With a recent burst of creative energy, US R&B once again has begun to sneak it’s way into the hearts and minds of our little island, and we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for Australia’s answer. We think we’ve found it in 22 year old singer/producer Tristan Agostino. The Weeknd is his Timberlake, Cashmere Cat is his Timbaland. Introducing Brisbane’s, Leng Hock (formerly Floria).
Vocally, the Chinese/Italian artist is comparable to contemporary artists like Drake, and though national radio station JJJ was responsible for his introduction to modern love music (“first time I heard the weekend was when Wicked Games was on rotation back in 2013”) his personal inspiration comes from much further reaching places. The apocalyptic break downs of Korean superstar G Dragon, and the sensual tongue rolls of partner in crime Taeyang are unending sources of inspiration for the artist, from music to fashion.
Leng Hock produces all of his own music, a true anomaly of the genre his bright white planet orbits. No beat suites or laid back studio sessions here, only hard work and platinum production flare. Taking cues from futurist producers like the rabble of Swedish tricksters behind the Yung Lean sound, US miserabilists like Shlohmo, and often over looked Chicago producer Young Chop (Chief Keef), his tracks are heady, concrete, and very right now.
Live, he’s selective and illusive. He’s been hand picked by Elizabeth Rose, UV Boi, & Kucka to warm up the stage in their respective cities, & recently headlined his own show at Sydney’s ground breaking Sidechains party, to a sold out, ecstatic crowd. JJJ released the hazy purple banger ‘Tonight’ through their Unearthed Tops program, with the track later appearing as on the after video for Matt & Alex’s (JJJ) Rap Party earlier this year.
At home, he was always around music, his family huge soul and disco heads (“but always a bit of Vivaldi on Saturdays”). George Benson, Hot Chocolate, Marvin Gaye echoed through the home of his youth.
As each new slew of Soundcloud producers continue to remix RnB hits into anything from banging baseline house, to crushed and destroyed electronic excursions, combined with the unwavering conviction of labels like PC Music to push sunshine jams to all four corners of the globe, it finally seems OK to love pop music again. Drake is arguably the biggest urban artist in the world right now, and Floria, is Australia’s answer.
Holdin’ On is the debut single from the exciting new artist, and the first taste of a truly outstanding body of work to come. Holdin’ On is a glistening, club ready pop song, full of power, & oozing midnight appeal.