The Avalanches deliver the first single off their upcoming album, “Frankie Sinatra” feat. MF DOOM and Danny Brown, complete with a crazy music video.
In case you ain’t never heard, The Avalanches are an instrumental hip-hop crew from Australia. Back in 2000, they came out with Since I Left You – a legendary record that set the bar very high for The Avalanches, with its unique atmosphere and unprecedented use of sampling (over 3500 samples used on a single album). Since I Left You is considered a milestone way ahead of its time. It influenced many artists with its diverse ideas and is considered by many to be one of the best works released in the noughties. The Avalanches promised to deliver a follow-up, but pulled a Dr. Dre-type move and disappeared until now.
“Frankie Sinatra” is their first song in 16 years, but the sheer quality of it lives up to all expectations. The Avalanches flip the chorus of a 40’s calypso record, “Bobby Sox Idol” by Wilmoth Houidini, and turn it into a hook for an electro-swing cabaret instrumental. Tube sounds and laser blaster sounds are added to the volatile mix. Then, Danny Brown and MF DOOM, probably the only two rappers who would dare to rap over this, hop on the beat and provide some spectacular quotables like “MIA on the job sipping in Sri Lanka/I divide and conquer/Rolling Willy Wonka/Baby mama wanna suck the don up at the concert.” The new song came out with a dope video, which features people bugging off some very strong psychedelics and generally enjoying themselves.
“Frankie Sinatra” is the first single off the upcoming new album Wildflower. Scheduled to be released on July 8th via Modular Records, the album will contain more quality music, with additional appearances by Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Biz Markie, and other names that you’d never even think to see on the same album. The Avalanches had a second album in the works since 2005, but due to various distractions, personal ventures, and explorations of ideas and sounds, they have only re-surfaced now. Still better than Dre.