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Live Review: Cosmo's Midnight have dropped some slick RnB + tour dates with new single 'History'

15 January 2017 | 2:44 pm | Ted Dwyer

Cosmo's Midnight have new music already for 2017, with new single 'History' providing a slick mix of RnB and house stylings.

Everyone’s fav twins Cosmo and Patrick Liney (soz @TheVeronicas), otherwise known as COSMO’S MIDNIGHT, have wasted no time in 2017 with the release of their brand new single ‘History’ earlier this week. It’s instantly recognisable as the work of Sydney duo, retaining subtle elements of the bubblegum pop and pixelated dance that’s key to the sound of not only Cosmo’s Midnight but also close friends Wave Racer and Basenji. But there’s much more to ‘History’ than that. It’s a shining example of the boys’ ability to consistently nail a plethora of genres, mixing and matching low-slung house vibes and silky smooth RnB vocals to build a track that’ll slot right into your pool-side summer playlist as easily as a late-night club mix.

If their Moments EP demonstrated the diversity of Cosmo’s Midnight’s production skills across various styles of dance music, ‘History’ cements their deft ability to craft RnB grooves under slick house beats. Cosmo and Patrick have admitted to holding onto songs for a long time, probably longer than they should, tweaking things and making small changes before finally releasing them. They’d been working on ‘History’ since July, and in the spirit of keeping things “fresh and nice” and avoiding any more overthinking, they felt now was the time. According to Pat, "It's less finishing and more like 'I'm going to let this go now’.”

Six months of work has certainly paid off on this one, full of energy right from the start that’ll instantly get your feet moving, despite a laid back beat reminiscent of folks like Kaytranada. Light and dreamy breakdowns give way to rubbery bass lines that bump along under delicate synth work and slightly eclectic drum samples. There’s layers to this one, levels of groove and understated production flicks that run underneath that rolling house snare and sultry vocals that drip with emotion. Every listen brings new elements into view.

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Cosmo’s Midnight are taking ‘History’ on tour to the States, before returning to Australia for a run of dates in March and April. Check out the dates below:


Tuesday, February 21 - Coda - Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, February 23 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC

Friday, February 24 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, February 25 - Newspeak - Montreal, QC

Friday, March 3 - The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, March 9 - Garfinkel's - Whistler, BC

Friday, March 10 - 1015 Folsom - San Francisco, CA

Saturday, March 11 - Holocene - Portland, OR

More dates TBA


Friday, March 17 - Newtown Social Club - Sydney

Friday, March 24 - Howler - Melbourne

Saturday, March 25 - The TBC Club - Brisbane

Friday, March 31 - Hooch - Mandurah

Saturday, April 1 - The Monastrey - Fremantle

Saturday, April 8 - Fat Controller - Adelaide

Words by Ted Dwyer