Alice Ivy shares new single ‘Better Man’ featuring Benjamin Joseph of Safia & video starring Alex Dyson; Don’t Sleep LP tracklist revealed

May 27, 2020

Photography by Michelle G Hunder

Today Alice Ivy shares new single ‘Better Man (feat. Benjamin Joseph)‘ of Safia. The track follows the announcement of Ivy’s forthcoming second studio album and release of its title track, ‘Don’t Sleep‘. Listen and watch the groove heavy music video featuring former triple j host Alex DysonHERE.

Neighbours in Melbourne’s inner-north, Alice Ivy and Alex Dyson once regularly attended Zumba classes together. Recently Dyson took to hosting his own ‘ZOOMba‘ class in lockdown, obliging Ivy with a dedicated performance for this new single. Directed by May Tusler (also behind the dirt bikes from ‘Don’t Sleep‘) and filmed in one morning at North Melbourne’s historic Lithuanian Club, Dyson unleashes the ultimate freeform solo. Neither choreographed or rehearsed in advance, the result is a dynamic dance complete with a broom for a partner, a costume change, and Dyson’s trademark jazz hand strut that could rival those in Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon Of Choice’. 

As a fan and peer, what sets ‘Better Man‘ apart on Don’t Sleep for Ivy is its collaboration with Benjamin Joseph. She shares: “Ben is an incredible writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He can literally play anything so we were moving around the room picking up as many different instruments as we could and putting them on the track. Ben’s writing style is different to mine, we focused A LOT on the groove and feel of the instrumental before even touching the vocals, I kind of like to focus on getting the song as vibey as possible including the vocals from the get-go. When we were writing the hook we were listening to references and we got onto “The Bee Gees” and Ben goes ‘I haven’t pushed my falsetto that high before’, so we gave it a crack and it stuck!”

The follow-up to I’m Dreaming, her 2018 AMP-nominated debut LP, Don’t Sleep also features the previously released singles, ‘Sunrise (feat. Cadence Weapon)’ and ‘In My Mind (feat. Ecca Vandal)’. Like her contemporaries Mark Ronson and KAYTRANADA, Alice Ivy sits at the intersection of producer and tastemaker. A revered collaborator, she’s equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to those who you thought were well established, household names as she is seeking out and helping to break new ones. For the musician however, platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just tastemaking. 

Between releases, Alice has grown into one of Australian electronica’s most prominent advocates for female producers, putting her in step with other tireless voices such as KUČKA and Grimes. Through her choice of collaborators, many of whom are female and non-binary, Alice Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space – a cause moves forward again throughout her second LP. Across Don’t Sleep, her refined curatorial skills are on full display, as Thelma Plum, Montaigne, Ecca Vandal, Ngaiire, Benjamin Joseph of Safia, Odette, Bertie Blackman, Imbi and many more come together within Alice Ivy’s creative orbit. Read below for the album’s complete tracklist. 

Better Man (feat. Benjamin Joseph)’ by Alice Ivy is out now via Dew Process, buy/stream it here.

Preorder Don’t Sleep

DON’T SLEEP TRACKLIST
1. Champagne Late Nights
2. Sunrise feat. Cadence Weapon
3. In My Mind feat. Ecca Vandal
4. Ticket To Heaven feat. Thelma Plum
5. Don’t Sleep feat. Imbi & BOI
6. I’ll Find it feat. Odette
7. Sweetest Love feat. Montaigne & Bertie Blackman
8. All Hit Radio feat. Teef & TESSA
9. Better Man feat. Benjamin Joseph
10. My Turn feat. Swsh
11. Money feat. Dijah SB
12. All For You feat. Ngaiire
13. Gold feat. Bertie Blackman

ALICE IVY TOUR DATES
Sat 30 May – Jägermeister Presents… Iso-Late @ 10 PM AEDT
Thu 17 Sep – Enmore Theatre – Sydney
Fri 18 Sep – Bar On The Hill – Newcastle
Sat 19 September – Winter Wine Festival – Gerringong, NSW
Wed 30 Sep – Canberra Theatre – Canberra
Thu 8 Oct – Fortitude Music Hall – Brisbane
Fri 9 Oct – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre – Bundaberg
Sat 10 Oct – Highfields Tavern – Toowoomba
Thu 15 Oct – Forum – Melbourne
Fri 16 Oct – Torquay Hotel – Torquay
Sat 17 Oct – Wine Machine – Perth
Sat 24 Oct – Splendour In The Grass – Byron Bay
Fri 30 Oct – Gap View Hotel – Alice Springs
Fri 13 Nov – The Gov – Adelaide
Wed 18 Nov – Great Western – Rockhampton
Thu 19 Nov – Seabreeze – Mackay
Fri 20 Nov – Otherwise – Townsville
Sat 21 Nov – Tanks Arts Centre – Cairns
Wed 25 Nov – Riverlinks Westside – Shepparton
Thu 26 Nov – Ulumbarra Theatre – Bendigo
Fri 27 Nov – Beer Deluxe – Albury
Thu 3 Dec – Altar – Hobart
Fri 4 Dec – Altar – Hobart
Sat 5 Dec – Saloon Bar – Launceston
Sun 6 Dec – Forth Pub – Forth

PRAISE FOR ALICE IVY

“She brings those fleeting summer vibes to life beautifully.”
Gorilla Vs Bear

“Alice Ivy knows how to get the best out of her collaborators”
triple j

“Easily one of the most talented in the game, layering samples, melodies and guest collaborators to give this woozy, Avalanches-comparable sound.”
Pilerats

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