Perth emcee, Coin Banks, topped off an unparalleled 2014 with the release of his highly-anticipated, “Tails’ EP, led by its ecstatic new single “Someone”. The sequel and spiritual counterpart to his acclaimed ‘Heads’ EP (released in March 2014), ‘Tails’ further embodies the style which is quickly establishing Banks as one of hip-hop’s most exciting new voices: fusing the classic with the contemporary to forge a signature sound which proves as effective as it seems effortless.
Cutting his teeth in collectives including The Stoops, Letters To The Sun and UPNUP, Coin Banks first surfaced on most radars in late-2013, with the release of his debut solo bone-rattling single, “Hatches”– a collaboration with rising star producer, Ta-ku. With its bass-heavy swagger and assured delivery, the track would start the ripples that would soon transform to waves when follow-up single,“Think Of You” earning high rotation on Triple J falling in the top 100 most played songs on the station, and the most played song on Triple J Unearthed.
Banks has since been on several National tours, supporting Cypress Hill, Illy, 360 and Seth Sentry; he was also invited to play at Big Sound 2014.
“The premise behind Heads & Tails was to show two versatile sides,” says Banks. “The inspiration came from what I like to listen to, fromthe Native Tongues movement to its modern day equivalents like Top Dawg Entertainment: music that’s both stylistically original and tells a story. I got in touch with all of my favourite producers and developed a two part release on which I could build a sound.”
No better was this idea demonstrated than on, “Someone”, which places it’s heart firmly on its sleeve without ever collapsing into cliché. “It’s an open letter to someone. It is a reminder for people in doubt, that there is someone for everyone.” Someone was added to Triple J High Rotation over the summer of 2014/15.
Balancing national tours and writing new material, Coin Banks is currently working towards his long-awaited debut album.