Tasman Keith drops penultimate collab with Jessica Mauboy ‘HEAVEN WITH U’ out now
+ DEBUT ALBUM A COLOUR UNDONE OUT JULY 8
|ACCLAIM FOR TASMAN KEITH
“A man on a mission”triple j
“The epitome of leveling up”
“Tasman Keith’s career is showing no signs of slowing down”
“…a gospel beat to bruising production well-suited for the swaggering rhymes…”
Consequence of Sound
‘Tasman Keith Is Primed To Break Out’
“In and out in just over two minutes, this is a first-round knockout blow
by two of the country’s finest”
“His sights are firmly set on global superstardom”
“All up, the rapper was on stage for barely five minutes all night,
but that was all it took for him to steal the show”
“Razor-sharp lyrics, effortless flow and a staunch pride for his hometown”
triple j Unearthed
“…Keith’s career appears ready to lift off”
“One of the best examples of pure Australian hip-hop we’ve been treated to”
“Meet the Australian Rapper Lending a Voice to the Voiceless”
“A formidable voice in hip-hop”
Red Bull Music
“Determined to use his platform to give a voice to the voiceless”
“He’s taking no prisoners”
Life Without Andy
“Tasman Keith is taking control of the narrative”
Tasman Keith and Jessica Mauboy today return to collaborate on ‘HEAVEN WITH U’, following their ARIA and APRA Award-nominated release ‘First Nation’ with Midnight Oil. LISTEN HERE.
‘HEAVEN WITH U’ arrives as the penultimate release from Tasman’s upcoming debut album, balancing the grit of The Carters with the emotive, passionate features of Biggie and Faith alongside friend and mentor Jessica Mauboy. As with each release lifted from A Colour Undone so far, Tasman continues to exemplify his ability to bob and weave across rap, soul and RNB. In his words, “HEAVEN WITH U was a song that I wrote to myself, a song about finding the blissfulness and enlightenment internally which in turn will have you see it in others. It’s a love song to oneself, whilst at the same time being a song you can dedicate to anybody you truly find heaven in.”
With Jessica by his side on ‘HEAVEN WITH U’, together they take the lore of hip hop’s most legendary collabs in their stride, proving their position as a captivating answer to the genre’s next biggest exports. In Mauboy’s words, “Tasman is evolutionary when it comes to how we see and feel about Australian music. He is an incredibly talented artist and creator and I’m so proud to be able work with him.”
Speaking to their friendship and second collaborative release, Keith says “As soon as I had the song, I knew the one thing it needed was something only Jess could provide. Having a friendship with somebody who has been at the forefront of Australian Pop is one thing but having a shared respect and understanding for each other through our heritage is another, and then to have that same person on a record is something beyond. The studio session was one of the most wholesome sessions I’ve ever had, and I know it’s a record in which she is super connected due to her own journey. So to be able to provide her with that is an honour.”
Tasman‘s debut album A Colour Undone carries itself with a self-assured sense of its own gravity, ambition, and purpose. Granted the full canvas of the album format, experimentation, and emotional nuance find room to thrive, it’s here that Tasman‘s stylistic horizons move outwards while his lyricism narrows. With the majority recorded over six days and executive produced alongside Kwame, his debut is the product of irreproducible mind space, deft in its embrace of imperfection and devoid of overthinking – although rich in collaboration, boasting features alongside Jessica Mauboy unveiled today, Genesis Owusu on ‘CHEQUE’, Phil Fresh on the recent ‘IDK’, plus Kwame and Thandi Phoenix on the forthcoming, ‘NOT 4 SAFETY’ and ‘HOW 2 LEAVE’.
Locally and abroad, Tasman’s forthcoming LP, with the previously released ‘LOVE TOO SOON’ and ‘5FT FREESTYLE’ have seen heavy praise from Consequence of Sound, Colors, WNYC, iHeartRadio, CADA, triple j, Rolling Stone, Complex, Billboard, The Guardian, NBN News, Acclaim, NME, and more covering fans and the music community alike. In addition to his collaboration with Midnight Oil and Jessica Mauboy on ‘First Nation’ making the APRA Awards Song Of The Year Shortlist, Tasman has gone on to deliver memorable live show appearances most recently on the Oxford Art Factory stage for the FBi SMACS Fest in partnership with VIVID, and earlier this year at the Sydney Kings half-time show at Qudos Bank Arena and at the Mulubinba / Newcastle Entertainment Centre supporting Midnight Oil back in February.
