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Sydney hip-hop producer Tim Levinson, also known as Urthboy, came out with his fifth solo album The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat last year to critical acclaim. Now, after nearly a year since his latest and most successful release, Urthboy is back with a new single titled ‘Crushing Hard’.

By Chelsea Heaney.

To support this latest track, the MC has embarked on a run of national shows which has seen him zig zag across the country – ending the tour at the Darwin Railway Club and the Gap View Hotel in Alice Springs.

As a founding member of politically charged group the Herd and co-founder of the Elefant Traks label, Urthboy has become iconic in the Aussie hip hop scene over the past two decades. Since releasing his first solo album in 2004, Levinson has gone on to create four well received albums and has supported Paul Kelly’s Spring & Fall Tour.

‘Crushing Hard’ is a step in a new direction for the hip-hop artist. Designed to be a follow up to the closing song of his last album, it introduces a more melodic style and vulnerability not seen previously in his work. Indeed, Urthboy’s recent releases reflect his development both professionally and personally, as many tracks from his latest album embrace the subject matters of fatherhood and relationships. 

Urthboy is supported by Joyride, an often undeservedly overlooked artist in Australian hip hop over the past few years. Melbourne-based Alice Ivy is also on the bill, a beat maker who has collected a cult following in Australia after just a mere 18 months of releasing a series of electro-soul singles.

Due to the overwhelming demand, which saw the Friday night show at the Railway Club sell out well over a month in advance, Urthboy has added a Thursday night performance for lucky punters. With last year’s national tour completely sold out, get in quick to snap up the remaining tickets for this one. 

Thu 6 & Fri 7 Apr (Fri sold out) | 7.30pm | Railway Club | $30

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