Melbourne’s Broadway Sounds are as colourful and eclectic as their name suggests. Threading disparate and unexpected styles and genres together in a way that on paper shouldn’t make any sense, the trio have launched their vibrant pop through a swathe of critically acclaimed releases. One minute it’s Earth Wind & Fire funk with a dash of Mantronix (Exclusive Love / Digital Influence), the next it’s deft afro-pop along the lines of Sir Victor Uwaifo and Frances Bebey blasted through with trap-rap brass horns (Sing It Again). With touches of psych, Italo disco, kwela jazz, and township jive, Broadway Sounds pay homage to some of music’s richest lineages, while creating a sound both provocative and new in its own right.
Arbiters of this kind of holistic music-making have taken notice: Broadway Sounds have backed up prized producers and DJs like Jamie xx, Hudson Mohawke, Carl Craig, Awesome Tapes From Africa and many more on their tours through Australia.
Broadway Sounds made their European debut in 2016, playing illustrious festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad UK and the Secret Garden Party; not to mention playing alongside acts Todd Terje, George Clinton, Black Devil Disco Club, Caribou, Charles Bradley, Konono No.1, Auntie Flo and more.