Trinidad-born and Eora-based artist Gold Fang today unveils his debut mixtape SMOOVE KILLA, and shares his new single ‘Spaceship’, out now via his home at NLV Records.
Housing a collection of tracks that traverses dancehall, reggae, rap, RNB, and soul, SMOOVE KILLA demonstrates Gold Fang’s versatility as an artist soaring to new heights. In this debut, we see a hard-souled new chapter: high in energy, distinct in production, and infectious in rhyme. Pulling into every corner of his musical palette, the mixtape features a steady stream of previous releases, including the sultry summer single ‘Drop’ featuring Naarm-based, Egyptian-Australian vocalist CD, the free-flowing ‘Big Natty Rasta‘, ‘Wet‘, the energetic ‘Mi Nuh Like’ and his recent release ‘Remedy’, a cover of Shabba Ranks and Maxi Priest’s 1991 reggae classic ‘Housecall’.
Of the mixtape, Gold Fang shares “What is the definition? SMOOVE KILLA is the both sides of Gold Fang. SMOOVE is the reasonable youth who is open to anything… loving… a grandma’s boy. Whereas KILLA, I think the name speaks for itself. When it comes to the more grungy side of Gold Fang. The more authentic side where watered words and hidden reality ain’t a thing… SMOOVE KILLA is the best way that I myself as an artist can define who I am. It shows a lot of who I am, as a person. I feel like the way I communicate through music is my most genuine self, so it is a reflection of where I am personally. It shows who I am. All of me.”
Spotlighted in today’s release is ‘Spaceship’, “a song for the gyaldem” which expands on his effortless vocals and moves through the experimentation in production he has showcased to date. Reflective of his influence of Damien Marley, ‘Spaceship’ joins 6 new tracks and 3 interludes including the reggae-influenced ‘Red Light’, the bouncing ‘Caribbean Man’ and ‘Take It Easy’ plus slower, more heartfelt ‘Holla’ and ‘Do It All Again (feat. Shanae)’. Working with frequent collaborators Swick, Korky Buchek, and Miggy, the 15-track result is rich with diversity, and we see Gold Fang’s range of artistry thrive both sonically and lyrically across multiple worlds in a debut mixtape that invites listeners to see him through his art in which he belongs.
Whether it be his sold-out debut headline show to a 100-capacity room, to crowds at Field Day, supporting Lil Nas X, Genesis Owusu, Sister Nancy, Novelist, or soon performance at Promiseland, Gold Fang‘s magnetism leaves a mark. His vocabulary and his unmistakable voice alone propels Gold Fang far in front of the local space, most notably heralded by triple j as “versatile yet unmistakable, able to seamlessly imbue any genre that he touches with a sonic fingerprint that is as distinctive as it is powerful. It is his undeniable presence and charisma that has caused Gold Fang to be earmarked as one-to-watch.”
Standing tall amongst dancehall and reggae counterparts including Vybz Kartel, WizKid, and Popcaan, Gold Fang wraps a masterful balance of cultural authenticity amongst his playful exterior. Motivated to fly the flag for the Caribbean sound in Australia, Gold Fang cements his place at the forefront of the thriving Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Coupled with a blockbuster appearance at BIGSOUND, praise across the ABC, his semi-finalist positioning in Acclaim Magazine’s All-Stars as well as one of Red Bull’s 2022’s Australian Rappers to Watch with an explosive 64 Bars freestyle; a commission for the McDonald’s U.S. biennial global conference ‘Matter To Me’ alongside sync placements with Champion and McDonalds, tastemaker praise from FBi Radio, MTV, Sniffers, Purple Sneakers, Take Flight, over 5.5 million streams across DSPs and more – it doesn’t matter which lane, Gold Fang continues to win.
SMOOVE KILLA by Gold Fang is out now, buy/stream here via NLV Records.
2. Red Light
3. Do It All Again (feat. Shanae)
4. Caribbean Man
6. Drop (feat. CD)
9. Wine Up
10. Take It Ez
11. Heat (Interlude)
12. Big Natty Rasta
13. Mi Nuh Like
Release Date: 24 March 2023
Label: NLV Records
Catalogue Number: NLVR0150