After blasting onto the scene with his debut single ‘Dawn’, Basenji has been moving from strength to strength, turning heads both at home and internationally. His unique combination of melodic trance and stuttered programming has led to prominent features on BBC Radio 1, Triple J, and a vast array of prestigious music sites including Run The Trap, Hypebeast and The Sound You Need.
Basenji was crowned FBI Click Producer of the Year, featured on Boiler Room, toured nationally and playing under the starlit sails of the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live as well as through the USA with label mate Wave Racer.
Bus Vipers is the brainchild of Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Ahern. Having played with other artists including Jonti, World Champion, and Chevaliers, Ahern turned his focus to Bus Vipers, releasing a number of singles that were received positively by Triple J and FBi Radio.
After returning to Sydney after a three-year stint in Canberra, Ahern began writing his EP, Federal Highway, a collection of sunny garage pop gems, peppered with referential themes from his time in the nation’s capital. First singles ‘CSIRO Weeds’ and ‘Fluid’ showcase his clever lyrics and wavy vocals layered between juicy drum parts and distorted guitar work. Every instrument played on Bus Vipers is written and performed by Ahern and recorded in his home studio.
Buzzy Lee began as an outlet for Sasha Spielberg to peel back her persona and exercise her vulnerabilities. Known for acting, screenwriting, and performing in her previous band Wardell, entertaining has often been Sasha's best defense -- an effort to keep people from pecking at Buzzy Lee’s pain.
Buzzy Lee has spent most of her life lost in her head, poring over the past, awash in nostalgia. Sasha thrives on being seen. Buzzy Lee hides in her dreams.
But she's over that, now. "Copy/paste the child inside/You used to smile but now you are staged/I hate to watch you walk away," she laments on "Walk Away."
Her lyrics are fraught with restlessness and self-doubt, wistful indulgences, gentle jealousies, interactions reenacted and reexamined.
"Is this how you’re gonna grow old?" she wonders aloud.
Buzzy Lee's debut EP Facepaint is produced by Nicolas Jaar, and will be released on Future Classic in April 2018.
18 year old Toronto R&B singer / songwriter, EBHONI, shares her new track "OPPS" and companion video today. She blew up doing Keyshia Cole covers on YouTube at just 10 years old, later dropped her breakout Mood Ring EP as a teen, which amassed over 2 million Soundcloud plays, and is now releasing her most intimate work to date.
Continually the outsider, her music chronicles her upbringing on Toronto's Weston Road, and she tackles the dynamics of coming into her own as a woman and an artist, relationships and empowerment. The video puts women at the forefront, directed by newcomer Christine Boachie and featuring EBHONI's real-life fierce crew of best friends, family and neighbors. She's set to be a major force and this teen isn't afraid to speak her mind. You'll be hearing more from her soon...
Erthlings are a band a lifetime in the making. Issy Lowe, Jessame Stepto, Taylor Shutes and Lissa Evans came together at a music school in inner-city Sydney at age 8, started writing songs by the time they were 9 and now, aged 16, they’re ready to share their sound.
Their bond has made their music an innately collaborative process. Issy and Taylor are cousins; Jess, Taylor and Lissa attended primary school together. All four are intimately involved in every track, from perfecting each guitar riff through to the lyrics they pen together.
Erthlings’ indie-pop songs are built from both electronic and live sounds, with Lissa on drums, Jess on guitar, Taylor on bass and Issy both singing and playing piano. Everything they write draws from personal experience, vignettes of the things they’ve seen and those they’ve lived through. Some tracks are full of attitude, strength, empowerment and sass. Others delve into frustration, disappointment, failed friendships and bridges burned — experiences given voice by four young women who won’t be boxed in.
“It’s never been a weird thing for us that we’re a young, all-female band. We’ve never thought about it twice,” says Issy. The themes Erthlings write about, she thinks, are universal. “I think we’re doing what most people in music are doing. We’re just trying to write about what we know.” It's early days for Erthlings, but they've already found their voice.
Exhibitionist is the solo project of Sydney based multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Tickle. Raised in
Toowoomba QLD, Tickle started performing in Brisbane as a member of Little Scout. Her
versatility as a singer and multi-instrumentalist saw her grace stages locally and abroad as a
touring member for The John Steel singers, Henry Wagons and Parades. She is also a
current member of two-piece art-noise act, Party Dozen, alongside frequent collaborator
In early 2017, her first single ‘Hands’ saw a soft release, receiving notable praise from online
publications like Indie Shuffle, Vice, and Hilly Dilly, as well as community radio adds and
spins across Triple J and FBi Radio. Her unique arrangement and instrumentation radiates a
sense vulnerability and elegance matching a visibly stunning music video.
