IAustralian dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL have consistently been lauded for their live act, having played numerous prominent festivals from Electric Forest to their most recent Coachella 2019 set, and touring an expansive North American itinerary. Now, they bring their performance chops to the late-night screen, marking their first-ever appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The electronic group consisting of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt, took to the stage to perform “Treat You Better” over Kimmel’s airwaves, the fourth single from their 2018 studio album Solace.
With Lindqvist providing impeccable live vocals, George on the keyboard, and Hunt providing the percussion, the trio deliver nothing short of the live brilliance we’ve come to expect, conveying an inspiring performance that exuded magnetic stage energy. The success of Solace has catalyzed RÜFÜS DU SOL’s artistry and career moves, resulting in the trio debuting a 360-degree short film Underwater, securing a Wynn Vegas residency, and taking slots in both weekends of Coachella 2019.
There’s no denying it: RÜFÜS DU SOL have taken the electronic music sector by storm, and now, the alternative electronic trio is set to take the stage at Coachella‘s Outdoor Theatre. RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt have been fixtures of dance music’s live touring circuit since the release of their third studio album, SOLACE. The group hit the road after the arrival of the critically acclaimed production to embark on an expansive North American tour that bore the same title as the LP. From one sold-out stop to the next, RÜFÜS DU SOL collectively worked their way through a number of major U.S. cities to present barefaced renditions of SOLACE inclusions, and to elucidate the raw, cerebral side of electronic music in the process.
The group also landed a residency with Wynn Las Vegas’s NightSwim event series, in a testament to the group’s ever increasing live presence, following fans’ hungry demand for more face to face encounters with the visionaries. Coachella 2019 is a benchmark in Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt’s shared artistic career as RÜFÜS DU SOL: the musicians will not only play each of the festival’s two weekends, but will also present their new 360-degree film, Underwater, a production that tells the visual story of the SOLACE inclusion.
Catch RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Weekend 1 performance below. View Coachella’s Weekend 1 live stream schedule in its entirety, here.
RÜFÜS DU SOL will expand their artistry beyond just the stage during Coachella 2019’s consecutive weekends. In addition to performing at each of the California festival’s two weekends, the alternative electronic group will also present their new 360-degree film, Underwater. Directed by James Frost, the visual shares the name of SOLACE album inclusion, “Underwater,” the second single released on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s third studio album. Frost is notable for his prior work on Radiohead‘s music video for “House of Cards,” and OK GO‘s “This Too Shall Pass.”
The “Lost In My Mind” trio will debut the production at Coachella’s 11,000 square-foot Antarctic Projection Dome. Devised by HP Inc., the dome is the largest structure in the world of its kind. The geodesic dome is the product of cutting edge technology that enables forward thinking artistic expression. Underwater is a creative endeavor well-suited for an inaugural screening in the Dome, given the short film’s 360-degree format, and its implementation of hi-definition imagery sourced from graphic artists around the world.
“RÜFÜS DU SOL and I have been trying to collaborate for awhile, so when the opportunity arose to create the visual accompaniment to ‘Underwater’ for the HP Antarctic Dome at Coachella, I couldn’t think of a more perfect song and I knew we could create something magical,” Frost said in a press release. “‘Underwater’ is rich with layers, and the piece we’ve created immerses the audience visually and sonically in this expansive dome setting,” Frost added.
RÜFÜS DU SOL will supplement Underwater with a DJ set, and a panel discussion that contemplates technology’s ability to augment the affective power of music. Underwater will first screen on April 11, during an exclusive Coachella VIP event, and will be available for general viewing thereafter.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. Senior Editor Bella Bagshaw brings you her favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—each week, in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Let’s begin at the end this Sunday, with the concluding offering, “Spring,” from Flume’s latest mixtape. With help from the eternally strange, Eprom, Flume uses pitched-up vocals and a frenetic, downtempo arrangement, for a resplendent, redolent Sunday soundtrack.
Slow Magic’s take on Manila Killa’s “Wake Up Call” is an echoing, pensive vessel for some Sunday eschewal. Where Manila Killa’s initial offering showcases a sobering groove, Slow Magic’s is one of escapism: a palliative proposition to drift inside a soft blue dream.
