All bounce and zero boundaries, Peking Duk gives you anthems for the good times, best enjoyed from the sweaty, heaving thick of it – which is exactly where Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles have come from.
New track ‘Sugar’, a sweet-as-candy collaboration with beloved Aussie songwriter Jack River, is the latest in a long hot line of audio fire that has poured out of the Peking Duk studio over the last few years, earning the boys eight Aria nominations and two wins, for 2014 breakthrough hit ‘High’ and 2017’s ‘Stranger’. With every release shooting to the pointy end of the charts, the Duks’ discography is nudging its way towards a whopping 300 million streams worldwide.
We loved them as a loose - unit electronic act, but the moment Adam and Reuben emerged from behind the decks and channelled their antics into the glorious shitstorm of energy that is a Peking Duk live show, was the moment Peking Duk became legend. Since their live debut at Splendour in the Grass 2016, the creative possibilities have exploded, and the boys are determined to go bolder with their
offering, delivering new edits with a mix of spectacle, surprise and sheer insanity.
Be it on stage or in the studio, the Duks know the key to truly killing it is collaboration, and latest single ‘Sugar’ is no exception. “This song went through so many different life - forms before Holly [Jack River]
jumped on board,” the boys admit. “She changed a sombre skeleton of a song into a playful sugary playground. Stoked.”
The result is a piece of noughties - inspired pop perfection, which stirs up as much joy in the listening as it did in the making. As Jack River puts it: “Working with the boys was so much fun, we were like kids in a candy shop. Hopefully that sense of fun drips out of the song like a melting ice block.”
With this summery future - classic in the arsenal for 2019, the sky ain't no limit. But no matter how high the Duks fly, they’ll always keep one foot in the sticky mosh from whence they came. In the end Adam and Reuben are just like the rest of us reprobates – only with stronger moustache game.