Melbourne’s 30/70 is a cosmic mélange of boom-bap dynamics, neo-soul harmonies and jazz-funk licks, all steeped in a deep spiritual tradition, reaching from Alice Coltrane to Kamasi Washington. Despite their influences coming from across the Pacific, the 30/70 sound is unmistakably Melbourne and for anyone admiring the scene from afar, it would seem fair to wonder if there was something in the water. 30/70 are the latest collective to emerge from this buzzing soul scene.
Working closely with Paul Bender of Hiatus Kaiyote and Jamil Zacharia to produce their latest record, the sound is a sublime statement; at once a cry for help and a call to arms, it balances delicate poetry and potent aggression with ease, all of this done with a beguiling pop sensibility. Lovingly referred to as a community rather than a band, 30/70 is, at its core, a quintet made up of Allysha Joy, Ziggy Zeitgeist, Horatio Luna, Thhomas and Chaser that swells up to a nine-piece ensemble when the music calls for it; forever delivering their signature hypnotic groove.