Hicks, a composer, bassist, and producer, is one of Melbourne, Australia’s hardest working musicians, respected for his work as a founding member of influential hip-hop and soul collective 30/70, as well as his trad-jazz band Lush Life and collaborative work with Foshe and afro-house group Teymori. His contributions to the Melbourne music scene are wide-reaching and vast, and they were recently recognized with a feature on Gilles Peterson’s Sunny Side Up compilation and documentary.
His latest LP, Boom Boom, is his most dancefloor-focused to date, joining his loose and raw composition style with the driving frameworks of early Chicago, Detroit, and New York house music, bringing to mind the swinging, soulful work of Moodymann, Chez Damier, Terrence Parker, Mike Huckaby, and Patrice Scott—Hicks even includes a reimagining of Scott’s classic “Be Free.” Much like those artists referenced, Hicks has “always been intrigued by abstract and contemporary ideas. Fusion music,” he explains. “I was always just about freedom in music, freedom in life.”
In February, Horatio Luna released Yes Doctor on La Sape Records.
01. Boom Boom
02. Fuck The System
04. No Words, Big Party
06. Bush Doof
Boom Boom is available now as a limited-edition 12″ and digitally via The Jazz Diaries Bandcamp page. You find a stream of the LP below, along with its tracklisting.