Leisure Centre - Mind Full (HopeStreet)

Add Date: 07/17
Focus Tracks: 7, 2, & 3
FCC: 5 & 11
Formats: College, Electronic, & Modern Rock Specialty

Artist Info: Melbourne R&B slow jammers (and heart throbbers) Leisure Centre are proud to announce the release of their long awaited debut album, Mind Full, available everywhere on Friday July 20. The band’s first release since their 2016 EP, One Plus One (under old name The Do Yo Thangs), Mind Full sits on a darker and more electronic plane to their previous offerings, taking their staple diet of 808 kick drums and tight vocal harmonies into uncharted territory.

From the sparse minimalism of title track to the exuberant maximalism of ‘Sucka’, Mind Full is a tour of extremes which sees the band experiment with frenetic drum programming, cascading synthesizers, jilted backbeats and bouncy new jack era R&B. Among it’s many qualities, this album may well have answered that age old question – “What would it sound like if Radiohead and Bel Biv Devoe made a record together.”

Throughout the album, drummer, singer, composer and mastermind Hugh Rabinovici alternates lead vocal duties with Audrey Powne. Like a perfectly balanced future soul yin and yang combination, these two deeply different voices and approaches define a record that is all about striking the perfect balance between contrary impulses. On the songwriting process, Hugh says: “most of the record is really introspective, dealing with challenging thoughts/moods/emotions, but there’s also a bunch of love songs thrown in, cause how good is love? It’s real good”. The seriousness of tracks like ‘Don’t Let Go’ with Bec Rigby of The Harpoons is always balanced by the levity of songs like ‘All I Long For’.

Mind Full is also a perfect marriage of lo-fi and hifi digital technology: Hugh Rabinovici originally wrote the whole record using Garageband on an iPhone 4, and many elements of those original sketches have survived in the final versions. Regardless of the source, expect more sweet lead vocals, more stacked harmonies, more guitar, more synthesizers, more electronica, more digital, more analog, more bump, more grind and more vibe.