Sydney duo Amelia Jenner and Doug Wright are Body Promise: a project that began as an FBi radio show and grew up to be a record label. On Friday, they shared their first release as Body-Promise-the-label, a 15-track compilation called Harmony From A Dominant Hue. THUMP is pleased to spotlight one of our favourite tracks from the record, a composition from Sydney producer Jikuroux titled "Doubt."
To celebrate the release, Amelia sat down with Jikuroux to talk community and club music in Australia. Press play and get to know the pair.
Hi Jess, thank you so much for being a part of our debut release. We honestly feel so blessed to be working with you. Are you able to expand a little on what both the track and the term "Doubt" mean to you?
Doubt is coming to terms with the equivocal, and understanding the beauty of ambiguity; nothingness is only a weapon of totality haunting us to feel, act, be, or live a certain way. To doubt is to fracture that stronghold.
The type of music you're making is gaining a lot of momentum overseas with the rise of labels like Sweden's Staycore, Mexico's NAAFI, and of course Night Slugs and Fade To Mind. Is there much of it going on here in Australia?
There's definitely a lot going on here right now—there are a lot of artists breaking free from the pure house/techno construct like Corin, Passion Boy and Chunyin, whose music may not appear similar rhythmically, but all exist at this point of twisted chaos. Then you have vocalists like Gussy, Kimchi Princi, Slim Set and HTML Flowers and DJs like Candlelyte, Jale, Chanel and Yung Brujo. It's a really supportive environment at the moment and its growing!
You released your debut EP on Air Max 97's label Decisions at the end of September, and since then you have already released two other singles. Does it feel good to finally get your music out into the world?
Absolutely! Releasing that EP is what I imagine getting your first tattoo is like: nerve-racking but also quite cathartic as a point of displayed self-expression. The ice is broken, the pilot has aired!
EVE is a beautiful and crucial club night that you co-founded your friends and incredible DJs Aph, Scam and DJ Mac Keeper. You're just about to host Lotic–OMG! Can you tell me a little about the vibe behind EVE? How did it all come about?
We felt there was a lot of music being left behind or forgotten about - lockouts came in, touring agents died down and we felt Sydney was over-saturated with that vinyl only masc bro djs woop woop vibe…. it got to a point where we all came together and said fuck it! We're in a position where we can create a comfortable and cute space for our friends and our friends of friends and our maybe-one-day-bffs, whilst also providing a platform for certain artists that may not get to play as much as they'd like, or haven't had the opportunity to play yet.
Harmony From A Dominant Hue is available here.