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Just days out from his showcase at Stereosonic, dub-step king-maker Skrillex has taken more Australian talent under his wing. Anna Lunoe and Wordlife will release their latest track ‘Midnight’ via Sonny Moore’s Nest HQ imprint. The collaboration will be released on the upcoming NEST043 compilation.
Lunoe had been on Skrillex’s radar after catching his eye at Coachella earlier this year. Moore promptly released her track ‘Bass Drum Dealer (BDD)’, which featured on NEST031. This latest release features some banging BDD remixes, from AC Slater, Wuki and Jubilee. Skrillex has previously released tracks from a number of Aussie artists, giving the nod to Craig Williams, Nina Las Vegas and Sydney juke producer Ribongia.
The collaboration sees Lunoe reuniting with former FBI Sunsets pal Kato (one half of Wordlife). The pair have joined forces on a number of occassions, but this release is definitely their highest profile project to date.
Check out the Anna Lunoe and Wordlife's 'Midnight' below:
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Berlin’s Format:B is set to return to Australia for a series of dates starting this coming weekend.
On the 30th of November, the tech-funk powerhouse will play a set at earthcore in Victoria before landing in Perth on December 5th to play at Geisha Bar. After that they will fly to Sydney for date at Chinese Laundry on December 6th, before heading down the road to Wollongong on the 7th December to play at The Grand.
From rock to techno to classical piano, Franziskus and Jakob have had an incredible musical journey to find where they are today. From the early 2000s, Format:B have treated techno aficionados with their unique “motor-funk” sound which they pioneered, and today they stand as one of the most vital names in electronic music. Earlier this year they were one of the standout acts at BPM festival where they played alongside Technasia and Green Velvet at Pleasurekraft’s Kraftek showcase in Mexico. (which you can listen to here)
Last hitting Australian shores in 2011, Format:B's return will be a real treat for fans of the German tech-funk sound.
30.11.14 - Earthcore Music Festival, Melbourne
05.12.14 - Geisha Bar, Perth
06.12.14 - Chinese Laundry, Sydney
07.12.14 - The Grand in Wollongong
Deadmau5 is making a serious splash on some new studio space.
The controversial figure is constructing a massive 45,000 square foot complex, which he claims will be a hub for producers and “actual musicians”. The studio is being built in his native Canada, which he hopes will take him away from the everyday monotony.
“It’s time to try something a little different, and I think moving out to the middle of nowhere is going to give me some new perspective and inspiration to get back to work on some more crazy things for 2015. With any luck, I’m sure I’ll find a little more solitude and peace out there”.
Initial reports have been positive. The space looks pretty incredible, as shown in the drone footage below. Can’t help but feel bad for the local wildlife though…
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Next week, Australia’s premier electronic music conference, EMC, rolls into town for 3 jam-packed days. The conference will feature some of your favourite DJs including Steve Aoki, Porter Robinson and Flume, as well as some of the world’s biggest music buyers and label executives.
The conference will discuss some of the most pressing issues in dance music, with contributions from local and international guests. In addition to the panels and debates, EMC have organized a series of live gigs and events called ‘EMC Play’. The showcase will feature guests and artists from the conference, performing at select venues in Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.
Best of all, Pulse has one delegate pass to giveaway for EMC 2014.
The pass (RRP $449) includes access to the online delegate networking forum, an official EMC gift bag, and access to the full EMC program for 2014, including the EMC Play showcase.
To win, tell us in 25 words or less why attending EMC 2014 would be a dream come true. Send your full name and answer here.
Entries close at 4pm this Friday (28th November). Best of luck!
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Multi talented producer Move D is coming to Sydney for one very special evening. The German maestro will be appearing at Spice Cellar on Thursday 4th December, for a unique double header.
The evening kicks off with an intimate talk with the man himself, followed by a club show, with Move D taking the stage at midnight. The interview will run from 8 til 9pm, with punters given the chance to ask their own questions at the conclusion. Get your tickets here
Move D, or David Moufang is many things: a classically trained percussionist, former label owner and a prolific songwriter to name a few. His unique skill set has led to the creation of a diverse back catalogue, and a varied collection.
With over twenty years experience, Moufang is a highly accomplished DJ and producer. In his various incarnations, Move D has released over 30 full length albums, as well as countless singles and remixes. Currently working on a number of new projects, Moufang continues to explore the boundaries of electronic music, extending his reach to farther horizons.
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Everyone's favourite underground heroes Mantra Collective are back at it again. The latest instalment in the MCW series will take place Saturday December 27th, sending off the year as only Mantra knows how.
After the roaring success of their previous events, the MC crew couldn’t wait to get back on the horse. Having hosted international royalty like Sidney Charles, Adam Port and &Me, the MC boys have decided to strip it back to the raw beginnings - with family vibes and legendary locals.
The usual suspects will be on show, including Space Junk, Aboutjack, Antoine Vice, Hedon and Ollie Stokes. As per usual, the party is at a secret warehouse location, which is yet to be named. And most importantly, its BYO. Festivities kick off at 9 and will keep on til late (read: early).
To get a taste of what’s to come, check out MC on FBi Radio (Friday 1am-3am) or FBi Click (Tuesday 6am and 6pm). If previous parties are anything to go by, MCW005 is certain to sell out in advance. Don’t delay, get your tickets here.
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The Australasian Music Industry Directory (AMID) has ranked what it believes to be the 50 most powerful people in Australian music right now, with Mushroom Group Chairman Michael Gudinski once again taking out the #1 spot.
“It’s a great pride to be number one,” Gudinski remarked about topping the list. “It [holds] great significance, because we’re an independent group which gives me more power to make decisions myself.”
Also featured in the list are musicians such as Sia (#3), Nick Cave (#37) and Iggy Azalea (#47), Sydney label Future Classic head honchos Nathan McLay and Chad Gillard, and Bossy Music founder Claire Collins.
Check out the full 50 below.
The AMID Power 50 for 2014:
1. Michael Gudinski – Mushroom Group
2. Michael Chugg – Chugg Entertainment
3. Sia Furler – artist
4. George Ash – Universal Music Group
5. Jessica Ducrou/Paul Piticco – Splendour In The Grass
6. Denis Handlin – Sony Music Entertainment
7. AJ Maddah – Soundwave
8. Nathan McLay/Chad Gillard – Future Classic
9. Richard Kingsmill – triple j
10. Millie Millgate – Sounds Australia
11. Danny Rogers – Lunatic Entertainment
12. Nick O’Byrne – BIGSOUND
13. Colin Daniels/Ashley Sellers – Inertia
14. Jaddan Comerford – Unified
15. Michael Coppel – Live Nation
16. Brett Murrihy – Artist Voice
17. Peter Noble – Bluesfest
18. Jodie Regan – Spinning Top Music
19. Dror Erez – Totem Onelove Group
20. Tony Harlow – Warner Music Australia
21. Matt Gudinski – Mushroom Group
22. Dan Rosen – ARIA & PPCA
23. Sebastian Chase – MGM
24. Paul Dainty – Dainty Group
25. Harvey Lister – AEG Ogden
26. Stephen Halpin/Rodney Little – Groovin The Moo
27. Chris Scaddan – triple j
28. Claire Collins – Bossy Music
29. John Wardle – National Live Music Office
30. Tim Levinson – Elefant Traks
31. Matt Tanner/Jaime Gough – Native Tongue
32. John Butler – artist
33. Brett Cottle – APRA AMCOS
34. Eric J Dubowsky – producer
35. Matt Emsell – Wonder Management
36. Steve McPherson – Hillsong
37. Nick Cave – artist
38. Johann Ponniah – I OH YOU
39. Liam Mazzucchelli – Boomtick
40. David Walsh/Brian Ritchie – MONA
41. Brad Mellen – Mellen Events
42. Mardi Caught – Atlantic Records
43. Ben Turnbull – Staple Group
44. Denise Foley – QMusic
45. Ian James – Mushroom Music Publishing
46. Iggy Azalea – artist
47. Neil Ackland – Sound Alliance
48. Richard Moffat – festival programmer
49. Adrian Basso – Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia
50. Patrick Donovan – Music Victoria
Local DJ/producer and Soulistic Music founder, Black Coffee continues the nationwide trajectory of his first ever South African tour commemorating 20 years of music freedom when he touches down on home ground this coming weekend.
The 'A Night With Black Coffee' SA tour which began in September, kicked off at Shine Studios in Braamfontein, Jo'burg before moving on to dazzle fans at Imbizo Hall in Richard’s Bay at the end of October.
On Saturday evening, Maphumulo takes it back to where it all began as #ANBC descends on Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi, Durban to pay homage to Black Coffee's hometown with a spectacular showcase of soul stirring music and world class talent. And if his last outing in Umlazi is anything to go by, rest assured Durban fans will once again be out in record numbers to catch a glimpse of their hero live in action.
Hereafter, #ANBC makes further stops in East London and Cape Town on December 5th and 15th respectively and a triumphant tour finale will be staged in Soweto on the 16th of December.
