We’re big proponents of the Australian dance music scene. In fact, in the past fourteen days we’ve posted about the same amount of Aussie artists. The country generates some of the most forward-thinking, genre-bending, and straight-up enjoyable music and producers out there today. One such bourgeoning talent is Luke Tkalcevic, also known as Sondrio, who’s name you might already be familiar with through our features on his remixes of Kraftwerk and Peking Duk, and originals All In, Black and Monetary. His carefully crafted style of house music has caught our ears in a big way.
Following a successful release with his single Monetary, Sondrio is now out with a brand new two-track EP entitled Nightcap. The EP as a whole is centered around the concept of a nightcap, a drink you might have late night when you’re winding things down, or in this case music you might listen to. But he approached each track with the intent of creating something that can fit two very different dancefloor vibes. The initial track Woman Down, which we feel might be his best work to date, is a deep, controlled, chopped-up cut — something that’s perfectly suited to bring things down at the end of the night. It cleverly samples from Outkast and KRS One (you can hear the originals here and here), completing that energetic, sub-heavy vibe. In contrast, Slick, the second tune off Nightcap is, as Sondrio himself puts it, ‘as in your face as the stuff it was inspired by’. Those inspirations come from people like Jesse Rose and Dubsided, from which he has captured that vibe and combined it with his bubbling, funky Sondrio style. It’s one of those tracks that comes on when things are just starting to get a bit wild, but feeling oh so right. You can easily hear the creativity and thought that’s been put into each of the tracks. He’s built synths from scratch, pushed things further than he’s done before, and successfully created a set of tunes that embody exactly what he was going for.
Be sure to keep your eyes and ears out for more from him in the future, but for now you can pick up the full EP for free below!