Twin star outfit Cosmo’s Midnight today announce their long-awaited sophomore album Yesteryear, to be released worldwide on October 2 via Sony Music (Australia), RCA Records (USA) and Black Butter Records (UK). Celebrating the news, the duo also share a new remix from Irish-bred, Berlin based duo Brame & Hamo for their recent album-titled single.
Announcing itself with forceful kick drums and retro synths, Brame & Hamo deliver a dancefloor-focused remix of ‘Yesteryear’ that loses none of the carefree funk that makes the original so special, transporting the single to new darker, melodic and higher-tempo territory. Hailing from Sligo but now based in Berlin, Brame & Hamo have overseen a rapid ascent through the European club circuit over the past few years, performing at some of the continent’s most revered clubs and festivals, releasing music on labels such as Bicep’s Feel My Bicep and Maceoplex’s Ellum Audio and remixing tracks from Dusky, Crawford and more.
Speaking on the remix, Brame & Hamo say: “Remixing Cosmo’s Midnight was a lot of fun for us. We wanted to make it a euphoric nostalgic journey by dubbing out the original guitars and vocals. We used lots of space effects and slappy breakbeats to keep the track driving but melodic.”
Cosmo and Pat of Cosmo’s Midnight adding “Slicing up and vocoding the original vocal performance Brame & Hamo take ‘Yesteryear’ out of the clouds and into the clubs. For us, this remix embodies a post-covid, sweaty warehouse rave with it’s dark, hypnotic blend of trance, breakbeat, techno and electro.”
Released in June, the original track, infused with ‘70s pop and a drop of psychedelia, has already amassed more than 1.5 million streams on Spotify alone, adding to Cosmo’s whopping 225 million total streams of their catalogue. ‘Yesteryear’ was the duo’s second single release of 2020, following ‘Down For You’ with fellow Australian and global pop phenomenon Ruel. The track follows an eventful 2019 for Cosmo’s Midnight, which included performances at Splendour in the Grass, nationwide festival tours and sold-out headline shows in the US and Asia. The year previous saw the release of their now gold-certified debut album What Comes Next and single C.U.D.I. (Can You Dig It), with the boys continuing to cement their status at the pinnacle of Australia’s leftfield music scene and beyond.
The Yesteryear LP will arrive on October 2, representing a new and self-assured chapter for the Sydney-based duo who have spent years honing their sonic identity to become a confident live project of intelligent design and feel. From their bedrooms many years ago, to studios and sold-out stages across the world today, Cosmo’s Midnight have keenly enveloped an essence of timelessness within their sound, soon to be heard on their second album. Having excelled in their lane as songwriters and producers, the pair have fed their curiosity to master a sophisticated blend of disco, funk, psychedelic, soul, hip-hop and pop influences in their output while retaining clear-cut melodic progressions and ideas that stick around long after the record ends, often reflected back in their worldwide following and loyal fanbase.
The duo say of the LP: “Our second album is more or less summed up in the title track ‘Yesteryear’. It’s about reflecting on the past with not only nostalgia but also an element of melancholia ~ all the formative experiences that we absorb growing up both good and bad. It’s an album inspired by personal growth, looking back on these experiences, learning from them and moving forward with optimism. Stylistically we have always looked back to genres our parents introduced to us growing up; disco, funk, psychedelia, alt-pop of the 70s and 80s. In ‘Yesteryear’ we have honed in on that, moving away from overly produced sounds to more organic instrumentation, focused on feeling rather than thinking.”
As Cosmo’s Midnight continue their trajectory of fearless exploration and reserved sophistication in 2020, turn up the dial on the Brame & Hamo of ‘Yesteryear’ today ahead of their sophomore album in October, promising some of their most exciting work yet.