Black Coffee will be joined on stage in Durban by a stellar cast of industry collaborators and colleagues including vocalists Soulstar, Tumelo, Toshi and Alexander James as well as Sai&Ribatone, Jimmy Drums, Mahlatse on keyboard and long time friend and co-conspirator DJ Kabila.
Connect with Black Coffee and find more tour info here:
Getting its start five years ago, Keinemusik has used a straightforward, do it yourself approach to running a label that’s begun netting them big results. This year they’ve had two major releases – out of five total – with &ME’s “After Dark” and David Mayer’s “Sunhole,” helping introduce both the artists and label to a much wider audience.
That’s not to say it’s been easy, or simple. Made up of five musicians – &ME, David Mayer, Rampa, Reznik, Adam Port and their friend and graphic designer, Monja Gentschow – they’ve been dealing with every aspect of the business – even hand stamping each record before it goes out – since day one.
To celebrate their fifth year as a label, they’ve released the ‘Workparty Five’ EP, which is also the label’s 25th release. Pressed onto two records and fitted (for the first time in label history) with a cardboard sleeve, the inside is a collage of photos looking back at memories they’ve shared over the years. Fitting, as at its core, Keinemusik feels less like a business and more like five good friends simply doing what they love together. And it’s this friendship-based approach that likely makes things work so well.
So I made my way up to the label’s studio in Stattbad to get a feel of exactly how it all came together.
“It just sort of happened,” Reznik reminisces. “We just were partying together and whatnot. I was playing with Rampa a lot back in the days, and somehow we (all) met each other and started to DJ together and throw parties together at Picnic and Villa, then all of the sudden we decided to make music and release music, and it was the easiest thing to do it on our own.”
“For the uninitiated, what is Keinemusik?” I ask.
“We are a bunch of friends who are running a label and throwing parties around the world,” `Reznik explains.
“Simple enough,” “Does it mean something in German?”
“It means ‘no music,” Rampa says from next to me on the couch.
“Why ‘no music’?”
“My mom said it as she heard the music,” Rampa tells me. “She said, ‘Ah, this is no music,’ so mom is always right.”
“Do people who actually speak German ask you about that. Are they thrown by it?”
“Yeah,” Rampa chuckles.
“I read on the label bio that you’re focused on being a do it yourself operation. Why is that so important to you guys?”
“The thing is that in the beginning, we had to do it,” &ME says.
“Does that mean you’re doing everything from top to bottom?”
“Yeah. A friend of ours, Monja (Gentschow) was drawing the artwork, and then we found some record shops who were able to get our records, we searched for a pressing plant – we had a little contact with a pressing plant in Lepzig – and they pressed like 300 or 500 records and were delivered to me at home. So we stamped every record because it was just white paper, so we stamped the Keinemusik stamp on it, put it in some bags and brought them to every record shop.”
“So artwork, distribution, all of it…do you need to continue to do that now?” I ask.
“It’s a good thing because you get more money!” &ME laughs, probably half joking.
“No, the good thing is we have sort of a mini-distribution now because Decks.de and Deejay.de are getting lots of records, and Decks are giving them to Juno in the UK.” &ME continues. “But that’s the only thing, distribution wise, outside of the Keinemusik thing.”
“But it also seems that continuing to do everything yourselves is something that’s very important to you,” I offer.
“Some things are in routine, so why change it?” David Mayer says. “Of course, there’s some professionals who we can reach out to now who will maybe do something for us around the world where we’re not able to be ourselves – for example, the UK or US. But if you develop a way to do it yourself and it runs well, maybe it’s good to stick with that.”
“Do you see things outgrowing what you currently have?” I ask.
“Well, we’re feeling some development this year,” Adam Port answers. “Of course &ME’s ‘After Dark’ was really strong. This helped a lot get new followers to the label, and of course for &ME also. And of course David’s record at the beginning of the year, ‘Sunhole,’ was really popular, so already a good start, we got like two big releases.
As well, ‘Workparty’ was the first time we hire a proper agency who is doing PR for us. We never did it before. We got a lot of small pieces making the cake a little bit bigger," Adam continues. "It grows slowly, not too fast, but becomes better and better from year to year. It’s not like a shooting star, out of no where in the top one position – everything goes slowly but continues.”
“Organically,” I offer.
“Would you rather it stay organic like that?”
“Yes,” Adam says. “I think organic holds longer than the top one of today and the nobody of next day – “
“Here today, gone tomorrow,” Reznik interjects.
“Yeah,” Adam agrees.
Reznik cuts in, saying, “I think the good thing that’s coming with it is the learning process. When you’re doing something that’s successful one minute to the other, then you are maybe missing a lot of things that are going wrong that you don’t understand. Whereas when you progress naturally, organically, and have to do all the processes yourself, then you’re learning a lot. That keeps you from becoming the falling star or whatever, that’s here today, gone tomorrow.”
“The good thing also is that a lot of the promoters we worked with the first year we are still working with five years later, “ David remarks. “So the relationships are holding really long. We’re growing with them and they’re growing with us, and it’s a healthy thing,” he continues.
“Do you have any plans to bring anyone new in to the label?” I ask.
“No,” they all answer emphatically.
“A remix sometimes,” Rampa says.
“Remixes, and we had some features like Stereo MCs, but we’re not going to get new artists on the label,” &ME says. “We don’t have the capacities to.”
“If something happens by accident and it feels right, we’ll do it, but it’s not like…” Rampa tells me.
“Is it the same with five releases a year?”
“Yep,” they all chime.
“I think five releases a year is the perfect amount for us because we can’t do more,” Rampa says. “If we have to do more, we have to play less DJ gigs or hire someone to help us. And doing less makes no sense,” he says, getting a laugh from the room.
“And also, when you have monthly releases from a label, it’s way to much information. When it’s every month a new release, it’s only possible to play the last release, like, five times, then the next one is coming,” David says. “It’s way too fast.”
“The thing is, monthly releases are already a slow release plan when most of the labels are doing it weekly,” Reznik says.
“Five a year is a good to give the release time to breath and develop,” Rampa says, and everyone nods and agreement.
“Is it also a quality control thing?” I ask.
“Yeah, of course,” Rampa answers. “If you’re only going to have five releases, then the releases have to be good.”
“And we have time to release somewhere else,” &ME reminds me.
“I like the credo of the label – ‘you don’t necessarily need to be overly serious to be taken seriously.’ Do you think too many people in the industry take themselves too seriously about what this is or what they do?” I ask.
“Nowadays, probably a lot of them take themselves too…funny,” Rampa says, the entire room erupting in laughter. “So we probably have to change this. At the moment there is a lot of comedy out there. In general, Facebook wants more comedy otherwise you don’t get likes. It’s not just music, it’s everywhere – hotels, cars, Mercedes Benz has to be funny...but yeah I don’t know what I’m talking about…” Rampa trails off.
David offers, “Until now it made sense, don’t worry.”
You can purchase ‘Workparty Five’ now from Keinemusik.com, which also offers special merchandise and edits, including a beatless version of &ME’s ‘After Dark.’
We’re giving away an amazing prize courtesy of Another Party and Jerome Sydenham’s Ibadan Records.
One lucky winner will receive two tickets to the Another Party Ibadan Records 20th Anniversary at Pulse nightclub London on 5th December, with Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Dennis Ferrer and Jerome Sydenham.
On top of that, the winner will also receive the full Ibadan back catalogue on a customised 10-CD box-set, with an extra CD of unreleased material. Each CD will have the cover designed by one of the artists featured on that particular CD with the competition winner designing the final CD.
Entering the competition is easy. Simply answer this question and follow the instructions:
Where was Jerome Sydenham born?
1. Head to the Pulse Radio Facebook page and write your answer in the comments section of the ‘Win 2 Tickets To Ibadan’s 20th Anniversary and the Ibadan Full Back Catalogue’ Facebook post.
2. Share the Facebook post.
The winner of the competition will be announced Monday 1st December.
For many of us vinyl records are the ultimate medium for listening to music and for owning music. For this group of guys the records are a great Frisbee alternative.
They look like they have far too much free time and they’re not quite using their records for their intended purpose, but they certainly pull off some amazing ‘trick shots’.
Maybe they’re just incredibly lucky, but we’re sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty entertaining watch.
We have the video premiere for Monsieur Georget’s track ‘Ready pour le Tour’, which features on the ‘Baptême de L’air’ release on Bristol-based label Just Jack Recordings.
The release is vinyl only and also features a remix of ‘Ready pour le Tour’ from Dana Ruh and the track ‘Plein les Mirettes’.
Monsieur Georget is an alias of Frenchman Chris Carrier, with releases on imprints such as Adult Only, Ultrastrech and Hold Youth.
Called The Last December Weekender, the party begins at 10pm on Saturday the 27th and run at least 35 hours, right into Monday morning. Saturday will be all about techno, with guests including Marcel Fengler, Peter van Hoesen and resident Sandrien in the main room.
