Brisbane producer Feki has been having quite a good year this year. He’s just about to play at this week’s EMC, he picked up a nomination for a J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year, and he’s played at tastemaker festivals Listen Out and OutsideIn – all within the last three months or so. However, from just one listen to any of his tracks, there is absolutely no question why he’s got this buzz about him, and his latest release could perhaps be his best yet.
Teaming up with fellow Brisbane band Glasshouse, they have released a cover of James Blake‘s Retrograde. It’s no easy task to cover a Blake song, and expectations were set pretty high indeed for this one – and were well and truly blown out of the water as well.
With a mellow saxophone, some subtle claps and some tentative keys, the lead vocals come in fragile and vulnerable, but still commanding. The track ticks and tocks it’s way along; slow moving and gradually picking up steam before an explosive drop and Feki’s obvious touch. Thick synth jabs and heavy beats crash as the track comes to a sudden roar, before almost immediately subsiding into a gentle trickle. You’re left feeling a little uneasy, like someone’s just cut off your supply whilst giving you whiplash at the same time, but also in a state of surprised awe at just how good that sounded.
You can catch Feki playing at EMC this week in Sydney, or probably just about everywhere next year as we are almost positive he is about to blow up.