12.26.2013

DJ Semper-Fi & Rayjah45: CHAMPION



Here's some new heat from a couple good mates of mine in Sydney. I met DJ Semper-Fi and Rayjah45 at Peats Ridge Festival in Glenworth Valley in 2009, and we shared the Dub Shack stage together. Semper-Fi has pushed out some killer drum n bass with crisp percussion over the years, and Rayjah's soulful kiwi dub styled vocals have complimented fresh tunes by many producers and bands down under. We've all been brought together by the Foreigndub crew, and it's only fitting that Champion is coming out on the crew's imprint of the same name in early 2014. Stay tuned for the Shock Doctrine EP and grab the tune for free (or pay what you like) via Bandcamp. There is a solid reggae, dub, DnB, and hip hop movement in Sydney and tunes like these will definitely put Australian electronica on the map! Much respect.



--DJ Semper-Fi returns with his second track from the upcoming Shock Doctrine EP on Foreigndub. Teaming up with MC Rayjah45 (Sweet Az Soundsystem, Kakhand, The Nomad), ‘Champion’ busts out a rough n’ready dancehall / reggae / drum’n’bass hybrid highlighting the MC’s intense reggae harmonies alongside raw ragga vocals. It’s the second of a series of tracks Semper-Fi is releasing in the coming months, following on from the first single ‘Shock Doctrine’ and setting the stage for upcoming releases with The Herd’s Ozi Batla and Kye of Budspells.

The former Toronto native and now Sydney resident made his way to Australia in 1998 bringing along a battered drum kit, some killer ragga jungle vinyl, rave inflicted tinnitus and a Music Engineering School degree.

Since arriving he’s carved out a formidable reputation as a skilled DJ and producer in the local drum n’ bass, hip-hop, dubstep, reggae, dub and any other bass style currently vying for a micro-genre scene. Think nights like Basscode, Blueprint, DNBBQ, Void, his own infrequent Jungle Genius nights and numerous raves over the years.

He began things in 2000, taking out the Radio Dex Bedroom Bangers DJ comp. With his DJ credentials now award winning he then went on to support dub reggae legends like Sly & Robbie and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Mad Professor; New Zealand’s finest in Fat Freddy’s Drop and Salmonella Dub; dubstep bass-heads DJ Pinch, Appleblim and Mark Pritchard, as well hip-hop cats like DJ MK (Roots Manuva) and drum n’ bass fanatics Rockwell and D-Kay among others.

Always on the look out for new music Semper-Fi has been no slouch in the studio himself. In the late 00’s he teamed up with Philadelphia’s MC Halfcast and the pair released a self-titled EP seamlessly melding hip-hop, dancehall and drum n’ bass. Others liked what they heard leading to bass friendly remixes for Arrested Development, Western Synthetics, Astronomy Class, The Bird and Budspells. --


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