The New Breed #3: More Local Producers You Need To Hear
There’s some kind of strange chicken and the egg thing going on with new music and how some people approach listening with fresh ears. Often you hear people slow their rolls when something really unknown is presented to them, seemingly turned off by just how new the tuneage is and retreating to something more familiar and comfortable. But that’s the thing, isn’t it? Our trusted favourite artists didn’t come out to the world minted in gold status – they too were emerging once upon a time.
So as you scroll through the next batch of upcoming Australian producers coming out with attention grabbing electronic jams we urge you to keep your ears open to the sounds on display. Your next favourite act could be in here.
Over the last few years Australia’s seen plenty of disco-adoptees picking up the baton in place of the Moroders, Braxes and Bangalters of dance music history but few have emerged at the absurd age of 16 and with a breakout tune as perfect as Tyler Touché has. With Baguette, this young Queensland production geek has spawned a legit hit with a refrain that’s meme-worthy in its catchiness. The goods don’t end with Baguette though, as Tyler’s whole Night Dancer EP delivers the disco goods that you’d think he had the blood of house royalty in his system.
Tyler Touché – ‘Baguette’
Tyler Touché – ‘Night Dancer’
For just a pair of youngsters the Melbourne twosome behind Willow Beats manage to make a good deal of noise – both literal and figurative. On the back of their self-titled EP Narayana Johnson and Kalyani Mumtaz have begun to receive lashings of good buzz; rightfully so too as they’re onto a very good thing. From Under The Ground is sprightly with colourful electronics bouncing from right to left with Kalyani’s coo worming into your ear. Then something like Grom The Betrayer takes that voice and torches it with barking dubstep crunches.
Willow Beats – ‘From Under The Ground’
Willow Beats – ‘Grom The Betrayer’
Sydney twosome struck a big chunk of gold with their debut tune Feel Real and its slinky, sexy, cool appeal that’s lead by the totally soulful lead vocal and the duo’s deep production. There’s certainly a directness to the boner-fied lyrics but I can’t imagine anyone picking apart the song’s raunchy narrative in the middle of the dancefloor when everyone else is getting it on to this jam.
Movement – ‘Feel Real’
I was first tuned into the sounds of Victory Team last year when the bass rolls of Matchine rolled through my speakers. A year on and the project of Melbourne beatmaker Chevy Long is back in my head again with a full EP (called Der Klerb, of course). This is all jacked-up club sounds that flirt with trap drums, moombahton BPMs and thick, liquid-y low-end.