2014 has been a busy year for Sydney’s independent imprint Future Classic, and they are celebrating with the announcement of Teen Idols: a Future Classic Compilation. Combining 12 of their favorite tracks from the past 12 months with new music from a couple of label stalwarts, Teen Idols will be released on December 19th. The title track by Future Classic’s Touch Senstive, which debuted yesterday with The Fader, is currently available to stream here. The compilation is available for pre-order now with Touch Sensitive’s track available for instant download.
It has been a year of firsts for Future Classic: the first female management signing in George Maple, Basenji’s first official release with “Heirloom”, Flight Facilities’ surprise debut album “Down To Earth”, Seekae’s first vocal record “The Worry,” and Panama’s first Northern Hemisphere tour — not to mention Flume, Flight Facilities and Jagwar Ma’s first appearances at Coachella, and Chet Faker
Future Classic programmed a stage at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and threw a party for Vivid Festival at the iconic Sydney Opera House. The label also showcased at SXSW and Bigsound. They toured new and old friends from abroad such as Cashmere Cat, Ryan Hemsworth, Chrome Sparks, Classixx, Little Dragon and Com Truise, and brought back Adult Disco.
Teen Idols provides a 12-track snapshot of all this, plus exclusive new tracks from 3 existing FC artists – Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and 123Mrk – and mysterious new artist KOA. Leading the charge is Future Classic talisman and one of the label’s first signings; Michael Di Francesco, aka Touch Sensitive – making his “Teen Idols” single the only choice for the title track. And here is what the man himself has to say on his single:
“My cousin Michael Bartucciotto introduced me to lots of deep Doo Wop and I’m familiar with most of the Teen Idol stuff because my dad listens to it, so to me this track is about a little bit of the past in a current context. People have short attention spans these days and some pop hooks are only a couple of words (if that), so it’s a bit of a nod to that world you could say. Not everyone can sing 4 part harmonies (including me) but anyone can do “Doo” or “Bap” and with technology the way it is now, anyone can be a star.”
Other noteworthy mentions on the album include George Maple’s “Talk Talk,” new signing HWLS’ EP cut “004” with Noah Breakfast, as well as the sole remix on the compilation by Norwegian wunderkind Lido, reworking Flight Facilities’ stunning “Two Bodies” track featuring compatriot songstress Emma Louise.
1. Touch Sensitive – “Teen Idols” *
2. HWLS – “004 w/ Noah Breakfast”
3. Basenji – “Heirloom”
4. Chet Faker – “Gold”
5. Seekae – “Test & Recognise”
6. George Maple – “Talk Talk”
7. Karma Kid – “Bird of Prey”
8. KOA – “All Of My Love” *
9. Thrupence – Silk
10. 123MRK – Same Old Game *
11. Cashmere Cat – With Me
12. Wave Racer – Streamers
13. Hayden James – Something About You *
14. Chrome Sparks – Goddess
15. Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Lido Remix)
16. Woolfy – City Lights
* exclusive to Teen Idols