What do you know; the Hilltop Hoods are all grown up. On their fourth album, the sublime Drinking from the Sun, the Adelaide rap group couldn’t be more far removed from the ‘boys in the Nosebleed Section’. Don’t fret, they haven’t gone all serious on us just yet. Their playful and joyous side is certainly still there, but now they’re singing about a different kind of joy. It’s this that makes title track ‘Drinking from the Sun’ the perfect summation of their new thirst for life, not to mention a melodic, string-infused nu-hip hop number that screams 'second single'.
Lead single and unavoidable summer airplay hit ‘I Love It’ shows off their newfound maturity and playfulness, with gorgeous live instrumentation and a to-die-for chorus by fellow Adelaide expat Sia.
Flirting with Rick Rubin funk rock on ‘Speaking In Tongues’ and even a curiously waltz-like sound on ‘Living In Bunkers’, the Hood boys have never been so musically adventurous, and they’re all the better for it.
The beats are harder but never brash, and Suffa and Pressure's rhymes are smooth yet spitfire. Fun yet pensive is not an easy line to toe, but the Hilltop Hoods do it with ease. Drinking from the Sun is proof enough our local lads can most definitely still hold their own.
Must hear: 'I Love It', 'Lights Out', 'Speaking In Tongues', 'Drinking from the Sun'
Drinking from the Sun is in stores now.