Get to know Sunnyside and their smooth new single, Disco Bananas
The six-piece's jazz and hip-hop-infused take on electronica is perfect for fans of BADBADNOTGOOD and more.
The rise of acts like BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat and TOKiMONSTA means that their respective sounds - each differing takes on jazz and hip-hop-infused electronic - have become some of the genre's most popular and acclaimed, paving the way for a heap of smaller acts to fill in gaps in more localised scenes, like, for example, Sunnyside do in Melbourne. Over the past few years, the Melbourne six-piece have built upon these sounds and diversified, bringing in their own signature touch as they dive into these expansive and vast sounds which have really dominated over the past few years. Their latest single, the strangely apt-titled Disco Bananas, injects this sound with a thick disco-funk bassline and some more considerable nuances from the sub-genre as a whole, infusing it with their traditionally more subdued tone for a track that really differs from the rest. It comes ahead of their debut album Body Heat - out October 3rd via Marthouse Records - teasing the record and showcasing a little taste of what to expect. Dive into the single below, pre-order the album HERE, and get to know the crew a little better while you're at it:
Tell us about yourselves?
Sunnyside is an instrumentally driven good times initiative with the goal of bringing smiles and moving feet. Rhythmically sourced jams that invite folks to shed their inhibitions and have a ripper time is what we are all about. We have been refining our live show for the past few years and are excited about what lies ahead
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
If you like a bit of funked up jazz with interweaving groove based afro-beat, nu-disco and hip-hop funk vibes then Sunnyside is the band for you. If you like your beats extra fruity, then look no further for raw, instrumentally driven dance music, designed to make you move, groove and smile in style.
The production process was and always will be a really beautiful learning experience. We share a strong musical relationship with Dougal Shaw of Marthouse Records and knew that he'd engineer our vision perfectly. The production results have become a blend of production style between Dougal and Sunnyside. Makes for one hell of a tasty cake.
The first natural step is to jam on a bright sunny day. Usually, we draw from an idea/vision which one of us has of a line, groove, song. The tunes over time gracefully evolve from a small flavour to become a bigger picture created by us all. Its all about feel for us baby, ideas start flowing the more we vibe out on what each other is feeling. We allow as much collaboration as possible when arranging and workshopping a new piece or someone might have a very clear vision of a song.
Can you tell us about your new album, Body Heat?
Body Heat is a seven-track journey that could light up a house party, stop global warming, or save ya dying cat's life. The LP name is a statement of intent as well as a request. Come work up a sweat with us. Let’s keep each other warm and fussy inside as if you've been Sun ray's all morning. Body Heat will be out October 3rd via Marthouse Records limited edition vinyl pressings available for pre-order now.
Any shows coming up?
We are coming in hot with our very first tour starting in October. We’ll be in Warrnambool then Ballarat October 5th/6th, Melbourne LAUNCH PARTY October 19th, then Castlemaine and Geelong November 2nd/3rd. All of the deets and supports will be up on the social media, giving you a chance to pop it in your hope journals.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
Bit o’ this, bit o’ that. After the regional tour we’re off to play in the sunny paradise of Mullumbimby Music Festival mid-November. Hopkins Creek is a locally brewed boutique dance festival which we’re bloody pumped for, and then we'll ring in the new year in style at NYE on The Hill. Perfect finish to a huge year and a perfect start to what will be a massive time.
Where can we hear more of your music?
All the main digital platforms will have Body Heat pumping for your enjoyment. Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Apple Music. You can also pre-order a vinyl LP through the Marthouse Records website. Make sure you get on down to a gig so you can grab a vinyl in person, maybe even something extra special with it too.
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