GOLDEN FEATURES X THE PRESETS TEAM UP ON RAKA EP
RAKA delivers four hard-hitting tracks composed of The Presets’ Julian Hamilton’s iconic vocals, Kim Moyes’ signature drums and keys, and Tom Stell’s gritty basslines. The collaboration brings out the best in the trio, feeding off each other to show sides of their talents never seen before.
The EP’s title track is the dark underground club track ‘Raka’, with haunting lyrics providing a daunting and exhilarating audible experience. Following is ‘Paradise’, which delivers an all around feeling of intoxication, as if to be an ode to the beautiful transformative nature of club culture. The pace continues with ‘Control’, with snares and synths creating an instant dance floor anthem. Closing things out is the ever-so-fitting ‘The End’ –
The EP is accompanied by mind-bending visuals, a collaboration between Sydney-based photographer Mclean Stephenson and animator Joel Burrows, as well as animation by the masterful Yoshi Sodeoka.
Tom Stell explains, “I discovered The Presets when I was 16 or 17. I became so quickly obsessed that I purchased my first fake ID to attend Shore Thing (a now defunct NYE festival at Bondi Beach). That night I remember being in a state and boom ‘This Boys In Love’ came on and that was it. It was over. Years later when the Golden Features stuff started, the boys released ‘No Fun’. I asked to remix it and they kindly obliged. While I was writing SECT I was intro’d to Kim by a mutual friend and he came to grab coffee and listen to the demos. He had this amazing reaction to the music and eventually offered to help me nail the vocals for ‘Falling Out’. The beginning of this year I was in Joshua Tree when I got an email from Jules and Kim asking if I wanted to work together on an EP and I jumped at the opportunity. 10 years of fan boying came crashing down on my head. I can’t really describe it now it’s done. It was a deeply humbling experience which I now feel I’m all the better as an artist as a direct consequence. Anyways, not to waffle. Love you J&K. This is RAKA.”
Discussing their union, Julian says, “Kim and I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Tom. We have been a fan of his Golden Features project ever since he remixed our song ‘No Fun’ back in 2014.
We started by getting together in the studio, setting up a bunch of synths and pedals, and just going wild with them – creating berserk acid lines and rolling arpeggiator patterns – and capturing as much craziness as we could. Later we would cook these ideas down together, reducing them to their simplest and strongest incarnations. Tom would then take these recordings home with him and further mould them into these dope patterns and beats. He is such a fast and talented producer. Meanwhile I would throw different lyrical ideas over the tracks at my place. We would swap ideas remotely – emailing and texting ideas back and forth every few hours. Everything grew really organically, and very quickly. It was a super exciting couple of weeks of music making.
Collaborating with Tom was such an enjoyable way to make music. Collaboration in general is very rewarding. You don’t have to be as precious as you might normally be when creating your own stuff. You can afford to explore new areas and try a bunch of things you ordinarily wouldn’t – often leading to really exciting results. It has been great fun stepping outside the walls of The Presets world and seeing what can be found there. We can’t wait for fans to hear the EP. We are really proud of it and hope to make more music with Tom in the future.”
Tom Stell is renowned for his Golden Features masked DJ / live sets, ensuring that his art is appreciated for art’s sake, values that were instilled in him as a teenage graffiti artist. Golden Features’ debut LP SECT received widespread critical acclaim and landed at #11 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Stell has toured with Allison Wonderland as well as headlined his own tour, and made appearances at Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Field Day, and more.
Breaking onto the scene in 2005, The Presets have achieved worldwide success via the release of multiple critically acclaimed albums, including Pacifica whose single ‘Ghosts’ was Rolling Stone’s Song of the Year in 2014, and HI VIZ, which debuted #1 on the iTunes album chart. They have been recognised worldwide for their dynamic live performances, playing hundreds of shows domestically and internationally such as Glastonbury, Coachella, SXSW, Exit, Melt and Splendour In The Grass.
Golden Features x The Presets’ RAKA is out now.