Wave Racer has released the official video for new single ‘Summer Rain (feat. Kwame)', out today via the new Astral People Recordings imprint.
After a number of years hiatus, ‘Summer Rain’ marks the official return of Wave Racer, as well as the second of two new singles being the first original content since 2015. Billboard Dance spoke to Wave Racer about his time away and what's coming up in the future, read the interview here.
The vibrant visuals show Wave Racer and hip-hop vocalist Kwame on complementary energies, with the latter enthusiastically bopping around while the Australian talent takes a more laid back approach. The contrasting moods ideally bring to life the ultra-textured sound cultivated by Wave Racer’s production on ‘Summer Rain’.
"The music video is an attempt to represent the way my brain visualises music using tightly timed lighting, colour washes, and movement in a defined space,” says Wave Racer. “I wanted to create and capture a visual space that committed the kinetic sensation of the music to memory, and using programmed lights in a physical space felt like the best way to achieve that. Having Kwame along for the ride in bringing the space to life as a functional performance space within this concept was exhilarating," he added.
After breaking onto the scene with widely praised hits ‘Streamers’ and ‘Rock U Tonite’ as well as his Flash Drive EP, Wave Racer went on to remix a number of high profile artists including Foster The People, Snakehips, Duke Dumont, and Flume. He joined Disclosure and Chromeo on tour as well as making appearances at major festivals Coachella, Life Is Beautiful, and Groovin The Moo.
Featured rapper Kwame first rose to prominence when rapper ASAP Ferg invited him to freestyle on stage at The Metro Theatre in Sydney. Kwame went on to win a slot opening up Splendour in the Grass and to support a wide range of artists on tour including Migos, 6lack, and Skepta.
A co-op based label, the launch of Astral People Recordings comes as leading independent music company [PIAS] partners with Australian management and touring company Astral People and Inertia Music. Operated by Vichara Edirisinghe and Tom Huggett, Astral People has been a continuously evolving project with arms in management, events, festivals, and publishing. A natural progression lead to the addition of a record label under the Astral People umbrella, with Wave Racer’s ‘Auto’ and ‘Summer Rain’ landing the first releases.
After an extended period away, ‘Summer Rain’ represents a new chapter for one of electronic music’s most idiosyncratic artists. The official video is a perfect pairing for the upbeat anthem, signalling a new season of Wave Racer, with much more music to come.
Listen to 'Summer Rain' HERE