The follow-up to Alice Ivy’s stupendous debut (2018’s I’m Dreaming) is a collab fest: Annika Schmarsel – the Geelong-raised producer/multi-instrumental genius behind this moniker – shares her spotlight with (mostly female and non-binary) guest artists on 12 of Don’t Sleep’s 13 tracks.
Built from a summery horn sample, Sunrise (feat. the aptly named Cadence Weapon) bursts from speakers/earbuds with effervescent vivacity (“Up in the clouds, no I don’t wanna come down”); Sweetest Love (feat. Montaigne and Bertie Blackman) incorporates irresistible squeaks (rubber ducky?), and Ngaiire channels Beyoncé throughout All For You. Stand-out track All Hit Radio (feat. Teef and TESSA) throws down a vocal hook that teases whistle-note heights, sweetening the badass rap-attack.
A glittering gee-up soundtrack for future Champagne Late Nights, Don’t Sleep documents Alice Ivy in full bloom.
Don’t Sleep by Alice Ivy is out July 17 via Dew Process.
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