Ara Koufax are two producers driving to a beach house in the middle of winter to distill a bleak climate into something warmer. You probably already know them through their work as Naysayer & Gilsun, but for Melbourne artists Sam Gill and Luke Neher, Ara Koufax is new territory; a collection of material covered in a layer of dust ready to be blown off.
The project's debut single Converge was born out of a messy, six-hour jam: the final product of rainy afternoons spent improvising and boiling raw percussion loops and synth lines down to the clarified foundations of songs.
A chugging choir's call emerges in a loop before taking on an ascending, melodic form. Crunching drums urge the track forward under a mile-high vocal sample from mid-naughties clubland. As strings fill gaps and the percussion intensifies, what began as a desperate search culminates in dizzying euphoria. It feels like something close to an answer.
Though there are nods to moments in electronic music that left their mark while the pair were sucking pacifiers for legitimate reasons, Ara Koufax's major focus remains the bridging of nagging pop sensibilities with a love of noise and chaos.