Floating single release – May 24
Floating music video release – June 6
Floating single + video launch – The Toff In Town, Melbourne – July 9
SAATSUMA, based in Melbourne Australia, is the collaboration of Memphis Kelly & Cesar Rodrigues. Their music is driven by elements of hip hop, house and neo-soul, drawing inspiration from the likes of Little Dragon, FKA Twigs and Flying Lotus. The genesis of the project was a studio based collaboration between the pair and Joel Ma, and the result was a merging of each of the individuals’ styles and influences to create unique electronic music driven by traditional song-writing.
On stage SAATSUMA are a five-piece live act, fronted by songwriter and producer Memphis Kelly and joined by Cesar Rodrigues, Maddy Kelly, Lachlan Stuckey and Andrew Congues. Their captivating live show features analog synths, layered vocals, guitar, drums and live samples.
SAATSUMA have already released 2 songs in 2016, “Storm” & “Floating”, selling out both launch shows in Melbourne and will release their debut EP in the last quarter of 2016, mixed by Melbourne DJ & producer Declan Kelly (aka Dream Kit). The band have just been announced on the Big Sound, Melbourne Music Week, and Paradise line ups as well as a national tour supporting Yeo.
"Fleshing out evocative composition and reminiscent lyricism to angle their craft” - Purple Sneakers
“[Floating] is full of soft, textured electronic sounds contrasted against bouncing, almost disco inspired bass and set against Kelly‘s warm, velvety vocals” - Purple Sneakers
“[Floating] is dark and haunting, yet at the same time, oozing with a blissful charm” - Pilerats
"The vocals ooze soul, while the production adds to the haunting and and oddly hypnotic nature of the track’s arrangement” - AU Review
“Sounds like the start of what could be a really exciting project” –Dom Alessio, (Triple J)
“It manages to be both direct and dreamy, as they play to their strengths effectively. Especially impressive given it's their 2nd ever single too.” – Richard Kingsmill (Triple J)