Fresh off a sold-out hometown benefit show for Colorado flood relief at Red Rocks this past Saturday (Sept 28), Big Gigantic, the live electronic band known for its heavy beats and live saxophone, are releasing the first single from their forthcoming album. The track, “Love Letters,” features Sabina Sciubba of NYC-based electronica outfit Brazilian Girls in her first major recording since her group went on hiatus. Listen to “Love Letters” before its release exclusively here:
While recent Big Gigantic tunes have mined some fairly deep bass and heavy drops, oscillating between dubstep and moombahton. “Love Letters” swings in steady beats with a touch of sax and not a drop in earshot, expanding what producer and saxophonist Dominic Lalli considers an already diverse catalogue of songs.
“I think we are kind of known for not 'boxing' ourselves in,” Lalli says, referring to his group’s range within EDM’s many subgenres. “I think we keep with that trend on this song.”
Sciubba’s sultry vocals offset the pang of Lalli’s sax and bring the group to territories of house music that had gone heretofore unexplored.
“I've been a fan of the Brazilian Girls ever since they dropped their first record,” Lalli explains. “Honestly, a lot of their music got me into wanting to write electronic music.”
“I liked the track right away. So we went for it,” Sciubba says of what became a “cyber collaboration” between the two artists.
For Sciubba, the foray into EDM comes amid a series of more low-key collaborations during a break from Brazilian Girls. (“I've been secretly very, very busy,” Sciubba jokes.)
In addition to her appearance on “Love Letters,” Sciubba can be heard on recent tracks by artists as eclectic as Brazilian rhythm band Forro In The Dark and electro-indie outfit Pretty Good Dance Moves, all preceding her own solo album release in 2014 and an eventual Brazilian Girls album later next year.
If “Love Letters” catches Big Gigantic fans off guard, rest assured: they haven’t abandoned their trademark big stage sound just yet.
“The rest of the album will probably stay a little more true to our style,” assures Lalli. “But we're always trying to develop our sound so we've got some surprises in store for this one. [We’ve got] crushing bass, hard-hitting drums and tons of saxophone melodies that will make you want to sing out loud.”
The album, Lalli says, will feature a joint effort with dubsteppers Cherub and feature other tracks that range from hip-hop to glitch-hop to trap.
“We're so excited about this one,” he adds enthusiastically. “It's gonna be our best album yet, without a doubt!”