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Bootleg Rascal – ‘Sloppy Seconds’

Bootleg Rascal’s new LP ‘Sloppy Seconds’ sees the Gold Coast party duo doubling-down on their rep as one of the most eclectic artists in the country. A sonic smash of genre-bending collabs and reimagined fan favouites, the diverse record could have easily turned out to be something of a Frankenstein’s monster. But instead, Bootleg deliver this outlandish concept with style and ease, the extremities of woozy electronica (‘On A Low – Berghain Remix’) sultry flamenco (‘Sharks – Remix en Espanol’), hip-hop-inflected indie-rock (Holding On 2.0), soul-slicked R&B (‘All About You feat. Saint Lane’) and swaggering reggae (‘With You – Bad Boys Remix’) melting into a cohesive 11-track opus.

Here, the musical makeovers given to some of the best tracks from the duo’s earlier releases Asleep in the Machine, Psychotica, and Collaborations of Very Isolated Delinquents “19 sound so fresh, less adept fans would be forgiven for mistaking them for brand new songs.

However, it’s one of the real newly-minted offerings, the Mac Miller-esque ‘Therapy’, that forms one of the album’s most triumphant moments. Its loungey, chill-funkedelia is crying out for the summer festival stage, while extra vocal lashings from Citizen Kay and MAXINE make frontman Carlos Lara’s lush, soulful melodies even more irresistible.

The disc also boasts one of the most attention-grabbing album intros in recent memory, adding DJ Albo himself, Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese, to its long list of features, as he delivers a rousing speech about the importance of supporting Aussie music (preach!)

To celebrate the release of ‘Sloppy Seconds’, Bootleg Rascal are hitting the road for an ambitiously massive 20-date tour across mainland Australia over the next few months. You can catch all those details – and take the album itself for a spin – below!

BOOTLEG RASCAL

‘SLOPPY SECONDS’ TOUR

Tickets available from bootlegrascal.com

FRI 19 NOV | WOOLLY MAMMOTH, BRISBANE QLD

w/ Iyah May

FRI 26 NOV | INDI BAR, PERTH WA

w/ special guests

SAT 27 NOV | SETTLERS TAVERN, MARGARET RIVER WA

w/ special guests

SUN 28 NOV | THE AARDVARK, FREMANTLE WA

w/ special guests

SAT 4 DEC | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD

w/ Iyah May

FRI 10 DEC | JIVE BAR, ADELAIDE SA

w/ Dojo Rise

SAT 11 DEC | KILL THE DINOSAURS, PORT ELLIOT SA

w/ special guests

SUN 12 DEC | KILL THE DINOSAURS, PORT ELLIOT SA

w/ special guests

SAT JAN 15 | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY NSW

w/ Iyah May

SAT 22 JAN | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC

w/ r.em.edy

SUN 23 JAN | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC

w/ r.em.edy

FRI 28 JAN | OLD BUNDY TAVERN, BUNDABERG QLD

w/ Iyah May

SAT 29 JAN | THE LEICHHARDT HOTEL, ROCKHAMPTON QLD

w/ Iyah May

SAT 5 FEB | SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE QLD

w/ Iyah May

THU 17 FEB | LA LA LA’S, WOLLONGONG NSW

w/ Good Lekker

FRI 18 FEB | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW

w/ Good Lekker

SAT 19 FEB | UC HUB, CANBERRA ACT

w/ Good Lekker

THU 24 FEB | BLUE SMOKE, CHRISTCHURCH NZ

w/ special guests

FRI 25 FEB | SAN FRAN, WELLINGTON NZ

w/ special guests

SAT 26 FEB | TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND NZ

w/ special guests

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