Tom Purcell is Wave Racer, a 64-bit freak speeding through the horizon, straight for the unknown. Taking both Australia and the world by storm, Purcell’s blend of pixelated funk zooms and enhances on trans-continental club sounds and gold plated production standards and blows them straight out of the water.
Signed by Australian tastemaker record label Future Classic following his debut ‘Rock U Tonight’, Purcell doubled down with the release of ‘Streamers’ in early 2014, fast becoming one of the most rotated artists on Australia’s triple j and a regular fixture on international stations BBC1 and KCRW.
Backing his personal productions, Wavey has given his glistening aquatic remix treatment to a cascade of tracks before re-releasing them into the wild. Flight Facilities, Duke Dumont, Foster The People and Ryan Hemsworth are only the start of a long list of artists Purcell has rubbed exactly the right way.
Wave Racer’s sound is often (and best) described as driving down Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road to the club of your dreams. Melding vocal samples, synthesised trumpets and bass guitar slaps with his sunrise-styled melodies, Purcell gained early attention from the likes of Diplo, Flume, Snakehips, Madeon and Skrillex.
Having toured throughout Australia with Disclosure, and alongside Chromeo in both the US and Canada, you could be forgiven for forgetting that he has only been in the spotlight for three years. Featuring at festivals such as HARD Summer, Dour Festival, Peacock Society, Falls, Groovin’ the Moo, Ultra, Mad Decent Boat Party and Coachella, Wave Racer has covered the US, Europe and Australia with ease. The release of 2015’s Flash Drive EP saw Purcell winning ‘Best Producer’ for the FBi SMAC awards, who was nominated alongside Astral mates Alba and Cassius Select.
With sights firmly set on new material, there is simply no sign of this racer hitting shore… so just jump on the dolphin and ride that .wav.