Flight Facilities first original song, “Crave You” featuring Giselle Rosselli, is still taking the world by storm with over 40 million streams on Spotify and 30 million streams on Youtube.
Their debut album, 'Down to Earth', was released with notable guest features from Kylie Minogue, Emma Louise, Reggie Watts, Bishop Nehru, Owl Eyes and Stee Downes. With performances at prominent music festivals around the world including SXSW, Falls Festival and Coachella, Flight Facilities have become one of the biggest names in electronic dance music.
An incredible story for a duo cut their teeth doing remixes for fun on the cult record label Bang Gang 12 Inches.
Flume is at the forefront of a new generation of artist slash producer. Winning a Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Dance/Electronica album, platinum records, praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone and 8 ARIA Awards, the future continues to look bright for this 25-year-old Australian.
Whilst helping pioneering the sound of ‘future bass’, his self-titled debut studio album, Flume, was released to positive reviews, topping the ARIA Albums Chart and reaching double-platinum in Australia.
Following this impressive debut, his following grew rapidly with each remix released of diverse artists such as Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Hermitude and Disclosure.
His second studio album, 'Skin', was released again to positive reviews and topped international recognition with the album's first single, "Never Be like You feat. Kai”. Flume's 2016 World Tour sold over 300,000 headline tickets.
Fortunes. are a neo-soul/R&B duo based in Melbourne but originally harking from New Zealand. Their blend of early 2000’s R&B mixed with day-dreamy, sunset jams and tongue in cheek storytelling builds on a sound uniquely of their own. Live, they have supported Shlohmo, Kllo, Lapsley, Kilo Kish, JMSN and Oddisee, played sold-out headline shows and played Splendour In the Grass, Laneway, Let Them Eat Cake and Big Sound Festivals.
Their latest EP offering, Undress, includes singles 501’s and Focus. To date the EP has received over 3 million spins on Spotify and met an equally warm reception from radio, regional and international music blogs alike.
Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist G Flip, born Georgia Flipo, fell in love with the drums as a kid and travelled the US as a touring drummer in her early 20s. Never one to sit still, Georgia then locked herself in her bedroom studio for all of 2017 and taught herself how to write and produce her own songs.
While incubating her new project, Georgia created a round LCD screen for the front of her hand-made kick drum which can display any imagery, video or content that Georgia can dream up. This is Je Ro Mo, G Flip’s animated “talking drum kit” – named for Jenny Rose Morrish, her late drum teacher.
Her self-produced debut single ‘About You’ is an addictive, bittersweet shard of shimmering pop, inspired by her “hectic, toxic, cinematic” on-off relationship. It builds from a dreamy murmur into a cathartic tumble of layered synths and syllables, with her clean, spacious drumming taking front and centre. It was the very first track Georgia pieced together, recorded in a day in her bedroom studio into “a shitty mic from Cash Converters”.
G Flip is the real thing: unfiltered, driven and bursting out of her bedroom with ideas to burn.
Hayden’s first single “Permission to Love” garnered worldwide love and attention – hitting the #1 spot on Hype Machine's most blogged about, becoming the most played track on the national broadcasting giant, Triple J, and earning over 9 million streams on Spotify. The single was followed by the release of Hayden's debut self-titled EP, Hayden James.
His third single,“Something About You”, was released in 2015 and considered a song to watch by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Pete Tong and currently has over 40 millions spins on Spotify. Hayden James has toured with Odesza, earned international festival plays at Coachella and Australia's Splendour In The Grass, and has co-written songs for Katy Perry.
HWLS encompasses a sound range from bass-heavy club music to hip hop, grime to post-trap which has led him to performing alongside Hudson Mohawke, Lido and Sophie, and doing his studio work alongside executive producer and label mate Ta-ku.
He recently released EP02, a 4 track EP featuring hard-hitting first single ‘Gamma’, with ShockOne, and ‘Beta’. Other recent collaborations include ‘Plays’, featuring Ty Dolla $ign borne out of Adidas' ‘Songs from Scratch’ project. With DJ support duties on Flume's recent US and European tour, HWLS treated audiences at a sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre and four nights at The Shrine in LA.
Jagwar Ma is a psychedelic dance duo formed by Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield, two veterans of the Australian music scene. The group is doing so well they're keeping Noel Gallagher from reforming Oasis!
Their debut LP Howlin was recorded at an abandoned farm in France, with collaborators including long-time friend Warpaint drummer, Stella Mozgawa, and renowned DJ and producer & Ewan Pearson on mixing duties. It became one of the most world-wide acclaimed releases of the year and saw them playing some of the biggest shows and festivals around the world including Day Out, Splendour In The Grass, Glastonbury & Coachella. They have toured with Foals, the xx, Tame Impala and more. Their sophomore LP, Every Now & Then was released in late 2016 with equally warm reviews, with standout singles ‘O B 1’ and ‘Give Me A Reason’ continuing their unique strand of psychadelic dance rock.
