus an empty space where a pic of Vera Blue could have gone

There’s a lot of room to put a picture of Vera Blue here, but I understand the artistic concept of negative space is important

I loved Illy’s 2014 album Cinematic so much. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of skip-hop or not (apparently, that’s what you call Aussie hip hop, as in, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo), listening to that album, you pick up just how strong a writer and storyteller this guy is. In fact, you’ve probs forgotten just how many good songs were on that album. On & On was a tune. Youngbloods put The Amity Affliction’s Ahren Stringer in the middle of a hip hop track and if you didn’t know better you’d guess it was a collab with Fall Out Boy. One For The City was huge. And Tightrope was iconic.

All of that to say: Illy is back, stronger than anything on Cinematic.

He’s got Vera Blue on the track to sing the chorus, and fascinatingly it’ll probably make her the most successful The Voice Australia alum.

That programming sound in the first verse is really reminiscent of Linkin Park’s Numb, but that chorus is unmistakeably Illy.

It’s like he’s taken what made Tightrope so big, but refined it further.

He’s also gone and got himeslf a #1 on iTunes, and he’d still be there if it weren’t for Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, and MØ.

Either way, he’s got one of the biggest Australian songs of the year.

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