When you live in Australia, you sometimes hear the words “cultural cringe” bandied around. It’s where you think your culture isn’t as good or exciting as those from other cultures. American’s don’t get it. Aussies do. It explains why most Aussies have seen more of Europe than they have of their own backyard. It also explains why a lot of our artists think they will have a “bigger” track if the vocalist is from Austria not Australia.
Enter Sylvester’s neighbor. Deep in the indigenous community, he mentioned that you don’t need to look overseas to find the best talent. And more to the point, he had access to Gurrumul, Australia’s most prominent and most successful indigenous artist, the guy that was born blind, grew up as part of Yothu Yindi, plays the guitar backwards, is said to have the voice of an angel, and already had a swathe of Aria awards to his name.
He may live on Eelco island and the YBC boys may live in Bondi, but it’s not overseas so to speak.
Many emails were exchanged, Skype meetings had until stems were finally released and not long after, Gurrumul, his manager and minder were at the boys humble Rushcutters studio to hear the first draft. It was anxious times for YBC, Gurrumul having rejected collabs by some very big names in the past.
But after 16 bars, feet were tapping, a good sign surely, and then at one point, after that big silence, a quiet “yes” was exclaimed from the man. His manger winked at YBC. The collab would be approved.
In Gurrumul and our fun loving genre benders that love a bender YBC coming together to collab, we have a track that Sting, Will.am and Elton John had all hoped to make (well – they all wanted to collaborate with Gurrumul at least). And when the legendary A & R man Wolfgang Boss signed it to Universal for Europe, we felt kinda excited too.
This is cadenza house for the radio, luciano in a lunchbox, tech funk for the indigenous. This is something we at sweat are very proud of.
And if you need more convincing – well the guys with the biggest drums in the business, Chocolate Puma, take the unique vocals and throw them in the mix to make a tech house romp through Arnhem land while Flume, who pretty much could work with anyone right now, decided to work on this – and aren’t we glad he did. He called it the Soundtrack Version. We don’t disagree.