Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Flight Facilities Future Classic
Flight Facilities’ feet have rarely touched the ground since their debut album Down to Earth dropped in October last year. The album’s collection of house and pop-tinged electronica has seen Sydney lads Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell play Europe’s biggest festivals in between shows across Australia. This live performance, recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl last October, sees Gruzman and Lyell delve deep into their catalogue of singles and remixes, blending the best of their debut album with gems from as far back as 2010. Looping everything together with newly written orchestral elements and stellar vocal performances from Down to Earth’s guest collaborators, the result is original and powerful. Down to Earth’s soaring Intro, with its airport and in-flight commentary, again opens proceedings, but quickly graduates to a stringsled epic take on Flight Facilities’ remix of James Curd’s Got to Have. Foreign Language is given new life through a liberal peppering of string stabs, as fellow Future Classic artist George Maple impresses with a dazzling vocal performance. Flight Facilities’ touring vocalists Kurt Kristen and Owl Eyes ably handle the huge production behind them, with Kirsten’s performance on With You a standout when combined with thunderous orchestral flourishes. Two Bodies sees the MSO pair with Brisbane’s Emma Louise for a largely stripped-down interpretation of an enduring single. Bringing things to a feel-good finale is an all-in vocal performance of Shine a Light, the duo’s 2010 remix of London duo C90s’ original.