Sunday at 8am sees the next phase begin, with Irish star Mano Le Tough, Italian duo Tale Of Us and Marcus Wargull in the main room, with Kim Ann Foxman, Tita and a back-to-back set from Sandrien and Carlos Valdes in De Verdieping for ...Is Burning.
This will be one of Trouw's final events before closure on January 3rd, so if you've never been, this would be one hell of a time to go.
The Garden Festival has announced partners and another headliner for 2015.
Gearing up for what will be both its 10th anniversary and the final edition, The Garden Festival has revealed Bonobo will be both curating a club night at Barbarella’s and DJing on the Leftfoot boat party.
Partners have also been announced, and include some of the UK's best brands, including Krankbrother, Just Jack, Edible, Studio Barnhus, Wolf Music and more.
The UK’s dubstep-pioneer-turned-house-and-disco-DJ, Skream, has joined the growing number of DJs controversially speaking out against the EDM phenomenon.
Speaking to FACT he spoke of his dislike for the style of music, “EDM, the whole style of music, I fucking can’t stand it anymore.”
He then went on to criticize the disparity in terms of artists' earnings by saying, “You see Calvin Harris earning $46m in a year – when you’re talking about money like that, that automatically segregates it from everything else. Meanwhile, people have been grafting their bollocks off for years, and barely getting paid to do shows. So I think it has become two different worlds.”
Skream isn’t alone in his public decrying of EDM, as we know, Seth Troxler has been very vocal on the subject in recent times.
Skream believes the popularity for EDM is waning and that ‘deep house’ is beginning to make waves in the global dance music scene, “EDM is alienating itself. I’m quite interested to see where it’s going to go next, because we’ve seen Ultra Music are now promoting deep house.”
He then alludes to the trickle-down effect of EDM, “At the moment, it feels like people are realising that the music that is involved is shite. And now good music is starting to become popular.”
New and talented B4 signing Traumer exclusively delivers a profound session for the 19th episode of Be for the Podcast.
In 98 minutes of deep and dark techno, intense and sincere sounds which carefully contrast sharp and dynamic layers, Traumer lets us feel his most affable vein and keeps us constantly on the edge of deliberately bottled tension. The complete set, the whole hour and 38 minutes brought to us by the on-form Frenchman, features industrial tints, with direct, exotic, rhythmic and penetrating sounds all at once. Enjoy it!
Hamburg's Monte returns with a new four track EP on JEUDI.
After scoring his first top spot with "True" back in 2008, Monte has been keeping the retro, synth-heavy deep house sound alive and well. He struck gold again with his laid-back remix of Phil & Dan's "Everybody Loves," and now returns to JEUDI with another '80s inspired package
The "Bubblegum" leads with a huge, bouncy synth line, while "Bubblegum Theme" is an action movie inspired orchestral builder. "Push" heads back to the dancefloor with more deep, hooky synths, and "Push Theme" takes its cues straight from Miami Vice. Listen below.
2. Bubblegum Theme
4. Push Theme
Monte's "Canvas" EP will be released via JEUDI on December 15th, 2014 exclusively on Beatport.
The e-petition backs the introduction of a mandatory noise complaint waiver for anyone who moves into a property close to a live music venue.
The e-petition states:
“There are innumerate cases of people knowingly moving within close proximity of live music venues, only to try to have their licenses revoked or have them closed completely when they take exception to the noise.
It is extremely detrimental to the UK's entertainment industry, particularly on a grassroots level, when all the music venues start disappearing. Music is a key British export and to endanger our strong national artist community is to endanger a key British industry.
As such, anyone who wishes to buy or rent a property within a determined distance of a music venue should have to read and sign legislature that waives their right to complain about the noise from the nearby venue. If they do not wish to be bothered by something that was a fixture of the community long before they arrived, they should not move there in the first place.”
Ministry Of Sound was in danger earlier this year, as was the historic live music venue Night & Day Café in Manchester.
James Blake has shared a 2-minute clip of his new track ‘200 Press’ online. The track will be released on his 1-800 Dinosaur imprint, along with two other tracks.
The track will also be released as a 12” and as a 7” double-pack and, as the name suggests, only 200 copies will be pressed.
James Blake set-up the 1-800 Dinosaur label in April 2013 after the brand started life at London's Plastic People.
His album is reportedly '70% complete' and there is also talk of him collaborating with Kanye West.
It's that time of year again for us folks down in the southern hemisphere. Yes, the summer festival season is nigh. And you know what that means - it's time for three months of all the simultaneously awesome and sh*t things that come with festivals; great music, crowds, sniffer dogs and girls in indian headdress.
Just in time for the silly season, Youtube sensations The Roundabout Crew have put together another amusing video, this time taking aim at the shit people say at music festivals and tackling subjects like festival outfits, pre-loading and fence jumping.
Check it out below.
Australia's answer to the Grammys were held The Star Casino in Sydney last night, with Sydney duo Peking Duk taking out the award for Best Dance Release, beating out Flume, The Presets, Nicky Night Time, RUFUS and Chet Faker.
That's not to say Chet Faker went home empty handed though, far from it. The electronic pop crooner landed two awards for Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release.
Adelaide bred singer Sia was the biggest winner of the night snapping up four ARIAS for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and Best Video for Chandelier, and Album Of The Year for '1000 Forms of Fear'.
Check out the full list of winners below.
2014 ARIA Nominations and Winners:
Album Of The Year
Chet Faker — Built On Glass
Dan Sultan — Blackbird
Jessica Mauboy — Beautiful
Sheppard — Bombs Away
Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear – WINNER
Song Of The Year
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect – WINNER
Guy Sebastian – Like A Drum
Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX – Fancy
Joel Fletcher & Savage – Swing
Justice Crew – Que Sera
Nathaniel – You
Sheppard – Geronimo
Best Female Artist
Adalita – All Day Venus (Liberation Music)
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic (Virgin/Universal Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy – Beautiful (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Essence Group)
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear (Inertia Recordings) - WINNER
Best Male Artist
Chet Faker — Built On Glass – WINNER
Dan Sultan — Blackbird
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu — Gurrumul and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: His Life And Music
Guy Sebastian — Come Home With Me
Vance Joy — Mess Is Mine
Breakthrough Artist Release
5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (Capitol/EMI)
Andy Bull – Sea Of Approval (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic (Virgin/Universal Music Australia) – WINNER
The Kite String Tangle – Vessel EP (Warner Music Australia)
5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (EMI)
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars (Golden Era Records/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
RÜFÜS – Sundream (Sweat It Out/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Sheppard – Bombs Away (Empire of Song/Chugg Music) – WINNER
Violent Soho – Saramona Said (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA)
Best Independent Release
Chet Faker – Built on Glass – WINNER
Dan Sultan – Blackbird
Sheppard – Bombs Away
Vance Joy – Mess is Mine
Violent Soho – Saramona Said
Best Rock Album
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone (EMI)
Ball Park Music – Puddinghead (Stop Start Music)
Dan Sultan – Blackbird (Liberation Music) – WINNER
Jimmy Barnes – 30:30 Hindsight (Liberation Music)
Kingswood – Microscopic Wars (Dew Process)
Best Blues And Roots Album
Harry Hookey – Misdiagnosed (Warner)
John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood (Jarrah Records/MGM) – WINNER
Russell Morris – Van Diemen’s Land (Fanfare Records/EMI)
The Audreys – ‘Til My Tears Roll Away (ABC Music/UMA)
The Bamboos – Fever In The Road (Pacific Theatre/Inertia)
Best Dance Release
Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game (Future Classic)
Nicky Night Time – Everybody Together (ONELOVE/Xelon)
Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar – High (Vicious Bitch/Universal) - WINNER
RÜFÜS – Sundream (Sweat It Out/Sony Music Entertainment)
Best Pop Release
5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (EMI)
Andy Bull – Sea Of Approval (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Justice Crew – Que Sera (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Sheppard – Bombs Away (Empire of Song/Chugg Music/MGM Distribution)
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear (Inertia Recordings) – WINNER
Best Urban Album
360 – Utopia (Forthwrite/EMI)
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars (Golden Era Records/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia) – WINNER
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic (Virgin/Universal Music Australia)
Illy – Cinematic (Warner Music Australia)
Thundamentals – So We Can Remember (Obese Records)
Best Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Album
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA) – WINNER
High Tension – Death Beat (Cooking Vinyl Australia)
Shihad – FVEY (Warner Music NZ)
Sleepmakeswaves – Love Of Cartography (Bird’s Robe Records/MGM)
The Amity Affliction – Let the Ocean Take Me (Roadrunner Records Inc)
Best Children’s Album
Alex Papps – Let’s Put The Beat In Our Feet (ABC Music/UMA)
Ali McGregor – Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz! (ABC Music/UMA)
Jay Laga’aia – Christmas At Jay’s Place (ABC Music/UMA)
Sam Moran – Play Along With Sam: We’re Gonna Dance! (6 Degrees Records)
The Wiggles – Apples & Bananas (ABC Music/UMA) – WINNER
Best Comedy Release
Buddy Goode – It’s A Buddy Goode Christmas (ABC Music/UMA) – WINNER
Franky Walnut – The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster (One Louder Recordings/Universal Music Australia)
Ja’mie – Learning To Be Me (ABC Music)
Ronny Chieng – The Ron Way (Century Entertainment)
The Beards – The Beard Album (Independent/MGM)
Best Country Album
Adam Brand – My Side Of The Street (ABC Music/UMA)
Emma Swift – Emma Swift (Laughing Outlaw/Inertia)
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Essence Group) – WINNER
Keith Urban – Fuse (Capitol/EMI)
The McClymonts – Here’s To You & I (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Gossling – Harvest Of Gold (Dew Process)
Kate Miller–Heidke – O Vertigo! (Cooking Vinyl Australia)
Neil Finn & Paul Kelly – Goin’ Your Way (EMI) – WINNER
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Live From KCRW (Kobalt Label Services)
Tina Arena – Reset (EMI)
Adelaide's Flamingo burst onto the scene late last year with their deft mix of lush electronica and indie. Heralded by Triple J as ones to watch, chosen as support for Elizabeth Rose and snapped up by Groovin The Moo earlier this year, the trio of newcomers now have their sights set on NSW's newest camping festival Lost Paradise this NYE period (tickets on sale here).
