In anticipation of his upcoming EP Pleasure Principle (Nov 13th), Melbourne-based Chinese/Australian creative Dugong Jr has unveiled another slice of sonic heaven. On My Own is pure class, providing the perfect level of chilled-out ambience while keeping us in sensory overdrive.
A little bit cafe del mar crossed with a club mix, On My Own is a cleverly orchestrated arrangement of scrappy and imperfect elements wrapped up in a one refined track. Whether spinning in a European cafe, a dark Melbourne bar, or at the likes of Potato Head Beach Club in Bali, this song has hit an atmospheric jackpot.
The production is so well polished, with every jarring aspect finding its place in perfect harmony – a sense of class that we often see from the likes of Gramatik.
A super cool bass and synth resonate through your head, and a few piano strokes interject between the high pitch electric slices. The muffled vocals are somehow front and centre, yet also just ancillary to everything else going on. Skipping over a typical big bass drop, the peak of the song hits with a subtle hand clap that gets you grooving automatically.
The track had such a melancholy feel to it until I added in the piano chords, and then all of a sudden it was kind of straddling a line between a chilled out house track and a late-night R&B track. I guess if you had to describe the sound palette, the vibe I was going for was to create my own interpretation of a track that sits in a space somewhere between Kanye’s ‘Flashing Lights’ and Sade’s ‘No Ordinary Love’Dugong Jr
On My Own is a beautifully produced track somehow born out of obscure and gritty electronica. Dugong Jr‘s attention to detail is second to none, and his vision sits towards the peak of artistic innovation.
The official video for On My Own, created by NIDA, was selected as a winner of triple j Unearthed’s: Annual NIDA Music Video Competition.
Stream On My Own or watch the winning official video below:
Posted by Rebecca Costanzo and Ollie Roberts