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We’ve now gone 14 years without a follow-up to The Avalanches’ excellent debut, Since I Left You, yet there’s still a faint glimmer of hope that the LP may surface sometime before the rapture. The Australian electronic group has released a pair of new compositions in recent years, specfically a cover of Judy Garland’s “Get Happy” for a musical adaptation of King Kong and a remix of Hunters & Collectors’ “Talking To A Stranger”. There’s also been mention of new material from the likes of Ariel Pink, Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema, and Danny Brown, who’ve all reportedly collaborated with The Avalanches for their sophomore LP.
In a new interview with Aussie radio station Triple J, Brown shared more details of his time in the studio, revealing that he and the group have recorded two songs together. One of the tracks is called “Frank Sinatra”, which was bluntly described by both parties as “OK”.
However, it was their second collaboration that seemed to draw the most excitement from Brown. “[“Frank Sinatra”] was cool, but the one we did after that… I swear, if we put that out, it’ll change the world,” he added. “I heard it that first night [after recording it], and that was the only time I heard it. I wanna hear it again! I know for a fact I put my foot into that song. When I work on something that hard I really like to receive the benefits from it so I can’t wait until the Avalanches release their next project!”
No stranger to unexpected team-ups, Brown has even more unique collaborations on deck. As Pitchfork notes, the Detroit rapper has worked with Phantogram and The Neighbourhood and is in talks to hit the studio with experimentalists Matmos. He also told Triple J that he’d love to work with the U.K.’s Alt-J, explaining, “I don’t wanna do anything predictable… I just listen to everything.”
Below, listen to Brown being awesomely unpredictable on his great new song with Rustie “Attak”.