In anticipation, we asked the fellas to share with us the records that have had a massive influence on them and shaped them both as people and musicians.
James Blake - 'CMYK'
James Blake’s restraint on his sound is what I really love. He can use an 808 and a synth and build such a huge amount of tension with only them. He’s essentially nailed the less is more formula.
Foals – 'Spanish Sahara'
We’ve all seen Foals live several times and we just love their intricacies. The whirling rhythms of the guitar and the energy of the song in general are incredible. We actually did a cover of this song on tour with TKST earlier this year.
Nicolas Jaar - 'Boiler Room NYC DJ Set at Clown & Sunset Takeover'
Definitely not strictly a song but given the fact almost all of this set is unreleased original stuff I have to put it in here. I listened and watched this for six months non-stop, I’m not even joking. I fell in love with Nicolas and Darkside way too much (that’s impossible). I saw Darkside play at Splendour In The Grass and it was just as good as I hoped.
Mount Kimbie – 'Before Move Off'
This song was essentially what turned me on to electronic music. The soulful guitar loop, and the chopped vocals mixed with the loose percussion really opened my mind to how versatile electronic music can be.
Bombay Bicycle Club – 'Always Like This'
I think this has got to be one of the best indie guitar riffs I’ve ever heard. There is so much energy to this song, and I love how it feels like its half way in between happy and sad.
Oscar + Martin – 'Recognise'
The textures in the production of this song do so well to create a rainy n’ cloudy atmosphere and the poem-like vocals just make it such a beautiful song.
The Smiths – 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'
I think Morrissey uses different melody patterns than most would, like he very much has his own style and nuances. He’s also very emotional in his writing.
Cat Power – 'Ramblin Woman'
Super soulful music that’s vulnerable but still has toughness to it. The reason I like Cat power is she’s not afraid to be quite dark and sing about pain in a way that you can really believe her. I feel a lot of singers aren’t very believable in that way.
Flying Lotus – '1983'
This is pretty much the first predominantly electronic song that really caught my attention that I really honestly liked. It has got a super nice swing to it.
It’s been several years wait, but Dino Sabatini and Gianluca Meloni have finally teamed up under their Modern Heads alias once again, coming up with the amazing two-tracker Chapter II on Outis Music. It’s a perfect combination of their respective styles: deep, melodic, punchy and experimental.
'Beginning' rests on a bed of tight, minimalistic tribal beats and filtered sub bass growls that provide plenty of oomph on a big system, but never get in the way of the detailed mid and high range. Sounding something like the soundtrack to an outer space journey, “Beginning” features subtle radar-like blips, tense chords and pads, rising washes of echoed white noise and metallic clangs all coming together to form an intricate, heady soundscape.
'Unknown Route' takes a darker, more sinister approach, but retains the experimental, offbeat edge that makes Modern Heads’ music so unique. A subtle, but ever-present, acid line weaves it way through the track, creating the perfect foundation for the numerous layers of sound that slowly build on top of one another. Despite having so many sounds going on at once, the track never feels cluttered: from the crisp, rolling beats to the rising synths, wacked-out alarm bells and degraded hisses, every sound finds its own place in the track while still leaving breathing room for everything else.
This is a must-have for anyone who loves experimental techno.
B: Unknown Route
As genres continue to collide and crumble, fresh, forward thinking artists continue to crop up, taking advantage of their wide musical pallets to form something new and unexpected.
Few labels have nurtured these fresh, genre-defying sounds more than Solomun's Diynamic imprint. And with the label's recent "Four To The Floor" EP series, which brings young artists into the Diynamic family, they've reached further into the future.
One such artist duo that's captured our attention from this series is Night Talk, the Swiss DJs and producers responsible for one of the EP's stand out tracks, "Mind Games," their first signing to the powerhouse label. Live, their style can be difficult to pin down, with leanings of old school progressive, thumping techno, deep house, melodica and more.
So we asked the duo to provide us an exclusive mix, and caught up with one half of Night Talk, Lukas, from his native Switzerland.
For people who don’t already know you, can you tell us a little about yourself? We are Remo and Lukas from Basel, Switzerland. After being friends for over 16 years, we decided to start doing music together. Remo was playing in a band before, while I was a DJ since I was 15. Now we produce together in our studio and Lukas and I also do the DJ gigs.
How did you get into electronic music, and who were some of your early inspirations? That was around 1993 I guess. Mostly through a radio show called “Pump It Up” on a Swiss radio station hosted by DJaimin, which introduced me to early house music as I was too young to go to clubs then. He played all the US house records from Todd Terry, Armand Van Helden, Frankie Knuckles or DJ Pierre. Later it was Daft Punk’s “Homework” album that made me want to produce electronic music as well. As Remo was listening more to rock bands at this time, he got into electronic music through me when I dragged him to my first DJ gigs in town, and in return he introduced me to a lot of bands.
You recently released the single “Mind Games” on Diynamic. How has it been to release on such a well-known label, and how has the response been? We always felt that Diynamic would be the perfect home for our music. We first couldn’t believe it when Solomun wrote us back telling us that he wants to release our music. It’s great to have this sudden exposure of your music making it easier for people to discover your music. We didn’t get that much feedback by now, but we think the response has been very good so far according to the label.
Any plans for a follow up release? Yes, we finished our next EP a week ago and are very happy with it. Solomun already played a track of it in his sets, so it would be great to see it getting released on Diynamic. But there is nothing confirmed yet.
What’s been the most satisfying moment of your career thus far? As our career is still at the very beginning it was clearly the Diynamic signing where we felt that our hard work and dedication paid off.
What’s the techno and house scene like in your native Switzerland? There is definitely a lot going on in Switzerland’s techno and house scene. For such a little country like Switzerland there is a crazy amount of good producers and DJs coming from here like Ripperton, Deetron, Kalabrese, Andrea Oliva and the boys from Adriatique. And with the Nordstern club in our hometown Basel, we have one of the best clubs in Europe with so many international acts coming here every weekend. We surely can’t complain.
Can you tell us about how you approached the exclusive mix you’ve provided us? We have chosen quite a few classic tracks for the mix, some unreleased tracks and tracks we played a lot in our DJ sets during the year. The mix should represent what we would play in a club but in the same time you can listen to it at home, in your car or just to get you in the mood for the weekend.
What’s next on your horizon? Our next release is coming up on our own label, AYM, with a remix EP of our “Black Sand” EP that came out in September. We asked some of our favourite producers to remix it and what we heard by now is just amazing. Translucent did a brilliant remix of the track “Cartago” for example, which we also included in our mix for you. The release of the remixes will happen in early 2015. Otherwise we are looking forward to playing more and more gigs all over the world and producing new music in our studio.
Drum 'n bass hero Culture Shock (RAM records, UK) is performing in Cape Town tonight and has made us a mix. In the first of a new series, Pulse Radio Africa explores the featured artist at It Came From The Jungle, the Cape Town drum ‘n bass institution with a die-hard and ever-growing community of junglists. It Came From The Jungle takes place every Thursday night at Fiction club, and has been running for 8 years this year. Every second week we will look at a featured drum ‘n bass artist and share a new mix.
Tonight the event will host RAM records’ drum ‘n bass king Culture Shock, who is down from London for two shows (The other is Science Frikshun in Joburg, with Misanthrop (Germany) supporting). We caught up with Culture Shock the day before the gig to get the hidden story on the deepness that is Culture Shock drum ‘n bass (read more and listen here).
How did you first get into drum ‘n bass?
