Frogs Feat. Ta-ku, Wafia & Hak
The recent run of dynamic musicians coming from Australia these past few years shows no signs of slowing up.
It appears as if our kangaroo-boxing neighbors to the south have commandeered the progressive electronic music world; artists are able to piggyback off of like minded producers, while forming collectives that insulate them in positive and constructive environments to create polished works at a breakneck pace.
Riding the wave of success that gained traction on the back of Flume, Chet Faker, and countless others, Charles Murdoch – a long time Future Classic member – went back to the studio, working on a soon-to-be-release LP, Point.
Earlier this week, the stars aligned and fans were graced with the first release from Point; a collaboration involving familiar artists expanding their repertoires into unfamiliar roles. While Murdoch’s widely popular remixes may be what he is best known for, his latest original work certainly sets the bar much higher.
“Frogs” opens with a 30 second monologue by none other than Ta-Ku – reminiscent of a spoken word session at a poetry club – fading into a soft downtempo warbling that persists throughout the remainder of the track. As the beat picks up, he demonstrates a sultry smooth vocal skill set on “Frogs” that fans have only heard snippets of via his eccentric Instagram account.
While listeners are still processing the limitless talents of Ta-Ku, Wafia comes into the fold, seductively harmonizing her lines intermittently throughout the song. The masterful duet takes Murdoch’s dark, brooding instrumental and injects it with feelings of solitude. Following a Wafia solo at the 3:00 mark in which she serenades listeners with a single emotive line, “Frogs” ends all too soon.
Charles Murdoch fans can keep up with his works and the upcoming release of Point on his Soundcloud page.