Sydney duo Flight Facilities worked with some of the biggest names in the biz -  Reggie Watts, Bishop Nehru, Owl Eyes -  (and a little known artist named Kylie Minogue) - for their debut album. A more chilled-out affair than their previous singles, Down to Earth is all but guaranteed to be a feel good hit of the summer.  We sat down with the guys behind Flight Facilities, Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, to chat about the mixtape made especially for Coca-Cola Journey.

We’ve heard you guys are quite the perfectionists. When did you first begin to work on your album, Down to Earth, and when did you know it was finished?

We started on the project about a year ago with the idea of releasing a 6 track mixtape comprised of entirely original music, with a short film written to it. Eventually we would come to realise that we had enough songs to fill an album, and we bit the bullet on making a full length record. We’re happy its come together the way it has. 

You got together with some incredible artists for Down to Earth. What was your favourite collaboration on this album? 

We’re all still pinching ourselves after working with Reggie Watts. We’ve looked at so many videos of him playing on Conan O’Brian and performing with LCD Soundsystem at the final Madison Square Garden. He went above and beyond the call of duty to finalise a really great package for his feature single.

Up until this point, you’ve only released singles. Will Down to Earth seem like a collection of your different singles or can listeners expect to hear the album have a definite flow? 

We’ve placed a lot of focus on making an album intended for an extended listen. We didn’t want to make an album that sounded like a “best-of” with 12, short vocal songs, each designed and aimed for radio. We wanted to show another side to ourselves, with a bit of depth and obscurity. We’re influenced by so many artists, this was a chance to indulge ourselves in the more down-tempo, instrumental side of things.

Talk us through some of the songs you chose for your Spotify playlist.

The Avalanches - Since I Left You
This song, and album, is still worlds ahead of its time. We didn't appreciate the true brilliance of it until we were old enough to understand how the record was pieced together. Made up entirely of samples, the amount of work that went into it is still mind-boggling. And it sounds as good on the hundredth listen as it did on the first.

Damn Arms - Destination
Destination was a huge inspiration for the making of Crave You. Damn Arms have since broken up but we still love to hear this song every now and then, and reflect on how much it did for inspiring one of our most successful songs to date. It's a shame it didn't get the recognition it deserved but we put that down to the fact that they were too forward-thinking.

Kylie Minogue - Slow
Probably our favourite Kylie Minogue song. This is the best example of how a pop track can be insanely cool and also commercially successful. Not even the chin-stroking underground crowd will scoff at this song. Now, having been able to work with Kylie, we can appreciate why she has been so successful, for reasons beyond her incredible musical career.

Happiness is better shared; please can you pick a song from your playlist and tell us who you’d like to share it with?

Canyons - When I See You Again
We chose this song because it has a sentimental feeling, mixed with the anticipation for coming home from a tour. This is for all our friends. We start to miss them after a few weeks of overseas shows, and it's that feeling of excitement we get for flying back to summer and beaches.

Flight Facilities debut album 'Down To Earth' out on Future Classic / Glassnote records.

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