Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:43pm

French touch (or French disco house) was an important part of my entry into electronic music.


While we’re just about all familiar with Daft Punk, digging even just a tiny bit deeper into labels like Roulé, Disques Solid, Vulture Music and Robsoul unearths an incredible wealth of French talent that has soundtracked the lives of millions of people worldwide for the last 25 years...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:05pm

Legendary electronic duo Underworld are coming to the Sydney Opera House this April for one show only.


The duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, who have built a legacy and fan base over the past 30 years, are known for their progressive house and techno sound.


Underworld are perhaps most famous for their 1996 track 'Born Slippy .NUXX', which landed at number 65 in...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:33pm

The third and final lineup for the 2017 Summer Dance series has been announced.


Glenn Underground, Anthony Naples, Daydreams and Mira Boru are the names locked in for the third Summer Dance event on Sunday March 26 at The National Art School.


Astral People's two previous Summer Dance events this year have seen Roland Tings, Lauren Hanson and Ben Fester play...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:26pm

If you like yoga and ever wanted to meditate to the sounds of Drake or Kanye, here comes your chance.


Tuesday February 28 is when the world of hip hop and zen collide at Bondi's Beach Road Hotel for All Of The Tights (geddit?).


After huge success in Melbourne, DJ Mimi and yogi expert Naya Marie will now bring their event to Sydney. All Of The Tights is organised...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 3:00pm

It’s been a couple of years since Poolclvb unveiled his first single, ‘Here You’re Mine’.


In that time, the Sydney producer has become increasingly renowned around the local club scene for his sunset-tinged tropical electro sets. He’s released a steady stream of remixes and original singles since his debut, and now has finally unveiled his maiden EP, You + Me. The EP features...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 11:34am

Wrapping up the summer in style, Touch Sensitive and a secret special guest will headline The Island Live's final party of the season. 


With five out of five shows selling out so far, The Island Live's final stint of the season will take place this March. Touch Sensitive, Softwar and Zanerobe DJs are all set to play, as well as a very special guest still to be announced. ...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 6:23pm

Discourse and discussion on the many-headed beast that is electronic music* seems infinitely couched in rose-tint, reverence and revisionism.


Even as electronic music continues to seep into our greater cultural consciousness – one way or another – academic representation in this field has, for the most part, barely scratched at its many surfaces. 


One potential...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:00pm

Daley Padley, the British house DJ and producer who performs under the moniker Hot Since 82 (no prizes for guessing his birth year) has been earning kudos for his work in the studio, but his true origins are in club DJing.


With his Knee Deep Australian tour launching this month, Padley talks over breakfast about his plans for the year. 


“It’s the story of my...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 3:00pm

In 2002, Norman Jay was welcomed into Buckingham Palace by the Queen, who awarded him an MBE for his services to music.


It was quite something for an artist who, decades earlier, was refused entry to even the grottiest of London nightclubs. The irony is, if it wasn’t for those meat-headed bouncers, Jay might never have gained his royal approval.


“I got tired of...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:53pm

By the time you’ve hit record number nine, you’ve probably picked up some fairly decent insight into the creative process.


Sure, everyone is going to approach music differently, but across three solo albums and six releases with Thundamentals, Tuka’s grasp of songwriting sounds pretty slick. As the Aussie hip hop crew unveils its latest effort, Everyone We Know, the straight-...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:46pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in Campbelltown with a single mother and three siblings. Mum was working two jobs and still making sure my brother and I would make it to footy training and games every week so she kept life feeling as normal as possible. I hated high school and abused drugs so music was my escape.


2. Inspirations

In high school, I heard Eminem’s...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 1:14pm

Remember when Gough Whitlam petitioned us to embrace change? To accept, to act, and to acknowledge?


Me neither, though his legacy is starting to look pretty bloody golden when it comes to progressing both as a society and as a species. These are testing, trying times characterised by oppression, aggression and fearmongering. Where once change was promised to take us forward, it...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 12:26pm

The first One Night Stand of 2017 will feature an eight-hour set from the Sydney ONS veteran.


As always, the One Night Stand will be held at a secret BYO location that will be announced closer to the date.


Kali has been playing gigs with Picnic Touring for a while now, with her first One Night Stand being back in 2015. She's also supported acts like Tornado...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 11:54am

News that inspires optimism has been hard to come by of late. The state of politics, though usually abysmal, has become, for me, a quagmire of fatigue and alternative facts. Donald Trump has launched his reign of terror with an anti-abortion executive order, casting darkness and uncertainty across the entire world, while here at home, Mike Baird has unceremoniously fucked off into the sunset...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 11:23am

Women are sorely underrepresented in electronic music.


Of that there is no doubt, and unsurprisingly it’s been a topic of considerable recent interest. If boiled down to percentages, estimates of female DJs appearing on festival bills range anywhere from three to ten per cent, and let’s bear in mind that festivals are generally able to accommodate a much larger scope and wider...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 11:10am

Nowadays, the appeal of any music festival depends just as much on the ethos and environment of the event as it does on the actual lineup.


