Things may be cooling down in the northern hemisphere, but in Sydney-born future bass producer Wave Racer’s corner of the universe, people are only just beginning to shake off the chill of winter. In other words, it’s nearly summer anthem season, and, this year, Wave Racer — real name Tom Purcell — has a doozy. Today, he’s releasing “Higher,” a sleek, bubbly collaboration with PC Music’s Danny L Harle and British songwriter L Devine that peaks early and proceeds to never really let up across its three-and-a-half minute runtime. Warm and glittering, it’s a classically-written pop track that never grates, despite its relentless optimism.
Written on a two-week writing jaunt in London, "Higher" is something of a reset for Purcell, who was looking for new ways to write and produce his music. “For me, the song functions not only as an ode to the notion of ascension, but it's also a kind of trophy symbolising my overcoming creative roadblocks," he tells The FADER via email. "It set in motion a whole series of creative changes in my life.” Listen to "Higher" above.