Sydney bedroom beatmaker Mookhi kicked off the night with an exciting slot that bordered on a late-night club set. Creating her sound live is no mean feat, but the trumpet-playing producer didn’t miss a beat, placing her right at the pointy end of my ‘Must See’ list at BIGSOUND later in the year.
Next up was Genesis Owusu, who hyped the almost capacity crowd into overdrive. Backed by his DJ and squad – all dressed in black balaclavas – the Ghanaian born rapper bounced around stage. We could have been watching Vince Staples and not known the difference, such was Owusu’s determined flow and tantalising stage presence.
Then the headlining Liney twins calmly took the stage; Cosmo strapped his guitar in and Patrick shook hands with the crowd, like the opening moments of a football match, almost as if he was wishing the enthusiastic fans good luck for the show.
The lush Get To Know (feat. Winston Surfshirt) appeared early and in the set, with the whispered vocals quickly muffled as the backing track kicked in.
Happily, we weren’t left long to wait for some guest appearances: Mookhi returned to stage accompanied by her trumpet to join in the fun, before the angel-voiced, sunglass-sporting Alta sauntered on to perform Walk With Me before later returning to close the set with History. Genesis Owusu also popped out (with his squad again, in support) to complete the trilogy of guests, playing Tyler, The Creator’s 911/Mr Lonely – and it was at this point that the crowd completely lost their minds.
Throughout their hour-plus set, Patrick and Cosmo flexed the kind of pulsating basslines you felt through the floor, dragging us deeper in to the Cosmo’s Midnight galaxy – a melting pot of funk and hip hop beats, complimenting the alt-dance vibes that we already love.
While the twins thanked the crowd for packing out their hump-day show, you couldn’t help but think this was really just a standard Wednesday night for Australia’s most promising producers.
What Comes Next is out now via Sony.
Read our review of the album here.