I first heard it when I was about 10, on an illegal radio station in London. Back then there where about 20. They featured jungle and weird underground. I had never heard anything like it. Then I was a teenager I heard drum ‘n bass on big speakers and I had that amazing vibration in my chest. I was sold.
Around what year was that? So the underground scene back then on radio had a strong focus on jungle?
Around ‘94 – ‘97. Also garage later on. Jungle and hardcore was around the same time. It was quite cliquey and separated. There’s much more crossbreeding now. And much more bass.
What was your first ever gig experience like?
Hmm.. difficult to remember but did my first payed gig when I was 21 at a small club down the road. It was reasonably small but I had seen my heroes there… So it was a big honour and a big deal for me.
When you produce – what do you do first?
It’s different every time. It will start with a sample or idea that I like, that I look at first and develop. It’s a really exciting thing… That start.
There are rumours of an album… Can you tell us anything?
I’ve been told not to give anything away…. Hopefully it will be soon.
Maybe you’ll spill the beans after a few tequilas?
What were your preconceptions about South Africa? We’re growing very fast but we’re still relatively new as global players – it’s always interesting for me to ask touring DJs.
Even just coming from the airport and chatting to Niskerone, it’s been really clear that South Africa has caught the electronic partying bug, with all the big festivals – Ultra, Sonar, Ibiza parties. Also, there are a lot more culturally interesting things going on here than in many of the other countries big on the EDM scene.
Can you give any advice to young producers and DJs?
You have to first nail the technical side of it. Get a good sound going, know what you’re doing.
Learn the rules very well, and then break them.
When you were a kid did you think: “When I grow up I want to be a DJ”?
The exact aspects have changed a bit but I definitely wanted to make music, yes. I’d love to work across different styles as well at some stage soon.
If you were an animal what animal would you be?
A cat. A big cat. But somewhere hot. NO WAIT! A bear.
What are you expecting from Fiction?
I’ve heard it’s a small venue – I love that! There’s nothing better than being in a little sweatbox with your audience jumping right up against the stage. I think with this summer atmosphere here I’ll have to pull out some vibey holiday tracks.
Wildcard – what do you want to add?
My single is coming out mid December – Raindrops! I’ll definitely be playing it tomorrow. I’m also releasing a different VIP version of Troglodyte, as well as releasing the ‘Pistols At Dawn’ remix.
Thank you so much! We can’t wait for the wild of the jungle tomorrow night!
Irish live act Matador is set to return to his roots with two releases on Minus over the coming months.
Getting his big break with the label back in 2011 with the five-track "Kingswing" EP, Matador followed suit with 2012's "Spooks" and 2013's "Zoles."
Now he's at it again, as it seems in preparation for his debut album Matador has hit his creative stride in the studio with the all new five-track EP "Play With Me!" set for release next month, and a second five-track monster due for Spring. Listen to "Play With Me!" below.
Matador is also heading on a tour over December, beginning on the 6th in the Netherlands before heading to Turkey, USA, Columbia, Ireland, Belgium and Spain before returning to the Netherlands for two huge parties on New Year’s Day. Full details below.
6th - Time Warp, Utrecht, NL
13th - Kloster, Istanbul, Turkey
18th - Trade, Miami, USA
19th - Baum, Bogota, Columbia
20th - New Cali, Columbia
26th - Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
31st - Roots on Minimal, Ghent, Belgium
1st - Replay festival, Madrid, Spain
1st - Loveland 20th Anniversary, Amsterdam, NL
Matador's "Play With Me!" EP will be released via Minus on December 2nd, 2014.
Vinyl record sales have surpassed the one million mark in 2014, with the Christmas period still to come, making it the highest selling year for vinyl records since 1996.
Sales are estimated to hit the 1.2 million mark by Christmas and the Official Chart Company is now set to launch a weekly vinyl chart in response to the resurgence of the format.
The vinyl industry is now worth around £20 million and the Official Chart Company’s managing director, Martin Talbot, said to the BBC:
"In an era when we're all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic.
It's really remarkable. We're seeing it come back as a significant earner for the music industry as well.
Only five years ago this business was worth around £3m a year. This year it's going to be worth £20m."
Making her foray into production with two releases on the now defunct Unpolite Records, DJ Red’s talent for sultry, mysterious techno didn’t go unnoticed for long.
At no less than five tracks, the Italian's third EP on BPitch Control (who also signed her to the label’s booking agency) again demonstrated her wide range as a producer, as well as her keen ear and knack for attention to detail – traits that have only improved with time.
Simona Calvani’s latest release on Speedy J’s own Electric Deluxe goes much further down the rabbit hole, fully embracing the label’s penchant for showcasing the many sounds that fall under techno’s spectrum. Containing two eerie minimal tracks, one deeper than the next, and “Destiny,” an atmospheric, ambient tune, “Duality” further explores Calvani’s love for all things haunting.
The title track is deceivingly simple – each element slowly fades in and out of focus, leaving Calvani plenty of room to pull and push as she sees fit until it almost becomes difficult to tell exactly what gives the track so much forward thrust – but that’s part of the fun. Its crystalline hats hiss and shake as an edge-driven synth urges things forward, dipping out as a ghostly chorus slowly surfaces, building and releasing tension throughout.
The second 4/4 track, “Double Vision” is slightly more straightforward in its approach. It’s not quite the immediate builder that the title track is, instead opting for a stomping rhythm and an echoing synth for the first 2 minutes. It’s around the 3-minute mark the tension truly begins to build. Once again utilising her carefully chosen elements wisely, the energy returns mid way through the breakdown, only to give way once again, allowing only drums and synth to land with devastating effect.
“Destiny” begins with an ever-present rumbling bassline and distant pads, given extra life with equally timed atmospheric breaths that dive in and out as needed. Clocklike hats slowly work their way in halfway through as a surprisingly light and fluttery arpeggio takes the track to its close. It’s as beautiful as it is spine chilling.
Calvani is undoubtedly a techno DJ and producer, and a gifted one at that. But unlike many of the genre’s best, has allowed herself to explore the many sizes, shapes and sounds it has to offer. Though that’s likely why her 4/4 is so always so well crafted, and “Duality” being no exception. In fact, it’s her finest work yet.
Listen and Download:
Das Kapital is an important figure in the South African music industry. He’s a producer, DJ, label founder, radio host and film composer. GQ recently named him one of the Top Coolest People under 35. He runs Do Work Records which is proving to be an incredible independent label. His tracks have been named “Hottest Track in South Africa” and play listed by national broadcasters 5FM, YFM, Metro FM and Good Hope. He hosts ‘In Das We Trust’ on the biggest national youth radio station, 5FM, every Thursday evening as part of DJ Warras’ show, as well as the Das Kapital Radio Show on Assembly Radio with exclusive guest mixes from international artists.
PH Fat’s‘Lights Out’ feat. Jung Freud is arguably in the top 3 most popular English hip-hop-electro tracks of 2014 in South Africa. The duo has been doing extremely well, playing at all the major festivals and recently winning the competition to open for MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters at Vodacom In The City (the Joburg event which offered the opportunity to see the Rocking The Daisies international headliners).
UK producers Four Tet, Koreless, Jamie xx and Spaniard John Talabot have all teamed up to create the soundtrack for short film Continuum.
The film is made by Sofia Mattioli, who has made videos for Jamie xx before, and Rebecca Salvadori.
Each producer was asked to produce music to accompany the 8-minute production.
Mattioli said: "While the silent video plays, what I want everyone to do is go into their own space in their own head, and imagine the piece of music they would put with it."
Check the video out here.
Kiko & Spencer K
Up here we have an exciting first-time release on Celesta Recordings, and from the offset you can tell it’s a great one. Young and exciting Frenchman Spencer K joins house mainstay Kiko on the production table, and the end result is pretty much what you'd expect from these much vaunted producers in that it's bulging with class. These guys have been kicking up a fuss for sometime with their performances together and the release, as it transpires, is indicative of the fact. And how often can we honestly say that's true?
Title track ‘Kenloto’ is up first, and it’s a spaced out affair with weird attention-grabbing samples. All of a sudden its direction changed, and it goes all dark, murky and dirty in the middle, a tactic which allows the aforementioned samples to shine even brighter. ‘Whack’ likely gets its name from its infectious snare beat and '90s house flavour, but it's one that sticks in the memory due to its big and bouncy beat alone.
The third track is a 'Kenloto' remix by young Spanish sensation, Miguel Lobo. It has a distinct Latin feel to it with jazzy sounds and soft percussions and again, he is a guy that promises a lot. Finally we have Paul C and Paolo Martini’s 'Kenloto' workout, which has a more energetic and driving bass vibe whilst retaining the spacey vocals, which help to give it a very mystical and mysterious touch.
Overall, the boys have very much lived up to their thriving reputation - and Celesta certainly has an exciting future in store if this release is anything to go by.
