Our Adelaide favourite tune // 23.05.2018
Nakatomi – Jaguar
Following on from the release of their highly anticipated debut self-titled EP last week, Adelaide’s Nakatomi chat to Caroline Tucker on The Jump about their latest single, Jaguar. After winning The Jump Start to Adelaide NYE in 2016, the much-hyped future-pop duo have been climbing from strength to strength, being nominated for the SAM Awards two years in a row for Best New Artist and Most Popular Electronic Artist categories in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The track is based on a dream about bumping into a past lover who has no recollection of you. Kicking off with the roar of a jaguar, the audio scene is set with a dark swirl of eerie synths and progresses into a punchy beat. Singer Emily Smart’s melodic vocals are complimented nicely with light piano chords and staccato pops as she exercises her range with ease in the chorus. Producer Hamish Cox explains, “It really was a strange process because we went in with no concept with what we were gonna do. We just sat down, put on a beat, and then realised that is had this strangely 90s feel, [so we thought], let’s just go and embrace this Ace of Base, down tempo feel”.
Emily added, “We call it the anti-dance tune. It’s dancey, but a bit more pulled back”. Nakatomi are celebrating their EP with a launch party this Friday at Ancient World. Their EP Nakatomi is out now, and you can indulge yourself here. Listen to the chat with Caroline below!
Photo credit: Sasha Pazeski