That, and the ability to evolve year by year without compromising any of the elements that enticed people to attend in the first place. Queensland’s Earth Frequency Festival has...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 3:57pm

1. Growing Up


My key childhood memory of music was definitely coming home from primary school at three in the afternoon to shows like Rage on the ABC playing fresh R&B, hip hop and new jack swing out of the States. I remember TV shows like The Fresh Prince and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper aired so freely on Australian TV. It definitely helped shape my outlook towards the music I...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

Amsterdam-based electronic duo Yellow Claw have announced their return to Australia, playing at 86 @ Max Watt's.


The hardstyle duo once again hit our shores in May. The Dutch pair released their debut album Blood For Mercy in 2015, and have also worked with Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga.

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 5:42pm

Do you suffer from a prolonged or pronounced sense of inner emptiness or lack of self-worth?


Have you experienced a bankruptcy of the soul? Has life become bereft of meaning? A drawn-out existential crisis brought on by grind of the generic daily modicum? Or has music simply lost its charm and romance?


Then the healing quality of spiritual jazz could be just the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:08pm

There’s a great deal of modesty in the music world today.


Gone are the days of a Grammy win being the pinnacle for many artists, with most of them instead becoming increasingly focused on the quality of music they make available to the world. That said, you’d be hard-pressed to name an artist who wouldn’t find winning a prestigious award as somewhat life-affirming – a testament...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:00pm

I’ve only ever had a dim awareness of the existence of gay organisations.


Aside from the obvious Mardi Gras and organisations built around sexual health and mental well-being, I’ve been uncharacteristically unperturbed by other queer spheres outside that general area. I realise this means that I’ve not been doing my duty as a queer citizen or something – but the truth is not so...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 4:26pm

1. Growing Up


Vintagé: I grew up in a household where all kinds of genres of music were played daily. Both my parents were musos; Dad played guitar and Mum sang. My childhood affected me as a musician today because of the amount of love our household and family had for music.


Veazah: When I was eight, I stumbled upon my dad’s ’80s Hits double album; I’m 100 per...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 10:53am

Kick-starting the New Year with an Australian tour, internationally acclaimed DJ Mark Knight will launch the new Sunset Sessions at Cafe del Mar over the Australia Day weekend.


With sold-out gigs at world-class venues including Space Ibiza, Womb...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 12:53pm

The party hits the National Art School in February. 


The second instalment of Summer Dance for 2017 will feature a lineup of local artists to celebrate the season and Australian talent, as Astral People collaborate with V Movement, FBi Click and Thump. 


Fresh from Melbourne, Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda will headline, bringing their electic jazzy-disco funk...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 9:00am

It must be breakfast time in Papua New Guinea, because Ngaiire is happily munching away on something when she answers her phone.


She’s taking some time out at her family home, relaxed, confident and prepared to talk about her whirlwind career so far. “I haven’t had a holiday for a while so I thought I’d start the year right,” Ngaiire says, priming herself in a less windswept...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 6:15pm

The latest album by Katie Stelmanis’ Toronto-formed project Austra was driven by the diminishment of her city’s progressive cultural pulse.


Stelmanis made the move to Montreal in 2013, following the release of the band’s 2011 debut, Feel It Break,and the completion of LP number two, Olympia. But in the lead-up to the project’s third record, Future Politics, Stelmanis spent time...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

As someone socialised to navigate through heterosexual spaces, I never considered that one day I’d have to readjust so much of my perspective and my behaviours to safely (and without offending anyone) navigate through homosexual ones.


A lot of what I was taught growing up – whether it was directly through my parents or indirectly through whatever social rules I absorbed by...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 3:58pm

Bare Essentials and Mantra Collective are teaming up to throw an underground party with a huge lineup.


The party is being headlined by Barac, one of Romania's most accomplished producers, and East End Dubs from the UK.


The two international acts will be backed up by a bunch of local talent with Mantra Collective, Persian Rug, Mike Watts, Tyson, A.Lias and more...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 3:53pm

There's nothing like a good Sunday session, and now The Argyle will be one of Sydney's go-to party destinations to see out the weekends.


Every Sunday, The Argyle is hosting its Sunday Social, with food and drink specials, free entry, and the best in R&B and hip hop from the '90s, '00s and '10s.


Expect music from the likes of K-Time, Helena Ellis (pictured),...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 2:11pm

The sold-out gig on Sydney Harbour will be followed up with a massive DJ set from Norman Jay MBE, supported by Simon Caldwell and Stephen Ferris.


All through the holiday period, The Island Live has been providing summer vibes with acts like Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Hayden James and Cosmo's Midnight bringing gigs to the iconic floating beach club.


Now the...