First Spin: G Flip drops mxmtoon collab ‘Queen’
G Flip’s first big move of 2021? Dropping an international collab involving young gun mxmtoon and indie super-producer Rostam.
Titled ‘Queen’, the new single shows a different side to G Flip, but the Melbourne drummer-turned-solo star sounds right at home next to mxmtoon, the California-bred, Brooklyn-based artist who’s built her name on a string of intimate EPs culminating in 2020’s Dawn and Dusk.
“We’ve actually never met fully in person because of the whole COVID thing but we’ve had a lot of FaceTime Zoom hangs,” G told triple j Breakfast during the song’s first spin.
“Actually, I first discovered her without knowing it was her…”
While teaching herself ukelele a few years back, Flip stumbled upon one of mxmtoon’s popular instructional YouTube videos. “Now that I know her, it clicked in my brain, ‘You taught me how to play the ukelele!’”
G said she loves the 20yo’s “soothing and silky” voice, “..and she’s a Queen herself.” Together, they’ve delivered a synthy RnB joint with some rubbery swagger that’s dedicated to “all the strong queens in my life – my older sister and my mum,” Flip explained.
“But it’s about anyone. I want people to listen to it and think about any queens or strong figures in their life,” she added. “I haven’t released a song that isn’t about a sad break-up or a relationship. So, I’m stoked about this.”
Listen below and check out the music video on YouTube later today.
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“I wrote this song actually a couple years ago now with Rostam,” explained G Flip. “[We] FaceTimed once and a few weeks later we worked together in L.A. I was just sitting on his white couch with a Juno synth and he turned to me and said, ‘let’s write a song called Queen’, and I was like, ‘Okay!'”
‘Queen’ follows a very busy string of 2020 releases for G Flip. She put out ‘I’d Rather Go To Bed’, ‘You And I’, ‘Hyperfine’, as well as the Illy collab ‘Loose Ends’ (featuring on Illy’s upcoming album The Space Between, out 15 January) and a killer Like A Version.
Her collaborative cover of ‘Lady Marmalade’ in the lead up to International Women’s Day went on to become the biggest Like A Version of 2020, racking up over 2 million views across triple j platforms.
“I can’t believe it was the most popular Like A Version, it’s super-cool,” she remarked. “That experience was so awesome.”
“I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so coming into it I was very stressed,” she told triple j, explaining rehearsals began right after she’d flown back from London and dived straight into Mardi Gras celebrations.
“I was pretty tired [but] everyone involved was so great to work with, they picked up everything so easily. I remember giving horn parts [to the players] by making trumpet sounds with my mouth… and they just picked it up.”