Sound of the Week: HABITS

Melbourne-based HABITS release the alluring anthem ‘Selfie’. Directed by Dyllan Corbett, the official video focuses on visibility as our main protagonists emerge from the darkness. A mythological narrative plays out within a limestone cave within the video, symbolizing the longevity of trans and non-binary identities throughout history. ‘Selfie’ is a clap-back at toxic masculinity and a mantra for reclaiming power with nothing but your front-facing camera.

HABITS are the future of club music, a steamy, smoky vision of quicksilver dancefloors fueled by the dark, fierce and alluring. Based in Melbourne, Mohini and Maia produce dark-club tracks that explore the nature of ugly, complex feelings through the strength of a thick bass line, emotionally warped lyrics and the catharsis of an inevitable drop. Described as “going to a yoga class on MDMA” by i-D, HABITS are indisputably the most intimate, empowering and sweat-inducing act in Australia.

Their sophomore EP Salty, due June 15, is an anthology unified in its distaste at societies rejection of sensitivity. From ‘Selfie’ a fervent visibility anthem and clap back at toxic masculinity, to the nauseating apology that is ‘Shame/Desire’, each song provides a home for feelings and thought processes whose purpose are often doubted. What defines Salty is an understanding that vulnerability enables the most authentic self. In an age where presenting our best is amplified by social media, Mohini and Maia spark a cycle of empowerment rooted in the validation of the most clammy, gut-wrenching emotions.

Formed in 2013, HABITS have impressively honed their own sounds and rapidly consolidated an ever-expanding audience independently, conquering the dance electronic scene with flawless productions and a DIY spirit. Their 2016 output Ugly Cry saw the darkwave duo sellout hometown shows, tour across Australian & New Zealand and support the likes of Peaches, Blanck Mass, Lotic and Juliana Huxtable. Their mesmerising and ritualistic live performance exorcise the inability to forgive ourselves. The dancefloor is truly revolutionary when we permit each other this ultimate freedom.

HABITS will launch Salty throughout June with the aid of Brooklyn self-love aficionado Ms.Boogie – inclusive of special performances at the Australian Centre for Moving Image & Dark Mofo Festival.