‘Like A Version’, the chart-topping, sometimes quirky Australian institution, is heading to America. A 21-track compilation of classic covers by Tame Impala, Flume, DMA’S and others will drop Sept. 22 in North America via Metropolitan Groove Merchants (MGM), through the company’s creative relationship with Australia’s ABC Music, forged in 2016.

MGM set up an operational base in Nashville near the end of 2014 and is led by Michael Chase, son of Seb Chase, the legendary founder of MGM Distribution, member of the ARIA board and recipient of last year’s ARIA Industry Icon Award.

Since its launch, the US company has provided digital and physical distribution solution for such Aussie acts as The Church, The Drones, Dr G Yunupingu, The Vines, San Cisco, The Jezabels, Sticky Fingers and C.W. Stoneking. TIO caught up with Michael Chase to discuss the new arrival.

Is there an appetite for ‘Like a Version’ in the U.S.?

Yeah, it’s going to be a learning process. The first release is about introducing it and teaching Americans and creating awareness around ‘Like a Version’. From our side, we’re obviously really passionate about it.

That’s the first thing we really identified with the ABC, we thought that’s a great opportunity to promote Australian music as well as just bands, and bring awareness to Triple J and ‘Like a Version’ and how important the station is. [That’s] over this release, and the next one we’ll start to create some good awareness about the station.