Jonathan Zawada is a cross-discipline artist best known for his unique approach to art and design. Weaving both analogue and digital techniques, he displays the back and forth interplay between manual physical labour and disembodied digital processes.
Informed by his early roots in web design, coding and animation, Zawada’s art practice further evolved into graphic design, illustration and art direction serving clients like Bloomburg, Nike, and BMW and now includes object design, sculpture, video, installation and painting. His work has received an ARIA, a D&AD award and a MAPDA award, as well as being exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney, Barcelona, Tokyo and Paris.
Zawada was born in Perth, Australia in 1981 and currently lives and works in Byron Bay, Australia.
Gifted multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, and vocalist as well as touring member of The Avalanches, Jonti today returns with his first new solo material in 5 years, ‘Scrood’, on Future Classic. Featuring Steve Lacy from The Internet, ‘Scrood’ joins the news the Sydney-based producer has signed with us in partnership with LA’s Stones Throw Records. The single follows his 2011 debut album Twirligig and 2012 follow up Sine and Moon.
Jonti began assembling music after his departure from South Africa to Australia. Spending countless hours studying records like they were books, processing each song, this became Jonti’s music school, testing his theories on a 4-track recorder. As Jonti started putting out his bedroom recordings, they started making their way across the globe.
During a world tour with Gotye, he received an email from legendary electronic outfit The Avalanches, who asked Jonti to write with them for their long awaited album ‘Wildflower’, which Jonti featured on three tracks. What began as a collaboration resulted in the infamous recreation of their first album ‘Since I Left You,’ reverse engineering 3500 samples and recreating the record with a 17 piece band. The Avalanches would later return the favour and ask Jonti to join them as a member of their live band.
With an array of collaborations that have taken Jonti across the world, sharing stages and studio spaces with his newfound peers, the producer has recorded with Badbadnotgood, Mark Ronson, The Avalanches, Gotye, Hodgy Beats, King Krule, Jagwar Ma and Warpaint, receiving co-signs from from the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, James Blake, Questlove and Toro Y Moi. The producer most recently lent his unique vocal offering for BADBADNOTGOOD’s rendition of Beach Boy’s ‘God Only Knows’ for triple j’s Like A Version.
Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker is a Brooklyn-based, Australian singer, songwriter and producer. After the collaborative ‘Lockjaw‘ EP with Flume, Nick Murphy released his debut album ‘Built on Glass' under his Chet Faker alias. It featured singles ‘Talk Is Cheap’, ‘1998’ & ‘Gold’, the record shot to #1 of the ARIA Album Charts and went on to achieve platinum-status accreditation. He was the most nominated artist of 2014 ARIA Awards, being nominated for 9 and collecting 5, including Best Male Artist & Best Independent Release.
During Nick Murphy's ‘Built On Glass’ tour he played notable performances at Coachella, FYF Festival, Lollapalooza, plus a sold-out ‘Built On Live’ Australian tour which saw three shows on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
His move to Brooklyn, various sound experimentation and return to real name Nick Murphy marked an evolution in his sound with the Missing Link EP being a symbolic precursor to future music. In addition to his solo work, he is known for collaborating with artists such as Bonobo & Kaytranada and has released two collaborative EPs, the first with Australian electronic producer Flume in 2013 and UK DJ/producer Marcus Marr in 2015.
Panama is the moniker of Sydney-based electronic pop producer Jarrah McCleary. His Always EP has now amassed over 30 million streams between Spotify and SoundCloud, earned a place in triple j’s Hottest 100 and received airplay on BBC Radio 1. In the years following, Panama released fan favourites ‘Stay Forever’ and ‘Jungle’ and embarked on US and European tours (the latter of which included Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and a sold out headline show in London).
As a singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist, Jarrah McCleary has the rare ability to blend both live and electronic sounds in his music. It’s a skill that allows him to paint every element in his songs, from the moment he first sits down at the piano to the final touches in the studio. Through this he has developed a distinctive sound, blending raw emotional songwriting with lush, synth-heavy production.
His most recent EP, Hope For Something is another signature Panama release, with songs like ‘Hope For Something’ & ‘Undertow’ containing huge anthemic choruses and powerfully poetic lyrics that draw from his rich personal experience.
Australian-English trio Seekae have won a hugely loyal following and numerous awards for their signature blend of electronic pop, IDM, post-rock, house and ambient.
