Sydney’s SET MO have long been at the forefront of fresh and enticing electronic sounds; it has been in their forward-thinking approach to songwriting and production that Stu Turner and Nick Drabble have found their rhythm.
And with over 150 million streams and multiple gold and platinum accredited releases to their name, it’s clear that the audience Set Mo have cultivated for themselves across the last decade are enamoured by their approach as well.
2023 sees Set Mo embark on their boldest musical chapter to date, with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore studio album, FLUX. A record that zeroes in on the concept of change itself, and its effect on the human condition – regardless of if the changes are good or bad – Flux is Set Mo operating at an untouchable creative peak.
At 13 tracks of immersive electronic music, Flux is the type of album that beckons the listener to dive in and enjoy the kaleidoscopic journey on offer.
Featuring singles ‘Second Line (ft. Sumner)’, ‘Out My Mind (ft. Jess Kent)’, ‘On Fire’, ‘Feelings’, ‘Something To Dream Of’, and their most recent release, ‘Let Yourself Go’, Flux represents different emotional pathways and responses to life-altering change.
As the listening experience unfolds, the music weaves its way through moments of euphoria and catharsis (‘Choose You First’, ‘Let Yourself Go’); sweat and palpitation inducing beats (‘Accelerate’, ‘Here We Go’, ‘On Fire’); and moments of bright poignancy (‘Helios’, ‘All I Need’).
For Set Mo, the Flux creative process began taking shape as both Turner and Drabble found themselves in unique periods of personal flux.
Pandemic aside, the duo experienced loss and new frontiers: both lost their grandparents, and while Turner was navigating his way through the end of a long-term relationship, Drabble was learning to balance fatherhood as a new element of his life.
“So many things had changed, some of which we’d chosen but most we had no say in. A concept we were really intrigued by is how change is constant/inevitable, however it’s our perception of this that can shape how we view it; good or bad, happy or sad.
In a nutshell this album is about change; how it affects us, how often we have no control or say in shifts in our lives but how we do have control over how we respond to it. Each track explores a more specific aspect of this.” SET MO