3. Kenloto (Miguel Lobo Remix)
4. Kenloto (Paul C & Paolo Martini Remix)
London duo Leftwing & Kody have captured the UK’s thirst for accessible house music, taking skipping garage house beats and bulbous bass lines and delivering it to rooms packed full of the latest generation of house music lovers. After releases on stand-out labels such as Coyu’s Suara and Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings, the pair set up Lost Recordings as their success continues to grow. We caught up with the pair to chat about working with the legendary Robert Owens, leaving their day jobs and new artists they’re digging at the moment.
Have you enjoyed the summer? Yes, this summer was great. We had a few dates in Ibiza and played a few festivals in the UK and Europe so it was really fun. We’re hoping for more of the same next summer! We had a lot of time in the studio as well so we have a number of EPs waiting to be unleashed in 2015.
You’ve teamed up with Robert Owens for your next release – can you tell us more about this? How did it come about? Yes, we are really looking forward to this release. We have always been fans of his voice and we were working with our management on trying to find a vocalist for our next EP. We are both managed by the same person and it was suggested that we get into the studio and see what happens. We sent Robert a guide track and a week later he was in the studio and like a true pro smashed his vocal in a couple of hours! We then wrote the tracks on the EP around the vocals we had from Robert and the rest is history.
We know people like Todd Edwards and Grant Nelson were big influences on you in the early days – are there any contemporary artists who you particularly admire? Contemporary artists we look up to would be Groove Armarda, Jamie Jones, Sidney Charles, Booka Shade, Cera Alba, Nathan Barato, Detlef, Philip Bader and Max Chapman.
Have any young artists caught your attention recently? PAWSA and System2 have been on our radar for a while now. Obviously our association with PAWSA is there with him releasing on our label and we have a System2 remix on the first Lost EP of 2015.
Are there any places which have particularly inspired you and your careers? It sounds cliché and obvious, but Ibiza is a massive inspiration to us. Spending so much time there being immersed in the clubs and the sound has really pushed us over the years to become successful and be in a position to play the clubs that we frequented when we were younger. A lot of dreams, aspirations and ambitions have been born on that island so it is really important to us.
Last time Pulse spoke to you guys, you were still juggling day jobs – Do you work on music full time now? Yes, we are full time musicians now! We made the leap about a year ago. The opportunity to give up the day jobs showed itself and we both decided it would be a good idea to give it a go. There was a sense of unknown and losing the security of having a confirmed wage at the end of each month, but there was also that niggling feeling that if you didn’t jump at the chance to give up the day jobs you would always be thinking “what if”. We have been lucky enough to have not had to go back to the day jobs yet, so I think if we keep working hard we can continue to do the music full time.
Lost Records was set up last year – how’s it going? Lost is going really well at the moment. 2014 was definitely a learning curve as far as running a record label goes but we are getting to grips with it for sure. We have some wicked releases lined up for 2015, starting in January with a three-track Raffa FL EP with a remix by Sven Tasnadi and System2 and a three-track EP from Philip Bader with a Detlef & PAWSA remix – those will be released on the 5th and 19th of January respectively.
Do you have an ethos or concept behind the label? The ethos when we started the label was to release music by artists we are into and who were supporting our music and that still continues to be the concept. We tend to approach artists that we admire and that we play – so far the reception has been great and people are willing to work with Lost Records!
What do you aim to achieve with the label? For 2015 we aim to keep putting out what we think is great music. We have a solid group of core artists who will be showcasing their talents on Lost again in 2015 and we are also planning to start label nights which will be showcasing all the artists on the label.
Finally, what’s next for you guys? We have a pretty heavy touring schedule in December which is cool – party season! We also have our debut EP with Robert dropping on the 1st of December. 2015 is starting with a bang – our follow up EP on Suara is released on the 5th January and we will be releasing another EP on Lost in early 2015. We’ve also been collaborating with Cera Alba and Max Chapman so expect those to be out mid-2015 too!
Egg London has announced its Christmas line-ups with a host of top house and techno talent on offer.
The Christmas Special on 20th December sees Nicole Moudaber, Tobi Neumann, Dana Ruh and Death On The Balcony.
Boxing Day then sees Alexis Raphael and Cozzy D confirmed, whilst more acts are set to be announced.
The following day, 27th December, then sees Uncut team up with the Freude am Tamzen label, with Marek Hemmann, Douglas Greed, Daniel Stefanik and Taronn Trekka.
Underground techno producer Surgeon surprised his fans recently when he played a support set for pop icon Lady Gaga on her recent ArtRave tour. Now in an interview with Bloc Weekend the Birmingham producer has revealed just how the whole scenario cam about.
“I’m interested in many different artists and believe there’s always something to learn from great performers,” he reveals. “So in October my wife and I went to the Lady Gaga concert in Birmingham and I was surprised to hear one of her support acts, Lady Starlight, playing a ‘real’ techno live set. Then she said, ‘I’m happy to be playing in Birmingham tonight as one of my techno heroes, Surgeon, is from here.’ To say I was surprised is a massive understatement!”
He goes on to explain how he met Starlight after the show and immediately bonded.
“She’s like the techno sister that I was separated from at birth. Since their tour was returning to Birmingham in November we had the idea to perform together. The gig was the most fun ever, there’s an amazing onstage chemistry between us. Lady Gaga came out to see our set and she could see the energy we created and was very enthusiastic about it. So much so that she asked us to perform together at their last tour date in Paris.”
The underground master concludes, “Of course we knew it would surprise people. It’s so absurd, I would never have imagined it in a million years before we met, but when the universe holds up such a massive sign, I have to pay attention.”
Following 2013's successful inaugural event, the music industry's only 5-a-side football comp Musica Copa is back, returning to Marrickville’s KIKOFF centre at Fraser Park on Friday December 5th.
Ahead of the epic battle we chat with one half of the team behind Musica Copa, Paul Stix, to find out how the tournament came to life, what changes to expect this year, and the most important question of them all: Who is going to take out the Cup in 2014?
Pulse: What's your earliest football memory? Paul Stix: I was lucky enough to have a good size garden at home, so every day I could I’d be playing against my brother and some friends, practicing our skills and learning new tricks! When it rained, I’ll play wall ball up on the patio. I used to love FA Cup final day, where me and my bro would sit and watch the entire 3 hour build up and then at half time we’d run down the garden and re-enact the action from the first half!
What is your special talent on the field? The good side of my game would be linking up my team mates and trying to play that killer through pass. The not so good side of my game is my disciplinary record in a couple of local 5-a-side leagues where I’ve been sent off twice this year!!
Tell us the story behind the birth of Musica Copa. In what circumstances was the idea born? Martin and I are huge football fans. We’ve played together in a couple of 5-a-side teams for the past few years and it turns out that we’ve both secretly wanted to run a charity/music industry tournament for some time, so over a few Sunday arvo beers Musica Copa was born. Martin had played in a couple of similar music tournaments when he was over in England with the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Basement Jaxx, whereas I was meant to field a ‘Turnmills’ team (the London club I used to work for) at Creamfields back in 2002 or so which featured, amongst others, TIESTO (!) and Nic Fanciulli. Sadly Tiesto’s flight times clashed so we never got to play against the Hollyoaks team (LOL)… but interesting side fact, Nic Fanciulli’s dad, Paulo, used to play for Roma in goals!
Last year you did the comp draw on SBS, this year Foxtel. How was the experience? Both were amazing. Last year we got lucky backstage at an SBS footy show and roped in Matt Okine (now on JJJ brekkie) and Touch Sensitive to help us draw the all important balls out of the hat. Whereas this year, through our connections with Nike we went to the Fox Sports Studios and TV hosts Adam Peacock and Mark Rudan did a superb job in making the draw and having a lot of fun with it. We can’t wait to share the draw with everyone (coming on Monday!) and it looks like Adam Peacock will be running a Fox Sports team next year, so watch out!
What can people expect when they come down to Fraser Park next Friday to watch the comp? We’ve tried to make it more crowd friendly and interactive this year, so we’ve got a dedicated marquee next to the pitches featuring food, a bar and a big soundsystem. Bag Raiders, Yolanda Be Cool, Yahtzel, Indian Summer, Motorik Vibe Council and Akouo have all agreed to donate their time to DJ too, which is epic, and the party will be going strong from 6-11pm.
Finally, who are you tipping to win Musica Copa this year? That’s a toughie because there’s a number of new teams this year who could be challenging for the title, though we don’t know how good, or bad, they are yet! I reckon it’s going to be pretty close so it's hard to pick one team. I do know for a fact that we have a “group of death” so potentially one of the favourites might not even make it out of the group stages…plus this year we’re delighted to have raised $12,000 in prize money, so the Top 3 teams will each receive a huge lump sum to pass onto their nominated charity of choice, who they are playing for. This makes me so happy, so I guess in the end, we’re all winners right?!
