No-one blends the gritty groove of hip-hop with the raw emotion of R&B like Melbourne’s Fortunes. The duo bring intimacy to electronic music and fresh energy to classic soul.
Fortunes are a soul/hip-hop/electronic duo building momentum in Melbourne’s music scene. A collaboration between producer Barnaby Matthews and vocalist Conor McCabe - both originally from NZ - Fortunes meld layered soundscapes on thick, glitchy bass-lines. Their sound flows with innate groove, and is brought to life by flawless and intimate vocal delivery. Both danceable and moving, Fortunes are an unmissable act.
Since forming in 2014, Fortunes have become consistent crowd-favourites for their immersive live performances, and have built an impressive list of supporting slots while headlining multiple shows of their own: playing in Sydney and New Zealand, hosting their Hoodie EP release to an over-capacity crowd, and supporting artists such as Shlohmo, JMSN, Oddisee, Vallis Alps, Groeni and Louie Knuxx.
The Hoodie EP, released January 2015, is a powerful debut. Its strength lies in its controlled yet open atmosphere, its touching intimacy, and its fluid groove that transcends the limits of typical electronic music. Both sparse and immersive, catchy and original: this one will sit on repeat long term. The release has already gained recognition, with its first two singles, Keeper and In My Hair receiving airplay on Triple J, FBI, RRR and BFM (NZ) stations; as well as the duo gaining attention as "Feature Artists" on Triple J Unearthed. The music video for Communion (feat Louie Knuxx) featured at the St Kilda Film Festival, and the video for Keeper has boomed across social media. The EP reached #1 on the NZ R&B iTunes Charts and has been paralleled by sold-out shows across Melbourne venues.
With a new EP due for release in the coming months, Fortunes are set to push further musical boundaries and build upon an already standout debut in both the Australian and international music scenes. Be sure to watch this space.