After a year and a half of relentlessly working on my third solo record, it is with great pleasure and great pride that I can officially announce that it will be dropping on September 13!!!! The album is titled “Telling Scenes” and features production by Cam Bluff, One Above, Must Volkoff, Dave Atkins (of Resin Dogs fame) and more. Vocal guests include louis logic (USA), Promoe (Sweden), Grey Ghost, Kylie Auldist and Cisco Tavares. I also did a track with my homie Tom Thum, in which the music is entirely created using only his voice! I really pushed myself artistically with this record and poured my heart and soul into every song so I’m super excited for y’all to hear it. In the meantime, my new single “Break Tradition” will be available to peep online as of this coming Monday (July 29).
I’ve just released a brand spanking new video for THE FEAR, the third single from “Telling Scenes”. The video was directed by the masterful Chris Pahlow and was helped along by a massive team who did a brilliant job of executing Chris’ elaborate concept. The clip is dark, abstract and brooding, much like the subject matter of the song. THE FEAR addresses the themes of anxiety and paranoia, those dark emotions that so many of us go through, often without understanding why. I really tried to capture the feeling of those emotions in the song and I feel like the video reflects them vividly. Check it out now on youtube or in the Videos section of this site!!
What a week it’s been. I’m feeling so happy, if not a little overwhelmed, after the first week of release for Telling Scenes. The new record came in at #1 on the AIR charts, #1 on the ARIA Urban chart, #3 on the ARIA Australian Album chart and #17 on the ARIA Album chart. It also scored some dope reviews, Rolling Stone giving it 4-stars and calling it “one of the Hip-Hop records of the year”. So I couldn’t be more happy with the way things went this week. I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who’s bought the album so far, really hope you’re digging it. For those who haven’t peeped it yet it’s available now in stores and on iTunes. I’ve just kicked off the TELLING SCENES TOUR so you can come and check the new tunes live at the dates below. My homie Grey Ghost will be joining me at selected shows. For more info and tickets please head to the Tour Dates section of this site.
THURSDAY 3 OCT – GREAT NORTHERN, NEWCASTLE – 18+ *
FRIDAY 4 OCT – ANNANDALE HOTEL, SYDNEY – 18+ *
SATURDAY 5 OCT – BEACHCOMBER, TOUKLEY – 18+ *
FRIDAY 11 OCT – THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE – 18+ *
THURSDAY 17 OCT – TEMPO HOTEL, BRISBANE – 18+
SAT 19 OCT – SOL BAR, MAROOCHYDORE – 18+
SAT 26 OCT – ED CASTLE, ADELAIDE – 18+
* Grey Ghost not appearing
In my time as an artist there are a few things I’ve always wanted to do. This week I finally got to do some of those things and I’m freakin psyched with the result. Me and my homies at Ten To Two Records have been putting our noggins together for a long time figuring out what kind of awesome products we could offer you guys to celebrate the release of “Telling Scenes”. We came up with a whole bunch of stuff that I’m really pumped about and it’s all available now to order online. There are copies of the new record “Telling Scenes” on both vinyl and CD. There are newly designed “Telling Scenes” T-shirts. But this is where it gets exciting. We’ve also put together some deluxe, limited edition box-sets. These include all three of my solo albums on CD, as well as a collector’s edition 42-page lyric book containing all the lyrics from all three albums. All this comes in a commemorative ”Power of the Spoken” Trilogy vinyl-sized box. You can even pimp your box-set to include a vinyl and t-shirt and all pre-sale packages come with a Mantra “Telling Scenes” key-ring. Stocks are limited so to check out all the fresh wares and place your order head over to http://album.mantraemcee.com now!
Hey folks, so here’s an update for you from the world of Mr Manterra. Today my single “Break Tradition” goes on sale online. So head on over to iTunes and cop dat shit!! You’ll also be able to order pre-sale copies of my forthcoming album “Telling Scenes”. We’ve got a whole bunch of rad pre-sale packages that will be available soon. I’m putting the final touches on the video for “Break Tradition” which is nearly done so we’ll be dropping that soon too. It’s looking amazing, we really tried to do something special with this one and I think we nailed it. Can’t wait for y’all to see it. If all that wasn’t enough, we’re hitting the road again in late September to launch the new record, heading to all sorts of spots around the country. Even Perth and Adelaide – so no complaining, please
Some exciting news for you this week. My single “Break Tradition” will be available on iTunes this Friday August 9, as will pre-sales for my upcoming album “Telling Scenes”. Pre-sales will also be available through JB Hi-Fi. The video for “Break Tradition” is on the way and is shaping up to look absolutely amazing. In the meantime, head to the Videos section and check out Part 1 of my Track By Track break down of the new record, explaining what went into writing and recording the 2nd single.