Since oozing onto the scene, Mildlife’s mellifluous mix of jazz, krautrock, and demon grooves has fast become a word-of-mouth sensation among open-minded DJs and diggers searching for the perfect beat. Their emergence was fortified by European tours, demonstrating a riotously loose-limbed performance approach that was every bit as thrilling as their album’s tantalizing promise.
By the end of their breakout year, they’d been nominees for Best Album at the Worldwide FM Awards (Worldwide’s Gilles Peterson was a notable champion), won Best Electronic Act at The Music Victoria Awards back home in Melbourne, and were officially anointed by DJ Harvey who included ‘The Magnificent Moon’ on his Pikes compilation Mercury Rising Vol II.
2020’s follow-up album Automatic saw the band elevate with more disciplined, directional, and arguably more danceable synergy. With tightly structured arrangements making way for melodic improvisation and ethereal vocals, Mildlife effortlessly glid between live performance and studio songwriting like Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock quarantined in Bob Moog’s Trumansburg workshop. Debuting Top 10 on the Australian charts, Automatic snared a converted ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.
The band broke the post-pandemic seal by weaving their way across North America supporting fellow Aussies; Parcels and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Playing over 30 shows in 5 weeks, Mildlife earned their stripes with the American public, and now return this Fall for a run of headline shows and festivals.