There's nothing toxic about the effervescent new track from Sydney's RACKETT, dishing up a neon-soaked ode to desire with the futuristic pop gem Oxytoxic - and today we're getting the scoop on some of the tunes that inspired this bubblin' new tune.
Continuing a journey into evolution and polished experimentation, RACKETT (aka Rebecca Callander) has barrelled into 2020 at her luminous best, building on the poppier tones of last year's Macinations with a shiny jaunt in the form of Oxytoxic.
Embracing trap and dance elements hurled against a futuristic backdrop (with Chris Behringer of Rihanna and St. Vincent fame on mastering duties), Oxytoxic delivers an anthem that breathlessly raptures and defiantly stomps with coquettish ferocity and blazing poise amid Callander's punchy vocals. And wielding lyrics like "got your kiss, named our kids, all of my picket fence dreams are making sense" against the glitching gloss below, there's more to Oxytoxic than just it's shiny surface with Callander and co-writer Dave Hammer (JEFFE, Lime Cordiale) evolving RACKETT's identity while exploring personal themes along the way:
“The song is about uncontrollably romanticising about a fictional lover and being overcome by desire for someone you don’t even know, but can play the part.” RACKETT
Following national and international adventures, including tours alongside Jack River, The Growlers, DZ Deathrays and The Darkness, 2020 is set to continue RACKETT's flourishing transformation, including two upcoming shows in February to launch her brand new sonic baby. But before she unleashes her increasingly infamous bombastic live shows next month, we grabbed RACKETT to reveal her top songs that fueled her latest musical desirs - go check them out below!
POP LUST - RACKETT'S TOP 5 'OXYTOXIC' INSPIRED TRACKS
Charli XCX - 2099 (feat. Troye Sivan)
I was lucky enough to see Charli when she came to Australia last year and I was so inspired by her ability to own a bare stage. By bare, I mean, no trimmings, no extra band members, just her, a microphone and (in her words) three expresso martinis. I was so inspired to reach that bar as a performer. This track is off her latest album 'Charli' and features Troye Sivan and is so understated, it's like meeting someone so hot and they don't even know it.
Slayyyter - BFF
Omg Slayyyter is like a level up, max Britney Spears vocals, super brat. Delving into the EDM pop world I found Slayyter on Charli XCX Future Playlist, so sickly sweet and badass at the same time. one of my favourite discoveries of 2019.
Ashanikko - STUPID
I listen to this song at least once a day and I'm obsessed. Once again, thanks to Charli XCX, I followed the threads and found blue-haired-alien baby, Ashnikko. This one is great for self-esteem if you're struggling with rejection.
MUNA - Number One Fan
This track was my most played song of 2019 according to Spotify, according to my roommates, my work friends and anyone that knows me. The bass line is so fierce and the lyrics are clever af. I tried this one out acoustic and it's just as amazing, the chord choices and melody are top, fire #obessed.
Kim Petras - 1,2,3 Dayz Up (Featuring Sophie)
Kim Petras is an icon, she was the youngest transexual to undergo full transformative surgery at the age of 16. After that, she moved to the states to pursue pop and slew. Though my days of staying up 3 days in a row are far gone, this song perfectly captures the feeling (without the mammoth hangover).
YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG WITH RACKETT'S MUSICAL POP LUSTS WITH THE MAKE A RACKETT PLAYLIST' RIGHT HERE!
AND IF YOU'RE IN SYDNEY OR MELBOURNE IN EARLY FEB, BE SURE TO CATCH THIS GOLDEN GAL LIVE IN ACTION - TOUR INFO BELOW, AND FOR MORE RACKETT INFO HEAD HERE.
BY TIANA SPETER