Spearheaded by labels like Future Classic and artists such as Flume, Ta-Ku, and Charles Murdoch, the Australian dance music scene has become an unlikely melting pot where creative minds are fusing elements of house, trap, Balearic beat, and futuristic R&B into a unique spectrum of sounds.
Though the Northern Hemisphere has only recently caught on, the Aussies have been partying this way for years, and the inimitable duo What So Not have been there since the beginning. Though possibly overshadowed by Flume’s recent ascent to the mainstream, this collaborative project (which also features Emoh Instead, a solo artist in his own right), arguably established the formula for grade-A Australian house/trap–a formula which serves them well on their Afrobeat-tinged single, Touched.
Indeed, Touched was one of the first tracks that Flume and Emoh ever collaborated on, combining the euphoria of modern house synths with a playful hip hop beat, and sprinkling tribal percussion and vocal chants on top for an exotic flair. In honor of the duo’s three-year anniversary of working together, Touched is available as a free download in exchange for a “like” on Facebook.
Speaking of Flume, the steady flow of bonus material from the deluxe edition of the producer’s debut record continues with The Greatest View, featuring vocals from Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures. Flume: Deluxe Edition is out Nov 12 in North America.