World-renowned drum n bass musician MC Tali has announced her 2004 album Lyric on My Lip will be available digitally for the first time from this Friday, November 27. Tali is also releasing a documentary, which captures the ground-breaking impact the record had on dance music in the early 2000s.
When Taranaki-bred musician MC Tali released her debut album Lyric On My Lip in 2004, she was one the few female drum n bass MCs in the world. The album's title track entered the UK singles chart, and the record went on to sell more than 15,000 copies.
Tali paved the way not only for other female MCs, but for other New Zealand drum n bass acts, who followed in her footsteps and achieved international success.
The album turns 15 this year, and to celebrate, Tali is releasing it digitally for the first time. Alongside the record, Tali is releasing a feature length doco that traces her journey from the incredible success of Lyric On My Lip, to now.
The feature-length documentary will get its worldwide premiere on D&B Portal on Thursday December 3 and will be available on Tali’s YouTube channel from December 17.
RNZ Music is supporting the release with a series of shorts from the documentary. Follow RNZ Music on Facebook to catch them.
Lyric On My Lip was originally released by Full Cycle Records, the Bristol-based label established by UK drum n bass legend Roni Size.
Size is credited with discovering Tali and giving her a shot as one of the few female MCs in the industry at the time.
The documentary includes interviews with Size as well as other iconic drum n bass names such as Bryan G, DRS, DJ Marky, A.I. Concord Dawn, Dynamite MC, DJ Dazee, and Stamina.
The interviews are intertwined with archive footage of Tali touring and performing, including her win at the 2019 New Zealand Music Awards, where she took home Best Electronic Artist.
Tali is an accomplished songwriter, teacher, mentor, inspirational speaker, and author. She’s worked with some of the biggest names in drum and bass and has toured the world several times over as both an MC and with a live band.
She’s released seven studio albums and numerous singles, both as a solo artist and collaboratively; she won a New Zealand Music Award for her latest record Love And Migration; and she’s one of a handful of female artists to ever grace the cover of DJ Mag International.
Catch Tali playing around Aotearoa this summer:
- December 19 - Napier | Summer Solstice Festival
- December 27 - Matakana | Hidden Valley Festival
- December 29 - Gisborne | Rhythm & Vines
- December 30 - Whangamata | The Other Side Festival
- December 31 - Mangawhai | Northern Bass
- January 1 - Auckland | Resolution Festival
- January 3 - Tauranga | Baydreams
- January 5 - Nelson | Baydreams
- February 12 - Te Arai | Shipwrecked Festival
- February 13 - Napier | Outfielder Festival
- February 26 - Tapapakanga Regional Park | Splore