ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2014: Young Franco

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Sydney and Melbourne may have the majority of fresh new acts hailing from their busy streets, but Brisbane has got a buttload of fun artists hiding up in it’s humid suburbs. You better watch out because many of them will be taking over your music libraries in 2014.

Brisbane-based producer TYLER TOUCHE dominated in 2013 as well as his fellow man-about-town STERLING SILVER. SAMPOLOGY and DJ BUTCHER became the Brisbane duo who were practically inseparable after their joint tour of the country, but in 2014 those boys may all be overtaken by a new producer who’s emerged onto the scene YOUNG FRANCO.

19-year-old Joey Da Rin has been a regular face at Brisbane’s Bowler Bar for a while now. You may have seen him on the decks or just having a merry old time, either way Brisbane peeps will definitely recognise this face and now with the release of his debut EP, the rest of Australia will recognise him too.

With the release of his first single ‘Believe Dat’ earlier this year, YOUNG FRANCO has been slowly creeping onto everyone’s radars. With ‘Believe Dat’ climbing the Triple J Unearthed charts,¬†he’s been hard at work producing even more fantastic tracks which will all come together on his debut EP Futurefunk.

Futurefunk, is something that has definitely taken everybody by surprise. Out of nowhere the DJ/producer has released a great mix of funk-filled tracks that basically show how much talent this boy has, making us wonder why he hasn’t unleashed anything like this on Australia before. It¬†feature four tracks with one standing out quite a bit. ‘Take Flight (UHHH)’, ‘d.r.e.a.m’ and ‘Fast Heart’ are the tracks on YOUNG FRANCO‘s debut that emphasis his love for funky bass lines and really all things disco whereas ‘FAT’ has all the makings of something you might hear from YAHTZEL or LDRU, two staple artists promoting the so called ‘Australian Sound’, which involves a lot of tropical samples and melodic synths.

YOUNG FRANCO may not have released many tracks in 2013 but 2014 we will no doubt see more of his work flow out onto the playlists of every funky disco lover in 2014.

Words by Lauren Payne

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SEE ALSO:

SOUNDCLOUD WRAP: YOUNG FRANCO
PREMIERE: TYLER TOUCHE ‘HEART IN MOTION’ REMIX EP
WATCH: SAMPOLOGY & DJ BUTCHER ‘BOUND 2 DANCEHALL QUEEN ROUTINE’

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