Veterans of the hip hop scene, both here and abroad, Resin Dogs are ready for a triumphant return to form.
For the Brisbane based duo of Katch and Dave Atkins, their latest EP, 'The Beats From Down Under', represents a premonition of things to come.
"We sort of decided just to release a small EP just of up and coming music leading up towards the album," explains Katch.
This latest EP, as well as their upcoming album, heralds a return to the past for the band who originally formed in the mid-’90s.
"It's a good representation of what Dogs have been in the past, and sort of more solidified sound and uptempo that we used to bring.
"The last record brought a bit more downtempo pace; maybe that was the reason people were saying, ‘I like the old stuff better than the new stuff’. [So we’re] sort of bringing the old with the new."
The EP features a number of guest appearances, including Triple J/ Koolism star Hau and Kel from local favourites Bankrupt Billionaires.
"Kel's tune is sort a raunchy female ex-love song. With Hau, his song's about shouting out lyrically to all the friends and family all the way within the music.
"And we're trying some instrumentals, ‘cause people like doing raps and stuff to instrumental beats, so [we] chucked them on too just for a bit of extra flavour. Rap your own version.
"I think they're all pretty good," he says of the new tracks, "they wouldn't be on there otherwise; it goes through that sort of process, if it sucks it's not going to be on there."
Katch has fond memories of the early ‘90s Brisbane hip hop scene.
"I'm pretty sure there were only about 10 or 15 people. ‘Cause most of the artists out now weren't even born.
"Yeah, it was good, ‘cause it was the writers and the B-boys. I'm pretty sure there were like three or four MCs, and there were more breakers and writers, with a couple of DJs, not like today. It was a good time; an innocent time, I guess.”
‘The Beats From Down Under’ is available now on iTunes. Katch is a resident DJ at Rumpus Room.