Antony & Cleopatra sound like the deep house of the mid ’90s if Jack Ü travelled back in time and switched it up. It’s that intoxicating blend of the vaguely nostalgic and the forward thinking that they’ve built their early brand on as artists. The music, coupled with a reluctance to show their faces too often (just check out their Instagram) adds to the monochromatic mystique that’s helping them gain their own kind of distinction. Their latest single, ‘Take Me’ just dropped and we took the opportunity to find out a little more about the duo.
Who are you?
Antony and Cleopatra.
Where are you from?
London and Sydney.
What is unique about your local music scene?
There’s something for everyone. You could see DJs play in an old disused church and on the same street, find your new favourite band playing in a 150 capacity sweaty basement.
Describe your sound in three words. Go!
Monochrome, future-facing, bass-rave.
What makes you unique as an artist?
The narrative we have in the song writing and visuals. It’s really helped us create a thematic world we can bring the audience into.
Have you heard any new music lately? Got any recommendations?
Cleo: I’m really loving the new LA Priest stuff and the Kendrick record.
Antony: I’ve been devouring the Jamie XX record and Sammy Bananas’ Bootlegs volume II.
Tell us a little about this release.
This song started off a different composition. We maybe spent a year and a half not quite happy with it but unsure about where to go with it. So we told our producer Sammy Bananas to re-imagine it. He did and we loved it. It was a brilliant mistake.
What inspired the artwork for this track?
We’ve always been into Helmut Newton as a photographer and the provocative nature of his photos led us to the cover art for this release.
What else are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we are drafting ideas for the video to the next single. And planning our live shows. And getting into trouble as summer is upon us.
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