After scoring a surprise mega-hit worldwide, these Melbourne jazz-funketeers look to prove they are no three-minute wonders.
Cookin' with gas, on all burners
When a band's song becomes unexpectedly ubiquitous they naturally get busy, but it can also cement them in a single three-minute space. That's the case for Melbourne jazz-funk trio Cookin' on 3 Burners, who are about to take the first step forward after they had a hit single across Europe and then Australia with the 2016 remix of their track This Girl. Put together with French DJ and producer Kungs and rich in summery exuberance, the song's success took keyboardist Jake Mason, drummer Ivan Khatchoyan, and guitarist Dan West out of the instrumental underground as they accumulated 300 million views on YouTube while making the top five in the British, French and Brazilian charts (among others). There's a new album due for release later this year and Cookin on 3 Burners will be previewing their forthcoming material with shows at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday June 15 (launching the NGV's winter season of jazz-focused Friday-night gigs) and Leadbelly in Newtown, Sydney on Thursday September 20. For further information see www.ngv.vic.gov.au and www.theleadbelly.com.au respectively.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
It's been 11 years since the duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes had their signature moment with the breakthrough success of their dancefloor-to-detention-centre anthem My People. That single, and their subsequent second album, Apocalypso, was a galvanising moment both culturally and commercially for electronic music in Australia. It could easily have tied them into the role of elder synthesiser statesmen, but with Hi Viz, the first Presets album in six years, their eclectic bent keeps them charged and contemporary. The defiant yob boogie of Do What You Want and acid house double entendre of Tools Down are contrasted by the clipped tropical groove of Martini and Feel Alone's panoramic longing as the pair prove they have no need to look back.
Lost and Found – Jorja Smith
So Sad So Sexy – Lykke Li
Avalon – Roxy Music
Craig Mathieson has been the film critic for The Sunday Age since March 2012, having previously held the same position for Rolling Stone and The Bulletin. The former magazine editor writes widely on film, music and television, and is still able to quote sizeable chunks of the dialogue from Michael Mann's Heat.
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