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Background information
Also known asConnect 4
OriginBlue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Australian hip hop
Years active2008 (2008)–present
Associated acts
  • Morgs (Morgan Jones)
  • Jeswon (Jesse Ferris)
  • Tuka (Brendan Tuckerman)
Past members
  • Poncho (Kevin Kerr)
  • Tommy Fiasko
  • MC Ruthless
  • DJ Clockwork

Thundamentals are an Australian hip hop group originating from the Blue Mountains region bordering the metropolitan area of Sydney. The members are currently Tuka, Jeswon, and Morgs. [1] [2] They have released five studio albums.



Band origins: 2008–2010

Before becoming Thundamentals, the band consisted of DJ Morgs, Tommy Fiasko, MC Jeswon, MC Tuksnatch, MC Ruthless and DJ Clockwork, and was called Connect 4. Today, the band consists of DJ Morgs (Morgan Jones), MC Jeswon (Jesse Ferris), MC Tuka (Brendan Tuckerman) and DJ Poncho (Kevin Kerr). [2] In 2009, they released their first album Sleeping On Your Style.[ citation needed ] DJ Lee Hartney from The Smith Street Band went to one band practice in 2009, but decided to give up his DJ career in favour of playing guitar. In 2010, Thundamentals featured at Festival First Night in Sydney. [3]

In the Triple J Hottest 100, 2012, Thundamentals' Like a Version recording of fellow Australian Matt Corby's "Brother" came in at number 49. [4] The original "Brother" placed number 3 the previous year in Triple J Hottest 100, 2011. In the Triple J Hottest 100, 2014, three of their tracks were voted into the countdown: "Something I Said", "Quit Your Job" and "Got Love". In December 2016 the group announced their new record label, High Depth. they also announced that their fourth studio album, Everyone We Know, would be released in February 2017 as the first release on the label produced by Dave Hammer. Thundamentals' track "Think About It" came in at number 82 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016. [5] Their track "Sally" came in at number 8 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2017. [6]


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Sleeping On Your Style
  • Released: 29 July 2011
  • Label: Obese Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
So We Can Remember
  • Released: 2 May 2014
  • Label: Obese Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
Everyone We Know
  • Released: 10 February 2017
  • Label: High Depth
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
I Love Songs
  • Released: 21 September 2018 [8]
  • Label: High Depth

Live albums

Iso Tapes (Vol 1)
(with Queensland Symphony Orchestra)
  • Released: 10 June 2020 [9]
  • Label: High Depth, Island, Universal Music Australia
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
Iso Tapes (Vol 2)
(with Queensland Symphony Orchestra)
  • Released: 29 July 2020 [10]
  • Label: High Depth, Island, Universal Music Australia
  • Formats: digital download, streaming

Extended plays

  • Released: 20 September 2008
  • Label: Obese Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
iTunes Live From Sydney
  • Released: 15 December 2009
  • Label: Obese Records
  • Format: Digital download


List of singles released, with year released and album name shown
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
"Move It Up"[ citation needed ]2009Sleeping On Your Style
"THUNDA"[ citation needed ]2010
"Paint the Town Red"[ citation needed ]2011Foreverlution
"How You Been"
(featuring Jace Excell)[ citation needed ]
"Smiles Don't Lie"[ citation needed ]2013So We Can Remember
"Noodle Soup"[ citation needed ]
"Something I Said"
(featuring Thom Crawford)
201466[ citation needed ]
"Quit Your Job"[ citation needed ]91[ citation needed ]
"Got Love"
(featuring Solo)[ citation needed ]
"Missing You"[ citation needed ]
"Late Nights" [13] 201697Non-album single
"Never Say Never" [14] Everyone We Know
"Think About It"
(featuring Peta & The Wolves) [15]
"Wolves"[ citation needed ]2017
(featuring Mataya) [16]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum [17]
"21 Grams"
(featuring Hilltop Hoods)[ citation needed ]
"Deja Vu"[ citation needed ]
"I Miss You" [18] 2018I Love Songs
"All I See Is Music" [8]
"Everybody But You"[ citation needed ]
"Eyes On Me"[ citation needed ]2019
"Catch Me If You Can"
(featuring Eves Karydas)[ citation needed ]
"All I See"/"Sally" (live) [19] 2020Iso Tapes (Vol 2)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
List of singles released as featured artist
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
"Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom"
(Hilltop Hoods featuring Thundamentals)
201264 Drinking from the Sun

Music videos

"Move It Up"2009
"Paint the Town Red"2011
"How You Been"
(featuring Jace Excell)
"My Favourite Song"
"Rattling The Keys To The Kingdom"
(Hilltop Hoods)
"Smiles Don't Lie"2013
"Noodle Soup"
(with Geedo Co.)
"Something I Said"
(featuring Thom Crawford)
"Quit Your Job"
"Got Love"
(featuring Solo)
"Missing You"
"Late Nights with Thundamentals"2016
"Never Say Never"
"Think About It"
(featuring Peta & The Wolves)
(featuring Mataya)
"Milk and Honey"
"Deja Vu"
"My Friends Say"
(featuring Wallace)
"I Miss You"
"All I See Is Music"
"Everybody But You"
"Eyes On Me"2019
"Catch Me If You Can"
(featuring Eves Karydas)

Guest appearances

(The Tongue featuring Thundamentals)
(Dialectrix featuring Thundamentals)
Cycles of Survival
"Jack n the Box"
(Two Toes featuring Thundamentals & Dialectrix)
Cooking with Caustic
(originally by Matt Corby)
Like a Version Eight
"Better Alive"
(The Herd featuring Thundamentals & Sky'High)
Better Alive EP
"All the Above"
(Illy featuring Thundamentals)
Bring It Back
"Thunda Heights High" Summer Heights High – Remixes
2013"Just You Wait"
(The Tongue featuring Thundamentals & Ngaiire)
Surrender to Victory
2014"Modern Day Messenger"
(Daily Meds featuring Thundamentals)
Sour Milk
2015"Cosby Sweater (Jaytee remix)"
(Hilltop Hoods featuring K21 & Thundamentals)
The Cold Night Sky

Awards and nominations

AIR Awards

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
AIR Awards of 2014 [20] So We Can RememberBest Independent Hip Hop/Urban AlbumNominated

J awards

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
J Awards of 2013 [21] "Smiles Don't Lie"Australian Video of the YearNominated
J Awards of 2014 [22] So We Can RememberAustralian Album of the YearNominated
J Awards of 2017 [23] Everyone We KnowAustralian Album of the YearNominated

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