It’s tough to dispute Australia’s takeover of electronic music in 2013, but despite the emergence of hard-hitters like Motez, Charles Murdoch, Anna Lunoe, and Hayden James, all signs are pointing to that momentum continuing throughout 2014. Enter bourgeoning Tasmanian producer Akouo (as his facebook page insists, pronounced “ak-ooh-oh”), who apart from remixing Aussie juggernauts Flume and Chet Faker, has not released any original production work until now. His refreshing debut single Last Time for Die High Records effortlessly covers us in the warmth of chimes and synth bursts, carrying pitched-up vocal coos throughout four minutes to establish an air of both tranquility and jubilation. It’s truly inspiring to see new talent sidestep the 4/4 time signature and serve up beautifully erratic track structures, which in this case allows the tune to breathe like few others of its kind. And did we mention he has an absolutely killer voice? Be sure to mentally bookmark the name, and download the track for free below.
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