We love cutting edge. We love finding material that sounds like nothing ever heard before. Progressive, innovative, creative; words that are music to our ears, literally. So what if we told you that there is a record label that showcases some of the most talented producers that vary from sophisticated dance-floor sounds, to the most unconventional and unique experiments? It’s not often one comes across a plethora of brilliant producers in one sitting, but we are here to introduce you to the Future Classic Record label. An assembly of skilled Aussie musicians who are a step ahead of the mainstream.
With more than thirty signed acts, Future Classic satisfies just about anyone’s tastes. Overflowing with new-wave pioneers, it’s no wonder the label is internationally supported. This isn’t your ordinary record label either. FC also encircles touring, licensing, a monthly podcast, and two weekly club nights In Sydney. Founded by Nathan Mclay in 2004, Future Classic holds a variety of musicians with sounds ranging from House, Electronic, Indie-alternative, Ambient and Disco. Originally, Mclay started out working for a record label doing mixes and slowly graduated to operating a radio show with five of his friends. They describe their success with the company as organic, meaning it evolved from meeting, talking, and supporting artists. They really enjoy receiving demos from artists and helping them create a name for themselves.
You’ve probably heard some of the gems that come from Future Classic. Flume, What So Not, Touch Sensitive, Charles Murdoch, and Flight Facilities are just a few of the many talents that cover the label. In case you haven’t, we have compiled a few of our favorites for show and tell.
WHAT SO NOT
Ground breaking duo ‘WHAT SO NOT’ consists of Harley Streten (Flume) and Chris Emerson (Emoh Instead) have caused quite a bustle within the last year. Their highly intense live shows and energetic sound have them named “Voice of the ADD generation.” The sounds they produce are a fusion of trap and experimentally-driven 808 beats.They are constantly pushing boundaries of modern electronic sound. They have most certainly made their own style in the world of trap.What So Not have gained recognition of Flosstradamus, Nero, and Diplo, as their rework of Major Lazer’s “Get Free” landed a release on the Mad Decent label. What So Not has an avalanche of unreleased music prepared for the next year, so get ready for an onslaught of eccentric sound and live shows.
21 year old Harley Streten, also known as Flume, takes a no ordinary, run-of-the-mill attitude to producing music. Flume takes inspiration from a wide variety of musicians and influences to create his own style of bass heavy, soul infused sounds. For fans of Hudson Mohawke or Disclosure, Flume will reach into the farthest corners of your musical taste. Innovative and unique, the young musician is quickly making an international name for himself. His first self-titled album, has gone platinum and features sensuous pads, chopped celestial vocals, and saw-like synths that turn heads.
We had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Flume about his cutting edge music and what it takes to stand out in a crowd of monotonous electronic music. Read about what he had to say here.
Cloaked in secrecy and other worldly vibes, Touch Sensitive, also known as Michael Di Francesco, combines components of Nu-Disco and Chillwave; a head-nodding, booty shaking theme built on thick pulsating synths. Touch Sensitive released the first track off of the Future Classic record label. “Body Stop” appeared in 2004 shortly after the birth of Future Classic. “Real Talk” a collaboration with Anna Lunoe,spent almost half a year at the top of the Beatport indie-dance charts. There is much more to come from the rising disco star. The recent release of “Pizza Guy” is a decadent mixture of glittery scales and funky bass. We find it to be the perfect slow-burner tune.
Future Classic continues to impress with their cutting edge innovation, talented artists, and humble upbringing. We look forward to seeing what other artists emerge from the label. What we love most is the blissful breakdowns and decadent dreamscapes that will transport you to a secret world. Funky fluttering strings and futuristic harmonies will dangle any listener between past, present and future. The intricate tracks of every artist that fall between retro and revolutionary are most certainly fitting for a name like Future Classic.
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