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The Avalanches Release “Frankie Sinatra” feat. MF DOOM & Danny Brown

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It’s been an extraordinary 16 years since they left us, but they’re back! The Avalanches are back!! Releasing what was a work of art in its own right, their debut album ‘Since I Left You’ became known for its extensive use of sampling, containing an estimated 3,500 samples from an array of genres.

The years of rumours and chatter which followed truly cemented the group into that of folklore, but now, finally the wait is over.

In the lead-up to this announcement, last week The Avalanches gave a sneak peak of their track Subways through a telephone hotline number, which if you are so inclined you can check out HERE. Released alongside the newly minted single Frankie Sinatra, the group has also released a statement via their Facebook, apologising for the wait stating that it’s been a “wild ride”.


Thankfully, despite the wait Frankie Sinatra, the lead single from their newly announced sophomore album ‘Wildflower’, comes through with some serious heat. With verses from rap heavyweights Danny Brown and the metal-faced super villain himself MF DOOM, you already know this is well worth the wait.

Commencing with a classic sample of the 1947 Wilmoth Houdini crooner chanting “I’m Frankie Sinatra”, this is a blast from the past in more ways than one, highlighting that once again The Avalanches are truly kings of sampling.

At first reaction, as the big band-carnival themed boom bap beat drops there’s a sense of confusion, soon replaced by sheer enjoyment and amazement as Detroit emcee Brown spits his first verse. Doing what he does best, highlighting drug use and adding to the hype with his sheer bravado, his nasally voice soon becomes contrasted with the legendary DOOM, who’s deep delivery bellows in the following short verse. Flexing his legendary flow and demonstrating his attention to wordplay, DOOM’s feature comes as an extremely refreshing surprise.

The music video itself also deserves some serious praise, directed by Fleur & Manu (Drake, A$AP Rocky, M83, Skrillex), it follows a tripped out adventure at a carnival in America’s southern swamps as locals consume hallucinogenic neon ice-cream and lose grip of reality, ending in a somewhat homicidal scenario.

If you’re one of the lucky few, be sure to check them out as they headline the opening night of Splendour In The Grass, possibly clashing with acclaimed New York rockers The Strokes. ‘Wildflower’ is set for release on will be released Friday the 8th of July, so in the meantime check out music video for Frankie Sinatra below!