In just 3 years Dusky has gone from virtual unknowns to asserting themselves as leaders of the UK underground; BBC Essential Mix of the year contenders; number one charting Beatport act; DJ Mag cover stars, and bona fide club headliners from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to London’s Fabric. This year sees the London based duo enter the world of label management with their exciting 17 Steps project which was christened with their own three-track “Love Taking Over” EP. They don’t come much bigger than Dusky, and much to the delight of their HUGE antipodean fanbase, they finally announce their most comprehensive Australian/NZ tour yet!
The Dusky story began back in 2011, with the birth of their new alias on the beautifully diverse ‘Stick By This’ LP – an album that quickly found a vocal champion in Radio 1’s Pete Tong. But the duo’s breakthrough track was undoubtedly 2012’s killer ‘Flo Jam’. Signed by the label that broke Maya Jane Coles (Dogmatik), its devastating deep grooves were hammered by everyone from Loefah, Joy Orbison and Boddika to Disclosure, Jamie Jones and Sasha, with even Calvin Harris getting in on the act. An underground anthem that crossed over many barriers, it eventually earned the unexpected accolade of iTunes Dance Single Of The Year.
Since those formative releases marked them out as talents destined for the top, Dusky have pushed their sound forward every step of the way – refusing to stay stationary and acknowledge the status quo. There have been rugged warehouse techno excursions on Loefah’s School, quirky scene-defining house bangers on Aus and classy melodic grooves like ‘Mr Man’ on Anjunadeep.
But whatever musical sub-strain Dusky turn their hands to, there is always a strong common thread, a signature depth and detailing, and a stamp of quality that makes for an instantly recognisable ‘Dusky’ sound.
To accompany the launch of their 17 Steps label, the duo are heading our way this November for a string of dates throughout Australia and New Zealand, check out the dates below and mark this tour down as one not to miss.
Wednesday 5th November: Christchurch, NZ – Dux Live
Thursday 6th November: Auckland, NZ – Platform
Friday 7th November: Brisbane – The Met
Saturday 8th November: Sydney – Harbourlife
Saturday 8th November: Canberra – Transit Bar
Sunday 9th November: Launceston, Tasmania – Studio 54
Thursday 13th November: Adelaide – Electric Circus
Friday 14th November: Perth – AMBAR
Saturday 15th November: Wollongong – The Grand Hotel
Sunday 16th November: Melbourne – TBA
Source: I Like The Noise It Makes