Melbourne house producer András has made a tongue-in-cheek video to accompany his new EP.
The five-track track EP finds him ditching his usual laid-back style for a set of club-ready, “looney house” productions, and is inspired by a “different kind of beach holiday – one ruined by vacationers, revving car engines and polluted beaches,” he tells FACT.
From the acid notes of ‘T.N.T.F‘ and ‘Gold Coast’ to the horny disco of ‘Soy Boy‘, the EP shows off András tropical, melodic signature style, taking subtle cues from Cajmere, Pal Joey and more obscure 90s Australian cuts selected from the 3RRR FM library.
The untitled EP will be released on February 19 via fellow Australian producers Francis Inferno Orchestra and Fantastic Man‘s record label, Superconscious Records. Ahead of that, watch the video for ‘Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise Mix)’ and read our quick Q&A with the producer below.
Tell us about the idea behind the tracks on the record?
I was getting a little tired of the ‘balearic zone’ tempos and felt like trying some faster stuff. Thinking about a different kind of beach holiday – one ruined by vacationers, revving car engines and polluted beaches. Where the sewer meets the sea.
What was the idea behind the video?
The first tracks were sketched in a room overlooking a led-lit hotel pool in Surfer’s Paradise. The video loosely paints the picture. The city was originally conceived of as a “masterfully engineered modern Venice . . . Roads are already sealed, kerbs and channelling already provided. No high-rise apartments or multiple dwellings. Just civic pride and sloping lawns. And peace.” Of course, these days, Surfer’s Paradise has been tainted by an endless procession of ponzi schemes, reality TV shows and Schoolies (the local iteration of Spring Break). Tropical heat and cream coloured aluminium balconies.
Who are your favourite producers at the moment?
Lipelis (Moscow), Akira S (São Paulo) London on the Track (Atlanta). Terre Thaemlitz always – I don’t think I’ll ever tire of her fluid manipulations.
Many great electronic music producers have emerged from Australia over the past few years. Why do you think so many of them are moving to Europe?
Quite the opposite – I reckon the current generation of musicians are claiming their Australian identity. Historically, works by Australian Artists and Musicians were ‘inferior’ to the works of their European and American counterparts – what local writers termed Cultural Cringe. At the time, the only way local artists could built up their esteem was either to follow overseas fashions or spend periods of time living and working in Europe. This has changed heaps in the last decade – there are heaps of producers who are actively referencing and championing this island continent. Sure, there are some obvious names who have moved over to Neukölln. But they always come home for summer.
What’s the scene in Melbourne like at the moment, is it suffering from the same problems as Sydney with the crackdown on nightlife?
Nah, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a city suffering more than Sydney right now. Melbourne suffers from apathy, if anything. There’s a lot on over summer, and endless festivals to get you on the road every weekend. I couldn’t be happier to be in the Big M.
See the tracklist here.