I vividly remember the first time I was embraced by the smooth electronic goodness that is Flight Facilities. It was 2010 and I was studying and equally freaking out about some trivial high school homework begging my brother to turn down the TV that was so loud the walls were vibrating. He obviously didn’t so I got up myself, walked to the living room and there it was on Video Hits or some similar old school music program – ‘Crave You’ by Flight Facilities. I sat down and soaked in the mellow beats and angelic vocals of the featured artist Giselle. Forget the homework, I spent that arvo googling the rad artists behind what soon became to be one of my all time favorite summer tunes.
Last night I was back again at the Corner Hotel in Richmond to see Sydney based Hugo & Jimmy perform live – these blokes are the Australian indie electro DJ duo that we all know and love as Flight Facilities. Majority of the crowd was young adoring adults swooning around the intimate stage. They were drunk, sober and everything in between. It was fantastic and I was just itching for the boys to come out and deliver to all us crazed fans.
The Flight Facilities guys are versatile melody makers; it’s as simple as that. What really sets these guys from the myriad of emerging Australian DJ acts is their ability to create sounds that are an amalgam of several different genres and blend them all seamlessly into a unique vibration of noise. I just wanted to fast forward to later on in the night so I could get my good dose of them asap.
Taking it from the very top at 9:00pm was Movement. Not ‘The Movement’ but just Movement – three boys from Sydney who according to their soundcloud write songs especially for YOU. I must confess I did not hear about these guys before last night but I am so glad I know who they are now because they are definitely an act to keep your eyes on. The lead vocals are on par with SBTRKT, then there is some Jamie xx style xylophone sounds but still their sound is vividly different to anything I have heard. I spent this part of the night shazaming every tune they played. A standout was when they performed their very first single ‘Feel Real’, which actually comes out today and is available on iTunes. The echoing chorus interrupted with underwater xylophone sounds strung effortlessly on a smooth beat is something you just need to experience live.
Elizabeth Rose the groovy soul sister (yes I just used the word groovy) who features on the ‘I Didn’t Believe’ track has been the supporting act for Flight Facilities on this good vibes tour. The cheeky diva played her own set prior to the boys but also provided some guest vocals on a few songs during their set. She impressively danced the whole time whilst simultaneously singing flawlessly and playing her keyboard the whole time. She was great and is such a megababe on stage but it was pushing past 11 and I was just hanging for Flight Facilities.
The venue was filling up very quickly, however I managed to score myself a sweet place – sitting on stage. That is dedication.
Saying that I was excited would be an understatement. I had expectations that amounted to the wildest craziest messiest disco dance party ever. I had their disco-esque tune I Didn’t Believe feat. Elizabeth Rose on repeat since the moment it was released on their YouTube channel in preparation for the night.
The smoke machines went haywire, the set up lights were flashing an erratic pattern and then it was time, the Flight Facilities came on. The boys were clad in suits and their deck station thing channeled a groove jet airline vibe. Everyone in the Corner was on board and ready to go on a wild dance trip. It was crazy. If you weren’t dancing then something was very wrong with you or you were deaf – either way sucks to have been you because straight up they were already smashing out some dance tunes. Now this tour wasn’t for launching a new album or anything but rather for the ‘I didn’t believe’ single so I was intrigued to see what they were going to fill their set with.
There was a blurry mixture of dreamy pop and senseless disco to fill the gaps in-between the boys well known tunes. They even managed to play a bit of Daft Punk, with the very familiar ‘Get Lucky’ track pervading throughout the whole Corner. Was so good as literally every single person sang the lyrics at loud and had a good get down.
Highlights for me was when they ripped out their track ‘With You feat. Grosvenor’. Now I’m going to assume the funky lanky dude who came on stage to feature in the live rendition of the tune was in fact Grosvenor but I would not know with 100% certainty but nevertheless he delivered. It’s such a good dance tune because quite frankly when it’s on you can’t help but move and by move I mean dance unpredictably and very wildly. The lyrics are simple, catchy and again everyone was on board and made that track a memorable one for the night.
Of course the night would’ve been somewhat incomplete without ‘Crave You’. Elizabeth Rose came back on stage to fill in the vocals for the track, which is originally done by Giselle. I can’t really put words to the feeling I was feeling when this came on. The boys were in their element. This was the song that really launched them as distinctive emerging dance music artists and I’m sure they were in love with the fact that every single soul in the corner was grooving, singing along, soaking it in and appreciating their talent as incredible music makers. Very glad that I was able to witness it all and of course bust a few moves.
This morning ears are ringing and feet are tingling – both signs of a great night. Thank you Flight Facilities, please come again?