Australian electronic trio Seekae today share ‘Turbine Blue’, the first new release from the group since 2014. The track premiered overnight via Triple J, and can be heard below:
In a striking step beyond last album ‘The Worry’, the band explore new sonic territory with ‘Turbine Blue’, to create their most confident, honest and direct work to date. Distinctively Seekae, the track is original in sound and risk-taking in its production. The song was composed and recorded in Berlin’s Funkhaus Studio – the vocal was delivered after eating a pizza microwaved at a petrol station, carried back to the studio through the rain.
Through 80’s and 90’s Korg synthesisers, ‘Turbine Blue’ provides a mid-tempo, melancholic, drone-like progression that serves to uplift in the face of isolation and loneliness – a Seekae staple. A siren’s tune, ‘Turbine Blue’ moves towards something blissful and agonising, like the cyclical nature of love, departing and arriving, hurting and pleasing all in one act. ‘Turbine Blue’ is a confessionary love song. Full of hope but laced with the sheer dizzying heights of the risks involved in a confession.
‘Turbine Blue’ is out now on Future Classic.
Singer, songwriter and producer Hayden James, today returns with an official video to accompany his infectious jam “Just A Lover”. Out via Future Classic, the video can be viewed below.
Directed by Leigh NewmanofSplintr, the video shows an encounter between two lovers in a dingy American motel. With dreamlike sequences intertwined with passionate scenes between the two characters, the video serves as the perfect accompaniment to a track that pleads and croons for a temporary lover.
With the audio premiering on Stereogum last month, the track made the rounds in the blogosphere and beyond, charting on Hype Machine and turning heads with it’s intricate percussion and catchy vocals. A follow up to his runaway hit, “Something About You”, “Just A Lover” now stands at over 2 million plays on Spotify alone.
A remix package for “Just A Lover” has also been revealed – featuring remixes from Pomo, Karma Kid and Frits Wentlink. Producing for the likes of Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak, and with previous remixes for Tinashe and Janet Jackson under his belt, Montreal whizz Pomo’s sleek spin fuses his signature funk and house inspired beats with Hayden’s original. Meanwhile British producer Karma Kid, twists up the structure and BPM for a fresh, heavier take, and Dutch lo-fi house connoisseur Frits Wentlink delivers a wonky, textured reimagining to keep everyone moving.
Set to complete his run of Australian and Asia shows at a sold-out Metro Theatre in Sydney tomorrow night, and with a mammoth 19 date US tour due to kick off in October, the only way seems to be up for the trailblazing Hayden James.
“JUST A LOVER” OUT NOW ON FUTURE CLASSIC.
Kenton Slash Demon – Copenhagen-based duo Silas Moldenhawer and Jonas Kenton – recently announced their new single ‘Peace’ for the Future Classic label, coupled with a retro sci fi-themed video from director Jenna Mangulad, and now they return with a sizeable remix from one of the UK’s finest producers, Lone.
‘Peace’ follows Kenton Slash Demon’s breakout pair of EP’s for Future Classic, Harpe/Syko and TT/Dok, which earned them praise from the likes of Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, SPIN, Thump and Time Out New York as well as spins on KCRW, BBC Radio 1 & 6Music and placement on the Spotify Viral U.S., Australia and Global charts. ‘Peace’ has so far garnered support from everyone from Wonderland, Hunger TV, FACT and XLR8R to Sir Elton John, who played the track on his ‘Rocket Hour’ show for Beats 1.
Kenton Slash Demon will head out on a short US tour with Flume at the end of next month before returning to the UK to play Bestival and a headline show at London’s Pickle Factory in September.
Future Classic have released their One In A Million: A Future Classic Compilation, the latest instalment in a series that showcases the roster of one of Australia’s leading labels, featuring three exclusives as well as defining moments from the past twelve months.
One of those exclusives includes the recently shared ‘One In A Million’ from Midnight To Monaco, the track that opens the album and gives it its name. A spellbinding duo consisting of LA-based hit maker Donnie Sloan and Canadian vocalist Ricky Ducati, their penchant for grandiose pop hooks and lush acapella melodies saw them top the Hype Machine chart with their first single ‘Suicide’. Following on from this anthemic debut, ‘One In A Million’ once again merges buoyant barbershop-esque vocal harmonies with darker lyricism, already gaining widespread support with the likes of Resident Advisor, Wonderland Magazine, Dancing Astronaut and more. You can revisit that track here:
Of course the label heavyweights also feature, with Chet Faker offering up slow burner ‘Bend’ and Flume’s latest smash hit ‘Never Be Like You’ featuring rising star Kai, the first single from his forthcoming album Skin and a #1 double-platinum Single in his native Australia, currently at 52 millon streams worldwide and counting.
