Two of Australia’s brightest artists – international wunderkind producer Ta-ku, and fast rising Brisbane-based vocalist Wafia – have announced an intimate, collaborative EP(M)EDIAN, due for release August 5 on Future Classic, with the EP's first single, ‘Meet in the Middle’.
A heart-rending track of compromise in life’s deepest moments, ’Meet in the Middle’ is a bridge between both artists’ strengths and intricacies, taken from the pair’s five-track body of work (M)EDIAN.
On the song, Ta-ku explains that "Meet In The Middle is truly a collaborative effort between me and my friend Wafia. All aspects of the song tell a story that runs parallel to both our lives. Compromise is sacrifice.”
Wafia says: “This song came out of a need to write about a very personal experience that both Reggie and I shared independently of each other. Meet In The Middle is about finding the middle ground to communicate that to someone.”
The duo’s collective energies were first heard on Ta-ku’s interpretation of Estelle’s‘American Boy’, in ‘American Girl’ - a slowed-down re-construction that featured Wafia's stunning vocals. Since then, the pair have performed at a prestigious, sold-out MoMA PS1 in New York City for Ta-ku's inaugural live show.
They came together once more for Wafia’s globally recognised, Hype-Machine #1 single, ‘Heartburn’, off her debut EP and sold-out national tour in April.
The duo played two sold-out Sydney Opera House shows last week as part of the acclaimed Vivid Live – their set included accompaniment from a string quartet and kaleidoscopic visuals at one of the world’s most esteemed venues. And soon they will tour Europe and the US this year together.
Europe tour dates:
Saturday 2 July 2016 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, Pitch Festival
Friday 8 July 2016 - Gräfenhainichen, Germany, Splash! Festival
Saturday 9 July 2016 - Warsaw, Poland, Cud Nad Wisłą
Friday 1 July 2016 - Paris, France, Le Trianon
Wednesday 6 July 2016 - Zurich, Switzerland, Exil
Thursday 7 July 2016 - Berlin, Germany, Gretchen
Tuesday 12 July - London, UK, Village Underground
Thursday 14 July - Dublin, Ireland, Button Factory
Friday 15 July - Dour, Belgium, Dour Festival