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Live Review: PREMIERE: Self Tape delivers a taste of his debut EP with glorious new single, 'AM'

20 February 2020 | 11:59 am | Emma Jones

Sydney producer and DJ Self Tape is ready to make 2020 his with his forthcoming debut EP, and we have the first taste of this today with new single, 'AM'.

Sydney's SELF TAPE is getting ready to make 2020 his with the forthcoming release of his debut EP, Ante Meridian. Due out in May, this EP will see Self Tape level up from local producer to star on the rise thanks to his emotive, accessible club music designed to transport the listener far, far away. We know this because of the glorious and euphoric 'AM', the first single from Ante Meridian, premiering exclusively on Purple Sneakers today.

A result of "the amalgamation of ground roots production and meticulous engineering," 'AM' is another exploration of Self Tape's knack for marrying electronic/house pop with expansive, spacious ambiance. Warped vocals and dissonant synths collide over warm, swelling atmospherics while rich beats collide to hold down a solid groove. Building on the already impressive foundation he laid with previous singles 'Hanging Over You' and 'Tell Me', Self Tape continues to carve out his own space with 'AM'.

Working with a key influence, Charles Murdoch, for mixing, 'AM' glistens with the promise of an artist really coming into his own and paints an exciting picture of what's still to come. Speaking of his new single, Self Tape told Purple Sneakers, “AM’ marks a new direction in my production, with a lot inspiration being sourced from my experiences in clubs as a punter and wanting to emulate those experiences in my music. I want people to lose themselves, and to feel like they are weightless and floating through the motion of the song.” It's fitting then, that this song comes after the repeal of Sydney's lockout laws — it's overflowing with promise and anticipation, just like the greater culture of Sydney dance music.

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To coincide with the release of 'AM', Self Tape will also be releasing a mix series in the lead up to Ante Meridian, with a couple of installments already out in the world. Serving as an insight to the music that inspires him and a sneak peak at what to expect at a Self Tape show, you can keep up to date with the mixes right here, and keep it locked to Self Tape's socials for more on Ante Meridian in the coming months!

Words by Emma Jones

Image: Sean Sinclair/ @forespoke