Musica Copa 2014 DJ Lineup:
Chris Stracey (Bag Raiders)
Yahtzel (DJ set)
Yolanda Be Cool
Motorik Vibe Council
Following the epic November shindig at the Greenwood Hotel over the weekend (which will no doubt go do down as one of THE parties of 2014), Sydney party barons Finely Tuned are bringing back the infamous Lost Disco in 2015 headlined by house and disco dons The 2 Bears and Horse Meat Disco.
Taking place over the Australia Day Long Weekend on Sunday January 25th, this time around the party is crossing the bridge and heading east to take over the newly renovated upstairs level of Bondi's infamous Beach Road Hotel for a marathon 12 hours (did we mention the open roof courtyard?).
From its humble beginnings as an east London party over six years ago, Horse Meat Disco has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with DJs James Hillard and Jim Stanton now touring the party brand inspired by '70s NYC nightlife to clubs across the globe.
Whilst fellow UK duo The 2 Bears (with one half of the pair none other than Hot Chip's Joe Goddard) have had a massive 12 months, releasing their house drenched debut album 'The Night Is Young' in October.
There is going to be no better place to boogie away Australia Day. First release tickets are on sale now here for $39+BF.
ENTER. has become a household name amongst techno fans since its inception on the White Isle in 2012. The brainchild of both musical and technological pioneer Richie Hawtin was quickly established as and continues to be one of the most important parties on the island. With its roaring success, ENTER. has become the event platform for Hawtin to showcase his and his comrade's much loved Minus sound to the masses globally. Luckily for us, Store Street returned this year, providing the perfect opportunity for ENTER.'s Manchester debut. Unsurprisingly, the two forces combined meant for an unforgettable night.
Store Street needed little transformation for the simple yet highly effective ENTER. production. A metal girder ring supported strong lighting around the DJ set up, adding to the already industrial effect and over the course of the night, allowing for beams of bright, minimalistic colours to accompany the stripped back techno. As we delved onto the dancefloor for the first time that night, Fabio Florido – who this year became a central resident of the ENTER. at Space Ibiza parties – stood comfortably on stage, focused in delivering deep, dark and punching tracks; the calm before the storm.
As the crowd lapped up the perfectly placed warm-up beats, anticipation across the room was building into something sizeable. Recondite's live sets have been making waves since his introduction to the ENTER. family this year and his ability to immerse the crowd into his sound is unwavering. The incredibly heavy bass provided the foundations, whilst dreamy, melodic synths had hands reaching high into the air as many fell into a state of borderline hypnosis. Highly emotive tracks such as 'Cleric' and 'Caldera' riled the senses and as momentum built, reality began to kick back in and the prospect of the powerhouse that is Gaiser taking over the reigns hit home.
It would be fair to say Gaiser has over the years become somewhat of a Minus veteran, his tunes often placed deep into Hawtin's own sets. Gaiser's sound is synonymous with the label and as such, he has been pivotal to ENTER.'s success from the start. With a firm smile on his face, he took over and immediately picked up the pace. The crowd bounced along as he worked through the recently released 'False Light' album that forms his newest live set. Flavours of rolling, pounding basslines laced with dry synths and squeaky, dark grooves kept us gloriously excited for the duration, and every track had you pulling your best techno face – in particular the cool and funky 'Say What' made for jumping manically around the sweaty warehouse. Luckily for us we were soon being cooled down by blasts from the one-time installed CO2 cannons.
The name on most people's lips was of course the man behind it all, Richie Hawtin. Most sets at The Warehouse Project are an hour and half to two hours long, however a figurehead such as this meant we were treated to a solid two and a half hours of techno. It was typical Hawtin, what everybody had come down for; minimal house and and bouncy techno at its best. The technical maestro laid rolling drumbeats into powerful drops, accentuated by intense reverbs and fast paced fills. As always it wasn't just a DJ set, but a live set in its own right as he manipulated other artists' tracks into his own masterpiece.
Of course the set was laced with the Hawtin delay effect, the futuristic bleeps we all know and love that accompany the build ups so well. From start to finish the crowd were locked in as we were taken along the final leg of the journey into the black hole that is ENTER. Towards the end, the infamous black dot was celebrated with a bang and with a heavy drop we were blasted with one final blast of ice and a shower of black dots that glistened through the air. It was the icing on the cake to the consistently spot on ENTER. production.
Typical of Store Street, within no time the night was being brought to close. Hawtin's delay politely and calmly trickled through the speakers, as the club in its entirety showed its appreciation for the incredible night the ENTER. boss and his team had provided. Tonight was hands down one of the best nights The Warehouse Project has seen and most definitely a very difficult one to top.
It may be full of dark, brooding beats, but Jon Gaiser’s newest LP has us seeing the light. The Detroit native describes it with words like “introspective,” “dynamic,” and “emotional,” and it is: "False Light," which debuted under Minus in early November is filled with contemplative, soulful sounds — a stand-out from your typical techno. Working with visuals artist Ahmet Said Kaplan, Gaiser has developed "False Light" into a complete sensory experience: “I like to leave the listener with goosebumps.” We caught up with Gaiser to discuss the creation of his new LP, his longstanding relationship with Richie Hawtin’s Minus, and choosing darkness over light.
Congratulations on the release of your latest album, False Light, under Minus. Have you ever been painted in a false light? The name “False Light” is actually more of a reference to experiencing things that aren’t there. I’ve always preferred to title my works with names that are open to interpretation, so that the audience can make up their own idea of the meaning.
Either way, the album is fantastic, and plays with the boundary between minimal and contemporary techno. You’ve said that your mission with this release was to tell a story – what kind of narrative do you feel you accomplished? My main idea while working on this album was to go into the studio everyday and have as much fun as possible! If you put pressure on it and try to force it to sound a certain way, it’s not going to work. When you have that pressure in your head, you get stressed and you don’t feel inspired, and you aren’t as open for creative flexibility.
So, in the end, what went into the creation of this album? Working this way allowed for the album to come together naturally, and be a direct reflection of having complete freedom and positive energy. Of course you will never have the same feeling everyday, and so some of the tracks have a playful feeling, while others came out as being deeper and more introspective. This way all of the tracks complement each other to create a more dynamic story.
What about the visuals, which will be provided by Ahmet Said Kaplan? Why do you think the merging of visual and audio is so important, particularly where dance music is concerned? The objective is to create a living, breathing visual experience that will flow together with the audio in a way that represents to your eyes what your ears are hearing. It’s really important to have a proper visual representation that fits well, and has the same feeling of the music to create an atmosphere that is greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve been looking to develop a live visual aspect of the show for a long time and I’m happy that with Ahmet we are able to achieve this. A properly executed visual representation of the audio can take the entire experience to the next level of the senses. At least we have two of the senses covered. And for a live show it’s not really possible to attempt taste, touch, and smell.
It sounds amazing. So, Minus has been your home label since the very beginning. Do you ever feel pressure to live up to the success of the label? Better yet, do you ever feel pressure to live up to the success of yourself? If you want to continue to progress and develop as an artist, it’s really important to keep your mind as free as possible from this type of pressure. For this exact reason, it was my main point to have a clear mind and positive attitude while working on the "False Light" album. When I go into the studio, I don’t think about styles or genres or what people will think about what I’m going to write. That would be counter-effective. What comes out of my studio sessions is a direct reflection of what I feel like doing at the moment. To me this is the main point. Letting yourself do what you do best. For me the best ideas are those that happen naturally.
You’ve been involved in a lot of different music scenes from classical to punk. How has that background influenced or affected the way you approach electronic music production? I believe that the understanding of all music, no matter what the genre, can only enrich the production experience altogether. Studying classical music and learning scales and chords early in life has definitely helped me later on, when it came time to work with MIDI and sequencers in the studio. And studying percussion and playing drums has helped me to balance out the non-melodic side of production with programming drums and percussion.
Did your diverse background ever make you feel like you were having an identity crisis? I think my involvement with so many types of music has helped me to define my own take on each individual style. Enjoying different styles of music is like food – you wouldn’t want to eat the same thing everyday.
You’ve been involved in electronic music since you were quite young, both as an avid listener and as an artist. How old do you feel? Do you feel like the same person you were when you released Blank Fade, for example? Since Blank Fade, I feel like I have progressed in some ways and changed quite a bit as a producer. I wouldn’t say that I’ve “gotten better,” but I’ve further developed my sound. In the beginning when I first started to release my creations, my productions were more focused on subtleties and developing a focal point that was not going to slap you in the face. The majority of the melodic structure was in the bass line. Back then, it was my intention to construct a more unified piece with all of the parts coming together to create the focal point, instead of just a loud hook or catchy melody. But the point of the "False Light" album is to not take anything too seriously, and so I wanted to use a different approach and just have fun with it.
James Cells (AKA Jimmy Chronic) is one of the hardest-working DJs in the South African club scene. Chronic is a DJ, producer, website director, label owner, and events company founder. His unique style is regarded as synonymous with the minimal and tech house and techno scene in South Africa and he has played at major festivals and residencies all over the country over the years. As an artist of constant quality, co-director of Pulse Radio Africa, founder of We Are The Noise events and Sleepwalker Records, Jimmy Chronic is an important figure the scene.
