Made up of three very talented individuals - YB, Eka Gustiwana and Gerald Gerald, Weird Genius is the biggest it gets when it comes to electronic music in their homeland. Following on from the success of their previous single ‘Peanut Butter’ they recently unleashed ‘LATHI’ - their first release of 2020, and their biggest release yet.
The trio who played over 200 shows in 2019 and have supported the likes of The Chainsmokers were set to go even bigger this year with debut performances slated around Asia. However shortly after performing at the Indonesian Billboard Music Awards they were forced to cancel all their upcoming shows. While the dancefloors may have been empty, the meteoric rise of their club focused track “LATHI” has since proved to be inevitable.
The new single is an ode to the sounds of Indonesia’s region of Java and it features local singer and rapper Sara Fajira. Since it’s release they have garnered over 35 million streams online and ‘LATHI’ has now held the #1 spot on Indonesia’s Top 50 Spotify chart for over two weeks - outperforming global superstars such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Melanie Martinez.
In addition to Spotify, it’s also claimed #1 positions on platforms such as Apple Music, YouTube, Joox and TikTok. Now it’s going international, entering Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50 and flying up to #1 in their neighbouring country of Malaysia while charting similarly in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and more.
The captivating music video which was released with the track offers up a stunning visual and it’s spawned into a viral trend of it’s own with fans recreating the haunting make-up seen within it. So far the video has had more than 25 million views and is the most viewed music video in the country.
The lyrics of LATHI speak of a relationship full of lies and egos that ‘says’ love but only hurts. Despite exploring the dark side of a relationship, upbeat music and honest lyrics bring the meaning of courage and a strong will in the face of ‘a toxic relationship’.
‘LATHI’ is available via download and streaming on all digital music platforms.