Meanwhile Sydney’s Touch Sensitive follows his appearance on Future Classic’s previous compilation with an I:Cube remix of the beautifully named ‘Pizza Guy’. Hype Machine conquerors ODESZA also feature with a remix of rising Sydney producer Hayden James’ ‘Something About You’.
Other highlights from the compilation include the 8-bit future bass collaboration ‘World Record’ from Wave Racer and Lido as well as ‘Another Dub In The Sun’, an extended, shimmering Dreems x Jagwar Ma cover of 80s psychedelic outfit The Moffs. Taking the tempo down is a double header from beatmaker Ta-ku, first with sultry R&B classic ‘Love Again’ featuring Detroit R&B crooner JMSN and Soulection’s Sango before an enthralling cover of Estelle’s classic ‘American Boy’ with vocalist Wafia (also a recent signing to Future Classic). Listen to Basenji’s new track ‘Chroma’:
With over 40 million Soundcloud streams across 20 tracks, One In A Million marks a milestone moment for the label that has now spent over a decade introducing vital new Australian artists to the world and breaking new ground in electronic music. Over the past year in particular, that spirit has also been encapsulated in their signing of international acts like Danish duo Kenton Slash Demon, new music from Brooklyn’s synth fetishist Chrome Sparks (whose respective singles ‘Syko’ and ‘Moonraker feature on the album), as well as last Autumn’s label-focused FCxUSA tour that played host to the likes of Cyril Hahn, SOPHIE, Classixx and more, from which friendships and collaborations among the Future Classic crew grew.
With a host more releases planned this year from one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most prolific labels, expect to hear plenty more from Future Classic for another decade and beyond.
Midnight to Monaco – One In A Million
Wafia – Heartburn
Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)
Ta-ku – Love Again (feat. JMSN & Sango)
Panama – Jungle
Basenji – Chroma
Chet Faker – Bend
Kenton Slash Demon – Syko
World Champion – Tip Pit
Charles Murdoch, Touch Sensitive & Aya Olatunji – Play The Clown
Flight Facilities – Heart Attack (Julian Hamilton Rework)
Charles Murdoch – Straws
Seekae – The Worry (András Dub)
Wave Racer – World Record (feat. Lido)
Hayden James – Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy (I:CUBE Remix)
Ta-ku – American Girl (feat. Wafia)
Collarbones – Turning (Flume remix)
Chrome Sparks – Moonraker
Dreems x Jagwar Ma – Another Dub In The Sun (Dreems & Juno’s Dub Version)
UK duo Disclosure have unveiled their remix of Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ feat. Kai. Disclosure’s raw, retro nouveau, deep house reinterpretation of ‘Never Be Like You’ had them say: “So happy we can finally return the favour of remixing duties to our buddy Flume. His remix of our song blew our minds when he delivered it. We hope you all enjoy our version of his amazing new single!”
Mercurial Brisbane producer Charles Murdoch has today released his eagerly anticipated debut LP ‘Point’ on award-winning Australian label Future Classic. With featured vocals from Ta-ku, Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Wafia, Hak, KUČKA and Chloe Kaul, “Point” is an album of treasures; a beautifully diverse masterpiece from start to finish.
To mark the release and to follow on from the acclaimed singles “Straws”, “Frogs” and “Privacy”, you can now listen to album track “Back To It” featuring Banoffee and Oscar Key Sung on Soundcloud. With both featured artist’s blissful harmonies layered atop minimal, pulsating beats, the track is sonic serenity at its finest and further cements Charles as one of the most important contenders in the electronic music landscape right now.
Mercurial Brisbane producer Charles Murdoch has today released the final instalment in a powerful trilogy of short films from German creative collective, Jünglinge, each soundtracked by new material from his forthcoming debut LP; “Straws”, “Frogs”, and finally “Privacy”, featuring Oscar Key Sung.
Shot in Germany and tackling themes of suppressed sexuality and contradictory identities, the accompanying film follows Pete, a skinhead whose daily life is decisively affected by his membership of an aggressive, right-winged group and his urge to play out suppressed desires of love. The final part in the trilogy is arguably the most poignant, offering the viewer an emotional insight into the life of the protagonist. The beautiful, textured soundscapes from Charles’ arrangements perfectly compliments the film, pushing the intricate narrative of self-denial to a whole new level.
