PREMIERE: Tassie beatmaker Akouo remixes Jess Kent's "Sweet Spot"
From a distant and isolated corner of the southern hemisphere emerged Tasmanian future-beatsmith Akouo aka Ryan Farrington. He was locally recognized as a beatmaker and DJ in Australia’s underground hip-hop scene before gaining national and worldwide attention as a solo act in 2013. His breakthrough came after his reworks of Flume and Childish Gambino effortlessly floated into Hype Machine’s top 5 most popular charts, and he has since become an in-demand remixer, appearing on official releases by ZHU, SAFIA, Indian Summer and more.
Beyond his remix capabilities, Akouo has proven his worth as an artist with his debut EP, “Mesa” climbing straight to #1 on iTunes’ electronic albums chart upon release. Lead by the infectious single “Last Time”, “Mesa” is a soulful, down tempo journey into the post-hip-hop inspired world of Akouo, featuring spaced out synths, cleverly crafted percussion, and brilliant hooks sung by himself.