Sydney/Eora-based Young Franco and US-based rapper Pell are becoming an international duo that perfectly tap into and reflect the power of collaboration, with their fourth collaborative effort, “Like That.” They recorded the track alongside fellow Perth-raised, Berlin-based producer Jafunk.
Sonically, Young Franco and Jafunk combine to create a track that reflects the golden era of club driven rap music, pioneered in Virginia by production greats including Pharrell, The Neptunes, and Timbaland. Its bounce-ready percussion runs perfectly with quickly strummed guitars and a slapping bass line. On the top line front, Pell is in no rush to get his slick bars off, gliding over the beat with an elegance and class before riding it out with an infectious hook.
Young Franco and Pell have a track record of creating successful musical outings. Their first track, “Juice,” spent nine weeks at the No.1 position on Spotify’s flagship indie playlist Front Left, BBC Radio 1 Spins from Annie Mac and Molly King, as well as featuring as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Wave’ artist on Beats1.
The duo followed their first hit “Fallin’ Apart” alongside Denzel Curry, which featured as the soundtrack for an Apple Airpods campaign, which was viewed over four million times. It also sat at No.1 on the US Shazam discovery Chart for four weeks and has seen over five million likes on TikTok and 700 million views.
Jafunk enters the equation with distinct swagger and energy. The Perth-raised, Berlin-based producer has become renowned in local circles for his funky and soulful take on traditional house music. His remix of Set Mo’s “Chasing Forever” has achieved over 5 million streams, with his follow up songs receiving millions on plays being hosted on tastemaker channels including Majestic Casual, The Sound You Need, and Selected.
Young Franco’s past two years have been his biggest yet. He’s currently sitting on over 135 million streams across all singles to date, with over one million monthly listeners on Spotify. In that period of time he soundtracked the new-look Australian Football League, and has received global syncs for brands including Apple, Starbucks, Topshop, and Kia. Currently, he’s touring the United States and has locked in massive festival slots at Lollapalooza, Falls Festival, Spilt Milk, Lost Paradise.