BUY/STREAM: JOHN SUMMIT & PARACHUTE YOUTH – BETTER THAN THIS
A single that captured the hearts of Australians, emulating everything that was so special about the burgeoning electro scene of the early 2010’s, was none other than Parachute Youth’s debut single ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’. Made up of Johnny Castro (Courtidis), and Mat KVon, the single went on to be a huge international success for the newcomers, whilst earning Sweat It Out one of its first ARIA Gold Record since the labels inception just a few years prior, and charting in the Top 10 across Belgium and Luxembourg. With the first release together in 7 years, the duo have enlisted one of the hottest dance acts on the planet, John Summit, for a special edit marking a decade since the release of the original. Titled ‘Better Than This’, the edit breathes new life into the classic – Summit’s trademark drum design, with crisp claps and energetic hi-hats are all held together by an unrelenting yet full bodied bassline arpeggiation that ensures the vocal is front and centre.
Speaking to his excitement on the new collaboration, John from Parachute Youth shares, “To see the song that started my music career come out again after its first release a decade ago, is truly exciting and can’t wait to see where it goes a second time around!”. Mat adds “This track means just as much to Johnny and I as the day it was first played on triple j here in Oz, ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’ and subsequent releases gave us a touring career and fans worldwide who still message us to this day”.
Although having split as an artistic duo in 2014, the legacy of Parachute Youth has lived on. Mat has gone onto release under Fast Apache on Medium Rare Recordings, and Johnny Courtidis, having released originals under Yeah Boy, has also gone on to work with the likes of Liam Payne (One Direction), Icona Pop, Sonny Fodera, Sigala, Joel Corry, and Raye just to name a few. Proving himself as one of the most successful songwriters out of Australia in recent years, Johnny co-wrote, and co-produced Joel Corry’s international hit single ‘Head & Heart’. The incredible upbeat and instant record recently hit 1 billion combined streams, whilst reaching #1 in 13 countries, multi-platinum sales in 8 countries, gold sales in a further 9, and became the longest UK number one song in 2020 staying 6 weeks at the top.
Discussing his first original release on the label following a remix for Torren Foot’s ‘More Life’, John Summit shares “I’ve been a huge fan of Sweat It Out for years so when they reached out to me about working with Australian-based Parachute Youth it was a no brainer! The combination of their smooth vocals and synth work along with my house music sound clicked instantly.”
Having had an absolutely stellar run himself over the past couple of years, John Summit, has quickly emerged as one of the leading talents in dance music. Breaking out with the mammoth hit single ‘Deep End’, released on Defected Records, the single garnered over 27 million streams across platforms, and became Beatport’s longest running #1 of the year. Since then, Summit has gone onto remix the likes of Jax Jones and Au/Ra’s ‘i miss you’, Gorgon City and DRAMA’s ‘You’ve Done Enough’, in addition to a string of further originals including ‘Thin Line’, ‘Beauty Sleep’, and most recently ‘Make Me Feel’, which again sits atop Beatports overall chart.
With the extraordinary songwriting talents of Parachute Youth, coupled with the production steez of John Summit, ‘Better Than This’, is ready for a whole new generation to fall in love with.
John Summit & Parachute Youth’s ‘Better Than This’ is out now on Sweat It Out.