Moods takes an already blissed-out Catching Flies cut, “Sunrays” and adds a lulling, looping beat, liable to send listeners into some sunny, sound-induced catharsis.
From RÜFÜS DU SOL’s enduring, sophomore album comes “Brighter,” a song privy to absolving any residual end-of-weekend regrets. Though, nearly any selection from RÜFÜS’s expansive catalog carries some semblance of sunshine.
Now let’s end at the beginning: Flume’s quixotic and vapory “Zimbabwe” rework lives on his first and self-titled album. To spend a Sunday inside Flume’s artistic evolution would surely stave off intrusive work-related thoughts; so, that’s just what Dancing Astronaut is prescribing this week.
Bathed in the luminous, multi-colored lights of the stage, RÜFÜS DU SOL appear as a collective whole to perform, while simultaneously maintaining interiority, as each turns quietly introspective. The alternative electronic dance group members’ individual, visible explorations of their own thoughts comprises the concept for RÜFÜS DU SOL’s official music video for Solace album staple, “Treat You Better.” Shot in Mexico City, the visual transitions from pensive grey scale shots of each RÜFÜS DU SOL constituent, absorbed in his own mind, to spirited live shots of RÜFÜS DU SOL playing before a crowd, to clusters of blue confetti that gently rain over the crowd.
The contemplative nature of the video translates the awareness of the necessity of personal improvement—specifically in a romantic arrangement—into a lucid, thoughtful video that uses color in a symbolic sense. The opening scenes of the video are noticeably devoid of any color, but, as both and song and the visual progress in tandem, color begins to flood the production, first entering when RÜFÜS DU SOL take the stage. The strategic presentation of color shots, as opposed to grey scale or black-and-white cuts, traces the emotive journey that the video follows: realization of a need for inner change, and the effectuation thereof.
Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.
This year is poised to perpetuate Day Club’s star-studded reputation, with sets from deep house, South African/Swiss tastemaker Nora En Pure and Australian producers of the SOLACE album, RÜFÜS DU SOL, taking control of the first weekend installment; followed by underground sets on Sunday curated by LA’s Sound nightclub, whose Day Club sessions have brought the likes of Dubfire, Hot Since 82, Nicole Moudaber, The Martinez Brothers to name just a few.
Weekend two turns the energy up a bit with a Mad Decent turn up hosted by Diplo and his friends on Friday, followed by Latin Grammy award winner and all-around lovable guy, Dillon Francis, on Saturday. Jauz and his Bite Me label affiliates look to bring bass house to Sunday to wrap it all up.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Snuggle up with your boo or rev your vengeance this Valentine’s Day, as Dancing Astronaut delivers a double dose of situational satiation. Playlist 1, This Could Be Us, scratches the adorned listeners’ sensuous itch, with syrupy electronic selects from Above & Beyond, Daft Punk, ZHU, and more. Playlist 2, But You Playin’, ventures the length of the scorned lover, with deliciously despondent offerings from SZA, Mija, Lido, and many more. It’s complicated? Just as well, as you’ll have twice the listening litany this year.
Cassian, a favorite duly of RÜFÜS DU SOL, and of the Australian alternative dance trio’s newly minted, Rose Avenue, has returned to the imprint with his latest effort, “Same Things.”
A silken-bodied production that fluidly paces forth, the melodic house offering calls on the vocal talents of Gabrielle Current. Cassian suspends Current’s sleek vocal contribution atop a lush bed of rounded synths that entreat listeners to sink into the song’s smooth construction. The track’s mid-tempo arrangement, and bright electronic elements work symbiotically to craft a current of sonic chill that complements the sensual indie sound aesthetic that Rose Avenue has cultivated.
With mixing credits on two of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s studio efforts, SolaceandBloom, in his back pocket, and a prior Rose Avenue debut via “Lafayette” in his recent rearview, it’s clear that Cassian is no stranger to the landscape of sound production. Listeners who can’t get enough of Cassian’s style need not consider the “repeat” button their only method of satiation: Cassian will join RÜFÜS DU SOL for a number of the group’s Australian tour dates, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and more.