Simply put, Golden Features is ‘killin it right now’. 2015 has been a big year so far for the Sydney producer, having just been awarded In The Mix’s ‘breakthrough artist of the year’ and backing it up with the release of his highly anticipated EP – XXIV. The genre-defying producer made waves with the release of his first EP last year and the impact of the lead single Tell Me. This transformed him from an up and comer to a formidable force in the EDM scene. Add to that the backing support of Porter Robinson, which has cemented him as the next big thing in Australian dance music. While many artists fail to live up to high expectations, Golden Features has more than delivered with XXIV. The four track EP boasts amazing production and originality and genuinely is something for dance fans to get excited about. Each track is unique but all are easily recognisable due to the unmistakable style of this prodigy from Sydney.
Baxter, the first track on the EP really sets the tone and vibe of what is yet to come for the listener. With a long, atmospheric build-up, the track oozes what we have come to love about Golden features before delivering a heavy, techno-esque bass drop. It showcases a mellow dramatic vibe that Golden Features does better than almost any.
The second track No One is the obvious hit single on the EP. It features brilliant vocals from the relatively unknown Thelma Plum which really go hand in hand with the gloomy synths and echoic sounds that form the track. No One could be considered the track most tailored to suit the masses on the EP given the catchy vocals and chorus however this song is still a far cry from the mainstream pop EDM that many ‘true’ fans have come to despise.
Telescope is perhaps the most surprising track on the EP as the styling is slightly different from what we have come to expect from Golden Features. Showing subtle elements of trap, Telescope is more upbeat and somewhat less dark and mysterious than the rest of the tracks on the EP. Once again vocals are dominant but unlike No One, it features RnB style vocals from female rapper K Flay that complement the hip hop snares and kick drums.
With the final song, Do You, the EP ends with a triumphant bang. Perhaps the darkest song on XXIV, Do You offers the very best of Golden Features. This song is sure to be a club thumper. With a dark and mysterious pulsating electro build-up, the track reaches its climax before a hard hitting, fat bass line drops in.
XXIV is a brilliant EP. Golden Features is exactly what the Australian EDM scene needs right now, a ground-breaking and refreshing producer who is delivering exciting new music. What is special about this EP is the potential it has to appeal to a wide audience. Defying genre, it is neither underground techno nor deep house, it’s quite simply just Golden Features. Mysterious, frightening and euphoric all at once, XXIV takes you on a deep melodic journey leaving you with a craving that only Golden Features can satisfy.
Those lucky enough to have tickets can catch Golden Features tonight at his sold out, double headline show with What So Not at the Thebarton Theatre.