Peking Duk have officially dropped their high-energy new track “Chemicals”, paving the way for another explosive year for the chart-topping Australian electronic duo.
In their first release from the Duk’s Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles since 2020’s “Lil Bit” with Tommy Trash, “Chemicals” serves as a surefire festival favourite, co-written by Sarah Aarons (Alessia Cara, David Guetta).
The anthemic track follows the story of being in an unbalanced relationship – whether the object of that relationship be a person, a substance, or even an unhealthy food choice. But the track’s energy and electricity belies its more sincere subject matter, in which the vocals render with raw emotion through catchy lyrics that build into a booming chorus, instantly reminiscent of Peking Duk’s signature sound.
Speaking of the new single in a statement, Peking Duk said of the track: “‘Chemicals’ was born from a gloomy Melbourne’s day with the incredibly talented Sarah Aarons.
“I feel like every time we get in the room together the chemistry feels right and there doesn’t feel to be any pressure to create something it more so just flows out,” they added. “We ironed out the ideas together that day then took the beat away with our boy Styalz and completely flipped it to what you hear now.”
NEW SONG PREMIERES at 4:30pm on @triplej TUNE IN YA STUNNAS @Hobba_and_Hing 🍾❤️ pic.twitter.com/9xtsaq9Ey6
— peking duk (@pekingduk) June 10, 2021
“Chemicals” debuted on triple j on Thursday, June 10, with the tune available on streaming services as of today.
It’s been a busy year for Peking Duk, who along with the above releases also dropped the song “Nothing To Love About Love” in October alongside English indie outfit The Wombats, and “Move” featuring Alisa Xayalith of The Naked And Famous.
The duo have a jam-packed 2021 planned on the release side of things, with a string of singles locked and loaded, all set to drop by end of the year – just in time for festival season.
On top of that, the pair have been hard at work on their own individual projects, with Styles releasing his first EP, titled Y.O.G.A. in October, while Hyde kicked off his new musical project Keli Holiday with his debut single “We Don’t Have To Know” in January this year.
The award-winning duo are also gearing up to get play live at Winter In The Domain in Sydney on Saturday, July 10, with some special friends.
“Chemicals” by Peking Duk is officially out now.