Review: smalltown with Dusky

After bringing in the New Year at Sydney’s Field Day and a huge closing set at Let Them Eat Cake, London duo Dusky made its second last stop of its Australian tour for smalltown with Dusky at Brown Alley.

The sound which Novel have become renowned for, hits you from all angles at Brown Alley, with four Funktion-One speakers placed at each corner of the Mezzanine room ensuring crisp audio throughout the evening.

Despite searing heat throughout the day and into the night, a healthy crowd braved the warm temperatures to enjoy high energy dance music.

The duo showed its versatility at Let Them Eat Cake, with a more techno-inspired set than its previous appearances in Australia, which fitted in perfectly on a main stage filled with techno giants.

But the Friday night slot at Brown Alley was a return to the typical Dusky sound fans have come to expect, with a strong mix of UK Garage, house bangers and deep grooves.

When the duo dropped arguably its most commercially successful and well-known track, ‘Skin Deep’, the cheers from the endearing crowd were a nod to the electric vibe in the room.

15873458_1296022427087561_5973128386935440599_nDusky’s Melbourne show at Brown Alley was a sweaty affair on a hot summer’s night. Photo: Novel

Sweat was dripping from the majority of those in attendance, and thankfully the convenience of Brown Alley’s Garden Terrace gave fans the opportunity to take a breather when needed.

All in all, it was a polished performance that once again displayed their adaptability to different crowds and settings.

Dusky headed to Sydney’s Chinese Laundry the next day, before travelling to Mexico for their annual showcase at the acclaimed BPM Festival, alongside Fort Romeau and Denis Sulta.