The Friday Five Vol. 2: Our Dance Stars
A little while back, we kicked off The Friday Five – a new occasional feature series designed to spotlight some of Australia’s impressive dance talent. Each edition, we’ll be speaking to a quintet of local bands and producers doing good things about their music, what they’ve got coming up and whatever else they want to chat about. For round two, we’ve assembled a lineup of RUFUS, Cassian, Peking duK, Thrupence and I’lls. So sit back, plug your headphones in and relish in all that our own hood has to offer.
It’s no surprise that we’re kicking off the second edition of The Friday Five with RUFUS. The indie-dance trio have proven themselves with two very well received EPs, commanded plenty of that all-important hype and – like all of the locals featured today – seem poised to crack the big-time stakes. Last week, we got the Sydney three-piece (Tyrone, Jon and James) to list their 10 most influential dance albums and with their roots now duly noted, the logical next step seemed to be to find out where the boys are headed.
RUFUS – ‘Droplets’
As you might expect a couple of EPs in, the main focus at the moment is recording RUFUS’ debut album. “It’s very early stages at the moment but we’re so damn excited with what’s there so far,” the group told us. “We basically had three and a half weeks just writing as many tracks as we could with a bunch of synths, drums, guitars, mics and all our studio gear. We had the best time, wrote some of the best songs we’ve ever written and just really lost ourselves in the entire process. Although it was a pretty intense work process, to be honest, we were on a beautiful property surrounded by mountains just outside of Berry so I don’t think you can call that work. The tracks are definitely sounding more cohesive as a whole and we’re really excited about where we’re going to take them.”
RUFUS – ‘This Summer’
But it’s not as though their previous stuff wasn’t solid. The Blue EP’s lead jam This Summer has been getting a solid airing on triple j, seen RUFUS off touring around the country and a remix of the track is bound for inclusion on the next Kitsune compilation. As they put it: “It’s all pretty exciting really, especially supporting all these amazing acts like Yuksek and Royksopp which I would have never imagined a few years ago, but to be honest getting away from civilisation and writing tunes is one of the most exciting things we’ve been doing recently.”