Next month, Sonny Wharton and his Whartone Records will release a special 5th anniversary album.
Featuring 30 tracks from the likes of Pirupa, Sergio Fernandez, Marco Lys, Digital Impression and more, each track has been individually re-edited by Sonny Wharton himself exclusively for the album.
One of the album's releases comes from chart topping British duo X-Press 2, with Marco Lys on remix duties. The original Lys remix of 'Watching Octavia' was an already thumping track, but now it has been given a full throttle makeover by Wharton. Listen below.
'5 Years of Whartone Records' will be released via Whartone Records on December 1st, 2014.
Oskido, the legendary figure in the South African afro-house music industry, is celebrating his birthday with two massive parties this week featuring the best of the country's afro-house talent. The two parties are tomorrow in Joburg at Taboo as the official Channel O Awards After Party, and on December 5th (Friday) at Jam Club 47th Avenue, Durban.
The lineup is full of major artists who are such figures themselves, that they could each host such an event in their own right too - although they would still aknowledge Oskido as a father figure because of his long term experience. The linup includes Casper Nyovest, AKA, KO, TBO, Touch, DJ Zinhle, DJ Sbu, Uhuru, Shimza, Mo Flava, and DJ Bobstar, with a special appreance by Davido Ice Prince Yuri.
Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, or Oskido, Oscar Warona, Godzilla or The Big O, is a producer, performer, radio presenter, record producer, and entrepreneur who has been a key player in the development of the house scene in South Africa over many years. As an artist he is known for fresh, funky instrumental tracks and brilliant collaborations with MCs and vocalists.
His record label Kalawa Jazzmee has been at the forefront of youth culture and has produced top acts such as Bongo Maffin and Mafikizolo. His “I Believe” project has had major impact and is also the name of his radio show on Metro FM. Oskido was honored with a Special Recognition Award at the 9th Channel O Video Music Awards in 2012 for his contribution in the development of South African music scene. He is currently working as one of the three judges on the massive talent show X Factor South Africa.
Not often do you find people in this industry who can withstand the tides of time and flow through trends, find success and refine their sound. It’s even harder to come across success stories of people who have taken this to the next level and become infallible tastemakers. SoundPark met with one such individual, Maltese native Sean Sammut aka The Element. Sammut created and nurtured a party concept from the ground up that helped distinguish his country as an unbelievable Mediterranean gig destination for seven months of the year. Since 2011, his flourishing party concept, Cosa Nostra, has been importing the industry’s most prolific house and techno DJs and has set a precedent for pushing the scene forward in a big way on the island of Malta.
Give our readers who may not be as well acquainted with you a little background about yourself. Who is The Element? SS: Well, I've been in this business for 22 years as a DJ and promoter. I like dark, melodic and techno sounds that have progressive flavor. I love big parties and I love animals. Definitely animals! No really, I started playing in 1993 in Malta. I was resident with EXIT which was the best Maltese concept brand at the time. I was also resident with Lovegrove Promotions and Genetix. These nights were top back in those days. The music was all techno during that time. Line ups were also sick. I used to play with DJs like The Advent, Richie Hawtin, Jay Denham, DJ T1000, Dave Angel, Dave Clarke and DJ Rolando just to name a few. Today we call most of them legends.
In 2001, I faced one of the most difficult hardships in my life with my mother passing away. It had an enormous impact on me not only musically but personally. It's the worst thing that can happen in your life. My mother really meant everything to me so I had to work through it. I took a break from music until 2007.
The following year, I opened a bar in the South of Malta. It had to be a coffee shop. After 3 months, I grabbed the coffee machine and threw it in the ocean. I needed decks in this bar. Before I knew it, I had started playing again. It was interesting to get back into it. On one end I had people who didn't know me. I was new to this generation. On the other, the older generation would still support. To cut things short, I started doing really well in this club so I decided to rent it out. I named it Chapters Club and started booking DJs. It did really well. It was always full Friday and Saturday.
In 2010 I was involved with doing Minus and Cadenza showcases and it was in 2011 that I invented Cosa Nostra.
Tell us about Cosa Nostra. How did it start and what was your goal with it? SS: Well it was just a concept which I had. I actually had no goals with it really. I always try a bunch of concepts. Some just work and some don't but I think Cosa Nostra was something special. Our first night we brought in Italian, Marco Effe. The party was a huge hit with everyone. It was just a really big success.
What was the scene like in Malta prior to you starting Cosa Nostra? What is it like now? SS: The scene was ok before I started Cosa. Although in our 2013/2014 season, I think we really pushed Cosa to another level. From October through April, I booked a total of 78 DJs which included Tale of Us, Dixon, Richie Hawtin, Mind Against, Mathew Jonson, DJ Tennis, Sasha, Digweed and Cattaneo amongst others. It gives you a sense of the kind scale we are at with it all. When you book these kinds of DJs you put your country on the map. I think Cosa Nostra has been huge in the success of the scene here. It’s an amazing feeling playing at Cosa Nostra. Top night!
You were responsible for helping put together the first Life & Death showcase in Malta. Tell us how that came about. SS: The idea of doing a Life & Death party would be on anyone’s mind. I think what really made this happen was telling DJ Tennis about this Prison venue. It was a unique venue and a one time only opportunity. We used the courtyard and brought in these Sarphers. We had them moving all over the buildings. It was real shit. I had my own ideas and Manfredi (DJ Tennis) had his. He can really see an event in his head before any work is done on it. I’ve done loads of parties but nothing like this. I think Malta has never really had a huge line up like that before. The Prison was special and it will probably never happen again.
Tell us about the upcoming season for Cosa Nostra? What do you have ready to go? SS: If last season was any sign, I have a lot of great artists coming. I’m not going to release any names but we are going to have some serious DJs here. I am excited about a few releases that I have coming out alongside Kostas Cross. We plan on playing out a more together but for now we’re really focusing on our production work. This is definitely shaping up to be an incredible year!
Authorities in Amsterdam have issued a warning against taking cocaine to tourists after the recent deaths of two British men.
The two British men, aged 20 and 21, died upon taking what they believed to be cocaine, but turned out to be "white heroin," police said.
To help combat the problem, large signs reading 'Extremely Dangers Cocaine Is Sold To Tourists' has been placed outside Central Station, and similar signs have been placed near popular tourist destinations throughout the city.
Anyone heading to the city to celebrate the closure of Trouw or one of the upcoming festivals is advised to be extra vigilant if and when buying drugs.
Magic Door is set to make its London debut on Friday 12th December at Red Gallery in Shoreditch. The eclectic party started life in Birmingham in 150-capacity venues and has grown to fill 1000-capacity on word of mouth alone, such is its wild reputation.
The night focuses on the overall experience rather than big name DJs, so expect creative productions, costumes and performers alongside a disco, house and techno soundtrack.
Promoter Jit says:
“Quite often, most people who go out clubbing have the most fun when things get a little bit silly back at an after party. What we wanted to do was bring an element of that, but to the start of the night and try to get people to smile all night. This is why we have a Magic Door. The door embodies the night, but also by physically going through it too, it fast-tracks you to a point where your inhibitions are gone and you embrace all things silly and fun.
We are trying to create a party which is unique, away from the standardised club experience, with a real communal feel. Lots of our friends help out in some capacity and everyone is really on board with the ethos of the night.”
Futureboogie will return to London on 31st January at The Laundry in Hackney to celebrate 13 years in the music business. The Bristol-based party was set up in 2001 and how comprises a record label, booking agency and management company.
Members of the Futureboogie family will hit the decks at the party including Maxxi Soundsystem, Cristophe and new recruit Mark E.
Resident DJs Dave Harvey and Joe 90 complete the line-up.
Clubbers are being warned about the risk of high purity Ecstasy and the dangers it could potentially cause to users.
Tests on drugs confiscated at festivals and clubs over the summer show that Ecstasy purity is at its highest level in around 10 years.
Deaths caused by the drug have increased in recent years, from eight in 2010 to 43 in 2013.
According to Fiona Measham, professor of criminology at Durham University who regularly tests drugs, the average Ecstasy tablet now contains 100mg of MDMA compared to just 20-30mg in 2009.
The Warehouse Project sends out warnings on its Twitter feed concerning drugs confiscated at their events.
WHP’s Sacha Lord said:
“Our concern now is that people who over the years have been used to taking two or three tablets in a night might still do the same. With the purity, the results could be severe.”
On 27th December The Playground presents Koko, with a host of top underground talent hitting the decks.
Room 1 will host BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien and techno head Luke Slater presenting his Planetary Assault Systems live set.
Live sets will also come from Detroit duo Octave One and Manchester’s acid house legend A Guy Called Gerald. Completing Room 1’s line-up will be Dasha Rush.
Room 2 will host Raving George, MixHell, autoKratz and D/R/U/G/S.