Through metaphor and his lived experience, A Colour Undone ruminates on love, loss, trauma, healing, and ego; as dexterous, clever, and linguistically adventurous as it is moving. Tasman pulls himself apart, atomising the sensitive and difficult terrain of his undoing and the subsequent piecing back together again. As he unspools the threads of his own self, Tasman uncovers an emotionality and a sense of openness that has previously lain dormant within his work. At its centre, A Colour Undone revolves around a doomed romance, one that slows and, ultimately, brings low the unhealthy ego that defines the record’s opening stanza, propelling Tasman Keith toward self-reflection, reconciliation, and, at last, clarity.
A didactic aural experience between narrator and listener, Tasman’s debut is a deeply introspective record that asks questions of healing and trauma with trepidation and valour – “do I step right, or do I tread light?” For some, a small but monumental peek into the realities that A Colour Undone explores; for others a moving, life-affirming artwork on love and loss across selves and generations. Profoundly thoughtful and at times searingly self-indicting, stained with moral complexities and emotional messiness, A Colour Undone stands as an accomplished, admirably open examination of honesty. Come July, Tasman Keith finds peace through his anticipated debut album.
‘HEAVEN WITH U’ is out now, buy/stream it here.
A COLOUR UNDONE
The Debut Album from Tasman Keith
July 8 via AWAL
PRE-ORDER / PRE-SAVE HERE
WATCH UR STEP
CHEQUE (feat. Genesis Owusu)
POLITICS AS USUAL
LOVE TOO SOON
HOW 2 LEAVE (feat. Thandi Phoenix)
IDK (feat. Phil Fresh)
NOT 4 SAFETY (feat. Kwame)
HEAVEN WITH U (feat. Jessica Mauboy)
|ABOUT TASMAN KEITH
Tasman Keith inherited music. Since first appearing on stage at age eight alongside his pioneering father, Tasman channeled adolescent listlessness into the outlet of hip hop – crammed with six cousins in a makeshift studio at their local youth centre. While he may have been born into music, the sense of surrounding community was the true birthplace of Tasman Keith as an artist. Determined from a young age to only ever run his own race, imbued with a singular desire to occupy a boundaryless territory of his own, between debut EPs, collaborative mixtapes and wins across triple j and Australian Independent Record Awards, and National Indigenous Music Award nominations, Keith has traversed stages across the country, including a reputation for stealing shows “in all of five minutes” (The Australian) alongside national icons and his contemporaries, Midnight Oil, Jessica Mauboy, Kwame and many more. Needless to say, so-called Australia is beginning to see in Tasman what he and his cousins did, back in that Bowraville studio with stained carpet hung on walls for soundproofing.
With his eyes firmly set on the globe, today Tasman Keith steadies for game day, ready to claim the championship win for his own. In recently announcing his signing to AWAL Digital Recordings, he joined the ranks of global stars Little Simz, Genesis Owusu, Spacey Jane, and more, together with the legendary catalogues of Beyoncé, Tyler, the Creator, The Beatles, and many others at Sony Music Publishing. follows his landmark support alongside Midnight Oil’s first live performances in two decades and collaborative release ‘First Nation’ on their #1 ARIA Album The Makarrata Project, and the recent victory lap of ‘ONE’, a joint release with Kwame. With each release, Tasman has maintained widespread fever across national press, including the NME Magazine, Acclaim, Complex, Rolling Stone, VICE, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and more; alongside his TV debut performances on ABC’s The Sound and The Set as well as making an appearance alongside Peter Garrett on The Today Show, with playlisting from triple j, Unearthed, FBi Radio, RAGE, and MTV. Today, tomorrow, this year, one thing remains certain – Tasman Keith did not come to play.