Crooked Colours have have released their second album Langata, an atmospheric new world overflowing with addictive beats and soft vocals. Featuring singles I’ll Be There, Do It Like You, Hold On and Never Dance Alone featuring Ladyhawke this album is easy to listen to and makes me feel happy :)
I first listened to Crooked Colours live, when I was attending an event for New Caledonia Tourism and it was pretty obvious then that their fan club would keep on growing, and I'm one of them.
After a hugely successful run alongside massive acts Billie Eilish, MØ and Nick Murphy at Groovin’ The Moo, Crooked Colours are about to embark on an epic national headline tour to celebrate Langata, hitting up Fremantle, Brisbane, Coolangatta, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong and wrapping up in Newcastle on June 9. If you listen to the links in this post, and like what you hear then I'd be buying tickets for the Langata tour as soon as possible before they sell out. Joining Crooked Colours on the headline dates will be fellow triple j faves Nyxen and Kayex.
Never Dance Alone, featuring pop royalty Ladyhawke is meditative and uplifting and is now in my favourites on Spotify. Speaking on how the single came together, Philip Slabber explains, “Never Dance Alone was one of those tracks that worked from the start and grew into something very special. I was initially singing both parts in different registers and then we came up with the idea to turn it into a call and response track. Ladyhawke was available and her voice worked perfectly. This is the only feature off our upcoming album and we couldn't be happier to have Pip on the record." Stream: Never Dance Alone feat. Ladyhawke
The world that Crooked Colours have created on Langata is deep, hypnotic, and often breathtakingly beautiful. Written, recorded, and produced entirely by Crooked Colours, and mixed by Tim Watts and David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The XX, Caribou, FKA twigs), Langata contains multitudes and is a masterclass in the ecstatic simplicity of electronic dance music.
Speaking about the album, Phil says, “For many acts, the sophomore record is a very daunting task to face and we tried to approach it with as much calm and open-mindedness as possible. Fortunately for us, we were faced with a period of time spent extensively travelling and experiencing environments that helped us a lot creatively. The name Langata comes from a district in Nairobi that we spent some time and encapsulated that creative process most accurately. It was the first time that everything clicked and we knew what the direction of the project would be. We’re very proud of the work and we can’t wait for you to take a listen.”
After taking Australia by storm with their ambitious and impressive new live show, Crooked Colours will be heading overseas to perform at some of the hottest festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo and Firefly festivals, plus their own headline shows throughout September and October. Thrilled to be hitting the road, Leon De Baughn enthuses, “Being on the road and seeing new places was a huge inspiration for us with this new record. Being able to take sound bites from different places we visited paved the way for the songs to develop and grow into what they finally became on the album.”
Crooked Colours have established themselves as one of the hottest rising acts with the debut Vera. Now they are on track to become one of our biggest electronic exports with this superb sophomore release.
CROOKED COLOURS LANGATA NATIONAL TOUR Presented by Falcona, Select Music, Sweat It Out and triple j FRI 17 MAY | METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE WA | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets SAT 18 MAY | THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUEST KAYEX Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au SUN 19 MAY | COOLANGATTA HOTEL, COOLANGATTA QLD | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX *SOLD OUT Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets FRI 24 MAY| ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW | LIC/AA | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets SAT 25 MAY | THE FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX *SOLD OUT Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au SUN 26 MAY | THE FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au FRI 31 MAY | MEOW, WELLINGTON NZ | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS CLAYE AND JOISE MOON Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com.au SAT 1 JUNE | GALATOS, AUCKLAND NZ | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS CLAYE AND IMUGI Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com.au FRI 7 JUNE | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA ACT | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets SAT 8 JUNE | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets SUN 9 JUNE | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+ | *WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NYXEN AND KAYEX Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets CROOKED COLOURS LANGATA INTERNATIONAL DATES June 14 Bonnaroo Festival Manchester TN June 21 Firefly Festival Dover DE June 22 Bonanza Campout Herber City UT June 28 Electric Forest Festival Rothbury MI June 29 Westword Denver CO July 19 Capitol Hill Bloc Party Seattle WA July 20 Northern Nights Festival CA September 7 Rough Trade New York NY September 11 Great Scott Boston MA September 12 L'Astral Montreal QBC September 13 Velvet Underground Toronto ON September 14 Chop Shop Chicago IL September 22 Life Is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas NE September 26 Independent San Francisco CA September 27 Troubador Las Angeles CA September 28 Soho Santa Barbara CA October 3 Commodore Vancouver BC October 5 Star Theater Portland OR