The electronic pop world is about to learn a whole lot more about Hi Life. This month sees the production team of Tom Spira and Harry Patrick release their new single, ‘Slide’, on Future Classic, home to the likes of Flume, Flight Facilities, Wafia and Touch Sensitive.
‘Slide’ signals a bold new phase for the Canberra-formed, Sydney-based duo. Anchored by the open-hearted vocals of collaborator Harvie, the single balances Hi Life’s technicolour club production with real pop polish. “We wanted to make a universal track with a relatable message,” Harry says. “There’s a sweetness to it, but it’s also vulnerable.” ‘Slide’ is the first in a series of planned releases for the duo over the next 12 months. While Tom describes their works in progress as crossing different moods and genres, they’re all linked by “that feeling of vulnerability”.
With mutual friends in The Aston Shuffle, Tom and Harry first connected via Canberra’s Strangeways parties. When Tom moved to Melbourne, the like-minded DJ/producers stayed in touch by sharing projects back-and-forth on the internet. “Whenever we were in the same city, we’d go together into our bedroom studio,” Harry recalls. Both inspired by the bubbling sounds of Jersey Club and PC Music, the pair set out to put their spin on what Harry calls “the future-leaning clubby stuff we were excited about.”
Hi Life hit the ground in 2016 with ‘So Good’, a trap-tinged sugar rush featured by tastemaking Sydney collective Sidechains on its second compilation. After ‘So Good’ came ‘When I Get To The Club’, the duo’s debut single on Sidechains. Its bright, fizzing energy caught the attention of triple j, who named Hi Life an Unearthed feature artist and handed them the reins for a Mix-Up set. The breakout success of ‘When I Get To The Club’ also propelled Hi Life to a coveted support slot for SOPHIE in December 2016.
With the next evolution of their sound coming on Future Classic, Hi Life are eager to step up the DJing. “We’re into lots of different genres – reggaeton, house, techno, pop – and want to bring those together within our DJ sets,” Tom says. Then, once the new music has had time to sink in, the duo are launching a live show. Like all things Hi Life, you can expect it to be done just right.