Tom Scott, otherwise known as Avantdale Bowling Club, has leaked his collaboration with producer choicevaughan, shortly after winning album of the year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Avantdale Bowling Club’s first, eponymous album propelled Auckland-based rapper Tom Scott to new heights. After working in groups Home Brew and Average Rap Band earlier in his career, Avantdale Bowling Club was a personal project for Scott. He was acclaimed by critics and the public alike.
The next Tom Scott album, Deuce, could therefore be expected to attract a lot of attention. A collaboration with producer choicevaughan, Deuce brought together Scott and a range of Auckland artists for a six-track record about life in Auckland.
The album was scheduled for release next Friday. But yesterday, Scott chose to leak it, posting a link to a full and free download on social media.
Scott is comfortable with causing a little controversy. Earlier in the month, he used his Album of the Year acceptance speech to tell prime minister Jacinda Ardern to visit Ihumātao. Yesterday, he posted private messages he’d exchanged with Ardern regarding armed police forces. On Deuce, he continues his battle for land rights: “Fuck Paula Bennett and her philosophy / the country’s colonised, needs a colonoscopy.”
— . (@tomscottYGB) November 28, 2019
Artists including Scott, SWIDT’s INF, and Melodownz made a six-track collaborative record that spoke to the political and economical ills affecting local artists.
The leakp0-[\;’/bfgrtv45cde3 is apparently because of a release clash with Deuce-contributing artist Melodownz. Melodownz’s label, Def Jam/Sniffers, is having a launch party for his single release ‘No Mercy’ next Saturday. Deuce was slated for release next Friday.
The Spinoff understands that Sniffers asked Scott and choicevaughan to postpone Deuce’s release until next year. Instead, Scott placed a link to a WeTransfer download on his Instagram page, which contained the full six-track album. In an Instagram post, Scott explained this choice: “I need to start this next decade free of this thing.”
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This is a project I made with the homies @choicevaughan and @thebengineer . Plan was to drop it next Friday but some record label trynna tell us we can’t do that till next year so fuck it I’m just gonna leak it today on wetransfer cause I need to start this next decade free of this thing. (Sorry Joel). It’s not the next ABC album. (that’s coming). It’s not no magnum opus. I wouldn’t even rate my raps over a magnum almond tbh. It’s just some words I tried to write for the working folk I see everyday. Much love to all the people involved, Diggy, Melo, Dharma, INF, you’re my heroes. Link in bio . 📷 @taa.k @lucamacioce 🎨 @a_iusitini DISARM THE POLICE
The songs on Deuce will not be on any forthcoming Avantdale Bowling Club albums, and Scott has described the album as both “lazy” and “no magnum opus”. He wrote the songs “for the working folk I see everyday”.
Listening through the album, it’s clear the project has been a long time in the making. ‘Beyond’, a track which veers between nihilism and calling listeners to action, contains references that could date the album back a couple of years. ‘To Live and Die in Ad’, the collaboration with Melodownz, is explicitly Avondale-based, and speaks to a passion for the suburb that has burned inside Scott since the beginning of his musical career.
Choicevaughan produced the entire album and was not expecting the leak. He has placed the album on his Bandcamp account without the song featuring Melodownz (‘To Live and Die in Ad’) as a pay-what-you-want download.
The Spinoff approached both Scott and Sniffers representatives for comment, but all declined.
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