Their stunning debut ‘The Sounds of Trees Falling On People’ was anointed one of the albums of the decade by FBi Radio; assured follow-up ‘+DOME’ achieved Mojo Magazine’s Album of the Month in the UK and saw Seekae nominated for four Australian Independent Music Awards. Seekae’s third LP ‘The Worry’ took them to new heights: with nods from international blogs such as Resident Advisor and DJ Mag, Feature Album spots at FBi Radio and 2SER, the Album Packet at triple j, Herald Sun’s #1 Australia Album of the Year and a SMAC Award for Song of the Year for single ‘Test & Recognise’.
While based in different cities, they are continually producing and touring, having shared the stage with acts such as Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Rustie, Vic Mensa, Raury and SOHN. In September 2016 they released single Turbine Blue, a slight departure from their signature experimental sound; resembling a more traditional pop ballad in tone and structure, whilst still maintaining their electronic roots.
Ta-ku, is an incredibly talented Australian musician, producer, photographer and entrepreneur.
In the three years since his first formal release, 'Songs To Break Up To', he become an in-demand producer; a remixer to the likes of Flume, Justin Timberlake, Childish Gambino and Chet Faker; saw his #teamcozy Instagram account bloom into a bona fide fashion label and creative agency; helped his co-run design community Create+Explore expand the limits of travel visuals and storytelling; co-founded Weston's Barbershop in Perth; and signed with Future Classic to release the 'Songs To Make Up To' EP, a companion piece to his debut. When he finally debuted his live show in late 2015, it was at no less than MoMA PS1 in New York, followed by two sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House.
(m)edian is Ta-ku’s collaborative EP with rising Brisbane musician and vocalist,Wafia - aka Wafia Al-Rikabi. What began as a chance meeting between the two on a Melbourne basketball court, has blossomed into a work that ruefully examines a painful parallel in each artists’ own lives.
Attracted to a familiar vulnerability in each other’s music, the pair began sending each other ideas over email soon after meeting. By late-2015 Ta-ku had produced ‘Heartburn’ from Wafia’s XXIX EP; Wafia took lead vocals on Ta-ku’s single of the same time, ‘American Girl’. But it wasn’t until they agreed to work together on a co-release that an unexpected commonality was uncovered.
Thrupence sent waves through the Australian and international music community when he shared his fourth Original Mixtape series, Lessons.
Thrupence has previously supported Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) and played on festival bills alongside the likes of Flume and Shigeto. A talented producer and an equally talented artist, Thrupence designed the album artwork for Ideas of Aesthetics, and in 2016 received an ARIA Award nom for his cover art design of Bloom by RÜFÜS.
Touch Sensitive is the ultimate triple-threat; as a producer, in-demand live performer and DJ, he’s a treasured slashie for artists and audiences alike. Whether it’s remixing Rufus, collaborating with Flume or touring internationally with Flight Facilities, he’s become renowned as the man with an ear for hooks and impeccable taste.
Touch Sensitive is affectionately considered Future Classic’s spirit animal. His affiliation with the label runs deep; ‘Body Stop’ was one of Future Classic’s first releases and he has played on hits for a sizeable contingent his labelmates, including Hayden James, Flight Facilities, Anna Lunoe, Charles Murdoch and Flume, his blue bass is now recognisable across many of their live shows.
With his new album 'Visions', Touch Sensitive finally steps fully into the limelight, dancing shoes at the ready.
With praise from Pharrell Williams and regular features on Kylie Jenner’s snapchat, Wafia has become one of Australia’s most intriguing and talented young artists.
After a brief stint at university studying biomedicine, the Brisbane-based singer songwriter returned to doing what she does best, writing songs and singing hits. Her cover of Mario’s “Let Me Love You” produced by label mate Thrupence became a surprise online success, garnering over 3 million plays on Soundcloud. Then her debut EP XXIX, featured the Ta-ku-produced lead single "Heartburn", which scored her a Beats 1 radio play and a full rotation addition on Triple J.
She released the single "Window Seat" in collaboration with the New Zealand producer Thomston and lent her vocals to labelmate Ta-ku’s expressive rendition of Kanye West’s ‘American Girl’ then a formal collaboration with Ta-ku produced the (m)edian EP. ’83 Days’ is the first offering of her latest EP and signals a return to solo ‘Heartburn’ form, with her brooding vocals soaring confidently over a production heavy pop track. Her live performances have included solo shows at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, a headline US tour and an appearance at NPR’s Tiny Desk Sessions with various stripped down acoustic performances being a highlight of her repertoire.
Sydney two piece World Champion are Julian Sudek and Will Campion. Julian was a founding member of Mercy Arms and has since played with Canyons, FLRL (Jono Ma, Kirin J Cillinan), and George Maple. Will, a bedroom producer, has also played in Sydney bands Cut Silk and The Chevaliers.
Their debut single, ‘Avocado Galaxy’ was co-produced with Jono Ma and the video for Avocado Galaxy was directed by Elliot Shields of cult Sydney design collective Pelvis.