‘twice as tough’ is a beautifully etched collaboration, so deliberate and refined in its execution… a glorious slow-moving construction.’ – Clash Magazine, UK
‘twice as tough’ is the luminescent new single from Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter upsidedownhead
(aka Ross James). The track features the vocals of Mansionair’s Jack Froggatt, who lends his pristine falsetto to the rhythmic, slow-burner.
Following on from previous single releases ‘to give (ft Parissa Tosif of Vallis Alps)’ and ‘open the sky (ft Tom Snowdon of No Mono)’, ‘twice as tough’ glistens with restraint, ultimately exploding into a bass-heavy chorus further accentuated by shimmering guitars and Froggatt’s full-throated explorations of loneliness and self-worth.
The collaboration came about as naturally as one could, as Ross and Jack both explain:
“I’ve been friends with the Mansionair boys for years, being Sydney locals and bumping into them at all the gigs and on tour. I literally had the thought, hey Jack… you for once in your life don’t have much on. Want to come jam? No rules… no pre conceptions.”
“Ross and I had always entertained the idea of working together, I love his ear for production and we share a lot of the same musical influences. We got together on a Sydney summer afternoon and after chatting about life and catching up we wrote this song, about learning to love yourself before letting other people in. This song is very much centred around consoling, more specifically … for someone to be strong, for you.”
– Jack Froggatt, Mansionair
Releasing his debut EP complex in 2018 after years of producing music for others, upsidedownhead has collaborated with some of Australia’s most-exciting talent over the course of his musical journey, including Wafia, Vera Blue, Vallis Alps, E^ST, Ric Rufio and PLGRMS. In addition to his production work, he also boasts a collection of remixes to his name, including ‘Too Proud’
for BROODS and ‘Plateau’
for Pat Carroll, and is set to drop another huge remix for King Henry in the coming weeks. His unique, moving soundscapes have won support from Spotify, Apple Music, BBC Radio 1, triple j and FBI, as well as tastemaker sites Complex, The Line Of Best Fit, CLASH, Purple Sneakers & Acid Stag.
Labelmates, Mansionair have previously collaborated with Odesza, SHAED and Manila Killa; the foremost of which earned them a Grammy nomination in the Best Electronic Song category for ‘Line of Sight’, plus several Billboard chart appearances. The Sydney trio’s stunning debut album Shadowboxer, has spawned multiple ARIA gold-certified singles in Australia, while the band’s global streaming numbers are at an impressive 250 million and counting.
Together, this perfect pairing has created 3 minutes and 33 seconds of bliss.