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Single review: Young Franco, ‘Close 2 U (ft. JOY)’

Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on September 11, 2014

Last month, Brisbane whizz kid Young Franco (who recently told us some of his favourite toonz) released a two track EP, Close 2 U, just in time to start getting that summer playlist ready. At the tender age of 19, there’s high hopes for the DJ-turned-producer. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Alison Wonderland, Flight Facilities and What So Not, and has been championed by Motez, Peking Duk, Indian Summer and more.

First single Close 2 U (ft. JOY) is a blissed-out track with a swift groove, a mellow tone and an airy, heavenly melody courtesy of guest vocalist Joy. Drawing influence from house, disco and funky ’90s beats, it’s a uniquely fresh track that manages to keep you -and your dancing feet- at attention, without overdoing it. Plinky-plonky synth riffs, punchy bass tones and echoed vocal layers add to the summery soundscape, creating a tune that is so complex, yet so fluidly executed.

As a self-confessed vinyl lover and turntablism enthusiast, Young Franco has mastered the art of creating a modern tune with ’80s and ’90s-inspired tones as a basis. Close 2 U is warm and nostalgic, and has all the makings of an instant classic.

I originally wrote this for Indie Shuffle


Fri 8 Aug // Akuna Club – PERTH
Tues 12 Aug // The Met – BRISBANE *with Peking Duk
Fri 15 Aug // Trinity Bar – CANBERRA
Sat 16 Aug // Chinese Laundry – SYDNEY
Sat 23 Aug // Valley Fiesta – BRISBANE
Sat 6 Sep // The Flinders Social – TOWNSVILLE
Sat 13 Sep // Smirnoff Snowdome – THREDBO
Sat 20 Sep // The Factory – SUNSHINE COAST
Sun 21 Sep // Stranded – STRADBROKE ISLAND
Wed 24 Sep // The Wall – SYDNEY
Thur 25 Sep // Baker St – GOSFORD
Fri 26 Sep // The Small Ballroom – NEWCASTLE
Sat 27 Sep // Carmens – MIRANDA
Sat 4 Oct // Anyway – MELBOURNE
Sat 11 Oct // Zhivago – ADELAIDE

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