On completing the trilogy, Faraz and Paulina, the two twenty-year olds behind Jünglinge, have said “Putting together the last piece of a story that has accompanied us for over a year now was tough – you have to be careful when arranging the very last images to leave your viewers with“, and on the collaboration with Charles’ label “It’s cool to have found collaborators at Future Classic that see the potential in creating cinematic experiences that tackle social issues“.
Watch each of the clips in succession here:
Charles only recently announced the release of his eagerly-awaited debut LP “Point”, due for release 11th December on Future Classic. With featured vocals from Ta-ku, Oscar Key Sung, Wafia, Hak, KUČKA and Chloe Kaul, “Point” is an album of treasures; a beautifully diverse masterpiece from start to finish.
Mercurial Brisbane producer Charles Murdoch is thrilled to announce the release of his eagerly-awaited debut LP “Point”, due for release 11th December on Future Classic. With featured vocals from Ta-ku, Oscar Key Sung, Wafia, Hak, KUČKA and Chloe Kaul, “Point” is an album of treasures; a beautifully diverse masterpiece from start to finish.
Charles Murdoch first caught the attention of the Future Classic label in 2013 with his rework of Flume’s “Sleepless” in a Beatport remix competition – exhibiting his masterful knack for sophisticated, cerebral bass and house music. His debut solo track and first release on the label, “No Lungs”, pricked up industry ears in Australia as well as across the pond, finding support from the likes of taste-making blogs Indie Shuffle and La.Ga.Sta to name but a few.
The release of his debut EP “Weathered Straight” in 2013, with Oscar Key Sung-featuring sonic masterpiece “Dekire” leading the way, cemented Murdoch as one to watch on the Australian dance music scene. Sure enough, the track went on to receive a nomination for “Best Independent dance, electronica or club single” at the 2013 AIR Awards, alongside widespread local and international support from the likes of Triple J, FBi Radio, i-D Magazine (UK), Dazed Digital (UK), XLR8R (US) and DJ Magazine (UK).
More recently Charles has impressed with the two tracks he’s showcased from the forthcoming full-length; ‘Straws’ and ‘Frogs’, both of which were accompanied by short films made by young German creative collective, Jünglinge, and received media support from XLR8R, Resident Advisor, Thump, i-D, DJ Magazine. The final part in the trilogy will be unveiled soon, soundtracked by ‘Privacy’ ft Oscar Key Sung – stream the track here:
Watch the stark and powerful videos below.
Having supported the likes of Nicolas Jaar, Shlohmo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lapalux and Cashmere Cat, and now with this perfectly crafted piece of artistry that is his LP, Murdoch has more than earned his place as one of Australia’s premier electronic artists.
1. Nothing For You (feat. KUČKA)
2. Frogs (feat. Ta-ku, Hak)
4. Open (feat. Chloe Kaul)
5. Back To It (feat. Banoffee & Oscar Key Sung)
6. Fray (feat. Chloe Kaul)
8. Privacy (feat. Oscar Key Sung)
Basenji (born Sebastian Muecke), signed to Future Classic, is the quintessential modern day bedroom producer, drawing on inspiration from the internet and pop culture in his signature brand of hyperactive, sugarcoated productions.
The ‘Trackpad’ EP, so named because it was made almost entirely with his laptop’s trackpad, is a dream ride through electronic R&B-influence pop: all plucked harps, lush synth pads and airy vocals. It captures Basenji’s full discography to date, from his breakthrough singles ‘Dawn’ & ‘Heirloom’ to his first collaboration in ‘Petals’, which featured vocals from Adam Tucker from the Perth-based Scenic. More recently, Future Classic dropped the follow up to ‘Petals’, the pitched ballad ‘Cant Get Enough’, which featured horns from Brasstracks.
To celebrate this landmark, Basenji has also created a range of Trackpad apparel, including a tee, cap and towel. The EP is available digitally via Future Classic or as a rare Basenji water bottle USB. View the full range here: http://futr.cl/shopbasenji.
Having toured Australia with Hermitude and played the Sydney Opera House with Koreless and Stwo Basenji is heading on tour for FCxUSA, a series of North American dates across October, playing with artists like Classixx, HNNY, Cyril Hahn, SOPHIE, plus FC label mates Ta-ku, Charles Murdoch and Touch Sensitive.